Day 1. (Saturday) En Route USA / Buenos Aires.
Overnight: En route.
Day 2. (Sunday) Arrive Buenos aires.
On arrival in Buenos Aires you will make your way through Immigration and then customs. (Multiple-entry visa required). From here you will be escorted to the Foreign Exchange where you have the chance to exchange your currency to the local currency.
After check in at your hotel and have a short time for a shower get ready to start your tour.
You will be walked by your guide to the metro to San Telmo area. Make some photo stops of a few of the oldest businesses in Buenos Aires: La Estrella Pharmacy and Avila Bookstore. Proceed to The Church of San Ignacio, the oldest of the city, built by the Jesuits between 1686 and 1722, and is part of the Manzana de las Luces.
Next stop will be Plaza Dorrego, one of the few things that ranks as a ‘must do’ sightseeing attraction for visitors to Buenos Aires. On the seventh day of the week, when the rest of the city is resting, the city closes much of neighboring Defensa Street to traffic, and this part of San Telmo explodes into a mass of around 8,000 people, locals and tourists alike. They come to peruse antiques and knick knacks, watch the outdoor tango dancing and other performers, sit for a coffee or beer outside a classic old cafe, or just aimlessly wander around the interesting chaos.
Also, this day we will visit The Ezeiza Family house-turned tenement home-turned antiques market.
Overnight: Plaza Hotel. (D)
Day 3. (Monday) Buenos Aires.
The touring today is done by foot and public transportation. First, a short walk or at the guide’s discretion a quick metro ride to Legislature Palace.
09:00hrs – 10:00hrs: Legislature Palace (City Hall – outside photo only), followed by the National Bank (can just be seen from the outside) Metro transfer to the legislature building.
Legislature Palace – The Palace of the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires is a sublime example of neoclassical architecture in the city center.
Architects Hector Ayerza and Edouard Le Monnier were inspired by the eighteenth century French styles for this great building opened in 1931.
The building and its 97 meter-high tower are visible from the Plaza de Mayo, and occupy an entire mini-triangular block on Avenida Roca.
10:00hrs – 10:30hrs: The Cathedral – Located right next to the Plaza de Mayo, the Metropolitan Cathedral is a relaxing stop in an otherwise hectic exploration of the Plaza and surrounding areas. This cathedral is Buenos Aires’ main Catholic Church, and while it may not be considered to be the most beautiful in Buenos Aires, the cathedral is still an imposing and historical sight. In fact, a church has occupied the current location since the 16th century.
10:30hrs – 11:30hrs: Visit to Plaza de Mayo: Juan de Garay founded the historic core of Buenos Aires, the Plaza de Mayo, upon the city’s second founding in 1580. The plaza’s prominent buildings create an architectural timeline: the Cabildo, or Old City Hall, and Metropolitan Cathedral are vestiges of the colonial period (18th and early 19th c.), while the Pirámide de Mayo (Pyramid of May) and the buildings of the national and local government and union offices reflect the styles of the late 19th and early to mid-20th centuries, including some that typify the severe Fascist style popular in South America at the time, with smooth surfaces and enormous Roman-style metal doors. In the center of the plaza, you’ll find palm trees, fountains, and benches. At the plaza you will tour inside of Casa Rosada and the Cabildo.
11:30hrs – 13:15hrs – Our next three stops will include a beverage / picture break at the historic Café Tortoni on your own account near Plaza de Mayo. This beautifully designed historical treasure is full of atmosphere and will certainly be a pleasant place for a late morning pastry snack and beverage. (This is for photostop only – our lunch break will be later and nearby) From the Café Tortoni, it is only a short walk to a gaucho (Argentine cowboy) shop where we can see the traditional Argentine craftsmanship in silver and leather and perhaps even pick up a small souvenir.
Now it’s time for lunch in a typical restaurant (On your own account).
14:00hrs – 14:50hrs – Colon Theatre Guided Visit (50 minutes inside tour). The Teatro Colón hides a secret in every single corner of the impressive building. Taking a guided tour of the theater is a dazzling experience that will make you vibrate while getting to know a history of over a hundred years; a history that ennobles both the Argentine and the global culture.
15:20hrs: Visit to Guemes View Point – Galería Güemes. Designed by Italian architect Francisco Terencio Gianotti, it was built at the turn of the 20th century for commercial and shopping gallery use. The building took on the then popular art nouveau style. With a height of over 80 meters, it was considered to be one of the first rascacielos (skyscrapers) in town.
17:00hrs – 18:00hrs – El Ateneo Grand Splendid Bookstore – The world’s most beautiful bookstore. El Ateneo Grand Splendid is one of the biggest bookstores in South America and certainly the most luxurious. Located in the ritzy Recoleta neighborhood, El Ateneo is as splendid as its name, and exudes Buenos Aires’s nostalgic elegance.
Overnight: Plaza Hotel. (BD)
Day 4. (Tuesday) Buenos Aires.
8:30hrs – 9:00hrs: Everyone will walk with the guide to the local subway station and board the subway to Federico Lacroze Station.
9:00hrs – 9:30hrs: Subway to Cooking Class.
9:30hrs – 10:00hrs – Walk 8-10 blocks from the subway station to the cooking class location.
10:00hrs – 12:00hrs – Cooking class.
On arrival to the cooking class, everyone will be given either a soft drink or a water to refresh after this invigorating walk.
While enjoying the drinks, your instructors will discuss with the group, safety and the rules of the kitchen. There will be a cook accompanying each group to ensure that the recipe comes out correctly.
12:00hrs – 13:00hrs – Everyone will sit down and enjoy the lunch of empanadas that you have all prepared and a small sweet for dessert. Water will also be available.
13:00hrs: Walk together to the waiting transportation. Private transfer to the Museum of Modern Art.
13:30hrs / 14:30hrs – Visit to the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires.
One Hour Highlights
MAMBA: Some 7,000 contemporary artworks make up the permanent collection at this newly renovated, block-long museum. Formerly the site of a tobacco company, the MAMBA retains its original exposed-brick facade and fabulous wooden doors with wrought-iron fixtures.
14:30hrs – 15:00hrs: Everyone walks to the subway and rides to Plaza San Martin.
15:00hrs – 15:30hrs – Plaza San Martin & Torre Monumental One of Buenos Aires’ oldest public squares, Plaza San Martin is a pocket of greenery sandwiched between the central Retiro train and bus station and the lively shopping hub of Florida Av. A popular spot for picnicking locals and fatigued shoppers, the majority of the plaza is parkland shaded by ancient jacaranda and magnolia trees, not to mention the great Ombu tree.
15:30hrs – 18:30hrs: Walking tour of Florida St. & free time for shopping.
Florida Street is one of Buenos Aires’ oldest. Early in the city’s history it was a simple footpath along a creek leading into the River Plate. In 1789 the municipality laid cobblestone here. Later, it was the first street to be paved in Buenos Aires. It received the name Florida in 1821 to commemorate the important Battle of Florida for independence in what is now Bolivia.
For much of the 20th century Florida remained a destination in itself, drawing visitors from all over the city. A decline of the shopping street began with the military dictatorship and rough economic times that has its roots in the 1980’s, but was fully evident by the 1990’s with the closing of the huge high- end shopping mall, Harrods Buenos Aires. Today, with booming commerce and tourist options throughout the city, Florida has become a purely commercial area with its own automobile-free charm.
Galerías Pacífico—Florida Street’s Shopping Mall – On Florida Street.
Housed in a lovely Beaux Arts building in downtown Buenos Aires, the Galerías Pacífico Shopping Mall is a great place to visit for much more than just shopping. Originally constructed in the 1890’s as the BA headquarters for the Parisian department store, Le Bon Marche, this prime spot on the Florida pedestrian street has changed through the years, but retains a nostalgic elegance, making it a dazzling place to shop.
Overnight: Plaza Hotel. (BLD)
Day 5. (Wednesday) Buenos Aires.
After breakfast this morning from 08:00hrs / 09:00hrs meet your guide in the lobby at 09:00hrs to walk together to the metro station and board the subway to La Ventana. The day will be by foot and by metro. This morning is all about the tango. The tango is a partner dance that originated in the 1890s along the River Plate, the natural border between Argentina and Uruguay.
09:30hrs – 10:30hrs: Tango lesson. Here the students will be broken up into small groups or pairs and given private lessons on the tango by professional tango instructors.
La Ventana: La Ventana, a famous tango bar that opened its doors in 1982 to any and all who wanted to experience Buenos Aires’ unparalleled night life. Let the traditional music of the “Queen of the Plata”, birthplace of the Argentine tango, pulsate through you.
10:45hrs / 11:00hrs: Take the Metro and walking for the next few hours for touring La Boca.
11:30hrs – 12:15hrs: Museo de la Pasión Boquense. The Museum of the Passion Boquense offers every visitor a unique opportunity to relive the rich history of over 100 years of club tour through the various multimedia exhibitions, database, memorabilia and most prestigious trophies that are displayed.
12:30hrs – 15:00hrs –Free time for lunch and touring La Boca’s popular Caminito neighborhood. Around 6 million foreign immigrants poured into Argentina between the years 1880 and 1930, in which time Buenos Aires quickly turned from small town to heaving city. About 50% of these people were Italian, and many of those were from the port town of Genoa, Italy. Genoa was a port, La Boca was a port… things seemed familiar, and so the Italian immigrants did not move far from the immediate area where they first stepped onto Argentine soil, the port of La Boca (which means ‘the mouth’, as in the mouth of the Riachuelo River). What has all this got to do with colorful Caminito, you ask?
Well, the majority of these Italian immigrants in La Boca worked in the port, just as they had done in Genoa. The Genoese proudly brought their unique identity to La Boca, and one of their old traditions was to paint the outside of their homes with the leftover paint from the shipyard – as nothing else was available or could be afforded.
15:00hrs – 16:30hrs – Transfer to and start the walk along Corrientes Avenue until you reach Reconquista Street and from there go on along Mayo Avenue where you´ll find a beautiful architecture from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
17:00hrs – Stop for ice cream at Cadore or chocolates at Bombonella. And check on some impressive façades.
17:00hrs – 17:30hrs – Walking till the Obelisk. Buenos Aires’ most famous monument, El Obelisco (The Obelisk) extends out from the city’s midriff like a giant pencil – standing proudly erect as the unofficial center, symbol and rallying point of this sprawling metropolis.Since its construction in 1936, it has suffered its fair share of figurative ups and downs, yet has remained a durable reference point for Argentines.
Leather Shops – In a country that loves beef, there should be no surprise that you’ll find plenty of stores selling the by-product – leather! Few countries in the world offer the selection of leather goods available in Argentina. If you’re on the lookout for quality, well designed leather goods, in particular women’s shoes, accessories, and handbags, few places beat the capital of Buenos Aires’s selection. Many stores can customize jackets and other articles for interested customers, so ask if something strikes your eye but is not in your size or color.
19:00hrs – 20:30hrs: Walk to Asador La Estancia for a BBQ dinner tonight just across the street. Within a few steps from the Obelisk is La Estancia. Open since November 7, 1962, cooking with the passion, warmth and dedication to our guests. Renowned worldwide for the best Argentine grilled meat on Criollo spit and grill, where the Baby goat, Pork, Crosscut ribs and Rumpsteak among other plates, make La Estancia your home with a welcoming place for each guest.
Overnight: Plaza Hotel. (BD)
Day 6. (Thursday) Buenos Aires.
After breakfast this morning you will met in the lobby at 8:00hrs. From here load the privat transport with your cameras and transfer to the Puerto Madero Pier.
08:30hrs – Boat Navigation to the town of Tigre.
The cruise sails along 5 of the most important rivers of the first section of the Islands of Parana’s Delta. This cruise will sail by Lujan, Carapachay, Angostura, Espera and Sarmuiento Rivers.
You will be able to see forest covered islands, a yacht club, weekend houses and summer houses surrounded by the natural environment and a network of water canals.
We will return to the Tigre pier where the guide will make a suggestion for lunch.
12:00hrs – Walking tour in Tigre with guide.
The name Tigre is derived from an old story of jaguar hunters. It is said that a couple of very famous and virtuous hunters used to live in the region.
With the vertiginous passing of time, these lands were populated by farmers who lived with their families upon the products they grew and harvested. In 1611, the Cabildo asked the for a report on land farming and appointed 15 farmers residing in the area to cultivate wheat, thus giving origin to the village, which grew and became established both socially and economically. Today, the City of Tigre is a destination neither foreigners nor local people should miss. But beyond all activities, its main attraction is the Fruit Market, a different, almost magical world.
The port of Tigre lodges the open market with streets full of the colors of rustic fabric, furniture and accessories made in cane and willow, delicious jams and honey, brilliant flowers, and of course, all the variety of native fruit co-existing in absolute harmony.
13:30hrs -14:30hrs – Lunch on your own at a local typical restaurant.
14:30hrs: Continue your waterborne navigation in the internal Channels of Tigre. This will show you where the wealthy families from Buenos Aires have their home cottages along the canals.
16:00hrs – 17:30hrs: private transfer from Tigre back to your hotel located in the Retiro neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Free time to freshen up for an incredible dinner and show this evening. (30 minutes on arrival to freshen up).
18:15hrs – 19:00hrs: Private transfer to Abasto Area with guide reaching by 19:00hrs.
19:00hrs – 20:30hrs: Here you will have 90 minutes outside the theater to take photos in the neighborhood. Later we will enter and take up seats in the upstairs gallery for an amazing dinner and show.
22:15hrs – Tango Show; Carlos Gardel Theater. At the corner of the alley named after Carlos Gardel and Anchorena Street, next to a statue that immortalizes the most famous tango singer, there used to be a restaurant that was the gathering place for the colorful characters of the popular market of Buenos Aires. Chanta Cuatro Restaurant was a silent companion to Carlitos Gardel’s nights of dining and tango singing until sunrise with friends. Chanta Cuatro opened its doors for the first time in 1893, at that time as a two storied restaurant and family hotel. Visitors were invited to play “bochas” (bocce) at the court attached to the restaurant. Today, more than 100 years later, as if by magic, this story comes back into life. Esquina Carlos Gardel is located exactly on the same lot where Chanta Cuatro used to be, offers an unmatched, unbeatable alternative in Tango theme restaurant and dance hall.
Overnight: Plaza Hotel. (BD)
Day 7 (Friday) Buenos Aires.
Breakfast from 07:45hrs to 08:30hrs – After breakfast this morning you will be met and board your private transportation.
08:30hrs: Depart to visit Rosedal in Palermo Take respite at the city’s tranquil rose garden. Located in Palermo Woods (also known as Parque Tres de Febrero), this lush green space bursts with color thanks to more than 1,000 species of roses found here. The Rose Garden exudes a Zen-like charm similar to Paris’ Tuileries. The path extends into to a serene Poet’s Garden and features an Andalusian patio, teeming with colorful tiles imported from Seville. Free time to walk around this beautiful park also.
11:00hrs – 12:30hrs: Visit to the Eva Peron Museum where you can make a stop at its very good restaurant and coffee. On July 26, 2002, fifty years to the day after Evita’s death, her grandniece, Cristina Alvarez Rodriguez, inaugurated the Evita Museum in Buenos Aires. Evita, an icon whose historical importance spans two centuries, now has her own museum.
12:30hrs – 13:30hrs: Inexpensive and healthy lunch on your own at the Eva Peron Cafeteria. We have to make a reservation for you and everyone will be able to buy their own inexpensive lunch.
13:30hrs: Drive to MALBA Museum driving by Las Heras Avenue and Las Heras Park.
13:45hrs – 14:30hrs: Visit to the MALBA Museum. With an impressive permanent collection
and a continuous stream of new and exciting temporary exhibitions, the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) should be at the top of the museum list for art lovers visiting Argentina’s capital. Since its founding in 2001, The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires has dedicated itself to the preservation, dissemination, and integration of modern and contemporary Latin American art worldwide.
14:30hrs: Visit the Floralis Generica. Designed and paid for by Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano, the Floralis Generica – a giant silver flower that, been a striking city landmark since it opened in 2002. The enormous metal flower blooms anew each day in a pool of water next to the National Museum of Fine Arts, revealing four long stamens inside. Its six 13-meter-long petals open, which takes about 20 minutes, at eight in the morning and slowly close again at sunset, mimicking the actions of a real flower.
When the petals are closed, the 18 ton flower is 75 feet tall and 52 feet wide, and when blossomed this amazing man-made flora is an incredible 105 feet wide.
15:15hrs – 16:15hrs: Visit to the Museum of Fine Arts. Bella Artes is one of Argentina’s oldest museums and in contrast to the more modern Latin American Art Museum, MNBA has a vast permanent collection.
16:15hrs – 17:00hrs. We continue on to Recoleta and on foot visit its magnificent Cemetery which is not only among the most beautiful in the world but also a museum of art in the open air. Its imposing tombs will take you on a ride through Buenos Aires belle époque. This is a magnificent place for photographers due to the different architectural styles of the mausoleums and the many sculptures and vitraux in it.
17:00hrs – 17:30hrs – Walk along the elegant Alvear Avenue, lined on both sides by magnificent old mansions and expensive apartment buildings until you reach the corner most French in the city, the lovely President Pellegrini Square.
17:30hrs – 19:30hrs – Dinner nearby. Drive to a local eatery at the end of the day for dinner together. Afterwards you will be driven back to the hotel. Get to bed early tonight because tomorrow is an early wake up.
Overnight: Plaza Hotel. (BD)
Day 8. (Saturday) Buenos Aires / Iguazu Falls.
Have an early wake up and check out this morning for a transfer at 03:45hrs to the airport. From here you will check into the flight and board the plane to Iguazu Falls.
07:45hrs – On arrival at the Falls you will collect your luggage, load it in your private transportation, and drive the short distance to your hotel, the Iguassu Sheraton Hotel to store your luggage.
08:30hrs – 10:00hrs: Devils Throat Iguazu Falls (ARG).
The highlight of any trip to Iguazu Falls is this massive complex of cascades that form a narrow chasm some 150m (500ft) long and 80m (262ft) high. The roaring falls and veils of spray create an awesome, full-sensory experience, which can be enjoyed from any number of vantage points.
10:00hrs – 11:30hrs: Upper circuit Iguazu Falls (ARG). The 800 meters of catwalks are raised above the jungle´s surface so as to minimize disruption of local wildlife. From this circuit you have a high view of the Falls, taking in their magnificence with a sweeping. This circuit takes about 90 minutes with travel time.
11:30hrs – 12:30hrs: Drive to Brazilian side.
Board your car and drive across the border to the Brazil side of the falls. At the border everyone must proceed through the immigration process (Multiple Entry Visa is required) before crossing and entering Brazil.
12:30hrs – 13:30hrs: Free time at the Foz do Iguacu Markets for lunch.
13:30hrs – 15:00hrs: The Iguassu Falls Bird Park
This world-class Bird Park is situated on 12 acres of native subtropical forest. It offers tourists, ecologists, photographers and ornithologists an opportunity to enter huge 8- meter high forest aviaries to study and photograph birds in their natural habitat without the restrictions of netting and cages. There are over 160 species, both indigenous and from other continents. Exciting new exhibits show cayman, snakes, humming birds and butterflies.
15:00hrs – 17:00hrs: Optional Helicopter Tour. $125 per person to be paid directly to the helicopter operator. You will be taken to the Helipad which is right next to the airport. Here you will queue in line with other passengers to board the helicopter. The flight will last 10 minutes in total. Take an unforgettable flight over one of the greatest wonders of nature you may ever have the privilege to see. Photograph this amazing natural beauty from above.
15:00hrs / 17:00hrs – Those who do not wish to join the helicopter tour over the Brazil side of the falls will have free time at the Foz Do Iguacu Market. Being the major tourist destination that it is, Foz do Iguacu is full of shopping opportunities and has plenty of souvenir shops where you can buy just about anything with the name of the city on it. The major shopping area is on Avenida Brasil, the main thoroughfare of the city, always busy with pedestrians. Everything from clothing boutiques to electronic shops, and curios can be found here. Only the local currency is accepted here, the Brazilian Real.
Overnight: Sheraton Iguazu. (BD)
Day 9 (Sunday) Iguassu Falls / Airport / Sao Paulo. / USA
Start the day with a hearty breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant. Breakfast is from 07:00hrs – 08:30hrs. After breakfast this morning pack up, check out, and meet in the lobby at 09:30hrs. Load your luggage and from here the car will transfer the you to the Brazil side of the Falls.
10:00hrs – 11:00hrs – We will board our transportation and drive across the border to the Brazil side of the falls. At the border everyone must proceed through the immigration process (Visa is required) before crossing and entering Brazil.
Your flight is to Sao Paolo. Once you arrive in Sao Paolo, everyone must proceed to baggage claim to pick up their luggage and then make their way to your private transportation.
São Paulo: For many centuries, São Paulo was a rather unexciting city. This changed radically with the arrival of great waves of immigrants at the end of the 19th century, followed by migrants from other parts of Brazil in the early 20th century.
City Tour – 16:00hrs – 18:00hrs – depart by your private transportation with your guide and leave for a nice 2 hour private tour around São Paulo city. The historical and old downtown of the city, showing important sightseeing and understanding the area where everything has begun in São Paulo!
This is a photo stop tour only. There are no entrances to the sites. You will have time at each destination to stop and take some photos before continuing on.
Here you´ll visit Se Cathedral. The Sao Paulo Cathedral, known in Portuguese as Catedral Metropolitana de Sao Paulo or Catedral da Se, is a cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is the largest cathedral in South America. The Se Cathedral is located in the city center of Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is just off of the main square Praca da Se, in front of the Se metro subway station, where the red & blue subway lines cross. It is the city’s main cathedral that can hold up to 8,000 people making it the largest church in Sao Paulo.
Theater Municipal – The Municipal Theater came to the city of São Paulo as a great symbol of cosmopolitan in the early 20th century more and more refined and more resources from the coffee cycle aspirations, high society Sao Paulo mirrored in European values and wanted a playhouse at the height of his ability to host major artists of lyrical music and theater.
Benedictine Monastery – As you approach São Bento Monastery from the center of São Paulo, you’ll be overwhelmed by its scale and beauty; the building is juxtaposed against the towering pillars of glass skyscrapers surrounding it. Wait for its bells to chime every 15 minutes.
Banespa Tower – Aside from the historical center, the business district lends some insight into São Paulo’s immense workforce.
Also known as the Altino Arantes Tower, the Banespa Tower is one of the largest skyscrapers in São Paulo.
Nossa Senhora da Luz – The Church Our Lady of Morro de Sao Paulo Light was built in several stages over many years. The change of the old chapel that was collapsing located next to the lighthouse to the village center had its beginning in 1628.
Visit Independent Park – Independence Park (in Portuguese: Parque da Independencia) is a park located in the Ipiranga neighborhood, in the southeastern part of the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
São Paulo Museum of Art (MASP) – The MASP is now considered the most important art museum in the Southern Hemisphere, because it has the richest and most comprehensive collection. There are about 8,000 pieces, mostly of Western art, from the fourth century BC to the present day.
18:00hrs – 19:00hrs – The tour will end back at the airport where everyone will check into their international flights home.
Overnight: En route. Breakfast included. Dinner served on your International flight departure. (B)