Wine Tasting Tours in Argentina
10-day Argentina Wine Tours for £2350pp
Most people enjoy sampling the fine selection of wines on offer during their holiday in Argentina, but if you're a little more serious about your wine and would like to really get to grips with some of the present and future stars of New World wine-making, then our specialist Argentina wine tours are undoubtedly the way to go. We'll visit some of the best vineyards in Argentina's wine heartland around Mendoza, but also further north to Salta to sample the newer high-altitude vineyards there.
- Day One: Arrival in Buenos Aires
- Day Two: Buenos Aires City Tour
- Day Three: Travel to Mendoza
- Day Four: Mendoza & La Carodilla
- Day Five: Lujan de Cuyo Wine Tour
- Day Six: Valle del Uco Wine Tour
- Day Seven: Travel to Salta
- Day Eight: Cafayate Wine Tour
- Day Nine: Cafayate Wine Tour
- Day Ten: Overnight flight back to the UK
Day One – Your Argentina Wine Tour Begins
We start our wine tours in Argentina with arrival in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina and one of the world's great cities. On arrival we’ll meet you and take you to your hotel in the centre of town. You’ll be having a full city tour tomorrow, but you’re just a few blocks from all the main sites, as well as from restaurants and cafes, so you’re perfectly placed to head out and start soaking up the unique atmosphere of Buenos Aires.
Day Two - City Tour of Buenos Aires
After a free morning to relax after your journey, we will take you for a tour of the major sights in the city. We will visit the historic centre, including the famous Plaza de Mayo where the demonstrations by mothers of the ‘disappeared’ against the military government took place, as well as the Casa Rosada from whose balcony Evita addressed the crowds below. We will also visit the beautiful Cathedral before heading to the tango districts of San Telmo and La Boca, also home to the famous Boca Juniors football team. We will also visit the exclusive Palermo and Recoleta areas, with their leafy avenues and grand houses, superb restaurants and boutique shopping before ending up in the riverside district of Puerto Madero to enjoy some superb Argentinean cuisine with views over the river. (Breakfast included)
Day Three – Travel to Mendoza
After breakfast this morning we’ll take you back to airport in Buenos Aires for a flight west to the lovely city of Mendoza, nestling in the foothills of the Andes. You will have a free afternoon to explore the city’s pleasant tree-lined avenues and grand squares... or to sit back in a café and start exploring Mendoza’s fine wines, of course. (B)
Day Four – Tour of Mendoza & La Carodilla
You will have a free morning to have a wander around the centre of Mendoza, with its leafy avenues, chic boutiques and pavement cafes, and then after lunch we will take you to visit the La Carodilla district in the south of the city. We will visit two of the small wineries in the area (with optional tastings) before ending at the Church of La Carrodilla, which is home to a statue of the Virgin of La Carodilla - the patron saint of vineyards. (B)
Day Five - Lujan de Cuyo Wine Tasting
This morning we will begin our wine tour in earnest as we take you out of Mendoza and into the wine heartland of Lujan de Cuyo. We will have tastings at three of the area's most historic vineyards, before enjoying a fourth tasting at the Bodega Melipal along with a traditional Argentinean asado barbecue – weather permitting this will be outdoors so we can appreciate the beautiful Andes Mountains while we have lunch. (B/L)
Day Six - Valle del Uco Wine Tasting
You will enjoy another day of tastings today, as we explore some of Mendoza's newer vineyards in the lovely Valle del Uco. Compared by many to the situation of the Napa Valley 25 years or so ago, the Valle del Uco has vineyards situated at up to 1400m and is at the forefront of innovation in Argentina's wineries. Our tour will include tastings at two of the best vineyards in the Valle del Uco, before finishing with lunch and a visit to the excellent Bodega Andeluna for a final tasting. (B/L)
Day Seven - Travel to Salta
Mendoza is Argentina's most famous wine-producing area, but it's by no means the final word in Argentinian wine, and with that in mind we'll continue your Argentina wine holiday today with a flight north to the city of Salta. With the best-preserved colonial architecture of any Argentinian city, Salta is always a real favourite with people and so we'll leave you with the rest of the day to relax and enjoy this attractive town and its laid-back atmosphere. (B)
Day Eight - Cafayate Wine Tour
The area around Salta showcases some of the most interesting developments in Argentinian wine, with super-high altitude vineyards (many are above 1500m) attracting noted enologists such as Donald Hess and Michel Rolland. As well as some fruity Cabernet Sauvignons and Tannats, the Cafayate region which we will visit today specialises in whites from the uniquely Argentinian Torrontes grape. We will set out from Salta this morning and drive through the tobacco fields and colonial towns of the Valle de Lerma before climbing up through the dramatic rock formations of the Quebrada de Rio Conchas on our way to the wine capital of the area, Cafayate. We'll arrive in the late afternoon and check in to our hotel, where you can relax in the gardens or by the pool, or stroll into Cafayate to visit the excellent Vine and Wine Museum. (B/L)
Day Nine - Cafayate Wine Tour
Our Cafayate wine tour will continue this morning as we visit four of the area's most important wineries. In the morning we will visit the El Esteco and El Porvenir vineyards, followed by lunch, and then in the afternoon, we will enjoy tastings at the Pirratelli and San Pedro de Yacachuyo wineries before we another spectacular journey back to Salta. (B/L)
Day Ten - Last Day of Your Argentina Wine Tour
Unfortunately, today will be your last day of your wine tour in Argentina. You'll have some free time to say goodbye to Salta this morning, before we take you to the airport for the short flight back to Buenos Aires, where you'll arrive in plenty of time for your international flight back to the UK. (B)
Options for our Argentina Wine Tours
Iguazu Falls - 3 days from £600pp
If your Argentina holiday doesn’t already include it, you really have to consider adding on a trip to one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, the Iguazu Falls. Spanning the border between Brazil and Argentina, a three-day trip from Buenos Aires gives you time to see both sides of the Falls. On the Brazilian side, a long walkway along the canyon top leads you to a panoramic view of the famous Devil's Throat, where 14 separate falls combine in a drop of 350 feet, while on the Argentinian side, a network of walkways projects out into the middle of the canyon so you can get close and feel the awesome power of these natural monsters.
Rio and Brazil Beach Break – 7 days from £1200pp
About the only thing that Argentina doesn’t do brilliantly is beaches – they’re fine, but they’re not fabulous. However, just a short flight north you have access to all the great beaches of Brazil, and this 7-day extension flies you to Rio to spend a couple of days there before heading on to the gorgeous Buzios peninsula, with its dozens of beaches. Ranging from wide sandy bays to tiny secluded coves, there's sure to be the perfect beach for your tastes, so you can relax and soak up some tropical sunshine.
Esteros del Ibera Ranching - 4 days from £1300pp
In the humid sub-tropical north of Argentina, the vast Esteros del Ibera wetlands are a haven for birds and wildlife, with almost no roads or people to interfere with the pristine nature on offer. A visit to the area allows you to really get away from it all, staying on a converted ranch, reached by either jeep or horseback, and heading out each day to see some of South America’s most beautiful scenery and rarest wildlife.
Day Trip to Colonia – from £170pp
Just across the wide River Plate from Buenos Aires, the beautiful Uruguayan town of Colonia del Sacramento is one of South America’s real gems: the cobbled streets and colonial houses are like stepping back in time and a day spent here is the perfect contrast with the hustle, bustle and sophistication of Buenos Aires. This full-day trip takes you by fast boat across the Rio Plata to Colonia, where you’ll have a guided tour and then plenty of free time to wander and explore at your own pace before we pick you up and take you back across the river to Argentina.
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Our standard price for our wine tours in Argentina is £2350 per person, which is based on two sharing a double or twin room in our standard hotels.
That price includes all your accommodation, internal transport, transfers, tours, guides and tastings, plus lunch on your full day wine tours, and breakfast every day.
We don't have any "local payments" or sneaky charges: everything you have read about on this itinerary is included in that price. And because everything we do is tailor-made, we don't have fixed departure dates or minimum numbers for our trips. Outside of national holidays or other special events, this price is valid for the whole of 2017.
So with the exception of a few meals, everything on your holiday is included. What we don't include as standard is your international flights, because with these you have a huge range of options depending on the date you want to travel, the route you want to fly, and your preferred departure airport in the UK.
We aren't tied to any particular airline, and we will be delighted to discuss all options with you, or you can even book the flights yourself if you prefer: it's totally up to you.
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