DESERTS & WINE 2016

Chile- Argentina 12 days/11 nights

  • Day 01  Santiago
  • Day 02   Santiago-San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 03   San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 04   San Pedro de Atacama
  • Day 05   San Pedro de Atacama-Santiago
  • Day 06   Santiago
  • Day 07  Santiago - Mendoza
  • Day 08  Mendoza
  • Day 09  Mendoza-Buenos Aires
  • Day 10  Buenos Aires
  • Day 11  Buenos Aires
  • Day 12  Buenos Aires-Home

DAY 1

SANTIAGO - / - / -

Arrival in Santiago and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at the selected hotel

DAY 2

SANTIAGO – CALAMA – SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA B / - / -

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Calama. Arrival and overland transfer to the hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. In the afternoon walk through the town.

Overnight at the selected hotel

DAY 3

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA B / - / -

The morning is at leisure.

In the afternoon visit the Moon Valley – Valle de la Luna – to enjoy this bizarre, moon resembling landscape.

Overnight at the selected hotel

DAY 4

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA B / - / -

Morning at leisure. We suggest an optional half day excursion to the Geysers “El Tatio”. The Geysers lie at an altitude of 4.500 m over sea level on the high plateau and give their visitors a spectacular show. You find around 40 Geysers and thermal fountains, all bubbling and sizzling meters high.

In the afternoon overland drive to the Salt Flats of Atacama. On route visit the village Toconao, where the houses and church is built out of white vulcanic stone giving this place its own character.

Continue to the 3000 km2 Salt Flats, rich in minerals as Borax and Lithium and home to different Flamingos species.

Overnight at the selected hotel

DAY 5

SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA – CALAMA – SANTIAGO B / - / -

Overland transfer to the airport of Calama for your flight back to Santiago. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

In the afternoon City Tour in Santiago including the historical center and the mountain San Cristóbal, from where you have a splendid view over the city and the close by Andes.

Visit the Presidential Palast, La „Moneda“, the main square called Plaza de Armas, the cathedral, the „Palacio de la Real Audiencia“- now home to the History Museum and the “Casa Colonial”- the residence of the governor during the colonial times.

Drive through the noble area of Santiago and its elegant stores, very good restaurants and some futuristic skyscrapers before returning to your hotel.

Overnight at the selected hotel

DAY 6

SANTIAGO B / - / -

Day at leisure. We suggest an optional tour to Valparaíso & Viña del Mar:

Valparaíso, the oldest port of Chile, also where the Congress and the Senat reside in this lively city by the sea. During your City Tour you visit the Government Buildings, the Plaza Sotomayor, the Plaza Victoria, the cathedral and the port district.

High over the city you find many colorful houses. The upper and lower part of the city are connected through 16 different lifts, which were built around 1900.

From Valparaiso you drive to the beaches of Viña Mar, called the city of gardens due to its many parks and green areas. Viña del Mar is an active city with sand beaches, modern hotels, first class restaurants, elegant bars and the Casino, built 1932. At sunset return to Santiago.

Overnight at the selected hotel

DAY 7

SANTIAGO – MENDOZA B / - / -

Transfer to the bus station. Regular bus to Mendoza. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the selected hotel

DAY 8

MENDOZA B / - / -

In the morning City Tour. A picturesque circuit touring the old and new parts of the city centre. Mendoza is most notable for its architectural layout, with wide tree-lined avenues and narrow canals running along the sides guiding water around the city. Transit through the streets, learning about the history and culture of the people and the great effort made to transform the arid desert into a thriving oasis. Our tour begins in the area of the foundational museum, a historical site dating back to 1561 when Don Pedro del Castillo founded the city. The space is currently used as a Plaza with Museum, Jesuit ruins and vestiges of the city after the earthquake of 1861. Continuing our tour the main square, home to the Cathedral, the Basilica of St. Francis, the former Banco Hipotecario (now Ministry of Culture and Tourism), the Andean Trade and former Bank of Mendoza (now Contemporary space of art), the Plaza Independencia and España, and the Civic district with Government House and an Enoteca. Later we head down the prestigious street Emilio Civit, a residential area that leads to General San Martin Park - the lung-shaped park of the city. We enter by the famous gates, passed the horses of Marly, Rosedal and pass the lake until we reach the Cerro de la Gloria, where a Monument to San Martín and his army is located. Then go to Challao, where the Shrine, which venerates the Virgin of Lourdes lies with spectacular views of the mendocinian mountains.

The afternoon be part of a Wineries Tour: This circuit takes you out of the city and into the wine-making districts of Lujan de Cuyo and Maipu. Here you witness techniques used to irrigate the dry land (canals and ditches) and hear about how the aborigines managed to change a vast desert into a productive oasis. This area is home to prestigious wineries that produce internationally-recognized Argentinean wines. We visit two of these wineries, both still using traditional working methods, together with some of the latest technology. Your tour is accompanied by a wine expert, who explains some of the vinification methods and processes, bottling and labeling of wines, and you can enjoy a tasting of the different wines the vineyards have to offer

Overnight at the selected hotel

DAY 9

MENDOZA – BUENOS AIRES B / - / D

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.

In the afternoon City Tour, sightseeing to some of the most interesting places of this cosmopolitan city, like: Plaza de Mayo square, the Government House, the Cabildo (Colonial Town Hall) the Metropolitan Cathedral, Avenida de Mayo, the Congress Palace, the Colon Theatre and La Boca, San Telmo, Palermo and Recoleta neighborhoods.

In the evening Tango Show with Dinner. This evening you will attend an unforgettable tango show performed by the best dancers and singers, whilst enjoying a delicious meal (drinks included). This is the perfect way to live Buenos Aires, the city of tango. Buenos Aires nightlife provides its own inhabitants and visitors with numerous entertainment possibilities.

Overnight at the selected hotel

DAY 10

BUENOS AIRES B / L / -

Today you participate in a tour to a private Gaucho Estancia. The typical landscape of the Argentina humid Pampa, one of the most fertile natural prairies in the world, famous for its meat and cereal production, may be by the tourist in this tour that includes a reception with "empanadas" (meat pies) and "asado" (roast meat) and good Argentinian wines, a show with folk songs and dances and an exhibition of the gaucho's abilities with riding, taming and the use of the lasso.

Overnight at the selected hotel

DAY 11

BUENOS AIRES B / -/ D

In the morning visit to the Tiger Delta, a picturesque neighborhood situated in the delta of the Paraná River. The first inhabitants were smugglers by the end of the 19th century it turned into one of the preferred recreation getaways of the high class society. During a sailboat ride you have a wonderful view over the well preserved antique buildings.

In the evening be part of Wine Tasting tour to the 'Cava' at El Querandí followed by 3-Course Dinner in the Restaurant. This private wine tasting called the 'Virtual Wine Route' is a virtual trip (done by way of slideshow & talk by a sommelier) which takes you to our most representative wine making regions, each characterized by different climatic conditions (terroirs), this is followed by the tasting of a representative wine from each area and matched with a regional food. http://www.querandi.com.ar/

Overnight at the selected hotel

DAY 12

BUENOS AIRES B / - / -

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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