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Patagonian Grand Adventure

11 Days 2 Countries 7 Cities

Argentina and Chile's dramatic scenery unite in Patagonia on this Discoveries adventure.

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About this trip

The epic scenery and vibrant cultures of Chile and Argentina are revealed on this in-depth exploration that roams from Santiago to Buenos Aires via mountains, glaciers and lakes.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… exploring the Rio Serrano with an expert local, who'll explain the origins of the Southern Ice Fields as you take your first steps onto the Glacier Pio XI.


Trip type: Discovery

Trip code: LPGA

10 Nights

accommodation

15 Meals
  • 10 full breakfasts.

  • 3 dinners.

  • 2 lunches.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Santiago and Ushuaia

    • Cruise through Patagonia's glaciers

    • Scenic drive from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park and from Torres del Paine National Park to El Calafate

    • View the Serrano Glacier

    • Visit Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Los Glaciares National Park and Tierra del Fuego National Park


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 full breakfasts.

    • 3 dinners.

    • 2 lunches.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Buenos Aires to Santiago to Punta Arenas, El Calafate to Ushuaia and Ushuaia to Buenos Aires, including porter service at all airports.

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


Patagonian Grand Adventure

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Santiago (2 Nights)

Day 2

Santiago Sightseeing

Day 3

Santiago – Punta Arenas

Day 4

Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales (2 Nights)

Day 5

Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Excursion

Day 6

Puerto Natales – Torres Del Paine National Park

Day 7

Torres del Paine National Park – El Calafate (2 Nights)

Day 8

Los Glaciares National Park Excursion

Day 9

El Calafate – Ushuaia (2 Nights)

Day 10

Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Day 11

Ushuaia – Depart Buenos Aires

Day 1

Arrive Santiago (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Santiago (2 Nights)

Bienvenido a Santiago. On arrival to the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your hotel. Get settled into your room or set out and explore the vibrant city of Santiago. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel

InterContinental Santiago

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

InterContinental Santiago

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Santiago Sightseeing Day 2 - Santiago Sightseeing

This morning, meet your Local Specialist for an exciting tour of the city and a visit to the Central Market. Later, savour a lively dinner in the trendy Bellavista district of Santiago.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner with wine

Optional Experiences

Visit to Santa Rita Winery, Maipo

Enjoy an afternoon excursion to a well-known family winery in the Maipo Valley. Some visionaries, among them Don Domingo Fernandez, a distinguished politician, founded Viña Santa Rita in 1880 and promoted the introduction of the finest French vine stocks. Following the advice of expert French penologists, he began producing wines with techniques and with results far superior to those traditionally achieved. Afterwards you may discover the Museo Andino Alto Jahuel. The Andean museum is a private collection of valuable Pre-Columbian objects which belong to a variety of Chilean Andean cultures. (Minimum 4 guests).

Adult Price: US$73.00

Day 2

Day 3

Santiago – Punta Arenas Day 3 - Santiago – Punta Arenas

Enjoy a leisurely morning in the city before bidding farewell to Santiago and flying to Punta Arenas, the southern most region of South America. Relax and get settled in at your hotel.

Hotel

Dreams del Estrecho

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Dreams del Estrecho

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 3

Day 4

Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales (2 Nights) Day 4 - Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales (2 Nights)

This morning enjoy a tour of the city famous for its European charm. It is the southernmost continental town in South America, founded at the shores of the Magellan Strait in 1848. Visit the Museum Salesiano run by Salesian monks where two floors of photographs are exhibited to show Patagonia in earlier years.

Hotel

Costaustralis

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Costaustralis

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Excursion Day 5 - Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Excursion

Begin an adventurous trip via the Rio Serrano, passing the Southern Icefield (Campo de Hielo Sur) toward the Serrano Glacier. Upon arrival, explore the impressive glacier and afterward, hike a short 30 minutes through unspoiled, cool rainforest to Seno Ultima Esperanza ("Fjord of the Last Hope"). See the incomparable landscape of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile's largest nature reserve with majestic mountain scenery where you will enjoy lunch. Then continue through the fjord by boat with views of Balmaceda Glacier in the background.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 5

Day 6

Puerto Natales – Torres Del Paine National Park Day 6 - Puerto Natales – Torres Del Paine National Park

Today see one of the world's most spectacular scenic regions—Torres del Paine National Park. It covers an area of 436 square miles (1,200 square kilometres) and was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. Your Local Specialist shows you cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes and jagged spires of mountains, all of which are just a part of what the National Park offers. En route, visit the legendary and impressive Milodon Cave where a gigantic, prehistoric ground sloth fossil was discovered, and see a replica of it inside of the cave. Visit the viewpoints Los Cuernos and Lago Pehoe, the spectacular Salto Grande ("Big Waterfall") and Lago Grey, which provide marvellous vistas of the Grey Glacier. Admire the park's fauna including herds of guanacos, foxes, swans, and several other bird species. A box lunch is provided. Dinner is served at your hotel, offering superb views of Torres del Paine National Park.

Hotel

Rio Serrano

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Rio Serrano

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner with wine

Day 6

Day 7

Torres del Paine National Park – El Calafate (2 Nights) Day 7 - Torres del Paine National Park – El Calafate (2 Nights)

Enjoy another chance to revel in the stunning scenery and wildlife of the Patagonian steppe during the drive across the border into Argentina. After stopping at Cancha Carrera, continue your land journey to El Calafate, a charming lakeside town and the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. For 65 million years, the land here evolved from chaotic volcanic eruptions and massive glaciers, creating a jagged landscape of interconnected fjords, channels and mountainside glacial lakes. The name El Calafate comes from the calafate bush which locals say when you eat its berries it ensures your return to this mystical region.

Hotel

Kosten Aike

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Kosten Aike

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 7

Day 8

Los Glaciares National Park Excursion Day 8 - Los Glaciares National Park Excursion

Embark upon a full-day excursion with a Local Specialist to Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Los Glaciares is the second largest National Park in Argentina and comprises more than 1,600 square miles (4,400 square kilometres) and nearly 50 large glaciers. These glaciers are fed by a giant ice cap (the largest continental ice extension after Antarctica) that originates in the Andes and occupies over a third of the park's total area. Discover the wondrous Perito Moreno Glacier, a pristine marvel towering nearly 200 feet (60 metres) above Lake Argentino. It is named after Francisco Moreno, a 19th century Argentinian explorer who helped resolve his country's border dispute with neighbouring Chile. The constant, cyclical movement of Perito Moreno's ice mass often forces the glacier to "calve"—an iceberg "birthing" process in which smaller chunks of ice fracture and break off from the glacier to thunderous noise. This spectacle can occur at any time, so keep your fingers crossed. However, ice isn't the only thing you'll see today: just east of the ice fields are areas of southern beach forest and windswept steppe. This evening, enjoy some time on your own.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 8

Day 9

El Calafate – Ushuaia (2 Nights) Day 9 - El Calafate – Ushuaia (2 Nights)

Fly to Ushuaia and explore the world's southernmost city with a Local Specialist. Visit the legendary Jail of Recidivists that has preserved its impressive architecture as well as its notorious history. You will also see the first settlers' houses, visit the harbour and Paseo del Centenario-a great spot to take in the panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. Afterward, see the Bebán House, once considered the most prestigious in Ushuaia. Later, visit the central portion of the city and the restricted area of the Naval Base. Your evening is free.

Hotel

Los Yamanas

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Los Yamanas

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Beagle Channel Cruise

Your cruise of the Beagle Channel focuses on the scenic archipelago, wildlife, and the history of the region. Learn about the great ship wrecks of the region as well as the first explorers arriving from Europe. There will be time to go ashore on one of the islands for a short walk. Total duration is approximately 2 ½-3 hours. Mandatory port tax of $3 is not included in the price listed. (No Minimum)

Adult Price: US$100.00

Day 9

Day 10

Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion Day 10 - Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion

Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park with a Local Specialist, stopping first at the End of the World Train Station. At the park, observe the most incredible native animals such as red foxes, woodpeckers, steamer ducks, condors, eagles and beavers cohabitating in a spectacular environment. Explore the park through a combination of touring and nature walks. Different from other parks, Tierra del Fuego National Park has it all, the ocean, forests and mountains. Inside the park, find the biological richness of Tierra del Fuego Island and its beautiful scenery, where its forest is made up of valleys of peat and lichens. Ensenada Bay, Roca Lake and Lapataia Bay give colour to this unique place that still hold reminders of its ancestral inhabitants: the Yámanas. Back at your hotel, the afternoon is free to relax at the hotel spa or perhaps take an optional catamaran cruise on the Beagle Channel. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends to enjoy a Farewell Dinner celebrating your experiences from this unforgettable trip.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 10

Day 11

Ushuaia – Depart Buenos Aires Day 11 - Ushuaia – Depart Buenos Aires

Today, say goodbye as your Patagonian Grand Adventure comes to an end. Board your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival at the domestic airport, you will be transferred to Ezeiza International Airport for your flight home, or the Emperador Hotel for those extending their stay in Buenos Aires.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 11

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Santiago and Ushuaia

    • Cruise through Patagonia's glaciers

    • Scenic drive from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park and from Torres del Paine National Park to El Calafate

    • View the Serrano Glacier

    • Visit Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Los Glaciares National Park and Tierra del Fuego National Park


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 full breakfasts.

    • 3 dinners.

    • 2 lunches.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Buenos Aires to Santiago to Punta Arenas, El Calafate to Ushuaia and Ushuaia to Buenos Aires, including porter service at all airports.

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 3 Reviews

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    We enjoyed our tour guide, Felipe, the other local guides, and our fellow travelers. The hotels were lovely. The itinerary was interesting. We would have appreciated bottled water provided by Trafalgar, more included dinners (even if the tour cost increased), and some music/folk dancing

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    Service rating : Each of our guides were wonderful. My only suggestion is that they could have prepared us better for the weather.Product : Most of the hotels were wonderful, the rest were merely good, but we enjoyed them all.

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    Service rating : I would have liked that the tour director could have contacted us before the trip like it happened when I went to Italy. I rated the director Silvi "average" on the form she gave us. It should have been "good". She had to put up with a lot.Product : Scenery was beautiful.

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