Argentina Food & Wine - 10 Days
- Explore the city of Buenos Aires with a private guide
- Taste the traditional Argentinean barbecue (asado) at a local ranch
- Sail the Delta of Buenos Aires and have lunch on the riverside
- Go wine tasting in Mandoza at the foot of the Andes
- Discover fascinating views of Aconcagua's South Face
|Day 1||Welcome to Argentina||Buenos Aires|
|Day 2||Explore Buenos Aires||Buenos Aires|
|Day 3||Tigre Delta by Boat - San Isidro||Buenos Aires|
|Day 4||Estancia Experience in the Pampas||Buenos Aires|
|Day 5||Transfer to Mendoza||Mendoza|
|Day 6||Lujan de Cuyo Wine Experience||Mendoza|
|Day 7||Uco Valley Wine Experience||Mendoza|
|Day 8||Aconcagua Experience||Mendoza|
|Day 9||Buenos Aires Cooking Lesson||Buenos Aires|
|Day 10||Depart Argentina|
Day 1: Welcome to Argentina
Your guide will be waiting at the airport international and he will transport you to your hotel in Buenos Aires (which is approximately one hour away). The guide will give you a briefing of the exciting trip ahead as well as help familiarize you with Buenos Aires. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this bustling city.
In the evening, we will visit a Fogón, where you will discover the asado (Argentinean-style barbecue) tradition, which is served with a twist. This memorable experience, which goes beyond regular steakhouse expectations, at Fogón is in a closed-door restaurant and explores new ways of serving Argentinean asado classics. While seated at the bar you will get the chance to witness and try out the different grill cooking techniques up close.
Day 2: Explore Buenos Aires
Today, you will have the chance to explore some of the top spots in Buenos Aires. One of the best ways to do this is by using a private city tour. This tour can be adapted to your personal interests and tastes.
Some of the areas we cover with the city tour are:
- Plaza de Mayo: which is home to the national government palace & the Metropolitan Cathedral. This historical, political, and foundational epicenter of the city is a great starting point for the city tour.
- One of Buenos Aires' oldest neighborhoods, San Telmo, which boasts a vibrant tango and arts scene. Its antique markets, candle street lighting, cobblestone roads, and old buildings with original facades and décor create a lovely bohemian atmosphere. Sundays buzz with activity as the main antique market comes alive around the Plaza Dorrego.
- You will visit La Boca, a neighborhood famous for its brightly-painted houses and coventillos (communal housing tenements) as well as for being home to the legendary Boca Juniors football club where Diego Maradona made his name.
- You will also visit the city's youngest neighborhood, Puerto Madero, which is situated on the riverside along the Río de la Plata. This major gastronomic and business hub is situated in former commercial docks. Along the canals, these former industrial warehouses were converted into elegant bars, eateries, and offices during one of the most successful urban waterfront restoration projects in the world.
- Palermo, the largest neighborhood in town, is home to huge parks as well as some of Buenos Aires' trendiest bars, clubs, and fashion boutiques. This neighborhood—which has nearly 350 acres (142 hectares) of parks, lakes, and wooded areas—offers a peaceful retreat from the busyness further in the city.
- The European style district, Recoleta, is home to an array of fashionable restaurants, cafés, boutiques, malls, and luxury hotels which you'll find along tree-lined avenues. One of the main attractions, The Cemetary, is the final resting place for generations of well-known Argentineans including Evita Peron.
*This is a half-day tour (four hours).
Day 3: Tigre Delta by Boat - San Isidro
The guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning as we depart to visit the area of Tigre and its beautiful Delta.
First, we will head to the city’s port and board a first-class motor launch which will take you to the Tigre Delta. During the one and a half hour trip, you can admire Buenos Aires from the Rio de la Plata (River Plate), including its northern areas and the channels of the Delta. After we arrive in Tigre city, we will enjoy lunch at a charming restaurant that overlooks the river.
After lunch, we will travel back to Buenos Aires city on the road. On the way back, we will stop at San Isidro, an elegant residential district where we will visit the old quarter to walk around its beautiful colonial-style streets and admire its beautiful gothic cathedral.
Day 4: Estancia Experience in the Pampas
Today, we will explore the countryside at an exclusive estancia in San Antonio de Areco, which is known as Buenos Aires' most traditional town.
Your guide will pick you up at the hotel and depart for San Antonio de Areco. The drive includes breathtaking views of the pampas and, along the way, your guide will tell you about the fascinating history of Gaucho people as well as explain their current lifestyle.
After arriving in San Antonio de Areco, you will spend the day at Estancia El Ombú de Areco. At the estancia, you can ride a horse or go for a ride in a sulky (horse cart) while enjoying the traditional Argentinean "empanadas" and beverages.
At lunchtime, a delicious asado (barbecue) will be served using the finest quality Argentinean meat. Dessert is accompanied by a folklore show, which is followed by a demonstration of gaucho skills.
We will then depart back to Buenos Aires and you can expect to arrive at your hotel at around 6 pm.
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
Day 5: Transfer to Mendoza
In the morning, you can pack your bags before departing to the airport where you will catch a flight to Mendoza. Your guide will pick you up and take you to your new hotel.
Mendoza is a famous wine region in Argentina. A particularly famous specialty is the tasty red Malbec that the surrounding valleys are known for producing. With more than 1,200 bodegas (wine cellars) in the area, you will have your pick of vineyards and wineries to visit. You can book tours to explore them, rent a bike, or stay in one of the family-run fincas (estates) as you immerse yourself in wine country.
Day 6: Lujan de Cuyo Wine Experience
Lujan de Cuyo, also known as the land of Malbec, offers a unique experience of discovering Argentina's different varieties of legendary wine. We will visit and taste wines in a number of world-renowned wineries as well as indulge in a full gourmet lunch.
Some of the wine vineyards we will visit:
- Renacer Winery, which is designed for premium wines production and is at the foot of the Andes mountain range. The architecture combines modernity with classicism with well-defined straight lines and Tuscan-inspired walls. The cutting-edge Italian technology, which ensures the winery is carbon neutral, also reflects the winery's commitment to the environment.
- Caelum Winery, a family-run and boutique winery, is located at the heart of Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo. This vineyard—which is well-known for its high-end reds as well as its whites and sparkling wines—grows all the grapes used on the estate. The renowned winemaker here, Giuseppe Franceschini, also adds an authentic and elegant Italian touch to the wines.
- Ruca Malen Winery, which started as an initiative of Jean Pierre Thibaud in 1998, who started the winery at age 73. The family winery grew slowly and in 2015 it was acquired by the Perez Companc Group. Ruca Malen represents the restless spirit of Jean Pierre Thibaud and leads the way as one of Argentina's most innovative wineries.
Day 7: Uco Valley Wine Experience
The spectacular mountain views in Uco Valley offer the perfect setting as we enjoy the different aromas and flavors of these high-altitude wines at the best wineries in the region.
The wineries we will visit include:
- Andeluna Cellars, which was started in 2003 with the intention of providing some of the best models of quality wine in the country. The winery has a romantic atmosphere as its set in the Valley of Tupungato at the foot of Tupungato Volcano. In the evening, the moon illuminates the Andes mountains. During this visit, you'll visit the vines and learn about the winemaking methods which make their wines special.
- Domaine Bousquet Winery, a winery that holds the legacy of a long and prestigious history under the Bousquet name. This winery comes from a family with four generations of winemaking history who started making wine in Carcassonne in southern France. The winery is located in Tupungato, at the foot of the Andes, and is surrounded by vineyards that produce high-quality organic grapes. These grapes express the purity and intensity of varietal character which is reflected in the wines.
- Salentein Winery, where you will taste an array of legendary wines in an area with a rich history that goes to the 17th century. The land now belongs to Salentein but reflects innumerable feats that have been overcome: from the indigenous people to the Jesuit missionaries and even important characters like General San Martin. Back in the 17th century, the land formed part of a farm called "De Arriba" that belonged to the Jesuit missionaries. Within the heart of the vineyard, which is 4922 feet (1500 meters) above sea level, you can also find the ruins of "Casa Grande".
Day 8: Aconcagua Experience
Today, we will discover unforgettable views of the Andes as we get remarkably close to America's highest mountains. Afterward, we will discover spectacular trails in Aconcagua Provincial Park where we will visit the Horcones lagoon and enjoy some of the best views of Aconcagua's South Face.
Along the way, we will drive through the road to Chile which crosses the Andes as we travel through tunnels, over bridges, and alongside the old trans-Andean train railway. We will also stop and visit the beautiful "Puente del Inca" (Inca's Bridge) where you will learn about its rare history.
Day 9: Buenos Aires Cooking Lesson
In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. Your guide will meet you at the airport in Buenos Aires and drive you to your hotel.
You can prepare for an exciting evening of preparing authentic Argentinean food during a hands-on cooking class. We will all dine together after we have finished cooking and you have mastered the skill of cooking empanadas and folding them using the repulge technique. This is normally an evening filled with laughter as we share the food we just cooked which is paired with local wines.
Day 10: Depart Argentina
Depending on your departure time, a private transfer will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the international airport in time for your flight home.
We hope to see you again!