Beginning in vibrant Buenos Aires, you are invited to explore Argentina’s capital city and take in a fabulous tango show, before heading to Puerto Madryn and Peninsula Valdes to spend three nights at a family-run estancia hotel on the coast, from where you will go whale watching, walking and wildlife spotting. Your Patagonia tour continues in luxury with three days at El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park, where you will visit the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier.
Your luxury 10-day private Patagonia tour begins in the cosmopolitan capital city, which marries sophistication with the Latin passion for which Argentina is so famous; it is filled with cultural gems, superb cuisine and a flourishing nightlife. The café culture is alive and well along the cobblestone streets where you will be awestruck by the majestic architecture. You will be staying in the trendy neighborhood of Palermo, where the nightlife is as colorful as the streets, and bars stay open all night so you can dance until dawn in this city that invented tango.
Enjoy a city tour, beginning in Plaza de Mayo, and see the iconic balcony from which Eva Perón famously addressed the throngs of impassioned supporters. Visit local barrios and old tango districts such as Monserrat, San Telmo, and La Boca, a traditional quarter of brightly painted Italian family homes and restaurants. Witness the busiest areas – Puerto Madero, Retiro, and Plaza San Martin.
Explore the graceful neighborhood of Palermo where you can stroll through purple-blossomed parks, rose gardens and lakes among porteños playing sports, and visit the Recoleta district, one of the most fashionable parts of the city, which includes South America’s most opulent and extraordinary cemetery, the resting place of Eva Peron. In the evening, enjoy the finest Argentine cuisine and fabulous Malbec wines, while watching the most authentic tango show in Buenos Aires, which features some of the best dancers in the world.
Your next destination is the city of Puerto Madryn, which is best known as the gateway to Peninsula Valdes. This remote peninsula is an exceptional place to observe an extraordinary variety of marine mammals. Visit the Lobería de Punta Pirámides, and see a colony of sea lions. Stay at Rincon Chico, a comfortable, family-run estancia hotel on the coast, surrounded by the beauty and wildlife of the region; walk the coastal trails.
Embark on a whale-watching boat trip in a Zodiac, from which you’ll have an up-close and personal view of these enormous but friendly creatures. Keep an eye out for sea lions, cormorants, dolphins and killer whales, sea elephants, orcas, guanacos, rheas, foxes, maras, armadillos, and a diverse variety of birds. Enjoy a free day at Rincon Chico to take advantage of some of the other available activities.
Perito Moreno Glacier
Fly to the town of El Calafate, and visit Los Glaciares National Park, the largest national park in Argentina. Marvel at the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier and watch huge chunks of ice calve off the nearly 200-foot-tall glacier and collapse into the waters of the lake below. Keep your eyes peeled for Andean condors and buff-necked ibises.
Optionally, you can go on a mini-trekking hike on the glacier’s surface for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Make the most of a free day to choose your own adventure, ranging from trekking, mountain biking, bird watching, four-wheel-drive outings, horseback riding tours and more, before returning to Buenos Aires for a final night in the city.
Please note this is a sample tour; all of these featured excursions, activities, and accommodations can be tailored in accordance with your personal wishes. All are private tours and transport with a private guide.