Argentina with Alex Raij

April 10 - 16, 2023 | One Departure Only

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Insider's Argentina

The ultimate exploration of food, wine and culture with Chef Alex Raij

April 10 - 16, 2023

One exclusive departure to sip and savor Argentina's wine country and capital city

7 Days, 6 Nights

The best of Mendoza and Uco Valley wine country, and mesmerizing Buenos Aires

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$8,000

Per person based on double occupancy, including internal flight from Mendoza to Buenos Aires

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A perfectly butchered steak sizzles as it slowly roasts over a flame in the Andean open air. Just outside of your Buenos Aires palacio, the gentle clatter of small plates and the aroma of chorizo drizzled with chimichurri perfumes the air, beckoning you to the fabled barrio of San Telmo for the best street food of your life. From an exclusive tasting of the finest Malbecs in Mendoza to a gaucho-style asado deep in the Andes foothills, the sumptuous rhythms of Argentina have captured your heart and soul. Now, as street musicians strike up a heartfelt Zamba, you think about the night ahead—a rooftop cocktail bar overlooking the city, followed by a multi-course dinner expertly paired with Argentina’s finest wines, the perfect celebration of the cultural riches you’ve picked up along the way.

With you is Alex Raij, the chef and creative mind behind some of New York City’s most beloved Spanish restaurants over the last decade: Txikito, El Quinto Pino, and La Vara. Her passion for Latin food and culture is infectious, and her Argentinian roots make this a true and intimate adventure into the ‘refined excellence’ of the Argentine culinary and cultural repertoire. We couldn’t be more excited for the stories, food, and connections we’ll share alongside her.

If you have a taste for world-class wine, good food and vibrant culture, join us as we hike, dine and drink in the rich history and landscapes, from Mendoza to Uco Valley to Buenos Aires. Meet chefs and winemakers, and artists in their studios. If you travel to stimulate all of your senses, join us in Argentina with Alex Raij.

Our Argentina is Unforgettable

Go Deeper

Meet the people behind Argentina’s top wineries and savor intimate exclusive meals prepared by some of the region’s top chefs.

Get Inspired

Marvel at some of the world's most scenic wine country—by bike, horseback, and foot—then rejuvenate in perfectly situated boutique accommodations.

Connect

With Chef Alex Raij and experience Argentina alongside a group of passionate foodies and wine-lovers.

3 Reasons to Travel with Alex Raij

Alex’s culinary inspiration doesn’t come down to ingredients and recipes. It’s about improvising both customs and emotions to create a powerful dish, be it a beautiful Basque-inspired gnudi or a gorgeous Argentine pastry. Her food and restaurants are odes to travel, where you drift further and further into the world she’s created for you with every delicious bite.

Ancestry Remixed

Her Argentinian-Jewish parents taught Alex about the customs and history of Argentina. In the process, they developed a micro cuisine specific to their Midwestern family as they adapted classic recipes with the ingredients they had available. It’s influenced the way Alex cooks, giving her the chutzpah to create innovative menus in her New York restaurants.

New York Famous

Alex is a James Beard–nominated chef known for reviving, if not reinventing, the tapas scene in New York with her deep knowledge and passion for Spanish and Basque cuisines (she even wrote a whole cookbook on the latter).

Going Deeper

Alex has traveled extensively in Argentina to visit family, but this is her first trip solely devoted to food—and to new discoveries! She’s ready to explore through the eyes of the chefs and artisans we meet along the way, showcasing the best of contemporary cuisine.

Your Experience

“Going to a new landscape gives you the freedom to re-imagine the way that you cook. "
Alex Raij

Mendoza, Uco Valley, Buenos Aires

“I'm inspired by things that aren't foods too– a song, a place, a color, a tile, anything. That’s what I want to share with the guests as we travel together.”
Alex Raij

Day by Day

Day 1

Bienvenidos to the heart of Argentina’s wine country! If you’ve ever enjoyed a glass of Malbec, you’ll love its homeland. We’ll start with a look into Mendoza, the nearly 500-year-old bohemian town with an Art Deco center—we’ll follow Alex through the meandering streets until we reach the entrance of the town’s finest producer of alfajor: traditional cookies stuffed with dulce de leche and crowned with all kinds of different toppings from marmalade to walnuts.

And no trip to Mendoza is complete without a visit to the butchery, where an expert third-generation butcher will discuss the art of preparing Argentina’s famous steaks. Hint: don’t miss the picada (charcuterie board) as we’ll be sampling a diverse array of hams and salamis.

But for now it’s onto a Malbec-driven lunch at Lagarde, one of Mendoza’s oldest wineries. Stomachs satiated, we head to our home for the next two nights, a luxurious 16-room boutique hotel where snow-capped peaks look over lush vineyards and a pool. We gather again for a welcome dinner at family-owned Bodega Vinorum and, the mountains still in our periphery, we toast to our journey to come!

Day 1 Highlights

  • Mendoza food tour
  • Lunch & tasting at Lagarde winery
  • Welcome dinner at Bodega Vinorum
  • Stay at Entre Cielos Hotel in Mendoza

Day 2

We’ll start the day with morning at the hotel, maybe relaxing at the hamam—South America’s only Turkish-style bath house—or just take time to rest. Next, we’ll make our way to Finca Decero Vineyard for a picturesque (the Andes Mountains are literally hovering behind the estate) three-course lunch with wine pairings, of course. Still have room more? Good! Because now it’s onto another of the region’s most heralded wineries for a tasting tour through their flagship vintages.

In the late afternoon, we’ll return to the hotel for a moment of siesta before our epic private dinner—a sunset cooking and eating experience featuring Chef Jaime Baeza as he prepares tapas, meat and other traditional Argentine recipes over an open fire. Imagine a warm, twilight evening, organic steaks marking the air with a piquant char, glass upon glass of nuanced Malbec, and you still won’t capture the magic of this enchanting barbecue. Stick around after the meal as we’ll be treated to a Menodza-style, artisanal ice cream tasting.

Day 2 Highlights

  • Lunch at Finca Decero
  • Dinner with Chef Jaime Baeza
  • Stay at Entre Cielos Hotel in Mendoza

Day 3

Today we’ll vine-hop deeper into wine country towards our next home, the Uco Valley. First stop is at small, boutique Bodega Cruzat for a refreshing toast of its sparkling wines. Then we visit Viña Cobos Winery, where modernity reigns supreme—it’s two sides of the Argentinian wine scene, both captivating and delicious. 

For lunch, we’re pairing local delicacies and rare vintages at Finca Bandini where we’ll also take part in an Argentinian pastry cooking class. Our bellies full, we’ll check into our beautiful Uco Valley home—The Vines Resort, owned by legendary chef Francis Mallmann. And you won’t forget tonight’s dinner at Mallmann’s Siete Fuegos (or “Seven Fires”), one of Argentina’s most notable restaurants. We’ll enjoy a gaucho-worthy feast of slow-grilled rib eye roasted on seven types of open flame, gathered around the fire and staying warm under woolen Alpaca blankets.

Day 3 Highlights

  • Tastings at Bodega Cruzat & Viña Cobos
  • Dinner at Francis Mallmann's Siete Fuegos
  • Stay at The Vines Resort in Uco Valley

Day 4

We tap into our inner gaucho today with a full-on Andean adventure! After breakfast, we’ll climb into our 4WD vehicle and ascend 6,000-foot peaks. From here, we’ll continue climbing by horse or foot along the trails. Up top, we’ll celebrate with a glass a wine and snacks to tide us over on the way down where lunch awaits us at a local hacienda: freshly harvested seasonal ingredients cooked with traditional gaucho methods.

In the evening we are the honored guests at Bodega Monteviejo where a celebrated local chef presents a special paired menu featuring asado-style meats cooked to perfection.

Day 4 Highlights

  • Hiking or horseback riding in the Andes
  • Dinner at Monteviejo Winery 
  • Stay at The Vines Resort in Uco Valley

Day 5

On to Buenos Aires! After bidding farewell to the Mendoza countryside, we’ll fly to Argentina’s vibrant, mesmerizing capital. On arrival, we’ll toast the city with a delicious lunch at award-winning La Malbequeria.

We’ll start our exploration of Buenos Aires in the barrio Recoleta. This is Eva Perón’s old stomping grounds, where mansions line stately boulevards linked by blooming jacarandas and locals sip frothy cortados at sidewalk cafes. After checking into our hotel, we’ll head to the 1908 Colon Theater, South America’s finest, with a VIP look at the ornate building’s frescos, backstage area and studios. After a busy day, we’ll have dinner on own and meet up later to top off the night with a festive tango event with incredible dancers.

Day 5 Highlights

  • Flight from Mendoza to Buenos Aires
  • Lunch at La Malbequeria
  • Evening tango dance event
  • Stay at Alvear Palace in Buenos Aires

Day 6

The barrios of Buenos Aires are essentially separate villages – today we’ll embark on tasting tours of a few historic neighborhoods bursting in local color and lore. First it’s off to the iconic Plaza de Mayo where we’ll stand in awe inside Catedral de Buenos Aires and Casa de Gobierno.

Then, we’ll visit San Telmo, the city’s oldest barrio, whose cobbled alleyways make up the heart of tango. We’ll watch locals dance, play soccer, and hang out at leafy plazas, then drop by the vast local market. Then, in unforgettable La Boca, we’ll savor a warm chori-pan (grilled chorizo with chimichurri) and sip on a local beer, as we listen to street musicians on Caminito street, lined with its iconic bold and brightly painted buildings.

After an afternoon siesta, we’ll meet up at our hotel’s rooftop bar for a final sparkling view of the city, cocktail in hand. Then we’re off to our intimate farewell dinner for a multi-course celebration of Argentine cuisine paired with some of our favorites wines from the week.

Day 6 Highlights

  • Tastings in San Telmo & La Boca
  • Sunset cocktails
  • Farewell dinner 
  • Stay at Alvear Palace in Buenos Aires

Day 7

Don’t worry, our experience isn’t over yet! After a late breakfast, we’ll visit Barracas, a once-isolated port area of warehouses and barracks that’s become the city’s vibrant barrios, thanks to an artist-led revival the past two decades. The heart of it is along Pasaje Lanín, where local artist Marino Santa María layered modest houses in sparkling mosaics. Then, we meet the man whose intricately ethereal vision has transformed these streets. Marino will give us an exclusive tour of his studio where we’ll learn the secrets behind his creativity and try our hand at mosaic artwork to take a piece of the Buenos Aires art scene with us.

We’ll celebrate our day, and our journey, with a last cortado or glass of Malbec, before offering fond farewells.

Day 7 Highlights

  • Pasaje Lanín walking tour
  • Exclusive artist-led mosaic workshop
  • Transfer to Buenos Aires airport

Where We Sleep

The best of Argentine hospitality comes with sleek, art-filled boutique hotels surrounded by Andean peaks, and palatial old world buildings in Buenos Aires’ noblest barrios.

Entre Cielos

Mendoza

You’ll love setting up in the vineyards at this dreamy 16-room luxury hotel just outside Mendoza. From your room's art-filled, luxurious interiors, gaze out the wide windows or walk onto your private deck facing the manicured gardens and Andean ranges. Reward your mind and body with a Turkish-style bath, a mile-long loop through the vineyards and olive trees, or a refreshing dip in the pool.

The Vines Resort

Uco Valley

Our Uco Valley hotel is a style unto its own, an extraordinary setting of living and being. Immerse yourself in the delights of Argentine culture, rustic natural beauty and warm-hearted hospitality. Its incredible views stretch across vineyards towards ever-present snow-capped Andean peaks. Revel in the pleasures of making, drinking and sharing wine and food. The Vines features famed chef Francis Mallmann’s cuisine at his onsite restaurant, Siete Fuegos, where traditional cooking meets upscale delicacy.

Alvear Palace

Buenos Aires

It's a Buenos Aires old-world institution, built in 1932 as a luxury destination for European travelers. And truly, it is a palace. Inside it's the epitome of Belle Époque decorated in grand Louis XV and XVI styles, with marble floors, crystal chandeliers, gilded paneled walls, captivating art and personalized butlers to create a luxury experience nestled in the heart of Buenos Aires’ stately Recoleta barrio.

Amazing food—not to mention the wine! It was wonderful.
Ivonne L.
I loved the efficiency, service, quality and personal touch... an amazing time!
Cristina L.
I'd never been on a tour or trip like this—Modern Adventure are AMAZING.
Jennifer M.

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Reserve your spot today with a $1,000 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs

$8,000

Per person based on double occupancy, including internal flight from Mendoza to Buenos Aires

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  1. What does the price include?

    Six nights at unique five-star accommodations; all internal flights; private travel for all day trips and excursions; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.

  2. What does the price not include?

    International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverage not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.

  3. Where does the trip start and end?

    Our adventure begins in Mendoza, Argentina. The closest airport is the Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport (MDZ) in Mendoza. Our trip ends in Buenos Aires; on our last day together, we will take a group transfer to the Ezeiza International Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires. Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 3:30pm or later from here if you’d like to participate in this transfer.

  4. What travel documents are needed?

    US citizens do not require a visa to visit Argentina for visits less than 90 days. Just bring a valid US passport. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Argentina Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Argentinian Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.

  5. Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?

    For solo travelers, there is a $2,000 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, that option may be available upon checkout—these spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  6. Who is going on this trip?

    Our adventures typically have between 10 and 20 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.

  7. Who is leading the trip?

    This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure Trip Leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip.

  8. What is the cancelation policy?

    You may cancel on or before December 11, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after December 12, 2022 there is a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel on or after February 9, 2023 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or of the trip being canceled for unforeseeable reasons (see our Terms and Conditions for full details). Please note that for guests who are transferring trips or traveling on rescheduled trip dates, your cancelation terms will vary from the above, and are generally non-refundable. Please refer to your correspondence from our Customer Experience team for specific details.

  9. Do I need Travel Insurance?

    We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.

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