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Culinary Holiday to Argentina

An epicurean discovery through Argentina

16 days

from £7,695pp (excluding flights)

This holiday idea is a wonderful opportunity to get behind the scenes of the gourmet world of Argentina. Learn how to cook like an Argentinean as well as taking in some of the most incredible landscapes in the country.  

  • Attend cookery lessons in Buenos Aires
  • Feast on 4,5 and 6 course menus in private kitchens and luxury restaurants.  
  • Wine tasting
  • Ride with gauchos
  • Kayak in the Lake District

This itinerary is an epicurean discovery through Argentina taking in the culinary delights of Buenos Aires, Bariloche and Mendoza. Learn how to make chimi churri sauce (a must with any meat dish), empanadas and the delicious dulce de leche deserts, amongst many.  All this fine food, of course, will be accompanied by the exquisite wines Argentina so famously produce and there will be plenty of opportunities to visit local vineyards and do a little wine tasting of your own.

Discover the beautiful Lake District and the vineyards of Mendoza.  Stay at the luxury hotel Cavas Wine Lodge and conclude your holiday at the delightful Estancia Candalaria del Monte in the heart of the pampas where you can sample an authentic asado and try your hand at herding cattle whilst mounted on their beautiful Criollo horses.   Alternative hotel accommodation could include the wonderful Vines Resort and Spa, whose restaurant Siete Fuegos is making headlines with their open flame cooking, following ancient patagonian techniques.  

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 7695 £ 900
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Buenos Aires overnight

Day 2

Half Day City Tour
A fascinating 4-hour tour of the elegant turn-of-the-century districts that earned Buenos Aires the sobriquet 'the Paris of South America'. Begin the tour on the charming cobbled alleyways of San Telmo with its colonial architecture, before moving on to the Plaza de Mayo that is dominated by the the government house Casa Rosada, the Nación Bank, the cathedral and the original parliament houses. Continue up the leafy Avenida de Mayo towards the imposing grandeur of the Palace of Congress, before ending your tour at the historically fascinating Recoleta Cemetery. Discover the facts, stories and anecdotes that make up the colourful tapestry that is Buenos Aires.

Known as 'The Paris of Latin America', Buenos Aires is quite simply one of the world's greatest cosmopolitan cities. World class museums and leading restaurants jostle for space with boutique shops and antique markets, and the colonial architecture and cobbled streets of San Telmo contrast with the modern lines and waterfront designs of up and coming Puerto Madero. It is a city with a colourful and fascinating history, which has given rise to a variety of neighbourhoods from the uber trendy Palermo Soho to the bohemian charm of La Boca, the birth place of tango.


You will be staying at Legado Mitico, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Cookery Class
Porteño cuisine has become one of the country's main attractions and it now visitors have the chance to learn to cook like an Argentinean.

This cookery class will teach you how to prepare some of the most typical dishes in Argentine cuisine. Examples include locro, carbonada, empanadas, milanesas a la napolitana, tamales, humita and bifes a la criolla, as well as the most delicious including budín de pan, the flan de dulce de leche, the alfajor rogel and the colaciones. After the actual cooking, you will of course have the chance to sample your dishes together with the finest Argentine wines.


You will be staying at Legado Mitico, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Day at Leisure with Optional Sightseeing
Free day to explore Buenos Aires. Here are some of the best ways to spend your time in this vibrant city:- Learn to tango in one of the city's famous milongas (dance halls)- Linger over a martini in the opulent surroundings of the Alvear Palaces lobby bar;- Watch a game of polo involving some of the world's leading players;- Check out the trendy bar and restaurant scene in hip Palermo Viejo;- Explore the riverside suburb of Tigre and cruise the waterways of the Delta;- Experience gaucho culture and traditional rural life on a Pampas estancia;- Make a day trip by ferry across the Plata River to explore the charming UNESCO town of Colonia in Uruguay.


You will be staying at Legado Mitico, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Fly Buenos Aires to Bariloche


Bariloche is situated on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi at the base of Cerro Otto, surrounded by the snow-capped Andes. Founded in 1903, built in an 'Alpine Style', Bariloche is famous for its chocolate industry, fantastic skiing and stunning scenery. This is the perfect base to explore the surrounding area, with a vast choice of adventure activities available from fishing and trekking to horse riding and white water rafting. The area is heavily wooded and the choice of different walks and local adventures is endless.


Half Day Cooking Class in Casis
Ernesto and Mariana Wolf opened their restaurant doors to offer a unique opportunity to explore their menus. By offering a cooking class, the duo could introduce visitors to the traditional Patagonian flavours in a private kitchen environment.

Armed with an apron and a glass of wine, discover the diverse range of starters, mains and deserts on offer. Ernesto will also show you to the cellar for a closer look at some of Argentina's most desirable wines to accompany your four course supper tonight.


You will be staying at El Casco Art Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Half Day Floating Cocktails
Cocktails and water generally don't go hand in hand, whatever way you look it, but with this fun half day excursion we can make an exception. Take to Moreno Lake by kayak and paddle for about 45 minutes absorbing the impressive surroundings before taking a well-deserved refreshment break. Sip a soft cocktail and enjoy some sweet delicacies whilst you float about in your kayak.


You will be staying at El Casco Art Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Time to yourself to explore the local area
Days at leisure to explore the local area. Bariloche and the Nahuel Huapi region are one of Argentina's major outdoor recreational areas and there are a wide variety of activities and excursions available, which can be arranged locally, including: Guided city tour, scenic tour up the spectacular 'Route of the Seven Lakes', boat trips across on Lake Nahuel Huapi, trekking and mountaineering in the local national parks, biking and horse riding, fly fishing on The Traful or Limay Rivers for trout, white-water rafting, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing.


You will be staying at El Casco Art Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Fly Bariloche to Mendoza


Founded in 1561, Mendoza is situated at the foot of the Andes, on the plains of the river Mendoza. This area is renowned for its intense wine cultivation, a stopping off point for travellers between Buenos Aires and Santiago in Chile and the starting point to climb Aconcagua, the highest point in the Andes. The city makes a good base for exploring the Andes to the west and has excellent restaurants, relaxing cafes, interesting museums, countless shopping opportunities and some of the finest plazas in the county.


Cavas Wine Lodge Fully Inclusive Stay
Cavas Wine Lodge includes the following: two visits to wineries in Lujan de Cuyo wine area, one activity (rafting, biking, horse riding, visit to the Museo Fader y Chacras), one massage for one hour per person. Free access to the gym, pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included each day with non-alcoholic drinks.

Cooking classes can also be provided where the chef will teach you how to prepare the famous meat sauce Chimi Churri, having picked with you all the ingredients from the vegetable garden. The chef will also demonstrate how to make the corn based humitas, similar to vegetarian tamales, which are typical from the north of Argentina. Finally try making the delicious desert, dulce de leche creme brulee.


You will be staying at Cavas Wine Lodge, Full board

Day 9

Excursions from Cavas Wine Lodge
You can enjoy a range of activities during your stay at Cavas to include cooking lessons, winery visits, bike rides through the vineyards, horse riding, yoga and picnics.


You will be staying at Cavas Wine Lodge, Full board

Day 10

Half Day Cooking Class at Zuccardi Winery
Today take a cookery class at Zuccardi winery which includes breakfast, a cooking class, winery visit and wine tasting. Lunch is also provided.


You will be staying at Cavas Wine Lodge, Full board

Day 11

Full Day Wineries Tour
Today embark on a full day wineries tour of the Uco Valley or Lujan or Maipu Valley. Visit Salentein or Antucura or other vineyards, with wine tasting with your private guide.


You will be staying at Alpasión Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Day at leisure in Mendoza


You will be staying at Alpasión Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 13

Fly Mendoza to Buenos Aires


You will be staying at Estancia La Candelaria del Monte, Full board

Day 14

Candelaria del Monte day at leisure
Time to yourself to explore the estancia grounds, experience the working farm or go horse riding. For a more leisurely time, relax beside the pool or enjoy a massage. The estancia offers delicious food and service in a traditional style that is laid-back and peaceful.

The sophisticated capital of Buenos Aires may be at Argentina's head, but the heart of the nation and the people is out in the countryside. It was here, in the fertile and limitless pampas that the proud, rebellious and passionate Argentinian character was forged and the country's fortunes made. The original gauchos (cowboys) of the pampas, who spent their lives on horseback roaming from ranch to ranch, may have disappeared, but the estancias themselves remain, many of which have now opened their doors to guests. A couple of days at an estancia is the perfect counterpoint to a stay in Buenos Aires, allowing you a unique and privileged insight into the old-world charms of pampas life and the chance to gallop around with modern day gauchos.


You will be staying at Estancia La Candelaria del Monte, Full board

Day 15

Fly Buenos Aires to London

Day 16

Arrive UK

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

El Casco Art Hotel

El Casco Art Hotel

El Casco Art Hotel is nestled on the shore of Lago Nahuel Huapi....

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Legado Mitico

Legado Mitico

Inspired by the history and culture of Argentina, Legado Mitico is an 11-bedroomed boutique hotel in the heart of Palermo....

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Cavas Wine Lodge

Cavas Wine Lodge

Cavas Wine Lodge is a chic hotel designed by renowned Argentinean architect Gonzalez Pondal Malenchini....

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Estancia La Candelaria del Monte

Estancia La Candelaria del Monte

An elegant country house, built in the 1830s and set in beautiful grounds of sycamores, elms and pine trees, this traditional working estancia is located south of Buenos Aires, on the Pampas....

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