Explore the best of South American wine country, Chilean and Argentine culture, and gastronomy – all in one unforgettable trip! 11 days, 10 nights  The journey includes four acclaimed Chilean wine valleys as well as coastal Valparaiso. Next, hop over the Andes into Mendoza, Argentina’s most important wine region. The trip closes with three days in Buenos Aires.

Day 1 – Sunday: Arrival in Santiago / City Tour / Wine Tasting Dinner


Welcome to Chile! Your Santiago guide will meet you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel. You’ll have time to settle in and relax before heading out for a half day tour of the city, chosen by the New York Times as 2011’s #1 destination to visit.

Santiago is a vibrant city full of character, with a thriving arts culture, trendy restaurant scene, and lively nightlife. Old-world colonial mansions and eclectic neighborhoods transition seamlessly to the skyscrapers and modern structures of Las Condes, Vitacura, and Providencia.



You will set out to visit Santiago’s most important historical sites, including the downtown area surrounding the Plaza de Armas, the La Moneda Presidential Palace, and the Mercado Central.  Continuing through the cobblestoned Lastarria neighborhood, you will walk through the Parque Forestal and pass by the Bellas Artes Museum. For a panoramic vista of the city, you will visit the top of Cerro San Cristobal Hill, 600 feet above the city.



During the tour, you will visit one of Santiago’s most famous museums, La Chascona, former home to beloved poet and Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda. The whimsical residence the poet shared with his mistress (later his third wife) provides a snapshot into the life and mind of Neruda, filled with art, eccentric collections, and even his Nobel Prize.



In the evening, you are invited to the home of Chef Maria Eugenia Terragno, former executive chef of LAN airlines. She’ll welcome you with the best homemade pisco sour in town and share with you her passion for and knowledge of Chilean gastronomy. Also joining you for dinner will be two winemakers from the Movement of Independent Vitners (MOVI), sharing with you some excellent vintages which showcase some of the best of Chile’s privileged terroir.



About MOVI: Established in 2009, the Movement of Independent Vitners (MOVI, for short) is an association of small Chilean wineries sharing a common passion to create meaningful vintages on a personal scale. Every wine is homage to a particular vision, origin, and terroir. The founding members are: Bravado Wines, Clos Andino, Erasmo, Flaherty, Garage Wine Co., Gillmore, Hereu, I-Wines, Montsecano, Polkura, Rukumilla, Sigla, Tipaume, and Von Siebenthal.

NOTE: This day anticipates early arrival, early check in may not always be available. Guests can always store their belongings but may not be able to access room

Hotel: Ritz Carlton (www.ritzcarlton.com) / Plaza El Bosque Suites (www.plazaelbosque.cl)

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 – Monday: Casablanca Valley and Valparaiso


Your guide will meet you at your hotel this morning to depart for the Pacific coast.  Along the way, you will make your first winery stop at Kingston Family Vineyards and learn how their vineyard has evolved into one of Chile’s hottest boutique wineries, pioneering award-winning whites and artisan-style reds.

After a tour and tasting, you will continue to the coast to explore the historic city of Valparaíso, one of the first South American ports founded by the Spanish and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will enjoy lunch at one of Valparaíso’s top restaurants, nestled high in its hills and with a privileged vista of the bay. Paired with a fresh pisco sour or smooth glass of wine, what could be better? In the afternoon, you will take a walk through the Cerro Concepcion and Alegre neighborhoods and ride the century-old hillside ascensores (elevators).  In the late afternoon, you will return to Santiago.

Hotel: Ritz Carlton / Plaza El Bosque Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
                             

Day 3 – Tuesday: Maipo and Cachapoal Valleys


The Maipo Valley is considered the “cradle of Chilean wine-making.” While not Chile’s oldest wine region – as some authors have claimed – Maipo is certainly among the most traditional. French-inspired vineyards initiated Chile’s second wine boom some 150 years ago and are partially responsible for the valley’s famed Cabernet Sauvignon and finest Carménère. Maipo is also growing rapidly, home to several new boutique wineries which are producing exciting premium wines in the region.

Your first visit is to Aquitania. Located just outside Santiago, Aquitania was born from a formidable partnership among four well-respected French and French-Chilean agronomists and oenologists. The idea was to combine the best of French vinicultural practices with the agricultural paradise of Chile to create unique, sophisticated wines. Award-winning labels such as Aquitania, Lazuli, and Sol de Sol are proof of the project’s success.

You’ll then head south to the Cachapoal Valley where Altair is making a global name for itself and the valley. A partnership between Chile’s second largest winery, San Pedro, and Chateau Dassault in Saint Emilion, France, has produced two premium wines, Altair and Sideral. Nestled in a remote corner of Cachapoal, the winery provides fantastic views of the central valley and an unforgettable lunch spot. Following your relaxed afternoon at the winery, you will be driven to the Colchagua Valley to check into your hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza (www.hotelsantacruzplaza.cl/)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 – Wednesday: Colchagua Valley


Two hours south of Santiago is one of Chile’s largest and most developed wine regions. The Colchagua Valley is known for producing some of Chile’s best wine, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, Carménère, Syrah, and Malbec. We will visit Casa Silva, the oldest winery in the Colchagua Valley, which was founded by French immigrant Emilio Bouchon in 1892 and is known for its award winning Carménère, Chile’s signature grape. Your tour will include a visit to the historic winery, a tasting of their reserve wines, and a splendid lunch. In the afternoon, your guide will take you through the Santa Cruz Museum, one of the best private collections of pre-Columbian art in all of South America.

Hotel: Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

 
The Colchagua Valley is emerging as the new king of Chilean reds, and today’s winery visits will prove that title is well deserved. Your day will start with a visit to Neyen de Apalta, which focuses all its production on one Bordeaux-style blend from 115 year-old Carménère vines. Neyen is the perfect blend of tradition and modernity, founded by the Rojas family in 2002 on the site of one of the area’s pioneering 19th century wineries.

Next, you’ll head to lunch at family-run Viu Manent winery. Founded in 1935, Viu Manent’s core philosophy is centered in attention to detail, respect for the environment, and honoring history and tradition while embracing innovation and modernity to support continued excellence.   

Your final visit of the day will be to Casa Lapostolle Winery, founded in 1994 by Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle (of the Grand Marnier family) which produces some of the best QPR (quality/price ratio) wines in Chile. Since its outstanding debut 1997 vintage, Casa Lapostolle's Clos Apalta bottling has helped to establish Colchagua as a premier red-wine region. Owner Marnier-Lapostolle and her team have created a blend of Chile's distinctive Carmenère, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, utilizing cutting-edge technique such as hand-de-stemming berries and designing a gravity-flow winery. In 2008, they were awarded 96 points in “Wine Spectator” for their Clos Apalta. 

Hotel: Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 – Friday: Mendoza, Argentina


You will depart from Santa Cruz and drive to the Santiago International Airport in time for your flight to Mendoza.  Arriving in Mendoza, you will check in to your hotel before taking a guided tour of the city. Enjoy an evening at leisure.

Hotel: Park Hyatt Mendoza (www.hyatt.com) / Executive Park Suites (http://www.executive.parksuites.net/)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 7 – Saturday: Lujan de Cuyo


Your day begins just south of Mendoza in the Lujan de Cuyo area. One of Argentina’s most traditional wine regions, Lujan de Cuyo is home to many of the nation’s top wineries and finest Malbec. First, you’ll visit Tapiz* winery, where you will taste wines directly from the American and French oak barrels in which they are aged. Next, you’ll tour Achaval Ferrer*, known for producing some of Argentina’s most prestigious wines.  Then, you’ll head for a tasting at Ruca Malen*, followed by a lunch of Argentine beef, specially prepared by the winery’s chef, Lucas. Your final stop of the day will be a personal visit with one of Mendoza’s renowned pioneering winemakers, Carmelo Patti*, who will share with you his passion for winemaking while preparing special barrel tastings. (*suggested wineries)

Hotel: Park Hyatt Mendoza / Executive Park Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 – Sunday: Valley de Uco


Today you will visit the new frontier in Argentina winemaking, the spectacular high-altitude growing region of Valle de Uco. The snow-capped Andes loom in the background as vineyards spread into the foothills. Your first visit is to Bodega Pulenta Estate*, where you will tour the exceptionally designed winery and taste excellent wines in their unique tasting room. Next, you visit Bodega Lurton*, whose owners (two French brothers) chose Valle de Uco because they saw amazing potential for greatness. Their winery is equipped with the latest technology, and you will taste right from the tanks. For lunch, you will visit Bodega Altus*, which has a great architectural design and cozy Mendocino decor. (*suggested wineries)

Hotel: Park Hyatt Mendoza / Executive Park Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 – Monday: Buenos Aires


You’ll depart Mendoza on a morning flight to arrive to Buenos Aires by mid-day. Your local guide will meet you at the airport to accompany you to your hotel. After you settle in, you will head out this afternoon on an exclusive, guided tour of Buenos Aires, during which your guide will use three parks and plazas to introduce you to the city, its history, its contrasts, and the characteristic “porteño perspective.” The evening is free to discover the city – perhaps strolling along the harbor at Puerto Madero or through the trendy Palermo Viejo neighborhood.

Hotel: Hotel Sofitel (www.sofitel.com) / Savoy Hotel (http://www.savoyhotel.com.ar)
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 – Tuesday: Buenos Aires


The day is yours to explore all that Buenos Aires has to offer. Head out for some hiking or biking in the Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur, Buenos Aires’ ecological reserve. Experience world-class shopping in the downtown La Florida sector, or return to Palermo Viejo (Palermo Soho) to visit the stylish boutique galleries. 

In the evening you will attend a glamorous tango show with dinner in one of the most prestigious tango houses in Buenos Aires. Born in the outskirts of the capital at the turn of the century, tango quickly became an iconic symbol of Argentina worldwide. Your VIP seating assures you a great view of this special program.

Hotel: Hotel Sofitel / Savoy Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 - Wednesday: Buenos Aires/Departure


Enjoy a free morning before your private transfer to the airport in time for your departing flight.

Meals Included: Breakfast



 

A note on winery visits: We make every effort to provide you with the program as it is presented herein. However, certain unexpected events at wineries can mean the cancellation of a visit - for example a large distributor decides to make an unexpected visit. We reserve the right to substitute scheduled winery visits as needed with alternatives of similar category.

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Price per Person (US$):

• “Premium Program”:  $4,799 in 2013

                                        $5,223 in 2014

     

• “Standard Program” : $3,998 in 2013

                                        $4.397 in 2014
    

*based on group size of 8 travelers, double occupancy in hotels



 Contact us  to organize your dates.

What’s Included:
• All ground transportation in comfortable vehicle
• Professional, bilingual guide
• Ten (10) nights lodging as listed in itinerary
• Some meals, as listed in itinerary
• Twelve (12) winery visits with tastings (6 in Chile, 6 in Argentina)
• Santiago city tour
• Valparaíso city tour
• Santa Cruz Museum Entrance
• Mendoza city tour
• Buenos Aires city tour
• Tango Show with VIP seating in Buenos Aires
• Bottled mineral water

 

Not Included:
• International or domestic flights
• Reciprocity fees required for entry in Chile and Argentina
• Meals or services not listed in itinerary
• Gratuities
• Travel insurance

• Items of a personal nature





 

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