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Argentinean Patagonia & The Old Patagonian Express

Discover the wonders of Argentinian Patagonia with time in Buenos Aires

19 days

from £5,965pp (excluding flights)

This holiday idea is an in-depth look at Patagonia staying in typical estancias and includes hiking, fishing, kayaking, horse riding, wildlife and even a journey on the Patagonian Express. Patagonia covers almost half of Argentina and the landscapes vary hugely.  Discover the picturesque Lake District in the north, the wild glaciers of the south, the Andes to the east and the whales and wildlife of the Atlantic coast to the west. 

  • Visit the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires
  • Spend time in the scenic Lake District
  • Journey on the Old Patagonian Express
  • Travel the breadth of the county with private guide to the Atlantic Coast
  • Stay on Peninsula Valdes for excellent whale watching (in season)
  • Explore southern Patagonia and Los Glaciares National Park
  • Trek the Perito Moreno Glacier

No visit to Argentina is complete without a stop in Buenos Aires. Its history, colonial charm and fantastic restaurants will more than occupy a day or two. 

From Buenos Aires fly to Bariloche, northern Patagonia. This region is one of the most beautiful in the country. Crisp alpine air, aqua blue lakes and a wealth of activity and soft adventure, allows for an action packed stay.  

Continue your journey south to Esquel founded by Welsh settlers in the late 19th Century/ early 20th Century. Take a round trip from Esquel on the Patagonian Express steam train (La Trochita) which departs to a small town called Nahuel Pan.   La Trochita is said to run on the most southerly railway in the world and today retains much of its authenticity.

With your private driver and guide continue your journey east across Patagonia to Puerto Madryn on the Atlantic Coast with a stop at the welsh colony of Gaiman.  Often referred to as ‘Little Wales’ Gaiman has characteristic welsh architecture and tea houses serving welsh cakes.

From Puerto Madryn visit Peninsula Valdes, an extraordinary haven for wildlife despite the seemingly barren landscape. Guancos, hares, penguins, sea lions can all be seen. In season, this is the place for viewing Southern Wright Whales who come to the calmer waters to mate and nurse their young. During February Orcas are hunting along this coast too.  

Finally conclude your holiday with a visit to El Calafate in Southern Patagonia.   Visit Los Glaciares National Park, take a boat to the base of the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier. The terminus of the glacier sits some 240ft above the surface of Lake Argentina and about 3 miles in length.  For those that like to trek, don a pair of crampons and take a hike across the glittering blue ice. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Buenos Aires

Known as 'The Paris of Latin America', Buenos Aires is quite simply one of the world's greatest cosmopolitan cities. World class museums and leading restaurants jostle for space with boutique shops and antique markets, and the colonial architecture and cobbled streets of San Telmo contrast with the modern lines and waterfront designs of up and coming Puerto Madero. It is a city with a colourful and fascinating history, which has given rise to a variety of neighbourhoods from the uber trendy Palermo Soho to the bohemian charm of La Boca, the birth place of tango.

Day 2

Day at leisure in Buenos Aires

You will be staying at Hotel Nuss Buenos Aires Soho, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Half Day City Tour
A fascinating 4-hour tour of the elegant turn-of-the-century districts that earned Buenos Aires the sobriquet 'the Paris of South America'. Begin the tour on the charming cobbled alleyways of San Telmo with its colonial architecture, before moving on to the Plaza de Mayo that is dominated by the the government house Casa Rosada, the Nación Bank, the cathedral and the original parliament houses. Continue up the leafy Avenida de Mayo towards the imposing grandeur of the Palace of Congress, before ending your tour at the historically fascinating Recoleta Cemetery. Discover the facts, stories and anecdotes that make up the colourful tapestry that is Buenos Aires.

You will be staying at Hotel Nuss Buenos Aires Soho, bed and breakfast

Day 4

Fly Buenos Aires to Bariloche

Bariloche is situated on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi at the base of Cerro Otto, surrounded by the snow-capped Andes. Founded in 1903, built in an 'Alpine Style', Bariloche is famous for its chocolate industry, fantastic skiing and stunning scenery. This is the perfect base to explore the surrounding area, with a vast choice of adventure activities available from fishing and trekking to horse riding and white water rafting. The area is heavily wooded and the choice of different walks and local adventures is endless.

You will be staying at Estancia Peuma Hue, full board

Day 5

Estancia Puema Hue Activities Included
Horse riding, trekking and kayaking within the property are all included during your stay at Pueme Hue. It is also possible to book a wider range of outdoor activities further afield such as trekking in the national park, fly fishing, overnight riding tours and guided bird watching. During a winter stay, skiing, snow shoeing, cross country and back country skiing can also be arranged as well as the usual property excursions enjoyed during the summer months.

You will be staying at Estancia Peuma Hue, full board

Day 6

Time to yourself to explore the local area
Days at leisure to explore the local area. Bariloche and the Nahuel Huapi region are one of Argentina's major outdoor recreational areas and there are a wide variety of activities and excursions available, which can be arranged locally, including: Guided city tour, scenic tour up the spectacular 'Route of the Seven Lakes', boat trips across on Lake Nahuel Huapi, trekking and mountaineering in the local national parks, biking and horse riding, fly fishing on The Traful or Limay Rivers for trout, white-water rafting, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing.

You will be staying at Estancia Peuma Hue, full board

Day 7

Drive from Bariloche to Esquel (Road Journey)

Esquel is an attractive town located in the mountainous province of Chubut just a few miles from Los Alerces National Park in Argentine Patagonia. The town's namesake derives from a Mapuche term meaning 'thorn' which is attributed to the many spiny bushes in the area. An easy-going and exceedingly friendly base camp from which to enjoy activities such as hiking and fly fishing.

You will be staying at Hosteria Canela, bed and breakfast

Day 8

Patagonian Express Esquel - Nahuel Pan - Esquel

Board the Patagonian Express. The passenger service runs from Esquel to a small town called Nahuel Pan and returns to Esquel. The journey takes approximately 3 hours. Experience the old steam locomotive travelling through the vast Patagonian landscape.

You will be staying at Hosteria Canela, bed and breakfast

Day 9

Drive from Esquel to Puerto Madryn (Road Journey)

Nestled in a protected cove on the Golfo Nuevo, Puerto Madryn is most well-known as a jumping-off point to the wildlife sanctuary of Peninsula Valdez. The town itself has a good oceanographic museum but most visitors use it as a base from which to visit Punta Tombo for the Penguin colonies and the welsh colonies at Gaiman.

You will be staying at Hotel Territorio, full board

Day 10

Drive from Puerto Madryn to Peninsula Valdes (Road Journey)

Peninsula Valdes is a haven for wildlife, providing sanctuary to numerous marine mammals and a wide variety of bird species. Most notable are the endangered southern right whales and Magellanic penguins that come to breed here.

Joined to Patagonia by only a narrow isthmus, it is a peninsula of rocky outcrops, windswept beaches and sheltered bays. Distances are large and roads variable but exploration is always worthwhile - for this area's sheer variety. For instance, Chubut Valley, which nestles on the mainland steppe, is home to a 19th century Welsh settlement where cream teas are sold and Welsh songs sung.

You will be staying at Estancia Rincon Chico, full board

Day 11

Rincon Chico Excursions Included
Activities included in your stay are all the guided and self guided excursions conducted on the estancia such as horse riding across the steppe or hiking and mountain biking across varying terrain as well as wildlife tours guided by biologists and naturalists and helping out on the sheep ranch.

It is possible to observe sea lions and elephant seals, whales, orcas, penguins and dolphins from the 15km of coastline on the Estancia's property.

Additional excursions such as whale watching and scientific activities are extra. Every year thousands of elephant seals choose Rincon Chico's beach to breed and rear their young., allowing biologists to monitor their behaviour by marking and tagging; a project that has been running for over 16 years.

You will be staying at Estancia Rincon Chico, full board

Day 12

Choice of Excursions

You will be staying at Estancia Rincon Chico, full board

Day 13

Fly Peninsula Valdes to El Calafate

Calafate lies on the shores of Lago Argentino, one of the largest lakes in Argentina. Originally a small outpost catering to the local wool trade, due to its convenient proximity to the Perito Moreno glacier and the Los Glaciares National Park, in recent years the town has experienced phenomenal growth and is now a very comfortable base from which to explore the area with excellent facilities for visitors.

Perito Moreno Glacier full day visit
A full day visit to the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier located 80 kilometres from Calafate within Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. This majestic glacier descends from the Patagonian ice cap into Lake Argentino forming a heavily-crevassed glacial front three kilometres wide and up to 60 metres high. It is one of the few glaciers in the world that is still advancing and can be enjoyed by a series of wooden viewing platforms from where you might be lucky to see vast chunks of ice calving off the front of the glacier and crashing into the lake below. Trekking on the glacier with crampons can be arranged (at a supplement, needs to be prebooked).

You will be staying at Hosteria La Estepa, bed and breakfast

Day 14

Calafate choice of activities and excursions
Time to yourself to relax or explore further the surrounding area via a variety of activities and excursions.

Take a boat cruise on Lago Argentino to glaciers Upsalla, Onelli and Spegazzini.

Experience a short flight over the Patagonian ice cap, or take a 4 x 4 vehicle safari up onto the steppe.

You can also book full or half day trips to the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier.

Alternatively take a day trip by boat with traditional asado lunch on a local estancia with riding and walking.

For anyone keen to visit the many varieties of birdlife in the area we can recommend a visit to the Reserva Laguna Nimez Nature Reserve. Its a prime avian habitat alongside the lakeshore north of town, with a self-guided trail and staffed Casa Verde information hut with binocular rental. Some of the most popular are flamingos, geese, black-necked swans, the ibis, the lapwings and ducks, among others.

You will be staying at Hosteria La Estepa, bed and breakfast

Day 15

Choice of Activities and Excursions

You will be staying at Hosteria La Estepa, bed and breakfast

Day 16

Fly El Calafate to Buenos Aires

You will be staying at Hotel Nuss Buenos Aires Soho, bed and breakfast

Day 17

Fly Buenos Aires to London overnight


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Estancia Peuma Hue

Estancia Peuma Hue

Set amongst the dramatic backdrop of Nahuel Huapi National Park and a stones’ throw from the charming alpine town of Bariloche, Estancia Peuma Hué is an enchanting eco-lodge at the gateway to the northern Patagonian Andes....

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Nuss Buenos Aires Soho

Nuss Buenos Aires Soho

Tucked in the heart of trendy Palermo Soho with fine restaurants and sought-after watering holes all around, Nuss Buenos Aires Soho is situated at the meeting of two tree-lined streets and housed inside a 100-year-old former convent building....

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Estancia Rincon Chico

Estancia Rincon Chico

The most significant marine mammal sanctuary in the world, Estancia Rincon Chico is an exclusive and utterly isolated wildlife-centric hideaway that sits within a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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