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Buenos Aires in 5 days

Make the most out of your time in Argentina's most fascinating city

Day 1

During the day: Explore Buenos Aires’ Highlights with a Small Group City Tour

In three fun-filled and exciting hours (including pick-up and drop-off times) our team of reliable and professional drivers and very passionate, attentive, informative, knowledgeable, and helpful tour guides with outstanding English skills will tour you in a small group of no more than 12 guests around Buenos Aires city, bringing it to life with their live commentary full of background information, facts and insights that you will not be able to find in any book or travel guide.

This tour offers the perfect balance between driving and light walking, which will allow you to get a great overview of the city’s most iconic areas and districts in just half of a day, and at the same time have the possibility to get off the vehicle, and walk around and have a deeper understanding of three key locations within Buenos Aires: Plaza de Mayo, La Boca neighbourhood, and Recoleta’s Cemetery (where you will have the chance to stand in front of Evita’s mausoleum).

At Signature Tours, we highly recommend doing this tour as early as possible in your trip, as it is a great introduction to some of the key highlights of Buenos Aires, perfect for giving you a chance to find your way around and decide where to spend more time later on.

You can opt to take this tour with a small group either in the morning of in the afternoon, but if you want to spend longer at each site we would suggest checking out our Private Highlights of Buenos Aires tour, which is more convenient if you want to have a fully customized experience based on your particular interests, have a closed tour exclusively for your travel group, and have all of the tour guide’s attention for yourself.

Book your Small-Group Buenos Aires City Tour online today and save your spot!

In the evening: Enjoy Buenos Aires’ nightlife with a Tango dinner-show

After a marvellous introduction to Buenos Aires city and a free afternoon, get ready to enjoy nightlife in Buenos Aires.

When the start time is reached, a transfer will pick you up from your hotel to head to the heart of San Telmo, the city’s old town, where one of the oldest and more authentic tanguerías is located. Once there, you will be able to appreciate all of the talk around this restored tenement, a classic of Buenos Aires architectural culture.

The show is a visit to good old times when tango music was the calling from the artist’s soul. The building’s pure interior is the ideal ambiance for a traditional tango and folk music show that includes two typical orchestras: The great orchestra of Juan D´Arienzo and a quintet. Two tango singers and six dancing couples accompany the orchestra.

Enjoy the music of the “Altiplano” (the North of Argentina that borders Bolivia) and a folklore ballet with a show of “boleadoras” (formerly used by “gauchos” or Argentinian cowboys as hunting slings). Watch the artists on stage while you dine on a menu of local and international dishes and exquisite Argentine wines.

Book your Best Tango Dinner-Show with private transfers online today and save your spot!

Day 2

During the day: Take a walking tour and explore the palaces of Buenos Aires and the Colon Theatre, one of the world’s most popular opera houses.

Get skip-the-line access to one of the world’s most popular opera houses, the Teatro Colón (Colon Theater), on this 2.5-hour guided tour.

Renowned for its phenomenal acoustics and stunning architecture, the Colón theatre is considered one of the best opera houses in the world, together with La Scala in Milán, the Opera Garnier in Paris and the Royal Opera House in London.

Designed by Francesco Tamburini, Victor Meano and Jules Dormal, and built over 20 years, the theatre opened in 1908 and went on to host some of the most important conductors, singers and dancers of the twentieth century, including Igor Stravinsky, Herbert von Karajan, Daniel Barenboim, Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Rudolf Nureyev, Julio Bocca and Maximiliano Guerra.

It reopened to the public in 2010 following an ambitious restoration and renovation project undertaken by the city government.

After visiting the Opera House, you will continue with a walking tour with your local tour guide where you will get the chance to dicover the palaces of Buenos Aires.

Book your Buenos Aires palaces walking tour + Visit to the Colon Theatre online today and save your spot!

In the evening: Learn about Argentinean gastronomy in a hands-on cooking class and wine tasting

Learn to make the most famous Latin American street food: Argentine empanadas. These are easy to make and delicious to eat. Enjoy them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, served as an appetizer or main dish. In this hands-on cooking class you will get the chance to cook your local host who will share with you how to make Argentine empanadas from scratch, in an interactive and approachable way.

In addition to that, you will get the chance to take your wine tasting skills to the nest level.

The world loves Malbec. Originally from France, this black-skinned grape became synonymous with Argentina, where ripe, juicy bottlings from Mendoza turned it into a household name. Today, Argentina leads production of the grape with over 75% of all the acres of Malbec in the world.

Your host will introduce you to the history of wine making in the nation and how Argentina’s three main vineyard regions (Patagonia, Mendoza, and Salta) differ when it comes to nuances in flavour. Learn about local varietals, such as torrontés, as well as the malbecs Argentina has rightfully become famous for.

Book your hands-on cooking class and wine tasting online today and save your spot!

Day 3

During the day: Head to an Argentinian Estancia to learn about the Gaucho culture

Explore the countryside of Buenos Aires and learn all about the gauchos and ranch life on the Pampas in an exciting full-day tour that includes visits to a historical rural town and silversmith museum, visits to a ranch, loads of food and wine, dancing, horseback-riding, gaucho horse skills display, and convenient pick-up and drop-off at your hotel.

In this exciting and fun-filled full-day tour our team of reliable and professional drivers and very passionate, informative, knowledgeable, and helpful tour guides with excellent English skills will take you in a small group of no more than 12 guests on an epic adventure into the world of the Gauchos (The men of the Pampas) and show you the beauties of Argentina’s countryside.

This tour is a good opportunity to get out of the city of Buenos Aires and into the Pampas (the vast flatlands of Argentina) to live a variety of unique experiences that complement what you can see and do in the capital city.

After hotels pick-up, you will leave Argentina’s largest city behind and dive into a completely different world on the way to San Antonio de Areco, a small town dating back to 1730 known as “the cradle of culture and tradition” in Argentina.

The drive out to the Pampas will go quickly as your tour guide will fill in details of life in Argentina and what to expect at the town and the ranch, bringing the landscape around to life with their live commentary providing history, geography, cultural facts, and information.

Once in Areco, you will get off the vehicle and visit the Draghi museum which is family-run and operated, featuring some of the best silversmiths in the world. This is the perfect place to learn about Latin American silverwork and get a deep understanding of the gaucho’s particular dress style and working tools.

After your visit, you will get back to the vehicle and head off to the ‘estancia’ (ranch), a beautiful and large property that operates as a farm focusing mainly on cattle-breeding and grain-growing.

Upon arrival at El Ombú ranch, you will be greeted with joy by the gauchos and served with welcome drinks and some of the best ’empanadas’ (local pasties) you will eat in the entire world.

You will also have time to try some laid-back completely suitable for beginners horseback-riding or wagon-riding guided by the gauchos ensuring each rider’s safety, or if you prefer spend this pre-lunch time wandering around the ranch, enjoying the beautiful scenery and taking pictures.

We strongly suggest you “come to this tour hungry” as for lunch you will be treated to a real Argentinean meat feast featuring the national dish: asado. You will be served a wide variety of grilled beef cuts, sausages, and other local treats, altogether with chimichurri sauce, salads, bread, and freely flowed wine (if you are vegan/vegetarian no need to worry as they also offer meat-less and vegan alternatives).  Dessert does not fall behind featuring different options served along with a cup of coffee (very much needed to stay up and engaged after so much food).

The afternoon begins with a display of singing and dancing from folk who live in this region, very different from Tango (found in the city), and if you are confident enough you can also give it a try and learn a couple of dancing moves to impress your friends and family when going back home.

To wrap up such a wonderful and authentic Argentine experience, one of the gauchos will delight you with a demonstration of how he tames his horse and the confidence they have in each other in an unconventional horse whispering demonstration that is guaranteed to keep you spellbound. Without a doubt, the highlight of this tour.

Book your Small-Group Gaucho Day Trip to a Typical Argentinian Ranch tour online today and save your spot!

In the evening: Treat yourself with a traditional Argentine dinner in a top restaurant.

Buenos Aires has plenty of things to do. Eating is one of them. Either if you decide to go to a world-famous parrilla or prefer a low-profile family-owned restaurante, the city has plenty of options for you.

Check out the blog article Best fine-dining restaurants in Buenos Aires for reccommendations.

Day 4

During the day: Explore Buenos Aires’ most incredible natural wonder

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and explore nature and history-rich parts of the greater Buenos Aires metropolitan area that you will likely miss otherwise in a half-day tour featuring an incredible and relaxing river cruise and a delicious authentic snack with convenient pick-up and drop-off at your hotel.

In this exciting and fun-filled half-day tour our team of reliable and professional drivers and very passionate, informative, knowledgeable, and helpful tour guides with excellent English skills will take you in a small group of no more than 12 guests on an epic adventure that offers the perfect balance between nature and history.

After hotels pick-up, you will cruise the widest river in the world while getting spectacular views of Buenos Aires skyline from the waters of the “Río de la Plata”.

After one hour of navigation through the wider river, you will arrive at the Parana River’s Delta, a magic place that truly feels like a fantasy land. Once in the Delta, the boat ride continues through a series of narrow channels and islands, a popular weekend getaway for “Porteños” (residents of Buenos Aires) and an everyday home to thousands of “isleños” (islanders). A unique experience where your eyes will be delighted with the majestic scenery (that is very different from anything you have seen before) while you get to learn all about the locals who live along the peaceful channels with boats as their only means of transportation.

At lunchtime, the boat will drop you off at Tigre, a major city within Buenos Aires suburbs, where you will enjoy a very authentic snack including “empanadas” (local pasties) and drinks in a beautiful and historical venue that belongs to the Italian Rowing Club of Tigre City.

For the rest of the tour, on board of a comfortable vehicle, you will drive you through the northern suburbs of Buenos Aires to give you an overview of what life is like in the outskirts of Argentina’s capital city, home to about 25% of the total population of the country. Along the ride, you will visit several sites, including the Fruit’s Market (a type of bazaar where locals shop for home goods and where you can find some great souvenirs that feel authentic) and San Isidro City (where you will get the chance to visit the district’s marvelous neogothic cathedral).

Once time is up you will be driven back to Buenos Aires city, where you have the chance to stay somewhere on the way to keep exploring Argentina’s most fascinating city or to be taken back to your hotel.

At Signature Tours we consider this to be a must-see in Buenos Aires area, as it offers you the unique possibility to experience something completely different without having to travel far away from the city.

Book your Small Group Delta Cruise & Tigre – San Isidro Tour online today and save your spot!

In the evening: Head to Puerto Madero to enjoy the city nightlife

Puerto Madero is the newest and trendiest neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. Even though you can visit it during the day, it is in the evening where this area comes to light with plenty of options for dinner.

The perfect way to start your visit in this area is to grab a sunset drink at Crystal Bar, located at Alvear Icon Hotel, where you have panoramic views of the city and of the Rio de la Plata.

Later on and after walking by the docks,  if you are interested in going to a top-end Argentinian parrilla, then our recommendation is Cabaña Las Lilas.

Check out the blog article All you need to know about Buenos Aires’ most modern district for reccommendations.

Day 5

During the day: Take a Small Group Day Trip to Colonia, Uruguay.

Visit the traditional town of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay, on the other side of the Rio de la Plata, and only a 60-minute boat ride from Buenos Aires. Take a visit to the historic center of Colonia which is like stepping back in time.

Founded in 1680 by the Portuguese, this old colonial town is renowned for its cobbled, windy streets and colourful houses. Nowadays, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Due to its colonial origins, the city’s layout is different from the majority of Uruguayan cities.

Its cobbled streets and houses alternate with small bars, restaurants, art and craft shops, museums and a large yacht harbour. It has some particularly lovely plazas and small flower-filled parks and is a wonderful and romantic way to spend your day.

So take some time away from Buenos Aires and book your day tour of Colonia online today!

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