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Classic Argentina

  • Buenos Aires
  • Patagonia
  • Lake District
  • Mendoza
  • Salta
  • Iguassu Falls
Classic Argentina Classic Argentina
£ 6476

The size and diversity of Argentina means it is somewhere that you can visit three, four or even five times and still have more to uncover. In our ‘classic’ itinerary we have focussed on some of our favourite areas though, for those looking to see the star attractions of South America’s second largest country.

Your holiday starts in Buenos Aires, a sophisticated city with a focus on style, fashion and art and home to some wonderful restaurants and bars. You will then head south to natural wonders of Patagonia and the Lake District, visiting the hugely impressive Perito Moreno Glacier en route. From the south you will work your way north, for a few days relaxation in the stunning wine region around Mendoza, where the back-drop of the Andes is the perfect accompaniment to a glass of Malbec.

Your penultimate stop is the north-west of the country, an area home to some stunning natural scenery, including deserts, salt flats and rocky canyons. 

To end your stay in Argentina, you will visit one of the newly announced natural wonders of the World, the hugely impressive Iguassu Falls on the border with Brazil. 2.7km wide and with over 250 waterfalls, it’s a fitting stop to end.

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    Day 1 Overnight flight from the UK to Buenos Aires

    Board your overnight flight from the UK to Buenos Aires.

    Day 2-3 Buenos Aires
    Buenos Aires

    Arrive in the morning of day 2 and transfer straight to 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 at HUB Porteno – bed & breakfast

    Day 4-5 El Calafate
    El Calafate

    On day 4 you will fly to El Calafate, the entry point to Argentine Patagonia. During your stay you will enjoy a private tour to the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier, 5km wide and one of the few glaciers in the world to still be advancing. 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 at the Hotel Esplendor el Calafate – bed & breakfast

    Day 6-7 The Lake District
    The Lake District

    On day 6 take a short direct flight 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: Two nights at Estancia Peuma Hue – full board

    Day 8-10 The Wine Region
    The Wine Region

    Now it’s time to sample some of Argentina’s finest vintages. On day 8 you will fly to Mendoza in the country’s wine region, to stay at a prestigious vineyard. During your stay a full day visiting three specialist wineries is included, along with a paired tasting lunch.

    From Mendoza 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 at Entre Cielos – bed & breakfast

    Day 11-12 Salta and the North-West

    On day 11 you will fly north, to the charming city of Salta. Salta is the entry point to a number of attractions in the area, including salt flats, adobe villages, wonderful rock formations, vineyards and some beautiful colonial architecture. 

    Over the next two days you will stay in a delightful boutique hotel in the centre of the city and explore the attractive old-town with your guide. Known for its spring like climate, you will see the neoclassical architecture and beautiful plazas which make Salta so popular. You will also have a full day visit to the impressive Salinas Grandes, huge salt flats to the north of the province. En route you will visit the historic town of Purmamarca, which is flanked by the Cerro de los Siete Colores (Hill of Seven Colours).

    Stay: Two nights at Legado Mitico – bed & breakfast

    Important: some of the attractions around Salta are over 3,000m above sea-level.

    Day 13-15 Iguassu Falls

    On day 13 a short flight from Salta takes you to the world famous Iguassu Falls, the largest collection of waterfalls on the planet.

    Your hotel is inside the national park on the Argentine side of the Falls and has incredible views towards the falls. During your stay you will be taken on a private tour of the Argentine National Park, visiting the hugely impressive ‘Devil’s Throat’. Helicopter rides, boat trips and other activities can be organised too, but you may prefer to relax around the hotel’s marvellous infinity pool, which looks straight out towards the falls.

    Stay: Three nights at the Gran Meliá Iguazú – bed & breakfast

    Day 16-17 Overnight flight back to the UK

    After a final breakfast on day 16, you will be transferred across the border to Iguassu airport on the Brazilian side of the Falls.

    Here you will board a domestic flight to Sao Paulo international airport, where you will connect onto your overnight flight back to the UK, arriving on day 17.

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