Argentina with Giorgio Rapicavoli

January 30 - February 5, 2023 | One Exclusive Departure

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True Argentina

Sip and savor Argentina's wine country and capital city with Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli

Jan 30 - Feb 5, 2023

One exclusive departure — reserve your spot!

7 Days, 6 Nights

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

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$8,000

Per person based on double occupancy; includes internal flight from Mendoza to Buenos Aires

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You’re standing in vineyards sipping the finest wines you’ve ever tasted. A leg of lamb slow-roasts in the Andean open air, an homage to the ‘seven fires’ at the heart of traditional Argentine cuisine. You look up and breathe in the view of the snowy Andean range before you. Tomorrow you’re climbing it, like a gaucho, on horseback, and celebrating with dinner at a glorious hacienda. You tuck an alpaca blanket over your lap and raise a glass to your lips. No Malbec you’ve tried compares with this experience in its birthplace.

With us on this cultural and culinary adventure is Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, an Argentine-Italian who’s eager to eat and drink his way through his ancestral homeland. We’ll take it all in, meet the people behind Argentina’s top wineries and savor intimate meals prepared by the region’s top chefs. Then we’ll take on the best of Buenos Aires, with walks of historic barrios, VIP visits of ornate theaters, intimate tango shows at local haunts, and a visit to the studio of iconic muralist Marino Santa María.

If you love celebrating heritage, craftsmanship and the art of fine wine, this trip is for you. If you dream of valleys overflowing with vineyards and mountains like none you’ve experienced before, join us.

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

Join Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli and experience his native Argentina alongside a group of passionate foodies and wine-lovers.

3 Reasons to Travel with Giorgio Rapicavoli

The young and talented Giorgio Rapicavoli has won Chopped, is a two-time James Beard Award semifinalist, made Forbes’ “30 Under 30 List” and has been labeled 'Miami’s Hottest Chef.' He grew up in Italy’s Piedmont region and spent summers visiting family in Argentina. We can't wait to join him as he traces the culinary roots of his father's homeland.

Nice Pair of Genes

Giorgio’s Italian mom taught him how to make Sunday sauce—that authentic, meaty gravy that begs for spaghetti and meatballs. Meanwhile, his dad is from Argentina, home of seared steaks and rich wines... all the components of a perfect meal.

Passion & Vision

At just 26, Giorgio won Chopped and impressed a judge so much that he was invited to New York to be chef de cuisine at their restaurant. Instead, Giorgio put his $10,000 prize money to work in Miami and started his own.

Good Pasta, Good People

This is the mantra of Giorgio's newest restaurant Luca, an Osteria named after his son that not only pushes the boundaries of typical pasta, but honors the centuries of tradition that make these dishes so special.

Your Experience

“I speak with an Argentinian accent. I know the culture. I know the food. I know the lingo. I can't wait to dive in together.”
Giorgio Rapicavoli

Mendoza, Uco Valley, Buenos Aires

Argentina is an adventurer’s dream and wine lover’s paradise.

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 even stop at an artisanal vermurteria so Giorgio can walk us through the finer points of Argentine vermouth. 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: make sure you pay attention to the picada (charcuterie board) as we’ll be selecting our favorite cuts for dinner this evening.

Our next stop is a Malbec-driven lunch at Lagarde, one of Mendoza’s oldest wineries. Stomachs satiated, we head back to our home for the next two nights, a luxury, 16-room boutique hotel where snow-capped peaks look over lush vineyards and a pool. We’ll gather for a welcome dinner—including our select cuts from the butchery—at family-owned Bodega Vinorum and toast to our journey to come!

Day 1 Highlights

  • Explore Mendoza
  • Lunch 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 sunset barbecue.

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’ll celebrate the “other half” of Giorgio and import a few dishes from Italy to complement the rare vintages at Finca Bandini. And just to make sure you don’t have any room left, we’ll be treated  to artisanal ice cream tasting. Led by the ice cream master, Fernando Soria, who helps create desserts at many of the best restaurants in town, we’ll taste for nuance and savor all the layers of flavor.

After checking into our beautiful Uco Valley home—The Vines Resort, owned by legendary chef Francis Mallmann—we’ll have some downtime before reconvening for 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 will present 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 our new destination 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 local 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

  • Tour & 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; includes internal flight from Mendoza to Buenos Aires

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  1. What does the price include?

    Six nights at unique five-star accommodations; internal flight from Mendoza to Buenos Aires; 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. These spots are extremely 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 October 2, 2022 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after October 3, 2022 there is a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel on or after December 1, 2022 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).

  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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