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Patagonia, Glaciers & Eclipse 2020 - 9 days
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Mixed Groups | Age range: 18-70

ARGENTINA

Patagonia, Glaciers & Eclipse 2020 - 9 days

Journey from Buenos Aires to El Calafate on this 9-day group tour of Argentina and observe the incredible total solar eclipse in December 2020. Watch this once in a lifetime spectacle from an exclusive observation camp near Piedra del Aguila and take in the incredible scenery of Bariloche. Enjoy a Buenos Aires city tour, relax in charming El Calafate and marvel at the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. 
Experience a lifetime’s worth of adventure as you explore South America’s favourite country-Argentina!

Throughout, get a first-hand glimpse of the region’s rich history, get a taste of lively local life, shopping at colourful markets, party in modern cities, drink, laugh and dance the night away with your new friends.
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  • Duration
    9 Days
  • Starting From
    $3,709
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    On The Go Tours
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Dance the night away in Argentina
Highlight #1
Dance the night away in Argentina
Set the dance floor ablaze with Tango, Argentina’s iconic dance form.
Buenos Aires: European splendour & Latin passion
Highlight #2
Buenos Aires: European splendour & Latin passion
The capital city greets you with rose gardens, European style buildings, outdoor cafes and Tango on the streets- it's a bit like a European city, with a Latin American twist.
Sample Argentina’s finest wine in Cafayate
Highlight #3
Sample Argentina’s finest wine in Cafayate
This scenic Argentine region has some of the best wine in the world! Meeting winemakers and plenty of tastings in vineyards will show you exactly why.
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Argentina in 4K

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Itinerary

Buenos Aires

11 December 2020. Welcome to Buenos Aires. You will be met by our representative at Buenos Aires airport and transferred to our hotel in Argentina's captivating capital. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

  Hotel:  None

Buenos Aires city tour 

This morning we take in the highlights of the seductive city of Buenos Aires on a half day guided tour, including attractions such as 9 de Julio Avenue, the Obelisk and Corrientes Street. The first stop will be in the Plaza de Mayo to visit the Cathedral and the Old City Hall, before we continue to the old neighborhood of San Telmo, with its colonial houses and cobblestone streets. We'll also visit the striking La Boca neighbourhood, with its brightly coloured zinc houses, the exclusive area of Puerto Madero, which was once the old city port, and the scenic Palermo woods. 

 Finally, we end our tour in Recoleta, which is one of the most elegant neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires. See the Recoleta Cemetery, the resting place of Argentina’s most famous figures and spend the rest of the day at leisure. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Fly to Bariloche 

Buenos Aires - Bariloche. Today you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Bariloche, a scenic city in the northern part of Patagonia. Set on the shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi and within a national park of the same name, Bariloche is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

 On arrival in the city, the rest of the day is free to relax at the charming Peninsula Petit Hotel, our base for exploring Bariloche and witnessing the total solar eclipse tomorrow. The hotel is scenically located on the shore of the lake and has its own private beach, so you can get out and make the most of your surroundings.

 Please Note - the Peninsula Petit Hotel in Bariloche is now fully booked. Anyone booking this tour from 01 December 2019 onwards will stay at the Hosteria Katy in Bariloche.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Total Solar Eclipse 

14th December 2020. Experience the incredible astronomical event that is a total solar eclipse today. We have a full day excursion to an exclusive Nomad observatory camp, at a privileged location along the central path of the eclipse, near Piedra del Aguila. Departing Bariloche with our local guide early this morning, enjoy a incredibly scenic drive to the vast steppe lands in the east of Nahuel Huapo National Park. Arriving at our eclipse camp, you can have a drink, relax and await the eclipse in comfort or go for a short hike in the stunning Patagonian wilderness. 

 The big event begins with a partial eclipse at 11:45 local time. 13.08 is the start of the total eclipse, with totality lasting for just under 2 minutes. We'll be in the perfect spot to watch this incredible spectacle unfold (subject to weather conditions). Eclipse glasses will be provided to ensure you can watch this natural phenomenon safely. 

 Solar eclipses usually occur twice a year, however total solar eclipses are rare. A total solar eclipse is when the moon perfectly aligns in front of the sun, plunging the entire area into total darkness. Look out for Baily's Beards as the eclipse unfolds - these small blots of lights appear just before the total eclipse and are caused by gaps in the mountains and valleys on the Moon's surface allowing sunlight to pass through in some places but not others. 

 After the mesmerising eclipse, we'll enjoy a delicious 'Campestre' picnic lunch at our camp, accompanied by premium Argentinian wines. Relax and reflect on the spectacle you just witnessed before we return to the hotel in Bariloche, arriving late afternoon. 

   Meals:   Breakfast, Lunch,

  Hotel:  None

Bariloche Scenic Tour 

We spend our final day in Bariloche exploring the staggeringly beautiful Patagonian hills. Our sightseeing tour of the region will take in the breathtaking vistas of Lake Nahuel Huapi and Victoria Island. We also head through pine forest and past towering rock formations to the top of Campanario Hill. The incredible views from the top of the hill were voted one of the "Top 10 Views in the World” by  National Geographic. The rest of the day can be spent further exploring Bariloche and its surrounding area at leisure. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

El Calafate

Bariloche - El Calafate. It's time to say goodbye to Bariloche and fly south to El Calafate, a Patagonian town nestled on the shore of Argentino Lake. The lake is the biggest in Argentina and is just one of the natural attractions that El Calafate is renowned for. El Calafate is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, home to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. After hotel check in the rest of the day is free to explore the town or take a stroll by the lake.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Perito Moreno Glacier 

Discover the natural wonders of Los Glaciares National Park today. Driving from El Calafate, we stop briefly at Bajo Las Sombras Port before reaching the park. Here we get our first glimpse of the giant Perito Moreno Glacier at the Curva de los Suspiros viewpoint. The glacier is bucking the worldwide trend in the face of climate change, and is actually advancing rather than shrinking like most glaciers in other parts of the world. 

 Reaching the glacier, we'll get to enjoy walking along the footbridges and walkways which pass close to the glacier, allowing for amazing views of this massive wall of ice. An optional nautical safari tour is available to book locally, to see the glacier by boat. After exploring the park, we return to El Calafate where the evening is at leisure. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

El Calafate

Spend the day at leisure in El Calafate where you can explore the southern sector of Los Glaciares National Park independently or simply relax by Lago Argentino. There are also plenty of activities available to book locally, allowing you to enjoy the incredible Patagonian scenery - perhaps take a horse-riding excursion or visit Bosque Pertificado La Leona, a petrified forest with fossilised trunks and dinosaur bones.

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

El Calafate

19 December 2020. Your Argentinean Adventure comes to an end today. After breakfast in the hotel, there's an included transfer to El Calafate airport for your onward flight. 

 If you wish to extend your stay to explore more of Argentina or return to Buenos Aires, we can make the necessary arrangements for you. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 8 breakfasts & 1 gourmet picnic lunch with premium Argentinian wines 

 5 nights 4 star hotels and 3 nights boutique hotel in Bariloche (or 3 nights guesthouse, for anyone booking from 01 Dec 2019 onwards)

 Airport arrival and departure transfers on days 1 and 9

 Domestic flights: Buenos Aires - Bariloche and Bariloche - El Calafate

 Full day solar eclipse excursion to an exclusive observatory camp with an astronomer guide

 Eclipse viewing glasses

 Half day Buenos Aires city tour

 Half day Bariloche scenic tour 

 Full day excursion to Los Glaciares National Park

 Expert local guides for scheduled sightseeing

 All relevant transfers and transportation in private vehicles

 Maximum group size: 22

 Meals and Accommodation

Not Included

 International flights and visas

 Items of a personal nature, additional meals and drinks

 Tipping – an entirely personal gesture

 Bariloche Eco Tax - $2 per day ($6 in total) to be paid directly to the hotel at time of check in

 Additional 5% GST

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19 Dec 2020

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