Witness a total solar eclipse in Argentina and visit the country's most famous wine region
Experiencing a total solar eclipse is a truly special experience. As the moon moves between the sun and the earth, the sky darkens, birds and animals become agitated and the heart palpitates in anticipation. It can be a very moving experience and one which is enriched by experiencing it in an exotic destination, such as the north west of Argentina. On 2 July 2019 a total solar eclipse will draw a path through the sky over parts of Argentina. Combine this astronomical event with a visit to Argentina's most famous wine region.
- Travel by minibus and 2 internal flights
- Group normally 6-16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
- 7 nights comfortable hotels and 4 nights standard hotels
- Some long journeys
- Natural Wonders
- New Cultural Holidays
- Food & Drink Holidays
- Eclipse Holidays
- Total eclipse at Jachal
- Wine tasting in Mendoza
- Visit 2 national parks (El Leoncito and Talampaya)
- Free time to explore Buenos Aires, a beautiful and cosmopolitan capital
Activity grade: Leisurely / Moderate
- All breakfasts and 4 lunches
- All accommodation
- All transport and listed activities
- Tour leader throughout
- Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
➕ Day 1 Depart London.
➕ Day 2 Start Buenos Aires; afternoon at leisure
Those on the group flight will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in Buenos Aires. Those on land only arrangements should make their own way to the start hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to choose one of the many excellent restaurants, most serving legendary Argentine steaks! *Comfortable Hotel*
➕ Day 3 Half day walking city tour
Our local leader will meet us today for a briefing and take us on a short walking tour of the city, discovering its wealth of history and culture. In this walking tour the tour leader will show you the main sites and landmarks Buenos Aires can offer. The highlights of this tour are the famous Recoleta cemetery where Eva Peron (Evita) is buried, the Colon Theatre and San Martin Square. Afterwards you will have the rest of the day at leisure to explore more of this fascinating city. Tonight we recommend visiting one of the excellent tango shows in the old quarter of San Telmo. Please ask your tour leader and they will help you to arrange it. *Comfortable Hotel*
➕ Day 4 Fly to Mendoza; afternoon city walking tour.
After breakfast we take a short transfer to the domestic airport and board our flight to Mendoza. On arrival we make our way to the hotel and have some free time to eat lunch in one of many delicious restaurants in the city. In the afternoon we have a walking city tour that will take us to see the main sites around the city, including the Fountain of The Continents and the San Martin Monument. This is a very large and extremely detailed monument in memory of Jose de San Martin-the liberator of Argentina, Chile and Peru from the Spaniards. *Comfortable Hotel*
➕ Day 5 Full day wineries tour including wine tasting
Today we visit a couple of wineries in the area of Lujan de Cuyo. Situated in the upper Mendoza valley, many Lujan de Cuyo vineyards sit at altitudes of around 1000m. Malbec in particular is very successful in Lujan de Cuyo, but the appellation also produces good Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Torrontes. The two wineries allow us to see the difference between a traditional winery and a more modern winery. We also visit an olive oil factory, where we get the opportunity to sample different oils, as well as other local delicacies. *Comfortable Hotel*
➕ Day 6 Free day; optional tour to Aconcagua Provincial Park and the Puente del Inca
Today is free either to have a leisurely walk and explore the city or there are also day tours of the region. We recommend the full day tour which takes you to the Aconcagua Provincial Park and the Puente del Inca. This will include a short 1 hour hike to experience the majesty of the highest peak in the Americas. Please ask your tour leader, and they will help you to book this. *Comfortable Hotel*
➕ Day 7 Full day Leoncito National Park and observatory; transfer to Barreal
We leave Mendoza behind early this morning as we set off on a long drive (approx. 3 hours) towards El Leoncito National Park. It consists of almost 90,000 hectares which used to be owned by the estancia 'working ranch' bearing the same name. This is a protected area which as very strict on air pollution, therefore making this a very famous area for astronomy. During this day you will have the opportunity to visit the observatory, which is one of the highlights of today. Once inside there is a small museum and we will also have a short presentation by an academic from the university of San Juan. In the afternoon we transfer (approx. 30 minutes) to our hotel in Barreal. *Standard Hotel*
➕ Day 8 Transfer to Villa Union; afternoon at leisure
Today we have a long driving day to as we head more north west to Villa Union. We break up the journey with a few stops in order to take pictures of the dramatic desert landscape set against the background of the Andean mountain range. We also include a stop for lunch at a convenient point along the way. On arrival at our hotel we check in and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Today's driving time is approx. 6 hours in total. *Standard Hotel*
➕ Day 9 Full day exploring Ischigualasto National Park.
In the morning we will head past Talampaya National Park and visit its neighbour Ischigualasto Provincial Park, also known as Moon Valley. The highlight of this tour is climbing up the Cerro Morado, for really incredible panoramic views of the park. Hopefully we'll see condors soaring overhead too! In the afternoon we head back to our hotel in Villa Union. *Standard Hotel*
➕ Day 10 Eclipse day!
After breakfast we have a short transfer before arriving at the spectacular Talampaya National Park. We spend most of the day exploring the highlight of the park, which is the Talampaya Canyon. This is a 150 metre high wall, where you can find many petroglyphs (rock carvings) as well as fossils which prove that dinosaurs lived here millions of years ago. We also cross a part of the park which can only be done in a vehicle accompanied by a national park guide. In the afternoon we drive (approx. 2 hours) towards Jachal, where we will witness the eclipse. As tonight we will arrive late back at our hotel, we will have some free time to eat in town. A total solar eclipse is one of the most spectacular celestial events visible from Earth and can, for many people, be quite an emotional experience. We head out to our viewing spot as the eclipse takes place between 16:26 and 18:47 with totality commencing at 17:40 and ending at 17:42. Don t forget your eclipse glasses (which we will send to you before the trip). After the eclipse we will drive (approx. 2 hours) back to our hotel for the night. *Standard Hotel*
➕ Day 11 Fly back to Buenos Aires; afternoon at leisure.
Depending upon the flight time, we may have some free time at the hotel this morning before we transfer (approx. 3-5 hours) to San Juan airport. We fly back to Buenos Aires and usually arrive in time to explore more of this fascinating city. *Comfortable Hotel*
➕ Day 12 Free day at leisure to take part in optional excursions in and around Buenos Aires.
This is a free day to either spend exploring Buenos Aires or you can also book an optional tour to spend a day in the countryside. We recommend the full day trip to visit an estancia 'working ranch' in the outskirts of Buenos Aires. At the estancia you will have the opportunity to go horseriding, watch a game of Polo or even have a Polo lesson. Please ask your tour leader, and they will help you to arrange it. *Comfortable Hotel*
➕ Day 13 End Buenos Aires.
Depending on the time of your flight home you may have another chance to see more of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. Those on group flights will leave today for the flight back to London.
➕ Day 14 Arrive London.
Dates and Prices
|Sun 23-Jun-2019||£4,149||Flight inclusive adult|
|Mon 24-Jun-2019||£3,049||Land only|