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.
Christina Adams ,
April 21, 2014
"I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams"
Thomas Peyla ,
April 21, 2014
"I rated the quality of the accommodations an 8, but that is only because I chose to have more budget type accommodations. I was very happy with the hotels. The tours and guides were outstanding."
Susan Pope ,
April 21, 2014
"The arrangements all worked out very well, especially the drivers picking us up from airports and hotels. The hotels, although all in different categories, were mostly excellent. Eliza's Manor in Christchurch was especially good. My other favorites were the Novatel in Queenstown, the Grace in Sydney, and the Regent of Rotorua. My least favorite was the Quadrant in Auckland which was not located in a very convenient area. Provided breakfasts and boxed lunches were excellent too. We were unable to take three of the side trips....separate email coming. One suggestion would be that two very long days back to back should be avoided if possible, and travelers' ages taken into account. The trip to Milford Sound was an extremely long day and the Routeburn Trail hike was scheduled for the next day when it could have been on the following day which was free. We were happy to see so many different areas of New Zealand and experience everything from glow worm caves to fjords to a Maori hangi and geothermals."
Vivian Jennings ,
April 21, 2014
"Very pleased with organization. Not having to worry about connections or arrangements is wonderful. Great selection with hotels, Coral 1 and Napo Wildlife. Kensington puts all the details together to ensure a wonderful trip. Highly recommend the Galapagos and Amazon. "
Daniel More ,
April 21, 2014
"All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip."
Marlin Barad ,
April 21, 2014
"Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad"
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
"We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and 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 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! 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.
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
"GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that Brandi 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.
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