Escorted or Private Tour-Land Only
8 Days/ 7 Nights
February 1 and 22
October 11 and 25
November 8 and 29
Argentina, the second biggest state of South America, has a surface of 2.8 million square kilometers. The country has 33 million inhabitants and nearly half of them live in the surroundings of Buenos Aires, one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the world. Argentina is a fascinating land of contrasts where the exceptional is almost commonplace. It?s home to an abundant wildlife, enjoys a unique culture, and delights in an astonishing variety of landscapes from tropical rain forest in the north to the remote vastness of the Antarctic in the South. Three big landscapes form the country: the Andes in the west, the northern and western flatland as well as the wide plains of Patagonia in the South. The country that is stretched in length has three climatic zones: tropic in the north, moderate in the center and polar in the extreme South. The Indian aborigines only live in the north-western Andean region and in the north-east province of Misiones. The rest of the population is mainly composed of European immigrants. The official language is Spanish, but in bigger towns English is also quite common.
Price per Person:
In a double room using tourist class hotels $1869
Single supplement $539
In a double room using first class hotels $1999
Single supplement $599
This tour can be taken anytime on a private basis for the following prices:
Per person in a double room using tourist class hotels $2169
Per person in a double room using first class hotels $2299
7 nights accommodation using the following hotels, tourist class package: Buenos Aires: Hotel Loi Suites Esmeralda (studio Room), Ushuaia: Hotel Patagonia Jarke (standard room), Calafate: Hotel Sierra Nevada (standard room) Calefate Hotels using first class package: Buenos Aires: Hotel Grand Brizo (comfort room), Ushuaia: Hotel Cllene del Faro (standard room), Calafate: Hotel Kosten Aike (standard room)
Breakfast each morning
All airport transfers in Argentina
Buenos Aires city tour
Half day tour to the Tierra del Fuego National Park
Full day tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier
Hotel taxes and service charges
Day 1 Buenos Aires
Upon arrival you will be met and taken to your centrally located hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure to begin your exploration of the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina. This evening you will be taken to dinner and a tango show at the famous La Ventana tango house. Overnight in Buenos Aires.
Day 2 Buenos Aires
After breakfast you will be taken on a city tour. During your city tour in Buenos Aires you will drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue of the world, you will pass close to the Colon Theatre, one of the world’s best known opera houses. Visit the famous Avenida de Mayo that runs into the Plaza De Mayo, surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Government House), the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo (first City Hall, built during Spanish rule). At the other end of Avenida de Mayo the cupola of the Congress building can be seen. Stop and inside visit of the Metropolitan Cathedral, this imposing neo classical building is Argentina’s main catholic building. The mausoleum of General San Martin (the National Hero) is located inside the Cathedral, and Pope Francisco used to celebrate religious services in this Cathedral when he was cardinal of Buenos Aires city. Stop at the famous Cafe Tortoni, the oldest literati cafe of the city. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack. Your next stop is La Boca, a most colorful area with the famous street Caminito. Continue to the north area passing by Palermo and visit the Recoleta area, one of the city’s most glamorous spots. Here you will see elegant boutiques and excellent restaurants, surrounded by centennial trees. The heart of the neighborhood is Recoleta cemetery. The cemetery is the center of this aristocratic neighborhood, and the most relevant personalities of Argentina’s history rest in this place. The mausoleums and pantheons reflect the architectural diversity emerging from the different cultural tendencies Argentina incorporated in its formation as a nation. The cemetery is considered to be one of the most impressive monuments of Argentina. 30min stop includes visit of Eva Duarte’ s grave, known as Eva Peron (Evita). This evening you can take the following optional tour. Argentina culinary experience (3h 30min) . On shared basis This tour is designed to give you an introduction to the best of Argentine cuisine and culture. This is not a cooking class, but a fun and unique experience, where you will meet and dine with people from all over the world. The international team of guides are on hand to spoil you and take you through every step of this culinary journey. Each guest is welcomed with a drink. At first you will try Patagonian trout tartar served with Torrontes wine. Choose from the gourmet fillings and create your own empanada learning the traditional “repulge” technique for beef as well as cheese and ham fillings. Enjoy a typical Argentinian picada with grilled provoleta cheese, sliced chorizo sausage, mollejas (gizzard) and homemade chimichurri. Learn the most important Argentinian gestures during a short class. Enjoy what many are claiming to be the very best steak in Argentina, cooked to order and accompanied with velvety mash potatoes and a variety of roasted vegetables marinated with rosemary vinaigrette. These top of the line thick cut filet steaks have a unique 24 hour preparation method that sets apart from the rest. Vegetarian, pescetarian and celiac options are available on request. Two distinct Malbec wines, from boutique wineries in Mendoza, paired to complement food. Learn about and enjoy unlimited wine throughout the dinner. White wine is also available on request. Enjoy a cuartirolo cheese tasting with dulce de batata (produced of sweet potato) and dulce de madera (Argentina is the only country in the world where a special kind of wood can be eaten). For desert make your own alfajores, Argentina’s national sweet, where biscuits, dulce de leche, melted chocolate fondue and coconut shavings combine to delight the senses. Finally, get taught about the history and etiquette of mate, Argentina’s national pastime, and prepare it from scratch among yourselves. A fun and dynamic way to approach Argentina cuisine and Argentinean habits while meeting other international travelers. Overnight Buenos Aires.
Day 3 Buenos Aires-Ushuaia
After breakfast transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Ushuaia (not included). Ushuaia is the capital of the territory and the southernmost city in the world. Like Rio Grande Ushuaia has grown fast in the last few years, thanks to immigration and the electronics industry in the area. You should not miss the End of the World Museum, the old prison and to explore some restaurants to try the excellent spider crabs. A walk around the harbor is interesting too, where some old boats can be seen. Ushuaia and its scenery inspired the research and fantasies of Jules Verne, Fitz Roy, Charles Darwin and Emilio Salgari. Upon arrival at the Ushuaia airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Ushuaia.
Day 4 Ushuaia.
In the morning you will go on a tour to the Tierra del Fuego National Park, where you will get the impression as if time goes slower than anywhere else. The long stormy winters and the width of the sky formed a very simple and modest way of living. The National Park is crossed by many rivers which flow into the Beagle Channel. Drive through the park to enjoy the landscapes and have a little walk. In the afternoon you can enjoy an optional boat trip in the Beagle Channel. on a catamaran tour on the Beagle Channel. The Beagle Channel got its name due to the expedition of Charles Darwin. You will pass through the Casco Island where you will see many nests of seabirds. Sea lions can be seen onto the Island of Los Lobos. Overnight in Ushuaia.
Day 5 Ushuaia-Calafate
Transfer to the airport and flight to El Calafate (not included). Pick up at the airport by our local guide and transfer to the hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. We suggest an optional visit to the Glaciarum Museum. This the first museum in South America dedicated to the glaciers and Patagonia ice. It has a privileged location, situated close to El Calafate town (20 minutes drive) on the way to Los Glaciares National Park. The whole complex is a last generation interpretation center which will offer you an interactive exhibition with the aim to learn about the glaciers. It`s an interactive museum with theme rooms, exhibitions showing recent investigations, scenic & lighting effects, multimedia programs and audiovisuals. It also has a permanent exhibition focused on global climate changes and the environmental problems on earth. Overnight in Calafate.
Day 6 Calafate-Perito Moreno-Calafate
Today you will be taken on a full day tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier. After a drive through the National Park Los Glaciares one arrive all of a sudden in a forest full of colors, before one sees, equally unexpected, the glacier Perito Moreno. This is one of the few glaciers that are still growing. Every 4 to 5 years it covers the gap between the mainland and itself and grows into the Lago Argentino. Eventually the ice cannot resist the enormous pressure of the water and crashes with a frightening noise. One can watch this glacier spectacle every day when single ice blocks fall into the lake. Considering that the glacier is 5 km long and 70 m high one can imagine the noise this makes. Here we will have 2 hours to experience the glacier before driving back to Calafate for overnight.
Day 7 Calafate-Buenos Aires.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires (not included). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Buenos Aires.
Day 8 Buenos Aires-End of Tour
After breakfast you will be taken to the airport. You can extend your stay in Argentina or continue with another tour to Uruguay, Chile or Brazil. We recommend a visit to the spectacular Iguassu Falls.
Additional nights available
Pre and/or post tours to Mendoza, Iguassu and/or Bariloche available