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Meals included: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Tango in Buenos Aires, tuck into Argentine steaks and full-bodied Malbecs, wander historic quarters and glide over vineyards in Chile: take a life-affirming and inspiring voyage through this most interesting and passionate of continents.
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On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for your 3 night stay. Rest of the day at leisure.
Begin your Buenos Aires city tour with a drive on the widest avenue in the world, 9 de Julio, passing the famous Colon Theatre, Plaza de Mayo, La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House), and the first City Hall, which was built during Spanish rule. Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, where Pope Francis celebrated Mass when he was Cardinal of Buenos Aires, and also see the mausoleum of General San Martin, Argentina’s national hero. Stop in San Telmo to explore one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires before continuing to La Boca with its colourful Caminito Street. End your tour in the glamorous Recoleta district, home to elegant boutiques, distinguished restaurants, and Recoleta Cemetery. See one of the most impressive monuments in Argentina, the mausoleum of Eva Duarte, also known as Eva Perón. Tonight, put on your dancing shoes because it is time for a tango lesson at a famous Tango house. After you have learned some Tango steps and tried them out, enjoy dinner and drinks before your professional tango show begins.
Today is free to do as you please. Perhaps journey into the pampas for your full-day visit to an estancia to see life in the Argentine countryside. Take a horse ride or carriage ride with the gauchos (cowboys) who live and work on this ranch, and tour the Spanish-Colonial house filled with period artefacts. You will also be treated to a criolla lunch, including Argentine steaks, empanadas, and other specialties, followed by traditional folk dances and a display of typical games played by the gauchos. Return to Buenos Aires for time at leisure this evening.
Fly to Mendoza, land of sunshine and good wine, where the famous Malbec grape is grown. Travel into an ancient and traditional wine region of Luján de Cuyo, known as the “first wine area” of the Argentine wines that have gained international prestige. Your first stop is at Domino del Plata Bodega, where you will partake in a cooking class that teaches different methods of cooking and how to make empanadas. You will also learn about the importance of the tea-like beverage called mate in Argentina’s culture, and how it is infused and consumed. Tour the vineyard that produces varieties of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot before lunch with a wine tasting. Later, visit Cruzat, a bodega specializing in sparkling wines made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Tour the production area and sample their creations with the Andes as a backdrop. Return to the hotel this evening.
Today takes you to the Uco Valley and Bodegas Salentin, which consists of three estate fincas. The fincas, where grapes are grown at a range of altitudes among the highest in the world, are irrigated with pure mountain run-off from the Andes, which creates lower pH in the grape. This results in higher acidity, more color in the wine, and greater age-ability. After your tour, enjoy a sampling of wines and visit the incredible art museum. Later, stop at Andeluna for a special lunch, locally sourced from nearby farms and orchards and paired with the perfect wine. Continue to Domaine Bousquet, one of the top exporters of premium wine in Argentina, for a tour and tasting. This evening, dine at the exclusive 1884 Restaurante, considered one of the best restaurants in the world, created by Francis Mallmann, one of the best-known chefs in Argentina.
Fly to Santiago, Chile, situated between the soaring Andes and the vast Pacific Ocean. Upon arrival, head to Santa Cruz in the central area of the Colchagua Valley. Known for its warm climate, prolonged dry season, and rain during the winter, this area is an outstanding agricultural centre for fruits, wheat, maize, and grapevines. In this long, narrow country the Pacific Ocean is rarely more than 50 miles away, allowing winds to funnel up the valleys, cooling the vineyards, especially at night. There are dramatic diurnal temperature differences, meaning cold summer nights that help grapes maintain acidity, and improve the colours and flavours in red varieties. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.
Drive through the rolling hills to Vina Santz Cruze, a fusion of two ethnicities—Iberian and Native American—and an area that produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Carménere, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Syrah. After your tour of the winery, ride the cable car to admire the beautiful countryside and visit a recreation of several villages of indigenous groups found in Chile. Next, enjoy a home-hosted lunch with traditional Chilean dishes and a folklore show displaying the Cueca dance typical to this region. Your last stop is the Colchagua Museum, which walks you through Chile's history.
Today’s adventure takes you to Casa Lapostolle, a renowned winery founded by the French family Marnier Lapostolle, owners of the world-renowned Grand Marnier liqueur, and the Chilean family Rabat. Learn how the perfect weather conditions and soils cultivate the French grape vines and produce excellent wine. Continue to Vina viu Manet, where you will see an exhibition of old agricultural equipment and take a carriage ride through the vineyards. After touring the cellars and the laboratories, an expert will explain the processes of wine production. Next, it’s your turn to be the winemaker. Blend your own wine, develop a commercial strategy, and even design your label!
This morning, return to the bustling city of Santiago to admire its mix of old and new on your city tour. Travel through the downtown area, passing by Club Hípico, a thoroughbred horse-racing track in the city’s oldest residential area; and Parque O’Higgins. From here, head along the famous Alameda, Santiago’s colourful main avenue, toward the heart of the city, passing Chilean University, San Francisco Church, and Santa Lucia Hill, site of Santiago’s founding in 1541. A visit to Globus La Vega central market provides a fascinating overview of typical Chilean food, including steaming pots of cazuela and humitas, similar to tamales. Continue to Plaza de Armas, the cathedral, and the bohemian Bellavista district on the way to San Cristóbal Hill for the finest views of Santiago and the Andes.
Travel west toward the coast to colourful Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and headquarters of the Chilean National Congress. Pass by the main square and view the monument honouring the 1879 Battle of Iquique before driving to the southern side of the city for spectacular views of the bay. A drive along the coastal highway brings you to the seaside resort of Viña Del Mar. Admire some of its famous beaches, the flower clock, casino, and elite summer homes. Return to Santiago and join your Tour Director for a special farewell dinner.
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
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