(Mendoza, Buenos Aires)
South American sun, vibrant cities, Latin cuisine, wide beaches and endless vineyards - all this can be found in spades on your tour of Chile and Argentina.
Sip strong coffee in the cafes of Santiago, view urban murals by local artists, browse designer boutiques that line the wide avenues, and sample the fruits of the Casablanca and San Antonia Valleys famous for their fine family vineyards. Spend a day exploring the cosmopolitan coastal region of Vina Del Mar, and walk the steep cobbled streets of colourful Valparaiso.
In Buenos Aires, tour magnificent colonial architecture including the Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Pilar and the elaborate mausoleums of Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron lies in rest. Explore the city’s different boroughs and stroll through the impressive public parks that have earned Buenos Aires its reputation as the Paris of South America. Mendoza is one of the prettiest towns in Argentina, and here you’ll visit three of the region’s most important wineries where you’ll learn about the art of cool-climate winemaking direct from the experts.
A team of experienced guides, private drivers and local food and wine experts will introduce you to the rich flavors of South America. You’ll take a cooking class with a Buenos Aires chef, view the complete winemaking process in the vineyards of rural Argentina, and tour Santiago's fish markets, taste world-class coffee and dine on fresh seafood, seaside. Your premium collection of luxury hotels reflect all the refined elegance you’ll find in the region’s sophisticated food and wine culture.
Please note that the cost of regional and international air has not yet been included in your quotation. Air experts are standing by to help. Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
Upon your arrival you will be met by a local representative who will help you locate your vehicle.
Welcome to Chile!
Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.
Today is a day when you will experience life as a true local, otherwise known as a “Santiaguino”. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and together you will walk towards the nearest Metro station to board one of the most efficient and clean subways in the world, Santiago’s Metro (Metro ticket is included). In it, you will reach the classic and most important subway station in the city, Universidad de Chile where gigantic murals of local artists are displayed showing a piece of Chile’s rich urban culture. Upon exiting the station you will be in the middle of Santiago’s busy downtown. You will walk about the Stock Exchange and the classic streets, having a Santiago traditional coffee experience, in one of the many cafés called “Café con piernas” translated as coffee with legs…you will see firsthand where the name originates from. After enjoying coffee (not included) we will walk through the Paseo Ahumada, viewing the different shops and shoe shine stands and all sorts of local characters. We will arrive to the main square or Plaza de Armas which is a meeting point for several immigrants from neighboring countries. We will visit the Cathedral. We will continue walking through Puente Street which is characterized by the large amount of shoe stores where locals shop. We will reach the Mercado Central (local fish Market) where we will see the different types of fish and shellfish that the Pacific Ocean has to offer. In this market we will have lunch at one of the many restaurants enjoyed by locals and generally unknown to tourists. Your guide will be with you at all times explaining local culture and helping you to translate and interact with shop vendors, waiters and anyone you want to meet.
After lunch at Restaurant El Galeon, walk across the Mapocho river to visit the Vega Central (local food market) here you will see the different fruits and vegetables that the fertile lands of Chile offer. After the visit walk through the Bellavista district, also known as the bohemian district where you will enter a local bar to try out a refreshing local drink called “The Terremoto” which translates to the Earthquake (drink is not included). After this stop we continue to San Cristobal Hill. On the way we try out some of Chile’s classic and refreshing snacks such as Mote de Huesillos or any snack that you feel like.
At San Cristobal Hill we will reach the top in the traditional funicular. From the top enjoy a panoramic view of Santiago from which, with your guide, you can track the places visited during the day. Here, your vehicle will be waiting for you to take you back to your hotel after a day of exploring Santiago and being a true “Santiaguino”.
You will depart to the coast by Route 68, which connects Santiago with the port of Valparaíso in only 1.5 hours, located 120 km northwest. First, you cross the Curacavi valley, with its fruit trees plantations, vineyards, little fruit markets and restaurants. Then, the Casablanca valley, a wine making area, growing in fame, shows a green landscape that captivates visitors. You will reach the magical port of Valparaiso dubbed a World Heritage site by UNESCO. You will admire Valparaíso from the hills. Through walkways and terraces you will be witness, of the wonderful natural amphitheater that frames the bay, to the history of this port-city. Stroll through narrow alleys that meander through the hills, revealing in every corner, images that deserve worthy of a picture. You will also have the opportunity to experience the old funiculars that made this picturesque city famous. After visiting typical Valparaiso you head to Viña del Mar city and visit its beaches and main attractions. At the end of you tour you will return at the hotel at 5:00pm. Funicular ride included.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with private vehicle, driver and English speaking guide .
Finca Adalgisa is a perfect place to relax, but if you prefer to be active, the staff will be more than happy to assist you in plannign something for the day.
In warmer months, you might just want to stretch out in the sun, cool off in the pool or snooze in the shade. When the climate is cooler, the roaring fire of the fireplaces call you to stay in and read a book.
Activities available include biking, going for a stroll to the town of Chacras de Coria, or trying a cooking class at the Finca. Water rafting and kayaking are also possible. Speak to your Sales Consultant if you wish to pre-book any of these activities.
Enjoy a private roundtrip transfer with private vehicle, driver and English speaking guide to the famous Francis Mallman restaurant in Mendoza. Dinner is at your own expense.
Francis Mallmann is one of Latin America's pre-eminent chefs and his restaurants are well known for being stylish and elegant. Many say, he is a cook, but his sense of taste extends far beyond food on a plate.
Enjoy a full day exclusive tour to three of the most important wineries of the region, Bodega Catena Zapata, Ruca Malen Winery and Belasco de Baquedano Winery.
Bodega Catena Zapata is widely recognized for its revolutionary owner and wine-maker Nicolás Catena. He is known for introducing to the international wine community the true potential and quality of the Mendoza terrain. Argentina produces world-class wines, thanks to the Malbec grape in general and the wines of Nicolás Catena in particular.
Continue on a private visit to Bodega Ruca Malen, exclusively focused on making wines of excellence, based on their knowledge and above all, their passion for winemaking. The bodega visit will take you from the vineyards and sorting machines to the fermentation and aging rooms, offering an intimate glimpse into the wine making process from grape to bottle.
For a broader knowledge of the different aromas found in wine enjoy a tour of Belasco de Baquedano Winery and experience its great “hall of aromas”, which tells you about the different types of aromas existing in wine: primary aromas (those that characterize the grape variety), secondary aromas (the ones released during fermentation and its transformation into wine) and tertiary aromas (produced through aging in barrel and/or bottle).
Enjoy a delicious lunch at either Ruca Malen or Belasco de Baquedano Winery, the choice is yours.
A private airport transfer with a professional driver and English-speaking guide is included (between Buenos Aires' hotels and domestic airport or vice versa)
The Argentine National Immigration Directorate (DNM) has launched an online method of payment to enable payment of the reciprocity fee via credit card. Travellers can now pay this fee through the Provincia Pagos payment system. US, Australian and Canadian citizens can pay the reciprocity fee before entering Argentina by accessing the following websites: www.provinciapagos.com.ar and www.migraciones.gov.ar.
How can I pay the Reciprocity Fee Online?
1.Register at www.provinciapagos.com.ar and obtain an entry code. 2.Complete the form including personal and credit card details . This information and the entry code will be sent electronically to the DNM. 3.After payment is processed, print the receipt. 4.Upon arrival in Argentina, go to the DNM Office and present the printed receipt. 5.The receipt will be scanned by DNM staff and the data will be validated to enable entry to Argentina.
Subject to change without notice.
Buenos Aires is where it all happens, and we want you to immerse yourself in its beauty, history, and sheer radiance. Enjoy a private guided, half-day panoramic tour, discovering the rich parks and open spaces of the Northern Neighborhood and the eye-catching buildings and grounds of Palermo and Recoleta, in the comfort of a private vehicle. After being picked up from your hotel, you'll be driven to the Obelisk; a distinct symbol of the city. After that, you will visit different squares such as Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martín, Plaza del Congreso and some of the main avenues such as Corrientes, de Mayo, and 9 de Julio. Enjoy views in the historical neighborhoods of La Boca, San Telmo, Montserrat and the elegant neighborhoods of Palermo, Recoleta, and the modern Puerto Madero. Breathe in the fresh air as you pass through parks such as Lezama, Tres de Febrero and the Ecological Reserve. En route you will also get to visit financial and commercial areas and Soccer Stadiums. At the end of your tour you will be dropped back at your hotel.
Enjoy a cooking Class at La Cabana Restaurant. Learn the art of cooking with charcoal and firewood using different grills according to the regions of Argentina. Your tasting is served with Malbec wine. Practice with tenderloin and introduction to the cut, parts and other dishes made with tenderloin such as kebabs. You will be invited to the table or to finish cooking the tenderloin on the grill. After the cooking class, enjoy your meal; the menu includes starter, main course and dessert (beverage not included).
After the meal and class, diplomas will be distributed with participation in describing your experience.
Includes private transfer with Spanish speaking driver, no guide.
Have a special night out in Buenos Aires and enjoy an exclusive Tango show and dinner at Gala Tango!
Gala Tango offers you one of the best shows in Buenos Aires and a Gourmet À la carte dinner consisting of grilled Argentinian meet and international dishes accompanied by great wines from Mendoza. A brief (15 minutes) Tango lesson will also be available to guests arriving early.
A private transfer between the airport (International) and city of Buenos Aires with a professional driver and an English-speaking guide is provided.
Lastarria Boutique Hotel is situated in an area brimming with history and surrounded by the best museums, galleries, trendy shops, antique stores, cinemas, theatres and innovative restaurants, this boutique Hotel offers guests the chance to discover the tremendous diversity of the city on their doorstep. Lastarria Boutique Hotel is an offering for guests seeking premium accommodation in Santiago de Chile. Its principal characteristics are the refined architecture with which this historic house was originally built, its garden with an outdoor swimming pool, spacious bedrooms and the private areas that help make you feel so at home. Lastarria Boutique Hotel is committed to offering a personalized and friendly service that ensures their guests experience an unforgettable stay within the utmost comfort.
Finca Adalgisa is a little paradise situated within an old vineyard of Malbec vines which are over 100 years old. On the Finca, there is a small winery, where Malbec wine is produced. The wine can be enjoyed every evening at the Finca’s wine bar and is only open for hotel guests. Finca Adalgisa is located in the village of Chacras de Coria, 20 minutes away from the city centre of Mendoza. It is at the heart of Mendoza’s Wine Route, with many wineries and vineyards within easy reach. The guest rooms are located either in the Old House or within the vineyard. Each of the rooms are comfortable, well equipped and unique. The Finca offers the perfect combination between the rural lifestyle and living in a small, but lively village.
Nuss Buenos Aires Soho is located in one of the most emblematic corners of Palermo Soho, near Plaza Serrano; colorful, Nuss Buenos Aires is SOHO. An old Spanish-style convent, converted to become a fine choice for premium accommodation in Buenos Aires. In the most bohemian and avant-garde of the city, Hotel Nuss lives with designer shops and trendy clothing in the city, and among artisans, art galleries, bars and restaurants. Nuss Hotel is the starting point to experience the cosmopolitan tendencies, in a relaxed, warm and friendly environment. The fusion of traditional and modern elements creates in Nuss Buenos Aires Soho an eclectic style, reflected in each of its 22 rooms: 10 Superior, 6 Deluxe, 4 Junior and 2 suites. Located on 3 levels and unified around a central courtyard, the old cloister, complete the setting with a reflecting pool and views of the old trees that guard the hotel, unveiling details of this unique corner of the city.
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