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14 Day South American Glaciers, Forests & Lakes with 4 Day Patagonia Cruise
(Stella Australis)

14 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

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DAY 1 - Depart for Argentina
Depart for Argentina.
DAY 2 - Arrive in Buenos Aires
Arrive in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. The city's beauty is apparent as you drive through this 19th century "Paris of South America" with its elegant architecture, wide tree-lined boulevards, striking monuments and sprawling parks. The rest of the day is yours to get acquainted with this city that has a distinct European flavor. Tonight, enjoy a festive dinner with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager to celebrate your arrival in Argentina. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in Buenos Aires no later than 4 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible. (Dinner)

DAY 3 - Tour Buenos Aires, Tango Lessons
Discover the city's highlights this morning on a tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace); see the balcony where Eva and Juan Peron made their speeches. Then, on to the colorful La Boca neighborhood, a working class barrio, and the old quarters of San Telmo and Caminito, a mix of colonial style homes, narrow lanes, artists' lofts and very trendy cafes. Drive to the Recoleta Cemetery, final resting place of many of the wealthiest and most important Argentine historical figures. The grounds here cover more than four city blocks, filled with tombs adorned by works of local and international sculptors, and more than 6,400 mausoleums including the tomb of Eva "Evita" Peron, always heaped with flowers and letters from adoring fans. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring some of Buenos Aires neighborhoods and fabulous collection of shops before this evening's tango lesson with professional Argentine Tango Dancers. The evening is at leisure to discover the vibrant nightlife or, join the group for an optional Argentine Dinner and Tango Show at famed Café de los Angelitos. (Breakfast)

Optional: Buenos Aires Dinner & Tango Show

DAY 4 - Buenos Aires to El Calafate
Enjoy a morning at leisure in sophisticated Buenos Aires before flying to contrasting El Calafate, a small city strategically nestled on the shores of Lago Argentino, named for the berry that, once eaten, guarantees your return to Patagonia. This once quaint city, gateway to Los Glaciares National Park and the great Perito Moreno Glacier, is dotted with shops, restaurants and cute cafes that perfectly combine leisure and adventure. Arrive in El Calafate in the evening. (Breakfast)

DAY 5 - Excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park
An unforgettable day filled with astonishing scenery as you travel to the Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This park, established in 1937, is the largest ice cap outside of Antarctica and Greenland with an ice field that controls the world's third largest reserve of fresh water. You'll observe the glacier's massive ice wall, almost 3 miles wide and over 240 feet high above the lake's surface, from a cliffside promenade that overlooks the constantly shifting ice. The easy access to this site has crowned Perito Moreno as one of the most visited glaciers in the world. Afterwards, return to El Calafate. (Breakfast)

DAY 6 - Chile Border Crossing, Torres del Paine National Park
Today, travel from El Calafate to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile with its soaring granite pillars above the Patagonia steppe, dominating the landscape of what may be South America's finest national park and surely one of the most impressive sights in the Southern Hemisphere. The main attractions of this National Park are its world-famous mountains and glaciers, as seen on hundreds of photos of Chile. Proceed to the Chile border crossing. After clearing immigration and customs, spend the afternoon exploring Salto Grande. From there you will be able to stroll through a scenic trail that leads to the Horns look out point, one of the most traditional postcards from el Paine can be appreciated here. Straight ahead in the French Valley, see Lake Nordenskjöld Stand and the Paine Massif, an unparalleled landscape with its jagged peaks, azure lakes, emerald forests, thundering waterfalls, roaring rivers and huge ice-blue glaciers. Get settled into your hotel and the rest of the day is yours to prepare for tomorrow's fabulous adventure. Tonight, dinner together at the hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 7 - Full Day Torres del Paine Tour
Be prepared for magnificent panoramas as you make your way into breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park, a 700-square-mile World Biosphere Reserve and one of the most unspoiled and beautiful nature preserves on Earth. The first experience of the day leads you on a short hike to Lago Grey Beach and Grey Glacier. This guided walk takes you across hanging bridges into the dark Patagonian forest before arriving to Lago Grey beach. View the electric blue icebergs that have broken off of Glacier Grey, from here observe Grey Glacier in the distance, an enormous wall of ice over three miles wide. After lunch at a lovely local restaurant, take a stroll along the beautiful Serrano river where it is possible to spot birds such as the Magellanic Woodpecker, the Upland Goose and the Red Shoveler. At dinner tonight, share memories of this fabulous day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8 - Morning Hike in Torres del Paine, Discover Puerto Natales
This morning, depart for a hike and practice identifying the unique flora and fauna of Patagonia. A walk along the shore of Laguna Inges, offers views of Monte Almirante rising to the north and Lake Nordenksjold to the south. Have lunch at your hotel before a scenic drive from Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales. En route, stop at Lago Sarmiento with its deep blue water. The area boasts stunning views of Paine Massif. Located on the shores of the Senoret Channel, Puerto Natales was once a hub of Chile's thriving ranching industry in the early 20th century. It now serves as a thriving adventure sports center and the geographical and cultural center of Chilean Patagonia. On a walking tour view the old fashioned corrugated tin houses strung shoulder to shoulder in the colorful downtown, a relic from the past, now contrasted by modern shops selling outdoor sports gear and gourmet restaurants. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for dinner at the hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 9 - Embarkation on the Patagonia Cruise
Travel to Punta Arenas, the thriving capitol city of Chile's southernmost region at the edge of the Strait of Magellan. Embark the Patagonian expedition cruise ship M/V Stella Australis where you'll be welcomed on board by the friendly crew with time to get ready for tonight's Welcome Cocktail Party and Dinner. Afterwards, the ship sets sail as you begin your great adventure. The journey will take you through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 10 - Sail to Ainsworth Bay and Tuckers Islets*
At dawn, the ship navigates through the Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay within Alberto de Agostini National Park. This is the perfect spot from which to see the Marinelli Glacier descending from the Darwin Mountain Range in the distance and to appreciate how the land returns to life after glacial retreat. Here, walk to a beaver dam in the stunning subpolar Magellan Forest. Whether on the beach or the island, there's a good chance of sighting Southern Elephant Seals. (Please bear in mind that sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the colony's unpredictable movements.) Later, sail to Tuckers Islets, and after lunch, board well-equipped Zodiac boats to get close to a colony of Magellanic Penguins (indigenous to the Southern Hemisphere) and cormorants. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

*In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a nearby glacier at Brookes Bay.

DAY 11 - Pia Glacier and the Beagle Channel
Navigate along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel today before disembarking at Pia Fjord. From there, a short hike takes you to a panoramic viewpoint from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the awe-inspiring Pia Glacier, whose main tongue extends from the mountaintops all the way down to the sea. After this extraordinary experience, continue your voyage along the Beagle Channel through the majestic Glacier Alley. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 12 - Wulaia Bay and Cape Horn
Go ashore this morning at historic Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region's largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here in 1833 during his famous voyage on the HMS Beagle; this area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. Then take a walk through the enchanting Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint. In the afternoon, the ship sails through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where (weather permitting) you go ashore. Legendary Cape Horn, discovered in 1616, is a sheer 1,394-foot high rocky promontory, declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. For many years, Cape Horn was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic, often referred to as the ‘End of the Earth'. At tonight's dinner on board, say thanks to the captain and crew on the M/V Stella Australis. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 13 - Disembarkation and Flight to Buenos Aires
Disembarkation this morning in Ushuaia, and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. On your last night in Argentina, share memories of your fabulous journey through Patagonia and bid goodbye to your Tour Manager and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 14 - Depart Argentina
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)
All This Included
  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • All intra-flights: Buenos Aires-El Calafate & Ushuaia-Buenos Aires
  • 12 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • 26 meals: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 9 dinners (including welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Tour of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the sophisticated "Paris of South America"
  • Enjoy Tango lessons with professional Argentine Tango Dancers
  • Travel to the Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most impressive sights in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Tour Puerto Natales, center of Chilean Patagonia, on the shores of the Senoret Channel
  • Discover Patagonia's astonishing scenery and magnificent glaciers on a four-night expedition cruise to Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego
Cruising: Cabin onboard MV Stella Australis
Buenos Aires: Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta
El Calafate: Kosten Aike Hotel
Torres del Paine: Hotel Las Torres
Puerto Natales: CostAustralis Hotel

  • Land only prices does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Buenos Aires-El Calafate & Ushuaia-Buenos Aires. Passport information must be submitted to Gate 1 Travel at least 60 days prior to departure. The route and program may vary according to weather conditions, season changes and safety issues. While sailing with Australis, passengers are subject to the cruise line’s Terms & Conditions.
  • Triples are not available. Nov 4 departure will be accommodated at Remota Patagonia Lodge in Puerto Natales
  • This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we will spend four to five hours on our feet during tours. Some of our tours will require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. Excursions during the Cruise portion require clothing for cold weather. Some days will require long transfers by shuttle bus. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Small Group program. 
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.