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'Argentina and Chile: Traditions, Food and Wine'

What makes this trip special?

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Argentine Estancias

Argentine Estancias

Argentine Estancias

Mendoza

Mendoza

Mendoza

Mendoza wineries

Mendoza wineries

Mendoza wineries

Santiago

Santiago

Santiago

Maipo Valley wineries

Maipo Valley wineries

Maipo Valley wineries

Colchagua Wine Valley

Colchagua Wine Valley

Colchagua Wine Valley

Valparaiso

Valparaiso

Valparaiso

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

DAY 1
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Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to the Pampas

You are met on arrival at Buenos Aires and transferred to an estancia in San Antonio de Areco, town renowned for its strong guacho identity. You stay here 3 nights.

DAY 2
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At the Estancia

Activities at the Estancia.

DAY 3
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At the Estancia

Activities at the Estancia.

DAY 4
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To Buenos Aires

Today you are transferred back to Buenos Aires where you stay for 3 nights.

DAY 5
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Buenos Aires City Tour

Today you are taken on a half day tour of this elegant cosmopolitan city. You visit some highlights such as the Obelisk and the historic Plaza de Mayo and stroll down broad avenues, such as 9 de Julio, lined by impressive buildings. You stop in the colourful quarters of San Telmo and La Boca before continuing with a drive through stylish Palermo with its beautiful parks and gardens, the Recoleta, and the modern neighbourhood of Puerto Madero.

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 equal disdain for. The tour starts at Retiro Railway Station where a young Evita first arrived in Buenos Aires from rural Argentina and from here you continue to the historic Plaza de Mayo and the ‘Casa Rosada’, Argentina’s Presidential Palace. This is where Evita addressed her adoring crowds of "descamisados", romanitcally re-created in Andrew Lloyd Weber's musical and film starring Madonna. You visit 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, where you learn about the peculiar alliances that were formed to bring Perón to the presidency. From here you visit 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

Today you are transferred to the airport in time for your domestic flight to Mendoza. You are met on arrival and transferred to your chosen hotel or winery, where you stay for 3 nights.

DAY 8
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Tour of Wineries

Today you discover some of Mendoza's most famous produce as you leave the city behind you and venture into the dusty countryside. The province is home to more than 800 wineries and today you will visit two vineyards in either the Lujan de Cuyo region or the Maipu region, two areas often referred to as "the Land of the Malbec". Here you will learn how Mendoza and wine have been entwined since the first Spanish settlers, the influence of Italina migrants and how the industry has changed so dramatically in the past decade. Of course a visit to a vineyard would not be complete without smapling its produce.

DAY 9
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Mendoza city tour

Today you explore Mendoza with your private English speaking guide. Nestled against the foothills of the Andes, the snow-capped peaks of the towering mountains gleam in bright blue sky. Along the cities wide tree-lined avenues, locals gather at their favourite café for a morning espresso while students scurry off to lectures. You visit the Iglesia de San Francisco, the site where Mendoza was founded in 1561 and where ruins recall the devastating earthquake of 1861. You walk to the Plaza de Independencia, the city's largest plaza and then on to Plaza Esapana, the most colourful and pretty of Mendoza's many flower-filled plazas. Continuing along the lake shore, you pass some of Mendoza's grandest houses, until you reach Parque General San Martin where you walk to a statue of the park's namesake and victor over the colonial Spanish. The tour ends in the quiet neighbourhood of Challao where you visit the shrine to the Virgin of Lourdes.

DAY 10
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Overland across the Andes to Santiago

Today you are transferred to the bus station for your journey across the Andes to Santiago. You are met on arrival in Santiago and transferred to your hotel where you stay for the next 3 nights.

DAY 11
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Culinary tour in the Central Market

Today you visit Santiago’s famous Mercado Central, a bustling market housed in a wrought iron building dating from 1872. Nominated by National Geographic as one of the 10 best food markets in the world, the market is a real foodie mecca and is particularly renowned for its exceptional seafood. As you stroll through the stalls offering a cornucopia of delicious produce you select the ingredients that you will use to prepare lunch. With lunch ingredients purchased you head to El Galeon restaurant where you have a cooking lesson with one of the restaurant's chefs. Lunch is fruits of your labour.

DAY 12
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Santa Rita Vineyard & Visit to Casa Real

Today you head out of Santiago to the Santa Rita winery. Nestled amongst the foothills of the Andes you drive through the Maipo Valley, a valley synonymous with Chile’s wine industry and whose slopes are neatly drawn with vine after vine. Founded in 1880 by Domingo Fernandez Concha the Santa Rita winery has been granted national monument status. During the tour you visit the winery’s renowned cellars and dine at the ‘Doña Paula’ restaurant. The restaurant is named after Paula Jaraquemada who famously sheltered General Bernardo O’Higgins, a hero of Chile’s Independence struggle, and 120 of his men. One of Santa Rita’s most renowned wines, ‘120’, honours this event and the property’s important role in Chile’s history. The tour ends with a visit to the Andean Museum which houses a wide collection of Pre-Columbian art, before returning to your hotel in Santiago.

DAY 13
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Maipo Valley

Today you visit the Maipo Valley, Chile’s most famous wine producing valley and home to world renowned vineyards such as Viña Cousiño Macul, Viña Undurraga and Viña Concha y Toro. You visit two vineyards where you will learn about the Chilean wine industry, wine production, the aging process and of course, have the chance to taste some of the area’s best wines. After lunch served at the winery you return to Santiago.

DAY 14
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Colchagua Wine Valley - Santa Cruz

Today you are collected from your hotel and transferred to Santa Cruz in the Colchagua Valley, one of Chile’s most fertile wine-producing valleys. Most of the vineyards in the area were established in the 19th century using French vine stock and today the region is particularly renowned for the quality of its reds. These you will sample at the Santa Cruz. From here you can take a cable car up to a hilltop where there are reconstructions of villages from some of Chile’s main indigenous cultures: Mapuche, Aymara and Rapa Nui. To bring you back to the modern day you visit the Automobile Museum which houses a large collection of beautiful vintage cars and finally you visit the Colchagua Museum, one of the most impressive private museums of pre-Columbian items in Chile. You are transferred to you hotel in Santa Cruz where you stay for 1 night. (*) Mondays visit to vineyard

DAY 15
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To Valparaíso & Walking tour

Free morning to explore Santa Cruz and relax before your afternoon transfer to Valparaiso. On arrival you are taken on a walking tour of Valparaiso, a charming city that oozes creativity. You set off from Prat Pier and walk through Sotomayor Square where a monument commemorates the Battle of Iquique, an important naval confrontation during Chile’s War of the Pacific against Peru and Bolivia. Hop onto El Peral lift, one of 15 distinctive funicular elevators still operating in the city, which will take you up to Paseo Yugoslavo and Cerro Alegre. As you wind your way through the colourful streets, pick out your favourite artworks; the city's walls are the urban street artists’ canvases. Walk down hill to the ‘plan’ of Valparaiso, the name given to the flat area of the city, and take the trolleybus to Plaza Aduana then hop onto another lift where your vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

DAY 16
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Isla Negra & Pablo Neruda's house

Today you are collected from your hotel and driven towards the Casablanca Valley, an area known for its vineyards. You pass through the seaside town of Algarrobo, a seaside town that can boast the "World's Largest Outdoor Swimming Pool". The town rubs shoulders with El Quiso, which is where Chile’s famed poet, Pablo Neruda, was at his happiest. His house is now a museum and is filled with sculptures, paintings and books related to the sea.

DAY 17
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To Santiago and back to the UK

Today you are transferred to Santiago airport in time for your international flight home.

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Seasonal information for 'Argentina and Chile: Traditions, Food and Wine'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 San Antonio de Areco 32°C rainfall 113mm
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
14 Santa Cruz 30°C rainfall 6mm
15 Valparaíso 23°C rainfall 3mm
16 Valparaíso 23°C rainfall 3mm
17 Valparaíso 23°C rainfall 3mm

Typical weather for January

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

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