Founded in 1573, Cordoba is the second largest city in Argentina, lauded for its rich history and fine Colonial-era landmarks. We include 2 nights at the Azur Real Hotel Boutique in the heart of town, daily breakfast, and extensive privately guided sightseeing highlighted by Cordoba’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Day 1 – Welcome to Cordoba, Argentina
Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be warmly greeted and chauffeured to the Azur Real Hotel Boutique, an inviting superior first class hotel situated in Cordoba’s historic city center. After time to refresh, your private car, driver + guide will be waiting to show you the handsome Colonial-era landmarks recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Admire the impressive Spanish Baroque façade of the Cathedral and stand in Jesuit Square, where you’ll learn much about Cordoba’s history and the country’s oldest university – founded in 1613 by the Jesuit Order. This afternoon’s private sightseeing also includes the Cabildo, Cordoba’s Colonial-era town hall, and the other landmarks of Plaza San Martin – the lively central plaza which dates back to the early years of the city’s founding in the 16th century.
Day 2 – Cordoba’s Countryside Estancias
Today’s privately guided excursion takes you into the countryside to visit two of the Jesuit Estancia’s that comprise this unique UNESCO World Heritage Site. For nearly 150 years during the 17th and 18th centuries, these farming estates were a pioneering religious, social and economic experiment that brought together European and Native American cultures. Together with the Jesuit landmarks of Cordoba, including the university, this ensemble represented a unique territorial organization that brought together urban and rural settlements that allowed the Jesuit Order to pursue its educational and missionary goals. At the Estancia Santa Catalina, you’ll see the estate’s beautiful church as well as the workers’ quarters, the priest’s residence, the mill and reservoir. Surrounded by rolling hills, the Estancia offers a fascinating look into this important chapter of Argentina’s early settlement and growth. In the afternoon, your exploration continues at Estancia Candonga. Built in 1730, this estate’s chapel is particularly unique and well-known for its fusion of Jesuit and indigenous architectural styles. A3-course lunch of authentic Argentine cuisine is included as part of today’s sightseeing. Meals B+L
Day 3 – Depart Cordoba
Our private car + driver will take you to the airport in time for your onward journey. Meals B