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|Itinerary at a Glance
|6||Buenos Aires plus optional Tigre excursion|
|7||Buenos Aires plus optional Estancia visit|
|Bariloche Optional Extension|
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
|Highlights||Iguazu, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Colonia Suiza, & Casa Rosada plus optional Bariloche extension.|
Spanning more than 1 million square miles, Argentina is home to an immensely diverse topography of natural wonders. From the tropical rainforests in the north, to the snow-capped Andean mountains in the south, and much more in between, Argentina has it all. Experience the unique beauty of Argentina for yourself on our Incredible Argentina tour package, which includes visits to chic cosmopolitan capital city of Buenos Aires and the magnificent Iguazu Falls (also known as Iguazú or Iguaçu). There's also an optional extension to the stunning alpine ski resort of Bariloche. Everything you need to explore Argentina—from roundtrip flights, transfers, touring, and breakfast daily—is included in this fabulous vacation package. All of this is yours at prices that are—much like Argentina's landscape—truly amazing!
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Day 2: Puerto Iguazú. After arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer to the national airport for your flight to the Argentinean side of Iguazu Falls. Check in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to rest and take in your beautiful new surroundings. Accommodations: Panoramic Hotel.
Day 3: Iguazu Falls. Upon seeing Iguazu, Eleanor Roosevelt exclaimed "Poor Niagara!" You'll soon discover why this UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered one of the greatest natural wonders of the world! Straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil, the Falls consist of 275 inlets and cataracts cascading down 250 feet, framed by multiple rainbows and mist that rises up to 500 feet in the air. Iguazu boasts the greatest average annual flow of any waterfall in the world.
This morning, you'll get a fantastic close-up view of the falls and their dazzling and awesome display of power. Travel through the rain forest to the most spectacular sight at Iguazu: Devil's Throat, a massive U-shaped cataract that measures 270' high, 490' wide and 2300' long.
Enjoy some free time to explore on your own. Or, take advantage of an optional nautical adventure along the Lower Iguazu River, sailing under the Falls. ($52) Later this afternoon, be sure to take time to stroll through the laid-back town of Puerto Iguazú. Breakfast provided.
Day 4: Buenos Aires. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina's cosmopolitan capital city. Upon arrival transfer to your centrally located hotel for check-in. Accommodations: NH Crillon Hotel. Breakfast provided.
Day 5: Buenos Aires. After breakfast this morning, set out on a tour of the city and discover why Buenos Aires is so often referred to as "the Paris of the South." Begin at the Plaza del Mayo, the historic and political center of the city. You'll see the Casa Rosada, the presidential palace from which Juan and Eva Perón spoke to throngs of adoring Argentinians.
Continue to the Obelisk landmark on the Avenue 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world. Then to the crowded Florida Street, a true shopper's paradise. Pass through the colorful neighborhood of La Boca and the charming San Telmo area. Buenos Aires is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own flavor, but everywhere the people are warm and welcoming.
Admire the French architecture in the exquisite Recoleta neighborhood, including the beautiful Cemetery of La Recoleta, where Evita Perón is buried. It is one of many ironies of this complex city that Evita, heroine of the poor, is buried in the city's most elegant (and expensive) section. Breakfast provided.
Day 6: Buenos Aires plus optional Tigre excursion. Today is yours at leisure to explore on your own. Or enjoy an optional tour of nearby Tigre and San Isidro. The beautiful town of Tigre, situated an island in the Paraná Delta, was first settled by Europeans and has become a fashionable weekend spot, with its grand architecture, antiques shops, riverside restaurants and pubs, a casino and a small amusement park.
Enjoy a catamaran ride through the labyrinth of islands and islets along the delta, which is lined with countless marinas and English-style rowing clubs, humble dwellings and elegant mansions from the "Belle Époque", small hotels and upscale lodges, teahouses and picnic sites.
Disembark and board the Tren de la Costa, a light rail train that connects the elegant riverfront areas. Stop at San Isidro, one of the most affluent municipalities in Argentina. Tour the town's neo-gothic Cathedral, built in 1898, and the Plaza Mitre, an historic area with cobbled streets and grand old houses. The plaza slopes down to a popular park on the Río de la Plata and hosts an antiques and crafts fair. ($27)
Tonight, take advantage of an optional dinner, complete with an exciting performance of the tango, Argentina's passionate national dance, which originated in Buenos Aires from Spanish and African influences. ($65) Breakfast provided.
Day 7: Buenos Aires plus optional Estancia visit. After breakfast this morning, explore Buenos Aires on your own, or embark on a optional full day excursion outside the city to the Argentine Pampas. Visit a traditional estancia (ranch), where you'll discover the life of the Argentine cowboys known as "gauchos." After a sumptuous barbecue lunch including delicious local wine, you'll enjoy a folkloric show with typical Argentine dance, song, and dress. ($63) Breakfast provided.
Day 8: Depart Buenos Aires. Enjoy your final day in Argentina at leisure for last-minute sightseeing and souvenirs. We recommend a stroll through the colorful streets and shops around your hotel to scout the amazing bargains that will make shopping for souvenirs (and that gorgeous leather bag) a pleasure. Later today, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Breakfast provided.
Day 9: Arrive USA. Your Argentinean adventure ends today as you touch down in the U.S.
Why not take advantage of your already-included international airfare to visit San Carlos de Bariloche, reminiscent of Switzerland. You will return to the U.S. 2 days after the return dates show above.
Day 8: Bariloche. Transfer to the airport for your flight to the stunning lakeside ski resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche. Surrounded by dense forests, alpine lakes, romantic chalets, and snow-capped Andean mountains, Bariloche's idyllic scenery is reminiscent of the Swiss Alps. Check in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. Accommodations: Cacique Inacayal. Breakfast provided.
Day 9: Bariloche. Experience the unbelievably beautiful natural splendor of the Andean region on today's excursion along the popular Circuito Chico. Set out westward on Avenida Bustillo to the Península Llao Llao, home to one of Argentina's most famous and picturesque landmarks, the Llao Llao Hotel. Stop at the charming village of Colonia Suiza, where you'll have an opportunity to sample some of the town's renowned pastries at a local café. (Visit to Colonia Suiza is subject to road conditions.)
Spend the afternoon at leisure or take advantage of one of two exciting optional tours. The first takes you to Victoria Island, where you'll have the option hike north up Mount Bella Vista through a narrow path of ancient coihue and cypress trees to the Park Guard School and the Victoria Island Inn. Or, choose to hike south through the forest to view ancient cave paintings. After Victoria Island, continue to the Bosque de Arrayanes National Park, home to the rare and ancient myrtle trees. ($55)
A second optional tour takes you to Cerro Catedral, rising to nearly 8,000 feet and named after its resemblance to a Gothic cathedral. Here you'll find Argentina's world renowned Mount Cathedral ski resort, which boasts 62 miles of ski runs and magnificent views over Bariloche and Nahuel Huapi lake. ($24, not including chairlift)
Day 11: Arrive USA. Your Argentinean adventure ends today as you touch down in the U.S.
Meena and I immensely enjoyed the tour, guide and the company of many friends. The hotel accommodations and the meals were superb. The Lake Crossings to Argentina and the Iguassu Falls were spectacular views. We plan to take China and Egypt tours with Friendly Planet soon. We have been talking to many of our friends to join us in 2008 vacation adventure with Friendly Planet, who makes exciting excellent arrangements, worry-free. Looking forward to the companionship and friendship during our 2008 vacation.
Ram & Meena Ramachandran, Richmond, Virginia