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Food & Wine: Uruguay, Argentina & Chile

with Lima extension
  • Duration: 11 or 14 days
  • Group size: 14-28
  • Reviews: 1
Toast to the South American flavors of these three unique countries.

The people of Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile each offer a unique take on the art of cooking and winemaking. Learn about the traditional side of wine production at a family-run bodega outside of Montevideo. Soak in the flavors—and the views—at a sophisticated wine estate in Mendoza. Stop for a sip in the acclaimed Aconcagua Valley wine region. Whether you’re visiting a small village or an expansive market, you’ll discover how locals celebrate their country’s tasty traditions on this culinary adventure.

Your tour package includes
  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 3 wine tastings
  • 1 cooking class
Included highlights
  • Mercado del Puerto
  • Canelones wine tastings
  • Colonia del Sacramento
  • Mendoza wine tastings
  • Aconcagua Valley wine tasting
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Montevideo today.

Montevideo2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Montevideo
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Uruguay! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 3: 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

• Admire the Artigas Mausoleum in Plaza Independencia, the city's cathedral, the soaring Obelisk, and Mercado del Puerto

• See landmarks like the Legislative Palace, Presidential House, Centenary Stadium, and La Diligencia Monument in Prado’s Park

• Get a glimpse of local life as you pass through a few of the city's residential neighborhoods and drive along the 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

Buenos Aires2 nights
Day 4: Buenos Aires via Colonia del Sacramento
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit the city of Colonia del Sacramento, where a local guide will walk you 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

• Enjoy free time to explore and do some shopping

Board a ferry to cross the Río de la Plata and make your way to Buenos Aires.

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

Argentinian Cultural Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires
Included meal: Breakfast

Embark on a guided tour of the city 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

• 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

• Explore Plaza de Mayo, site of the May Revolution in 1810, and enter the neoclassical Metropolitan Cathedral

• Enjoy free time in the La Boca neighborhood, where the influence of Italian settlers can still be felt today

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

Tango Show & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Mendoza2 nights
Day 6: Flight to Mendoza & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly from Buenos Aires to Mendoza and get to know the city on a guided tour.

• Walk through Plaza Independencia to pass the 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

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

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

Head outside of the city to visit three of the most famous wineries located in the Luján de Cuyo region.

• Sample local olive oil and Cruzat, a traditional sparkling wine

• Enjoy a five-course lunch and wine pairing featuring Malbec, the area's signature sip

• Learn about the area's wine-making traditions

• Soak in the beautiful views of the vineyards, which sit against the backdrop of the snow-capped Andes mountains

Santiago2 nights
Day 8: Santiago via Aconcagua Valley
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Wine tasting

Pass through the towering Andes mountain range to cross the border into Chile.

• Visit the village of Uspallata, pass the Puente del Inca, and see the Horcones River

• Stop in the famed Aconcagua Valley, one of Chile’s five principal wine regions

• Enjoy a lunch and a tasting of carménère, pinot noir, and cabernet sauvignon wines

Then, continue on to Santiago.

Please note: This day will start early in the morning and includes border crossings.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Santiago & cooking class
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Set out to explore Chile’s capital city of Santiago on a tour led by a local guide.

• Drive through the city’s Barrio Bellavista, known for its bohemian charm

• Pass the Central Market, Estación Mapocho, and the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts

• Walk up Santa Lucía Hill to soak in incredible views of Santiago

• Continue on to Plaza de Armas where you’ll see Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, the Chilean National History Museum, and the Central Post Office Building

• Make a photo stop at La Moneda Palace before passing through the modern neighborhoods of Providencia and El Golf

Take part in a cooking class this evening, where you’ll try your hand at making the classic pisco sour cocktail along with traditional Chilean dishes. Then, enjoy eating the meal you’ve prepared and toast to your trip during a farewell dinner.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 10: Free morning in Santiago & departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free morning in Santiago or add an excursion.

Then, relax in a dayroom before boarding your flight home tonight. If you’re traveling on the tour extension, you’ll spend the night in Santiago.

Valparaíso & Chilean Wine Country
Excursion (additional cost)
Arrive Home
Day 11: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

Extension to Lima

Make your way to lively Lima, Peru’s capital city.

Lima2 nights
Day 11: Flight to Lima
Included meal: Breakfast

Board your flight to Lima, Peru this morning. Then, spend a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

Peruvian Cooking Class & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Lima
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know Lima’s culinary traditions as you taste local products on today’s guided tour.

• Try organic Peruvian coffee at a traditional roastery

• Sip on an exotic fruit smoothie at a secret garden cafe

• Visit a local market where you’ll sample a variety of fruits grown in the area

• Join the head chef at a top-ranked seafood restaurant where you’ll learn how to make ceviche and pisco sour

• End the day by enjoying a gourmet Peruvian lunch and dessert amongst the pre-Incan ruins of Huaca Pucllana

Enjoy a free evening in Lima or add an excursion.

MATE Museum & Cocktail Class
Excursion (additional cost)
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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Wine lovers delight
by 39th time traveler 

This tour was fabulous. From the welcome dinner at the Sofitel Hotel to our farewell cooking dinner in a private home. All the wineries one more beautiful then the next. The tastings were sit down affairs with lunch, tapas or snacks at which we tasted 4 to 5 wines each. At included dinners the w...

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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.

Hotel Atton Vitacura

This contemporary hotel is is located in the Las Condes neighborhood. Guests enjoy a restaurant and bar, laundry service, and an outdoor pool. Nearby ...

NH Mendoza Cordillera

This modern hotel is located in Mendoza's city center near the financial district. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, and a gym. Nearby you’ll ...

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FAQ
Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile (plus Peru 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.
  • Upon arrival on the tour extension in Peru, you will receive an Andean Immigration card that you will need to present when you depart.
  • 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 Montevideo and depart from Santiago (or Lima 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 ferry from Colonia del Sacramento to Buenos Aires and a flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza are included in the price of your tour.
  • A flight from Santiago to Lima 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
  • 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 fresh-toasted bread.
  • 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.
  • Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile all have their own wine-production traditions, but share some similarities in the varietals they produce. In Uruguay, 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. 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, Peruvian cuisine reflects both the country’s indigenous cultures as well as European colonial and Pacific Rim influences. Staples include grains such as quinoa, maize, and rice, as well as beans, potatoes, and meat. Ceviche, traditionally raw sea bass marinated with lime and chilies, is a national dish. Adventurous eaters may want to try cuy, or roasted guinea pig that’s cooked over an open fire. You can also raise a toast with Peru’s famous pisco, the delicious (and sour) white-grape brandy.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Uruguay and Argentina 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.
  • On the tour extension, Peru operates on 220 volts and uses Types A or C plugs with two flat pins or two 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
  • Uruguay, Argentina, and mainland Chile 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.
  • On the tour extension, Peru is five hours behind GMT, the same as EST. Peru does not observe daylight saving time.
  • From November through March, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 2pm in Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile (and noon in Peru on the tour extension). From April through October, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 1pm in Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile (and 11am in Peru on the tour extension).
Currency
  • You will use the Uruguayan peso in Uruguay, the Argentine peso in Argentina, and the Chilean peso in Chile (plus the Peruvian sol in Peru 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.
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11 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights from your departure city, and based on two travelers per hotel room. Tour prices include on-tour flights where applicable.
Oct 11–Oct 21, 2019
Extension available
$3,749$3,449
Feb 7–Feb 17, 2020
Extension available
$3,749$3,599
Mar 13–Mar 23, 2020
$3,749$3,649
Apr 17–Apr 27, 2020
$3,599
May 1–May 11, 2020
Extension available
$3,749$3,649
Sep 4–Sep 14, 2020
Extension available
$3,749
Oct 9–Oct 19, 2020
$3,749$3,649
Nov 6–Nov 16, 2020
Extension available
$3,749$3,599
Feb 5–Feb 15, 2021
$3,749
Mar 12–Mar 22, 2021
Extension available
$3,749
Apr 16–Apr 26, 2021
$3,599
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