Discover Patagonia

from £3439
excluding flights *
13 nights Oct-Mar

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 facilities
  • 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Internal flights
  • Excursions as per itinerary

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.

Departure Duration Twin Price (PP)
Sun 14 Oct 2018 13 nights £3,439
Sun 21 Oct 2018 13 nights £3,439
Sun 28 Oct 2018 13 nights £3,639
Sun 11 Nov 2018 13 nights £3,639
Sun 18 Nov 2018 13 nights £3,639
Sun 25 Nov 2018 13 nights £3,769
Sun 2 Dec 2018 13 nights £3,769
Sun 9 Dec 2018 13 nights £3,769
Sun 16 Dec 2018 13 nights £3,769
Sun 23 Dec 2018 13 nights £3,769
Sun 13 Jan 2019 13 nights £3,639
Sun 20 Jan 2019 13 nights £3,639
Sun 27 Jan 2019 13 nights £3,639
Sun 10 Feb 2019 13 nights £3,639
Sun 17 Feb 2019 13 nights £3,639
Sun 24 Feb 2019 13 nights £3,639
Sun 3 Mar 2019 13 nights £3,639
Sun 10 Mar 2019 13 nights £3,639

What's Included

  • Accommodation with rooms with private facilities
  • 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 on day 13
  • Services of CEO (tour leader) and local guides for excursions
  • Airport arrival transfer
  • National Park entrance fees

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities today, but the Argentine capital has much to offer, so if you have time, be sure to have a wander through the many bustling streets. In the evening a group briefing will take place at the hotel which will enable you to meet your guide and the rest of the group. This meeting is usually followed by an optional group dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2: Buenos Aires - San Carlos de Bariloche

Join your new friends on a flight across the country to the Argentinean lake-district town of San Carlos de Bariloche. Upon arrival you can enjoy an introductory tour of this strangely European feeling settlement, with stops made at several local artisanal producers who specialise in the manufacture of chocolate, beer and jam.

Day 3: San Carlos de Bariloche

Bariloche is the ideal hub for the exploration of the region’s many stunning landscapes and today is yours to use as you wish, with countless optional hiking, biking and rafting excursions available depending on your preferred mode of transport. (Guided excursions will incur additional costs).

Day 4: San Carlos de Bariloche - Puerto Varas

Today you will travel by bus and ferry to the town of Puerto Varas, in the neighbouring lake-district region of Chile. 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 (ordinarily) gentle 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.

Once across the lake, make a detour to the Petrohué Waterfalls. These emerald green falls cascade over black basalt rock which once spewed as lava from the nearby Osorno Volcano. Osorno now lingers imposingly in the background, making for some picture perfect photo opportunities.

Day 5: Puerto Varas

Like Bariloche, Puerto Varas has a distinctly Germanic vibe, and is as equally well adapted to cope with those wanting to use it as a hub to explore the local highlights. Again, you will be given free rein to do as much or as little as you wish. (Guided excursions will incur additional costs)

If you are keen to embrace some authentic Chilean culture, then head to the island of Chiloe. This quaint isle is sprinkled with traditional fishing villages and towns, formed of artistic wooden houses built on stilts over the water and ingeniously designed timber churches – created without the use of a single nail, nut or bolt.

If the great outdoors is what you crave, then opt for an exhilarating hike up the Osorno Volcano. This sleeping giant, which last erupted in 1869, stands 2,652-metres tall and affords mesmerising views over Llanquihue Lake and the breath-taking mountainous landscape.

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.

Day 7: Torres del Paine National Park

Relish today’s opportunity to explore the park, soak in the scenery and hike on some of the best known trails - with an enthusiastic expert guide. You will come face to face with the formidable Grey Glacier and have time to admire a selection of the piercingly blue lakes created by its bitingly cold meltwater.

Day 8: Torres del Paine - El Calafate

It is time to hop back across the border into the welcoming embrace of El Calafate in Argentinean Patagonia. Travelling overland will enable you to admire the dynamic and ever changing backdrops, while also keeping an eye out for elusive wildlife - including condors, rheas, eagles and even flamingos.

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 and growing – the reasons for which, are not yet fully understood.

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 during your time here, which will navigate you to a close, but safe distance from the face of the glacier. It allows passengers to get better, uninterrupted views of one of nature’s most destructive beasts. (Boat excursion will incur additional costs).

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 hub 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. (Guided excursions will incur additional costs).

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.

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 colour filled bohemian streets of La Boca and San Telmo; and the extraordinary city of the dead - Recoleta Cemetery.

Day 14: Depart Buenos Aires

There are no activities planned for today, so you may depart at any time.

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Other Information

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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