Trip Type : Private Guided
11 Day Argentina & Chile Gold Program tour

11 Day Argentina & Chile Gold Program

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Buenos Aires
  • Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral—this imposing Neo-classical building is Argentina´s main catholic building
  • Enjoy wine tasting in Mendoza, one of the best wine areas in Argentina
  • Visit the city's most important site, Plaza de Armas
  • Board catamaran to cross lakes
  • Explore Santiago de Chile, a city of contrasts with traces of its colonial past mixed with the ultramodern, high-rise buildings of the financial center

Short Description

During this journey to Buenos Aires get in touch with the birth city of the Tango. Also visit the famous Avenida de Mayo that runs into the Plaza De Mayo, surrounded by Casa Rosada. You will have a good time in Mendoza which is a green city surrounded by a desert and enjoy the pleasure of visiting one of the best wine areas in Argentina. You will have an opportunity to do some historical sightseeing and visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Buenos Aires
End City Santiago

Trip Includes

  • Private tours guaranteed with 2 passengers
  • English-speaking guides
  • Historical sightseeing and UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Arrival/departure transfers
  • Ground transportation
  • Wine tasting
  • Campanario Hill chairlift
  • Pre-Colombian Museum entrance fee
  • San Cristobal Hill entrance fee
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program
  • Five Star hotels: 3 nights Buenos Aires: Alvear Palace • 2 nights Mendoza: Hotel Park Hyatt ??? 2 nights Bariloche:  Hotel Llao Llao • 1 night Puerto Varas: Gran Hotel Colonos Del Sur • 2 nights Santiago: Hotel Grand Hyatt

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires

Accommodation: Alvear Palace Hotel - Buenos Aires

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires (air on own arrangement), the capital of Argentina, meet with our representative and transfer to your hotel. The city is a center of the political, economic and intellectual life of the country. It is also the most elegant and busiest in South America with European cultural influences, refined taste in cooking, boutiques and the gracefulness of its inhabitants.

Day 2: Buenos Aires

Meals: Breakfast

Get in touch with the birth city of the Tango! During your city tour of Buenos Aires, you will drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world, you will pass close to the Colon Theatre, one of the world's best known opera houses and the cultural pride of the "porteños" (as the inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called). Visit the famous Avenida de Mayo that runs into the Plaza De Mayo, surrounded by Casa Rosada (Government House), the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo (first City Hall, built during Spanish rule). At the other end of Avenida de Mayo, the cupola of the Congress building can be seen. Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral—this imposing Neo-classical building is Argentina´s main catholic building. The mausoleum of General San Martin (a national hero) is located inside the Cathedral, where Pope Francisco used to celebrate religious services when he was cardinal of Buenos Aires City. Continue to San Telmo, a historical neighborhood and the eldest district of Buenos Aires. Here you may have some time to stroll around Plaza Dorrego with its many antique shops (on Sundays, a visit to Plaza Dorrego is a "MUST" for its famous antique market.) Your next stop is La Boca, a most colorful area with the famous street Caminito. Continue to the north area driving to Palermo, the green area of the city with its beautiful parks, the City Zoo, Botanical Garden, Argentine Horse Track and National Polo Fields. Palermo is well-known for its artificial lakes. At the end of the tour, you will visit Recoleta area, one of the city's most glamorous spots. Here you will see elegant boutiques and excellent restaurants surrounded by centennial trees. At the cemetery of Recoleta, you will find the grave of Eva Duarte, known as Eva Perón (Evita). The cemetery is the center of this aristocratic neighbourhood, and the most relevant personalities of Argentina's history rest in this place. The mausoleums and pantheons reflect the architectural diversity emerging from the different cultural tendencies Argentina incorporated in its formation as a nation. The cemetery is considered to be one of the most impressive monuments of Argentina.

**Remark: You will be able to stroll around Plaza Dorrego only on Sundays and at the end of the tour, without a transfer back to the hotel.

Optional: PM Half-Day Tour of Tigre - Delta, Rio de la Plata (4h); Dinner and Tango Show at “El Viejo Almacen” (4h)

Day 3: Buenos Aires 

Meals: Breakfast

Today is at leisure to explore this charming city on your own.

Optional: Tour to Estancia Santa Susana (7h)

Day 4: Buenos Aires / Mendoza  

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Park Hyatt Mendoza Hotel - Mendoza

At the given time, you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to Mendoza (air on own arrangement). Arrive at Mendoza airport and meet with our representative for a transfer to your hotel. Mendoza is a green city surrounded by a dessert. It`s the land of sunshine and good wine, as several wineries have settled in the area and produce the famous Malbec grape with delicious, high quality red wines.

Day 5: Mendoza 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy the pleasure of visiting one of the best wine areas in Argentina. Discover the area and taste different wines visiting vineyards to understand the culture of this region.

In the morning, meet the guide who will accompany you throughout the tour. Depart to Mendoza's agricultural oasis and visit three wineries of wine's circuit. Enjoy a wine-tasting session, during which you will begin to familiarize with the local wine and its elaboration process. Lunch will be included at one of these bodegas. Local guide will explain the technique of wine tasting, wine production, the importance of the cork in the bottle and the correct way to handle a glass in order to taste wine. In the afternoon, return back to Mendoza City.

Wineries at Maipu area could be: Lopez - Zuccardi with lunch - La Rural - Trapiche - Viñas del Cerno - Carina e - Vistandes - Cavas de Don Arturo.

**Remark: Please note that wineries to visit during these tours might change without prior notice. Most wineries are opened Monday to Friday. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays some might remain closed. Visits to the mentioned wineries are subject to availability at time of booking request and might be replaced by another winery.

Day 6: Mendoza / Bariloche 

Meals: B reakfast

Accommodation: Llao Llao Hotel Resort, Golf & Spa - San Carlos de Bariloche

At the given time, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to Mendoza airport for your flight to Bariloche—fly via Buenos Aires, if direct flight is not available (air on own arrangement). Arrive at Bariloche Airport and meet with our representative for a transfer to your hotel. San Carlos de Bariloche is located in the Andean foothills and can be compared to the Swiss Alps for its beauty.

Day 7: Bariloche

Meals: Breakfast

Today's small circuit tour gives you the first impression of this nice area. You will drive along the forest, lakes and mountains that surround Bariloche. Begin the tour to the southeast along Ezequiel Bustillo Avenue bordering the Nahuel Huapi Lake. After crossing the residential district Melipal, arrive at Playa Bonita located just in front of Huemul Island. Further on, you reach the barracks of the Mounted Engineers Company and the Andean Instruction Department. Arrive at the base of Campanario Hill and take a chair-lift ride taking you to the summit 1.050m (3.444 ft.), from where you can get breathtaking views of lakes Nahuel Huapi and Moreno, the Trebol Pond, St. Peter's Peninsula, Llao Llao, Victoria Island and Otto Hill, Lopez, Goye, Catedral Mountains and Bariloche City. Continue travelling to Llao Llao Peninsula, where the small and delicate St. Edwards Chapel and Llao Llao Hotel, two architectural jewels, are located. Very close to Llao Llao Hotel is Puerto Pañuelo, the starting point for the lake tours around the area. Continue driving to Angostura Bridge, crossing the Angostura River, which joins lakes Moreno, Nahuel Huapi and Lopez Bay at the foot of Lopez Mountain. Arrive at a natural lookout point to get imposing views towards Moreno Lake and Llao Llao Peninsula with photo-stop opportunities. Afterwards, continue to Ezequiel Bustillo Avenue that will take you back to downtown Bariloche. Enjoy afternoon at leisure.

Day 8: Bariloche / Puerto Varas 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Gran Hotel Colonos Del Sur - Puerto Varas

Today, enjoy the extraordinary “Crossing the Andes” trip to Chile! At the given time, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Puerto Pañuelo pier, where you will board a catamaran crossing the beautiful Nahuel Huapi Lake. Enjoy the breathtaking views of cascades and majestic volcanoes in the background. Crossing the border by land, you will reach Peulla, the main village on the Chilean side. Here you will board another catamaran to cross the spectacular Todos los Santos Lake, also called “Emerald” for its vivid green color. Arrive at the port of Petrohué, where you will depart by land to reach the Petrohué Rapids, a fabulous, dashing and gleaming succession of azure blue cascades against a backdrop of majestic mountains on the east. Arrive in Puerto Varas, the “city of roses," overlooking Lago Llanquihue, one of Chile's largest lakes, where the reflection of the eternally snow-covered Osorno Volcano mirrors itself in the clear waters.

**Remarks: Seat-in-coach - shared with other international travelers. Lake Crossing does not operate on May 1st. To make reservations for this tour, we need the full name, passport number and date of birth of each passenger.

Optional: Lunch at Natura Hotel; Private Transfer from Petrohué Pier to the Hotel in Puerto Varas, visiting Petrohué Falls en-route

Day 9: Puerto Varas / Puerto Montt / Santiago

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Hyatt Santiago - Santiago de Chile

Drive along the “Costanera” (coastal road) and visit Puerto Varas' main square with its gardens and the monument in honor of Vicente Pérez Rosales, the region's founding father. The port city of Puerto Montt was founded in 1850 in the bay by Reloncaví of mainly German immigrants. Even today you can recognize the big influence of the Germans in the region by the local construction method of the houses. Visit the city's most important site, Plaza de Armas. The cathedral standing here is the oldest building of the whole region. From a viewing point high at the top of the town, you will have a magnificent look at the wide bay of Reloncaví up to Isla Tenglo and the narrow of the same name. Afterwards, head on to the harbor with its fish market Angelmó. Besides fresh fish, vegetables, cheese and sausage, art crafts are also offered for sale. At the end of the tour, you will be driven to the airport in Puerto Montt for a flight to Santiago (air on own arrangement). Upon arrival in Santiago, you will be met by our representative for a transfer to your hotel. Located directly behind Santiago, the rising Andes determine the permanent background of the city's landscape.

Day 10: Santiago 

Meals: B reakfast

Santiago de Chile is a city of contrasts with traces of its colonial past mixed with the ultramodern, high-rise buildings of the financial center. Today's tour begins by heading south through the downtown area, passing by the Club Hípico, a beautiful horseracing track located in the oldest residential area of the city. Then, you will proceed alongside the Parque O'Higgins and the Cousiño Palace built between 1870 and 1878 for the wealthy Cousiño family. From here, head along the famous Alameda, Santiago's colorful main avenue, towards the heart of the city. On the way, you will see the Chilean University, the San Francisco Church and the Santa Lucia Hill, site of Santiago's foundation in 1541. Then, continue towards the Plaza de Armas and the cathedral. You will visit the Pre-Columbian Museum, where you can learn more about the Chilean history. Very close from here is the famous Central Market with fresh fish and seafood, a steel construction built in London at the end of the 19th century and brought to Chile by ship. Afterwards, cross the Mapocho River to reach the bohemian Bellavista district on the way to San Cristóbal Hill. From one of the hill's viewing points, you will have the finest views of Santiago and the Andes Mountains. To round off the tour, pass through the modern residential areas of the city with their daring architecture and, finally, the bustling Providencia shopping zone

**Remark: Pre-Columbian Museum is closed on Mondays.

Day 11:Deapart Santiago

Meals: Breakfast

Today is at leisure to explore this fascinating city on your own. Later, transfer from your hotel to the Santiago airport for your flight home/onward (air on own arrangement).

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Private - your group only

A group size of 10 or more participants will be escorted from arrival in China by a professional, bilingual Tour Director throughout mainland China and locally guided in Hong Kong. With less than 10 passengers, the tour will be locally guided throughout, and we reserve the right to alter arrangements to best accommodate a smaller group, or to cancel the tour

Accomodations

Five Star hotels: 3 nights Buenos Aires: Alvear Palace • 2 nights Mendoza: Hotel Park Hyatt ??? 2 nights Bariloche:  Hotel Llao Llao • 1 night Puerto Varas: Gran Hotel Colonos Del Sur • 2 nights Santiago: Hotel Grand Hyatt

Cancellation Policy:

A written notice of cancellation must be received by PDT either by mail, fax, or e-mail. Oral  cancellation by phone will not be accepted.

75+ days before departure US $300.00 per person*

74-30 days before departure US $400.00 per person*

29-16 days before departure US $500.00 per person*

15 days before departure through day of departure 100% penalty

*Plus any additional charges assessed by land suppliers or airlines.

Additional Information:

See Pacific Delight Tours website for full travel terms and detailed travel insurance information

Trip ID#:

DayArgPac

Trip Excludes

  • International/domestic airfare and taxes
  • Airline-imposed baggage fees: please consult your airline.
  • Fees for delivery of tour documentation to international destinations, and overnight delivery of tour documentation due to late payments.
  • Cost of passport and visas, and all items of personal nature.
  • Any fees incurred due to delays, changes, or cancellations beyond PDT's control.
  • Customary gratuities to ship crew, local guides, drivers, boatmen, river guides, hotel waiters, chambermaids and porters. The end-of-tour gratuity to the Tour Director is also not included.

Meals Included:

10 Breakfasts and 1 Lunch

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