Day 1. Buenos Aires
Arrival, reception and transfer to your hotel, the deluxe Alvear Palace Hotel. Dinner at the Hotel, rated the best hotel in South America.
Day 2. Buenos Aires
After breakfast, a private city tour of perhaps the most cosmopolitan metropolis in South America. Most of the population is of European descent and the city is reminiscent of Paris. It is situated on the Rio de la Plata, and as its name suggests, it is the city of good winds. The tour will include a visit to the Plaza de Mayo, the hub of the city centre and where many public buildings such as the Catedral Metropolitana can be found. At the east end, you will find the Casa Rosada presidential palace with the famous balcony from which Juan and Evita Peron greeted the masses. A visit will also be made to the Teatro Colon, found at the intersection of Cirrito and Tucuman the world-class opera house that opened in 1908 with a presentation of Aida. It seats 2500 spectators and offers standing room for another 1000. There is also a museum featuring instruments, costumes and photographs of performers. You shall also visit La Boca, Buenos Aires' most colourful neighbourhood. San Telmo, just a few blocks south of Plaza de Mayo is the artist's quarter, what some believe to be Buenos Aires' most interesting feature.
A final visit to Recoleta, a very fashionable area where you can visit the fine arts museum, called Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, and the city's gardens of Plaza Alvear and Plaza Francia. The latter hosts the largest crafts fair in the city every Sunday. Lunch at the La Bourgogne, the only Relais Gourmand in Argentina. The restaurant serves the finest French and international food in the city and according to Travel & Leisure magazine rated La Bourgogne the number one restaurant in South America, and Wine Spectator gave it the distinction of being one of the "Best Restaurants in the World for Wine Lovers."
Return to your hotel.
In the evening, dinner & tango Show in La Esquina Carlos Gardel, the foremost tango house in Buenos Aires.
Day 3. Buenos Aires - Iguazu
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Puerto Iguazu. Transfer to your hotel, the Iguazu Grand Hotel. Lunch and dinner at the hotel.
Day 4. Iguazu Falls- Argentina side
A full day visit to the fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Iguazu falls, the most voluminous falls in the world and more than three times the width of the Niagara Falls. The Argentinean side of Iguazu allows for a close appreciation. Set in a subtropical rain forest reserve of over 180,000 hectares, Iguazu is home to jaguar, puma, caiman and over 400 species of bird. The tour will include the Aventura ride, an exhilarating boat ride on the Parana River, heading towards the Iguazu falls themselves. Return to your hotel, the Iguazu Grand Hotel.
Day 5. Iguazu Falls- Brazil side
Today you will cross the border into Brazil for a half day excursion to appreciate a wider view of the falls. The falls lie on the three borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Return to your hotel in Argentina for your last night.
(Please note that all US citizens require a Brazilian visa for this excursion).
Day 6. Puerto Iguazu - Buenos Aires - El Calafate
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Buenos Aires and take the connecting flight to El Calafate. Arrival and transfer to the spectacularly located Los Notros Hosteria offering incomparable views of the glacier.
El Calafate is the site of the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most dramatic natural sites left on earth. The Perito Moreno Glacier of Santa Cruz is a 60m (197ft) high river of rising, toppling and exploding ice, though it hasn't advanced for several years. Excursion to the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier, walking along footpaths and balconies to reach this incredible phenomenon.
Day 7. Perito Moreno Glacier
After breakfast, opportunity to walk on the glacier or for a selection of other activities including other treks, 4x4 trips and boat trips to other glaciers in the area such as Upsala, Onelli and Spegazzini.
Day 8. El Calafate - Buenos Aires
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to Buenos Aires and your connecting flight home.
End of Services.
Our price Includes:
Price includes all accommodation in 5 star deluxe hotels, all a la carte meals, all private tours with entrance tickets and all domestic flights in Argentina.
Our price does not include:
Meals not specified, airport taxes and travel insurance are not included in the quote. Please ask for optional tours by helicopter over the Iguazu Falls or business class upgrades on all flights. The tour is only available from September until May.