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Argentina Wine Tour

Argentina wines are some of the very best wines in the New World. Several wineries in Argentina, such as Salta, Córdoba and San Juan, produce wine, but Mendoza vineyards have shown incredible diversity of its production. Its award-winning Malbec is world-famous, and there are others worth tasting. Located on the side of Andean mountains, with spectacular scenery and food, Argentina makes a perfect destination for a luxurious wine tour.

This tour focusses on wines, vineyards and the gastronomy. But we will also have plenty of time to experience other destinations; Buenos Aires, Salta, Valles Calchaquies and Cafayate. Also experience the lifestyle, food and wine and stunning landscapes of northern Argentina. Starting in Buenos Aires, it continues to Mendoza, one of the world’s most notable wine regions. Visit the most interesting and upscale local wineries, and sample Malbec, Torrontes and other locally produced wines with excellent dining.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 13-DAY NORTH ARGENTINA WINE TOUR...
And, also experience white-water rafting in the Mendoza valley.
 

What We Love
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • Visit Mendoza the wine province par excellence, producing some of the best wines in the world.  
  • Experience Salta city, painstaking restored and now distinguished by its colonial architecture.
  • Take Tango lessons at milonga, where locals gather to share their passion for the dance and music. 
  • Watch the striking ‘Seven Coloured Mountain’ which comes to life in the glow of the afternoon sun.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What 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.

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Set at the foot of the Andes in the Cuyo region, the Mendoza town lies in a beautiful and fertile oasis formed by the Mendoza and Tunuyán rivers which also offer exciting white-water rafting experiences for the more adventurous. Mendoza offers a broad choice of activities for adventurers, historians and epicureans alike but at its heart, it is Argentina’s best Wine Country.

First time travellers to Mendoza are surprised at the deep irrigation channels which separate the pavement from the road surface, even on the main thoroughfares – a network of some 500km of channels. At its heart is urban planning in street forestry, creating a green and shady environment by planting lime and plane trees along the avenues and ensuring they are properly watered in what is otherwise a very arid soil and dry climate.  However, this is precisely what makes Mendoza the wine province par excellence, producing some of the best wines in the world.

The region is known for some of the best wineries with their own classic lodges, restaurants and of course wines. Cavas Wine Lodge, for instance, where we stay, is a luxurious, 14-room property surrounded by year-round snowy peaks. Patios de Cafayate another colonial style luxury hotel is rich in culture, wine and tradition.

Back in Buenos Aires, you will experience its cuisine and culture visiting nearby towns and have an option to visit or stay at an Estancia La Candelaria del Monte or similar. The large ranches that offer hundreds of acres of pasturelands and a peaceful atmosphere where you can spend time relaxing in the swimming pool, playing paddle tennis or taking a horse-carriage ride.

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.
 

 
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Argentina Wine Tour

Buenos Aires, Northwest region & Mendoza
(13 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 Four Seasons.

Day 2 – City Tour & Tango
Buenos Aires This morning enjoy a half-day tour of this impressive city. Discover the cobbled streets and brightly painted houses of La Boca and the grand architecture in Plaza de Mayo. Continue to the exclusive neighbourhood of Recoleta, with its treelined avenues, fashionable restaurants, cafes and boutiques, not forgetting the famous cemetery that holds Evita's shrine.

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 (B)
Recommended: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or Four Seasons.

Day 3 – 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.
A delightful way of spending the day is to take a boat ride through the waterways in the nearby Tigre town; an experience that can only be described as a mixture of the Thames and the Amazon.

Tigre Town – 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. 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 or simply enjoy a day of relaxing in real farm atmosphere.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)
Recommended: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or Four Seasons.

Day 04 – Transfer
Salta Transfer to airport for your flight to Salta. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel in a private vehicle with bilingual (English - Spanish) guide.

Salta “la Linda” (the pretty one) – The province of Salta lies in the Northwest of Argentina, bordering the countries of Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay and six other Argentine provinces.  Its vast territory offers an extraordinary range of landscapes, from the dry arid desert of the Puna (North Western desert) to the luxuriant lush greens of the sub-tropical Yungas jungle, while the spontaneous generosity of its inhabitants, descendants of the Incas and inheritors of a rich cultural tradition ensures a unique experience for each visitor.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)
Recommended: Hotel Legado Mitico.

Day 05 – Private Tour
Jujuy La Quebrada de Humahuaca: The Canyon of Humahuaca lies in the northernmost province of Jujuy, the true kingdom of the Andes.  The Quebrada, or canyon, declared a Unesco World Heritage site, sets a giant palette of jewel-painted slabs of rock arching across the mountain sides at Maimará, the “Paleta del Pintor”, testimony to the rich variety of minerals to be found there.

Purmamarca is a tiny little village at the base of the striking Cerro de los Siete Colores, the Seven Coloured Mount.  It is a rainbow of colour which comes to life in the glow of the afternoon sun, dominated by a deep violet stripe across the middle which fades downwards into strips of turquoise, jade and sky-blue and upwards into hues of pink, orange and yellow.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)
Recommended: Hotel Legado Mitico.

Day 06 – Circuit Tour
Valles Calchaquies Your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby for three day and 2 night circuit tour around the Calchaquí Valleys. (Vehicle & guide at disposal x 3 days).

Calchaqui Valleys: One of the most breathtakingly beautiful drives from Salta town is a trip towards Cachi before dipping south to the colonial town of Molinos.  It is a truly unforgettable journey through a region that has witnessed turbulent times with the arrival of the conquistadores who sought to dominate and subdue the Indian tribes against a dramatic backdrop of spectacular surroundings.  Behind the wind-sculpted rock formations that blaze forth in tones of red, purple and ochre, lie quiet villages in green valley whose simple adobe and thatch houses have not changed in centuries.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)

Day 07 – Circuit Tour
Valles Calchaquies After breakfast continue your journey around the Valles Calchaquies. The road south from Molinos to Cafayate, the wine capital of the north-west, passes through the spectacular Quebrada de las Flechas -Arrow Canyon- where a forest of sharp granite spires juts up into the sky on either side of the road like a quiver full of giant arrows.  At its entrance lies the beautiful village of Angastaco, which means carob tree eagle, and well worth visiting during Easter week for its Via Crucis procession.  

The combination of altitude, climate and terroir, together with insightful investment in technological innovation, has gained Cafayate an international reputation for the quality of its wines.  One of the key factors is the altitude of its vineyards, which lie in valleys some 1600 to 2600 metres above sea level.  This means strong sunshine, great differences in day and night time temperatures and thin, dry air.  The region produces some truly excellent wines for export.

Patios De Cafayate is located in the North of Argentina, in the heart of the Calchaquies valleys, in Cafayate (Salta). From Salta airport to the Hotel is 180 kilometres and takes around two hours and a half by car.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)

Day 08 – Wine Tour
Cafayate Full day wine tour in Cafayate including a visit to the “Wine Museum”
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)

Day 09 – The Wine Country
Mendoza Drive north towards Salta through a very scenic road. Arrive Salta town and transfer to the airport for your flight to Mendoza. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)
Recommended: Cavas Wine Lodge.

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.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)
Recommended: Cavas Wine Lodge.

Day 10-11 – The Wine Country
Mendoza Full day at leisure
Overnight: Hotel of your choice (B)
Recommended: Cavas Wine Lodge.

Day 12 – Depart
Buenos Aires Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Meet and greet on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at Leisure

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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