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Patagonian Grand Adventure

11 Days 2 Countries 6 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… stepping onto your private Zodiac boat to explore 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: Discoveries i

Trip code: LPGA

10 Nights

accommodation

15 Meals
  • 10 full breakfasts.

  • 2 lunches.

  • 3 dinners.

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Patagonian Grand Adventure

Your Itinerary

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.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
InterContinental Santiago

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.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Dinner with wine

3. Santiago – Punta Arenas

Enjoy a leisurely morning in the city before bidding farewell to Santiago and fly to Punta Arenas, the southernmost part of South America. Relax and get settled in at your hotel.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Dreams del Estrecho

4. Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales (2 nights)

Drive to Puerto Natales before heading to Otway Sound. Here, enjoy the magnificent view of the almost permanently snow-covered Pinto Mountain Range and Riesco Island. Continue skirting the sound until you reach the caves where the Magellanic Penguins nest at the Seno Otway penguin colony (seasonal between November 1st and March 15th). 

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Costaustralis

5. Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Excursion

Board zodiacs with a Local Specialist and 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. Then continue through the fjord by boat with views of Balmaceda Glacier in the background.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Lunch

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.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner with wine
Hotel
Rio Serrano

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. El Calafate takes its name from the calafate bush—which locals say eating its berries will ensure your return to this mystical region.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Kosten Aike

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 Icefields are areas of southern beach forest and windswept steppe. This evening, enjoy some time on your own.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

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 and visit the harbour and Paseo del Centenario—a great spot for you 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 part of the city as well as the restricted area of the Naval Base. Your evening is free.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Los Yamanas

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 where you may take an optional train ride. 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, and 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 holds 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.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

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.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Puerto Montt and Ushuaia

    • Visit Torres del Paine National Park, Los Glaciares National Park and Tierra del Fuego National Park

    • View the Serrano Glacier

    • Cruise through Patagonia's Lake District

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 full breakfasts.

    • 2 lunches.

    • 3 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • 13 nights First Class accommodation

    • A Trafalgar bonus – all Intra-Air Flights: Buenos Aires to Bariloche, Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas, El Calafate to Ushuaia and Ushuaia to Buenos Aires


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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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    • Land and Intra Air: prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Santiago-Punta Arenas, El Calafate-Ushuaia and Ushuaia-Buenos Aires and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com.
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