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'Traditions, Food and Wine'

What makes this trip special?

Countryside retreat

Countryside retreat

Argentine Estancias

Argentina's fertile lowlands known as the Pampas are scattered with working ranches. Many of these traditional farms are now setup as countryside retreats, giving you a taste of rural Argentina either for just for a day or for a longer stay. The estancias cater to people looking to unwind by the pool for a few days or offer a great variety of things to do, from trying your hand at Polo to experiencing a full blown Argentine 'asado'.

Paris of the Americas

Paris of the Americas

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a truly cosmopolitan city with influences from all over the world. Grand Avenues and 19th century architecture earn Buenos Aires the nickname of the 'Paris of the Americas', but its own identity is just as apparent in each barrio you visit. Buenos Aires' most famous export is the world renowned Tango, and visits to the traditional venues are still possible today.

City and wine

City and wine

Mendoza

Mendoza city is the base to explore Argentina's main wine producing regions. You may wish to visit the wineries as day trips based out of the centre of town, or alternatively chose to stay in the nearby Maipú or Luján de Cuyo valleys in the heart of the vineyards.

Bodegas of Mendoza

Bodegas of Mendoza

Wineries of Luján de Cuyo, Maipú and Uco Valley

A combination of the altitude, sunny climate and fertile soils make the areas to the south and west of Mendoza some of the largest producers of wine in the continent. A typical visit to one of the wine valleys will involve looking round two or three bodegas with an extensive tasting session in each. For those looking to fully commit to the wine route, affluent city suburbs such as Lares de Chacra or Maipú now offer some excellent accommodation options close to the vineyards.

Modern Metropolis in the Andes

Modern Metropolis in the Andes

Santiago

Set with a backdrop of the Andes to the east and the Pacific coast to the west, Santiago makes for a stunning arrival or departure point. The city has a great range of restaurants and hotels, whilst the vineyards on the city outskirts make some of the continent's most well-known wines.

Vintage Chile

Vintage Chile

Colchagua Wine Valley

One of Chile's premier wine making areas, Colchagua is best known for its red grape varieties. There are both modern and more rustic wineries scattered around the valley, showcasing the different types of production in the area. Whilst you can visit the wineries all year round, March is the traditional harvest season and annual festival of the grape.

Poetic port-town

Poetic port-town

Valparaiso

Chile's unique second city of Valparaiso is now an UNESCO world heritage site made famous by its colourful hilltop neighbourhoods and rickety funicular railway elevators still in active use. The town's most famous resident and Nobel literature prize winner Pablo Neruda, was hugely influenced by the town. His former home 'La Sebastiana' has been preserved much as it was: a worthy pilgrimage for those new to his poetry and those who have made it part of their lives.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Traditions, Food and Wine'

DAY 1
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Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to the Pampas

This morning you arrive into Buenos Aires international Ezeiza airport. This is located on the outskirts of the city, and rather than head into the centre you are met and taken immediately to the Argentine Pampas or countryside for a stay of three nights at an estancia near the town of San Antonio de Areco. Estancia stays in Argentina offer an insight into life in the rural parts of the country, and reflect the culinary and argricultural traditions of large parts of the country.

DAY 2
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At the Estancia

The estancias offer a variety of excursions from hiking to horse riding in the surrounding countryside. If however you prefer to start your trip off with a more relaxing couple of days, then this is a lovely place to sit beside the pool.

DAY 3
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At the Estancia

At leisure on the estancia.

DAY 4
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To Buenos Aires

After breakfast at the agreed time you make your way back to Buenos Aires. The drive takes between 1 and 2 hours depending on the traffic into the centre, and you have 3 nights to explore this fantastic city.

DAY 5
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City Tour

This morning you are taken on a half day tour of this elegant cosmopolitan city giving you an overview of its main sites such as the Obelisk and the historic Plaza de Mayo, and its broad avenues, such as 9 de Julio. Stop in the colourful quarters of San Telmo and La Boca before continuing with a drive through bohemian Palermo with its beautiful parks and gardens, the Recoleta, and the modern neighbourhood of Puerto Madero. The tour introduces you to this city of immigrants and you hear of the politics that swayed emotions, changed lives and became the theme of stories, music and theatre. You are free for the rest of the afternoon, and in the evening you may wish to visit one of the typical Tango houses within the city for an evening of music and dancing as well as typical Porteño meal.

DAY 6
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Evita Tour

One of Argentina’s most famous personalities, Eva ‘Evita’ Perón was respected and admired all over the world for her relentless efforts for the cause of the humble and underprivileged. In Argentina however, she was and remains a controversial figure: loved by the working class, whom she generously helped during her brief political career, and hated by the wealthier classes, with whom she was in ardent dispute. Start the tour from Retiro Railway Station where a young Evita first arrived in Buenos Aires from the interior and continue to the historic Plaza de Mayo. It was here, from the balcony of the ‘Casa Rosada’, Argentina’s Presidential Palace, that Evita, by then married to General Perón, delivered her most famous speeches. Continue with a visit to the former building of the Eva Perón Foundation, an institution created by Evita to promote social assistance throughout the country, and then to the CGT (Confederación General del Trabajo), which groups all of Argentina’s unions, to learn about the peculiar alliances that were formed to bring Perón to the presidency. Continue with a visit to the famous Recoleta Cemetery where Evita is buried before ending the tour at the Evita Museum which was inaugurated on the 50th anniversary of her death.

DAY 7
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To Mendoza

At the agreed time you are taken to the airport on time for your flight to towards the Andes, and the city of Mendoza. You are met from the airport, and taken to your hotel where you are based for the next 3 nights.

DAY 8
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Winery visits Luján de Cuyo or Maipu regions

Today get introduced to the most well known industry in the region witha visit to some local wineries. Visit two wineries in the Luján de Cuyo or Maipu regions, and come into contact with the culture of the hard working European immigrants who used the irrigation techniques of canals and ditches inherited from the area’s indigenous inhabitants, the Huarpes, to transform a vast desert into a productive oasis. This set the scene for the prestigious wineries of today that have become world-wide renowned for the quality of their wines. You learn about traditional wine production methods as well as the latest technology and finish with some tasting of the region’s excellent wines. Amongst the wineries usually visited are the Vistandes, López, Viniterra, Cavas Don Arturo, Carmine Granata and Cavas de Weinert, though this can vary depending on the day of the week.

DAY 9
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City Tour

Today you are taken on a morning tour of this pleasant and historic city, notable for its architectural layout and its wide tree-lined pavements. The tour begins at the historic site at which the city was founded by Don Pedro del Castillo in 1561 and where the ruins of the 18th century church of San Francisco, originally founded by the Jesuits, are a vestige of the old city prior to a devastating earthquake in 1861. Proceed to the modern areas of the city, housing important buildings such as the Cathedral and the Basilica, and pass through its principal plazas such as the Plaza Independencia and the beautiful Plaza de España. Continue the tour entering the 370 hectare Parque General San Martin and stop at Cerro de la Gloria where an impressive monument celebrates the historic Andean crossing by General José de San Martin and his armies, a decisive event in the liberation of Chile and Peru from Spanish domination. End the tour with a visit to the Sanctuary to the Virgen of Lourdes at Challao from where you have beautiful views of the Andean foothills.

DAY 10
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Overland across the Andes to Santiago

In the morning transfer to the airport for a spectacular flight to Santiago passing over the Andes. Arrive in Santiago and transfer to your hotel for a stay of four nights.

DAY 11
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Chilean Art art Museums visits

Today you set out into Santiago to visit some of the city's world-class museums and galleries. You start at the Pre-Columbian Art Museum which houses an extensive collection of pieces from throughout the Americas. Next you visit the National Museum of Fine Arts, the oldest museum of its kind in South America and home to a collection of Chilean and South American paintings ranging from colonial works to contemporary art. From here you venture in to the Bellavista neighbourhood, a bohemian part of the city with lots of independent restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Here you visit ‘La Chascona’ which was once the Santiago home of Chile’s famed poet, Pablo Neruda and today is maintained as a museum. The house has retained Neruda’s eccentric style and is a love letter to the sea, where he was at his happiest.

DAY 12
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Maipo Valley

Depart from your hotel for a visit to the Maipo Valley, Chile’s most widely cultivated wine producing valley and home to world renowned vineyards such as Viña Cousiño Macul, Viña Undurraga and Viña Concha y Toro. The day gives you the chance to learn of the history of wine production in Chile and to appreciate the green landscapes and imposing views of the country’s Central heartland. You stop at two vineyards where you learn about the wine production and ageing process and have the chance to taste some of the area’s best wines. After lunch you return to your hotel back in Santiago.

DAY 13
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Colchagua Wine Valley

Today you have the chance to visit a different wine producing area, and the Colchagua Valley. The first stop is the Colchagua Museum, with the most complete private collection of wine in the country. After lunch you continue to the Santa Cruz winery for a full tasting of their produce and from here there is a cable car to some indigenous villages where the Aymara, Rapa Nui and Mapuche Cultures have been recreated. To end your day visit the Automobile Museum, an exhibition of a large collection of vintage cars, dating from the 1890’s to the 1980’s.

DAY 14
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To Valparaíso & Walking tour

This morning you continue your journey to the coast, and to the characterful port city of Valparaiso. In the afternoon explore the city on foot starting at the Prat Pier, continuing through to Sotomayor Square where you can see the Monument to the Heroes of Iquique which commemorates an important naval confrontation during Chile’s War of the Pacific against Peru and Bolivia. Take the El Peral lift, one of 15 distinctive funicular elevators still operating in the city, taking you to Paseo Yugoslavo and the typical zone of Cerro Alegre. Journey through the winding streets of Cerro Alegre and then on to Cerro Concepción, arriving at Paseo Gervasoni and Paseo Atkinson. Return to the ‘plan’ of Valparaiso, the name given to the flat areas of the city, and take the trolleybus to Plaza Aduana. Continue by taking the lift to Paseo 21 de Mayo where your vehicle awaits to take you back to your hotel.

DAY 15
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Isla Negra & Pablo Neruda's house

Depart towards the Casablanca Valley which is renowned for its vineyards. Continue to other coastal towns such as Algarrobo and El Quisco, once a popular destination for Chilean aristocrats and it is here that you will find the erstwhile house of Chile’s famed poet, Pablo Neruda. Now a museum filled with sculptures, paintings and books related to the sea take some time at leisure to visit the house and its garden before transferring back to your hotel in Valparaíso.

DAY 16
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To Santiago and back to the UK

At the agreed time you are taken back to Santiago airport on time for your outbound flight.

Guide prices for 'Traditions, Food and Wine'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Mid-range hotels, shared tours 2 people sharing £4,695
Prices are per person and include:
  • meals as indicated (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • all accommodation
  • all travel in Argentina and Chile
  • excursions described
  • domestic flights
Prices do not include:
  • transatlantic flights
  • travel insurance
  • airport and departure taxes
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc

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Seasonal information for 'Traditions, Food and Wine'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 San Antonio de Areco 32°C rainfall 113mm
1 Buenos Aires 29°C rainfall 100mm
2 San Antonio de Areco 32°C rainfall 113mm
3 San Antonio de Areco 32°C rainfall 113mm
4 Buenos Aires 29°C rainfall 100mm
5 Buenos Aires 29°C rainfall 100mm
6 Buenos Aires 29°C rainfall 100mm
7 Mendoza 31°C rainfall 35mm
8 Mendoza 31°C rainfall 35mm
9 Mendoza 31°C rainfall 35mm
10 Santiago 30°C rainfall 1mm
11 Santiago 30°C rainfall 1mm
12 Santiago 30°C rainfall 1mm
13 Santiago 30°C rainfall 1mm
13 Santa Cruz 30°C rainfall 6mm
13 Santiago 30°C rainfall 1mm
14 Valparaíso 23°C rainfall 3mm
15 Valparaíso 23°C rainfall 3mm
16 Santiago 30°C rainfall 1mm

Typical weather for January

rainchart

Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'Traditions, Food and Wine'

Days 1 - 3

Candelaria del Monte, La Pampa

San Miguel del Monte

Candelaria del Monte is a 200 Hectare fully working farm just two hours from Buenos Aires in the Argentine Pampas. The home has 7 guest rooms with a variety of layouts. The estancia is owned by local artist and entrepreneur Sebastián Goñi and was built by his family in the traditional Pampas style.  

 

The estancia offers a varierty of excursions, and each day you will have the opportunity go birdwatching, ride bikes around the area or just relax around the pool. At additional cost locally you can request in advance a specialist birdwatching guide, or even a Polo lesson.

Candelaria del Monte, La Pampa
Candelaria del Monte
Days 4 - 6

Hotel Pulitzer

Buenos Aires

The Pulitzer is a modern hotel located in the centre of Buenos Aires. Rooms are equipped with safe, minibar, airconditioning and free high speed wifi whlist there is a downstairs bar that serves lights meals and drinks throughout the day. Up on the 7th floor there is a swimming pool and even a gym where it is possible to book in for a massage.

 

 

Hotel Pulitzer
Hotel exterior
Days 7 - 9

Finca la Azul Casa de Huéspedes

Uco Valley

This is an attractive, modern guest house with just 6 rooms on an artisan winerery in the fashionable Uco Valley on RN89. All rooms have a view across the vines to the Andes, private bathrooms with bath tubs, TV, WiFi, A/C and heating with wood burning heaters, organic toiletries. In the restaurant there is home cooking served familiy style, whilst private wine tasting can be arranged in their cellar. There is also an outdoor swimming pool for guests to use.

Finca la Azul Casa de Huéspedes
Double room
Days 10 - 13

Hotel Providencia

Providencia

A newly renovated, 75 room traditional hotel with a garden swimming pool and fitness centre, conveniently located near the Providencia metro station and close to the entrance to the Cerro San Cristobal. Rooms have cable TV, A/C and free Wi-Fi. There is a restaurant on site, as well as pleasant gardens and food is served in the terrace area by the pool.

 

Hotel Providencia
Double room
Days 14 - 15

Gran Hotel Gervasoni

Valparaíso

A quirky, characterful and historic building near Cerro Concepción on the Gervasoni Walk. Originally a private house built by European immigrants in the late 19th century the public areas retain their high Victorian décor and furnishings. With its steep wooden staircases (no lift) and commanding views over Valparaiso town and out to the bay you might think you are on a ship. There are 15 rooms each with en-suite (4 of which with hydro massage) facilities, central heating, satellite TV and Wi-Fi all individually decorated. Rooms vary in size and some have views to the sea. There is a breakfast room with a nice terrace, a restaurant and a wine cellar.

 

Gran Hotel Gervasoni
Hotel entrance