Treasures of Argentina

Discover a wonderful world of contrasts in Argentina. From laidback estancias in the rural heartland to the sensuous vibe of Buenos Aires; the roaring spectacle of Iguazú Falls to the winemaking prowess of Mendoza and the rainbow lunar landscape of northwest Argentina. Sample mouth-watering cuisine and wines that make each region unique, and even learn how to create your own delicacies. Wild, raw and always surprising: this is the true Argentina.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires

Welcome to Buenos Aires, the “Paris of the South”. Meet your A&K representative who will accompany you on your private journey to your superb boutique accommodation situated in the heart of trendy Palermo Soho. Step out on your own, wander the narrow streets for your first taste of the capital, explore the restaurants, cafés and boutiques in one of the city’s best neighbourhoods.

Hotel: Legado Mitico Buenos Aires, 2 nights

Day 2: Buenos Aires

Spend your morning discovering the many sides to this passion-filled city during a privately guided excursion. Start in the high-class hustle of Recoleta where mansions take you back in time to a grander Argentina. Wander the vast, surprisingly romantic Recoleta Cemetery and find the tomb of Argentina’s first lady, Eva Peron. Then, step inside the dazzling opulence of the Teatro Colon opera house to discover a seven-storey labyrinth of stages, chandelier-lit hallways and dressing rooms.

Later uncover vibrant street graffiti which makes Buenos Aires one of the best cities in the world for its urban art. From its fiery political origins to the more modern context appreciate an in-depth view into this intriguing art form dotted throughout the city. Enjoy an evening in the seductive embrace of Argentina’s most sensuous dance at Phillippe Starck designed hotel where Rojo Tango’s live band and sensuous performers will leave you breathless, while the gastronomic offering teams’ aromas and textures with Argentinean wines.

Day 3: Buenos Aires – Iguazú Falls

Heading east today, fly to Puerto Iguazú, a tiny town on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Privately transfer to your hotel on the Argentine side. Later, discover why the mighty Iguazú Falls is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Appreciate the views of the falls from your accommodation, the only hotel located in the heart of the Iguazú National Park in Argentina.
Hotel: Gran Meliá Iguazú, 3 nights

Day 4: Iguazú Falls

Explore the Argentine side of the falls, surrounded by lush tropical forest that’s home to more than 2,000 species of flora and over 500 bird species. Wander along the network of pathways and gaze at the endless sheath of water – some 275 thundering cascades covering a three-kilometre stretch. Venture by train for a close-up tour of Devil’s Gorge, the most dramatic of the falls, before embarking on a jeep ride through riverside jungle following the Yacaratiá trail to Port Macuco. Here, a motorboat awaits to take you up the Lower Iguazú River, through rapids into the roaring Garganta del Diablo canyon in the heart of the falls.

Later, your dinner at The Argentine Experience promises more than exquisitely cooked steak paired with free-flowing malbec. Try your hand at making empanadas and dulce de leche filled biscuits while feasting on a wonderful meal.

Day 5: Iguazú Falls

Spend time on the Brazil side of the falls. Descend into the canyon and soak up the vista of some 275 falls, before taking a glass elevator back to the top. Take a helicopter flight (additional charge) over the Iguazú National Park for an unrivalled view of the waterfalls, Três Fronteiras (the meeting point of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay) and the Itaipú Dam and reservoir. Return to the Argentine side, your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 6: Iguazu – Cordoba

Fly to Cordoba, Argentina’s second largest city. Here, you will be met by your private guide for a tour of Cordoba’s gems. Wander amongst colonial and Jesuit buildings the historical centre where the Plaza San Martin, Cabildo and Cathedral await. Roam the student district to arrive at the oldest university of Argentina, then cross to the Manzana Jesuitica de Cordoba, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Later, transfer to a 6,000-acre working cattle farm perched atop the Sierras Chicas, 1,000 metres above sea level. Here, nestled between the pampas and the Andes, you’ll discover a whole other side to Argentina. In the hands of one Anglo-Argentine family for four generations, the estancia is steeped in family history, surrounded by pioneering work of the Jesuits who set up farming in the area. Settle into your accommodation ready for an unforgettable experience of Argentina’s rural traditions.

Hotel: Estancia los Potreros, 2 nights

Day 7: Cordoba – Estancia Los Potreros

Immerse yourself in life at the estancia today with your choice of included activity. Learn how to ride “gaucho style” as you canter along grassy hilltops and visit local villages. Explore solo or take a guided hike along cattle and horse trails through colourful wildflowers to hidden waterfalls. Work alongside the gauchos to help round-up the young horses to protect them from the elusive puma, learn how to lasso, or have a go at the sport of kings: Polo. At the end of your action-packed day, enjoy the best of Argentine food and wine surrounded by the serene landscape.

Day 8: Cordoba – Mendoza

Begin with a flight across the country to Mendoza, in the heart of Argentina’s wine country which is dotted with over 1,500 wineries, and journey to your luxury boutique accommodation set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of the snow-capped Andes and acres of vines. Apart from the verdant vineyards and wineries, Mendoza is also receiving acclaim for its olive oil production as you will discover with a private tasting. Later, join the house sommelier for an exclusive tasting of some of the best wines of the region. Try out varietals, blends or something ageing in a barrel, followed by a traditional Argentine Asado (barbecue).

Hotel: Casa de Uco Vineyard & Eco Resort, 3 nights

Day 9: Mendoza

Try your hand at creating your own signature wine blend. Step into the wine cellar to learn the art of wine blending alongside an acclaimed winemaker. Taste different styles and components to develop your “Wine Plan”. Then, put your new knowledge to work to create your one-of-a-kind blend, which you can take home to enjoy. Spend the afternoon relaxing and soaking in the extraordinary views of the incredible landscape.

Day 10: Mendoza

Step into the winery kitchen to learn how to create local delicacies in a private cooking class with the resort chef. Master the art of Argentine cuisine using seasonal produce from the organic vegetable garden, before feasting on your creations among the vines. Following lunch you may like to connect with the environment and walk around the entire estate along winding paths and discover hidden nooks and experience life on a vineyard.

Day 11: Mendoza – Salta

Leave the wine country behind for your northbound flight to Salta. Spend your day discovering why Salta is a world apart from the rest of the country. Meander through narrow streets and plazas steeped in Andean tradition. Marvel at the mountains that stand guard protectively over the city. Look for the ornate cathedral in dazzling pink and cream and the stop off at the MAAM, Museum of High Altitude Archaeology. Right on the main plaza, this beautiful historic building houses the world-famous Llullaillaco Children, three immaculately preserved Inca mummies who were sacrificed on top of a nearby volcano some 500 years ago. Later, you may choose to dine at one of the many parrillas, with plenty of local wine and dancing.

Hotel: Legado Mitico Salta

Day 12: Salta – Purmamarca

Take to the high road through rugged mountain scapes and startling red rock formations into the province of Jujuy and the winding Lipan Slope road to the extraordinary salt flats. Continue the road trip to the sleepy little village of Purmamarca, which sits famously at the base of the Hill of Seven Colours whose mineral pigments swirl in colourful layers across the slope. Arrive at your charming locally inspired hotel in the late afternoon. This evening, visit Tilcara, the archaeological capital of the region, and explore the rich history of this town with its low adobe houses, narrow streets and fascinating museum.

Hotel: La Comarca, 2 nights

Day 13: Purmamarca

Venture to the Salinas Grandes salt desert, the third largest in the world. Drive through the high-altitude salt plains soaking in the magnificent vista of Mt Chani soaring to 6,200 metres. As you head west from Humahuaca Gorge, you are suddenly surrounded by white stretching as far as the eye can see. Stop awhile to dine on a picnic lunch in this otherworldly expanse of crystalline flatlands and witness how the salt is extracted for local artisans to create figures in white stone. Return to your hotel late afternoon where you may choose to enjoy sundowners in the shade of your hotel courtyard.

Day 14: Purmamarca – Salta

Step back in time as you hike alongside a pack of llamas through valleys and along mountain trails with the backdrop of some of Argentina’s most dramatic mountain scenery. Used to convey goods throughout the Andean countries since time immemorial, llamas are still bred by the people of the Andes for their meat, wool and as beasts of burden. Today, you can recreate that ancestral activity as you walk along the different paths to old ruins, salt deposits, valleys, ravines and volcanoes. This afternoon return overland to Salta where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

Hotel: Legado Mitico Salta

Day 15: Depart Salta

Spend your morning at leisure, before transferring to the airport for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Buenos Aires:$13,995.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned vehicle
Flights: Air Ticket: Buenos Aires – Iguazú Falls - Cordoba - Mendoza - Salta
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Handpicked Argentina

From the tango halls of Buenos Aires to the glacier-carved landscapes of Patagonia, Argentina will be sure to seduce you with its captivating vistas and cosmopolitan cities. Enjoy the dance of romance with a tango lesson, learn how to make authentic Argentine cuisine on our exclusive cooking experience and cruise in style among blue and white icebergs for views of impressive glaciers.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires 

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2: Buenos Aires 

Discover this unique city with its mix of colonial architecture and European influences on an excursion that portrays the many faces of Buenos Aires. This evening learn the dance of romance with a tango lesson from the dancers of tonight´s tango show followed by dinner. Enjoy delicious international cuisine with Argentinian specialties. The tango show traces the history of the dance from its birth in the red light districts

Day 3: Buenos Aires 

The day is free at leisure for you to explore Buenos Aires before joining an exclusive Argentine culinary experience this evening. The Argentine Experience 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. The team of guides are on hand to take you through every step of this culinary journey. Choose your gourmet fillings and create your own empanada, learning the traditional ‘replunge’ technique. Alongside your creations, enjoy grilled provoleta cheese with sliced chorizo and homemade chimichurri. Enjoy what many claim to be the very best steak in Argentina, cooked to order. There will be wines from boutique wineries in Mendoza, paired to complement your meal. For dessert make your own alfajores, Argentina’s national sweet. Finally, learn about the history and etiquette of drinking mate, Argentina’s national pastime, and prepare it from scratch

Day 4: Buenos Aires – Iguazu Falls 

Fly to Iguazu Falls where you will spend the next two nights

Day 5: Iguazu Falls 

Visit the Argentinian side of Iguazu Falls, located within Iguazu National Park. In this section of the rainforest a huge variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies can be seen while walking. Head to Estacion Central, where you will board the train to Devil’s Throat station. Walk along the 1,200m trail, to the most spectacular fall, Devil’s Throat. Spend the rest of the day exploring the numerous hiking trails

Day 6: Iguazu Falls – Bariloche 

Fly to Bariloche via Buenos Aires

Day 7: Bariloche  

Today you will traverse the Andes by boat across crystalline lakes and breathtaking mountain scenery. Your excursion starts in Bariloche and, after a scenic ride along Ezequiel Bustillo Ave, you arrive at Panuelo Port where you will board the catamaran and sail to Puerto Blest, on the western coast of Nahuel Huapi Lake. The deep blue waters of the lake are dotted with islands and are great for watersports including kayaking and rafting. The soaring peaks provide picture-postcard views and the shimmering turquoise blues of the lake of the Argentinian Patagonia make this one of the most beautiful and visited regions in Argentina

Day 8: Bariloche

Spend the day at leisure exploring Bariloche

Day 9: Bariloche – El Calafate 

Fly to El Calafate where you will spend the next three nights

Day 10: El Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier – El Calafate 

Travel from El Calafate, across the Patagonia steppe, to the entrance of the National Park. Visit the World Heritage Site of Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most impressive glaciers in the world. This ice field is breathtaking with the thunderous noise of ice chunks breaking off and tumbling into the water

Day 11: El Calafate – Gourmet Glacier Cruise – El Calafate 

Today cruise among white and blue icebergs for views of the spectacular Upsala Glacier. Cross the narrowest passage in the lake and after two hours of cruising stop in front of the barrier of ice floes. If the weather conditions are good, you will observe the Upsala Glacier at a distance. A gourmet lunch, offering the best of the Argentine cuisine, is served amidst this stunning landscape.

Day 12: Depart El Calafate 

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Buenos Aires:$3,639.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Modern air-conditioned vehicle
Flights: Flight Ticket: Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls - Buenos Aires Bariloche - El Calafate
Accommodation: 11 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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A Land of Wine, Culture & Falls

Experience all parts of Argentina with this tour, with a visit to the majestic Iguazu Falls which is one of the most breathtaking experiences in South America to the small colonial town of Cachi where it seems that time has stood still and to finish off in Mendoza which is the premium wine producing area of the country. Wineries are scattered round the country side with the beautiful snow caped Andes mountains as a backdrop.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Iguazu Falls

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Iguazu Falls

Tour of the many trails on the Argentine side of the falls, including the Devil’s throat.

Day 3: Iguazu Falls – Salta

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Salta. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 4: Salta – Cachi

Full day tour to the town of Cachi, where it seems time has stood still. See colonial towns mixed with Pre – Columbian arts.

Day 5: Cachi – El Cafayate

Travel to El Cafayate via Seclantas, a town known for its ponchos and loom. Overnight at Cafayate.

Day 6: El Cafayate – Salta

Morning visit to local winery before heading north to Salta via Quebrada de Cafayate.

Day 7: Salta

Full day tour to Humahuaca Gorge including Cerro de los siete colores (Hill of the seven colours).

Day 8: Salta – Mendoza

Transfer to airport for your flight to Mendoza. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 9: Mendoza

Full day tour to Aconcagua Mountain & Christ the Redeemer statue on the Andes Mountain range.

Day 10: Mendoza

Morning city tour Mendoza followed by a visit to a local winery to sample Argentina’s finest wines.

Day 11: Depart Mendoza

Transfer to the airport, or optional bus over the Andes Mountains to Santiago.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Iguazu Falls:$3,153.00$5,038.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicles
Flights:Air Ticket: Iguazu Falls – Salta - Mendoza -
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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South America Landscapes

Visit South America’s most influential and intoxicating countries, including Brazil and Chile. Journey past snowcapped volcanoes, chardonnay vineyards and the pulsating cities of Buenos Aires and Rio-crossing the glacial waters of Los Santos Lake and visiting “Little Switzerland” along the way.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Santiago

Connect with the cosmopolitan verve of the Chilean capital, Santiago. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a warm Trafalgar welcome and be transferred to your luxury hotel in fashionable Las Condes. Spend the rest of the day on your terms discovering the unique personalities of each of the city’s diverse barrios. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel:  InterContinental Santiago, 2 nights

Day 2: Santiago Sightseeing

This morning’s city tour with a Local Specialist includes a stop at the ornate wrought-iron Central Market where we’ll see the catch of the day and stroll past pop-up restaurants serving local favourites. We journey to wine country, visiting an exclusive winery in Casablanca Valley for a gourmet lunch served alfresco in exquisite surrounds. ‘Dive into Culture’ and meet the winemakers for a personalised winery experience, followed by an opportunity to taste the fruit of his labours. Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 3: Santiago – Puerto Montt – Puerto Varas

We fly south to the coastal city of Puerto Montt, then continue to Puerto Varas for a tour of the “City of Roses” against the backdrop of snow-capped volcanoes. Later, we make our way to our hotel on the shores of Lake Llanquihue where we’ll enjoy the rest of the day at leisure and an included dinner.

Hotel: Cabana del Lago

Day 4: Puerto Varas – Lake Crossing – Bariloche

Look forward to a day of pinch me moments as you cross the Andes via land and water. Our first stop sees us watch the burbling waters of the Petrohue River cascade over black volcanic rock. We’ll cross Todos Los Santos Lake, keeping a keen eye out for giant Andean condors as the mighty Osorno Volcano with its white cap looms in the background. Admire the soul-stirring landscapes en route to Peulla where we’ll enjoy lunch. Then, cross the border into Argentina and cruise the glacial waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi. We’ll arrive in Bariloche this evening.

Hotel: NH Edelweiss Bariloche, 2 nights

Day 5: Bariloche Sightseeing

Soak up the sights and sounds of the “Switzerland of South America” this morning, breathing in the fresh alpine air. We’ll meet our Local Specialist and travel along the “Circuito Chico” for spectacular views of forests, mountains and sparkling waters in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Visit the beach playground of Playa Bonita, soak up the scenery from the hilltop of St. Edward’s Chapel on the Llao Llao Peninsula, and ride a chairlift to the top of Cerro Campanario for sweeping views of the high peaks of Catedral and Tronador. ‘Dive into Culture’ and indulge in the rich flavours of chocolate during a visit to Bariloche’s Chocolate Museum, then spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 6: Bariloche – Buenos Aires

Leaving spectacular Patagonian landscapes behind, we fly to the passionate Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires. This evening, we’ll ‘Connect with Locals’, joining our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Be My Guest dinner with a local family in Palermo Soho. Savour traditional flavours and homemade family dishes, then discover the secrets of kneading country bread. Our unforgettable local encounter continues as we watch family members engage in an elegant Tango performance.

Hotel: InterContinental Buenos Aires, 2 nights

Day 7: Buenos Aires Sightseeing

Immerse yourself in the seamless mix of European elegance meets Latin energy. We’ll join a ‘Local Specialist’ to see some of Buenos Aires’ most notable sites, including the Plaza de Mayo and iconic pink Casa Rosada. View the fashionable neighbourhood of La Boca, admire the opulent façade of Teatro Colon and drive along the stately Avenida 9 de Julio to the elegant Recoleta cemetery, where Argentina’s most famous sons and daughters have been laid to rest. We pay homage to the beloved former first lady of Argentina, Eva Peron, before enjoying an afternoon at leisure. This evening, we indulge in the delicious flavours of Argentine beef, the authentic tastes of world-renowned Argentinian beef. ‘Dive into Culture’ later, watching the sensual, stirring moves of a traditional Tango performance.

Day 8: Buenos Aires

Get a taste of life as a porteño this morning, embracing the energy of this passionate South American hub on your terms. Perhaps, admire the works of Degas, El Greco and Van Gogh at the Museum of Bellas Artes or stroll around the colourful stalls that line one of the local markets. Take to the countryside and consider spending the day at a traditional estancia (ranch) for the the Fiesta Gaucha (festival of the cowboy), where you’ll be entertained by a lively equestrian show and enjoy a traditional parrillada (barbecue) lunch.

Day 9: Buenos Aires – Iguassu Falls

Journey to the thundering cascade of Iguassu Falls, where we’ll meet our Local Specialist for a visit to the UNESCO-listed Iguassu National Park. Board an open-air ecological jungle train delving deep into its subtropical rainforest. Walk along the catwalk peering down into the swirling waters of Devil’s Throat Falls. We’ll cross the border into Brazil for an evening at leisure and dinner at our resort.

Hotel: Wish Resort Foz de Iguassu

Day 10: Iguassu Falls Sightseeing

Rediscover the ‘Big Waters’ and return to Iguassu National Park, where you’ll join a Local Specialist who will guide your discovery of the Brazilian side of the falls. Walk through the rainforest at the base of the falls and peer at its majesty through the powerful spray. We enjoy an evening at leisure.

Day 11: Iguassu Falls – Rio de Janeiro

We bid farewell to the falls and fly to sultry Rio de Janeiro. You’ll be transferred to your hotel overlooking the colourful Copacabana Beach.

Hotel: Miramar by Windsor Oceanview Rooms, 3 nights

Day 12: Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

Begin your exploration of the cidade maravilhosa (marvellous city) with your Local Specialist, ascending Sugarloaf Mountain by cable car for astounding bay and city views. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure or consider an optional cruise on Guanabara Bay viewing Rio’s picturesque city skyline and Sugarloaf Mountain.

Day 13: Rio de Janeiro Sightseeing

Board a classic cogwheel train for the journey to the summit of majestic Corcovado, site of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We join our Local Specialist to explore more of the city’s iconic sights. Later this afternoon, we’ll ‘Dive into Culture’ during a visit to a local Samba school where we’ll gain insights into how the school prepares for the pageantry of Carnival week. View the colourful costumes and immerse yourself in the rhythms of Samba as you participate in a dance lesson. This evening, the flavours of churrascaria linger at our Farewell Dinner. As our hosts demonstrate how to mix the perfect caipirinha, we toast to an epic South American journey. Saude!

Day 14: Depart Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy a day at leisure until your transfer to the airport or choose to extend your stay at the Miramar by Windsor.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 25$6.675.00$8,950.00
February: 15$6.850.00$9,125.00
March: 14, 28$6.850.00$9,125.00
April: 18$6.850.00$9,125.00
September: 12, 26$6.850.00$9,125.00
October: 10, 24$6.850.00$9,125.00
November: 07, 21$6.795.00$9,070.00
December: 12$6.675.00$8,950.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flights: Air Ticket: Santiago - Puerto Montt / Bariloche - Buenos Aires - Iguassu Falls - Rio de Janeiro
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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