Tours

Fine Wines & Great Cities of Argentina and Chile (8 days/ 7 nights)

$8,696.00

Product Description

An action-packed program combining the cities of Santiago, Mendoza, and Buenos Aires, with in-depth visits to both countries’ main wine-producing areas, a day of adventure with the Andes providing a most impressive backdrop, and some simply dazzling boutique hotels along the way. Constantly evolving, Chilean wines are being always being tweaked and improved, and grape varieties rediscovered, with wine drinkers succumbing to their charms. Chile’s capital city, Santiago, has long lived in the shadow of other South American capitals, but today the city is a progressive, colourful, and eclectic metropolis. Across the Andes lies the city of Mendoza, in the heart of Argentina’s main wine producing area. The city offers a leafy, provincial charm, but the real gems are to be found in the surrounding valleys, ideal bases for exploring the stunning wineries where Malbec dominates. The area also offers myriad adventure options, including hiking, rafting, and horseback riding. Buenos Aires needs little introduction. A city with a European grandeur, an almost palpable tango heritage, and an unmistakable character, Buenos Aires is one of the world’s greatest cities.

Custom itineraries/departures are available upon request.

Easter Island option as an extension to this package is available.

Price

$8,696 per person/ $8,696 single room supplement
Based on minimum 2 guests

Package Includes

  • Accommodations and meals indicated above.
  • Tours as indicated above
  • All entry fees
  • Airport meet and greet + transfers
  • Domestic flights

Package Excludes

  • International flights
  • Tipping/ gratuities
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Laundry, telephone, fax, internet
  • Travel insurance (recommended)

Additional Information

Day 1

Arrive Santiago/ Colchagua Valley

Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel located in Colchagua Valley. Depending on your arrival, an afternoon bike ride or hike. The Colchagua Valley is arguably Chile’s most outstanding wine area, particularly for Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carménère. Colchagua however is not only home to dozens of fine boutique wineries, but also the seat of Chile’s rural culture and traditions, which gives the place a real identity.
Vina Vik (B,L,D)

Day 2

Colchagua Valley

Full day will commence with some active option of your choice; choose from trekking, a bike ride, or horseback riding. The excursions will end at the winery for a guided, private visit. In the tasting room, you can try a range of Vik’s wines, in the company of an expert who will teach you how to discover the soul of their wines. Vina Vik (B,L,D)

Day 3

Santiago

Drive north to Maipo, one of South America’s most famous wine-producing areas, and home to some of the New World’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon. Today’s program will focus on small, independent wineries in the central coastal region that few have even heard of, but really should. After a day of tastings and lunch,arrive in Santiago- the capital of Chile. The Singular Santiago (B)

Day 4

Tour of Santiago

A half-day tour of Santiago will include Cerro Santa Lucía, where the city was founded in 1542, the Plaza de Armas, the Central Market, Estación Mapocho (a former railway station), and La Moneda, the Presidential Palace.

Later, depart for Argentina’s Mendoza wine region- arguably one of the best wine producing areas of the world. You have a choice of flying there or taking a 6-hour drive through stunning Andes landscape. On arrival, you will be the exclusive guests at Bodegas CARO. CARO was created by two legends in the world of wine; Nicolas Catena (Catena Zapata Winery) and Baron Rothschild (Chateau Lafite). Such was the enthusiasm that surrounded the idea of a joint venture combining two cultures (French and Argentine) that the focus immediately turned to their respective, emblematic grape varieties; Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Enjoy dinner at Restaurant 1884. The Vines Resort & Spa (B,D)

Day 5

Winery visits in Agrelo

The prime winery area in Mendoza, Agrelo, is where many of the best known export oriented Argentine wineries are located, and your destination today. If there is a Napa Valley in Mendoza, this is it. No shopping malls here, only some of the biggest names in Argentine wine. The Vines Resort & Spa (B,D)

Day 6

Adventure in Uco Valley

Today’s activities have a distinct adventure theme. Choose from three superb options, each one highlighting different facets of the area: (a) Andes Hike, (b) Uco Valley’s wine and food adventure or; (c) cooking class and horseback ride. The Vines Resort & Spa (B,D)

Day 7

Buenos Aires

This morning we wander through the historic sites and elegant parks of Mendoza. Highlights of the city include Parque General San Martin, an impressive 420-hectare (1038 acres) park, and the Mercado Central, which is where locals go hunting for cheap (and very good) pizza, empanadas (savoury, stuffed pastries) and sandwiches. It is a must for foodies. After a good look around town, transfer to the airport to board the flight to Buenos Aires.

Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Algodon Mansion (B)

Day 8

Tour of Buenos Aires/ Departure

Take a walking tour of Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is often compared to European cities like Paris, rightly so in terms of the atmosphere, café culture, and architecture in areas such as Belgrano, Recoleta, and Palermo. However, its European influence stems mainly from Italian cities, in particular Genoa, where immigrants from that city left their mark in La Boca and San Telmo. This tour will explore colourful barrios, elegant and leafy avenues, and will certainly give you a taste of this majestic city.

Later, transfer to the airport for your outbound flight.

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