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Vip Tour Group > Argentina > Itineraries > Ultimate Argentina  
 
 

Ultimate Argentina - 12 Days

 
 

We start our journey in Buenos Aires, strongly influenced by European culture, it is sometimes referred to as the "Paris of South America".

Buenos Aires is also a place for city tours for keen walkers: from the historic Plaza de Mayo dominated by the salmon-coloured Government House (Casa Rosada) where Eva Peron gave her famous speech to the late night Tango lessons, you will immerse yourself in the fabulous culture of the Porteños. Next we the visit Iguazu Falls and then the glaciers in Southern Patagonia, the sheer size of seeing the specatular Glaciers; God's work at his or her best. There is a definite moon-like scenescape east of EL Calafate reminiscent of parts of New Zealand; huge open landscapes with desert-like vegetation, and in contrast, just turn west and everything changes facing Chile and the Andes, with beech trees, snow capped mountains and remarkable glaciers. Then we fly to Puerto Madryn is the entry point to this Central Patagonia rugged coastline. You will then drive a short distance to reach the Peninsula Valdes, famous for watching the Southern Right Whales and viewing other protected species, such as Sea Elephants, Sea Lions, Magellan Penguins, and countless marine bird species.
   
 
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Day 1 - Buenos Aires

Reception at Buenos Aires Airport. In the afternoon, city tour visiting the most interesting places in Buenos Aires city: Plaza de Mayo (May Square), Casa Rosada (Government ‘Pink’ House), the Cabildo (Old Town Hall), the Metropolitan Cathedral, Avenida de Mayo (May Avenue), the Congress Palace, Colón Theatre, La Boca and Palermo neighbourhoods, the Planetarium and La Recoleta, with its famous cemetery. At night, tango show and dinner at La Ventana, where you will enjoy the sensual magnetism of tango performed by some of the best tango dancers, singers and musicians of Buenos Aires. Return to the hotel. Accommodation.




Day 2 - Buenos Aires / Iguazu Falls

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport to board a flight to Puerto Iguazú. Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Dinner. Accommodation.




Day 3 - Iguazu Falls

Breakfast. In the morning, half day excursion to the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls, located within the Iguazú National Park, one of the first protected areas in South America. They were declared World Heritage site by UNESCO. From the Visitor’s Center we will take an open train to make a 15-minute journey up to ‘Cataratas Station’. From there we will enjoy a walk on the paths and lookouts of the upper and lower footbridges, admiring really closely the imposing 275 waterfalls, which precipitate to the river from a height of 70 meters (230 feet) and also the amazing variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. Then you will take the train up to ‘Garganta Station’ and from there you will descend walking 1,200 meters (half a mile) to the Devil’s Throat balcony, to share one of the greatest shows on Earth. Return by train to the Visitor’s Center. Return to the hotel. Dinner. Accommodation




Day 4 - Igauzu Falls / Ushuaia

Breakfast and transfer to the airport to board a flight to Ushuaia. Reception at Ushuaia airport and transfer to the hotel. Dinner. Accommodation.




Day 5 - Ushuaia

Breakfast. Departure to Tierra del Fuego National Park, located 12 km (7.5 miles) from the city. It preserves typical species of the Andean-Patagonian Forest such as fire-bushes, beech trees, ñires (a native tree or shrub), box-leafed barberries and flowers, spread over an area of 63,000 hectares (155,500 acres). The highlight of the park is Lapataia Bay, the southernmost tip of the continent, with a wonderful view of the Beagle Channel. Here, the old inhabitants of the area have left their testimony in the ‘concheros’, incredible archeological deposits. Lunch. We will spend the afternoon sailing the Beagle Channel: from the Ushuaia Bay where we will be able to see the southernmost city in the world and finally arrive to the small key where the famous Les Eclaireurs lighthouse is located. On our way back, we will pass by the Sea Lions and Birds islands. Return to the hotel. Accommodation.




Day 6 - Ushuaia

Breakfast. Day at leisure for optional tours: we recommend the full day excursion to Escondido and Fagnano lakes, crossing the Andes Range and passing by Paso Garibaldi for a magnificent view of the lakes. The shore of Escondido Lake is the perfect place to get in touch with this quite beautiful expression of pristine nature, enriched by the enchanting lenga, coihue and ñire woods which dress up in different colors according to the season. Dinner. Return to the hotel. Accommodation.




Day 7 - Ushuaia / El Calafate

Continental breakfast. Transfer to Ushuaia airport to board a flight to EL Calafate. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner. Accommodation.




Day 8 - El Calafate / Glaciers

Breakfast. Overland trip to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the largest active continental glaciers in the world, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, because of its breathtaking beauty and its unusual behavior. Lunch. Accommodation.




Day 9 - El Calafate

Breakfast. Departure from the hotel towards Puerto Bandera, 60 km from town, to board a catamaran to enjoy a full day lake excursion to Upsala Glacier and Onelli Bay, cruising among hundreds of icebergs that have detached the glaciers. Upsala is the largest continental glacier in the Southern Hemisphere. The heights of its walls vary between 60 to 80 meters (190 and 260 feet) and it has an area of 595 km2 (230 sq. miles). Return to EL Calafate. Lunch. Accommodation.




Day 10 - El Calafate / Trelew / Puerto Madryn

Breakfast. Transfer to El Calafate airport to board the flight to Trelew. Reception at Trelew airport. Transfer to Puerto Madryn. Dinner. Accommodation.




Day 11 - Puerto Madryn

Breakfast. Full day tour to Península Valdés, passing by Ameghino Isthmus, located between the Nuevo and San José Gulfs. We will visit Puerto Pirámide, where there is a sea lion rookery. This is also a great opportunity to take the optional whale watching boat excursion that you cannot miss (available from June to November). We will continue to Punta Delgada to take a look at its important colony of sea lions; and to Caleta Valdés, where sea elephants seem to have found their ideal natural habitat. Lunch. Return to Puerto Madryn. Accommodation.




Day 12 - Puerto Madryn / Trelew

Breakfast. Departure to Punta Tombo rookery to admire a magnificent colony of millions of Magellan penguins. Transfer to Trelew airport. (Flight departing after 5 PM is required). Connection in Buenos Aires for International return flight home.
 


 




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Package Prices and other details
Category Hotel Prices  
  Vip Luxury Eolo Lodge
Faena Hotel + Universe
Faro Punta Delgada
Los Cauquenes
Sheraton Iguazu
$5,819 price quote
  Five Star Faro Punta Delgada
Hosteria Los Notros
Iguazu Grand Hotel
Las Hayas
Sofitel Buenos Aires
$5,060 price quote
  Four Star Esplendor Buenos Aires
Esplendor Calafate
Faro Punta Delgada
Los Acebos
Panoramic Hotel
$3,795 price quote
 
 

Land only

Accommodations include breakfast, guides, transports, entrance fees and airport transfers.

Not included: International airfare

Important Notice: This is a general itinerary, which does not necessarily incorporate the special interests that you may have personally. Please contact our specialists to customize this trip for you. Call us at 800.772.9188 to speak with an expert now.
 




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