Once the economic powerhouse of the continent, Argentina maintains a sense of refined elegance more commonly associated with European countries. The city of Buenos Aires is more often than not the entry point for those exploring the world’s eighth largest country, and one could not hope for a more invigorating introduction. Those curious to explore the city will be rewarded by a visit to the refined districts of San Telmo, Recoleta and the colorful La Boca, before enjoying an energetic tango show or a visit to any of the city’s world class restaurants. From Buenos Aires all major destinations can be accessed with ease, starting with the impressive Iguazú Falls where 275 separate cascades make them the world’s widest, prompting Eleanor Roosevelt to comment “Poor Niagara” upon witnessing them for the first time. Argentina’s increasingly important wine country surrounding Mendoza is home to Argentina’s very own Malbec grape, and with the breathtaking backdrop of the Andes catching the evening light, the city is a wonderful base for exploring the surrounding vineyards in style. Continuing south, the whale watching opportunities of Peninsula Valdes and the expansive forests and lakes of Bariloche provide a scenic welcome to Argentine Patagonia, before heading into the altogether harsher and more desolate southern regions. El Calafate is the basis for a visit to Perito Moreno, one of the world’s few advancing glaciers that can be seen calving vast walls of ice from surprisingly short distance, whilst a trip onto the glacier itself is available for the more adventurous. This inspiring country concludes on the Beagle Canal where Ushuaia, the world’s southern most cities is found looking over these historic waters and provides the access to the final continent, Antarctica. Argentina truly is a land of superlatives, and for those looking for a blend of chic cities, magnificent landscapes and exuberant culture Argentina provides all of this and much more.
Meals: None Upon arrival at Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires, your English-Speaking representative will be on hand to escort you to your waiting private motor coach for the transfer to the hotel. After check-in, time to freshen up before a special sightseeing tour of the Argentine capital. The tour will take in all the major sights including the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Government Palace (Casa Rosada), the colourful La Boca district, the port barrio and vibrant working class heart of Buenos Aires, and San Telmo, home and birthplace of the sultry tango.
Meals: None Upon arrival at Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires, your English-Speaking representative will be on hand to escort you to your waiting private motor coach for the transfer to the hotel. After check-in, time to freshen up before a special sightseeing Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner After breakfast, embark on a sightseeing excursion of the older areas of Argentina’s capital city with your guide. There will be special emphasis on the historical parts of the city, such as San Telmo where you may visit the Plaza Dorrego market (open on Sundays). The tour will also include a visit to “El Zanjón”. In 1986 work began on the renovation of this 19th century house in San Telmo. A section of tunnel was discovered underneath, and it was soon apparent that it formed part of the Buenos Aires sewer system abandoned in the mid 1880s. The building is spectacular inside, and gives an interesting insight into the Buenos Aires of old. Continue to Puerto Madero district to enjoy lunch at exclusive restaurant. Return to the hotel, where the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Freshen up and prepare for a special view of the city by night. You will be transferred to Café Tortoni. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest coffee shop in the whole country and has a very rich history. Then continue to El Querandi, the most famous tango restaurant where you will have dinner and appreciate a tango show.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch This morning transfer to the airport to board your flight to Bariloche. Dubbed Argentina’s “Little Switzerland,” this is a region with strong ties to Central Europe and many local families originally immigrated here from Germany, Switzerland and Northern Italy. Your sightseeing tour in Bariloche will take you up into the surrounding mountains for breathtaking views of the Cathedral, Lopez and Otto Mountain peaks, descending to Lake Nahuel Huapi and Lake Moreno. A visit to Cerro Campanario by chairlift gives you one of the most spectacular views of the area. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, transfer to the exclusive El Casco Art Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch After breakfast, depart for a visit to Villa La Angostura. This village is located 82 kilometres from Bariloche at South Neuquén on the banks northwest of Nahuel Huapi Lake. Visit this charming village where the exclusive Hostería Las Balsas (Relais & Chateaux) is found, this is where you will have lunch. After lunch, board a boat and navigate the Nahuel Huapi Lake as far as Puerto Pañuelo. From here it is only a short drive back to your accommodation.Meals: Breakfast and Lunch After breakfast, depart for a visit to Villa La Angostura. This village is located 82 kilometres from Bariloche at South Neuquén on the banks northwest of Nahuel Huapi Lake. Visit this charming village where the exclusive Hostería Las Balsas (Relais & Chateaux) is found, this is where you will have lunch. After lunch, board a boat and navigate the Nahuel Huapi Lake as far as Puerto Pañuelo. From here it is only a short drive back to your accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch Today is at leisure to enjoy the facilities in and around the lodge.
Meals: Breakfast This morning transfer to the airport to board a flight back to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be locally transferred to board your flight to Carmelo, a small village located in Uruguay. Upon arrival in Carmelo, you will be transferred to the exclusive Four Seasons Hotel & Spa. Nestled amidst pine and eucalyptus trees by the Rio de la Plata, this wonderful resort offers golf, riding, fishing and a scenic river bank.
Meals: Breakfast The next two days are yours to enjoy the wide range of facilities available at Carmelo. You will have free access to the exclusive spa and swimming pool. Other activities and facilities you can contract directly at the hotel are: golf and tennis court, cycling, horseback riding, kayaking, canoeing, fly-fishing, library and gym.
Meals: Breakfast After breakfast transfer to the local airport in Carmelo to board your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Evening is at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast Transfer to the airport to board your departure flight.