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Best of Argentina Experience the sensational destinations of Argentina’s Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Iguazu Falls and Mendoza on this incredible 13-day tour, which promises a comprehensive and interpretive experience of this country’s vast and contrasting landscapes

 

Your journey at a glance

Your journey begins in the sprawling, cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires where you will get to explore its architectural and cultural heritage on a guided walking tour, not forgetting to sample some of the city’s delightful fare and enjoy an evening of sultry tango along the way. The next leg of your journey will take you to the magnificent landscapes of Bariloche, in Patagonia. Here, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and shimmering lakes you will be able to embark on a series of outdoor adventures, making for excellent photographic opportunities. Your journey then continues to the awe-inspiring Iguazu Falls.

A not-to-be-missed attraction when visiting Argentina, the falls are a true testament to the power of Mother Nature, with 275 cascades tumbling down into a series of gorges. After exploring the might of the Iguazu Falls, you will spend a full-day immersing yourself in the fascinating rural culture of the gaucho (Argentina’s cowboys) at an authentic estancia (ranch). The last leg of your unforgettable Argentine experience, is to picturesque Mendoza, the capital of the country’s wine making estates. Here, you will embark on exclusive, privately guided wine tours and tastings of the region’s finest varieties.

What to expect …

Transfer to Hotel Day 1

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Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, your &Beyond representative will meet you and escort you to your waiting vehicle for the drive to your hotel, the Algodon Mansion, where you will spend two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Overnight in Buenos Aires Day 1 - 3

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Algodon Mansion is an all-suite, luxury boutique hotel located in the Recoleta neighbourhood. This landmark 1912 building is fashioned in French Classical design and has been impeccably restored, yet re-imagined with inspired contemporary elegance and sophistication. The suites are exceptionally spacious and offer superior comforts in amenities, including impeccable service, design and luxurious finishings.

The capital city of Buenos Aires offers a pulsating and eclectic atmosphere of sophistication. It is here that local customs are infused by the proud traditions of football and the sultry tango. Buenos Aires is dotted with many fine eateries, a thriving arts and culture scene, packed nightclubs and world-class accommodation. The city is flanked by the Rio de la Plata, the world’s largest estuary, and the lowlands of the Pampas.

 

Explore Buenos Aires on foot Day 2

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Embark on a walking tour of the Argentine capital. Buenos Aires holds a valuable and suggestive architectural heritage. Inspired by international patterns and combined with the local tendency of free reinterpretation, Buenos Aires’ architectural scenery results in a wide and eclectic building legacy. Buenos Aires is a sophisticated, elegant city with a distinct European flair. Tree-lined avenues adorn parts of the city, as do street cafés, and pedestrian boulevards. It is perfect for exploring on foot. The walk includes the Paris-influenced area of San Martin, one of the best examples is the belle époque, as it was here that the upper class families settled and built their impressive residences at the turn of the 20th century. You can see the splendid palace of the family Paz, which today houses the Military Circle, and the Anchorena Palace, currently the home of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Continue to the impressive Retiro train station, then on to aristocratic Arroyo Street, where the French architectural influence in the city is at its most obvious. As you cross to Avenida Alvear, you will see such highlights as the Ortiz Basualdo Palace, now the French Embassy. A refreshing stop at a traditional cafe for a light lunch is included. The tour rounds off with a visit to the famous Recoleta cemetery, where the tomb of Evita Peron in found.

Dinner this evening will be at your leisure.

Flight to Bariloche Day 3

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Today, you will be collected at your hotel, after a delicious breakfast, for your flight to Bariloche, one of the most incredible places in Argentina. The northern gateway to Argentina’s Patagonia, this is a mesmerising land of lakes, streams, rivers, and mountains.

Overnight in Bariloche Day 3 - 6

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Upon arrival at Bariloche you will be greeted by your &Beyond representative who will escort you to your waiting vehicle for the short drive to your hotel, the legendary Llao Llao Hotel & Resort, where you will spend three nights on a bed and breakfast basis. The Llao Llao Hotel & Resort is surrounded by the Cerro Lopez and Tronador mountain peaks, and the Moreno and Nahuel Huapi lakes. The hotel has a 15-hectare park, including an 18-hole golf course, marina, beach, solarium, heated indoor and outdoor infinity swimming pools, spa and health club with sauna, fitness centre and other leisure activities.

Savour adventure-filled summers in Bariloche Day 4

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Make the most of Bariloche’s warmer months (September to February). This truly spectacular Argentine region, nestled at the foot of the towering Andes, perfectly lends itself to sun-filled days exploring its landscape with a series of outdoor adventures.

Here, photographic and nature enthusiasts can lose themselves in the natural attractions of the region. The actively inclined can take to the various hiking trails dotted amidst the pristine landscape, mountaineers can test their skills on rugged peaks, and horse lovers can enjoy picturesque rides. Bariloche sits within Argentina’s breath-taking Lakes District,  and is renowned for its fantastic fly-fishing tours.

Stroll down the‘Avenue of Chocolate Dreams’ Day 5

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Indulge in mountains of decadence in Argentina’s Chocolate Capital aptly nickname; Little Switzerland.

Passionate chocolatiers and quaint eateries, teeming with chocolate filled shelves, line Calle Mitre Street. The town of Bariloche is a veritable paradise for chocoholics with its parade of candy, confections and desserts. Enjoy a guided tour and relish the samples eagerly on offer. .

Flight to Iguazu Falls Day 6

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After breakfast at the hotel, you will be collected for your flight to Buenos Aires, where you will catch a connecting flight to Puerto Iguazu. Upon arrival in Puerto Iguazu, your &Beyond representative will drive you to the Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel, where you will spend two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Located in Argentina’s Northeast, the Iguazu Falls is the most awe-inspiring set of falls in South America. The Falls create a border with Brazil and Paraguay, forming over 275 cascades, most of which are on the Argentine side and are completely surrounded by dense tropical forest, housing small indigenous mammals and hundreds of different species of birds. Iguazu is truly one of nature’s greatest wonders. Just a twenty-minute walk from the centre of town, the Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel is surrounded on all sides by jungle and set right on the Iguazu River’s edge. As you enter the hotel’s main atrium you are immediately struck with a sense of space and of understated elegance. The rooms are modern and well-appointed, and the cuisine is excellent.

Overnight in Iguazu Falls Day 6 - 8

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Spend two nights at the Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel.

Explore the world’s most complex waterfall Day 7

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Iguazu Falls, traditionally known as Big Water, is the largest waterfall system in the world and separates Argentina’s province of Misiones from Brazil’s state of Paraná. This natural basalt feature is cloaked in mysticism, folklore and romance. Natives believe the Falls were created over 150 million years ago by a cuckolded deity who struck the river in anger, condemning mortal lovers to an eternal fall.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, Iguazu Falls is one of the most impressive sights in the world, featuring nearly 300 cascades where the waters rapidly drop, creating a beautiful yet devastating storm of foam and fury. The semi-circular waterfall is 2 700 metres (8 860 feet) in circumference and 80 metres (260 feet) in height, with cascades that spread across three kilometres (two miles) gulf, so that travellers can get up-close views of the Falls in Argentina and panoramic views from Brazil. Experience the awe inspiring sensation of the Falls from both countries by combining different sightseeing tours into one epic excursion. Explore the untamed backdrop on a privately guided tour and spend a full day in Iguaçu National Park and Iguazú National Park. Approach the Paraná River and its massive canyon as you edge towards the mighty waterfall, thundering with sheer force and power yet delicately spraying mist. Walk through a subtropical forest to the base of Salto Floriano, boasting a modern elevator that ascends to the peak of the falls or, alternatively, walk out over the falls at Salto Union.

The towering Falls offers spectacular photographic opportunities from the catwalk of Iguazu’s highest peak, Devil’s Throat, at an altitude of 107 metres (350 feet), with vivid rainbows that glimmer through the mist. The water has such thunderous force that a tall cloud of mist remains permanently suspended overhead.

Flight to Buenos Aires Day 8

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After breakfast at the hotel you are free to enjoy the area at your leisure until your transfer to Puerto Iguazu Airport for your flight to back Buenos Aires.

Overnight in Buenos Aires Day 8 - 10

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Spend two nights at the Algodon Mansion (on a bed and breakfast basis), where you will continue your exploration of this vibrant city.

Embark on a guided walk through an eclectic city Day 9

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Guided walks through the vibrant city of Buenos Aires will captivate and enthral the spirit. Explore the diverse architectural and cultural heritage of the sprawling city, sampling sumptuous and delightful local fare along the way. Begin the tour by strolling through the streets of the Argentine capital, appreciating a valuable and suggestive architectural heritage inspired by international patterns combined with a local tendency of free reinterpretation. Buenos Aires inspired structures result from a wide and far reaching building legacy.

The city is sophisticated, elegant with a distinct European flair and awash with pedestrian boulevards along topiary streets. The tree lined streets adorn much of the city and surround vogue street cafés, thoroughfares, and galleries inspired by a mesh of European influence and local accents. Pass by the Paris-influenced area of San Martin Square, boasting the belle époque where upper class families settled and built impressive abodes at the turn of the 20th century. Marvel at the splendour of a palatial palace, once residence of the Paz family and now housing the Military Circle of the city, a social club for Argentine military.

Next, head of to the equally impressive Anchorena Palace, currently home to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Continue to the impressive Retiro train station, then on to the aristocratic Arroyo Street, where French architectural influence in the city is at its most obvious. Cross over to Avenida Alvear, highlighting the Ortiz Basualdo Palace, now the French Embassy. A refreshing stop at a traditional café for a light lunch will revitalise the body and satiate the palate, before heading off to the famous Recoleta cemetery, where the tomb of Evita Peron in found.

Flight to Mendoza Day 10

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Today, you will be collected for your flight to Mendoza. Upon arrival in Mendoza, your &Beyond representative will drive you to The Vines Resort & Spa.

Overnight in Mendoza Day 10 - 13

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Spend three nights at The Vines Resort & Spa

Immerse yourself in the world of winemakers Day 11

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Experience the thrill of making simple vino patero wine as you stomp on plump grapes in massive wooden barrels, or directly engage with pioneering winemakers and embark on informative tours around notable wine estates, engaging in the complex and age-old process of wine-making, with a brand new twist.

The award-winning wineries nestled in Mendoza are world renowned. They range from craft estates to breathtaking architectural masterpieces that house the most diverse selection of wines. Situated at the foothills of the Andes, these estates draw food lovers, wine connoisseurs and adventure seekers. The Valle de Uco contains several micro terroirs, where the characteristic taste and flavour of a particular wine is determined by the environment in which it is produced. This relatively unexplored region has undergone a revival , where a new generation of winemakers has injected the industry with creativity, passion, and a technical knowledge that extracts maximum expression from local grape variations. These innovators have built boutique wineries that boldly experiment with pioneering and enterprising ways of implanting vines to cultivate the best grapes and produce limited editions of very specific wines.

The Mendoza province is known as Argentina’s premium wine region, responsible for nearly two-thirds of the country’s entire wine production. Ideally located on the eastern slopes of the Andes, near the towering Aconcagua Mountain, the vineyards are often 1 000 metres (3 280 feet) above sea level, with the grapes planted at some of the highest altitudes in the world. Malbec is the area’s chief grape variety, followed closely by Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

The last twenty years of wine making in Mendoza put Malbec wines on the global map, resulting in generous investment into the area and the subsequent developments, such as elegant architectural work, new technology, luxury accommodation and world class food and wine menus.

Take over an authentic kitchen Day 12

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The south west of Valle de Uco, situated in the foothills of the mighty Andes Mountains, features breath-taking scenery and bountiful vineyards that stretch across the vista. The region is peppered with generational farmlands that make use of age-old planting methods. Here, rooted in the pleasures of gourmet fare and great wines, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in authentic Argentinian culture. Keeping in line with the growing industry in the area and the vast landscape, Mendoza promises a treat for every traveller, from rural family-run eateries to internationally recognised celebrity chef restaurants.

Food lovers will delight in learning to cook traditional Argentine cuisine in an authentic, winery kitchen, taught by a qualified chef and winemaker. The family-run winery has a homely feel that’s instantly welcoming and warm, with a troupe of residents and workers. Run by one family for over a century, these wine makers are awash with the knowledge, folklore and history of the region. The winery chef presents guests with delightful, mouth-watering menus that can be recreated in cooking classes on site. Prepare your own deep fried, gold crusted empanadas, learn to carve different cuts of the world famous Argentine beef and try your hand at manning the traditional mud oven. Discover the rich, organic ingredients used in traditional Argentine cookery and marvel at the unique techniques employed to produce delicious fare, effused with the deep flavours of the mountain and the fragrant aromas of its spice, interlaced with the heat of the smoke-lined kitchen.

Transfer to Airport Day 13

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This morning, wander through the historic sites and elegant parks of Mendoza. Highlights of the city include Parque General San Martin, an impressive 420 hectare park, and the Mercado Central, which is where locals head to for very good pizza, empanadas (savoury, stuffed pastries) and sandwiches. It is a must for foodies. After a good look around town, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires.

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires you will be greeted by an &Beyond representative, who will provide assistance with your outbound flight connection.

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