Patagonian Grand Adventure with Buenos Aires Summer 2017
Brochure Type: South America 2017
The epic scenery and vibrant cultures of Chile and Argentina are revealed on this in-depth exploration that roams from Santiago to Buenos Aires via mountains, glaciers and lakes.You'll enjoy Insider moments like? visiting Ushuaia, the "end of the world" and southernmost city in South America. It's taking in the majestic scenery of glaciers and blue waters of Puerto Montt and Torres del Paine National Park.
- City tour in Santiago and Ushuaia
- Cruise through Patagonia's glaciers
- Scenic drive from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park and from Torres del Paine National Park to El Calafate
- View the Serrano Glacier
- Visit Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Los Glaciares National Park and Tierra del Fuego National Park
- 10 full breakfasts.
- 3 dinners.
- 2 lunches.
- 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)
- A Trafalgar bonus - all Intra-Air Flights: Buenos Aires to Santiago to Punta Arenas, El Calafate to Ushuaia and Ushuaia to Buenos Aires, including porter service at all airports.
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- Hand-picked Insider Experiences
- Optional Experiences and free time
- 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
Call 1 (888) 484-4033 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13358554
- Tour Operator
- Trafalgar Tours
- Offer valid through 6/30/2017
- 13 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Santiago||Arrive Santiago (2 Nights): Bienvenido a Santiago. On arrival to the airport, you will be met by a local host and taken to your hotel. Get settled into your room or set out and explore the vibrant city of Santiago. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.Welcome Reception|
|Day 2||Santiago||Santiago Sightseeing: This morning, meet your Local Specialist for an exciting tour of the city and a visit to the Central Market. Later, savour a lively dinner in the trendy Bellavista district of Santiago.Full Breakfast, Dinner with wine|
|Day 3||Punta Arenas||Santiago - Punta Arenas: Enjoy a leisurely morning in the city before bidding farewell to Santiago and flying to Punta Arenas, the southern most region of South America. Relax and get settled in at your hotel.Full Breakfast|
Dreams del Estrecho
|Day 4||Puerto Natales||Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales (2 Nights): This morning enjoy a tour of the city famous for its European charm. It is the southernmost continental town in South America, founded at the shores of the Magellan Strait in 1848. Visit the Museum Salesiano run by Salesian monks where two floors of photographs are exhibited to show Patagonia in earlier years. Full Breakfast|
|Day 5||Puerto Natales||Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Excursion: Begin an adventurous trip via the Rio Serrano, passing the Southern Icefield (Campo de Hielo Sur) toward the Serrano Glacier. Upon arrival, explore the impressive glacier and afterward, hike a short 30 minutes through unspoiled, cool rainforest to Seno Ultima Esperanza ("Fjord of the Last Hope"). See the incomparable landscape of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, Chile's largest nature reserve with majestic mountain scenery where you will enjoy lunch. Then continue through the fjord by boat with views of Balmaceda Glacier in the background.Full Breakfast, Lunch|
|Day 6||Torres del Paine National Park||Puerto Natales - Torres Del Paine National Park: Today see one of the world's most spectacular scenic regions-Torres del Paine National Park. It covers an area of 436 square miles (1,200 square kilometres) and was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. Your Local Specialist shows you cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes and jagged spires of mountains, all of which are just a part of what the National Park offers. En route, visit the legendary and impressive Milodon Cave where a gigantic, prehistoric ground sloth fossil was discovered, and see a replica of it inside of the cave. Visit the viewpoints Los Cuernos and Lago Pehoe, the spectacular Salto Grande ("Big Waterfall") and Lago Grey, which provide marvellous vistas of the Grey Glacier. Admire the park's fauna including herds of guanacos, foxes, swans, and several other bird species. A box lunch is provided. Dinner is served at your hotel, offering superb views of Torres del Paine National Park.Full Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine|
|Day 7||El Calafate||Torres del Paine National Park - El Calafate (2 Nights): Enjoy another chance to revel in the stunning scenery and wildlife of the Patagonian steppe during the drive across the border into Argentina. After stopping at Cancha Carrera, continue your land journey to El Calafate, a charming lakeside town and the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. For 65 million years, the land here evolved from chaotic volcanic eruptions and massive glaciers, creating a jagged landscape of interconnected fjords, channels and mountainside glacial lakes. The name El Calafate comes from the calafate bush which locals say when you eat its berries it ensures your return to this mystical region.Full Breakfast|
|Day 8||El Calafate||Los Glaciares National Park Excursion: Embark upon a full-day excursion with a Local Specialist to Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Los Glaciares is the second largest National Park in Argentina and comprises more than 1,600 square miles (4,400 square kilometres) and nearly 50 large glaciers. These glaciers are fed by a giant ice cap (the largest continental ice extension after Antarctica) that originates in the Andes and occupies over a third of the park's total area. Discover the wondrous Perito Moreno Glacier, a pristine marvel towering nearly 200 feet (60 metres) above Lake Argentino. It is named after Francisco Moreno, a 19th century Argentinian explorer who helped resolve his country's border dispute with neighbouring Chile. The constant, cyclical movement of Perito Moreno's ice mass often forces the glacier to "calve"-an iceberg "birthing" process in which smaller chunks of ice fracture and break off from the glacier to thunderous noise. This spectacle can occur at any time, so keep your fingers crossed. However, ice isn't the only thing you'll see today: just east of the ice fields are areas of southern beach forest and windswept steppe. This evening, enjoy some time on your own.Full Breakfast|
|Day 9||Ushuaia||El Calafate - Ushuaia (2 Nights): Fly to Ushuaia and explore the world's southernmost city with a Local Specialist. Visit the legendary Jail of Recidivists that has preserved its impressive architecture as well as its notorious history. You will also see the first settlers' houses, visit the harbour and Paseo del Centenario-a great spot to take in the panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. Afterward, see the Beban House, once considered the most prestigious in Ushuaia. Later, visit the central portion of the city and the restricted area of the Naval Base. Your evening is free.Full Breakfast|
|Day 10||Ushuaia||Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion: Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park with a Local Specialist, stopping first at the End of the World Train Station. At the park, observe the most incredible native animals such as red foxes, woodpeckers, steamer ducks, condors, eagles and beavers cohabitating in a spectacular environment. Explore the park through a combination of touring and nature walks. Different from other parks, Tierra del Fuego National Park has it all, the ocean, forests and mountains. Inside the park, find the biological richness of Tierra del Fuego Island and its beautiful scenery, where its forest is made up of valleys of peat and lichens. Ensenada Bay, Roca Lake and Lapataia Bay give colour to this unique place that still hold reminders of its ancestral inhabitants: the Yamanas. Back at your hotel, the afternoon is free to relax at the hotel spa or perhaps take an optional catamaran cruise on the Beagle Channel. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends to enjoy a Farewell Dinner celebrating your experiences from this unforgettable trip.Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner|
|Day 11||Buenos Aires||Arrive Buenos Aires (2 Nights): After your flight from Ushuaia, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of Buenos Aires. The evening is free for you to relax or take in the sights of the eclectic city around you.Full Breakfast|
Emperador Buenos Aires
|Day 12||Buenos Aires||Buenos Aires Sightseeing and Free Time: This morning, embark on an in-depth tour of the city. See the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings. Pass through the colourful neighborhood of La Boca, see San Telmo, and lovely Palermo. Stare in awe at the famous Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires. Lastly, visit the Recoleta Cemetery where Argentina's former first lady, Eva Peron (Evita) is buried. The evening is free for you to continue your exploration or try a local restaurant.Full Breakfast|
|Day 13||DEPART BUENOS AIRES||Depart Buenos Aires: After an 11 a.m. hotel checkout, your day is free until your transfer to the Buenos Aires airport, or perhaps extend your stay.Full Breakfast|
- Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
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- Hotel Class Key: D: Deluxe SF: Superior First Class F: First Class