Pristine snow-melt streams feed the lush valley vineyards as the mighty Andes mountains loom on the horizon. All this beauty and more is translated directly into your glass on this premium wine-lover’s tour.
Mendoza lies just west of the Andes near the border with Chile and is renowned for its world-class cool climate wines. You’ll visit three of the region’s most important wineries – known as bodegas – to learn the secrets of the prized Malbec grape. Tour the vineyards, sorting machines, fermentation rooms and aging cellars for a detailed view of the wine-making process from grape to glass. You’ll also travel to the beautiful surrounding rural farms for an authentic lunch in the home of a local winemaker, and see the secret life of Mendoza in an extensive city tour. In Salta, you’ll visit the city’s many impressive colonial monuments and cathedrals, and witness the incredible shifting shapes and colors of the deep gorges and rocky hills of Quebrada del Rio Las Conchas.
Whether you’re a wine novice or an expert in the gift of the grape, this excellent tour provides extensive insights into every aspect of Argentina’s thriving wine industry. From learning about the culture of wine to training your sense of smell in the ‘hall of aromas’, experienced local winemakers and knowledgeable guides walk you through the entire process. And you’ll enjoy luxury accommodation in Mendoza and Salta’s finest contemporary hotels.
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.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with private vehicle, driver and English speaking guide .
Placed in one of the most convenient areas of Mendoza, facing the grand main square, the Park Hyatt stands regal and glistening under the golden Argentinean sun. The 186 rooms and suites are prepared for those with the most demanding of tastes, with lush bedding and high quality linen. Dining at the hotel restaurants is enjoyable and creative, with the chef spinning unthinkable fusions out of mouthwatering ingredients. Dine outdoors and sip on fresh air in between bites. There is a park across the street to take a stroll and perhaps get lost in the city. Otherwise, book a massage at the hotel spa or win a bit of spare change at the casino.
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.
On this tour, you will learn how the Zuccardi Family Winery produces its prestigious wines. Travelling through rural paved roads, you can appreciate farms, irrigation systems, piping systems and protecting the vineyards. Upon your arrival, a winemaker will be waiting to walk with you through part of their farms and join in a fun course where you will learn all about the culture of wine. At the end of the tour, you will visit the visitor's home where a typical and delicious lunch awaits you. After lunch, you will return to the hotel and enjoy a City Tour.
Fly from Mendoza to Salta. Approximate flight time is one hour and forty minutes. Flight times are subject to change based on availability.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with professional driver and English speaking guide.
Situated in the gorgeous city of Salta, with its gorgeous ancient architecture, the Sheraton represents hospitality at its best. The 145 rooms are blessed with panoramic views of the city, not to mention plenty of space for those who don't like things cramped. The hotel restaurants are huge, and great for having a few drinks before a night on the town or just as amusing if you're curious about local dishes. This is the sort of city people like to walk around, and get lost a bit. The Sheraton is around 10 blocks from the plaza, which is ideal for the active type. The Sheraton swimming pool is also quite the respite after a long day on the streets of this enveloping city.
Learn the history and traditions of Salta through visiting the Cathedral, the Convents of San Bernardo and San Francisco; the Museum of the historical “Cabildo” or colonial Town Hall and the President Uriburu´s House; colonial streets; the monument to the General Martin Miguel de Güemes and to the Battle of Salta, called “20 de Febrero monument” and also its surroundings like San Bernardo Hill, Handicrafts Museum, and San Lorenzo summer house where nature will dazzle their visitors.
Departure from Salta City through Cerrillos, El Carril, Coronel Moldes, Ampascachi, Talampaya, Alemania and Quebrada del Río Las Conchas, a declared Natural Monument by UNESCO due to the shape and color of its hills. All figures are marked by notices for their correct identification. Among them, La Garganta de Diablo (Devil`s Throat – 141 km.), El Anfiteatro (The Amphitheatre – 142 km.), El Sapo (The Toad – 153 km.), El Fraile (The Friar – 155km.), El Obelisco (The Obelisk – 165 km.), Los Castillos (The Castles – 168 km.) can be mentioned. Arrival into Cafayate, a town placed in the ‘Valles Calchaquíes’, a vine-growing region, with the possibility of visiting a winery (or "bodega" as they call it) . In the afternoon, we will make our way back to Salta along the same road, with the possibility of seeing the amazing shapes and colors of the same gorge in the morning and later in the afternoon.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and wanted to tell you we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing.
I can't tell you what was our favorite. The boys enjoyed exploring the mountains in El Chalten (they called it Mountain running) while Mohan and I relaxed in the beautiful hotel. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! We had great weather for each activity (I know there is a bit of luck involved with that one).
Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out.
I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Thank you again,
Laura, Mohan, Ryan, and Nathan
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that you set up for us including the tour of Quito and environs. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
Scott Parks ,
November 05, 2013
Sandy and I are back from Peru and had a wonderful time. Kensington seems to have the best contacts in each country and Peru was no exception. I wanted to take the time to give you some specific feedback on each segment of out trip.
The “Hotel B” in Lima is fantastic. It’s an old house that has been turned into a small Hotel. The people are great and the location in Barranco is just what we like.
The Inkaterra Amazonica is probably the best place place to stay in the Amazon region. The rooms give a real feel of the sounds of the rain forest.
The hotels in both Cusco and Aquas Calientes were perfect with great locations. We added an additional day in Aquas Calientes which gave us three days in Machu Picchu. For us, this was well worth it and gave us the time we wanted to see all aspects of Machu Picchu. Pictures did not do justice to the site, although we got some great pictures.
The trip to see the Nasca Lines was, also, worth the time. Our guide added some side trips including lunch at a local winery which we really enjoyed. The Hotel Paracas was an unexpectedly high quality resort and a great way to end our trip.
Thanks for your help we look forward to next year
June Murray ,
August 20, 2013
"Buenas Noches Brandi-
I filled out the survey but I wanted to send you a note to say thank you. Our trip was the stuff lifelong memories are made of and I mean every part of it. From our time spent in Quito, to the Safari Camp and Isla Isabela. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the staff at our accommodations and the expertise of all our guides (most especially Tanya Helmig at the Safari Camp). We hope to go back for an extended stay.
I have attached 2 photos for you of Bart and I. I think the joy is clearly evident- thank you for making it possible.
Barbara Mackey ,
July 22, 2013
"We just completed a family trip to Costa Rica, with three families traveling from different locations. All the coordination efforts were made easily and efficiently by our Kensington representative, Brandi Merchant, who was wonderful; an absolute delight to work with. All the accommodations were first class and the guides knowledgeable and very punctual. We will be using Kensington again!
Cindy Thoene ,
July 22, 2013
What an AMAZING trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously…the trip of a lifetime!
We returned late on Thursday and had out of town visitors through the weekend and we are just now unpacking and getting back to non-vacation reality.
I will share my feedback and get pictures sent to you soon.
Thanks for everything….truly a perfect trip!
July 24, 2013
Our trip was wonderful, we had a great time, wish we could have spent more time. In fact, I now know I would have spent more time in Cuzco and the Machu Picchu area.
Machu Picchu was fabulous.
Margot, our guide, and the driver, were absolutely wonderful, low key, very personable, very accommodating, really good. We didn't end up with enough time on the last morning in Cusco to finish the tour, but got a feel- of Sacsayhuman, Qengo, Koricancha. We saw Ollayantatambo, and went to Moray and Maras, and Wayra ranch which was also outstanding, on the next day, but did not do Pisac and the market. We got tired and ran out of time so cut a couple things. Louis the coordinator was good as well.
Would love to go back and learn more some time.
The coordinator in Lima was extremely nice too, and very helpful.
In fact, we loved the food, the people and everything. The Libertador Palacio , the Tambo del Inka and the Sanctuary were indeed outstanding hotels. LAN was all on time, great service.
Thank you again for all your help.
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