Tour Uruguay & Buenos Aires

MARCH 21–29, 2020

Join us for an exclusive concert tour to the TANGO capitals of the world — Montevideo & Buenos Aires. You are invited to travel with the Camarada Tango Quintet as we perform with the legendary master of Tango, Raul Jaurena.

You will be our special guests as we perform on March 23, 2020 at the renowned concert hall Teatro Solís in Montevideo and on March 27, 2020 in Buenos Aires.

Tour Includes

*3 Nights Montevideo Uruguay

                  Montevideo Sightseeing & Tango Museum

                  Montevideo Heritage Tour

                  Full-day Punta del Este Tour

                  Full-day Tour to Colonia del Sacramento

                  Camarada Tango Quintet Concert    

Catamaran crossing to Buenos Aires

*4 Nights Buenos Aires, Argentina

Special Buenos Aires Evita Tour

                  Special Museum Tour

                  Camarada Tango Quintet Concert

                  Sunday Flea Market in San Telmo district

                  Gala Farewell dinner and tango show: Rojo Tango

*Breakfast throughout

*3 lunches and 1 dinner

Don Hotel

Don is an exclusive boutique hotel with art deco architecture and contemporary interiors. The panoramic rooftop features an outdoor pool, sun terrace and stylish bar with views of downtown Montevideo. Facing the “Mercado del Puerto” /Port Market/ and surrounded by pedestrian streets reminiscent of colonial times, the hotel is an oasis within the Old City of Montevideo, away from the noise of vehicles.

 

The hotel features 21 rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology and contemporary furnishings. The restaurant serves regional gourmet cuisine and has an extensive list of fine South American wines.

 

You have the morning at leisure to rest after your long trip and then an exciting tour in the afternoon.

Itinerary

Day 1, Saturday, March 21 – Depart Home City

Day 2, Sunday, March 22 – Arrive Montevideo, Uruguay
Early morning arrival in Montevideo and transfer to your hotel.

MONTEVIDEO CITY TOUR & TANGO AT PRIMUSEUM

Tour duration: approx 4.30 hours

This is a complete tour of Montevideo´s monuments, parks and gardens. First stop next to Independence Square. Walk Old Town to see the Cathedral, City Hall, Constitution Square, Independence Square, at the center of which stands a monument dedicated to national hero, José Gervasio Artigas and his Mausoleum. Facing the Independence square is the Government House (President’s Museum), and the Solís Theatre. Ride along the main commercial street 18 de Julio lined with shops, cafés and office buildings. A photo stop will take place at the Legislative Palace, the Parliament building were Congress and Senate meets. Drive past Prado neighborhood, with one of the oldest parks in the city hosting the famous “La Diligencia” sculpture (The Stage Coach), the Monument to the last Charrua Indians, the Rose Garden and spend some minutes around the Prado Hotel. Continue to Batalle & Ordoñez Park, passing by the Obelisk, La Carreta monument (Covered Wagon) and the Soccer Stadium, continuing to the residential area of Carrasco. There will be a stop at Plaza Virgilio, where there is a monument dedicated to Fallen Navy Soldiers. We continue along the coast of marvelous Montevideo. Stop at the Primuseum for a visit, glass of local wine and tango music.

Day 3, Monday, March 23 – In Montevideo (B, L)

URUGUAY HERITAGE

(Light lunch included)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before a 9:30am departure to Montevideo’s former Agricultural market (MAM).

The market was built between 1905 and 1915 and is located in an area which led to several roads that connected most parts of the city. During the first decades of the 19th century, this was where most products that supplied Montevideo could be found. Nowadays, one of Montevideo’s best architectural work of art offers a wide variety of products and services, such as: handcrafts, spices, entertainment for children, local pastries, etc. After visiting MAM, your drive will take you to the Port Market, a building whose impressive wrought‐iron structure shelters a variety of “Parrilladas” and outstanding seafood restaurants. You will also enjoy a visit to the Museo del Carnaval. Nobody does Carnival like the Uruguayans, who keep up the festivities for 40 days.

Tour Highlight: You will have the afternoon at leisure and then this evening you will be provided with transportation to the Camarada Tango Quintet Concert at the revered Solís Theatre, Uruguay’s most important and renowned theatre. It opened in 1856 and the building was designed by the Italian architect Carlo Zucchi. It is located in Montevideo’s Old Town, right next to the Plaza Independencia.

Day 4, Tuesday, March 24 – In Montevideo (B, L)

FULL DAY PUNTA DEL ESTE

(including visit to Ralli Museum) Inside visit to CASAPUEBLO

Tour duration: Min 8 hours

A mere two hours from Montevideo (85 miles distance), Uruguay’s highly touted Punta del Este lies nestled along the coast and is home to the jet set, seeking the respite of white‐sand beaches and luxury living. Discover “Punta” and a handful of other beachfront communities on this full‐day sightseeing excursion. First, stop at Portezuelo and Punta Ballena, hidden on a bluff overlooking the ocean. You will also enjoy a photo stop at Casapueblo, home and atelier of famous artist Carlos Paez Vilaro.

Your next stop will be Punta del Este, known for its colonial architecture and elegant beachfront homes and mansions nestled among the tall pines lining the shore. Your next destination is La Barra and its unique hanging bridges. Merrily painted buildings and its cement camelback bridge create a carnival‐like atmosphere and is a sight to behold. A visit will be made to the private Fundación Ralli Museum for a survey of contemporary Latin American art. Browse an impressive collection of sculptures and paintings, including works by Salvador Dali. Drive to the downtown area where lunch will be served at a local Punta del Este restaurant overlooking the sea. Time permitting, enjoy 30 minutes of leisure time to explore on your own.

Casapueblo is the former home of famed Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaro. The dazzling white complex, resembling Spanish‐Moroccan architecture, is situated on a rocky bluff overlooking the ocean. Vilaró built it in 1958 with his own hands, using only traditional tools.

Walking involved: this excursion involves the negotiation of narrow steps inside Casapueblo and the Ralli Museum, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties.

Day 5, Wednesday, March 25 — Montevideo to Buenos Aires

OUR COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO

Tour Duration: Min 8.30 hours

Join this full‐day outing to discover the picturesque streets of Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay’s oldest city and recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your journey to historic Colonia del Sacramento will take between 2 and 2 ½ hours (180 km west from Montevideo), affording a chance to view the scenery and picture yourself wandering the cobbled lanes of this gem of a city. On arrival, you will explore Old Town Colonia by foot, becoming enchanted with its storied past. Colonia del Sacramento was founded by the Portuguese in 1680, at a time when Spain and Portugal were in the midst of conflict. Today, peace reigns as the Old City opens a window onto days long gone, retaining a charm that is well appreciated by your guided walk.

Matriz Church, Bastion del Carmen, the streets of Santa Rita and San Gabriel and the area of San Pedro road all beckon with their colonial architecture and flower‐bedecked buildings. Calle de los Suspiros, or Street of Sighs, has been the scene for historical films, while Puerta del Campo and Plaza Mayor 25 de Mayo also bring the past into the present, tangible symbols of historic events and enduring traditions. Colonia is a truly delightful locale, with its architectural treasures complemented by the natural beauty of its surroundings. The Uruguay River and historic landmarks such as the cathedral, San Carlos bullring and lighthouse offer a magical mix of scenic beauty and cultural significance. Here, enjoy free time to explore the Old City. Lunch will be provided in a lovely restaurant. After the tour, you will proceed to the port and board a catamaran for the one‐hour crossing of the Rio de la Plata to Buenos Aires, where you will get your first views of the Paris of South America.

MIO Hotel Recoleta

– 5 stars

Buenos Aires’ first wine‐themed hotel, owned by the wine‐producing Catena family, is located in the chic Recoleta neighborhood in the heart of high‐end boutique shops and restaurants. The entire hotel is a unique blend of traditional, modern and eclectic styles, using wood from antique French wine barrels, steel, glass, marble and rich fabrics. The rooms and suites are large and based upon an open floor plan.

Day 6, Thursday, March 26 – In Buenos Aires (B)

Art Museum and Colon Theater Tour

Tour Duration: 4 Hours

The tour included two of the finest art museums in Buenos Aires. At the National Fine Arts Museum, experience a selection of impressionist art from Latin America. The museum at the world‐famous Colon Theater includes sets and costumes from its long history of opera. Entrance fees are included. At the Art Museum an audio guide is provided.

You will have the afternoon at leisure and then this evening you will be provided with transportation to the next tour highlight: Camarada Tango Quintet Concert.

Day 8, Saturday, March 28 – In Buenos Aires (B, D)

You will have a day at leisure, and we can offer you some optional tours. You might want to take advantage of the outstanding shopping available in Buenos Aires! Especially the outstanding leather and fine merino wool goods. All of the designer houses of the world have branches in Buenos Aires.

Optional Tour*:

Tigre and Parana Delta Cruise – 5 hours via shared vehicle

*$40 per person

Morning departure for San Isidro, through the coastal region, and along the Parana River. Drive past Palermo Park, the Municipal Golf Course, the famous soccer stadium, and the University campus. Continue through the beautiful neighborhood of La Lucila Martines, with its mansions, arriving at the colonial town of Tigre, with a visit to the neo-Gothic cathedral. You will drive by colonial houses along cobblestone streets, and the soccer stadium. From here the tour continues by boat through the waterways and islands of the Parana River Delta.

This evening it is dinner and tango at one of Buenos Aires’ finest shows – The Rojo Tango. Set in an intimate atmosphere in the Faena Hotel where you will feel like you are part of the show, it takes your through the history of the tango and its many phases: from its beginnings with the pimps and prostitutes in La Boca district, to its adoption by the upper classes during the ‘Belle Epoch” era, to the interpretive dance that it is today.

Day 9, Sunday, March 29 – Depart Buenos Aires

San Telmo Flea Market

Duration: 4 hours

Sunday means a visit to the San Telmo Market is a must! Sundays, weather permitting, most residents of Buenos Aires are out enjoying the city’s parks and plazas, and while most shops remain closed, the main square of San Telmo, the colonial sector of Buenos Aires, is converted into a huge open‐air flea market of curios and crafts. Browse from stand to stand, and peek through the windows of the area’s many antique shops. This evening you will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Day 10, Monday, March 30 – Welcome Home!

Rate: $3,485 per person (Sharing a twin/double room)

           $3,575 per person (Sharing a twin/double Jr. Suite in Buenos Aires*)

           $4,385 Single basis (Superior room Buenos Aires)

*We only have 11 Superior rooms at the MIO Hotel in Buenos Aires, which will be assigned on a first-come/first-served bases, and when that allotment is full, the Jr. Suite rate will apply.

Rates include:

  • All transportation via private vehicles with drivers and guide
  • All tips to porters at hotels, airports and ports
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation including service
  • Buffet breakfast throughout
  • 3 lunches
  • Camarada Quintet Concerts
  • Tango Dinner Show in Buenos Aires
  • All sightseeing per the itinerary including all admissions

Rates do NOT include:

  • International air to Montevideo or from Buenos Aires
  • Trip Interruption/cancellation insurance (provided upon request)
  • Tips to drivers and guides (recommended tips will be provided)
  • Bottled beverages with included meals
  • Meals not included per the above

Enrollment procedure:

  • Immediate $700 per person non-refundable deposit
  • At that time, we will also require:

Color, scanned copy of the passport

Any dietary restrictions or requirements

Final Payment: Due January 06, 2020

                             50% non-refundable up to January 31, 2020

                             100% non-refundable after January 31, 2020

All cancellations must be submitted in writing.

RESPONSIBILITY OF OPERATOR: Carefree Vacations/Frosch Travel, EcoAdventures, Inc. and/or suppliers assume no responsibility for any injury, death, damage, loss or delay incurred by any person in connection with the service of any train, vessel, carriage, aircraft, motorcoach or any other conveyance or by reason of any event beyond the control of the operator or supplier, or due to strikes or force majeure. The operator or suppliers shall not be held responsible for any act, omission or event. If it becomes necessary or advisable for the comfort or well-being of the passengers, or for any reason whatsoever, to alter the itinerary or arrangements, such alterations may be made without penalty to the tour operator and any additional charges may be collected from passengers at time of occurrence. The right is reserved to withdraw any or all tours should conditions warrant, also to decline to accept or retain any passenger. In such instances full or equitable amount will be refunded, but this amount shall not exceed the amount paid by the passenger. Schedules herein are subject to change without notice. Claims for refunds must be received in writing within 30 days of completion of the trip. Claims received beyond that date will not be honored.

Optional Iguazu Falls Extension

3 Days/2 Nights · March 29-31

Land Rate: $1,425 per person (sharing a double, Jungle view room)

Supplement for Falls view room: $265 per person

Single Supplement (Jungle view room): $354

Sunday, March 29 –Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls (B)

Afternoon transfer to the municipal airport (just 15-minutes from your hotel!) for a two-hour flight to Iguazu Falls. Transfer to the Gran Melia Iguazu Hotel located right at the falls! Leave your excess luggage in storage at the MIO Hotel so you can travel light to the Iguazu Falls. You will be able to pick up your luggage on Tuesday en route to Ezeiza International Airport.

Monday, March 30 – At Iguazu Falls (B)

This morning you will have a self-guided walking tour of the falls. Choose from two walkways for your tour. The upper walkway affords excellent views; a second lower walkway leads through and under the falls. If you choose to venture under the falls, protect your camera, and prepare to get wet! After your walking tour, take the Ecological Train from Cataratas Station to Garganta (Throat) Station, and continue to a catwalk with four viewing stations over the falls. Follow the catwalk to its final viewing station over the main part of the falls, Devil’s Throat. The total walking distance is about 2,100 meters round-trip. Finally, board the train back to Cataratas station, and pause at Central Station for a refreshment along the way.

Lunch is on your own, and then in the afternoon you will travel by safari vehicle to a designated area within Iguazu Falls National Park. Then you will take a light hike along a well-marked trail among exuberant vegetation, myriad butterflies, and possibly a coatimundi family. Finally, arrive at the pier for a Zodiak excursion into the falls. Leave your shoes and bags at the pier for safekeeping, and take plastic bags with you (provided), as you board. Drive up-river through the Iguazu canyon, surrounded by the thundering falls. Finally, heed the driver, as he or she advises you to put your camera away and then proceeds to drive right into the falls! Again, and again! Prepare to get drenched and have tons of fun!

Tuesday, March 31 – Iguazu Falls to Buenos Aires (B)

You will have another day at leisure before your afternoon flight back to Buenos Aires, whereupon you will be transferred to the international airport to connect with your overnight flight home.

For more information and details contact:
Nicole Fitzpatrick | Leisure Travel Advisor
Direct 858.592.7541 | Main 858.673.8500
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