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Songlines Music Travel, in association with Imaginative Traveller, invites music lovers and travellers alike on this amazing trip to the home of both European and indigenous musical styles, Argentina. This fascinating country attracts people from all over the world for its diverse sounds and culture and for its famous dance born in Buenos Aires: Tango.
Accompanied by Chris Moss, your UK tour leader, you will get unique access to the very best local music venues and have private meetings with local artists. In addition, a superb cultural programme complements the trip to immerse you into true Argentinian culture.
9 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 3 x Dinner
Public & Private Transport
Hotel Accommodation on a twin share basis
• Enjoy live music in local bars and meet with local artists
• Spend a day in a historical estancia in San Antonio de Areco
• Learn how to cook typical dishes from Argentina
• Walking tour in the enchanting streets of Buenos Aires
• Visit famous open-air markets in Buenos Aires
Welcome to Argentina! Upon your arrival into Buenos Aires you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel in the city. Take some time to relax before meeting your Songlines Tour Leader and other fellow travellers that evening. Enjoy a welcome dinner altogether as you get to know one another.
After breakfast on your first morning, you will embark on a tour of Buenos Aires as you get to know this dynamic and glamorous city. Known as the ‘Paris of the South’, Buenos Aires is the most cosmopolitan city of Latin America. The city is a mix of tradition and modern architecture, whose buildings act as a canvas for the vibrant street-art scene. Tango, old faded cafés, art, architecture and a relentless nightlife make this city unique. After your tour, head out that evening and dive straight in to the local music scene as you visit bars and live music venues. Be aware that in Buenos Aires, restaurants get going at 9pm, bars at midnight and clubs open at 2am the earliest, so get ready for a late one!
This morning you will head out on another tour, this time to discover the Three Markets, all of which are famous open-air locations in the city. First, see the art market on Caminito street in the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca, a district alive with music, laughter and tango beats. Next, browse among the antique stalls of San Telmo, before finishing with a stroll around the handicraft stalls in the sloping gardens of the Recoleta. That evening you will attend a Folk Peña Show. Peñas are set in regional restaurants where you can enjoy regional cuisines whilst live folk music is played by groups of local musicians.
Your entire fourth day will be spent at El Ombu de Areco, an historical estancia located in San Antonio de Areco, birthplace of the gaucho tradition and located just over an hour away from the city. This Late-Colonial style mansion was built in 1880 by Lieutenant-General Pablo Riccheri. Whilst here, you will try some traditional empanadas whilst indulging in some local wines. In the afternoon, you will be able to take a tour of the grounds either by foot, horseback, or carriage. Before the day is out, traditional pastries and home made cakes will be served over tea.
Today you will have a full day in Tigre, just north of Buenos Aires. The name of the town derives from the tigers that were once hunted here a long time ago. You will visit the town’s old fruit harbour, the Puertos de Frutos, which is now a busy craft market. Mooch amongst plants and flowers, furniture carved from local wood, honey, essential oils and an extensive array of exotic fruits. Enjoy a picnic together, followed by a private boat tour, since Tigre is the gateway to the vast network of rivers and wetlands that comprise the Paraná Delta.
Today will be entirely dedicated to tango! This morning, back in Buenos Aires you will pay a visit to the Museo Mondial del Tango, a museum filled with all kinds of tango memorabilia, including one of Carlos Gardel’s famous fedora hats. Afterwards, give it a go yourself over a tango lesson with dancer and Bandoneon player, Carlos Copello. Dance moves perfected, head out to dinner at the beautiful ‘Café de los Angelitos’, a venue at the forefront of the tango scene. This unique and historic coffee house stages a performance every single night where 21 artists perform a show that takes you through the whole history of tango in an elegant and distinguished way.
After breakfast, head to the Museo Casa Gardel, once the home of Carlos Gardel, a French-Argentinian singer, songwriter, composer and actor. Gardel is arguably the most prominent figure in the history of tango. Recent renovations have bought new life to this small tribute to tango’s most famous voice, bringing to light the singer’s musical and cinematic career all the way up to his tragic death in a plane crash at the height of his success. After a day exploring the city, this evening you will watch some live tango dancing at a milonga, one of the many tango dance clubs across the city. Sitting at one of the tables in the dance hall is the perfect place for people watching, as you see couples locked in passionate embraces gracefully sweeping across the dancefloor. The milonga scene is authentic and intimate as you mingle with tango professionals and amateur enthusiasts alike when you take to the dance floor yourself.
Today you will have a chance to meet with tango instrument and costume makers. Learn all about these fascinating crafts, particularly the designing of the tango costumes, carefully made to complement the movement and drama of the body in motion. In the evening, you will have a completely unique Argentinean dining experience. Soak up the perfect blend of exquisite food, wine and the local culture. Roll up your sleeves since you will be making your very own empanadas, followed by a tutorial in how to make alfajores, Argentina’s national sweet.
Your final day will be spent on a walking tour, visiting all of the city’s hotspots including key neighbourhoods and famous landmarks. Take advantage of your last chance to pace these vibrant streets. In the evening, head out for a farewell dinner in one of Buenos Aires’ restaurants before watching an authentic dance show for your final dose of tango.
After breakfast, your tour will come to an end and you will be transferred to the airport at an appropriate time to connect with your flight home.