BUENOS AIRES, IGUASSU FALLS, SANTIAGO, BARILOCHE, LAKE REGION & MENDOZA
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Today, fly via Buenos Aires to Mendoza, the wine capital of Argentina and home to breathtaking panoramic views. Mendoza is filled with rivers, valleys, canyons, and the imposing Andean range, with the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere, the Aconcagua Mountain. Upon arrival in Mendoza this evening, transfer to your deluxe and centrally-located hotel. Hotel Diplomatic Park Suites (B)
Today, you’ll explore magnificent Mendoza, which boasts 70% of the vineyards of Argentina and is one of the key wine regions in the world. The region is perhaps most famous for the delicious Malbec grape. You’ll visit two different vineyards and enjoy tastings of course. One vineyard will highlight the more old-fashioned, craft/handmade production, and the other will show more of the high tech approach. In both cases, you’ll surely enjoy these special wines! Later, take walk through the city center of Mendoza. Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travelers at at your farewell dinner. (B,D)
After a morning at leisure, transfer to the airport to begin your trip home to the United States. Board a flight this evening to Santiago de Chile, where you will then connect on to the United States. (B)
Your exciting South American vacations end as you arrive in the USA this morning in either Miami or New York.
To enhance your visit on our South America tours and have it feel more complete and memorable, your Tour Director you will offer several optional tours. Rates are approximates in US Dollars and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and suppliers rates. Payment should be made in US dollars by cash. Credit cards are not accepted. Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may be canceled if this minimum is not met. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment.
Your flights on this tour are with LATAM Airlines. You are expected to check-in for your flight at least 3½ hours before the scheduled departure. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that the below flight schedules are always subject to change.
New York (JFK)
LATAM Airlines does not accept advance seat assignment. Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved in your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline!
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of return. American passport holders do not require a visa for Chile or Argentina. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instructions and travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Chile & Argentina are located in the Southern hemisphere and therefore have reverse seasons to those of the United States. September/October/November is spring with daytime temperatures averaging in the 50’s and 70’s. December through February is summer with daytime temperatures averaging in the 80’s. March is early fall with daytime temperatures averaging in the 70’s. Daytime temperatures average in the 60’s in April. You can expect cooler temperatures in the Chilean Lake district. Also, overnight temperatures may lower by 10-20 degrees.
You may dine at either of the hotels used on this tour or other nearby restaurants recommended by your guide. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20 – $25 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange your cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage not to exceed 44 pounds and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.