Buenos Aires & Mendoza

Epicurean adventures abound. Be prepared for the steak of your life; sublime culinary creations of “modern” Argentine cuisine; a highly addictive treat called medialunas; and that slinky Malbec flowing freely. Food and drink, this life is!

Day 1: Welcome to Buenos Aires

Arrival to Buenos Aires and airport meet and greet and transfer to your hotel. Day at leisure to explore the city.

Day 2: Buenos Aires Sightseeing and Tango Experience

This morning, we set off on a cultural City Tour. We will see the Plaza de Mayo and the President of Argentina´s Casa Rosada (the "pink" house); the spacious, grand Avenida de Mayo dotted with plane trees that resemble Madrid's Gran Vía; the Greco-Roman Palacio del Congreso with its green-dome and columns; the microcenter of the city with its busy Pedestrian malls and the shady San Martín Plaza; and rolling parks of Palermo and Retiro, then we go to visit La Boca, where the first European immigrants arrived at the end of the XIX century; a walk along Caminito (little path) you will find different artists, street shows and colorful houses called conventillos.At night, experience tango’s captivating rhythm in the city where it was born. We will visit one of the greatest tango´s show in Buenos Aires: La Ventana. The performance covers tango history from the 1920s onward, and features a five-piece orchestra, two singers and four couples; accompanied by gourmet meal, wine and champagne. After, you’ll have the chance to try your new dance moves at "milongas” in the city to dance tango with locals.

Day 3: Buenos Aires Leisure

Breakfast at the hotel, and day at leisure to explore the city, or ask us for details on activities like attending one of the famed Argentine fútbol (soccer) matches, a polo match, browsing boutiques with a personal shopper, a museum tour, Jewish tour, day trip to Colonia, Uruguay, or other special interest activity.Return to the hotel in the evening. 
 

Day 4: To Mendoza Wine Country

Transfer to domestic airport and check-in assistance for Mendoza flight; airport meet and greet and transfer to your hotel.In the afternoon, sightseeing around Mendoza city, visiting one of the most beautiful cities in our country, a real oasis in the desert. We will appreciate the irrigation ditches and its green open spaces, which are its main characteristic.At night, savor an authentic Argentinean "parrillada” at Q Grill, one of Park Hyatt’s restaurants. A dining experience you can’t miss!

Day 5: Uco Valley wine tour with Cooking Class

We deeply believe that food is a very good way to learn about the culture, traditions and customs of the locals and what can be better than a cooking class.We pick you up at 09.30am to visit the exclusive high-altitude wine growing area of Valle de Uco and enjoy a really hand-on cooking class at Bodega Andeluna.Their cuisine philosophy is of constant change. It combines the freshness of the products of each season and the delights typical of our country, inviting you to savor the flavors of Argentina’s seven regions. Today, learn with their chef how to prepare traditional recipes like "empanadas mendocinas” in the clay oven, meat and vegetables on the open fire with fresh chumichurri sauce, among other specialties, which then, we’ll taste during the lunch along with aselection of premium wines that complements each course.You will then head back to your hotel, having enjoyed a day full of nature, excellent regional food, and amazing wines.Return to the hotel in the evening.

Day 6: Full day wine tour - Luján de Cuyo region

We will begin our tour at Mendel winery where Silvina, who is in charge of hosting and tasting, will tell you about their treasures. Roberto de la Mota, partner and chief winemaker at Mendel, is the son of Raúl de la Mota, who is sometimes said to be Argentina’s "winemaker of the century” , so important was his work in developing quality wine in this country... Our favorite part arrives when we open the tasting room’s door to enjoy their awesome wines. 

Next we continue to Finca Decero. Current visitors will see a state of the art winery with a modern basket press - presses that work more softly than their hydraulic counterparts so fewer seeds break. The guides here are knowledgeable and passionate and the tasting in their visitor lounge has a very welcoming feel with everybody sitting around a long, elegant table discussing the wines.

At midday we visit Susana Balbo Winery (former Dominio del Plata). This modern, expansive, winery produces rich, concentrated Malbec and it is owned by Argentina's most famous female winemaker, Susana Balbo. You will be welcomed with a glass of wine. Lunch is at Susana´s very house; it consists of five steps of regional cuisine, paired with five of their Premium wines and the amazing Andes in the back. 

Late in the evening, dinner is included at El Ceibo restaurant. This nice restaurant is located right in the center of town and is well-known among travelers because of their international inspired cuisine but with fresh local ingredients. Dig into creamy goat cheese, juicy vine-ripened tomato pebre, and bread baked in a mud oven, as you wait for the simple and fresh full course meal. Absolutely delicious!   

Day 7: Mendoza Leisure

Day at leisure to explore the city, or ask us for details on activities like horseback riding through the vineyards, bike wine tours, scenic mountain trip, or special interest activity. 

Day 8: To home

Check OUT from the hotel and transfer to Mendoza airport. In case of flying to Buenos Aires domestic airport, transfer to Ezeiza International airport is included. Ask about optional add-on trips to Chile or Buenos Aires. Extra days must be arranged in advance. End of our services.

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Watch a video snapshot of La Ventana Tango Show in Buenos Aires..