Day 1 - Overnight flight to Buenos Aires
Day 2 - Buenos Aires at leisure/optional tours or excursions
The tour starts with direct flights with British Airways between London Heathrow and Buenos Aires, arriving in the morning. You will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in the city centre for a three night stay.
Buenos Aires is often noted as the most stylish and romantic of South America's capital cities, full of European influences but with a distinct Latin American flair. It is for this reason that Buenos Aires is known as "the Paris of South America". Situated on the historic River Plate, it is divided into distinct barrios, each with their own unique appeal.
We have a range of excursions available providing an authentic experience to enhance your stay in Buenos Aires:
Full day trips outside the city:
Day 3 - Buenos Aires city & history tour
Today you will enjoy a special half-day tour, providing a panoramic journey around the main sights of the city and giving a detailed insight into the history of Buenos Aires and local modern life. The tour starts in the centre of the city at Plaza de Mayo, where we also find the Metropolitan Cathedral, Presidential Palace and the Casa Rosada amongst others. Following a visit to the renowned Colon Theatre, we will head south to the traditional San Telmo barrio, noted for its old-fashioned cafes, antique markets and leafy squares and parks. From here we can walk into the famous La Boca neighbourhood, where poor European immigrants used paint from the nearby shipyards to transform their humble corrugated iron homes into a brightly-coloured mish-mash of houses. The streets are further brought to life by tango dancers and artists displaying their considerable talents.
We then drive back north, from the business district of Puerto Madero up to the upmarket neighbourhood of Palermo, where we find attractive colonial mansions and pretty squares. The tour ends at the impressive Recoleta cemetery, where huge mausoleums provide a resting place for many significant citizens, including 19 former Presidents and, most famously of all, Eva Peron.
Day 4 - Dinner & Tango Show
You will have another day at leisure to explore the city, with time to take another optional tour if you prefer. In the evening you will go on a shared trip to the heart of San Telmo to see one of the most well-regarded tango shows in the city. The show takes place in a small auditorium in the basement of an historic building, offering an intimate atmosphere and excellent views from each seat. A six-piece orchestra provides the music for the skilled dancers to take to the stage to work their magic. The show mainly focuses on traditional tango, but blends in elements of modern influences and regional music from the north of Argentina. A 3 course dinner and wine is served before the show and you will be returned to your hotel afterwards.
Day 5 - Fly to Mendoza
You will today take the short flight west to the picturesque city of Mendoza, in the heart of Argentina's renowned wine region. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for a three night stay, with time to explore the city in the afternoon.
Day 6 - City Tour & Wine Cellars
This shared full day tour will give you an in-depth perspective of the city and take you to two of the best wineries just out of town. This will give you the chance to learn about grape processing in the area and to sample some world class wine.
In the morning you will be led around both the old and modern districts in Mendoza, starting with a short visit to the Museo del Area Fundacional to learn about the history of the city and the devastating earthquake and also to see some pre-Columbian artifacts and Jesuit ruins. Around the main square we find the beautiful Cathedral and the St Francis Basilica and then it is onwards to the Bank of Mendoza, now a space for Contemporary art and the impressive Plaza Independencia and Plaza Spain squares. From here you continue on to past the Government House and down the wide tree-lined avenue of Emilio Civit to the General San Martin Park. At the top of Cerro de la Gloria we can admire the Monument of San Martín and his army and at Challao lies the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria. The hill offers spectacular views of the Mendocinian mountains.
In the afternoon the tour continues to the outskirts of the city to visit two vineyards located in the areas of Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu. These visits will give you the chance to learn more about the traditional wine-making methods used here and how they are blended with the lastest technological advances. The tour will lead you through the entire process, up to bottling and labelling. This is followed by a guided wine tasting session in which you can enjoy some of the finest wines produced by each vineyard.
Day 7 - Excursion to Andes Mountains
This unforgettable panoramic tour takes you out of the city, towards the Chilean border, to explore the Andes to enjoy magnificent views of mountain landscapes. The day starts at Potrerillos in the foothills of the Andes, before continuing through the Uspallata Valley to the remote Punta de Vacas hamlet and breathtaking Los Penitentes ski centre. The next stop is the Puente del Inca geological formation and thermal springs and then we enter the Aconcagua National Park, affording stunning views of South America's biggest mountain. The tour ends at the picturesque Laguna de los Horcones and the small Las Cuevas village. Depending on weather conditions it may also be possible to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue on the border with Chile, 4,200m above sea level.
Day 8 - Fly to Salta
Today you will fly north to Salta in the Lerma valley, an at...
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