A VIEW OF JEWISH LIFE IN LATIN AMERICA BY PRIVATE CAR

Day1 - BUENOS AIRES
Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel. Embark on a tour of the capital focused on points of Jewish religious and cultural significance including: the Embassy of Israel Square, the Argentine-Israel Benefit Society, and Shoa Museum, as well as the neighborhoods typically associated to the Jewish community: Abasto, Villa Crespo, and Once to visit Templo Paso. Tonight we will share dinner at an acclaimed local Jewish restaurant. (D)
Day2 - BUENOS AIRES
After breakfast, embark on a city tour of Buenos Aires. See The Pyramid de Mayo, the Presidential palace, the Cabinet, and the Metropolitan Cathedral. View the symbol of the city, “The Obelisque.” Enjoy history and modern day musings as you discover the various neighborhoods from San Telmo with its signature tango parlors; to European-inspired La Boca, trendy Puerto Madero, and La Recoleta Cultural Center. Included are also visits to Colon Theatre and Club Hebraica. (B)
Day3 - BUENOS AIRES
Take your time to explore Buenos Aires at your own pace today. After the day at leisure, an unforgettable time at a locally renowned tango parlor awaits. Classic orchestras that revive the original styles with melancholic rhythms reminiscent of the 1940’s, typical food and the best wines, excellent service, and a lively ambiance welcome you. We will enjoy an excellent dinner and traditional tango show at La Ventana with tango lessons included! (B,D)
Day 4 - BUENOS AIRES I IGUASSU FALLS
Head to the airport for your flight to Iguassu Falls and transfer to your hotel upon arrival. Visit the Brazilian side of the falls, following the paths by the cascades, then walk along the catwalk that leads very close to the bottom of Devil’s Throat for the most magnificent of views. Tonight we will enjoy dinner and an authentic Latin American folkloric show featuring regional music and dances at Rafain Barbecue House. (B,D)
Day5 - IGUASSU FALLS
Departing from the hotel this morning, embark on an excursion to the Argentine Iguazu Park. The visit starts with ample time to see the upper Argentinian falls, including the San Martin Falls. Board a passenger boat to photograph the amazing waterfalls. Then learn about the area’s flora and fauna from an insightful guide. On the way back from the falls, the tour stops at the Argentine shopping district. Lunch at El Fortin is included in today’s tour. (B,L)
Day 6 - IGUASSU FALLS I SAO PAULO
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Sao Paulo. Upon arrival, transfer for check-in to your hotel. Enjoy the day at your leisure in the fastest-growing city in Brazil. São Paulo is one of the world’s largest urban centers. Here you can opt to visit one of the many area attractions such as: The City Park and Zoo, the Ibirapuera Park, and the planetarium or the unique snake farm of Butantã. (B)
Day7 - SAO PAULO
Wake to this splendid day in São Paulo and join in a special Jewish Tour of the city that showcases Jewish life and history. Home to the largest Jewish community in Brazil visit the Congregacao Israelita Paulista (C.I.P.), boasting the largest synagogue membership in Sao Paulo. Tours UNIBES, the city’s most important Jewish welfare organization. See The Albert Einstein Jewish Hospital. Visit the Byzantine-style Temple Beth El and the Bom Retiro Jewish neighborhood. (B)
Day 8 - SAO PAULO I RIO DE JANEIRO
Today we will share time visiting the “Hebraica Blub” Jewish Athletic and Community Club that features activities including: sports, leisure and entertainment, culture, education, and religious teaching. Founded 38 years ago, it now serves 30,000 members and is the largest Jewish organization in Brazil. Enjoy an included Kosher lunch at Red Restaurant. This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Rio de Janeiro. Upon arrival your transfer awaits to take you to your hotel for checkin. (B,L
Day9 - RIO DE JANEIRO
Begin the day of sightseeing viewing the famed beaches of Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon. Take the cable car up to the crest of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Savor lunch during the tour at Confeitaria Colombo situated downtown. This afternoon, visit the grand synagogue, magnificently restored by famed publisher Adolph Bloch. We continue to the Jewish Federation. Then it’s on to the Ipanema headquarters of H’Stern for an informative visual explanation of how gemstones are discovered, mined, and made into beautiful jewelry. Enjoy the evening at leisure. (B)
Day 10 - RIO DE JANEIRO
After breakfast at your hotel, the Jewish heritage exploration continues with an excursion to the traditional Jewish School Eliezer Steinbarg Max Nordau for students from preschool through high school. Take time this afternoon to delve into this vibrant city on your own. Beth-El Synagogue located at Clube Israelita Brasileiro (CIB) will be hosting this evening’s services. After services, we will meet with members of the Jewish Community. (B)
Day11 - RIO DE JANEIRO
A full day at leisure welcomes you to explore and enjoy Rio! In the evening depart from hotel for a typical Brazilian Night, starting with a Barbecue Dinner one of the highlights of eating out in Rio. The “Churrascaria” is a local steak house, but very different from those found abroad. For a fixed, very reasonable price, several different types of meats are brought on skewers and sliced in front of the client. Side dishes are abundant and varied. (B,D)
Day 12 - RIO DE JANEIRO TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)
Today the excitement of the hippie fair (only on Sundays) presents you with plenty of shopping opportunities for handicrafts of leather, wood, and metal as well as paintings by local artists. Lunch is included at Bar Ilan School – the center of Orthodox Judaism in Rio (subject to confirmation). This small school has an excellent Kosher kitchen in Rio where the brunch on Sunday is a must or at Clube Israelita Brasileiro. Transfer to the airport for your international flight. (B,L)