Board your overnight flight from London to Buenos Aires.
Arrive at your boutique hotel in the smart Recoleta district so you’ll have the perfect opportunity to browse around Buenos Aires’ sophisticated shops, restaurants and galleries. Although known as the “Paris of South America”, the city has a purely South American flavour, exemplified by world class steaks and very lively performances of the famous tango.
A city tour will take you through La Boca, San Telmo and Palermo; prominent sights include Eva Peron’s grave in Recoleta Cemetery and the beautiful El Pilar Church.
Stay: Two nights in a suite at the HUB Porteno – bed & breakfast
Fly to El Calafate where you will enjoy a private tour to the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier in the heart of Argentine Patagonia. You’ll take in the spectacularly blue lakes of Los Glaciares National Park and explore the Patagonian Icecap, an area of immense glaciers topping the Andean Mountains. Trekking expeditions, horse riding, mountain biking and fishing can all be arranged.
Stay: Two nights in a double suite at the Hotel Esplendor el Calafate – bed & breakfast
A short flight takes you to Bariloche – an attractive destination in the Argentine Lake District. Your hotel boasts a superb location on the shores of Lake Gutierrez, backed by soaring mountains and surrounded by beech forests. You’re in the Nahuel National Park here, the ideal place to go trekking, horse riding, mountain biking, fishing, sailing, paragliding and skiing in season. You’ll also notice a distinct ‘continental’ flavour in the Swiss-style chalets, chocolate shops and fondue restaurants.
Stay: Three nights in a superior room at Estancia Peuma Hue – full board
Now it’s time to sample some of Argentina’s finest vintages. You fly to Mendoza in the country’s wine region, to stay at a prestigious vineyard. During your stay you can indulge in some wine tasting or you can browse through the city’s museums – including, of course, the National Wine Museum – and enjoy outdoor pursuits such as rafting, mountain climbing, hiking and horse riding, plus skiing in the winter.
Stay: Three nights in a Superior Room at Entre Cielos on a bed and breakfast basis – includes a special classic circuit hammam experience per person.
A short flight takes you to the world famous Iguazu Falls, where you’ll be met and taken to your hotel which sits just 15 minutes outside of the Argentine National Park. A special full day tour will show you the falls from both the Argentinian and Brazilian perspective, and you’ll be able to visit the Devil’s Throat – the most impressive of Iguazu’s many cascades.
A zodiac boat will take you beneath the falls whilst an optional helicopter tour will give you an unforgettable opportunity to view, and photograph, the falls from above.
Stay: Two nights in a junior studio suite at Loi Suites Iguazu – bed & breakfast
You will be privately transferred to the airport for your overnight flight back to London via Sao Paolo.
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