Argentina and Brazil
Join us for an exploration of Argentina a nation of contrasts. On this adventure you’ll enjoy a stay in one of the world’s most delightful cities, immerse yourself in the wine capital of Argentina and be impressed by the majesty of Iguazu Falls from both the Argentinean and Brazilian sides. Buenos Aires is a beautiful, cosmopolitan and gay-friendly city that offers a unique blend of European and South American cultures. The city that gave us Evita is irresistible with its leafy parks, cafés, streets, wide boulevards, beautifully designed buildings and monuments, shopping alternatives, markets and gourmet restaurants. Your next stop is Mendoza where you get to be among the vineyards and taste the bounty they bestow. Then it’s off to Iguazu falls for nature at is its most impressive and the chance to spend your evenings at a supper club, casino or a variety of restaurants all without leaving your hotel.
Upon arrival in Buenos Aires you clear customs and meet your guide who will take you to your vehicle for the trip to your centrally located hotel. Depending on your origination point you may feel like a nap but we advise staying up in order to get into a regular sleeping pattern. There are many shops, parks and restaurants within walking distance of the hotel so take a stroll and "tough it out". The time change is not that dramatic since Buenos Aires is only an hour ahead of the East Coast so have an early dinner and then a good night's sleep.
Buenos Aires is an elegant and cosmopolitan city with a European flavor and a friendly atmosphere. You will get to see quite a bit of it today accompanied by your personal guide. You will start with the monumental highlights like the main square, Plaza de Mayo with is neo-classical Cathedral, colonial town hall and the Presidential Palace, the "Casa Rosada" which Juan and Eva Peron once inhabited. You then continue to the old neighborhood of San Telmo with its narrow cobblestone streets; La Boca with its multi-colored tin houses, the elegant Barrio Norte neighborhood, and Palermo with its wonderful parks and gardens, monuments and magnificent mansions. After lunch you have some free time. In the evening we escort you to Puerto Madero, the fashionable docklands district to a theatre designed by Philippe Starck. Here you will enjoy the Rojo Tango show which combines a fantastic dinner with a tango show with many dancers backed by an excellent orchestra. After the show you can return to the hotel or enjoy the many clubs in Puerto Madero. We can provide recommendations. (Breakfast Lunch and Dinner)
We have left the morning open for you to explore the city at your own pace, perhaps returning to one of the favorite neighborhoods seen yesterday. There are many fine art galleries, antique shops and boutiques close to your hotel and we can offer advice. You may also want to try Patio Bullrich the most upscale shopping plaza in Buenos Aires. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Mendoza situated in the foothills of the Andes, blessed by rich sunlight and considered to be the wine capital of Argentina. Upon arrival you are transferred to your hotel where you have dinner in preparation of the “work” ahead. (Breakfast and Dinner)
After a hearty breakfast you will be driven to the Lujan de Cuyo area and Bodega Norton where you will have a hands-on experience in the creation and production of wine. First you start with your work in the vineyards. No matter what season you visit there is work to be done. Obviously in the spring( our fall) weeding and leaf removal are in order. After some firsthand field experience you will visit the winery to watch the wine making activity in process. You will then have lunch at the vineyards accompanied by a variety of wines before returning to the hotel. Mendoza has a vital restaurant scene and we will provide you with a list of recommendations for dinner (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Today you are going to the wine area known as Maipu to the Family Zuccardi Winery. Here you pick up your bike for a leisurely ride through the incredible landscape of vineyards, olive groves and mountains. During your tour you will see many activities undertaken in the vineyards (many of which you will be familiar with from yesterday). Along the way you will stop in specific areas to sample the wine from that section of the vineyard. At lunchtime you return to the main centre of the vineyard where you enjoy lunch along with the complimentary wines (Breakfast and Lunch included)
After breakfast you will be escorted to the airport for the flight to Iguazu Falls which is situated in the extreme northeastern region of the country over a thousand miles from Buenos Aires and shares the falls with Brazil and Paraguay. Sacred land for the Guarani nation and a UNESCO World Heritage Site the falls consists of 275 waterfalls some of them as high as 250 feet. Upon arrival you are transferred to your luxury resort which is located about fifteen minutes from the falls and features three inter-connected pools, five restaurants, a cabaret theatre, a spa and a casino. You have plenty of options for dinner this evening. (Breakfast included)
This is the day to explore the falls from the Argentinean side. The hotel has packed a box lunch to keep you fortified during the explorations. Your guide will take you on a walking tour of the upper rim of the falls where you get a panoramic view of the many falls that make up the whole. You then board a train to the " Devil's Throat" where you take a trip along a walkway where you get a chance to see and hear the falls which are 450 feet wide and over 240 feet down in a display of raw power. After your boxed lunch you move to the lower circuit which gives a different perspective on the falls. Here at the lower level of the falls you feel the spirit of the forest; humidity, sounds, aromas and the penetrating mist that dominates the area. After a day with nature perhaps some cabaret and a chance at the roulette table? (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Today you will travel to the Brazilian side of the falls (Brazilian visa required) to a park created in 1939. It is considered one of the most beautiful ecological reserves on the planet and while most of the falls are on the Argentinean side the views of the falls are better from the Brazilian side. Tonight is your last chance to double or recoup your luck at the casino from the night before (Breakfast and Lunch included)
You have all morning to relax and enjoy the facilities of the resort. You can workout at the gym, swim in the three inter-connected pools or try out a treatment at the Spa. In the afternoon you are transferred to the airport for the flight back to Buenos Aires. You will be met and transferred to your hotel in time for a final night on the town. (Breakfast included)
In the morning you will pack up, check out and have breakfast. You will meet your guide who will escort you to Estancia La Candelaria which is an estate outside of Buenos Aires. Here you will be immersed in the Gaucho culture, eat a prodigious amount of beef and, if lucky, catch a game of Polo. You can also go for a ride in a sulky or get your own horse and gallop on the pampas. At the end of the day your return to Buenos Aires and the airport where you are assisted in check-in for your flight back to the USA (Breakfast and Lunch included)
You arrive back in the USA at your gateway city and connect to your hometown.
Located in the most elegant area of the city, within walking distance from museums, art galleries and shopping areas, historical architecture and beautiful parks, Loi Suites Recoleta is a new concept in hotel services. A tropical Winter Garden with swimming pool and restaurant complete the relaxing atmosphere. International cuisine is also served in La Fuente restaurant, intimate and warm.
Park Hyatt Mendoza Hotel, Casino & Spa, with its beautifully restored 19th-century Spanish colonial façade, is one of the most prestigious luxury hotels in Mendoza, Argentina. It is conveniently situated in the heart of Mendoza, with a prominent view of Plaza Independencia. The hotel is only15 minutes away from the main vineyards and 90 minutes away from the Aconcagua Mountain and major ski resorts in Argentina. The hotel is ideal for leisure travelers, including rooms with stunning views of the Andes mountain range and the city of Mendoza. Close to the most important vineyards and wineries of the region. You are invited to relax and dine in the finest restaurants and bars in Mendoza, including Bistro M, Grill Q – Parrilla Argentina and The Vines Wine Bar & Vinoteca, where you may choose from over 100 of Argentina's premier boutique wines. Las Terrazas de la Plaza, is a lobby lounge where guests can enjoy good food in a casual environment on large terraces overlooking Plaza Independencia. The hotel has 186 rooms and suites which are decorated in a contemporary style, equipped with fine wood furniture and soft fabrics, with attention paid to special touches reflecting the local culture.
The Iguazu Grand Resort Spa & Casino is regarded as the most luxurious hotel at the Iguazu Falls and is the only full-service resort and casino on either side of the Falls. The hotel is located just ten minutes away from the Iguazu Falls National Park, which straddles the borders of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. The hotel sits on fifteen acres of semitropical vegetation with three multilevel outdoor swimming pools and beautifully man-made cascades. The hotel opened on July 6, 1998 and was remodeled by the current owners in 2002, becoming the most luxurious resort in the area. In 2002, the old casino was knocked down and the new casino, theatre, tennis courts, spa, were added. In 2006, it won the award for South America's Leading Casino Resort. In 2008, a Roman bath and semi-Olympic indoor pool were built. Family owned and operated with passion, this is a resort distinguished by its sophisticated architecture and beautiful art collection.