South America

Patagonia – Buenos Aires to Patagonia All-Inclusive!

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December 4, 2024 - December 13, 2024 Available $4,475 USD
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First stop, Buenos Aires, Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital city. Its center is the Plaza de Mayo, lined with stately 19th-century buildings including Casa Rosada, the iconic, balconied presidential palace. After a two-day tour, we’re off to Puerto Natala where we’ll board our small explorer ship to explore Chile’s storied glaciers, penguins, and other natural attractions. Of course, we’ll have opportunities to hike each day.

Overview

Let’s explore Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Patagonia!

Buenos Aires, often referred to as the “Paris of South America,” is a vibrant and captivating city that offers a blend of European elegance and Latin American charm. The city’s highlights include its iconic neighborhoods, such as the colorful La Boca with its lively street art and tango dancing; the elegant Recoleta, home to the famous Recoleta Cemetery and numerous upscale boutiques; and the trendy Palermo, filled with stylish cafés, hip bars, and beautiful parks. Visitors can also explore the historic Plaza de Mayo, where the iconic Casa Rosada, the presidential palace, is located, or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the picturesque waterfront of Puerto Madero. With its rich cultural heritage, delicious cuisine, and passionate tango scene, Buenos Aires truly offers a captivating experience for every traveler.

Next, we move on to the Chilean Patagonian Coast, a breathtakingly beautiful region located in the southern part of Chile. Known for its dramatic landscapes and untouched wilderness, Patagonia is home to towering snow-capped mountains, pristine glaciers, crystal-clear lakes, dense forests, and picturesque fjords. One of the highlights of the Chilean Patagonia is Torres del Paine National Park, renowned for its iconic granite peaks, including the famous Towers of Paine. The park offers world-class hiking trails, giving visitors the chance to explore its diverse ecosystems and spot wildlife such as guanacos, foxes, and condors. We’ll visit the Southern Ice Field, one of the largest ice masses outside of the polar regions, where we can witness colossal glaciers, such as the Perito Moreno and Grey Glacier, which are constantly shifting and calving into stunning icebergs.

Itinerary

Day 1 :
Departure

We take an overnight flight south, arriving in Buenos Aires the next morning.

Upon landing we take a private transfer to our 4-star Hilton Lancaster Hotel in the heart of downtown Buenos Aires, within walking distance of the sea port and government buildings. After unpacking and settling in, we will have the afternoon free to explore. In the evening, we will reconvene at a nearby cafe to taste a variety of local wine, then walk to a restaurant known for its excellent local cuisine. We will retire early to prepares us for the adventure ahead. Our accommodations for the next 3 nights are at the Hilton Lancaster Hotel.

Dinner

After breakfast we will have a full-day, private guided tour of Buenos Aires. During this 7-hour tour we will see the highlights of this architectural, cultural, and historic center of Argentina. We will also make a stop for lunch to taste the unique flavors of the region.

For dinner, we will be visiting a historic restaurant near the presidential palace.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, we get to explore San Isidro and Tigre City north of Buenos Aires on the Samborombón Bay formed at the mouth of the Río de la Plata‘s on the Argentine Sea. We will take a private boat to explore the Delta, its history, and island culture. During the tour, we will have the opportunity to stop for lunch on one of the islands.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early breakfast, we will board our flight from Buenos Aires to Puerton Natales, in the southern ice field of Chile, deep into the Patagonia region of South America. Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel to rest and relax. The rest of the day is yours to explore this famed Patagonia outpost.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the mid-morning, we start our embarkment procedures, attend the ship safety talk before lunch, and depart from the Skorpios terminal in the early afternoon. We will first navigate the picturesque Almirante Montt Gulf and arrive at Caleta Juarez in the Guardramiro Fjord in the late afternoon. Here we will disembark on boats for a fantastic, up-close view of a colony of elephant seals.

Once back on board, we depart, crossing the Kirke Narrows, Morla Vicuna, Union, Collingwood, and Sarmiento channels.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the early morning, we continue sailing north through the Pitt Channel and with Chatham Island on the port side, we’ll enter the scenic Guillard Fjord. We’ll navigate through the fjord to the stunning Guillard Glacier and disembark at the glacier for a hike. Lunch will be served back on board, and in the mid-afternoon, we’ll disembark once more for a tour through the glacier channels.

We will navigate to the open expanse of Sarratea Bay and arrive in the early evening. Here we will disembark for a boat ride, though this excursion depends on sunlight and weather conditions. We will return to the ship and enjoy another delicious dinner on board around 8 PM. At midnight we will depart southbound through the Pitt Channel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will approach the Amalia Glacier in the early morning and have a panoramic view from the ship. Later we will disembark at a nearby beach to take a gentle hike through sand, vegetation, and rocks, reaching a viewpoint from where you can see this beautiful glacier. The navigation to El Brujo (the Warlock) Glacier begins in the late morning and we will arrive after lunch. If weather and ice conditions allow it, you can go down to see this glacier from a nearby rock.

Once back on board, we will depart for the spectacular Calvo Fjord. Here we will take an excursion in the Capitán Constantino (Captain Constantine) boat which is perfect for navigating among the ice. We will also take a unique trip to visit Fernando, Capitán Constantino, and Alipio Glaciers, among others.

We will depart for the Montañas Fjord in the evening.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early in the morning, we will visit the scenic Montañas Fjord, where four stunning glaciers can be observed descending from the Sarmiento Mountain Range to the sea, two of which are in our logbook.

First, we will reach the Alsina Glacier and disembark in our exploration boats to visit this small bay with its eye-catching glacier, appreciating its beauty and the enormous mountains all around. We will then return to Skorpios III and continue sailing through Montañas Fjord towards the Bernal Glacier. We will disembark here and hike through a small native forest and then cross a path to a small glacial water lagoon. The hike continues over frontal and lateral moraines until we reach the front of the glacier. From here, we will have the opportunity to touch the ice and observe a glacier in a receding phase that no longer reaches the sea.

Before lunch, passengers return to the ship, which will be taking on supplies of pure, natural water from a waterfall. This is water consumed on board for all the ship’s services. After lunch, Skorpios continues sailing through Montañas Fjord where we will see the final glaciers of the trip from the ship – the Herman and Zamudio glaciers – before crossing the White Narrows in the late afternoon.

In the evening, there will be a terrific Captain’s dinner and dance while navigating through Almirante Montt Gulf.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight we will have arrived back in Puerto Natales. After breakfast, we will pack our bags and return home!

Breakfast

Cost Includes

  • All meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Airport transfers and luggage handling
  • All lodging throughout the tour

Highlights

  • Exclusive access to the fjords and glaciers of the Southern Ice Field - the world’s third-largest water reserve. Explore remote and wild landscapes in a region that remains completely untouched.
  • Sail on Southern Patagonia’s only A1 Ice Class vessel, with close ice navigation and extreme proximity to many of the area’s large glaciers and unique wildlife - an unforgettable experience.
  • Sail through internal channels and fjords on a smooth navigation, suitable for all types of cruise passengers, including those who usually suffer from motion sickness.
  • Enjoy excellent onboard levels of service with fresh, local gastronomy and premium Chilean wines served, all of which are included in your trip.
  • With regular departures throughout the Austral summer, you can plan ahead and perfectly combine this trip with visiting world-renowned Torres del Paine - one of the world’s most stunning national parks.

Accommodations

Buenos Aires

Our 4-star hotel in Buenos Aires is the luxurious Hilton Lancaster Hotel in the center of town.

Cruise

We will be sailing out of Puerto Natales, Chile aboard the Skorpios III. This A1 Ice Class small expedition ship with only 45 cabins, remodeled in 2012, provides the ideal base from which to explore the remote, stunning, waterways of southern Patagonia and get as close to the ice as possible. The Skorpios III features daily, bilingual lectures to ensure we are well-briefed and can make the most of the shore excursions on offer.

The cruise is inclusive of all meals meals and features an open, included bar.

From $4,475 USD
/ Shared Room (Double Occupancy)
From $5,175 USD
/ Private Room (Single Occupancy)
  • Small Groups of 8 - 15 people
  • Flexible Payments
  • Pre-trip Educational/Preparation Meetings
  • TravelAvidly Trip Leader
  • Immersive Experiences

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