Argentina with John Manion
November 6 - 12, 2023 | One Departure OnlyBook Now
The ultimate exploration of food, wine and culture with Chef John Manion
November 6 - 12, 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
You’re standing in vineyards sipping one of 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.
You’re in the company of award-winning Chef John Manion, a master of South American cooking and owner of Chicago’s El Che Steakhouse & Bar. It’s not just a Chicago Tribune 3-star restaurant — or, as USA Today puts it, “the best steakhouse in Chicago” — it’s a love letter to Argentina, John’s second home. We couldn’t be more excited to travel with him in a place this close to his heart.
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 John Manion.
3 Reasons to Travel with John Manion
John’s love of South American culture and cuisine started at an early age — eight years old to be exact, when his family moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Before long, he was learning the customs and cultures on travels across Argentina and South America. Now in Chicago, he is known for his live fire cooking.
A Yearning for Argentina
John’s soulful connection to Argentina extends far beyond its food. It’s the art, design, and cocktails of Buenos Aires. It's cooking a steak sizzling over an open flame in the Uco Valley. Throughout his extensive time traveling in Argentina, John has built lifelong friendships with winemakers, chefs, artists and cultural tastemakers. Visiting these local comrades and catching up over a Fernet y Coke is what it's all about for John.
His Food is Fire
John has a reputation around Chicago as the “King of Live Fire”, and for good reason. He’s perfected his techniques throughout his career as a chef. El Che is consistently ranked as one of the best steakhouses in Chicago, standing out from the competition with a fierce commitment to Argentine asador traditions. Most recently, he has teamed up with Fitzgerald’s, an historic music venue to create Babygold Barbecue.
The Trophy Case
Authenticity is at the core of everything John puts on the menu. It's this commitment that has inspired multiple Jean Banchet “Chef of the Year” nominations, the “Master of the Flame” title from Chicago Tribune’s “Critic’s Choice Dining Awards" and a score of love letters to the restaurant's 100% South American wine list in publications like Wine Spectator and Food & Wine.
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 ResortUco 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 PalaceBuenos 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.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $3,000 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.
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.
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.
What is the cancelation policy?
You may cancel on or before July 9, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after July 10, 2023 there is a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel on or after September 7, 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.
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.