An exclusive wine & food journey with

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ARGENTINA

February 3 - 12, 2025

12-24

Guests

10 / 9

Days / Nights

19

Meals

Join your hosts from Browne Family Vineyards for the journey of a lifetime to the high-altitude vineyards and brilliant landscapes of Argentina. Experience the Old World elegance of Buenos Aires before journeying west toward the Andes Mountains on a Wine Safari to the regions of Salta and Mendoza where the distinctive cuisine, world-class wines, and spectacular scenery are waiting to be discovered.

Learn

about the varietals, terroirs, and winemaking methods of the region from small and large producers

Explore

the rugged beauty and expansive mountainous landscape

Taste

traditional grilled meats, empanadas, and flavorful high-altitude wines

Day 1

Buenos Aires

Land in the Ezeiza International Airport where an Experi representative will greet you in the arrivals area, assist with your luggage, and transport you to your accommodations where you will have time to relax and unwind. Later, gather at a local wine shop for an aperitif and private welcome dinner featuring Argentine asadoan elaborate meal of grilled meat and one of the most important culinary traditions in this country where cattle outnumber people. Mingle with the owner who will share his stories and extensive knowledge of the wines and winemakers of Argentina as we kick off our journey.

Dinner

Overnight at Hotel Madero Buenos Aires or similar

Day 2

Buenos Aires

After breakfast, venture out with a local guide to explore the vibrant city of Buenos Aires, known for its European flair. Visit historical neighborhoods, landmarks, and monuments, admire colonial architecture, and learn how an unprecedented influx of European immigrants has shaped the city over the past two centuries. Lunch at a local restaurant is included in our day. As part of our tour, we will see the exclusive neighborhood of Recoleta, where the final resting place of Evita Perón is found and tour the Teatro Colón, considered one of the world’s best opera houses. After returning to the hotel, the remainder of your afternoon and evening provides time to explore the many offerings of Buenos Aires. Your Travel Director is happy to share recommendations upon request.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Hotel Madero Buenos Aires or similar

Day 3

Salta

Check out this morning and transfer to the airport for a flight to Salta. Known for its diverse topography and spectacular scenery as well as its centuries-old Andean heritage, Incan influence, and Spanish colonial traditions, Salta is a world away from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, we will settle into offroad vehicles for a Wine Safari through the high desert to our base in Molinos. En route, pass through the Parque Nacional los Cardones, known for its cacti-lined trade route that has been in use for 10,000 years. While the road is narrow and rough in parts, covering dry riverbeds and crossing streams, the incredible landscape surrounding us will make it an adventure to remember! Arrive at our traditional hacienda accommodations in Molinos this evening where we will have time to enjoy the peaceful setting and share a meal.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Hacienda de Molinos

Day 4

Colomé

Today we head to the high altitude vineyards of Salta province, traveling over twisting gravel roads. Our first stop will be a tour and tasting at Bodega Tacuil, operated by the Dávalos family, where we will learn about the unique characteristics of the soil, climate, mountainside vineyard locations, and altitude that produce grapes with greater concentrations of tannins. Our next stop is Bodega Colomé, the oldest winery in Argentina, established in 1831. The winery changed owners many times over the years, finally landing in the hands of international winemaker Donald Hess who has pursued a dream of making premium wines from some of the highest-altitude vineyards in the world. Here we will enjoy a wine tasting as well as a leisurely late lunch. Afterward, return to Molinos where the evening will be open for dinner at the hotel, a stroll through the small town, or a glass of wine in the courtyard of the hacienda.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Hacienda de Molinos

Day 5

Ruta 40 | Cafayate

We will get an early start this morning, journeying south on the legendary Ruta 40 toward Cafayate. Our journey will again take us over rough unpaved roads through the Calchaqui River Valley as we cross the Quebrada de las Flechas canyon, a natural monument made up of eroded cliffs and dramatic rock formations jutting out in steep angles to the road. Once in Cafayate, we will visit a traditional family-run winery that focuses on a small production of high-quality wines. Afterward, savor a casual multi-course wine-paired lunch in this beautiful high-altitude setting. From here a short drive will bring us to our hotel where the remainder of the afternoon and evening will be open. Optional activities that we could help you arrange while in Cafayate include a self-guided visit to the wine museum in town, a cooking class, or a horseback ride through the spectacular scenery with a gaucho.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Grace Cafayate Hotel

Day 6

Cafayate

Today we further immerse ourselves in this region famous for its distinctive Torrontés wines. After a leisurely morning, we’ll head to a local winery and deepen our understanding of the unique microclimate of Cafayate and its effect on the character of the wines. This afternoon, optional activities include a round of golf at the property, a scenic hike or bicycle ride in the surrounding vineyards, or a rejuvenating visit to the spa. Tonight we venture south across a river bed to a modern estancia on the outskirts of Cafayate where we toast our high altitude wine experience during a traditional dinner. The winery, with vineyards at over 5,700 feet above sea level, embraces an ancient technique with a modern twist to produce the high-quality wines that we will sample.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Grace Cafayate Hotel

Day 7

Mendoza

After we check out this morning we head back north for the last leg of our Salta loop— a memorable scenic drive to the Salta airport to catch our flight to Mendoza. Our 3.5 hour drive will take us through the stunning red rock formations of Quebrada de las Conchas, including highlights such as the Amphitheater and Devil’s Throat, formed over millions of years by wind and water erosion. Following the one hour 40 minute flight, a quick transfer will take us to our hotel in the center of downtown Mendoza on historic Plaza Independencia, where the remainder of the day will be free to relax and explore the culture and nightlife of one of the great wine capitals of the world. Step outside the hotel and stroll the tree-lined streets filled with shops and cafes, take in the growing gastronomic scene, or sip red wine in a traditional old-time pulpería (tavern). Your Travel Director will be happy to assist with recommendations.

Breakfast

Overnight at Park Hyatt Mendoza

Day 8

Uco Valley

After breakfast, we will set out to explore the high-altitude winemaking of the Uco Valley. Known locally as the Valle de Uco despite not being a true valley, the picturesque region is flanked by the Andes on one side and flatlands and pampas on the other and sits at an elevation of 3,000-5,000 feet above sea level. The terroir is pure high desert and conducive to growing quality wine grapes, including the region’s world-famous Malbec grape. Enjoy tours and tastings at two distinguished area wineries and learn about their methods and winemaking heritage. While in the Uco Valley, we’ll sit down to a wine-paired lunch where we’ll have the opportunity to sample regional specialties. After an excellent day of wine, return to Mendoza for an open evening. Once again, your Travel Director is available to provide guidance if needed.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Park Hyatt Mendoza

Day 9

Luján de Cuyo

For our final day in Mendoza, we turn to the Agrelo sub-district of Luján de Cuyo, known for its red varieties including Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. We will visit Bodegas Caro, located in the heart of Mendoza, which is the result of the alliance between two wine cultures (French and Argentine), two grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec), and two distinguished wine families, the Rothschild family (Château Lafite) and the Catena family. Next, we visit Catena Zapata, world-renowned for revolutionizing the quality and reputation of Argentine Malbec. Our last stop of the day is Casa El Enemigo, where we will savor a leisurely wine-paired farewell lunch showcasing regional flavors. Tonight, we gather one last time for a festive farewell as we toast to our journey!

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Park Hyatt Mendoza

Day 10

Mendoza

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before taking a private transfer to the Mendoza Airport for your flight home. Not ready to say goodbye? Continue your journey south along the foothills of the Andes with a visit to the Andean lake district of Bariloche.

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in Bariloche

Day 10

San Carlos de Bariloche

After breakfast take a private transfer to the Mendoza Airport. A connection in Buenos Aires will take you to the alpine town of San Carlos de Bariloche, known to locals as Bariloche. Situated on the shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake in the province of Rio Negro, Bariloche is the gateway to the Patagonia region of Argentina and known for its chalet-style architecture, specialty chocolatiers (Bariloche is considered the chocolate capital of Argentina), and the beauty of its National Park, Nahuel Huapi. An Experi representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodations where the remainder of the day is open to settle into your hotel, explore your surroundings, and enjoy dramatic views of the water and Patagonia mountains.

Breakfast

Overnight at Charming Luxury Lodge or similar

Day 11

Bariloche

After breakfast, enjoy time to explore the town of Bariloche. While native tribes have a long history in the area, the modern history of Bariloche dates back to the early 20th century when German settlers established the town and were followed by waves of German-speaking immigrants. Their influence is found in the food and the architecture of Bariloche where a stroll in the Centro Cívico (or city center) of Bariloche reveals Swiss-style log and stone buildings as well as numerous craft breweries and chocolate shops. To learn more about the region, visit the Museo de la Patagonia, which contains exhibits relating to the history of the area, including archaeological finds, natural history, and indigenous artifacts. 

Breakfast

Overnight at Charming Luxury Lodge or similar

Day 12

Nahuel Huapi

Today, venture out to explore the natural wonders of the area with an expert local guide. Drive along the shores of the crystalline glacial lake and stop at Cerro Campanario and enjoy a hike or chairlift ride to the peak where you will have an unsurpassed panoramic view of the area. Other options today could include a boat excursion to more secluded parts of the lake or an opportunity to kayak or horseback riding with a guide. After soaking up the outdoors, enjoy a wine-paired meal tonight at one of Bariloche’s top restaurants.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Charming Luxury Lodge or similar

Day 13

Bariloche

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before taking a private transfer to the Bariloche Airport for your flight home. 

Breakfast

Accommodations

The Fine Print

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Details

Dates

Program: February 3 - 12, 2025
Extension: February 12 - 15, 2025

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@experi.com

Activity Level

This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Each day, whether touring a city or winery, guests should be prepared to be on their feet for multiple continuous hours. Guests should feel comfortable strolling along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Certain rural areas are more difficult to navigate for those with limited mobility and may lack elevators or smooth pavement. If your mobility is limited in any way, or if you have questions, please contact our Guest Services team at guestservices@experi.com.

Note: Group maximum is based on double occupancy. The itinerary is subject to change or substitution at any time. You can learn more at experi.com/agreement.


Included

  • Nine nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
  • Two internal domestic flights from Buenos Aires to Salta, and Salta to Mendoza
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 4 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
  • All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, and transportation
  • Gratuities for travel director, local guides, drivers, porters, and included meals
  • Full guiding services of a dedicated Travel Director
  • Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
  • Air and land transportation to Buenos Aires on Day 1 and from Mendoza on Day 10
  • All types of personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals

Rates From*

Classic: $6,995
Deluxe: $8,295 (limited availability)
Single Occupancy: $8,195

Extension Rates From*

Classic: $3,695
Single Occupancy: $4,295

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars.


Deposits

A $1,000 non-refundable deposit per person reserves your space for this program. Final payments are due no later than 90 days prior to departure. An additional $500 non-refundable deposit is required for extension reservations.

Travel Insurance

Learn more about travel insurance and how it can help you prepare for the unexpected at https://experi.com/travelinsurance/

Travel Terms & Conditions

View our complete terms and conditions here at https://experi.com/agreement.

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