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Food & Wine: Flavors of Chile & Argentina

12 days |  14 days with Uruguay extension
Group size1022 travelers
vineyard near mountains
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Making empanadas
Detail shot of the city of Valparaiso Chile
La Perla de Caminito in Buenos Aires Argentina
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Taste your way through the perfect pairing of culinary countries.

Welcome to the sultry side of the equator, where the only thing bolder than the cultures are the flavors. Between the vibrant street markets and lush, mountainside vineyards, you’ll revel in the rich Andean traditions woven into every dish and drink. So, don’t be shy—sip all the Malbec, savor every asado, and indulge in nonstop choripán on this small group Food & Wine Tour. Because down here, it’s only polite to eat every decadent morsel in sight.

Your tour package includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches with wine
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 3 wine tastings
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Included highlights

  • Santa Lucía Hill
  • El Mercado Central
  • Valparaíso
  • Casablanca Valley wine tasting
  • Aconcagua Valley wine tasting
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Santiago today.

Santiago3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Santiago
Included meal: Welcome lunch

Welcome to Chile! Gather with your fellow travelers at a local restaurant for a welcome lunch.

Day 3: Food sightseeing tour of Santiago
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Set out to explore Santiago with a local guide on a sightseeing tour.

  • Drive through the city’s Barrio Bellavista, known for its bohemian charm
  • Pass the Barrio Lastarria and the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts
  • Walk up Santa Lucía Hill to soak in incredible views from the spot where Santiago was founded in 1541
  • Try mote con huesillos, a popular drink in Chile known for its refreshing peach and cinnamon flavors
  • Head to Plaza de Armas where you’ll see Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, the Chilean National History Museum, and the Central Post Office Building
  • Visit El Mercado Central, a bustling culinary hotspot, to taste the city’s best seafood, wines, and meats

Enjoy a free afternoon in Santiago or add an excursion.

Concha & Toro Winery Tour with Lunch

From $180 per person

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Valparaíso & Casablanca Valley wine tasting
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting

Visit the coastal city of Valparaíso, locally known as The Jewel of the Pacific.

  • Embark on a guided tour of the city, passing through the UNESCO-recognized port and historic quarter
  • Board the Queen Victoria funicular for a ride up to the hilltop neighborhoods of Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción
  • Set off on a walking tour of whimsical streets full of colorful houses and imaginative street art

Afterward, make your way to the nearby Casablanca Valley, where you’ll stop at a boutique, biodynamic winery for a tasting. Sample the winery’s signature Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah during an included plated lunch before heading back to Santiago.

Mendoza3 nights
Day 5: Mendoza via Aconcagua Valley
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting

Transfer to Mendoza through the famed Aconcagua Valley, one of Chile’s five principal wine regions.

  • Enjoy a barbecue lunch paired with Carménère, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon wines at an Aconcagua wine estate
  • Pass through the towering Andes mountain range to cross the border to Argentina
  • Visit the small villages of Uspallata, Puente del Inca, and Horcones, and stop for breathtaking photos along the way

Then, continue on to Mendoza and enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Taste of Mendoza: Brewery, Tapas & Wine Tour

From $59 per person

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Mendoza, cooking class & distillery visit
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Liquor tasting, Dinner

Get to know the city of Mendoza on a guided tour.

  • Walk through Plaza Independencia to pass Mendoza Cathedral, the Basilica of St. Francis, and the former Banco Hipotecario, before arriving in the Civic District
  • Sample alfajores, a traditional cookie, and dulce de leche at a local chocolate factory
  • Enter General San Martín Park to see the Monument to the Army of the Andes

This evening, visit a local home of a master distiller and chef, where you’ll learn about traditional Andean cuisine and the intricate distilling process. Craft your own gin, and see how Argentinians cook with seasonal ingredients and a range of meat cuts. Then, sit down for an included dinner paired with the house wine.

Day 7: Mendoza wine tastings
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting

Head outside of the city to visit one of the most famous wineries located in the Luján de Cuyo and Maipu regions.

  • Learn about the area’s wine-making traditions
  • Enjoy a lunch of seasonal, local cuisine along with a wine pairing featuring Malbec, the area’s signature sip
  • Soak in the beautiful views of the vineyards, which sit against the backdrop of the snowcapped Andes mountains
Buenos Aires3 nights
Day 8: Flight to Buenos Aires
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly from Mendoza to Buenos Aires this morning. Then, enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Buenos Aires Tango Lesson, Show & Dinner

From $125 per person

Day 9: Food of Buenos Aires tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

Taste your way through Buenos Aires as you embark on a guided tour of the place where tango was born.

  • Drive through the aristocratic Retiro and Recoleta neighborhoods to visit the grave of Eva Perón, the former First Lady of Argentina
  • Pop in to a traditional bar where historic writers and car enthusiasts used to frequent, and enjoy a drink
  • Make your way past the National Museum of Fine Arts and the beautiful parks and gardens of Palermo
  • Drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest street in the world
  • Wander through the famous Mercado San Telmo, where you’ll sample traditional Argentine street foods like empanadas
  • Explore the La Boca neighborhood, where the influence of Italian settlers can still be felt today, and taste a traditional appetizer sandwich called choripán
  • End your tour with a dulce de leche ice cream treat

Spend a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

Argentinian Cultural Dinner

From $169 per person

Day 10: Buenos Aires street art & culture tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, Farewell dinner

Today, dig in to Buenos Aires’ colorful, spirited art scene and visit one of the best opera houses in the world.

  • Join your Tour Director for a guided tour of the city’s vibrant street art and murals, which capture everything from political unrest to whimsical pets
  • Meet artists along the way and learn about the Buenos Aires Street Art Organization, which organizes and curates the murals with international artists
  • Step inside the Colón Theater, famous for it’s acoustics and architectural details
  • Enjoy a tasting of churros, medialunas, and coffee at the iconic Café Tortoni

Tonight, celebrate your trip with your group while enjoying an authentic Argentine asado farewell dinner at a local restaurant. You’ll see grill cooking techniques up close in this intimate dining experience.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Relax in a dayroom before boarding your flight home tonight, or continue on to Uruguay.

Arrive Home
Day 12: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

Extension to Uruguay
Extend your trip to Uruguay and learn why this small-but-mighty country is not to be missed. From its vast wine production to the UNESCO-recognized city of Montevideo, experience the rich culture and history as you explore the country’s highlights with your Tour Director.
Uruguay2 nights
Day 11: Montevideo via sightseeing tour of Colonia del Sacramento
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, board a ferry to cross the Río de la Plata and make your way to Uruguay. Visit the city of Colonia del Sacramento, where you’ll walk through the UNESCO-listed Historic Quarter on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Stroll past the Basílica del Santísimo Sacramento, the Real de San Carlos bullring, and the city’s famous white lighthouse
  • Pass through Mayor Square and take in riverside views from the historic San Pedro Bastion
  • Visit a local restaurant for a lunch of Uruguayan specialties and wine

Then, continue on to Montevideo and enjoy a free evening.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Montevideo & Canelones wine tastings
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting

Embark on a guided tour of Montevideo, the southernmost capital in the Americas.

  • Stroll through the Old Town, passing the renowned Solís Theatre as you go
  • See landmarks like the Legislative Palace, Presidential House, Centenary Stadium, and La Diligencia Monument in Prado’s Park
  • Walk past the mouthwatering food stalls at the Mercado del Puerto, once the city’s principle meat and produce market
  • Get a glimpse of local life as you pass through a few of the city’s residential neighborhoods and drive along the beaches on United National Rambla

This afternoon, travel to the Canelones wine region to visit two family-run wineries, or bodegas.

  • Tour the vineyards and hear how the winemaking traditions are passed down from generation to generation
  • Eat lunch at one of the bodegas, and learn how the winemakers put their personal stamp on the varietals they create during tastings served with cheese

This evening, toast to your trip with a farewell drink.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 13: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Relax in a dayroom before boarding your flight home tonight.

Arrive Home
Day 14: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
Pullman Santiago Vitacura
Pullman Santiago Vitacura

This modern hotel is located in the Vitacura neighborhood. Guests enjoy a bar, restaurant, and lounge. Nearby you’ll find Bicentenario Park, Sky Costa...

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Lares de Chacras
Lares de Chacras

This cozy boutique hotel is located in Chacras de Coria, Argentina – outside of Mendoza. Guests enjoy the outdoor pool, lush gardens, and bike tours o...

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NH 9 de Julio
NH 9 de Julio

This contemporary hotel is located in downtown Buenos Aires. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and bar, and a rooftop terrace and pool. Nearby, yo...

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Dazzler Montevideo
Dazzler Montevideo

This modern hotel is located in the Montevideo's trendy Punta Carretas neighborhood. Guests enjoy a rooftop pool with a view of the city, a sauna, and...

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Flights

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  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Local weather

Montevideo, Uruguay
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Santiago, Chile
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Mendoza, Argentina
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FAQ

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Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits Chile and Argentina (plus Uruguay on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens to enter any of the countries visited on this tour. At this time, Argentina has suspended the reciprocity fee for both U.S. and Canadian travelers. Please check with VisaCentral or the State Department website for the latest rule changes.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets with some hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Santiago, Chile, and depart from Buenos Aires, Argentina (or Montevideo, Uruguay, on the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A flight from Mendoza to Buenos Aires is included in the price of your tour.
  • A ferry from Buenos Aires to Colonia del Sacramento is included in the price of the tour extension.
  • All other included transportation is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Take proper care with sun exposure, as the sun can be especially strong in some of the regions on this tour.
  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.
  • Please be aware that you will be traveling at altitudes as high as 10,000 feet above sea level between Mendoza and Santiago. These high altitudes can sometimes cause difficulties for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your healthcare provider regarding any potential health risks. Even healthy travelers may sometimes experience altitude sickness, a temporary condition featuring symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea, and light-headedness.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • In Argentina, perhaps the most common dish is the asado, a series of salt-rubbed meats, ribs, and chorizo sausages cooked over a fire pit on metal grills and crosses. For dessert, try dulce de leche, a sweet honey-and-milk paste in pastries.
  • With its lengthy Pacific coastline, it’s no surprise that Chile is one of the world’s seafood capitals. Ceviche, mussels with salsa verde, and seafood empanadas are all not to be missed.
  • Argentina and Chile both have their own wine-production traditions, but share some similarities in the varietals they produce. Argentina has been making wine since the 1500s and is one of the world’s largest wine producers. Most of the country’s wine comes from the Mendoza region where Malbec has gained recent local and international popularity. Chile’s proximity to the mountains, desert, and coast provides a variety of climates that help the grapes thrive. In addition, French colonization led to the cultivation of Carménère and Sauvignon Blanc grapes in many areas, including the Aconcagua and Casablanca regions.
  • On the tour extension, cuisine in Uruguay draws from European influences, but meat-based dishes are the most prevalent and popular. One must-try food is the chivito. This sandwich is one of Uruguay’s national dishes and commonly includes filet mignon, olives, hard-boiled eggs, mozzarella, and tomatoes, all served on freshly toasted bread. Family run wineries thrive outside of Montevideo in the Canelones wine region, which produces more than half of the country’s wine. Popular varietals include cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and chardonnay.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Argentina (and Uruguay on the tour extension) operate on 220 volts and use Types C or I plugs with two round pins or three flat pins, respectively.
  • Chile operates on 220 volts and uses Types C or L plugs with two round pins or three round pins, respectively.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in South American hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Argentina and mainland Chile (plus Uruguay on the tour extension) are three hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and two hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET). Uruguay and Chile stopped observing daylight saving time in 2015. Argentina currently does not observe daylight saving time, though the country decides on a year-by-year basis.
  • From November through March, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 2pm in Argentina and Chile (and Uruguay on the tour extension). From April through October, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 1pm in Argentina, and Chile (and Uruguay on the tour extension).
Currency
  • You will use the Argentine peso in Argentina, and the Chilean peso in Chile (plus the Uruguayan peso in Uruguay on the tour extension).
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.