Tailored from £5,750 per person excl. flights
12 Days Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Lake District
12 Days Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Lake District
Argentina is a land of astonishing beauty, from the colourful streets of Buenos Aires to the dazzling glaciers and otherworldly landscapes of Patagonia. This 12-day luxury tour takes you from the lively cosmopolitan centre to the breathtaking countryside, staying in luxurious properties the whole way.
You’ll start your Luxury Argentina Tour in the seductive capital of Buenos Aires, home to beautiful architecture, leafy parklands, fascinating museums, chic cafes, lively tango halls and historical barrios (neighbourhoods).
Next, you’ll head far south to El Calafate, the gateway to Patagonia and its stunning natural treasures. You’ll make a full day trip to Los Glaciares National Park, trekking across the renowned Perito Moreno Glacier.
Venturing to Argentina’s Lake District, you’ll touch down in Bariloche, surrounded by astonishing blue lakes and the Andes mountain ranges. Roam the luxurious estate of Llao Llao and enjoy a Seven Lakes tour complete with a gourmet picnic before arriving in Villa La Angostura, surrounded by magical forest.
You’ll then sail back to Bariloche, enjoying one more lavish night in Llao Llao, before flying to Buenos Aires for a final night of indulgence and adventure.
You’ll be staying in world-class luxury accommodation, ranging from a sophisticated mansion in the affluent Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, to lavish estates surrounded by mountains on the shores of the Lake District. With every request and preference catered to, this luxury tour of Argentina will ensure you see the best of Argentina in ultimate style and comfort.
You’ll be met on arrival at Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires by a Wayfairer representative, and escorted to your private vehicle. Enjoy VIP service as you are driven through the city known as the ‘Paris of Latin America’. You’ll arrive at Algodón Mansion, your luxury accommodation for the next two nights.
Algodón Mansion is a plush boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Recoleta, Buenos Aires’ most affluent neighbourhood, with leafy streets lined with lavish palaces, stunning architecture and rich history. Spend the afternoon strolling the tranquil streets, or enjoy a meal at the hotel’s restaurant, featuring award-winning wines and fresh produce from Algodón Wine Estates, the hotel’s own winery in Mendoza.
After breakfast, you’ll be met at your hotel by your private English-speaking guide, for a half day city tour of Buenos Aires. Your guide will adapt the tour to your interests, and help you get your bearings in this exciting city. You’ll see all the highlights, beginning with a stroll down Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world.
You’ll then head to the beautiful Teatro Colon Opera House, Plaza de Mayo and its famous pink government house Casa Rosada, and the historical Italian-immigrant districts of La Boca and San Telmo where the city was born. Venture to the upmarket area of Puerto Madero, filled with superb restaurants, chic cafes and stylish locals, followed by the Recoleta neighbourhood where you can wander the huge cemetery where Argentina’s most famous people are buried. You’ll finish the tour in trendy Palermo, where you may like to explore the lush parklands.
This evening, you’ll enjoy a gourmet dinner and a Rojo Tango show. Reminiscent of a French Cabaret from the 20th century, Rojo Tango provides and intimate and exclusive experience for just 100 people, and is the only place that offers VIP treatment for guests of a tango show in Buenos Aires. You’ll indulge in superb gastronomic delights and marvel at the incredible performances, costumes and orchestra, as you witness the history of tango through this lively production.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before getting picked up by your private driver and driven to Jorge Newbery airport for your domestic flight to El Calafate. On arrival at the airport, you’ll join a shared transfer to Eolo Lodge, a Relais & Chateaux property in Patagonia, and your accommodation for the next three nights.
Eolo Lodge is located halfway between the city of El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park, so you’ll be far from the crowds, yet within range of the spectacular Patagonia wilderness. From anywhere on the property, you’ll be able to see the spectacular scenery, and you may feel an aura of adventure, as this is where the first creole and European immigrants of the area set foot.
After checking in, you’ll be led to your lavish room with stunning views of the 10,000 acre property and surrounding mountains. You’ll find cosy lounges set in front of large windows, so you can marvel at the scenery from the privacy of your room. Each spacious room is uniquely styled with pastel colours and antique furniture, portraying the spirit of a southern Argentine estancia (ranch).
Today you’ll venture out to the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, the most unforgettable region in Argentina. You’ll be picked up at Eolo Lodge by your private English-speaking guide, breaking up the 80 km journey with plenty of stunning photo opportunities.
As you enter the Andean Patagonian forest, you’ll stop at ‘Curva de los Suspiros’ (Sighs Curve) to catch your first panoramic glimpse of the Perito Moreno Glacier. As you reach ‘Bajo de las Sombras’ (Under the Shadows) Port, you’ll board a shared boat to make the 20-minute crossing over the icy waters of the ‘Brazo Rico’ part of the Argentino Lake.
You’ll glide past broken icebergs and breathtaking scenery before being met by your mountain guides on the opposite shore. Venture into the magical forest and along the icy ‘beach’, as your expert guides point out fascinating plant species. As you reach the glacier, you’ll put crampons over your shoes to begin your incredible trek over the glacier. You’ll walk for less than an hour, allowing you to soak up the glittering hues of this enchanting wonderland. The trek will end with a toast using glacier ice, before returning to the refuge for lunch.
Enjoy your lunch box (provided by Eolo Lodge), before sailing back to the mainland and walking along the platforms in front of the glacier, to catch some impressive views and pictures of this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll have time to take it all in, and you can listen for huge pieces of ice cracking off the dazzling blue iceberg, falling into the milky turquoise waters below.
You’ll stay at Eolo Lodge on a full-board basis with all activities included, and today can be spent at leisure to soak up this beautiful property. You’ll have access to the lodge’s private guide who can coordinate outdoor experiences around the estancia, including mountain trekking, mountain biking and birdwatching.
Eolo offers trekking for all fitness levels, from gentle walks to intense hikes, and you can venture out on your own or with an Eolo guide. We recommend the climb up the Cerro Frias viewpoints, or the walk to Flamingos lagoon. Mountain biking rides will take you through the breathtaking trails of La Anita Valley, surrounded by mountains, while a bird watching trip offers the opportunity to observe a wide variety of birds around the region, including the majestic condor. You’ll also have access to the swimming pool, sauna, TV room and library.
If you’re craving more adventure, the lodge also offers horseback riding, fishing, four-wheel drive outings and massages, although these may incur additional costs. You’ll be well fueled for your active days, with a buffet breakfast, a-la-carte lunch (or lunch box for those going on full day excursions), afternoon tea, dinner, and non-alcoholic beverages included.
Enjoy breakfast before joining a shared transfer to El Calafate Airport, provided by Eolo Lodge. You’ll board a domestic flight to Bariloche, and will be met on arrival by a private VIP service. Your driver will take you to Llao Llao, one of the most luxurious and famous properties in the country, and your accommodation for the next two nights.
Bariloche is one of three charming towns that make up Argentina’s Lake District, along with Villa La Angostura and San Martin de los Andes. The towns sit on the edge of the brilliant blue lakes that give the region its name, and are surrounded by the towering Andes mountains.
Llao Llao lies within Bariloche, set on a 15-hectare park, with great spots for hiking, kayaking, fishing, swimming, golfing and a variety of outdoor adventures. Spend the afternoon exploring the property and getting settled into your spacious room with large windows. Soak in your private jacuzzi and marvel at the stunning views of Moreno Lake and Mount Tronador from your balcony.
Today is yours to enjoy Llao Llao at your leisure. Surrounded by the Cerro Lopez and Tronador mountain peaks, and the Moreno and Nahuel Huapi lakes, you’ll be well positioned for trekking, kayaking, rafting, sailing, fishing, bird watching and nature walks.
The hotel boasts an 18-hole golf course, private beach and marina, spa and health club with a sauna, fitness centre and heated indoor and outdoor infinity edge swimming pools. There’s also five excellent on-site restaurants, and you’ll enjoy a range of menus from traditional Argentine cuisine to delicious international fare. You can also request special dining experiences such as the ‘Llao Llao Tea’, served overlooking the beautiful hotel gardens and Nahuel Huapi Lake.
Your stay will include buffet breakfast at the Bustillo Building, free access to the Health Club, sauna and swimming pool, outdoor activities (dependant on the season), and afternoon Happy Hour at the Lobby, with one complimentary drink per person and 50% off the rest of your drinks.
Today you’ll venture deeper into Patagonia on a ‘7 Lakes, 7 Flavours’ full day excursion, starting in Bariloche and ending at your hotel in Villa La Angostura. The tour will take you along a unique road connecting San Martin de los Andes and Villa la Angostura, passing by the renowned Seven Lakes, and including a gourmet picnic with special Patagonian flavours.
You’ll be met by your private English-speaking guide, before beginning your tour at Nahuel Huapi Lake. You’ll drive along the scenic road, visiting the Espejo, Correntoso, Villarino, Falkner, Machonico and Lacar Lakes. You’ll stop for your glamorous picnic, pairing the essential flavours of the region with the spectacular views.
As you feast on Patagonian cheese and smoked game, araucaria pinions, seasonal vegetables, soups, fruits, homemade cookies, draft beer and wines and teas, your guide will tell you about the origins and the history of the cuisine.
You’ll continue your journey to Villa La Angostura, checking in to Las Balsas, another luxurious Relais & Chateaux property of Argentina. Las Balsas is set in a magnificent location on the enchanting shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake, surrounded by 20 hectares of protected native forest. You’ll spend two nights here, soaking up the calm, peaceful atmosphere.
Today is yours to spend at leisure. You can explore the gorgeous town of Villa La Angostura, visit the magical Arrayanes Woods or simply relax at Las Balsas. This luxurious property boasts an excellent on-site spa, designed for rest and rejuvenation in a beautiful location facing the lake. Take a few hours (or a day!) to pamper yourself with a massage, take a dip in the heated swimming pool, soak in the jacuzzi or sauna, or stretch out any sore limbs with some pilates in the fitness centre.
You can also indulge in fine dining at Las Balsas’ restaurant, an intimate space offering delectable Patagonian flavours and superb wine from the hotel’s wine cellar. Your stay includes daily breakfast and one meal per day at the restaurant (you can choose from lunch or dinner).
Enjoy breakfast before setting off for your journey back to Bariloche. So far your luxury Argentina holiday has taken you by plane and car, and today you’ll be making your way through the Lake District by boat. You’ll sail across the the crystal clear waters of Nahuel Huapi Lake, breathing in the fresh mountain air as you glide past the mountains.
Your lunch will be prepared by your on-board chef, serving up culinary delights while you sit back and relax. You’ll also enjoy a cultural performance on board the boat, surrounded by spectacular nature. On arrival in Bariloche, you’ll return to Llao Llao for one more luxurious night in this incredible property.
Enjoy breakfast before getting picked up by your private driver and transferred to the Bariloche airport for your domestic flight to Buenos Aires. You’ll be met on arrival at the airport by your private driver in Buenos Aires and transferred to the elegant Recoleta neighbourhood. Check in to Algodón Mansion, for your final night in Argentina.
You can spend the afternoon relaxing in the leafy parks, sipping coffee in the gorgeous cafes, or wandering through the museums and galleries. We recommend visiting El Caminito, a historical, artist-lined alleyway and colourful street museum, or El Ateneo Grand Splendid, a former theatre turned into a magical bookstore, with excellent coffee and live piano playing from the original stage.
Enjoy a final breakfast, before getting picked up by your private driver and transferred to the Ezeiza International Airport for your return flight home.
After two lavish weeks spent exploring Argentina’s vibrant cities, spectacular natural wonders and opulent retreats, you’ll be leaving with a stream of stories and special memories to look back on.
If you’d like to continue your luxurious adventure, you can fly to Chile for more astonishing scenery, or head to the end of the world in Ushuaia. From the southernmost city in the world, you can board a cruise ship for Antarctica, the world’s final frontier.