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Argentina is one of the greatest countries in the world to visit. There are several reasons for this. The first one is that there is a lot to see. Buenos Aires, often called the "Paris of South America" has so much to offer that entire books are written about it. Then there is Patagonia, that attracts visitors from all over the world with its mountains, lakes, woods, skiing in the winter, and fly fishing in the summer.
Argentina also has the Perito Moreno glacier, the largest moving glacier in the world. People travel from the other end of the Globe just to see this natural wonder. In the Northwest of Argentina you can find a desert so incredible that it will blow your mind. And last, but not least, in the Northeast of Argentina you will find the biggest waterfalls in the world, the Iguazu falls, a breathtaking sight. When Eleanor Roosevelt saw them, she is reported to have said, "Poor Niagara."
But the best part of Argentina is its people. Argentineans are very friendly and especially towards tourists. Argentina has always been appreciated for its beauty and for all the activities and natural wonders that is has to offer. However, it was often considered a luxury by most travelers, since it was as expensive as Paris and New York. But in the last few years, the Argentinean national currency has been devalued, prices dropped significantly and people from Europe, North America, and Australia started to visit Argentina when they realized that they were getting to visit a first-class destination for a real bargain. Go back.
Every year, more and more people from foreign countries choose Buenos Aires to retire. No wonder why. Buenos Aires has the most beautiful parks you will ever see, family owned coffee shops that have been around for over 100 years on almost every corner, artists on almost every street, and an architecture so glamorous that will make you wonder if you really are in South America.
Buenos Aires also has some of the best restaurants in the world. For Argentineans, steaks are not only food, but almost a religion. You will never, ever have a tastier steak anywhere else. We guarantee it.
When it comes to going out, if you thought New York was the city that never sleeps, wait until you know Buenos Aires. People dance all night long and leave the nightclubs way after the sun starts to show above the horizon.
Outside Buenos Aires you will find estancias, country areas where the gauchos live. These rural characters are typical in Argentina. When you visit an estancia you will go horseback riding and eat the best asado (barbecue) of your life made by an authentic gaucho. Go back.
Mendoza is one of the hottest destinations in South America. It is well-known for three things: its scenery, its wine, and its siestas (naps).
Usually compared with the Swiss Alps and the Rocky Mountains, Mendoza is located in a valley surrounded by enormous mountains. In this laid back town you will not find a single store open between 1 PM and 3 PM, not even the banks. This is the time when Mendocinos take their nap and it's a ritual they are very proud of.
Mendoza is said to be a city, but it really looks like a small town and its people live up to that idea.
Some of the best wine in the world is grown in Mendoza. The New York Times said "Why go to the Napa Valley when you can fly to Mendoza, in western Argentina, drink more exotic and affordable wines, and go horseback riding across the magnificent Andes Mountains with sexy Latin meat eaters?" Go back.
Ahh... the beaches of Mar del Plata. If you like warm weather, lying on the beach, and good-looking people, you will find Mar del Plata a paradise.
Surf lessons, one of the biggest marine mammal parks in South America, the tastiest sea food you'll ever try, and an endless nightlife are just some of the things that Mar del Plata has to offer. Go back.
Argentina is very safe. Like any other country in the world, you just have to avoid going to the wrong areas. For example, if you are a woman who lives in New York, you don't want to walk around some areas of the Bronx at 2 AM with a really short skirt.
You have absolutely nothing to worry about in Argentina. Your Tour Manager will make sure that you always stay within safe areas. She is a local and knows where it's safe and where it might not be.
In Buenos Aires, you might find a homeless person begging for money. It's your choice whether you want to give him a couple of coins or not. Nothing will happen to you if you decide not to give him money. Go back.
No, you don't. Only people who stay more than three months in Argentina need a visa. Go back.
A meal at a restaurant: $3-$10. A meal on the street (empanadas, steak sandwiches, and salads): $1-$2. Nightclub cover: $5. Most tours in Buenos Aires, Mendoza, and Mar del Plata: $10-$35. Go back.
Argentineans are very friendly. If you are visiting from a foreign country, chances are you will get many curious people asking where you are from and what you are doing in Argentina. Most definitely you will make a lot of friends in Argentina.
Argentineans are known for being a little bit cocky, to the point where it is actually funny. They love their country and they'll tell you that Argentina is the best country in the world. By the time you are there, we are sure you will agree.
People in Argentina really care about their looks. Their clothes are spotless and both men and women like to be seen and noticed. But at the end of the day, they are actually very conservative.
Argentineans are fun. Although some of them may have personal or work problems, you will always see them smiling, telling jokes, and trying to make you laugh. Go back.
We have offices in the United States and Argentina.
|United States Office||Argentina Office|
Suite 1, 400 South Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Toll Free: (1) 866-576-9193
Fax: (1) 877-653-3291
Senillosa 560 1er Piso
Cap. Fed., Buenos Aires - ZIP 1424
Phone: (549) 11-5002-5978
ARG Sport Tours was founded in 2002 and it originally offered only rugby tours. Our hard work and dedication made the company very successful, so the original founders partnered with leading companies to expand to other markets such as soccer tours, golf tours, and ski tours. Go back.
Fred Rasso and Zeke Camusio are the founders of ARG Rugby Tours. Please feel free to contact them personally if you want. They will be glad to hear from you and they will answer your emails immediately. These are their email addresses: frasso@TryARG.com and zcamusio@TryARG.com. Go back.
We work harder than anybody else to greatly exceed all your expectations. At ARG our mission is To give our customers the best experience of their lives. It might sound like a very tough goal, but that is exactly what we've been doing every single day for the last six years.
We go the extra mile for our customers and it shows. What other company has a tour manager who wakes up at 4 AM and drives 67 miles to get rugby balls when the coach forgot his equipment back home? What other company offers to refund your money if your trip wasn't the best experience of your life? Most of our customers come from referrals and we are very proud of that. We must be doing things right.
If a team of people working harder than anybody else day and night to make you not only satisfied, but absolutely thrilled with our service doesn't convince you, maybe six years of experience organizing successful sport tours does.
Or maybe the fact that we are flexible and we can custom design a tour that is perfect for you. Or perhaps you love the fact that we provide you with a Tour Manager, a local who is fluent in Spanish and the language you speak, so she can help you to communicate with the locals and also shows you around, picks you up, takes you where you want to go, and helps you with everything you need.
Yes, all that is great and we take real pride in our customer service. But do you know what most rugby clubs appreciate the most about us? The fact that we know that paying for the rugby tour of your dreams can sometimes be a daunting task and we make it easy for you.
We love rugby, we love Argentina, and we have no doubt that you'll love it too. And if you decide not to go to Argentina, we hope it is because you don't really like rugby that much, or maybe you don't like traveling; but not because you couldn't afford it. We will help as much as we can so cost is not an issue. That is why we offer:
- Fundraiser (prizes included)
- Coach travels for free
- Lowest Price Guarantee
- Very, very low monthly payments (drink your coffee at home instead of at Starbucks for a couple of months and you'll get your trip paid for.) Go back.
Yes. It doesn't matter whether you are six or 60 years old. It doesn't matter if yours is a men's team or women's team. It doesn't matter if you are a pro or you kicked your first rugby ball last week. We will always find local teams in the cities you'll be visiting that match your playing level. Go back.
Our tours include 3-star hotels with great amenities. These are some of the hotels you might be staying at:
In Buenos Aires: Cristoforo Colombo Hotel - http://www.torrecc.com/ingles
In Mendoza: Gran Hotel Mendoza - http://www.hotelmendoza.com
In Mar del Plata: Guerrero Hotel- http://www.hotelguerrero.com.ar
If there is no availability at those hotels, we will get you an equal or better one.
Our tours are very flexible. If you want to take advantage of the cheap prices in Argentina and want a more luxurious room, we can make it happen. Likewise, if you are on a budget, we can find something more affordable for you. Go back.
Once you arrive to Argentina, all the transportation is included in the tour price. We will pick you up from the airport, take you to your hotel, your practices, games, and from one city to another; all the way until we drop you off back at the airport for your flight back home.
You will travel in first-class buses with heat, air conditioner, and very comfortable seats that you can lean back and use as beds (seriously). When you are in Buenos Aires, Mendoza, or Mar del Plata, a taxi within the city will cost you around $3 and the ride can be shared by up to four people. Go back.
Yes, we can help. We get clubs from different parts of the world so we can't include the airfare in the tour price, but we can book the flights for you if you want us too.
ARG doesn't make a profit out of airfares. What we do is find a travel agent with enough seats available and we will put you in touch with the agent. Payment and ticket delivery arrangements will be made between the club and the travel agent. Go back.
During your tour, a Tour Manager will be with your team at all times. She will pick you up at the airport, and take you to your hotel.
From that moment on, she will be available 24/7 for anything you need. Did you decide to add an extra practice? Do you need dinner reservations? How about a city tour, or more rugby balls? No problem, you've got it.
Your Tour Manager is a local, so she can show you around, take you to the best places, restaurants, and activities. She is also fluent in both Spanish and your language, whatever it happens to be. That way, she can communicate with you and help you communicate with other locals and make sure you get the best deals everywhere you go. Go back.
All our tours include breakfast every day. We also include some dinners and lunches (for more information about this, please check out the Tours and Prices section. If you want an all-meals-inclusive tour, we can do that for you as well.
Eating out is very inexpensive and the food is so great and healthy that in most cases cooking your own meals just isn't worth it.
If someone in your team has special food needs (i.e. allergies or a special diet), we will make sure you only get the food that you can eat. Go back.
No problem. We designed three different tours to make it easy for you to choose one. But we can customize them to meet your special requirements. We can add/subtract days, upgrade/downgrade hotel rooms, give you more or less activities, etc. Go back.
Once you are in Argentina, there are a lot of things you'll want to do. We offer ranch days (with horseback riding and an Argentinean-style barbecue), professional soccer games (Boca Juniors' stadium), waterpark tours, city tours around Buenos Aires, rafting tours, paragliding tours, surf lessons, and a whole lot more. The prices of the tours start at $15. Check out the Optional Activities section of this website for more information. Go back.
ARG currently offers tours only to Argentina for several reasons. First of all, we believe that by focusing on one country only, we have become specialists and we can give you a lot more than a company that organizes tours to wherever you ask them to.
The second reason is that Argentina offers so much more than other countries at a so much lower price that we decided that it was the country we wanted to work with. We believe Argentina is the best country in the world for rugby tours and once we take you there, you will realize that you couldn't have made a better choice. Go back.
The ARG Rugby Tournament is a rugby tournament held in Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata. Teams from all over the world have been invited. Find more information on the ARG Rugby Tournament Section. Go back.
You will be playing teams from all over the world. We have categories according to age, gender, and playing level to ensure that everybody has a great time. Teams from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, United States, Mexico, Canada, England, Italy, Spain, and France, among other
countries, have been invited. Go back.
Yes, we do. We realized that a lot of the teams that were contacting us were really excited about going on a tour to Argentina but some of them were struggling to put the money together.
We decided that we wanted to help. One of the most important things when it comes to being able to raise the money for the rugby tour of your dreams is starting to plan early. Once you have plenty of time, things get a lot easier.
Since we introduced the fundraiser program, most players and staff members didn't have to pay a penny out of their own pockets for their rugby tours and those who did, it was only a small fraction of the trip cost.
We give you seven-day trips to Hawaii for two people, with hotel and airfare included; seven-day trips to Paris for two people that includes hotel and airfare as well. On top of that, we give you Sony Vaio laptops, flat-screen TVs, and Apple iPods.
With all those prizes to be won, it shouldn't be too hard to sell $20 raffle tickets to your family, friends, and neighbors.
But even if that's not enough -in most cases it is- you can organize parties, get a hot-dog stand at your rugby games, sell cookies, organize fairs, and whatever you can think of. You'll be surprised at how much people are willing to help when they see you are working hard to go on the trip of your dreams.
At this point, most clubs got not only the money for the tour and the airfare, but even some spare money to cover the meals and other minor expenses in Argentina. But if this is not your case, maybe putting away $1 a day until the day of your trip will do it.
Don't think this is an experience you can't afford. It is just a matter of getting creative, working hard, and making it happen. Go back.
Yes, of course you can. If after the fundraiser you didn't put together all the money for the tour, we can work out a payment plan so you can pay the rest of the money in very low monthly installments. Go back.
We accept bank wires, money orders, checks, credit cards, and PayPal. All these payment methods charge different fees. These fees will be equally split between the club and ARG. Go back.
Yes. We've seen how hard the coaches work during these tours and we think they deserve a reward. Granted, they will have a great time too, but it does take some work to handle a whole team during a rugby tour so a free trip for them is our way of saying "thank you" for all their hard work. Go back.
Usually, it is a lot more convenient when the whole team makes the payment together. That way, neither the club nor ARG have to deal with too many receipts and transactions. Go back.
We need to get a deposit from your club at least six months prior to your arrival to Argentina. This deposit is 10% of the tour cost and it will be used to block hotel rooms, buses, and tours. Go back.
First, we need to know what kind of tour you have in mind, how many people will be traveling, what tour you are interested in, and whether you want to go with one of the standard tours or you want to customize it to suit your specific needs.
After that, we will provide you with a formal quote and an itinerary so you can present at your club.
Once we worked out the details, we will put together a written agreement so the conditions are clear for both parties.
The deposit will need to be paid and we will book your hotel, transportation, and tours.
The full tour amount will be due 10 days before your arrival to Argentina. This should give you enough time to organize the fundraiser and the events to put the money together.
As far as a payment plan, every team has different needs so we will work with you to set up a payment plan that is convenient for you.
As we established before, most teams get the money for the trip from their fundraiser, so they never have to put a penny out of their own pockets to pay for the rugby tour.
Out of those teams that didn't raise the full amount of the trip, some decide to make small monthly payments, others decide to make six or three payments, and others pay the whole amount at once right before taking off. It's your call. Let us know what your plans are and we will help you setting up the best way to pay for your tour. Go back.
Simple; if you find a similar package to ours for a lower price, we will match that price and give you a 10% discount just for finding it. Here's a little secret: don't waste too much of your time looking for it, you just won't find it.
This is an original way of saying that you won't find a better price anywhere else. We are
constantly working on keeping our prices low and fighting off vendors that want to raise our costs, so we can pass our savings to you.
Will you find cheaper tours? Maybe. But don't forget that you get what pay for. Sure, you can save $100 and sleep in ugly rooms and travel on old buses. If that's what you want, there are a couple of companies out there that can offer you that. In fact, we'll be happy to give you their phone numbers.
But we believe that if you traveled all the way to the other end of the world, you want to sleep on a nice bed, in a cozy room, travel on top-of-the-line buses, and eat some the best food on Earth. Go back.
All the tours require a 10% deposit six months prior to your arrival. We use that deposit to book hotels, buses, and tours. We usually can't get a refund for these expenses, since hotels block out several rooms for us and bus companies have to block out an entire bus and often they are not willing to give us your deposit back.
Sometimes the hotels, based on the business relationship they have with us, will refund us for your deposit. If this is the case, we will give you your money back. But please be aware that this is the exception rather than the rule.
Our cancellation policy is very flexible and generous. If you cancel four months prior to your arrival date, we will refund 100% of your payment. If you cancel one month prior to your arrival date, you will get 85% of your money back. If you cancel two weeks prior to your arrival date, you will get 75% of your money back. After this day, we will not be able to process refunds, since we will have paid in full for the hotels, transportation, and tours. Go back.