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9 Day Classic Argentina & Chile with Mendoza Wine Country

9 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Argentina
Depart for Argentina.

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Buenos Aires
Arrive in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. The city's beauty is apparent with its elegant architecture, wide tree-shaded boulevards, striking monuments and sprawling parks. Spend the rest of the day at leisure to get acquainted with the “Paris of South America” and its distinct European flavor. As you will have your night at leisure, feel free to treat yourself to an Argentine beef dinner at one of the city's many superb steak restaurants.


DAY 3, Thursday - Buenos Aires City Tour
Discover the city's highlights this morning on a tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace); see the balcony where Eva and Juan Peron made their speeches. Then, to the colorful La Boca neighborhood, a working class barrio, and the old quarters of San Telmo and Caminito, a mix of colonial style homes, narrow lanes, artists' lofts and very trendy cafes. Drive to the Recoleta Cemetery, final resting place of many of the wealthiest and most important Argentine historical figures. The grounds here cover more than four city blocks, filled with tombs adorned by works of local and international sculptors, and more than 6,400 mausoleums including the tomb of Eva "Evita" Peron, always heaped with flowers and letters from adoring fans. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring some of Buenos Aires neighborhoods and fabulous collection of shops before this afternoon's tango lesson with professional Argentine Tango Dancers. Following the tango lesson you will have a short briefing with your Tour Manager. Tonight is at leisure, or, participate in the optional Argentine Dinner and Tango Show. (Breakfast)

Optional: Buenos Aires Dinner & Tango Show (PM)


DAY 4, Friday - Full Day in Buenos Aires
Today is at leisure to revisit some of your favorite places in the city. Shop for leatherwear and designer clothes, or, join the optional fun-filled Gaucho Party at the Santa Susana Ranch. Get ready for a rustic experience at a typical Argentine ranch (estancia), dedicated to agriculture and the breeding of cattle and horses. After a tour of the grounds, enjoy a typical barbecue lunch, followed by a folklore show with live music and dancing. Return to the hotel with time to prepare for this evening's dinner with your group at a delightful restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Full Day Traditional Gaucho Party


DAY 5, Saturday - Buenos Aires to Mendoza
Today, depart Buenos Aires by flight to Mendoza, the center of Argentina's renowned wine industry. Upon arrival, you'll see the beautiful mountains and trees, harmoniously mixed with the vintage scents that invade the city. The city's wine, art and culture magically merge in every corner of this province, founded in the 16th century by Spanish settlers. Tonight, perhaps join the optional Traditional Argentine Dinner that combines flavors from every region of Argentina. (Breakfast)

Optional: Traditional Argentinean Style Dinner


DAY 6, Sunday - Mendoza Wineries 
Morning visit to the Bodega Achaval-Ferrer Winery, one of the award-winning boutique vineyards in Mendoza. Here, tour the vineyard and learn about the harvesting, winemaking process and the viticulture history of Mendoza. An expert details the importance of wine tasting to understand the properties of the wine, and shares tastes of some of the fine wines in the cellar. Then continue on to Norton Vineyards where you will have the opportunity to be an oenologist for a day and create your own wine. This recreational activity allows you to blend wine combining varieties and discovering aromas, textures and complexity. The afternoon is yours to explore Mendoza independently. Perhaps, visit Independence Square, the civic center and the San Francisco ruins which are the only vestige of the colonial architecture. Visit San Martin Park and the "cerro de la Gloria" from where you can see a panoramic view of the land of sun and excellent wine. Tonight, wander along the wide avenues of this bustling city or linger at a cosmopolitan café, wine bar or gourmet restaurant in this city that has much to discover. (
Breakfast)

DAY 7, Monday - Mendoza to Santiago 
Depart today for a long drive on the dazzling scenic route from Mendoza to Santiago in Chile. Stop en route for views of Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America lying within the Aconcagua Provincial Park in the province of Mendoza. Unlike other Andean peaks, this mountain does not sit on the international border and lies completely within Argentina. Enjoy a box lunch en route. After crossing the border, arrive in energetic Santiago for leisure time this evening. (
Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 8, Tuesday - City tour of Santiago
Leisure time this morning to get acquainted with the city on your own or perhaps join the optional Architectural Tour of Santiago and learn how the city was planned, designed and constructed. This afternoon embark on the city tour of Santiago. Ascend to a lookout point on San Cristóbal Hill for magnificent panoramic views of the city. Learn about Santiago's fascinating past from a local historian on the tour of Plaza de Armas, symbolic heart and soul of the city since its founding in 1541. Walk to the central fountain that memorializes liberator Simón Bolívar and to the stately Cathedral of Santiago, soaring over the plaza. Pass La Moneda, the elaborate Presidential Palace, on the way to the Bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista, a favorite spot for intellectuals and artists, where art galleries and cafes line the winding streets. Tonight, it's an evening to share wonderful memories of your journey in South America over a traditional Chilean dinner at a local restaurant and bid farewell to your new-found friends. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Half Day Architectural Tour of Santiago (AM)


DAY 9, Wednesday - Depart Chile
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)
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All This Included
  • Intra-flight Buenos Aires-Mendoza
  • 7 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel porterage
  • 10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
Highlights
  • Admire the elegant architecture in Buenos Aires, the "Paris of South America"
  • At Recoleta Cemetery, see the final resting place of Eva "Evita" Peron
  • Tango lesson with professional Argentine tango dancers
  • Enjoy a true Wine Experience in Mendoza
  • Tour Santiago, the energetic capital of Chile
Accommodations
Buenos Aires: Panamericano Buenos Aires
Mendoza: Huentala Hotel Boutique
Santiago: Crowne Plaza
Notes
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Buenos Aires-Mendoza.
  • Passport information must be submitted to Gate 1 Travel at least 60 days prior to departure.
  • This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day as well as one long 10-hour drive to Santiago. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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