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Argentina Holidays

The Guanaco Tour

12 Night Itinerary from £3,4823,104$3,874

Private Individual Tour

 

Explore Buenos Aires, discover pristine alpine scenery and endemic birds - and admire the towering Perito Moreno glacier.

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Travel Route

Tour Highlights

  • Combine the cosmopolitan capital with stunning Patagonian scenery
  • Explore the diverse barrios of Buenos Aires on an in-depth city and history tour
  • Enjoy an authentic tango show and dinner in an atmospheric setting
  • Discover the Lake District for magnificent alpine views and endemic Patagonian birds 
  • Choose from a range of optional activities, tailored to your different interests
  • Marvel at the huge Perito Moreno Glacier, one of South America's natural wonders
  • Look out for condors and admire the Andes at El Calafate's Balcony

We can modify and adapt this tour itinerary according to your preference or start afresh completely. Contact us so we can provide a guaranteed price for this tour, based on your preference of hotels, transport, excursions and flights.

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Travel Itinerary

Buenos Aires - 3 Nights

Day 1 - Overnight flight to Buenos Aires

Day 2 - Buenos Aires at leisure or optional tours/excursions

Day 3 - Buenos Aires city and history tour

Day 4 - Dinner and Tango Show

Day 1

Overnight flight to Buenos Aires 

Depart the UK on overnight flight to Buenos Aires.


Day 2

Buenos Aires at leisure/optional tours or excursions

Your flight arrives the morning, when our local guide will meet you and take you to your hotel in the city centre for a three night stay. 

Buenos Aires is often noted as the most stylish and romantic of South America's capital cities, full of European influences but with a distinct Latin American flair. It is for this reason that Buenos Aires is known as "the Paris of South America". Situated on the historic River Plate, it is divided into distinct barrios, each with their own unique appeal.

We have a range of excursions available providing an authentic experience to enhance your stay in Buenos Aires:

  • Learn about the history of Argentina through its fascinating museums
  • Magnificent Architecture of Buenos Aires's historical palaces
  • Art Galleries (MALBA: modern art, fine arts, decorative arts)
  • Museum of the life of Evita Peron
  • Parks of Palermo and Rose Garden
  • Casa Rosada Presidential Palace, or inside the National Congress building
  • Classical Music, Opera or Ballet at the Colon Theatre, or a guided tour
  • Museum of Foreign Debt (worthwhile for anyone interested in finance)
  • Football Match and/or tour of the Boca Juniors stadium
  • Life of Pope Francis in Buenos Aires
  • Jewish Community and Synagogues
  • Aerial visit of Buenos Aires by Helicopter
  • Shopping for leather goods including bags, belts and tailor-made jacket

Full day trips outside the city:

  • Gaucho, country life and estancias in San Antonio de Areco
  • Day out to see a polo match, or take a polo lesson 
  • Visit the historic town of Colonia in Uruguay, crossing the river Plate by ferry
  • Visit to Tigre, a small town up the River Plate, with boat trip into the Delta

 


Day 3

Buenos Aires city and history tour

Enjoy a special half-day tour, providing a panoramic journey around the main sights of the city and giving a detailed and authentic insight into the history of Buenos Aires and local modern life. The tour starts in the centre of the city at Plaza de Mayo, where we also find the Metropolitan Cathedral, Presidential Palace and the Casa Rosada amongst others. Following a visit to the renowned Colon Theatre, we visit the traditional San Telmo barrio, noted for its old-fashioned cafes, antique markets and leafy parks. From here we can walk into the famous La Boca neighbourhood, where poor European immigrants used paint from the nearby shipyards to transform their humble corrugated iron homes into a brightly-coloured houses. The streets are further brought to life by tango dancers and artists displaying their considerable talents. 

Drive to the upmarket neighbourhood of Palermo, where we find attractive colonial mansions and pretty squares. The tour ends at the impressive Recoleta cemetery, where huge mausoleums provide a resting place for many significant citizens, including 19 former Presidents and, most famously of all, Eva Peron. 

 


Day 4

Dinner and Tango Show

You will have another day at leisure to explore the city, with time to take another optional tour if you prefer. In the evening you will go on a shared trip to the heart of San Telmo to see one of the most well-regarded tango shows in the city. The show takes place in a small auditorium in the basement of an historic building, offering an intimate atmosphere and excellent views from each seat. A six-piece orchestra provides the music for the skilled dancers to take to the stage to work their magic. The show mainly focuses on traditional tango, but blends in elements of modern influences and regional music from the north of Argentina. A three course dinner and wine is served before the show and you will be returned to your hotel afterwards.

De las Americas

Buenos Aires - Tourist Hotel

An elegant hotel with spacious rooms and situated in the heart of the Barrio Norte, an elegant residential and commercial district, within comfortable walking distance of the exclusive shops of the Santa Fe and 9 de Julio avenues. All 162 rooms have private facilities, TV and telephone, mini-bar, and air-conditioning. There is 24 hour room service, a restaurant, two bars and a weekend tango show.

Mine Boutique

Buenos Aires - First Boutique

This boutique hotel is located in the heart of Palermo Soho, metres from Plaza Julio Cortazar and many other touristic points of the city such as La boca, San Telmo, and the Plaza de Mayo. With strong Thai influences mixed with modern elements, the ground floor is warmly decorated.

Legado Mitico

Buenos Aires - First Boutique

In Palermo Viejo a neighbourhood with an interesting past and an avant-garde present we find the Legado Mitico hotel, ideal for those who seek the authentic & sophisticated. Eleven ensuite rooms with air conditioned, LCD TV, minibar, and safe. There is a jacuzzi and solarium and internet access.

Bariloche & Lake District - 3 Nights

Day 5 - Fly to Bariloche

Day 6 - Scenic lakes, forest walks and endemic birds

Day 7 - Lake District at leisure

Day 5

Fly to Bariloche

Fly to Bariloche in the Argentine Lake District and transfer to your hotel in the town for a three night stay.

 


Day 6

Scenic lakes, forest walks and endemic birds

Special full day private tour to experience pristine Patagonian nature at its very best. Discover the lakes, lagoons, valleys, forests and mountains that make this one of South America's most scenic regions, as well as being guided through some of the fascinating history and local life around Bariloche.

The first stop is Llao Llao Municipal Park, where easy trails lead to magnificent vistas across immaculate bays and verdant Andean Patagonian Forest. Here we can appreciate some of the endemic birds of the region: thorn-tailed rayadito, white-throated treerunner, Patagonian tyrant, Patagonian sierra-finch, black-throated huet-huet and chucao tapaculo.

We visit the famed Swiss colony, dubbed 'Mini-Switzerland' where you will learn more about the European influences in Bariloche and how their customs continue to be observed today. And board a chair-lift to the top of Cerro Campanario to get a birds-eye view on the area visited. 


Day 7

Lake District at leisure

A day at leisure in Bariloche in which you can relax in the alpine scenery or perhaps chose to pursue individual interests on one of our optional tours or excursions:

  • Enchanted Valley, Mountain Village and Traful Lake Drive - Full Day
  • Victoria Island Forest Walks - Full Day
  • Horseriding or Walking to Arelauken Refuge Mountain Top - Full Day
  • Stream Train Journey in the Steppe Plateau - Full Day
  • Landscapes of "Seven Lakes Road" - Full Day
  • Skiing in the Mountains - July to September
  • River Rafting - Full Day Grade III or IV, December to March
  • Trout Fishing - Catch and Release
  • Horsering Riding / Full Day
  • Hiking in the Mountains - Half or Full Day
  • Birdwatching to Jurncos Lagoon Reserve - Full Day
  • Hiking to Condor Nest - Full Day

El Casco Art

Bariloche & Lake District - Deluxe Hotel

Nestled by the shore of the Nahuel Huapi Lake in one of the most beautiful spots of the Patagonia, EL CASCO ART HOTEL blends into its surrounding landscape with its stylish architecture, comfort and advanced technology. From its 33 Suites, all with breathtaking views of lake "Nahuel Huapi" and decorated with 300 exclusive master pieces of the Zurbarn Collection, EL CASCO invites you to live a unique and memorable experience of "Art" & "Nature". The Gardens, designed by Engineer Carlos Thays, house 24 sculptures from both Argentinean and European artists. "Al fresco" receptions, lunches or dinners can be enjoyed at its Terraces facing the Lake. EL CASCO Art Hotel is the only hotel in Bariloche to offer air conditioning in all rooms. The modern accommodations also include state-of-the-art plasma screens and musical equipment, and WiFi is available throughout the hotel. The restaurant serves up specially elaborated cuisine by the prestigious Chef Fernando Trocca, Prix de Chaîne de Rôtisseurs. Guests can also partake of the exclusive cocktail menu within the unique ambiance of the Wine-Bar. Additional facilities include a "Health Club", beauty parlor and massage. Accommodations include room and breakfast.

Sol Arrayan

Bariloche & Lake District - First Hotel

Located in the heart of Argentine Patagonia, Sol Arrayán is less than a mile away from Villa La Angostura's city center, in the Province of Neuquén, Argentina. The resort overlooks the Nahuel Huapi lake, with 42 rooms leaning on a hillside, affording all its guests an incomparable view, with the snowed mountain peaks reflected on the lake. It is surrounded by hundred-year-old trees - the highlights being myrtle (arrayán) specimens, which are unique to the region. The grounds lead to an exclusive beach on the lake shore. All 42 hotel rooms overlook the lake and are equipped with TV,Telephone, WI-FI Internet, Safe. The resort offers a restaurant and spa services as well. Accommodation includes room and breakfast.

Loi Suites Chapelco

Bariloche & Lake District - First Resort

Strategically located Loi Suites Chapelco Golf & Resort is 4 miles to the Airport and 11 miles to downtown San Martín de Los Andes. Nestled within the breathtaking beauty of Patagonian Andes, minimalist elegance combines with a welcoming ambiance, offering 85 rooms and suites, a wonderful Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, stunning valley and Chapelco mountains views. All located in an unparalleled setting.

The resort features a wine bar and two gourmet restaurants, one with access to "Don Bernardo" wine cellar, reading room, business centre, kids club, gym and two swimming pools, where you can bask in the natural beauty of one of nature's most scenic areas. Its strategic location makes it ideal to enjoy indoor and outdoor activities all year round. Skiing is available in winter in Cerro Chapelco, 23 km. from the hotel. Accommodation includes room and breakfast.

El Calafate & Perito Moreno Glacier - 4 Nights

Day 8 - Fly to El Calafate

Day 9 - Perito Moreno Glacier

Day 10 - El Calafate's Balcony

Day 11 - Fly to Buenos Aires

Days 12-13 - Return flight to the UK

Day 8

Fly to El Calafate

Today you will fly further south, deeper into Argentine Patagonia, where your base for the next three nights will be the charming town of El Calafate, on the shores of the glacier-laden Lake Argentina, surrounded by glorious mountains.

 


Day 9

Perito Moreno Glacier

One of the highlights of Argentine Patagonia is the chance to experience the immense Perito Moreno Glacier, standing proud in Lake Argentina in Los Glaciares National Park. This shared excursion includes a short cruise where you will come face-to-face with the towering wall of ice as well as following the wooden walkways for breathtaking panoramic views and great photo opportunities. It is from here that you can best enjoy one of nature's great spectacles, as huge chunks of ice detach from the glacier, collapsing dramatically and crashing thunderously into the icy waters below.


Day 10

El Calafate's Balcony

This shared half day excursion will take you to a natural viewpoint, affording panoramic views of El Calafate, Lake Argentina and the Andes Mountains. It is also possible to look out towards the Bocas del Diablo section of the lake and distant glaciers and on clear days you can see the granite spires of Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torres near El Chalten. Perhaps the highlight of the day though will be a sighting of magnificent Andean Condors, often spotted here.


Day 11

Fly to Buenos Aires 

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. Your guide will meet you and take you to your chosen hotel for an overnight stay - your last night in Argentina.

 


Day 12

Return flight to the UK

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.

Alto Calafate

Perito Moreno Glacier - Tourist Hotel

The Alto Calfate Hotel opened in November 2005 just 1km outside the town of Calafate, with a privileged view of Lago Argentino and Cerro Calafate. The 101 rooms all have mini bar, remote control TV, central heating, digital telephone and safety boxes. There will also be a restaurant, bar and business centre are some of its other services. Accommodation includes room and buffet breakfast.

Eolo

Perito Moreno Glacier - Deluxe Lodge

Thirty minutes away from El Calafate, Eolo is a unique place, that embodies the spirit of Patagonia & its staff have lived in Patagonia, thus knowing the area, its customs and its history will enhance your experience at Eolo. Your four day program includes: Full board, transfers non-alcoholic drinks & activities:  trek-king, mountain bikes, bird watching, telescope for stargazing, indoor swimming pool, sauna, library, TV room and Internet.

Posada Los Alamos

Perito Moreno Glacier - First Hotel

The Posada los Alamos Hotel is situated within 20,000 square metres of parks and gardens, by the shores of Lago Argentino and near downtown Calafate. All 144 rooms are comfortably furnished in a country style and all feature private bathroom facilities as well as mini-bar, safe and cable TV. The hotel has live entertainment, TV and reading rooms; a breakfast room and international restaurant. The hotel also features an indoor swimming pool and spa.

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The Guanaco Tour
Travel Details

Price Breakdown

Prices are per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £3,481 - - £3,529 - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - - - - - -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room €3,103 - - €3,158 - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - - - - - -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room $3,873 - - $3,940 - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - - - - - -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -

Booking Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • 13 Days / 12 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • 13 Days / 12 Nights
  • International flights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 13 Days / 12 Nights
  • International flights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

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