Itinerary Highlights
    • Explore Buenos Aires and Santiago with private local guides
    • Enjoy a traditional Argentinian picnic with a view of the Perito Moreno glacier
    • Experience the art of a traditional asado barbecue on an estancia
    • Journey to the end of the earth aboard the Stella Australis cruise ship
    • Hike between lakes, glaciers and mountains in the Torres del Paine Biosphere Reserve

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The multicoloured landscapes of Argentina and Chile never fail to inspire. Black-and-white mountains, green forests, golden beaches, red pampas and blue glaciers make up just some of the otherworldly landscapes found in this part of the world. This 18-day trip, which takes you between the Argentinian and the Chilean capital cities, via Patagonia, is largely dedicated to nature, but you’ll also get the chance to discover the different cultures of these two incredible countries.

It kicks off in Buenos Aires, where you’ll get a taste of local life during a private tour with a local guide. Your journey continues in Argentine Patagonia with the mythical town of El Calafate, gateway to Los Glaciares National Park and the immense Lago Argentino.
Inside, you’ll picnic with a view of the emblematic Perito Moreno glacier. After a flight to Ushuaia, you’re ready to embark on your journey to the end of the earth with four nights aboard the Stella Australis cruise ship. It takes you into Chilean territory, winding through the Tierra del Fuego archipelago past breathtaking white-blue glaciers, wild islands where the soul of native peoples still resonates, and fjords crowned with glacial waterfalls. When it comes to an end, you’ll begin to explore Patagonia once more, this time in Chile. You’ll head for the Torres del Paine National Park where turquoise lakes are surrounded by grey rocks marbled with snow. The journey ends in Santiago, the Chilean capital with a painful past and a pulsating present. A guided walk will take you on a journey through the city’s history before you return to the UK. Throughout the trip, private transfers and two hire cars will make travelling as seamless as possible. In both countries, you’ll have the details of our in-country Concierge to help with any recommendations, queries or setbacks.

Route

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DAY 1

FLIGHT TO BUENOS AIRES

Your 18-day trip to Patagonia begins with a flight to Argentina’s exciting capital. The flight takes around 14 hours, so you’ll arrive in Buenos Aires the following day.

DAY 2

ARRIVE IN BUENOS AIRES

When you land, you’ll be privately transferred to your hotel in the heart of San Telmo, the historic district, where you’ll be staying for three nights. Your stylish hotel will immerse you in the history and heritage of this incredible city. When you’ve settled in, head up to the rooftop terrace for a drink before lunch in the fabulous fusion restaurant. You have the rest of the day to relax or begin exploring this vibrant city.

DAY 3

EXPLORE BUENOS AIRES

So you can get to know the city a little better today, we’ll arrange for you to take a tour of the capital with a local guide. In the company of an expat who knows Buenos Aires like the back of their hand, you’ll spend a few hours immersing yourself in its culture, visiting secret spots and learning more about the daily life of the porteños (port city locals).

After the tour, you have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure: hunt for special souvenirs at the Sunday San Telmo antique fair; explore the Caminito street museum in the colourful La Boca neighbourhood; sink your teeth into some incredible meat at a friendly parilla (steakhouse); go for an Argentinian wine tasting; marvel at the Haussmannien architecture in the chic Recoleta district; visit the fantastic Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts); or do as the locals do and spend an evening in the trendy Palermo district.

If you like, we can also arrange for you to have dinner at a milonga, a traditional tango venue frequented by locals of all ages.

DAY 4

FLIGHT TO EL CALAFATE

It’s time to begin your adventure in Patagonia. You’ll take a private transfer to the airport and board your flight to El Calafate, one of the region’s must-sees, which takes just over three hours from Buenos Aires. When you land, pick up your hire car and drive to your small hotel that’s bathed in nature. Relax after your journey in the cosy living room or in the hot tub with a view of magnificent Argentino Lake.

DAY 5

MARVEL AT PERITO MORENO

This small town full of charming wooden houses is the gateway to the magnificent Los Glaciares National Park, so hop into your car and head towards its turquoise lakes and snow-capped peaks. The park’s biggest attraction is the incredible Perito Moreno glacier, which you can reach via footbridges and pathways that bring you the best views of this natural phenomenon. From the park’s various viewpoints, Perito Moreno seems to pose for you, a majestic wall of ice that’s 550ft thick in places. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for a Magellanic fox, Patagonian hare, guanaco, southern Andean deer or perch. So you can focus on exploring, we’ll take care of lunch for you: a typical Argentinian ‘picada’ picnic of meat, cheese, bread and, of course, Malbec. Tuck into this feast as you look out at Perito Moreno.

If you like, we can also arrange for you to go riding around the lake, or organise a cruise on the lake followed by a 4x4 trip across The Pampas.

DAY 6

EXPLORE THE LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK

You have most of today to spend at your leisure, and there’s plenty to get stuck into. Inside the park, Lago Roca is the southern arm of the Argentino Lake. The journey here alone is worth the detour, leading you between majestic peaks and forests of lenga beech and ñire trees. When you arrive, enjoy this incredible place as you hike, ride or look out for local birds including condors, Darwin's rheas and southern oystercatchers. Keen walkers might want to tackle Cerro de los Cristales, a 4,220ft peak that, on clear days, offers panoramic views of Perito Moreno and the Torres del Paine.

For lunch, we’ve got something special planned: a barbecue in a traditional estancia (ranch) nestled in the heart of Los Glaciares National Park. With a backdrop of mountains and lakes, you’ll experience the art of asado, typical Argentinian barbecue that includes beef, lamb, morcilla (black pudding) and chorizo cooked on an open fire. After you’ve eaten your fill, make the most of your surroundings and go for a picturesque walk to help digest all that delicious food.

DAY 7

FLIGHT TO USHUAIA

Today, you’ll return your hire car to the airport before flying to Ushuaia. This resort town is located on the southernmost tip of Argentina, which has been nicknamed ‘the end of the world.’ You’ll spend the night here in one of the town’s most beautiful hotels on the banks of the Beagle Channel. Spend the rest of today relaxing in your comfortable room, taking a dip in the semi-open swimming pool or enjoying an incredible view of the canal from the veranda.

DAY 8

YOUR CRUISE BEGINS

It’s time for the most incredible part of this Patagonian adventure: your cruise at the end of the world. You’ll take a private transfer to the port where you’ll board the Stella Australis for the first of four-and-a-half days at sea between fjords, canals and craggy peaks. This ship is built to handle the complex manoeuvres require to navigate the region's waterways, allowing you to take in incredible landscapes along the way. There are cosy lounges on different decks where you can relax and enjoy the view, while at the very top, an exterior bridge lets you experience the magic of this region in the fresh air.

DAY 9

STELLA AUSTRALIS CRUISE – BAY VIEWS

This cruise takes you along the southern archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, straddling Chile and Argentina. After leaving Ushuaia, you’ll take the Beagle Channel followed by the Strait of Magellan – hasta luego Argentina!

On this second day on board, the ship will make its way through the Murray Channel, which separates the Chilean islands of Hoste and Navarino, then into Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park. Here, you’re officially at the southernmost point of continental America, and it's dramatically beautiful. If the weather allows, you’ll stop to experience these isolated landscapes up close. Your journey continues north for a stop in Wulaia Bay, where the Yaghan peoples lived around 10,000 years ago. It’s believed that these native people moved across the channels on canoes made of lenga bark (endemic white beech). Here, you’ll climb through the trees of the Patagonian forests for a breathtaking view of the bay and the endless southern horizon.

DAY 10

STELLA AUSTRALIS CRUISE – FROZEN LANDS

Your third day at sea transports you to frozen lands. In the morning, the ship takes you to the north-eastern arm of the Beagle Channel to reach the Pia Fjord. On land, you’ll walk until you can absorb the beauty of the fjord’s eponymous glacier. This gigantic natural structure rises between mountain peaks and seems to flow into the sea, and it’s well worth the journey. This afternoon, you’ll head to the Garibaldi Fjord for a hike to a glacial waterfall.

DAY 11

STELLA AUSTRALIS CRUISE – GREAT GLACIERS

Today begins in the Cockburn Canal, which grants you access to the Agostini Fjord. Here, come face-to-face with the majestic glaciers that descend from the Cordillera Darwin. You’ll take an exhilarating Zodiac boat trip to reach the shore before a hike around the lagoon that’s been formed by the melting of the Águila Glacier. The rest of the day will be spent at the Condor Glacier, where another Zodiac trip brings you a special encounter with this icy giant.

DAY 12

JOURNEY TO PUERTO NATALES

It’s your last morning aboard the ship today, so spend some final moments moving to the rhythm of the glaciers, fjords and canals that wind through the islands of Tierra del Fuego. Depending on the season and climactic conditions, you might have a final stopover on Magdalena Island, which is populated by an impressive colony of Magellanic penguins, or on Isla Marta, home to around 1,000 sea lions.

You’ll arrive in Punta Arenas around lunchtime. This is the end of your unforgettable cruise, but thankfully not the end of your adventure. You’ll be privately transferred to your hire car pick-up location before driving on to Puerto Natales, about three hours away. Your home for the night is located in a beautiful natural setting just outside of the city, and you’ll have superb views of Última Esperanza Sound from your comfortable room.

DAY 13

DRIVE TO TORRES DEL PAINE

Your journey today takes you north to the Torres del Paine National Park, about an hour and a half away. You’ll leave the banks of the Ultima Esperanza fjord behind and plunge into more magnificent landscapes punctuated by the three peaks of the ‘torres’. Your next three nights will be spent in a lodge in the heart of the park. In simple chalet-style surroundings, you’re in constant contact with nature thanks to large bay windows.

DAYS 14 & 15

HIKING IN TORRES DEL PAINE

Classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Torres del Paine National Park boasts stunning landscapes and an ecosystem that is almost unique. It has been ranked as one of the top five most beautiful places on the planet, and it’s easy to see why. Infinite deep blue lakes, lofty peaks marbled with snow and majestic glaciers are just some of the things you’ll see as you explore the park today (we’ll take care of the entry fees, so you won’t have to think about that). Several trails lead you to lakes Sarmiento, Pehoé, Grey, Toro and Nordenskjöld. In the distance, the granite peaks of the Cuernos del Paine (Paine horns) permanently watch over this untouched natural setting; to see them close up, hike to the shores of Lake Péhoé or to the Nordenskjöld viewpoint. If you’re not a keen walker, don’t worry – the park has trails of varying difficulty and length, so there’s something to suit everyone. Take the path to the Grey Lake Viewpoint and cross the forest and Rio Avurtadas en route, or head to the Salto Grande waterfall.

With your hire car at the ready, you’re free to explore the park at your own pace, but if you like, we can also arrange for you to go riding in the Patagonian Pampas, or to take a cruise on the Grey Lake followed by a hike on the glacier.

DAY 16

FLIGHT TO SANTIAGO

Today, you’ll drive back to Punta Arenas to return your hire car and board your three-and-a-half-hour flight to Santiago. When you arrive, you’ll be taken to your city-centre hotel by private transfer. After all that adventuring, it’s time to relax. Spend the rest of today lounging by the swimming pool, and don’t forget to toast to your trip on the terrace before heading out to try one of the capital’s many restaurants this evening. If you like, we can also arrange for you to see Santiago by night with a local.

DAYS 17 & 18

SANTIAGO AND RETURN FLIGHT

Santiago is steeped in history, and the ghosts of 1973 are still present throughout the streets, graffiti and artwork that refer to Salvador Allende, the socialist president who was overthrown by dictator Augusto Pinochet. While the city has a painful past, the population has a real energy and vibrancy. In the company of a private guide this morning, you’ll delve into the deep and moving history of the events that triggered the coup d'état of September 11, 1973. Along the way, you’ll discover the Plaza de Armas, the Former National Congress Building, Espacio M, the Plaque to Leonardo Henrichsen, the Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda, Constitution Square, Morandé 80, Portal Bulnes and finally Londres 38. Each of these places tells part of the story of Santiago’s turbulent history.

This afternoon, you’ll be privately transferred to the airport for your 14-hour, overnight flight back to the UK, which lands the following day.

A la carte

BUENOS AIRES - DINNER IN A TRADITIONAL MILONGA

A milonga is a meeting place, an event and a dance. These lively tango clubs are social spots where locals chat, have a drink and most importantly dance the night away. You’ll head to a traditional milonga in the Barracas district to spend the night like a true porteño.

EL CALAFATE - LAKE CRUISE AND 4x4 TRIP ACROESS THE PAMPAS

This activity begins at the port of Punta Bandera. You’ll sail peacefully across the lake, letting yourself be captivated by the calm of the water and its glaciers until you reach Estancia Cristina. Here, you’ll discover the history of the estancia and learn about the daily life of the gauchos of Patagonia. The adventure continues with a 4x4 journey across the endless desert towards the Hielo Continental refuge and the Upsala viewpoint. The view from here is breathtaking: the lake, the Upsala glacier and the Andes mountains form a majestic triptych. You’ll return to the estancia by 4x4 and then head back to the departure port by boat.

EL CALAFATE - LAGO ARGENTINO ON HORSEBACK

To the undulating rhythm of the horse’s gait, get a different perspective on nature’s majesty: sparkling glaciers and snow-capped peaks, infinite lake and windswept desert. A private guide will lead the way through this incredible natural site.

TORRES DEL PAINE - SAILING ON GREY LAKE AND WALK ON A GLACIER

This exciting outing begins with a cruise on the iceberg-dotted Grey Lake before disembarking on Grey Beach. You’ll have about four hours here before heading off for the walk, which gives you plenty of time to walk to a nearby suspension bridge for beautiful views (about 30 minutes away). You’ll then depart for the surroundings of Nunatak Island by inflatable boat and walk for an hour to get even closer to the glacier before equipping yourself with an ice axe, crampons and harness. The journey across the Grey Glacier takes about two-and-a-half hours in total – jaw-dropping views guaranteed. You don’t need to be an expert hiker, but bear in mind that the activity level is medium.

SANTIAGO BY NIGHT WITH A LOCAL

Guided by an expat and Santiago expert, you’ll stroll through the capital by night to see another side of this bustling city. From their favourite restaurants to local bars, your guide will immerse you in daily life and Latino culture, curating the itinerary to suit you.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The cost for this trip starts from £7,215 to £9,735 per person.

The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote.

The average starting price for this trip is £8,520 per person.
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