DAY 1: YOU ARRIVE IN BUENOS AIRES
(staying for 7 nights, with 11 tours included)
Flight arrival in Buenos Aires, Argentina!
Welcome at the airport and transfer with private vehicle and guide to your hotel.
You have an early check-in included so your rooms will be ready as soon as you arrive to the hotel.
Welcome brunch and orientation meeting starting at 10 AM.
Exploring Plaza de Mayo area and San Telmo and La Boca neighborhoods (with visit to 1 museum and 1 private art center)
Buenos Aires has been chosen for 3 consecutive years (2014, 2015 and 2016) as the #1 destination to visit in South America by millions of TripAdvisor users in their “Traveler’s Choice” contest... and rightfully so! This cosmopolitan, vibrant, and sophisticated city, commonly called the “Paris of Latin America,” is the best place in the world to enjoy a first-class tango show and to eat some of the tastiest steak, accompanied by celebrated Argentine Malbec wine.
Our expert “porteño” (as locals are called) tour guide will take us on a cultural journey, where we’ll visit the most iconic neighborhoods and learn about the highlights of the city; taking in its architecture, culture, history, and more! This introductory tour is also a great opportunity to start learning from our expert tour guide the necessary information and useful tips to make the most of your free time in the city.
In this outing, we’ll focus on: Plaza de Mayo area, San Telmo and La Boca neighborhoods. We’ll dive into the foundational times of Buenos Aires to start unraveling the physiognomy, history, architecture, culture, anecdotes and secrets of Buenos Aires, a city with a European atmosphere embedded with plenty of Latin American pulse & charm. In this first chapter of our city explorations, we’ll focus on the historical and cultural evolution of a simple colonial village that evolved into the mythical South American megalopolis of today.
This is a private 5-hour and a half tour from 1 to 6:30 PM.
DAY 2: BUENOS AIRES
Exploring Retiro, Recoleta and Puerto Madero (with visit to 3 museums)
On this day of exploration we'll focus first on the areas of Retiro and Recoleta, where Buenos Aires most clearly expresses its Parisian character, acquired in the early 20th century through its architectural styles and urban design. We'll also visit the "Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo"; (National Museum of Decorative art), which will give us a glimpse into the opulence of Argentina's upper classes in the early 20th century.
Finally, we'll visit the world-famous Recoleta Cemetery. You can quite easily get lost in this labyrinth of a necropolis; with over 6,400 statues, sarcophagi, coffins, and crypts! Some of the tombs and crypts are so luxurious and ornate that the cemetery was listed by CNN as one of the 10 most beautiful cemeteries in the world! This was the city's first public cemetery, and within its grounds lie some of Argentina's most celebrated citizens including Eva Peron (the nation's beloved Evita). We'll then enjoy a memorable lunch to refuel our energies for our afternoon discovery journey.
In the afternoon we'll make our way to the Puerto Madero neighborhood, which displays the latest architectural trends in the city and is a key area to understanding contemporary Buenos Aires. We'll also visit the Fortabat Art Collection which boasts a collection of 230 works of art, by both Argentine and international artists.
The building, a two-story modernist concrete, steel and glass structure, was built overlooking the northernmost dock in the Puerto Madero district, and among its highlights includes a roof with a system of mobile aluminum awnings that opens and closes with the sun's position. Mrs. Fortabat specifically requested this last design feature, remarking that "I've always wanted to look at pictures and the stars at the same time."
Lastly we'll visit and enjoy some free time at the Modern Art Museum of Buenos Aires, also located in Puerto Madero.
The morning private tour will be done from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. We'll then enjoy lunch (cost of lunch not included) in a suggested restaurant in the area, to then do the afternoon tour from 3 to 7 PM.
DAY 3: BUENOS AIRES
|Morning at leisure for relaxation and enjoying your own explorations.|
Exploring Palermo (with visit to 2 museums)
This afternoon, we'll head to Palermo Neighborhood to visit the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MALBA), referred to by The New York Times as one of the best art museums on the American continent. The museum's permanent collection spans the entirety of the 20th century, and is particularly rich in the modern paintings from Mexico, Uruguay, Brazil, Cuba and of course, Argentina.
We'll then visit the Xul Solar museum also in Palermo. Xul Solar is one of the most singular representatives of the vanguard in Latin America and has been compared to Salvador Dalí in terms of his eccentricities and talent.
Finally, we'll head to Palermo Viejo Neighborhood (now split into "Palermo Soho" and " Palermo Hollywood"), a peculiar area that combines the flavor of an old, working class neighborhood with aspects of a globalized city. Its eclectic mix of cultures combines ethnic restaurants, contemporary design, theme bars, and a key area for the immigration of Armenian, Polish and Italian to Buenos Aires.
This afternoon private tour will start go from 2 to 8 PM. You'll have the option to return to the hotel at the end of the tour, or stay in the Palermo area to further explore it.
Complimentary add-on: during this day we’ll also visit the Evita Museum also located in Palermo, entrance tickets will be include a complimentary service for the Phoenix Art Museum group; so we’ll end up visiting a total of 3 museums today.
DAY 4: BUENOS AIRES
|Morning at leisure for relaxation and enjoying your own explorations.|
Exploring the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Colon theater
In this afternoon tour, we'll visit the Colon Theater, considered one of the ten best opera houses in the world by National Geographic. It's also acoustically considered to be amongst the five best concert venues in the world. Combining those accolades with its rich and prestigious history and architectural features, it's no wonder why it ranks among the best theatres in the world!
We'll do a guided private tour to the Colon Theater going behind the scenes of this legendary theatre that keeps secrets of its more than 100 years of history in every corner. In the auditorium, the main foyer, the gallery of busts and the golden hall, visitors will marvel at the architectural details, sculptures, and interior decor.
We'll then walk to the obelisk, a national historic monument and icon of Buenos Aires. It was built in 1936 to commemorate the quadricentennial of the first foundation of the city.
It's now time to visit Latin America's largest collection of public art, exhibited at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts). Among its more than 12,000 pieces, two collections stand out: 19th century European art, considered the most important in the region; and a collection of Argentine art, beyond a doubt the largest and most valuable of its kind, worldwide.
This afternoon private tour will start go from 2 to 6 PM. The Colon Theater tour lasts 50 minutes and will be done in English by one of the local tour guides of the theater.
DAY 5: BUENOS AIRES
Exploring San Isidro and Tigre (private tour)
Get ready to embark on a journey to one of the most aristocratic and oldest suburbs of Buenos Aires, as we stroll along cobblestone streets, admiring colonial architecture and urbanism among the prominent mansions of San Isidro.
Located in the northern suburbs of Buenos Aires, the San Isidro neighborhood is home to some of the wealthiest families of Buenos Aires. We'll visit it's historical neighborhood where we'll admire the sheer beauty and magnificent structure of the neo-Gothic style San Isidro cathedral located in front of the main square. We'll visit other main highlights before heading further north to Tigre: the gateway to the third-largest river delta in the world and the only one that flows into fresh water rather than into the sea. We'll navigate the Parana delta admiring the it's islands, dense vegetation and houses on pilots that can be appreciated on our hour long private motor boat ride along some of its rivers. We’ll also make a stops at the the "Mercado de Frutos" (Fruit Supply Market). With a name that harks back to its time as a port where fruit was unloaded, today the Puerto de Frutos is an open-air market where you can find furniture, decorations, cane and wicker accessories, homemade jam, honey, local handcrafts and, still, a wide range of local fruit.
This private tour will last about 8 hours. It includes time for lunch but cost of lunch is not included.
The pickup time will be at 9:45 AM. We’ll spend 1 hour from 10 to 11 AM at the Plaza Dorrego flea market in San Telmo, before heading to San Isidro, and later to Tigre
DAY 6: BUENOS AIRES
|Round trip private transfer to Buenos Aires port to for your day tour to Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay.|
DAY 7: BUENOS AIRES
An Off-the-beaten-path Journey to Buenos Aires' Unexplored Areas (private tour)
Beyond the usual highlights Buenos Aires offers, there is another part of the city which remains largely unknown and mostly inaccessible to most tourists. We’ll visit these “forgotten” and unknown neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, far off the typical tourist circuits, while delving into the remarkable stories of these off-the-beaten-path areas, as well as their most important highlights.
In a cultural journey that explores both the past and present of the working class sectors of Buenos Aires, this tour rediscovers the important contributions made by workers and immigrants; as well as the history of tramways, tango, and soccer… all mixed into a melting pot of historical development.
This is a 4-hour private tour.
|We"ll do this tour from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Free afternoon to enjoy at your leisure and revisit any museum of your choice.|
An Exclusive Wine Tasting Experience Savoring Argentina’s First-class Wines (private tour)
It’s time to tip back our glasses and let our taste buds savor the unique flavors of first-class Argentine wines in this exclusive wine tasting experience.
Argentina is the fifth largest wine producer in the world, and home to some of the best Malbec wines. Dense and dark, with full-body richness that few other grapes can mimic, the Argentine Malbec varietal has become all the rage in the United States, and is increasing in popularity among other countries as well.
In a private wine cellar setting our expert wine connoisseur will introduce us to the fine art of wine tasting as we learn about wine-making and sample a wide variety of high-end premium wines. We’ll experience wines carefully selected from a variety of wineries from different regions as well as enjoy some tasty snacks that pair perfectly with each one.
This is a 1-hour private tour.
Passion and Beauty: an Authentic World-class Tango Experience
You are cordially invited to an evening of live music filled with passion, sensuality and dancing, at one of the best Tango venues in Buenos Aires: La Ventana. Located at the heart of the historic San Telmo neighborhood, you’ll enjoy a world-class Tango show in a restored tenement building (or, ‘conventillo’). This enchanting show also boasts unique features of Argentine folklore.
As you step through the doors, you’ll feel as though you have traveled back in time, with the interior of the building preserved in its original style. The show at La Ventana is a journey through the history of Tango, in which you’ll experience different and authentic styles of this mesmerizing dance, each with its own particular set of music, dancing style, and costumes.
Tango is a universe onto itself as it creates a multi-layered marriage of music, dance, singing and poetry.
Private transfers to and from the La Ventana are included, as well as dinner with non-alcoholic beverages & wine.
|Both tours are done at the same place. The pickup time will be at 6:25 PM. |
DAY 8: BUENOS AIRES
The “Paris of Latin America”: discovering the architectural highlights of Buenos Aires (private tour)
Buenos Aires is commonly called the "Paris of Latin America," due to the ubiquity of Art Nouveau and other classic French style buildings in many areas of the city. The city is home to an eclectic, original, and distinguished collection of architectural pieces ranging from colonial to classic to modern styles that are a testament to the cultural heritage brought by the colonizers and immigrants of Buenos Aires.
This afternoon private tour will start go from 1 to 4 PM, to then head to the international airport to get your international flight back home.
We look forward to hosting you again in Argentina!
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