From the brightly colored homes of La Boca to the ponderous history of the Plaza de Armas, from the romance of the gauchos, to the resplendence of a Chilean Cabernet, this is a wine and tango tour that will tease all of your senses and ignite your dreams. The Andes beckon you, and the Avenida 9 de Julio is calling out for you to visit. With all of the grandeur of a Chile and Argentina tour waiting, why...
Santiago – Arriving in the Capital of Chile
This morning, you cross over the craggy Andes Mountains and land on the outskirts of scintillating Santiago, Chile’s captivating capital and one of the great cities of South America. A driver will be waiting for you at the airport, and will transfer you to your luxurious accommodations in the heart of this incredible city, where the staff is warm and welcoming, and the amenities are truly second to none.
Spend the morning recovering from your overnight flight, then head out to explore the city with an expert guide, hitting all of Santiago’s varied highlights. You’ll be amazed by the ornate façade of the splendid La Moneda Palace, a masterpiece of neoclassical architecture. You’ll be inspired by the newly constructed Plaza de la Ciudadania, the beautiful public square that fronts La Moneda and offers many stirring monuments to the political greats from Chile’s long and illustrious history. Then turn to the Plaza de Armas, the social, cultural and spiritual heart of Santiago, where you’ll encounter some of the finest examples of architecture the city has to offer. Here you’ll find the impressive and inspirational Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago – the seat of the Archbishop of Santiago – the Central Post Office Building that looks like it was lifted from the streets of turn-of-the-century Paris, and the fascinating Palacio de la Real Audiencia de Santiago, which houses the excellent National History Museum of Chile.
Later this afternoon, you’ll make your way to the greener parts of Santiago, offering an amazing look at the diversity of this marvelous metropolis. Enjoy a gentle stroll through the Parque Forestal, noted for its triple line of Oriental plane trees and for the fine museums that can be found here, including two of Chile’s best art museums. Venture into the charming neighborhood of Bellavista, where you’ll find La Chascona, the Santiago house of Chile’s most famous poet, Pablo Neruda, as well as a wide assortment of boutiques, restaurants, and cutting-edge art galleries. A climb up nearby San Cristobal Hill offers a sensational view over the city, and a visit to the village of Los Graneros del Alba is sure to be the perfect end to this stirring tour of Santiago.
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- Enjoy the magic of Santiago and Buenos Aires, two capital cities that are filled with high culture, high style and an endless array of unforgettable attractions
- Visit Chile’s largest wine producer – the renowned Vina Concha y Toro – and the up-and-coming winemakers that fill the valleys near Santa Cruz for a glimpse of the future of the world of wine
- Experience the singular joy of shopping in Buenos Aires, where the leather goods are better than anywhere else in the world and where street performers delight you with their skills on every street corner
- Live the life of a gaucho as you set out for the rolling plains of the Argentine Pampas, complete with lunch over an open fire that you are sure to remember for the rest of your life
From the rugged Andes to the placid waters of the Rio de la Plata, from the astounding vineyards of Chile’s valleys, to the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires’s streets, Chile and Argentina are two neighbors that share much more than a common language. This 8-day Santiago and Buenos Aires tour will hit all the highlights. You will experience the South American way of life, immersing yourself in the culture and traditions of these charismatic countries and rejoicing in the charms of the local population.
Start in Santiago, the capital of Chile and one of the most perfectly positioned cities on Earth, where you can spend the morning skiing the Andes and the afternoon enjoying the surf of the Pacific Ocean. Revel in the boisterousness and breathless excitement of Buenos Aires, the birthplace of the tango and the place where European class is given a South American tinge. Enjoy Chile’s sensational wine country, where the scenery and the wines are enough to make you forget all about Bordeaux and Napa Valley. This tour is for foodies, art lovers, and everyone who has ever wanted to experience life in South America; and it’s sure to become the journey that you never forget.
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