Whether you want to explore the fashion and arts districts, or fancy more the ornate churches, cobblestone streets, and authentic culture, Argentina packs the full punch. Welcome to the birthplace of Tango, and the home of the worlds 3rd largest concentration of ice, there is literally something for everyone from trekking a glacier to exploring river canals. This is the type of place that just seeps into your soul, and you’re never quite the same after having been.
Meet & greet at Ezeiza International Airport. Private transfer to HOTEL with English speaking guide.
Overnight at hotel in Buenos Aires for 2 nights.
SUGGESTED ITINERARYFOR TRAVEL UNRIVALED
BUENOS AIRES(2n)–IGUAZU FALLS (1n) -EL CALAFATE(3n)–BUENOS AIRES (1n)
Our journey begins in The Palermo residential neighbourhood: with its quiet curvy streets, wonderful parks and rose gardens, monuments, lovely town-houses and city mansions it is an oasis to the city. It holds the city’s zoo and the Botanical Gardens. Today Palermo has developed new areas under popular names such as Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood where signature designers have their trendy boutiques offering clothes, home accessories and more. The area offers an array of dining options: think chic and gourmand.
Next we head to the posh Recoleta District. Stroll along Avenida Alvear, the most palatial street in Buenos Aires. With its elegant architecture and tree lined promenades, this distinct area was once home to the porteño aristocracy who gave it buildings such as the Pereda Palace (Brazilian Embassy), the Ortiz Basualdo Palace (French Embassy), Unzué de Casares Palace (Jockey Club) and more.
A visit to Recoleta Cemetery, an amazing above-ground cemetery lined with mausoleums and statues, is a must. This is the final resting place of Eva Duarte. Known throughout the world simply as Evita, she is perhaps Argentina’s most famous figure. The neighbouring El Pilar Church is one of the city’s oldest and most beautiful churches with its wonderful woodcarvings and silver altar from Alto Perú.
The historical and financial centre of Argentine politics, referred to as “la city” by locals finds its heart at the famed Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada (the presidential palace). From here the Avenida de Mayo leads to the National Congress building. The avenue is flanked by architectural gems and the historical Cafe Tortoni, a legendary coffee house that still attracts diverse crowd of intellectuals and tango aficionados.
Towards the banks of the river plate, Puerto Madero, once the old city docklands, is a completely updated area with modern buildings and avant-garde restaurants.
San Telmo, the old quarters of the city, keeps the traditional charm of its colonial houses, cobblestone streets, churches, museums, antique shops and the renowned Sunday market of antiques in Plaza Dorrego.
La Boca grew around the first Port in Buenos Aires. It was inhabited by immigrants, and gave birth to the Tango. Today its colourful buildings on the popular “caminito” street give it character with street dancers and souvenir shops. The area has grown as a cultural centre of artistic activities and is also popular with football (soccer) fans who visit the famous Boca Juniors Bombonera Stadium.
OPTIONAL VISITS DURING CITY TOUR:
BEHIND THE SCENES OF COLON OPERA HOUSE (50 MINUTES)
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the Colón Theatre, praised by Pavarotti for its flawless acoustics. The world famous Colón Theatre is the heart of opera, ballet and concert life in Buenos Aires. Hiding a secret in every single corner of its impressive building, a guided tour of the theatre takes guests to discover its century old history, the legendary artists who performed on its stage and the polemic shutdowns it suffered over the years.
The Theatre’s sublime architecture stands out in every single detail, captivating guests with its luxurious flights of stairs, sculptures and stained-glass windows. The building incorporates a great many styles that are associated with European theatres. Do not miss the Salon Dorado (Golden Room).