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10
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$3,120USD

Wine and dine on the culture of Chile and Argentina on a journey from Santiago to Buenos Aires

There are few better ways to gain insight into a country and its people than with a glass of wine. A sip provides a taste of the earth that has nourished and grown a people; of the natural elements that have both aided and hindered civilisation; and a taste of the hard work, talent, and love of the people themselves. This journey through Chile and Argentina visits two of the countries’ premier vineyard regions for a chance to sample their culture. Artistic Santiago sets the tone for this trip, which travels through colourful Valparaiso and crosses into Mendoza - the home of Argentinian Malbec. Encounter the rural cowboy traditions on an estancia stay, then finish up with a tantalising mix of European and Latin flair in Buenos Aires.


Start
Santiago, Chile
Finish
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Countries
Argentina, Chile
Style
Peregrine
Code
PSSB
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
80 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Discover the colonial charm, neoclassical plazas and stylish neighbourhoods of Santiago. This city is full of history and perfect for exploring on foot.

  • Explore the vibrantly colourful port town of Valparaiso, where culture spills out into the streets and puppets come to life.

  • Experience traditional gaucho life with a unique retreat to an estancia ranch in Argentina. Watch a game of polo, then try it yourself.

  • Test your palate at a traditional lunch in Argentina’s malbec-producing wine region, Mendoza.

  • Indulge in the cuisine, culture and nightlife of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires.

Is this trip right for you?

  • There are several orientation walks during this trip so there will be quite a lot of walking. The heat and humidity can also be quite extreme during the summer months, particularly in Buenos Aires. It’s important to always bring plenty of water, wear comfortable walking shoes and ensure you use adequate sun protection. Wearing layers is a good way to tackle the heat.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 06 February 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 June 2016 - 29 January 2017

Welcome to Santiago, Chile. Set within a circle of snow-capped mountains, Santiago is vibrant, artistic and gourmet. Once you’ve arrived, take an included transfer to the hotel. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. If you arrive early into Santiago, perhaps take a short walk to get your bearings of the city, with the Andes serving as a spectacular backdrop to your exploration.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Loreto or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please advise us of your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to departure for the complimentary airport transfer. If you’re taking a transfer with us and have arrived on a domestic flight, please leave through Door 2. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Today you will get to know Santiago on a walking tour with your guide. You’ll discover more about the city that was founded in 1541 by the Spaniard, Pedro de Valdivia, and has experienced a turbulent history filled with native conflicts, floods and earthquakes. During some free time, perhaps walk the avenues of old Santiago to the Bohemian neighbourhood of Bella Vista, Santiago's Parisian Quarter, which offers a slightly more serene perspective on the Chilean capital. Alternatively, ride the cable car to Cerro San Cristobal for a magnificent panoramic view of the city. Tonight, take the chance to dine out at one of the city's famous restaurants and sample some local ceviche. 
Accommodation
  • Hotel Loreto or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Santiago - Half-day guided walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy a free morning in Santiago. Perhaps visit the Mercado Central (Santiago’s celebrated fish market) to savour some breakfast empanadas with pebre, a delicious Chilean condiment of coriander, garlic, olive oil and peppers. Later, drive (approximately two hours in total) west to the coast en route to Valparaiso, stopping for a wine tasting in the Casablanca Valley on the way. Sitting on a coastal plain between the capital and Valparaiso, the valley is Chile’s fastest growing wine region, with its rich soil and perfect climate making it a wine lover’s paradise. The area is known for crisp Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, but also for stunning reds like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah. Continue through the lush green vineyards to the coast and the colourful city of Valparaiso, notable for its brightly hued houses spread across a series of hills overlooking the ocean. 
Included Activities
  • Casablanca region - Winery visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Listed as a World Heritage centre in 2003, Valparaiso used to be South America’s busiest port before the opening of the Panama Canal. It has since transformed itself into Chile’s most creative city. The ramshackle streets have long been home to artists, writers and musicians, and one doesn’t have to venture far to walk in on a performance. Today you’ll take a walking tour of the city with your leader. The hills of Cerro Concepcion and Cerro Alegre are dotted with kaleidoscopically coloured houses, with cobbled streets weaving sharply uphill and concealing all manner of galleries, restaurants and shops.

Stop for a picnic-style empanada lunch in one of the beautiful city squares, then you will visit the Teatro Museo, a local museum dedicated to the exposition of puppet and clown as form of art. This is a very characteristic part of the local culture which normally goes unnoticed by most travellers but that you will learn about while exploring the venue and exhibitions. These characters will come to life with a demonstration.

As a creative hub, the city has no shortage of options for a drink, so perhaps find yourself a place to sip some ancho reyes alongside locals for the evening.
Included Activities
  • Valparaiso - Guided walking tour
  • Valparaiso - Puppet and clown museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
In the morning, travel through the Andes and across the Argentinian border by local bus to Mendoza (approximately 6-7 hours). It’s a good idea to bring plenty of water and snacks, as the trip may incur delays. On a clear day it may be possible to see Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas at 6,962 meters above sea level. Please note that crossing the border can take up to three hours depending on local traffic. Once in Mendoza, get to know the city with a gentle stroll around its tree-lined streets, or visit the local cafes and restaurants for some Argentinian fare.
Accommodation
  • Villagio Hotel Boutique or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
SEASONAL WEATHER CONDITIONS:
From June to August the border crossing between Chile and Argentina may be closed due to snowfalls. In that event, your emergency fund may be needed to purchase a flight between Santiago and Mendoza.
Enjoy a stroll on a winery tour, visiting several wineries and cellar doors along the way. At the end, stop at a closed door restaurant for an exclusive included lunch. The chef will invite you to watch the food preparation, and then sit back and enjoy being served delicious food in this unique private eatery.
Mendoza is Argentina's most prolific and significant grape-growing region, producing nearly three-quarters of the country's wine. The climate produces an excellent variety of grapes, with the region's signature being Malbec. In the evening, perhaps test your palate by attempting to pair the perfect wine with an authentic Argentine asado (barbecue-style food). A visit to Aristides Villanueva Street after dark is a must if you enjoy a bit of nightlife. If you're feeling adventurous, try one of the most popular drinks in town: fernet with coke – an acquired taste and not for the faint-hearted!
Accommodation
  • Villagio Hotel Boutique or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mendoza - Full-day winery tour
  • Mendoza - Closed-door restaurant lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today fly from Mendoza to Buenos Aires, which takes around one and a half hours. On arrival, travel in a minibus for around two hours to a traditional estancia (ranch). This is where the group will be staying for the next couple of days. Arrive in time for afternoon tea and explore the grounds.

During your time here, you could go horse riding, take a cooking class or simply read a book. Estancias are ideal for relaxation and provide a great base for activities. Please remember that activities vary depending on the days that you are there. If in doubt, ask your trip leader for more information.
Accommodation
  • Estancia La Eloisa or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • 2-night stay at a traditional estancia
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
A stand out activity will be watching the polo game, this nail biting game will enthral and impress you. This sport combines skill, endurance, elegance and danger. Next, learn how to play yourself! You will get to put on the gear, get pointers about how to hit, meet the horses up close and lastly put it all together by versing your group members.

Later, you will learn about the importance of leather in this region. A local gaucho (cowboy) will visit the Estancia to show you all the different uses and versatility of this material, such as bridals, whips, bracelets and belts. He will encourage you to learn a braiding technique so you hopefully can make your very own leather souvenir.

If there’s time, perhaps go for a swim in the pool to freshen up after a long day.
Accommodation
  • Estancia La Eloisa or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Estancia - Polo match
  • Estancia - Polo lesson and participatory match
  • Estancia - Leather workshop
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast travel back to cosmopolitan Buenos Aires (approximately 1.5 hours) to experience its old charm and cosmopolitan streets. Soak up the Argentinian capital’s irrepressible mix of European and Latin culture on an orientation walk with your leader. Visit Florida street, National Congress and the presidential palace of the Casa Rosada (Pink House) in the Plaza de Mayo. If there is time, your group may get to visit the Obelisk and possibly either La Boca or Recoleta.

You may also like to visit the elaborate tombs on display in the famous Recoleta Cemetery, attend a raucous football match, or gorge yourself on the city's sophisticated culture and food. Maybe spend the night in a tango bar, being seduced by the world's most passionate dance, or in one of the capital’s famous steakhouses.
Accommodation
  • Tango de Mayo Hotel or Similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Guided walking tour
Optional Activities
  • Tango show (ticket price depends on the location and inclusions) - USD120
  • Coastal train - USD10
  • Tigre - USD60
  • Polo day - USD175
  • Football game (ticket price depends on the game) - USD120
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Plane, Private vehicle, Local bus

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights), Estancia (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Santiago - Half-day guided walking tour
  • Casablanca region - Winery visit
  • Valparaiso - Guided walking tour
  • Valparaiso - Puppet and clown museum
  • Mendoza - Full-day winery tour
  • Mendoza - Closed-door restaurant lunch
  • 2-night stay at a traditional estancia
  • Estancia - Polo match
  • Estancia - Polo lesson and participatory match
  • Estancia - Leather workshop
  • Buenos Aires - Guided walking tour

Reviews

Our Chile & Argentina trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 80 reviews in the last year.

Chile & Argentina, September 2016

Catherine Higgins

Chile & Argentina, July 2016

Nicole Giannasi

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Important notes

SEASONAL WEATHER CONDITIONS:
From June to August the border crossing between Chile and Argentina may be closed due to snowfalls. In that event, your emergency fund may be needed to purchase a flight between Santiago and Mendoza.

PASSPORT DETAILS:
The airlines require the full name as per passport & passport number to issue tickets. Please provide this information at time of booking.

ARRIVAL TRANSFER:
An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at time of booking.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
A single supplement is available on this trip, except on Days 5-6 at the Estancia stay.

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