Following in the footsteps of Pope Francis

 

Departures:  Year-round

Places Visited: Buenos Aires & Cordoba

 

Highlights


Follow in the footsteps of the first South-American pope and visit some of the places that have shaped the faith and vision of the man who has just been elected to the highest position in the Catholic Church. Walk the streets of his home town, see the neighborhood in which he grew up, enter the churches where he prayed and preached, and visit the institutions where he studied. In Cordoba, visit the Jesuit Missions, historic testimonies to this important religious order that not only played an important role in shaping Argentina, but centuries later also would be the cornerstone of the pope’s faith.

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Domestic flights
  • 3 nights of accommodation in double room in Buenos Aires.
  • Daily breakfast and local taxes
  • 1 Half day City Tour
  • 1 Full day Pope Tour
  • 3 nights of accommodation in double room in Cordoba.
  • Daily breakfast and local taxes
  • 1 Half day City tour
  • 1 Half day tour to Estancia Alta Gracia
  • 1 Full Day Jesuit Missions Tour

 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • International Flights
  • Meals and drinks other than those mentioned
  • Tips or personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional tours and experiences
  • Any items not mentioned

 

Day 01: BUENOS AIRES. Upon arrival private transfer to Buenos Aires Grand Hotel.

Day 02: BUENOS AIRES:

Half day City Tour

Soak up the unique atmosphere of Buenos Aires and experience the city where the future pope spent an important part of his life. A three-hour sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city that reflects the influences of the numerous immigrants who helped to shape the capital of Argentina.

Begin at the historic Plaza de Mayo Square, symbol and setting of the country’s most important political manifestations. The square is framed by the Government House, also known as the "Pink House”; the Cabildo (the old City Hall) and the Cathedral. Next, head south to the picturesque and colorful port neighborhood of La Boca. Stroll La Boca’s iconic street, "Caminito", its colorful architectural details reflect the influence of the Europeans, especially Genovese sailors, who settled here at the end of the 19th century. Then continue to San Telmo, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires; San Telmo still preserves many architectural treasures with colonial houses and charming cobblestone streets. Puerto Madero stands in sharp contrast with historic San Telmo. The revitalized waterfront district of Puerto Madero features modern architecture and innovative urban development. The two final destinations on the tour include Palermo, with its elegant residences framed by wide green areas and Recoleta, the most sophisticated and elegant neighborhood in Buenos Aires.

Day 03: BUENOS AIRES:

Full day Pope Francis Tour

Follow in the footsteps of Pope Francis in Buenos Aires and see the city through his eyes. The son of Italian workers, Pope Francis was born into humble beginnings. His father was a railroad worker and the family lived in lower and middle class neighborhoods.

The first stop is the Church in San Jose de Flores, the house of worship often visited by Pope Francis and his family, and where he first heard the call of God. The family home stood near this church. Another important landmark in the life of young Jorge Mario was Herminia Brumana Square. This is where the young boy spent a lot of his leisure time, wearing the shirt of San Lorenzo de Almagro, his beloved soccer team. A few blocks away stood the public elementary school Cerviño where he studied and the Private Institute Nuestra Señora de la Misericordia where he took his first communion in their chapel. The last stop will be the Church San Carlos Borromeo of the Salesian congregation; this is the congregation where the Pope was baptized.

Some other recommended sights on the tour include: The Archbishop’s See, the Basilica of La Virgen de Lujan and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Another interesting location is the church of San Ignacio de Loyola where Pope Francis was ordained as a superior in the Jesuit order, and where he served until he was elected pope. See the image of Saint Francis of Assis, the saint known for his humbleness and compassion for the poor, and who inspired the Pope in the choice of his name.

All the places listed above are only suggestions and can be customized to suit the tour and program. Other possibilities include the San Idelfonso parish church in Palermo where he regularly performed mass; the Seminario Conciliar de Villa devoto where he was ordained as a priest; the Santa Catalina church, the first convent in Buenos Aires and part of the order of Santo Domingo de Guzman.

Day 04: BUENOS AIRES/CORDOBA: At appropriate time private transfer to the airport for flight to Cordoba.

Upon arrival in Cordoba private transfer to Azur Real Hotel.

Half day City tour

Explore the diversity of the great city of Cordoba on this half-day tour. Admire the architectural legacy from the colonial era, the modern buildings and the commercial heart of the city.

Begin the tour at the Plaza San Martin with a walking tour of historic and cultural center of Cordoba. Visit the Cathedral, the Cabildo city hall, the Oratorio del Obispo Market, the Santa Catalina Convent, the Jesuit Crypt, the Museum of Religious Art 'Juan de Tejeda', the Monserrat College, the Rectorate of the National University of Córdoba and the Jesuit Church. Continue to the neo-Gothic Church of the Capuchin Fathers, and visit the neighborhood of Nueva Cordoba, Parque Sarmiento, the Caraffa Museum and the University City.

Finally, visit the Cerro de las Rosas, the World Cup Stadium and the Chateau Carreras Cordoba Trade Fair Complex. Time permitting, the tour will also stop at the Córdoba Shopping Center. Return to hotel.

Day 05: CORDOBA:

Half Day Estancia Alta Gracia

Travel back in time with a visit to the National Historical Museum of Alta Gracia. Preserving most of its original historic structure, the museum gives visitors an impression of everyday life in seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century Cordoba. The Estancia was founded in the 1643 by the Jesuit order to generate income for the works of the Jesuits. The prosperous rural community encompassed a Jesuit mission, a church, slave quarters, a flour mill and various other buildings. Even after the Jesuit order was expelled from Argentina in 1767, Estancia Alta Gracia continued as a ranch, changing owners several time and even housing the Viceroy of Rio de la Plata, who purchased the ranch in 1810.

In 1969, the government of Argentina expropriated the residence, converting it into a museum that was inaugurated in 1977. On December 2, 2000, the Estancia and several other buildings in the area, including the Church, the Chapel, the National University of Cordoba and Monserrat School, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 06: CORDOBA:

Full Day Jesuit Ranch Tour

The Jesuit missions in the province of Cordoba are important testimonies of the work of the ‘Society of Jesus’ or Jesuits. Between 1599, the year of the order arrived in Cordoba, and 1767, when the order was expelled from the country by King Carlos III of Spain, the Jesuits established a strong and united socio-cultural, religious, economic and Hispanic American territory.

Centered around the city of Cordoba, the Jesuit system fostered important educational and spiritual endeavors, founding the Maximum School in 1610, the University in 1622, the College Convictorio of Our Lady of Montserrat in 1687 and the Novitiate.

To sustain these cultural enterprises, the Order founded a system of productive farms in the province that generated the funds: Caroya (in 1616), Jesus Maria (1618), Santa Catalina (1622), Alta Gracia (1643), La Candelaria (in 1678) and San Ignacio (in 1725).

As a testament to the importance of these constructions, UNESCO recently added several Jesuit Missions to its World Heritage list.

A visit to the Jesuit missions is not only an opportunity to learn about the values and global importance of these historical sites, but also a chance to discover landscapes, traditions and customs that have left their mark on the region’s cultural identity.

Day 07: CORDOBA: At appropriate time, transfer to the airport.


Tour descriptions and approximate times are for informational purposes only.
Some places described may be substituted and/or approximate times may be subject to change, due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions.