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The Best of Argentina
||from $ 2,490 AUD|
||Domestic flights included|
||Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Patagonia, Perito Moreno, Iguazu and brazilian Iguazu|
With its gorgeous landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and lively culture, Argentina is a traveler's paradise. There is something for everyone. Nature-lovers can walk among thousands of penguins and witness the world’s most amazing waterfalls, sportsmen can climb South America’s highest peak, hikers can admire the stunning scenery of glorious lakes and white-tipped mountains. You will have the best opportunity to learn Spanish, dance the sexy tango and eat the best steaks in the world here.
Day 1 – Buenos Aires
Welcome at Ezeiza International Airport of Buenos Aires. Meet and greet by the English speaking guide – Transfer to the hotel, with a short time off. You will discover the highlights of the attractive and pulsating capital of Argentina during a 3-hour city tour. The metropolis is famous for being the Paris of South America. You will visit the heart of the city, the May Square (Plaza de Mayo), with the Government House (Casa Rosada) on one side of the square and the Cathedral (which is visited during the tour) on the other side, and the City Hall. The Cabildo is right across the street, it is the Town Hall of colonial times. From there, the bus drives you through San Telmo (a tango district) to La Boca, with its most famous colourful and picturesque houses on Caminito Street. At the end of the tour you will visit the northern part of Buenos Aires. The Recoleta neighbourhood with wide avenues, parks and residential houses in French style is a big contrast to the “Barrio de La Boca”. Here, you will visit the unique monumental cemetery, where Evita Perón and other historical people are buried. Stay overnight at a selected hotel.
Day 2 – Buenos Aires (B)
Today you can either discover Buenos Aires deeper on your own or take part in Fiesta gauncha with a BBQ lunch, which we highly recommend! Argentina is the country of gauchos and herds of cattle, there are almost twice as many heads of cattle as people! This excursion is an excellent opportunity to get in touch with the gauchos, and the traditional music and dances of the area. You leave Buenos Aires in the morning by coach and after approximately one hour you arrive at the estancia, where you are welcomed with typical “empanadas” (meat pie snacks). You can stroll around the farm, have a look at the horses – even ride them – or jaunt in a carriage and watch the gauchos preparing your barbecue. After a typical lunch of different cuts of meat and tripe with a variety of salads, you are entertained with traditional music, dances of the “Pampa”, and the gauchos’ display of horsemanship. After a relaxing day at the ranch, you return to Buenos Aires and have the option to spend an evening in tango rhythm (see optional excursions below) before going to bed.
Day 3 – Buenos Aires (B)
The third day in the city gives you a Tigre Tour! This is a half-day tour (about 4 hours) through the elegant suburbs of Olivos, Martinez and San Isidro, that will show passengers the streets and avenues lined by colourful trees, and lovely houses, some from mid 19th century. After about an hour drive, you arrive at Tigre, on the edge of the enormous delta of the Paraná river. Here you will board a typical river boat for a 60-minute cruise along the canals and streams that thread their way among many islands. The Paraná river starts far in the North, in Brazil, just South of the Amazon basin, and ends in this vast delta, before it flows into the river de la Plata. The vegetation in the delta is dense and many Porteños (inhabitants of Buenos Aires) have made sailing clubs and weekend homes, built on stilts because of frequent flooding. The way back to the hotel is along the Panamericana highway.
Day 4 – Buenos Aires - El Calafate (B)
After breakfast you will leave for the airport. A guide will pick you at the El Calafate airport to bring you to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the day however you wish.
Day 5 – El Calafate, Perito Moreno (B)
Today´s extraordinary full-day tour brings you to the biggest and most important highlight of the Argentine Patagonia region, the spectacular glacier Perito Moreno. Due to unusually favourable local conditions, it is one of the few advancing glaciers in the planet. In the amazing “Glacier National Park” you will have the opportunity to see many glaciers, turquoise blue lakes and snow-capped Andean mountain peaks. The Moreno glacier merits a visit and you will be highly impressed standing only a few metres away from its 60 to 80-metre-high walls. The deep blue colours of the ice and the shape of the glacier with all its small columns are unbelievable! But it is also an auditory experience, when huge icebergs on the face of the glacier calve and collapse into the lake.
Day 6 - El Calafate (optional cruise to glaciers) (B)
You can have a “day off” today, but we highly recommend an optional boat excursion Todo Glacieras. It sets off from the Punta Bandera Pier, where a catamaran sets sail through the Argentino Lake heading wesstwards to the Upsala Channel to observe the magnificent icebergs floating on the lake surrounding the vessel. Afterwards, it heads to the Spegazzini Channel to admire the highest glacier´s wall in the whole National Park, which can reach 130 masl. Before proceeding to the port, it enters the Icebergs Channel to navigate in front of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Overnight in hotel.
Day 7 – El Calafate - Iguazu (B)
This day is a transfer day. You will be driven to the airport to fly via Buenos Aires to Iguazu. You will be met here by an English speaking guide again and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 8 – Iguazu, Argentinean Side (B)
Immediately after breakfast you will set off for a daytrip to the Iguazu Falls. The Argentine side of the falls surprises with its untouched nature. Small footpaths lead you through the rainforest and while you walk over bridges you discover new spectacular views of the cascades with each step. There are two main paths: an upper and a lower one. The upper path leads you over the edge of the falls. There you can appreciate the heights of up to 80m, and the contrast of the quiet water that transforms into these spectacular rushing waterfalls under your feet. An unforgettable feeling for eyes and ears. The lower path goes through the forest and opens marvellous sights among the vegetation. You will not stop taking pictures. The tour also includes a visit to a platform on the upper edge right over the Devil's Gorge, the highest individual fall, where the water crashes in a breathtaking enormous waterfall from three sides downwards. Unforgettable! Night in the hotel.
Day 9 –Iguazu, Brazilian Side (B)
Visit to the Brazilian side of the falls. The Brazilian side of the park offers you an overwhelming view of the huge waterfalls 2,700m wide and 274 cascades. You have the view of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world in a half circle just in front of your eyes. You will never forget this unique sight, this natural act of water, sky and subtropical vegetation. Iguazú means “Big Water” in Guaraní, a deserved name. A walk on foot of only one kilometre over a good forest path brings you to the base of the falls. You will feel humbled, standing one meter beside these impressive waterfalls. You will have enough time to enjoy the falls, to take pictures, and walk along the different footbridges. At the end of the path, you will find a balcony that is so near the falls that you can get completely wet, if you don't wear a plastic tippet. Even with this, the fine water drops will reach your skin, for many people a very welcome and refreshing shower. For real adventurers, we can arrange a boat ride straight under the falls.
Day 10 –Iguazu - Buenos Aires (B)
Transfer from the hotel after breakfast to the airport, flight from Iguazu Falls back to Buenos Aires, to the international airport Ezeiza, where you continue your trip according to your international flight.
All services, transfers and excursions detailed in the program; Local English speaking guide during tours; 9 Nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel; Meals detailed in the program included (B: breakfast; L: Lunch D: Dinner); Entrance fees to Iguazu and Los Glaciars National Parks; El Tigre cruise; Taxes.
Price per person (2 people in double/twin room)
International Airfare; Meals and services not detailed in the program; Tips; Insurance; Personal expenses; Optional excursions
Single supplemet – $ 530 AUD
4* hotel upgrade - $ 500 AUD
Traditional Dinner and Tango Show, transfers - $ 129 AUD
Todo Glaciares - cruise to glaciers - $280
Fiesta Gaucha with traditional lunch ex Buenos Aires - $ 89 AUD
Trip from El Calafate to Ranch Day at Nibepo Aike - $ 90 AUD
Day trip to historical town of Colonia in Uruguay, ex Buenos Aires
El Calafate - Upsala & Onelli glacieres navigation – $ 195 AUD
On national flights with AR only 15 kg luggage per person are allowed (plus hand luggage).
The price is subject to availability and actual air fare cost.
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