Classic Argentina

Duration: 9 days

Highlights: Buenos Aires, Iguazu (Argentine and Brazilian sides) and Mendoza

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Buenos Aires

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Welcome to Buenos Aires!

Elegant, old-worldly, with a touch of Paris here and a touch of London there, a dash of New York cosmopolitanism and big splash of Italian exuberance, the city also has a strong Latin America personality as well as uniquely Argentine elements such as tango bars. Here, everything is grand, on a scale fit for kings: Tourists photograph vast steaks at restaurants, Nueve de Julio avenue ranks as the world’s widest, a cemetery so fancy that it occupies one of the poshest parts of the poshest neighborhood, while the entire city fronts onto the world’s widest river. Buenos Aires never fails to impress.

Overnight: Four Seasons Buenos Aires

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Day 2 - Buenos Aires

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Familiarize yourself with some of the most recognizable landmarks in the ‘Paris of the South’ during a guided half-day Buenos Aires city tour. This tour includes the most historical areas of Buenos Aires. Starting in Plaza de Mayo, the political heart of the city, this square was designed by Don Juan de Garay in 1580. Continue to La Boca, the tough port barrio (neighborhood) and colorful working-class area of Buenos Aires, and finally Puerto Madero, the city’s newest district whose red-brick warehouses have been transformed into trendy restaurants and bars. Board a ferry in Puerto Madero for a 20-minute boat ride on the Río de la Plata (River Plate) to see the city from a completely different angle.

Return to the hotel, where you have some time at leisure.

An evening of intimate music and dance await at Rojo Tango, a unique venue located inside Faena Universe, in Puerto Madero. Private round trip transfers without guide are included.
Following dinner and a tango show await at the Philippe Starck-designed cabaret for a performance filled with fantasy, sensuality and nostalgia.

Rojo Tango’s vanguard show recreates the age when tango was danced on the streets of Buenos Aires. Talented dancers, musicians and singers leave guests breathless, while the Faena’s gastronomic offering teams aromas and textures with one of Argentina’s finest sparkling wines.

After the show, transfer to your hotel.

Overnight: Four Seasons Buenos Aires

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Day 3 - San Antonio de Areco

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

A 90-minute drive north of Buenos Aires city leads you to San Antonio de Areco, a traditional gaucho town whose colonial buildings are straight out of the 19th century. A place with history and tradition, this is where Don Segundo Sombra, Argentina’s most famous literary gaucho, belongs. A picturesque town, this is the place to discover the gaucho lifestyle and customs, particularly at Ricardo Güiraldes Gaucho Museum. It’s also home to some of the best leather designers and silversmiths’ ateliers that produce regional wares from yerba mate gourds to belts. November is the perfect time to visit San Antonio de Areco, when the town celebrates Argentina’s Day of the Tradition for a week, culminating in a parade showcasing gauchos’ skills on horseback as well as folk music and dances.

Close to the town of San Antonio de Areco, La Bamba de Areco estancia is located in the heart of the pampas on the banks of the Areco stream. La Bamba de Areco offers precisely what its Celtic name translates to; a place to rest. A welcome drink and empanadas awaits, followed up by a range of activities such as equine and folkloric demonstrations. Enjoy a barbecue lunch after which guests can relax by the swimming-pool, take a stroll in the park, go horseback-riding or cycling before a traditional English tea.

Overnight: Four Seasons Buenos Aires

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Day 4 - Iguazu

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer from your hotel to local airport to board your flight to Puerto Iguazu.

Flight Buenos Aires / Puerto Iguazu is not included.

Upon arrival at Puerto Iguazu airport (IGR), you are welcomed to Puerto Iguazu by your local guide and transferred to your hotel to be helped with check-in procedures.

Welcome to the Iguazu Falls!

Puerto Iguazú is a quiet town located at the confluence of the Iguazú and Parana rivers. The mighty Iguassu Falls, recently declared one of the New Seven Wonders are one of the most impressive sights in the world, with a breath-taking 275 cascades spread across a gulf of nearly three kilometers (two miles). Taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide, Iguazú has 275 cascades spread across three kilometers (two miles) along the path of the River Iguazú, on the border between Brazil and Argentina. Viewpoints from both sides offer different perspectives of this unique lively and colorful spectacle.

Overnight: Melia Iguazu

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Day 5 - Iguazu Falls National Park

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a full-day visit to the Argentine side of the Iguazu Falls National Park. This side of the park was created in 1934 and covers around 123,5000 acres (50,000 hectares), offering unique contact with nature as you get within a few steps from the thundering cascades. Feel the proximity of the falls and observe its beautiful vegetation, birds and butterflies, walking along the footbridges and roads. Waterproof clothing is necessary, since there is a small price to pay for getting within such close range of the falls! Arriving at the Visitors Center, access the Nature Interpretation Center of Iguazu National Park, which also provides cultural, educational and social activities. This is the starting point for the amazing Devil’s Gorge tour. Departing from Cataratas Station, the train takes you to Garganta Station in 18 minutes. The stroll along the catwalks is 1.2 kilometers (1 mile) across the delta islands, leading to the main balcony located next to the most spectacular fall, the Devil’s Gorge. Time required: two hours. Difficulty: low, no stairs. Upper Trail: a 2 kilometer walk (1.5 miles) offering magnificent views of the falls from the Upper Iguazu River. Time required: 1.15 hours. Difficulty: low, no stairs. Lower Trail: a 1.6 kilometers walk (1.2 miles) provides a view from below and around the falls. Time required: two hours. Difficulty: moderate, with stairs

Overnight: Melia Iguazu

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Day 6 - Mendoza

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Fly to Buenos Aires and then Mendoza. Upon arrival at Mendoza, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Welcome to Mendoza and Wine Country! It is one of the most attractive provincial capitals in Argentina. It prides itself not only on the well-kept parks and elegant tree-lined avenues but on its heritage, the excellence of its wines and the beauty of the surrounding Andean landscape. Set at the foot of the Andes in the Cuyo region, the town lies in a beautiful and fertile oasis formed by the Mendoza and Tunuyán rivers.

Mendoza is Argentina’s most important wine region; it has taken the international wine world by storm with 1,341 active wineries in five wine oases with wines and wineries to suit all kinds and tastes.

Mendoza is also home to Aconcagua (the highest mountain outside Asia) a non-technical walk-up option for the brave and for the more relaxed the Andes afford great trekking, rafting and mountain biking. Mendoza is also the gateway to an unforgettable journey which links Argentina & Chile, through a panoramic drive over the Andes.

Overnight: Entre Cielos

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Day 7 - Touring the Vineyards

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a full-day visit to some top wineries in Agrelo district.

Bodega Catena Zapata – Catena Alta Tasting. The family winery led by Argentine vintner Nicolas Catena, Bodega Catena Zapata is widely recognized as the pioneering winery which has shown the international wine community the true quality potential of the Mendoza terroir. International wine guru Robert Parker, named Bodega Catena Zapata as the only South American winery in his book, The World’s Greatest Wine Estates.

Finca Decero Winery – enjoy a gourmet lunch at the winery. Once a patch of dirt in the foothills of the Andes, Finca Decero is a one-of-a-kind vineyard, where each vine is nurtured by hand and the wine making is without compromise. Free from restraint and tradition, the creators of the winery developed a mano or ‘by hand’ approach that is human, sustainable and sensitive to natural differences. Lunch at the winery is paired with wines.

Benegas Winery. This traditional winery belonged to Gladys Alurralde Norton’s family, mother of current owner Federico J. Benegas Lynch. Federico was born at the property’s main house, where he still lives today. Throughout his childhood he worked every step of the way, helping his father in the wine making process. Benegas is focused on quality and celebrating its Finca Libertad terroir. They believe in the judicious use of oak, maintaining it as a background component in the wine, while tannins are balanced and the finish long. Total production is only 30,000 cases. Consultant winemaker Michel Rolland says: “Benegas wines have a strong personality, the result of a unique terroir for its quality and the combination of French and Argentine traditions. The wines are a reflection of Federico Benegas Lynch’s passion and his constant search for excellence.”

09:30 to 12:00. 45 kilometers (28 miles) from downtown Mendoza. Lunch, top-shelf wine tastings, chilled water, snacks. Wine and restaurant tips included.

Overnight: Entre Cielos

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Day 8 - Cooking Class

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

There is no better way to learn the secrets of a regional cuisine than by cooking it yourself. We have teamed with the area’s best chefs to create an interactive cooking experience which presents the region’s wide array of fresh produce and ingredients while demonstrating the local culinary techniques and highlighting some of the most authentic dishes.

It’s not all about learning, however. You will have the chance to feast upon the fruits of your labor with special wines hand selected by us to pair with your personal creations.

This day combines the visit to the monumental architecture of Salentein Winery, Chapel and Art Museum with the hearty typical country food in Andeluna. After lunch, visit to Salentein’s Winery and Art Museum.

Cooking Class Includes:
Preparation of several dishes, recipe booklet, wine tasting and visit to the winery, lunch, wine and waters.

After the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel and the rest of the day will be at leisure to relax.

Overnight: Entre Cielos

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Day 9 - Departure

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

This morning fly to Buenos Aires where upon arrival this afternoon you are met and transferred to the international airport to board your flight for the journey home.

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