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Antarctica Tours - Antarctica & Patagonia

Destinations

Chile: Santiago and Torres del Paine.
Argentina: El Calafate, Ushuaia, Buenos Aires,
San Antonio de Areco and Iguassu Falls. Antarctic Continent.

Duration

27 days

$14,813

 

Discover the ‘end of the world’, stunning Patagonia and the colourful culture and gastronomy of Buenos Aires and Santiago. Then, head south to the White Continent on one of the world’s most unforgettable Antarctica Tours.

Included in this trip:

  • Accommodation; 26 nights.
  • Meals: 26 breakfasts, 22 lunches, 21 dinners (all including drinks).
  • Entrance fees to Nat. Parks: 05, Torres del Paine, Los Glaciares, Tierra del Fuego, Iguassu Falls Argentine and Brazilian sides.
  • 4 domestics flights; Santiago – Punta Arenas / El Calafate – Ushuaia (via Buenos Aires) Iguassu -Buenos Aires
  • All land transportation and professional, locally guided excursions as included in the itinerary. All excursions are privately operated or in small exclusive groups.
  • Flight and port taxes.
  • Personalized concierge service from our local experience manager before and during the trip;
  • 24/7 emergency phone and Whatsapp for urgent assistance from our staff.

Not included:

(We can gladly book these services for you if you need; just ask your Travel Designer).

  • International Flights from any destination.
  • Medical, travel and cancellation insurance.
  • Any tips.
  • Services mentioned as “optional”.

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Itinerary

Chile's capital city is ringed by the snow-capped Andes mountains

Day 1: Santiago de Chile

You’ll be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your accommodation by private vehicle. Here, our Experience Manager and your concierge for this journey kicks off the trip with a “Welcome Meeting”.  Rest of the day remains free to adapt to your new destination and enjoy this vibrant city.

Meals: not included.

Cumbres de Lastarria, Santiago de Chile

Accommodation
Cumbres de Lastarria, Santiago de Chile

Enjoy Santiago's proximity to the ocean with delicious seafood

Day 2: Enjoy the highlights of Santiago & a gourmet night

We spend the day exploring the main sites of Santiago’s historical centre, the Cerro Santa Lucia, the bohemian Bellavista neighbourhood, the new centre of the city and the modern neighbourhoods of Las Condes and Vitacura. Now familiar with a part of Santiago’s rich history, you’ll enjoy your visit to the Memorial Museum.

In the evening indulge your taste buds with a gourmet dinner at Osadia Restaurant.

Meals: not included.

Cumbres de Lastarria, Santiago de Chile

Accommodation
Cumbres de Lastarria, Santiago de Chile

Luxury camping amidst Patagonia's Andean peaks

Day 3: Santiago - Torres del Paine for a luxury camp in South America

We embark towards Patagonia, departing Santiago for Punta Arenas (private transfers to and from the airport included) and to one of the most beautiful national parks in South America – Torres del Paine.

It is a three and a half hour long drive along the southernmost part of Patagonia until we get to Torres del Paine National Park where amazing experiences await. It is an unparalleled immersive nature experience of the Paine National Park.

Meals: Full board included with open bar, including Matetic Winery selection of wines.

Patagonia Luxury Camp – Private Yurt

Accommodation
Patagonia Luxury Camp – Private Yurt

Discover Patagonia's stunning glaciers, mountains and lakes

Day 4: Exploring Torres del Paine

Patagonia Camp will lead you to discover Patagonia’s ancient forests, lakes, rivers, mountains and glaciers. A number of excursions of varied lengths and difficulty are offered. On every excursion you’ll be guided by experienced, bilingual guides who can adjust each experience according to the expectations of each group and to the unexpected weather.

Meals: Full board included with open Bar, including Matetic Winery selection of wines.

Patagonia Luxury Camp – Private Yurt

Accommodation
Patagonia Luxury Camp – Private Yurt

Soaking up the stunning mountain views

Day 5: Exploring Torres del Paine

Patagonia Camp excursions include full day treks (to Base Torres, Valle del Francés and Los Cuernos) and scenic and short hikes within the Torres Del Paine National Park. They also offer exclusive excursions to areas near the camp, such as Laguna Bonita hike, Toro Waterfall hike, kayaking in Toro Lake or in Laguna Bonita, fishing on the shore of Toro Lake and Peninsula del Toro trek.

Meals: Full board included with open Bar, including Matetic Winery selection of wines.

Patagonia Luxury Camp – Private Yurt

Accommodation
Patagonia Luxury Camp – Private Yurt

Staying at a Chilean Estancia is a window into a slower pace of life

Day 6: Torres del Paine - El Calafate, Argentina

We depart after breakfast, transferring first to the Chilean border, from where another vehicle takes us towards Argentine Patagonia, driving all the way to the Estancia in El Calafate where we will spend the next few days.

The four and a half hour drive along the scenic and beautiful Patagonian steppe landscape is a highlight in itself. A picnic stop is a great way to enjoy the beauty of this spot.

Upon arrival at our ranch accommodation, we will have time to relax, enjoy the landscapes and even head out for one of the short treks in the area. The ranch is located behind the Perito Moreno Glacier, a privileged area where if you listen carefully, you may be able to hear the sounds of ice breaking from the glacier.

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner with drinks and wine.

Nibepo Aike Estancia

Accommodation
Nibepo Aike Estancia

The Moreno Glacier is a stunner, don't forget the camera

Day 7: Sheep shearing demonstration, barbecue lunch and Perito Moreno Glacier by Boat

Attend to sheep shearing and equestrian demonstrations. Enjoy a typical Patagonian lunch with delicious lamb and others Argentinean cut meats accompanied by fine Argentine wines. Then we cruise to Playa de las Monedas, where you’ll be able to enjoy a peaceful walk along the forest and get to a lookout spot to appreciate the south side of the Moreno Glacier. Before leaving the boat, join the crew and savour a whiskey with glacier ice. At the end of the trip, visit the glacier’s walkways and return to El Calafate.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with drinks and wine.

Nibepo Aike Estancia

Accommodation
Nibepo Aike Estancia

Horseback riding through the Patagoinan Steppe

Day 8: Patagonia hiking and horse riding on a ranch

Walk along the paths of the Estancia to discover its flora and fauna; or enjoy a horse ride or bike tour. From panoramic points you’ll be able to appreciate sights of the Perito Moreno Glacier and the Hidden Glaciers, the southernmost ones of the National Park.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with drinks and wine.

Nibepo Aike Estancia

Accommodation
Nibepo Aike Estancia

Beautiful views await in Ushuaia

Day 9: El Calafate – Ushuaia

After breakfast, we will privately transfer you to the airport in El Calafate for your flight to Ushuaia. Another private transfer takes you to the Arakur hotel, located in a prime spot within the Cerro Alarkén Natural Reserve, a few minutes from downtown.

This beautiful hotel was designed based on the rules of sustainable architecture, along a spectacular balcony surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views, native forests, natural terraces and green areas harmonically integrated into the surroundings. Rest of the day remains free to relax at the spa in the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast.

Arakur hotel and Spa

Accommodation
Arakur hotel and Spa

Get off the beaten track, literally, with a day of 4X4 exploration

Day 10: Explore the “End of the World” in 4X4WD

Today’s highlight is a unique adventure, journeying across the Andes in a 4×4 vehicle and enjoying the thrill of some amazing crossings. We will visit the beautiful Fagnano and Escondido Lakes, getting amidst the pristine lakes and muddy lands – a close encounter possible only in 4X4WD vehicles.

Meals: Breakfast and barbecue lunch with wines and drinks.

Arakur hotel and Spa

Accommodation
Arakur hotel and Spa

Explore one of the most remote parts of the planet

Day 11: Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego National Park – Expedition towards the remotest corners of the planet

We arrive early in Ensenada Bay in the Tierra del Fuego National Park. After a short walk along the beach and woods, we continue our journey towards Lapataia – the point where all routes of America come to their end.

Your local guide will assist with your cruise check-in and luggage delivery. Staying close to the port, head out on your own to visit the two local museums. The Presidium holds interesting stories about Ushuaia while the Fin del Mundo preserves the historical roots of Tierra del Fuego. Remember to check back in time for the cruise (by 5.30pm).

In the afternoon, we depart for Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located at the Beagle Channel and sail through this scenic waterway for the rest of the evening.

As part of this amazing trip, you will be able to choose from different outdoor adventure activities such as kayaking, camping, hiking, mountaineering and a photo workshop (need to be booked before the trips begins).

Meals: breakfast and lunch; and all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.

Ortelius or Plancius; Private cabins on Vessels with comfort and character

Accommodation
Ortelius or Plancius; Private cabins on Vessels with comfort and character

Towering ice formations mark the Drake Passage

Day 12-13: Antarctica by sea

On these days we sail across the Drake Passage. While crossing the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Albatrosses, Cape Petrels, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we spot our first icebergs.

Meals: all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.

Ortelius or Plancius; Private cabins on Vessels with comfort and chracter.

Accommodation
Ortelius or Plancius; Private cabins on Vessels with comfort and chracter.

Getting up close to Antarctica's locals

Day 14-19: Antarctica “at its Glory”

We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, anchoring in the protected waters around Wiencke Island for two nights – our playground for a number of activities lined up as part of this cruise. You can scout the region by foot, arriving on shore by zodiac or kayak. Snowshoes are available and mountaineers will enjoy the challenge. All climbs and excursions can only be conducted in good weather conditions.

We will visit the old British research station, now working museum and post office at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. We look out for leopard seals, Crabeater seals and whales. Conditions permitting we sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Booth Island, Pléneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adélie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. Here you may also encounter Humpback and Minke Whales. We choose another camp site which is suitable and close to next day’s activity. The opportunities for kayaking, glacier walks or more ambitious mountaineering are excellent in this area.

At Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic continent in a magnificent landscape of a huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises, walks and kayak excursions. A small group of glacier walkers may climb up on higher grounds of the glacier. We will spend the night in Paradise Bay with a camp erected ashore, departing early the next day.

Meals: all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.

Ortelius or Plancius; Private cabins on Vessels with comfort and character

Accommodation
Ortelius or Plancius; Private cabins on Vessels with comfort and character

Look out for seabirds crossing the Drake Passage

Day 20-21: Sailing back from Antarctica

On our way back north, we can again enjoy a great selection of seabirds while crossing the Drake Passage.

Meals: all meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.

Ortelius or Plancius; Private cabins on Vessels with comfort and character

Accommodation
Ortelius or Plancius; Private cabins on Vessels with comfort and character

From ice to waterfalls; the Iguassu Falls are pure magic

Day 22: Ushuaia – Iguassu Falls

We go from the ice to the amazing waterfalls. After disembarking, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Iguassu to explore one of the world’s most amazing waterfalls. You will be taken by private transfer to your accommodation which is in an outstanding location from which to explore this breath-taking attraction. Enjoy a pleasant lunch at the hotel and afterwards, a local guide and bird specialist will take you through the park where you will be introduced to it’s beautiful and diverse bird inhabitants.

Meals: breakfast and lunch; and dinner with drinks and wines.

Belmont Hotel overlooking the Waterfalls, Iguassu Falls Nat. Park.

Accommodation
Belmont Hotel overlooking the Waterfalls, Iguassu Falls Nat. Park.

The Argentinian side of the falls offer a different experience

Day 23: Iguassu Falls, Brazilian side

Today is time to relax at the hotel and explore the park your way. After lunch we´ll head to the Argentine side of the falls and get inspired with the most beautiful and impacting views. Back at your hotel, enjoy a pleasant dinner before departing Argentina for Brazil.

Meals: breakfast and lunch; and dinner with drinks and wines.

Belmont Hotel overlooking the Waterfalls, Iguassu Falls Nat. Park.

Accommodation
Belmont Hotel overlooking the Waterfalls, Iguassu Falls Nat. Park.

Exploring the 'Paris of South America'

Day 24: Arrive in Buenos Aires. Enjoy city highlights in the “Paris of South America” & paired lunch in a chic restaurant

We depart Iguassu for Buenos Aires, with private transfers being organised to and from the hotel to the airports. The day is spent exploring this vibrant city’s main attractions today and enjoying a delicious three-course lunch paired with some of the best Argentinean wines at a closed-door chic restaurant.

Meals: breakfast and Lunch with drinks and argentine wines.

The Brick Hotel Recoleta

Accommodation
The Brick Hotel Recoleta

Discover the flavours of Argentina at local markets

Day 25: Buenos Aires - San Antonio de Areco, the cradle of Gaucho’s traditions

Savour the flavours of Argentina with a visit to one of San Antonio de Areco’s local markets. You can learn about Argentinean beef cuts and local produce, refine your culinary skills with an Argentine cooking lesson – making the perfect steaks on the grill. Then indulge the foodie in you with a traditional empanada and local delight – the “alfajor”.

Meals: breakfast and Barbecue Lunch with drinks and wines.

The Brick Hotel Recoleta

Accommodation
The Brick Hotel Recoleta

An evening at an exclusive Tango show

Day 26: Enjoy a tango evening in Buenos Aires

The day is free for you to enjoy the city at your own pace and visit spots on your bucket list. Visit the tango neighbourhoods of Recoleta or San Telmo. In the evening enjoy one of the most exclusive tango shows in the city.

Meals: breakfast and dinner with drinks and wines.

The Brick Hotel Recoleta

Accommodation
The Brick Hotel Recoleta

Farewell beautiful Buenos Aires

Day 27: Departing Buenos Aires

Enjoy the day at your leisure and indulge in some last minute shopping before departing the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, ending what we hope would have been a trip of a lifetime.

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