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Patagonia Luxury Cruise - 13 Days

Patagonia Luxury Cruise

Chile, Argentina · Private Tour · 13 Days
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Lose your breath with the most stunning landscapes in the southern hemisphere. Travel across Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego, Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks staying in luxury hotels and a superb cruise. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Buenos Aires City Tour
Day 2 - Buenos Aires City Tour
Day 3 - Buenos Aires → Ushuaia
Day 4 - Tierra Del Fuego
Day 5 - Cape Horn
Day 6 - Alberto de Agostini
Day 7 - Magdalena Island  → Torres del Paine
Day 8-10 - Torres del Paine
Day 11 - Torres del Paine → El Calafate
Day 12 - Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 13 - Buenos Aires

What is included

  • Transportation and transfers as mentioned in this itinerary
  • 9 nights accommodation at luxury hotels with breakfast
  • 3 nights accommodation at luxury cruise
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All mentioned activities with bilingual guide services
  • Leather pouch for documents

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights Buenos Aires - Ushuaia, El Calafate - Buenos Aires
  • National Park tickets, Museums, or Natural Reserves entrance fees in case they are not mentioned as included in this itinerary
  • Airport arrival & departure taxes, if any
  • Tips and personal expenses
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1
Buenos Aires City Tour

Private transfer from International Airport to your hotel in Buenos Aires, then a private sightseeing tour of the city's north area

Buenos Aires is one of the most fascinating cities in both Latin America and the world. Be it for its splendid and varied architecture, with its old Colonial buildings, French palaces and state-of-the-art skyscrapers; for its vibrant nightlife and endless cultural options; or maybe just for the rich identity of the Porteños, who proudly bear the European heritage of their ancestors, more and more visitors are coming to visit.

In Retiro and Recoleta, we will learn about the dream of our local aristocrats in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when they sought to build a small-scale Paris in the heart of Buenos Aires. After visiting the impressive Plaza San Martín, where Jorge Luis Borges used to take his walks, we’ll stroll down Avenida Alvear, chosen by the world’s most distinguished brands to install their exclusive boutiques, looking up to see the many wonderful French style palaces which nowadays house a number of embassies. 

Then we’ll visit the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, one of the city’s oldest churches, which dates to the Colonial era. Finally, we’ll admire the celebrated Recoleta Cemetery, a true labyrinth of ornate mausoleums. We’ll make a stop at Eva Peron’s grave, one of the country’s most recognizable icons.

We’ll come across sumptuous French palaces again in Palermo Chico, the area of Palermo best known for its large parks designed by celebrated landscape architects, such as the illustrious Frenchman Charles Thays.

Welcome dinner & Tango Show at Rojo Tango, 3-course meal, beverages and wine included.

Overnight at the hotel.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Alvear Palace Hotel

Palace Premier Room Buenos Aires

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2
Buenos Aires City Tour

After breakfast, a private city tour of perhaps the most cosmopolitan metropolis in South America.

Our first stop will be Plaza de Mayo, the city’s foundational site and witness of our country’s political history. There we’ll visit the Pink House, our Presidential Palace, the Cabildo, our town hall, and the Neoclassical-styled Metropolitan Cathedral, the final home of Argentina’s founding father, José de San Martín.

Heading north across the river, we’ll visit Puerto Madero, the latest addition to the city’s barrios. In 1991, its huge warehouses and silos where remodeled and redesigned, to finally integrate the river to the city and to create a new corporative, residential, hotel and gastronomically district, which has become the playground for the pretty Porteños and the international jet-set.

We’ll then head for San Telmo, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. It used to be the residential district favored by the upper class until late 19th century, when a yellow fever epidemic caused the wealthier families to leave northwards. The area was marginalized until the 1970s, when many artists and artisans came to San Telmo to install their workshops. Nowadays, thanks to its amazing architecture and hip atmosphere, this ancient neighborhood is really blooming. We’ll walk its cobbled streets, where the city’s Colonial past seems to come back to life, making a stop at Plaza Dorrego, best known for its traditional antiques fair, held every Sunday. On the streets, you can see Tango Shows and orchestras playing for all the visitors .The main attraction in this ‘feria’ are the antiques and culture that is being offered.

Leaving San Telmo behind, we’ll continue southwards to La Boca, one of the city’s most authentic and charming neighborhoods. It is a working class district, heavily shaped by Italian immigrants who came to our country in large numbers during the last quarter of the 19th century. Here, we’ll make a special visit to the mythical Caminito Street, which sums up everything that gives La Boca its distinctive spirit: the strong passion for soccer, the heavy presence of art and color, and the Tango-esque atmosphere.

Mataderos Fair, which began 20 years ago in the area where the old slaughterhouses of the city were located. Today, it is the meeting point for people from the inner parts of the country who are deeply rooted to the customs of their different provinces and for those living in this city that like to be surrounded by handcrafts, typical foods and folkloric music and dance. In 1991 the neighborhood was declared as “Neighborhood of the Argentinean Gaucho”. If you are up to, you can taste some typical foods such as tamales (ground meat with spices boiled into a corn leaf), humita en chala (similar to the tamales but instead of meat, ground corn with cheese), locro (a typical Argentinean stew) and some world-famous empanadas. Everything will be served with a delicious wine, of course.

Overnight at the hotel.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Alvear Palace Hotel

Palace Premier Room Buenos Aires

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3
Buenos Aires → Ushuaia

After breakfast, private transfer to Buenos Aires domestic airport to fly to Ushuaia –guide assistance included.

Ushuaia Airport arrival - Meeting with your guide and private transfer from airport to the hotel. 

Ushuaia is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the planet. Due to its location near the South Pole, it has approximately eighteen hours of sunlight in the summer, whereas in the winter, it only has seven or eight. But this does not prevent tourists from visiting it once and again. Its gastronomic and accommodation infrastructure meets all expectations. It welcomes thousands of international visitors that reach Ushuaia lured by the slogan “reach the end of the world”.

A tourist destination indeed, Ushuaia is chosen for the practice of hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, sport fishing and the most spectacular voyages along the Beagle Channel and Lapataia Bay in Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Buenos Aires → Ushuaia 3h 35min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Arakur Resort & Spa

Superior Bay Room Ushuaia

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4
Tierra Del Fuego

After breakfast, we will start our half-day Park & Nature 4x4 Adventure at Tierra del Fuego National Park.

This is the ideal excursion to get to know the southernmost park in the world in the best possible way. Throughout the excursion we are closely in touch with nature and the tranquility that it conveys. In our departures we stroll along the principal and most important trails in the National Park. Anybody willing to join us can do it, regardless of the age, since the paths we trek are of low difficulty. In half a day we will have walked enough to have a special and unique impression of this ecosystem.

Our well trained guides will pass on to you all of their experience and passion for this surroundings creating a once in a lifetime experience. Lapataia Bay, Roca Lake and Ensenada Bay will be the southern spots we will introduce you to during this unforgettable excursion.

Next, private transfer to Australis Cruise Office to check-in for your cruise adventure. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the captain and his crew, the ship departs for one of the most remote corners of planet Earth. 

During the night we traverse the Beagle Channel and cross from Argentina into Chilean waters. The lights of Ushuaia disappear as we turn to the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands.

Overnight accommodation at M/V Stella Australis AA Cabin.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Australis Cruise

AA Cabin Ushuaia

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5
Cape Horn

Around the break of dawn, Stella Australis crosses Nassau Bay and enters the remote archipelago that comprises Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we will go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos). 

Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch expedition –and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland- Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the "End of the Earth." The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. 

Sailing back across Nassau Bay, we anchor at fabled Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Originally the site of one of the region's largest Yámana aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain Fitzroy in the 1830s during their voyages on HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. 

After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station –which is specially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area- passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooded mountain behind the bay. On all of these you stroll through an enchanted Magellanic forest of lengas, coigües, canelos and ferns to reach panoramic viewpoints overlooking the bay.

Overnight accommodation at M/V Stella Australis AA Cabin.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Australis Cruise

AA Cabin Ushuaia

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6
Alberto de Agostini

We reenter the Beagle Channel and sail westward along the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego into a watery wonderland protected within the confines of Alberto de Agostini National Park. Rounding the Brecknock Peninsula as the western extreme of Tierra del Fuego, Stella Australis is briefly exposed to the open Pacific. We then navigate a zigzag route through the Cockburn Channel, Magdalena Channel and Keats Fjord to reach scenic De Agostini Sound.

Named after an Italian Salesian priest who worked among the region's indigenous people during the first half of the 20th century, De Agostini Sound is flanked by numerous glaciers and sheer saw-toothed peaks reminiscent of Torres del Paine. Our shore excursion this morning is Águila Glacier, which hovers above a placid glacial lagoon surrounded by primeval forest. 

After a Zodiac landing on the beach, passengers hike around the edge of the lagoon to a spot near the base of the frozen facade. Condors can sometimes be seen winging high above, but there is always abundant bird life around the lagoon. This landing provides the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Patagonia’s sub-Antarctic rainforest and to see how the power of nature has molded the spectacular landscape.

Overnight accommodation at M/V Stella Australis AA Cabin.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Australis Cruise

AA Cabin Ushuaia

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7
Magdalena Island  → Torres del Paine

After an overnight cruise through Magdalena Channel and back into the Strait of Magellan, we anchor off Magdalena Island, which lies about halfway between Tierra del Fuego and the Chilean mainland. Crowned by a distinctive lighthouse, the island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic penguins.

At the break of dawn, weather permitting, we go ashore and hike a path that leads through thousands of penguins to a small museum lodged inside the vintage 1902 lighthouse. Many other bird species are also found on the island. In September and April –when the penguins dwell elsewhere- this excursion is replaced by a ride aboard Zodiacs to Marta Island to observe South American sea lions

After a short cruise south along the strait, disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for around 11:30am. Pick up in Punta Arenas port and transfer to Torres del Paine National Park.

If any of the Chilean destinations has a high international profile, its Torres del Paine National Park –the slender granite needles that pierce the sky above the grassy steppes are an unforgettable symbol of Patagonian majesty. But there's so much more in the geography and history of a land whose mere name has excited the imagination for centuries, and now is recognized as a U.N. World Biosphere Reserve.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Punta Arenas → Torres del Paine National Park 5h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Explora Patagonia Hotel

Salto Chico Room Torres del Paine

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8-10
Torres del Paine

After breakfast, join the outdoor programs in Torres del Paine National Park

Overnight at the hotel.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Explora Patagonia Hotel

Salto Chico Room Torres del Paine

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11
Torres del Paine → El Calafate

Transfer from Torres del Paine National Park to Cancha Carrera in the Argentinean border in order to change the vehicle to continue to El Calafate.

Overnight at the hotel. 


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Torres del Paine National Park → El Calafate 8h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Eolo Hotel

Superior Room El Calafate

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12
Perito Moreno Glacier

The Perito Moreno Glacier is located in the Los Glaciares National Park in the south west of Santa Cruz province, Argentina. It is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentine Patagonia. It is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile.

The excursion begins in the embarking pier located in “Bajo de las Sombras” port, about 6 km before the glacier Balconies, where you embark for a 20 minute navigation across the Rico Arm, enjoying breathtaking views of the Perito Moreno glacier’s front wall

You will disembark on the opposite shore, where specialized bilingual mountain guides welcome you and lead you to a small shelter. After checking the last details, groups of not more than 20, follow their guides along the lake’s shore towards the edge of the glacier. Once on the ice the guides put each participant a pair of crampons on, and explain how to use them.

The two hour circuit that follows introduces you to the fascinating landscape of the glaciers: streams, small lagoons, gullies, cravasses and plenty of ice formations of the most incredible blues. The trekking is moderate. The ice surface over which you walk is irregular, but firm and safe. You will receive explanations about flora, fauna and general glaciology of the region and also about the particular phenomenon that happens in the Perito Moreno Glacier and eventually produces its rupture. After the walk, a stroll through the forest brings you back to the shelter.

Transfer to El Calafate airport in order to take your flight to Buenos Aires. Private transfer from the airport to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel. 

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El Calafate → Buenos Aires 3h 15min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch box
  • Dinner
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Alvear Palace Hotel

Palace Premier Room Buenos Aires

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13
Buenos Aires

After breakfast, private transfer to International airport to take your flight back home –with guide assistance.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Buenos Aires
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Alvear Palace Hotel

Palace Premier Room
Ushuaia
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Arakur Resort & Spa

Superior Bay Room
Ushuaia
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Australis Cruise

AA Cabin
Torres del Paine
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Explora Patagonia Hotel

Salto Chico Room
El Calafate
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Eolo Hotel

Superior Room

Price for luxury experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Mar 2018$9018
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Sep 2018$9468
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Mar 2019$9941

Photos

Australis Cruise
Torres del Paine National Park
Palermo, Buenos Aires
La Boca, Buenos Aires
Pink House, Buenos Aires
Lighthouse End of the World, Ushuaia
Wulaia Bay
Sea Lions, Ushuaia
Australis Cruise
Torres del Paine National Park
Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate
El Calafate

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