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INSPIRED ARGENTINA

NOVEMBER 7-14 2024

Immerse yourself in the vibrant and passionate culture of Argentina, a complex country of astounding beauty and rich culture waiting to be discovered.  

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From the bustling streets of Buenos Aires to the majestic wine country of Mendoza, we’ll take you deep into this incredible country and help you understand its history and people — all while connecting to Argentina's passionate culture through food, wine and tango!

 

Hosted by Inspired Sojourns founders Jason Leon-Baptista and Steve Dobbins who have spent the past two Novembers in Argentina, this seven-day meticulously curated adventure is limited to 8 explorers and promises to be a life-changing, life-affirming experience for each member of the troupe.

 

Highlights will include: 

 

  • An unforgettable welcome dinner at one of Buenos Aires' most acclaimed restaurants..

  • Exploring the rich Buenos Aires culture with an inspiring historian and social anthropologists. No cookie cutter tours for us. 

  • A passionate night of dinner and dancing at an authentic tango club — again, we'll shy away from the tourist traps to give you a true Porteño (as the people of the port city are known) tango experience. 

  • Sipping your way through the majestic Mendoza wine country.. 

  • VIP private lunch with one of Mendoza's most renowned winemakers. 

 

As with all Inspired Sojourns, our Argentina adventure will seek out the region’s best food and wine; art, music and culture; connections with locals; and out-of-the-ordinary experiences not available to an average tourist. We’ll be pampered, but we’ll also be encouraged to push our limits, think differently, and discover magic every step along the way.  

 

Registration fee: $4,850 per person sharing

 

Limited to 10 guests

SOLD OUT: Waitlist Available 

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SOUJOURN AT-A-GLANCE

Thursday, November 7

Buenos Aires

  • All day arrivals.  

  • Check-in to hotel

  • Optional afternoon activities

  • Welcome Dinner at Don Julio

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Friday, November 8

Buenos Aires

  • Private Historian Tour: Explore Casa Rosada and La Boca 

  • Lunch at San Telmo markets 

  • Tango Dinner

 

Saturday, November 9

Buenos Aires

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Sunday, November 10

Buenos Aires to Mendoza

  • Mid-Morning flight to Mendoza (2 hours)

  • Check-in to hotel

  • Optional activities in the afternoon

  • Dinner TBD

Monday, November 11

Mendoza

Tuesday, November 12

Mendoza

  • Full day wine tasting (2 wineries)

  • Lunch with the winemaker at Finca La Escarcha

  • Dinner on your own

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Wednesday, November 13

Mendoza to Buenos Aires 

  • Mid-Morning flight to Buenos Aires (2 hours)

  • Check-in to hotel

  • Final night dinner at Reliquia

Thursday, November 14

Buenos Aires 

  • Leisure Morning 

  • Farewell Lunch at Las Cabras 

  • Evening Departures

  • Optional Patagonia extension

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* Tentative itinerary. Subject to change. 

INSPIRED: BUENOS AIRES

Our adventure begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina's dynamic capital, also known as, "Paris of the South." You’ll be greeted at the Ezeiza International Airport, then transferred to your luxury accommodations.  

 

We’ve purposefully left this first day open to allow travelers to adjust after the long flights to Argentina. We’ll have a variety of optional activities available for the afternoon. 

 

The Sojourn officially kicks off Thursday night with a Welcome Dinner at one of Buenos Aires' most famous parrillas (an Argentine famed steak house).  We’ll get a glimpse into the city’s dynamic culture while setting the stage for the adventure to come. 

 

Friday we embark on an introduction to the city with an amazing historian and social anthropologist who we met on our first visit to Argentina. Our first stop will be Casa Rosada, the country's "Pink House", and former residence of Eva Peron. We will learn about the country's complexities and resiliency, while sharing a moment under the balcony where Eva Peron delivered her unifying historic speech —paving the way for women's voting rights (she was the first woman to cast her ballot to vote in 1947). 

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Saturday we head to Recoleta, for a day you won't forget. Beginning in General San Martín Plaza and ending in Recoleta Cemetery, this walk offers you the chance to approach this beautiful city from its historical past in an attempt to understand its current present.

Why was Buenos Aires called “the Paris of South America”? Who “inhabits” the Recoleta cemetery and what mysteries does it contain? What was the “Belle Epoque” and how did it change the city? Which was the role of large landlords in the development of the country? Was Argentina really a world economic power?

 

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Next stop: the colorful neighborhood of La Boca and birthplace of Tango! From there, we will find our way to the famous San Telmo markets to eat lunch like a local — a shock to the senses in the best way. 

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In the afternoon, we'll be welcomed into the Palermo apartment of our friends Bertie and Aby — a husband/sommelier and wife/chef we befriended in 2022. They'll take us on a savory tour of Argentinean wines, each paired with one of Aby's family recipes. 

End the day with another amazing dinner at El Preferido de Palermo, a Michelin-lauded restaurant specializing in small plates

 

INSPIRED: MEDONZA

From Buenos Aires, we’ll take a two-hour flight to Mendoza. Nestled against the majestic backdrop of the Andes Mountains, the Mendoza wine country embodies a sublime fusion of natural beauty and viticultural mastery.

 

As one of Argentina's premier wine-producing regions, Mendoza captivates discerning travelers with its enchanting vineyards sprawled across sun-kissed valleys. Here, the terroir yields bold Malbecs, velvety Cabernet Sauvignons, and crisp Torrontés, each sip echoing the region's rich history and passionate winemaking heritage. Embark on a sensory journey through the labyrinthine vineyards, where the scent of ripe grapes mingles with the crisp mountain air, and every glass offers a glimpse into the soul of Argentina's winemaking prowess.

 

After a breathtaking drive into the heart of the country to our hotel, enjoy a free afternoon for a vineyard run, spa treatment or other activity before a group dinner at one of Mendoza's many amazing restaurants.  

 

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On Monday, we'll visit two of the region's top, small production vineyards for private tours and tastings. In the morning, we'll explore the wines of Michelini i Muffato, known for their experimental winemaking and high-end whites. We'll spend the afternoon at a 100-year-old family estate for a private tasting with the owners, Juan and Federico, who will share their unique approach to winemaking and introduce us to their Tarot Series wines. 

We’ll enjoy an unforgettable lunch at Siete Fuegos, the award-winning restaurant by internationally acclaimed chef Francis Mallman, featured on Chef’s Table.  Siete Fuegos, or “seven fires,” describes Mallmann’s honed collection of open-flame cooking techniques, inspired by Argentine gauchos and European migrations, and refined through hundreds of years of history.

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Savor the rustic, fiery flavors of specialties like 9-hour slow-grilled rib eye, grilled seasonal fruits, and more, paired with award-winning boutique wines.

On Tuesday, enjoy a morning run or bike ride before heading to our first winery, another boutique producer. Midday we drive to Finca La Escharcha, an extraordinary 64-acre winery dedicated to the voluminous, aromatic whites and the dark, earthy reds of southern France. We’ll be met by Santiago, the owner and winemaker, who will be our host for the day. We’ll walk the grounds, learn about the winery’s innovative sustainability efforts, and be amazed by the winery’s architecture, all designed by Santiago’s architect wife Carolina. 

 

We’ll enjoy a leisurely tasting and incredible three-course lunch cooked in the traditional wood burning oven. Note: This was one of our favorite wine experiences ever, and we can’t wait to introduce new friends to this magical place. 

 

 

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Since our days in Mendoza will be filled with food and wine, we’re keeping our evenings flexible. 

 

Wednesday morning, we head back to Buenos Aires for an unforgettable final night dinner in the heart of Palermo. 

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THE DETAILS

Fees

  • $4,850 per person sharing.  

  • A single supplement fee will apply for those who are not sharing a room. 

  • 30% due upon registration. 30% due in June 2024. Balance due October 2024.

  • Read our Terms and Conditions. 

 

What’s Included

  • Luxury accommodations in Buenos Aires and Mendoza 

  • Welcome Dinner and all lunches and dinners in Buenos Aires.

  • First night dinner and all lunches and wine experiences in Mendoza.

  • Internal flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza 

  • All transfers and transportations 

  • All tours and wine experiences

  • VIP International arrival and departures 

What's Not Included

  • International flights

  • Arrival day activities in Buenos Aires

  • Breakfasts

  • Dinners on wine tour days in Mendoza (we will be eating heavy lunches)

  • Gratuities throughout. 

  • Laundry and spa services. 

Things to Know

  • Book your flights to arrive in Buenos Aires on Thursday, November 7. Most flights from the United States arrive in the morning. 

  • Book your return flight from Buenos Aries on Thursday, November 14. Most flights to the Untied States leave in the late evening. 

  • Let us know if you will be arriving early or departing later — we can book additional hotel nights for you.  

  • Want to extend your journey to visit other parts of Argentina or South America? Let us know!

  • We’ll be in Argentina during its late spring/early summer… the best time to visit!

    • Buenos Aires temps: 64-79 degrees

    • Mendoza temps: 77-85 degrees

  • We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. This is our preferred vendor: www.squaremouth.com.

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SIGN ME UP!

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Complete the form below to add your name to this extraordinary adventure. We'll reach out to you with details about payments and official confirmation. 

Thanks for your interest! We'll be in touch soon.

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