BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
BUENOS AIRES HIGHLIGHTS Duration: 4 hours
Get in touch with the town where the Tango was born. During this tour we will visit Avenida de Mayo that runs into the Plaza De Mayo, which is surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Government House), the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo which is the first City Hall, built during the Spanish rule. At the other end of Avenida de Mayo we will find the stately Congress building.
We continue on to the charming old city quarter of San Telmo, the best kept historical neighbourhood and eldest district of Buenos Aires where both the high and humble society once lived and was later repopulated by shiploads of European immigrants who moved into the abandoned mansions. These mansions were subdivided into one or two bedroom dwellings (‘conventillos’) which still exist in San Telmo Today. Here we will have time to stroll around Plaza Dorrego, where we can find many antique shops.
Back on our coach, we will drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest in the world, where we will see the Colon Theatre, famous Opera House that stages the most important artists and musicians from all over the world.
Next we visit the beautiful Palermo – a neighbourhood of parks, gardens, mansions and embassies before visiting the Recoleta area, one of the city’s glamorous spots. Here we will find the Municipal Cultural Center, elegant boutiques and excellent restaurants, surrounded by centennial trees. At the cemetery of Recoleta we will find the grave of Eva Duarte who became famous as Eva Peron (Evita). The cemetery is the centre of this aristocratic neighbourhood, as the more relevant personalities of Argentina’s history rest in this place. The mausoleums and pantheons reflect the architectural diversity emerging from the different cultural tendencies Argentina incorporated in its formation as a nation. The cemetery is considered to be one of the most impressive monuments of Argentina.
TIGRE + DELTA CRUISE Duration: 4 hours
We begin our tour with a journey through the fashionable riverside suburbs of Olivos and San Isidro, where time permitting we will make a brief stop to view the beautiful cathedral. We then head to the area known as Tigre – also referred to as ‘the playground of the Portenos’ (as the locals are known). We’ll see the area’s gracious homes and streets lined with wide, elegant weeping willow trees as we head to the centre of town, where locals enjoy the cafés and outdoor restaurants while observing the charlatans and soap-box politicians.Continuing by motor launch, we will be invited to enjoy a leisurely water tour (lasting approximately one hour), past the islands and along the waterways of the delta. Century-old stone mansions, English cottages, Italian villas, little shacks painted in bright hues of blue and green, and various rowing and yacht clubs will pass by.
GAUCHO PARTY Duration: 7 hours.
This is an ideal opportunity for us to absorb the atmosphere of country life at a really colourful Argentine feast in the pampas. Buenos Aires is a sprawling metropolis, which abruptly ends where endless fields of green pastures dotted with cattle and horses begin.On our arrival at the estancia (ranch) – following a drive of approximately one-and-a-half hours – ‘empanadas’ (traditional Argentine meat pies) will be prepared for us to sample. After an opportunity to stroll around the grounds and settle into the slower pace of life, lunch will be ready – the main event! – including the world-renowned Argentine beef. Dining will be ‘family style’ and we could find ourselves sharing with other patrons at the estancia. Live entertainment is supplied by ‘gauchos’ in their typical dress, dancing to their unique folkloric music.After lunch has settled, the fun moves on to an open field for a display of the gauchos’ skilful abilities on horseback.
DINNER + TANGO Duration: 3.5 / 4 hourS
While slowly growing around the supplying market after which the quarter took its name (in Spanish abastecer means “to supply”), the “El Abasto neighbourhood” witnessed the rise of an indisputable popular idol: Carlos Gardel. He used to wander by the narrow and noisy streets of the neighbourhood, and to gather with his friends for dinning, singing, etc at “Chanta Cuatro”, a restaurant that was a mute witness of the evolution of Carles Gardel as a folk singer. Today, more than 100 years later, this same story, comes back. Esquina Carlos Gardel, located at the very same place where “Chanta Cuatro” once was, offers us a superb cuisine in an exquisitely decorated Art Nouveau style ambiance. The place recreates the sophistication of the most luxury old time dining rooms offering us a top level artistic proposal in a mystical atmosphere.