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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, with a small group limited to 20 participants, is included.

Highlights

  • 3-hour Pope Francis historical tour in Buenos Aires
  • 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
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 20 people ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Pope Francis Tour of Buenos Aires

Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires

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. 

Customer Reviews

Michael W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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!

Maeve_joe

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We had a great experience.Our taxi driver and guide were very nice.Our guide was very informative with excellent English

Amado Guerrero G

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

We enjoyed the very personalized tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and very accommodating.

Frank B

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Very helpful and Eduardo was really informative

Tours

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

We had a very comprehensive tour , lots of walking for 79 great grandma and daughter, but I made it, heat and all.our tour guide was very well informed about all the church's we visited..
My one complaint was when we arrived at the office in San Telmo by taxi, no one was in sight anywhere, office closed because of holiday. We left but decided to go back once more and our tour. guide was down a couple of blocks and motioned to us. If the office is closed , someone should be there early to meet tourists.
We almost missed our tour.

Alfonso D

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

The guide was on time and a wealth of information about Pope Francis, very good.

Peter S

3 star rating: Worth doing January 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.

Sean K

3 star rating: Worth doing January 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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