Perito Moreno glacier

Classic Argentina Itinerary

Three contrasting destinations, each outstanding, expert guides, specially selected hotels and time for independent exploration all in ten amazing days.

10 days from £2130pp plus international & regional flights.

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Day 1

Arrive In Buenos Aires - Guided tour southern districts

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, Legado Mitico. This afternoon you will enjoy a private guided tour of the southern districts of Buenos Aires, your first taste of this vibrant city. The tour begins at Plaza de Mayo with the famous Casa Rosada government house and its balcony from which many a leader has addressed the populace. The Metropolitan Cathedral and the old Town Hall are also located here.

There's a change of tempo as you visit some of the historic barrios, or neighbourhoods. La Boca and San Telmo were once poor areas where immigrants lived and they still exude a European feel with many Italian restaurants, and are popular with artists and musicians and have a real buzz about them.

Buenos Aires, Argentina, - November. 20. 2010: Obelisco de Bueno

Day 2

Guided City Tour - Northern Districts

After breakfast your guide arrives at the hotel to conduct your second personal half day 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 vist the neighbourhoods of Retiro, Recoleta and Palermo. These upmarket parts of the city have beautiful parks, elegant avenues and impressive mansions. This is where you will find top-class designer shops and upmarket restaurants. Recoleta is the site of the cemetery where many of the city's most prominent inhabitants, including Eva Peron, are buried. Nearby, in Palermo, you can take time out from the crowds as you stroll round one of the many parks before returning to your hotel. 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

Buenos Aires

Day 3

Free Day In Buenos Aires

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 cafés 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

Hotel Kosten Aike, Calafate

Day 4

Fly To El Calafate

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

At Perito Moreno glacier, Argentina © KBoonnitrod,Shutterstock

Day 5

Perito Moreno

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. First on the agenda is Nibepo Aike, one of the first estancias in Calafate. It's an opportunity to see the gauchos at work with a demonstration of sheep shearing. This is followed by a delicious Patagonian lamb barbeque for lunch. Then it's on to the star of the show - Perito Moreno. 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.

Breakfast, dinner

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Day 6

Free Day In El Calafate

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

Loi Suites © Loi Suites

Day 7

Fly To Iguazu Falls

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

Iguazu Falls © Shutterstock

Day 8

Guided Tour Of Iguazu Falls

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 your 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

Day 9

Brazilian Side Of The Falls And Depart

A final treat awaits on this the penultimate 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 a flight back to Buenos Aires. You'll be met at the airport and driven to your familiar hotel for the last night of your trip. Why not treat yourself to dinner in on e of the local restaurants.

Breakfast

Puerto Madero modern and historic part of the town of Buenos Aires, Argentina © HDolle,Shutterstock

Day 10

Departure

Your time in Argentina has come to an end. Your driver will collect you from your hotel and take you to the international airport where you catch your flight home, with plenty of time to reflect on your time in Argentina.

Breakfast

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