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14 Day South American Glaciers, Forests & Lakes with 4 Day Patagonia Cruise Ushuaia to Punta Arenas, Stella Australis

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Argentina , Chile


DAY 1 - Depart for Argentina
Depart for Argentina

DAY 2 - Arrive in Buenos Aires
Arrive in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel. The city's beauty is apparent as you drive through this 19th century "Paris of South America" with its elegant architecture, wide tree-lined boulevards, striking monuments and sprawling parks. The rest of the day is yours to get acquainted with this city that has a distinct European flavor. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately at 6 PM, followed by dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3 - Tour Buenos Aires, Tango Lessons
Discover the city's highlights this morning 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, on 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, narrow lanes, artists' lofts and trendy cafes. Drive to Recoleta Cemetery, final resting place of many of the wealthiest and most important Argentine historical figures. The grounds here cover more than four city blocks, filled with tombs and more than 6,400 mausoleums including the tomb of Eva "Evita" Peron. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring some of Buenos Aires neighborhoods and fabulous collection of shops before this evening's tango lesson with professional Argentine tango dancers. The evening is at leisure to discover the vibrant nightlife, or join the optional Argentine Dinner and Tango Show at famed Café de los Angelitos
Optional: Buenos Aires Dinner & Tango Show
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Flight to Ushuaia - Embarkation on the Patagonia Cruise
Depart Buenos Aires this morning and fly to the quaint town of Ushuaia at the southern tip of South America. Embark the Patagonian expedition cruise ship M/V Ventus Australis where you will be welcomed on board by the friendly crew. with time to get ready for tonight's dinner. Afterwards, the ship sets sail as you begin your great adventure. Traverse the Beagle Channel and cross from Argentine into Chilean territorial waters
Overnight: Patagonia Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 - Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay
In the early morning, the ship sails through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where (weather permitting) you go ashore. Legendary Cape Horn, discovered in 1616, is a sheer 1,394 foot high rocky promontory, declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. For many years, Cape Horn was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic, often referred to as the 'End of the Earth'. Then, continue to historic Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region's largest Yamana indigenous settlements. Charles Darwin landed here in 1833 during his famous voyage on the HMS Beagle; this area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. Then, take a walk through the enchanting Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic flora, to reach a panoramic viewpoint
Overnight: Patagonia Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 - Pia Glacier & Garibaldi Glacier
Navigate along the Beagle Channel through a section of Alberto de Agostini National Park, known as Glacier Alley. Continue your voyage along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel, before disembarking at Pía Fjord. From there, a short hike takes you to a panoramic viewpoint from where you can admire spectacular views of the awe-inspiring Pía Glacier, whose main tongue extends from the mountaintops all the way down to the sea. Further west along the Beagle Channel, admire the beautiful teal ice of the Garibaldi Glacier
Overnight: Patagonia Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 - Agostini Sound, Aguila Glacier & Condor Glacier
Experience an unforgettable day filled with astonishing scenery as you enter Agostini Sound. Marvel at stunning views of the Águila Glacier. In the afternoon, reach the Cóndor Glacier. If you are lucky, you may catch sight of the Andean Condor, the largest flying bird in the world. Take in the stunning beauty of the icy world around you
Overnight: Patagonia Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 - Magdalena Island & Punta Arenas
After cruising overnight back into the Strait of Magellan, stop at Magdalena Island. Hike a path that leads though thousands of penguins and visit the small museum housed inside the vintage 1902 lighthouse. Then, continue sailing along the strait and disembark in Punta Arenas. From here, transfer to Puerto Natales, located on the shores of the Senoret Channel. Puerto Natales was once a hub of Chile's thriving ranching industry in the early 20th century. It now serves as a thriving adventure sports center and the geographical and cultural center of Chilean Patagonia. Spend the evening at leisure in this scenic town
Overnight: Puerto Natales
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 - Discover Puerto Natales, Afternoon Hike in Torres del Paine
On a walking tour this morning, view the old-fashioned corrugated tin houses strung shoulder to shoulder in the colorful downtown, a relic from the past, now contrasted by modern shops selling outdoor sports gear and gourmet restaurants. Embark on a scenic drive from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine. En route, stop at Lago Sarmiento with its deep blue water. The area boasts stunning views of Paine Massif. Arrive at your hotel in Torres del Paine in time for lunch. This afternoon, depart for a hike and practice identifying the unique flora and fauna of Patagonia. A walk along the shore of Laguna Inges, offers views of Monte Almirante rising to the north and Lake Nordenksjold to the south. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Torres del Paine
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 - Full Day Torres del Paine Tour
Be prepared for magnificent panoramas as you make your way to Torres del Paine National Park, a 700-square-mile World Biosphere Reserve and one of the most unspoiled and beautiful nature preserves on Earth. The first experience of the day leads you on a short hike to Lago Grey Beach and Grey Glacier. This guided walk takes you across hanging bridges into the dark Patagonian forest before arriving to Lago Grey beach. View the electric blue icebergs that have broken off of Glacier Grey. From here, observe Grey Glacier in the distance, an enormous wall of ice over three miles wide. Walk along Serrano river where it is possible to spot birds such as the Magellanic Woodpecker, the Upland Goose and the Red Shoveler. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to Torres del Paine National Park to explore Salto Grande. From there you will be able to hike through a scenic trail that leads to the Horns lookout point. At dinner tonight, share memories of this fabulous day
Overnight: Torres del Paine
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 - Argentina Border Crossing, El Calafate
This morning, travel to Laguna Azul and be astounded with the natural beauty that surrounds you. Then, travel to the Argentina border crossing. En route, a box lunch will be provided. After clearing immigration and customs, continue to El Calafate, a small city strategically nestled on the shores of Lago Argentino. El Calafate is named for the berry that, once eaten, guarantees your return to Patagonia. This once quaint city, gateway to Los Glaciares National Park and the great Perito Moreno Glacier, is dotted with shops, restaurants and cute cafes. Get settled into your hotel and the rest of the day is yours. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: El Calafate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 - Excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park
An unforgettable day filled with astonishing scenery as you travel to Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This park, established 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. You will observe the glacier's massive ice wall, almost 3 miles wide and over 240 feet high above the lake's surface, from a cliffside promenade that overlooks the constantly shifting ice. The easy access to this site has crowned Perito Moreno as one of the most visited glaciers in the world. Afterwards, return to El Calafate
Overnight: El Calafate
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13 - Flight to Buenos Aires
Today, bid farewell to El Calafate and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. On your last night in Argentina, share memories of your fabulous journey through Patagonia and bid goodbye to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14 - Depart Argentina
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

All sightseeing and itinerary inclusions are subject to favorable weather conditions and seasonality. In those instances, often unpredictable until the last moment, roads, routes, and sites may be amended.

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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights Miami-Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires-Miami
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Buenos Aires-El Calafate & Ushuaia-Buenos Aires, or vise versa
  • 12 nights First Class accommodations
  • 3 nights Buenos Aires
  • 2 nights El Calafate
  • 2 nights Torres del Paine
  • 1 night Puerto Natales
  • 4 nights Patagonia Cruise on the or
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 27 meals: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

  • Tour Highlights

    Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Tour of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the sophisticated "Paris of South America"
  • Enjoy tango lessons with professional Argentine tango dancers
  • Travel to the Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most impressive sights in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Tour Puerto Natales, center of Chilean Patagonia, on the shores of the Senoret Channel
  • Discover Patagonia's astonishing scenery and magnificent glaciers on a four-night expedition cruise to Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego
  • †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 Buenos Aires-El Calafate & Ushuaia-Buenos Aires, or vise versa.

    Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM.

    Due to potentially late evening arrivals from Ushuaia or El Calafate to Buenos Aires on day 13, passengers departing Buenos Aires on day 14 should select flights that depart no earlier than 9 AM.

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

    The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, season changes and safety issues.

    While sailing with Australis, passengers are subject to the cruise line's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: or


    Accommodation Details:
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    Accommodations

    Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta
    This deluxe hotel is situated in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

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

    Hotel Las Torres
    This first class hotel is situated in the very heart of Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park.

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

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

    Posada Los Alamos
    This first class hotel is situated in the town of El Calafate.

    Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta
    This deluxe hotel is situated in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

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