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Wonders of Patagonia

11 Days 3 Countries 9 Cities

Travel to the ends of the earth, from the flamboyant capital of Buenos Aires to the land of giants.

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11 Days, 3 Countries, 9 Cities

Wonders of Patagonia

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Santiago, Chile

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Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

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    • Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine with a more in-depth guided holiday.
    • Airport arrival will be at 8 p.m., please be aware when booking your onward flights.
    • Land and Intra Air: prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Buenos Aires-Ushuaia, Ushuaia-El Calafate and Punta Arenas-Santiago, 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. Prices are accurate as of 1 May 2017. For up-to-date information, visit www.trafalgar.com.
    • Crossovers: These departures will operate as per the 2017 brochure. Itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
    • Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
    • Hidden Journey itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.
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    • Trafalgar offers a selection of optional Itinerary Extensions to customize your vacation in South America. Please note, you cannot book these extensions online. To book and for more information, please contact your local Travel Agent or Trafalgar directly. For more information about the optional extensions offered on this program, please go to www.trafalgar.com/extensions.
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  • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

About this trip

Travel to the ends of the earth, from the flamboyant capital of Buenos Aires to the land of giants, roaming solitary steppes, the rugged Andes mountainscape and pristinely beautiful glacial lakes. Embrace the enormity of a land that few have explored, the facets of frontier life and majestic natural splendour.


Trip type: Hidden Journey

Trip code: LPAT

10 Nights

accommodation

20 Meals
  • 10 breakfasts

  • 4 lunches

  • 6 dinners (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Buenos Aires, Ushuaia

    • Cruise the Beagle Channel, lake cruise through Patagonia's glaciers

    • Scenic drives El Calafate to Torres del Paine National Park, Natales to Punta Arenas

    • View the Balmaceda Glacier, Serrano Glacier

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 breakfasts

    • 4 lunches

    • 6 dinners (including Be My Guest)


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What's Included

Travel Highlights

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    • 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)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All 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


 

Wonders of Patagonia

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Arrive Buenos Aires (2 Nights)

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Buenos Aires Sightseeing

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Buenos Aires - Tierra del Fuego National Park - Ushuaia (2 Nights)

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Ushuaia

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Day 5

Ushuaia - El Calafate (2 Nights)

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Los Glaciares National Park Excursion

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Day 7

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

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Torres Del Paine National Park Sightseeing

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Torres Del Paine – Puerto Natales (2 Nights)

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Day 10

Puerto Natales, Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Excursion

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Day 11

Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas - Depart Santiago

Day 1

Arrive Buenos Aires (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Buenos Aires (2 Nights)

It's time to Tango your way through beautiful Buenos Aires, your launchpad for an in-depth exploration through the other-worldly solitary, southern frontiers of Patagonia. On arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your hotel. Get settled into your room in preparation for an epic adventure, or set out and explore the grand boulevards and quaint barrios of Argentina's vibrant capital city. At 6 p.m., join your Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel

InterContinental Buenos Aires

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

InterContinental Buenos Aires

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Buenos Aires Sightseeing Day 2 - Buenos Aires Sightseeing

Walk in the footsteps of the porteños on your exploration of the exquisite sights of the "Paris of South America". Wind your way through the city past the grand, pink Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral, bold and bright La Boca and the cobblestone streets of grand San Telmo. Stare in awe at the famous Teatro Colon and pay homage to Eva (Evita) Peron in the final resting place of Buenos Aires' most noteworthy residents, the elegant Recoleta Cemetery. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an exclusive Be My Guest dinner in Palermo Soho. You will be welcomed by a local family who are long-time residents of this trendy neighbourhood. Be delighted, as they wine and dine you with homemade family recipes in the kitchen, discover the secrets of kneading bread and watch as your hosts demonstrate the art of the Tango.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 2

Day 3

Buenos Aires - Tierra del Fuego National Park - Ushuaia (2 Nights) Day 3 - Buenos Aires - Tierra del Fuego National Park - Ushuaia (2 Nights)

An expedition through the extraordinary landscapes of Patagonia begins today as you fly to the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia. Upon arrival, embark on an exploration of the dramatic landscapes of Tierra del Fuego National Park with a Local Specialist, delving into the depths of its beautiful scenery with its waterfalls, glaciers, forests and mountains. Take in the wildlife that inhabit this spectacular environment like red foxes, woodpeckers, steamer ducks, condors, eagles and beavers. Within the park, come face to face with the biological richness of Tierra del Fuego Island and its incredible scenic beauty, views over the Beagle Channel at Ensenada Bay, the glacial waters of Roca Lake and the deep Bay of Lapataia Bay. This evening dinner is served at your hotel on the Beagle Channel.

Hotel

Los Yamanas

Meals

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Los Yamanas

Meals

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3

Day 4

Ushuaia Day 4 - Ushuaia

Enjoy the views this morning and linger over breakfast. Explore the town of Ushuaia or perhaps choose an exciting optional adventure. Board your vessel and cruise the Beagle Channel focusing on the scenic archipelago, wildlife and history. Learn about the great shipwrecks of the region as well as the first explorers who arrived from Europe. Or take a longer excursion that includes colonies of sea lions and elegant Magellanic penguins. Late afternoon, join a Local Specialist and your fellow travellers for a tour of Ushuaia including an early evening visit to the Museo Maritimo y Del Presidio, home to the Maritime, Prison, Antarctic and Marine Art Museum.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

Ushuaia - El Calafate (2 Nights) Day 5 - Ushuaia - El Calafate (2 Nights)

Leave the "end of the world" and fly to the quaint town of El Calafate on the shores of Lake Argentino, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park with its spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier. An otherworldly landscape surrounds you, one of massive glaciers, jagged landscapes of interconnected fjords and mountainside glacial lakes which you will have a rare opportunity to explore over the next few days.

Hotel

Kosten Aike

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Kosten Aike

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5

Day 6

Los Glaciares National Park Excursion Day 6 - Los Glaciares National Park Excursion

The day is dedicated to a deep exploration of the striking Los Glaciares National Park, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its exceptional natural beauty. Touring with a Local Specialist, you'll come face-to-face with its arctic blue and white glaciers that are fed by the massive South Patagonian Ice Field, milky coloured glacial lakes and towering snowcapped peaks. Discover the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier, which towers above the icy waters of Lake Argentino. You could perhaps witness massive igloo icebergs plunging into the lake with thunderous force. Experience the rugged solitude of the windswept steppe and the quiet southern beach forests before heading back to El Calafate for an evening spent at leisure.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 6

Day 7

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

Travel this morning from El Calafate along the Patagonian Steppes giving way to the veritable granite spires of Paine which are the main features of this extraordinary National Park that has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Join a Local Specialist to delve behind the scenes of Torres del Paine National Park's extraordinary natural frontier land. Wander past cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes and jagged mountain spires. Your afternoon in the park will feature the Torres towers seen from the eastern region. Observe cyanobacteria with stromatolites formations at Laguan Amarga before stopping at Blue Lagoon. Lady Florence Dixie, the intrepid Victorian-era British traveller and author, first spotted the Torres del Paine peaks, naming them "Cleopatra's Needles" in her 1880 book, Across Patagonia. Dinner with wine awaits this evening at your hotel.

Hotel

Hosteria Las Torres

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner with wine

Hotel

Hosteria Las Torres

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner with wine

Day 7

Day 8

Torres Del Paine National Park Sightseeing Day 8 - Torres Del Paine National Park Sightseeing

Continue your in-depth exploration of Torres Del Paine, venturing deep into the heart of the park with a Local Specialist. View stunning landscapes from scenic outlooks, embark on short hikes to see natural landmarks up close and enjoy a lake cruise to Grey Glacier dodging icebergs calved by the glacier. Stops along the way include Puente Negro (Black Bridge) crossing the Paine River, Nordenskjöld Lookout, Sarmiento Lookout, Lake Pehoé and Salto Grande waterfall. After enjoying an alfresco gourmet box lunch, choose to hike along the southern shore of Lago Grey until a point where you can gaze down at the icebergs that have plunged in to the lake or embark on a narrated Catamaran boat trip across the length of the lake to imposing Grey Glacier, which tumbles down from the massive Southern Patagonia Ice Field. This evening is yours to relax and enjoy dinner with wine served at the hotel.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner with wine

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner with wine

Day 8

Day 9

Torres Del Paine – Puerto Natales (2 Nights) Day 9 - Torres Del Paine – Puerto Natales (2 Nights)

Follow your Local Specialist on the famous "W" Trail that stretches from the picturesque northern shores of Lake Nordenskjöld, named after a Scandinavian explorer who probed much of the region in the early 20th century, to the snowcapped Monte Almirante Nieto that anchors the southeastern extreme of the Paine Massif, past pebbled beaches, rugged steppe landscapes and Andes shrublands. After lunch, visit the Milodon Cave, an impressive cave of 660 feet (201 metres) where evidence of a giant prehistoric ground sloth, now known as a Mylodon, was found by German Explorer Hermann Eberhard. There is also evidence of prehistoric human habitation within Cueva del Milodón, dating back as early as 6000 BC. Your base for the next two nights is the colourful fishing town of Pueto Natales on the Seno Ùltima Esperanza, set against the backdrop of Patagonian steppes leading up to snowcapped mountains in the distance.

Hotel

Remota Patagonia Lodge Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch

Hotel

Remota Patagonia Lodge Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 9

Day 10

Puerto Natales, Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Excursion Day 10 - Puerto Natales, Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Excursion

Today's exploration takes you by boat up the Rio Serrano, passing the Southern Icefield (Campo de Hielo Sur) toward the icy turquoise sheets of the Serrano Glacier. Take some time with a Local Specialist to explore the impressive glacier with a hike through unspoiled, cool rainforest landscapes to Seno Ultima Esperanza ("Fjord of the Last Hope") where you will see the rest of the Southern Patagonian Icefield, the incomparable Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, where you'll enjoy lunch. Continue through the fjord by boat with views of the Balmaceda Glacier and Serrano Glaciers in the background. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends for a Farewell Dinner and toast to an unforgettable expedition to the ends of the earth.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 10

Day 11

Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas - Depart Santiago Day 11 - Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas - Depart Santiago

Spend time this morning in the peninsula town of Punta Arenas, a city famous for its European style, rugged charm and status as a gateway to the Antarctic due to its location on the Straits of Magellan. This afternoon, board your flight to the Santiago International Airport, where your Patagonian adventure ends or extend your stay in Santiago at the InterContinental Hotel.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 11

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Remota Patagonia Lodge, Puerto Natales, ChileIn perfect harmony with the environment and the local culture, this Authentic Accommodation has well-recognised sustainable architecture, incorporating the rich environment and high standards of service and with the comfort of the natural remote surroundings.
    Enjoy modern accommodation in perfect harmony with the natural environment of Puerto Natales

  • Be My Guest
    Dine at the home of a local family in the trendy Palermo Soho neighbourhood

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

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

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Buenos Aires, Ushuaia

    • Cruise the Beagle Channel, lake cruise through Patagonia's glaciers

    • Scenic drives El Calafate to Torres del Paine National Park, Natales to Punta Arenas

    • View the Balmaceda Glacier, Serrano Glacier

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 10 breakfasts

    • 4 lunches

    • 6 dinners (including Be My Guest)


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What's Included

Travel Highlights

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    • 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)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All 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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