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Culinary delights & the Patagonian outdoors

Destinations

Argentina: Buenos Aires, San Antonio de Areco, Bariloche, and Mendoza.
Chile: Puerto Varas, Santiago de Chile.

Duration

14 days

$6,399

Spend two weeks exploring the heart of Argentina as well as Chile’s southern Lakes District. Picture tango neighbourhoods, stunning Patagonia, crossing the Andes and the culinary delights of seaside Santiago. One of our most loved Argentina Tours.

Included in this trip:

  • Accommodation; 13 nights.
  • Meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 5 dinners (all including drinks).
  • 4 domestic flights; Buenos Aires – Bariloche / Puerto Varas – Santiago – Mendoza – Buenos Aires.
  • All land transportation and professional, locally guided excursions as included in the itinerary. All excursions are privately operated or in small exclusive groups.
  • Flights taxes.
  • Personalized concierge service from our local experience manager before and during the trip.
  • 24/7 emergency phone and Whatsapp for urgent assistance from our staff.

Not included:

(We can gladly book these services for you if you need; just ask your Travel Designer).

  • International flights from any destination.
  • Medical, travel and cancellation insurance.
  • Services mentioned as “optional”.

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Itinerary

Spend the afternoon exploring Buenos Aires

Day 1: Arrive in the “Paris of South America” – Buenos

A private vehicle will transfer you from the airport to your accommodation, where your tour begins with a ‘Welcome Note’ by our Experience Manager, also your personal concierge for this journey.

The rest of the day is kept free for you to enjoy neighbouring sights and adapt to your new destination.

Meals: not included.

Legado Mitico Boutique Hotel

Accommodation
Legado Mitico Boutique Hotel

Tango is an integral part of Argentinian culture

Day 2: Discover Buenos Aires’ rich culture

Spend the morning tracing the steps of Evita across this magnificent city, including the Evita Museum where you’ll enjoy a special lunch. Put your rhythm at test by visiting the San Telmo and La Boca – locally known as the ‘tango neighbourhoods’. You can learn the Fileteado Porteño technique from a local artist. This is followed by a full tango evening where you can try your first steps of this popular dance style with a local dancer, enjoy an Argentine dinner featuring local wines, and round it all up with a stroll along Milongas.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner with drinks and wine.

Legado Mitico Boutique Hotel

Accommodation
Legado Mitico Boutique Hotel

The lakes of beautiful Bariloche

Day 3: Your first taste of Patagonia – and mate

The next stop on this 14-day South American culinary adventure is Bariloche. Private transfers to and from the airport, and domestic flight is included in the package.

Spend the day exploring the gorgeous setting of Bariloche, taking in panoramic views from Punto Panoramico and Cerro Campanario viewpoints. Enjoy a peaceful hike through the soft trails by the woods, also featuring your first taste of the traditional South American drink – mate – with cookies by the lake.Meals: Breakfast

Meals: Breakfast

El Casco Hotel & Spa, Bariloche

Accommodation
El Casco Hotel & Spa, Bariloche

Day 4: Watch condors and enjoy a nomadic gourmet experience

Discover the vastness of steppe with your guide Lorenzo Sympson – third generation in a British family of birdwatchers, who was born and raised at an Argentine Estancia. It’s an outdoor experience that features a scenic hike on which you can observe Condors, listening and learning about these amazing birds, followed by a one-of-a-kind lunch at a nomad restaurant with wines.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch with drinks and wines.

El Casco Hotel & Spa, Bariloche

Accommodation
El Casco Hotel & Spa, Bariloche

Soaking up the stunning mountain views

Day 5: Crossing the Andes

Today we will travel from Argentina to Chile, crossing the Andes. The journey features amazing views of the lakes, volcanoes and the majestic Andes mountain ranges. Our journey ends at the lovely Puerto Varas city in Chile where we will stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch with drinks.

Hotel Patagonico Puerto Varas, Chile

Accommodation
Hotel Patagonico Puerto Varas, Chile

Snowcapped volcanoes characterise this part of the country

Day 6: Puerto Varas – Puerto Montt – Santiago de Chile

We leave after breakfast, exploring Puerto Varas with our local guide. Enjoy lunch at one of the town’s classic restaurants before your private transfer takes you to the airport for your flight to Santiago, Chile’s cosmopolitan and energetic capital. Another private vehicle takes you to your accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch with drinks and wines.

Le Reve, Santiago de Chile

Accommodation
Le Reve, Santiago de Chile

Enjoy a cooking lesson by Chef Jimmy Valdez

Day 7: Capital highlights & culinary delights in Santiago

We kick off the day with a visit to La Vega and the Historic Central Market to pick up the ingredients that will be needed for today’s special culinary experience. At El Galeon Restaurant, savour a pisco sour while Jimmy Valdez Chef leads the cooking lesson that will introduce you to quintessential Chilean dishes. Your amazing lunch is followed by a visit to Santiago’s main attractions. Savour the delights of a day well spent over your gourmet dinner at Osadia Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with drinks and wines.

Le Reve, Santiago de Chile

Accommodation
Le Reve, Santiago de Chile

Chilean wines are some of the best in the world

Day 8: Casablanca Valley wines

Today we make our way to the lush, vine-covered hills of the Casablanca Valley, 75 km away from Santiago. At Matetic vineyards, you can learn about winemaking, bottling and storage. The visit to this beautiful vineyard includes tasting of two premium wines from the Corralillo line and lunch.

From here we visit Isla Negra to see the museum house of Pablo Neruda before returning to our boutique hotel in Santiago during the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch with drinks and wines.

Le Reve, Santiago de Chile

Accommodation
Le Reve, Santiago de Chile

Mendoza is one of the key wine growing regions in Argentina

Day 9: Arrive in Mendoza and enjoy an introduction to the Argentinean wines

Depart by your private vehicle for the airport to fly to your next destination – Mendoza, the name synonymous with wines. Your day includes an introduction to different wine regions by a renowned sommelier, wine tasting and dinner. The little region produces 2/3 of Argentinean wines and the perfect place to enjoy the country’s best drops.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner with drinks and wines.

Casa de Uco Wine Resort, Mendoza

Accommodation
Casa de Uco Wine Resort, Mendoza

Lunch amidst the vines under Andean peaks - stunning!

Day 10: An exclusive culinary experience at Uco Valley

We journey into one of Mendoza’s key wine producing areas – Uco Valley, visiting the Clos de los 7 Winery. The experience is surreal as you enjoy the best of this region and its landscapes. A private lunch at The Bonnie Family Mansion is another highlight of the day.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch with drinks and wines.

Casa de Uco Wine Resort, Mendoza

Accommodation
Casa de Uco Wine Resort, Mendoza

Exploring by horseback

Day 11: Relax by the Andes

It’s a day of pure relaxation! Unwind with a glass (or bottle) of wine, experiencing the vineyard lifestyle, including visiting a vineyard, picnicking with an unforgettable view and enjoying a traditional Argentine style barbecue. Wining and dining done, you can head to the spa for an incredible massage.

Adventure seekers (who love to drink wine), this one is for you! Trek the Andes Mountains, horseback ride through the vineyard and learn about how some of the best wines in Mendoza are made.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch with drinks and wines.

Casa de Uco wine Resort, Mendoza

Accommodation
Casa de Uco wine Resort, Mendoza

Indulging the taste buds near Mendoza

Day 12: Savour the flavours of Mendoza

Discover the wonderful combination of textures and flavours at a chocolate tasting in Casa El Enemigo. The sensational is followed by lunch at Divina Comedia Restaurant.

A private transfer and domestic flight later you arrive at your next accommodation in a traditional “Estancia” or ranch in the Pampas, about one hour and a half from the city of Buenos Aires. Here we will learn up close the “Gaucho” lifestyle and its traditions.

Meals: Breakfast; lunch and dinner with drinks and wines.

Estancia La Bamba de Areco

Accommodation
Estancia La Bamba de Areco

Discover traditional Gaucho ways of life

Day 13: Gauchos traditions, creole Artists ateliers and Pulperias in The Pampas

San Antonio de Areco is the ideal place to get acquainted with Gaucho’s traditions and enjoy the countryside. Walk around the historical centre with a local; understand how Creole artists’ ateliers create the local crafts, visit Draghi and Guirlades Museum and enjoy lunch at a typical Pulperia with local wine.

The afternoon is spent relaxing and enjoying activities at the Estancia.

Meals: Breakfast; lunch and dinner with drinks and wines.

Estancia La Bamba de Areco

Accommodation
Estancia La Bamba de Areco

Farewell, Argentina!

Day 14: Departing Buenos Aires

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Rest of the day remains free to enjoy the activities at the Estancia until your departure time (11am) when we transfer you to the airport. Late check-out is possible, although it may involve an additional cost.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch with drinks and wines.

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