Experience the Vineyards of South America with Lori Skelton

October 10, 2019 to October 22, 2019


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Join Wisconsin Public Radio’s Lori Skelton to explore the beauty of Argentina and Chile.  This fantastic tour features the vineyards of South America and combines cosmopolitan cities with picturesque wine regions.  You will experience one of the world’s top wine-growing regions, Mendoza, nestled against the Andes Mountains. Here, enjoy the mild and sunny climate in some of the famous wine valleys of the region, including Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley. During your time in Mendoza, tour some of the top wineries and taste some of the top wines. You’ll partake in a cooking class and learn how to make empanadas. You’ll also dine at one of South America’s most famous restaurants, 1884 Restaurante, created by one of Argentina’s best-known chefs. Wine lovers will also enjoy time in Santa Cruz in Chile’s Colchagua Valley, famous for its Mediterranean climate and nicknamed Chile’s Napa Valley. Your visits here include renowned wineries Viña Santa Cruz, Casa Lapostolle, and Viña Viu Manet.

It’s not just the wine regions you’ll enjoy on this Argentina and Chile tour. You’ll also spend time in the vibrant cities of Buenos Aires and Santiago. In Buenos Aires, an Old World European atmosphere meets Latin passion. You’ll also enjoy an excursion to the coastal towns of Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, where you’ll get to know these charming fishing villages turned beach resorts. From the big cities to the rural valleys of Argentina and Chile, this vacation has it all and more!


Depart from Chicago on our group air or use your own flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina. You will fly overnight.

Welcome to the capital of Argentina! This cosmopolitan city with a great European cultural influence has managed to preserve its old traditions and charming corners. Upon arrival, you will be met by your Tour Director, who will help you check into your hotel.

Begin your Buenos Aires CITY TOUR with your Local Guide and Tour Director with a drive on the widest avenue in the world, 9 de Julio, passing the famous Colon Theatre, Plaza de Mayo, La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House), and the first City Hall, which was built during Spanish rule. Visit the METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL, where Pope Francis celebrated Mass when he was Cardinal of Buenos Aires, and also see the mausoleum of General San Martin, Argentina’s national hero.

Stop in San Telmo to explore one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires before continuing to La Boca with its colorful Caminito Street. End your tour in the glamourous Recoleta district, home to elegant boutiques, distinguished restaurants, and RECOLETA CEMETERY. See one of the most impressive monuments in Argentina, the mausoleum of Eva Duarte, also known as Eva Perón.

Tonight, put on your dancing shoes because it is time for a TANGO LESSON at a famous Tango house. After you have learned some Tango steps and tried them out, enjoy dinner and drinks before your professional TANGO SHOW begins.

Hotel: Brick Hotel Buenos Aires (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is free to do as you please. Perhaps journey into the pampas for your full-day visit to an estancia to see life in the Argentine countryside. Take a horse ride or carriage ride with the gauchos (cowboys) who live and work on this ranch, and tour the Spanish-Colonial house filled with period artifacts. You will also be treated to a criolla lunch, including Argentine steaks, empanadas, and other specialties, followed by traditional folk dances and a display of typical games played by the gauchos. Return to Buenos Aires for time at leisure this evening.

Hotel: Brick Hotel Buenos Aires (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Fly to Mendoza, land of sunshine and good wine, where the famous Malbec grape is grown. Travel into an ancient and traditional wine region of Luján de Cuyo, known as the “first wine area” of the Argentine wines that have gained international prestige. Your first stop is at DOMINIO DEL PLATA BODEGA, where you will partake in a COOKING CLASS
that teaches different methods of cooking and how to make empanadas. You will also learn about the importance of the tea-like beverage called mate in Argentina’s culture, and how it is infused and consumed. Tour the vineyard that produces varieties of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot before lunch with a wine tasting. Later, visit CRUZAT, a bodega specializing in sparkling wines made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Tour the production area and sample their creations with the Andes as a backdrop. Return to the hotel this evening.

Hotel: Diplomatic Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today takes you to the UCO VALLEY and BODEGAS SALENTEIN, which consists of three estate fincas. The fincas, where grapes are grown at a range of altitudes among the highest in the world, are irrigated with pure mountain run-off from the Andes, which creates lower pH in the grape. This results in higher acidity, more color in the wine, and greater age-ability. After your tour, enjoy a sampling of wines and visit the incredible art museum. Later, stop at ANDELUNA for a special lunch, locally sourced from nearby farms and orchards and paired with the perfect wine. Continue to DOMAINE BOUSQUET, one of the top exporters of premium wine in Argentina, for a tour and tasting.

This evening, dine at the exclusive 1884 RESTAURANTE, considered one of the best restaurants in the world, created by Francis Mallmann, one of the best-known chefs in Argentina.

Hotel: Diplomatic Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fly to Santiago, Chile, situated between the soaring Andes and the vast Pacific Ocean. Upon arrival, head to Santa Cruz in the central area of the Colchagua Valley. Known for its warm climate, prolonged dry season, and rain during the winter, this area is an outstanding agricultural center for fruits, wheat, maize, and grapevines. In this long, narrow country the Pacific Ocean is rarely more than 50 miles away, allowing winds to funnel up the valleys, cooling the vineyards, especially at night. There are dramatic diurnal temperature differences, meaning cold summer nights that help grapes maintain acidity, and improve the colors and flavors in red varieties.

Dinner is included at the hotel this evening as well as a FOLKLORE SHOW displaying the Cueca dance typical to this region.

Hotel: Santa Cruz Plaza (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive through the rolling hills to VIÑA SANTA CRUZ, a fusion of two ethnicities—Iberian and Native American—and an area that produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Carménere, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Syrah. First, visit the AUTO MUSEUM which houses a collection of antique cars. After your tour of the winery, ride the CABLE CAR to admire the beautiful countryside and visit a recreation of several VILLAGES of indigenous groups found in Chile. Next, enjoy a HOME-HOSTED LUNCH with traditional Chilean dishes. Your last stop is the COLCHAGUA MUSEUM, which walks you through Chile’s history.

Hotel: Santa Cruz Plaza (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s adventure takes you to VIÑA VIU MANET, where you will see an exhibition of old agricultural equipment and take a carriage ride through the vineyards. After touring the cellars and the laboratories, an expert will explain the processes of wine production. Next, it’s your turn to be the oenologist, or winemaker. Blend your own wine, develop a commercial strategy, and even design your label! After lunch in the gardens of the winery, continue to CASA LAPOSTOLLE, a renowned winery founded by the French family Marnier Lapostolle, owners of the world-renowned Grand Marnier liqueur, and the Chilean family Rabat. Learn how the perfect weather conditions and soils cultivate the French grape vines and produce excellent wine.

Hotel: Santa Cruz Plaza (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, return to the bustling city of Santiago to admire its mix of old and new on your city TOUR. Travel through the downtown area, passing by Club Hípico, a thoroughbred horse-racing track in the city’s oldest residential area; and Parque O’Higgins. From here, head along the famous Alameda, Santiago’s colorful main avenue, toward the heart of the city, passing Chilean University, San Francisco Church, and Santa Lucia Hill, site of Santiago’s founding in 1541.

A visit to LA VEGA CENTRAL MARKET provides a fascinating overview of typical Chilean food, including steaming pots of cazuela and humitas, similar to tamales. Continue to Plaza de Armas, the cathedral, and the bohemian Bellavista district on the way to San Cristóbal Hill for the finest views of Santiago and the Andes.

Hotel: Sheraton Santiago (or similar)
Meal: Breakfast

Travel west toward the coast to colorful VALPARAISO, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and headquarters of the Chilean National Congress. Pass by the main square and view the monument honoring the 1879 Battle of Iquique before driving to the southern side of the city for spectacular views of the bay. A drive along the coastal highway brings you to the seaside resort of VIÑA DEL MAR. Admire some of its famous beaches, the flower clock, casino, and elite summer homes. Return to Santiago and join your Tour Director for a special farewell dinner.

Hotel: Sheraton Santiago (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. Depart for the airport and your overnight flight home.

Meal: Breakfast

Air-Inclusive Package

  • Round trip air from Chicago to Buenos Aires, Argentina and return from Santiago, Chile
  • Internal South America air flights (Buenos Aires to Mendoza; Mendoza to Santiago)
  • Round-trip airport/hotel motorcoach transfers including baggage handling
  • Motorcoach transportation to Chicago O’Hare from select locations
  • Round-trip airport/hotel motorcoach transfers including baggage handling when purchasing our air-included package

Hotel Accommodations

  • Ten nights’ First Class hotel accommodations in South America including:
    • Three nights in Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Two nights in Mendoza, Argentina
    • Three nights in Santa Cruz, Chile
    • Two nights in Santiago, Chile
  • All hotel taxes, resort fees, baggage handling for one bag per person

Sightseeing Experiences

  • BUENOS AIRES: Sightseeing with Local Guide, visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, Recoleta Cemetery, Tango dance lesson, Tango show
  • MENDOZA: Guided tour and tasting at Dominio del Plata Bodega,  cooking class demonstration, guided tour and tasting at Cruzat Vineyards, Bodegas Salentein and Domaine Bousquet, specialty lunch at Andeluna Winery,  exclusive dinner at Francis Mallmann’s 1884 Restaurante
  • SANTA CRUZ: Folklore show,  Auto Museum, guided tour and tasting at Viña Santa Cruz, scenic cable-car ride to recreated Indian villages,  home-hosted lunch,  visit Colchagua Museum, guided tour and tasting at Viña Viu Manet and  blend your own bottle of wine experience, guided tour and tasting at Casa Lapostolle
  • SANTIAGO: Sightseeing with local guide, visit La Vega Central Market, sightseeing of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar


  • Daily Breakfast
  • Four lunches
  • Four dinners including a farewell dinner in Santiago

Tour Services

  • Luxury air-conditioned motorcoach with on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
  • Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Escorted by a professional, local Tour Director
  • Experienced tour manager from Fox World Travel *
  • Customized, informative travel documents
*A minimum number of passengers are required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany this group. If the minimum is not met, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination. Hotels, tour itinerary and tour inclusions are subject to change.

Land Only Package

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Tour only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air Inclusive Package

Airfare From Chicago O'Hare
Based on double occupancy

Single Occupancy Surcharge: $962

Triple Reduction: Not allowed

Deposit: $700 per person. Deposits are non-refundable.

Final Payment: Due no later than July 3, 2019

Not Included: Gratuities for the coach driver, tour director or guides; meals, other than those specifically mentioned; beverages, other than included dinners; airline baggage fees; items of a personal nature such as internet/phone, laundry, passport fees, optional trip insurance, anything not specifically listed as included in the package price.

*Above prices are per person based on double or single occupancy.  Economy class flights are included in the air-inclusive pricing. All taxes and fees of $245.16 are included and subject to change. 

*You have the option of taking the land only price which means you book your own airfare.  Do not book airline tickets until you have been given confirmation from Fox World Travel that the tour will operate. A minimum number of guests is needed to operate this tour.

Globus Early Booking Discount: Book and deposit by April 29, 2019 and receive a $230.00 discount per person

*Must have traveled with Globus, Cosmos or Avalon with the last five years to qualify for past passenger discount.

Discounts are subject to change at any time.

Round-trip Airfare

Departure flight from Chicago (October 10)

Delta Airlines    Chicago O’Hare – Atlanta     4:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Delta Airlines    Atlanta – Buenos Aires        10:23 PM – 9:20 AM (Arrive October 11)


Return flight from Santiago, Chile (October 22)

Delta Airlines   Santiago – Atlanta      7:40 PM – 4:32 AM  (Arrive October 22)

Delta Airlines   Atlanta – Chicago O’Hare    7:25 AM – 8:28 AM


Air Taxes & Fees: Current airline taxes & fees are included in the above pricing and are subject to change.

*Flight schedules are subject to change. FWT has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 seats are needed to confirm group air from the United States and return. Tickets will be non-refundable once issued.

About Your Host, Lori Skelton

Classical announcer Lori Skelton began working at Wisconsin Public Radio in 1993 and is the host of “Afternoon Classics” each weekday, and the producer and host of “Wisconsin Classical.” Skelton attended Beloit College, where she  covered various airshifts at WBCR Radio, the campus radio station.

After graduation, Skelton planned to get her masters in conducting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but by chance discovered the studios of WUWM and chose radio instead. Two years later, she began working at WFMR. In addition to her work at WPR, Skelton sings in the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, enjoys learning about prairie restoration, biking, gardening and wine tasting. She is also a regular contributor to “Food Friday” segments on “Central Time.”

Passport Information:

Your vacation will require a valid passport with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • From the time of booking to July 3, 2019 – Deposit non-refundable
  • July 4 to August 9, 2019 – 50% per person penalty plus applicable airline fees
  • August 10, 2019, to date of departure – No refund

Note: Air is non-refundable once ticketed. 


To talk to a travel specialist or book your trip, please call 1-888-369-8785 or request a quote online.