- This land of unique contrasts is perfect for a honeymoon combining majestic landscapes and memorable experiences
- Your accommodation has been carefully chosen for its location, charm, and views
- Special extras just for you include an Argentinian tango evening, wine tasting, fine-dining and riding.
- The trip includes direct flights, access to our local Concierge and all our usual additional services
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AN ARGENTINIAN HONEYMOON
YOUR TRIPAs newlyweds love to be alone together, we've put together an itinerary that will allow you to travel about in freedom with a car where needed. We'll take care of the logistics so you can carry on roaming freely: domestic flights, private transfers, rooms upon arrival, suggestions, hotspots and must-sees are pre-planned throughout the trip. The first stop is Buenos Aires, with a private tour of the capital's hotspots and an evening of Argentine Tango, including a lesson, dinner and a show and a milonga dance club. Then it's off to Andean Patagonia, where you can enjoy a cruise along the Perito Moreno, a picnic lunch in front of the iconic glacier, and a private ride around Lago Argentino. It's then time for a culinary and cultural journey through the north-west with a trip to the James Turrell Museum, a multi-coloured fantasy created by the owners of a winery, and wine tasting followed by a traditional Argentine feast. In case of any unforeseen events, questions or last-minute wishes, you can contact our Concierge.
ON THIS ARGENTINIAN HONEYMOON, YOU'RE GOING TO LOVEtaking the time to savour the sweetness of life in Buenos Aires, sitting in front of a cortado (espresso with a shot of milk) and medialunas pastry at Café Tortoni, with its green marble tables and red leather seats; taking your first tango steps, 'a feeling expressed in dance', with a local guide; racking up the miles across majestic landscapes, until you stumble upon a village set among the vineyards or at the foothills of the Andes; staying at a ranch then taking a ride on horseback to really dive into the daily life of the Patagonian gauchos; visiting Lago Argentino where the glaciers and islets float and icebergs drift, exploring the area by foot, boat or on horseback; having lunch in true Argentinian 'picada' style facing Perito Moreno; stopping off at Salinas Grandes, a 75 square-mile salt flat at an altitude of almost 11,500ft, with its pristine white salt and clear blue sky, lost in the middle of nowhere; visiting the incredible James Turrell museum and its unique take on colours, spaces and perspectives... all this in addition to delicious food, good wine, spas and views.
Flight to Buenos Aires
Overnight flight, arriving the next day.
Private transfer and accommodation for three nights in the heart of the Palermo neighbourhood, a leafy area and one of the most pleasant 'barrios' (districts) in Buenos Aires. The hotel grounds are planted with trees and the trendy and cultured atmosphere encourages exploration. The decor has quite a Seventies feel, but with a beautifully simple design. The rooms exude clean, urban comfort. In the restaurant, you can choose between curries, fresh salads and light sandwiches. The large, outdoor swimming pool is a great place to relax. The spa also offers a wide range of massages and beauty treatments.
The itinerary includes a private guided tour to a few hotspots in Buenos Aires. You'll start off with the streets that the city centre is centred around: Avenida 9 de Julio, Avenida Corrientes and Avenida de Mayo. Then it's off to La Boca, a small, colourful and picturesque neighbourhood, the elegant Recoleta with its very distinguished cemetery, and finally the old San Telmo, with its rich architecture and numerous antique shops and dealers. This walking tour provides a true picture of the variety that makes Argentina's capital so special.
Buenos Aires - El Calafate
Private transfer to the airport and flight to El Calafate, the gateway to the Los Glaciares National Park. Another private transfer and accommodation for three nights in a small charming location in a beautifully natural setting facing Lago Argentino. Built in wood and exposed stone, the hotel offers a cosy atmosphere and pleasant rooms. Downtown El Calafate is only a short drive away.
The itinerary includes a trip to De Punta Bandera port (30 miles from El Calafate), from where you'll embark on a cruise on the Lago Argentino, which is home to the large Andean glaciers. You'll head north to see Upsala, the largest of the glaciers, the front face of which is currently in rapid decline. Heading north, you'll sail among the icebergs that crash off the glaciers. Then it's off towards the Cristina Channel to get to the Cristina Ranch, where you can immerse yourself in the daily life of the Patagonian gauchos (cowboys). Learn about the history of their farming and lifestyles, and visit the small museum. You'll then take a 4x4 to the Upsala Lookout, from where you can enjoy breathtaking views overlooking the Upsala Glacier, Guillermo Lake and the Andes.
The itinerary includes a rental car with GPS for the day, which you can use to explore Perito Moreno, an icon of Los Glaciares National Park and a wonder of nature; it's a huge 197ft glacier that stretches for three miles along Lago Argentino. As you traverse the forest, you'll walk along various walkways offering astounding views of the glacier. Lunch is included. You'll have a typical Argentinean picnic called a picada, which is a popular way of eating in Argentina because it's so an enjoyable shared experience. You'll have a picnic, explore and, above all, enjoy the view. During the day, a one-hour cruise is also on the cards. The boat gets to around 2000ft from where the glacier meets the Magellan Peninsular and circles around the south wall for around two miles, giving you a chance to see the blocks of ice that regularly break away - it's absolutely perfect for a photographer to get a closer look. Finally, planned especially for you: a ride around Lago Argentino area to make the gaucho experience last a little bit longer.
El Calafate - Salta
Private transfer to the airport, return flight to Buenos Aires then flight to Salta in the Andes. Another private transfer and two nights' accommodation in the heart of the city, in a charming, colonial-style hotel dating back to the early 20th century. It is strategically located in one of the city's iconic streets (Caseros, just a few yards from the Central Plaza) and is close to everything from restaurants and craft shops to wine cellars. The hotel has brought together the charm of the ancient world and modern comfort and refined decor in the rooms.
Salta la Linda has retained a beautiful collection of ancient buildings. Take a walk to visit the Cabildo (The seat of the colonial city hall - 18th century), the splendid San Bernardo convent (16th-17th century), the Basilica of San Francisco (18th-19th century) and the traditional craft market.
Option - Half-day private tour of the city with a guide.
Pick up your rental car and drive south. You'll then cross the Quebrada de las Conchas with its red sandstone formations that have been spectacularly eroded by water and wind (making this worthy of the UNESCO World Heritage site). You'll then arrive at the small town of Cafayate, surrounded by vineyards and several archaeological relics. In addition to its five-nave cathedral and its 'bodegas' (wine cellars), enjoyment can also be found in the fresh open-air of patios shaded with vine branches. Stay overnight at the foot of San Isidro, in the middle of a sprawling vineyard, in a charming property offering its guests the rural comfort of a well-kept homestead. The single-storey buildings form a nice little courtyard, which is both private and open to the surrounding mountains. It has a lovely garden and a refreshing pool. The restaurant uses products from the hotel's vegetable garden.
The itinerary includes an evening wine tasting and dinner at Las Nubes, a few miles from Cafayate. A rather small producer compared with other giants in the region, it produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Tannat. Enjoy premium wines at sunset as you gaze at the stunning views of the valley and vineyards, before eating a traditional asado (Argentinian barbecue) dinner.
You'll pass through the small villages of Colalao del Valle or Tolombon, hidden among the vineyards, before reaching Route 40 which quickly becomes a 'proper' road. As you follow the course of the Calchaqui River, the land becomes drier and more mineral-rich.
Trip option - Meet with a rural community in the Calchaqui valley.
Explore the enchanting village of Molinos, with its dirt streets and its church of San Pedro which has a cactus roof (18th century). Spend a night in a quaint hacienda with its colonial architecture, white walls adorned with dark wood, red floors and fresh linen.
The itinerary includes a visit to the James Turrell Museum, an unusual museum of modern art dedicated to the works of the prestigious American artist, located in the Bodega Colome some 12 miles from Molinos. The winery, which now produces more than half a million litres of delectable wine exported to more than 25 countries, wanted to add a social and cultural dimension to its business, so it set up this wonderfully unique place, which challenges colours, spaces, and ranges with 3D artwork. A visit to the museum is followed by a visit to the wine cellars, vineyards and the bodega, and, of course, wine tasting accompanied by some local specialities.
Molinos - Salta
Now it's off to Cachi, which sits at an altitude of 7500ft and is undoubtedly the most charming city in the region. It has preserved its colonial authenticity with its bungalows, cobblestone streets and tranquility. The archaeological museum documents life in the Calchaqui valleys before the Spanish conquest. Now head to Los Cardones National Park, which is populated by column cacti, viscachas (rodents from the chinchilla family), guanacos, pumas and many species of birds, including the regal condor. The Piedra del Molino lookout (11,800ft) overlooking the Cuesta del Obispo is spectacular. Then it's off to the Lerma Valley and Salta Valley Plains. Spend the night in a branded Relais & Chateaux ranch, at the foot of the Andes. From the rooms to the parks to the restaurants and spas, it's all about warmth and refinement here.
Salta - Purmamarca
Trip to Purmamarca by San Antonio de los Cobres. One of the most impressive sceneries in the whole region is the Quebrada del Toro. It boasts colourful towering valleys, column cacti and archaeological remains, the most important of which is certainly the pre-Inca site of Tastil. Stop off at Salinas Grandes, a 75 square-mile salt desert almost 11,500ft above sea level. You'll then arrive at the region's most traditional indigenous town of Purmamarca, where you'll spend two nights on the outskirts of the valley's main village in a hotel overlooking the wonderful quebrada, with its rows of pleated rocks. The new hotel will immerse you in the atmosphere of a former 18th-century Spanish governor's house. Everything is in the purest colonial style; the lime-washed walls, the turrets, the bell tower, the veranda overlooking the mountains, the tiles, the furniture, and the chimneys. The rooms, which are barely twenty years old, are quite simple but spacious and charming. An outdoor swimming pool with views and a spa complete the look.
Purmamarca - Buenos Aires
Return to Salta, return your hire car to the airport and catch your flight to Buenos Aires. Private transfer and one night's accommodation in the upscale Recoleta district. The hotel combines beautifully contemporary design with raw materials, such as wood and concrete. Although modern features really take centre stage here, this doesn't mean that such a futuristic hotel lacks charm; in fact, it's the complete opposite. Enjoy admiring the artwork here, and appreciate that Argentina's wine cellars deserve their reputation. The facilities, a warm reception and the geographical location complete this enticing combination.
Option - Spend your last evening in Buenos Aires with an English-speaking local.
Buenos Aires - Return flight
Private transfer to the airport and catch your flight home. Direct overnight flight, arriving the next day.
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CALCHAQUI VALLEY - MEETING A RURAL COMMUNITY
The Calchaqui valley is the name given to the trail leading from Salta to Cafayate, which crosses beautiful landscapes, blends of colourful mountains, hills, grasslands and remote villages inhabited by a handful of rural communities. It is here that you'll be able to get acquainted with their culture and history. It is also a great opportunity to understand their way of life, traditions and beliefs and to accompany a family in their daily activities, followed by a family meal or snack. Several communities are happy to meet visitors, including:
The Diaguitas in the community of Divisadero, near Cafayate, who mainly live on their vineyards. The meeting includes a visit to a vineyard, wine tasting and a rural activity (depending on the season), a walk and a country lunch. You'll have the chance to pitch in with preparing a family meal.
The community of Santa Rosa settled at the entrance to Angastaco's natural landmark - the Quebrada de Las Flechas. The meeting includes a lovely two-hour walk through the heart of the Quebrada canyons, a visit to a family vineyard, wine tasting and a country lunch or snack.
The Corralito community, which welcomes visitors to a traditional farm and, depending on the season, shows them how to harvest fruit and vegetables, which will be used to prepare the meal. This meeting, which lasts about four hours, includes the meal. One thing to bear in mind - speaking Spanish will really help you enjoy interactions and activities.
BUENOS AIRES BY NIGHT
Accompanied by a private guide, you will discover the city at night through its fashionable hotspots in the Palermo neighbourhood. A bit of local know-how goes a long way here, and you'll visit a locally-acclaimed restaurant, a hipster food joint and a members only private speakeasy-style bar.
AND TO GO THE EXTRA MILE... IGUAZU NATIONAL PARK
At the top of the falls, about 12 miles upstream of where it meets the Parana River, the Iguazu River marks the border between Argentina and Brazil. Two large national parks stretch out on either side of the river. Iguazu Falls, made up of 275 waterfalls over nearly two miles, is an unforgettable sight. The nature park is home to a magnificent subtropical forest, whose botanical and wildlife richness has earned itself a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
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