Between a delightfully European disposition and instantly recognisable Latin flavours – found everywhere from mouth-watering restaurants to tango halls and cowboy estancias – Argentina is a unique proposition. It’s all imagined among a spectacular natural world where glaciers carve out entire mountains and whole oceans crash over waterfall precipices. You’ll start in Buenos Aires, its charming capital, for tango-hall dinners and tours of creative barrio neighbourhoods before plunging south into Patagonia to walk on glaciers and cruise among their ice floes. Then, dip into Brazil for Iguazú Falls – a true wonder of the natural world – before ending with an all-inclusive estancia stay in the Pampas lowlands. Here you’ll while days away fishing and horse riding as you enjoy the region’s viticulture and fine gastronomy.
Start your trip with a private chauffeur transfer to the airport for some premium-lounge relaxation before your overnight flight.
Arriving into the Argentine capital, a private transfer will bring you to your city-centre hotel whose grand Art Deco flourishes and luxurious spa are the perfect introduction to the city’s European sensibilities. To get you further acquainted, we’ve included a private tour of the city’s leafy plazas, historic parks and its La Boca neighbourhood. Here, a truly multi-coloured tumble of ramshackle buildings houses everything from waterside art galleries to run-down naval residences and the Bombonera where the beloved Boca Juniors play to die-hard football fanatics. You’ll also get a taste of the city’s famous Latin rhythms with an included tango show. Here you'll enjoy a traditional Argentine dinner with wine included as world-class dancers perform to a live quintet. It's a truly exhilarating night.
Fly south for a private transfer to your Relais and Châteaux lodge whose 10,000-acre slice of Patagonia is dotted with horse-riding trails that are framed by snow-capped peaks. It’s your luxury gateway into the famous Los Glaciares National Park, which you'll explore on a private tour of the colossal Perito Moreno – one of the world’s last expanding glaciers. Heading past herds of flamingos and soaring condors, you'll first take in the views from a connected series of walkways before joining an included boat trip to watch as giant bergs calve off its face to fall with an almighty crash into Lago Argentino. There’s also the option of hiking the glacier itself. In low season (May-September) you'll stay at the wonderful Esplendor, a contemporary gem just moments from the famous glacier. Take advantage of the indoor pool and sauna alongside stunning, design-led suites that overlook Patagonia's awe-inspiring scenery.
Flying back north you’ll arrive at Iguazú Falls, so large and coveted that it straddles the border between Brazil and Argentina. Nearly 300 cascades carve through its jungle-clad route, forming a truly awe-inspiring sight. On arrival, a private transfer will whisk you across the border into Brazil to stay in Portuguese elegance at the only hotel found within the falls’ national park – the Belmond Las Cataratas. Located within walking distance of the falls, it's the ideal base for private guided tours that bring you first to the plunging torrents of the Argentine side's Devil's Throat before a half day of sweeping panoramas from the boardwalks of its Brazilian neighbour.
A flight south and a private transfer will see you into the heart of the Pampas, the verdant grasslands roamed by Argentina’s iconic gaucho cowboys. You’ll stay on a working estancia – one of the country’s oldest – to get a taste of this idyllic rural life. Included activities range from horse riding and hiking to fly fishing and carriage trips. Return each evening to poolside relaxation, spa treatments and all-inclusive gourmet dining with asado barbecues serving up juicy grilled beef and chorizo sausage alongside moreish sweetbreads and salads. It’s all washed down with that iconic Argentine red.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
A final private transfer will see you back to Buenos Aires for your overnight flight to the UK. On arrival, a private chauffeur will be waiting to take you home.
"Argentina is not just about truly wonderful food, excellent wines and exhilarating tango moves. It also offers some of the most breathtaking natural wonders – from the mighty Iguazu Falls to one of the only advancing glaciers in the world, Perito Moreno – which I’ve included as must-sees in this itinerary. I can't recommend enough a stay at a traditional estancia to experience the country’s gaucho culture. "
Low Season from: £4,975 pp
High Season from: £6,095 pp