Map of Premium Chile & Argentina including Argentina and Chile

Wine and dine on the culture of Chile and Argentina

Against the magnificent backdrop of the Andes Mountains, journey from Santiago to Buenos Aires, taking in all the history, culture and cuisine in between. This 9-day Premium adventure will show you the heart of Chile and Argentina as you stroll the inspiring streets of Santiago with a local guide and sip piscos on a rooftop in the historic centre of Valparaiso. The world’s best wine is waiting for you in Mendoza, the stylish neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires are yours to explore and the El Tigre Delta is a wonder to discover. Gloriously beautiful and abundantly fun, this is an adventure to remember.


Start
Santiago, Chile
Finish
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Destinations
Argentina, Chile
Style
Premium
Theme
Explorer
Code
GGPC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

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  • Discover the culinary treasures of Chile and Argentina as you sample local delicacies in Santiago, dine at the birthplace of chorrillana in Valparaiso and enjoy a closed-door gourmet lunch at a winery in Mendoza.

  • Sip pisco while overlooking a Valparaiso sunset from the roof of your hotel in the historic heart of the city – its colourful buildings and artistic endeavours have earned it the reputation of Chile’s most creative city.

  • Sample some of the world’s best wine at its source with the expert guidance of an oenologist during a full day tour of three renowned wineries in Argentina’s malbec-producing wine region, Mendoza.

  • Start your adventure in style at your fabulous feature stay hotel in Santiago. Converted from a historical house built in 1909, the hotel combines creative architecture with traditional charm.

  • Uncover a lesser-known side of Buenos Aires during an insider’s day tour of the El Tigre Delta. Explore by bike, train, boat and on foot and experience natural beauty away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Is this trip right for you?

  • During the colder months, usually between April and October, the border crossing between Chile and Argentina may be closed due to snowfalls. In that event, your emergency funds may be needed to purchase a flight between Santiago and Mendoza. Please see the 'Money matters' section of the Essential Trip Information for more details.

Itinerary

Welcome to Santiago, Chile. Set within a circle of snow-capped mountains, Santiago is vibrant, artistic and gourmet. On arrival, take an included transfer to the hotel where your adventure will begin with a welcome meeting at 6pm. Your feature stay accommodation for the next two evenings is the fabulous Altiplanico Bellas Artes. Converted from a historical house built in 1909, the hotel focuses on stylish architecture and creative interior design while retaining the welcoming spirit of the home it once was. The hotel’s enviable location serves as a perfect base for your first explorations of Santiago. If you arrive early, perhaps head out and explore the delightful Parque Forestal that’s just steps from your front door. After your meeting, it’s time to get acquainted with Santiago’s fantastic food scene during a welcome dinner with your leader and group. From baked casserole to razor clams cooked in parmesan cheese, Chilean food is hearty, fresh and most of all, delicious.
Accommodation
  • Altiplanico Bellas Artes Hotel (Feature Stay) or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Santiago - Welcome Dinner
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
The arrival transfer is only valid if arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through us. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 14 days prior to travel, as we may not be able to confirm a request made within 14 days of travel.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
Get to know the city on a tour with a local guide who’s an expert on all things Santiago. Your guide will peel back the many layers of the city’s history, beginning at the main square of Plaza de Armas where you’ll hear the tales of the foundation of Santiago and its turbulent past. Continue to La Moneda Palace, the home of Chile’s presidential office, where your guide will fill you in on the country’s complicated political history. From here take the short drive to Parque Bicentenario, created in 2011 to commemorate 200 years of independence. Walk through the gorgeous grounds and discuss the cultural identity of Chileans today. Today’s lunch will be a celebration of Santiago’s finest produce. Stop by a local eatery and sample some excellent cheese, ham and wine – a taste of which will take you straight to the heart of Chilean culture. The rest of the day is free for your own explorations.
Accommodation
  • Altiplanico Bellas Artes Hotel (Feature Stay) or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Santiago - City tour
  • Santiago - Gourmet bodega lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Enjoy a free morning in Santiago. Perhaps make a visit to the Mercado Central, Santiago’s celebrated fish market. Begin the journey to Valparaiso, stopping off for a wine tasting on the way in the Casablanca Valley. Sitting on a coastal plain between the capital and Valparaiso, Casablanca Valley is Chile’s fastest growing wine region, with rich soil and a perfect climate for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. Visit a vineyard that is focused on sustainable and organic viticulture, as well as producing outstanding wines. Continue to the colourful Valparaiso, notable for its brightly hued houses spread across a series of hills overlooking the ocean. Your hotel for the next two nights has been delighting guests since 1885 and sits in the historic heart of the city. Enjoy an introduction to pisco atop its marvellous rooftop and take in unbeatable views of Valparaiso. Afterwards, perhaps head out and find yourself a place to sip some ancho reyes alongside locals for the evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Casa Galos or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Casablanca Valley - Winery tour and tasting
  • Valparaiso - Rooftop pisco sours
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 2.5 hours.
Listed as a World Heritage centre in 2003, Valparaiso used to be South America’s busiest port before the opening of the Panama Canal. It has since transformed itself into Chile’s most creative city which you'll learn more about on the walking tour today with a local guide. The ramshackle streets have long been home to artists, writers and musicians so there is no shortage on visual inspiration to prompt some questions about its background. The hills of Cerro Concepcion and Cerro Alegre are dotted with kaleidoscopically coloured houses, with cobbled streets weaving sharply uphill and concealing all manner of galleries, restaurants and shops. Later on, visit the Lukas Museum which houses the collection of original works by the cartoonist, illustrator and chronicler Renzo Pecchenino, Lukas. Dinner this evening will be at an iconic local restaurant credited with the invention of chorrillana. This legendary Chilean dish is made up of french fries topped with beef, eggs and fried onions, and there’s no better spot to try it than at its birthplace.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Casa Galos or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Valparaiso - Walking tour
  • Valparaiso - Lukas Museum (entrance fee)
  • Valparaiso - Chorrillana dinner
Optional Activities
  • Valparaiso - La Sebastiana Museo de Pablo Neruda (entrance fee) - CLP7000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Travel through the Andes and across the Argentinean border by private vehicle to Mendoza. Along the way, stop and take in views of Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas at 6962 meters above sea level and see the so-called Inca Bridge, a naturally-formed structure that appears to melt into a river amid the mountainous landscape of Mendoza. Once in Mendoza, get a first taste of the city on a gentle stroll around its tree-lined streets with your leader.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Huentala or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mendoza - Leader-led orientation walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is approximately 6 hours, excluding border crossing. Please note that crossing the border can take up to three hours depending on local traffic so it’s a good idea to bring plenty of water and snacks, as the trip may incur delays. During the colder months, usually between April and October, the border crossing between Chile and Argentina may be closed due to snowfalls. In that event, your emergency funds may be needed to purchase a flight between Santiago and Mendoza. Please see the 'Money matters' section of the Essential Trip Information for more details.
Mendoza is Argentina's most prolific and significant grape-growing region, producing nearly three-quarters of the country's wine. The climate produces an excellent variety of grapes, with the region's signature being Malbec. Today you will get to experience this internationally renowned wine at its source during tours and tastings at three world-class and innovative wineries, each with its own distinct style and flavour. Meet with an expert oenologist and gain inside knowledge on the varieties of grapes and different production methods used at each winery, and sample award winning bottles just as spectacular as the surrounding Andes mountain landscape. After the tastings, settle in for a special closed-door gourmet lunch at one of the wineries. Enjoy several courses paired with wines carefully selected to bring out the flavours in the wonderful food. In the evening, perhaps test your palate by attempting to pair the perfect wine with an authentic Argentine asado (barbecue-style food). A visit to Aristides Villanueva Street after dark is a must if you enjoy a bit of nightlife.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Huentala or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mendoza - Tour of three wineries
  • Mendoza - Gourmet winery lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
This morning fly from Mendoza to Buenos Aires, then transfer to your impressive boutique accommodation. Built in 1913, the historic hotel is located in the centre of the city with a spectacular dome rooftop bar. In the afternoon, soak up the Argentinean capital’s irrepressible mix of European and Latin culture on an orientation walk with your leader. Visit Florida Street, National Congress and the presidential palace of the Casa Rosada (Pink House) in the Plaza de Mayo. If there is time, your group may get to visit the Obelisk as well. The evening is free to explore. Be seduced by the world's most passionate dance at a tango bar, attend a raucous football match, or gorge yourself on the city's sophisticated culture and food.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Tango de Mayo or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Leader-led orientation walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s flight is approximately 1.5 hours. This flight has a strict luggage allowance of 15kg (one piece) for check in luggage.
Today you will head north of Buenos Aires to explore the city of Tigre and its surrounding delta region. First, do as the locals do and catch the subway to San Martin square, then set off on a bicycle tour around Puerto Maldero and the Buenos Aires Ecological Reserve – where inhabitants of the city come for a peaceful escape and fresh air. Hop on a train to Tigre and get to know the city during a walking tour. Visit the local fruit market, follow the river along the stunning Paseo Victorica street and stop by the Tigre Art Museum to admire the European inspired building. Next, take a private boat through the third-largest river delta in the world, watching local life play out on the water as you go, then stop off on an island to enjoy a delightful homemade lunch. Take some time to swim, kayak or just sit back and soak in the beautiful island surroundings. Transfer back to Buenos Aires and spend an evening at leisure.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Tango de Mayo or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Tigre Delta day trip
  • Buenos Aires - Home-cooked lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
If the weather is not suitable for cycling, the group will take the train to explore San Isidro instead.
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning. If you're planning to stay on in Buenos Aires we can assist you in booking extra accommodation ahead of time (subject to availability).
Optional Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Tango show ticket prices from - USD60
  • Buenos Aires - Football game (subject to availability) ticket prices from - USD80
  • Buenos Aires - Polo day - USD185
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Plane, Bicycle, Boat

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (6 nights), Feature Stay (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Santiago - Welcome Dinner
  • Santiago - City tour
  • Santiago - Gourmet bodega lunch
  • Casablanca Valley - Winery tour and tasting
  • Valparaiso - Rooftop pisco sours
  • Valparaiso - Walking tour
  • Valparaiso - Lukas Museum (entrance fee)
  • Valparaiso - Chorrillana dinner
  • Mendoza - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Mendoza - Tour of three wineries
  • Mendoza - Gourmet winery lunch
  • Buenos Aires - Leader-led orientation walk
  • Buenos Aires - Tigre Delta day trip
  • Buenos Aires - Home-cooked lunch

Premium Inclusions

  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 
3. This trip includes domestic flights. The luggage allowance is 15kg for check in luggage and 5kg for carry on.
4. Full name exactly as per passport is required at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on the passport), for activity and transport bookings. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.

Essential trip information

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