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6 days
Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires

Watch the All Blacks and join the craft beer revolution that is taking over Buenos Aires. Visit the largest cattle market in Argentina & take a trip into the Pampas to visit a traditional estancia (ranch).  And of course, you will witness the All Blacks take on Argentina on their home turf, soak up the atmosphere surrounded by thousands of roaring Argentines at the Velez Sarsfield stadium.  Join a true Argentinian feast, with tables of 13 coming together for a special dining experience. A unique 24-hour preparation process has led people to make the bold claim that this is where one of the best steaks in Argentina is served. This All Blacks Tour of South America comes with lashings of the best rugby condiment, beer and beef!

Price is based per adult in a twin share room*.

Viva Expeditions is an official All Blacks Tours sales agent.

Highlights

  • Witness an epic battle between the All Blacks and Argentina in Buenos Aires
  • Enjoy what some are boldly claiming to be one of the best steaks in Argentina. With a unique 24-hour preparation it has a very special taste
  • Join a speakeasy tour visiting hidden bars. Sample some of the best craft beers from Buenos Aires ever-growing number of breweries

Itinerary

Day 1: Buenos Aires

On arrival, please make your way through to the Arrivals Hall where our representative will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel. He/she will be holding a sign with your name on it. Should you not be able to locate them, please refer to the front of your itinerary for emergency contact details of our representative office. Please note this service is with a driver only.

Buenos Aires, Argentina’s elegant, historic and cosmopolitan capital, is known as the “Paris of the South” due to its European atmosphere with glamorous avenues lined with fashionable shops and Parisian-style restaurants and cafes. Located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, Buenos Aires has many fascinating neighbourhoods to explore including the colourful and lively La Boca, home to art galleries and tango shows; San Telmo with its restored mansions and antique stores and Recoleta, the city’s most exclusive area.

Overnight in a Junior Room at Hotel Own Recoleta including breakfast.

 

Day 2: Buenos Aires Tour & Argentine Experience

You will be collected from your hotel for your three-hour tour visiting the most important highlights of the city of Buenos Aires. Discover the history of the Plaza de Mayo Square, the site of Argentina’s most important historical events – see its surroundings and the most emblematic buildings and learn all about them. Then enjoy Mayo Avenue and wonder in awe at the oldest residential neighbourhood in Buenos Aires: San Telmo. Live and feel the original Tango in the neighbourhood of La Boca: walk along Caminito Street and enjoy the Dancers and souvenir shops. See the mythical Boca Juniors soccer stadium. Contemplate the modernization of the city whilst traveling along Puerto Madero and its exclusive docks, full of excellent restaurants and large offices. Pass through the Retiro neighbourhood and move on to see Palermo and its most exclusive residential area before finally arriving at Recoleta. Here, discover the final resting place of Eva Peron, “Evita” and wander through Recoleta Cemetery where she is to be found. On completion of your tour, you will be taken to your hotel. Please note this is a small group tour.

The Argentine Experience – Dinner

The Argentine Experience offers a unique dining experience which cleverly blends exquisite food and wine, local culture and social integration. Individuals, couples, families and groups are mixed around two 13 person banquet tables, led by two charismatic guides, and supported by our international team.

They teach the art of making traditional empanadas, then everyone gets creative in Argentina’s first and only novelty empanada competition. Alongside your creations, enjoy grilled provoleta cheese with sliced chorizo sausage and pork flank steak. Next, enjoy what some are boldly claiming to be one of the best steaks in Argentina, with our unique 24 hour preparation, cooked to order and accompanied with velvety mashed potatoes and oven roasted vegetables (Vegetarian/Pescatarian and celiac options available).

For dessert, make your own alfajores and learn about the history and etiquette of mate, Argentina’s national pastime. The meal is paired with endless excellent wines from limited boutique lines. The guides throughout the evening will answer questions on Argentine cuisine and culture.

Overnight in a Junior Room at Hotel Own Recoleta including breakfast

 

Day 3: Buenos Aires Liniers Cattle Market & Craft beer tour

Today you will be picked up early in the morning by our guide, and you will be transferred to the Liniers Cattle Market – it will be around a one-hour drive. At 8 am the tour will start, run by a specialised guide from the market. The guided tour lasts one hour.

Liniers cattle market is the major livestock trade centre of the country, holding several particular characteristics that make it unique worldwide. Bidding between buyers take place here daily, and the so settled final price rule the value for the whole national livestock. It supplies the domestic beef needs for Buenos Aires. Some 10,000 to 13,000 head of cattle are sold here each day, four days a week. Most of the cattle are sold to local supermarkets and packing plants for consumption in the Buenos Aires area. The other 85 per cent are marketed in local auctions or directly from the farmer or rancher to the packer.

The Liniers Cattle Market has been active for more than 130 years, so its history is very long and interesting, and has been very influenced by the social and political scenarios of the country (Liniers Cattle Market Entrance Fee is included). This is a great authentic experience for people who have a background or interest in farming.

Craft beer & Speak Easy tour – Join the Craft Beer Revolution!

In the past 3 years, Buenos Aires developed a taste for amazing beer and opened over 600 new craft breweries in town. In this Craft Beer tour, you’ll drink, taste and smell the gems of the Buenos Aires beer scene as you learn the basics of Beer Tasting as well as the history and challenges of the brewing scene in Buenos Aires from the late 1800s.

We’ll start at one of our guide’s favourite breweries, sampling 4 beers, learning how to properly taste them and talking about the craft beer scene in Argentina and Buenos Aires.

Later, it’s cocktail time and time to discover its amazing scene. We’ll visit 2 speakeasies (hidden bars) in the area. Our last bar will have dining options in case you want to continue your night at our last location.

The tour includes a 4 beer sampler at the first bar + 1 cocktail per bar on the barhopping (2 total) + snacks.
Tours last +-3 hours and run WED-SUN 15:30-19:30 in the neighbourhood of Palermo.

IMPORTANT: This is a walking tour that includes steps, uneven terrain and involves light paced walking. This tour is for 18+-year-old passengers. It is not apt for celiac or gluten-free diets, pregnant women/people or people with drinking disorders.

Overnight in a Junior Room at Hotel Own Recoleta including breakfast

 

Day 4: Buenos Aires Ranch & Countryside tour

On this tour you will enjoy an authentic day in the countryside at an exclusive estancia in San Antonio de Areco. At the start of the tour you will travel 1.5 hours to San Antonio de Areco across the endless pampas. During the trip, our guide will explain what you are seeing. On arrival at San Antonio de Areco you can take a short walking tour of this charming gaucho town, which includes a walk around the historical plaza. Following that you head out to the exclusive ‘El Ombu de Areco’ Estancia. Once at the estancia you can have a short horse ride, or go for a ride in a sulky carriage perhaps! There is a typical welcome/starter of cold cuts, cheeses and beverages, and for lunch, you will enjoy a typical Argentine country style asado prepared using only the finest quality meats. Dessert is accompanied by a folklore show, which is followed by a demonstration of gaucho skills.

Overnight in a Junior Room at Hotel Own Recoleta including breakfast

 

Day 5: ALL BLACKS VS PUMAS

The day you have been waiting for, can you feel the nerves? Will the All Blacks destroy the Puma’s sending them whimpering with their tails between their legs. Or, will the Pumas surprise the All Blacks by delivering an attack akin to David and Goliaths standoff. Today, an epic battle will play itself out under the sound of roaring Argentinians and Kiwis. Who will emerge to be victorious?

Your Game Day package includes:

  • Official Match Ticket to All Blacks vs Argentina
  • Return Game Day Transfers
  • Pre and Post Match function including beverages and snacks

Overnight in a Junior Room at Hotel Own Recoleta including breakfast (Standard Category Accommodation).

 

Day 6: Depart Buenos Aires

The San Telmo market is a lively and colourful market. The Feria de San Telmo began as a 270-stall antique market in 1971 and has grown into a huge come-as-you-are street bazaar that draws over 12,000 people every week. The heart of the antique wares are congregated around Plaza Dorrego but the entire outdoor market stretches down 13 blocks of the cobblestone Defensa Street and off onto a few side lanes. From 9am until 6pm. Defensa Street is completely pedestrian and packed with entertainers jockeying for attention and an international array of street vendors who display their goods on the pavement. The offerings include antiquities from Argentina’s glory days, original art, funky clothing, homemade snacks, and pretty much everything else you can imagine! For non-shoppers, the street fair offers plenty of free entertainment and some of Buenos Aires’ most interesting people watching.

Departure Transfer: – This afternoon you will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport for your onward flight. This service includes a driver only.

DEPART BUENOS AIRES

Inclusions

  • 5 nights accommodation in a tourist class (3-star) hotel (Hotel upgrade options are available)
  • The Argentine Experience dinner
  • Breakfast daily
  • Buenos Aires city tour
  • Craft beer tour
  • Liniers cattle market tour
  • Full day ranch and countryside tour
  • Official Match Tickets to All Blacks vs Pumas on 20 July 2019.
  • Transfers to and from the stadium on game day,

Exclusions

  • Flights are NOT included. However can be added. Please ask for more details

Departure Dates

Terms and conditions
The prices are intended as a guide only. Cost above is indicative, based on Low Season and subject to change due to fluctuation in exchange rates. Prices are in New Zealand Dollars and are per person twin share, unless otherwise specified. (Viva)
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