Buenos Aires, Mendoza, and El Calafate
11 Days/9 Nights
From $2,159 per person
(Dbl. Occupancy, Not Incl. Airfare)
Venture to the heart of Argentina’s wine region and Patagonia on this amazing tour. Starting in Buenos Aires, you will enjoy a panoramic city tour and Tango Dinner Show. Then, head west to Mendoza to learn about the history and production of wine, and to visit Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Americas. From there, head south to El Calafate, on the shore of Lago Argentino, to observe and hear the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world’s only advancing glaciers.
Lodging and Meals: This tour includes accommodations for 9 nights (3 nights in Buenos Aires, 3 nights in Mendoza, and 3 nights in El Calafate), and 11 meals (9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner).
Best Time to Go: October-March.
Day 1: Buenos Aires.
Day 2: Buenos Aires-Tango Dinner Show.
In the evening, you will enjoy typical Argentine dinner and wine, and a Tango show with a re-creation of the original style and melancholic rhythms of the 1940’s. The impressive lyrics will be interpreted by some of the best singers in the city. You will also hear some folk music from the Altiplano region of the country. Overnight in Buenos Aires. (D)
Note: Check in time in Buenos Aires is typically 2:00pm. We can request early check-in for you but cannot guarantee it.
Day 3: Buenos Aires-City Tour.
Day 4: Buenos Aires.
Day 5: Buenos Aires-Mendoza.
Day 6: Mendoza-City Tour-Wineries Tour.
After the city tour, you will have a guided tour of two nearby wineries (in Lujan de Cuyo or Maipu) to learn about the wine making process. Tour and tasting. Overnight in Mendoza. (B)
Day 7: Mendoza-High Mountain Tour.
Day 8: Mendoza-El Calafate.
Day 9: El Calafate-Perito Moreno Glacier.
Day 10: El Calafate-Boat Tour of Lago Argentino.
After lunch, the boat continues on to Puesto de Las Vacas, a quiet bay in the Spegazzini Canal, for a landing and guided hike to enjoy the panoramic views of the glacier. After re-boarding, the boat returns along the Brazo Norte to the dock for disembarkation. Overnight in El Calafate. (B,L)
Day 11: El Calafate.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
- South American Vacations’ expert pre-departure planning services and documentation.
- Airport/hotel transfers including baggage handling.
- Hotel accommodations including taxes and service charges.
- Excursions as indicated on the itinerary including all applicable entrance fees.
- Meals as indicated on the itinerary.
- Local, English-speaking tour guides.
Price Does Not Include
- International airfare.
- Domestic airfare.
- Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
- Gratuities, gifts, and personal items.
- Travel insurance.
We will be happy to quote the cost of airfare and travel insurance and to make these arrangements for you.
Group Private: All airport/hotel transfers are private. In Buenos Aires, the Panoramic City Tour and Tango Dinner Show (transfers) are group tours for single passengers and 3 Star accommodations, and private for 4 Star, 5 Star, and Deluxe accommodations. In Mendoza, the city tour is a group tour for single passengers and 3 Star accommodations, and private for 4 Star, 5 Star, and Deluxe accommodations. The winery tour and high mountain tour are group tours. And, in El Calafate, the excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier and boat tour of Lago Argentino are group tours.
Elevations: Mendoza is 2,306 ft. above sea level and Horcones Lagoon is 9,678 ft.
Passport/Visa: U.S., Australian, Canadian, and EU citizens require a valid passport (for the duration of your visit) and return ticket for stays of up to 90 days. Australian and Canadian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity fee of $100 and $75 respectively (subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations or other reasons) online, and must show proof of payment prior to arrival. The reciprocity fee for U.S. citizens has been suspended until further notice. For citizens of Australia, this fee covers unlimited entries to Argentina for 10 years, while citizens of Canada are charged the fee every time they enter the country (or $150 for multiple visits within five years). The fee can be paid online at ProvinciaNet.com.ar. You will need to register in order to make the payment. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the embassy of Argentina in their country before traveling.
Travel Insurance: In order to protect your travel investment from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. We offer Allianz Global Assistance’s Classic Comprehensive and other plans. The Benefits and Coverage Limits are summarized on our Travel Insurance page. Call your travel counselor if you have any questions or to purchase a plan.
To Book This Trip: We require a non-refundable deposit of $500 per person plus the cost of the international airfare (if we make the arrangements for you). The balance of the trip cost is due 60 days prior to departure.
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