Day 1: Arrival in Buenos Aires. After breakfast you will be transferred privately from your hotel to Mendoza Airport for your flight to 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 3 nights in Buenos Aires.
Day 2: Private City Sights Tour. This morning you will be embark on a tour of elegant Buenos Aires, you will have a chance to see the beautiful parks and gardens of Palermo, the charming old city quarter of San Telmo, the bustling banking and business center of town and the historic Government House, Congress Building and Recoleta Cemetery. As you enjoy your first look at this delightful capital city, your guide will provide you with historic facts along with entertaining and informative stories. You will hear about the immigrants who came from Europe and about Argentina`s intense and passionate political life which has inspired much of the Country’s theater and song. Afternoon 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 full list of choices for during your stay in Buenos Aires will be given to you from which makes it easy to make
Day 4: 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 (Either Argentina side or Brazilian side)
Day 5: 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 Argentinean 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 Argentinean 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. This is a "must do" and included in our package prices.
Day 6: 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 Argentinean 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 7: Iguassu Falls to Salta. Free time in the morning and in the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your 2 hours flight to Salta. Upon arrival in the evening you will be transferred to your hotel in time to freshen up and make your way out for dinner in one of Salta`s great restaurants. If you thought the Malbec in Mendoza was great, wait to you try the local Malbec from Salta. Overnight 2 nights in Salta.
Day 8: Afternoon and Night Tour of Salta. Reception and transfer from Salta Airport to the hotel. City Tour in Salta. Ascent of Cerro San Bernardo. We will visit the Cathedral, the Church of San Francisco, the Town Hall and the Historic Museum of the North, the craft market and the San Bernardo Hill. The Church of San Francisco is a magnificent Franciscan temple with fine architecture ornaments. The Town Hall was built in different periods, but has a predominant Baroque style. Looms and silver objects can be bought at the handicraft market. Beautiful Salta turns on its lights when the night falls. Each corner renovates its charm when the Moon is out. The main square, its cafes, Balcarce Street and the magic of the casino. The night is an invitation.
Day 9: 4WD Safari a la Nubes. The "Safari to the Clouds" gives you the possibility to combine three different circuits in the Northwest of Argentina in one day. The first one, the "Road to the Clouds" follows the famous railway track of the "Train to the Clouds" through the "Quebrada del Toro" (Bull`s Gorge) up to San Antonio de los Cobres. The second one goes through the Puna, along route 40, up to "Salinas Grandes" (Salt Lakes) of Jujuy. And the third one, the downhill trip of Lipan to the picturesque village of Purmamarca, at the base of the well known "Mount of the Seven Colours". Overnight 1 night in Purmamarca area.
Day 10: 4WD Safari Humahuaca (Cultural Tour). After a leisurely morning breakfast today. The safari that would had been traveling already for 3 hours from Salta will pick you up from your hotel at approx 10am. You will join this small group and continue to Tilcara where we visit the archeological museum and the Pucara ruins, age-old aboriginal fortress strategically located and surrounded by colorful hills and cactuses. We leave behind the little villages of Huacalera and Uquia and finally arriving to Humahuaca, the biggest and most important city of this gorge. You return to Salta in the afternoon through the sinuous mountain road, where we can appreciate the wonderful rain forest of the area of Las Yungas, a contrasting landscape with the puna seen during the trip that for sure will amaze you. Overnight 1 night in Salta.
Day 11: Salta to El Calafate. After breakfast this morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight from the northwest arid region to southern Patagonia. No two environments could be more worlds apart. Upon arrival in El Calafate in the afternoon you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight 3 nights in El Calafate.
Day 12: Perito Merino Glacier Tour. Icy adventure awaits you as you behold the 30-kilometer long spectacle of awe, the Perito Moreno glacier. An 80-kilometer drive from El Calafate, the southern gateway to Glacier Moreno’s crashing bergs will give you a flavor of Argentina’s snows cape. The only glacier in the world that is not retreating, Perito Moreno is not just a large block of ice but an immense marvel of nature rising 60 meters above sea level with an ice depth of 170 meters! No description can really do justice to the immense icy blue berg but it is a sight you are unlikely to ever forget.
Formed 30,000 years ago, today Glacier Moreno is the world’s third largest fresh water reserve, advancing over the Lago Argentino (Argentine Lake), separating the lake in two. A phenomenal auditory experience if you are lucky to witness it, is when ice crashes and collapses into the iceberg channel. Explore this icy subject of awe as you tour the base of Glacier Moreno followed by a nautical safari to present an alternative perspective of the glacier. As the tour winds to an end, you will be left with delightful memories and a strong sense of nature’s power and sheer immensity.
Day 13: Free Time or pre-plan. There are two favorites activities we would like to suggest to pre-plan at additional expense to this itinerary if you wish. For the more adventurous we suggest glacier trekking on Moreno Glacier. For those that this doesn’t appeal, the obvious alternate "low impact" sightseeing tour is a full day Upsala & Oneili Glaciers.
Day 14: El Calafate to Buenos Aires. Free time in El Calafate today before your flight back to Buenos Aires. Overnight 1 night in Buenos Aires.
Day 15: Departure from Buenos Aires. Free time in Buenos Aires today before your flight back to your next destination.
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