Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Mendoza, El Calafate
Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.
From city streets to the high plains of the Pampas, Argentina is a country for everyone, from nature lovers to shopaholics, from gourmands to gauchos to glacier climbers. You’ll revel in the smells of a Buenos Aires parilla, the sounds of Iguazu’s ceaseless falls, the sight of the sun over the Andes. It’s all here on this custom Argentina tour: this, and so much more.
Buenos Aires - Arrival in Argentina
You first touch down in South American in beautiful bountiful Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and one of the great cities of the Western Hemisphere. After collecting your bags a private car will meet you and drop you at the door of your elegant boutique hotel in the heart of Recoleta, a barrio of Buenos Aires famed for its elegant French-style edifices, expansive swaths of public parks, delicious restaurants, and the incredible homes of Argentina’s elite. Spend some time perambulating around this gorgeous neighborhood, or relax at one of the local cafes before hitting one of the area’s famous dinner spots, where the beef is fresh, the wine delectable, and the atmosphere filled with the boisterous joy of life in Argentina.
Buenos Aires - Tour of Brilliant Buenos Aires
Spend your first day in Argentina getting accustomed to the multitudinous cultural offerings of this unparalleled world city, where the charismatic passion of Latin America meets the refined sophistication of the capitals of Europe, where brightly colored bodegas meet the polished granite of high-end apartments towering above wide and hurried streets, and where romance is always easy to find.
Explore the Old World trappings of Retiro and Recoleta, where the city’s Parisian past is tastefully and graciously celebrated and remembered. They harken back to the unpredictable days and fervid nights during the turn of the 20th- century when Buenos Aires experienced a population boom that brought all manners of culture to its alleyways and avenues. You’ll also get a chance to walk by some of the most important and noteworthy spots of Buenos Aires’s grand and glorious past, from the Plaza de Mayo and the nation’s political heart to the winding cobblestone paths of San Telmo, where Buenos Aires’s colonial past mixes with her thriving nightlife to produce one of the most unique neighborhoods in this fascinating metropolis. From the rich and varied past to the fast-paced, exhilarating present, Buenos Aires is truly a city that is always on the move and always ready to take you along for the ride.
This is a 2-hour tour so you’ll have time to rest up or you can explore the more of the city at your leisure.
Buenos Aires - From City Lights to the Plains of the Pampas
Today, escape the urban rigors and the pressures of big city life and turn to the countryside, where you’ll get a chance to see how Argentina’s gauchos have lived for centuries on the fertile South American lowlands, leading cattle and keeping alive the culture and traditions of this fascinating profession. Visit a local estancia, a large livestock estate that might best be explained as an Argentinian ranch, and experience a day in the life of a cattle driver, from leading the cattle by horseback to enjoying the fruits of your labor at a delicious asado.
As evening falls, take in a performance of song and dance by these famous Pampas cattle hands, living up the folklore of a unique and adventurous people, bold in spirit and action but warm and welcoming to even complete strangers. This is a side of Argentina that very few people know of and even fewer get to experience.
Buenos Aires - Learning the Art of the Argentine Tango
After a delicious breakfast at your Recoleta hotel, head to the private studio of one of the city’s top dance instructors as you set out to learn one of the most famous partner dances in the world: the tango. Forged in the fiery world of the lower-class neighborhoods of Buenos Aires by combing European and Argentinian musical traditions, the tango has been intimately tied to the image of Argentina since at least the 1950s, when it first became an item of fierce national pride. You’ll experience the powerful and colorful history of this singular dance as your instructor fills you in on the subtle cues, the deep emotion and the irrepressible desire that fills the tango’s steps, all while preparing you for an incredible evening show in the bowels of a Buenos Aires tango club, where a delicious and authentic meal accompanies the movements of some of the finest dancers in the country.
Iguazu Falls - Turning North to the Border
After an unforgettable evening at the tango clubs of Buenos Aires, today sees you flying north where Argentina meets Paraguay and mighty Brazil, and where you can find one of the most dazzling natural sites on the entire planet: Iguazu Falls. After reaching this isolated and incredible outpost, you’ll be taken to your elegant and comfortable hotel located mere minutes for the gates of Iguazu National Park. Take the rest of the day to relax and soak up the unbelievable scenery that fills your vision at every turn. You can take a walk around this spectacular area or enjoy the services offered by the hotel’s chic and soothing spa before setting down to enjoy the fantastic fare at the excellent on-site restaurant.
Iguazu Falls - Incomparable Iguazu
Set out to uncover the majesty of Iguazu Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World and perhaps the greatest collection of waterfalls on the planet. You’ll be accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced ornithologist, who will help point out what to look for and where to find it as you tour this extraordinary formation. You’ll come across any number of smaller cascades before boarding a train to get an unencumbered view of the Devil’s Throat, a long and narrow chasm more than 80 meters high where nearly half of the water flow is diverted, making it perhaps the premier cataract of Iguazu. Those who might wish to avoid the heights of the major falls can enjoy the lower reaches on the Great Adventure boat ride, offering a unique viewpoint from which to experience this unmatched geographic structure, as well as bird-watching tours and hiking trails along the jungle floor.
Mendoza - Welcome to Wine Country
Set out west from Iguazu and land in Mendoza, one of the great capitals of wine and the center of the largest wine producing area in Latin America. It’s home to scenic parks, stirring statues, and some of the most delectable culinary creations in the country. A rapidly emerging destination within the wine tourism industry, the city of Mendoza is often under-appreciated and is home to several museums, a number of attractive city parks, and the Casa de Fader. This historic house museum was once the domicile of artist Fernando Fader and now houses the majority of the artist’s oeuvre, as well as a myriad of historical sites that prompted National Geographic to name Mendoza one of the top ten historic travel destinations in the world in 2008. After landing in Mendoza you’ll be shuttled to your cozy and comfortable luxury hotel deep in the pulsing heart of wine country, complete with a posh spa and a highly regarded restaurant.
Mendoza - A Guided Excursion Through Malbec Country
Today is your chance to live like a true bon vivant, with a private, full-day tour of one of Argentina’s most renowned wine regions. Whether you venture out into the world-famous Primera Zona—one of the finest viticulture areas in all of Argentina—or the up-and-coming Valle de Uco, you’ll enjoy some of the finest wines in the hemisphere, as well as learn more about the specifics that make Argentina’s wine-growing regions, and the product they produce, truly one-of-a-kind. Sample some of the premium varietals and blends while you nosh on a specially prepared wine pairing lunch and listen to some of the regions top oenologists as they discuss the various characteristics of the grapes, how they’re grown and when they’re harvested, what makes a good wine, and how to best know which wines are worth their price tag. And, of course, the incredible setting rivals even the world’s best-known wine regions, from Burgundy to Napa, with friendly and helpful locals who are there to help you enjoy the environs surrounding Mendoza to the fullest.
Aconcagua - Trekking Through the Spine of the Americas
Head out to the rising crags and sharp ridges of the Andes, one of the longest mountain chains in the world, stretching virtually unbroken up the entire eastern side of South America and trailing up into Canada, where the naming conventions change and the Andes become the Rockies. Your destination today is one of the majestic Seven Summits: the towering peak of Aconcagua, tallest mountain in the Americas and the highest point in the world outside of Asia. The Stone Sentinel will watch your every move in her sky-bound domain, daring even the boldest mountaineers with a gently sloping north face and a frightening south face that is among the most dangerous climbing routes on the planet. Content to watch, you can gaze upon those souls who mean to reach the mountain’s summit while you try to spot some of the more elusive species of Andean wildlife.
El Calafate - Deep in the Heart of Patagonia
Venture out from the high hills of Mendoza into the famed region of Patagonia, named by Magellan on his circumnavigations after the mythical giants who supposedly made the mountains their domain. While you won’t see any monsters or creatures of legend, you will have the chance to experience the fantastic allure of El Calafate, originally built to shelter wool traders. Now it’s the metropolitan hub of Patagonia exploration, located near Los Glaciares National Park as well as the imposing and teeth-like massifs of Cerro Torre and Cerro Chalten, two of the most difficult climbs on Earth. Your luxurious and sophisticated lodge awaits you after a long flight south, and you’ll revel in the incredible comfort of your accommodations and the staggering stateliness of the scenery surrounding you.
Los Glaciares National Park - Walking on Ice at Perito Moreno
Today is one you’ll never forget, as your travels take you deep into Patagonia’s national parks and astride the Perito Moreno Glacier, a stunning slab of frozen water more nearly 100 miles square that serves as one of the centerpieces of this part of Los Glaciares National Park. You’ll get the chance to walk along this phenomenal expanse, taking in the shores of blue faces leading to the rippling surface of ice, the glacier caves that form on the edge of the sea, and the climbing panorama of the Andes beyond. Board a boat that will take you across the narrow channel leading up to the glacier, then slip on some crampons to take a jaunt across Perito Moreno, marveling in the slow power of this geographic formation and in the serene and stupendous scenery it cut over thousands of years, creating the region all around you with its mass and movement, the indelible changes of gravity and time.
El Calafate - A Visit to an Argentine Estancia
Voyage to the grounds of a Patagonian estancia, where the scenery and history of this magnificent land will inspire you like nowhere else on Earth. Set amongst climbing cliffs of timeless granite, the sapphire depths of mountain lakes and the pale vibrant blue of nearby glaciers, you will be captivated by the people who live in this gorgeous but unforgiving country, practicing the customs and culture of those who have lived here for generations. You’ll find a small museum here, as well as a number of outdoor activities, from hiking to horseback riding and more. Your final day in the untamed wilderness of southern Argentina will be one of your favorite of the entire trip, as you’re left to your own devices to discover the best of this unforgettable landscape.
Buenos Aires - A Return to the Capital
Board a plane back in El Calafate to head back north to the headwaters of the Rio de la Plata and the gleaming buildings and smooth streets of Buenos Aires. Enjoy one final exciting Argentinian night at one of Buenos Aires famous parillas before hitting the town for one last hurrah.
Buenos Aires - Heading Home
Today you leave the passionate charm and ceaseless beauty of Argentina, filled with stories and songs, the sights of Patagonia, the sounds of Iguazu, the smells of Mendoza and the feelings of warmth and welcome from all over this incredible country. By the time you touch down back home, you’ll be sure to be testing your Spanish for your next trip down South America’s way.
- Discover Buenos Aires, Argentina’s one-of-a-kind capital and one of the great cities of South America, from the ceaseless activity around the Microcentro to the aristocratic ease of Recoleta and Palermo
- Visit an authentic Argentine estancia to encounter real guachos, gain insight into their historic lifestyle and enjoy a memorable dinner served over open flame
- Challenge your artistic side as you’re taught the technique and passion that goes into a traditional tango before watching the experts in one of Buenos Aires’ famous tango clubs
- Ogle at the immense expanse of Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil, as you’re led through this phenomenal formation by a trained ornithologist who knows exactly where to go, what to see and what to do
- Indulge in a visit to the vineyards in Argentina’s wine country, where you’ll learn about the best varietals and blends that this singular region sends out to the world
- Work your way through the peaks and valleys of the mighty Andes Mountains until witnessing the puissance of Aconcagua, one of the tallest mountains on Earth
- Spend three days in the other-worldly peaks and tumbling valleys of southern Patagonia, from El Calafate to the Perito Moreno Glacier
Argentina is a country known the world over for its innumerable contributions to human culture, from a perfectly executed tango to a perfectly grilled steak in a local parilla, and this tour gives you the chance to get knee-deep in Argentine customs. On this 14-day custom Argentina tour, you’ll glimpse Argentina’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders and her most cosmopolitan city, the jagged teeth of the Andes and the gentle flood plains of the Rio de la Plata, and everything else that makes this country so unique.
Begin in Buenos Aires, where you can walk the colorful streets of La Boca, breathe the history of the Plaza del Mayo, and catch a tango show in one of the city’s famous underground clubs. Then turn north to Argentina’s border with Brazil and the spectacular Iguazu Falls, a series of cascades that makes Niagara look puny, before exploring the unbridled wildness of Argentine Patagonia. Relax and unwind in Mendoza—the center of Argentina’s wine industry—where you’ll be dazzled by the surrounding scenery and delighted by a bold yet delicate Malbec.
From the widest avenue in the world to one of the planet’s tallest peaks, from the rugged romance of the gauchos to the sophisticated steps of the tango, from waterfalls to glaciers to grapes on the vine, this is Argentina at its very best. Friendly people will meet you at every turn, anxious to show you the secrets of this country of which they are so deeply proud, and it won’t take you too long to discover the what, exactly, they’re so proud of.
$3,495 per person (excluding international flights)
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