Crossing the Andes

DAY 1

Welcome to Argentina

 

Transfer in from Airport to hotel

A bilingual chauffer will be waiting for you at the airport with your name on a board to take you to the hotel.

You will be met by one of our Bilingual staff that will go through your itinerary with you.

 

Evening Tango Class

There is a saying: "It takes one lesson to learn Tango and a lifetime to improve it." An individual Tango Class is provided for you by experienced Tango teachers for you to experience the passion and sensuality of Tango.

 

Tango Show with Dinner at “El Querandí”

Carlos Gardel is recognized as one of the most important singers and actors of the 19th century. Born in France, he came to Argentina as a child. Here he came to fame singing Tango in the many theatres of Buenos Aires.You will enjoy a Gala Dinner show of dance and singing dedicated to this icon whose voice has now been registered by UNESCO.

 

 

DAY 2

Buenos Aires – Mendoza

Breakfast

 

City Tour

In the morning, you will be picked up by a local guide and given a tour around the city and its surroundings that will allow you to discover its spirit, its mystique and its charm. The following areas will be visited: Plaza de Mayo, Puerto Madero, La Boca, San Telmo, Palermo, Recoleta Cemetery.

 

In the afternoon you will be transfered to the bus station to take the bus to Mendoza. Night on board.

 

 

DAY 3

Mendoza:

Welcome to Mendoza!
Argentina's main wine region and heartland of Malbec grape, has also impressive mountains (like Aconcagua, climbers world known summit), outdoor sports (adventurous rafting) and breathtaking landscapes.

 

Arrival and transfer to the hotel.

 

Guided City Tour in the afternoon.

Mendoza is well known for its picturesque streets full of trees and lush parks. The tour includes the major points of interest such as the Government House and San Martin Park where there is a Zoo. The ride continues to Independence Square surrounded by the Municipal Theatre and the Modern Art Museum, then to Plaza España, Plaza del Castillo and La Rosaleda, where it is possible to find over 4.500 rose plants, then on to Frank Romero Day Amphitheatre, where the closing ceremony of the Fiesta de la Vendimia takes place every year. The tour ends at Cerro de la Gloria where a monument commemorates the Crossing of the Andes conducted by General José de San Martin during his fight for Independence. An expert historian will meet group at this site to tell the story of the epic expedition of General Jose de San Martín, the regional hero of the Independence, famous for his crossing of the Andes Mountains, the most audacious military campaign of the Argentinean history.

 

 

DAY 4

Mendoza

Breakfast

 

WineTour
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel for a half day tour to the Mendoza Wine Country.
During the wine tour, you will visit two of the best wineries in the area where you will learn about their philosophy, the wine making process and have the chance to taste some delicious locally produced Cabernet and Malbec. This tour is specially design to visit some of the best vineyards accompanied by a local expert.

 

 

DAY 5

Mendoza – Santiago de Chile: 

Transfer to the bus station to take the bus to Santiago de Chile.  The journey across the Andes from Argentina to Chile is a true adventure, showcasing magnificent scenery, rare wildlife and, at times, extreme weather. You see the mountains in the distance before you reach them. They’re imposing enough on the horizon. When the ascent begins, though, you start to appreciate the scale of what you’re about to traverse. The highway winds through the natural contours of the landscapes, past rivers and lakes, and through canyons. You drive through the tunnel, Los Libertadores through a mountain, where man has rebelled against nature and created an artificial shortcut. You will get a chance to view Mount Aconcagua (at 6,960m, the Americas’ highest peak) before  you descend into the Aconcagua Valley, where you can see the impressive rapids of the Aconcagua river. During the journey, you will also get the opportunity to see Puente del Inca,  The Incas bridge.You will also visit the area where General San Martín using both Chilean and Argentine forces to beat the Spanish Army at the battle of Maipu, during the War of Independence.

 

Arrival to Santiago de Chile.

Transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 6

Santiago de Chile.

 

Half day city tour, starting at the Alameda Bernardo O'Higgins, Santiago's main avenue. The main commercial activity of the city is concentrated in two pedestrian areas, Huerfanos and Ahumada. Afterwards a visit is made to the Plaza de Armas the Main Square of the city, the Metropolitan Cathedral and other historical buildings. Cross the Mapocho River to access Bellavista, a neighborhood where there are many cultural and artistic activities, as well as nightlife. Bellavista lies at the foot of the San Cristóbal, the highest hill the town. We will drive to the top where you will have a view of Santa Lucía hill, where the city was founded, and the Parque Forestal (Park) Finally a visit will be paid to Providencia, the new nucleus of the town, and the residential areas of Las Condes and Vitacura.

 

Return to the hotel. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 7

Santiago de Chile – Puerto Varas.

Breakfast

 

Morning and Afternoon free.

In the evening you will be transferred to the bus station to take the bus to Puerto Varas. Night on board.

 

 

DAY 8

Puerto Varas.

Puerto Varas region is in the lake district area, and it is also well known as the northern part of Chilean Patagonia, or the entrance door to Patagonia. This region is decorated by three amazing volcanos, national parks, and almost endless primary forest. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.  The town itself illustrates its German heritage in architecture, gardens and customs, and is worth spending a few hours to stroll through.

 

 

DAY 9

Puerto Varas – Lake Crossing - San Carlos de Bariloche.

Breakfast.

 

We drive from Puerto Varas to Petrohue, bordering Llanquihue Lake. Throughout the journey on route, you will be able to enjoy imposing sights of Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes. We will enter the Vicente Perez National Park, where you will see the Petrohue falls, impressive volcanic rock shapes, set amongst an esmerald green water covered lake. We then set sail to Peulla, navegating Todos los Santos Lake, and weather permiting you will enjoy the spectacular scenery of Osorno and Puntiagudo Volcanoes and Tronador Hill. We then arrive at Peulla, an ecological Village which is a  paradise for the nature lovers. Here you will have lunch (not included).
We will then board a bus with destined to Puerto Frias. On the way we cross the Chilean Argentine border. We will cross the Andes Mountains at only 976 metres above sea level. From Puuerto Frias, we navigate through Lago Frias to Puerto Alegre, where we take a bus to Puerto Blest.
From Puerto Blest, we take our last navigation through Nahuel Huapi Lake with to Puerto Pañuelo, where we take a bus to our last destination for the day, San Carlos de Bariloche. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 10

Breakfast.

Bariloche Half day tour: Small Circuit.

The tour starts in Bariloche, riding down Ezequiel Bustillo Ave. road along the Nahuel Huapi lakeshore. After passing through some beautiful scenery, you arrive at Campanario Hill - considered by the National Geographic to be the 8th best view of the world. A chair lift takes you to the top of the hill (1050 m) from where you can enjoy one of the most impressive views of this region. You will see Nahuel Huapi and Moreno lakes, El Trébol lagoon, San Pedro and Llao Llao peninsulas, Victoria Island, Otto, López, Goye and Catedral hills, and the main town, San Carlos de Bariloche. Further ahead, and after leaving San Pedro peninsula behind, you reach Llao Llao peninsula, with its namesake hilltop hotel and San Eduardo Chapel, two architectural jewels of this region, and you go by Pañuelo Port, the starting point of many lake excursions. Further on you will go by a golf course, cross the bridge over the Angostura river that joins Nahuel Huapi Lake with Moreno Lake, and pass by López Bay at the base of López Hill. Further on, you get to the Panoramic Point, a belvedere with a magnificent view of Moreno Lake and Llao Llao peninsula. Then you will cross the bridge over Moreno Lake at a narrow end, follow the shoreline of El Trébol lagoon, and then, return to Bariloche. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 11

Breakfast.

Bariloche Day at leisure.

You can explore the Swiss-like town plaza, try some of the delicious, locally made chocolates or walk along the lake and take in the beautiful views of the national park. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 12

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Buenos Aires.

Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 13

Buenos Aires.

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight back.

 

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*Valid until Junes 2015 (ask for prices in Christmas and New Year)

INCLUDED:

- Accommodation at the mentioned hotels daily with local taxes (21%) included for the specified number of nights

- Breakfast

- Transfers and tours as specified in the itinerary

- Seat in bus/train services

- Local Bilingual speaking guide

- Meals where indicated

NOT INCLUDED:

- International or domestic fights. Domestic flights Bariloche-Buenos Aires economic class, from Usd 450 x pax tax included.( promotional air fare last minute booking available only 14 days or less before departure).

 

 

 

13 Days

Summary: BUENOS AIRES, MENDOZA, SANTIAGO DE CHILE, PUERTA VARAS & BARILOCHE

Description: This 13 day package enables you to experience the sensation of travelling through Argentina and Chile whilst crossing the Andes mountain range that naturally divides the two countries.

Departs: Every Day

 

FROM US$ TBA

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