Road Scholar : Home
Discovering Wines and Traditions of Argentina and Chile

Program Number: 12827RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/25/2013 - 2/12/2013; 11/7/2014 - 11/25/2014; 1/9/2015 - 1/27/2015; 2/13/2015 - 3/3/2015; 3/13/2015 - 3/31/2015;
Duration: 18 nights
Location: Argentina/Chile
Price starting at: $5,489.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Food & Wine
Meals: 44; 17 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 12 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

With near-perfect grape growing conditions, the fertile vineyards of Argentina and Chile currently produce more than one-fifth of all wines sold on the international market. Explore wineries old and new, learn to pair wines with local cuisine and discover the traditions, the folk music and the ways of life that are intertwined with food and wine.




Highlights

• Enjoy a lesson in authentic Argentine cooking with a local chef.
• Share dinner with a local oenologist and his family at their home and boutique winery.
• Discover old and new wineries that produce famous Chilean wines and spirits.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Buenos Aires (Argentina), 3 nights; flight to San Rafael, 2 nights; coach to Mendoza, 3 nights; coach to Los Andes (Chile), 3 nights; coach to Viña del Mar, 3 nights; coach to Santiago, 2 nights; departure and overnight flight to the U.S., 1 night.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Buenos Aires (Argentina)
3 nights

Discover cosmopolitan Buenos Aires including the Plaza de Mayo and the La Boca, San Telmo and Recoleta neighborhoods. Begin to learn about the wine, food and customs of Argentina in lectures and at meals.



Flight to San Rafael
2 nights
Coach to Mendoza
3 nights

Journey to Mendoza Province, the heart of Argentinian wine country. In San Rafael enjoy a cooking lesson and a tasting at Algodon Winery. Visit Valentín Bianchi, which produces one of the country’s finest champagnes. Continue to Mendoza to hear from a specialist about Argentina’s wine production in a global context. Experience wineries including Ruca Malen and share a light meal and wine with the Antonietti family at their home and boutique winery. As an added highlight visit an olive oil factory.



Coach to Los Andes (Chile)
3 nights
Coach to Vina del Mar
3 nights

Cross the Andes to Chile, where a lecture introduces Chilean cuisine before a hands-on lesson with a local chef. Explore vineyards including that of the renowned Errazuriz family. Learn about Chilean folk traditions, watch an exhibition of horsemanship and dine on authentic Chilean barbeque. An expert discusses Chilean music including a lesson in Cueca, Chile's national music and dance. Walk through the colorful historic quarter of Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take a boat excursion on Valparaiso Bay. In Viña del Mar (“vineyard by the sea”), learn about the use of fresh seafood in Chilean cuisine and take a ride in a horse-drawn wagon.



Coach to Santiago
2 nights
Overnight flight to the U.S.A.
1 night

Explore Santiago on an expert-led city walk and examine the amazing collections of the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. Visit wineries of the Casablanca and Maipo valleys.




Accommodations
Buenos Aires: Four-star hotel in heart of city. San Rafael: City hotel in the Mendoza wine region. Mendoza: Stylish hotel. Los Andes: Resort in the Aconcagua Valley. Vina del Mar: Centrally located hotel. Santiago: Four-star hotel in lovely Providencia neighborhood.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Pablo Gonzalez

Based in Santiago, native Chilean Pablo Gonzalez majored in linguistics and English as second language at the State Universidad Catolica. Fluent in English and Spanich, he has led Road Scholar trips in Chile through Atacama Desert, Easter Island, the Lake District and the Ice Fields. He is an accomplished whitewater kayaker and rafting guide.
 
Claudio Le Roy

Claudio Le Roy’s deep understanding of Chile’s culture has allowed him to lecture around the world, visiting more than 28 countries. Claudio studied English language teaching and literature at the Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile, where he also taught composition. He also worked for 10 years as a principal dancer for the National Folkloric Ballet of Chile, and studied culture with the most recognized folklorist and researcher in Chile. Claudio is very proud of his roots, country and people and has travelled extensively all over the country including the Chilean Antarctic territory and Easter Island studying and exploring Chile's roots and traditional culture. He also holds a diploma from the University of Chile in territorial and cultural identity development. He has a vast experience as instructor and as a group leader for Road Scholar programs and other groups of diversified interests and ages. Currently, Claudio is the program director for the Experiment in International Living in Chile, institution that he joined in 2000.
 
Martin Soliani

A lover of travel, Martín Soliani has lived in Porto Belo, Brazil; Santa Barbara, California; and Ibiza, Spain but returned to his native Buenos Aires. He has overseen numerous educational forays into Argentina’s growing wine regions as well as coordinated Spanish-language programs for students visiting from abroad. When not showing off pride in Argentina’s heritage, beauty and wine, Martín can be found jet-setting, swimming or reading up on history, politics and geography.
 
Julian Giglio

Julián Giglio is a Rioplatense native and a historian of Buenos Aires’ rich history. He is a wealth of information for everything that involves “The Paris of the Pampas” and Tango capital, and is well-versed in the city’s architecture, history, demographics, and a wealth of information regarding Argentina’s political and economic landscape. With Julián, every corner and street turn of Buenos Aires tells a story that he shares with visitors.
 
Victor Martin

Victor Martín is passionate about Argentina’s rich viticultural output. A certified guide of the Province of Buenos Aires, Victor can be found translating at winery conferences and demonstrating the richness of Argentina’s vineyards with international diplomats and wine connoisseurs. Join him in through the wineries and green vineyards and learn about the Malbec grape that revolutionized Argentinean wine.
 
Mannie De

Mannie De Paul graudated as an English Teacher from the Instituto Nacional Superior del Profesorado en Lenguas Vivas in Buenos Aires and coordinates the English teacher training college at the Instituto del Carmen in San Rafael and has two children that occupy her away from school. With her easy switch from English to Spanish, her insight into Argentine culture and lifestyle is invaluable.
 
Andres Antonietti

Andrés Antonietti is a certified oenologist—wine specialist—from the Universidad de Cuyo in Mendoza, and has worked in the industry in production, business, and import-export activities. He is currently the wine specialist at the Cavas de Perdriel y Robino winery where Andrés’ crafts fine, fizzy wines and sparkling wines and shares his love of Argentina’s growing viticulture industry with amateurs and VIP connoisseurs.
 
Eduardo Gonzalez

Eduardo Gonzalez was born in Valparaiso, Chile, but pursued his secondary education in Scotland, where he lived for eight years. He returned to Chile to complete his education as an English-Spanish translator and interpreter before starting his own company, Turismo Latino-America. Eduardo worked for four years as a translator in Los Angeles, Calif., and is currently in Chile teaching English as a foreign language at two national universities.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Lafayette
  Buenos Aires, Argentina 3 nights
   Hotel Nuevo Mundo
  San Rafael, Argentina 2 nights
   Nutibara
  Mendoza, Argentina 3 nights
   Baños del Corazon
  Los Andes, Chile 3 nights
   HOTEL DIEGO DE ALMAGRO VALPARAISO
  Valparaiso/Viña del Mar, Chile 3 nights
   Hotel Torremayor
  Santiago de Chile, Chile 3 nights
 Hotel Lafayette
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Recently modernized and renovated this hotel offers 83 spacious rooms with private bathrooms. Very well located, close to shopping centers, bank, etc.
  Contact info: Reconquista 546
1035 Buenos Aires,  BUE Argentina
phone: +54 1 143-939081
web: www.lafayettehotel.com.ar/
  Room amenities: Magnetic locker, mini bar, individual air conditioning, cable TV, safety box in rooms, internet.
  Facility amenities: Central heating, medical assistance, laundry and dry cleaning service, room service and parking
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: To be confirmed Upon request.
  Check in time: 12:00 PM

 Hotel Nuevo Mundo
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: New hotel - opened in March 2006. It has 36 elegant rooms with mountain or garden view.
  Contact info: Av. Ballofett 725
San Rafael,  Mendoza, 5600 Argentina
phone: +54 267 445 666
web: www.hnmsanrafael.com.ar/
  Room amenities: Individual A/C and heating in each room Cable TV, Desk and internet connection, Digital safety boxes, Mini-bar, Hairdryer and bathroom amenities
  Facility amenities: Bar, Solarium with pool, Night turndown, Laundry, Cyber room
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Nutibara
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: good location - quiet area and close to park and commercial area - outdoor swimming pool
  Contact info: Av. Mitre 867
Mendoza,  5500 Argentina
phone: +54 261 429 5428
web: www.nutibara.com.ar
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Baños del Corazon
Type: Resort
  Description: Located at the foot of a hill in the Aconcagua Valley. Resort run family with personal care and attention to clients. Very warm staff and access to indoor and outdoor pools. Excellent food. Available trekking to surrounding areas
  Contact info: El Corazon s/n
San Esteban
Los Andes,   Chile
phone: +563 448-2852
web: www.termaselcorazon.cl
  Room amenities: TV
  Facility amenities: Pools, massage, sauna, tv, bar, lounges
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 HOTEL DIEGO DE ALMAGRO VALPARAISO
Type: Hotel
  Description: Four star hotel , internet access, bar, restaurant, business center
  Contact info: Molina 76
Valparaiso,   Chile
phone: +56322133600
web: www.dahoteles.com
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Torremayor
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Well located hotel, close to shopping area, banks and metro station. Private bath, restaurant, bar , free internet service
  Contact info: Ricardo Lyon 322
Providencia
Santiago,   Chile
phone: +562 234-2000
web: www.hoteltorremayor.cl
  Room amenities: Frigo bar, telephone, cable tv, desk
  Facility amenities: Safe box, magnetic locks, lounge, telephone in rooms, air conditioning, meeting rooms.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: US$ 90 Upon request.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program start in Buenos Aires , Argentina. Arrival before noon, followed by a buffet lunch, time to rest, and an orientation. You will be staying at Hotel Lafayette that night.
  End of Program:
7:00pm.. Flights to the States are always at evening time, after a day of activities. You will be staying at Hotel Torremayor the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A passport for U.S. Citizens is required and must be valid 6 months beyond the program end date. IMPORTANT: As of January 7, 2013, Argentina will now require all tourists from the U.S., Canada, and Australia who arrive to Argentina by airport, land, or cruise to pre-pay a Reciprocity Fee ($160 USD) via the internet prior to arrival and to have a printed copy of the receipt showing payment. Previously, this reciprocity fee was only charged to tourists arriving at one of the two Buenos Aires airports (Ezeiza and Aeroparque). This fee is now required prior to entering through any of the countrys borders. The payment must be made online before arrival into the country: 1)Enter the website www.migraciones.gov.ar or www.provinciapagos.com.ar of Provincia Pagos and register to start the process. 2)Complete the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information. (the fee is now $160 US dollars and is subject to change, your payment will automatically be converted and sent in Argentine Pesos depending on the conversion rate that day) 3)Print and save the Payment Receipt. 4)On arrival in Argentina, this printed receipt must be presented at Immigration Control. The receipt will be scanned by Immigration officials, the information will be checked, and the travelers entry to the country will be registered
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Private coach
To Start of Program
  Location:  Buenos Aires
  Nearest airport:  Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE)
  Transportation to site: Transfer price for POPs is approx. US$50. After clearing immigration and custom go to the Central Hall where the passenger meeting point is located you will find, the TAXI EZEIZA counter. Payment can be made in US$ or credit card.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Santiago de Chile
  Nearest airport:  Santiago Airport (SCL)
  Transportation from site: POPs can take a cab from the hotel to the airport at an approx. cost of US$ 40 ( official taxi ). Airport shuttle can be arranged at reception desk 24 hours in advance and the cost is : US$ 18 ( shared service )
Elevation Note: Transfer from Argentina to Chile by coach crossing the Andes Range at an altitude of 9.000ft.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Departure
(Friday, January 25)
   
 Depart From: Depart the US for flight to Buenos Aires.

Day 2: Bienvenidos! Welcome! Interact with your fellow travelers and local staff
(Saturday, January 26)

Note: General information and basic tips for you to take full advantage of your Argentine experience



   
 Breakfast: Served on board.
 Morning: Martin Soliani your group coordinator will be waiting for you at Ezeiza International Airport to welcome you by private coach to the hotel Lafayette. Check in and hopefully some rest. .
 Lunch: Buffet lunch- one glass of wine and bottled water per person. A chance to meet with members of your group and EIL staff. One glass of wine and mineral water
 Afternoon: A short rest or free time to recover from your long journey, Program Orientation conducted by Martin and EIL staff
 Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel restaurant with a Torrontes -two glasses of wine and bottled water per person. Overnight at the Hotel Lafayette.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Lafayette
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Traditional tango demonstration at Homero Manzi
(Sunday, January 27)

Note: Any doubts or question on Argentine will be certainly and successfully answered by an historian from Eternautas



   
 Breakfast: .Buffet breakfast at the hotel dinning room (tea, coffee, orange juice, cereals, pastries, ham and cheese, eggs, among others)
 Morning: During the morning, explore, the eclectic city of Buenos Aires, visiting places such as Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo, La Boca, Palermo and Recoleta.
 Lunch: Lunch- one glass of wine and bottled water per person- and a Tango demonstration at a tradition bar restaurant “Homero Manzi” named after one of our most famous tango writers,
 Afternoon: Some time to rest follow by a lecture on Argentine history by an historian from Eternautas
 Dinner: Dinner - two glasses of wine and bottled water per person - at hotel. Overnight at the Hotel Lafayette
   
Accommodations: Hotel Lafayette
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Discover and learn about wines from different Argentina wine regions while enjoying a glass of wine in a very cheerful, dynamic and interactive atmosphere.
(Monday, January 28)

Note: Work up an appetite so you can savour a bife de chorizo with a Malbec



   
 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast served at the hotel’s dining room.
 Morning: Lecture: Learn and taste ‘The Wine Map in Argentina’ by Ines Iuri at Escuela de Sommeliers
 Lunch: on your own. Group leader will suggest places where you can go
 Afternoon: Free after to continue exploring the city
 Dinner: At ¨La Estancia ¨¨ within walking distance from the hotel, a traditional restaurant (1962) well know Argentine beef stake and grilled chicken while savouring our pride and joy Malbec Overnight at the Hotel Lafayette.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Lafayette
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Enjoy the magnificient views of the Algodon Wine Estate plus an excellent dinner and wine
(Tuesday, January 29)

Note: During cooking demonstrations and transfers you will need to get on and off the bus and do some standing.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast served at the hotel’s dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to the local airport for flight to Mendoza always accompanied by Martin Soliani
 Lunch: Lunch box on flight.
 Afternoon: Meet Victor Martin, your group coordinatior in the Mendoza segment, who will be at the airport in Mendoza l to greet you and take you by private bus to the hotel for check in. Enjoy Victor's knowledge and resources to share and learn more about his province and the wine production
 Dinner: Dinner on the premises with their own Bonarda. -two glasses of wine and bottled water per person-. Overnight at the Hotel Nuevo Mundo.
 Evening: Cooking demonstration at the Algodon Wine Estate, a boutique San Rafael winery.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Nuevo Mundo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Learn more about the local people through the eyes of an English teacher, wife and mother....
(Wednesday, January 30)

Note: Bus ride and walking during city exploration in San Rafael. Able to get on and off the bus during stops over.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet Breakfast served at the hotel’s dining room
 Morning: Our local representative, Mannie de Paul shares with you her personal experience leaving the Capital City of our country to settle with her family in a provincial small city. Advantages and disadvantages on Local Migrations. Later on explore the city with Victor and Martin
 Lunch: At a local restaurant -one glass of wine and bottle water per person
 Afternoon: Enjoy the peacefulness of San Rafael and also visit to Valle Grande
 Dinner: At a local restaurant - two glasses of wine and bottled water per person- Overnight at hotel
   
Accommodations: Hotel Nuevo Mundo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Explore Valentin Bianchi winery, one of Argentine's finest sparkling wine producers.
(Thursday, January 31)

Note: Coach ride with stop overs that demand getting on and of the bus. Able to walk and stand during presentations and excursions.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel's dining room.
 Morning: Coach ride to Mendoza city, visit Valentín Bianchi an amazing winery that produces one of our finest sparkling wines. Enjoy the Finca La Celia with it beautiful views and wines! in the town of Tunuyan
 Lunch: Light lunch with several types of cheese and wine tasting
 Afternoon: Check in the hotel and then get to know the city of Mendoza with Victor and Martin
 Dinner: Dinner at La Marchigiana to sample its famous Lasagna and more Malbec- two glasses of wine and bottled water per person-. Overnight at the Hotel Nutibara.
   
Accommodations: Nutibara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Learn and interact with Andres Antonietti, one of Argentine's most recognized wine specialists.
(Friday, February 1)

Note: Walking and some standing during winery visits.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel's dining room.
 Morning: Lecture by Andres Antonietti - our local wine specialist - on ‘Argentina: its wine production in a world wide context’. Field trip to an olive oil factory
 Lunch: A traditional lunch at "Casa de Campo", served with Baladero Merlot -one glass of wine and bottled water per person
 Afternoon: After lunch, see the largest wine museum at Bodegas La Rural.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own. Your coordinator will suggest different options. Overnight at the Hotel Nutibara.
   
Accommodations: Nutibara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Experience breathtaking landscapes at local wineries Bodega Alta Vista and Ruca Malen. Enjoy dinner with a champagne and a wine producer family in their home.
(Saturday, February 2)

Note: A long day no doubt but not to be missed..



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel's dining room.
 Morning: Excursion to some well known wineries visiting Bodega Alta Vista and Ruca Malen
 Lunch: Lunch at Ruca Malen with a wonderful mountain view.
 Afternoon: Head off to the Antonietti’s home: a boutique winery. Short talk on ‘Mendoza and the wine growing in Argentina’
 Dinner: A home cooked dinner with Pedro Antonietti and his family, which their own champagne and wine production. Overnight at the Hotel
   
Accommodations: Nutibara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Experience the Andes crossing by land from Argentina to Chile. See the Puente del Inca on the way to the Aconcagua valley on the Chilean side.
(Sunday, February 3)

Note: Transfer by coach from Argentine to Chile with stop overs that demand getting on and off the bus and some waiting at customs and immigration.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel's dining room.
 Morning: Time to say goodbye to Argentina and hello to Chile! Departure by bus crossing over the Andes Mountains.
 Lunch: On route at "Lo del Pato" in a small town called Uspallata Group photo with the Aconcagua highest mountain in Latin America in the background
 Afternoon: Journey continues to " Las Cuevas" for passport control immigrations before crossing over to Chile for the second part of your program. Pick up by Chilean Leader and staff at Portillo Hotel on the Chilean side. Time to enjoy Chilean tea time and introduce the program. Transfer to Chilean Bus during introduction. Resume of trip to resort Baños Del Corazon in San Esteban (Los Andes city)
 Dinner: Welcome cocktail before dinner. Fixed menu with bottled water and two glasses of Chilean wine per person. Wine during dinner time includes red and white varieties from the Aconcagua valley wineries.
   
Accommodations: Baños del Corazon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Learn how to cook some Chilean dishes / Taste traditional Chilean food / Discover Chile through folk traditions
(Monday, February 4)

Note: Walking on even terrain during optional visit to Los Andes city



   
 Breakfast: Buffet Style at hotel includes choices of cereals, cakes, bread, coffee, tea, fresh fruits, yogurt, scrambled eggs, fruit juices, ham, cheese, marmelade, water among other items.
 Morning: Lecture: Introducing local cuisine , theory and practice. You will learn of the development of Chilean cuisine, its products, influences and people's eating habits. Main dishes and recipes plus a hands-on experience to cook some traditional dishes.
 Lunch: Buffet at Hotel with choices of Chilean traditional cuisine. Bottled water and two glasses of Chilean wine per person. Wine during lunch time includes red and white varieties from the Aconcagua valley wineries.
 Afternoon: Visit to traditional family owned local winery from colonial days, Sanchez de Loria . Stopover in Los Andes town on the way back to the hotel
 Dinner: Fixed menu at hotel with bottled water and two glasses of Chilean wine per person. Wine during dinner time includes red and white varieties from the Aconcagua valley wineries. Y
   
Accommodations: Baños del Corazon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Visit to award winning winery from the Aconcagua Valley / Experience a traditional Chilean Rodeo / Music journey into Chile's traditonal music
(Tuesday, February 5)

Note: Walking through winery state on even and uneven terrain. Hat and sun screen recommended.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet Style at hotel includes choices of cereals, cakes, bread, coffee, tea, fresh fruits, yogurt, scrambled eggs, fruit juices, ham, cheese, marmelade, water among other items.
 Morning: During the morning experience one of Chile's most popular sports, the Rodeo. Learn about the Chilean cowboy, the Huaso and the main features of the Chiean horse breed.
 Morning: Enjoy time at the award winning boutique winery Von Sybenthal one of the most well reputed wineries in the Aconcagua Valley
 Lunch: At the winery facilities yo will enjoy a typical chilean BBQ where you will have the chance to taste different meats, salads , fruits and wine is included.
 Afternoon: Back to Hotel and some time to rest before a lecture to discover Chile traditional music and sounds with singers and musicians. A journey to learn of the Chilean character through the country's musical heritage.
 Dinner: Fixed menu at hotel with bottled water and two glasses of Chilean wine per person. Wine during dinner time includes red and white varieties from the Aconcagua valley wineries.
   
Accommodations: Baños del Corazon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Explore a Alpaca farm / Cross the transversal valleys from the Andes to the Pacific.
(Wednesday, February 6)

Note: Bus ride with stop overs for lunch and to explore an Alpaca farm on the way to Viña del Mar. Able to get on and off the bus.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet Style at hotel includes choices of cereals, cakes, bread, coffee, tea, fresh fruits, yogurt, scrambled eggs, fruit juices, ham, cheese, marmelade, water among other items.
 Morning: Check out from Los Banos del Corazon Lecture : Introduction to Chilean Wines and Industry at San Esteban Winery. Departure for Vina del Mar .
 Lunch: Traditional chilean restaurant with typical food and two glasses of wine.
 Afternoon: En route stopover at Alpaca Farm, introduction to next site. Arrival and check-in at Hotel Marina del Rey or similar, followed by a walking excursion (surrounding area of hotel).
 Dinner: In a local restaurant with pisco sour and two glasses of wine. Delicias del mar Restaurant
   
Accommodations: HOTEL DIEGO DE ALMAGRO VALPARAISO
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Embrace the history of a World heritage Site: Valparaiso Harbor / See the colorful Valparaiso city from the ocean on a traditional boat ride / Explore Neruda's (Chilean poet, Nobel Prize winner) house in Valparaiso
(Thursday, February 7)

Note: Walking on even terrain up and down on a gentle side of a hill. Climbing of stairs is optional duirng excursion to Valparaiso city.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet Style at hotel includes choices of cereals, cakes, bread, coffee, tea, fresh fruits, yogurt, scrambled eggs, fruit juices, ham, cheese, marmelade, water among other items.
 Morning: Lecture: Valparaiso, A world heritage site. Field Trip to Valparaiso city to explore city from the ocean and from the hills. Traditional 40 minute boat ride around Valparaiso bay and exploration of city hills. Take one of the traditional funiculars up the viewpoint Paseo 21 de Mayo.
 Lunch: At La Colombina restaurant in Valparaiso. Fixed menu with bottled water a pisco sour and a glass of wine per person. Great location on top of one of most traditional Valparaiso hills.
 Afternoon: On continuation of field trip, visit to La Sebastiana, Pablo Neruda's House (second Chilean Nobel Prize in Literature). Explore the poet's house and collections with guided audio system. Back to Hotel
 Dinner: On your own ( list of three restaurants for you to choose ).
   
Accommodations: HOTEL DIEGO DE ALMAGRO VALPARAISO
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15: Explore Viña del Mar city on a horse wagon / Learn of the many resources from the Paciifc Ocean.
(Friday, February 8)

Note: Bus ride around Viña del Mar demands getting on and off several times. Walking is on even terrain at all times.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet Style at hotel includes choices of cereals, cakes, bread, coffee, tea, fresh fruits, yogurt, scrambled eggs, fruit juices, ham, cheese, marmelade, water among other items.
 Morning: Lecture: Seafood and Fish of the Pacific Explore Viña del Mar city and its different neighbors as the main summer resort place in Chile. Drive along the coast with stop overs at some fishing villages.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in the Con-Con area close to Higuerillas fishing village. Taste the Chilean Pisco sour and fresh fish from the Pacific, two glasses of wine included.
 Afternoon: On the way back to the Hotel, explore the panoramic view of Viña del Mar and Valparaiso cities from the Oceanic Rock view point. A rock formation between the ocean and sand dunes. Take a ride around Vina Del Mar streets and most important buildings on a Victoria( traditional horse wagon).
 Dinner: Dinner out with fixed menu, bottled water and two glasses of wine per person
   
Accommodations: HOTEL DIEGO DE ALMAGRO VALPARAISO
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Explore a winery in Casablanca valley / Discover the Casablanca wine valley on the way to Santiago / Experience Chile's capital city, Santiago
(Saturday, February 9)

Note: Walking on even and uneven terrain during visit to winery. Santiago city excursion demands getting on and off the bus at some stops.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet Style at hotel includes choices of cereals, cakes, bread, coffee, tea, fresh fruits, yogurt, scrambled eggs, fruit juices, ham, cheese, marmelade, water among other items.
 Morning: Transfer to Santiago city by private coach with stop over in Casablanca valley will introduce you to this fairly new wine valley discovered in 1970. Its soil and climate conditions moderated by its proximity to the ocean makes it perfect for the white variety of wine.
 Lunch: After a wine tasting in Viña Matetic or similar, enjoy lunch at the vineyard facilities
 Afternoon: Resume of trip to Santiago. After arrival and check in at Santiago hotel, and walking excursion in the surroundings of hotel.
 Dinner: On your own. Suggested places will be given by Group Leader
   
Accommodations: Hotel Torremayor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 17: Explore the Precolumbian Museum of Art / Experience Santiago city life and its many options
(Sunday, February 10)

Note: Walking and standing at museum



   
 Breakfast: Buffet Style at hotel includes choices of cereals, cakes, bread, coffee, tea, fresh fruits, yogurt, scrambled eggs, fruit juices, ham, cheese, marmelade, water among other items.
 Morning: Depart to city exploration of Santiago followed by a visit to Pre-Columbian Museum or Fine Art Museum ( depending on availability )
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: Free time before dinner to explore the many options the city has to offer, for example, San Cristobal hill, Lapizlazuli factories, Neruda's home in Santiago, etc.
 Dinner: Farewell Dinner at hotel with fixed menu bottled water and Chilean wine. Entertainment.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Torremayor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 18: See one the largest wine producers in the world:Concha y Toro winery/ Explore the Dominicos artisan village
(Monday, February 11)

Note: Walking and standing during visit to winery



   
 Breakfast: Buffet Style at hotel includes choices of cereals, cakes, bread, coffee, tea, fresh fruits, yogurt, scrambled eggs, fruit juices, ham, cheese, marmelade, water among other items.
 Morning: Check out of hotel and begin trip to Maipo Valley to see Concha y Toro winery, one of the largest wine producers in the world.
 Lunch: Lunch at Restaurant located in the Maipo River gorge. Pisco Sour, bottled water and two glasses of wine per person
 Afternoon: Resume of transfer to airport with stopover at Los Dominicos Artisan Village. Departure on overnight flight to North America
   
Accommodations: Hotel Torremayor
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 19:
(Tuesday, February 12)
   
 Arrive To: Arrival in North America after overnight flight from Chile
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Suggested Reading List


Birds of Southern South America & Antarctica


Author: Martin D. la Pena, Maurice Rumboll


Description: With color plates, range maps and brief descriptions, this is a compact regional guide.



Blue at the Mizzen


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Description: In this, the last exciting episode of the series, Captain Aubrey's crew sails to South America to help Chile gain independence from Spain.



Chile Map


Author: National Geographic


Description: This National Geographic Adventure map includes a clear view of Chile from Laguna San Rafael south to Cape Horn (1,1,750,000).



Chile, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: Katherine Silver (Editor)


Description: These choice stories introduce both the country and a host of contemporary writers.



Chilean Wine: The Heritage, a Journey from the Origins of the Vine to the Present


Author: Rodrigo Alvarado


Description: Alvarado does justice to the long winemaking tradition of Chile in this narrative, which explores the history of Chile's vineyards and wine production. Ideal for anyone on the path to becoming a connoisseur, or interested in gaining a deeper understanding of this long-standing tradition in Chile.



Evita, The Real Life of Eva Peron


Author: Nicholas Fraser


Description: Separating fact from myth, Frazer traces Evita’s life from her humble origins to her place as a revered cult figure, also exploring Peronism and Argentine politics of the 1930s and 1940s.



Far Away and Long Ago


Author: W.H. Hudson


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Five Decades, Poems 1925-1970


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Imagining Argentina


Author: Lawrence Thornton


Description: A brilliant first novel that captures the hope and spirit of Argentina during the military rule of the late 1970s. This inventive tale focuses on Carlos Rueda and a group of citizens whose relatives disappeared.



Insight Guide Argentina


Author: Insight Guides


Description: This profusely illustrated guide features concise essays by well regarded authors on natural history, politics and culture. With hundreds of photos and excellent maps.



Insight Guide Chile


Author: Insight Guides


Description: This glossy guide provides a full-color introduction by a team of experts to the land, people, history and attractions of Chile. Brief background essays highlight important topics. With many local and regional maps.



Liberators, Latin America's Struggle for Independence 1810-1830


Author: Robert Harvey


Description: Focused on the heroism and derring-do of seven legendary men, Harvey tells the story of Simon Bolivar, General Jose de San Martin and other greats in the fight for independence.



My Invented Country


Author: Isabel Allende


Description: Novelist Allende ruminates on her upbringing in Chile, interweaving memories of South America with her feelings for the United States, where she has lived since the assassination of her uncle, Chilean president Salvador Allende, on September 11, 1973.



Night Flight


Author: Antoine de Saint Exupery


Description: Saint Exupery captures the thrill and mystery of early flight in this tale of a pilot alone in a storm over the Andes en route to Buenos Aires.



Northern Argentina and Uruguay Map


Author: Nelles


Description: A detailed map of northern Argentina (including Uruguay) with good topographic relief.



Tango: the Dance, the Song, the Story


Author: Simon Collier (Editor)


Description: A spirited, illustrated tribute to the tango, the now-elegant dance born in the brothels among the working class of 19th-century Buenos Aires.



Tasting Chile, A Celebration of Authentic Chilean Foods and Wines


Author: Daniel Joelson


Description: With recipes from restaurants and home chefs across Chile, this compilation is a great introduction to Chilean cuisine, and an excellent resource for anyone interested in trying out Chilean traditional dishes at home. Includes information on pairing wines with dishes, and a basic overview of wine producers and varieties in Chile.



The Buenos Aires Quintet


Author: Manuel Vazquez Montalban


Description: Montalban comments on not just wine, women and song, but also much of Argentina's political and cultural history in this riveting detective tale set against a backdrop of 1970s Buenos Aires culture and the era's repressive military junta.



The World Atlas of Wine


Author: Hugh Johnson, Jancis Robinson


Description: Not just an authoritative guide, this stunning world atlas includes hundreds of photographs and illuminating local and regional maps.



Travels in a Thin Country, A Journey through Chile


Author: Sarah Wheeler


Description: British author Sarah Wheeler deploys her wit, intelligence and powerful investigative skills on the Republic of Chile in this insightful travelogue.





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