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Chile and Argentina Wine Circle
CHILE:
Maipo & Casa Blanca Wine Valley

ARGENTINA:
Mendoza, Iguassu Falls & Buenos Aires
12 Days/11 Nights* from $2990

Departures from North America
Saturdays & Tuesdays

*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 for departures Wednesday, Thursday and Friday most wineries in Chile are closed Saturdays and Sundays.

NOTE:
Minimum of 2 participants to operate


Itinerary #1:

• 2 Nights Santiago with City Tour, including Pablo Neruda Museum
• 2 Full-day wine tours in Maipo Valley and Casablanca Valley
• 1 Night Valparaiso with tour of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

Itinerary #2:
• 1 Night Maipo Canyon with lunch & dinner
• 2 Full-day wine tours in Maipo Valley and Casablanca Valley
• 1 Night Casablanca Wine Valley or Valparaiso– Including Wine Tastings and dinner
• 1 Night Valparaiso with tour of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

Itineraries 1 & 2:

• 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 #1

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. Santiago is a fusion of old and new, as seen by the reflection of the old catherdral in the modern mirrored building.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 for a visit to ”La Chascona”, one of the houses of the Nobel Prize winner and Chile's poet laureat, Pablo Neruda. This house, designed by Pablo Neruda, was dubbed the ”Woman with the Tousled Hair” (La Chascona) after Matilde Urratia, the poet's third wife. For years the house served as a romantic hideaway before they married. The pair's passionate relationship was recounted in the 1995 Italian film Il Postino. The tour allows you to step into the extraordinary mind of the poet whose eclectic designs earned him the label “organic architect.” Winding garden paths, stairs, and bridges lead to the house and its library stuffed with books, a bedroom in a tower, and a secret passageway. Scattered throughout are collections of butterflies, seashells, wineglasses, and other odd objects that inspired Neruda's tumultuous life and romantic poetry. Neruda, who died in 1973, had two other houses on the coast - one in Valparaíso (La Sebastiana), the other in Isla Negra. All three are open as museums. Though it's not as magical as Isla Negra, La Chascona can still set your imagination dancing. After the visit drive to the top of San Cristóbal Hill for a panoramic view of the city with the Andes mountains in the background. The tour finishes with a visit to the handicraft village of Los Graneros del Alba.
Day 3: Design your own wine 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. You will have a full-day with a driver and guide.
Note: Visits to wineries and tastings are not included. A stop for lunch is planned, but lunch is not included. (B)
Suggested Wineries: Santa Rita,Tarapaca, Perez Cruz, Almaviva, Haras de Pirque, El Principal and De Martina.
Day 4: Design your own wine tour: Casablanca Valley & Valparaiso. The Casablanca Valley is the second closest valley to Santiago, and lies west en route to the Pacific Coast. This valley is similar to what would be called the coastal valleys of the Central Coast of California, where the cool Pacific air contributes to the micro-climate ideal for white wine production. You will end the day with a short drive to the Pacific Coast and overnight in the scenic port town of Valparaiso.
Note: Visits to wineries and tastings are not included. A stop for lunch is planned, but lunch is not included. (B)
Suggested Wineries: Vina Matetic (San Antonio Valley) William Cole, Casas del Bosque, Indomita, Vina Mar, Loma Larga, & Veramonte
.
Aquitana Winery, Maipo Valley, ChileView of Iguazu Falls from Lower WalkDay 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)
Day 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.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.
One of Buenos Aires' many 'Belle Epoch' architectural style buildings.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: At 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. Meeting 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 Pastime Next visit "La Boca," the old port district with its pastel houses 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. (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


Itinerary #2

Day 1: Depart Home City
Day 2: Arrive in Santiago
and transfer to Maipo Canyon Morning arrival and transfer to the Altiplanico Hotel San Alfonso. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy the facilities of the hotel. (L, D)
Day 3: Design your own wine 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. Pond and view of La Cason Vina Matetic Hotel, Lagunillas, Casablanca, ChileMaipo 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. You will have a full-day with a driver and guide. At the end of the tour you will continue on to the Casablanca Wine Valley for overnight at La Casona Vina Matetic (left). (B, D)
Note: Visits to wineries and tastings are not included. A stop for lunch is planned, but lunch is not included.
Suggested Wineries: Santa Rita,Tarapaca, Perez Cruz, Almaviva, Haras de Pirque, El Principal and De Martina.
Day 4: Casablanca Wine Valley to Valparaiso Tour of the wine cellar with a view of the organic vineyards, and an explanation of the processes of wine-making, bottling and storage. At the end of the tour, visitors will taste a reserve wine from the Corralillo line and a Premium wine from the EQ line. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the Pacific Coast for overnight at your selected hotel in the scenic port city of Valparaiso. (B)
Valpariso fishing boatsDay 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)
Day 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. 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.
Get up close to thundering Iguazu Falls!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: At 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)
Colorful Buildings in Buenos Aires' La Boca DistrictDay 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. Meeting 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. Next visit "La Boca," the old port district with its pastel houses 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. (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 #1
21 or 22 Days
Itinerary #2
20 Days
 
Year
Low
High
Low
High
Tourist Class
2015
2990
3045
3420
3460
First Class
2015
3190
3300
3500
3670
Deluxe Class
2015
3540
4290
3730
4180
Deluxe Plus Class
2015
4090
4920
4230
5100
Supplement for tours via private car/van in Mendoza
$159
Note: Low Season = MAY 01-SEP 27 High Season = All other dates
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 $1000 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
(Itinerary #1)
Chile Wine Valley

Atton El Bosque
or Orly

Lastarria Boutique Hotel
or Le Reve

Ritz Carlton (Deluxe) or
Lastarria Boutique Hotel
(Jr. Suite)

Santiago
(Itinerary #2)
Maipo Canyon &
Casablanca Valley

Valparaiso
Casa Higueras
(Traditional) or
Zero Hotel (Hillside view)

Casa Higueras
(Premium) or
Palacio Astoreca
(Standard)

Casa Higueras
(Premium Superior)
or Palacio Astoreca
(Premium)

Casa Higueras
(Premium)
Mendoza

Lares de Chacras

Iguazu Falls
Esturion
(Regency)
Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires Grande
or Loi Suites