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'Traditions, Food and Wine'

What makes this trip special?

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.

City life beside the Andes

City life beside the Andes

Santiago

Set against the backdrop of a long line of Andean peaks, Santiago is a colonial city, turned republican capital, turned modern metropolis. There's a lot to do, with good art galleries, unmissable museums, lovely parks, and a great range of shops, restaurants and hotels. Step outside the city and you are in some of Chile's most notable wine valleys.

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.

Itinerary map for Chile 'Traditions, Food and Wine' holiday

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

DAY 1
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Estancia in the Argentine Pampas

On arrival in Buenos Aires you are met and taken into the pampas to a traditional estancia outside San Antonio de Areco to stay for two nights.

DAY 2
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A day of relaxation or activities around the estancia and getting to know the gaucho way of life.

DAY 3
B

Buenos Aires

During the morning you are collected from the estancia and driven into Buenos Aires for a stay of three nights. Your guide escorts you for a half day introductory tour of this cosmopolitan city. You visit some of its landmarks, such as Plaza de Mayo and the Obelisk, and stroll along broad metropolitan avenues. On narrower streets you explore colourful San Telmo and La Boca, and stylish Palermo with its beautiful parks and gardens, then Parisian Recoleta, and the newly smartened dockland of Puerto Madero. You will hear of events that swayed emotions, changed lives and became the themes of stories, songs and theatre.

DAY 4
B

Two days free in Buenos Aires, for museums and galleries, shops and cafes. There are guided tours we can suggest to suit your interests, restaurants we can recommend, and perhaps an evening tango show.

DAY 5
B

DAY 6
B

Mendoza

A driver collects you for your flight to Mendoza, where you are met and taken to your lodge in Luján de Cuyo, an area long-recognised for fine wine, for three nights. The rest of the afternoon is free to relax or explore.

DAY 7
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Visiting two wineries in Luján de Cuyo or nearby Maipú you will be struck by the efforts of settlers who created productive vineyards in dry desert, extending irrigation systems created by the indigenous Huarpes community. You see traditional wine production methods alongside the latest technology, and finish with tastings. Wineries usually visited include Vistandes, López, Viniterra, Cavas Don Arturo, Carmine Granata and Cavas de Weinert.

DAY 8
B

Travelling further afield, you visit two more wineries in the now famous Uco Valley, an area of great natural beauty at the foot of the snow-capped Andes. In recent years Uco has seen significant development by the most cutting-edge producers with vines cultivated at around 1000 metres.

DAY 9
B

Santiago

In the morning you are transferred to the airport for a spectacular flight across the Andes to Chile. You are met on your arrival in Santiago and driven to your hotel for a stay of four nights.

DAY 10
B

Santiago has three very fine museums and galleries which you visit today: the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, National Museum of Fine Arts, and Contemporary Arts. From here you explore the bohemian Bellavista neighbourhood, with lots of restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Here you visit Pablo Neruda’s ‘La Chascona’, a house that embodies the poet’s eccentric, sociable style. It is a love letter to the sea, where he was at his happiest.

DAY 11
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Maipo Valley

The Maipo Valley is home to vineyards with international reputations, such as Viña Cousiño Macul and the now ubiquitous Viña Undurraga and Viña Concha y Toro. Passing through quiet countryside you stop at two vineyards for short tours with tastings and a typical lunch of the Maipo region. Return to your Santiago hotel in the late afternoon.

DAY 12
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Colchagua Valley

To the southwest of Santiago to explore the Colchagua Valley. The winery of Santa Cruz offers a full spectrum: wine tour, museum of Chilean history, automobile museum, and even a cable car to a hilltop view. Other wineries offer more traditional options.

DAY 13
B

Casablanca Valley and Valparaíso

Travel west to a vineyard in the Casablanca Valley and then to Valparaíso for a 2 night stay. You arrive in good time for a guided walk from Prat Pier, through Plaza Sotomayor to the El Peral funicular, one of fifteen that are a vital part of the city’s life. At the top you step into the winding lanes of Cerro Alegre and walk to Cerro Concepción, and the stylish Paseo Gervasoni and Paseo Atkinson with views over the bay. Dropping down to the ‘plan’, the name given to the flat areas of the city, you hop on a trolleybus to Plaza Aduana, taking the lift to Paseo 21 de Mayo where your vehicle is waiting to return you to your hotel after a real taste of life in this magical city.

DAY 14
B

Isla Negra

You are driven through the coastal towns of Algarrobo and El Quisco to visit Pablo Neruda’s ‘Isla Negra’ oceanfront home, restored and open for visitors.

DAY 15
B

You are taken to Santiago airport for your overnight flight back to the UK. If you have more time you could fly to Easter Island, take an expedition cruise, or stop at Iguazú Falls on your journey home.

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, mostly private tours 2 people sharing £4,095
Upper range hotels, mostly private tours 2 people sharing £4,895
Top range hotels, mostly private tours 2 people sharing £6,285
Prices are per person and include:
  • all travel in Chile and Argentina
  • all accommodation
  • meals as indicated (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • excursions as indicated
Prices do not include:
  • international flights
  • airport and departure taxes
  • travel insurance
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
  • any optional excursions you may buy locally

Customer reviews for 'Traditions, Food and Wine'

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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
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 Valparaíso 23°C rainfall 3mm
15 Valparaíso 23°C rainfall 3mm

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 - 2

El Ombu de Areco, La Pampa

San Antonio de Areco

Estancia El Ombú de Areco takes its name from the giant ombú tree that presides over its grounds and to which its gauchos have hitched their horses for more than a hundred years. The property is the perfect place to enjoy a typical Argentine asado (BBQ) and is comprised of a late colonial style main house set in pretty gardens amidst a working ranch in the heart of the pampas in San Antonio de Areco, just over an hour’s drive from Buenos Aires. Guests can see the ranch at work (mainly dedicated to raising Hereford and Aberdeen Angus stock), along with various other activities such as horse riding, bird watching or biking are all on offer whilst there is also simply the option to relax with a stroll along the meandering nearby Areco river or around the pool. There are 6 twin/double and 3 triple rooms, each individually decorated with period furniture and all with en-suite facilities.

 

Features include:

•sitting room and gallery in which it is possible to enjoy satellite TV, billiards, ping-pong or table football;

•swimming pool with solarium;

•volleyball and football

 

Additional information (optional):

•Golf and tennis (optional) at a country club 15 minutes drive from the Estancia.

•Visit to San Antonio de Areco village with its famous Ricardo Guiraldes Gaucho Museum as well as numerous workshops that keep the gaucho traditions alive.

El Ombu de Areco, La Pampa
Hotel exterior
Days 3 - 5

Anselmo Hotel

San Telmo

Anselmo Hotel
Days 6 - 8

Lares de Chacra, Mendoza

Mendoza

Hotel Lares de Chacra is a small boutique hotel located in Chacras de Coria, a small suburb 15km south of Mendoza well renowned for its good quality restaurants and bodegas. The hotel was built with locally sourced materials such as Andean stone and desert wood to reflect typical rustic south Argentinian style. Each of the 10 rooms have private bathrooms, wooden floors, plasma screen cable televisions, safety deposit boxes and free Wi-Fi. 'Classic rooms' are on the ground floor and have direct access to the garden, as well as queen or twin sized beds. 'Special rooms' are larger with king-sized beds and either balconies with garden/pool views (those on first floor) or wood burning fireplaces (ground floor). Facilities on site include a swimming pool, jacuzzi, a la carte restaurant specialising in typical Mendozan food, a wine bar, an attractive lobby with fireplace and free bike hire.

 

Lares de Chacra, Mendoza
Lobby
Days 9 - 12

Ismael 312

Lastarria

Hotel Ismael 312 is part of a growing number of modern boutique hotels in Santiago. It is well located next to the Parque Forestal and a short walk from the city centre with it's museums galleries and shops. Rooms have air conditioning and Wi-Fi, whilst the Parque and Ismael rooms have pleasant views. There is no restaurant on site, but there are lots nearby and the hotel concierge service will also help out with reservations if you require them.

Ismael 312
Parque room
Days 13 - 14

Fauna

Cerro Alegre

Hotel Fauna is perched on the edge of the western section of Cerro Alegre served by the Reina Victoria funicular and only 5 minutes away from the city centre. The hotel is decorated in a quirky, funky style in keeping with the street art and bohemian feel to Valparaíso. The hotel has impressive views over town, Valparaíso’s iconic hills and the bay. All rooms are nice and well equipped but the views in the Superior and Suite room categories make them worth the upgrade. The best views are from the top floor restaurant, bar and terrace.

 

Fauna
Superior Room