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Buenos Aires, Calafate & Bariloche tour

Buenos Aires, Calafate & Bariloche

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
9 days
From: $ 5,129 $ 570 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Bariloche is famous for its delicious chocolate, beer, and smoked cold cuts - sounds like the makings of an amazing picnic!
  • Get lost in the beauty of Arrayanes forest and its ancient trees during your included day-trip.
  • Take a stroll through the city's craft markets, where local artisans show off their talents (a great place for souvenir shopping).
  • Enjoy views of the famous Perito Moreno Glacier from both land and water with included tours.
  • Argentina is the birthplace of tango - what better place to enjoy an authentic show

Short Description

Where can you find vibrant capital cities, breathtaking glaciers, ancient trees, and picturesque lakes? In Argentina, of course! Experience both natural and man-made wonders on this 8-night getaway, from beautiful Buenos Aires to the postcard-worthy region of Bariloche. Along the way, take amazing vacation photos, indulge in local cuisine, and even see a tango show.

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Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Buenos Aires
End City Argentina

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Buenos Aires (EZE)
  • All airport transfers
  • 2 nights in Buenos Aires at the Hotel Kenton Palace, or similar
  • Buenos Aires City Tour including stop at Café Tortoni
  • Dinner & Tango Show at El Viejo Almacen (with transfers)
  • One-way, economy class flight from Buenos Aires (AEP) to Calafate (FTE)
  • 3 nights in El Calafate at the Hotel Kosten Aike, or similar
  • Ice Rivers Navigation Tour Express
  • Perito Moreno Glacier Tour
  • Safari Nautico Navigation Tour
  • Glaciarium Museum visit
  • One-way, economy class flight from Calafate (FTE) to Bariloche (BRC)
  • 2 nights in Bariloche at the Hotel Kenton Palace, or similar
  • Panoramic Bariloche City Tour
  • Boat tour to Victoria Island & the Arrayanes Forest
  • One-way, economy class flight from Bariloche (BRC) to Buenos Aires (AEP)
  • 1 night in Buenos Aires at the Hotel Kenton Palace, or similar
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Buenos Aires!

Accommodation: Hotel Kenton Palace Buenos Aires

Arrive in beautiful Buenos Aires, and be welcomed at the airport before enjoying a transfer to your accommodation.

Start your night off with a culinary feast celebrating the local flavor! Consider eating at a "Parrilla." Parrilla simply means "grill," but at these establishments, you'll usually find a huge fire pit of roasting meat right in the center of the action.

Transfer to Buenos Aires hotel

Day 2: Buenos Aires

Today, embark on an extensive tour of Argentina's capital city, including a coffee break at Buenos Aires' oldest literati cafe.

In the evening, enjoy a tango show - the perfect kickoff for your adventure in Argentina!

Buenos Aires City Tour including stop at Café Tortoni (5 hours)

Get in touch with the birth city of the Tango! Your city tour starts with a drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue of the world. Pass by the Colon Theatre, one of the world's best known opera houses and the cultural pride of the "portenos" (as the inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called).

Continue on to the famous Avenida de Mayo that runs into the Plaza De Mayo, surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Government House), the Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Cabildo (first City Hall, built during Spanish rule). At the other end of Avenida de Mayo the cupola of the Congress building can be seen.

Next, step inside and explore the Neo-classical Metropolitan Cathedral, Argentina´s main catholic building. The mausoleum of General San Martin (our National Hero) is located inside the Cathedral, and Pope Francisco used to celebrate religious services in this Cathedral when he was cardinal of Buenos Aires city.

After a day of exploring, it's time for a break! Enjoy a stop at the famous Cafe Tortoni, Buenos Aires' oldest literati cafe, where you'll unwind with a cup of coffee and snack.

Now you'll visit the historic San Telmo neighborhood, the oldest district of Buenos Aires. Here you may have some time to stroll around Plaza Dorrego with its many antique shops

The adventure continues onto the colorful area of La Boca, and its famous street Caminito. Continue to the north area driving to Palermo, the green area of the city with its beautiful parks and artificial lakes. Here you'll also find the City Zoo, Botanical Garden, Argentine Horse Track, and National Polo Fields. At the end of the tour you will visit Recoleta area, one of the city’s most glamorous spots. Recoleta is home to elegant boutiques and restaurants, as well as the Recoleta cemetery.

The cemetery is the center of this aristocratic neighborhood, and the final resting of some of Argentina's most iconic personalities. The mausoleums and pantheons reflect the architectural diversity emerging from the different cultural tendencies Argentina incorporated in its formation as a nation. The cemetery is considered to be one of the most impressive monuments of Argentina. You'll spend about 30 minutes exploring, including a visit to Eva Duarte`s grave, known as Eva Peron (Evita).

Dinner & Tango Show at El Viejo Almacen (with transfers)

Experience the soul of Buenos Aires at a tango show with dinner! The Tango tradition started at the end of the 19th century, and developed out of a mixture of various rhythms, which were originally danced in the poorer neighborhoods.

Your night starts with a hotel pick-up, where you'll then be taken to one of the famous Tango Houses - El Viejo Almacen - for dinner. Enjoy a show with music, singing, and of course -  dancing.

The El Viejo Almacen, the home of traditional tango, became a unique place thanks to its historic location and authentic style. Every night its doors are open to enjoy an impressive tango show performed by prominent interpreters of the tango scene, a demonstration of Andean music, as well as exquisite cuisine.

Includes:

Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Entrance to Tango Show

1 full dinner

Entree

Main course

Dessert

Drinks

Day 3: Buenos Aires – Calafate

Accommodation: Hotel Kosten Aike

Enjoy one final breakfast in Buenos Aires before being transferred to the local airport for your flight to Calafate. After a relaxing flight, enjoy a transfer to your home for the next three nights.

Celebrate your first night in El Calafate by indulging in Patagonian cuisine! Indulge in the regional specialty of lamb, then end on a sweet note with a few Calafate berries, for which the town was named.

Transfer to Buenos Aires airport (AEP)

Fly to Calafate!

Transfer to Calafate hotel

Day 4: Calafate

Chill out with a boat ride through Argentina's famous glacier park and visit one of the park's largest glaciers.

Ice Rivers Navigation Tour Express (8 hours)

The border of Argentina is home to one of the most majestic natural wonders of South America: the Los Glaciares National Park. On this tour you will visit one of the parks largest glaciers, the Upsala Glacier.

Your day begins with a sail through the Argentino Lake among icebergs and mountains! After crossing “Boca del Diablo,” the lake´s narrowest area and the natural gateway to the Northern Canal, the route heads west.

Watch as the scenery transforms from wooded areas and high mountains into an envelope of whites and blues, as you find yourself surrounded by enormous icebergs.

Your boat ride continues its route entering Spegazzini Canal, where you'll encounter a massive glacier standing proudly. Finally, the Northern Canal leads to the port, where you will disembark to return back to El Calafate

Day 5: Calafate

Today is jam-packed with adventure! See one of the country's most iconic glaciers by foot and on water, then stop at a museum where you'll learn all about these chilling wonders.

Perito Moreno Glacier Tour (8-hours)

Prepare yourself for a visit the famous (and breathtaking Perito Merino Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park. It forms part of the Patagonian Continental Ice Field from which 13 glaciers descend on the Atlantic side to flow into the Viedma and Argentino lakes.

The massive Perito Moreno glacier is truly a sight to behold. Every 4 or 5 years, the water pressure is so strong that it breaks into multiple pieces giving an overwhelming spectacle that is impossible to explain. The continuous slides from its frozen walls astonish you at any time throughout the year. Enjoy jaw-dropping glacier views via walking tours through the catwalks.

Safari Nautico Navigation Tour (1h)

Enjoy a cruise across Lake Rico (the southern arm of Lake Argentino), passing beside icebergs which have calved off the front of the Perito Moreno Glacier all along the south wall of this glacier. You'll embark at Bajo Las Sombras, about 4.5 miles away from the Moreno glacier balconies.

Reaching the Icebergs Channel, the boat will stop at a safe distance from the glacier, continuing to sail down all its front, allowing a spectacular view of the high wall of ice. The excursion lasts approximately one hour and provides a totally different perspective of the Perito Moreno glacier, with almost constant falling walls of ice from its front.

Glaciarium Museum Visit (2.5 hours)

On the way back to Perito Moreno enjoy a stop at the  Glaciarium Museum, the first museum in South America dedicated to the glaciers and Patagonia ice. Take a deeper dive into the natural wonder through the interactive museum featuring themed rooms, exhibitions showing recent investigations, scenic & lighting effects, multimedia programs, and audiovisuals.

Don't forget to stop by the permanent exhibition, focused on global climate changes and the environmental problems on earth.

Day 6: Calafate – Bariloche

Accommodation: Hotel Kenton Palace Bariloche

Breakfast in Calafate, then it's off to beautiful Bariloche! Upon arrival, unwind, then enjoy a tour of the scenic area surrounding the town.

Transfer to Calafate airport (FTE)

Fly to Bariloche!

Transfer to Bariloche hotel

Panoramic Bariloche City Tour (3.5 hours)

Experience Bariloche's natural beauty today! You will drive along the forest, lakes and mountains, which surround this majestic area. The tour begins toward the the southeast along Ezequiel Bustillo Avenue, bordering the Nahuel Huapi Lake. After crossing the residential district Melipal, arrive at Playa Bonita, located just in front of Huemul Island.

Continue on to the barracks of the Mounted Engineers Company and the Andean Instruction Department, before arriving at the base of Campanario Hill, which offers sweeping views of the wonders below.

Continue travelling to Llao Llao Peninsula, where the impressive buildings of St Edwards Chapel and Llao Llao Hotel are located.

Continue driving to Angostura Bridge, crossing the Angostura River, which joins lakes Moreno, Nahuel Huapi and Lopez Bay at the foot of Lopez Mountain. Enjoy breathtaking  views at the natural look out point to get imposing views towards Moreno Lake and Llao Llao Peninsula.

Day 7: Bariloche

Today, enjoy a scenic boat tour - make sure to charge your camera!

Boat tour to the Victoria Island and the Arrayanes Forest (9h)

Today's journey starts along Ezequiel Bustillo Avenue, until you arrive at Puerto Pañuelo. Board catamaran and set sail across the Nahuel Huapi Lake!

After 30 minutes of a relaxing sail, arrive at Anchorena Port on Victoria Island in the heart of the lake. On the island you can stroll around several trails, visiting different areas with native and exotic trees. Get back on board; it's now time to sail northwest towards Quetrihue port where you will see the celebrated Arrayanes forest (myrtle wood),home to ancient trees. Walking along a wooden path, you will be strolling in a nearly pure forest, where the arrayan tree lives among other specimens, like cypresses and coihues. This wood has been declared a natural monument.

Day 8: Bariloche - Buenos Aires

Accommodation: Hotel Kenton Palace Buenos Aires

Start the day with one final breakfast in Bariloche, then it's back to Buenos Aires!

Celebrate your last night by treating yourself to a culinary feast sampling all of Argentina's most famous snacks and sips; you'll want to try empanadas or asado, before ending on a sweet note with some dulce de leche.

Transfer to Bariloche airport (BRC)

Fly to Buenos Aires!

Transfer to Buenos Aires hotel

Day 9: Depart Argentina

Enjoy one last transfer to the airport in accordance with your departure flight.

Transfer to Buenos Aires hotel

Fly home!

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