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The Very Best of Argentina Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 29 people
Destination(s): Argentina  
Specialty Categories: Glacier Tours   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 4095 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 15810 US Dollar (USD)

On this tour you will enjoy all the best that Argentina has to offer: sightseeing in Buenos Aires, Argentina - the Capital of Tango, visiting the Aspen of South America – Bariloche, seeing glaciers and penguins at the End of the Earth in Ushuaia and going to El Calafate - The Heart of Patagonia's Lake District.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart from home on your South American adventure.

Day 2: Buenos Aires. Meet your guide at Ezeiza International Airport. Transfer to one of Hotel Alvear Palace, a piece of Buenos Aires tradition and elegance. Enjoy a tailor-made city tour so as to combine a comprehensive visit of the city with your own interests. Below we include one of our suggestions. Art Galleries and Antiques City Tour: this special tour around the city allows an approach to the core of its culture, printed in its architectural treasures and relicts of the city unforgettable past along with important works of art at some of the city art galleries and antique shops. Just a different way of 'experiencing' the city. Welcome dinner and Tango Show at Esquina Carlos Gardel, a memento of the famous tango star who has become one of the best-known characters in Buenos Aires history.

Day 3: Buenos Aires. Country Day at an Estancia, for relaxing and horse-riding at one of the luxurious Argentine ranches dating back to the beginning of the 20th Century when they where built by some of the most traditional and wealthy Argentine families. Take this chance to taste the typical 'Asado Criollo' and delight with some of the best Argentine meat.

Day 4: Buenos Aires. Day at leisure for optional tours, such as an excursion to the Tigre Delta. Farewell dinner at Cabana Las Lilas, one of the best choices in the city to taste the best quality in Argentine beef. You'll carry the memory back home.

Day 5: Buenos Aires – Bariloche. After breakfast, transfer to the city airport Aeroparque. Fly to the Aspen of Latin America, San Carlos de Bariloche. Meet you local guide transfer to one of Llao Llao Hotel and Resort, for style engraved in the most beautiful natural scenery between lakes, mountains and dense green woods. Travel on the Small Circuit: a drive along Nahuel Huapi Lake coast, visiting the best-known points of interest in the outskirts of Bariloche.

You will see Playa Bonita, Cerro Campanario, Peninsula de San Pedro where it is interesting to visit Weiss Family Smokehouse and Peninsula Llao Llao with its typical San Eduardo Chapel; cross the bridge at La Angostura between Nahuel Huapi and Moreno lakes up to Lopez Bay and the Panoramic Lookout and visit finally Melihue lavender plantation where lots of byproducts are obtained from this wonderfully aromatic plant. Dinner at Restaurant Familia Weiss; it is not possible to leave the city without tasting these exquisite local specialties.

Day 6: Bariloche. Navigation to Puerto Blest and Lago Frias, sailing out of Puerto Pañuelo across the waters of Nahuel Huapi lake. Enjoying the wonderful scenery of the surrounding snowed-covered or woody mountain peaks. Disembarkation at Puerto Blest for visit to Lago Frias and some time for lunch. After a while the catamaran continues its way to Puerto Cantaros from where a walk through a dense forest of local tree-species, characteristic of the Valdivian Jungle leads to the surprising and roaring Los Cantaros Cascade.

Day 7: Bariloche. Day at leisure for playing golf, enjoying the hotel or taking an optional tour.

Day 8: Bariloche - Ushuaia. Transfer to the airport for flight to Ushuaia. Meet your local guide at Ushuaia airport and transfer to one of Hotel Las Hayas, the best view of the bay and the city is framed here by luxury and style. Balance of the afternoon at leisure so as to wander around in the city or visit some of its museums such as the World's End Museum or the Presidium Museum.

Day 9: Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego. Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park with a short trail on the World's End Train and sail to Isla Redonda. Enjoy a trip to the most scenic sites inside this park enjoying the astounding beauty of its landscape: views of Beagle Channel surrounded by mountains and forests which arise the feeling of a closer contact with nature, peat-bogs that talk of millennia of forest history and beaver dams that are a boast of active nature. Stop at Lapataia Bay for an open view of the world's end waters from the southernmost edge of continental land and finally reach Ensenada Bay and sail across a narrow arm of Beagle Channel to Isla Redonda, a wonderful reservoir of nature that has seldom had any contact with human inhabitants. Lunch in the area.

Day 10: Ushuaia. Navigation along Glaciers Avenue. Embark on 'Charles Darwin' catamaran to sail northeast bound along Beagle Channel, stopping first at Puerto Navarino for migrations since part of the itinerary is in Chilean water and then along a narrow path between mountains which fall straight into the sea and show on the slopes an impressive array of glaciers: Romanche, Holland, France, Italy and Germany. After lunch is served on board, the navigation continues to Glacier Garibaldi and its floating icebergs. Box lunch on board. Dinner at Restaurant Kaupe, to taste some delicious King Crab, a 'must' for any visitor to this southern lands.

Day 11: Ushuaia - El Calafate. Transfer to the airport for your flight to El Calafate. Meet meet your local guide and transfer to Hosteria Los Notros, the only one situated within the National Park, facing Perito Moreno Glacier. The best place to enter in close contact with glaciers and lakes. Dinner at hotel.

Day 12: El Calafate and Upsala. Visit to Upsala Explorer Navigation and Estancia Cristina with Patagonian Barbecue lunch. Located on Cristina Channel, near Upsala Glacier, this ranch has the privilege of being the best land access to the spectacular glacier. Cruise majestically among astonishing icebergs and beautiful scenery so as to reach this amazing, unique and isolated place. The adventure continues with a drive by 4x4 vehicles up to the Upsala Glacier Lookout. On foot or on horseback, do not miss the opportunity to share in something interesting, unique and amazing. Dinner at hotel.

Day 13: Perito Moreno Glacier. Minitrekking over Perito Moreno Glacier. Once at Bahia Bajo de las Sombras pier, take a 30-minute boat ride to the southwest margin of the glacier. Upon arrival expert guides help you to put on crampons and explain how to walk on the ice. Enjoy a wonderful 2 hours walk on the surface of Perito Moreno Glacier. Return to the Refuge and free time for lunch (box lunch included). Afterwards transfer to the paths in front of Moreno Glacier east wall so as to have a different panoramic view of it. Dinner at hotel.

Day 14: Departure. After breakfast at hotel transfer to El Calafate airport for your connection in Buenos Aires.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

2011 Prices:
- 14 days package: $4095 p/p double occupancy/twin
- Single supplement: $1660
- Single independent: $6705.

2011 Prices (private 5-star):
- 14 days package: $9315 p/p double occupancy/twin
- Single supplement: $4725
- Single independent: $15810.

Price Includes:
- 13 days/12 nights
- 2 dinners and 3 Lunches
- Daily breakfast
- All transfers.

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