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Chile and Argentina Wine Circle

CHILE:
Maipo & Casablanca Wine Valley

ARGENTINA:
Mendoza, Iguassu Falls
& Buenos Aires

From $3090

12 Days/11 Nights*

Departures from North America
Sundays, Mondays Wednesdays, Fridays

*Plus 2 Nights International Air Travel

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NOTE:
Other departure days are possible, however, there will be a surcharge for private tours in Mendoza. Also note that
most wineries in Chile are closed Saturdays and Sundays.

NOTE:
Minimum of 2 participants to operate
.

Itinerary Features:
• 2 Nights Santiago with City Tour & Handicrafts Market

• 2 Full-day wine tours in Maipo Valley & Casablanca Valley

• 1 Night Valparaiso with tour of Valparaiso & Vina del Mar

• 3 Nights Mendoza – Wine Tasting & City Tour

• 2 Nights Iguazu Falls – 275 Thundering Waterfalls

• 3 Nights Buenos Aires – "Paris of South America" including Tango Show with dinner and City tour

Itinerary

EcoAdventures Chile and Argentina Wine Circle Tour Map

Wine cellar at one of two well-known wineries in Mendoza

Day 1: Depart Home City
Day 2: Arrive in Santiago
Morning arrival and transfer to your selected hotel. This afternoon you will have a tour of Santiago including the Pablo Neruda Museum (closed Mondays). Your tour starts with a journey through the main streets of the civic center of Santiago, viewing the neoclassical Moneda Palace, built in the 18th Century and current seat of Government, Chile is one of the few places in the world where one can find lapis lazli. Here is an example of a beaufiful lapis horse. the Plaza de Armas, or main square with its cathedral, the museum of national history and the Central Post Office, all with very different architectural styles. Continue to the Parque Forestal, based on the Champs Elysee, Paris, France, past the Fine Arts Museum and onto Santa Lucia Hill where the city was founded in 1541. Continue to the bohemian area of Bellavista. The tour finishes with a visit to the handicraft village of Los Dominicos.
Santiago is a fusion of old and new, as seen by the reflection of the old catherdral in the modern mirrored building.Day 3: Full-day tour Maipo Valley. Chile's most traditional wine valley is also one of the most internationally recognized as it is home to many famous wineries. Maipo produces many of Chile's finest red varieties. Maipo is also capturing attention for the exciting new boutique wineries emerging in the region known as the 'Alto' Maipo for its vines grown at higher altitude. Located at the foothills of the Andes, its soils are deep, stony, and poor in nutrients. The Mediterranean climate features dry and very sunny summers and a broad differential between daytime and nighttime temperatures — the ideal combination for producing high-quality wines. Haras de Pirque Winery is part of a larger property that combines the owners' two passions: viticulture and thoroughbred horse breeding. Notable labels include Equus, Haras, Elegance, and Albis. You'll enjoy a tour and tasting of two wines. The Perez Cruz winery was built of native woods with two barrel-shaped central naves, exterior arches that evoke the passing of wind through trees, and stone foundations that recall the structures the Incas left behind in the area. Its sustainable design incorporates a gravity-flow process and has a 3 million-liter capacity. By taking advantage of the conditions below ground, temperature and humidity are controlled naturally in the barrel cellar, which has a capacity for 5,000 barrels. The Pérez Cruz visit is private, personalized and focused in such a way that the visitor has a completely unique experience. Note: Stop for lunch is planned, but lunch is not included. (B)
Pond and view of La Cason Vina Matetic Hotel, Lagunillas, Casablanca, ChileDay 4: Casablanca Valley & Valparaiso
Morning pick up at your hotel for a tour heading for Rosario Valley, a subdivision of the San Antonio Valley located 74 miles from Santiago. Here lies Matetic Vineyard amid a 9000 hectare property. The winery follows biodynamic principles, producing 100% organic grapes and taking special care of the surrounding environment. The tour includes a visit to the wine cellar, where visitors will be cordially welcomed by a bilingual guide who will explain the winemaking process, while beautiful views of the vineyards can be admired. It's a perfect place to learn about the wine production process and organic farming. The tour ends at the underground tasting room, where two premium wines will be tasted, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Syrah of the Corralillo line. Wines and wine-related products are also for sale here at the shop.

Aquitana Winery, Maipo Valley, ChileAfter the tour you will proceed to the Casablanca Wine Valley to visit Casas del Bosque and Veramonte Vineyard for tastings. Casas del Bosque currently has 235 hectares planted, exclusively dedicated to the production of cool-climate varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère come from the Maipo, Colchagua and Chachapoal valleys. One of Casa del Bosque's biggest strengths is its soil. In the hills, red clay composites of volcanic origin sit on top of decomposed granite layers formed 110 million years ago beneath the Pacific Ocean. This soil gives their wines the unique characteristic sea salt flavor. Today Casas del Bosque is one of the most important wineries in Casablanca. It has gained great prestige over the years, and in 2010 it became the 'Best Vineyard to Visit in Chile' according to The Winery Guide, Brazil.

Veramonte has vineyards in the Casablanca Wine Valley and the Colchagua Wine Valley. All of their estates adhere to organic practices that ensure the best conditions for developing their vines and achieving sustainable vineyards over time. Vigorous, balanced soils grow quality grapes that express their terroir's maximum potential. Valpariso fishing boatsThey excel in producing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but you will also be able to sample the heartier red wines from the Colchagua Valley estate.
Note: You will make a stop for lunch, but lunch is
not included. (B)
Day 5: Valparaiso to Mendoza Departure from Valparaiso and transfer to Santiago Airport. En route to Santiago you will have a tour of Valparaiso, including its port in operation, the University of Federico Santa Maria, the Monument to the Heroes of Iquique, and Playa Ancha, where local fishermen shore their brightly painted wooden boats and set up market. Afterwards, drive a few minutes north to the city of Viña del Mar for a tour of Vergara Park, the Union Club, the Sporting Club, Lake Sausalito, and the stadium. Stop for lunch (not included), then return two-hours to Santiago through scenic Curacavi Valley. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be assisted with checking in for your short flight to Mendoza. Meeting and transfer to your selected hotel. (B)
View of Iguazu Falls from Lower WalkDay 6: In Mendoza Today you will spend a peaceful time touring around Mendoza, visiting the main attractions. This capital city harmoniously combines natural landscapes with those that were modified by man. Along General San Martín Avenue to the north, is the Paseo de las Alamedas (Poplars Avenue) with thick vegetation, fountains and wide sidewalks. One of Buenos Aires' many 'Belle Epoch' architectural style buildings.A few blocks further is the Foundation Area - an historical area around Pedro de Castillo Square. Afterwards visit Satellite Squares dedicated to Spain, Chile & Italy, then San Martín Square as well as Independence Main Square with its huge fountains and springing jets more than 15 meters high. (B)
Day 7: In Mendoza Today you will head towards the districts of Luján de Cuyo, passing by large plantations of vineyards and fruit trees. You'll visit and taste the wines of two well-known wine cellars. (B)
Note: Two tastings are included.
Day 8: Mendoza to Iguazu Falls Morning departure for your return flight to to Iguazu Falls, where you will be met and taken to your selected hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. (B)
Day 9: Iguazu Falls Your guide will pick you up at your hotel for a dramatic tour of the falls from the Argentine side. (B)
(Click here for a description of the tour and map)
Day 10: Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires You will have almost another full day at Iguazu Falls for optional tours before transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Buenos Aires. Colorful Buildings in Buenos Aires' La Boca DistrictMeeting service and transfer to your selected hotel. (B)
Day 11: In Buenos Aires Today you will have a tour of the "Paris of South America." Drive down 9th of July Avenue, the widest street in the world, past the Colon Opera House to the Plaza de Mayo. The plaza is faced by the pink Presidential Palace and the National Cathedral, which houses the tomb of the liberator, San Martin. Tango Dancing, Argentina's National PastimeNext visit "La Boca," the old port district with its pastel houses (left) and shops. You will have time to browse for souvenirs. (B)
Day 12: In Buenos Aires A day completely free to explore on your own. Sip traditional tea at a local teashop or visit one of the estancias on the pampas. This evening enjoy a typical Argentine beef dinner followed by a folklore show and Tango performance (right). (B, D)
Day 13: Homeward Bound You will have another full day in Buenos Aires before your evening transfer to the International Airport for your night flight home. (B)
Day 14: Arrive Home City
Colorful Buildings in Buenos Aires' La Boca District
Colorful Buildings in Buenos Aires'
La Boca District
Tour Rates Per Person
(Double occupancy - minimum of 2 passengers to operate)
Itinerary
14 Days
 
Year
Low
High
Tourist Class
2021
$3090
$3150
2022
3425
3590
First Class
2021
$3650
$3990
2022
4050
4450
Deluxe Class
2021
$3890
$4150
2022
4350
4590
Deluxe Plus Class
2021
$4450
$4650
2022
4950
5150
Supplement for tours via private car/van in Mendoza
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Note: Low Season = MAY 01-AUG 31; High Season = All other dates

Important: Rates apply to accommodation dates in Buenos Aires - not to the departure dates from the USA.
Rates
do not apply for Christmas, New Years or Easter Week.

Note: Airfares within South America are not included. Rates may vary from as low as $800 per person to $1300 per person, depending on availability of space and the international air carrier being used. Early booking is very important. Airfares quoted are subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed unless they are purchased and the tickets are issued.

Airfares from/to North America are
not included.
Call 800-326-5025 for airfares from major US cities.

Hotels in Category
City
Tourist Class
First Class
Deluxe Class
Deluxe Plus Class
Santiago
Chile Wine Valley
Ritz Carlton (Deluxe) or
Lastarria Boutique Hotel
(Jr. Suite)
Valparaiso
Palacio Astoreca
(Standard)
Casa Higueras
(Standard) or
Zero Hotel (Hillside View)
Casa Higueras
(Premium Superior)
or Palacio Astoreca
(Premium)
Casa Higueras
(Premium)
Mendoza
Iguazu Falls
Esturion
(Regency)
Melia Iguazu
(Jungle View)
Melia Iguazu
(Jungle View)
Melia Iguazu
(Falls View)
Buenos Aires
Mio Hotel
(Suite)