Cheap Cruise Shore Excursions in Buenos Aires (On Your Own)
The beautiful city of Buenos Aires is known as the "Paris of South America" due to its lovely green parks, plazas and wide boulevards. From the balcony of the presidential palace, the Casa Rosada (Pink Palace), Eva Peron made many of her speeches. It's also the place where Madonna sang, "Don't cry for me Argentina" in the film Evita. Across the Plaza de Mayo you will also find the Cabildo (the old town hall) the Palacio Municipal (City Hall) and the cathedral. Every Thursday afternoon in this plaza the "Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo" march in remembrance of their family members who disappeared in the 1970s when the country was under military rule. There are many excellent restaurants in the Puerto Madera area and it is well worth a visit to the port of La Boca for its colorful buildings and cultural history. In nearby San Telmo, the bohemian area, there is a fascinating antique market every Sunday. The Recoleta Cemetery, almost like an enclosed city of its own, is where Eva Peron and many other rich and famous Argentines are buried - well worth a visit. The reputation of Buenos Aires' nightlife is not overstated, as there are many nightclubs, bars, restaurants and cinemas open until all hours. For a great evening out, you may want to see a tango show in the city where the dance originated, and you shouldn't leave Buenos Aires before trying one of the best steaks you'll find in the world!
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Visit Buenos Aires' top attractions via a sightseeing air conditioned coach on this 3-hour shore excursion. Stop at Buenos Aires' major landmarks such as the Casa Rosada, the Obelisco de Buenos Aires and Teatro Colon and the its historical neighborhoods like Palermo, La Boca and San Telmo, learning about the city's highlights from your local guide. Once your ship docks at the port meet your guide aboard your comfortable coach and settle in for a morning or afternoon of sightseeing. Stop at Plaza de Mayo to see the Casa Rosada, the office of the Argentine president; it's a perfect site for photo ops due to its rosy pink exterior. Plaza de Mayo is also home to the Cabildo, the town hall and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Teatro Colon, the city's monumental opera house, is up next. View the Plaza de la Republica and the Obelisco de Buenos Aires, both important parts of Buenos Aires' political and cultural history. Continue your tour through several historical neighborhoods, including Puerto Madera, San Telmo and La Boca. See the points of interest that make each of these neighborhoods famous, including colonial architecture, spontaneous tango performances and bustling pedestrian walkways where you can hop off the bus and purchase local art. Visit Palermo next, including Palermo Woods, home to the Buenos Aires Zoo and the Planetarium. End your tour in Recoleta, one of the city's toniest neighborhoods and home to the famous Recoleta Cemetery. Visit the cemetery or the nearby shops and restaurants on your own. Conclude your excursion when you are ready with a 15-minute taxi ride (own expense) back to your ship on your own timetable. Please give yourself ample time to return to the cruise port, as this tour is not covered by the worry-free policy.
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Swap life at sea for the Argentine pampas and enjoy a full-day 'gaucho' experience on this Buenos Aires shore excursion, including port transfers. Make like a cowboy for a day as you visit a traditional estancia (ranch) and saddle up for a horseback or horse-carriage ride. Tuck into a hearty barbecue lunch, accompanied by local wine and traditional 'mate', and enjoy non-stop entertainment, including a tango and folk music show, and a thrilling horsemanship demonstration, including animal herding and gaucho games. After your cruise ship docks in the Buenos Aires port, your guide will accompany you to Estancia Santa Susana, located in Los Cardales. Travel by comfortable coach along a scenic drive through the Argentine pampas (plains). When you arrive at the traditional estancia (ranch), you will be greeted with a welcoming reception at the ranch pub with empanadas and wine. Continue your day of gaucho fun on a guided tour to some of Santa Susana's attractions, including its church and museum. Then, you'll have the opportunity to explore the grounds of the ranch while horseback riding or taking a horse-drawn carriage ride. Afterward, enjoy a delicious parrillada (Argentine BBQ) lunch of grilled specialties such as chicken and sausage, accompanied by salad and beverages (red and white wine, soda, water and coffee). Then sip from a gourd of mate (a South American drink made from yerba mate leaves steeped in hot water) and complete your meal with a pastelito (pastry)! During lunch, be enthralled by an entertaining tango and folk show of classical music and dance, and watch a thrilling boleadoras performance, with weapons thrown by gauchos. When you finish your meal, watch the gauchos show off their incredible ranch skills, such as a ring race (known as la sortija), animal herding and the cuadreras race, a typical gaucho game. This excursion concludes within a 15-minute taxi ride to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Buenos Aires. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port as this excursion is not covered by the worry-free policy.
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Experience an unforgettable evening at one of Buenos Aires' most elegant tango venues, with this 4-hour shore excursion. Indulge in a 3-course gourmet dinner and wine tasting, then prepare to be swept away by the passion of the tango. With live musicians, exquisite costumes and impressive dance moves, you'll be on the edge of your seat for the entire performance. When your cruise ship docks in Buenos Aires, your guide will accompany you to El Querandi, a fashionable 1867 tango venue in the city's Recoleta district. Decorated like an old tango bar of the early 1900s, this historic site will make you feel like you've been transported back to the height of tango at the turn of the century. Before the evening tango show begins, dine on a three-course meal of international and Argentine dishes, and taste several Argentine wines from the famous Finca Flichman. Plus, enjoy coffee and a glass of sparkling wine. You will have a to choose between a few tasty starters such as a plate of cold meats and cheese, stuffed pastries, a creamy soup, a Caesar or ranch salad. The delicious mains include a Florentine crepe with spinach and creamed mushroom sauce, a Mediterranean sole accompanied by mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, onions, black olives, garlic and basil or a beefsteak with French fries. Finally you will be left to choose between a selection of tantalizing desserts including a chocolate mousse, soft cheese with dulce de batata a fruit salad, ice cream, a homemade custard with cream or dulce de leche or arice pudding. The exciting show begins around 10:15pm, highlighting the history of tango and Buenos Aires from 1860 to the present. Prepare to be delighted by the fiery performances on stage as four couples demonstrate their remarkable moves while tango musicians sing and play the accordion, piano, violin and bass. You'll be blown away by the skill of some of the best dancers in the city! This excursion concludes within a 15-minute taxi ride to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Buenos Aires. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port as this excursion is not covered the worry-free policy.
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Travel to the serene Tigre Delta on this 3-hour shore excursion from Buenos Aires. Relax on a catamaran as you float along the lush delta, learning about the community that calls this waterfront their home. Exploring the Rio de la Plata's delta and visiting the Sarmiento Museum allows visitors to see a different side of Argentine life far from the urban bustle and sophistication of Buenos Aires. After disembarking from your cruise ship at the port in Buenos Aires, meet your local guide in the morning or the afternoon, depending on your preference. Board a comfortable coach heading out of the city center along Costanera Avenue, bound for San Isidro and the Tigre River Delta. Visit San Isidro, the town where many wealthy Argentine families fled during the yellow fever epidemic in the 1800s. Its spectacular Gothic cathedral dates back to 1706. Continue on to Tigre, stepping aboard a comfortable catamaran for a 40-minute boat ride departing from the Puerto de Frutas. As you cruise, learn from your guide how local residents conduct their lives on the water. Visit the home of former Argentine president Domingo Sarmiento and the museum dedicated to his life. Discover the homes, built on stilts atop what was once a swamp but has now been developed into a neighborhood with grass footpaths. View the floating supermarket and the plethora of water taxis, keys to daily life in this town of waterways. Conclude your excursion by finding your own way back to the cruise port, just a 15-minute taxi ride away (own expense). Make sure you have plenty of time to get back to the port before your ship departs, as this excursion is not covered by the worry-free policy.
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