Explore vibrant, cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, where the cultural blend of European and South American influences combine to create something magical…in historic architecture…in cuisine…and in the people.
This is the perfect prelude to our Patagonia hiking tour or our Mendoza wine tour.
Tour Dates & Pricing
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Day 1 - Bienvenido a Argentina
When you arrive in Buenos Aires airport you'll make your way to our centrally located 5-Star hotel. The name Buenos Aires means fair winds, or literally "good airs" in Spanish. It is one of the largest cities in Latin America, with a wealth of cultural offerings, and is the beginning point for most Argentinean experiences. Inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called porteños, "people from the port", implying that many of the inhabitants are immigrants in some ways or another.
After checking into your hotel, you'll have some free time to rest and relax, or wander at your leisure. Later this evening we'll have an orientation meeting...with wine, of course!
Tonight we have a very special treat for you, a progressive dinner at four of Buenos Aires most iconic establishments.
We'll start with a "picada" with a beer or vermouth in one of Palermo's traditional local bars. Afterwards we'll make our way for a mouthwatering pizza at one of the cities historic restaurants, famous for its pies with melted mozzarella. Our third stop is at one of Buenos Aires best restaurants for a for a wine-paired menu featuring Argentinian beef as the main course. Later tonight we'll finish our experience with a stop at one of the most unique ice cream parlors in South America.
Day 2 - Buenos Aires
After breakfast this morning we'll start our exploration of this incredible city. Buenos Aires is one of the most fascinating urban areas in both Latin America and the world. Be it for the splendid and varied architecture, with its old Colonial buildings, French palaces and state‐of‐the‐art skyscrapers; for its vibrant nightlife and endless cultural options; or maybe just for the rich identity of the Porteños, who proudly bear the European heritage of their ancestors, visitors are always mesmerized by their stay in the city. We'll visit such iconic sites as Plaza de Mayo, the Presidential Palace, the Cabildo, and the Neoclassical‐styled Metropolitan Cathedral. In Retiro and Recoleta, we will learn about the dream of the local aristocrats in the late 19th centuries, when they sought to build a small‐scale Paris in the heart of Buenos Aires. After visiting the impressive Plaza San Martín we’ll stroll down Avenida Alvear, chosen by the world’s most distinguished brands to install their exclusive boutiques, looking up you can see the many wonderful French style palaces which nowadays house a number of embassies.
Then we’ll visit the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, one of the city’s oldest churches, which dates to the Colonial era. Finally, we’ll admire the celebrated Recoleta Cemetery, a true labyrinth of ornate mausoleums. We’ll make a stop at Eva Peron’s grave, one of the country’s most recognizable icons. We’ll visit Puerto Madero, the latest addition to the city’s barrios. In 1991, its huge warehouses and silos where remodeled and redesigned, to finally integrate the river to the city and to create a new, residential, hotel and gastronomic district, which has become the playground for the Porteños and the international jet‐set.
Always interesting is a visit to San Telmo, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. It used to be the residential district favored by the upper class until late 19th century, when a yellow fever epidemic caused the wealthier families to leave northwards. In the 1970s the area was revitalized when many artists and artisans came to San Telmo to install their workshops. Nowadays, thanks to its amazing architecture and hip atmosphere, this ancient neighborhood is blooming. We’ll walk its cobbled streets, where the city’s Colonial past seems to come back to life, making a stop at Plaza Dorrego, best known for its traditional antiques fair, held every Sunday.
Leaving San Telmo behind, we’ll continue southwards to La Boca, one of the city’s most authentic and charming neighborhoods. It is a working class district, heavily shaped by Italian immigrants who came to the country in large numbers during the last quarter of the 19th century. Here, we’ll make a special visit to the mythical Caminito Street, which sums up everything that gives La Boca its distinctive spirit: the strong passion for soccer, the heavy presence of art and color, and the Tango‐esque atmosphere. We'll have lunch at one of our favorite local hangouts...La Brigada. La Brigada Steak House is a landmark as a restaurant as a typical Argentina Parrillada. The Steak House is located in the bohemian district of San Telmo, known for its historic cobbled streets and wonderful street market. It has one of the best steaks in Buenos Aires and a very complete Argentina wine list.
You'll have some time to relax this afternoon and wander on your own, for shopping or just exploring. We'll meet later this evening to enjoy a superb Argentinean dinner and one of the hottest Tango shows at a favorite Buenos Aires club! In the very heart of San Telmo neighborhood, this refurbished historic conventillo is a classic building of the Buenos Aires culture. La Ventana is a trip to older times. The interior architectural style is preserved, and creates the ideal setting for a unique experience; 35 artists in scene, two tango orchestras, a folklore band, dancers and singers; a menu that consists of several traditional and international dishes, and a list of excellent Argentine wines. And don't be shy, hop up and join the dancers...they are there to teach you the moves!
Day 3 - El Calafate
This morning you'll have a group transfer to the airport for your flight to El Calafate in Patagonia, or Mendoza in the wine region.
Due to availability at the time of booking, hotel listed may change to similar hotel
5 Star Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta Hotel: The Sofitel offers a luxurious, authentic and exclusive experience in the heart of the Recoleta neighborhood. The hotel offers easy access to the city's main tourist attractions and boasts elegant and spacious rooms, a heated pool, fitness center, outdoor garden and modern art exhibitions in the lobby. Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta Hotel is opposite the Patio Bullrich shopping mall and just one block away from the prestigious Alvear Avenue.
- 2 Nights, Double Occupancy Standard Room at 5-Star Sofitel Buenos Aires Hotel (or similar)
- 2 Breakfasts
- 1 Lunch
- Progressive Dinner on Day 1
- Dinner at the Tango Club
- Your choice of wine tasting or tango lessons
- Private tour with local guide in Buenos Aires
- Preferred seating at Tango Show
- All transportation
- All tips for waiters and coach drivers (EXCEPT for your primary local tour leader)
What´s not Included
- Meals not specified in itinerary
- Beverages at meals unless specified in itinerary (all group meals include water and wine)
- Trip Cancellation/Interruption and Medical Insurance (strongly recommended), call for details
- Single supplement charge
- Items of a personal nature; phone calls, laundry, etc.
- Arrival transfers
- Domestic and International airfare
- Any costs associated with options or free time