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Following a traditional Argentinean lunch with Chef Bob Waggoner, you will check in for your first three nights in the 5-star luxury of Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires—named to Condé Nast Traveler’s “The 78 Best Hotels in the World: The Gold List 2019.
Relax and enjoy the incredible amenities of your luxurious surroundings, including perusing the hotel’s art gallery housing an impressive collection of contemporary Ibero-American art (arrange an Art Ambassador to assist you in a private tour); arrange a wine and cheese tasting in the Duhau Restaurante & Vinoteca—the ideal place to taste the best Argentine wines, from Malbec to Torrontes, with their selection of more than 40 varieties of artisanal cheeses; or visit the Ahín Wellness & Spa to immerse and yourself in a sensorial journey of well-being at one of the most exclusive spas in Buenos Aires.
Your second day in Buenos Aires, February 19, will include a half-day guided tour focused on La Recoleta, the area in which your hotel is located as well as an area of great historical and architectural interest due to its Beaux-Arts architecture and the distinguished Recoleta Cemetery; as well as Palermo Gardens and Palermo Soho. The day would not be complete without guided culinary walking tour—a Parrilla tour—during which you will experience an Empanada, Choripan (chorizo sandwich) with Chimichurri sauce, two kinds of Argentinean beef, and Dulce de Leche for dessert. In the evening, consider experiencing the hotel’s infamous Five O’clock Tea in Los Salones del Piano Nobile for a lighter dinner at leisure.
Your third and final day in Buenos Aires, February 20, will be at leisure during which you can choose which of the city’s amazing sites you can explore in more depth, such as Casa Rosada or one of the many national museums, or choose an optional (not included) Delta tour—which will take you through the Belgrano, Nuñez, Vicente Lopez, and Olivos San Isidro neighborhoods before arriving in Tigre where you will embark on a boat ride that navigates the different rivers of the delta to see how islanders live and porteños spend their weekends (4 hours; $55/person); or a Gaucho tour— to see the Argentinean cowboys or Gauchos, ride horses and see a little bit of the Pampas (grasslands) (7 hours; $155/person). Your stay in Buenos Aires will not be complete without a dinner and tango show and you will be attending the finest at famed Rojo Tango.
After a brief domestic flight (included) from Buenos Aires on February 21, you will touch down in cosmopolitan Mendoza to enjoy a guided half-day city tour with time for lunch at leisure in the renowned Central Market before moving on to The Vines Resort & Spa—named #25 on the coveted "Top 100 Hotels in the World" list and #2 of the "Top 10 Resort Hotels in South America" for 2019 Travel + Leisure's "World's Best" awards, and also a Leading Hotels of the World—for a 6-night stay.
You will have plenty of leisure time to schedule your own personal activities (not included) during this stay at this breathtaking boutique wine and culinary resort set among 1,500 acres of private vineyards. Partake in a wine blending session or visit the nearby Winemaker’s Village, enjoy a guided sunrise or sunset horseback riding adventure, indulge in their exceptional array of spa treatments, ride bicycles around the property, take a morning yoga class, or to simply gaze at the Andes Mountains on the not-so-distant horizon while you relax by the pool.
February 23 will be fully at leisure for you to enjoy the spa and/or other not-to-be-missed activities offered by The Vines Resort & Spa. In the evening, you will be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime Chef’s dinner featuring the exclusive collaboration between The Vines Resort & Spa’s Executive Chef Matias Mansilla and Chef Bob Waggoner.
On February 24, you will be transferred to the beautiful Lujan de Cuyo Valley mid-morning where you will have time to explore the village of Chacras de Coria and its acclaimed Espacio Contemporáneo de Arte, art galleries, and shops before visiting Bodega Largarde Winery—one of the oldest wineries in the Mendoza region with Malbec vines over 100 years old. You will partake in a tour and tasting of Lagarde’s infamous organic wines, and experience incredible collaborative lunch experience with Bodega Largarde’s Executive Chef and Chef Bob Waggoner. The remainder of your afternoon and evening will be at leisure. Perhaps considering reserving a romantic vineyard dinner through the hotel.
You will be venturing to the Uco Valley on February 25 to explore this beautiful region by way of the Clos de los Siete—with its 2,100 acres of vines at the foot of the Andes Mountains and four bodegas run by four passionate Bordeaux families. You will have the opportunity to experience a tour and tasting at one of the bodegas, Cuvelier de Los Andes, before partaking in a collaborative cooking experience and tasting with Chef Bob Waggoner at Bodega DiamAndes.
On your last full day in Mendoza, February 26, bask in the comforts of The Vines Resort & Spa before returning to the Maipú Valley to visit boutique bodega La Cave de Karim Mussi, enjoy an olive oil tasting, and finish off the experience with a tour, tasting and collaborative dinner experience with Chef Bob Waggoner at one of the oldest wine brands in Argentina—Trapiche Argentina.
February 27 will be your final morning at The Vines Resort & Spa where you will be at leisure until your private transfer to the airport in Mendoza for your return flights to Buenos Aires and the United States and completion of this incredible cultural, viticultural and culinary experience with Chef Bob Waggoner and Premier Tours & Travel.
Highlights of the Iguazú Falls, Argentina 2-Night Extension (Optional)
While in Argentina, you should not miss the opportunity to visit the largest waterfall in the world: Iguazú Falls. Iguazú Falls or Iguaçu Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. The Falls are some 70 feet higher than Niagara Falls and the largest waterfall system in the world based on volume.