Discover Patagonia

from £3499
excluding flights *
13 nights Jan-Mar, Oct-Dec

Overview

Patagonia is a beautiful, wild and sparsely populated expanse of mountains, lakes, glaciers, fjords, pampas and steppe, which straddles the southernmost sections of both Argentina and Chile. It is truly one of the world’s most stunning and awe inspiring regions and this fully escorted tour will take you on a journey of discovery through the best of its eye-brow raising, jaw-dropping landscapes.

Highlights

  • Explore the picturesque lake districts of two neighbouring countries
  • Hike in the shadows of the granite spires of Torres del Paine
  • Observe large colonies of comical Magellanic and gentoo penguins
  • Visit the monstrous Perito Moreno glacier
  • Navigate the Beagle Channel on a modern catamaran
  • Become a true Porteño with a Tango dancing lesson in Buenos Aires

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Internal flights
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Services of CEO (tour leader) and local guides for excursions
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

The tour will begin in the lively Latino city of Buenos Aires. This bustling, action-packed metropolis offers the perfect contrast to the remote far-flung emptiness of the regions traversed thereafter.

Take in the surreal ‘European style’ settlements of Bariloche and Puerto Varas while venturing into the neighbouring lake districts of Argentina and Chile. Then continue south to hike the famous trails of Torres del Paine and come face to face with one of the world’s last remaining advancing glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park. Reach the end of the Earth and observe the penguins and sea lions of the Beagle Channel. Before finally returning to the Argentine capital for some cultural engagement, sightseeing and souvenir shopping.

This tour is operated by G Adventures in association with National Geographic. This partnership results in a journey rich in unique interactive, educational experiences, supplemented by input from local expert guides and with special attention being paid to the wildlife, nature and culture of the regions being visited.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £850 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Duration Twin Price (pp)
01 Mar 2020 13 nights £3,799
04 Oct 2020 13 nights £3,649
11 Oct 2020 13 nights £3,649
18 Oct 2020 13 nights £3,649
25 Oct 2020 13 nights £3,649
01 Nov 2020 13 nights £3,799
08 Nov 2020 13 nights £3,799
15 Nov 2020 13 nights £3,799
22 Nov 2020 13 nights £3,929
29 Nov 2020 13 nights £3,929
06 Dec 2020 13 nights £3,929
13 Dec 2020 13 nights £3,929
20 Dec 2020 13 nights £3,929
27 Dec 2020 13 nights £3,929
03 Jan 2021 13 nights £3,799
10 Jan 2021 13 nights £3,799
17 Jan 2021 13 nights £3,799
24 Jan 2021 13 nights £3,799
31 Jan 2021 13 nights £3,799
07 Feb 2021 13 nights £3,799
14 Feb 2021 13 nights £3,799
21 Feb 2021 13 nights £3,799
28 Feb 2021 13 nights £3,799
07 Mar 2021 13 nights £3,649
14 Mar 2021 13 nights £3,649
21 Mar 2021 13 nights £3,649

What's Included

  • Accommodation with rooms with private bathroom
  • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Internal flights and transport between locations
  • Bariloche welcome tour (Circuito Chico)
  • Scenic lake crossing aboard the "Cruce de Lagos"
  • Petrohue Falls visit
  • Guided excursion into Torres del Paine National Park
  • Glacier lecture in El Calafate
  • Guided tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Catamaran excursion in the Beagle Channel
  • Local Tango lesson in Buenos Aires
  • Buenos Aires city tour
  • Services of CEO (tour leader) and local guides for excursions
  • Airport arrival transfer
  • National Park entrance fees
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »
Group Size: Minimum group size: 1 Maximum group size: 16

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel. The Argentine capital has much to offer, so if you have time, take a wander through the city's bustling streets. This evening meet your guide and the rest of the group at a trip briefing in your hotel.

Day 2: Buenos Aires - San Carlos de Bariloche

Board a flight to the Argentinean lake-district town of San Carlos de Bariloche. Upon arrival you can enjoy an introductory tour, stopping at Bahia Lopez and Panoramic Point, and taking in beautiful landscapes along the way. Continue on to Cerro Campanario (Bell Mountain), where you can take an optional ride up the chairlift for spectacular mountain views. (B)

Day 3: San Carlos de Bariloche

Bariloche is the ideal hub from which to explore the region’s stunning landscapes and today is yours to use as you wish, with countless optional hiking, biking and rafting excursions available (guided excursions at additional cost). (B)

Day 4: San Carlos de Bariloche - Puerto Varas

Today you will travel by bus and ferry to the town of Puerto Varas, in the beautiful Chilean Lake District. While the journey is long (10-11 hours), it is one that will be remembered for all the right reasons. Having negotiated the border, you will board a catamaran for the crossing of Lago Todos Los Santos. This is considered by many to be one of the most scenic boat trips in the world, with the bright turquoise waters being lightly shadowed by the surrounding snow-capped volcano peaks and lush dense forests. (B)

Day 5: Puerto Varas

Like Bariloche, Puerto Varas has a distinctly Germanic vibe, and is a great base for a multitude of optional excursions. Today is free to take your pick of activities; you may wish to head to the island of Chiloe, sprinkled with traditional wooden houses built on stilts over the water and ingeniously designed timber churches, or perhaps tackle an exhilarating hike up the Osorno Volcano (activities at additional cost). (B)

Day 6: Puerto Varas - Punta Arenas - Torres del Paine

Fly south to the city of Punta Arenas, gateway to Chilean Patagonia, then travel north by road to the world famous Torres del Paine National Park. Words simply cannot describe the majesty and beauty of this very special place - named after the granite Torres or ‘towers’ that loom large over the surroundings and which can be seen from miles around in almost every direction. The 'Cuernos' (Horns) del Paine are massive blocks of various rock layers and are every bit as spectacular as the eponymous Torres. (BD)

Day 7: Torres del Paine National Park

Enjoy breathtaking views and scenery on a full day excursion exploring the national park with an expert guide. Travel by van and stop along the way for short walks and beautiful lookout points. Stop at Grey River and the park office, then continue over the Grey Bridge to the forest zone and Grey Lake, its ice mass is stunning against the surrounding landscape. Walk along the path to get a closer view of the Grey Glacier with its huge ice blocks resting in the lake. Continue on to Paine River and admire the pure turquoise colours of Pehoé Lake, before a short walk to Nordenskjold Lake for a wonderful view of the Paine Horns. Along the way you will also visit Sarmiento Lake, Amarga Lagoon, Paine Falls, and the Azul Lagoon. (BLD)

Day 8: Torres del Paine - El Calafate

It is time to hop back across the border as you make your way to El Calafate in Argentinean Patagonia. Drive towards lofty peaks and the dynamic Moreno Glacier in Glacier National Park, keeping your eyes peeled for condors, rheas, eagles and flamingos en route. (B)

Day 9: Perito Moreno Glacier

This morning the group will be joined by a local glaciologist who will present an informative lecture about the region’s many ice floes. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to see how your new theoretical knowledge translates into reality, with an excursion to the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier, located at the southern terminus of the Los Glaciares National Park. This colossal mass of snow and ice measures 30km in length and is one of the 48 different glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. It is regarded as being unusual because while the vast majority of the world’s glaciers are retreating and getting smaller, the Perito Moreno is actually advancing. The dynamic wall of ice creeps forward relentlessly and calves sporadically, spewing large bergs into the narrow “Canal de los Tempanos” (Iceberg Channel). This motion sometimes creates a natural dam, which eventually explodes in a devastating display of force.

A highly recommended optional boat tour is available, which will take you to a close but safe distance from the face of the glacier. Enjoy uninterrupted views of one of nature’s most powerful forces as mighty chunks of ice calve from the glacier (additional cost). (B)

Day 10: El Calafate - Ushuaia

Today you will take to the skies and fly to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. This charming settlement, located on the banks of the Beagle Channel, is a key departure point for the majority of Antarctic cruises and the ideal base from which to discover the many splendours to be found at the end of the Earth. Optional activities today range from helicopter rides and hiking trails to captivating museum visits and tours into Tierra del Fuego National Park (guided activities at additional cost). (B)

Day 11: Ushuaia

Navigate the Beagle Channel on a modern catamaran and admire the remotely controlled Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, which stands guard over the entrance to Ushuaia. Then continue to Seal Island, which, despite its name, is actually home to 2 different species of sea lion. The next port of call will be Bird Island, where black-browed albatross and steamer ducks can often be found. Later, you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the penguins of Martillo Island as you explore the large colonies of Magellanics and gentoos with a naturalist guide.

Day 12: Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

Fly back to the Argentine capital, colloquially known as ‘the Paris of the Americas’ and enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Spend the evening as a local Porteño, enjoying a night out with a typical dinner in a local cafe before heading to a popular dance venue for a tango lesson. Once you've practiced your new steps, it is time for Milonga, a neighbourhood tradition where students and teachers of the venue come to practice their moves. Either sit back and watch or, if you are feeling brave, you can join in and show off your new found talents. (BD)

Day 13: Buenos Aires

Join a guided city tour of Buenos Aires, with stops at many key historic sites and districts including Plaza de Mayo – home of the famed Eva Peron (Evita) balcony, the colourful bohemian streets of La Boca and San Telmo, and the extraordinary city of the dead - Recoleta Cemetery. (B)

Day 14: Depart Buenos Aires

Bid farewell to your travel companions as your tour comes to an end today. (B)

Design Suites, Bariloche

Argentina

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

Located on the very edge of the Nahuel Huapi Lake, the ‘Design Suites Bariloche’ hotel offers 78 exquisite rooms with lake or mountain views. Each guestroom also boasts its own hot tub, balcony, lounge area and flat screen TV.

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Design Suites, Buenos Aires

Argentina

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

The ‘Design Suites Buenos Aires’ hotel offers 4 star style facilities, in one of the Argentine capital’s most desirable neighbourhoods. With their comfortable, contemporary design, air conditioning, flat screen TVs, en suite bathrooms and small kitchenettes, the 40 guest rooms are very well appointed and the ideal base from which to explore the city.

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Hosteria Patagonia Rebelde, El Calafate

Argentina

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Constructed and decorated with recycled materials and traditional Patagonian design, the Hosteria Patagonia Rebelde has an old pioneer charm, complemented with a few modern comforts. The 12 guest rooms are simple, but homely, and all are equipped with private bathrooms

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Hotel Cabaña del Lago – Puerto Varas

Chile

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

Hotel Cabana del Lago is a 157-room family-run property with Germanic charm and quirky architecture that is so inherent in Puerto Varas.

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Rio Serrano Hotel – Torres del Paine

Chile

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

The Rio Serrano Hotel is a 95-room family-owned business.

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