13 Day Chile & Argentina with Patagonia's Glaciers

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13 Day Chile & Argentina with Patagonia's Glaciers
Crowne Plaza Santiago
Cabo de Hornos Hotel Punta Arenas
CostAustralis Hotel Puerto Natales
Hotel Rio Serrano Torres del Paine
Kosten Aike Hotel El Calafate
Panamericano Buenos Aires Buenos Aires

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$4869* $3899
Wed, Oct 18  (Sold Out) $4999* $4109
$4879* $4109
Wed, Dec 20  (Sold Out) $5499* $4109

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Santiago-Punta Arenas & El Calafate-Buenos Aires.

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.

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DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Chile
Depart for Chile

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Santiago
Welcome to Chile! Transfer to your hotel in the energetic capital city of Santiago. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a briefing on the tour that awaits you followed by a Welcome Drink and Dinner together
Overnight: Santiago
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Santiago City Tour
This morning's city tour takes you through the colonial neighborhoods of the city that contrast with the modern financial center, known as Sanhattan. Pass by beautiful residences that are part of the Barrio Universitario (University Area). In the historical center visit the lively Plaza de Armas, with its fountains, sculpture and intriguing people-watching opportunities. The tour continues with a drive along the green Parque Forestal with its stunning Fine Arts museum. Continue crossing the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista and climbing up San Cristóbal Hill to a viewpoint, for a magnificent panoramic view of the city with its backdrop of the towering Andes Mountains. This afternoon, join the optional excursion to the Undurraga Winery in the Maipo Valley, one of Chile's most important wine producing areas. Taste some of Chile's world-famous wines during the tour before returning to Santiago
Optional: Half Day Undurraga Winery Tour & Tasting (PM)
Overnight: Santiago
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Fly to Punta Arenas
Today, fly to Punta Arenas, the Southernmost tip of Chile, jumping off point to the rugged landscape of Patagonia. Balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, dinner together in Punta Arenas
Overnight: Punta Arenas
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Strait of Magellan, Puerto Natales
Start the day with a visit to the Cerro de la Cruz viewpoint, admire magnificent vistas of the Strait of Magellan and the island of Tierra del Fuego. Walk to the Plaza Muñoz Gamero with its beautiful display of Conifers accented by opulent mansions, and the nearby monument that commemorates the 400th anniversary of Magellan’s voyage. Visit the Magallanes Regional Museum and see how Punta Arenas evolved through the years.  In the northern part of the city, stop at the Monument to the Shepherd, Croat Monument, and Antoine de Saint-Exupery Square before embarking on the next leg of your trip. Travel to the mythical Strait of Magellan, one of the busiest navigation routes in the world, used by valiant explorers such as Drake, Magellan, Fitzroy and Darwin among others. Then, continue North and drive on an unpaved road through the Patagonian steppe with sleepy sheep farms and native flora and fauna such as Upland geese, Andean condors, Kelp gulls, and Eagles. Stop at Nao Victoria's Museum named after the only ship in Ferdinand Magellan's fleet of five to complete the circumnavigation of the globe. The museum offers an interactive experience teaching visitors of the historic significance, discovery, and colonization of the area. See accurate replicas of the ships used by the great explorers as well as copies of hardware, sailing rigs, clothing, and weapons of the era. Continue to your hotel and enjoy time at leisure before dinner
Overnight: Puerto Natales
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Balmaceda Glacier & Ranch Barbecue Lunch
Get ready for an extraordinary day! Board a boat from your hotel that takes you through the port of Puerto Bories, a national historical monument, to Guanaco Island, where you could see Tonina dolphins and sea lions lazing on the rocks. Then, through Estancia Margot to the Wall of Cormorants; view hundreds of cormorants spreading their wings at the wind. On the journey to Punta de Lobos, stop to see the Condor Cascade and the astonishing thousand-year-old Balmaceda Glacier. In Puerto Toro, disembarkation and walk through a native forest towards the Serrano Glacier. After your hike, return to the boat and sail towards the Eberhard Fjord. Along the way, enjoy refreshments using newly-cut pieces of glacier ice to cool your drinks. Upon arrival, visit a rustic Patagonian Ranch and savor a delectable BBQ lunch. Return to Puerto Natales for overnight
*Note: The tour may be modified depending on weather conditions, safety and the decision of the captain of the boat
Overnight: Puerto Natales
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7, Tuesday - Full Day Expedition to Torres del Paine
Travel north to breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. With its soaring granite pillars dominating the landscape, it is surely one of the most unspoiled and impressive sights in the Southern Hemisphere. Stand in awe at this unparalleled landscape with its jagged peaks, azure lakes, emerald forests, thundering waterfalls and roaring rivers. A short hike takes you across hanging bridges into the dark Patagonian forest before arriving at Lago Grey beach. View the electric blue icebergs broken off of Glacier Grey, a gigantic three-mile wide wall of ice. After lunch, on to Laguna Amarga and Sarmiento Lake to meet the native fauna including herds of wild guanacos, foxes and perhaps pumas. The animals are not afraid of humans, so you can get up-close to take fantastic photos. Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy the evening at leisure
Overnight: Torres del Paine
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Wednesday - Travel to El Calafate
Depart this morning to El Calafate, declared national capital of the glaciers, strategically nestled on the shores of Lago Argentino, the grey-green lake that is thought to be remnants of a once vast glacial system that covered the entire region. Along the way, visit to a typical Estancia. Enjoy a home cooked lunch, tour the ranch and learn more about the history of the province, colonization and Gaucho traditions and customs. Meet the residents, view the school and observe how sheep are sheared at the farm’s shed. Later, arrive in El Calafate, a small city named for the berry that, once eaten, guarantees that you’ll return one day to Patagonia. Get acquainted with the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park and the great Perito Moreno Glacier. Evening on your own to discover the local restaurants and artisanal chocolate and ice cream shops along the town’s main street
Overnight: El Calafate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Thursday - Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park
A day you have been waiting for! Journey to the unforgettable Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This park, created in 1937, is the largest ice cap outside of Antarctica and Greenland with an ice field that controls the world's third largest reserve of fresh water. Observe the glacier's massive ice wall, almost three miles wide and over 240 feet high above the lake's surface, from a cliffside promenade that overlooks the constantly shifting ice. Perito Moreno is legendary for its dynamic changes, which produces a cyclic phenomenon of forward and backward movement, along with spectacular ice falls from its front walls. The easy access to this site has crowned Perito Moreno as one of the most visited glaciers in the entire world. Tonight is at leisure in El Calafate
Overnight: El Calafate
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Friday - Full Day Boat Excursion to Glaciers National Park
At the pier, board a ship that will take you on an extraordinary excursion to view some of the world’s most spectacular glaciers. Sail across the North Arm of Lago Argentino to reach the Upsala Channel, with sightings of the huge Barrier Iceberg and Upsala Glacier, South America’s longest glacier. The voyage continues in-between spectacular icebergs of immense sizes and varied formations. After a box lunch on board, the ship reaches the icy monument of the Spegazzini Glacier, highest among all of the glaciers in the national park. You’ll be dazzled by blue ice floes that drift in the freezing waters to create astonishing images with changing hues. This afternoon return to the port of Punta Bandera and spend the remainder of the day at leisure in El Calafate
*Note: The tour may be modified depending on weather conditions, safety and the decision of the captain of the boat
Overnight: El Calafate
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Saturday - Fly to Buenos Aires
Travel today on a flight to the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Its beauty is apparent as you arrive in this 19th century “Paris of South America” with its elegant architecture, wide tree-shaded boulevards, striking monuments and sprawling parks. The rest of the day is yours to get acquainted with this city that has a very distinct European flavor. Tonight, be sure to treat yourself to a fabulous Argentine beef dinner at one of the city’s many superb steak restaurants
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Sunday - Buenos Aires City Tour & Tango Show
Discover the city's highlights on a tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace); see the balcony where Eva and Juan Peron made their speeches. Then, to the colorful La Boca neighborhood, a working class barrio, and the old quarters of San Telmo and Caminito, a mix of colonial style homes, artists' lofts and trendy cafes. At the Recoleta Cemetery, view the resting place of many of the wealthiest and most important Argentine historical figures. The grounds cover over four city blocks, with more than 6,400 handcrafted mausoleums, including the legendary tomb of Eva "Evita" Peron, always decorated with flowers and letters from adoring fans. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring on your own before the afternoon tango lesson with professional Argentine dancers. Tonight, experience a very impressive Tango Show along with dinner in downtown Buenos Aires
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Monday - Depart Argentina
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

This morning depart Santiago towards the Maipo Valley, one of Chile’s most important wine producing areas. Don Francisco Undurraga was one of the pioneers of wine making in Chile, and created the Viña Undurraga in 1885 with plants brought back from France and Germany. Today, with more than 125 years of tradition, Undurraga is present in more than 70 countries. Undurraga produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewürstraminer, Carménère, and Chardonnay. There is a tasting of different wines during the tour and the cost includes a souvenir glass. Afterwards, return to the hotel.

Pick-up and drop-off at hotel; Tour duration is approximately 4 hours.

Day #3 20 Apr 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $49.00
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