Combine Argentina's bustling capital of Buenos Aires with the stunning beauty of northern Patagonia on this 7-day group tour which coincides with the total solar eclipse in December 2020. Enjoy a guided tour of Buenos Aires, watch the eclipse from an exclusive observation camp with a gourmet picnic lunch and enjoy a scenic tour of Bariloche's rolling hills and shimmering Lake Nahuel Huapi.
Please note, the Petit Peninsula Hotel in Bariloche is now fully booked. Any new bookings made from 15 November 2019 onwards will be accommodated in Hosteria Katy.
Buenos Aires city tour
This morning we take in the highlights of the seductive city of Buenos Aires on a half day guided tour, including attractions such as 9 de Julio Avenue, the Obelisk and Corrientes Street. The first stop will be in the Plaza de Mayo to visit the Cathedral and the Old City Hall, before we continue to the old neighborhood of San Telmo, with its colonial houses and cobblestone streets. We'll also visit the striking La Boca neighbourhood, with its brightly coloured zinc houses, the exclusive area of Puerto Madero, which was once the old city port, and the scenic Palermo woods.
Finally, we end our tour in Recoleta, which is one of the most elegant neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires. See the Recoleta Cemetery, the resting place of Argentina’s most famous figures and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Buenos Aires | Breakfast
Fly to Bariloche
Buenos Aires - Bariloche. Transfer to the airport today for our flight to Bariloche, a scenic city in the northern part of Patagonia. Set on the shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi and within a national park of the same name, Bariloche is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
On arrival in the city, the rest of the day is free to relax at the charming Peninsula Petit Hotel, our base for exploring Bariloche and witnessing the total solar eclipse tomorrow. Located on the shore of beautiful Lake Nahuel Huapi, the hotel boasts incredible views of the surrounding forests and mountains and has its own private beach, so you can get out and make the most of your surroundings.
Overnight: Bariloche | Breakfast
Total Solar Eclipse
14th December 2020. Experience the incredible astronomical event that is a total solar eclipse today. We have a full day excursion to an exclusive Nomad observatory camp, at a privileged location along the central path of the eclipse, near Piedra del Aguila. Departing Bariloche with our local guide early this morning, enjoy a incredibly scenic drive to the vast steppe lands in the east of Nahuel Huapo National Park. Arriving at our eclipse camp, you can have a drink, relax and await the eclipse in comfort or go for a short hike in the stunning Patagonian wilderness.
The big event begins with a partial eclipse at 11:45 local time. 13.08 is the start of the total eclipse, with totality lasting for just under 2 minutes. We'll be in the perfect spot to watch this incredible spectacle unfold (subject to weather conditions). Eclipse glasses will be provided to ensure you can watch this natural phenomenon safely.
Solar eclipses usually occur twice a year, however total solar eclipses are rare. A total solar eclipse is when the moon perfectly aligns in front of the sun, plunging the entire area into total darkness. Look out for Baily's Beards as the eclipse unfolds - these small blots of lights appear just before the total eclipse and are caused by gaps in the mountains and valleys on the Moon's surface allowing sunlight to pass through in some places but not others.
After the mesmerising eclipse, we'll enjoy a delicious 'Campestre' picnic lunch at our camp, accompanied by premium Argentinian wines. Relax and reflect on the spectacle you just witnessed before we return to the hotel in Bariloche, arriving late afternoon.
Overnight: Bariloche | Breakfast, Lunch
Bariloche Scenic Tour
We spend our final day in Bariloche exploring the staggeringly beautiful Patagonian hills. Our half day sightseeing tour of the region takes in the breathtaking vistas of Lake Nahuel Huapi and Victoria Island. We also head through pine forest and past towering rock formations to the top of Campanario Hill. The incredible views from the top of the hill were voted one of the "Top 10 Views in the World” by National Geographic. The rest of the day can be spent further exploring Bariloche and its surrounding area at leisure.
Overnight: Bariloche | Breakfast
Return to Buenos Aires
Bariloche - Buenos Aires. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires today. Upon arrival in the capital the rest of the day is free to relax or further explore the city independently.
Overnight: Buenos Aires | Breakfast
17 December 2020. Today your Argentinean solar eclipse adventure comes to an end. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before check-out and an included transfer to the airport.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' is compulsory for solo travellers or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room and the amount needs to be added to the per person price. The single supplement offers the comfort of your own room and is also available to any other person wanting their own room.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Hotel Grand Brizo Buenos Aires , Buenos Aires
Conveniently located in the heart of Buenos Aires, the 4 star Hotel Grand Brizo offers comfortable and spacious guestrooms, which are well-equipped with modern amenities. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel and a tasty buffet breakfast is served daily. The hotel's restaurant offers international cuisine and the property also has a bar, outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre for those looking to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city. Popular places of interest near Hotel Grand Brizo Buenos Aires include The Obelisk of Buenos Aires, July 9 Avenue and the Colon Theater, while Plaza de Mayo Square is just 1 km away.
Peninsula Petit Hotel, Bariloche
This enchanting boutique hotel is set in an idyllic location, on the shore of picturesque Lake Nahuel Huapi. With attractive Patagonian decor and modern amenities including WiFi, the well appointed guest rooms all offer incredible views of the lake, native forest and surrounding hills. The hotel's restaurant and tea house serves delicious home cooked meals and guests can enjoy leisurely strolls through the beautiful gardens down to the private beach. Located in San Pedro’s Peninsula, the property is 12.4 miles from downtown Bariloche, which can easily be reached by bus or taxi.
Hosteria Katy, Bariloche
Anyone booking this tour from 01 December 2019 onwards will stay at Hosteria Katy.
Surrounded by lush woods, rugged snowcapped mountains and pristine lakes, Hosteria Katy is a charming family-run inn which offers a real home away from home. The property has seven cosy en-suite guestrooms, which are simply furnished, with garden views and free WiFi. There's a comfortable living room and dining room where you can enjoy a wonderful variety of organic products fresh from the garden, delicious home-made bread, jams and tasty cakes. Located in the picturesque and peaceful village of Llao LLao, away from the hustle and bustle of Bariloche town centre, you'll find several excellent places to eat within easy walking distance and given its convenient location inside the Nahuel Huapi National Park there's a wonderful range of walking trails and lake activities to enjoy nearby. Bariloche city centre is 16.2 miles away.