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Begin Southern Argentina tour in Ushuaia, with a cruise aboard the Mare Australis. This maritime adventure unveils the breathtaking beauty of Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia. Experience close-up views of glaciers, fjords and snowcapped Andean peaks, as well as shore landings with walks along empty strands and through pristine sub-polar forests. You will also visit iconic Cape Horn, weather permitting, and historic Wulaia Bay where Charles Darwin lingered. 

Next, spend three full days of guided exploration in Torres de Paine National Park. The Torres del Paine National Park is known for 1000-meter high naked granite of three colossal towers. For Lake Nordenskjold, the path follows between an emerald green lake and Almirante Nieto, a magnificent mountain. The trail promises a relaxed ride through bewildering landscape past the Grey Lake. Wildlife sighted along the trail include llama-like guanacos, foxes and a wide variety of birds such as red-headed Magellanic woodpeckers.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 12 DAY SOUTHERN ARGENTINA TOUR…
And, experience the breath-taking beauty of Tierra del Fuego & Patagonia.
 

What We Love
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • All touring is flexible and can be customised to incorporate special interests.
  • Designed with the best luxury accommodation and services available. 
  • Hotels can be changed to lower budget.
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is an active tour and includes walking and cruise on rough waters.
  • You must come prepared for summer and winter all together.
  • Please check with us for clothing and equipment you should take on this trip.
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.


 

Argentina Mare Australis

Buenos Aires, Cape Horn,  Punta Arenas, Torres del Paine, Santiago, Mare Australis Cruise
(12 Days –Restricted Dates)


Day 1 – Arrive
Buenos Aires On arrival in Buenos Aires you will be met by our representative and transferred to your chosen hotel for a four-night stay in this cosmopolitan and historical city.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or Four Seasons Hotel.

Day 2 – City Highlights Tour
Buenos Aires This morning enjoy a half-day tour of this impressive city. Discover the cobbled streets and brightly painted houses of La Boca and the grand architecture in Plaza de Mayo. Continue to the exclusive neighbourhood of Recoleta, with its tree lined avenues, fashionable restaurants, cafes and boutiques, not forgetting the famous cemetery that holds Evita's shrine.

Optional Dinner & Tango Show: This evening, enjoy exquisite cuisine and a spectacular dance display in one of the city’s oldest and finest tango venues. Housed in an elegant French style building with an exclusive marble bar, Gala Tango is bound to put you in the tango mood! As you arrive you are invited to learn some of the slick tango moves and enjoy a drink.

The Tango and Folklore show follows, featuring a live orchestra, two singers and four performing tango dancers. You will also enjoy a show with boleadoras (balls tied to ropes used by the gauchos to herd cattle) while enjoying a 3-course a la carte meal paired with superb Catena Zapata wines.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires or Four Seasons Hotel.

Day 03 – Transfer
Ushuaia/ Mare Australis Transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Ushuaia. Arrival at the local airport, you are met for an orientation tour of the city and its main attractions including the End of the World Museum. After the tour, transfer to the pier to board the Mare Australis for a 4-day expedition cruise to Punta Arenas.
Overnight: Mare Australis (B, L, D)  

Day 04 – Cape Horn & Wuaia Bay Tour
Mare Australis Today you will navigate through the Beagle Channel and Murray Channel to disembark in the Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn) National Park. Cape Horn is a natural sea wall of almost 425 meters high that was discovered in 1616 by a commercial expedition from the Netherlands organized by Isaac Le Maire and under the command of Captain Willem Schouten. Cape Horn owes its name to the Port of Horn from which the expedition had originated on June 14, 1615. Later, we disembark in Walaia Bay, where we will be able to visit one of the most important indigenous sites of the region.
Overnight: Mare Australis (B, L, D)  

Day 05 – Pia Glacier
Mare Australis Dail back across the main branch of the Beagle Channel to disembark at Pia Glacier. Here you will enjoy a short walk to an observation point where you can view examples of the area's vegetation. Also, the glacier can be seen in all its glory from the viewpoint as well as the array of icebergs. The Glacier's source is in the middle of the Darwin Range of mountains and reaches the sea at Pia Bay. After this unforgettable experience continue navigating through O'Brian and Ballenero Channels, Bahia Desolada, Paso Aguirre and Brecknock Channel.
Overnight: Mare Australis (B, L, D)  

Day 06 – Punta Arenas
Mare Australis/ Ushuaia Early this morning you will enjoy a morning excursion on Magdalena Island, the home of an enormous penguin colony with over 120,000 of them in different stages of breeding. Continue to Punta Arenas where you’ll dock and start disembarkation formalities.

Depart from the pier and enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the Straits of Magellan en route to an informative lecture on the city and the region at Observation Point of La Cruz Hill.

Next visit the Regional Museum, kept by the Salesian friars, featuring a magnificent collection of the flora and fauna of the region besides exclusive relics of the folklore and handicraft of the native Indian tribes. Tour the cemetery with beautiful gardens and huge cypress avenues. Admire splendid mausoleums of pioneer families as well as a gravestone where the last Onas (extinguished Fireland Indians) are buried.

Also visit the Patagonian Institute, and the Plaza de Armas Square, and Hernando de Magallanes monument. Transfer to your hotel for check-in and evening at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Cabo de Horno Hotel (B, L)  

Day 07 – Transfer
Torres del Paine Depart the hotel early this morning for your trip to Torres del Paine National Park. Visit en-route the Milodon Cave, which housed the remains of an enormous ground sloth that prowled the region before humans arrived. Soon you will arrive to Torres del Paine National Park, one of South America’s newest nature reserves, created in 1959 and declared UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 1978. Arrive at your hotel late afternoon for check-in formalities.

Torres del Paine National Park can be explored by vehicle, with scores of miles of roads within its boundaries providing access to most places of interest; on horseback, with suitable trails providing access to places unreachable by car; by boat, with trips across Lake Grey to the namesake glacier and Zodiac boat rides down the Serrano river; and on foot, with some of the most prized hiking trails in the hemisphere, treks ranging from one-hour easy walks to the 7-day hike around the Paine Massif. During your explorations you may find, herds of guanaco a (llama like animal) roam free, while flamingos and other birds populate every lake, stream, dell and meadow. If what you are looking for is wildlife, adventure or scenic beauty, Torres del Paine has it all.

Consult with your guides to decide how best to spend your days in this remote and exhilarating wilderness; whatever your choice, the experience will be unforgettable. All excursions included on your program.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Explora Lodge (B, L, D)    

Day 08 to 10 – Optional Private Tours
Torres del Paine Three full days of exploration and there is a wide choice available. Some of which are given below:

The Towers: One of the main attractions of this renowned national park are the 1000 meters of naked granite that stab the heavens with three colossal towers.

Lake Nordenskjold: The path follows between an emerald green lake and Almirante Nieto, a magnificent mountain. The trail promises a relaxed ride through bewildering landscape.

Full Paine: During the drive to get to the Grey Lake, the national park is revealed. Guanacos, foxes, birds and the most comprehensive view of the general mountain structure is sighted along the way.

Los Cuernos: One of the most varied sceneries is seen on this path. Along the way there will be iced mountains on one side and an amazing panoramic view edging Lake Nordenskjold on the other.

Salto Grande: The inner roads of the park will delight the passenger with its beauties until Salto Grande is reached. A short walk will lead to this waterfall that flows into the turquoise waters of Lake Pehoe.

Laguna Azul: This placid trip takes you to a lagoon embedded in a valley of flowers. In the sky, the towers stand out over hills, forests, valleys and rivers. Laguna Amarga and Lago Sarmiento A large diversity of birds will be sighted in numerous lagoons that decorate the trip.

Valle Encantado: This is a beautiful trip with a panoramic view of rivers, valleys and mountains; ideal for enjoying a horse ride.

Sierra Baguales: This is known for its exotic rock formations, its birds and above all for its fossils. The former habitat of hundreds of wild horses provides an interesting and unconventional glimpse of the Patagonia, past and present.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Explora Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Transfer
Punta Arenas/ Santiago This morning you will return to Punta Arenas by Explora shuttle service (approximately 5.5 hours.) At the Punta Arenas bus station, you are met by our local representative for private transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your domestic flight to Santiago. Transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Ritz Carlton Hotel (B, L)

Day 12 – Depart
Santiago Morning tour of Santiago. This comprehensive tour begins with a visit to the neoclassical La Moneda Palace. Also visit the Pre-Columbian Art Museum. After, walk with your guide to the heart of Santiago and to the recently remodelled Plaza de Armas, from here view the Cathedral (finished in 1789) and the buildings housing the Central Post Office and City Hall, both national monuments of colonial vintage.

Nearby, housed in an exquisite 19th century wrought iron building, is the Central Market, a colourful conglomeration of seafood, fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Enjoy a stop for lunch and end your tour with a visit Blue Stone jewellery store and El Mundo del Vino wine store. This afternoon, you are transferred to Santiago International Airport.

This afternoon, you are transferred by private vehicle to the Santiago International Airport. (B)
 

 
Southern Argentina Argentina, Chile

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
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  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
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Getting There Flights from London to Buenos Aires take 14 hours, or around 16 hours via a European city. British Airways offers the only direct service from the UK (Heathrow) to Buenos Aires. The alternatives are indirect Iberia and Air Europa flights, both of which involve changing planes in Madrid (sometimes with a lengthy gap). Argentina’s Ministro Pistarini International Airport (code EZE) is located in Ezeiza about 22 kilometres from Buenos Aires. 

When to go Argentina can be divided into four broad climatic regions: the north-eastern plains, central Argentina (Pampas), western Argentina (Andes) and southern Argentina (Patagonia). Remember that the seasons in Argentina are the reverse of those in the Northern Hemisphere.

Summer, December through February, is the best time to visit the extreme landscape of Patagonia and the southern Andes. Winter (Jun-Aug) is the best time to visit Iguazú and the Northwest, when the rains and heat have subsided; but spring (Aug-Oct) is also pleasant, when the crowds have cleared out. It is also the prime time to visit Buenos Aires when the purple jacarandas are in bloom. A great time to see Mendoza or the Lake District is in the fall, when the foliage pops—and there are fewer crowds.