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An Argentine Adventure

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Journey Highlights

Argentina is, quite simply, a land of complete contrasts: there are the magnificent ice fields of Southern Patagonia and the lush jungles of Iguazu Falls, while Buenos Aires exudes its own thrilling energy. Try combining Argentina with one or more of our featured South American countries for the itinerary of a lifetime. Alternatively, you could experience more by simply adding one of our itinerary extension ideas - Salta and the Northwest Valleys or The Wine Country - to your main itinerary, for a deeper experience of this fascinating country, where you can discover more spectacular scenery or sample the country's finest spirits.

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Digging into the fascinating culture of South America

Guide Price:

Prices from £7,590 per person. The price includes flights, transfers, some meals, national park entrance fees and organised guided tours, excursions and activities.

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Your journey at a glance

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    2 nights Buenos Aires, Argentina
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    2 nights Arrive in El Calafate, staying at Eolo Lodge
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    3 nights Bariloche, Argentina
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    2 nights Iguazú National Park, Argentina
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A great time to visit Buenos Aires is in the Argentinean spring (from September to November) and also during their autumn (from March to May), which along with Mendoza and the Lake District (Bariloche), is when the leaves on the trees are turning colour and the temperatures are more comfortable.

Fly from London to Buenos Aires

Fly from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires, approximately 13 hours, 40 minutes. Upon arrival, take a private car transfer to your first hotel.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Staying at

Alvear Palace Hotel

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In Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, the Palermo Gardens, French architecture of the Recoleta Quarter and the many sculptures, churches and grand mansions attract admirers of all things beautiful, while the Palermo District satisfies those in search of hip restaurants and chic boutiques. The spirit of Buenos Aires is most definitely Latin and best exemplified in the tango; its wistfully erotic rhythm is everywhere. Watch the Rojo Tango show at El Cabaret and witness local dancers performing it – you could even take a class yourself. For a glimpse of Argentina's turbulent history, head to El Centro, where bullet-marked façades and sidewalks embedded with plaques present a reminder of the revolutions and demonstrations that took place around Plaza de Mayo - you may recall the area from the balcony scene in the 1996 film, 'Evita'.

Buenos Aires is considered the most developed city in South America and the closest comparable metropolis to a European city. Not surprisingly, there is a high concentration of European architecture here and rows of tree-lined boulevards sprinkled with trendy streetside cafés – not dissimilar to the Mediterranean.

La Boca is also famed for its distinct multi-coloured buildings, peppered with quirky vendors selling arts and crafts. While here, keep an eye out for Parillas (steak restaurants), perfect for tasting the country’s meat-dominant dishes, of which they’re exceedingly proud. Alternatively, pick up a mid-afternoon snack, such as Argentine croissants. There are two kinds; the Manteca (sweet) and Grasa (salty) – both are delicious. Children will love trying a ‘submarino’, which is, quite literally, a chocolate bar dropped into a glass of hot milk – simply drop, stir and indulge. Other districts to explore include La Palermo – for hip bars, boutiques and restaurants – and San Talmo for its weekly street fair and eccentric flea market. If you dare, try crossing Avenida 9 de Julio - with its numerous pedestrian traffic lights; the sixteen lanes of traffic make this the widest street in the world.

Beware of Buenos Aires’ reputation as a compulsive seducer, epitomised in the frantic, zealous moves of the tango. This cult dance form was first developed in the 1920s by raunchy brothel workers and those living in impoverished districts. In its early stages, the tango was little more than a distasteful dance condemned by the upper classes, whereas today, the allure of its highly sensual movements receives admiration from across the globe. For an authentic tango experience, visit an underground tango club or attend private lessons in the city. In more touristy areas, such as La Boca, tango dancers will frequent the streets to practice their dance routines, which is another good way to admire their skills. This is one city you're unlikely to leave without wanting to return to, such is the power of this hugely attractive urban stud.

Staying at

Alvear Palace Hotel

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Considered to be the premier hotel in Buenos Aires, Alvear Palace Hotel has been welcoming illustrious guests for decades. Something of a meeting point for Buenos Aires’ high society, this lavish hotel is located in the upscale district of Recoleta, nestled amongst the finest boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and cultural landmarks. The former palace boasts a grand façade, with interiors awash with gleaming marble, gold leaf, crystal, polished wood-panelling, chandeliers and brass fittings, punctuated by glorious displays of fresh flowers. The guest rooms, of which more than half are suites, feature antique details and glamorous marble bathrooms boasting whirlpool baths and Hermes toiletries, with butler service available to guests staying in the Deluxe Suites and higher categories. Join politicians and dignitaries in the Lobby Bar, dine on exquisite fine French cuisine at La Bourgogne, indulge in Afternoon Tea and Sunday Brunch at L'Orangerie, enjoy delightful La Prairie spa treatments and therapies at Alvear Spa or a kinesis workout and swim at the Fitness Centre. Whatever your preference, as a member of 'The Leading Hotels of the World', Alvear Palace Hotel will ensure it delivers an unforgettable experience.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:The most lavish hotel in Buenos Aires
  • Feature:A member of 'The Leading Hotels of the World'
  • Rooms:197 rooms & suites
  • Location:Argentina
  • Nearest airport:Buenos Aires Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini International Airport
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Fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate

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Arrive in El Calafate, staying at Eolo Lodge

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Splendidly isolated amidst the grasslands and peaks of the Patagonian steppe, Eolo Lodge is modeled on a classic 'estancias', or ranch, complete with gabled roofs and refurbished antiques and a host of modern comforts. With 3,000 hectares of grounds there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy mountain-biking, trekking and horse-riding. Within driving distance is Glacier National Park and Moreno Glacier, one of the world’s few advancing glaciers – a trip to witness the huge icebergs calving off into Lago Argentino is not to be missed. Just thirty kilometres west of the ranch lies the frontier town El Calafate, home to an assortment of bars, restaurants and shops. Just out of town is the stunning Glaciarium, a modern interpretation glaciological centre, and one of the few glacier museums in the world – after you’ve seen the exhibits, do try a drink at Glaciobar Branca – Argentina’s first ice bar serves its drinks with actual glacier ice.

Fly from El Calafate to Bariloche

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Bariloche, Argentina

Staying at

Llao Llao Luxury Hotel & Resort

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As a gateway into Argentina's Patagonia, Bariloche presents easy access to the pristine and genuinely wild sections of the Andean cordillera - reminiscent of the Alps and areas in North America and New Zealand - and all its recreational and scenic splendours. An ideal spot, year-round for travellers of all types, as popular in winter with skiers as it is in the summer for hikers – there’s a cable-car to the top of the mountains from where the views of the Lake District are spectacular at any time of year. The ‘queen’ of the Andean Lakes District, the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, located on the South margin of Lake Nahuel Huapi, inside the national park of the same name, offers a wealth of attractions including museums, chocolate shops and sightseeing tours, boat trips a plenty. About half an hour from the town, Llao Llao Luxury Hotel & Resort resides on its own peninsula, surrounded by the national park and its own international golf course.

With its ski slopes, chocolate boutiques and bustling small-town charm, Bariloche could well be a Swiss ski village in disguise. And yet, this tiny but beautiful lakeside town is situated in Argentina, beneath the foothills of the Andes, in Argentina’s popular Lake District region. A natural haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Bariloche is a year-round destination. In winter, between June and September, the mountains are shrouded in a thick cloak of snow, perfect for skiing and snow-related sports. The ski resort of Cerro Catedral is particularly well received and situated just outside Bariloche. Later, as summer approaches, the snow melts to reveal a land of lush, green terrain, complemented by a series of twinkling crystal-clear lakes and brilliant-blue skies.

Lovers of the great outdoors will enjoy the multitude of hiking, climbing and mountain-biking opportunities, as well as fishing trips, paragliding and rafting. If all the above sounds a little too taxing, stay within Bariloche and explore its charming rows of chocolate shops and cosy coffee stops, while the clock tower, library and cathedral all add to the town’s quaint attraction. Boasting a fair amount of nightly entertainment, Bariloche is frequented by Argentine students, descending on the town’s sophisticated nightclubs. Lively, rather than rowdy, their arrival adds an instant holiday vibe to the vicinity, which spreads out into the local restaurants and bars. For culinary experiences, try fresh wild game, seafood and cheese fondue, especially after working up an appetite outdoors. And, of course, being the 'Chocolate Capital of Argentina', the desserts are absolutely divine.

Staying at

Llao Llao Luxury Hotel & Resort

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It’s hard to determine which of Llao Llao Luxury Hotel & Resort's many features is the most desirable; it certainly boasts the best location in Patagonia, atop a private hill surrounded by spectacular craggy mountain peaks and glistening lakes, while the activities are undeniably extensive, offering a number of complimentary hikes, bike-rides, yoga and tango lessons, and the facilities - including a spa, fitness centre and heated indoor pool that merges into an outdoor infinity-edge swimming pool - are arguably some of the best in Argentina.

Quite simply a dream destination, this hotel offers something for every guest, no matter what their age, from the large, ostentatious lobby boasting a grand fireplace, bar and chandeliers fashioned from antlers, to various games rooms with billiard, card and ping pong tables. Whether your favourite place is the glass-enclosed Winter Garden - perfect for Afternoon Tea - or the resort's eighteen-hole golf course and complementary Club House, Llao Llao Luxury Hotel & Resort's jaw-dropping location is undeniably matched by its extensive range of facilities and activities.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:A most highly regarded luxury resort in Argentina
  • Feature:An exhaustive range of activities is available
  • Rooms:201 rooms & suites
  • Location:Argentina
  • Nearest airport:San Carlos de Bariloche Airport
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Fly from Bariloche to Iguazú

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Iguazú National Park, Argentina

Staying at

Sheraton Iguazú Resort & Spa

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Straddling the border between Argentina and Brazil and comprising over 250 separate cascades, Iguazú Falls (or ‘Cataratas’, as they are known locally) claim to be the world’s most dramatic waterfalls - a title that very few other falls could contest. Set amongst the exotic-looking subtropical forests of Parque Nacional Iguazú, the Falls are a dizzying powerhouse of natural forces in which 1,800 cubic metres of water hurtle, per second, over a 3km semi-circle of rock into the boiling river canyon seventy metres below. A well-planned system of trails and catwalks will take you below and above the waters – the most notable of which is the small viewing platform that takes you to within just a few metres of the staggering Garganta del Diablo (Devil's Throat), a sheer drop of water formed by the union of several immensely powerful waterfalls around a kind of horseshoe. As the only luxury hotel situated within the boundaries of Iguazú National Park, Sheraton Iguazú Resort & Spa offers its guests uniquely close-up views of (and easy access to) this incredible natural phenomenon.

In Iguazú National Park, visitors can take various ‘circuitos’, leading through pathways from one enthralling vantage point to another – stop at them all for spectacular yet subtly different vistas. The park’s biggest attraction is Gargantia del Dablo, also known as Devil’s Throat. From here, a one-kilometre walkway branches across a horseshoe-shaped section of waterfall, passing from Argentina through to Brazil, and vice versa. To admire the falls from an alternative viewpoint, take a boat tour on the river, which will cut directly through the fall’s shower path. As the boat cautiously approaches a curtain of ferocious downfall, you will inevitably get drenched while your ears scream to the onslaught of roaring water. Back on land, there are various 4WD tours offering safari-style drives through the verdant terrain in search of fascinating flora and wildlife. Otherwise, take respite in one of the park’s many snack bars and dry out in the Argentine heat. Nothing short of awe-inspiring, Iguazú National Park and its formidable waterfalls provides an almost incomprehensible experience, with nature displaying both power and overwhelming beauty.

Staying at

Meliá Iguazú

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Meliá Iguazu boasts a privileged location, being the only hotel situated within the boundaries of the Iguazú National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, within sight of the ferocious waterfalls. As such, guest rooms and suites either face the falls or the surrounding jungle. Awaken to the dawn chorus of exotic birds and have breakfast surrounded by glorious fall views before visiting the national park, which is open daily and only a ten-minute walk away – ideal for those seeking private exploration before the tourists arrive.

Return to the hotel and take a dip in the resort’s fabulous free-form swimming pool, enjoy a drink at the Pool Bar, book a massage at the gorgeous spa and enjoy sumptuous cuisine and fabulous views of the waterfalls at the hotel’s signature restaurant, complemented by live entertainment and the distant roar of the mighty Iguazu Falls.


  • Type:Luxury Hotel
  • Summary:The only hotel located in Iguazú National Park
  • Feature:The famous Iguazú Falls are a mere ten-minute walk away
  • Rooms:176 rooms & suites
  • Location:Argentina
  • Nearest airport:Cataratas del Iguazú International Airport
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