Food & Wine: Chile & Argentina with Queen's University Alumni & Friends featuring Dr. George Lovell

12 days
From chardonnay in Chile to smokey barbecue in Argentina, the flavours of South America are calling. Taste the best these countries have to offer, starting in the Chilean capital of Santiago. Set out for Buenos Aires by way of the breathtaking Patagonia region. Soak in the scenery, culture, and flavours as you venture through Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks, marvelling at glittering mountain lakes, and icy glaciers along the way. Cap off your trek in Argentina’s lively capital, the city where tango was born.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

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Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Santiago today.

Santiago 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival & sightseeing tour of Santiago

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Chile! Transfer to your hotel before setting out to explore Santiago on a guided sightseeing tour.

• Drive through the city’s Barrio Bellavista, known for its bohemian charm

• Take a cable car ride up Cerro San Cristóbal to the Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception, an icon of the city

• Pass the Barrio Lastarria, Santa Lucía Hill, and the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts

• Set out on a short walk through Santiago’s Central Market and peruse the stalls

• Continue on to Plaza de Armas where you’ll see Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, the Chilean National History Museum, and Central Post Office Building

This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Day 3: Valparaiso & Chilean Wine Country

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Visit to the coastal city of Valparaíso, locally known as “The Jewel of the Pacific.”

• Embark on a guided tour of the city, passing through the UNESCO-recognized port and historic quarter

• Board the Queen Victoria funicular for a ride up to the hilltop neighbourhoods of Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción, where you’ll set off on a walking tour

• Enjoy free time for lunch

Afterward, make your way to the nearby Casablanca Valley, where you’ll stop at a local vineyard for a tour and tasting. Sample the winery’s signature sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, and chardonnay before making your way back to Santiago.

Punta Arenas 1 night Hotel info

Day 4: Flight to Punta Arenas & Isla Magdalena Penguin Colony

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to the airport this morning to fly to Punta Arenas in southern Patagonia, where you’ll board a ferry bound for Isla Magdalena, a popular nesting ground for Magellanic penguins. Take some time to get up close to these charming birds before cruising back to the mainland.

Torres del Paine 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Estancia visit & Puerto Natales

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Transfer to the coastal city of Puerto Natales in the Torres del Paine region, stopping at a Patagonian estancia, or ranch, along the way.

• See a sheep shearing demonstration and watch gauchos take part in a barrel race

• Enjoy a traditional Patagonian parilla barbecue lunch complete with lamb and regional specialties

Day 6: Torres del Paine National Park via Milódon Cave

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Set out to explore Torres del Paine National Park, one of the largest of its kind in Chile.

• View the towering peaks of Los Cuernos del Paine, for which the park was named

• Stand on the banks of Lago Pehoé, Lago Nordenskjöld and Lago Grey, three of the park’s glittering glacial lakes

• Take a short hike to see the churning Salto Grande waterfall

• Try to spot guanacos, foxes and birds as you go

El Calafate 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Transfer to El Calafate

  Included meals: Breakfast

Cross the border into Argentina as you make your way to El Calafate. Later, enjoy a free evening to explore on your own.

Day 8: Los Glaciares National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way to Los Glaciares National Park today for a close-up look at the growing Perito Moreno Glacier.

• Stop en route at Lago Argentino to take in the surrounding mountain views, keeping an eye out for the flamingos and condors that call the lake their home (seasonal)

• Embark on a cruise along the Perito Moreno Glacier face upon arrival in Los Glaciares National Park

• Take in views of the glacier from a scenic overlook and enjoy free time to explore the surrounding walking paths

Buenos Aires 1 night Hotel info

Day 9: Flight to Buenos Aires

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Board your flight to Buenos Aires this morning. After a free afternoon, watch as accomplished tangueros perform their national dance during an included dinner featuring regional specialties and Argentine wine.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Embark on a guided tour of the city where tango was born.

• Drive through the aristocratic Retiro and Recoleta neighbourhoods to visit the grave of Eva Perón, the former First Lady of Argentina

• Make your way past the National Museum of Fine Arts and the beautiful parks and gardens of Palermo

• Drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest street in the world

• Explore Plaza de Mayo, site of the May Revolution in 1810, and enter the neoclassical Metropolitan Cathedral

• Enjoy free time in the La Boca district, where the influence of its Italian settlers can still be felt today

This afternoon, take a guided tour of the San Telmo food market.

• Sample regional food, wine, and beer at a local restaurant

• Stroll through the market and try a cup of South American coffee

Later this evening, celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner.

Overnight Flight 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning in Buenos Aires, then relax in a dayroom before boarding your flight home. If you are continuing on the tour extension to Peru, you’ll board your flight to Lima this morning.

Day 12: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

Add Peru Starting from $2,899 pp

Lima 1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Flight to Lima

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Lima, where you’ll set out on a guided tour highlighting the capital city’s modern and colonial quarters.

• Visit the Miraflores district and the Parque del Amor

• Stop in the San Isidro District to visit Huaca Huallamarca temple and its museum

• View Plaza Mayor and the Municipal Palace in Lima’s historic centre

• Enter the Cathedral of Lima and the Church of San Francisco, where you can descend to the catacombs

Cuzco 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Flight to Cuzco

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly from Lima to Cuzco and spend free time adjusting to the city’s high elevation.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Cuzco & cooking class

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join a local guide on today’s sightseeing tour of Cuzco, the ancient Incan capital, and its surroundings.

• Admire the old Spanish cathedral, La Merced Church, Plaza de Armas, and the Convent of Santo Domingo

• Travel to three Incan archaeological sites near Cuzco, including Sacsayhuaman, Cuzco’s most impressive Incan ruins

Tonight, take part in an interactive cooking class and enjoy your handmade dinner.

Machu Picchu Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 14: Aguas Calientes via Pisac Market & Ollantaytambo ruins

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you’ll transfer to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. First, make stops in Pisac and Ollantaytambo to see the sights.

• Peruse the colourful stalls of the open-air Pisac Market, where you’ll find local fare and traditional crafts on display

• Continue to the ancient Ollantaytambo ruins to explore still-standing Incan homes

• Board a train to Aguas Calientes

Cuzco for a day

Day 15: Sightseeing tour of Machu Picchu

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

On today’s guided tour, you’ll uncover the UNESCO-recognized lost city of Machu Picchu, one of the most spectacular archaeological sites on the entire South American continent.

• Tour the ruins of the ceremonial centre, cultivation terraces, and guard house

• Visit Funeral Rock, the Main Temple, Temple of the Three Windows, Chamber of Ornaments, Sacred Plaza, Intihuatana Stone, Temple of the Sun, the Rock Quarry, Ritual Fountains, and Condor Temple

Afterward, take a scenic train ride through the Sacred Valley to Cuzco.

Overnight Flight 2 nights

Day 16: Flight to Lima & departure

  Included meals: Breakfast

Fly back to Lima to relax in a dayroom before boarding your overnight or early morning flight home.

Day 17: Arrival at home

Arrive home today.

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  • Torres del Paine, Chile
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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits Chile and Argentina (plus Peru on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.

  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.

  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens to enter any of the countries visited on this tour. However, in accordance with Argentine law, Canadian citizens must pay a reciprocity fee equivalent to $72USD/CAD per person prior to departure. To prepay your reciprocity fee, please visit the Argentine National Immigration Directorate online. At this time, Argentina has suspended the reciprocity fee for U.S. Citizens. Please check with VisaCentral or the State Department website for the latest rule changes.

  • Upon arrival on the tour extension in Peru, you will receive an Andean Immigration card that you will need to present when visiting Machu Picchu.

  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 3 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including rocky ground and unpaved trails.

  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.

  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of ferries and trains.

  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Santiago and depart from Buenos Aires (or Lima on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.

  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.

  • Flights from Santiago to Punta Arenas and El Calafate to Buenos Aires are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes flights from Buenos Aires to Lima, Lima to Cuzco and Cuzco to Lima, as well as round-trip train rides between Aguas Calientes and Cuzco).

  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.

  • Contact your airline for detailed information regarding baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.

  • One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).

  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carryon bag.

  • On the tour extension, you will need a small overnight bag (such as your carry-on bag) for your stay in Machu Picchu, as most luggage will need to be stored in Cuzco.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.

  • In the fall and winter, weather in Patagonia is proneto extreme variance. Snow and strong winds are not uncommon.

  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.

  • A sun hat, sunglasses and rain gear will help you stay comfortable in all types of weather. You may also wish to pack a swimsuit.

  • Long pants, long-sleeved shirts and insect repellent are recommended for certain activities.

  • Binoculars are handy for a closer look at local wildlife and scenery.

  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.

  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).


  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at

  • Take proper care with sun exposure, as the sun can be especially strong in some of the regions on this tour.

  • Drink bottled water only. Refrain from ingesting tap water, including when brushing your teeth.

  • Avoid eating fresh fruits and vegetables unless they’re cooked or washed in clean water and peeled.

  • On the tour extension, please be aware that you will be traveling at altitudes as high as 12,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause difficulties for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your healthcare provider regarding any potential health risks. Even healthy travelers may sometimes experience altitude sickness, a temporary condition featuring symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea and light-headedness. Until your body acclimates to the higher altitudes, we suggest that you stay hydrated and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol.

  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour and any possible delays encountered.

  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.


  • With its lengthy Pacific coastline, it’s no surprise that Chile is one of the world’s seafood capitals. Ceviche, mussels with salsa verde and seafood empanadas are all not to be missed.

  • In Argentina, perhaps the most common dish is the asado, a series of salt-rubbed meats, ribs and chorizo sausages cooked over a fire pit on metal grills and crosses. For dessert, try dulce de leche, a sweet honey-and-milk paste in pastries.

  • On the tour extension, Peruvian cuisine reflects both the country’s indigenous cultures as well as European colonial and Pacific Rim influences. Staples include grains such as quinoa, maize and rice, as well as beans, potatoes and meat. Ceviche, traditionally raw sea bass marinated with lime and chilies, is a national dish. Adventurous eaters may want to try cuy, or roasted guinea pig that’s cooked over an open fire. You can also raise a toast with Peru’s famous pisco, the delicious (and sour) whitegrape brandy.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Chile operates on 220 volts and uses Types C or L plugs with two round pins or three round pins, respectively.

  • Argentina operates on 220 volts and uses Types C or I plugs with two round pins or three flat pins, respectively.

  • On the tour extension, Peru operates on 220 volts and uses Types A or C plugs with two flat pins or two round pins, respectively.

  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.

  • The strength of the air conditioning in some hotels in this region may not be as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.

  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.


  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.

  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.

  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Argentina and mainland Chile are three hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and two hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). Argentina currently does not observe Daylight Saving Time, though the country decides on a year-by-year basis. Chile stopped observing Daylight Saving Time in 2015.

  • On the tour extension, Peru is five hours behind GMT, the same as EST. Peru does not observe Daylight Saving Time.

  • From March through November, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 2pm in Chile and Argentina and noon in Peru on the tour extension. From April through October, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 1pm in Chile and Argentina and 11am in Peru on the tour extension.


  • You will use the Chilean peso in Chile and the Argentine peso in Argentina (plus the Peruvian sol in Peru on the tour extension).

  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.

  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.

  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.

  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.


  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.

  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/ CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.

  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide.

  • Tips can only be paid in cash.

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.

  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions.

  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.

  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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