Day 1 - Buenos Aires
Welcome to Buenos Aires! Upon arrival, you will go through customs and immigration. Should you opt to purchase a transfer to your hotel; a representative will be waiting for you as you exit immigration. Arrive at your hotel, check in and do not give in to jet lag! There are many exciting things to explore in Buenos Aires.
On this first day in Buenos Aires, if you arrive at some point during the morning, we recommend taking the Buenos Aires Classic City Half Day Tour that afternoon. The tour begins along the 9 de Julio Avenida, where you will see the famous Colon Theatre and the historic Plaza de Mayo, surrounded by the Government House, and La Boca, a picturesque district with its famous Caminito Street. Then you will visit San Telmo with its colorful houses, cobblestone streets and antique shops. The tour continues to the Palermo Neighborhood where the Zoo, the Botanical Gardens, the Palermo Wood, theNational Polo Field and the Planetarium are located. On the way back to the hotel, you will visit the exclusive Recoleta Neighborhood, where fashionable restaurants, cafes, and boutiques are located. Finally, the tour takes you to the famous Recoleta Cemetery, which is full of exquisite sculptures and mausoleums including Eva Peron's Tomb.
If you happen to be in Buenos Aires on a Sunday, we recommend the City Tour and San Telmo Market Half Day Tour. The tour is very similar to the Buenos Aires Classic City - Half Day Tour described above, with the added bonus of the famous San Telmo Flea Market, held in its main square, the Plaza Dorrego.
Day 2 - Buenos Aires
There are several tours we highly recommend. In addition to tours that include Tango Shows and dinners, there are some fascinating ones such as the Gaucho Party at Santa Susana, a Full Day Tour that takes visitors to an estancia (typical Argentine ranch) approximately 55 miles away from Buenos Aires. Estancia Santa Susana has belonged to the Rossiter Family since 1860. Its 4.6 square miles are devoted to agriculture and cattle and horse breeding. A few years ago, the estancia began welcoming visitors. It offers its Main House and some picturesque straw- roofed constructions where the dining room and grill are set. Also located in this area is the pulperia (a traditional general store) which was a social gathering point for the Gauchos at sunset. Upon arrival, guests are served a welcome drink with delicious empanadas (meat and veggie pastries) at the pulperia.
Later on, guests delight in tasting a typical Argentine barbeque of grilled beef, chicken, pork sausages with salads, dessert, and coffee. After lunch, guests enjoy a Folklore Show with live music and dancing. There are tango demonstrations followed by cuadreras and ring races where gauchos demonstrate their skills as riders. For those willing to participate in the traditional activities, there are horses and sulkies (two-wheeled carts) to go get around and enjoy the ranch. Later on, a delightful snack consisting of homemade pastries and mate (a typical green tea beverage) will be served before returning to the hotel.
Day 3 - Buenos Aires
Tigre and Delta del Parana is another Full Day Tour we highly recommend. The tour heads north, passing the residential neighborhoods and the President's Residence in Olivos. San Isidro is an elegant residential area where you will visit the gorgeous neo-gothic Cathedral, placed in the historic center of the city, which is surrounded by Colonial and Italian style houses, cobbled streets and a square lined with centenary trees. Not far from here, one finds the San Isidro Train Station, an interesting complex of restaurants, cinemas and shopping mall.
The visit continues towards Tigre, a lovely neighborhood situated in the delta of Parana River. The area was first colonized in 1580, but it was during the last years of the XVII century that some people have settled down in this area. The first inhabitants were smugglers that took advantage of the little rivers and isles to hide themselves and sneak in with goods, evading customs taxes. Toward the end of the 19th century, the aristocratic families of Buenos Aires selected the area as a favorite place for recreation and weekends. Therefore, a sail along the Delta River, allows visitors to admire the old residences which contrast with the wooden houses built over piles, to beat the constant floods. There will be some yacht and rowing clubs visible in addition to the typical communities living in close fellowship with the river. The Delta gathers several little isles covered with abundant subtropical vegetation, crossed by channels and streams. Lunch will take place in a typical restaurant in the islands. Afterward, there will be time to enjoy this idyllic place in touch with nature and pure air, far away from the noises of the big city.
Additional Days in Buenos Aires
Make your way to Miravida Wine Cellar, situated in stylish Palermo Soho. Meet your wine steward and other wine-loving travelers before getting down to tasting the local wines. Every tasting session is restricted to just 8 people to make sure a cozy experience and personalized attention from your guide. Taste local boutique wines, including ideal examples of the varietals that Argentina is known for Malbec and Torrontes. Combine your wine tasting with appetizers and small bites. You'll have the chance to jot down notes and interact in a Q&A session.
Immerse yourself in the sport and culture of a Polo Match and Lesson Tour on a full-day adventure from Buenos Aires. Visit an affluent country club to learn more about the game as you enjoy snacks and wine. Watch a dynamic match of both human and equine athletic mastery and, if you're so stirred, give it a shot yourself. Take a polo lesson fit to your experience level from a professional player. Afterward, enjoy a traditional Argentine barbecue lunch including local wine and time to enjoy the grounds of the club or relax in the pool before your return to Buenos Aires.
Your Last Day in Buenos Aires
Depart from your hotel to the airport for your return flight home. We recommend that you purchase a private transfer to the airport, if so the representative will meet you at your hotel with plenty of time to get you to the airport for your flight out.