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A little of this - a little of that - it's all about Buenos Aires, its history and culture.
This Tour Includes:
- Air conditioned vehicle
- Licensed English-speaking guide
- Panoramic drive along 9 de Julio Avenue
- Avenida de Mayo to Plaza De Mayo
- Stop at the famous Café Tortoni for a taste
- See San Telmo, a historical neighborhood and the oldest district in the city
- Plaza Dorrego, perhaps time to stroll this antique district
- Tour Zanjon de Granados Underground Tunnels
- See La Boca, with its colorful street Caminito
- Visit Palermo, the green area of the city with its beautiful parks, the City Zoo, Botanical Garden, Argentine Horse Track and National Polo Fields
- See Recoleta, with its boutiques, upscale restaurants
- Enter the cemetery of Recoleta to view Eva Perón's gravesite
Buenos Aires is known for the tango but your visit will show you so much more. Beautiful avenues such as 9 de Julio Avenue, which is the widest in the world, will send a message of elegance and understatement as you pass by the Colon Theatre, which one of the world's best known opera houses in the world as well. Your ride transitions easily to the Avenida de Mayo and runs into Plaza de Mayo, which is surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Government House), the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo (the first City Hall). At the other end of the Plaza the cupola of the Congress building can be seen.
Before leaving this area you will stop to visit the Metropolitan Cathedral, a Neo-classical building which is Argentina's main representation. The Mausoleum of General San Martin, a National hero, is located inside and Pope Francisco used to celebrate religious services in this Cathedral when he was the cardinal of the city, so it has taken on special significance today.
Your stop at the famous Café Tortoni, which is the oldest literati café in the city, will give you a chance to refresh and talk. You will be treated to a cup of coffee and a snack.
Now ready for more, move on the San Telmo, a historical neighborhood which is also the oldest district of Buenos Aires. If time allows, you may have a chance to stroll around the Plaza Dorrego and do a little window shopping of its many antique stores.
An unusual highlight is next, the Zanjon de Granados Underground Tunnels. This unusual house tells the tale of all of Buenos Aires' history, as the street is sitting on what was a small river-the-zanjon, or gorge, where the first unsuccessful attempt to found Buenos Aires tool place in 1536. When the property's current owner decided to develop this property, he discovered artifacts underneath the house. Twenty years later we include this in our tour and it is a 500-foot network of excavation that once was a aqueduct is now restored to a private museum, rarely included in tours. This part of your tour will be shared with others but your guide will accompany you.
The history lesson then continues aboveground, where you can see the surviving wall of a construction from 1740, the 19th-century mansion built around it, and traces of the conventillo it became.
A visit to Buenos Aires is not complete without a drive through La Boca and its famous street, Caminito. Passing by the beautiful parks, the City Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Argentine Horse Track and National Polo Fields will deliver the impression of sophistication that this city deserves. The glamorous boutiques, restaurants, and mansions will not seem out of place here. And finally, the cemetery of Recoleta, where you will visit the grave of Eva Duarte, or Eva Peron as you know her. This aristocratic neighbourhood
- Your visit to the Zanjon de Granados underground tunnels will be shared with others, but your guide will accompany you.
- Food, beverages, gratuities, and admissions not mentioned are not included in the price of this tour.
- The Zanjon de Granados Underground Tunnels are closed on Saturdays. Please book the Buenos Aires Highlights tour instead.
Days offered: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday