Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires (-/-/D)
On arrival at Buenos Aires' Ezeiza Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the city. Please look for your guide at the airport, who will be waiting with a sign with your name on it. Once you have checked into the hotel, the remainder of your first day will be free, until meeting up before dinner for your orientation meeting. Note: Check In at hotel – 15h00.
Buenos Aires is home to 11 million 'portenos', a name given to the inhabitants of Buenos Aires that literally means 'residents of the port'. It has been shaped by a history riddled with conflict and struggles. Even the achievement of independence in 1816 did not resolve ongoing disputes between local residents and conservative provincial landowners. However, following a succession of military juntas, Argentina now has a stable, democratic government.
At 6pm, your local Tour Leader will meet you in the hotel lobby for a welcome briefing. Then you will head out with your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
- Individual arrival airport transfer in Buenos Aires, in private service with English speaking guide.
- Welcome briefing at the hotel with your Tour Leader for the trip.
- Welcome dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 2: Walking Tour & Tango Dancing (B/L/-)
Enjoy a morning exploring some of Buenos Aires’ most iconic sites with your leader on a walking tour. First stop is the Plaza de Mayo to visit the original town hall, as well as the presidential palace known as the Pink House. Walk around La Boca and its ‘Caminito’ district, before moving on to the lesser-known Barracas neighborhood and stop in at a local NGO to learn about their agro-ecological model of food production and community collaboration. Next you will have the opportunity to help prepare a meal and learn how to make some Argentinian dishes – many of the ingredients for which are grown right in the co-op garden. Then the fun part – trying the fruits of your labour, including alfajores (classic South American cookies) for dessert. Your guided tour will then continue on to the Recoleta Cemetery, a labyrinth of ornate mausoleums. After a stop at the grave of Eva Peron, you will head to Palermo to see beautiful parks and the unique Floralis Generica – a famous huge metal flower. Enjoy a few hours of free time in the afternoon to take in the sites. In the evening, you will have a treat, enjoying a professional tango performance, followed by an hour-long beginner’s class to learn the tango yourself! The dancers will explain the origin of the style and its rich history.
• City tour of Buenos Aires including lunch in an NGO, in private service.
• Tango demonstration by professional dancers & Tango lessons.
Day 3: Flight to Puerto Iguazu (B/L/-)
Earlier in the morning will be free to relax and continue exploring the city on your own, as you wish. We recommend taking a walk around Puerto Madero, the old river port that has now been restored and the red brick warehouses converted to offices shopping malls and restaurants. Later in the morning, you will learn about the cuisine of Argentina – the typical foods of the region – during a cooking class with a local chef who will accompany you to the best local market to purchase all of the fresh ingredients before heading to the studio to begin the class. You will have the option of preparing food based on fish, meat (Argentinean barbecue/roast) or vegan options.
While you learn new cooking techniques, prepare your lunch and marvel at the local food. Then, later in the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport to take the flight to Puerto Iguazu, where you will be met by another local guide and transferred to settle into the hotel.
If you feel up to it, there will be the option to cross the border into Brazil this evening to attend a folkloric show at the famous “Rafain Restaurant” (not included) or you can opt for something a little closer to the hotel. We will leave this to your decision, based on how you are feeling, as the next few days are full of lots of activity and fun!
• Traditional Argentinean cooking class
• Flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu with private airport transfers
Day 4: Visit Argentinean Side of Iguazu Waterfalls (B/-/-)
Today, you will visit the Argentinean side of Iguazu Waterfalls. Gain a deep perspective of the breathtaking waterfalls, recently named one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Three sets of trails and walkways allow exploring the natural beauty of the falls and the surrounding jungle as you walk through the National Park. On the lower circuit take in a view of the falls from below, feeling part of the natural surroundings, and sensing their great magnitude. The upper circuit takes you above the falls where you get a different perspective of the same waterfalls you just saw on the lower circuits. And no visit to Iguazu is complete without viewing the Devil’s Throat Falls, where you stand just feet from the thundering cascades of water tumbling to depths below.
This tour includes the boat trip around the waterfalls (Gran Aventura boat tour). Pack your slickers and rain boots for a memorable boat excursion under the waterfall itself that lets you feel the full power of the falls. Note: Only children 12 years old or older are allowed to ride Gran Aventura or Aventura Nautica upon presentation of proof of age (passport or ID).
• Full day visit to the Iguazu waterfalls in the Argentinean side, in private service
• Gran Aventura boat tour close to the waterfalls, in shared service with other tourists
Day 5: Visit Brazilian Side of Iguazu Waterfalls & Bird Park (B/-/-)
In the morning, transfer to the Brazilian side of the falls to start your tour. Visiting the falls from the Brazilian side will give you a completely different perspective of the side of these amazing falls, as you will have the panoramic view of the entire falls.
Then afterwards, you will continue to the Parque das Aves (Bird Park). Walk through subtropical forest to see several native species of birds in their natural habitat. This park is a refuge and sanctuary for many bird species, including macaws, golden parakeets, harpy eagles, and toucans. Displays also include other animal life, such as reptiles. Return to your hotel on the Argentinean side of the city.
• Half day visit to Iguazu waterfalls on the Brazilian side (in private service)
• Half day visit to the Bird Park, in private service
Day 6: Fly from Iguazu to the Mendoza Valley (B/-/D)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to take the flight towards the city of Mendoza. Upon arrival in Mendoza, you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Mendoza is synonymous with wine, and this is the place to base yourself if you’re up for touring the vineyards, taking a few dozen bottles home or just looking for a good vintage to accompany this evening’s special meal. The city is also a starting point to organize rafting and other adventures in the nearby Andes.
Your tour leader will take us on an orientation walk around the centre of this beautiful city to see some of the lovely architecture before heading out for dinner at the famous Club Tapiz, a beautiful restaurant located inside the vineyard-hotel “Club Tapiz”.
• Flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls; airport transfers to/from hotels.
Day 7: Biking the Vineyards of Mendoza (B/L/-)
Today, enjoy your morning at leisure however you choose – but be sure to save up some energy for this afternoon’s tour of three wineries – by bike! We will start out at one winery, where we will be served a first-class lunch with matching wines. We will then continue on to the amazing wine región of Luján de Cuyo. The main goal of this bike tour is to enjoy the beautiful and unique scenery combining the vineyards with the backdrop of the Andes. You will get to know three different wineries and their vineyards, with guided tours provided at each stop. This will also include several tastings of the well-known wines each winery produces.
• Full day bike tour around 3 vineyards in Lujan De Cuyo, including wine tasting and private lunch service
Day 8: Uco Valley Wine Tour (B/L/-)
Mendoza is Argentina's most prolific and significant grape-growing region, producing nearly three-quarters of the country's wine. The climate produces an excellent variety of grapes, with the region's signature being Malbec. Today you will visit several wineries and cellars to see and taste the quality for yourself, with a stop in the afternoon at a restaurant for a private seating to enjoy a special exclusive lunch. Sit back and enjoy being served delicious food in this unique private eatery. Return to the centre later in the afternoon for some relaxation time.
• Wine tour & tasting around the Uco Valley
Day 9: Free Day in Mendoza (B/-/-)
We left this day open to allow you to do whatever you feel up to. It's a beautiful region and there are still a few wine tours you have yet to hit....
Enjoy this free day in Mendoza to enjoy of the hotel’s facilities or to continue getting to know the city with a gentle stroll around its tree-lined streets or visit the local cafes and restaurants for some Argentinean fare.
Your guide will be happy to provide some recommendations for things to do.
Day 10: Fly to Buenos Aires & Tour Recoleta (B/-/D)
The morning will be free to enjoy of the hotel’s facilities or to continue getting to know the city with a gentle stroll around its tree-lined streets or visit the local cafes and restaurants for some Argentinean fare. In the afternoon, you will be transferred back to the airport to take the flight to Buenos Aires.
Once in Buenos Aires, you’ll enjoy the farewell dinner including a live Tango show at “La Ventana”, in the heart of San Telmo, La Ventana Barrio de Tango opened its doors to the world in 1982. This fully restored historic building is a must visit to experience the culture of Buenos Aires. The interior of the building is the best preserved, and offers 32 artists on scene, two tango orchestras, a collection of folk music, dancers and singers. The dinner menu includes international and local dishes of our country, with the traditional charcoal grill – accompanied by wonderful Argentinean wine, of course! This will be a wonderful opportunity to reminisce about the amazing experiences you have taken in this week, not to mention the delicious food and wines you have enjoyed!
• Group departure airport transfer in Mendoza, in private service
• Group arrival airport transfer in Buenos Aires, in private service
• Farewell dinner at La Ventana restaurant including Tango show
Day 11: Free Day in Buenos Aires (B/-/D)
By now, you are fully aware of what an incredibly beautiful and vibrant city this is. They call Buenos Aires the Paris of South America for a reason. So take the day wherever you most want, but be sure to get back in time for a very special final evening together.
Tonight we TANGO.... again. You’ll enjoy of a farewell dinner including Tango-show at “La Ventana”. In the heart of San Telmo, La Ventana Barrio de Tango opened its doors to the world in 1982. This fully restored historic tenement is a classic walk-through of the Buenos Aires culture through the ages. The interiors, which preserve the purest of the building, with 32 artists in scene, two tango orchestras, a collection of folk music, dancers and singers. Our menu includes international and local dishes of our country, with the traditional charcoal grill and a large Argentine wine.
• Farewell dinner at La Ventana restaurant including Tango show
Day 12: Tour End / Flight Home (B/-/-)
Your tour comes to an end today and there are no activities planned. If you would like to stay on for a few extra days to make the most of your visit here, we’ll be happy to assist in booking accommodations (subject to availability) and extra activities.
Or, at the appropriate time, our driver will transfer you to Ezeiza airport to take your international flight to home or to your next destination, noting this tour has a wonderful option for an extension to visit the glaciers of Patagonia. See the tab “EXTENSIONS & ADD-ONS” above, or let us know what you had in mind.
• Individual departure airport transfer in Buenos Aires (in private service)