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Buenos Aires


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  • UK
  • Buenos Aires
  • El Chalten
  • El Calafate
  • Torres del Paine
  • Ushuaia
  • Buenos Aires
  • UK

2 NIGHTS from £199pp

Tour Highlights
  • Latin America's capital of culture
  • The Paris of the Southern Hemisphere
  • Full-day trek through Glacier National Park to dazzling Laguna de Los Tres
  • Witness the grandeur of Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Two treks in Torres del Paine, taking in rugged Las Torres Mountain and the ice-capped peaks of the French Valley
  • Explore Tierra del Fuego, Argentina's southernmost national park
  • Walking tour through the colourful neighbourhoods of southern Buenos Aires
  • Enjoy an entertaining tango dinner show

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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 Average - 3 hours of walking including breaks, covering 4km

On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Re-join your group in the afternoon for a walking tour of vibrant Buenos Aires. Your tour begins in Lezama Park, located in the atmospheric San Telmo neighbourhood where you'll walk along Calle Defensa, a narrow, cobbled street, which leads through the historic centre of the capital. Observe buildings such as Pasaje Belgrano and Zanjon de Granados, where tunnels dating back to the colonial era can be found (entrance not included). The tour ends in the Plaza de Mayo, a square ringed by significant structures, including the Government House and Cathedral of Buenos Aires. Later tonight, celebrate the start of your tour with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Dinner
3
Buenos Aires to El Chalten

Transfer to the airport for your flight to El Calafate then travel onward to nearby El Chalten where you will have the remainder of the day at leisure to soak in your sensational natural surroundings.

  • Breakfast
4
El Chalten - Average 9 hours of walking including breaks, covering 21km

The village of El Chalten is renowned as the starting point of world-class pathways leading into Glacier National Park. Today's challenging trek takes in mesmerising landscapes on one of the most beautiful pathways in the area. Transfer to the beginning of your trail, then hike along a gradual ascent that leads to a lookout with sweeping views of the meandering river of Rio de las Vueltas. Circle the central peak of Mount Rosado until you reach a rocky crag where you can take in your first views of imposing Mount Fitz Roy. Cross the Chorrillo River through a zone of dense forests and walk onward to the campsite of Poincenot. After a break to eat your packed lunch, make your way across the Rio Blanco river on a path that rises 400 metres up to the Laguna and Glacier de Los Tres. Soak in the breath-taking sight of this emerald lake set against a background of ice-capped peaks before your trail loops back to El Chalten.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
El Chalten to El Calafate

After breakfast, travel to El Calafate where you can enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

  • Breakfast
6
El Calafate

The Perito Moreno Glacier, known locally as the Eighth Wonder of the World, is the planet's third largest reserve of fresh water and one of the continent's last advancing glaciers. Your full-day tour will leave you in awe of the glacier's unfathomable beauty. Walk along paths that offer views of this impressive natural marvel from different perspectives, breaking for a packed lunch along the way. You may even witness the glaciers' signature movement as icebergs the size of skyscrapers slowly detach.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
El Calafate to Torres del Paine

After breakfast, you will be transferred to your hotel in Torres del Paine, with the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
8
Torres del Paine - Average 8 hours of walking including breaks, covering 18km

The National Park of Torres del Paine encompasses soaring mountains, glaciers, ice-fed lakes and unique wildlife and today's trek winds around the base of Las Torres Mountain. After crossing a section of the Patagonian steppe, you will arrive at the Torres del Paine massif. A steep and constant ascent leads to the entrance to the Asencio Valley where you'll walk onward to the Chilean Refuge lodge and rest stop. After a break, follow the winding course of the river, with small climbs and descents through the forest. The last section climbs towards a viewpoint along a steep and rugged path that takes you to one of the most extraordinary vistas in Patagonia where you'll linger to marvel at this wild, natural beauty.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Torres del Paine - Average 12 hours of walking including breaks, covering 20 km

Travel by car to Pudeto, the starting point of today's trek into the extraordinary French Valley, brimming with snow-capped peaks and glaciers. Cross the crystalline waters of Lake Pehoe by boat then set out on a short walk to the Paine Grande Lodge located on the shores of the lake. Continue onward, entering the majestic valley after 2 hours of walking. Travel through the picturesque wooded landscapes, with the chance to witness ice breaking off the glaciers. After a break to enjoy a packed lunch, hike to the British Camp, reaching a spectacular viewpoint where the surrounding peaks are presented in all their magnitude. Loop back to your starting point following the same route.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Torres del Paine to Ushuaia

This morning, transfer back to El Calafate for your flight to Ushuaia, known as 'The End of the World' for its remote location at the very tip of the Argentinian peninsula.

  • Breakfast
11
Ushuaia - 6-hour tour including breaks, covering 4.5km on foot

Explore Argentina's southernmost national park, Tierra del Fuego, and uncover a vast and unspoilt area of natural beauty filled with waterfalls, hills, wildlife and a windswept coastal stretch. Travel by coach to the park on a scenic drive that passes the delightful, mountain-fringed Beagle Channel. Disembark for a gentle hike through the park, where your knowledgeable guide will lead you along one of the numerous nature-filled trails. Back on your coach, enjoy a packed lunch then journey further on to Lapataia Bay, an evergreen coastal inlet that is also home to incredible archaeological sites or 'Concheros' that date back to the early aboriginal inhabitants of the area. Return to Ushuaia, stopping en route to admire Rock Lake, an expanse of water that changes colour according to the weather.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
12
Ushuaia

Enjoy a day at leisure in Ushuaia, giving you time to relax and recover or further explore this lively port town, renowned for its adventure activities.

  • Breakfast
13
Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

After breakfast, fly from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires. Check into your hotel then re-join your group for an entertaining farewell dinner and tango show at the historic El Querandi restaurant. End your tour with a fantastic cultural experience as you watch this sensuous national dance and dine on Argen

  • Breakfast & Dinner
142
Buenos Aires

Enjoy exploring this fascinating city at your leisure.

  • Breakfast
15
Buenos Aires to the UK

Depart after breakfast for your return flight 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
24 Nov 201809 Dec 2018£199£3799£3998Book Now
2019 Dates
15 Jan 201930 Jan 2019£199£3799£3998Book Now
05 Feb 201920 Feb 2019£199£3699£3898Book Now
05 Mar 201920 Mar 2019£199£3599£3798Book Now
19 Mar 201903 Apr 2019£199£3499£3698Book Now
12 Nov 201927 Nov 2019£219£3949£4168Book Now
26 Nov 201911 Dec 2019£219£3999£4218Book 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

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Peso

Average Flying time

14 hours

Min/Max temperature

-2 °C / 9 °C

Spoken languages

Spanish

What to pack
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm clothing and thermals
  • Camera and charger/spare batteries
  • An electric plug converter - the electricity supply is 220V. You will need a special three pin plug adapter in Argentina and a special two pin plug adapter for Chile.
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Personal first aid kit containing travel pills, rehydration powder, plasters, stomach settlers, antiseptic creams, aspirin etc
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel
  • It is recommended you take a daysack for your walking tours to keep a few belongings with you on your walks; waterproofs, fleece, sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent, water bottle and the all-important camera!
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