Trip or Vacation
Cost: From $8269.00/person; Double Occupancy Based on 20 guests; Includes Domestic Argentina Flight Credit ($200 Coach); $1000.00 non-refundable deposit
Five-Star Bites of Argentina
Chef Bob Waggoner is headed to and you won’t want to miss experiencing this exclusive, bespoke, 5-star luxury tour. Premier Tours & Travel and Chef Bob will lead you on Argentinean cultural, viticultural, and culinary adventures throughout Buenos Aires and Mendoza, including renown wineries in the Maipú, Lujan de Cuyo, and Uco Valleys. Hand-selected luxury accommodations, such as The Vines Resort & Spa and Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, as well as bespoke collaborative winery cooking experiences, the Siete Fuegos experience, and Collaboration Chef’s Dinner with The Vines will make this truly a Premier experience.
February 25-March 4, 2023 (departing the USA February 24, 2023) with Chef Bob Waggoner
From $8269.00/person; Double Occupancy; Based on 20 guests; Includes Domestic Argentina Flights (Coach); $1000 deposit
Highlights of Buenos Aires (2 Nights)
Depart the United States on Friday, February 24, 2023.
Day 1, Saturday, February 25, 2023:
After an overnight flight, you will touch down 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. Check in for your two-nights in the 5-star luxury of Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires (or similar). A traditional Argentinian lunch will welcome you to the tour enjoying the balance of your day and evening at leisure to settle into the hotel and into Argentina.
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.
Day 2, Sunday, February 26, 2023: Your second day in Buenos Aires will include a half-day city tour focused the iconic areas and sites of Buenos Aires, such as La Recoleta, the area in which the hotel is located as well as an area of great historical and architectural interest due to its Beaux-Arts architecture; the distinguished Recoleta Cemetery (the final resting place of Eva Peron and many other famous Argentineans); 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; 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 (one of the best concert venues in the world), Casa Rosada (government palace with the balcony made famous by Eva ("Evita") Peron, and 9 de Julio Avenue — the major thoroughfare in the city center of Buenos Aires named for Argentina's Independence Day, July 9, 1816 and fashioned after Paris's Champs-Élysées. Your lunch and balance of the afternoon are at leisure.
Reconnect with the group tonight to enjoy the finest Tango show at the famed Rojo Tango, including dinner.
Highlights of Mendoza (5 Nights)
Day 3, Monday, February 27, 2023: After a brief domestic flight (a $200 credit included) from Buenos Aires, you will touch down in cosmopolitan Mendoza to enjoy a private guided, half-day city tour with time for lunch at leisure in the renowned Central Market before moving on to The Vines Resort & Spa (or similar).
You will have plenty of leisure time to schedule your own personal activities (not included) during this stay at this 5* 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.”
Day 4, Tuesday, February 28, 2023: Venture to the Uco Valley 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, Rolland Winery — whose owner is the famous winemaker, Michel Rolland. Then partake in a collaborative cooking experience and tasting with Chef Bob Waggoner at Bodega DiamAndes.
Day 5, March 1, 2023: Today 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 Chef’s dinner featuring the exclusive collaboration between The Vines Resort & Spa and Chef Bob Waggoner.
Day 6, March 2, 2023: Transfer 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 Matervini Winery. It belongs to Santiago Achaval, currently one of the most recognized winemakers in Argentina. Besides visiting the winery and tasting the wines, we will visit the vineyard — one of the most beautiful.
Next, we will visit 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.
Day 7, March 3, 2023: Enjoy 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 visit to the boutique bodega La Cave de Karim Mussi to enjoy an olive oil tasting, before going on 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.
Day 8, March 4, 2023: Say Adios to The Vines Resort & Spa this morning. 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. Private transfers await in Buenos Aires to the international airport.
Detailed Rate Information for Primary Tour
Please see below regarding the package rates for the comprehensive tour based on double occupancy. These rates include a Park Deluxe King/Park Deluxe room at the Palacio Duhau—Park Hyatt Buenos Aires.
Tour Rate (Based on Double Occupancy)
One Bedroom Villa
One Bedroom Villa (Garden View)
One Bedroom (Lake View)
Two Bedroom (Garden View)
Pricing Available Upon Request*
Two Bedroom (Lake View)
Pricing Available Upon Request*
*Pricing for the two-bedroom options at The Vines is based on double occupancy at a per-room rate. Upgrades at Palacio-Duhau are available upon request.
Optional Pre- and Post-Tour in Buenos Aires
We would be happy to arrange a pre- or post-tour extension in Buenos Aires upon request.
Optional 2-3 Night Extension Post-Tour to Iguazú Falls, Argentina
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 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. Pricing to be determined at the time of booking.
Additional, optional extensions are available to such locations as Santiago, Chile and Monteverde, Uruguay upon request.
**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, including force majeures. In the instance our Expert host cancels due to unforeseen circumstances, Premier Tours & Travel has the right to substitute another Expert host, such as a 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. Airfare is not included. Deposits are utilized to secure services on your behalf and are nonrefundable. Deposits are transferrable to a future Expertly Done Culinary & Wine Travel tour. One glass of wine is included with meals noted otherwise alcoholic beverages are the responsibility of each adult guest during the program and at leisure. Guests are limited to one carry on and one checked baggage and will be responsible for any additional fees charged for additional luggage. Group transfers are included; please check with Premier Tours & Travel to ensure you arrive within the group transfer window or transfers will be at your expense. Please see Key Items to Know Before You Leave Home attached.
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.