Buenos Aires Tour ItineraryLet's begin our tour of Argentina in style! You will be greeted at the airport by a hired driver, who will chauffeur you to the posh Park Hyatt Hotel. Created three years ago from the Palacio Duhau, the Park Hyatt is located in one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, the Recoleta, and is situated just a short walk from the grave of Evita. After settling in, we will take a driving tour of the city followed by lunch at Sirop in San Telmo and shopping in the local neighborhoods. Reconvening in the evening, our driver will take us to our first cooking class at Casa Coupage. Recognized as one of the more innovative wine tasting venues in Buenos Aires, Casa Coupage is a private wine club housed within the trendy home of owners Santiago and Ines, the executive chef and sommelier. We will be wined and dined (and taught the traditional Argentine asado, of course!), a great introduction to the cuisine and wine we'll be experiencing all week.
Our morning begins with an exploration of the famous Recoleta, Retiro, Palermo, and Puerto Madero neighborhoods alongside our guide, Mariana Cirer. We'll enjoy lunch at the classic Cabana Las Lilas, rumored to be the best parilla in Buenos Aires, dining on true grass fed beef—Cabana Las Lilas has been breeding cattle for over 70 years on its own grazing lands in the Pampas—and the finest Malbecs from Mendoza. The afternoon will include shopping (our driver will be in tow to transport our purchases!) and maybe a nap before the evening's tango show and dinner at the internationally recognized and award-winning Faena Hotel, the essence of the Argentine Nueva resurgence. Designed by Philippe Starch, the hotel occupies a former warehouse overlooking the redeveloped docks, which is now one of the most expensive districts in the city.
We'll begin our day with a cooking class in the late morning at El Federal Restaurant. On our way, we'll stop in a spice shop to purchase some of Argentina's classic flavors to take back home. El Federal chef Paola, will create a traditional Argentine meal with a "nueva" twist, a meal we'll enjoy with wine as our lunch. After our cooking class, we can peak into the life of Evita at her museum and the museum of contemporary South American art in Palermo. Dinner will be at our first Francis Mallman restaurant (Mallman is Argentina's Thomas Keller), Patagonia Sur.
Our day will be spent in San Isidro, a suburb in the outskirts of Buenos Aires, and outside in the fresh air. A small boat with private driver (and an ice chest of beers) will take us along the El Tigre, El Lugan, and Reconquista rivers, three waterways that surround the small island of Tigre, and we'll enjoy an ad hoc lunch at one of the restaurants on the water. Returning to Buenos Aires before sunset, we'll walk to dinner at restaurant Resto, a hip local hangout in Recoleta.
Pack your bags because we're heading to wine country! Our driver will transport us to a local airport for the short flight to Mendoza. We'll be greeted by our guide and driver, who will take us on a short driving tour of the city of Mendoza, ending at our hotel, the Park Hyatt, located in the main square. We'll enjoy a preview of the wines we'll be tasting over the next few days at the Vines of Mendoza, followed by dinner at Restaurant Azafran, named after the highly sought after saffron spice. The restaurant doesn't have a wine list; you explore their cellar and select yourself!
We'll begin our first full day in wine country with an introduction to the region's local foods with a tour of Mendoza's Mercado Central. After exploring the market, we'll head to Fabre Montmay Winery and meet Chef Lucas, who will teach us gourmet recipes with traditional products typical of Argentina. For anyone who so desires, there will be a wine tasting at the winery next door, Cap Vistalba. We'll have a break back at the hotel or out shopping before our driver takes us to the town of Charcas de Coria for dinner at Las Negras.
Today we'll head to the picturesque Uco Valley, a three-hour drive from Mendoza. Uco Valley is the home of Salentein Winery, a true example of modernism in both design and wine making. From there, we will travel on to Altus Winery to taste their special wine, but more importantly, to dine at the winery's French Laundry-style restaurant. This seven-course lunch, meticulously prepared by the husband and wife team using produce from their own garden, will be the highlight of our stay in Mendoza. After lunch, we will return to the hotel to prepare for our last feast and the second of our two Francis Mallman restaurants, located within a beautiful winery just outside Mendoza city.
A farewell breakfast, a little shopping, and a drive back to the airport ends a wonderful week. Ciao!
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