Day 1 Santiago Arrive in Santiago at any time. There are no planned activities so check into our hotel and enjoy the city.
Santiago is Chile’s largest city and capital, with internationally recognized vineyards and Andean ski resorts very close by. Explore the many museums and parks, and visit the vibrant neighbourhood of Bellavista to see some handicrafts and trendy cafés.
Day trips include a trip to Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, Chile’s premier beach resort, or to Isla Negra, Pablo Neruda’s seaside home.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Santiago (1L) Today we will take a full day guided hike in Aguas de Ramon, outside of Santiago in the mountains.
Transfer by private vehicle to the trailhead, where we will hike for between 5 and 6 hours whilst taking in great views of the city of Santiago below, the Andes and the surrounding landscape.
Day 3 Santiago/Mendoza (1B) Take a spectacular trip across the Andean Range into Argentina and to the picturesque wine-growing region of Mendoza.
Mendoza is a lovely city, known worldwide for its fabulous wine; it is home to 1221 wineries producing almost one billion litres of wine year. Many of these wineries take advantage of the crystalline waters of the Rio Mendoza fed by the melting snows of the Andes.
Outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting and skiing/snowboarding are plentiful depending on the season.
Border Crossing (Chile - Argentina)
Local bus (2.00-2.50 hours, 210km)
Day 4 Mendoza (1B, 1L) Ttransfer by private vehicle to the winery region outside of Mendoza, either the Luján de Cuyo or Valle de Uco districts.
We begin our bike tour, stopping at 2 different wineries for guided tours of the vineyards with sampling of the products of course!
Enjoy a typical and hearty Argentine barbecue lunch at the second winery after the tour before returning to Mendoza.
Bike and Winery Guided Tour
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s), 20km)
Day 5 Mendoza/San Miguel de Tucumán (1B) Free day to take another optional winery tour, or choose from a variety of optional activities in the area like hiking, horseback riding or white-water rafting (in season). If you'd prefer to relax, simply explore the pleasant city of Mendoza on foot and soak in the culture and atmosphere.
Travel by overnight bus to Tucumán at night.
Overnight bus (12.50 hour(s))
Day 6 San Miguel de Tucumán Tucumán is a charming city in the north of the country where Argentines proclaimed-and still celebrate-their independence.
Enjoy free time today to explore on your own or choose from a variety of optional activities like a city tour or active options outside of the city to explore the surrounding area.
Day 7 San Miguel de Tucumán (1L) Embark on a trek in the mountains and forests surrounding the city of Tucumán. Depart from the hotel after breakfast and transfer by private vehicle to the start point of the trek, passing by the summit of San Miguel de Tucumán for great panoramic views of the city.
Transfer back to Tucuman.
Tucumán Guided Hike
Local bus (0.50 hour(s))
Local bus (0.50 hour(s))
Day 8 San Miguel de Tucumán/Salta (1B) Travel to the city of Salta by public bus. Here we have plenty of free time for optional activities like horseback riding, rafting (seasonal) or exploring the city's cultural and culinary delights on foot.
The culture of northern Argentina is strikingly different from the rest of the country, as is the striking geography and landscapes. Soak in the rich cultural history in Salta and choose from the variety of optional activities.
A popular optional activity near Salta is the famous 'Train of the Clouds,' however in recent years the train has suffered service interruptions and breakdowns. It has resumed operations but be warned that schedules are inconsistent, however it is possible to follow the route by minivan on an optional tour.
Back in Salta, try Empanadas Salteñas - the delicious local specialty. In the evening, experience the local culture at one of the "Peña" folklore shows.
Local bus (3.50 hour(s))
Day 9 Salta Enjoy free time in Salta. Try some of the local food or explore the area.
Day 10 Salta/Buenos Aires (1B) Fly to the capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires, the city of Tango!
When you are done exploring, settle your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants. You'll soon begin to understand the contemplative Argentine way of life.
Enjoy free time in Buenos Aires before getting together for one last meal—and a final bottle of wine! This will be your last chance to try Argentina's succulent bife and parrilladas, so dig in and enjoy!
Plane (5.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Buenos Aires (1B) Depart at any time. Booking pre- or post-accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience this vibrant city.