Duration: 19 days/ 18 nights.
Departures: As requested from September through April.
Price: 2 to 3 passengers $4,975 p/person Double Occupancy + AUSTRALIS CRUISE COST
4 to 6 passengers $4,436 p/person Double Occupancy + AUSTRALIS CRUISE COST
DISCOUNT: $100 Tour Discount per person when you book both Tour and cruise.
AUSTRALIS CRUISE USHUAIA – PUNTA ARENAS (3 NIGHTS)– Departures from Ushuaia from November, 2016 to March 8, 2017 are HIGH SEASON.
Aboard M/V Stella Australis
Single rate in A, AA, AAA, AA Sup or AAA Sup will be 150% of the category rate.
NOTE: Airline tickets are NOT included in the tour cost
- Enjoy cosmopolitan Buenos Aires and Santiago
- Visit Los Glaciares National Park: El Chalten & El Calafate
- Explore the End of the World: Tierra del Fuego and Beagle Channel
- Trek in Los Glaciares National Park and Torres del Paine
DAY 1: BUENOS AIRES:
Welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon you will enjoy a private tour visiting four distinct neighborhoods and plazas of Buenos Aires (Plaza de Mayo, Parque Lezama and La Boca, Plaza San Martin and Recoleta) to learn about the city and its people, commonly called “porteños”. Lodging for two nights at Hotel Pulitzer or similar .
DAY 2: BUENOS AIRES:
Day at leisure to enjoy the city on your own. In the evening you will enjoy a tango show and dinner at the traditional Esquina Homero Manzi. Lodging. (B, D)
DAY 3: BUENOS AIRES / LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK. El CHALTEN:
Transfer to the airport to take your flight to El Calafate (private transfer). Arrival and private transfer to your hotel in El Chalten (about 3 hours drive – Car/driver). Lodging at Hosteria Infinito Sur, Hosteria Senderos or similar for three nights. (B)
DAY 4: LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK: EL CHALTEN/FITZ ROY:
Breakfast. Today you will enjoy a full day private trekking excursion to Laguna de Los Tres including Piedras Blancas Glacier and base camp Fitz Roy. It is about 4 hours one way(7 miles each way). Moderate. Level difference: 700 mts or 2,100 feet. Maximum height is 3,400 feet above sea level. You will enjoy unique views!. You may also reach Laguna Capri and return if you prefer a short hike and will still have a great experience and marvelous panoramic views. Picnic lunch during the excursion. Lodging in El Chalten. (B,L). NOTE: This is a private excursion with mountain guide so you may adapt it to your preferences.
ANOTHER OPTION Breakfast. Full day visit to Lago del Desierto.During this excursion first you will drive along the Rio de las Vueltas and will have time to make stops for photography. Once you reach the South shore of the lake (Punta Sur) you may decide if you prefer to do a hiking to Huemul Glacier that is a 2 hour hike to get imposing views of the Lago del Desierto and Mt. Fitz Roy. It’s a short hike but uphill. (600ft altitude gain)
The other option once you reach the lake would be to take the boat excursion on the lake (departures at 1030hs and 5:30pm) and disembark for a short walk to Centinela Viewpoint where you will also get great sights of the Lake and North face of Mt. Fitz Roy. Lodging in El Chalten. (B,L).
DAY 5: LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK: EL CHALTEN/FITZ ROY
Today, you will enjoy a trekking excursion along the Fitz Roy River valley to Cerro Torre base camp (Camp De Agostini). About 500 mts from the camp, at the end of the trail in Laguna Torre on a clear day, you will have amazing views of Mt Torre, Torre and Grande Glacier, Adela chain, Mt. Egger, Standhard, Bifida and Four Dedos Peaks.
Picnic lunch during the excursion. Lodging in El Chalten. (B,L).
NOTE: We may change today excursion due to weather conditions, and you would visit other area.
DAY 6: LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK: EL CHALTEN – EL CALAFATE
Breakfast. In the morning, you will drive back to El Calafate and your hotel: Private transfer with driver (no guide). Rest of the afternoon and evening to relax and enjoy the area on your own.
Dinner and lodging at Estancia El Galpon del Glaciar OR if you prefer to be in town you would stay at Hotel Mirador del Lago (B, D)
DAY 7: LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast you 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.
Picnic lunch at the park. In the evening, return to your hotel in El Calafate. Dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 8: ELCALAFATE / USHUAIA:
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport to take your Flight to Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Lodging at Hotel Tolkeyen, Hotel Tierra del Fuego or similar for two nights. (B)
DAY 9: USHUAIA- TIERRA DEL FUEGO:
Today you will go west for a hiking excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. You will visit Ensenada and Lapataia Bay and be able to see two remarkably different ecosystems: the seashore 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. (B,L)
DAY 10: (WEDNESDAY) USHUAIA / AUSTRALIS CRUISE
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon, private transfer to the office in town to check in for your AUSTRALIS CRUISE (• Check-in of passengers at 245 San Martin Street, Ushuaia until 4:00 p.m.)
Private transfer to the port to embark. Welcome cocktails aboard and departure through the Beagle Channel and cross the Strait of Magellan. (B, D)
DAY 11: CAPE HORN – WULAIA BAY
Disembark at the Cabo de Hornos National Park a place where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans merge. Disembark at Wulaia Bay, a historical site and an ancient indigenous settlement. (B,L,D)
DAY 12: GUNTHER PLUSCHOW GLACIER
Sail through the desolate Brecknock, Occasion, Cockburn and Magdalena Channel to enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, in the heart of Darwin Mountain Range. In this area you’ll be able to ee glaciers descending the mountainside all the way down to the sea. In the afternoon, you’ll board Zodiac boats to explore Aguila Glacier where you’ll take an easy walk to the base of the glacier. You’ll experience the beauty of Patagonia’s cold rainforest and see how the power of nature molded the area’s landscape. (B,L,D)
DAY 13: MAGDALENA ISLAND – PUNTA ARENAS
Disembark at the Magdalena Island, on the Strait of Magellan, home to a big colony of Magellan penguins and walk to the lighthouse.
You’ll arrive in Punta Arenas, a picturesque town overlooking the Strait of Magellan, and disembark at 11:30 a.m. Private transfer to your hotel. Later you will enjoy a short tour and visit its plaza, cathedral and see the mansions built at the beginning of the century by the big cattle ranchers. Lodging for one night at Hotel Diego de Almagro or similar. (B)
DAY 14: PUNTA ARENAS – TORRES DEL PAINE NP
Departure in the morning to Torres del Paine National Park (private car with bilingual guide). Torres del Paine is a large park (450,000 acres) declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Today you will visit Sarmiento, Nordenskjold and Pehoe Lakes. You may enjoy a short hiking to Grey Lake to view part of the glacier. The park is particularly rich in fauna, and you’ll be likely to see guanacos, lesser rheas, black-necked swans, geese, flamingos, Magellanic woodpeckers, and peregrine falcons and condors on the mountain slopes. You will arrive at your hotel in the evening. Picnic lunch during the excursion. Lodging for two nights at Hotel Las Torres, Hosteria Rio Serrano or similar inside the park. (B,L)
DAY 15: TORRES DEL PAINE:
Breakfast. Day at leisure to enjoy the park on your own. We recommend hiking to Las Torres. (B)
Description: About 4 hours one way. Going to campamento Torres, you will walk on dirt, rocks, sheep trails along Ascencio River.
The Hosteria Las Torres, your place of departure, is at 180 meters and the Campamento Base is at 700 meters from which point you will still have one more hour of ascension to the base of Las Torres. However, you may choose to do some other hiking or another driving excursion that you may arrange at the hotel in the park at an additional cost. Today is a day at leisure, and so this is the hiking we suggest as a “must do” for those who like hiking, but since you will not have a guide today, you may enjoy any activity you want. Not guided.
DAY 16: TORRES DEL PAINE / PUNTA ARENAS – SANTIAGO
Breakfast. You will drive back to Punta Arenas and the airport to take your flight to Santiago. Arrival and private transfer to your hotel. Lodging at Hotel Fundador or similar for two nights. (B)
DAY 17: SANTIAGO
In the afternoon, you will enjoy a tour of the city including Santa Lucía Hill (the city founding site), the picturesque neighborhoods of Paris and Londres , modern business centers of Providencia and El Bosque and elegant Vitacura and Los Condes residential neighborhoods. You’ll visit the City Civic Center where you’ll find the “Palacio Presidencial de La Moneda”, nearby you’ll find “Palacio de Justicia”, “Plaza de Armas”, the old Post Office building, and by the Mapocho River the Cultural Center “Estacion Mapocho” and the Museum of Fine Arts by the “Parque Forestal”. (B)
DAY 18: SANTIAGO
Today you will explore the Maipo Valley located in central Chile, just one-hour drive south of Santiago in a region bound by the Andes Mountains to the east, the Coastal Range to the West, and the Maipo River to the north. This area is home to some of the oldest vineyards in South America. For the most part, this is red wine country, as the sandy, fast-draining soils are perfectly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon, with good examples of Merlot and Pinot Noir, but Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc are also found here. The Maipo Valley has a warm, desert-like climate with very little rain (about 12 inches a year), so it is common practice to irrigate. Your driver will pick you up from your hotel at 10am to go to Cousiño Macul Vineyard, located in the foothills of the Andes, and whose proprietors are the family Cousiño from 1856. A bilingual guide will meet you at the vineyard. The visit includes its facilities and an explanation of the elaboration processes and bottled of the famous wines Cousiño Macul. Then you’ll continue to visit Concha y Toro Vineyard, one of the biggest producers and exporters of wine of Chile. A guide from the vineyard will welcome you at the plaza Don Melchor. You’ll visit its cellar founded in 1888 in the picturesque Pirque, a village 27 kms south of Santiago. Here you will have the opportunity to walk in the park, visit the ancient cellars including famous Casillero del Diablo Cellar, and taste their wines.
Lunch during the excursion. Lodging in Santiago. (B,L)
NOTE: If you prefer, we may change today’s excursion and you may enjoy a full day excursion to the coastal towns of Viña del Mar and Valparaiso instead. Cost may vary.
DAY 19: SANTIAGO
Morning at leisure. In the evening, transfer to International Airport to take your flight back to USA. (B)
INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:
- Private transfers to/from airports.
- Accommodation for 15 nights at mentioned or similar first rate hotels + 3 nights aboard the Australis Cruise.
- Bilingual expert guides for all excursions, most transfers and local assistance.
- All breakfasts (B), 8 Lunches (L) and 6 Dinners (D) as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Private excursions as detailed in the itinerary.
- Group transfer to pier and Boat excursions will be shared with other passengers.
- Entrance fees to parks and reserves.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:
- International airline tickets
- Domestic flights are NOT included in the tour price: Buenos Aires/ El Calafate/Ushuaia. Cost will be about $800. Punta Arenas / Santiago: about $450. Airfare may vary.
- Port tax: $50 per person
- Personal expenses, tips, drinks, other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary description.