9 Day Classic Argentina & Chile with Mendoza Wine Country

$1639
Land Only
$2589*
Air & Land
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9 Day Classic Argentina & Chile with Mendoza Wine Country
Panamericano Buenos Aires Buenos Aires
Diplomatic Hotel Mendoza
Huentala Hotel Boutique Mendoza
Hotel Plaza San Francisco Santiago

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2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Oct 03  (Sold Out) $2559* $1739
$2849* $1849
Oct 17  (Sold Out) $2649* $1639
Oct 24  (Sold Out) $2729* $1739
Oct 31  (Sold Out) $2639* $1739
Nov 07  (Sold Out) $2579* $1639
$2589* $1639
Nov 21  (Sold Out) $2479* $1639
$2589* $1639
Dec 05  (Sold Out) $2639* $1639
$2659* $1639
$2749* $1639

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Buenos Aires-Mendoza.

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day as well as one long 10-hour drive to Santiago. The drive is routed through the Andes Mountain range and will reach a maximum height of 13,500 feet. Travel in the Andes highlands may cause some passengers to experience the temporary effects of altitude sickness. If you have any concerns about traveling to higher than your accustomed elevation, please consult your healthcare provider. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Argentina
Depart for Argentina

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Buenos Aires
Arrive in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Its beauty is apparent with its elegant architecture, wide tree-shaded boulevards, striking monuments and sprawling parks. Spend the rest of the day at leisure to get acquainted with the "Paris of South America" and its distinct European flavor. As you will have your night at leisure feel free to treat yourself to an Argentine beef dinner at one of the city's many superb steak restaurants
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Saturday - Buenos Aires City Tour
Discover the city's highlights this morning on a tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace); see the balcony where Eva and Juan Peron made their speeches. Then, to the colorful La Boca neighborhood, a working class barrio, and the old quarters of San Telmo and Caminito, a mix of colonial style homes, narrow lanes, artists' lofts and very trendy cafes. Drive to the Recoleta Cemetery, final resting place of many of the wealthiest and most important Argentine historical figures. The grounds here cover more than four city blocks, filled with tombs adorned by works of local and international sculptors, and more than 6,400 mausoleums including the tomb of Eva "Evita" Peron, always heaped with flowers and letters from adoring fans. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring some of Buenos Aires neighborhoods and fabulous collection of shops before this evening's tango lesson with professional Argentine Tango dancers. Tonight is at leisure, or, participate in the optional Argentine Dinner and Tango Show
Optional: Buenos Aires Dinner & Tango Show (PM)
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Full Day in Buenos Aires
Today is at leisure, to revisit some of your favorite places in the city. Shop for leatherwear and designer clothes, or, join the optional fun-filled Gaucho Party at the Santa Susana Ranch. Get ready for a rustic experience at a typical Argentine ranch (estancia), dedicated to agriculture and the breeding of cattle and horses. After a tour of the grounds, enjoy a typical barbecue lunch, followed by a folklore show with live music and dancing. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your group at a delightful restaurant
Optional: Full Day Gaucho Party
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Buenos Aires to Mendoza
Today, depart Buenos Aires by flight to Mendoza, the center of Argentina's renowned wine industry. Upon arrival, you'll see the beautiful mountains and trees, harmoniously mixed with the vintage scents that invade the city. The city's wine, art and culture magically merge in every corner of this province, founded in the 16th century by Spanish settlers. Tonight, perhaps join the optional Traditional Argentine Dinner that combines flavors from every region of Argentina
Optional: Traditional Argentinean Style Dinner
Overnight: Mendoza
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday - Mendoza Wineries
Morning visit to the Bodega Achaval-Ferrer Winery, one of the award-winning boutique vineyards in Mendoza. Here, tour the vineyard and learn about the harvesting, winemaking process and the viticulture history of Mendoza. An expert details the importance of wine tasting to understand the properties of the wine and shares tastes of some of the fine wines in the cellar. Then, continue on to Norton Vineyards where you will have the opportunity to be an oenologist for a day and create your own wine. This recreational activity allows you to blend wine combining varieties and discovering aromas, textures, and complexity. The afternoon is yours to explore Mendoza independently. Perhaps, visit Independence Square, the civic center and the San Francisco ruins which are the only vestige of the colonial architecture. Visit San Martin Park and the "Cerro de la Gloria" from where you can see a panoramic view of the land of sun and excellent wine. Tonight, wander along the wide avenues of this bustling city or linger at a cosmopolitan café, wine bar or gourmet restaurant in this city that has much to discover
Overnight: Mendoza
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday - Mendoza to Santiago
Depart today for a long drive on the dazzling scenic route from Mendoza to Santiago in Chile. Stop en route for views of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America lying within the Aconcagua Provincial Park in the province of Mendoza. Unlike other Andean peaks, this mountain does not sit on the international border and lies completely within Argentina. Enjoy a box lunch en route. After crossing the border, arrive in energetic Santiago for leisure time this evening
Overnight: Santiago
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Thursday - City Tour of Santiago
This morning's city tour takes you through the colonial neighborhoods of the city that contrast with the modern financial center, known as Sanhattan. Pass by beautiful residences that are part of the Barrio Universitario (University Area). In the historical center visit the lively Plaza de Armas, with its fountains, sculptures and intriguing people-watching opportunities. The tour continues with a drive along the green Parque Forestal with its stunning Fine Arts museum. Continue crossing the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista and climbing up San Cristóbal Hill to a viewpoint, for a magnificent panoramic view of the city with its backdrop of the towering Andes Mountains. Leisure time this afternoon to explore the city on your own or perhaps join the optional tour of Santa Rita winery, where you will learn about the history of Chilean wine-making, walk through lush vineyards and historic "bodegas," and taste award-winning vintages. Tonight, it's an evening to share wonderful memories of your journey in South America over a traditional Chilean dinner at a local restaurant and bid farewell to your newfound friends
Optional: Half Day Santa Rita Winery Tour (PM)
Overnight: Santiago
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Depart Chile
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Tonight enjoy an excellent dinner and tango show in downtown Buenos Aires. This has become a favorite of local residents as well as visitors and is the ideal setting for a delicious dinner and an alluring tango show. The Tango displays complete cultural expression, a plot of myths, values and traditions.

Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #3 01 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2020 $79.00
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Depart from the hotel towards Cardales to visit a traditional Estancia. An Estancia is the equivalent to a large rural estate similar to a ranch in the United States. Most have a main house and some straw-roofed constructions in which the dining-room and a traditional general store are located. The general store commonly called the 'pulperia' was a social gathering point for gauchos at sunset. Later, you can taste a typical Argentine barbecue (grilled beef, chicken, pork sausages, salads, dessert and coffee) in the dining-room.

As lunch is finished you will enjoy a folklore show with live music, dancing and a tango demonstration, followed by 'cuadreras' and ring races where gauchos show their skills as riders. For those willing to participate in the traditional activities there are horses and 'sulkies' to go around the ranch.

Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2019 - 15 Jan 2020 $119.00
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Tonight you can taste the finest Argentine food at a gourmet restaurant within a beautiful neighborhood in the center of Mendoza. The chef's tasting menu is prepared from high quality local ingredients and combines the best flavors from all over Argentina. Enjoy an unforgettable gastronomic experience accompanied by excellent local wines from one of the world’s premier wine regions.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $89.00
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Embark on a guided tour that takes you through lush vineyards and historic cellars. Upon arrival at Santa Rita Winery, learn more about the 120-year history of the wine estate and its premium wine production. Witness the wine bottling process and visit the "Bodega de los 120 patriotas". At the end of the tour, sample from a selection of Santa Rita's celebrated award winning wines and receive a memento glass of your own to take home!

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #8 01 Feb 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $79.00
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