Argentina - Buenos Aires, Falls & Glaciers

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  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Dates
  • Newmarket Holidays

Spectacular landscapes and fascinating culture

See for yourself Argentina's astonishing natural wonders, including Iguazú Falls, the high Andean plains and Patagonia's pristine glaciers, and discover elegant Buenos Aires. Beginning at the jaw-dropping cascades of Iguazú, you’ll fly to Argentina’s sun-baked northwest, where the Andean Altiplano meet the Andean desert, and the red-rock landscape is dotted with traditional adobe towns and villages. You'll then head south for a startling contrast - raw Patagonia's "edge of the world" glacier wonders, then end you unforgettable tour in sophisticated Buenos Aires. This is magnificent Argentina, showcased in all its magical glory, and brought spectacularly to life on this extraordinary South American adventure.

Highlights

Holiday Highlights

See both the Argentinian and Brazilian side of Iguazú Falls
Cultured, historic Salta, gateway to Argentina’s Andean northwest
See the extraordinary Perito Moreno Glacier
The incredible Salinas Grandes salt flats
Purmamarca's adobe village, beneath striking Seven Colours Mountain
Drive the Quebrada de Humahuaca road through the Altiplano
Spend two nights in glorious Buenos Aires

Destinations
Tour Types
  • 50 plus
  • Seniors
  • Air Holidays & Breaks
  • Faraway Worldwide Holidays
  • AIR
Departure Points
  • Gatwick

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly west across the Atlantic, via Madrid, straight to the natural wonder of the world that is Iguazú Falls.

Day 2

Today you'll arrive in Puerto Iguazú, meet your tour manager and transfer to your four-star hotel, where you'll be able to rest and relax after your journey. Make the most of the hotel’s amenities, which include a pool and a rooftop terrace overlooking the Iguazú River, and perhaps dine at the hotel this evening.

Day 3

Today is a first opportunity to discover the stupendous cascades of Iguazú Falls, a plunging series of cascades at the meeting point of Argentina and Brazil that has to be seen and experienced to be believed. Begin in the Iguazú Waterfalls National Park, a protected, UNESCO-listed area that is a stunning jungle refuge for big cats, monkeys, tapirs and countless colourful bird species. Enjoy a choice of fascinating guided walks, accompanied by a park ranger, as well as a 25-minute train ride to see the most spectacular of the torrents - the famous Devil’s Throat - from a series of walkways and footbridges.

Day 4

See the cascades from a different perspective, at a point where a series of pathways leads through the lush foliage nurtured by the constant moisture from the astonishing waterfalls. Walk out over the footbridge, and ride the panoramic lift, to enjoy the sweeping views across Iguazú's 275 plunging cataracts, before returning to the hotel to spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 5

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the two-hour flight west to Salta. Here, you'll meet your tour manager and transfer to your four-star hotel. Rest and relax after the journey, and perhaps head out to catch a first glimpse of this sophisticated, Spanish colonial city, which serves as gateway to the Argentinian Altiplano, the fertile valleys of the northwest and the towering Andes beyond.

Day 6

On an astonishingly scenic day, you'll drive into Jujuy Province, following the high-altitude road to the Quebrada de Humahuaca valley. Pass through a landscape lined with spectacular red-rock formations and towering outcrops, and dotted with ancient villages of adobe houses, to Purmamarca, beneath the multi-hued geological marvel of Seven Colours Hill. This afternoon, having explored the town's colourful market and 17th-century church, you'll drive up the magnificent hairpins of the Cuesta de Lipán road, which snakes its way up through a startling landscape to over 13,000ft, before descending to the dazzling sight of the Salinas Grandes salt flats, the vast, blindingly white geological wonder where sunglasses are a must. Watch out for llamas (and even ostriches) on the slopes as you return to colourful Purmamarca for the evening.

Day 7

After a relaxing morning in Purmamarca, you'll head to the ancient market-town Humahuaca, where a colourful market sells traditional Andean foodstuffs and authentic crafts that reflect the fiercely independent culture of the region. Passing through other indigenous settlements, you’ll return to Salta for another night. Take the opportunity to wander the colonial town to see its Andalusian-style white-washed, red-tiled houses, pink-hued cathedral and flower-decked balconies, and to dine at your leisure.

Day 8

A day of extreme contrasts begins as you bid farewell to the desert-city of Salta and fly, via Buenos Aires, to Southern Patagonia. Here, quaint El Calafate is the gateway to the extraordinary wonders of UNESCO-listed Los Glaciares National Park. Prepare yourself for a change in temperature, but not in the level of excitement and scenic splendour. Your tour manager will meet you when you arrive, and you'll be transferred to your spa hotel, at the edge of the Patagonian steppe, to rest and relax after the journey.

Day 9

On today’s unforgettable tour, you’ll leave El Calafate and head further south, passing stunning Lake Argentino and its breath-taking mountain backdrop. In the National Park, the landscape changes from the yellow "coiron" of the steppe to greener vegetation, but nothing matches the drama of rounding the Curva de los Suspiros (Curve of Sighs) and your first sight of the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier. With a wall of ice reaching down to just 200 metres above sea level, the glacier seems alive, especially whenever great pieces calve from the main icefield, creaking and then crashing into the pure waters below. Enjoy several different viewpoints of this extraordinary work of nature, including from a system of walkways that brings you close to the ice itself.

Day 10

After a morning soaking up the atmosphere of El Calafate, an almost incongruously colourful and well-appointed outpost at the edge of one of the world’s most pristine wildernesses, you'll board the return flight to the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires. Your tour manager will meet you when you arrive here, in one of South America's most elegant cities, and you'll be transferred to your hotel for your first, relaxing evening in the city.

Day 11

Enjoy a guided introduction to "Baires", taking in the Parliament buildings of historic Plaza de Mayo, including the pink Casa Rosada and the 18th-century Cabildo building. The city’s contrasting and colourful barrios will also be brought to life. See the Tango district of San Telmo; the famously colourful La Boca district – home to the fervently supported Boca Juniors football team; the chic Puerto Madero riverside area; and La Recoleta - the capital’s most elegant neighbourhood and final resting place of Eva Perón. Return to the hotel at the end of a wonderful day, and this evening, crown your stay with the included experience of an authentic Tango Show at famous La Ventana, accompanied by dinner and fine Argentinian wine.

Day 12

After breakfast, bid farewell to your Argentinian hosts, and transfer to the airport to begin your transatlantic journey home.

Day 13

You'll touch down in the UK, today, after an overnight flight via Madrid, and at the end of a marvellous South American adventure.

What's Included

10 nights' bed and breakfast hotel accommodation in Iguazú Falls (3 nights), Salta (2), Purmamarca (1), El Calafate (2) and Buenos Aires (2), plus two nights on the plane
Return flights to Iguazú Falls (returning from Buenos Aires)
Internal flights from Iguazú Falls to Salta, Salta to El Calafate and El Calafate to Buenos Aires
A tour of Buenos Aires
A traditional Argentine Tango show and dinner at La Ventana
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

Dates Price Single Availability
04-Feb-2021 for 12 Nights Flight Included Visit Website
15-Apr-2021 for 12 Nights Flight Included Visit Website
09-Sep-2021 for 12 Nights Flight Included Visit Website
10-Feb-2022 for 12 Nights Flight Included Visit Website
05-May-2022 for 12 Nights Flight Included Visit Website

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