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A Taste of Argentina including

Buenos Aires


Route:
  • UK
  • Buenos Aires
  • Salta
  • Mendoza
  • Buenos Aires
  • UK

2 NIGHTS from £249pp

Tour Highlights
  • Latin America's capital of culture
  • The Paris of the Southern Hemisphere
  • Take in the sights of Buenos Aires and picturesque Salta on city tours
  • Enjoy Argentina's rich culture of dance at a tango show
  • Visit the ranch of Estancia Santa Susana for a full day of Argentinian barbeque, cowboy performances and music
  • Uncover the home of Malbec on a wine tasting tour in Cafayate and Mendoza
  • Discover the mighty Andean Range on a full-day tour and explore the historic, pre-Inca ruins of Santa Rosa de Tastil

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Extend your stay in Buenos Aires

Discover why so many people fall in love with the 'Paris of the Southern Hemisphere'. Buenos Aires provides a seductive mix of stunning European architecture, old-world languor and elegant neighbourhoods where colonial buildings and outdoor markets can be found at every turn.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Buenos Aires

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Buenos Aires, via Sao Paulo.

2
Buenos Aires

On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, set out for a tour of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. Start at Plaza de Mayo, a square that serves as the historical, political and cultural centre of the city, then admire the diverse architectural styles of the city as you walk down Avenida de Mayo into the neighbourhood of San Telmo, one of the oldest in the city and renowned for its bohemian style. Going further south, arrive at the colourful port neighbourhood of La Boca, home to the vivid houses and murals of Caminito street. Continue onward through the modern district of Puerto Madero, finally arriving at La Recoleta, an elegant residential area that showcases the classic buildings of the city. Return to your hotel to refresh yourself before dinner and a tango show at El Querandi, a long-standing, traditional restaurant.

  • Dinner
3
Buenos Aires

Journey into the locality of Cardales for a full-day tour of Estancia Santa Susana, a ranch famed for its gauchos, or South American cowboys. Your tour begins in the pub where you can dine on meat empanadas and wine before sampling the authentic barbecue dishes synonymous with Argentinian cuisine. After lunch, enjoy an entertaining performance of dance and musical folklore, a tango demonstration, and an exhibition of roping and ring games as the Gauchos display their horsemanship. Horses and carriages are also available for those interested in freely roaming the countryside. In the late afternoon, a light meal is of Mate tea and sweet casseroles will be served before you return to Buenos Aires, where dinner will be at a local restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Buenos Aires to Salta

Transfer to the airport in the early morning for your flight to Salta. After checking into your hotel, explore the city on an afternoon tour. Salta is hailed as one of Argentina's most picturesque cities, due largely to the attractive contrast between its colonial buildings and modern architecture. Visit some of the landmarks most representative of the colonial times, including the Church and the Convent of San Francisco and the Basilica Cathedral, then view the well-preserved sarcophagi and everyday objects of an Inca family at MAAM Museum. Travel onward to the hill of Cerro San Bernardo where you can take in panoramic views of the city and surrounding valley before your tour ends at the craft market of Mercado Artesanal, where you'll have the chance to browse through regional pottery, baskets, textiles, tapestries and ponchos.

  • Breakfast
5
Salta

Surrounded by rivers and a belt of vineyards, the picturesque town of Cafayate is the site of today's excursion. Take a scenic drive through valleys and past dramatic rock formations as you make your way to Piatelli winery. Discover how the traditional wines of the region are produced and enjoy a wine tasting before lunch at a traditional restaurant downtown. Next, visit the colonial church and the Museum of Vine and Wine in the town centre before your drive back to your hotel. En route to Salta, stop at several places of interest, including the well-placed Tres Cruces viewpoint and Posta de las Cabras, a rustic cafe set in remote, natural surroundings.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
6
Salta

Uncover the mighty Andean range on today's full-day tour of mountainous villages and age-old ruins. Pass through the village of Campo Quijano, 'the gateway of the Andes' as you journey to Santa Rosa de Tastil, one of the most important pre-Inca sites of the region. Wander amongst its historic ruins and museums then enjoy a packed lunch before travelling onward to the town of San Antonio de los Cobres where you'll have the chance to board the 'Train to the Clouds' (seasonal), one of South America's most extraordinary rail journeys. Soak in extraordinary scenery as you pass through desert-like landscapes to the Polvorilla Viaduct which, sitting at 4,200 meters, is the most impressive engineering feat of the last century. Disembark your train here and transfer back to Salta via Cordoba.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Salta to Mendoza

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Mendoza, the source of the Malbec wine grape, where you'll have an evening at leisure to relax or explore the town.

  • Breakfast
8
Mendoza

Nestled in the foothills of the Andes, Mendoza teems with vineyards and dramatic valleys. A wine tour through the district of Lujan de Cuyo leads from one winery to the next, giving you well-rounded insight into the Malbec wine-making process and ample opportunity for wine tastings. Lunch will be served at one of the wineries visited before you continue your exploration of the numerous wine estates of the area. In the late afternoon, return to your hotel, re-joining your group in the evening for your farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Mendoza to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK, via Sao Paulo, or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast
10
Mendoza to Buenos Aires

Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight to Iguazu via Buenos Aires. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.

  • Breakfast
11
Buenos Aires

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Argentina's cosmopolitan capital city.

  • Breakfast
12
Buenos Aires to the UK

Transfer from your hotel to the Airport for your flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

UK passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa prior to travel for either countries, this will be granted on arrival for stays of up to 90 days.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 17 days cover£39£75£129
For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

All flights are operated by Iberia Airlines and go via Madrid in both directions. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage & hand luggage not exceeding 56cm x 45cm x 25cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only & subject to change.

Health and Vaccinations

We recommend that you consult your local GP for advice on vaccinations and travel health before your departure.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival and will be accompanied by a local guide throughout the tour, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Brazil is the Brazilian Real, known as BRL. The currency in Argentina is the Argentine Peso, known as ARS. However, US Dollars are also widely used throughout both countries. Cash machines are available in all the major cities to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks as well as your lunch and dinner on each day. Approximately £300-£400 per person should be sufficient for the tour.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2018 Dates
Kenton Palace
26 Nov 201806 Dec 2018£249£2199£2448Book Now
2019 Dates
14 Jan 201924 Jan 2019£249£2099£2348Book Now
04 Feb 201914 Feb 2019£249£2199£2448Book Now
18 Mar 201928 Mar 2019£249£2299£2548Book Now
29 Apr 201909 May 2019£249£2349£2598Book Now
13 May 201923 May 2019£249£2399£2648Book Now
10 Jun 201920 Jun 2019£249£2449£2698Book Now
09 Sep 201919 Sep 2019£259£2499£2758Book Now
14 Oct 201924 Oct 2019£259£2399£2658Book Now
11 Nov 201921 Nov 2019£259£2299£2558Book Now
25 Nov 201905 Dec 2019£259£2199£2458Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Itinerary changes

Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, the order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Peso

Average Flying time

14 hours

Min/Max temperature

15 °C / 29 °C

Spoken languages

Spanish

What to pack
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sun cream
  • Insect repellent
  • Rucksack
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Long sleeve shirt and long trousers
  • Swimwear
  • Personal toiletries
  • Plug adaptor
  • Anti-bacterial hand sanitizer
  • Altitude sickness medication
  • First aid kit
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