Patagonia: Journey to the end of the world

  • 16 Days

  • Central and South America

  • Active pace

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.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

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

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

of 16 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 4th November 2018

Meals included: 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

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.

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. 

Extensions

  • 2 night stay in Uruguay

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

Depart UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Arrive Santiago

Rest of the day at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Santiago.

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Santiago

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
  • Dinner

Day 5

Santiago - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales

Depart Santiago and fly to Punta Arenas on the Straight of Magellan, gateway to Chile's Patagonia. Head south from Punta Arenas to Fort Bulnes, a historical reconstruction of the first fortified settlement on the Strait of Magellan. With a local historian, tour the fort originally built in 1843 and see the church, houses, barracks, and old shipwrecks. Continue to Puerto Natales, your home for the next three nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine National Park

Visit Milodon Cave, to see prehistoric fossils dating back 14,000 years of venture into Torres Del Paine National Park, named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978, and your home for the next two nights. this afternoon, take a narrated cruise on Lago Grey to see the imposing Grey Glacier, floating iceburgs, and enjoy the beautiful views and rugged landscapes. 

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Torres Del Paine National Park

Enjoy a full day exploring the park and see Los Cuernos, the iconic jagged granite peaks that loom over the windswept plains; the spectacular waterfall, Saito Grande; and Laguna Azul, where you will have a good chance of seeing some of the parks wildlife including guanacos and condors. End the day at Cascada Paine, beautiful waterfall surrounded by rugged vistas. 

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Puerto Natales - El Calafate

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Glacier Cruise & Estancia Visit

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
  • Dinner

Day 10

Perito Moreno Glacier

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

El Calafate - Ushuaia

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Tierra del Fuego National Park

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
  • Dinner

Day 13

Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Buenos Aires

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Buenos Aires - UK.

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Home landing in the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

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

Notes

Hotel as stated or similar.

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

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