Mr & Mrs Smith’s ultimate Argentina adventure

From urban escape to mountains and lakes
3 HOTEL STAYS
9 DAYS, 8 NIGHTS

from

£1,896 (US$2,567)

per person, including transfers

(based on two people sharing)

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Highlights

  • Stay in luxury and boutique Mr & Mrs Smith hotels throughout your trip (we’ll always try to get you the best room or suite)
  • Spend time exploring the sultry, atmospheric barrios of Buenos Aires
  • Relax in the picturesque Patagonian Lake District
  • Stay on the edge of Lanín National Park with its cone-shaped volcano
  • Take an oenological tour of the vineyards and bodegas of Mendoza
  • Admire serrated Andean scenery and serene lakes

Destinations

A little out of the ordinary…

Vast in size and variation, Argentina spreads out across a rugged landscape of red-stained rocks, towering peaks and vibrant cities. Like the country’s brooding gauchos (cowboys), this is a masterful nation, quick to seduce and assured of its position on the shoreline of South America. This itinerary takes you from the thriving capital Buenos Aires, into the glassine landscape of Patagonia’s Lake District and on to the wine-making region of Mendoza. Anything mentioned can be adapted to create your dream South American adventure. An extra glass of malbec here, more time on an estancia (farm) there, whatever you need – our Smith 24 team are on hand to help.
On landing in Buenos Aires, our private English-speaking driver will collect you from Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza) and transfer you to the hotel.

1 Hour

Day 1–2: Buenos Aires

Big, bustling Buenos Aires is known for its age-old charms: from the cobbled streets of San Telmo to the art-strewn streets of La Boca. But it’s far from stuck in the past: fashionable Palermo brims with drinking dens and restaurants, and the old Puerto Madero docklands have been revived. Combine that with some of the best steak and red wine in Latin America and you’ll leave intoxicated by the heady Argentinian capital.

Style

Buenos Aires, by the book

Setting

Middle of Microcentro

Room

Superior Twin Room

As stylish as the city outside, Hotel Pulitzer swells with designer furniture, rich fabrics and deep colours of blue and black. The Visit cocktail lounge is the place for a laid-back drink or snack, while regular music nights at the rooftop Sky Bar keep it swinging during the South American summer. Some rooms are styled by Spanish designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán; others nod to the hotel’s literary roots with an in-house library.

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A glass of red, white or cava in the bar

Day 1

After the long flight, ease into the tempo of this tango-loving city by heading to San Telmo. The capital’s oldest barrio is the place to catch alfresco performances of the dance in and around Plaza Dorrego. On Sunday, it also comes alive with a feria (antiques fair), where stalls and street-food sellers line up along tangled streets. Come evening, try Parrilla Don Julio or La Cabrera, for the best steaks in town. The Smith24 team are on hand for tips and recommendations.

Day 2

Lace up your walking boots for a guided city tour of Buenos Aires.

The barrios of Buenos Aires

Led by a private guide, this half-day tour starts with the 20-lane Avenida 9 de Julio – the widest avenue in the world – before moving on to the Teatro Colón opera house and the pink-hued presidential palace, Casa Rosada. Next, you’ll wind through the mural-lined streets of La Boca, before getting a taste of modern Buenos Aires in the revived Puerto Madero docklands, home to restaurants, bars and galleries. Finally, you’ll walk through Recoleta’s vast cemetery, where wealthy Argentinians lay their loved ones to rest – including the Duarte family and their daughter, Evita Perón. You’ll end up in trendy, park-filled Palermo, where restaurants, cafés and bars abound.
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Our private English-speaking driver will transfer you to Jorge Newbery airport for an onwards flight to Bariloche.

2 Hours

Day 3–5: San Martín de los Andes

In the heart of the Patagonian Lake District, San Martín de los Andes puts you in reach of Lanín National Park and its eponymous, cone-shaped volcano. With water, water everywhere, there are endless opportunities to get active too, on boats, kayaks, two legs or four wheels. If it’s downtime you’re after, simply kick back with the scenery or sample the region’s hearty cuisine.

Hotel

Río Hermoso

Style

Pine-clad palace

Setting

Waterfront wilderness

Room

Deluxe with Terrace room

Warm shades of red, yellow and green reflect the ever-changing natural landscape around this secluded, seven-room inn. Snug sofas and cosy blankets line up around a huge open fire and there’s the promise of good food and wine at the river-facing restaurant. Spend time taking a dip, relaxing on the riverside beach or indulging in an in-room spa treatment.

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A bottle of Patagonian red

Day 3

Curl up with a book or pour yourself a large glass of wine, with the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 4

Rested and revived, it's time for a kayaking excursion.

Kayaking on Lake Lácar

Hop in a kayak for a half-day guided kayaking tour, which takes you for five kilometres along Lake Lácar to the lookout point of La Islita. On reaching this scenic spot, you’ll disembark and have an opportunity to rest and relax, before kayaking the five kilometres back.
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Day 5

Your final day in the Lake District is there for the taking, so make the most of it, before the next stage of your journey. Whether you’re angling for a lakeside fishing trip or a guided tour of Lanín National Park, the Smith24 team can arrange tours and transfers.
Our private English-speaking driver will transfer you to Bariloche airport for an onwards flight to Mendoza via Buenos Aires.

6 Hours

Day 6–9: Mendoza

Surrounded by snow-dusted Andean peaks and flatlands filled with vines, Mendoza stands at the heart of Argentina’s wine country, in an area famed for its production of malbec, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz grapes. Prepare to raise a glass (or bottle) in the final part of your Argentinian adventure.

Style

Malbec-steeped vintner

Setting

Neat lines of vines

Room

Standard

This beautiful finca stands amid a century-old, malbec-producing vineyard in the heart of Mendoza’s wine region. Owned by the same family for three generations, it exudes a sense of history and character, especially in the Old House, with its book-stocked library and photograph-lined walls. There’s the chance to get involved with local traditions, such as cooking on an open asado (barbecue), or sample the hotel’s home-made, clay-oven-cooked empanadas. Park-like gardens, terraces and an outdoor pool, complete the luxurious feel.

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A bottle of Malbec Finca Adalgisa for stays of one or two nights, and a dinner for two with wine at the hotel's restaurant for stays of three or more nights

Day 6

After transferring, you’ve got the rest of the day to relax. You could explore the sights of Mendoza, take a walk in the Parque General San Martín or visit the main square of Plaza Independencia. The Smith24 team can arrange a tour.

Day 7

By now you must be thirsty, so it’s time for a wine-tasting tour.

An oenological tour of Mendoza

This full-day excursion takes in some of the area’s celebrated vineyards, around Luján de Cuyo and Maipú. You’ll learn the history of the indigenous huarpes people, how they irrigated and cultivated the formerly barren land, so that it could become a fertile oasis and one of the world’s most prodigious wine-making regions. Two of the wineries use traditional methods and others deploy the latest technology, so you’ll learn about a range of vinification techniques and (crucially) do some tasting.
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Day 8

On the last full day of your holiday, relax and raise a glass to your Argentinian adventure.

Day 9

Bags packed, you’ll be collected in time to catch your connecting flight to Buenos Aires.
Our private English-speaking driver will collect you from Mendoza and transfer you to the airport for an onwards flight to Buenos Aires.

2 Hours

When to go

Patagonia is most accessible during spring (September to November), when wildflowers coat the landscape, or the summer months (December to February). Mendoza is also lovely during autumn (March to May), when the landscape burns with reds and golds, and the Grape Harvest Festival takes place in in the first week of March with dancers, performers and fireworks. In short, Argentina is a year-round destination, with benefits to every season. Even winter (June to August) brings the promise of ski opportunities in Bariloche and the chance to catch the Buenos Aires Tango Festival in the capital during August.

Getting there

The trip starts and ends in Buenos Aires. All domestic flights and transfers are included, as well as listed excursions and stays in a selection of Smith’s best boutique hotels. You’ll need to arrange international flights separately. The Smith24 team are on hand to assist with all travel arrangements.

Packing tips

Trainers for taking on the avenidas of Buenos Aires, swimwear for down days by the pool and extra baggage for transporting wine back home.

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  • What if I want to add on a few extra nights or arrange a special meal? Can I add on a waterskiing lesson? I've always fancied that… And can we stay in the honeymoon suite instead?

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Terms and conditions

What's included
The package includes all accommodation in Mr & Mrs Smith boutique hotels; and all applicable taxes.
What's not included
International flights and car hire, visa fees, airport taxes or insurance. Any items which are not mentioned as included in the itinerary. Any increase in government taxes. For the Timeless Tuscany package, car hire is included, but guests will be responsible for drop-off fees if delivered to a different end point than Florence Airport, refuelling charges, delivery and collection, extra insurance, additional driver costs, admin fees, tax and parking.
General conditions
The price for this itinerary applies for each guest. All prices are in GBP and are subject to change, depending on what time of the year you travel. All prices are subject to any revisions to taxes or tariffs.

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