Argentina Culinary Tour - Buenos Aires

Seven-Day Culinary Tour of Buenos Aires with Cooking Classes, Boat Trip, and Stay at Art Hotel from Epitourean

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Cooking Classes and Foodie Tours in Buenos Aires

The vibrant Buenos Aires neighborhood of La Recoleta has earned the nickname "Little Paris" for its art galleries, romantic architecture, and, above all else, for its passionate love affair with food. Throughout La Recoleta, cafés and restaurants spotlight local cuisine along with upscale European and Asian fare. In the heart of the neighborhood, the elegant Art Hotel will serve as your home base during this seven-day, six-night culinary tour of Buenos Aires. In the century-old hotel, you'll find an art gallery, a library, and original paintings and sculptures. It makes for an attractive rest stop between daily buffet breakfasts, foodie tours, and tastings of authentic Argentine cuisine.

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During the Art of Homestyle Cooking class, you'll learn how to prepare traditional Argentine dishes in a kitchen surrounded by views of tropical gardens. Using ingredients from local growers, chefs will teach you how to make homemade empanadas before doling out samples of Argentine malbec wine.

The next day, you'll head to San Telmo, where you'll find cobblestone streets, colonial-era buildings, impromptu tango performances, and some of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires. A local expert leads a three-hour foodie tour, sharing tidbits of the barrio's history as you sample morsels at San Telmo's cafés and coffeehouses.

A stop at the local butcher shop kicks off the next day. Here, butchers help you identify the choicest cuts of meat to barbecue—a form of cooking that plays a big part in Argentine cuisine. With the help of a skilled grill-master, or asador, you'll prepare your own chimichurri and meat dishes.

A boat ride through the Parana River Delta provides a break from all the cooking lessons. Fringed by tropical foliage, the delta spreads into scenic inlets surrounding small islands. Back on land, your crew will visit San Isidro. Don't miss this small barrio's Catedral de San Isidro, an ornate neo-Gothic cathedral built in the late 19th century.

The final day of your visit begins at a local bakery where you might try Argentine croissants, or medialunas, before heading to the busy farmers' market in Adrogue, where a local guide can supply background info on the native vegetables and spices for sale. The evening concludes with a robust meal spotlighting some of the dishes and wines you've learned about during your stay.

Staff Q & A: Buenos Aires

Mollie S. is in merchant services for Groupon Getaways. Below, she shares her thoughts on Buenos Aires.

Describe your perfect day in Buenos Aires. Wake up and head for Palermo Soho/Palermo Hollywood. Grab a café con leche, pastry, and the best scrambled eggs at Bar 6, a stylish neighborhood coffee shop. Wander through blocks and blocks of shops—keep an eye out for fashions by two of my favorite Argentinean designers, Garza Lobos and Jazmin Chebar. Later, head to Puerto Madero for lunch at an Argentine steak house on the water (my pick: Cabana Las Lilas), then walk it all off or take a siesta.

What tourist attraction is overrated, and what should you do instead? You have to see Recoleta Cemetery while in Buenos Aires, but the guided tour is overrated. At the entrance, you can pick up a map that highlights all of the famous tombs, like Eva Peron's. It’s more fun to wander around by yourself—and even get lost!

Where's the best place to go for a 2 a.m. snack? Street empanadas are a must and aplenty in all of the big neighborhoods.

What's the most authentic souvenir you could bring back from Buenos Aires? Leather, leather, and more leather. I also loved the equestrian shops, where you’ll find beautiful riding boots, luggage, and belts.

What's the best thing you ate on your trip, and where did you get it? One of the best parts of Buenos Aires are the “closed-door” restaurants, which are family-owned and operated out of their homes. Six-courses, local ingredients, wine-pairings…perfect.

What should someone read, listen to, or watch to prepare for a visit? Read The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevera (or watch the movie), especially if you're traveling to other parts of South America. I also always pick up a Wallpaper* City Guide when I’m traveling—it’s a great resource for the best in design, art, architecture, and fashion in every major city. And of course Evita is a classic.

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What You Get

Seven-day Buenos Aires culinary tour

  • $1,390 per person for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required)
  • $1,697 per person for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required) with airport greeting, transfers, and specialty market food tour with wine pairings and lunch
  • $3,394 for a package for two with airport greeting, transfers, and specialty market food tour with wine pairings and lunch

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Included in all options:

  • Six-night stay in a deluxe room at Art Hotel
  • Art of Homestyle Cooking class with wine pairing
  • Foodie tour of San Telmo barrio with food and drinks included
  • Grilling and barbecue class with meat-market tour
  • Tigre and Delta boating adventure

Book by: 8/16/12
Travel by: 12/9/12

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Art gallery
  • Jacuzzi
  • Library and business center
  • Complimentary breakfast at hotel
  • 24-hour Internet access
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The Fine Print

  • Must book by 8/16/12 or promotional value expires
  • Must travel by 12/9/12
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 more as a gift
  • Limit 1 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to $75 fee
  • 21-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking/check-in
  • Valid only for standard double rooms
  • Not valid w/ reward points
  • All tours begin Sun, depart Sat
  • $500 single supplement fee required for Option 1, $700 fee for Option 2
  • Airfare and 9.6% tax not included.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

Standard Double Room

  • One double bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed
  • Cable TV

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: not available
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

Seven-day Buenos Aires cooking tour

  • $1,390 per person for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required) (up to a $2,298 value)
  • $1,697 per person for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required) with airport greeting, transfers, and specialty market food tour with wine pairings and lunch (up to a $2,978 value)
  • $3,394 for a package for two with airport greeting, transfers, and specialty market food tour with wine pairings and lunch (up to a $5,956 value)

Read about different purchase options here

Included in all options:

  • Six-night stay in a deluxe room at Art Hotel
  • Art of Homestyle Cooking class with wine pairing
  • Foodie tour of San Telmo barrio with food and drinks included
  • Grilling and barbecue class with meat-market tour
  • Tigre and Delta boating adventure

Getting There

  • By plane: about 25 miles (41 km) from Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE)
  • By shuttle: some options include shuttle transfers from EZE; see What You Get section for details.

Traveler's Tips

  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.

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