Trip reference number: ITN-ARG009
Trip Operator: Rainbow Tours
This Argentina holiday is a great introduction to the classic highlights of this diverse country. Explore the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, the breathtaking Iguazu Falls, awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier and the winelands surrounding Mendoza.
Fall in love with the classic European style architecture of Buenos Aires, the wide boulevards and the sultry sounds of tango. As night falls, indulge in prime Argentine beef complemented by the dark, robust flavours of Malbec. Visit the famous Recoleta cemetery and learn about the heroic late Eva Peron.
Venture to one of South America's most spectacular natural wonders; the Iguazu Falls in the tropical north of the country. Surrounded by lush rainforest, the 275 individual waterfalls cover several kilometres. From the Devils Throat suspended lookout, feel the powerful, concentrated torrent of water as the deafening cascade plunges over the precipice.
In the far south, Patagonia is a region of endless wilderness, snowy peaks, emerald forests and roaring rivers. Visit one of its most famous sites; the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier. Admire this magnificent glacier by boat and from a variety of vantage points.
End your Argentine adventure in a winery close to Mendoza. Backed by the Andes mountains, this delightful region is ideal for relaxation and delicious gastronomy, accompanied by the country's best wines.
Day 1 Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Buenos Aires.
Day 2 Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the next 3 nights. The rest of the day is at leisure. Buenos Aires is commonly known as the “Paris of South America”, owing to its classical architecture, plazas, fountains and wide boulevards.
Day 3 With your private guide explore the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Visit some of the characterful neighbourhoods including the colourful district of La Boca with its quirky caminitos, upmarket Recoleta and trendy Palermo. You also visit the Plaza de Mayo flanked by the presidential palace (the Casa Rosada).
Day 4 Today is at leisure. Optional excursions include a visit to an estancia out in the Pampas to enjoy a gaucho show and sample a delicious Argentine quincho BBQ. Alternatively, ask us about a tango show and steak dinner.
Day 5 Depart today to fly to Iguazu. Enjoy a tour of the Argentine side of the falls before transferring to your hotel for the next 2 nights. Made up of 275 separate falls and surrounded by lush vegetation, the rich sub-tropical forest is home to a vast array of wildlife including tropical birds, butterflies, monkeys and coatamundis. A series of pathways running through the national park allow for exceptional views from several vantage points.
Day 6 Cross over the border into Brazil today to visit the Brazilian side of the falls. A paved pathway of 3km leads its way along the side of the falls and provides panoramic views over the Argentinean side, often framed by rainbows straddling the clouds of spray. Finally, the earth appears to open as an amass of thundering falls crash over a horseshoe-shaped precipice nearly 5km wide and 90 metres high.
Day 7 Fly today to El Calafate in the heart of Patagonia, via Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, you will be met and taken to your hotel for the next 2 nights. The Patagonia region offers spectacular wild and majestic scenery in the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (Glaciers National Park) - a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981 and a land of colossal mountain ranges crowned in snow and pristine glaciers descending into turquoise lakes.
Day 8 Visit the Los Glaciares National Park and most importantly, the El Perito Moreno Glacier. A huge river of ice 30km long and 5km wide, descends from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field to Lago Argentino. As it advances, the ice cracks and produces thunderous roars that reverberate from deep within the glacier, producing a hugely impressive show. A walk along the paths in front of its western wall allows you to admire this natural wonder from different viewpoints and take the boat trip to enjoy views of the glacier wall from lake level.
Day 9 Depart Patagonia today to fly to Mendoza, the gateway to Argentina’s spectacular wine lands. Spend the next 3 nights on winery. The area around Mendoza contributes to 70% of Argentina's wine production and Malbec is the region's specialty. The agro-ecological conditions are almost perfect hence why the area has been chosen to produce the most exquisite and finest wines in the country.
Day 10 Enjoy a full day tour of nearby wineries. Visit 3 different wineries and have a gourmet lunch.
Day 11 Today is at leisure. The area around Mendoza is wonderful for visiting many different wineries and bodegas, riding bikes, horse riding and relaxing.
Day 12 Depart Mendoza to Buenos Aires for your final night.
Day 13 Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home. Please note, for an alternate ending to an Argentine itinerary, a stay around Bariloche and the Lake District area is also an option. Alternatively, Argentina has many beautiful regions, whether you want to spot wildlife on the Valdes Peninsula, horse ride at a traditional estancia, self-drive around Salta and the spectacular north-west; please enquire for details on how we can tailor the itinerary to suit your needs and interests.
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