The Dazzling Diversity Of Patagonian Chile And Argentina

16 Days from £6617 per adult. Prices based on flight fares at the time of costing & may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
16 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Country Combo

This wide-ranging journey takes in a southern cruise and three iconic Patagonian national parks: Chile’s Torres del Paine, and Argentina’s Los Glaciares and Tierra del Fuego. Explore Santiago before flying to Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost city, then head north into Torres del Paine National Park. After three nights enjoying the park’s spectacular landscapes and varied wildlife, return to Punta Arenas and embark on a four-night cruise on the 210-passenger MV Stella Australis. Cruise past fjords and glaciers, and (weather permitting) land on Cape Horn, before disembarking at Ushuaia in Argentina. Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park before flying to El Calafate to explore Los Glaciares National Park, home to the famous Perito Merino glacier. Your trip of a lifetime ends in Buenos Aires with an informative city tour and classic tango show which would put Strictly to shame. Few programmes can match this one for its sheer variety and stunning scenery, with the added bonus of the prolific wildlife of South America’s far south.

Itinerary

Price from £6617 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart UK

Evening departure from London and fly overnight to Santiago.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Santiago

Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon guided exploration of the historical and modern sights of Santiago. This will include La Moneda, a walk through the pedestrian streets of Huerfanos and Ahumada, the Plaza de Armas, and Santa Lucia Hill where the Spanish founded Santiago in 1541. Continue on to the cultural and artistic neighbourhood of Bellavista, explore San Cristobal Hill, and finish in elegant Providencia before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Staying at Hotel Le Reve. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Torres del Paine National Park

Transfer to Santiago Airport and fly to Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost city. Met on arrival and transfer north to your hotel overlooking Sarmiento Lake and the eastern sector of Torres del Paine National Park. The National Park is home to 26 species of mammals including guanaco, puma, endangered South Andean deer (the huemul), Chile’s national symbol), two species of fox, and the Patagonian skunk. Bird species number 118 and include wading birds such as the Chilean flamingo which lives in the numerous lakes and lagoons across the park, 15 species of birds of prey including the Andean condor, and South America’s largest bird, the flightless rhea, which lives on the Patagonian steppe.

Staying at Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Torres del Paine National Park

Enjoy two half days or one full day of shared excursions exploring Torres del Paine National Park and some less visited areas outside the National Park. These could include a hike to the Cuernos viewpoint, French Valley or the Base of the Towers; horse riding or vehicle-based excursions to some of the principal sites of interest within the National Park; or a visit to Estancia Cerro Guido outside the Park.

Staying at Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa. Includes All Meals.

Day 5 - Torres del Paine National Park

Enjoy two half days or one full day of shared excursions exploring the area.

Staying at Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Stella Australis cruise

Transfer to Punta Arenas and board the Stella Australis for a four-night cruise to Ushuaia, Argentina. During the night the ship crosses the Strait of Magellan and enters the labyrinth of channels on the southern extreme of Patagonia.

Staying at M/V Stella Australis. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 7 - Stella Australis cruise

Awake in Admiralty Sound, an offshoot of the Strait of Magellan that stretches nearly halfway across Tierra del Fuego. The snow-capped peaks of Karukinka Natural Park stretch along the north side of the sound, while to the south are the deep fjords and broad bays of Alberto Agostini National Park. Go ashore at Ainsworth Bay and either walk to a waterfall inside pristine sub-polar forest, or have a more strenuous hike along the crest of a glacial moraine. Both afford excellent views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains.

Leave Ainsworth Bay and sail west along the sound to the Tucker Islets. In the afternoon explore the islets by Zodiac too see a Magellanic penguin colony (October to March) numbering more than 4,000 and a wealth of other bird life.

Staying at M/V Stella Australis. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Stella Australis cruise

In the morning board the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. Disembark for either a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, or a longer and more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier.

Back on board the ship continue east along the Beagle Channel through Glacier Alley. Here there are a number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet.

Staying at M/V Stella Australis. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Stella Australis cruise

During the early morning navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste Islands and drop anchor at historic Wulaia Bay. Originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yámana aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain FitzRoy in the 1830s during their voyages on the HMS Beagle. Visit the local museum then choose one of three hikes of increasing difficulty that ascend the wooded mountain behind the bay to reach a panoramic viewpoint.

In the afternoon cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, go ashore on the windswept island that harbours legendary Cape Horn. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005, and the Chilean navy maintains a permanent lighthouse on the island staffed by a light keeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument.

Staying at M/V Stella Australis. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Ushuaia

Check out of your cabin and disembark after breakfast to visit Tierra del Fuego National Park. A variety of scenic walks can be enjoyed along the bays and rivers, or through dense native forests with abundant birdlife. Optional return to Ushuaia on the End of the World Train – the world’s southernmost functioning steam railway.

Staying at Tierra de Leyendas. Includes Breakfast.

Day 11 - El Calafate

After a relaxed morning transfer to Ushuaia Airport and fly to El Calafate. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel.

Staying at Kosten Aike. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12 - El Calafate

Full day exploring the magnificent Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. The excursion will begin with informative walks around the side of the glacier and later an exhilarating mini ice-trek on the glacier itself for a new perspective on this mighty force of nature. There will also be a boat trip along the vast wall of the glacier at a safe distance for the chance to see massive blocks of ice break off (calve) with loud cracks and crash into the lake to form icebergs.

Staying at Kosten Aike. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 13 - Buenos Aires

In the morning transfer to El Calafate airport and fly to Buenos Aires. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel. In the evening enjoy a traditional tango show with dinner included.

Staying at Legado Mitico. Includes Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 14 - Buenos Aires

After breakfast explore Buenos Aires accompanied by a guide. The tour will include visits to the blue-collar neighborhood of La Boca where tango originated, San Telmo where the city was first founded, the Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral and Recoleta with its French architecture and 19th century cemetery where Eva Peron is buried. The afternoon is at leisure to relax or explore on your own.

Staying at Legado Mitico. Includes Breakfast.

Day 15 - Buenos Aires

Transfer to Buenos Aires International Airport and fly overnight back to the UK.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 16 - Arrive UK

Includes No Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
From January 2017 British Airways will operate four direct flights per week from London Heathrow to Santiago. British Airways also flies direct to Buenos Aires so you will enjoy direct flights both ways. Other flight options from the UK to Santiago and returning from Buenos Aires include Air France via Paris, Iberia via Madrid, LATAM via Madrid or Sao Paulo, and Avianca via Bogota.

Area Specialist

John Melton
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Whilst visiting Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina add a mini trek on Perito Moreno Glacier using crampons.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

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