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Argentina: A 5-Star Tour of Culture, Food & Wine

Chef Bob Waggoner is headed to Argentina and you won’t want to miss experiencing this exclusive, bespoke, 5-star luxury tour. Premier Tours & Travel and Chef Bob will lead you on Argentinean cultural, viticultural, and culinary adventures throughout Buenos Aires and Mendoza, including renown wineries in the Maipú, Lujan de Cuyo, and Uco Valleys. Hand-selected luxury accommodations, such as The Vines Resort & Spa and Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, as well as bespoke collaborative winery cooking experiences, the Siete Fuegos experience, and Collaboration Chef’s Dinner with The Vines will make this truly a Premier experience.   

February 25-March 4, 2023 (departing USA February 24, 2023) — An Exclusive Departure with Chef Bob Waggoner 
From $8269 per person; Double occupancy; 
Limited to 20 guests; Includes Domestic Argentina Flights Credit ($200 Coach)

Optional Extension
2- or 3-Night Extension to Iguazú Falls, Argentina or Montevideo, Uruguay; Custom extensions to Chile available upon request.
Pricing to be determined; other extension destinations can be customized


Highlights of Buenos Aires, Argentina (2 Nights)

Depart the United States on Friday, February 24, 2023.

 Day 1, Saturday, February 25, 2023:

After an overnight flight, you will touch down in Buenos Aires — often referred to as the Paris of the South — where Premier Tours & Travel representatives will personally meet you and escort you to your private transportation. Check in for your two-nights in the 5-star luxury of Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires (or similar). A traditional Argentinian lunch will welcome you to the tour enjoying the balance of your day and evening at leisure to settle into the hotel and into Argentina.

Relax and enjoy the incredible amenities of your luxurious surroundings, including perusing the hotel’s art gallery housing an impressive collection of contemporary Ibero-American art (arrange an Art Ambassador to assist you in a private tour); arrange a wine and cheese tasting in the Duhau Restaurante & Vinoteca—the ideal place to taste the best Argentine wines, from Malbec to Torrontes, with their selection of more than 40 varieties of artisanal cheeses; or visit the Ahín Wellness & Spa to immerse and yourself in a sensorial journey of well-being at one of the most exclusive spas in Buenos Aires.

Day 2, Sunday, February 26, 2023: Your second day in Buenos Aires will include a half-day city tour focused the iconic areas and sites of Buenos Aires, such as La Recoleta, the area in which the hotel is located as well as an area of great historical and architectural interest due to its Beaux-Arts architecture; the distinguished Recoleta Cemetery (the final resting place of Eva Peron and many other famous Argentineans);  La Boca with its popular colorful houses and San Telmo, the oldest barrio of Buenos Aires with its well-preserved historical, colonial buildings and cobblestone streets; May Square in the barrio of Monserrat, which has been the scene of the most momentous events in Argentine history, as well as Teatro Colon (one of the best concert venues in the world)Casa Rosada (government palace with the balcony made famous by Eva ("Evita") Peron, and 9 de Julio Avenue — the major thoroughfare in the city center of Buenos Aires named for Argentina's Independence Day, July 9, 1816 and fashioned after Paris's Champs-Élysées. Your lunch and balance of the afternoon are at leisure.

Reconnect with the group tonight to enjoy a quintessential Argentinean Tango show and dinner.

 

 ‚ÄčThis exclusive, bespoke, 5-star tour is limited to 20 people (Double Occupancy). Call 843.237.9903 to reserve your spot today. 


Highlights of Mendoza, Argentina (5 Nights)

Day 3, Monday, February 27, 2023: After a brief domestic flight (a $200 credit included) from Buenos Aires, you will touch down in cosmopolitan Mendoza to enjoy a private guided, half-day city tour with time for lunch at leisure in the renowned Central Market before moving on to The Vines Resort & Spa (or similar).

You will have plenty of leisure time to schedule your own personal activities (not included) during this stay at this 5* breathtaking boutique wine and culinary resort set among 1,500 acres of private vineyards. Partake in a wine blending session or visit the nearby Winemaker’s Village, enjoy a guided sunrise or sunset horseback riding adventure, indulge in their exceptional array of spa treatments, ride bicycles around the property, take a morning yoga class, or to simply gaze at the Andes Mountains on the not-so-distant horizon while you relax by the pool.

After checking in, you will be awed by a Welcome Dinner at Siete Fuegos at which you will experience “acclaimed Chef Francis Mallmann’s honed collection of open-flame cooking techniques, inspired by Argentine gauchos and European migrations, and refined through hundreds of years of history. You will savor the rustic, fiery flavors of specialties like 9-hour slow-grilled rib eye, cast-iron baked salt-encrusted salmon, grilled seasonal fruits, and more, paired with award-winning boutique wines.”

Day 4, Tuesday, February 28, 2023: Venture to the Uco Valley to explore this beautiful region by way of the Clos de los Siete—with its 2,100 acres of vines at the foot of the Andes Mountains and four bodegas run by four passionate Bordeaux families. You will have the opportunity to experience a tour and tasting at one of the bodegas, Rolland Winery — whose owner is the famous winemaker, Michel Rolland. Then partake in a collaborative cooking experience and tasting with Chef Bob Waggoner at Bodega DiamAndes.

Day 5, March 1, 2023: Today will be fully at leisure for you to enjoy the spa and/or other not-to-be-missed activities offered by The Vines Resort & Spa. In the evening, you will be treated to a Chef’s dinner featuring the exclusive collaboration between The Vines Resort & Spa and Chef Bob Waggoner.

Day 6, March 2, 2023: Transfer to the beautiful Lujan de Cuyo Valley mid-morning where you will have time to explore the village of Chacras de Coria and its acclaimed Espacio Contemporáneo de Arte, art galleries, and shops before visiting Matervini Winery. It belongs to Santiago Achaval, currently one of the most recognized winemakers in Argentina. Besides visiting the winery and tasting the wines, we will visit the vineyard — one of the most beautiful.

Next, we will visit Bodega Largarde Winery—one of the oldest wineries in the Mendoza region with Malbec vines over 100 years old. You will partake in a tour and tasting of Lagarde’s infamous organic wines, and experience incredible collaborative lunch experience with Bodega Largarde’s Executive Chef and Chef Bob Waggoner. The remainder of your afternoon and evening will be at leisure. Perhaps considering reserving a romantic vineyard dinner through the hotel.

Day 7, March 3, 2023: Enjoy the morning and lunch at leisure to soak up The Vines as you choose, such as biking the vineyards. Mid-day, you will be transferred to the Maipú Valley for a visit to the boutique bodega La Cave de Karim Mussi to enjoy an olive oil tasting, before going on for a tour and tasting of the award-winning wines of Casa El Enemigo Vigil followed by a bespoke Chef’s dinner at which Chef Bob Waggoner will collaborate with Casa El Enemigo Vigil’s Executive Chef.

Day 8, March 4, 2023: Say Adios to The Vines Resort & Spa this morning. Private transfer to the airport in Mendoza for your return flights to Buenos Aires and the United States and completion of this incredible cultural, viticultural and culinary experience with Chef Bob Waggoner and Premier Tours & Travel. Private transfers await in Buenos Aires to the international airport.

Detailed Rate Information 
Please see below regarding the package rates for the comprehensive tour based on double occupancy. These rates include a Park Deluxe King/Park Deluxe room at the Palacio Duhau—Park Hyatt Buenos Aires.
 

Accommodation

Tour Rate (Based on Double Occupancy)

One Bedroom Villa

$8269/person

One Bedroom Villa (Garden View)

$8,886/person

One Bedroom (Lake View)

$9,452/person

Two Bedroom (Garden View)

$8,110/person*

Two Bedroom (Lake View)

$8,595/person*


*Pricing for the two-bedroom options at The Vines must be booked with 4 passengers (2 bedrooms at double occupancy). Upgrades at Palacio-Duhau are available upon request.

 Optional Pre- and Post-Tour in Buenos Aires
We would be happy to arrange a pre- or post-tour extension in Buenos Aires upon request.
 

Highlights of the Iguazú Falls, Argentina Extension (Optional)

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Premier Experiences, Premier Advantages

 

  • English-speaking Premier representatives
  • Domestic Argentina Flight Credit ($200 Coach)
  • Airport meet and greet
  • Private transfers
  • Curated luxury accommodations: The Vines Resort & Spa (Mendoza) and Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires (or similar)
  • Full breakfast daily; lunches and dinners as noted
  • Hand-selected renowned winery tours and tastings in the Maipú, Lujan de Cuyo, and Uco Valleys
  • City tours and Tango experience
  • Internet (where available)
  • 24/7 Premier support

 

About Chef Bob Waggoner

  

A California native, Chef Bob Waggoner received his formal training with Michael Roberts at Trumps in Los Angeles from 1981 to 1983, and later in France at a constellation of Michelin-rated restaurants with chefs Jacques Lameloise, Charles Barrier, Pierre Gagnaire, Gerard Boyer and Mark Meneau. At 23, he took on his first chef position at the private club “Members” in Caracas, Venezuela. Chef Bob Waggoner returned to France at age 24 to become chef of the Hotel de la Poste in Avallon for three years. Then, in 1988 at age 26, in the town of Moneteau in Burgundy, he became the first American chef to own his own restaurant in France, the much acclaimed Le Monte Cristo.  He is one of the few Americans to be Knighted with the “l’Odre du Mérite Agricole” from the Government of France.

In 1991, Waggoner was offered the opportunity of Chef de Cuisine with Chef Jean-Pierre Silva, the two-star Michelin, at Le Vieux Moulin in Beaune, France. After 11 years in France, he returned to the States in 1993 to cook at the award-winning Turnberry Isle in Florida, before joining The Wild Boar in Nashville, where he earned the restaurant a coveted AAA Five-Diamond Award and the Grand Award from Wine Spectator.

He finally found his way to Charleston where he was Executive Chef of Charleston Grill at Charleston Place for a dozen years. Every year Chef Bob was at the Charleston Grill, it was awarded AAA Four-Diamond and the Mobile Four-Star award, and in 2001 he was nominated four times for The Beard Foundation "Best Chef Southeast" award. He is the author of the Charleston Grill at Charleston Place: French Influenced Lowcountry Cuisine cookbook. Always well regarded as a media-savvy chef, he won an Emmy for his television show “Off the Menu” with Turner South, and was the host of the PBS series "U Cook with Chef Bob" and "U Travel with Chef Bob." He is currently working with top country musicians in Nashville on the hit show "Sing for Your Supper."

Now Chef Bob is moving on from his restaurant past, but he is certainly not leaving the kitchen.  Drawing from the wealth of artisans in the Charleston area, from woodworkers to artists and cabinet makers, Chef Bob has created a stunning demonstration kitchen in downtown Charleston with reclaimed wood floors, a u-shaped marble countertop and even a Grand player piano.  Despite the sophisticated surroundings, Chef Bob's cooking classes are relaxed and casual, and with his easygoing nature he can teach anyone the culinary tips and techniques for "how it's done" in the finest restaurants.