Thu 28 Nov
Overnight flight to Buenos Aires.
Fri 29 Nov
Arrival and transfer (approx. 1 hour) for check-in at the 4-star Carles Hotel, situated in the elegant area of Recoleta with its stunning architecture, boutiques and art galleries. Rest and relax before a welcome dinner in a nearby restaurant.
Sat 30 Nov
Join your guide this morning for a tour of Argentina’s capital city, the 'Paris of South America'. Brave the widest street in the world then explore the important Plaza de Mayo with its iconic pink government house. Soak up the historic atmosphere in the Italian barrios and continue to the modern area of Puerto Madero. Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure before the excitement of the evening’s entertainment at El Querandí where you will dine in real Argentinian style and be introduced to the history of Tango.
Sun 1 Dec
Leave Buenos Aires and travel to the nearby town of Tigre, a popular weekend destination for those wishing to escape city life. Take a private boat to best experience this watery world of islands and small rivers, with stilt houses, old mansions and aristocratic rowing clubs. Stop at the Tigre Art Museum, housed in a stunning belle-époque building before lunch at the charming Villa Julia. Return to Buenos Aires and the evening at leisure.
Mon 2 Dec
Spend the morning as you wish before the afternoon tour of Recoleta and its famous cemetery, the burial place of many of the country's leaders and cultural figures, including Evita Perón. End the tour with tea at the traditional and popular café La Biela. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Tue 3 Dec
Travel to one of the oldest estancias in Argentina and immerse yourself in the life of a gaucho. Stop en route at the town of San Antonio de Areco, renowned for its silversmiths, and witness one of these skilled craftsmen at work. After welcome drinks and traditional empanadas at the ranch, enjoy a folk show and taste a true Argentinian asado (barbeque). There will be time to relax and have tea and cakes before the return to Buenos Aires.
Wed 4 Dec
Discover further aspects of Buenos Aires on this second city tour. Start at Palermo Woods - the lungs of the city - and continue to the majestic Barrio Parque. A highlight will be a backstage tour of the architecturally impressive Teatro Colón, where you will walk in the footsteps of Caruso and Callas, Nijinksy and Nureyev, Saint-Saëns and Strauss. The rest of the day is at leisure before the Latin American Premiere that evening.
Thu 5 Dec
This morning starts with a visit to the museum of modern Latin American art. Considered the country’s best museum, this bold contemporary construction houses some of the most avantgarde and revolutionary modern art in the world, including works by Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera. Move on to the Evita Museum for a fascinating insight into Argentina's most famous first lady. Lunch will be in a local restaurant with the rest of the day at leisure.
Fri 6 Dec
Take a ferry across the Rio de la Plata to the historic town of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. Wander the winding cobbled streets of this quaint colonial town and enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Spend time at leisure before the return ferry to Buenos Aires.
Sat 7 Dec
Today is free for you to explore the city further or do some last-minute shopping. Farewell lunch at El Federal, a restaurant which showcases dishes from many different parts of Argentina. Take time to rest and relax before the evening’s opera performance at the Teatro Colón.
Sun 8 Dec
Check-out and transfer to the airport for the flight home.
Mon 9 Dec
Early morning arrival in London.
For those wishing to further their exploration of Argentina, Travel for the Arts is delighted to offer the possibility of three additional tours on request:
Based in El Calafate, a small town on the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, you will witness the wonders of this region’s extraordinary landscape with its many majestic glaciers.
Fly to El Calafate and check-in at the boutique Hotel Patagonia Queen, a short distance from Lake Argentino.
Join your guide for a full-day excursion to Los Glaciares National Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site owing to its breathtaking natural beauty. A highlight will be a boat trip to the front of the famous and spectacular Perito Moreno glacier.
Spend the day on Lake Argentino with a boat cruise from Puerto Bandera towards Upsala glacier, the largest in South America. Continue to Bahía Onelli, where you will disembark and walk through the impressive woodland till you reach Lake Onelli and the Agassiz, Onelli and Bolados glaciers. Back on board to the Spegazzini glacier before returning to the hotel.
Transfer to El Calafate airport.
The sight and sound of Iguazú Falls is truly astonishing and awe-inspiring. Prepare to be impressed by the world’s largest waterfalls, one of the wonders of the natural world.
Fly to Iguazú and transfer to the 5-star Loi Suites Hotel, located on the banks of the river Iguazú.
Join your guide for a full day at Iguazú National Park. Enter the rainforest by the Yacaratiá trail and head to Puerto Macuco from where you will take a boat towards the waterfalls. At Tres Mosqueteros, you will see the falls of both the Argentine and Brazilian sides crowned by the view of the tallest waterfall, the Devil’s Throat. Another highlight is the incomparable San Martín waterfall. Return to Puerto Macuco for the drive back to the hotel.
Transfer to Iguazú airport.
Located near the Andes Mountains in western Argentina, Mendoza is renowned for its wine production, in particular the Malbec grape variety. An oenophile’s dream, several wine routes connect the area’s many bodegas.
Fly to Mendoza and check-in at the Posada Verde Oliva, surrounded by vineyards and olive trees.
A full day in the Valle de Uco, a prominent wine-growing region, with the opportunity to taste a variety of wines, in particular the locally-renowned Malbec. Travel along the ‘Wine Road’, past numerous vineyards and wineries towards the town of Tupungato with views of the snow-capped Tupungato Volcano and the Andes Mountains.
A half day visit to the Luján and Maipú wineries with wine-tasting at each.
Transfer to Mendoza airport.
4 Dec 20.00
MITRIDATE, RE DI PONTO MozartInc
D: Julián Ignacio Garcés
C: Ulises Maino
Cast: Santiago Martínez, Constanza Díaz Falú, Florencia Burgardt, Martín Oro, María Goso
Venue: Theatre 25 de Mayo
Latin American Premiere
7 Dec 20.00
THE TALES OF HOFFMANN OffenbachInc
D: Eugenio Zanetti
C: Enrique Arturo Diemecke
Cast: Darío Schmunck, Fernando Radó, Oriana Favaro, Guadalupe Barrientos, Paula Almerares, Adriana Mastrángelo
Venue: Teatro Colón
28 Nov London Heathrow - Buenos Aires dep: 22:10 arr: 09:05 (+1)
8 Dec Buenos Aires - London Heathrow dep: 14:20 arr: 06:35 (+1)
Flight schedules are subject to alteration.
Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.
Prices per person
|Single room supplement||£675|
|Land-only tour price||£2600|
Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, two dinners, five lunches, two teas, welcome drinks and empanadas, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the service of our local representative or tour manager.