9 days from £3265pp plus international flights.
This holiday is the perfect introduction to Argentina. You tour the vibrant and multi-faceted city of Buenos Aires before flying down to the starkly beautiful world of Los Glaciers National Park and thence to Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world. All in nine wonderful days and with ample free time for you to explore on your own.
Arriving in Buenos Aires, colloquially referred to as BA by those in the know, you are driven to your charming hotel in the fashionable Palermo Soho district of the city. Your accommodation is rather more luxurious than that of its previous inhabitants when it was a working convent, but the atrium retains the feel of a cloister and the hotel is full of character. Relax on the roof terrace: your holiday has begun!
Over the next few days you get to know BA well. Your guided tour displays principle sights and also uncovers some lesser known gems, showing you many aspects of this lively, historical, artistic and cultural city, and you have free time to take it all in at your pace.
Nature in its raw beauty is the undoubted star of your next destination, Patagonia. In Los Glaciers National Park, you witness huge, rugged glaciers rising out of turquoise lake water against a backdrop of mighty mountains. It's truly breath-taking. A national park guide provides expertise and insights as you marvel at the sheer scale of the scenery. On your second day you can return or explore a different area as you please.
You'd think that would be hard to top, but arguably Iguazu Falls succeeds. The largest waterfall in the world is composed of some 275 separate waterfalls spread along 2.7kms. If that sounds impressive, just wait till you see it! It's not just the sight, there's the sound of the pounding water and when you get close the feel of the spray. 'Big water', as Iguazu translates, barely seems to suffice. You tour both the Argentinian and Brazilian side of the falls to view them from various vantage points and to see the astounding Devil's Throat, a horseshoe-shaped formation of 14 falls which plunge an amazing 80 metres to the abyss below.
You'll come away with vivid impressions, indelible memories and, hopefully, photos to match. One thing's for sure, you'll soon be planning a return visit.
An English-speaking guide is waiting at Ezeiza Airport to meet you following your flight and welcome you to Argentina. Together you are driven to the fashionable Palermo Soho neighbourhood of the city, and your hotel, Nuss Buenos Aires Soho. No plans have been made for the rest of the day leaving you free to spend your time as you wish. If you're feeling tired after your journey why not head up to the rooftop terrace with its comfy chairs and plunge pool. Alternatively, you might like to take stroll around the local area with its shops, galleries and bars, maybe choosing a restaurant for dinner tonight.
After breakfast your guide arrives at the hotel to conduct your personal tour of Buenos Aires. There's a lot to see and having your own guide to lead your exploration is a real bonus. You'll get to see the acknowledged highlights such as the grand Aviendo 9 de Julio, the Teatro Colon Opera House and Plaza de Mayo. During the day you have time to visit the historic barrios of La Boca and San Telmo and the contrasting modern district of Puerto Madero. Your guide adds local knowledge and insights which enhance the tour and is happy to adapt the tour based on any special interests. He is also able to offer advice on your own independent exploration tomorrow. Breakfast
Enjoy another day in Buenos Aires, sometimes called the Paris of the South. You may want to venture to areas you've not yet seen or return to some favourite places you saw yesterday. It's a good idea to set aside some time to escape the crowds and enjoy a stroll around one of the city's parks. If you want to stay local, the Botanic Gardens are a short walk from your hotel and this is a lovely spot to enjoy the 5000 plus species of plants and trees. Palermo has some great shops and boutiques if you fancy some retail therapy and there are plenty of cafes where you can sit, people watch and maybe listen to some buskers. Tonight you have the option of a dinner and tango show in one of the city's best known tango houses (extra charge), Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and later, at a pre-agreed time, you are collected and driven to the domestic airport for the flight to El Calafate, which takes a little over three hours. On arrival you're met by your driver for the 16km ride to Kosten Aike Hotel in the centre of town. The remainder of the day is free, so you can explore your new surroundings or opt to mix with other guests in the lounge and bar or to treat yourself to a massage at the spa, as you wish. Breakfast
It's an early start today but well worth the effort as you're off to the Perito Moreno glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's about an 80km drive and there are plenty of photo stops along the way. A national park guide joins you to explain the history and significance of the park before you arrive, and you stop at Curva de los Suspiros to enjoy your first sight of the huge glacier. You'll understand why this spot is named Sighs Curve! You have a comprehensive tour of the glacier with its many levels and balconies and may be lucky enough to witness a 'calving' as a block of ice breaks loose and falls into the water. There's time to explore on your own before re-boarding the vehicle for the drive back to El Calafate. This is a group tour and lasts about ten hours. There's an option to add a mini-trek on the glacier which includes a picnic lunch (extra charge). Breakfast, dinner
With no set plans the day can follow whatever pattern you like. You might want a lie-in followed by a late breakfast after your long day out yesterday or you may prefer to rise early to give yourself ample time to explore the town and surrounding areas. You can join a full day tour out on Lago Argentino crossing to Estancia Cristina to take in views of mountains and icebergs. Pre-booking is advised as tours are offered subject to availability. Breakfast
You are off on your travels once again, heading back to the airport for the flight up to Iguazu Falls. Flying time is around four hours during which you cover over 3,000kms. On arrival you are driven to your next home, Loi Suites about 20 minutes away. Here you can relax with a walk in the hotel's private rainforest, a swim in one of the pools, a spa treatment or a drink in the bar. Breakfast
A full day private guided tour of the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, is on the agenda today. You are driven into the national park, arriving mid-morning for a hike in the rainforest as you guide points out different species of flora and fauna. There's time to explore three distinct regions. The lower circuit consists of paths and steps which lead to viewpoints of the falls and close to various cascades - you may get wet! The upper circuit provides panoramic views of both Iguazu Falls and the Iguazu River. The Devil's Throat Gorge is arguably the most impressive section of the falls, where a large section of the river tumbles off a sheer edge and falls into the canyon below, sending mist up to 150 metres into the air. It's a phenomenal sight. The green train links the different routes, allowing you to rest your legs. The tour ends in the late afternoon and you are driven back to Loi Suites. Breakfast
A final treat awaits on this the last day of the holiday, as you travel across the border into Brazil for a half day tour of a new region of Iguazu Falls. At almost 3kms wide and composed of 275 individual waterfalls, Iguazu certainly lives up to its name which translates as 'big water' and on this side you have an excellent vantage point from which to survey the scene. You spend another two hours or so following your guide through the rainforest and afterwards you are driven to the airport for your homeward flight, Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £3265 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: Based on 2 people sharing (excl. international Flights): Valid from Nov 2019 - 28 Feb 2021
8 nights twin share accommodation, domestic flights from Buenos Aires to El Calafate and El Calafate to Iguazu Falls and back to Buenos Aires, private return transfers between airports and hotels, half day private guided tour in Buenos Aires, full day shared tour in Perito Moreno, full day private guided tour of the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls, half day private guided tour of the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls, appropriate entrance fees, meals specified as included
International flights, meals not specified as included, drinks, optional dinner and tango tour in Buenos Aires, optional mini trekking upgrade in Perito Moreno, visas, travel insurance, tips, personal expenses. Flights to Argentina are on average £950 per person
This holiday begins in Buenos Aires and ends in Iguazu Falls. Return international flights from the UK cost from around £1,000 per person depending on season and availability. We usually book these for you.
Departure dates: This is a tailor made holiday which can begin on the day of your choice, subject to availability.
Small, stylish hotel in a fashionable neighbourhood, with a rooftoop terrace and plunge pool.
With its central location, comfy rooms, restaurant, gym and spa, Kosten Aike Hotel is a good choice when staying in El Calafate.
Rainforest gardens, hanging briges, swimming pools, a spa, restaurant and bar and all a short drive from Iguazu Falls
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Time: GMT – 3 hours
Flight time: Flight time approximately 14 hours from London to Buenos Aires on a direct flight, and around 16 hours via Europe.
Language: Spanish is the official language, with English, French and Italian also widely spoken
Visas: Visas – not required for British nationals for stays of up to 90 days
Health: No vaccinations are compulsory but due to a yellow fever outbreak in Brazil in 2017 country certificate requirements may change at short notice