Take a journey through Mendoza’s finest wineries and meet the passionate people that make Argentine wine so widely celebrated…

INTRODUCTION

Combine the best of Buenos Aires with a visit to one of the world’s premier wine regions – Mendoza. Buenos Aires is easily one of the most stylish cities in the world and has remained the cultural heart of Argentina. Allow a local porteño guide to show you the highlights of their city and discover its elaborate past, the magnificent buildings and its modern-day cultures. Live the life of a gaucho and enjoy a trip to a traditional ranch in Argentina’s remote pampas. Finish your adventure by traveling to Mendoza, Argentina’s most famous wine region in the foot-hills of the Andes. Its wines range between world-famous, award-winning malbecs to simple vino patero. Let us take you on a journey through Mendoza’s finest wineries and meet the passionate people that make Argentine wine so widely celebrated.

QUICK OVERVIEW BY DAY:

  • Day 01 – Arrive into Buenos Aires
  • Day 02 – Morning Panoramic Tour of Buenos Aires
  • Day 03 – Excursion to Delta Tigre & Northern Buenos Aires
  • Day 04 – Argentine Asado at Traditional Gaucho Ranch
  • Day 05 – Fly to Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo: Cavas Wine Lodge
  • Day 06 – The Vineyards of Maipú
  • Day 07 – The Vineyards of Valle de Uco
  • Day 08 – Return to Buenos Aires & Depart
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Day 01 – Arrive into Buenos Aires

Arrival to Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE). Upon arrival our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. With its wide leafy avenues and eclectic collection of neighborhoods overflowing with a fascinating array architecture; it is not hard to see why Buenos Aires is known as the Paris of Latin America.
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Day 02 – Morning Panoramic Tour of Buenos Aires

You’ll start your Argentine adventure with a panoramic tour of Buenos Aires. You’ll first stop at Plaza de Mayo, one of the most important landmarks in the city and home to the famous government building Casa Rosada. Continuing, you’ll visit the elegant neighborhoods of Recoleta, Palermo, San Telmo and Puerto Madero. In the barrio of La Boca on the famous Caminito Street you’ll see local artists dancing the sultry Tango. We include a visit to the Recoleta Cemetery, a place of stately mausoleums and the resting place of Evita, Argentina’s most beloved first lady.
In the evening we’ll collect and take you to the historic neighborhood of Monserrat. Bringing back the enchantment and passion of Tango from a lost symbolic time in the history of Buenos Aires, we include a Tango show and dinner at Café de Los Angelitos.
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Day 03 – Excursion to Delta Tigre & Northern Buenos Aires

Today you’ll head to the north of Buenos Aires for a tour of the Delta Tigre. Named Tigre after the tigers that roamed the land in previous years, this area 1-hour north of Buenos Aires was once a weekend retreat for wealthy families. British character prevails strongly in the area, with countless Victorian and Tudor Mansions dominating the riverbanks. On arrival at the Delta, you’ll embark a river boat at the San Fernando Marina for a two-hour boat ride.

After your boat ride, you’ll visit the famous Paseo Victorica. This short and winding promenade follows the banks of the Luján River, passing by numerous rowing clubs with spectacular buildings like La Marina Club, raised in the Belle Epoque period of the late 20th century. On your return to Buenos Aires, you’ll stop in the Cathedral and historic center of San Isidro, before skirting the outer suburbs of Buenos Aires and visiting the Presidential Residence in Olivos.

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Day 04 – Argentine Asado at Traditional Gaucho Ranch

The gaucho is a national symbol of Argentina who inhabited the country’s vast pampas in the 18th and 19th centuries. He was a skilled horseman and expert in livestock farming. According to folklore, the goucho was also a brave and noble person, but also known as being somewhat unruly.

Today you’ll visit a traditional gaucho estancia a couple of hours inland from Buenos Aires. The visit includes a horse-back ride around the estate, or a ride in a horse-drawn wagon from the period. Traditional meat empanadas are served along with an spectacular Argentine asado barbeque lunch and wine. After lunch, a folkloric Gaucho`s show will be performed, and you’ll also witness a typical Ring Race. Farm hands, gauchos and guests alike are invited to dance or relax in the shade of native Calden Trees.

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Day 05 – Fly to Mendoza, Lujan de Cuyo: Cavas Wine Lodge

Today you’ll take a two-hour flight across Argentina to Mendoza. Located on the eastern slopes of the Andes, this famous wine region located at 2,450 feet above sea level, accounts for approximately two-thirds of Argentina’s wine production. On arrival we’ll transfer you to the outskirts of Mendoza to the luxury Cavas Wine Lodge in Lujan de Cuyo. Tucked away in a 55-acre vineyard, Cavas Wine Lodge is a magnificent 18 room Relais & Châteaux property. The Lodge is perfectly located with quick and easy access to the best vineyards in Mendoza.
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Day 06 – The Vineyards of Maipú

Located south-east of Mendoza, the small town of Maipú is an important viticulture region and is home to some of Argentina’s biggest wine names. The region is famous for producing intense, red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and the most famous grape – Malbec.

We’ll start the day with a visit to the Domaine St. Diego Winery. This family of winemakers created a real garage winery with a limited production of excellent wines. Angel Mendoza, founder and owner of the winery is a renowned winemaker with a prestigious career. Continuing, we’ll visit the CarinaE Winery. Named for a constellation only visible during the South American wine harvest, this boutique gem is owned by a French couple with a combined passion for the sky and the Mendoza terroir. Lunch is included at Terruño in Club Tapiz, a cozy restaurant known for creating international dishes with fresh local ingredients.

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Day 07 – The Vineyards of Valle de Uco

An hour’s drive south of Mendoza, the Valle de Uco is a distinct wine growing region home to many of Argentina’s top producers. With excellent soil quality and climate, Argentina's iconic grape variety of Malbec flourishes in the Uco Valley, producing terroir-driven red wines with a distinctive floral aroma.

You’ll start the day with a tour and wine tasting at the Salentein Winery. Grand production meets high style at this magnificent steel and concrete cross-shaped monument to winemaking. Guides conduct dramatic tastings from behind an impressive marble alter. After you’ll drive on a few miles to the nearby La Azul Winery. With a commitment to contemporary, boutique artistry, winemaker Flavia Manterola selects only a fraction of each season's grape harvest to produce exclusive, first-rate wines. Lunch is included at Andeluna Cellars. Spectacular Argentine cuisine created in the warm exhibition-style kitchen.

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Day 08 – Depart

Today you’ll fly back to Buenos Aires, where we will transfer you to Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE). Here you can connect to your international flights home.

If you have time, why not extend your trip with a few nights in Uruguay? Fast boat ferry services run from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento or Montevideo. Contact a Luxury Argentina Travel Advisor today for assistance in planning your trip.

TOUR INFORMATION

Our trips are tailor-made to suit your requirements. Contact a luxury Argentina Vacation expert for a comprehensive itinerary and pricing:

  • US$ 400+ per person per day (based on 5-star hotels)**
  • US$ 300 – 400 per person per day (based on 4-star hotels)**
  • US$ 250 – 300 per person per day (based on 3-star hotels)**

Included in the Price:

  • Guided excursions as described in itinerary.
  • Hotel nights + breakfasts.
  • Airport collections and drop-offs with check-in and baggage assistance.
  • 24 Hour emergency contact number and assistance (in-country).

Not Included in the Price:

  • International flights.
  • Domestic flight package. Flights required Buenos Aires –El Calafate – Buenos Aires. Approximate cost US$ 350 – 450. We can purchase these flights on your behalf.
  • Tips or gratuities.
  • Other meals not stated in the itinerary.
  • Travel insurance.

In the southern hemisphere the seasons are reversed. Therefore, in Buenos Aires, December – February is the hottest time of the year as this considered summertime. Days are hot and humid with temperatures ranging from 28 – 35 Deg C (80 – 95 Deg F). This is also the most popular time to travel to the city, but it is also when locals head away from town for their own vacations. During the first 2 weeks of January many shops, restaurants and even hotels go on shut down, leaving the city feeling a little empty. June – August is wintertime, and days can be a little chilly and overcast. March – May and Sept – November offer more moderate weather conditions and are good times to travel. Oct – November is when the jacaranda trees are in full bloom and a beautiful time to visit the city. It can rain anytime in Buenos Aires, even during summer when the rain can be torrential!

Mendoza’s long days of sunshine and temperate weather gives a great reason to visit any time of year. However, October – April is when most of the activity happens in the region, from the planting season through until harvest. Spring (October – November) and Fall (March – April) are warm, crisp and bursting with many colors. Day time temperatures are around 20 Deg C (70 Deg F). Summertime (December – March) is when the sun is at its strongest and daytime temperatures can peak around 35 Deg C (95 Deg F). During these months it can also rain heavily, so you’ll need to be prepared with a light rain jacket. Wineries turn their attention to the wine production from March – April.

Festival Dates (Mendoza Harvest Festival):

Via Blanca de Las Reinas (Grand Street Parade), 9pm, First Friday of March.
El Carrusel de Vendimia (Grand Street Parade), 10am, First Saturday of March.
Acto Central Fanale (Main Event at Greek Theater), 9pm, First Saturday of March.

Departure Dates:
Dates are flexible and customized to meet your needs. Let us know which dates work best for you and we will tailor the itinerary accordingly.

Suitability:
This luxury Argentina vacation package is suitable for all ages.

Difficulty:
Easy: This trip is considered easy.

Destinations Visited:

  • Buenos Aires
  • Delta Tigre
  • Gaucho Ranch
  • Mendoza

Vacation Package Type:

  • City
  • Food & Wine
  • Culture
  • Sightseeing
  • Architecture
  • History
  • Nature

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