The opposite of the amazing, but more mediatic Superclasico, the Rosario Derby or “Clasico Rosarino” is undoubtedly the most passionate around the country and maybe the continent.
Located around 300km from the capital, Rosario has a vibrant, cosmopolitan vibe, but at the same time, it feels like home. The city has two giants and long-life rivals, Newell’s Old Boys and Rosario Central. Different from Buenos Aires, here either you support black and red, or yellow and blue. There is no mid-term.
They call this game the derby of the Lepers and the Scoundrels. This makes for unpleasant reading but refers to an ancient quarrel between the clubs. Over a century ago, the two teams were asked to stage a match for a local leprosy clinic. Newell’s accepted, Rosario Central declined, and the strangest of derby nicknames was born.
At the same time, we will also spend good days in Buenos Aires, the focal point of global football. It is not merely a football destination; every single game is a national event that commands an unrivalled level of attention. Work becomes secondary, the to-do list is swept to the side and all overhanging bills are thrust to the back reaches of the mind for almost two hours when any club in Argentina steps into the ground.
Our Argentina trips give you the opportunity to experience amazing football clubs, explore stunning stadiums, drink beers in Argentina’s finest football bars, enjoy some of the best steaks in the world, discover the Argentinian culture and enjoy the best football experience of your life. Meet the locals, enter the stadiums, and indulge in this incredible country.
Live the unique experience of witnessing football matches in two capitals of football: Rosario and Buenos Aires. Sound good? Vámonos.
Be prepared for the most intense and exciting football experience of your life! We are chuffed to have you with us and that is why we want to give you some bits and bots, as well as some tips for the hidden little gems you can find in this vibrant city. Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and home of some of the biggest football clubs in South America. For decades it was considered the most modern capital in the southern continent, comparable to other capitals in Europe.
The city is a mixture of 4 components that makes life so special: Their passion for fútbol (and worship for their idols such as Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Román Riquelme), the nightlife full of great clubs and bars (we’ve been there, and believe, it is THE city that never sleeps) and the pleasure for eating great food and drinking wine!
Today is gathering day, people from all over the world will arrive today at different times. Regardless of that, we have arranged an airport transfer for all of you. A driver's assistant will be outside the customs area with a sign with your names, near the McDonalds in the main hall.
If you arrive in the afternoon, check-in and room will be ready. For arrivals in the morning, we will do our best to accommodate you, but please bear in mind will be upon availability. For the rest of the day, you can take it easy and recover from your long travels. At night, we will organize a steak, beer and wine welcome dinner!
Football? It is just passion, passion and passion. Buenos Aires is considered the capital of football in the world, holding a record of clubs playing in the first division in the same city. Boca Juniors, River Plate, Racing Club, Independiente, San Lorenzo, Huracán, Vélez. Countless clubs with a great number of CRAZY supporters, that absolutely love their clubs no matter what.
Today will be dedicated to getting to know the city more and have a nice and relaxed city tour through the main sights. We will walk at Caminito in Barrio de Boca, Boca Juniors colourful neighbourhood pack with amazing steaks restaurants, tango shops, a Maradona famous double and of course, La Bombonera! In the last time, our Dutch travellers got to meet Ronald Koeman in front of the stadium!
Then, we will talk through Puerto Madero, a posh area where the river cross and has a lot of bars to hang out for a beer in the afternoon! After that, our local host will take our group to the Recoleta Cemetery, well-known attraction because of the size and important personalities buried over there.
At night, do you fancy some steaks (of course) and wine? We will organize a group dinner!
Dale Dale Bocaaaaaaaaaa!
The moment you all be waiting for. It is Boca Juniors day!
Get ready for the most intense day of your lives. Make sure you have a full breakfast at the hotel and stretch your legs because it will be a long walking day. First of all, we will head straight to Barrio de Boca and get inside the club's iconic stadium, La Bombonera. You will have e a guided tour through the stage of today's game and get to know the behind the scenes and curiosities regarding the mystic ground.
After the tour, we will stop by a local and authentic Boca Juniors restaurant to have a "parilla" or "asado", an Argentinian Traditional Barbecue. Bring down the bottles of Quilmes and let's have fun! Your guide will be telling and sharing stories about the club, the rivalry with their arch enemies River Plate and get yourselves ready for the match!
The club we'll be supporting is Boca Juniors - who are known as the Xeneize or Bosteros. Boca is the most famous and widely supported team in Argentina and probably all of Latin America, also internationally well-known. They are the only team to have never been relegated from the top division and are synonymous with Argentinian greats like Diego Maradona and Juan Roman Riquelme. They hold 6 Libertadores Cups and one of their greatest achievements was winning the 2000 Intercontinental Cup against Real Madrid's Dream Team (Figo, Raúl, Casillas, Roberto Carlos, McManamann, etc.).
And if that wasn't enough... Boca is the recent champion of the local league! In an epic definition, they got the leadership of the league in the last game, leaving in 2nd place River Plate! So there might be celebrations, songs and flags about the new title.
After being warmed up, we will be ready for some action. Our local guides will distribute your tickets and escort you to your gate. The stadium is always full and sold out, so we will hold our group tight and make our way to the seats. Once there, just make sure you enjoy the chants of "La 12", Boca Juniors well-known Ultras and get ready for the BEST day of your lives!
We value our travellers and you deserve some rest after the amazing trip to Rosario. Please take the morning to stay until late in bed, because we have another day ahead!
Today we will be going with taxis to Avellaneda Area, around 30 minutes from Buenos Aires, home of Independiente and Racing Club. Please note that we will be watching one of both clubs match, because their stadium is separated by 500 meters and for security reasons, they never play on the same day.
If we go to Independiente, our guide will be Guido, a die-hard fan of Independiente who knows the ins and outs of the Stadium as well as the club's history and best players. So you'll be in very good hands.
We'll be going to Southern Buenos Aires to one of the most popular parrillas in town called "El Tano" to taste some Argentinian meat before the game. The place is super relaxed/friendly and the owner is also an Independiente fan.
Independiente is also known as Diablos (Devils), Rey de Copas (King of Cups) or simply Rojo (Red). They are one of the top 5 clubs in Argentina and the club who won the most amount of Libertadores Cups in all South America. The atmosphere is always good and when they are playing attacking football, it is very hard to beat them at home!
Fun Thing: Kung Aguero is an Independiente fan and came from their youth teams to make success in Europe!
If we choose to watch Racing Club, we make sure the atmosphere is among the best in the country. They are known as the Academia - the academy. Their fans are well known for their resilience (this is, their ability to cope with many, many years of suffering) but two seasons ago they finally won the Argentine league so the crowd has a reason to celebrate for.
Our pre-match will be in the Racing side, in a place where fans get together for some beers and burgers. Then, our guides will escort you to your seats and make sure you listen to all the chants and watch some nice football!
Are you ready for some Maradone Overdose?
Today we will watch a match from Argentinos Juniors at their old school stadium, called Diego Armando Maradona. As you may know, the club was Diego Maradona's first club - he was such an exciting prospect that the club gave him a house for his family at the age of just 15 to secure his signature.
The house has now been refurbished into an homage and we'll be visiting it to get a lookup close at where 'Díos' (God), ate, slept and hopped out of his window during the night to go to the bathroom! So after meeting everybody in the hotel, we will get some taxis and go straight to this beautiful place, that will be our first stop.
After that, we will head closer to the ground to visit the fan-maintained museum of Argentinos Juniors. Over there, you will have the most amazing tour with unique memories from past glories and a lot of sections dedicated to Maradona.
Maradona obviously went on to achieve worldwide fame, but he is especially close to the hearts of the 'Bicho' (bug) fans. He never won a trophy there but scored 116 goals for them over 5 seasons and the fee of $4m (!!!) that Boca paid in 1981 was reinvested in the squad and Argentinos went on to win the Copa Libertadores in 1985.
For these reasons (and just because - Maradona), the club named the stadium after him."Argentinos Juniors is what Argentinians call "club de barrio" (neighbourhood club) so they're fans are mainly from La Paternal (you will hear this name a lot in their songs). Their stadium is very small, almost a friends & family thing, with capacity 24.000.
Now it is time for the pre-match experience! We've booked a table in a local fan-base restaurant where a set menu will be waiting for you and of course, plenty of local beers!
Now it is time for the match. Around 1 hour before, we will go to our seats and feel the local atmosphere and amazing football.
In the morning, we recommend taking the 2:30 hours early ferry to Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. The city is small but with a vibrant atmosphere, home of amazing steaks, wines, the beautiful large avenues surrounded by many restaurants and bars and of course, football.
Montevideo is home of two giants in the South American football scenery: Peñarol and Nacional. From a sight to another, you can see graffiti and paintings representing both clubs, which makes the city very colourful. What definitely worth is to pay a visit at Estadio Centenário - stage of the first World Cup Final in 1930 and the Football Museum. Entrance costs around 5 euros. Another stadium that you can definitely go to is the Estadio Gran Parque Central, home of Nacional. Built-in 1900, is the oldest in South America.
The grand finale is the visit to Estadio Campeón del Siglo, home of Peñarol. Renovated in 2016, the arena is absolutely beautiful and very scary for the opponents. 40,000 hinchas supporting the black and yellow colours turns into a hell for other teams. You definitely wanna go there!
We suspect to say, but this may be your best days in Argentina! At least the past travellers have said that.
In the morning, we will meet in your hotel and bus ride to Rosario, with one pit stop on the motorway. Arriving there, we will check-in and take some time visit to the Monumento a la Bandera (Flag Monument), the city's most famous landmark and other areas in the town.
In the afternoon, there will be free time to rest or browse through the city, because at night we will book a table in one of the steak restaurants in the country! Come, hungry guys!
In the morning, we will have a private Stadium Tour with early insider access to the Cancha before it closes for pre-game preparations.
After that, full lunch at Escauriza restaurant. Rosario is famous for its river fish Boga, Pacú Pacú and Surubí, and this is one of the best places to try them! There's also a traditional Argentine meat option if you prefer. The menu includes a starter, dessert and unlimited beer/soft drinks. Wine and any other drink is extra.
Later on, we will visit the Bellavista and Malvinas complexes. The former is where the Newell's first team train, the latter is where the underage players play - and incidentally, a certain Lionel Messi is still the all-time top-scorer!
Then, the pre-match game starts with beers in the park. Newell's Marcelo Bielsa stadium is also known as the Coloso del Parque (Colossus in the Park), as it is located in Parque Independencia, right in the middle of the city. This makes it even better to enjoy the pre-game atmosphere. If you are still hungry you can grab a choripán or bondiola (pork) sandwich and a beer.
Before the match, on the way in you can browse the NOB club shop before taking your seat in the same ground where Maradona played for 1 season, Bielsa managed for 2, and Messi will one day return to...
The stadium is always full of capacity and you can expect an amazing atmosphere! When it finished, we will hopefully celebrate victory with local supporters!
In the morning, we will head back to Buenos Aires for the chance to catch another football game in the city!
At night, finish with a good quality steak in a very good local restaurant!
Unfortunately, the trip is coming to an end! Our drivers will be picking you up around 4 hours before the flight departure in front of the hotel. Please make sure you are on time. If you fly in the afternoon, take some time to buy some souvenirs and jerseys for your loved ones. We hope you have enjoyed your time the most!