Discover the natural splendours which fill Chile and Argentina during this two week itinerary. Transporting you from one destination to another in the upmost comfort and staying in luxury accommodation, we are confident you will fall in love with these two South American countries.
Jump straight into the exciting Argentinean way of life with a three night stay in the exhilarating and stylish capital city, Buenos Aires. Spend your days bouncing from the sophisticated restaurants to the avant-garde galleries, from the intimate cafes to the unique boutique shops. From here you will trade the cosmopolitan city life for the captivating nature of El Calafate down in the south of the country. Enjoy your first experience of the untouched nature of the Patagonia and the wild, barren beauty of the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares which holds the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier.
Cross the border into neighbouring Chile and the town of Puerto Natales. Make the most of the surrounding nature and abundance of activities on offer from the hotel, The Singular, by journeying into the Torres del Paine National Park. Brimming with snow-capped mountain peaks, flowing rivers and cascading waterfalls, the landscapes of this part of the world are incredibly impressive.
For the last part of your whirl-wind journey, you will travel even further towards the bottom of the world on your Australis cruise. Your three night cruise will take you to the remote, beautiful natural wonders of the last southern frontier. Travel through the channels of Tierra del Fuego island towards the majestic glaciers, the sub-polar forests while passing colonies of the native species of elephant seals, leopard seals and magellanic penguins. All of your discoveries will be supported with presentations from the guides on the wildlife, geography and history of the area, both on board and on land. An unforgettable trip, this legendary region of the world is guaranteed to leave you with wonderful memories.
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UK - Buenos Aires
Depart the UK for your overnight flight to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.
On arrival you will be met and transferred to the luxurious five-star Sofitel. Using calming colours of ochre and ivory for the room’s interiors with plush bedding, you will find it easy to relax in the Sofitel’s elegant yet relaxed ambience. Located near Plaza San Martin, you can easily access the downtown area or the sophisticated, upmarket area of Recoleta with its lovely selection of designer shops and restaurants.
Accommodation: Sofitel Buenos Aires
Start your adventure with the incredible offerings of vibrant Buenos Aires, learning why it is one of South America’s ultimate city destinations. With your local guide, on a half day tour, learn about the history of city whilst visiting the most iconic areas such as the Plaza de Mayo and Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron is buried. In the evening you will experience a sultry tango show at the famous Esquina Carlos Gardel accompanied by a typically Argentine meal.
A full day to explore the city. Walk through La Boca passing the colourful painted houses, explore the marina borough of Puerto Madero full of fine restaurants, browse the local designer boutiques of Palermo Soho and seek the classic city of colonial architecture and diverse communities.
Buenos Aires - El Calafate
Leave Buenos Aires behind flying down to the south of Argentina landing in El Calafate, declared national capital of the glaciers. As you land you will be met at the airport and transferred to one of the charming boutique style hotel, Esplendor El Calafate. With a reputation for fantastic service, relax in your comfortable accommodation as you admire the wonderful lake view.
Accommodation: Esplendor El Calafate
Discover the vast natural wonderland of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and visit the breathtaking Perito Moreno glacier, one of the world’s most majestic and accessible ice fields. This spectacular glacier is one of the few glaciers in the world that is both moving and maintaining in size. As part of your full day tour we have included a boat trip enabling to get up close with this majestic natural wonder.
A free day to enjoy the natural splendours of the unspoilt Patagonian landscape. For a real feel of Patagonia visit Estancia Cristina and learn about the traditional way of life, take a horse ride across the bleak steppe or follow one of the nearby walking trails. At the end of your exhausting yet exhilarating day, the Las Piedras Spa at the hotel is well equipped with everything you need to relax your body and mind after trekking the Argentinean wilderness.
El Calafate - Puerto Natales, Chile
Leave El Calafate and Argentina, crossing the border into Chile and staying in Puerto Natales. Check in for your three night stay at The Singular Puerto Bories. Built using sustainable materials, The Singular is an innovative luxury hotel that provides elegance and style without ostentation. During your time here enjoy the delicious gourmet food and Chilean wine on offer in the Singular Restaurant.
Accommodation: The Singular
Two full days to enjoy the local area. Included with your stay, The Singular offers more then 20 excursions for you, including a tour of the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. The experienced and knowledgeable guides will lead you through one of the last great untouched wildernesses, bringing the natural beauty of the area alive. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the history of this unique hotel and its links to industrial England at the start of the 20th century.
Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas
You will be transferred down to Punta Arenas to check in for your cruise before boarding on the Via Australis at 18.00. Enjoy a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the Captain and his crew before departing for one of the remotest parts of the world. Sail through the Strait of Magellan and the Fuegian-Patagonian channels to Southern Patagonia.
Accommodation: Australis Cruises
Almirantazgo Bay - Parry Glacier
Your adventures will begin early as you reach the Almirantazgo Bay. Disembark the ship starting on your walk leading away from the mouth of the river and entering the sub-Antarctic forest, passing several beaver dams before reaching the remarkable, plunging glacial waterfall. Jump on board a Zodiac, observing elephant seals, cormorants and many other species of birds as you speed back to the cruise ship. In the afternoon you will explore Parry Fjord on Zodiac boats, navigating to the far end of the fjord to view a majestic amphitheatre of glaciers. This area is dotted with leopard seals, one of the primary predators of the Antarctic.
Ainsworth Bay - Brookes Glacier
At sunrise, you will travel through Almirantazgo Fjord for your destination of Ainsworth Bay in Alberto De Agostini National Park. Here you will get incredible views of the Marinelli Glacier descending from the Darwin Mountain Range. Enjoy a walk to a beaver dam in the beautiful sub-polar Magellan Forest keeping an eye out for possible sightings of the large, roaring southern elephant seal. Spend the second half of the day sailing to Brookes Fjord, an area which is a natural amphitheatre shaped by the glaciers in constant movement. Take in the incredible scenes of the Darwin Mountain Range on a short walk to the glaciers, a captivating sight of this breathtaking part of the world.
Punta Arenas - Santiago
Weather permitting you will spend your early morning on the Magdalena Island. Located in the middle of the Strait of Magellan, this island is filled with stories as it used to be a vital source of supplies for explorers and navigators. It is now home to an enormous colony of Magellan Penguins which you can look upon during your walk to the lighthouse. If you are aboard the cruise during September or April this excursion will be replaced with a ride on Zodiacs to Marta Island to see the South American sea lions. Board the cruise ship for your journey back to Punta Arenas, where you will disembark. From here you will fly back up to Santiago for a night in The Singular Santiago.
Accommodation: The Singular Santiago
Santiago - UK
Leave Santiago for your flight back to London.
Pricing Information & Dates
15 day tour, from £5990 per person
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