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Idea of itinerary travel in Argentina in 14 days.

During this 14-day sensory and gourmet itinerary, you will live unexpected experiences from the Mendoza vineyards to the foot of the Iguazu Falls.

Start with a picturesque tour of Buenos Aires, travel to Mendoza and sleep in a luxury barrel for a dyonisiac experience. Meet dedicated winemakers, cook and share a friendly moment with a local chef. The gaucho Daniel will take you riding at more than 3000 meters of altitude.

The majestic Iguazu Falls will amaze you with their diverse flora and lush tropical forest. End your discovery with a tango class with Carolina, and a quiet, relaxing stay in a typical Pampa estancia. This journey is a perfect fit for epicureans who wish to take the time to explore Argentinean culture with all their senses.

Length of stay: 14 days

Kind: Argentina Off the Beaten Paths

Fix: For all public

Countries visited: Argentina

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Day 1 : International Aiport Ezeiza

Meet your driver at Ezeiza International Airport – transfer to Buenos Aires in a private vehicle. Transfer with an English-speaking guide. Visit Buenos Aires (half day, walking tour).

Today, discover the political and historical centre of the capital . Start with the 9 de Julio Avenue , the widest in the world, dominated by the Obelisk , a symbol of Buenos Aires. You will pass the Colon Theatre , one of the jewels of the Argentine architecture, before arriving on the Capital main square, P laza de Mayo.

Your visit then takes you to San Telmo : this historical neighbourhood is a dynamic mix of tourists and locals: picturesque alleyways, old typical cafés, antique shops … This lively barrio is animated day and night – a famous flea market takes place every sunday around Dorrego square.

End your visit with the picturesque neighborhood of La Boca , with its small alley of El Caminito : painters, tango dancers and singers meet between the ancient colourful wooden houses.

Return to your hotel after the visit.

Excursion carried out with an English-speaking guide. Night at the Cassa Lepage Hotel in standard room.

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Day 2 : City Tour Buenos Aires

Walking City Tour Buenos Aires (half day).

Guided tour of the Recoleta neighbourhood, characterized by many colonial houses, often old houses of historical figures, currently inhabited by powerful Argentine families. Enter the luxurious Pacifico Shopping Center , characterized by its French architecture of 1889 with vaulted ceilings. This stunning place is a locals’ favourite.

Visit the Recoleta Cemetery , where many celebrities, writers and politicians rest. The best known and most revered even today is the tomb of Evita Peron , the legendary wife of President Peron .

Continue your visit by the Palermo neighbourhood, with a stroll in the park Tres de Febrero , inaugurated in 1875, representing the largest green area of the city.

Return to your hotel. Night at the Cassa Lepage Hotel in standard room.

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Day 3 : Feria Mataderos

Visit Feria Mataderos Market

Explore a typical market in a remote neighbourhood of Buenos Aires : the Feria de Mataderos is a locals’ favourite. All across the feria, you will see folkloric dancers, handmade typical products, food stalls with specialties from each Argentinian region, farmers… Watch the gaucho horse demonstration and the dancers twirl along the zambas and chacareras melodies: this is the ideal place for a taste of local, authentic traditions.

Leave for another stop: the Liniers market, where Argentina’s biggest cattle sale take place. Watch the gauchos deflty auctioning cows and sheeps. Excursion performed with an english speaking guide. Night at the Cassa Lepage Hotel in standard room.

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Day 4 : Buenos Aires

Transfer from your hotel to Buenos Aires Domestic Airport in a private vehicle. Domestic flight Buenos Aires* – Mendoza.

*National o international airport depending on time schedule and availability. Transfert from Mendoza Airport to your hotel. Night in Villa Mansa Wine Hotel & Spa in a luxury barrel called Cuvée Suite . Empanadas Cooking Class

How about cooking Argentinean empanadas and enjoying Argentinean meat at sunset in the middle of the vineyards?

Put on your apron to start preparing these Argentinean specialties: empanadas mendocinas, carne con salsa chimichurri, etc. This friendly moment will allow you to get acquainted with the local products, a few anecdotes and soak up the Argentine culture. Dinner paired with a Mendocinean Malbec, por supuesto!

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Day 5 : Wine tour

Accompanied by an English-speaking guide specialized in oenology, join a small group (10 people max.) to visit wineries attended by their owners: the winemakers and oenologists will show you around and share their passion.

Start with the beautiful Finca La Anita, where the oenologist Soledad Vargas welcomes you for an exclusive visit and wine tasting. Taste the last vintage from the barrel or from the tank (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and the winery’s iconic Syrah).

Your next visit is at the bodega Domaine Saint Diego in Maipu, one of the most charming and beautiful vineyards of Mendoza, where the famous Ángel Mendoza produces organic and sparkling wines . This is one of the few terraced vineyards in the region.

We next visit the new rising winemaker star, Eduardo Soler in his beautiful house La Cayetana to taste the Ver Sacrum wines. Discover the Geisha de Jade, an elegant Roussanne-Marsanne with a rhodanian twist. Chef Pablo del Rio will delight you with a delicious meal using the best organic, locally-sourced products.

Return to Mendoza in the late afternoon. Night in Villa Mansa Wine Hotel & Spa in a luxury barrel called Cuvée Suite .

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Day 6 : Daniel's Ranch

Leave Mendoza in a shared vehicle for a visit of Daniel’s farm, to learn the authentic ritual of Argentinean Mate and eat some delicious homemade sopaipillas (donuts) with Daniel’s family.

Daniel is a gaucho, Argentina’s «cowboys», specialized in cattle handling with their horses – ask him to learn more about the traditional lifestyle still very much alive all over the country.

Saddle up for a 2 hours horse riding into the Andes. Lunch is set at 2700m over impressive views of the Andes (the menu depends on the weather: barbeque or cold sandwich if windy). Ride back to Daniel’s farm.

We finally return to Mendoza. Night in Villa Mansa Wine Hotel & Spa in a luxury barrel called Cuvée Suite .

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Day 7 : Wine tour

Take a tour in with a small group (maximum 10 people), accompanied by an English-speaking guide specialized in oenology to visit Uco Valley.

Start with an exclusive visit to the winery of world-famous consulting oenoligist Michel Rolland. This undisputed pioneer of Argentinean wines, offering his expertise in over 13 countries, has influenced the global wine industry.

Located in the prestigious Clos de los 7 vineyard , his winery focuses on the ultimate modern techniques of winemaking. During your visit, taste a white from the tank, his iconic Val de Flores directly from the cask, and 2 bottled Mariflor .

Your second visit is in the Piedra Negra winery , located in Los Chacayes famous terroirs, which belong to the prestigious Lurton Family . This is the best place to be for a private tasting that will allow you to taste from the cask some varietals of the Gran Lurton white, and uncork their iconic wine: ‘Chacayes’. The visit begins with a glass of fresh Pinot Grigio rosé on the terrace where you can observe the complexity of Lurton’s vineyards while admiring the majestic Andes.

End your tour with a visit to Tupungato Divino , lost in the middle of nowhere, where you can enjoy chef Jennifer Sosa’s exquisite cuisine – she crafts a fine and regional gourmet food, served over a breathtaking view of the Andes.

Return to Mendoza in the late afternoon. Night in Villa Mansa Wine Hotel & Spa in a luxury barrel called Cuvée Suite .

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Day 8 : Chacras de Coria

Private transfer from your hotel to Mendoza Airport. Domestic flight Mendoza – Iguazu. Welcoming at Puerto Iguazu Airport and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle.

Transfer with an English-speaking guide. The Argentine Experience breaks with the schemes of a traditional restaurant.

Guests share the same table with first class food and quality wine.

Your hosts will tell you about the peculiarities of Argentine culture and food. It is a unique dinner in which the guests participate in the preparation of their empanadas, enjoy an exquisite steak, prepare alfajores and prepare their own mate. Night at Selvaje Lodge in standard room (Junior Suite).

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Day 9 : Iguazu National Park, Argentinean side

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel to visit the Iguazu Falls, 18km from the city of Puerto Iguazu, on the Argentine side. Private service with English-speaking guide.

The Iguazu Falls in Misiones go beyond imagination. The falls are caused by a drop of 70 meters from the Iguazu river, through 275 falls.

Departure in the morning for the upper path of the falls on the Argentinian side which offers many panoramic viewpoints. Continue on the lower path which allows you to observe the Dos Hermanas Falls, and San Martín Island. Free time for lunch. After lunch, continue your discovery by the Garganta del Diablo path, which face the Devil’s Throat . This powerful fall, 150 m long and 80 meters high, is shrouded in a dense mist.

Note: bring waterproof and light clothing. Entrance to Iguazú National Park (Argentina) included. Night at Selvaje Lodge in standard room (Junior Suite).

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Day 10 : Iguazu National Park Brazilian side

Departure to the Brazilian side of the waterfalls in a private service with an English-speaking guide.

The 1,200 meters path takes the visitor along footbridges and viewing decks to admire the minor Floriano and Teodoro Da Fonseca falls before reaching the Santa María Falls: take in the breath-taking panoramic view over San Martín Island and the entirety of the falls.

Note: bring waterproof and light clothing.

Note 2: from mid-October to mid-February, Brazil is one hour ahead of Argentina (daylight saving time). Entrance to Iguazú National Park (Brazil) included. Over fight in helicopter included (10-15 min):

Enjoy a helicopter flight over the Falls, a breathtaking experience and have the certainty to know that you will take the most spectacular pictures. Night at Selvaje Lodge in standard room (Junior Suite).

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Day 11 : Puerto Iguazu

Transfer from your hotel to Puerto Iguazu airport in a private vehicle.

Transfer with an English-speaking guide. Domestic flight Iguazu – Buenos Aires*.

*National o international airport depending on time schedule and availability. Transfer from Buenos Aires domestic airport to your hotel in a private vehicle. Private tango lesson with Carolina:

Carolina is a English-speaking tango teacher who will teach you the first steps of tango, while telling you stories about tango culture and history in Buenos Aires. Transfer to the tango lesson included. Milonga Evening: enter the world of Tango dancers – push the doors of one of the capital’s most famous tango balls. Accompanied by Carolina, learn the history of Tango and the milonga etiquette. Night at the Cassa Lepage Hotel in standard room.

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Day 12 : Buenos Aires

Private transfer from Buenos Aires to San Antonio de Areco. Welcome to the Estancia El Ombu, a traditional Argentinian farm. Walk below the hundreds-years-old trees : oaks, araucarias, palm-trees, eucalyptus… 300 hectares are reserved for cattle – after the traditional Asado, ride one of the 38 horses of the property, try one of the sulkies or walk around. Depending on the working calendar, you can observe or participate in the tasks of the estancia: vaccines, cows gathering, branding …

Night at the Estancia Ombu de Areco in a standard room with Full Board.

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Day 13 : San Antonio de Areco

Welcome to the Estancia El Ombu, a traditional Argentinian farm. Walk below the hundreds-years-old trees : oaks, araucarias, palm-trees, eucalyptus… 300 hectares are reserved for cattle – after the traditional Asado, ride one of the 38 horses of the property, try one of the sulkies or walk around. Depending on the working calendar, you can observe or participate in the tasks of the estancia: vaccines, cows gathering, branding …

Night at the Estancia Ombu de Areco in a standard room with Full Board. Breakfast and morning at the Estancia.

Enjoy the activities available at the estancia: swim in the outdoors pool, walk, ride in the park…

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Day 14 : Estancia Ombu de Areco

Breakfast and morning at the Estancia.

Enjoy the activities available at the estancia: swim in the outdoors pool, walk, ride in the park…

Transfer from San Antonio de Areco to Ezeiza International Airport in a private vehicle. Transfer with an English-speaking guide.

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