- Experience Buenos Aires from French architect Philippe Starck's fascinating urban oasis
- Two hours from the capital, you'll get to the branded Relais & Chateaux ranch, a place full of history and gaucho elegance
- In the itinerary is a private tour of Buenos Aires, a tango show, and the Pampas on horseback
- Access to our local Concierge, and all our usual additional services
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AN ARGENTINIAN DOUBLE ACT
YOUR BUENOS AIRES HOTELSet in the trendy Puerto Madero, Philippe Starck's hotel is the meeting place for the whole of Buenos Aires. Behind its harbour warehouse brick walls, the hotel has an eclectic design brief, featuring red velvet curtains, white unicorns, oriental furniture and neo-Gothic stained glass windows. The decor is extraordinary and challenges the rules of style without compromising on the more traditional rules of hotel excellence. The rooms combine space, comfort and eccentricity. The hotel has two renowned restaurants - Mercado, a grill restaurant, and Bistro Sur, one of Buenos Aires' musts – you can choose one or the other before heading to the bar, where the style is reminiscent of an English members' club. The party continues at the Rojo Tango show. Get a true sense of well-being at the spa, with its marble and candle setting, or by the pool.
YOUR RANCH IN THE HEART OF THE PAMPASIn the middle of the Pampas, about ten miles from the village of San Antonio de Areco, is one of the oldest ranches in the country. Restored as a guesthouse and now bearing the Relais & Chateaux brand, it is still as charming now as it was way back then, and has retained its Gaucho spirit. The huge wrought iron gate opens out onto an alley lined with plane trees that give you a glimpse of a red ochre residence in the distance. Inside, imagine a fireplace, saddlery leathers, waxed wood, beautiful linen and woollen fabrics. The rooms, which are all named after famous horses, don't have a TV or telephone so there's nothing to disturb the peace and the change of scenery. Adjoining the main residence, the Pulperia was once used as a shelter for horses and coaches, before it was transformed into a guesthouse. It is now furnished as a library-cum-lounge, adorned with photographs of Aldo Sessa and paintings by Alejandro Moy, which pay tribute to the gauchos. Feel free to go for a stroll, take a ride or have a hot stone massage. At teatime, the cimarron tea starts to swirl and, at dinner, the aroma of smoke grilled asado (traditional Argentinian barbecue) meat wafts through the air. The on-site shop sells high-quality handicrafts. The ranch is also a base for the international polo team, Argentina's main sport, and has two fields from where you can watch them train during the season.
Flight to Buenos Aires
Overnight flight, arriving the next day.
Buenos Aires - San Antonio de Areco
Private transfer to San Antonio de Areco, a two-hour drive from the capital, in the heart of Las Pampas. Three-night stay just outside of the village, in a Relais & Chateaux ranch. The property is vast and exquisitely old-fashioned, steeped in history and traditions. Everyone is welcomed as a friend here.
San Antonio de Areco
San Antonio de Areco has really preserved the gaucho spirit. This becomes particularly apparent at the Ricardo Guiraldes Museum, the author of the pinnacle of Gaucho literature, Dom Segundo Sombra (1926). Whether its horse riding or horse-drawn carriage rides, horses are essential to the life style of local people and their guests. You simply have to listen to stories about the traditions of the land, mate (hot caffeine drink) calabash bowl in hand; to get a lesson on how to use bolas (a type of throwing weapon made of weights on the ends of interconnected cords), a lasso or a facon, a large knife which is also used for cooking. You may even catch a singing contest between payadores (itinerant singers). Go for a stroll through the ranch's huge park, or take to the tracks on horseback or by bike. A visit to the swimming pool and spa is also a must, especially for a hot stone massage.
San Antonio de Areco - Buenos Aires - Return flight
Private transfer to Buenos Aires airport and flight home. Overnight flight, arriving the next day.
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GET TO THE HEART OF ARGENTINIAN TANGO
Experience the Buenos Aires tango scene with a guide who happens to be a tango expert. Passionate about the tango, your guide frequents the best milongas and tango clubs. On your journey with them, you will embark on an evening dedicated to tango, first in a class with an Argentinian teacher, followed by dinner in an authentic setting watching a tango show, and then spend the evening in a milonga. Optional
A DAY IN TIGRE
Located to the north of Buenos Aires, Tigre is a place where the gentle pace of life is felt on the banks of a multitude of canals. There are no cars here, just 'lanchas' (boats) that pull their way lazily along the canals winding through the town. The traditional houses are built on stilts to prevent flooding caused by the ebb and flow of the rivers. Many Buenos Aires residents own beautiful second homes here, and come at the weekend to recharge their batteries away from the bustling capital. You'll explore the town on foot, then, after lunch, you'll set off on a walk in the Delta towards Rio de la Plata, before reaching Puerto Madero, a modern architecture hotspot in Buenos Aires, where a car will pick you up and take you to your hotel. Option - Departing from Buenos Aires with a private guide.
A DAY IN URUGUAY
From Buenos Aires, it takes about an hour-and-a-half by car and boat to reach the harbour and the quiet little town of Colonia del Sacramento in Uruguay. Its historic centre is made up of cobblestone alleys, flower-decked houses and shaded terraces, while its coastline boasts sandy beaches. You can rent a buggy during the day to explore the city and surrounding area. Option - Departing from Buenos Aires
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