Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Jewish trip to Argentina. Sample itinerary by KosherLat Valeria Duek

Day 1- Day of Departure
 Departure from your country to Buenos Aires

Day 2-Early arrival EZE international airport in Buenos Aires
·         Transfer with city overview by deluxe air-conditioned bus
·         Welcome Dinner at local restaurant
·         Overnight Buenos Aires

Day 3 - Buenos Aires
Breakfast at the hotel
·         Orientation City Tour: Plaza de Mayo, the City of Buenos Aires and the Historical and political center of the country- Cabildo (the colonial House of Government), Metropolitan Cathedral (current pope’s Church) with the only Memorial in honor of the victims of the Shoah inside of a Cathedral anywhere in the world. Casa Rosada -the Pink House the official presidential residence and government  headquarters, The Congress Building - El Congreso, is quite impressive, El Obelisco - the Obelisk is a memorial monument that has historical facts related to the Argentine history engraved on each of its four faces.
·        Lunch in a famous Pizzeria of Buenos Aires - Guerrin, on Avenida Corrientes known as the Broadway of Buenos Aires. 
We will explore La Boca area with its open arts fair, and its famous Caminito street. 
Then, we will visit San Telmo, the oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Return to hotel and get ready for Shabbat 
·         We will attend a Traditional Kabbalat Shabbat Services and Shabbat Dinner at Libertad Street Synagogue, the oldest congregation in the country.
·         Overnight Buenos Aires

Day 4 Buenos Aires 
·         Breakfast at hotel
·         Shabbat Services and lunch with the congregants of Benei  Tikva Temple, which is located in Belgrano neighborhood.
Benei Tikva Congregation´s chief Rabbi is Abraham Skorka, the friend of the current Pope who accompanied him in his visit to Israel in May 2014.
·         The rest of the afternoon at leisure.
·         Our suggestion is for you to visit Palermo Soho.
This is a Buenos Aires super-barrio that simply can’t be ignored.
Palermo Soho district blossoms on weekends. Stores with avant-garde design, exquisite cafes and fancy restaurants will make your journey more enjoyable. Nowadays is the preferred spot for fashionable travelers in Buenos Aires. This neighborhood, once a run-down place full of warehouses, factories, and tiny, decaying homes as recently as 15 years ago, has been transformed into one of the city's most chic destinations. Once you walk through Palermo Soho and begin to absorb its charms - cobblestone streets, enormous oak-tree canopies, and low-rise buildings giving a clear view to the open skies, you'll start wondering why it had been forsaken for so many years. You will find a variety of art galleries, independent designers’ shops, the most hip restaurants and bars and the latest trend night clubs.

Other suggestions in the area (Palermo district):  Japanese Garden, MALBA Museum.

·         We will meet at 19.00 in the lobby to enjoy of a Tango Class at Tango Porteno (do not panic: it is for beginners!)
·         Dinner and Tango Show at Gala Tango (lessons before Dinner)  Enjoy of one of the best tango Galas in Buenos Aires. Tango Porteno is
in prime location, on Avenida 9 de Julio and next to the obelisk of Buenos Aires. The venue use to be a theatre which was refurbished.
Live orchestra and over 20 dancers on stage will give you the best of the tango experience.
·         Overnight Buenos Aires

Day 5 - Buenos Aires 
·         Breakfast at hotel
·         We will visit Estancia Santa Susana (Argentinean Ranch) and enjoy of a BBQ Argentinean Style (full day)
Gaucho day from Buenos Aires: Santa Susana Ranch
Experience a ‘fiesta gaucha’ (gaucho party) on this full-day tour from Buenos Aires to Estancia Santa Susana, a traditional ranch in the Argentina countryside. Loosely translated as the South American version of cowboys, gauchos are residents of the Argentina plains, and at Santa Susana, they offer a fun-filled day of ranch activities, horseback rides, a traditional folk show, a BBQ lunch, wine and a performance of their fantastic horse-riding skills.
·         Highlights
Day trip from Buenos Aires to Estancia Santa Susana, a ranch in Los Cardales
Go horseback riding or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage
Enjoy a delicious Argentine BBQ lunch accompanied by wine
Watch a tango and folk music show and see gauchos perform with throwing weapons
Be entertained as the gauchos show off their horse-riding skills
Back to the hotel.
Dinner on your own
·         Overnight Buenos Aires

 Day 6- Exploring Jewish neighborhood 
Breakfast at hotel
·         We leave the hotel at 9.15 sharp. Due to the strict security measures of the Jewish institutions and synagogues visited you will need to hold your original passport.
·         Morning tour of AMIA (Jewish Federation of Buenos Aires, founded in 1894,bombed by terrorists in 1994,including a Memorial by the renowned Israeli artist –Agam in honor of the 85 victims of the attack) . The AMIA continues to serve as a center for a multitude of cultural and community events.
·         Visit to the Sephardic Synagogue of Lavalle Street, which was built in 1936.
·         Continue to the bustling neighborhood of ONCE known as the Lower East Side of Buenos Aires, while not a particularly picturesque neighborhood, it is certainly a historic one for the local Jewish community.
·         Lunch at local restaurant 

·         Visit Recoleta districts, one of the most fashionable, lively places in all Buenos Aires. Visit the tomb of Eva ”Evita” Peron in the local cemetery.
·         Colon Theatre guided tour:  a cultural icon of Buenos Aires, this beautiful theatre is the biggest in the southern hemisphere. It was constructed during 1889 and 1908 by Vittorio Meano. It was inaugurated with Guiseppe´s Verdi´s Aida. Third in size behind the opera houses of Paris and Vienna when inaugurated, was voted as the best acoustics for opera before La Scala of Milan. Strauss, Toscanini, Stravinsky and Von Karajan conducted here, Callas, Caruso and Pavarotti sang here, as Nijinsky, Nureyev and Fontayne danced in this mecca of the arts.
·         Back to the hotel at 17.15. Getting ready for dinner.
·         We leave the hotel at 18.45
·         Dinner at Argentinean Meat restaurant  - Activity Argentine Experience: cook your own empanadas, have a great meat dinner and prepare your own alfajores!
·         Overnight Buenos Aires
  
Day 7 - Buenos Aires
·         Breakfast at hotel
·         We leave the hotel at 10.30
·         We will take a guided visit to Evita Museum. Eva Peron is a key controversial character in the recent History of Argentina. 
·         Lunch on your own.
·         We will meet again at the front door of the Evita Museum at 13.45.
·         In the afternoon, we will visit Marshall T Meyer Latin American Seminary, founded in 1962 by Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Z"L, it is the academic, cultural and religious center of the Jewish Conservative Movement (Masorti) in Argentina and Latin America. The main objective of this Seminary is to form and ordain rabbis to spread and perpetuate the Jewish religion in Latin American communities. Since its foundation, 83 rabbis have graduated, including 8 women. They all perform their duties in different communities of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, San Salvador, Uruguay, Venezuela, United States, and Israel.
·         Visit Anne Frank museum in Buenos Aires, located in the Belgrano neighborhood, and was officially opened on June 12th, 2009, on the occasion of Anne Frank’s 80th birthday.  In the museum, the Centro Ana Frank features several rooms that are modeled after the famous hiding place in Amsterdam.
·         Back to the hotel 
·         Dinner at Cafe Tortoni
The cafe is one if the oldest and most prestigious in Buenos Aires. Argentina's best poets and thinkers often met with their peers that had fled from the Spanish Civil War in the beginning of the century. Playwrights like Benavente and Garcia Lorca philosophers like Ortega y Gasset made Tortoni their "home".  The Cafe had its own jazz cellar, pool room as well as a tango program. 
·         Overnight Buenos Aires

Day 8  Buenos Aires 
·         Breakfast at hotel
Free day for your leisure
·         Dinner 
·         Overnight Buenos Aires


Day 9 - Buenos Aires 
·         Breakfast at hotel
·         Free day at leisure
SUGGESTION: A great way to learn more about this marvelous city, exploring the areas which interested you the most.
·         La Boca the oldest, most colorful, and most authentic neighborhood in Buenos Aires.
La Boca is partly an artist colony, and mostly a working-class neighborhood.  The most famous street in La Boca is called Caminito (little path), and is the center of tourist activity in the area. The street is commonly shown on postcards for its multi-colored houses. Many artists also show off their work (handicrafts, antiques and silver goods).
·         Lunch local restaurant on your own
·         Continue to  San Telmo and spend the rest of the day there with the opportunity to dine on one’s own, one of the oldest and most picturesque cities in Buenos Aires, Step inside the diverse array of shops, antique stores and open-air flea markets along the cobblestone streets of San Telmo.
·         Recoleta quarter is definitely another interesting option. You will find tango dancers, musicians and other artists on the streets.. Recoleta handicraft fair is the best in town. 
·         Explore Puerto Madero, the site of the new restaurants, shopping and entertainment area in Buenos Aires. This area was first used for storage by the docks, but ten years ago, was transformed into the modern hotspot that it is today. Enjoy a walk around the marina and take a break at one of the numerous outdoor cafes and restaurants.
·         Walk along Florida Street, the side streets to discover the hidden shopping treasures of the city.

Transfer to the EZE international airport for your flight home at 4.00pm
Optional extensions: El Calafate, Mendoza, Bariloche, Salta and Iguazu Falls.
Additional nights in Buenos Aires available.

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