From the aroma of decadent chocolate emanating from a boutique confectionary to finding subtle hints of dark cherry and plum in a sip of wine, your custom tailored tour of Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay provides the perfect journey for oenophiles and culinary connoisseurs alike. Stroll among rows of vines with views of the snowcapped Andean peaks. Delight in cobblestone streets and colonial architecture. View colorful houses draping over steep hills and tango dancers performing in the open-air....
Day 1 - 2
Santiago – Sampling a Chilean Introduction
Santiago has a fascinating blend of cosmopolitan ambiance, sophisticated streets, elegant artistry, and passionate locals. Tall, thick trees shade the boulevards and cobblestones line the older streets leading to the steps along Cerro San Cristobal. In the morning, the Central Market brims with vendors showcasing their fresh-caught seafood, from sea bass to mussels, and the neighboring outdoor produce market bustles with locals eager to sample ripening passion fruit and crimson strawberries. Your flight lands at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, where your private transfer greets you upon your arrival.
Settle into the comforts of your luxurious hotel in the artistic neighborhood of Lastarria. Bohemian coffee shops fill the streets with the aroma of roasting coffee beans. The Archaeological Museum of Santiago frames Plaza Mulato Gil de Castro. The galleries showcase cultural artifacts from around the country, including hats, baskets, and jewelry, some dating back as far as 1,000 BC. For a perfect introduction to Santiago and the Chilean culture, you make your way to Bocanáriz. The relaxed ambiance and specialty wine selection offer one of the best culinary experiences in the city. Brick walls and wooden tables help accentuate the atmosphere as the dining room fills with the aroma of slow-roasted meats, zesty dressings, and an array of gold, rosy, and dark purple hues from the wine glasses decorating the tables.
Day 3 - 4
Santiago – In the Interest of the Vine
Valparaiso – Along the Coastal Hills
Mendoza – Chocolates and Grounds
Mendoza – Pleasures of the Valley
Colonia – To the Heart of Uruguay
Colonia – On the Banks of Rio de la Plata
Day 10 - 11
Buenos Aires – History Crossing Borders
Day 12 - 13
Buenos Aires – Flavor of the City
Buenos Aires – Taking to the Tastes
- Sample the delectable and diverse wines produced in exciting new and thrilling traditional ways in the Casablanca Valley outside Santiago, Chile
- Learn the art of traditional Argentine cuisine during a private cooking class taught by a celebrated chef in the Mendoza region
- Tour the vineyards of the Uco Valley outside of Mendoza to enjoy a full day wine tour of the region’s best boutique and internationally renowned wineries
- Experience the Pacific coastline and artistic ambiance of Valparaiso, including a visit to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s seaside getaway
- Traverse one of the oldest wineries in Uruguay before sampling a selection of wines cultivated on the property
- Discover the mixture of Portuguese and Spanish colonial charm and elegance of Colonia del Sacramento located on the banks of Rio de la Plata
- Relish a taste of the culture of Buenos Aires on a full day tour of the unique barrios before watching a famous tango performance
- Enjoy the inspiration of flavors around Argentina by sampling chocolates, pastries, and ice cream from Mendoza to Buenos Aires
Experience the flavors of the terroir and the culinary delights of Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay during your 10-day discovery of the rising popularity of South America’s premier wine-growing regions. The journey begins with your arrival in Santiago, Chile. Your private transfer greets you at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport and escorts you to a luxurious hotel in the heart of the city. Enjoy a private tour of Santiago to view the bustling streets and relaxed walkways, artistic ambiance and panoramic views, including a visit to the Archaeological Museum for insight into the rich history of the country.
Next, you venture to Casablanca Valley for a day touring the vineyards known for a spectacular yield of white wines. Learn about the wine growing and production process on your tours before returning to Santiago. The next day, your private transfer leads you on a tour of the sister seaside cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Enjoy the sandy beaches, gorgeous gardens, and distinctive bohemian ambiance before crossing the Andes into Argentina to reach Mendoza. Discover the decadent aromas of the confectionaries around Mendoza. Follow your guide on a private tour of the charming city to view the lovely parks, artistic architecture, and relaxed ambiance. In the afternoon, you meet a private chef for a cooking class introducing you to the staples of Argentinian cuisine with a focus on regional preferences.
Travel into the Uco Valley for a wine tasting tour of the popular Argentine wine-growing region. Visit a number of wineries to sample the variety of varietals produced on the land in view of the Andes Mountains. Then, you fly from Mendoza to Montevideo, Uruguay. Enjoy an introductory tour of the capital city before transferring to Colonia del Sacramento. The next day, you visit the historic grounds of Estancia Anchorena, which is now home to the president’s summer residence, before touring one of the oldest vineyards in Uruguay.
The following day, you have a private half-day tour of Colonia to view the unique charm of a city once found under Portuguese and Spanish reign. In the afternoon, you board the ferry to Buenos Aires to spend the evening in the cultural comforts of the bustling city. Follow your guide through the various barrios of Buenos Aires to experience the distinct artistry, history, and life of the city, including a private tour of the renowned Recoleta Cemetery. The final day allows you another day to enjoy the pleasures of Buenos Aires and its surroundings. Visit a working estancia outside of the city or partake in an ice cream tour before your private transfer escorts you to the Ministro Pistarini International Airport for your flight home.
$4,545 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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