Visit both the Brazilian and Argentine National Parks over two days, both days will be very different and a great way to unwind after the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires. Next travel to the district of Bariloche and discover the seven lakes of the region. Cross into Chile via a spectacular lake crossing into Puerto Varas. After the experience of this northern Patagonia area, the tour heads north to the Chilean capital city of Santiago. Explore her many museums and places of historical significance during the day and at night the Providencia district provides world class restaurants and bars.
Independent Vacation (min 2 people):
Day 1: Arrival in Buenos Aires. Upon arrival into Buenos Aires you will be meet at the airport by one of our guides and transferred privately to your hotel. Have a cocktail to unwind after the flight and then get a good nights sleep for some great days of sightseeing. Overnight 4 nights in Buenos Aires at your hotel of choice.
Day 2: Private Half Day City & Cafe Tortoni`s. This morning you will be picked up by one of our hand selected guides to take you on an orientation of this great city. Discover the beauty and wonders of Buenos Aires, view the National Congress, The Metropolitan Cathedral next to the Government House in may square area. Admire the Colon Theater, one of the most important opera houses in Latin America. Visit San Telmo, traditional neighborhood where Tango performances can be seen in many bars and restaurants. Stop at La Boca colorful neighborhood, which was, seat of immigrants - manly Italians - and now home of some artists.
Enjoy Palermo, an area that combines its architecture and history with entertainment and amusement in its green spaces. Finally, La Recoleta, an exclusive and elegant neighborhood where the famous cemetery is found and visit Eva Peron’s tomb. Although it may seem unusual, fashionable restaurants, bars, discos and a cinema complex also surround the area. This private tour also includes a stop at the famous Tortoni`s for a coffee/tea and/or cake (at own expense) before heading back to your hotel. The afternoon and evening is at leisure.
Day 3 (or alternate selected day): Your choice of a Special experience:
- Traditional & Fun Boca Tango Show & BBQ
- Glitzy less traditional Tango Show & Dinner
- Opera or Ballet at the newly restored Colon Theater
- Local Football Match
- Full Day Estancia & Gaucho experience
Note: One month prior to your departure from the UK a we will give you a full list of choices that are possible for the duration of your stay. Some choices may not be available due to the schedules however we guarantee a minimum of 3 choices.
Day 4: Day of Leisure. Today relax or select another tour to do when you are in Buenos Aires. A perfect opportunity to do some shopping however most shop are open until 8 pm - even later in some places.
Day 5: Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls. After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel for a private transfer to the airport for your flight from Buenos Aires to Iguassu Falls - the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Iguassu Falls has a Brazilian side as well as an Argentinean side. You will have the afternoon at leisure to settle into your surrounds. Overnight 3 nights in Iguassu Falls at your hotel of choice.
Day 6: Private Tour of the Argentine Falls & Safari Boat Ride. After breakfast pick u from your hotel and transfer to the border of Brazil and Argentina, 5-15 km from the hotels, crossing the Iguacu river by the 489 meter long Tancredo Neves bridge. From the border to the falls on the Argentinian side is about 15 km. Arrival at the falls and walk along special pathways and bridges which bring you very close to some of the falls. From the Argentinian side, one has a nice view of the San Martin Island and Brazil. There are two pathways. The upper one takes about 30 minutes and is 700 meters long and the lower one is 1.5 km long and takes 1 to 2 hours. During your visit today, you will embark on an exciting safari boat ride of the Falls for some great views and an unforgettable experience.
Note: This is a "must do" and included in our package prices.
Day 7: Private Tour of the Brazilian Falls & Tropical Bird Park. Pick up from your hotel after breakfast. Transfer to the waterfalls on the Brazilian side, to a place from where one has a nice view of the falls on the Argentinian side and from where a 1 km long pathway begins. Walking along the pathway through the lush forest, one will see more and more of the falls and it is possible to see some small animals, birds and butterflies. At the end of the pathway are souvenir shops, bathrooms and a bar. Up to the main road by elevator and return transfer to the hotel. Afterwards today visit the Tropical Bird Park. It is an ecological sanctuary with more than 500 species of birds from Brazil and other countries, as well as some species of reptiles and butterflies. You will walk on a trail through some areas that imitate birds` natural habitat, where you will have the opportunity to take photos very close to them. It’s a great fun for people of all ages.
Day 8: Iguassu to Bariloche. Our Representation will be waiting at the airport ready to take you to your hotel by private car and driver. Bariloche is about 1,600 km or 2 hours flight time south west from Buenos Aires, the great Andes mountains spread into a landlocked lake area of sophisticated scenic contrasts. Nature blends rich greens and gentle blues in a myriad of streams and lakes framed by snow capped peaks and lightly clouded skies. Skiing, fishing, walking, climbing, dancing, skating, lovely gardens, graceful homes and interesting people who live in a paradise of sense and sensibility. Overnight 2 nights in Bariloche at a hotel of your choice.
Day 9: Full Day Seven Lakes. Departure from Bariloche crossing the Limay Bridge, where the river commences at the Nahuel Huapi lake. Then, bordering the Huemul arm of the lake, pass Las Flores, Puerto Manzano and to Villa La Angostura. Short stop at this village and then the beginning of the Seven Lakes Route, Correntoso, Espejo, Escondido, Falkner, Villarino, Bayley Wills and Machonico. Arrival at San Martin de los Andes, situated on the shore of the Lacar lake. You have time for lunch and a visit of the town on your own (the stop at San Martin is about 3 hours). Return in through the Cordoba pass (1200 m) a typical Patagonian landscape; the confluence of the Traful and Limay rivers, Valle Encantado (enchanted valley) and Anfiteatro (a natural amphitheater). Arrival in Bariloche late afternoon. Important Note: This sightseeing is a spectacular scenic trip and the guide may not speak perfect English.
Day 10: Lake Crossing Bariloche to Puerto Varas. Today you will experience the world famous lake crossing. Experience the most beautiful lakes and mountains as you travel by bus and boat from Bariloche to Puerto Varas, Chile. The excursion can be a great way to cross into Chile from Argentina, or just a nice way to explore many beautiful sights. This excursion starts at Puerto Panuelo, a port right next to the Llao Llao Hotel, a few kilometres from the city of San Carlos del Bariloche and takes all day. Overnight 2 nights in Puerto Varas at a hotel of your choice.
Day 11: Full Day Chloe Island Tour. Today an excellent scenic and historic tour of Chloe Island. Presently there are over 60 churches in Chiloe that correspond to this typology, and are know as School of Religious Wooden Architecture of Chiloe. Sixteen of these churches - the same most representative ones-are also considered National Monument, in Chile and World Heritage by UNESCO.
Day 12: Puerto Montt to Santiago. After breakfast this morning you will be transferred to Puerto Montt Airport for a flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival our representation will be waiting for you to guide you to your personal driver for your transfer to your hotel. Santiago, the nation’s capital is located in the fertile central region at the base of the Andes Mountain nearby the beaches and wineries of the region. Overnight 3 nights in Santiago at a hotel of your choice.
Day 13: Private Half Day Tour of Historical Santiago. This morning you will start on a half day tour of Santiago. The journey starts visiting the civic quarter noted for the Moneda Palace. The Pre-Columbian museum surprises us with its wide range art sample, related to the origin of the American man’s culture. The National Historical Museum and the Fine Arts Museum are other existing beauties of Santiago downtown. We cannot leave without visiting the Santa Lucia hill, foundation site of Santiago.
Day 14: Full Day Vina del Mar & Valparaiso Tour. Valparaiso is a port and World Heritage city, whose origins date back to 1536. Beside this, it is the seat of the legislative power. Valparaiso has the picturesque magic with its funiculars, beaches and colorful neighborhoods on its 45 hills, and beaches, unfolding unique and unforgettable landscapes. Today’s tour visits La Sebastiana; house museum of the poet and literature Nobel prize, Pablo Neruda. Then, it continues to Vina del Mar standing out the architecture of its palaces and streets. Finally, return to Santiago visiting Faba to observe elaborated pieces made in Lapislazuli, a precious only found in Chile and Afghanistan.
Day 15: Departure from Santiago. Morning at Leisure. Today you will be collected by our representation for your transfer to the airport in plenty of time for your flight.
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