Prepare for a Patagonian adventure with channel cruises, glacier visits and luxury national park campsites
- Sail through icy waters to Patagonia’s sublime scenery on an all-inclusive exploration cruise
- Combine city slicking in lively Buenos Aires with the silence of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, interrupted only by fissuring icebergs
- Stay in a luxury tented camp in Chile’s rugged Torres del Paine National Park where an open bar does little to tempt you away from guided excursions
- 3 Nights Buenos Aires
- 1 Night Ushuaia
- 3 Nights Australis Cruises
- 3 Nights Torres del Paine National Park
- 2 Nights El Calafate
- 1 Night Buenos Aires
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Activity adventure | Exploration cruise | History & culture | Wildlife
In Buenos Aires, a tango dinner display will introduce you to the sounds of the Argentine capital while a full city tour will do the same for its sights. However, this itinerary is all about exploration. Sail through Patagonia’s icy waters to make land at aboriginal settlements, remote rainforests and creaking glaciers before a stay in a luxury tented camp in Chile’s rugged Torres del Paine National Park. Here, an open bar does little to tempt you away from guided treks and wildlife excursions. Lastly, a final stay in lively Buenos Aires is contrasted with the silence of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, interrupted only by fissuring icebergs.
Day by day itinerary
Depart the UK for Buenos Aires on an overnight flight.
After touching down, a private transfer will bring you to your downtown hotel in the Retiro neighbourhood, just across from the leafy plaza home of the San Martín Palace. You’ll also find a range of upscale boutiques nearby.
After you’ve settled, a half-day city tour will introduce you to the sights and Latin sounds of Buenos Aires. There’s artsy La Boca with its brightly painted houses, the central monuments and the pretty colonial architecture of San Telmo before you reach Recoleta’s grand cathedrals and cemeteries. The tour will end with shopping opportunities at bohemian markets and the Buenos Aires Design Centre. In the evening you’ll enjoy a cabaret show at Faena Hotel. Its stage framed by red and gold, the night offers the chance to experience Argentine tango at its very best, accompanied by a live orchestra, dinner and a selection of local wines.
Stay: Emperador Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Superior)
Meals: B D
On day five, you’ll fly to Ushuaia on Patagonia’s southern tip. Perhaps take advantage of this adventure sports hub – there’s everything from skiing and hiking to sailing and even scuba diving – or head out of town on an optional narrow gauge, steam railway trip through the surrounding mountains.
Stay: Arakur, Ushuaia (Deluxe)
To a cocktail reception, you’ll board your cruise ship to discover Patagonia’s wild remotes. While enjoying an all-inclusive life of gourmet meals and an open bar, you’ll be treated to audiovisual presentations on the region’s flora, fauna and dramatic geography. You’ll set off to follow in the bow waves of Charles Darwin as you sail through the Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan towards Cape Horn at the very southern tip of the continent.
Continue through intertwining channels to reach De Agostini Sound in the centre of the Darwin Mountain Range. Here, you’ll watch as glaciers ooze down the cliffs, spilling into the sea. You’ll board small boats to reach the base of one such icy behemoth before visiting the unique beauty of Patagonia’s cold rainforest.
Stay: Australis Cruises (Superior)
Meals: B L D
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
This morning, you’ll visit Magdalena Island – home to an entire colony of Magellanic penguins. In September and April this excursion is replaced by a Zodiac boat ride to a sea lion colony on nearby Marta Island. Arriving in Punta Arenas, you’ll be transferred – perhaps stopping at a penguin colony on the way – to your luxury yurt accommodation in Torres del Paine National Park. You’ll spend three nights here, enjoying gourmet full board while heading out on a full range of included adventure-based excursions. There are guided hikes to the park’s famed glaciers and 2km-high granite pillars, drives to picturesque lake beaches and trips to eagle and condor vantage points as you explore emerald forests and azure lakes.
Stay: Patagonia Camp, Nr Torres del Paine National Park (Superior)
Meals: B L D
Transfer to El Calafate, the small town gateway to the magnificent Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. The next day, you’ll visit its most impressive sight – the monumental, 96 square-mile Perito Moreno Glacier. A scenic drive past skittish deer and elusive puma will bring you right up to its 230-foot high face. Watch as house-sized chunks crack off naturally formed ice bridges.
Stay: Esplendor El Calafate (Superior)
El Calafate/Buenos Aires
Transfer back to Buenos Aires where you’ll stop off before your overnight flight back to the UK. Perhaps enjoy a last Argentine barbecue or pay a visit to one of the sights introduced on your first visit.
Stay: Emperador Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Superior)
Depart Buenos Aires
On your penultimate day, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.
Arriving back in the UK, continue your onward journey home.
16-day tailor-made journey from £6,895 incl. flights
Guide prices from: £6,895 (low) & £8,845 (high) per person
Valid for travel: October to April
Prices include: International & domestic flights, transfers, sightseeing & excursions with English speaking guides & 10 nights accommodation with meals as indicated.
Terms & Conditions: Prices are based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
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