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    Argentina Food & Wine Tour with Gateways International 

    Photo: Mendoza Argentina Vineyard

    All In Price: $3,960.00/person based on double occupancy
    Single Supplement: $1,165.00 (on top off the per person rate above)

    What's included:

    • Domestic airfare within Chile and Argentina (fare subject to change at time of booking)
    • 9-nights’ accommodation with buffet breakfast 
    • Private transfers and tours as per the itinerary below with English speaking guide 
    • Meals as per the itinerary with drinks – (3 lunches & 3 dinners)
    • Entrance fee to sites 
    • Wine tasting as per the itinerary
    • Tango show
    • Argentinean Experience cooking class
    • Porterage (1 piece of luggage)

    Photo:  Matetic Winery Emporio 

    Itinerary:

    Day 1 – SANTIAGO DE CHILE Tuesday, October 13th

    Welcome to Chile!
    Arrival in Santiago, meeting and welcome by our local representative and transfer to your hotel for accommodation (hotel check in starts at 300pm)

    Santiago is the capital and biggest city of Chile with over 5,000,000 people. You can find almost everything you need in this city. It has all star hotels, restaurants of every ethnic background, discos, clubs, a museum, universities, international and national airports, high rise office buildings, theatre, malls, fun parks, a modern subway system which makes finding your way around Santiago a lot easier, and a whole lot more. 
    The city of Santiago, at the foot of Andes Mountains, blends history and modernity. With a picturesque Main Square, the Metropolitan Cathedral that dates back to the XVIII century and the Pre-Columbian Museum with a permanent collection of more than 1500 ceramic pieces, textiles among other archaeological vestiges. 

    Welcome dinner at Como Agua para Chocolate restaurant with transfers included
    Accommodation: HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL – STANDARD ROOM DINNER

    Day 2 – WINERY TOUR Wednesday, October 14th
    Breakfast. Today enjoy a full day tour visiting 2 wineries in the area including wine tasting and lunch

    Viña Emiliana, an organic and biodynamic vineyard. The tour begins with a tour of the gardens where visitors can share with native animals, active characters of biodiversity that sustains the field Vina Emiliana, an organic and biodynamic vineyard. The tour begins with a tour of the gardens where visitors can share with native animals, active characters of biodiversity that sustains the field. - Include Tasting of 4 organic wines + Icon Gé with a selection of cheese.

    Viña Matetic: Discover our winery with a guided tour, where you learn about the organic & biodynamic principles we follow in working our land and how they result in the finest of wines. The visit begins at the wine cellar reception. Travelers are greeted by a bilingual guide who will begin the tour. This is the perfect place to learn all about the history of the vineyard, organic and biodynamic agriculture and the process of winemaking, whilst enjoying panoramic views of the Equilibrio vines. The tank rooms, the beautiful, peaceful aging room and the architecture of the winery are all the highlights of the visit. The tour ends with a wine tasting, either in the underground tasting room or on the outdoor terrace overlooking the vines. Lunch at winery

    Accommodation: HOTEL INTERCONTINENTAL – STANDARD ROOM BREAKFAST/ LUNCH 

    Photo: aerial view of Santiago, Chile
    Day 3 – SANTIAGO DE CHILE - MENDOZA Thursday, October 15th
    Breakfast. Check out at the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Mendoza. Enroute to the airport your will visit city tour of Santiago featuring the city’s main attractions. 
    The tour begins with a visit to the historic city center, with the central plaza as a highlight (Plaza de Armas), kilometer zero and crucial center of the capital, where the construction of Santiago began during the colonial era, with old buildings, such as the Metropolitan Cathedral, a beautiful building that combines Bavarian and neoclassical styles of that time. In this context, a tour through the civic district, with the ministerial building surrounding the government’s house, the Palacio de la Moneda, a silent witness of the most relevant event in our republican history. To conclude the historical area, a tour by the old and stately neighborhoods of the old “high society”, a place full of an exquisite architectonic variety brought by immigrants, mainly European, in a time of great mining exploitation and high-born families. Later, a magnificent panoramic view from one of our hills in the city, where it is possible to appreciate a part of the mountain-chain slopes that surround the city, afterwards, go to the western area to see the great architectural contrast. A thriving and contemporary city that proves its best with impressive buildings of daring architectonic styles that represent a seal of modernity to this big city.    

    Arrival in Mendoza at the end of the day and transfer to the hotel located in Maipu Valley. 

    Situated at the foot of The Andes, Mendoza is the capital city of the homonymous province and the most important city of the West of Argentina. It is an incredible oasis to grow fruits and vegetables due to the presence of the Mendoza and Tunuyán Rivers. The climate of the region is mild though the mountains provide a certain degree of aridity. In the city, there is a beautiful sight of streets flanked by trees, squares and parks linked by a web of irrigation ditches which is 500 km long and waters the whole area allowing city planning even in arid zones. Land with historic tradition, Mendoza keeps many memories of San Martín's epic in the “Cerro de la Gloria” (Hill of the Glory), “El Plumerillo” and “San Martín Park”.

    Rest of the day at leisure. 
    Accommodation: HOTEL ESPLENDOR BY WYNDHAM – CONCEPT ROOM BREAKFAST 

    Day 4 – MENDOZA Friday, October 16th              
    Breakfast at the hotel.  During this morning, we will enjoy a panoramic city tour of Mendoza. Circuit goes around the modern city that allows us to know the history and the culture of a city founded by the Spaniards more than four centuries ago. It covers Independence Square, the main avenues and the civic area, the foundational area, the Aquarium, General San Martin Park and the Cerro de la Gloria, from where we have a panoramic view of the city. 
    Return to the hotel and rest of the day at leisure. 

    Accommodation: HOTEL ESPLENDOR BY WYNDHAM – CONCEPT ROOM BREAKFAST

    Day 5 – MENDOZA Saturday, October 17th 
    Breakfast.  Visit another typical winery in Lujan de Cuyo area including wine tasting and lunch

    In the province of Mendoza find the high zone of its namesake river. The farmlands extend onto the territory of the departments of Maipú and Luján. The agroecológical conditions are virtually perfect, and it has been chosen by dozens of winemakers who prepare the most exquisite Argentine wines. The visitor can tour the wine vaults of the department of Maipú, such as The Rural, the Museum of Wine, López or Zuccardi vineyards, among the most outstanding. If opting for visiting the Luján de Cuyo, the vineyards visited are: Bodega Norton, Altavista, Cavas de Weinert and Luigi Bosca, to mention a few. Each winemaker possesses its own label that differentiates one from another and all show the essence and culture of Mendocino wine. During the tour time for lunch is planned at one of the wineries visited. At the end of the tour, return to the hotel.

    Wineries located in this Zone:
    Department of Luján: Casarena - Achaval Ferrer - Renacer - Dante Robino - Nieto Senetiner - Kaiken - Vistalba - Lagarde - Clos de Chacras - Alta Vista - Dominio del Plata - Septima - Chandon - Norton - Cruzat

    Accommodation: HOTEL ESPLENDOR BY WYNDHAM – CONCEPT ROOM BREAKFAST/ LUNCH 

    Day 6 – MENDOZA – BUENOS AIRES Sunday, October 18th 
    Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires

    Arrival in Buenos Aires, welcome by our local representative and transfer to the hotel. 

    A sprawling metropolis that rises from the Rio de la Plata and stretches more than 745 square miles to the surrounding pampas, the famous Argentine fertile plains. Unlike most South American cities, whose architectural styles reveal a strong Spanish colonial influence, Buenos Ares looks more like Paris with wide boulevards lined with palatial mansions; flowers are sold at colourful corner kiosk, and cafes appear on every block. 

    Evening, participate of the Argentinean Experience 
    Private transfer with English Speaking guide
    Shared dinner with English service

    A gourmet three-course meal with a twist, The Argentine Experience serves up the best of Argentine cuisine and culture with a slice of international perspective.
    Choose from our gourmet fillings and create your own empanada learning the traditional ‘repulgue’ technique. Alongside your creations, enjoy an Argentine ‘picada’ and choose from grilled provolone cheese, slized chorizo sausage and our homemade chimichurri.
    Enjoy what many are claiming to be the very best steak in Argentina, cooked to order and accompanied with velvety mash potatoes and oven roasted vegetables. Our top of the line thick cut fillet steaks has a unique 24-hour preparation method that sets us apart from the rest. 
    Over the course of the whole evening, enjoy unlimited pours of delicious Argentine wines. From the deceptive Torrentes of Salta to the ruby red Malbec of Mendoza, our specially chosen wines showcase Argentine food the way it is meant to be enjoyed.
    Next it’s time to treat your taste buds to the national sweet of Argentina – alfajores. Get messy covering sweet vanilla biscuits with delectable dulce de leche, roll it in coconut shavings before dipping in melted chocolate fondue to create a delightful treat for all the senses.
    To finish, no Argentine experience would be complete without sampling the nation’s favourite pastime – mate. Learn more about the history and etiquette of mate and learn to prepare it from scratch yourself.
    Return to the hotel.

    Accommodation: HOTEL SOFITEL RECOLETA - SUPERIOR ROOM BREAKFAST/ DINNER 

    Photo: Buenos Aires city centre fountains

    Day 7 – BUENOS AIRES Monday, October 19th 

    Breakfast. Morning city tour of Buenos Aires. Unlike other South American cities with colonial roots, Buenos Aires was influenced by Parisian architecture and urban design. Wide boulevards lined with palatial mansions, flower markets, and bustling outdoor cafés add to its appeal. 
    We will start our visit at Plaza de Mayo, the center of the most important political and social events in Argentine history. Surrounding this square stands the Government House also known as the Pink House, the old city hall or Cabildo and the Metropolitan Cathedral. We continue southward to visit La Boca colourful neighbourhood. 

    We will end our tour with a visit to San Telmo, the historical and most representative neighbourhood of the city. It preserves the city architectural and cultural patrimony of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. 
    Next we go to Palermo, a residential neighbourhood with elegant mansions surrounded with green spaces. Visit its outstanding spots: the zoo, the Botanical gardens, the Palermo Park, the National Polo field and the Planetarium. On the way back to downtown Buenos Aires, view another residential neighbourhood called Recoleta, where fashionable restaurants, coffee shops, nightclubs and boutiques are located. Visit the Recoleta Cemetery to see its valuable works of art and Evita's tomb. 

    Enjoy a lunch and wine tasting at La Cava del Querandi 
    The Querandí wine cellar is in the Montserrat neighborhood, in the historical center of the city of Buenos Aires. L, the natural conditions of lighting, silence, humidity and temperature of the place, guarantee the ideal setting to present the tastings. We will have an imaginary tour, guided by a sommelier of the winery, gathering the vintages and vine-stock more representative of each region.
    Rest of the afternoon at leisure. 

    Accommodation: HOTEL SOFITEL RECOLETA - SUPERIOR ROOM BREAKFAST/ LUNCH 

    Day 8 – BUENOS AIRES Tuesday, October 20th               
    Breakfast. Day at leisure – Optional tour to Iguassu falls (quoted separately)

    Accommodation: HOTEL SOFITEL RECOLETA - SUPERIOR ROOM BREAKFAST

    Photo: Feet of Tango dancers

    Day 9 – BUENOS AIRES Wednesday, October 21st
    Breakfast. Day at leisure to walk around the area, visit an Art Gallery or museum or just do some last-minute shopping. 

    Evening: Dinner and tango show at Tango Porteño 
    By the end of the XIXth. century, when in Buenos Aires the tango started to spread and melt with the soul of the folk, mixing slowly with the essence of the native and immigrant people, and when the village pretended to transform -disorderly- into a city, one of its most picturesque quarters was "El Abasto", where labour was in the air during the day, and tango pervaded the night. While slowly growing around the supplying market after which the quarter took its name (in Spanish, abastecer means to supply), "El Abasto" neighbourhood witnessed the rise of an indisputable popular idol: Carlos Gardel. "Chanta Cuatro" opened its doors in 1893, as a two-floor restaurant and hotel. Among its premises, there was a "bochas" alley, a traditional game at that time that originated the peculiar name of the place. After the show return to the hotel.

    Accommodation: HOTEL SOFITEL RECOLETA - SUPERIOR ROOM BREAKFAST/DINNER 

    Day 10 – DEPARTURE Thursday, October 22nd
    Breakfast. Morning at leisure. Check out at the hotel at noon.  

    Transfer to the airport to take your flight back to Canada BREAKFAST

    Photo: Iguassu Falls 
    OPTIONAL TOUR TO IGUASSU
    Day 8 – BUENOS AIRES -IGUASSU – BUENOS AIRES Tuesday, October 20th          

    Breakfast. Transfer from Buenos Aires hotel to the domestic airport and flight to Iguassu

    Iguazu falls overwhelm the visitor with its majesty and dramatic natural power. One of the first protected natural areas in the Americas, the park is now a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site and boasts over 200 species of floral and 400 different birds and animals. Named by the indigenous Guarani, the name aptly means “big waters”. Iguazu Falls is comparable to Mt. Everest in its overpowering effect. It is twice as large as Niagara Falls and is broken into 275 inlets and drops with two forward spills. 

    Arrival, welcome by our local representative and transfer to the National Park. Day tour to the National Park. We will visit the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls, located within the Iguazu National Park. From the Visitor's Center, located in the Falls area, you will take an open train to make a 15-minute journey up to 'Cataratas Station'. From there you will walk in the paths and lookouts of the superior and inferior paths, admiring really closely the imposing 275 waterfalls which precipitate to the river from a height of 70mts. and also the amazing variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. Then you will take the train on to 'Garganta Station' and from there you will descend walking 1200mts. to the Devil's Throat balcony, to share one of the greatest shows on earth. Return by train to the Visitor's Center and transfer to the hotel. 
    Lunch at local restaurant

    Afternoon, transfer back to the airport and flight back to Buenos Aires.
    Arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer to the hotel.  

    OPTIONAL TOUR TO IGUASSU with accommodation

    Day 8 – BUENOS AIRES -IGUASSU Tuesday, October 20th 

    Breakfast. Transfer from Buenos Aires hotel to the domestic airport and flight to Iguass. Iguazu falls overwhelm the visitor with its majesty and dramatic natural power. One of the first protected natural areas in the Americas, the park is now a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site and boasts over 200 species of floral and 400 different birds and animals. Named by the indigenous Guarani, the name aptly means “big waters”. Iguazu Falls is comparable to Mt. Everest in its overpowering effect. It is twice as large as Niagara Falls and is broken into 275 inlets and drops with two forward spills. 


    Arrival, welcome by our local representative and transfer to the National Park.

    Day tour to the National Park. We will visit the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls, located within the Iguazu National Park. From the Visitor's Center, located in the Falls area, you will take an open train to make a 15-minute journey up to 'Cataratas Station'. From there you will walk in the paths and lookouts of the superior and inferior paths, admiring really closely the imposing 275 waterfalls which precipitate to the river from a height of 70mts. and also the amazing variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. Then you will take the train on to 'Garganta Station' and from there you will descend walking 1200mts. to the Devil's Throat balcony, to share one of the greatest shows on earth. Return by train to the Visitor's Center and transfer to the hotel. 

    Lunch at local restaurant 
    After the tour, check in at the hotel. Evening at leisure

    Accommodation: HOTEL PANORAMIC GRAND - STANDARD ROOM BREAKFAST/LUNCH

    Day 9 – IGUASSU - BUENOS AIRES Wednesday, October 21st 
    Breakfast. Departure for your tour towards the Brazilian Iguaçu National Park, one of the largest vegetation reserves in Brazil. Arrive at the visitors’ center where passengers transfer to a bus for a tour inside the park and up to the beginning of the boardwalks located at the edge of the cliffs of the Iguazu River, which extend almost a kilometer. During the walk is possible to see the San Martín Island and be amazed by the sight of the waterfalls of Bossetti, San Martín and Three Musketeers. The observation deck found towards the end of the walk offers a unique view of Devil’s Throat from a distance of just 150 meters away. This amazing scenery is enhanced by the constant formation of rainbows. The visit ends next to the Salto Floriano fall where there is a small store with access to the panoramic elevator that is at the visitor's disposal. At the end of the tour, a long stairway leads to the area where visitors are transferred back to the hotel. The daily tours are scheduled preferably in the mornings due to the position of the sun over the waterfalls.

    Return to Argentina to take your flight back to Buenos Aires. 
    Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer to your hotel for accommodation 

    Day 10 – DEPARTURE Thursday, October 22nd
    Breakfast. Morning at leisure. Check out at the hotel at noon.  
    Transfer to the airport to take your flight back to Canada 

    Terms & Conditions: Land Payments and cancellation policy based on 10 passenger travelling on this departure. A deposit of CAD$ 1200.00 per person due by July 10th, 2020. Final payment is required by August 05th, 2020. All arrangements are fully non refundable after final payment. Air Payments and cancellation policy: TBA. Additional terms & conditions may apply, ask me for complete details.

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