Take a half-day city tour that will show you the highlights of Buenos Aires. The tour first takes you to the city's historic center, Plaza de Mayo, a lovely plaza with flower gardens and tall palm trees; the scene of many of the city's historic political events. Surrounding the plaza are colonial buildings of interest: the Casa Rosada, the seat of the executive branch of the government; the Cabildo with its historic museum; the Metropolitan Cathedral, which holds the tomb of General Jose de San Martin, the father of Argentine independence. The tour continues down the Avenida de Mayo to the National Congress. Continue along Avenida 9 de Julio, with its 8 lanes, the widest avenue in the world. In the middle of this avenue, in the Plaza de la Republica, the Obelisk rises as a symbol of the city. It was built in 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city. Another landmark is the famous Colon Opera House, which brings in the world's most notable singers and musicians. No tour would be complete without a visit to the picturesque La Boca district, the old port area that reflects its Italian heritage. Continue to San Telmo, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Originally a center for immigrant settlers, it is a neighborhood of colonial houses and cobblestone streets. On Sundays, there is an antique fair in Plaza Dorrego. The area also has a lively nightlife with many restaurants, bars and tango houses. The tour passes the developing new district of Puerto Madero, and continues through Palermo with its parks, gardens, and elegant residential area, to the sophisticated district of Recoleta, where you will pass the famous Recoleta Cemetery with its ornate memorials, including the tomb of Eva Peron. The tour finishes at your hotel.
(Breakfast, Accommodations, Buenos Aires)