8 days

Chile & Argentina

Chile & Argentina

The 'Devil’s Throat' of Iguazu

Argentina's capital Buenos Aires

Tasting Chile's wine

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  • Why we love it

    • The Chilean capital of Santiago is home to some of Chile's most famous wineries. Experience the Gaucho life at a traditional Estancia stay.

    Itinerary

    Day 1-2 - Santiago

    • Arrive Santiago, transfer to hotel.
    • There will be a welcome meeting held at approximately 6pm today. Please check the notice board in reception to confirm the time and place.
    • On day 2 you will take an orientation walk of the cities center with the tour leader.
    • Although Santiago covers a large area, the city centre is quite compact and easy to get around. Its centre is roughly triangular in shape and in its heart is the Plaza de Armas, the chief plaza and the cathedral. Panning out from here are wall-to-wall shops, restaurants and parks. For a more serene look at Chilean life, head out to the barrio Bella Vista, Santiago's 'Paris Quarter' or take a cable car up to Cerro San Cristobal. If the weather permits, you'll have impressive views over the city and the peaks of the Andes. You have a free day to continue exploring Santiago or perhaps take an optional trip to Valparaiso, by the Pacific coast.
    Gen suites or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 3-4 - Mendoza

    • Travel across the Andes by local bus (6-7 hours). On a clear day you may be able to spot Mt. Aconcagua, the highest mountain in America at 6,962 meters above sea level.
    • Please note the time spent at the actual border crossing may take anything between 1 to 3 hours depending on local traffic. Please make sure you have snacks and water for today and note that fresh fruit and deli products (cheese, ham, etc) have to be consumed before crossing to Argentina or disposed off at the border.
    • Once in Mendoza there is no better way to spend the afternoon than going for a gentle stroll around Mendoza's tree lined streets. Choose a cafe along Sarmiento pedestrian street and watch life pass by sipping a coffee. The city centre is beautifully landscaped and full of trees, squares and parks.
    • On our free day here you will take an included winery tour. Mendoza is Argentina's most important grape growing region, producing 70% of the country's wine. Its exceptional climate produces excellent grapes, the region's signature variety is the Malbec.
    • At night head out to Aristides Villanueva Street which has lately become on the starting point of Mendoza's night life. Tonight why not try the most popular drink in town: Fernet with Coke, a bitter (very) alcoholic cocktail.
    • In Mendoza we stay in a centrally located hotel.
    San Suites or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 5-6 - Estancia Stay

    • You will leave pretty Mendoza behind and fly to Buenos Aires.
    • From Buenos Aires we will drive (approx 2 hours) to a traditional Estancia (a rural estate) where you will stay overnight.
    • During your time on the Estancia you can do as much or as little as you desire. Activities may also vary depending on the day. You could work with the cattle (including branding, vaccinating etc), participate in a cattle auction or visit the local town, visit a cheese factory, play volleyball, soccer etc. Alternatively you could laze by the pool and read or have a barbecue.
    Estancia Monte Viejo or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 7 - Buenos Aires

    • Today we travel back to Buenos Aires perhaps South America's ultimate cosmopolitan city. With Latin passion, European elegance and a distinctive style all of its own, this is a city that will steal your heart. The Portenos (the local residents) are justifiably proud of their city which is comprised of distinct neighbourhoods, each with its own style. Your leader will take you on an orientation walk, perhaps visiting San Telmo and its antiques stores and artists' displays, La Boca home to the world-class football team Boca Juniors, Recoleta or the Casa Rosada (Pink House) among other attractions.
    Hotel Patios De San Telmo
    Breakfast

    Day 8 - Buenos Aires

    • Trip finishes in Buenos Aires after breakfast.
    Hotel Patios De San Telmo
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local tour leader in each country, and professional local guides at some sites.
    • City tour of Buenos Aires and Leader lead orientation walk in Santiago.
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable).
    • Winery tour in Mendoza.
    • Stay in a traditional Estancia in Buenos Aires.
    • Arrival transfer to the Peregrine joining hotel.
    • Accommodation- 5 nights comfortable hotel, 2 nights estancia (ranch house)
    • Meals- 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners.

    Not Included

    • All international flights.
    • Airport departure tax.
    • Meals not included in the itinerary.
    • Travel Insurance.
    • Any optional tours or activities during free time.
    • Laundry.
    • Tips.
    • Items of a personal nature.

    Safety Information

    Active Volcanoes
    This tour passes through volcanic areas.  In the instance that a volcano becomes potentially dangerous and authorities declare nearby towns unsafe for travel, the itinerary will be re-routed. Where possible, Peregrine  will provide advance notice of such changes. At short notice, when this is not possible, your tour leader will provide up to date information on behalf of Peregrine.

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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Chile & Argentina

    Wroxy - Ireland, 5 Feb, 2014
    5
    Overall Rating

    This was my first 'comfort' trip and I have to say I was delighted, the hotels/transport and overall experience was outstanding and I would definitely recommend, the only issue was that I will never be able to travel basic again!

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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PSSB
Start City: Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
End City: Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
Style: Small Group

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