Patagonia: Journey to the end of the world

Price per person
from £5,083

Price based on
London Heathrow
3rd Mar 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 16 days

  • Central and South America

  • Active pace

  • Platinum escorted tours

Sail icy fjords and hike native forests in the heart of Patagonia: land of fire and ice. Journey through a rarely-seen wilderness of glacial beauty, set against a stunning Andes backdrop; explore the colonial avenues and lively city quarters of Santiago and Buenos Aires.

At a glance


  • Santiago Sample delicious local delicacies at the bustling La Vega market.
  • Torres del Paine National Park Discover prehistoric fossils in Milodon Cave.
  • Los Glaciares National Park Walk the catwalks of the still-advancing Perito Moreno Glacier.
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park Explore this arresting ecosystem on a guided hike.
  • Buenos Aires sightseeing Wander its elegant colonial streets and visit the Recoleta Cemetery. 

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Customer Reviews

Holiday content was very good but Archers lose marks by...

23rd March 2018
Mr David Jones

Holiday content was very good but Archers lose marks by not being aware of our re-scheduled outward flight (due to Amsterdam airport closure because of snow). In reply to our complaint that we were not met in Santiago, they said we should have informed the out of hours number of the new flight. Globus, their partner, had not checked our arrival details and met the original (cancelled) plane 2 hours later. A shambles which spoiled the start of this holiday of a lifetime.

Overview

Sail icy fjords and hike native forests in the heart of Patagonia: land of fire and ice. Journey through a rarely-seen wilderness of glacial beauty, set against a stunning Andes backdrop; explore the colonial avenues and lively city quarters of Santiago and Buenos Aires.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

Depart UK

Day
1

Santiago

Day
2

Fly to Santiago where you will be transferred to your hotel.

The day is yours to relax or explore Santiago at your own pace.

Santiago.

Day
3

Welcome to Chile, South America's longest and narrowest country, with more than 2,650 miles of beautiful Pacific coastline. Depart early afternoon and enjoy a tour of Santa Rita Winery, founded in 1880 with the finest of French vine stocks. See the wine cellars, the beautiful vineyards, and learn about the wine-making process. You will get the chance to taste, design, blend, bottle, cork, and label your own wine during your visit. Wrap it up with a wine tasting and bring home the bottle that you created.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Santiago

Day
4

After breakfast, embark on a city tour with a Local Guide who will show you the highlights of this great city of colonial and contemporary contrasts. See the horseracing track in the oldest residential part of the city, the famous Alameda, Santiago's colourful main avenue, San Francisco Church, and Santa Lucia Hill. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit La Vega central market to learn about typical food in Chile, including steaming pots of cazuela and humitas, similar to tamales! Top off your sightseeing with a terremoto drink at a local pub and a visit to Cerro San Cristobal for a stunning view of Santiago and the Andes.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Santiago - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales

Day
5

Depart Santiago and fly to Punta Arenas on the Straight of Magellan, gateway to Chile's Patagonia. Head to Puerto Natales on a scenic drive through the Patagonian steppe passing rivers, forests, mountains, and ranches. Enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine National Park

Day
6

Visit the legendary Milodon Cave, where prehistoric fossils dating back 14,000 years ago, including those of a saber-toothed tiger and a gigantic sloth weighing over a ton, have been found. Venture into Torres Del Paine, one of the most spectacularly scenic regions in the world. Spanning a massive area, it was named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. Cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes, and jagged mountains are just a part of what Paine offers. During your visits to see the famous sites, including Los Cuernos, Lago Pehoe, and Salto Grande, you are guaranteed to get a glimpse of some of the park’s fauna, such as herds of guanacos, foxes, swans, and birds. This afternoon, take a narrated boat ride on Lago Grey to see the imposing Grey Glacier, floating icebergs, and enjoy the beautiful views and rugged landscapes!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Torres Del Paine National Park

Day
7

Today, enjoy a full day exploring the park. See Los Cuernos, or “the horns,” the iconic jagged granite peaks that loom over the windswept plains. Next, view the spectacular waterfall, Salto Grande in the park’s lake district. After lunch at the hotel, head to the Laguna Azul where you have a good chance of seeing some of the park’s wildlife including guanacos and condors. End the day at Cascada Paine, a beautiful waterfall surrounded by rugged vistas

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Torres Del Paine National Park–El Calafate, Argentina

Day
8

After breakfast, depart for El Calafate, a lovely village on the southern shores of Lake Argentino. Originally a simple sheltering destination for wool traders, today El Calafate serves as the entry point for the UNESCO Natural Heritage Site of Los Glaciares National Park.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

El Calafate Glacier Cruise & Estancia Visit

Day
9

Today, a cruise on Lago Argentino takes you up close for views of icebergs and Upsala Glacier, one of the longest in South America at over 35 miles long. Disembark at a historic ranch, Estancia Cristina, on the shores of Lago Argentino. Whether you prefer a quiet day of touring and history or more adventurous activities, like trekking or exploring by four-wheel-drive vehicle — the choice is yours during your ranch visit.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier

Day
10

A must for all visitors to Argentina is a visit to Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. Forming part of the Patagonian Continental Ice Field, from which 13 glaciers descend on the Atlantic side to flow into the Viedma and Argentino Lakes, this glacier is one of the few in the world that is still advancing. During your walking tour along the catwalks, marvel at the breath-taking glacier views and with some luck, see the ice calve into the waters below.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

El Calafate - Ushuaia

Day
11

After breakfast, fly to Ushuaia, Argentina—the end of the world! You'll have the opportunity to see the Andes Mountains from a cruise along Beagle Channel. Bask in the feeling of being in the southernmost city in the world, and watch for sea lions, albatrosses, skuas, and other interesting Patagonian fauna. Arrive at Martillo Island where you have the chance to see a colony of Magellan penguins!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego National Park

Day
12

Today, discover Tierra del Fuego National Park, the southernmost national park in the world. Hike around the park, escorted by an expert Naturalist. With stops at Bahia Lapataia, Lago Roca, and Bahia Ensenada, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for the delicate ecosystems here.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

Day
13

Fly to Buenos Aires today, the "Paris of South America" and capital of Argentina. Fabulous food, shopping, and architecture all converge here to create a distinctly Latin vibe. Tonight, enjoy a wine tasting led by a local sommelier at an exclusive Cava, where you will try some famous Argentine wines, followed by dinner in this intimate setting.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Buenos Aires

Day
14

Your guided sightseeing starts at Plaza de Mayo to see La Casa Rosada (the President's Pink House) and the Metropolitan Cathedral, housing San Martin's Mausoleum. Drive past the ornate Colon Opera House before reaching Recoleta Cemetery, burial site of Eva Peron. Next, in La Boca, a colourful district and site of the city's first port, take a short walking tour of this unique neighbourhood, then continue to San Telmo, famous for its late-colonial buildings and a popular gathering spot for artists. Top off the evening at a famous tango club, where instructors are ready to lead a tango lesson, followed by a farewell dinner of Argentine steaks and other local specialties. End the night with a show featuring flawless performances of Latin America's most sensuous dance — the Tango!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Buenos Aires - UK

Day
15

Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Home landing in the UK.

Day
16

Things to note

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Santiago: Sheraton Santiago;
  • Puerto Natales: Hotel Costaustralis;
  • El Calafate: Kosten Aike;
  • Ushuaia: Cilene del Faro;
  • Buenos Aires: Brick Hotel Buenos Aires.

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