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Argentina: Wine, Culture & Cuisine
Argentina: Wine, Culture & Cuisine
Savor the rich cuisine and famed wines of Argentina while being immersed in the country's deep cultural traditions. This survey of Argentina's wines, cuisine and culture is the perfect complement to International Expeditions' Patagonia tour or Chilean Fjords cruise.
Reserve space by contacting Travel Planner Charlie Weaver at 800-234-9620 ext. 165 or via email [email protected].
Argentinian Grapes ©Rebecca T Caro
Salentein Winery Cellar by Flickr user Longhorn Dave
Qualtaye Farm ©Rebecca T Caro
Salentein Vineyard by Flickr user Longhorn Dave
Argentina: Wine, Culture & Cuisine Itinerary
Arrive Buenos Aires
Arrive aboard your independent flight and transfer to Buenos Aires Grand Hotel, where you spend the next three nights.
Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires reflects the rich heritage of immigrant group who shaped Argentina’s capital. Our morning tour starts at the historic Plaza de Mayo square, which is flanked by the Government House, better known as the Pink House, Cabildo (the old City Hall) and the Cathedral. Further south, visit the picturesque port neighborhood of La Boca with its famous colorful street “Caminito" and the unique architecture and customs that reflect the influence of the European immigrants, especially Genovese sailors, who settled along these shores at the end of the 19th century. Continues towards San Telmo, one of Buenos Aires' oldest neighborhoods. Settled by immigrants, the neighborhood has preserved its architectonic heritage, and boasts cobblestone streets lined with colonial houses. Explore the elegant homes and green spaces of modern Puerto Madero and Palermo before ending our tour in Recoleta, Buenos Aires’ most sophisticated and upscale neighborhood. Enjoy dinner and a show at Rojo Tango. Dancers take you through the tango, with all of its love, passion, madness and glamour. (B,D)
While exploring San Antonio de Areco, one of the oldest towns in the country and the birthplace of the Gaucho, learn more about Argentina's rich hertiage. Located in the Pampas, the town has retained the gaucho spirit of the 18th century with its narrow colonial streets, church, bars and museums. On our walking tour, discover the soul and character of the gaucho at the Ricardo Guiraldes Gaucho Museum. Guiraldes is a famous Argentine writer and rancher who brought the gaucho to life in his cult novelDon Segundo Sombra (1926). Admire master silversmiths at work in their studios and marvel at the skills of leather craftsmen. Visit the Workshop and Museum of the Creole Silversmith. Take a break at a 200 year old authentic pulpería (bar). Call on an authentic "Estancia" (ranch), including a horse and carriage ride, as well as lunch with an Argentinean "asado" (barbeque). Listen to folklore music and watch gauchos perform their horseback skills. (B)
Buenos Aires / Mendoza
Fly to Mendoza and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. Spend three nights at the NH Cordillera Hotel. (B)
Although famed for its wine, Mendoza also produces exquisite olives, fruit and cheeses. Begin our day at the Qualtaye farm, which crafts artisan cheeses, and is home to olive and fruit groves. The farm's fertile trees produce organically grown apricots, peaches, plums, loquat and quinces. Tour the farm, learning sweets are produced from the fruit, characteristics of the the olive grove, and more about the history and process of cheese making. Sample a variety of cheeses, wine and a selection of dried fruit and sundried tomatoes in olive oil. In November and December, you may pick cherries, peaches and loquats. Guests in January and February, can pick figs, peaches and plums. While in March, apples and pears are in season, and quinces in April. Stop at Olivícola Boutique Pasrai, a traditional olive oil factory, where guides explain the artisan production process before a tasting. Stroll to the nearby Church of Carrodilla and Virgin of Carrodilla, the patron of the vineyards. (B)
Spend the day touring one of the country’s finest wine regions under the guidance of an expert oenologist. The Uco Valley is Mendoza´s agricultural oasis. Enjoy a tour and tasting at Salentein Winery before continuing to Andeluna. Andeluna Cellars winery and vineyard is perched over 4,260 feet in the foothills of the Andes. Although the technology is state-of-the-art, the winery boasts classic architecture and stunning views. Andeluna's cuisine represents a style of cooking based on using fresh produce products and frequent, subtle variations for a singular experience every time. (B)
Mendoza / Depart
Transfer to the airport for your independent flight, or continue exploring South America by combining this tour with one of our other Latin America tour options. (B)