13 Day Chile & Argentina with Patagonia's Glaciers

13 Day Chile & Argentina with Patagonia's Glaciers


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Chile
Depart for Chile

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Santiago
Welcome to Chile! Morning arrival in the energetic capital city of Santiago; transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, attend a Welcome Drink and Dinner together with you Tour Manager and fellow travelers. Then get a good night's rest before the exciting adventure that awaits you in South America! We recommend that you select flights which arrive in Santiago no later than 4:30 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Santiago
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Santiago City Tour
This morning's city tour takes you through the colonial neighborhoods of the city that contrast with the modern financial center, known as Sanhattan. Pass by beautiful residences that are part of the Barrio Universitario (University Area). In the historical center visit the lively Plaza de Armas, with its fountains, sculptures, and intriguing people-watching opportunities. The tour continues with a drive along the green Parque Forestal with its stunning Fine Arts museum. Continue crossing the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista and climbing up San Cristóbal Hill to a viewpoint, for magnificent panoramic views of the city and the towering Andes Mountains backdrop. This afternoon, join the optional excursion to the Undurraga Winery in the Maipo Valley, one of Chile's most important wine producing areas. Taste some of Chile's world-famous wines during the tour before returning to Santiago
Optional: Half Day Undurraga Winery Tour & Tasting (PM)
Overnight: Santiago
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Fly to Punta Arenas
Today, fly to Punta Arenas, the Southernmost tip of Chile, jumping-off point to the rugged landscape of Patagonia. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Punta Arenas
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Sunday - Strait of Magellan, Puerto Natales
Start the day with a visit to the Cerro de la Cruz viewpoint, admire magnificent vistas of the Strait of Magellan and the island of Tierra del Fuego. Walk to the Plaza Muñoz Gamero with its beautiful display of conifers accented by opulent mansions, and the nearby monument that commemorates the 400th anniversary of Magellan’s voyage. Visit the Magallanes Regional Museum and see how Punta Arenas evolved through the years. In the northern part of the city, stop at the Monument to the Shepherd, Croat Monument, and Antoine de Saint-Exupery Square before embarking on the next leg of your trip. Travel to the mythical Strait of Magellan, one of the busiest navigation routes in the world, used by valiant explorers such as Drake, Magellan, Fitzroy and Darwin among others. Then, continue north and drive on an unpaved road through the Patagonian steppe with sleepy sheep farms and native flora and fauna such as Upland geese, Andean condors, Kelp gulls, and Eagles. Stop at Nao Victoria Museum named after the only ship in Ferdinand Magellan's fleet of five to complete the circumnavigation of the globe. The museum offers an interactive experience teaching visitors of the historic significance, discovery, and colonization of the area. See accurate replicas of the ships used by the great explorers as well as copies of hardware, sailing rigs, clothing, and weapons of the era. Proceed to your hotel in Puerto Natales for overnight
Overnight: Puerto Natales
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday - Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers*
Get ready for an extraordinary day! Your trip begins in the port of Puerto Natales. Board a boat and sail through the Ultima Esperanza Fjord. The flora is dominated by different species of beech trees, Calafate, Chilco and Canelo among others. On the way, view cormorants, a colony of sea lions and the building that belonged to "Frigorifico Bories", one of the largest meat packing plants in Patagonia. Catch a glimpse of the astonishing thousand-year-old Balmaceda Glacier. In Puerto Toro, disembark and walk through a native forest towards the impressive Serrano Glacier. After your hike, relax and enjoy lunch before departing on a scenic ride to your hotel. Tonight, dinner is at your hotel
Overnight: Torres del Paine
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Full Day Expedition to Torres del Paine*
Spend the day in Torres del Paine National Park declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. With its soaring granite pillars dominating the landscape, it is surely one of the most unspoiled and impressive sights in the Southern Hemisphere. Stand in awe at this unparalleled landscape with its jagged peaks, azure lakes, emerald forests, thundering waterfalls and roaring rivers. Embark on a hike, starting from Guardería Grey, that takes you across hanging bridges into the dark Patagonian forest before arriving at Lago Grey beach. View the electric blue icebergs broken off of Glacier Grey, a gigantic three-mile wide wall of ice. After lunch, on to Lake Pehoé with its vibrant turquoise color, situated nearby Pudeto Dock. After a short hike, marvel at the magnificent views of Lake Nordenskjol plummeting into the famous Salto Grande waterfall. You will also encounter the famous Paine Horn, Los Cuernos, an outcropping of granite peaks which is part of the Paine Massif. Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon and spend time at leisure before dinner tonight
Overnight: Torres del Paine
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Explore Torres del Paine, Travel to El Calafate*
Depart this morning for Torres del Paine to further explore this breathtaking national park that is surrounded by imposing snow-capped mountain peaks. Guanacos, a type of llama, can be seen wandering around on the Patagonian plains, as well as rheas, sheep, foxes, eagles, condors and other wildlife. View Lake Sarmiento the largest lake in the park and also the only lake that is not glacier fed.  Continue towards the northeast area of the park and admire Amarga Lagoon located just outside the park. The water of the lake is a lush green color and contains algae and plankton. Spot large flocks of flamingos that gather here in search of food throughout the Patagonian summer. Afterward, head to El Calafate, a small city named for the berry that, once eaten, guarantees that you’ll return one day to Patagonia. Get acquainted with the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park and the great Perito Moreno Glacier
Overnight: El Calafate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Thursday - Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park*
A day you have been waiting for! Journey to the unforgettable Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This park, created in 1937, is the largest ice cap outside of Antarctica and Greenland with an ice field that controls the world's third largest reserve of fresh water. Observe the glacier's massive ice wall, almost three miles wide and over 240 feet high above the lake's surface, from a cliffside promenade that overlooks the constantly shifting ice. Perito Moreno is legendary for its dynamic changes, which produces a cyclic phenomenon of movement forward and backward, along with spectacular ice falls from its front walls. The easy access to this site has crowned Perito Moreno as one of the most visited glaciers in the entire world. Tonight is at leisure in El Calafate
Overnight: El Calafate
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Friday - Full Day Boat Excursion to Glaciers National Park*
At the pier, board a boat that will take you on an extraordinary excursion to view some of the world’s most spectacular glaciers. Sail across the North Arm of Lago Argentino to reach the Upsala Channel, with sightings of the huge Barrier Iceberg and Upsala Glacier, South America’s longest glacier. The voyage continues in-between spectacular icebergs of immense sizes and varied formations. After a box lunch on board, the boat reaches the icy monument of the Spegazzini Glacier, highest among all of the glaciers in the national park. You’ll be dazzled by blue ice floes that drift in the freezing waters to create astonishing images with changing hues. This afternoon return to the port of Punta Bandera and spend the remainder of the day at leisure in El Calafate
Overnight: El Calafate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Saturday - Fly to Buenos Aires
Travel today on a flight to the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Its beauty is apparent as you arrive in this 19th century “Paris of South America” with its elegant architecture, wide tree-shaded boulevards, striking monuments and sprawling parks. The rest of the day is yours to get acquainted with this city that has a very distinct European flavor. Tonight, be sure to treat yourself to a fabulous Argentine beef dinner at one of the city’s many superb steak restaurants
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Sunday - Buenos Aires City Tour & Tango Show
Discover the city's highlights on a tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace); see the balcony where Eva and Juan Peron made their speeches. Then, to the colorful La Boca neighborhood, a working class barrio, and the old quarters of San Telmo and Caminito, a mix of colonial style homes, artists' lofts and trendy cafes. At the Recoleta Cemetery, view the resting place of many of the wealthiest and most important Argentine historical figures. The grounds cover over four city blocks, with more than 6,400 handcrafted mausoleums, including the legendary tomb of Eva "Evita" Peron, always decorated with flowers and letters from adoring fans. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring on your own before the evening's tango lesson with professional Argentine dancers. Tonight, experience a very impressive Tango Show along with dinner in downtown Buenos Aires
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Monday - Depart Argentina
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*The Day 6 through Day 10 itinerary may be modified depending on weather conditions, safety, and the decision of the local guides/captain of the boat.

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Miami-Santiago, Buenos Aires-Miami
    Some departure dates may be offered from an alternate nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Santiago-Punta Arenas, El Calafate-Buenos Aires
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Santiago
  • 1 night Punta Arenas
  • 1 night Puerto Natales
  • 2 nights Torres del Paine
  • 3 nights El Calafate
  • 2 nights Buenos Aires
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 19 Meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Special Features

  • Take a city tour of Santiago, the energetic capital of Chile
  • View the magnificent island of Tierra del Fuego
  • Travel to the Strait of Magellan used by valiant explorers such as Drake, Fitzroy and Darwin
  • View the astonishing Balmaceda Glacier, habitat of cormorants and sea lions
  • Visit Torres del Paine, one of the most impressive sights in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Travel to Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tour cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the sophisticated “Paris of South America”
  • Learn to Tango in Buenos Aires with professional Argentine dancers
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Santiago-Punta Arenas & El Calafate-Buenos Aires.

    Passport information must be submitted to us Travel at least 60 days prior to departure.


    Accommodation Details:
    Feb 13 departure will be accommodated at Hotel Dreams del Estrecho in Punta Arenas.

    Mar 13 & 20 departures will be accommodated at the Hotel Lago Grey in Torres del Paine.

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    Accommodations

    Hotel Plaza San Francisco
    This first class hotel is situated in downtown Santiago.

    Cabo de Hornos Hotel
    This deluxe hotel is located just across from the main square, near business and government centers.

    Cabo de Hornos Hotel
    This deluxe hotel is located just across from the main square, near business and government centers.

    Hotel Dreams del Estrecho
    This first class hotel overlooks the Strait of Magellan.

    CostAustralis Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Puerto Natales, with beautiful views of the Fjord of Last Hope.

    Hotel Lago Grey
    This tourist class hotel has magnificent views of Grey Lake.

    Hotel Rio Serrano
    This first class hotel is located in the renowned Torres del Paine Park on the eastern border of the Serrano River.

    Hotel Rio Serrano
    This first class hotel is located in the renowned Torres del Paine Park on the eastern border of the Serrano River.

    Kosten Aike Hotel
    This first class hotel is situated in the city of El Calafate.

    Panamericano Buenos Aires
    This deluxe hotel is located in central downtown Buenos Aires, nearby the historic Obelisk.

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