Argentina & Chile Golf, Winery and Sightseeing Tour – January 11 – 27, 2020
Buenos Aires is an elegant and the busiest city in South America which represents the Argentine essence. In spite of its modern constructions and dynamic activity, it has managed to preserve old traditions and charming corners. Visitors are fascinated by its environment, the individuality of each of its neighbourhoods, the cordiality of its people, and its wide selection of cultural and commercial opportunities. Buenos Aires, surrounded by Argentina’s splendid countryside, is the great cosmopolitan doorway to South America.
The city of Santiago de Chile has an intense cultural life. There are about 40 art galleries and 30 museums of several styles to be visited. As regards tourism, the city center is the gathering point for visitors. The Palacio de la Moneda (Mint Palace), the Plaza de Armas (main square), the cathedral, the Pre-Columbian Art Museum and Casa Colorada are the most popular sites. The Bella Vista Bohemian Neighbourhood stands out for its distinguished restaurants, art galleries, pubs and residences dwelled by well-known writers. Other neighbourhoods which show off their modern buildings and quiet atmosphere are Las Condes and Providencia. Visiting Mount San Cristóbal implies catching a beautiful panoramic sight of the city and touring around the Zoo. Lovers of good Chilean wine may visit the most important wineries in the country, located in the valleys surrounding Santiago, a few kilometers away from the city.
January 11 – Arrive Santiago (D)
Arrive into Santiago’s Arturo Benitez airport. After clearing formalities, meet our guide and transfer to our hotel, Hotel Ismael. Situated in the bustling Lastarria neighbourhood, the hotel is located next to Parque Forestal and just outside the hotel’s doors, you’ll enjoy a diverse selection of cafés and restaurants. The balance of day free to relax. Evening group welcome dinner.
January 12 – Santiago City & Winery Tour (BL)
Santiago is bounded by the Cordón de Chacabuco to the north, the Andes Mountains to the east, The Angostura de Paine in the south and the Cordillera de la Costa in the west. With more than 7 million in population, it’s a financial and commercial platform for many countries that do business in Chile and Latin America, as well. The tour begins in the eastern part of the capital, with a panoramic view of modern Santiago, the financial heart of Santiago and impressive glass buildings. We continue to Santa Lucía Hill, called Huelén by the natives of the area, it was in the area where the conqueror Pedro de Valdivia established his camp before founding Santiago de la Nueva Extremadura. We continue to the historical center of Santiago, where you can visit el Palacio de La Moneda, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Post Office Building, the Municipalidad de Santiago, and the Central Market. Finally, we return to the hotel enjoying a panoramic view of Estación Mapocho, Bellavista and Parque Forestal. After lunch, we continue on to Maipo Valley vineyards for a visit to the Santa Rita Winery.
January 13 – Santiago – Valparaiso & Casablanca Valley (B)
Located fifty minutes west from Santiago, we find this precious valley with more than 20 vineyards specialized in Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. We invite you to travel this beautiful wine route where you can visit the most prestigious vineyards in the valley. After visiting the Casablanca Valley we will continue to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Viña del Mar, also known as “Ciudad Jardín” (Garden City) stands out for the beauty of its palaces, the famous flower clock and its extensive coast with 8 kilometres of beaches, walks and rockeries. Valparaíso, one of the main ports of Chile and proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003. We will walk through its beautiful streets, contemplate from its balconies the wonderful bay and hills full of colours, which have inspired famous painters, architects, draftsmen, musicians and poets like Pablo Neruda. We will visit the Sotomayor Square, watch the monument to Iquique Heroes and visit the port, where you can optionally navigate the bay.
January 14 – Santiago – Golf (B)
A morning round of golf at Mapocho Golf Club, designed by Asmundson & Company Inc. Golf Course Design from Scottdale, Arizona.
January 15 – Santiago – Golf (B)
A Morning round of golf at Mapocho Golf Club.
January 16 – Santiago – MENDOZA (B,D)
Transfer to Santiago airport for our flight to Mendoza, Argentina. Mendoza is a city in Argentina’s Cuyo region and the heart of Argentina’s wine country, famed for Malbecs and other red wines. Its many bodegas (wineries) offer tastings and tours. The city has wide, leafy streets lined with modern and art deco buildings, and smaller plazas surrounding Plaza Independencia, site of subterranean Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno, displaying modern and contemporary art. After clearing airport formalities, meet our guide and transfer to our hotel, Diplomatic Hotel. Evening group dinner.
January 17 – Mendoza – Golf (B)
A Morning round of golf at Tupungato Winelands Golf Club.
January 18 – Mendoza – Tour & Winery (B,L)
A full day city tour of Mendoza followed by winery visits to 3 selected wine cellars, with lunch at one of the wineries.
January 19 – Mendoza – Iguazu Falls (B)
Transfer to airport for our flight to Iguazu Falls. On arrival, transfer to our hotel, Lois Suites Iguazu.
January 20 – Iguazu Falls – Falls Tour (B,L)
Today a full day tour. You will be transported by special 4X4 trucks through the jungle for 5 km. following the Uacaraita path to Macuco port where we will embark on powerful Zodiac boats navigating 6 km through the Lower Iguazu River. Upon reaching Tres Mosqueteros Fall, visitors will be able to see the falls from both the Argentina & Brazilian sides crowned by the view of the magnificent “Devil’s Throat”. Then, the most exciting point comes when facing San Marti’s Falls. Continue down the river where we will then transfer to trucks to where we shall board a train for a panoramic view of the falls
January 21 – Iguazu Falls – Golf (B)
This morning we transfer to the Brazil side to golf at the “Iguassu Falls Golf Club”.
January 22 – Iguazu Falls – Buenos Aires (B,D)
Transfer to the airport for our flight to Buenos Aires, with arrival transfer to our hotel, Loi Suites Recoleta. Evening dinner at one of the better steak house in Buenos Aires, La Cabrera.
January 23 – Buenos Aires – Golf (B)
Morning round of golf at Pilar Golf Club. Designed by the United States based The Ronald Fream Plan Design Group Ltd., Pilar Golf has 27 holes, gathered in three 9 hole-courses: Blue, White, and Red. Five tees off in each hole, ample fairways, undulating generous greens, abundant bunkers, and water mirrors give shape to a course that is recognized for its undulating topography, for challenging the experts and entertaining the beginners. The course was the site of the Argentinean Professional Championship, in 2002 and 2003; and also of the Republic Open in 2006 and 2011. In 2015, it was the site of the first Latin America Amateur Championship, organized by the USGA, The R & A and the Augusta National.
January 24 – Buenos Aires – Golf (B)
Morning round of golf at Pilara Golf Club. This course might not be the easiest course to find, but perseverance well worth the effort to play the best Nicklaus golf course in Argentina.
January 25 – Buenos Aires Tour (B,L)
Full day tour of Buenos Aires visiting the historical Plaza de Mayo, common gathering place of the city, then visit the Cathedral, presided by Jorge Bergoglio before he became Pope Francis. Visit the famous neighbourhood of San Telmo, its popular market and antiquity shops. Continue on to La Boca and Caminito. Visit Puerto Madero, Plaza san Martin, Palermo and the Recoleta neighbourhood. After lunch, we visit Tigre and where we board a private typical boat to sail through the delta
January 26 – Buenos Aires – Golf (B,D)
Morning round of golf at Nordelta Golf Club. Some people consider this course as the best golf course in Argentina. This evening we gather for our final group farewell dinner with Tango show.
January 27 – Buenos Aires – Departure (B)
Morning free for last-minute activities. Early afternoon departure for the airport for flights home.
C$6977.00 Per person, twin sharing
C$5962.00 Non golfer
17 Night hotel accommodations as indicated
Daily buffet breakfasts & other meals as indicated
All transfers & sightseeing tours by private coach with English speaking guides
All admission fees
7 rounds of golf including green fees and power cart (sharing basis)
Domestic economy airfare Santiago – Mendoza – Iguazu – Buenos Aires