Jack Sarvary, a 24-year-old Harrison, New York native and Tufts University graduate, up and left his job at Boston Consulting Group last year and took a chance on Buenos Aires.
There, he met Nick Milne, a travel enthusiast and philanthropist, and soon after, their travel site, Itinerie.com was born.
"It all began with [a discussion Nick and I had] about the luxury travel industry and the idea of creating fantastic vacations to the place we now called home,"writes Jack. "Now, Itinerie is one of the first companies to combine the value and convenience of a flash sale site with the service, personal touch, and quality of a traditional tour operator."
Here's how it works: Itinerie offers full, one-week, luxury vacation packages to South America. The packages consist of 2-4 different hotels (so vacationers can visit Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, and Punta del Este all be in one trip), all the necessary transportation, and a menu of high quality activities, such as tours, spa days, and cooking classes, from which to choose. The site then sells these packages at reduced price for limited period of time.
What's more, these guys are promoting sustainable tourism.
"We put an emphasis on clients having the best possible experiences in fantastic Latin American destinations, but we also want to give back to those communities that we visit and offset any negative impacts that traveling to the destination can have," writes Jack. "We therefore include donations to local charities and support an organization that promotes sustainable tourism practices."
Private Luxury Argentina Vacation
7 night vacation to Argentina (& Uruguay)
Depart on October 1st, 8th, 15th or 22nd
Buenos Aires (4 nights);
Puerto Iguazu (2 nights);
Colonia (Uruguay) (1 night)
Tour of Buenos Aires & Argentine side of Iguazu Falls, plus a choice of four others
Handpicked luxury accommodations verified by the Itinerie team
Internal flights, boats, and all private transfers (excludes international flights)
$3,395 / person (2 or 4 travelers)
After arriving in Buenos Aires, you will have three days to soak up Argentina's seductive and sophisticated capital, famed for the sultry tango, sumptuous beef, and fine wine. You will then head to Puerto Iguazu, a base from which to explore one of the natural wonders of the world; the powerful and impressive Iguazu Waterfalls. After exploring the falls, you will make your way back to Buenos Aires and across the River Plate to reach the small town of Colonia in Uruguay. The winding, cobbled streets of this small historical center (a UNESCO world heritage site), are filled with intriguing history. After a night here, you will then cross the River Plate to return to Buenos Aires for a final night in the energetic capital.
Saturday – Tuesday: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Spend three days enjoying the energetic and charismatic city of Buenos Aires. Filled with a plethora of interesting museums, galleries, cafes, and restaurants, culture vultures will leave enchanted by the Argentine capital.
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On your first full day we have organized a tour of Buenos Aires so you can explore the city's main highlights, including the pastel houses of La Boca and the unique Recoleta cemetery. For the rest of your stay in the city you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the following activities: put on your dancing shoes and participate in a private tango lesson, attend a tango show (dinner included) to watch the sensual dance performed by professionals, learn how to cook fine Argentine cuisine in a private cooking class, visit a local estancia (ranch) and learn all about Gaucho (Argentine cowboys) traditions, explore the cultural side of the city with a private tour or visit a passionate local soccer game.
Located in an exclusive part of Buenos Aires, the Sofitel is an elegant property and an ideal base from which to explore the city. With a grand façade, tastefully decorated interior and stylish restaurant, the hotel blends a classic European style with a touch of Argentine class. The classy 'la bibliotheque' lounge serves an assortment of foods, while housing a mixture of interesting Argentine and French literature. The rooms are spacious, with elegant interior design and modern facilities.
Tuesday – Thursday: Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
You will be mesmerized by the power and sheer force of one of the largest collection of waterfalls in the world. With 275 falls spread out over a 3km frontage, the sight and sound of the falls is simply spectacular.
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As the falls share a border with Brazil, you will have the opportunity on your first afternoon to visit the Brazilian side, which offers extensive panoramic views of the falls. The following day we have included a privately guided tour of the Argentine side, which has over 3.2kms of walkways around the national park. You will be able to view the falls from different vantage points and visit the famed ‘Garganta del Diablo' (Devil's throat), the largest of the waterfalls. There is also the option to get up close and personal through a boat ride that takes you to the bottom of these thunderous cascades, but be prepared to get wet!
Set on the edge of the Argentine borders with Brazil and Paraguay, the Panoramic Hotel makes the most of its location with stunning views across the Parana and Iguazu Rivers. The outdoor pool is an ideal spot to relax after a day at the falls and the surrounding tropical gardens give the property a welcoming atmosphere. The rooms are well-designed and have views out to the rivers.
Thursday – Friday: Colonia, Uruguay
Explore the old colonial town of Colonia – a UNESCO world heritage site. The cute cobbled streets and tranquil setting are a world away from bustling Buenos Aires allowing you to appreciate the slower pace of rural Uruguayan life.
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You have the option to explore the small narrow streets with your private guide, who will run through the town's rich history including its Portuguese origins, the Spanish invasion and its modern post-colonial state. The town also offers striking views across the River Plate and has some fine restaurants to discover in the evening.
Based in the Uruguayan countryside, just a few miles outside Colonia's historical center, the Sheraton is the perfect a place to unwind after your travels. The extensive spa and modern amenities are set in a picturesque setting – an ideal spot for you to relax.
Friday – Saturday: Buenos Aires, Argentina
On your last night, you will return to the Sofitel and will have time to enjoy a final evening in one of the many fine restaurants and bars that Buenos Aires offers. On Saturday, you will have a private transfer to the airport.
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