Patagonia is a glorious paradise. Great escarpments of glacial ice slice into super-chilled mountain lakes. One day, you’re walking in a high forest carpeted with yellow and orange wildflowers. The next, you’re in a sundrenched vineyard up against a deep blue backdrop of Andes. Condors soar overhead. Ears up, guanacos graze near your paths. And you’ll realize again how big the outdoors really can feel—whether you’re lacing on crampons for a glacier walk or gliding past icebergs to a stunningly remote sheep ranch. Every step of the way, you’ll be in the company of local guides as well as naturalists and other experts. And we love to show you every wonder in special Classic Journeys’ fashion—with unique events like a personal welcome at a premiere vineyard, traditional Argentine barbecues, and truly distinctive lodgings. We know of no better place to absorb the grand sweep of nature.
Our Patagonia and Mendoza wine tours meet in Mendoza (3 nights), known for the “Route of the Wines.” Here in the heart of Argentina’s fine wine region, we’ll have a chance to tour the vineyards with a local agronomist for tastings of fine Cabernets and Malbecs. We’ll also take a spectacularly scenic walk in the foothills of Mt. Aconcagua, one of the seven summits, and linger over a countryside picnic with views of the Andes.
DAYS 4-7 - EL CALAFATE
In the morning, we head south by air to El Calafate (3 nights), the gateway to the glacier district. Our boutique hotel overlooks Lake Argentina and is an easy stroll to a bird reserve that teems with flamingo and black-necked swans. The next morning we approach Perito Moreno Glacier by water and explore its surface in the company of our experienced local guide. We’ll picnic on a nearby slope, close enough that we might even hear the cracking of the ancient ice. Another lake cruise among freshly calved icebergs takes us to a working estancia (ranch) in a remote Andean valley.
On our final day, we part company in El Calafate where you can head straight back to Buenos Aires for connecting flights home. If you have some additional time to explore, we have a number of fine options to entice you to linger longer in South America. These include: Ushuaia in southern Patagonia with its Tierra del Fuego National Park and penguin rookery, spectacular Iguazu Falls in northern Argentina, and bordering Paraguay and Brazil. You can even extend your time in the Galapagos on our island-based exploration.
Starting Point:Mendoza – 1:00 pm – Lobby of Lares De Chacras
Ending Point:El Calafate – 9:00 am – Imago Hotel and Spa
Dates & Prices
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This trip includes several internal flights, which are priced separately from the land tour. The total cost for the internal flights is approximately $895 per person.
- Well-sited boutique hotels and lodges that provide you unrivaled access to the people and places, culture and natural environment you came to experience
- All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
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- When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
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