Day 1: Buenos Aires
Transfer in from Airport to hotel, Rooney’s Boutique Hotel
Welcome to Buenos Aires
One of Argentina’s top attractions is the leviathan metropolis of Buenos Aires, the most fascinating of all South American capitals. It’s a riveting place just to wander about, people-watching, shopping or simply soaking up the unique atmosphere. Its many barrios (neighborhoods) are startlingly different – some are decadently old-fashioned, others daringly modern – but all of them ooze character. Buenos Aires has got everything: night-life, tango, culture, football, excellent beef and the best local wines.
In the morning, you will be picked up by a local guide and given a tour around the city and its surroundings that will allow you to discover its spirit, its mystique and its charm. The following areas will be visited: Plaza de Mayo, Puerto Madero, La Boca, San Telmo, Palermo, Recoleta Cemetery.
Day 2: Buenos Aires
Wine Tasting club
Today we visit one of the most exclusive wine tasting clubs of Argentina where you will get a chance to experience some of the best wines of this country. You will also learn about the different wine regions and varieties: malbec, bonardo, cabernet sauvignon, torrentes & chardonnay from our expert sommelier.
Argentine Dinner Experience
Argentine culture is very much centred around communal dining, which is exactly what we provide – a warm, inviting space where you can meet fellow travellers from all around the world, along with our team of international and Argentine guides who want to show off their culture the best way possible, through food!
Let us take you on a gastronomical journey of the country famed for its delicious empanadas, impeccable beef, stunning wines, decadent alfajores, and of course the nation’s favourite pastime, mate.
Buenos Aires – Mendoza
Transfer to the Airport to board flight to Mendoza
Transfer in from Airport to hotel
Afternoon city tour
Mendoza is well known for its picturesque streets full of trees and lush parks. The tour includes the major points of interest such as the Government House and San Martin Park where there is a Zoo. The ride continues to Independence Square surrounded by the Municipal Theatre and the Modern Art Museum, then to Plaza España, Plaza del Castillo and La Rosaleda, where it is possible to find over 4.500 rose plants, then on to Frank Romero Day Amphitheatre, where the closing ceremony of the Fiesta de la Vendimia takes place every year. The tour ends at Cerro de la Gloria where a monument commemorates the Crossing of the Andes conducted by General José de San Martin during his fight for Independence. An expert historian will meet group at this site to tell the story of the epic expedition of General Jose de San Martín, the regional hero of the Independence, famous for his crossing of the Andes Mountains, the most audacious military campaign of the Argentinean history.
Day 4: Lujan de Cuyo Wine tour
Explore the aromas and robust flavors of the Mendoza region’s best wines on this luxurious tasting tour with a professional local guide. In Luján de Cuyo, an appellation famous for growing malbec grapes, discover the winemaking traditions at three top wineries: Achaval Ferrer, Casarena and Dominio del Plata. Walk through a vineyard, and sip from a glass as you enjoy several tastings and hear about the art of making high-end wines.
When your local guide picks you up from your hotel,you will head west to the upper Mendoza valley. Delight in the scenic views of vineyards against the Andes as you chat with fellow wine-lovers along the way. Get ready to immerse yourself in the land of malbec – a purple, French grape variety with robust tannins.
Enjoy tastings and vineyard tours as you visit each winery. We will eat lunch at one of the wineries and enjoy the atmosphere and picturesque views.
At the end of the tour, you'll be transported by luxury vehicle to your hotel.
Day 5: Maipu Wine tour
Sip wine and learn about Argentina's winemaking practices on this luxurious, full-day tasting tour in Maipú. Accompanied by an expert guide, visit three top wineries – SinFin, Trapiche and Familia Zuccardi – all central to this famous wine-growing region of Mendoza. You’ll delight in the complex aromas and flavors accompanying several tastings, and enjoy a gourmet, 3-course lunch paired with Santa Julia wines. First, head to SinFin and sample a style developed over several generations since the winery was founded. Then, learn more about Argentine winemaking traditions from your local winery guide.
Then, your guide will take you on a tour of the historical winery Trapiche, where you will learn about the grapes and their specialized terroir as the winemakers share their knowledge of viticulture.
In the tasting room, with the barrel room at your feet, try unique wines such as Fond De Cave, Trapiche Colección Roble and Trapiche Espumante Extra Brut, while enjoying spectacular mountain views.
Next, go to Familia Zuccardi, a family-run winery founded in 1963 by engineer Alberto Zuccardi, who began experimenting with a California-based method of irrigation when he planted his vines in Maipú. Your tour around the winery ends in the art gallery, where you will taste magnificent wines and olive oils made on site.
Then, enjoy lunch with your intimate group in the winery’s restaurant, Pan y Oliva. Dine on tapas, followed by a main course of pasta, while surrounded by vineyards and olive trees. Your delicious, 3-course meal is accompanied by a variety of breads and olive oils, and paired with Santa Julia wines.
Transfer back to hotel
Day 6: Andes Mountain Tour
Breakfast A tour to the very heart of the Andes. This unforgettable tour departs from Mendoza through the Andes Range to the foot of the Aconcagua. Along the Pan American Highway we pass several summer villages to the Villavicencio Gorge, an area famous for its thermal waters. Then on to Quebrada del Toro, Las Araucarias de Darwin, El Balcon, the Amphitheatre and Los Paramillos to get to Uspallata Village located in the Valley with the same name, an oasis between two mountain ranges in the heart of the Andes. At Puente del Inca there is a natural monument unique in the world: a rock formation that resembles a bridge over Las Cuevas river. From this standpoint, looking to the north, the sight of the Aconcagua is awesome: the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere (6.962 mts). The tour continues along the mountain road surrounded by breathtaking landscapes to get to Las Cuevas Village (3.196 mts above sea level). Up a narrow mountain road the tour gets to the Statue of Christ the Redeemer (4.200 mts above sea level), located in the limit between Argentina and Chile as a proof of friendship between the people of the two countries. Transfer back to hotel
Day 7: Mendoza Vineyard Bike Tour
Your day in Mendoza wine country begins with pickup at your hotel and a comfortable drive south to Vistalba a small village of tree-lined streets, surrounded by vineyards overlooking the Andes and a variety of architecture, from beautiful mansions to ultra-modern homes. Listen to quick safety briefing from your experienced guide, and then grab your bike and helmet and set off around the countryside! Your easy bike ride will take you through the vineyards of Mendoza on both paved and non-paved surfaces; the total bike distance is approximately 6 miles (4 km). Follow your guide along a mostly flat route to Kaiken, Bodega Cap Vistalba and Nieto Senetiner wineries. At each winery you visit, learn about the Mendoza winemaking process, as well as its history, from your guide and the wineries’ staff, and then taste the outstanding products! Compare the different varieties, such as malbec, the red wine for which Mendoza is perhaps most renowned. Enjoy lunch at Nieto Senetiner before heading back to your hotel.
Day 8: Mendoza - Salta
Transfer to Airport to take flight to Salta
Arrival at the airport. You will be met by our English speaking staff and transferred to your selected Hotel. The city of Salta exudes a colonial spirit that can be seen in its Hispanic architecture and monuments. The surrounding area is renowned for its amazing natural landscapes. Deep gorges, colorful valleys and high plains make hiking, biking and horse riding popular year-round activities. In nearby Cafayate, local wineries produce some delicious varieties, including the sweet and light Torrontes. Also nearby are Jujuy, home to the massive Salinas Grandes (Salt Flats), Humahuaca Gorge and the scenic Train to the Clouds. Local residents are descended from the Aymara people (pre-Incans) and proudly retain much of their traditional culture. Argentine folk music (penas) can be heard at many local restaurants and bars, where you can also taste the famous Saltean empanadas that are renowned to be the best empanadas in South America. You will be taken on a bilingual city tour which will give you an insight into its Colonial past which is seen in the Hispanic architecture of its houses and Churches. San Francisco Church, first built in 1626 and rebuilt in 1870, has the highest church tower in South America (53 mts.). The tour continues to San Bernardo Hill where you will get a panoramic view of the city and Lerma and Lagunilla Valleys that is one of the most fertile regions of Argentina. You will travel through Castellanos Gorge to get to the residential summer resort San Lorenzo located on the river shore. On the way back the tour will stop at the famous indigenous handicrafts fair. In the evening you are free to visit one of the many cafés in the main plaza to watch the world go by and enjoy the vibrant and authentic folkloric singers over a few wines.
Day 9: CAFAYATE
Full day tour of Cafayate
Today you will enjoy excellent wines and take-in the unbelievable 'Puna' landscape. Cafayate, renowned for its excellent white wines especially torrentes and chardonnay, is a picturesque city located in the Valley of Las Conchas River. The tour passes along Cerrillos, El Carril and Coronel Moldes to get to Las Conchas River Gorge, a natural monument of spectacular beauty, and on to Cafayate. The houses in the city show a mixture of the colonial and baroque architecture from the late 19th Century. The tour includes a visit and wine tasting in one of the famous wineries in the area.
Full day tour of Humahuaca Gorge
Whilst travelling through the Humahuaca Gorge on our way to Jujuy, you will visit a chain of little villages, surrounded by a colorful and charming landscape. The erosion has carved interesting shapes into the rocks. Along the way, we will take our time to stop, walk around and appreciate the impressive natural wonders. This area was declared a World Natural Monument by UNESCO for its colorful hills and unique natural formations. Each of the hills has distinctly shaped features including the Devil's Throat, the Amphitheater, the Frog, the Obelisk and the Castles. In Jujuy, you will visit the Cathedral, famous for its golden altar, a valuable piece of colonial art, and the Government House where the Argentine flag was raised for the first time.
Day 11: Salta - Buenos Aires
Breakfast Transfer to Airport to take flight to Buenos Aires Transfer to hotel Afternoon free in Buenos Aires
Evening Tango Show with Dinner at “El Querandí”
Carlos Gardel is recognized as one of the most important singers and actors of the 19th century. Born in France, he came to Argentina as a child. Here he came to fame singing Tango in the many theatres of Buenos Aires.You will enjoy a Gala Dinner show of dance and singing dedicated to this icon whose voice has now been registered by UNESCO.
Day 12: Buenos Aires
Breakfast Transfer to International Airport to take flight home.
Farewell to Argentina, Hasta Luego!!
- 11 nights 4 star accommodation
- Meals were indicated: 2 dinners & 3 lunches
- Transfers as listed
- Tours & activities as listed
- Internal Flights (US$630 per person). This is booked on your behalf using your credit card details
- International Flights
- Travel Insurance
- Access to National Parks