Board an overnight flight from London to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, you will be warmly met and taken to your exquisite boutique hotel set amidst the tree-lined avenues, fashionable boutiques and belle époque architecture of the elegant Recoleta neighbourhood.
A half day city tour, led by a private guide, will take you through the districts of San Telmo, La Boca and Palermo, taking in sights like the striking Casa Rosada in the Plaza de Mayo and the imposing Palace of Congress. The tour concludes at the Recoleta Cemetery, resting place of Eva Peron, where you can learn more about the colourful history of Buenos Aires. In the evening you’ll enjoy the Rojo Tango Show, a lively performance featuring an impressive orchestra, plus a delicious three-course dinner, at the Faena Hotel.
Stay: Two nights in a Recoleta suite at Algodin Mansion – bed & breakfast
After Buenos Aires you’ll fly over to El Calafate to stay in an estancia set on the edge of the huge, turquoise Lago Argentino. You’ll be perfectly positioned to explore Los Glaciares National Park, one of Argentina’s most beautiful areas dominated by glacial lakes, snow-capped mountains, primeval forest and sheer granite rock walls. Mountain biking, mini-trekking, horseback riding and birdwatching can all be arranged.
A full day tour of the Perito Moreno Glacier, the centrepiece of the Los Glaciares National Park, is likely to be the highlight of your visit. Fed by the mighty Patagonian Ice Cap, the Perito Moreno Glacier is known as the ‘living’ glacier due to the fact that it is advancing rather than retreating. You’ll be able to walk along wooden catwalks to view this mighty monument from various viewpoints, and you should also witness blocks of ice loosening from the glacier and dropping dramatically into the waters of the lake below.
Stay: Three nights in a superior room at Eolo Lodge – full board
Leaving behind the wonders of Patagonia, on day seven you will fly to Mendoza at the heart of the wine country. You will be transferred to a resort and a vineyard in the prestigious Uco Valley, with panoramic views of the surrounding Andean Mountains.
Included in your stay is a dinner at the Siete Fuegos Restaurant, a 50-minute massage and a tour and tasting at the hotel’s winery. When you’re not sipping on fine Argentine wines you can choose from a variety of outdoor activities such as trekking, mountain biking, rafting and horseback riding.
Stay: Three nights in a one bedroom villa at The Vines Resort – Vine & Dine Package
A short flight now brings you to the world-famous Iguazu Falls, a fitting finale to your ultimate holiday. You will be taken to your luxury eco-lodge which enjoys an enviable location within untouched rainforest just 20 minutes away from the falls themselves.
You’ll be able to explore the Argentine side of the falls on a tour led by a private, expert guide. A zodiac boat will take you beneath the thundering cascades, but for something extra special, opt for a helicopter tour which will allow you to view the falls from above. Other activities include exploring hiking trails through the lush jungle in search of endemic wildlife and colourful birds.
Stay: Three nights in a double villa at Awasi Iguazu – full board
Today you will head across the border for your flight to Sao Paulo. From there you will connect with your overnight flight back to London.
First class in every respect- NH, Indochina, 2013