DAY 1: Arrival Day at Santiago de Chile (D)
Upon arrival in Santiago de Chile, you private transfer service will take you to your hotel. The cosmopolitan Santiago de Chile, capital of the country and political and administrative center, is considered the safest Latin American city, and enjoys the backs of the Andes, beautiful views from the hills, and excellent restaurants.
Your Travels with Audrey tour starts at 3:00 PM in the hotel lobby for a walk around the hotel area: Our hotel lobby is where the tour begins and where we all meet for an included Orientation walk around the hotel area and an opportunity to meet your fellow travelers.
INCLUDED WELCOME DINNER TONIGHT: In the evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner to meet your fellow travelers at a local Chilean restaurant.
Your Unique Small Group Tour Vacation to Chile and Argentina is underway! Overnight Santiago Park Plaza (or similar)
DAY 2: SANTIAGO DE CHILE CITY TOUR (B)
Welcome to Santiago, Chile!
On a clear day, fresh after winter showers, Santiago basks in one of the most spectacular settings of any city in the world. A glance through the downtown blocks reveals a mighty circle of mountains, the snow-capped Andean peaks to the East and a smaller coastal range to the West that frames the Chilean capital. The main river, Mapocho, runs through the beautiful City of Santiago. Chile is one of the most beautiful countries in Latin America. It stretches about 99.225 square miles from the central western coast of South America to the south of it. Peru borders it at the north, Bolivia at the northeast, Argentina at the east and the South Pacific Ocean at the west.
After a restful night’s sleep enjoy a hearty breakfast in preparation for a busy day of sightseeing in Santiago. We start the morning sightseeing in style as your Tour Manager and your local guide escort you in the city of Santiago on a private tour (approximately 4 hours)
Historic Santiago Visit: Chile's capital city is the cosmopolitan, financial, cultural, and political center of the country. It's graced with tree-lined streets, parks, distinctive neighborhoods, ample variety of restaurants and hotels. To experience and feel this city, your tour guide will walk and drive you past sites that reveal the real Chile. Traditional markets where locals buy meat, fruit, veggies and of course fresh seafood from the Pacific. We will see the most important historical sites in downtown such as the former Parliament of Chile, the Main Square known as "Plaza de Armas", Museum of National History, Post Office Headquarters, Presidential Palace La Moneda, the new Cultural Center La Moneda, the Colonial San Francisco Church, National Library and Visit the Pre-Columbian Art museum (closed on Mondays) and the Metropolitan Cathedral. We will also visit the Cementerio General de Santiago: Chile’s Grand and Historic Cemetery (Named one of the World’s Most Scenic Cemeteries by CNN, Santiago’s sprawling Cementerio General is definitely worth a visit!)
The tour ends at the Mercado Central (Central Market), an elegant wrought iron structure inaugurated in 1871 as the site of a National Exhibition. Now it is the city’s central market, where you can sample a few of the local dishes for lunch.
For the grand finale of the tour you will have the chance to enjoy a “Pisco Sour” (national drink) with delicious “Machas a la parmesana” (a kind of seafood with cheese).
After Lunch, feel free to spend the rest of your day exploring many of the city’s fine shops and museums or ascend to the top of the city for dramatic panoramic views from the beautifully landscaped Cerro Santa Lucia. Your tour manager can suggest various other very interesting places to visit on your optional afternoon.
OPTIONAL DINNER TONIGHT: Enjoy dinner at your leisure tonight
. You may opt to join your Tour Manager tonight for dinner or opt to explore on your own.
Overnight Santiago Park Plaza (or similar)
DAY 3: SANTIAGO, CHILE: Discover Chilean Wine (B-L-D)
This morning enjoy a private transfer to “La Casona Matetic's” vineyards located in Rosario Valley, an area of San Antonio Valley, 120 kilometers (74 miles) from Santiago between Casablanca and San Antonio. This completely enclosed valley, which is 9,000 hectares in length and perpendicular to the ocean, possesses the ideal climatic and topographic conditions for both red and white wines.
This afternoon enjoy a wine tour through the Matetic vineyards, where you taste different wines from their collection; this is the perfect setting to learn more about their wines and bio-dynamic process. The visit begins in the winery, where you will be received by a bilingual guide who will brief you about the process of organic and bio-dynamic agriculture, key concepts in the making of their wines. You will be able to taste 4 different wines from their Ultra-Premium edition with a 4 course Gourmet lunch while enjoying panoramic views of the vineyards.
The day will end with a visit to their on site store for you to purchase wine accessories if you so wish.
INCLUDED DINNER: Tonight we enjoy a dinner together which includes a half a bottle of wine per person (Corralito edition)
Overnight at La Casona Matetic (or similar)
DAY 4: DISCOVER CHILEAN WINE (B-L-D)
Today you may choose one of the following activities to enjoy:
HORSEBACK RIDING EXPERIENCE: Enjoy riding on Chilean and Chilotes horses, accompanied by a typical Chilean cowboy called “camper” and your expert guide. During this excursion of approx. 2 ½ hours, you will visit the vineyards with amazing panoramic views of Rosario Valley. This ride is suitable for children and adults without prior experience.
HIKING: Enjoy a variety of treks across different terrains like plains, hills, native forest, valley and mountains, always accompanied by an expert guide.
BIKE TOUR: Enjoy exploring the area with mountain bikes through different parts of the Rosario Valley. Our guide will explain the surroundings and you will be able to enjoy attractive viewpoints in the native forest and the winery.
INCLUDED DINNER: Tonight you will be dining with your fellow travelers and tour manager
Overnight at La Casona Matetic (or similar)
DAY 5: TRANS ANDEAN HIGHWAY-CHILE/ARGENTINA (B-D)
Today we are in for a special treat!
We board our private vehicle for a drive from Santiago to Mendoza that steeply snakes up through Chile to the 2 mile long Cristo Redentor tunnel. The crossing of the Andes between Santiago, Chile, and Mendoza, Argentina, is a unique experience that offers magnificent mountain scenery of outstanding natural beauty, including a close view of Mount Aconcagua, "The Colossus of America".
Mount Aconcagua is the highest mountain in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres, followed by Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America. The Andes is the longest mountain range in the world and the second tallest after the Himalayas.
The Andes Mountain Range extends nearly 4349 miles from Central America to Cape Horn, traversing seven countries: Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile.
The border between Chile and Argentina roughly follows the line along the highest peaks of the Andes. One of the most important crossings between the two countries is “Los Libertadores” (Chile) or “Uspallata” (Argentina).
Along the way, we will stop for picture taking; have a chance to visit Upsallata, Puente del Inca where the river “Las Cuevas” has carved the mountain forming a natural bridge. We will pass by the villages of Picheuta, Polvareda, and Punta de Vacas which is an access point to Mendoza’s ski resort “Los Penitentes” which works from June to August.
We will of course also pass through border formalities. We will also have a chance to have lunch (not included)
Important! It is not allowed to take any fresh food, plants, seeds, etc. from Argentina to Chile. They are very strict, and fines can be high. If you are not sure if something is allowed please declare it (they will provide you with a form) and they will inform you if you can carry it or not.
Welcome to Mendoza!
Argentina’s main wine region and heartland of the Malbec grape, has also impressive mountains (like Aconcagua, climbers world known summit), outdoor sports (adventurous rafting) and breathtaking landscapes. We’ll arrive into Mendoza late afternoon, plenty of time to check into our Hotel, and freshen up before dinner.
INCLUDED DINNER: Tonight enjoy dinner together trying local wines and dishes in a delightful restaurant
Overnight Hotel Park Hyatt (or similar)
DAY 6: DISCOVERING THE WINE CAPITAL OF ARGENTINA (B-L)
Today join your expert local guide on a half day guided tour of the city of Mendoza. Mendoza is undoubtedly one of the most interesting cities in all of Argentina. It harmoniously blends the natural beauty of mountains, rivers and fertile grape-growing fields with beautiful buildings and interesting architecture. It is Argentina’s wine capital in the shadow of the snow- capped Andes. Malbec is the name of the game here!
Our first stop is the Peatonal Sarmiento, this pedestrian street was inaugurated in 1989 and runs through the heart of the city. We will pass cafes and bars, the San Martin Gallery, the Church of San Nicolas, the Provincial Legislature and the Stock Exchange. A short while later we will arrive at Plaza Independencia were we will have the chance to meet the local artists and see the material they use to make crafts typical of our province. The Emilio Civit Avenue is next and we´ll be transported into a quiet Mendoza that once moved to the leisurely pace of horse-drawn carts. Upper-class people built their houses on this luxury avenue that was declared a cultural heritage.
Finally, the majestic General San Martin Park gates will welcome and invite us to pass through for the last stop of our tour (4 hours)
The balance of the day is at leisure to explore this beautiful city located in an area with roughly 700 active wineries set against the backdrop of one of the world’s most scenic wine regions. The capital with its wide tree lined boulevards, shaded plazas and open air cafes has an inviting laid back vibe. Stroll along the Sarmiento pedestrian mall sipping a cortado (espresso cut with milk) handcrafted leather goods at Plaza Independencia. Mendozinos are spoiled with more than 300 days of sunshine a year. It is a land of sun and good wine!
OPTIONAL DINNER TONIGHT -Tonight for dinner you may explore on your own. Overnight at Hotel Park Hyatt (or similar)
DAY 7: EXPLORING ARGENTINIAN WINE (B-L)
In the morning you will be picked up at the hotel to begin a full day private excursion on Argentina's famous Wine Road, towards Lujan de Cuyo.
Today is all about discovering production facilities, learning the different styles of wine-making and tasting the local culinary delights.
Enjoy visiting some of the region´s most prestigious wineries where you will have guided tours and the opportunity to taste their different lines of wine.
At midday, time for lunch at one of the wineries (drinks included) followed by our return to the Mendoza (7 hours)
OPTIONAL DINNER TONIGHT - Join us tonight for an optional dinner or explore on your own.
Overnight at Lares de Chacras (or similar)
DAY 8: MENDOZA TO IGUASSU FALLS (B-D)
After breakfast, private transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguassu Falls and private transfer upon arrival in Iguassu. The little and relaxing town is the gate to visit the impressive Iguassu Falls, (which have been recently declared as one of the New Seven Natural Wonders!), making them a must see destination for any traveler to Argentina.
“Nature’s mightiest show of sound and fury” Emerging from the jungle in a mist-covered fury, Iguassu, the world’s widest waterfall, so impressive that Eleanor Roosevelt is said to have murmured “poor Niagara” upon witnessing its might and beauty. More than 80 percent lies in Argentina, including the most impressive cascade, the U-shaped 270 foot high and nearly half mile long Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s throat).
Unesco World Heritage site Iguassu Falls is made up of many cascades producing vast sprays of water, it is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.
The surrounding subtropical rainforest has over 2,000 species of native plants and is home to interesting wildlife: tapirs, giant anteaters, howler monkeys, ocelots, jaguars and caymans. The power, size and sheer noise of the falls are truly spectacular.
INCLUDED DINNER TONIGHT
Overnight at Hotel Loi Suites (or similar)
DAY 9: IGUASSU NATIONAL PARK: ARGENTINIAN SIDE (B)
After breakfast you will depart on a full day tour to the Argentine side of the Iguassu Fall. A guide will show you the hidden gems of this unique National Park and will take you off the beaten path to show you the best views. Lower and upper walkways permit up close and personal experiences with this magnificent spectacle of nature. Trails through the 210 square mile reserve provide visitors with various views of the Falls, especially the largest one, Devil's Throat.
The ecological train ride is included in the tour.
Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.
Note that in the park there are different excursions you can take for an additional cost. On the “Gran Aventura” you can sail the river and get closer the falls (Please be aware- on the boat trip there is a 100% chance that you will get wet...the Falls provide a refreshing “natural shower”. Be sure to take some extra clothes if you want to do this excursion.)
This day will be a real adventure, full of thrills and spills, and is an absolute must for the adventurer at heart. Duration: 6/8 hours
OPTIONAL DINNER: Dinner tonight at your leisure
Overnight at Hotel Loi Suites (or similar)
DAY 10: DISCOVERING BUENOS AIRES “Paris of South America” (B)
This morning your private transfer will take you to the domestic airport for your flight to Buenos Aires and a private transfer will await your arrival in Buenos Aires.
Welcome to Buenos Aires!
Buenos Aires, also called “Paris of the South” or “Silver Queen”, is world famous for its tango, beef, vibrant nightlife, fashion style and traditional cafés, Buenos Aires proudly embraces her title, as well as shows off plenty of her own culture!
In the afternoon enjoy your guided city tour. You will have the chance to visit the historical and political center of the city; San Telmo with its cobblestone streets, La Boca where Buenos Aires turns colorful and tango is ever present, and the chic and aristocratic Recoleta, where the big palaces remind us that Buenos Aires was once the Paris of the South. But that will not be all; you will also have a shared guided visit to Buenos Aires´ famous opera house, the iconic Teatro Colón (Duration 4-5 hours).
Buenos Aires is the sultry capital of Argentina, a cosmopolitan hub rising where the Pampas meet the Rio de la Plata. A heady mix of Italian, French, Spanish, German and other cultural influences, this vibrant, elegant city sometimes makes you wonder where you are. The rhythm is definitely Latin America, but the architecture and the glamour will have you thinking you are in Europe.
OPTIONAL DINNER TONIGHT - Join the tour manager tonight for an optional dinner at one of the many world-class restaurants for Argentinean beef. Buenos Aires Steak Houses: Argentina is world famous for the quality of its beef, and Buenos Aires’ most characteristic dining experience is found at parillas (grills) where excellent steaks (as well as asado, a mixed grill of a variety of meat, including sweetbreads) are grilled over glowing coals. Overnight Alvear Art Hotel (or similar)
DAY 11: ESTANCIA DAY (B-L)
Today we spend a day at an Estancia!
Gaucho lifestyle minutes form the city. “The pampas, the only place on earth where God can roam large” are the vast, flat grasslands stretching for hundreds of miles. These open plains are the source of Argentina’s wealth. Here golden wheat and soy are grown and stout grass fed cattle. This is the birthplace of the gaucho, Argentina’s cowboy, and of Estancias, which were originally a combination of fortress, farm and ranch, and played a bloody role in the conquest of the Indians. We will enjoy a great BBQ, horse show!
OPTIONAL DINNER: This evening is another opportunity to join the tour manager on a culinary discovery of Buenos Aires.
Overnight at Alvear Hotel (or similar)
DAY 12: BUENOS AIRES DISCOVERY AND TANGO (B-D)
This morning, join your tour manager for a walk around the hotel area and a visit to the Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of many of the wealthiest and most important Argentine historical figures (2 hours). The area of the Recoleta is famous for its beautiful villas that remind us of why Buenos Aires is called “The Paris of South America”.
The afternoon is yours to enjoy your own discoveries: Choose to take the ferry over to Uruguay, Historic Quarter of Colonia del Sacramento- A Unesco world heritage site, a tiny colonial outpost on the Rio de la Plata surrounded by rolling gaucho country and vineyards and an easy ferry ride form Buenos Aires. Colonia is the gem of Uruguay. Colonia’s tiny cobblestoned center is filled with wonders: history museums, antique churches with painted altar pieces, and a lighthouse with a dizzying climb to its beacon.
The afternoon is also designed to allow you the freedom to explore more of this fascinating city on your own. A day to shop on Florida street for excellent leather goods and Italian designed shoes. You could visit the Hip Old Palermo, leafy sidewalks and the occasional cobbled street, one of the capital’s most trendsetting spots.
Farewell Experience Tonight: In the evening you will be picked up from your hotel to be driven to one of Buenos Aires’ most emblematic cultural highlight’s; a Dinner and Tango Show offering a spectacular demonstration of the finest local dancing accompanied by delicious Argentine cuisine and all the Malbec you would like. At the end of the evening you will be driven back to your hotel. Total duration (dinner + show) 4 hours (approx.) Overnight at Alvear Art Hotel (or similar)
DAY 13: DEPARTURE DAY (B)
At the appropriate time you will have a private transfer to the international airport for your flight back home.
"It was a real pleasure meeting you and traveling with you!"
If you so choose, we have a pre tour offer to Easter Island before your tour start in Santiago, Chile. And if you wish to travel longer in Argentina to see either Patagonia or Salta, please check with us for options and pricing.
If you are not planning on traveling to South America during the dates of our tours but would like to see the regions we travel to with your own private group of friends or family, please contact us.
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Note: Audrey specializes in small group tours for mature travelers, providing guests with delights that excite the senses and that are genuine, intimate and unique experiences. With a balance of culture, food, wine and stunning natural and man-made landscapes, our tours capture everything that a guest would be looking for in a South American experience. Audrey looks forward to meeting you and traveling with you and like-minded travelers.
This tour can be offered as a private tour. Please contact Travels with Audrey for more information.