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Argentina Food Tour

Argentina cuisine has a wide variety of cooking styles and food preparations. As a large country, regional cuisine meets native taste with local ingredients and spices. But Argentinian food primarily reflects the influences of immigrants who have come from France, Italy, Spain, and neighbouring Latin American countries. Argentinian cuisine today, is a mix of cooking techniques brought by the immigrants with cooking style of the mestizos & gauchos, making it one most amazing cuisines in the world.

Buenos Aires locals are referred to as porteños (“people of the port”) because so many of the city's inhabitants historically arrived by boat from Europe. Immigrants from France, Italy and Spain influenced Argentina cuisine. Today food is a big part of porteño life and a window into argentine culture. This tour allows you to explore the most prestigious wine-growing regions of Argentina – the Mendoza region - in style, experiencing mouth-watering cuisine and sampling some of the best vintages.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10 DAY FOOD AND CULINARY TOUR TO ARGENTINA…
And, experience hands-on cooking lesson followed by gourmet dinner & best wines.
 

What We Love
  • Explore Mendoza, the most prestigious wine-growing regions of Argentina.
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
Need to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour with enough time in each destination to explore.
  • You must come prepared for summer and winter all together.
  • Please check with us for clothing and equipment you should take on this trip.
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

The Review

The sprawling metropolis of Buenos Aires glitters in the afternoon rays reflected from the River Plate is home to over one-third of the country’s population and an even greater portion of its economic output.  Founded in 1580, Buenos Aires is today the largest city in South America.  Also known as the city that never sleeps, as its many and varied around-the clock attractions and restaurants never fail to surprise first-time visitors and are a source of recurring pleasure for those returning to the city.

We will start with an introductory meal at the Lola Restaurant, one of Buenos Aires’ great traditional restaurants that have managed to stay abreast of changing trends without altering its essence. A generous wine list, international seasonal menus and a sober, elegant and distinguished atmosphere make this one of the top Buenos Aires restaurants. The locals say that it possesses.   

Next, fly to Mendoza, one of the world’s most notable wine regions. During private touring, visit the most interesting and upscale local wineries, and sample Malbec, Torrontes and other locally produced wines. Mendoza also has some of the best restaurants in Argentina, and there will be opportunities to dine at acclaimed restaurants on the grounds of vineyard estates.

Take a special hands-on cooking lesson with chef Dolli Irigoyen after which you are rewarded with a gourmet dinner paired with some of the best Argentine wines. This is followed by a lunch next day in a village restaurant. Set in a riverside town Meson de la Plaza, providing an authentic taste in contrast to city restaurants.

Visit some of the oldest wineries in Argentina and because of its long past, the vineyard boasts 100-year old grapevines which give the wine produced by these grapes a particularly earthy taste. This is an exclusive tour with a personal touch, and the wines you can taste and buy at the winery are not easy to find in stores. The tour concludes in Buenos Aires.

Getting There

Flights from London to Buenos Aires take 14 hours, or around 16 hours via a European city.

British Airways offers the only direct service from the UK (London Heathrow) to Buenos Aires. The alternatives are indirect Iberia and Air Europa flights, both of which involve changing planes in Madrid (sometimes with a lengthy gap). From Europe you can fly Air France, Alitalia, Iberia, Air Europa, Lufthansa, KLM and Aerolineas Argentinas all offer scheduled direct services between Europe and Buenos Aires.

Argentina’s Ministro Pistarini International Airport (code EZE) is located in Ezeiza about 22 kilometres from Buenos Aires. The airport has three terminals, A, B and C. Taxis, buses and rental cars are available. AwimAway guides will receive you at the airport.
 

 
Argentina Food Tour Argentina

Argentina for foodies

Buenos Aires, Mendoza
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Buenos Aires On arrival in Buenos Aires you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel for a four-night stay in this cosmopolitan and historical city.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau.

Day 2 – Culinary & Highlights Tour
Buenos Aires A fascinating half-day tour of the elegant districts that earned Buenos Aires the sobriquet ‘the Paris of South America’.  From the charming cobbled alleys and colonial architecture to the colourful Boca district and Plaza de Mayo, you will discover stories and anecdotes that make up the colourful tapestry of the history of Buenos Aires.

Lunch at Lola Restaurant: We take lunch at one of Buenos Aires’ great traditional restaurants that have managed to stay abreast of changing trends without altering its essence.  A generous wine list, international seasonal menus and a sober, elegant and distinguished atmosphere make this one of the top Buenos Aires restaurants.

Tea at Sirop Folie: The tour will be followed by tea at Sirop Folie. The alley in the posh Recoleta district is very Parisian. Folie serves a very British afternoon tea that includes fresh scones, homemade marmalades, finger sandwiches, cakes and fragrant blends by Tealosophy.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau.

Day 03 – Culinary & Culture Tour
Buenos Aires Housed in an old factory in a cul-de-sac of the fashionable Las Cañitas quarter, famed chef Dolli Irigoyen has installed her exclusive hide-out. Enjoy a special cooking lesson in a friendly atmosphere that will bring you close to local Argentine cuisine. After your hands-on cooking lesson you are rewarded with a gourmet dinner paired with some of the best Argentine wines.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau.

Day 04 – Culinary & Winery Tour
Buenos Aires Transfer to pier in a private vehicle with bilingual guide. One hour navigation across the River Plate in a hydrofoil boat shared with other guests (First Class tickets).

Full Day Colonia Del Sacaramento: Colonia del Sacramento, a small and charming historic riverside town whose slow and easy pace of life is a striking contrast to the frenzy of the streets in Buenos Aires.

Lunch at a local restaurant Meson de la Plaza in the old quarters of Colonia, and will include starter, main course and dessert with soft drinks, mineral water and ½ bottle of wine per person. After lunch there will be enough time to wander on your own to discover this quaint town and shop at the several Artisan Stores of this town.

Optional Wine Tasting: A brief interesting tour of Los Cerros De San Juan winery, visiting their grounds which encompass almost four square miles, the cellar, with a sub-cellar filled with a quarter million litres of water that circulate to cool down the fermentation tanks. Visit some of the individual vineyards, including a productive plot of Tannat with vines that are well over a century old.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau

Day 05 – Optional Tours
Buenos Aires Today you will have a day at leisure to get to know the city better. Alternatively you can explore a riverside town or experience life on an Argentine ranch in the Pampas.

Option 1: The Riverside Town
Full Day tour to the Tigre including a cruise in the Delta. In the early 19th century, the Belle Epoque left its mark with the ornate architectural style, endowing the Tigre town with an eclectic and fun personality, reminiscent of the first holidaymakers and their European ways.

A delightful way of spending the day is to take a boat ride through the waterways, an experience that can only be described as a mixture of the Thames and the Amazon.  Weekend houses of imposing grandeur, white stuccoed fronts and manicured lawns lie among palm trees on one island, neighbour to another where untidy wooden structures perch on stilts and platforms under which play ragged brown-skinned children.  English cottages stand next to Italian villas, azure-painted shacks and run-down boathouses while through the water glide skiffs, canoes and barges.  

Option 2: The Estancia Rosario De Areco
On this full day tour you will experience life on an Argentine ranch and indulge in a mouth-watering barbecue or 'Parrillada', as the Argentines call them, with typical folk music and dancing.

El "Rosario De Areco", only 115 km away from Buenos Aires, is a typical colonial farmhouse that has been completely recycled and refurnished, with distinct family atmosphere. The main house, built in 1892, is surrounded by a 14 hectares park that includes stables, two swimming pools, and fully acclimatized recycled barns for year-round entertainment. You can stay overnight and enjoy BBQ with Argentine wines or simply spend a day relaxing in real farm atmosphere.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau.

Day 06 – Transfer
Mendoza Transfer to airport for your 2-hour flight to Mendoza. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel in a private vehicle with bilingual (English - Spanish) guide.

The Wine Country: Mendoza offers a broad choice of activities for adventurers, historians and epicureans alike. One of the details which strikes first-time visitors is the network of some 500km of channels in its urban planning, creating a green and shady environment in what is otherwise a very arid soil and dry climate.  It is precisely these particular conditions, which make Mendoza the wine province par excellence, producing some of the best wines in the world.  

Visit Bodega Vistalba: The Pulenta family has created the lovely Vistalba winery to offer guests luscious wines, luxury accommodations and La Bourgogne, a world-class French restaurant. The winery has created three blends using Malbec, Cabernet, Merlot, and Bonarda, plus a delicate Sauvignon Blanc.

Enjoy a tour of the winery followed by wine tasting and a cooking demonstration. Then enjoy a 3-course lunch at the fabulous French restaurant La Bourgogne which has deservedly been voted the best winery restaurant in the world. La Bourgogne, features famed chef Jean-Paul Bondoux’s signature blend of classic French techniques and premium local ingredients. Rest of the day at leisure
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: The Vines Resort & Spa or Cavas Wine Lodge.

Day 07 – Wineries Tour
Mendoza Take a half day tour visiting two wineries & including lunch.

Bodega Benegas: Bodega Benegas is one of the oldest wineries in Mendoza. Because of its long past, the vineyard boasts 100-year old grapevines which give the wine produced by these grapes a particularly earthy taste. It has an underground cave, six metres deep with rock walls, which stores more than 40 French oak French barrels with a capacity of 35.000 litres each.

Bodega Cecchin: Their organic grapes rely on their sophisticated irrigation system, which is dependent on Mendoza’s natural surroundings. The melted snow that comes down from the neighbouring mountains is a regulated system of irrigation. Tours at Cecchin have a personal touch, and the wines you can taste and buy at the winery are not easy to find in stores.

Lunch At Cava Gourmet: Almacén del Sur specialises in gourmet cuisine, all the ingredients of which are derived from its own farm. Housed in a typical Casona which has been maintained in its original 19th Century style, the restaurant offers an elegant, warm and intimate environment where guests can enjoy watching the chef at work and experience an unforgettable meal with Almacén del Sur’s own delicatessen products. The type of food is modern-fusion.

Evening at Finca Villa Rosa: Finca Villa Rosa is the owned by distinguished wine businessman Adriano Senetiner. Surrounded by lagoons and vineyards, this special place combines the passion for terroir wines.  Within the grounds of Villa Rosa a family project is dedicated to the elaboration of organic and natural species and gourmet products called De Mi Campo.

Make Your Own Blend: This one and half hour programme invites guests to a hands-on activity. Guided by a professional oenologist or sommelier, guests are taught about the methods used in the elaboration of wine and the different varietals that are produced in Mendoza together with the main features present in the local climate. Participants taste different wines as they create their own blend with the use of pipettes and decanters.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: The Vines Resort & Spa or Cavas Wine Lodge.

Day 08 – Wineries Tour
Mendoza Take a full day tour of the Uco Valley, located at the highest altitude at which wines are produced in the province of Mendoza (up to 1,400m). This is one of Mendoza’s most imposing landscapes and also one of the most fertile ones. The area has become well known for the modern design wineries that have set foot here with state-of–the–art technology and focused on producing premium wines.

Option 1: Bodega Atamisque
Visit Atamisque winery with wine tasting, cooking class and lunch. Tour the cutting-edge Atamisque winery and visit their cosy restaurant that specializes in trout - a welcome respite from an overabundance of beef! They source almost everything from their own property so be sure to try not only all the delectable trout dishes but compare and taste with their different wine combinations.

Option 2: La Tupiña At Bodega Atlus
Visit Atamisque winery with wine tasting. Lunch at la Tupiña Bistro including beverages. Located in the heart of the Uco Valley, La Tupiña offers gourmet dining at a beautifully appointed venue on the grounds of the Altus Winery. Surrounded by the gorgeous landscape of vineyards, the restaurant offers regional cuisine with a gourmet twist, where even the most traditional Mendoza cookery and history are put into elaborated dishes.

Bodega Salentein: Visit to Salentein winery and Kilca art gallery. Bodega Salentein is a state-of-the-art winery at the foot of the Andes 1,200 meters (3,937 feet) above sea level. Built in the shape of a cross, Salentein has four wings, each housing a small winery with two sections: a stainless steel tank at ground level and an underground area for maturing the wines in oak casks. The four wineries come together in a beautiful central chamber that resembles an amphitheater. Considered a work of art, the winery has won numerous architectural awards.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: The Vines Resort & Spa or Cavas Wine Lodge.

Day 09 – Transfer & Tango
Buenos Aires Transfer to airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at Leisure.

Optional Dinner & Tango Show: This evening, enjoy exquisite cuisine and a spectacular dance display in one of the city’s oldest and finest tango venues. Housed in an elegant French style building with an exclusive marble bar, Gala Tango is bound to put you in the tango mood! As you arrive you are invited to learn some of the slick tango moves and enjoy a drink.

The Tango and Folklore show follows, featuring a live orchestra, two singers and four performing tango dancers. You will also enjoy a show with boleadoras (balls tied to ropes used by the gauchos to herd cattle) while enjoying a 3-course a la carte meal paired with superb Catena Zapata wines.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau.

Day 10 – Depart
Buenos Aires Private transfer to Ezeiza international airport for your onward flight.

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Recommended price

  • 5-star: From GBP 300 per person per day
  • 4-star: From GBP 250 per person per day
  • 3-star: From GBP 200 per person per day

The true price is customised based on final choice of hotels, travel dates, and other custom preferences. All prices exclude international flights.

Price Includes: hotels, airport transfers and transportation within the country, unique experiences guided by local experts and 24X7 support during your trip.

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Overview Argentina is a sensual place, both intricate and addictive. It is also a land of beautiful extremes with snow covered peaks, sparkling glassy lakes, vast plains studded with galloping gauchos and sub-tropical rainforest steams thundering into giant chasms.

Like the rest of the country, the capital, Buenos Aires, is big, beautiful and sprawling. But unlike so much of Latin America, there’s little trace of Aztec heritage here. Instead it is a surprisingly sophisticated blend of modern and belle époque architecture that looks as though it has been plucked straight from Paris.

Where to go Argentina has many attractions that could claim the title of natural wonders of the world: the prodigious waterfalls of Iguazú; the spectacular Glaciar Perito Moreno; unforgettable whale-watching off Península Valdés; or the handsome lakes and mountains around Bariloche – indeed, Patagonia in general.

You are likely to start in Buenos Aires, the most cosmopolitan city in all South America. Argentina's historic capital has breathtaking energy, spacious grandeur and self-confident style. The city’s museums are eclectic enough to suit all interests – Latin American art, colonial silverware, dinosaurs and ethnography are just four subjects on offer – and you can round off a day’s sightseeing with a tango show, a bar tour or a meal at one of the dozens of fabulous restaurants.

Due north lies the Litoral, an expanse of subtropical watery landscapes that shares borders with Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay. Here are the photogenic Iguazú waterfalls, the largest series of waterfalls in the world. The falls lie on the Río Iguazu, which runs along the border between Argentina and Brazil. You should spend at least a day here, and view the falls from both sides of the border - though more of them are on the Argentine side, the better views are from Brazil.

Sprawling to the west and south of Buenos Aires are the Pampas, arguably the country’s most archetypal landscape. The wide landscape is punctuated by small towns, the occasional ranch and countless clumps of pampas grass (cortaderas). Part arid, part wetland, the Pampas are grazed by millions of cattle and planted with soya and wheat fields of incomprehensible size. Take a glimpse at gaucho culture, with a stay at one of the classy estancias, offering a combination of hedonistic luxury and horseback adventures.

In the west, are the Sierras: the mild climate, clear brooks and sylvan idylls of these ancient highlands have attracted holiday-makers since the late nineteenth century, and within reach of Córdoba, the country’s colonial-era second city, are some of the oldest resorts on the continent.

Covering roughly a third of Argentina, Patagonia still surprises visitors with the wide range of natural spectacles contained on its windswept plains. It has some of the hemisphere's highest peaks, forests of strange primeval trees, several of the world's most noteworthy glaciers, and fossil-rich coastal cliffs.

On the Atlantic side of Patagonia, Península Valdés is a must-see for its world-class marine fauna. It is the breeding ground for southern right whales, elephant seals and sea lions, and the nesting site for thousands of shore birds, including pelicans, cormorants and oystercatchers. Boat trips to view the whales and other marine life are available at the nearby town of Puerto Pirámide.

When to go Argentina can be divided into four broad climatic regions: the north-eastern plains, central Argentina (Pampas), western Argentina (Andes) and southern Argentina (Patagonia). Remember that the seasons in Argentina are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere.

The best time to travel to Argentina depends on where you want to focus your trip and what you want to do in this large elongated country. Summer, December through February, is the best time to visit the extreme landscape of Patagonia and the southern Andes.

Winter (Jun-Aug) is the best time to visit Iguazú and the Northwest, when the rains and heat have subsided; but spring (Aug-Oct) is also pleasant, as temperatures are mild and the crowds have cleared out. It is also the prime time to visit Buenos Aires when the purple jacarandas are in bloom. A great time to see Mendoza or the Lake District is in the fall, when the foliage pops—and there are fewer crowds.

Visa UK nationals don’t need a visa to enter Argentina as a tourist unless you’re travelling on an Emergency Travel Document. On presentation of a valid British passport you will normally be granted a 90-day stay in the country.

If you’re travelling to Argentina for any purpose other than tourism, contact the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in London.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

Proof of onward travel: You may need to provide proof of onward or return travel. You should make all flight reservations before departing for Argentina. Airlines have sometimes refused to board passengers travelling to Argentina without proof of onward travel.

Visa information source: www.gov.uk