(Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Salta)
EXPERIENCE. LEARN. ENJOY.
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.
Times Journeys are premium escorted tours designed for discerning travelers featuring small groups of likeminded and curious globetrotters, and deeply-knowledgeable guides and featured experts. With a maximum of 16 travelers on each journey, these experiential departures provide privileged access not possible with larger groups and allow true immersion into new cultures and fascinating destinations.
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.
A private transfer between the airport (International) and city of Buenos Aires with a professional driver and an English-speaking guide is provided.
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.
A visit to Buenos Aires would be incomplete without a tango show. Tonight enjoy a tango show along with dinner at La Esquina de Carlos Gardel. A shared pick up from your hotel to the tango show is provided.
Watch as professional Tango dancers take over the room; sliding heels along the floor and whipping their feet while they enchanting the audience with the romance and heat of this dance. The Argentine Tango has drawn its influences from all regions and settings, and is famous for its fusion of styles and combination of world dance techniques. Embrace this authentic dance in the place where it originated, as you enjoy dinner and drinks. Experience the unique sexual magnetism of the tango performed by some of the best Tango dancers and singers. The dance’s origins are traced back to the 1880’s, and its birthplace being the suburbs, account for its deep malevolent, sexual and violent contents. Tango is – and has always been – a vital expression combined with a particular form of breathing, dressing, talking, and loving of the “porteños”. While watching this spectacular show, let yourself be spoiled with the subherb dinner service and the most delightful typical Argentine and international dishes. The specialty here is the prime beef, which is at its best when accompanied by the excellent local wines offered in this charming venue. A wonderful orchestra compliments the tango dancers and give you the opportunity to discover the secret of Buenos Aires’s music. At the end of the evening, your driver will bring you back to your hotel. The transport is a shared service.
A private airport transfer with a professional driver and English-speaking guide is included (between Buenos Aires' hotels and domestic airport or vice versa)
Fly from Buenos Aires to Mendoza. Flight subject to changes based on availability. The flight duration is approximately 2 hour.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with private vehicle, driver and English speaking guide .
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.
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.
Loi Suites Recoleta is located in the most elegant area of the city, at walking distance from museums, art galleries and shopping areas, historical architecture and beautiful parks. A tropical Winter Garden with swimming pool and restaurant complete the relaxing atmosphere anyone would wish for in an upscale hotel. International cuisine is also served in La Fuente restaurant, intimate and warm.
Park Hyatt Mendoza Hotel, Casino & Spa, with its beautifully restored 19th-century Spanish colonial façade, is a prestigious five-star hotel. Located in one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World, in the centre of Mendoza, in front of Plaza Independencia and close to the most important vineyards and wineries of the region. Park Hyatt Mendoza features rooms with stunning views of the Andes mountain and the city of Mendoza. The hotel is only 15 minutes away from Mendoza International Airport, and 90 minutes away from the Aconcagua Mountain and major ski resorts in Argentina.
Situated in the gorgeous city of Salta, with its gorgeous ancient architecture, the Sheraton represents hospitality at its best. Nestled in one of the destination’s most aristocratic locales, The Sheraton Salta Hotel is just 10 blocks from Salta’s bustling city center, and features a panoramic view of the Lerma Valley. Relax and enjoy your time spent in the welcoming neighborhood of Monumento. Step into one of the 145 comfortable guest rooms, and escape the stresses of the day. Share panoramic views of the city of Salta, the Lerma Valley, and the Andes from each of the guest rooms. Sleep comes easy between the crisp sheets and plush duvet of the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Bed. A warm welcome awaits you at the Sheraton Salta 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"
Frank Manna ,
April 21, 2014
"Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic. "
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.
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.
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