Buenos Aires| Discover the Cultural Heart of Argentina though Art
Join Cross Cultural Journeys, the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte, North Carolina (ASC), and co-hosts Robert Bush, Rob Harrington and Paula Vincent on an unforgettable journey into the Cultural Heart of Argentina through the Art of Buenos Aires.
Experience the best that Buenos Aires has to offer; from exploring the thriving arts scene and the historical national museums to the contemporary independent galleries. Enjoy fine Argentinian wine while falling in love with the passionate Tango. Explore this elegant and cosmopolitan city, with a European flavor and friendly atmosphere. Dive deep into the myth and legacy of “Evita”, get swept up in the romanticism of the Gaucho tradition and intoxication lure of the pampas. Meet with local artists and gallery owners, walk the cobbled streets through the beautiful parks, and impressive architecture, drift on a slow boat through the Tigre Delta, and take a behind-the- scenes tour of the world renowned opera house. Discover the beauty of one the most diverse cities in the Americas!
March 24 - 30, 2018
$4,535 ( double occupancy)
Day 1 | Saturday, March 24 | Arrive in Buenos Aires Welcome to Buenos Aires! You will arrive early in the morning at Ministro Pistarini International Airport. A representative of Cross Cultural Journeys will meet you individually at the airport and take you directly to your hotel for a guaranteed early check-in. We will begin our introduction to Buenos Aires, the “Paris of the South”, with a walking tour of the neighborhood of Recoleta, and the famous Recoleta Cemetery. Known for its elegant marble mausoleums and impressive vaults, the Recoleta Cemetery has over 94 National Historical monuments in Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Baroque and Neo-Gothic architectural styles. After the guided exploration of the cemetery we head to the National Fine Art Museum for a visit with an emphasis on the Argentinean artists. Return to our hotel for a local cocktail and appetizer, before heading off to a welcome dinner in a nearby restaurant. Carles Hotel Buenos Aires or similar (D)
BUENOS AIRES is an fascinating convergence of European influence and Latin creativity. Famous for the unique (and striking) style of dance, the Tango, Buenos Aires shines in popularity for the rich cuisine of locally grown steak and wine dinners. Art abounds in the city, unable to be contained in just museums and galleries, it spills into the streets with colorful murals, street artists and incredible architecture. Residents, known as porteños (People of the Port), are proud of their city and speak a lyrical and almost singsong Spanish.
Day 2|Sunday, March 25 | Buenos Aires Start your day with an included breakfast at the hotel before driving to the city’s colorful La Boca district to visit the art exhibition hall, Fundacion Proa, which specialize contemporary art. La Boca is distinct for brightly painted houses and the pedestrian street, the Caminito, where Tango artists perform and practice their craft. Then we will visit Espacio Tacuari, considered one of the best private contemporary art collections in Argentina. We will enjoy a lunch at Espacio Tacuari or at local restaurant, with a glass of complimentary wine. After lunch we wander the streets of the neighborhood San Telmo, the oldest district in Buenos Aires, filled with colonial buildings and cobbled streets. We will take time to stop by the San Telmo Fair, bustling with unique artisans and delectable antiques every Sunday, a spot known for reliable and exclusive goods. Dinner on own. Carles Hotel Buenos Aires or similar (B/L)
TIGRE DELTA is located 17 miles north of Buenos Aires and is a popular as a weekend getaway for porteños. The third largest delta in the world, the canals are filled with locals, traveling from home to work on boats. The banks are lined with English-style rowing clubs, a number of marinas, and modest homes as well as elegant mansions.
Day 3 | Monday, March 26|Buenos Aires After breakfast at the hotel, we depart for full day excursion to the Tigre Delta. On our way there we will stop by San Isidro for a walk along the cobbled stones of the historical neighborhood complicating in a visit to the 19th century San Isidro Cathedral, built in Neo-gothic style. Continue to Tigre to embark on a private boat to explore the canals and rivers of the Delta. We conclude our boat journey by arriving at the private island of El Descanso. El Descanso began as a small summerhouse, which expanded to 12 acres to provide a lush eden, combining the natural landscape with artistically designed gardens including a maze constructed of planted bamboo and numerous works of outdoor sculptures. We will be greeted with a welcome reception and then proceed on a hour-long guided walking tour of the sculpture gardens. Lunch will be at an island restaurant overlooking the river. In the afternoon there is a possible visit to Xul Solar´s home in Tigre. Alejandro Schulz Solari, a fascinating influential painter and poet who took the name Xul Solar, was called "our William Blake" by Borges. His eclectic house was designed by him, and now houses a small museum of his unique works. We return late afternoon to Buenos Aires for dinner on your own. Carles Hotel Buenos Aires or similar (B/L)
Day 4 | Tuesday, March 27 | Buenos AiresAfter breakfast we head out for a street art walking tour around the different neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, showcasing some of the city's most colorful, biggest and best murals. The tour also includes murals by the world famous Italian street artist ¨Blu¨ who made his award-winning short animated film Muto in Buenos Aires. We highly recommended seeing the film before the tour. The street art guides are experts on the Buenos Aires street art scene and support and work closely with its artists. Time permitting, we may visit other local art galleries and studios. Lunch will be at Croque Madame or other local restaurant. After lunch, we visit the urban archaeological site of El Zanjon de Granados, tucked behind a modern day “chorizo” (sausage) house. El Zanjon de Granado are underground archaeological tunnels, sewers and cisterns that mark the site of the first settlement of BA in 1536. Displaying a fascinating peek into the city’s long history, the site shows meticulously brick reconstruction and is attractively lit, even containing several courtyards and a watchtower. In the late afternoon we have a special opportunity to visit Charolette’s sister gallery the Latin American Contemporary Art (LaCa) where we have been invited to partake in a pre-dinner wine and appetizer reception and to meet the gallery owner Juan and tour two galleries, that of Juan and of Santiago Quesnel. A late dinner will be at a local restaurant at the Puerto Madero waterfront, accompanied by local wine. Carles Hotel Buenos Aires or similar (B/L/D
Day 5 | Wednesday, March 28 | Buenos Aires Our morning starts with a visit to the Colón Theatre, one of the world’s grandest opera houses. This turn-of-the-century Italian Renaissance-style building with elegant French and Greek influence, covers a full city block Our backstage tour focuses on the theatre’s behind-the-scenes life. We will be able to catch glimpses of rehearsals of upcoming shows, visiting the amazing set design construction and possibly even the numerous workshops located in an underground labyrinth, where they create, design and make the various elaborate costumes, wigs, shoes, props and scenery. Then we continue to the Ateneo Bookstore, the bookstore to end all bookstores. Originally built as an opulent theatre in 1919, the bookstore sells 700,000 books a year and was heralded as the second most beautiful bookstore in the world by the Guardian. Lastly, we head to the Fundación Costantini at the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA). The Costantini Collection consists of a selection of more than five hundred works, including drawings, paintings, sculptures and objects by artists from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela. The collection allows one to appreciate both the similarities and the differences among the great Latin American artists, and to allow for a new understanding and deeper reading of Latin American art history. The museum is in a neighborhood with lots of restaurants, art galleries and shops to explore. Those that wish can stay in the neighborhood and return to the hotel on your own or you may transfer back to the hotel with the bus for lunch on your own and time to rest before the grand evening event. Tonight we are delighted to be presented with an evening of Argentinian Tango, with a full dinner show and performance. Ole! Carles Hotel Buenos Aires or similar (B/D)
SAN ANTONIO DE ARECO Perhaps the prettiest place in all the pampas (lowland plains) this 18th century town preserved the history and culture of the Guacho (cowboy) lifestyle. Famous for silver and leather works, San Antonio is one of the only areas still working in the traditional ranching and cattle raising industry.
Day 6 | Thursday, March 29 | San Antonio de Areco Today we head out of the city and into the countryside for a full day excursion to the town of San Antonio de Areco and lunch at an estancia (traditional ranch). We visit the Gaucho town of San Antonio de Areco, to learn about the long history and traditions of the Gaucho lifestyle. Our first stop is a visit to a famous silversmith workshop, whose work, even to this day, is long sought after by kings and collectors worldwide. Then we visit the Molina Campos Museum, an Argentinian painter and illustrator who documented and embellished the passion and hard work of the Guacho life. His influential relationship with Walt Disney, can be seen in the stylized drawings of the classic Disney movie, Bambi. We then continue to a private estancia, where we savor the delicious culinary traditions of a typical Argentine beef barbecue, supplemented with fine beers and wines, among the soothing landscapes of the rolling pampas. It is a truly wonderful way to see and enjoy the countryside, immersed in the nature, history, and tradition of the area. Afternoon activities will include a chance to go horseback riding, or take a spin in a sulky, a small two person horse racing chariot. This estancia is not tourist park, but a working estancia, where you might catch glimpses of the cattle returning to pasture or the employed gauchos mounting up for work. We return to Buenos Aires in the early evening for dinner on your own. Carles Hotel Buenos Aires or similar (B/L)
EVA PERON, born in a rural village, came to Buenos Aires to follow her dream of becoming an actress. In the capital she meet Colonel Juan Perón and married him two years before he was elected President. For the next 6 years as First Lady, she became famous for her adamant support for trade unions, women’s suffrage and health, founding Argentina’s first female political party. Although she ran unsuccessfully for President on her own ticket, she came to be known as the “Spiritual Leader of the Nation”. Sadly, she succumbed to cancer at the early age of 33 in 1952, although her policies and ideas are widely revered even today.
Day 7 | Friday, March 30 | Buenos Aires We begin our final day in Buenos Aires with one of the most famous Argentinians even today, Eva Perón. We will visit well known landmarks associated with this crucial political movement including the Evita Museum, to learn about her life, her political activity, her tragic death, and the myth and legend that surround her. We will conclude our time in Buenos Aires with a delightful group farewell lunch at Don Julio Restaurant in Palermo District with free time for last minute shopping. We will have a late check out from the hotel which will allow travelers to pack after lunch and get their bags ready before the afternoon transfer to the airport for flights home. Carles Hotel Buenos Aires or similar (B/L)
Day 8 | Saturday, March 31 | Buenos Aires/Home Arrive at your home airport.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate. This journey involves a lot of walking, both on cement and on uneven ground such as cobblestones. Concessions will be made to try and assist travelers who need more time, but some sites and locations are only accessible by foot.
NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change to take advantage of the serendipity of the moment when we are on the Argentina... to meet someone special, to engage in an activity that might occur unexpectedly, or to accommodate circumstances beyond our control. Restaurants or hotels may change in similar category.
INCLUDED: All accommodations in Argentina (double occupancy); full breakfast daily at the hotels, meals included on the itinerary as indicated (5 lunches and 3 dinners), trip host Robert Bush, local English speaking guide with a background in art and architecture; guest speakers; CCJ trip manager, all entrance fees on itinerary; preparation materials; bottled water on the bus.
NOT INCLUDED: International air travel to Buenos Aires; alcoholic drinks not listed; meals not on itinerary (1 lunches and 4 dinners). Excursions not on the itinerary; tips for local guide and driver (optional, yet customary); travel cancellation and evacuation insurance (strongly recommended, information will be sent upon registration).
Robert Bush is President of the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg. With over 35 years of experience in local arts management, he is a nationally known leader in the local arts agency community. In his current role, he is responsible for ensuring ASC’s annual goals and long-term objectives are achieved by setting the strategy and vision for the organization, as well as the tone for an organizational culture that supports goals and strategies. In addition to serving as the chief strategic and executive officer for the organization, Bush serves as the lead representative on behalf of ASC to the broader community, as well as its various constituencies.
Rob Harrington serves as chair of the Arts & Science Council Board, and, before joining the ASC Board, he was a member of the Levine Museum of the New South Board of Directors, chairing it from 2008 to 2010. He is also a member of the Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust Board. Rob practices law at Robinson Bradshaw in Charlotte, where he represents clients in complex business disputes and chairs the firm’s litigation department. Rob is a graduate of Duke University and Duke Law School.
Paula Vincent serves on several boards in Charlotte, NC including the Arts &Science Council Board of Directors where she is Chair-elect. Paula is currently the President of Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center and Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital. She earned her Bachelors and Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
March 24 - 30, 2018
$4,535 (double occupancy)
ADD: $425 (single supplement)
To Book: $1000 Deposit by Dec 19