After an overnight flight on February 17, you will touch down on February 18 in Buenos Aires—often referred to as the Paris of the South—where Premier Tours & Travel representatives will personally meet you and escort you to your private transportation. You will then enjoy a half-day, private guided city tour. This panoramic tour will highlight La Boca with its popular colorful houses and San Telmo, the oldest barrio of Buenos Aires with its well-preserved historical, colonial buildings and cobblestone streets. It will also introduce you to May Square in the barrio of Monserrat, which has been the scene of the most momentous events in Argentine history, as well as Teatro Colon, Casa Rosada, and 9 de Julio Avenue—the major thoroughfare in the city center of Buenos Aires named for Argentina's Independence Day, July 9, 1816.
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.
Highlights of Mendoza (6 Nights; February 21-27, 2021)
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.
After checking in, you will be awed by a Welcome Dinner at Siete Fuegos at which you will experience “acclaimed Chef Francis Mallmann’s honed collection of open-flame cooking techniques, inspired by Argentine gauchos and European migrations, and refined through hundreds of years of history. You will savor the rustic, fiery flavors of specialties like 9-hour slow-grilled rib eye, cast-iron baked salt-encrusted salmon, grilled seasonal fruits, and more, paired with award-winning boutique wines.”
On February 22, you will have the morning and lunch at leisure to soak up The Vines as you choose, such as biking the vineyards. Mid-day, you will be transferred to the Maipú Valley for a tour and tasting of the award-winning wines of Casa El Enemigo Vigil followed by a bespoke Chef’s dinner at which Chef Bob Waggoner will collaborate with Casa El Enemigo Vigil’s Executive Chef. You will have the opportunity to help (or simply watch) as you please during these winery cooking collaborations.
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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.
Detailed Rate Information for Primary Tour
Please see below regarding the package rates for the comprehensive 9-night tour based on double occupancy. These rates include a Park Deluxe King/Park Deluxe View room at the Palacio Duhau—Park Hyatt Buenos Aires.
Tour Rate (Based on Double Occupancy)
2 Bedroom Villa
One Bedroom Villa
2 Bedroom Villa (Lake View)
One Bedroom Villa (Garden View)
One Bedroom (Lake View)
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.
Your Relais & Chateaux accommodation (located just 20 minutes from the Falls) is the new, all-inclusive 14-room lodge—Awasi Iguazú— which is situated on the banks of the River Iguazú, surrounded by the Atlantic Rainforest. Your villa will be assigned with a Reservations Assistant who will be in charge of coordinating the details of your trip that take into account your personal interests and expectations. You will also have a private guide and 4WD, allowing you to explore at your own pace, visiting where you want, in your own time. Your program includes meals at Awasi’s Relais & Chateaux restaurant, which highlights local flavors and ingredients. It also includes open bar of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including an exquisite selection of Argentinian wines.
*IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Itinerary subject to change. Premier Tours & Travel reserves the right to modify programs and itineraries (including arranged sightseeing, accommodations, dining experiences, aircraft, trains, vessels, and so forth) at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Premier Tours & Travel’s control. In the instance our Expert host cancels due to unforeseen circumstances, Premier Tours & Travel has the right to substitute another chef in such an emergency (timing allowed) and/or the tour will continue in its entirety. Every effort is made to operate our itineraries as planned but alterations may need to be made after the final itinerary has been issued. International airfare is not included. Wine is included as noted otherwise alcoholic beverages are the responsibility of each adult guest. Meals included are as noted.
About Chef Bob Waggoner
A California native, Chef Bob Waggoner received his formal training with Michael Roberts at Trumps in Los Angeles from 1981 to 1983, and later in France at a constellation of Michelin-rated restaurants with chefs Jacques Lameloise, Charles Barrier, Pierre Gagnaire, Gerard Boyer and Mark Meneau. At 23, he took on his first chef position at the private club “Members” in Caracas, Venezuela. Chef Bob Waggoner returned to France at age 24 to become chef of the Hotel de la Poste in Avallon for three years. Then, in 1988 at age 26, in the town of Moneteau in Burgundy, he became the first American chef to own his own restaurant in France, the much acclaimed Le Monte Cristo. He is one of the few Americans to be Knighted with the “l’Odre du Mérite Agricole” from the Government of France.
In 1991, Waggoner was offered the opportunity of Chef de Cuisine with Chef Jean-Pierre Silva, the two-star Michelin, at Le Vieux Moulin in Beaune, France. After 11 years in France, he returned to the States in 1993 to cook at the award-winning Turnberry Isle in Florida, before joining The Wild Boar in Nashville, where he earned the restaurant a coveted AAA Five-Diamond Award and the Grand Award from Wine Spectator.
He finally found his way to Charleston where he was Executive Chef of Charleston Grill at Charleston Place for a dozen years. Every year Chef Bob was at the Charleston Grill, it was awarded AAA Four-Diamond and the Mobile Four-Star award, and in 2001 he was nominated four times for The Beard Foundation "Best Chef Southeast" award. Always well regarded as a media-savvy chef, he won an Emmy for his television show “Off the Menu” with Turner South, and was the host of the PBS series "U Cook with Chef Bob" and "U Travel with Chef Bob." He is currently working with top country musicians in Nashville on the hit show "Sing for Your Supper."
Now Chef Bob is moving on from his restaurant past, but he is certainly not leaving the kitchen. Drawing from the wealth of artisans in the Charleston area, from woodworkers to artists and cabinet makers, Chef Bob has created a stunning demonstration kitchen in downtown Charleston with reclaimed wood floors, a u-shaped marble countertop and even a Grand player piano. Despite the sophisticated surroundings, Chef Bob's cooking classes are relaxed and casual, and with his easygoing nature he can teach anyone the culinary tips and techniques for "how it's done" in the finest restaurants.