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Explore Buenos Aires, El Calafate & Bariloche

Days: 10 | Contact us for pricing!

  • Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
  • Includes excursions and tours with superb private guides

Start in the vibrant metropolis of Buenos Aires before discovering Patagonia's stark, sweeping vistas and unique wildlife in El Calafate. Finish with the expansive green landscapes of Northern Patagonia's Lake District.

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At a glance

  • Buenos Aires
    3 nights: explore Argentina's bustling capital city
  • El Calafate
    3 nights: stay in a unique estancia in picturesque Los Glaciares National Park
  • Bariloche
    3 nights: enjoy outdoor adventures in this charming town on Lake Nahuel Huapi

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires viewed through a window

Arrive to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s colorful capital, where your private guide will take you to your boutique hotel in the fashionable Palermo district. This is one of the best areas of town for walking around, with charming boutiques and top restaurants.

Accommodations: Legado Mitico, 3 nights

Legado Mitico is the premier boutique hotel located in the center of the fashionable Palermo Soho district, with many cafes, restaurants, and shops right outside the door. Situated on a tree-lined street, the hotel celebrates Argentina’s cultural heritage by decorating its rooms in honor of famous people from the country’s past. With a refined ambiance, the hotel offers a comfortable library, outdoor deck, and inviting common areas.

Alternative lodging options: Alvear Palace, Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt, and others
Day 2:

Get to Know Vibrant Buenos Aires

Explore Buenos Aires with your private guide, a bilingual local who will take you through the city’s unique neighborhoods. Discover the charms of Palermo, the Recoleta, the Teatro Colon, the Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo, and La Boca. With your private guide, you have the flexibility to explore at your own pace and make detours and stops along the way.

After your tour, spend the rest of the day exploring on your own and trying out the city’s excellent restaurants – we’ll provide a list of our top recommendations!

Accommodations: Legado Mitico, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

Relax and Explore the City

Delve deeper into the city’s offerings with your private guide. Today’s tour will broaden your Buenos Aires experience by including activities that cater to your interests. Examples of such activities include a Jewish Heritage Tour, an architecture tour, a visit to the Boca Juniors Stadium, a tango class, and a culinary or wine tour.

Later in the evening, sit back and watch one of Buenos Aires lively tango shows to experience the music and culture that Buenos Aires is most known for.

We can also arrange privately guided day excursions to nearby sites, such as the town of Colonia, Uruguay (a well preserved 17th century Portuguese colonial town that is a UNESCO World Heritage site), or to one of the traditional estancias of San Antonio de Areco, about 1.5 hours from Buenos Aires.

Accommodations: Legado Mitico, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 4:

Fly to El Calafate, Land of Towering Glaciers

Fly to El Calafate, gateway to Los Glaciares National Park in Argentine Patagonia. Upon arrival you will be transferred slightly outside the city to a 10,000 acre property that is home to your lodge. Located slightly outside of El Calafate you have privileged views of the Patagonian steppe and Andes mountains.

Accommodations: Eolo, 3 nights

Eolo is located on the side of a small mountain about 40 minutes outside El Calafate, on the way to the Perito Moreno Glacier. A Relais & Châteaux property, the 17-suite Eolo is the most refined accommodation in the area, with superb service, beautiful rooms, and excellent views of the surrounding Patagonian steppe and Andes. This remote lodge sits on a 10,000 acre property evoking the traditional Patagonian estancia, with views of Lago Argentino, La Anita Valley, and Torres del Paine. The lodge offers a restaurant and bar, library, pool, and sauna. Its privileged location between the town of El Calafate and Perito Moreno Glacier means that it is a shorter drive to view the glacier and is far removed from the increasing sprawl of the town.

*Includes: Breakfast

Alternative lodging options: Estancia Helsingfors, Estancia Nibepo Aike
Day 5:

Up Close and Personal on Perito Moreno Glacier

Enjoy a unique excursion to the iconic Perito Moreno Glacier. You won’t just view the glacier from a distance – you’ll take a catamaran ride to the front of the glacier and do a short hike on the ice itself. (Crampons will be provided; this is a non-technical and non-strenuous walking excursion. We can also arrange more challenging and strenuous treks on the glacier.) Afterward, visit the viewing areas for great views of the glacier before returning to your estancia for a traditional Patagonian asado dinner.

Accommodations: Eolo, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6:

Estancia Cristina

View the icebergs as you navigate your way to this remote estancia. Upon arrival you will take a 4×4 up a mountain trail that crosses forests and rivers and arrives to a lookout point of the Upsala Glacier and the South Patagonic Ice Field. Finish your day by touring the estancia before navigating back towards El Calafate.

Accommodations: Eolo, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7:

Head to the Lovely Lake District

Fly to Bariloche, on the shores of scenic Lake Nahuel Huapi. The area offers a range of activities for nature lovers, including hiking, horseback riding, biking, rafting, swimming, fly fishing, and boating. Your luxury hotel, located right on the lake, reflects the charm and style of the area and offers magnificent views.

Accommodations: Llao Llao, 3 nights

The Llao Llao Hotel enjoys a spectacular resort location in San Carlos de Bariloche, within the province of Río Negro, Argentina. This magnificent building sits in the foothills of the Andes, on a hill between the Moreno Lake and Nahuel Huapi Lakes. The Llao Llao is one of the region's most famous hotels, having played host to presidents, statesmen, and celebrities. The hotel offers several restaurants and bars, a pool and spa, and a variety of activities.

*Includes: Breakfast

Alternative lodging options: Hotel Aldebaran
Day 8:

Explore the Famous Circuito Chico

Skip the typical tourist stops and discover the charms of Bariloche with your private local guide. Get to know the Circuito Chico in a unique way, combining the area’s highlights with less-visited areas and hiking options. You’ll have total flexibility to make the most of the day and to do as much or as little hiking as you want. For the active traveler, a nice extension to this excursion is an afternoon of kayaking with your guide.

Accommodations: Llao Llao, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9:

Lake District Adventure

Enjoy a full day excursion with your private guide and a picnic lunch. Your day will be completely tailored to your interests and can include hiking, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, fly fishing, boating, or biking, among others. You might consider a drive via the Route of the Seven Lakes to the town of San Martin de los Andes, or a scenic horseback ride with a renowned local riding guide.

Accommodations: Llao Llao, 3 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10:

Depart for Home or Your Next Destination

Today you will say goodbye to your local guide and head to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

*Includes: Breakfast

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Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Add a few extra nights in Buenos Aires or Bariloche. We can arrange a variety of activities, including city tours, culinary excursions, visits to historical sites, and active options such as hiking, biking, boating, and horseback riding.

  • Take part in a day of polo at an estancia outside Buenos Aires: Spend the morning on a horse learning the basics of this popular equestrian sport, enjoy a traditional lunch, then put your new skills to use in a relaxed polo match in the afternoon. Great for beginners and experienced riders alike!

  • Visit El Chalten, the land of legendary climbing peaks Fitzroy and Cerro Torre. You can even take a one-night camping trip out of El Chalten to experience the Patagonian mountains in a unique way.

  • Enjoy an extra day or two in El Calafate. There are plenty of great excursions and beautiful places to visit, such as the isolated Estancia Cristina, located next to the spectacular Upsala Glacier and only reachable by boat.

  • Spend some time at Estancia Helsingfors, a first class boutique property in Los Glaciares National Park. The estancia has a stunning location and remote feel, and is a great option for those who prefer to explore Patagonia with a higher emphasis on luxury.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip. 

Reviews From This Trip

5 stars

  • Bariloche was just incredibly beautiful and I was also awed by the Perito Moreno glacier.
    Eunice Silver
  • The guides are all young to middle age and skilled (educated), friendly, interesting, and caring.
    Nancy Cary
  • Wonderful trip that was well planned each step of the way.
    Anne Lowe
  • My husband and I enjoyed this exquisite vacation. This trip was thoroughly planned out.
    Karla Demirozu

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