• Dates: Nov 4 - 11 2018
  • Trip Length: 8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Activities: Hiking and Biking with other optional activites
  • Guides: Sonya & Luis

Other Info: THIS TRIP IS LIMITED TO 18 PARTICIPANTS

“A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.” – Louis Pasteur

Imagine a world where wine is a celebrated cultural icon, the mystical gaucho still exists, and dinner is an anticipated event characterized by a later dining hour and the biggest social scene of the day. This world exists in the colorful countries of Chile and Argentina, and both are captivating destinations for wine lovers, with an astounding range of landscapes, grape varietals and microclimates. The Chilean and Argentinian cultures seem to have an effortless balance to them. We try to mimic this balance by providing a mix of activities and wine exploration.
Our adventure begins in Santiago, Chile, winds through vineyards in the major wine valleys of Chile (including a night on the sea near the legendary city of Valparaíso), crosses the dramatic Andes, and finishes in Mendoza, Argentina, after sipping our way through the wine valleys surrounding this friendly city. We visit several different wine areas in both countries and have private tastings in some very special places.
We also have a variety of activities planned, making sure you get as much – or as little – exercise as you want each day. Our vineyard hikes offer a variety of difficulty levels and we are often accompanied by a local winemaker before, during or after. We also bike in both countries, mostly flat on a valley floor where the grapes are grown. In Chile’s Aconcagua Valley, we have the opportunity one afternoon to either horseback ride or hike. We also hike at the base of Mt. Aconcagua, the highest point in the Americas. And in Argentina, you can choose to hike, raft on the Mendoza River, or take a thrilling zip line circuit in the foothills of the Andes.
Learn from winemakers why Carmenere is particularly suited to Chile and why Malbec grows so well in Argentina. Savor seafood from Chile’s coastline and asado from Argentina’s famed beef herds. And say “hola” to the Chilean and Argentine way of life.

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: We meet you this morning in the upscale neighborhood of Providencia in downtown Santiago. This is an ideal base for exploring, and hopefully you arrived in Chile at least a day early to visit the markets and other interesting locations the city has to offer. (We also hope you had dinner reservations last night at one of our favorite restaurants – Astrid y Gaston – which also happens to have an excellent wine list.) We start our day with a private tour and tasting at Underraga in the Maipo Valley, the closest wine valley to Santiago. Undurraga produces a variety of wines, including some sparkling wines we love. From there, we head south to the Colchagua Valley, stopping along the way at a fun…SEE FULL ITINERARY


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“Amazing experience. Challenging physical activities, well-planned days, excellent meals, and opportunities for independent diversions.” – Janet F.

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Trip Highlights

>> Exploring five wine areas in Chile (Maipo, Apalta, Colchagua, Casablanca, and Aconcagua) and three in Argentina (Maipú, Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo) and diverse terrain from beaches to vineyards to the peaks of the Andes

>> Hiking at the base of Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas

>> Meeting the wonderful people of two sophisticated South American countries and getting into the groove of their relaxed pace of life

>> Hiking through vineyards with breathtaking views of entire wine valleys, and riding bikes on beautiful side roads surrounded by acres of grapevines

>> Opportunities to horseback ride, and then either river raft, kayak or take a zip line across the Mendoza River!

>> Staying in lovely hotels, eating outstanding food, and tasting exquisite wine!

Trip Accommodations

Nights 1 & 2 >> Hotel Noi Blend / Palmilla, Chile

Our first night is spent in a high-end lodge with a contemporary twist. This charming and tranquil hotel is surrounded by vineyards of the Colchagua valley and is equipped with a pool and wood-fire heated hot tub.

Night 3 >> Miramar Hotel / Vina del Mar, Chile

Our accomodation for tonight is a 5-star hotel that directly overlooks the water. You'll enjoy the beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean from your hotel room, with shopping and a public beach just a few blocks (or a quick taxi ride) away.

Night 4 >> Inca Hotel / Los Andes, Chile

Our final night in Chile we spend at a brand-new but simple hotel in Los Andes, a fun market town in the Aconcagua Valley on the way to Argentina.

Nights 5 - 7 >> Park Hyatt / Mendoza, Argentina

Our five-star luxury hotel is located in the center of Mendoza, Argentina's central wine town, and directly across the street from the Plaza Independencia, which makes it a perfect base for exploration.

Travel Details

We meet you in Santiago, Chile on the first morning of the trip, so you should fly <i>into</i> Santiago (airport code SCL). You can choose to arrive early that morning, but we recommend arriving at least a day (or even two) before to explore Santiago before meeting us at Hotel Torremayor.

On the last day, we will end in Mendoza, Argentina. You should make your return flights <i>out of </i>Mendoza (MDZ). The Mendoza airport has direct flights to Santiago, Buenos Aires, and several smaller Argentinean cities. Upon booking, we will send you more information on your travel logistics.

What's Included

>> One American Zephyr guide and one South American Zephyr guide accompanies each trip.

>> Double occupancy lodging is included. If you are traveling solo, we will match you with another traveler of the same gender. However, you may pay a single supplement to have your own room.

>> All of your dinners (except one, when we provide a late lunch) and breakfasts are included. Gratuity for these meals is also included. In general, we leave lunches open so that you have time to explore and enjoy the local flavors en route.

>> All your transportation is included once you meet your guide(s) on the first day.

>> Formal wine tastings are included.

>> Bike rental on biking days is included, as are other activities such as horseback riding, rafting, kayaking or ziplining.

>> NOT INCLUDED Beverages, desserts, lunches, gratuities to your guides, personal expenses and travel to and from the destination.