Duration: 13 Days
Whereas most fairytales conclude with “The End,” that is exactly where this one begins. In this vast kingdom of jagged peaks, massive fjords, and imposing glaciers stretching across the southernmost tips of Argentina and Chile, you are the sovereign of this dramatic domain affectionately referred to as the “end of the world.” Surrounded by the granite pillars of Torres Del Paine National Park, standing tall before the advancing Perito Moreno Glacier, and cruising through the majestic scenery of the Beagle Channel, you will reign before glorious vistas, bask in triumphant scenery, and even prevail over a colony of Magellan penguins on this tour of pristine Patagonia. As no ordinary toast will do for such a colossal experience, you’ll rejoin civilisation in Buenos Aires to raise your glass to the ornate teatros, the charming tea rooms, and of course, the steamy tango.
Please note: Itinerary is based on 2022, and is subject to change. Full details will be confirmed in July 2022.
Welcome to Chile! Meet your Tour Director at your hotel.
SANTIAGO Guided sightseeing includes the Government Palace, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, and Santa Lucia Hill. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit La Vega Central Market to learn about traditional Chilean food. Enjoy a terremoto cocktail (meaning ‘earthquake' and made of Chilean wine, liqueur, and sorbet) at a local pub. Visit Cerro San Cristobal for stunning views of Santiago and the Andes. (B,L)
SANTIAGO Fly to Punta Arenas on the Strait of Magellan in Chile's Patagonia.
PUNTA ARENAS Scenic drive through the Patagonian steppe to Puerto Natales.
PUERTO NATALES Dinner at your hotel this evening. (B,L,D)
PUERTO NATALES Visit Milodon Cave, site of 14,000-year-old prehistoric fossils, including saber-toothed tigers and a gigantic sloth weighing over a ton.
TORRES DEL PAINE Scenic drive past spectacular waterfalls, icebergs, mountains, rivers, and lakes in Torres del Paine (a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve). Guided sightseeing includes visits to Los Cuernos, Lago Pehoe, Salto Grande, Lago Grey, and Grey Glacier. Enjoy an organic cocktail demonstration and lesson with fresh ingredients from the garden at your hotel. Dinner at your hotel this evening. (B,L,D)
TORRES DEL PAINE Full day of guided sightseeing includes Los Cuernos (the park's iconic granite peaks) and Salto Grande Waterfall. Guided sightseeing tour of Laguna Azul in search of the park's wildlife, including guanacos and condors. Visit Cascada Paine waterfall surrounded by rugged vistas. (B,L,D)
TORRES DEL PAINE Scenic guided walk to Laguna Ines in search of birds and other wildlife. Drive to El Calafate, a lovely village on the southern shores of Lake Argentino. (B,L)
EL CALAFATE Cruise on Lago Argentino includes up-close views of icebergs and 35-mile-long Upsala Glacier, one of the longest in South America. Disembark and visit historic Estancia Cristina (Cristina Ranch), including a 4-wheel-drive tour or a short hike. (B,L)
EL CALAFATE Guided sightseeing of Perito Moreno Glacier (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Los Glaciares National Park. A walking tour along the catwalks includes breathtaking glacier views and the possibility of ice calve into the surrounding sea. (B)
EL CALAFATE Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina.
USHUAIA [LOCAL FAVOURITE] Scenic cruise across the Beagle Channel to watch for sea lions, albatrosses, skuas, and other Patagonian fauna. Visit Martillo Island for a chance to see a colony of Magellan penguins. (B)
TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK Guided Sightseeing with a Naturalist in the southernmost national park in the world includes Bahia Lapataia, Lago Roca, and Bahia Ensenada. (B,L)
USHUAIA Fly to Buenos Aires.
BUENOS AIRES [LOCAL FAVOURITE] Argentinean dinner party with local specialties and wine. (B,D)
BUENOS AIRES Guided Sightseeing with a Local Guide includes Plaza de Mayo to see La Casa Rosada (the President's Pink House) and visit the Metropolitan Cathedral. See Teatro Colon Opera House and visit Recoleta Cemetery, burial site of Eva Peron. Other stops include La Boca and San Telmo. Take a [LOCAL FAVOURITE] Tango lesson at a famous Tango Club with professional instructors. Farewell Argentine steak dinner, followed by a Tango show. (B,D)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)