Biking, Gastronomy & Wines: Chef on Wheels Tour
A trip through the tastes of Uruguay… special experiences of the Uruguayan gastronomy including olive oil & wine tastings, regional products and traditional dishes of the country.
You will be riding from one place to the other meeting different Uruguayan chefs who will introduce you to the local secrets of the fresh local ingredients used in both the contemporary and traditional local recipes of Uruguay. Sharpen all your senses and come ride with us!
Day 1: Arrival Day
Arrival to the port of colonia (suggested) or to the Montevideo Airport. Private transfer to Carmelo. Visit of the winery and welcome dinner where you will meet your guide! Accommodation at Finca Narbona Wine lodge.
Day 2: Carmelo, wineries, a typical Uruguayan asado & a “Secret Menu” for the evening
You will bike to the town of Carmelo and then continue onto the “Cordano” winery for a visit to the vineyards and wine tasting. You will then continue to El Legado winery where the family will cook a typical Uruguayan asado fr or you! After a lovely day at the winery, you will return to Finca Narbona wine lodge and prepare yourselves for a very special experience in the evening: you will enjoy dinner at Posada Campotinto where “Elsa Manelphe” the French creator of “La Cuisine Secret” will prepare one of her “Secret menus” for you. “La Cuisine Secret” is a “nomadic organization based in Uruguay that proposes specific and theme dinners organized within closed doors; it is a private club that functions by invitation only and exclusively with prearranged bookings”. She will present “La Nuit du Vin” for you with a secret menu of 5 courses paired with the “km 0 Rio de la Plata” wines from the local Irurtia winery.
Day 3: Colonia del Sacramento
After breakfast, morning transfer to the Anchorena National Park. After a visit to the park, you will bike to colonia del Sacramento to enjoy lunch at La Florida Restaurant, a small intimate restaurant with only 5 tables, where the chef and owner will cook exclusively for you. After a small walking tour of the old town, you will bike to La Casa de los Limoneros, a lovely posada where your host and chef, Sergio Vidra, will organize a cooking workshop based on local products and secret recipes. Sergio is a passionate lover of gourmet cuisine and has starred in several programs for “El Gourmet” channel. He will now prepare a special lamb recipe with sweet potatoes and grilled vegetables paired with a variety of local wines. After dinner, you will be able to visit the “Solarium Bar” of the posada and taste three of the exclusive cocktails which have made the place very well known in the area: “Suspiro de limón” (Lemonade from their own lemon production combined with ginger, mint, rosemary, vermouth, gin and raw sugar) and “Delicious Melon” (Whisky with smoked bacon and melon juice) among others.
Day 4: Montevideo/ Punta del Este
Morning transfer to Montevideo where we will enjoy lunch at the Port Market and then continue onto Casapueblo, where you will visit the museum of the renowned Carlos Paez Vilaro, the famous local artist who designed and built the place. You will bike along the Mansa beach towards the small town of La Barra and to the Fasano Hotel. Free night. Accommodation at the Fasano Hotel.
Day 5: Manantiales & Jose Ignacio
After breakfast, you will bike to Bikini Beach located in the area of Manantiales and then continue onto the Atchugarry Foundation where you will be able to see the permanent art exhibition of regional artists including the wonderful work of Pablo Atchugarry, a Uruguayan sculptor who has specialized in working with marble. You will then continue onto the private house of the renowned chef Laurent Laine, locally known as “el franchute” where he will specially cook for you in his own cozy kitchen! After a marvelous lunch experience, you will continue to the town of Jose Ignacio where you will stay at the stunning Playa VIK. Free night.
Day 6: The Anastasio & Garzon Lagoons
After breakfast, you will bike to the Garzon lagoon, where the canoes will be waiting for us to cross towards the Anastasio lagoon and to the “Lagoon Shack”, a lovely area where you will enjoy the experience of joining our local chef “Isidro Arocena” in the art of cooking for one of the local rural schools of the area that will be invited for lunch with us! This is a very simple and small school where the children of the working people of the area attend classes. They will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch and some of the activities offered in the “lagoon shack”. After a lovely day sharing with the children, you will bike back to town.
Dinner and accommodation at Playa VIK where Marcelo Bentancour, the property’s chef will cook some fresh fish of the day with you in the intimacy of the hotel’s grill in order to celebrate the end of an unforgettable trip!
Day 7: Return
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flights.