Escorted tour of Argentina itinerary
Argentina escorted tour highlights
4 September – 12 October 2013
Price from £4,500 per person (not including flights)
We have teamed up with the International Caravan Association to provide this exciting tour to Argentina. The tour is organised slightly differently than other tours and although the hotels, excursions and stated meals are pre-booked and paid for, the campsites are not. The group will follow a proposed itinerary but has the flexibility to change according to the needs and wishes of the group. The price quoted is a tour only price – please call one of Travel Specialists for flight prices.
Do not expect 4-star campsites with luxury showers – some of the campsites do not always have hot running water. Do not go on this trip if you usually stay in five star hotels – you will be staying at some very basic campsites. It is worth noting at this point that the general level of maintenance is poor compared to standards in the UK. You will also need to leave behind British notions of health and safety and adapt an altogether more South American attitude.
We believe that the motorhomes used on this tour are the best rental vehicles available in Argentina. However, once again, do not expect a top of the range deluxe motorhome. You will be driving on a mixture of roads from tarmaced dual carriageways to dust tracks – this truly is a South American adventure not a luxury tour. The stunning scenery, spectacular sights and welcoming people will more than make up for any lack of 5-star facilities.
There are only eight motorhomes on this tour so early booking is recommended.
- Four Nights in Buenos Aires 4* hotel
- Welcome Meal in Buenos Aires.
- Guided tour of Buenos Aires.
- Talampaya National Park excursion.
- Valle de La Luna National Park Excursion.
- Mendoza wine tasting including lunch.
- Three day tour to Iguazú Waterfalls on the Argentina/Brazil border.
- Tango evening in Buenos Aires.
Arrive in Buenos Aires where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel (bed and breakfast basis only. All other expenditure, eg. meals, drinks, telephone calls, etc, is at your own expense). Overnight Buenos Aires hotel.
Guided tour of Buenos Aires with an evening Welcome Meal. Buenos Aires is home to the Tango and with strong European influences is known as the Paris of Latin America.
Overnight Buenos Aires hotel.
Transfer to a Buenos Aires campsite where your motorhomes will be delivered. After a group asado (barbecue) you will have time explore your motorhome and stock up on supplies for the tour. Overnight Buenos Aires campsite.
Call in at the Basilica at Lujan on your way to Rosario (165 miles) – your first taste of the countryside.
Overnight Rosario campsite.
Day 5 - 6
Drive to Villa Carlos Paz (280 miles) only a bus ride to the interesting town of Córdoba.
2 nights Villa Carlos Paz campsite.
Day 7 - 8
A short but spectacular drive into the mountains as we head up to Nono. A visit to Mina Clavera is highly recommended. (80 miles).
2 nights Nono campsite.
A long drive to San Pedro (320 miles). Call in at the salt flats on the way to break the journey.
Overnight San Pedro campsite.
Day 10 - 11
Continue north to Tucuman (120 miles). A highlight to this area will be a visit to the ruins of Quilmes, a fortified citadel which was built by the Quilmes Indian civilisation.
2 nights Tucuman campsite.
Day 12 - 14
Travel to Salta (190 miles). Nicknamed Salta la Linda – Salta the Fair, it has become a major tourist destination due to its old, colonial architecture and the natural scenery of the valleys to the west. 3 nights Salta campsite.
Day 15 - 17
Passing through the rainforest we head for Tilcara (110 miles).
3 nights Tilcara campsite.
Head back down the mountains back to Salta for an overnight stay (110 miles).
Overnight Salta campsite.
Day 19 - 20
Be prepared for a spectacular drive on the way to Cachi (100 miles).
2 nights Cachi campsite.
Day 21 - 22
The fabulous scenery will make up for the bumpy roads to Cafayete where you can meet with the local gauchos (100 miles).
2 nights Cafayete campsite.
The spectacular Quebra valley provides a magificent backdrop on the way to Monteros (120 miles).
Overnight Monteros campsite.
Continue to La Rioja (230 miles).
Overnight La Rioja campsite.
Day 25 - 26
Travel to Talampaya National Park (40 miles), where we will have a guided excursion. Talampaya contains the most complete continental fossil record known from the Triassic Period. 2 nights Talampaya campsite.
Day 27 - 28
Continue to San Juan (300 miles) where we have organised an excursion to Ischigualasto – the Valle de Luna or Valley of the Moon because of its resemblance to the lunar landscape. Wind and water gave the soft rocks their own forms and are quite breathtaking.
2 nights San Juan campsite.
Day 29 - 31
Travel to Mendoza (110 miles). Located next to the Andes in the shadow of Mount Aconcagua, home of General San Martin, the founder of modern Argentina. We will organise a visit to a local vineyard including wine tasting and a meal – a real highlight of the tour.
3 nights Mendoza campsite.
Head back towards Buenos Aires and stay at an en-route hotel, including bed and breakfast (400 miles). Overnight Laboulaye hotel.
Travel to the River Plate area of Buenos Aires (260 miles). Overnight River Plate campsite.
Return your motorhome and transfer to Buenos Aires Hotel.
Overnight Buenos Aires hotel.
Day 35 - 37
Transfer to airport for internal flight to Iguazú Falls and spend three nights in local hotel – bed and breakfast only. Visit both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides of the Falls.
Overnight Iguazu hotel.
Return flight to Buenos Airies. As the finale of the tour we will attend a local Tango show with meal. Overnight Buenos Aires hotel.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight. This ends the tour arrangements.
Tour Gallery - 6 photos
Argentina Purmamarca and the road to the Salt Desert
Argentina Valley la Luna
Argentina En-route to Cuebrada valley
Argentina En-route Cachi to Cafayate
Argentina Quilmes native community
Argentina Simoca Town
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