Argentina Wine Country Tour
January 28-February 04, 2018
Buenos Aires and Mendoza
$5,300 per person
Day 1: January 28th – Buenos Aires
Arrival at Buenos Aires International Airport EZE.
Private transfer from Airport to Buenos Aires Hotel, with your guide – Mineral waters on board and welcome amenities.
Overnight accommodations at Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Hotel – Park Deluxe King room with breakfast included.
Free afternoon at leisure.
Optional Activity (not included): Buenos Aires Walking Experience: Recoleta and Palermo Private experience – 3 hours duration
In the early 20th century, the Argentine aristocracy experienced its Golden Era of prosperity. In order to show off that opulence, French architects and engineers where promptly summoned, and where charged with the design and construction of buildings that would allow for Buenos Aires to rival with Paris, back then undisputedly the center of the world, while shaking off at the same time the city’s Colonial heritage, transforming Buenos Aires into South America’s leading metropolis.
We start our visit of Recoleta at the namesake Cemetery. Once through the doors of this colossal necropolis, which occupies four blocks and houses, we’ll be forced to discredit the popular notion that we are all equal in death. There, we’ll admire the ornate mausoleums and funeral monuments by famed architects and artists, and we’ll pay a visit to the final resting place of Eva Perón, whose presence in the Cemetery is utterly ironic, considered she championed the poor and the humble against her hated “oligarchs”.
Next to the Cemetery, we find the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, the second oldest in Buenos Aires. We then walk across Alvear Avenue, a true slice of Paris in Buenos Aires. At the end of the avenue, we see the Ortíz Basualdo Palace, an excellent example of French architecture, where casually the French embassy is located. A few yards away, we find the Mansion of the Four Seasons Hotel, formerly the imposing palace of the very traditional Álzaga Unzué family.
Finally, before leaving Recoleta, we visit the Museum of Decorative Art, a spectacular French mansion built in 1918, which houses an important collection. Next, we visit Palermo Chico. Around the massive Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Woods), designed by Charles Thays for the May Revolution Centennial, together with parks, squares, woods and artificial lakes, we’ll have the chance to admire more luxurious palaces and mansions. We’ll also visit the Palermo Rose Garden, a beautiful park that houses many species of Western civilization’s most sung flower.
Note: This is a very popular afternoon walk that most tourist find to be relaxing and imparts a lot of the feel of Argentina’s past and soul of the people.
Welcome Dinner & Tango Show at El Querandi
Private transfers with guide assistance – 3 course dinner, beverages and wine included (VIP menu)
A classic since 1920 – Located at the city’s historical old town, it is a vivid memory of Buenos Aires City.
Outstanding dancers present five historical moments of tango, at the rhythm of Ado Falasco’s orchestra and the most talented singers.
Preceding the show, there is an exquisite “à la carte” dinner, with more than thirty options to choose among.
Day 2: January 29th – Buenos Aires Sightseeing experience
Private experience- 4 hours duration- meals not included
Buenos Aires is one of the most fascinating cities in both Latin America and the world. Be it for its splendid and varied architecture, with its old Colonial buildings, French palaces and state-of-the-art skyscrapers; for its vibrant nightlife and endless cultural options; or maybe just for the rich identity of the Porteños, who proudly bear the European heritage of their ancestors, more and more visitors are coming to visit.
Our journey starts at Plaza de Mayo, the city’s foundational site and witness of our country’s political history. There we’ll visit the Pink House, our Presidential Palace, the Cabildo, our primitive town hall, and the Neoclassical-styled Metropolitan Cathedral, the final home of Argentina’s founding father, José de San Martín.
We’ll then head for San Telmo, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. It used to be the residential district favored by the upper class until late 19th century, when a yellow fever epidemic caused the wealthier families to leave northwards. The area was marginalized until the 1970s, when many artists and artisans came to San Telmo to install their workshops. Nowadays, thanks to its amazing architecture and hip atmosphere, this ancient neighborhood is really blooming. We’ll walk its cobbled streets, where the city’s Colonial past seems to come back to life, making a stop at Plaza Dorrego, best known for its traditional antiques fair, held every Sunday.
Leaving San Telmo behind, we’ll continue southwards to La Boca, one of the city’s most authentic and charming neighborhoods.
It is a working class district, heavily shaped by Italian immigrants who came to our country in large numbers during the last quarter of the 19th century. Here, we’ll make a special visit to the mythical Caminito Street, which sums up everything that gives
La Boca its distinctive spirit: the strong passion for soccer, the heavy presence of art and color, and the Tango-esque atmosphere.
Heading back north across the river, we’ll pay a visit to Puerto Madero, the latest addition to the city’s barrios. In 1991, its huge warehouses and silos where remodeled and redesigned, to finally integrate the river to the city and to create a new corporative, residential, hotel and gastronomically district, which has become the playground for the pretty Porteños and the international jet-set.
Free afternoon at leisure.
Argentinean culinary BBQ experience at 30 Sillas Closed door Restaurant
Local market visit with local chef for purchasing all ingredients for a “traditional asado”, Ezequiel Gallardo. Asado cooking lessons and meal share with local famous chef + Wine tasting during the BBQ process
Overnight accommodations at Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Hotel
Day 3: January 30th – Transfer out
Private transfer from Buenos Aires Hotel, with your guide, to the domestic Airport.
Flight to Mendoza wine country (included)
Arrival into Mendoza airport – Transfer to Entre Cielos.
ENTRE CIELOS-Luxury Hotel
Dominio del Plata Winery & Culinary Experience
Today we visit Susana Balbo Winery (former Dominio del Plata). This modern, expansive, winery produces rich, concentrated Malbec and it is owned by Argentina’s most famous female winemaker, Susana Balbo. You will be welcomed with a glass of wine. Then, the cooking experience starts…
Our cooking class is at Susana´s very house. Do you want to make homemade pasta, pizza and bread ? Who doesn´t love pizza and pasta ? The cheff will teach you their secret tricks to making delicious homemade pizza “a la parilla” and pasta just like you taste in Italy.. or Mendoza !
Welcome Dinner at Cavas Wine Lodge
Day 4 January 31st – Lujan de Cuyo and Uco Valley
First stop will be at Pulenta Estate winery. Pulenta family has been involved in the Argentine viticulture for three generations. Sons of the well known vinegrower Antonio Pulenta and descendants from Italian immigrants, Eduardo y Hugo Pulenta, gave birth to this winery in 2002, providing experience and the most qualified labour. Their philosophy is a must: to achieve the best quality in their products, keeping an exclusive production and a permanent nature care. “Making a great wine is an act of generosity, always considering the person who will taste it. Our mission is to produce limited series of great wines, proudly made in Argentina”
Next we go to visit the world famous new investment of Familia Zuccardi, one of Argentina’s most forward thinking wineries with excellent visitor facilities. Wine-making goes back to the early 1960s for this family concern, now in the hands of third-generation oenologist Sebastián. His grandfather Alberto designed a vine-training system known as the Zuccardi parral, but it was father José Alberto who took the family business to new heights in the 1980s and 1990s, creating accessible as well as high-end wine for export. Lunch is included at this beautiful and modern winery located in Uco Valley.
Return to the hotel by 5.30 pm
Day 5 Feb 01st – Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu Valley
Your first visit will be to Catena Zapata. The winery is undoubtedly one of the most recognized labels from Argentina around the globe.
You’ll be surprised to discover a pristine Mayan temple tucked away in the vineyards of Mendoza. The impressive, cream-stoned pyramid is the showcase winery for Catena Zapata, one of Argentina’s most prestigious wine makers. Bodega Catena Zapata needs little introduction to most wine lovers. They were the first to bring these high quality wines into the international market, and it is Catena Zapata that deserves the credit for alerting the world to the potential of Argentina.
Top scoring wines such as Argentina’s first 98 point wine with Robert Parker, and family fame as the pioneers of making Malbec in Argentina make this a can’t miss winery for most wine lovers.
Finally we visit Casa El Enemigo, inspired by Alejandro Vigil’s childhood with his grandfather, searching the simplicity for its present, and chosen as the temple where they sit and dream of the future. Cultivator of the day to day, open the game and aims to share the happiness that gives you the “daily thing” from the comfort of his home. “The idea is to follow the project just being home,” says Alejandro (Principal Catena Zapata´s Winemaker). After the tasting, a four-course lunch with paired wines will be served at the winery´s restaurant.
Return to the hotel by 05.00 pm
Day 6 Feb 02nd – Day at leisure
Outdoor Barbeque Dinner at Cavas Wine Lodge.
Day 7 Feb 03rd – UCO VALLEY PREMIUM
Founded in 1945, Gimenez Riili is a bodega that has personified Argentine wines for years.
With a small – family – warm winery run by a father and his Argentine sons and focused on small production of Mendoza’s finest red wines as well as white wines. This is a modern winery in a stunning setting.
We continue for lunch at one of the great rising stars of the region: Bodega Andeluna. The building would look quite at home in a remote part of Texas as a hunting lodge. Situated at the foot of the Andes just outside of the town of Tupungato in the Uco Valley, Andeluna has magnificent views of the mountains. The huge windows of the dining room are designed to take advantage of the effect, allowing us to enjoy the view as much as the food. The kitchen is entirely open for viewing from the dining area, and it is remarkable to see the creativity of these chefs in action. Here you will have a multi-course food and wine tasting lunch including the top label Pasionado.
Day 8 Feb 04th – To Home
Private Transfer from Mendoza Hotel to Mendoza Airport
Tour Costs: $5,300 per person
(Excluding Airfare to/from Buenos Aires / Mendoza to home city.)
There may be additional taxes imposed by Argentina in the future which would not be included.
Hotel accommodations based upon double occupancy.
Wine is provided with all itinerary included meals.