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Tango Show, Buenos Aires, Argentina

North Argentina Wine & Food Tour

North Argentina Wine & Food Tour

HIGHLIGHTS

Off the beaten track wine & food of North Argentina

FROM

US$3,989

DURATION

15 Days

Why choose this trip?

Dance the Tango in Buenos Aires, sample delicious wine and food of northern Argentina, while exploring stunning red canyons, Andean villages and shimmering salt flats. Kick up your heels at Argentina’s most spectacular harvest festival in Mendoza. What’s not to love about this fabulous tour.

This is truly a great trip for anyone who enjoys getting off the beaten track, sampling local wine and foods. We don’t pretend to be professional wine connoisseurs, however we do aim to provide rather a unique way to travel and visit Northern Argentina with an emphasis on wine trails, cuisine and breathtaking scenery along the way. Some long travel days are to be expected in order to experience all that this beautiful region has to offer.

What’s the Activity level?

This is truly a great trip for anyone who enjoys getting off the beaten track, sampling local wine and foods. We aim to provide a rather unique way to travel and visit Northern Argentina with an emphasis on some new trek walks, wine trails, cuisine and breathtaking scenery along the way. Some long travel days are to be expected in order to experience all that this beautiful region has to offer. The northern section of the trip may need some flexibility as November is high season and February  is the end of the rainy season in that area. It is South America so be prepared for minor changes.

What’s the transport and accommodation like?

We travel on a variety of transport from private mini vans to public buses which are very comfortable, long distance coaches. Accommodation is in cosy family owned B&B’s and hotels, with private facilities and great ambience. It’s a moderately active trip which will include some short walks. You’ll need to be able to manage your own bags from our transport to taxis and hotel rooms. 

*All our tours are non-smoking

TRIP SUMMARY:

Duration: 15 days Buenos Aires to Santiago
Trip focus: Walks, wine and food, off the beaten track scenery of North Argentina
Accommodation: 14 nights comfortable hotels and family run bed and breakfasts
Transport: flight, bus and mini van
Group size: Maximum 12 + S.E.T. tour leader, Minimum 6
Single supplement: US$650

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • All breakfasts, 5 dinners and 1 lunch with wine
  • All wine tours and tastings as per itinerary
  • A tango show and Argentine experience in Buenos Aires
  • Traditional night out at a Peña Restaurant in Salta
  • Mendoza Harvest Festival evening performance and full day wine tasting
  • Visit to the wine regions, salt flats and canyons of northern Argentina
  • All transport during the itinerary
  • The cost of entry for all scheduled tours and national parks
  • S.E.T tour leader throughout the tour
  • All hotel accommodation* (on a twin share basis including all continental breakfasts).
  • Arrival transfer and departure transfers
  • Local payment of US$300

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Your international flight to/from South America
  • Transfers to/from international flights if not arriving on arrival/departure day
  • Domestic and international airport departure taxes
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Visas
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal insurance
  • Meals (except those listed)
  • Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips for the tour leader
  • Items of a personal nature

PAYING LOCALLY

Most of our journeys involve a local payment. Paying locally allows us to keep the overall cost of our tours competitive and pass the savings on to you. These funds are put towards local expenses. In some developing countries the transferring of funds is at times problematic so this is a way to help us manage our tours, whilst saving you money. This is especially true of Argentina since the devaluation of the peso. Payment is to be made to your leader upon arrival in cash.

All prices are approximate and subject to currency fluctuations until final payment has been made.

DAY 1 - ARRIVE BUENOS AIRES

Arrive in Buenos Aires and meet your fellow tour participants this evening. Stroll down the pedestrian avenue of Florida for a bit of shopping and a relaxing wander around the leafy suburb of Recoleta.

Meals Included: None

DAYS 2 & 3 BUENOS AIRES

Enjoy a half day city tour to explore the Paris of South America. No visit to Argentina is complete without learning more about this unique culture. So we spend the evening enjoying the cultural and culinary delights of the “Argentine Experience”. On our final day in BA, spend free time strolling the avenues, exploring the markets and in the evening we all head out to celebrate at a spectacular Tango Show!

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts and 2 Dinners

DAYS 4 & 5 IGUAZU FALLS

A short flight takes us to the most beautiful and spectacular waterfalls in the world –Iguassu Falls. There are 275 falls along 2.7 kilometres of the Iguazu River. Enjoy a half day Brazilian Falls tour and a full day Argentine Falls tour the spectacular “Devils Throat”. There are many walkways to explore on both the upper and lower circuits, plenty of wildlife and the option of a boat trip right up to the falls.

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts

DAYS 6 to 8 – PURMAMARCA, SALT LAKES & HUMAHUACA

The next few days find us off the beaten track, exploring canyons of multi coloured rocks and surreal erroded formations. We venture high into the Andes to catch our first glimpse of shimmering salt lakes. We have to be flexible with the itinerary. The exact places visited will be determined by local conditions, as we are here towards the end of the rainy season. Be prepared for some long travelling days. However, you will be amply rewarded with stunning scenery and the privilege of visiting less touristed areas. On day 8 we journey back to Salta, one of the most beautiful cities in northern Argentina. In the evening we’ll able to sample a peña restaurant. Loved by locals as much as by visitors they serve up wonderful regional food and have live shows of traditional dancing.

Meals Included: 3 Breakfasts and 1 Dinner

DAYS 9 & 10 - SALTA & CAFAYATE

We’ll drive south for the day and enter the Quebrada de las Conchas, the scenery changes from vibrant green fields to cacti and dramatic bright red hills. With many stops to take in the canyon, we arrive in Cafayate the wine region of Northern Argentina. Enjoy the village atmosphere and savour some superb Torrontes wine, a speciality of the region, before returning to Salta. Free morning to relax and enjoy the local craft market for great souvenirs , or ride the cable car up San Bernardo Hill for a spectacular view. Afternoon flight to Mendoza on day 10.

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts

DAYS 11 & 12 – MENDOZA WINERIES

**Note: the November departure will have extra winery visits instead of the Harvest Festival.

Mendoza: nestled at the foot of South America’s highest mountain, Aconcagua. This balmy city has a very relaxed feel that lends itself to wandering the tree lined avenues. In February we are there at harvest festival time. The streets are filled with stalls, parades and entertainment. Enjoy a full day winery tour to Lujan de Cuyo: the most important wine region in Mendoza. Some of the best Malbec in Argentina is in this region, you will taste exquisite wines and be served a multi course wine matching lunch. In February, get ready for a spectacular performance in the open air amphitheater, featuring over 700 performers. Also enjoy the festivities of the main Parade or Carrusel, which is a huge event and loads of fun. See the harvest queens of each region and watch the splendid horses and gauchos.

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 1 Dinner

DAYS 13 & 14 – SANTIAGO

Embark on a spectacular coach journey over the Andes range to Santiago and the Chilean wine regions. We’ll have time to visit nearby wine regions and Santiago’s city centre, before our farewell dinner together, celebrating a stunning tour.

Meals Included: 2 Breakfasts and 1 Dinner

DAY 15 – DEPARTURE

Today our NZ tour participants will have a late night flight on LAN out of Santiago, giving them the opportunity for a full day optional tour to vibrant Valparaiso.

Meals Included: Breakfast

MARCH TOURS WILL RUN IN REVERSE FROM SANTIAGO TO BUENOS AIRES

Please email us for the reverse itinerary.

TESTIMONIALS

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Feel the passion of a spectacular Buenos Aires Tango Show
  • Learn the secrets of Argentine culture and cuisine in the unique Argentine Experience
  • Experience Iguazu falls full day tour of the Argentine side
  • Journey through Salta and stunning red canyons & simmering salt flats
  • Visit the Mendoza and Cafayate wine regions in Argentina
  • Possibility to experience the stunning Mendoza Harvest festival * dates to be confirmed
  • Indulge in delicious wine matching regional cuisine
  • Enjoy the contrast of unique Andean cultures and hospitality

DATES

Start Date End Date Availability Cost
3rd Mar 2021 17th Mar 2021 AVAILABLE US$3,989
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