FASCINATING ARGENTINA

Day1 - BUENOS AIRES
Transfer from the airport to your hotel. This evening you are treated to a special cultural event as you enjoy dinner and a professional Tango music and dance show—an authentic evening out in Buenos Aires! You will enjoy delicious authentic Argentine dishes, prepared from local ingredients, at the Esquina Carlos Gardel, once the home of Carlos Gardel, considered the godfather of Tango. It offers a luxurious setting, recreating the sophisticated cabaret atmosphere of the 30s. After dinner, the lights will dim in the refined theater and you’ll be mesmerized by the top-notch orchestra, 20 plus extremely talented performers and dancers and a solo singer. The show ends at midnight and you will be escorted back to your hotel. (D)
Day2 - BUENOS AIRES
After breakfast depart for a half day (3 hour) classic city tour. Buenos Aires overflows with riches—historic buildings, excellent food, diverse neighborhoods, beautiful parks, museums, theaters and much more. We begin at Plaza de Mayo, the historical, political and cultural hub of the city. Surrounding the plaza are the Casa Rosada, the palatial home and offices of the President, the Cabinet and Metropolitan Cathedral, where Jose de San Martin, Argentina’s National Hero, is buried. He was the pioneering leader in the independence movement not only of Argentina, but of all the South American countries under Spain’s colonization. We continue down Avenida de Mayo, filled with a variety of architectural styles, wide avenues and lush green areas. We will see Buenos Aires’ famous icon, the Obelisque, and continue through one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, San Telmo, including its popular Plaza Dorrego. This square is filled with tango parlors (tanguerias), restaurants and bars. On weekends, there are exciting “street” dancers, willing subjects of great photos for a small donation. As we continue through Buenos Aires’ other storied neighborhoods you will pass typical cantinas (small restaurants) as well as elegant mansions, beautiful parks and massive churches. You are returned to the hotel or can continue your explorations and an exciting evening out in Buenos Aires! (B)
Day3 - BUENOS AIRES I IGUAZU
Early transfer to the local airport to board your flight to Puerto Iguazu. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. An unforgettable 3 hours await you! We will be exploring the Brazilian side of the 275 waterfalls of the Iguazu River, which offers better panoramic views of this nearly 2-mile spectacular creation of nature. In the morning, depart from your hotel, crossing the border en-route to the Brazilian city of Foz de Iguazu. Once in the National Park, disembark at the Cascades Trail, the moderate walk over footbridges that takes you high above the river. From here you’ll have great views of the Isla San Martin, Three Musketeers and other phenomenal waterfalls. Also admire the cloud of mist, perpetually adorned with a glittering rainbow, rising 100 feet above the river from the force of the Water. Of course, wildlife is included-- brilliant butterflies, colorful birds and pesty coatis (long-nosed raccoon-like mammals) who will steal your snacks, guaranteed. There is also a glasspaneled elevator for a quick trip down and back up for additional views. Last stop if you’re interested—a small shop for keepsakes – before we transfer back to your hotel. (B)
Day 4 - IGUAZU
Gear up for another exciting day at the Park from the Argentine side which is closer to the majority of the Falls! After breakfast, we’ll depart from your hotel, drive to Argentina’s National Park and arrive at the Central Station meeting point. From here, an open air, narrow gauge Waterfalls Train runs through the forest, alive with flora and fauna, and includes stops at Falls Station or Devil’s Gorge Station for a choice of different trails and longer catwalks. You’ll enjoy these floating steel footbridges where you can get up close to a portion of the Devil’s Throat, the most spectacular of all the Falls, and view Rio Iguazu Inferior Canyon. You will gain a much better understanding of the immensity of the Falls from this top-down vantage point. We’ll spend 6 hours at the Falls (both Parks are UNESCO World Heritage Sites), so you will have plenty of time to explore, take photos and soak in the natural beauty. We return to the hotel in the evening for some R&R. (B)
Day5 - IGUAZU I BARILOCHE
Transfer from your hotel to the airport to board your flight to Bariloche with connection in Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Bariloche, transfer to your hotel. (B)
Day 6 - BARILOCHE
A sailing adventure awaits you today! Following breakfast depart for a trip to Puerto Blest (Blest Port). Our first stop is Puerto Cantaros where we disembark and hike up to its namesake lake, where we’ll continue walking through a lovely forest and observing the numerous waterfalls of the imposing Cantaros Cascade. At the end of this leg of the journey we’ll return to the ship and cross the Brazo Blest to descend into Puerto Blest, a village in the Rio Negro province. While there we will enjoy lunch then visit the Information Center of National Parks. You will have a choice between touring the area or joining a tour of Lake Frias. This tour is not included in the package and is subject to availability. It consists of bus ride and navigations on Lake Frias for approximately 20 minutes. After the tour we all return to Puerto Pañuelo and you will be escorted back to your hotel. (B,L)
Day7 - BARILOCHE
Following a delicious breakfast, we will ascend the steep and winding Avenida Ezequiel Bustillo. This road skirts the Nahuel Huapi Lake, which is surrounded by the Nahuel Huapi National Park, the oldest national park in Argentina. We will stop along the way at delightful Bonita Beach, a pebbled rest area enjoyed by watersports lovers, with a view of the isolated Humuel Island, before arriving at the foot of Mt. Campanario to ride the chair lift up to the summit. Enjoy fantastic panoramic views over the entire region! The beautiful Lakes Moreno and Trebol, Isla Victoria, Mount Otto--the gateway to Northern Patagonia-- and the city of Bariloche, the Lakes Capital of Argentina, famous for white water rafting, fishing, and especially skiing. We continue to the Llao Llao Peninsula to admire its architectural jewels, including the Llao Llao Hotel and San Eduardo Chapel. Our journey continues across sprawling golf courses and over bridges to the Punto Panoramico, a scenic overlook perched high on the shores of Lake Moreno. A few more breathtaking bridge crossings bring us back to the hotel. At agreed time, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for overnight. (B)
Day 8 - Sunday | BUENOS AIRES TO USA (OR EXTEND YOU STAY)
Transfer to the airport to board your flight to your next destination. (B)