Exploring Patagonia & Australis Cruise

Duration: 18 days/ 17 nights
Date: As requested.

 Accommodation: First Class hotels and hosterías (Inns).
Transportation: Private van or small bus and air transportation.
Price:

Group of 2 to 3 people: $4,732 per person double occupancy+ AUSTRALIS CRUISE COST that will vary according to cabin category.

Group of 4 to 6 People: $4,428 per person double occupancy+ AUSTRALIS CRUISE COST that will vary according to cabin category.

NOTE: Domestic flights in Argentina are NOT included in the price). 

AUSTRALIS CRUISE PUNTA ARENAS – USHUAIA (4 NIGHTS)- Departures from Punta Arenas from November, 2016 through March 11, 2017 are HIGH SEASON.

Rates valid until APRIL 2017

CABIN

PROMOTIONAL

DEPARTURES

LOW

SEASON

HIGH SEASON

B

1,440

1,800

2,298

A

1,932

2,410

2,957

AA

2,028

2,526

3,097

AAA

2,124

2,644

3,246

AA Superior

2,555

3,183

3,867

Single rate in A, AA, AAA, AA Sup or AAA Sup will be 150% of the category rate.

Single Supplement: $1,000 + Single Supplement for cruise

  • Enjoy cosmopolitan Buenos Aires
  • Be enchanted by the rich wildlife of Valdes Peninsula
  • Explore Los Glaciares National Park and trek on the glacier
  • Trek in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Cruise the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel and Discover the End of the World: Tierra del Fuego

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 – Buenos Aires :
Arrival. Reception at Ezeiza International Airport, and private transfer to your hotel.  In the afternoon you will enjoy a tour of this cosmopolitan city of 12 million inhabitants, and capital of the Argentine Republic. You will visit four parks and plazas of Buenos Aires (Plaza de Mayo, Parque Lezama  and La Boca, Plaza San Martin and Recoleta) to learn about the history of the city, its contrasts, its contradictions and the characteristics of the “porteños”, the inhabitants of  Buenos Aires.  Lodging for one night at Hotel Intersur Recoleta or Hotel Novotel or similar. (B)                                  

DAY 2 – Punta Tombo, Puerto Madryn :
Breakfast. Flight to Trelew, a city 1,200 kms south of Buenos Aires, and welcome to Patagonia! Your local naturalist guide will be meeting you at the airport. You will drive Punta Tombo, the biggest continental breeding ground of Magellan penguins. There, you will have the opportunity to meander along the park trails, which bisect the breeding ground themselves, and see over 200 thousand live nests, and more than 500 thousand penguins. Picnic lunch. In the afternoon, you will visit Gaiman. This is a picturesque small town that was settled by Welsh immigrants in the 1870s, and still maintains much of its original architecture. You may savor a delicious Welsh tea with pastries at one of the traditional teahouses of Gaiman. In the evening you will drive to Puerto Madryn. Lodging for two nights at Hotel Peninsula Valdes overlooking the ocean. (B,L)

DAY 3 – Península Valdés :
After breakfast, you will drive to Peninsula Valdes Nature Reserve, a paradise for wildlife lovers. Peninsula Valdes is like an island united to the continent by a 35 km long strip of land called Ameghino Isthmus. From some sections of the road that takes you into the reserve, you will be able to view both gulfs: “San Jose” and “Nuevo”. The distance between them is only 7 km. at the narrowest part. You will spend some time at Puerto Piramide, a village on the south side of the Peninsula, on the Nuevo Gulf. Lunch included. In the afternoon, you will likely observe more of the region’s native fauna which includes foxes, maras, peludos and piches (similar to armadillos), lesser rheas (or choiques) and guanacos. The places you’ll be visiting will be: Punta Norte, with the largest sea elephant colony on the Peninsula OR Caleta Valdes, a natural canal with great variety of marine and terrestrial wildlife; a sea lion colony, and the Salinas “Chica” and “Grande” that are the biggest depressions in South America. Late in the evening you will return to your hotel in Puerto Madryn. (B,L)

DAY 4 – Los Glaciares National Park. El Calafate :
Breakfast. Flight to El Calafate, a small town located along the shores of Argentino Lake. The landscape of the region is a combination of arid steppes to the east, where eagles, falcons, lesser rheas, guanacos, hares, foxes and pumas live, and woods of lengas and ñires near the West Andes, that are the natural habitat of Condors, eagles, Magellan woodpeckers, and the Huemul (Andean deer). Lodging at Hotel El Galpón del Glaciar, a comfortable guest ranch, for three nights.  Dinner. (B,D)

DAY 5 – Los Glaciares National Park. El Calafate :
After breakfast we will depart to visit Los Glaciares National Park. This park of 600.000 hectares (2,300 square miles) has thirteen glaciers that flow into the Argentino and Viedma lakes. Perito Moreno Glacier, is one of the few glaciers in the world that is still progressing. It is only 500 ft above sea level, which makes it very accessible, allowing one to stand in front of a mountain of ice that measures 60 m (180 ft) by 5 km (2.5 miles).

The constant fall of huge towers of ice from its walls and into the lake is an unforgettable spectacle. Trekking Expedition: You will board a boat and enjoy spectacular close views of the Glaciar Perito Moreno. You will land on an isolated beach and trek on the glacier. (no additional equipment, or previous experience required). Lunch in the park, and dinner at the hotel. (B, L,D)

DAY 6 – El Calafate :
Day at leisure to enjoy optional excursions or relax. Dinner. (B,D)

DAY 7– Torres del Paine – Chile :
Today you will cross the border towards the Republic of Chile. Your destination is the renowned Torres del Paine National Park. Torres del Paine is a large park (450,000 acres) declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. You will visit Sarmiento, Nordenskjold and Pehoe Lakes. The park is particularly rich in fauna, and we’ll be likely to see guanacos, lesser rheas, black-necked swans, geese, flamingos, Magellanic woodpeckers, and peregrine falcons and condors on the mountain slopes.  Lodging for two nights at Hosteria Las Torres or Hotel Rio Serrano OR similar in the park. (B,L)

DAY 8- Torres del Paine National Park. Chile :
Breakfast. Full day to enjoy the park. We suggest a full day hiking excursion to Mirador Las Torres to get amazing views of the park (about 7 hours). Lodging. (B)

DAY 9 – Torres del Paine National Park. Chile :
After breakfast, you will depart in Zodiac boats down Serrano River. We’ll enjoy a short hike to Glaciar Serrano. Then you’ll sail through Ultima Esperanza Fjord to ranch overlooking Seno Ultima Esperanza.  Barbecue lunch.  Later continue to Puerto Natales and lodging at Hotel Weskar (overlooking the Ultima Esperanza Sound) or similar.   (B,L)                              

DAY 10 – Puerto Natales/ Punta Arenas :
Breakfast. Private transfer to Punta Arenas, a picturesque town overlooking the Strait of Magellan. You will enjoy a private city tour and visit its plaza, cathedral and see the mansions built at the beginning of the century by the big cattle ranchers.  Lodging at Hotel Finis Terrae or similar. (B)

DAY 11 (SATURDAY) Punta Arenas/ CRUCEROS AUSTRALIS :
Transfer to the port.  Cruise ship boarding starts at 6:00 p.m. The Captain and crew give a welcome cocktail reception on board. Immediately afterward, the ship departs for “the uttermost part of the earth”.  The excursion will take you through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world:  Southern Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego.  You have just embarked on a Great Adventure! (B,D)

DAY 12 – CRUCEROS AUSTRALIS: Ainsworth Bay – Tucker Islet
At dawn, you’ll continue navigating through Almirantazgo Sound until finally arriving near Marinelli Glacier in Ainsworth Bay, where you’ll enjoy a walk to discover a beaver dam in the midst of a marvelous Magellanic forest. On the beach you’ll observe a colony of elephant seals. Later you’ll visit Tucker Islet, where you’ll view colonies of Magellanic Penguins and Cormorants from the Zodiac boats. The islet’s penguins migrate in April; as a replacement you may visit Brookes Bay, for a short walk to see a glacier. (B,L,D)

DAY 13 – CRUCEROS AUSTRALIS: Pia Glacier – Glacier Alley
You’ll navigate through the main part of Beagle Channel to reach Pia Bay, where you’ll disembark near Pia Glacier. You’ll take a short hike to a lookout point with a spectacular view of the entire glacier tongue, stretching from high in the mountains all the way to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, you’ll sail again along the northwest arm of Beagle Channel through majestic “Glacier Alley”: Spain, Romanche, Germany, Italy, France and Holland glaciers. (B,L,D)

DAY 14 – CRUCEROS AUSTRALIS: Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay
You’ll sail through Beagle and Murray channels to reach and disembark in Cape Horn National Park (weather permitting). Cape Horn, on Hornos Island, is a sheer, 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory at the point where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans merge. This mythical place is known as the “End of the Earth”; a visit is a singular privilege. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. In the afternoon, you’ll go ashore in historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest aboriginal settlements. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. You’ll walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coigües, Canelos, ferns and other native vegetation to reach a lookout point. (B,L,D)

DAY 15 – Ushuaia/ Tierra del Fuego-Argentina
Arrival in Ushuaia.  You’ll disembark at around 8:00 and welcome to Ushuaia!, a charming town on the shores of the Beagle Channel. Transfer to your hotel for check in.  Later, we will go west for a private excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Created in 1960, this National Park protects 63.000 hectares of the southernmost portion of the Sub Antarctic Forest, from the high Andean steppe and peat bogs, down to the maritime coast of the Beagle Channel.  You will visit different areas of the park such as Ensenada Bay and Lapataia Bay, and you’ll be able to see two remarkably different ecosystems: the sea-shore and the sub-Antarctic forest which occur together only in a few places on earth and are unique in Argentina.  Lunch in the park. Lodging in Ushuaia at Hotel Tolkeyen or Terrazas del Beagle or similar for three nights.  (B,L)

DAY 16 – Ushuaia/Tierra del Fuego :
Full day excursión to Harberton Ranch.  Lunch during the excursion. (B,L)

DAY 17 – Ushuaia/Tierra del Fuego :
Day at leisure to take optional excursions or relax enjoying the beautiful landscapes surrounding your hotel. (B)           

DAY 18– Buenos Aires / ………… :
Breakfast. Flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival and transfer to Ezeiza airport to take your international flights. (B)

 

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE

  • Private transfers to and from airports
  • Overland transportation + Cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia
  • Local bilingual guides
  • Hotel accommodation for 13 nights (double occupancy) at mentioned or similar hotels + 4 nights aboard Australis Cruise
  • Meals mentioned in itinerary: All breakfasts (B), 10 lunches (L)  and 7 dinners (D)
  • Park entrance fees
  • Trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Boat excursion from Torres del Paine NP to Seno Ultima Esperanza/Puerto Natales
  • Other prívate excursions with bilingual guides as detailes in the itinerary.
  • NOTE: Boat excursions and trek on the glacier as well as land excursions during cruise are group excursions shared with other passengers

 

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • International airfare
  • Flights in Argentina (Buenos Aires/Trelew/El Calafate and Ushuaia/Buenos Aires).  Airfare will be about $900 per person.
  • Port fees in Punta Arenas: $50
  • Excursions and services not detailed in the itinerary
  • Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips