10 Night Itinerary from £2,995
Private Individual Tour
Explore Buenos Aires, discover the vineyards and Andean scenery at Mendoza and glistening salt flats and dramatic rock formations of the north-west.
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- Explore Argentina's stylish capital, vineyards and dramatic desert and mountain scenery
- Enjoy an in-depth tour of Buenos Aires for a more authentic perspective on the city
- Attend a renowned tango show and dinner in an atmospheric setting
- Time at leisure in Buenos Aires or enjoy optional tours tailored to different interests
- Visit the world class wineries of Mendoza and sample some fabulous wine
- Venture into the Andes for stunning mountain views and remote villages
- Head north to visit the vineyards of Cafayate
- Marvel at the immense salt flats and multi-coloured hills of the Salta region
This itinerary can be modified and adapted to your preference with a specialst advisor, who can provide a guaranteed price, based on hotels, transport, excursions and flights.
Overnight flight to Buenos Aires
The tour starts with direct overnight flights with British Airways between London Heathrow and Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires at leisure/optional tours or excursions
Arriving in the morning, you will be met by your guide and transferred 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 2
- 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
Buenos Aires city and history tour
Today you will enjoy a special half-day tour, providing a panoramic journey around the main sights of the city and giving a detailed 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 will head south to the traditional San Telmo barrio, noted for its old-fashioned cafes, antique markets and leafy squares and 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 an eclectic mix of brightly-coloured houses. The streets are further brought to life by tango dancers and artists displaying their considerable talents. La Boca was the birthplace of the tango.
We then drive back north, from the business district of Puerto Madero 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.
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. Enjoy an included three course dinner and wine before the show and you will be returned to your hotel afterwards.
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.
Buenos Aires - First Hotel
The Loi Suites Hotel is located in the Recoleta area of Buenos Aires, close to the best shops and the trendy cafes overlooking the park. The hotel has 112 fully equipped rooms and suites combining style comfort and technology, and all decorated with tasteful beiges and creams creating a relaxing home away from home. There is a restaurant, bar, indoor heated swimming pool and health club.
Buenos Aires - Deluxe Hotel
In 1932 a classic was born in Buenos AIres, the Alvear Palace Hotel, a genuine palace right in the heart of the city. Constructed of materials imported from France, the hotel became one of the most characteristic buildings in town, strictly keeping the Louis XVI style.
Situated in the elegant quarter of Recoleta, close to the Park, lined with excellent restaurants and street cafes. Rooms are spacious and service and decor are first class
Recently the hotel has been completely refurbished, sticking to the original glory.
Fly to Mendoza
You will today take the short flight west to the picturesque city of Mendoza, in the heart of Argentina's renowned wine region. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for a three night stay, with time to explore the city in the afternoon.
City tour and wine cellars
This shared full day tour will give you an authentic perspective of the city and take you to two of the best wineries just out of town. This will give you the chance to learn about grape processing in the area and to sample some world class wine.
In the morning you will be guided through both the old and modern districts in Mendoza, starting with a short visit to the Museo del Area Fundacional to learn about the history of the city and the devastating earthquake and also to see some pre-Columbian artifacts and Jesuit ruins. Around the main square we find the beautiful cathedral and the St Francis Basilica and then it is onwards to the Bank of Mendoza, now a space for Contemporary art and the impressive Plaza Independencia and Plaza Spain squares. From here you continue on to past the Government House and down the wide tree-lined avenue of Emilio Civit to the General San Martin Park. At the top of Cerro de la Gloria we can admire the Monument of San Martín and his army and at Challao lies the Shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria. The hill offers spectacular views of the Mendocinian mountains.
In the afternoon the tour continues visiting two vineyards in Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu. Learn more about the traditional wine-making methods used here and how they are blended with the latest technological advances. The tour will take you through the entire process including bottling and labelling. This is followed by a guided wine tasting session - quite lovely!
Excursion to the Andes Mountains
This unforgettable panoramic day takes you towards the Chilean border to explore the Andes to enjoy magnificent views of mountain landscapes. The day starts at Potrerillos in the foothills of the Andes, before continuing through the Uspallata Valley to the remote Punta de Vacas hamlet and breathtaking Los Penitentes ski centre. The next stop is the Puente del Inca geological formation and thermal springs. We then visit the Aconcagua National Park, affording stunning views of South America's biggest mountain. The tour ends at the picturesque Laguna de los Horcones and the small Las Cuevas village. Depending on weather conditions it may also be possible to visit the Christ the Redeemer statue on the border with Chile, an amazing 4,200m above sea level.
Mendoza - Tourist Hotel
Located in the city centre, the NH Cordillera Hotel Mendoza is very close to the Main Square and is just a short stroll from the main shopping areas.
Each of the 105 guestrooms at the hotel is well furnished and equipped with numerous in-room amenities. The hotel also offers attentive room service to ensure you a comfortable stay.
The onsite restaurant serves delicious Spanish, French and Argentinean dishes in a relaxed setting, while the in-house cocktail bar offers a variety of local, national and international wines.
The NH Cordillera Hotel features 4 function rooms to cater for your business meetings, conferences and other social events. There is also a well-facilitated business centre for the professional needs of the guests. The recreational facilities include a gymnasium, sauna and swimming pool.
Mendoza - Boutique
It is a charming family home converted three years ago into the first boutique hotel and winery in Mendoza. Although secluded and private, it is conveniently located within 20 minutes drive of Mendoza and is in walking distance of a thriving village community with plenty of local shops and restaurants. The finca offers a relaxing and informal environment where things can be arranged spontaneously. With a delightfully rural character in the quiet location of Chacras de Coria, this splendid finca has two hectares of Malbeck grapes that were originally planted in 1916. Guests may observe the winemaking process and enjoy tasting the fruits of their labour. The finca has eleven ensuite guestrooms (in two buildings, the La Casa Vieja and La Casa de Piedra) that are comfortable and spacious: five are suites and six are double rooms. There is a pleasant swimming pool in the garden. Accommodation includes room and breakfast.
Mendoza - Deluxe Lodge
Cavas Wine Lodge is located 20 miles south of Mendoza in the city of Agrelo, you will find breathtaking landscapes and home to some of the most prestigious wineries in Argentina. Surrounded by pristine vineyards, this superb Mendoza estate nestles in a private 60-acre valley. Expect understated elegance with discreet service and refined comfort. An idyllic setting for private wine tastings, bodega hopping, hiking, rafting or horseback riding. Accommodation includes room and continental breakfast.
Salta - 4 Nights
Day 8 - Fly to Salta
Day 9 - Cafayate Tour
Day 10 - Salt Lakes And Purmamarca
Day 11 - Fly to Buenos Aires
Days 12-13 - Return flight to the UK
Fly to Salta
Fly north to Salta in the Lerma valley, an attractive colonial city surrounded by mountain peaks. We stay in Salta for 3 nights. You will have the afternoon at leisure to enjoy this city of fine plazas and magnificent churches.
Full day shared tour through dramatic scenery visiting the vineyards of Cafayate. En-route you will stop at the Quebrada de las Conchas (the Gorge of Shells), where wind and water erosion have carved curious shapes on the rocks, creating several distinct formations with vivid names, including the Amphitheater and the Devil's Throat.
At Cafayate visit a local winery, famous for their production of Torrontes, with special characteristics due to the uniqueness of the climate and land. Time to explore the town and visit the magnificent colonial church, stroll around the leafy square, browse the handicraft stalls and shops or visit the fascinating modern wine museum.
Salt Lakes and Purmamarca
Today we explore the local settlements, rock formations, salt flats and desert landscapes of Salta, Jujuy and Pumamarca on a shared excursion. We take a scenic drive to the pre-Inca settlement at Tastil, once home to some 2,000 inhabitants but today a quiet spot in which to journey back hundreds of years. Continue to the small mining town of San Antonio de los Cobres, set at 3,775 metres above sea level, before crossing into Jujuy to visit the Salinas Grandes - a huge glistening salt flat that stretches as far as the eye can see.
Your journey continues down dramatic mountain roads to the picturesque town of Purmamarca, noted for its traditional adobe buildings, local handicrafts stalls and whitewashed colonial church. The town is overlooked by the evocatively named Seven Colours Hill, a sight every bit as extraordinary as it sounds. You will then return to Salta via the striking Humahuaca Gorge.
Fly to Buenos Aires
Fly to Buenos Aires for your last night in Argentina and a chance for some last minute shopping and more of the fabulous Buenos Aires nightlife.
Return flight to the UK
Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.
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