From Desert to Winelands - Chile & Argentina

14 Days / 13 Nights

HIGHLIGHTS

Santiago de Chile - San Pedro de Atacama Salta - Mendoza - Buenos Aires

An amazing journey from Santiago de Chile through the salt flats of the high desert of the Andes to the Argentinean North-Western region of Salta, the wine producing region of Mendoza and finally Buenos Aires, Argentina's bustling capital.

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Our itineraries are suggestions and are fully customisable according to your needs, interests and budget.

Treat these itineraries as inspiration and one of our experts will create your uniquely tailored holiday with your requests in mind so that you can truly experience Argentina and Chile with Seven Senses.

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Day 1. Arrive Santiago de Chile (-/-/-)

Welcome to Chile. Transfer to your hotel in Santiago. 

After some rest embark on a half day city tour of the main attractions of the city, where you can see the contrast of its rich history and its modern and impressive buildings. The Palace of La Moneda, Plaza de Armas, the Santa Lucia Hill, the Metropolitan Park and the exclusive suburbs of Vitacura and Las Condes, are part of this unforgettable ride.

Overnight accommodation at Orly Boutique Hotel in Santiago de Chile - Website: http://www.orlyhotel.cl/

Day 2. Viña del Mar & Valparaiso (B/-/-)

Departure from your hotel for a visit to Viña del Mar, South America's sophisticated social summer resort located 100 kms west of Santiago also known as the "garden city" for its beautiful gardens, avenues filled with flowering trees and palms. Exciting and full of action is the Casino and Valparaiso Avenue with its many open-air cafés, restaurants and shopping malls. Valparaíso, Chile's principal port will also be visited, with its urban landscape and giant bulk of ships moored at the wharves, its narrow streets, turning an abrupt piece of coastline into one of the world’s most picturesque ports. The tour will stop at a beach restaurant for lunch (lunch not included).

Overnight accommodation at Orly Boutique Hotel in Santiago de Chile - Website: http://www.orlyhotel.cl/

Day 3. Santiago de Chile – San Pedro de Atacama (B/-/-)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Calama. On arrival transfer to San Pedro de Atacama.

In the afternoon Moon Valley Tour with Cordillera de la Sal including Dead Valley.

Overnight accommodation at Casa de Don Tomas Hotel - Website: http://www.dontomas.cl/

Day 4. Altiplanic Lagoons and Socaire (B/-/-)

Departure to the Miñique and Miscanti lakes, located 90 kms from San Pedro de Atacama and at an altitude of 4,300 metres. We take the road to Toconao, going straight into the plains with views of the volcanoes. En route you will be able to observe species of native trees in the area such as the tamarugo. In Toconao brief visit to the main square and the church, highlighting their houses built of volcanic stone (Quarry). With a panoramic view of the beautiful contrast between the greenery of the Valley of Jere and the desert, we continue with a brief visit to a village farmer in Socaire. Then ascend by the cordillera de los Andes (the Andes mountain ranges) to reach the Miñique and Miscanti lakes with intense blue and white shores located in the Flamingos National Reserve surrounded by imposing hills and volcanoes. Continue to Salar de Atacama, the largest salt flat in Chile and the third largest in the world after Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia and the Salinas Grandes in Argentina where we can witness the Andes flamingos and other types of birds. At dusk return to San Pedro.

Overnight accommodation at Casa de Don Tomas Hotel - Website: http://www.dontomas.cl/

Day 5. San Pedro de Atacama – Salta (B/-/-)

Transfer to the coach station where you will board your coach to Salta, Argentina.

The journey takes about 10 hours.

On arrival to Salta transfer to your hotel.

Overnight accommodation at Almeria Hotel in Salta - Website: http://www.hotelalmeria.com.ar/

Day 6. Salta - Cafayate - Salta (B/-/-)

The journey starts from Salta city to the south, through route 68 traversing the Lerma Valley and its historical towns. We reach Quebrada de las Conchas (the Shell´s Gorge), where wind and water erosion carved curious shapes on the rocks (The Amphitheater, Devil´s throat, The Toad, The Castles, among others). When we arrive to Cafayate, we visit some wineries, famous for their production of Torrontes, with special characteristics due to the particularities of the climate and land. After lunch we return to Salta through the Quebrada de las Conchas (the Shells´ Gorge) and the Lerma Valley.

Overnight accommodation at Almeria Hotel in Salta - Website: http://www.hotelalmeria.com.ar/

Day 7. Salta - Humahuaca - Salta (B/-/-)

The journey leaves from Salta, but really begins once we arrive to Purmamarca Village where you can observe the Seven Coloured Hill, the Church and the Craft Market on the square, and take a walk along its narrow streets. We continue towards the town of Tilcara where we visit the Pucará (ancient ruins), the Archaeological Museum, and Huacalera, and then we cross the Tropic of Capricorn, from where the colours of La Pollera de la Coya Hill can be seen and really good pictures taken. Visit Uquía and its church, where the paintings of the Arcabuceros Angels are kept. 

Arrive to Humahuaca around noon. This town has an important Church and the Independence Monument of the sculptor Soto Avendaño. After lunch we´ll observe, from the route, La Paleta del Pintor (Painter’s Palette) framing the town of Maimara. We continue to San Salvador de Jujuy where the Flag Hall and the Cathedral, characterised by its pulpit carved in wood and gold and the statues of Lola Mora are visited. Finally, we return to Salta through National Route N° 9 with abundant subtropical vegetation. The last stretch is: El Abra of Santa Laura, observing La Cienaga (The Swamp) dam, Las Maderas and Campo Alegre and returning to Salta through Vaqueros.

Overnight accommodation at Almeria Hotel in Salta - Website: http://www.hotelalmeria.com.ar/

Day 8. Salta - Mendoza (B/-/-)

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Mendoza. On arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure.

Overnight accommodation at NH Cordillera Hotel in Mendoza - Website: https://www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-mendoza-cordillera

Day 9. Mendoza (B/L/-)

Malbec Wine experience with gourmet lunch

Depart towards the south of Mendoza among vineyards and trellises, to the first fine wine producing area of the country, Lujan de Cuyo. In this area we will visit two wineries (one industrial and artisanal), where we will learn the secrets of winemaking and the art of a good tasting.

Return to Mendoza.

Overnight accommodation at NH Cordillera Hotel in Mendoza - Website: https://www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-mendoza-cordillera

Day 10. Mendoza (B/-/-)

Day at leisure in Mendoza. Optional cooking class at Finca Adalgisa.

Overnight accommodation at NH Cordillera Hotel in Mendoza - Website: https://www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-mendoza-cordillera

Day 11. Mendoza - Buenos Aires (B/-/-)

Take a morning flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival embark on a half day city tour. 

Buenos Aires is one of the most fascinating cities in both Latin America and the world. Be it for its splendid and varied architecture, with its old Colonial buildings, French palaces and state-of-the-art skyscrapers; for its vibrant nightlife and endless cultural options; or maybe just for the rich identity of the Porteños, who proudly bear the European heritage of their ancestors, more and more visitors are coming to visit. Discover the history of “May Square”, the site of the most important historical events and where the protagonists made history. See its surroundings, the most emblematic buildings, and learn all about them. Then enjoy May Avenue and wonder in awe at the oldest residential neighborhood in Buenos Aires: San Telmo. Walk along its cobble-stoned streets and discover its antiques shops and picturesque buildings. Live and feel the original Tango in the neighborhood of La Boca: walk along “Caminito Street” and enjoy the dancers and souvenir shops. See the mythical Boca Juniors soccer stadium. Contemplate the modernization of the city whilst traveling along “Madero Port” and its exclusive docks, full of excellent restaurants and large office buildings. Pass through the Retiro neighborhood and move on to see Palermo and its most exclusive residential area before finally arriving at Recoleta. Once there, discover the final resting place of Eva Peron, “Evita” and wander through Recoleta Cemetery where she is to be found.

Overnight accommodation at Kenton Hotel in Buenos Aires - Website: http://www.kentonpalacebsas.com.ar/

Day 12. Buenos Aires (B/-/-)

Free day in Buenos Aires to enjoy the city or choose optional activities, such as visiting the Tigre Delta, or taking a fast ferry to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay.

Optional evening programme: The Argentine Experience

Our unique dinner party's concept is to teach you the fundamentals of what being an Argentine is all about, whilst simply having more fun than is available anywhere else. Learn how to close your own empanada using the repulge technique, to order steak your way in Spanish, to prepare your own mate drink.

Overnight accommodation at Kenton Hotel in Buenos Aires - Website: http://www.kentonpalacebsas.com.ar/

Day 13. Buenos Aires (B/-/D)

Free day in Buenos Aires to enjoy the city or choose optional activities, such as visiting the Tigre Delta, or taking a fast ferry to Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay.

Dinner and tango show at La Ventana

In the very heart of the San Telmo neighbourhood, this refurbished historic conventillo is a classic building of the Buenos Aires culture. La Ventana is a trip to older times. The interior architectural style is preserved, and creates the ideal setting for a unique experience; 35 artists, two tango orchestras, a folklore band, dancers and singers; a menu that consists of several traditional and international dishes, and a list of excellent Argentine wines.

Overnight accommodation at Kenton Hotel in Buenos Aires - Website: http://www.kentonpalacebsas.com.ar/

Day 14. Departure (B/-/-)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

PRICES AND INCLUSIONS

14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS FROM £2,730 per person + international flights

based on 2 people travelling together January to September

£2,970 per person + international flights 

based on 2 people travelling together October to December

Please note that some elements of this tour include shared services!

Upgrade to fully private experiences possible on request.

The price includes:

All mentioned activities with guide services

All taxes 

Domestic flights

Meals as mentioned in the programme without drinks (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

The price does not include:

 

Return flights from the UK. Request a quote from us.

Anything not specifically mentioned above.

Optional tours, camera fees.

Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters.

Travel insurance.

Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.

Peak season surcharges

Private transfer surcharges if required

National Park tickets, museums or Natural reserves entrance fees

Airport arrival/departure taxes (if any)

Meals and beverages not mentioned in itinerary

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