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Pope Francis Tour in Buenos Aires

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AAO, Argentina
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Visit all of the formative places that shaped Jorge Bergoglio on his way to becoming Pope Francis. During this 3-hour tour in Buenos Aires, you'll tour churches, schools and a sports club that each had an educational, religious and social influence on Pope Francis' early years. Transportation in a comfortable minivan from San Telmo is included.
  • See where the pope, aka Jorge Bergoglio, grew up and was educated
  • Visit Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) and the Basilica of San José de Flores
  • Discover the pope’s favorite sport at San Lorenzo de Almagro Athletic Club
  • Transport by comfortable minivan from San Telmo included
Meet your guide and the rest of your group in San Telmo, then board a minivan for the short ride to Buenos Aires' city center. Stop at Jorge Bergoglio's childhood home that he shared with his parents and siblings, then move on to his early educational institutions like the College of Our Lady of Mercy and the Jesuit Universidad del Salvador. 

See the Basilica of San José de Flores, where the Pope took his sacraments, received his religious vocation and dedicated his life to God at just 17 years old.

Continuing this 3-hour tour, learn about the Pope's love of futbol (soccer) at the San Lorenzo de Almagro Athletic Club. Visit the San Ignacio de Loyola Church and continue on to the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, the main Catholic church in Buenos Aires. Overlooking Plaza de Mayo, this 16th-century building was the site where the devout followers of Pope Francis waited to hear if he would succeed Pope Benedicto XVI. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Calle Defensa
Meet your guide and small group in San Telmo and make your way to the city center aboard a comfortable minivan. Start your tour at the place where Bergoglio lived with his parents and siblings during his first years of life. Visit formative educational institutions, such as the College of Our Lady of Mercy and Universidad del Salvador, a Jesuit university. See where the pope took his sacraments and received his religious vocation, including Basilica of San José de Flores, where he devoted his life to God when he was just 17 years old.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Iglesia de San Ignacio de Loyola
In addition to educational and religious sites, your guide will take your small group to the San Lorenzo de Almagro Athletic Club, where you’ll learn about the pope’s love of futbol (soccer). Continue your tour to the San Ignacio de Loyola Church.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Plaza de Mayo
Then, you will head to the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, which overlooks Plaza de Mayo. Considered the main Catholic church in Buenos Aires, the 16th-century cathedral was rebuilt several times in a mix of architectural styles. It was here that the Argentinean people waited to hear the designation of the successor to Pope Benedicto XVI.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free

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Bergoglio's Buenos Aires
donegallad44
, Jan 2020
Our tour was led by Carlos, a knowledgeable young guide, but hampered by inaccessibility to any of the houses where Jorge Bergoglio lived and the schools he attended. The Church where his parents were married and he was baptized was closed. The favelas (where he gained his deserved reputation as a champion for the poor) were not included, even from a distance, nor were any of the Jesuit locations associated with his careful leadership at the time of the military Junta. The one touching aspect of the tour was the small plaza where the future Pope chased the soccer ball with his friends (corria tras la pelota con sus amigos) and spent the afternoon encountering their friendship (eran trades de judges, encuentros y amistad) manifesting what his papacy has emphasized: the importance of the 'encounter.'
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Had a great tour
malbruMontreal
, Dec 2019
We were just 2 with the guide and we travelled the city by taxi. Lots of important and interesting information about life in BsAs and history and background of the Pope.. You learn alot the Pope's background in Argentina, You get to see the city and experience BsAs by car ( which is in and of itself an experience)
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Our tour guide was helpful and made...
Carl M
, Mar 2018
Our tour guide was helpful and made the tour enjoyable. But we feel we should have been driven to the place we started from, versus left on our own to get back.
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We had a very nice walking tour in...
Julie J
, Jul 2017
We had a very nice walking tour in Buenos Aires and I loved that our tour guide had alot of knowledge of the city and its history. I would highly recommend walking tours whenever possible. I have been using viator for awhile now, and have never been disappointed.
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Our guide and driver were excellent...
Michael W
, Mar 2016
Our guide and driver were excellent! The tour was very informative and allowed us to see many parts of Buenos Aires we otherwise would never have seen! We would certainly do it again and recommend it to our friends! Thank you Viator!
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We had a great experience.Our taxi...
Maeve_joe
, Mar 2016
We had a great experience.Our taxi driver and guide were very nice.Our guide was very informative with excellent English
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Good tour but guide could have had...
Peter S
, Jan 2016
Good tour but guide could have had more background on Pope Francis with clearer English. A world traveller would already know something of the Pope's background and so could do with more local input. It was still a good tour and using a local street taxi was an unusual way of touring.
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Very pleasant and friendly tour...
Sean K
, Jan 2016
Very pleasant and friendly tour guide. However, deeper history and explanation of the significance of the sites visited would be helpful. A couple of the stops on the tour are somewhat contrived and you can only view from the outside without access.
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We enjoyed the very personalized tour...
Amado Guerrero G
, Nov 2015
We enjoyed the very personalized tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and very accommodating.
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The guide was on time and a wealth of...
Alfonso D
, Feb 2015
The guide was on time and a wealth of information about Pope Francis, very good.

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