Argentina, Chile,

The Dazzling Diversity Of Patagonian Chile And Argentina

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Tailor-Made Tour
14 Days
From £8674
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Tour Introduction

14 Days from £8674
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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.

Full Itinerary

Price from £8674
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per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms
Day 1
Arrive in Santiago

Met on arrival in Santiago 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 2
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 3
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 4
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 5
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 6
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 7
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 8
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 9
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 Los Cauquenes. Includes Breakfast.

Day 10
El Calafate

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

Staying at Esplendor El Calafate. Includes Breakfast.

Day 11
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 Esplendor El Calafate. Includes Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 12
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 13
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 14
Buenos Aires

Transfer to Buenos Aires International Airport for flight home.

Includes Breakfast.

Tour Accommodation

Chile Chilean Patagonia

Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa

Overview

The hotel is about a 20-minute drive from the Sarmiento Gate entrance to Torres del Paine National Park and occupies a lovely position overlooking Sarmiento Lake towards the National Park.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
40
Facilities

There are 40 rooms, all equipped with central heating, safety deposit box and phone. There are no TVs in the room. There is a large dining room/bar/lounge with fireplace and large windows overlooking the lake, in addition to a library and TV room, and a spa with a small indoor pool, sauna, and outside Jacuzzis. Complimentary Wi Fi is available but there is only a signal by the windows in the dining room/bar/lounge.

Local Wildlife

There are 26 species of mammal in Torres del Paine National Park including guanaco, puma, south Andean deer, dwarf armadillo and Patagonian skunk. Bird species number 118 including Chilean flamingo, lesser rhea and Andean condor.

Chile Central Chile

Hotel Le Reve

Overview

This stylish boutique hotel is conveniently located in the Providencia district of Santiago within walking distance of a variety of bars and restaurants. There is a distinct French influence, though the hotel is Chilean owned! The 28 rooms and 3 suites are all equipped with LCD cable TV, complimentary WiFi, air-conditioning, minibar, safety deposit box and phone.

There is a cosy, attractive living room, and a lovely interior garden. Breakfast only is provided, though there are plenty of meal options steps from the hotel. Room service is available for breakfast, and the hotel also has menus from various nearby restaurants from which meals can be ordered. In the evening an honesty bar is set up in the lounge, and late night tea, coffee and snacks in the kitchen.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
31
Facilities

Living room, interior garden, honesty bar and complimentary WiFi.

Chile

Stella Australis

Overview

Constructed in 2010 the Stella Australis holds 200 passengers in 100 cabins. During this four night expedition cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia explore two of the most unspoilt regions on earth – Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.

The ship has four decks, with the dining room and galley on the Patagonia Deck, the reception and A and B cabins on the Magallanes Deck, Yamana Lounge with 24 hour tea, coffee and cookie station, and AA and AA Superior cabins on the Tierra del Fuego Deck, Sky Lounge, bridge and AAA and AAA Superior cabins on the Cabo de Hornos Deck, and the Darwin Lounge on the Darwin Deck.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Capacity
200 passengers
Length
291 feet
Class
Expedition Ship
Cabins

100 double or twin cabins with picture windows, private facilities, satellite phone, security box, hairdryer, 110V and 220V output and climate controls .

Facilities

Three lounges; bar; dining room; and small boutique.

Local Wildlife

Humpback whales, southern elephant seals, Magellanic penguins (October - March), king cormorants, Chilean skuas, kelp geese, and occasional Andean condors amongst a variety of bird life.

Argentina Patagonia

Esplendor El Calafate

Overview

Esplendor El Calafate is a boutique hotel located a short walk from the centre of El Calafate with extensive views towards Lago Argentino and Los Glacieres National Park.

The hotel offers very comfortable accommodation in its modern rooms, each with spacious bathroom, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, safe, mini-bar, telephone and a desk and seating area.

There is an attractive restaurant with panoramic views serving delicious Patagonian cuisine, a stylish lounge area with comfortable sofas and sheepskin rugs, small indoor heated swimming pool with bar service, spa and a massage treatment room.

Swimming Pool
Yes
Air Conditioning
No
Rooms
57
Facilities

Restaurant, lounge, bar, small indoor swimming pool, spa, massage service, business centre, laundry and room service. The rooms have private bathrooms, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, safety deposit boxes, mini-bar and telephones.

Optional Activities

The main attraction is Los Glaciares National Park and the magnificent Perito Moreno glacier.

Argentina Buenos Aires and La Pampa

Legado Mitico

Overview

Legado Mitico is an intimate 11-room hotel located on a leafy street in the trendy Palermo district of Buenos Aires with its wide choice of bars and good restaurants. The individually-themed rooms are spread across three floors and all have en suite, cable TV and a minibar. The common areas are plush and provide plenty of space for relaxing and reading.

Facilities include a large lounge, rooftop Jacuzzi, sunny terrace, library, bar and classic cafeteria with plenty of comfy chairs and a wall-to-wall library. Light meals (sandwiches, pies and soups) are served until midnight, and a drinks service is available 24 hours a day. The staff are very friendly, speak good English, and are happy assist with restaurant and sight-seeing recommendations.

Swimming Pool
No
Air Conditioning
Yes
Rooms
11
Facilities

Cafeteria, lounge, 24 hour bar service, library, cable TV, mini bar, outside terrace, laundry and dry cleaning services, luggage storage and air conditioning.

Optional Activities

Relaxing, dining, visiting the bars.

Route Map

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Departure Dates

This tour has no set departure date and can be tailored to suit your travel requirements. Contact us for more details.

Travel Information

Are International Flights Included?

No. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Flight Info:

The itinerary includes domestic flights only.

Best Visited:

October to April

Are you ATOL Registered?

Yes. This means we are legally able to book your international flights in conjunction with your ground arrangements so you can book with us with complete confidence. Read more about our ATOL license here.

John Melton

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding this Tour, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

So good to be able to have the holiday organised for us and to be collected/guided by enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides. Nice for the majority of the accommodation to be all inclusive. Met all our expectations. Nice to be able to review and select our hotels.

Mr PL - Surrey