Australis Patagonia Cruise

DAY 1

Welcome to Argentina

Transfer in from Airport to hotel

A bilingual chauffer will be waiting for you at the airport with your name on a board to take you to the hotel.

You will be met by one of our Bilingual staff that will go through your itinerary with you.

 

Buenos Aires.

At the scheduled time, you will be picked up by a local guide and given a tour around the city and its surroundings that will allow you to discover its spirit, its mystique and its charm. The following areas will be visited: Plaza de Mayo, Puerto Madero, La Boca, San Telmo, Palermo, Recoleta Cemetery.

 

 

DAY 2

Buenos Aires – Ushuaia – Mare Australis Cruise.

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Ushuaia.

 

Arrival and visit to Tierra del Fuego National Park at Lapataia Bay.

 

Optional tour: ¨End of the World Train¨.

 

Embarkation

In the afternoon, transfer to the port to embark upon an Expedition Cruise aboard “Mare Australis”. The Capitain and the crew will give a welcome cocktail reception on board. Immediately afterward, the ship will set sail for ¨the end of the earth¨. Through the mystical Strait of Magellan, we will travel to Southern Patagonia, including Tierra del Fuego. This is the beginning of a Great Adventure. Overnight on board.

 

 

DAY 3

Mare Australis Cruise.

We will sail through the Beagle and Murray Channels to disembark in Cape Horn National Park. Cape Horn, a sheer, almost 425-meter-high promontory, where the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean merge, was discovered in 1616 by the Dutch commercial expedition organized by Isaac Le Maire. The Cape owes its name to the Port of Hoorn, the expedition's departure point. In the afternoon we will disembark in historical Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region's largest native settlements. This area is also renowned for the spectacular beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will walk through a Magellanic forest filled with Lengas, Coigües, Canelos, ferns and other species to reach a look-out point. Overnight on board.

 

 

DAY 4

Mare Australis Cruise.

In the afternoon, we view awe-inspiring Gunther Plüschow Glacier, named after the region’s pioneering German aviator. Then we sail to Chico Sound, where we disembark in Zodiacs to observe majestic Piloto and Nena glaciers.

 

 

DAY 5

Mare Australis Cruise – Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales.

Early in the morning, we go ashore on Magdalena Island, the home of an immense colony of more than 120,000 Magellanic Penguins that we can watch during our walk to a lighthouse, which guides ships on their way through the Strait of Magellan. The island’s penguins migrate in April; as a replacement we visit Marta Island, to observe a sea lion colony. After our visit, we sail to Punta Arenas, disembarking at 11:30 a.m., concluding the adventure. Transfer to the bus station to take the bus to Puerto Natales. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight. .

 

 

DAY 6

Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine. 

Breakfast

 

Full day excursion visiting Torres del Paine National Park.

This National Park covers 181.000 hectares on the Seno de Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Inlet). There are many hiking paths that cross widely differing types of terrain, such as pampas and thick Magellanic forests, and run along lakes with huge glaciers and icebergs. The park is surrounded by huge, craggy mountains, including the famous Cuernos del Paine (Paine Horn).

 

Overnight inside the National Park.

 

 

DAY 7

Torres del Paine – El Calafate.

Breakfast.

 

Transfer to the limit between Chile and Argentina to take the bus to El Calafate.

 

Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 8

El Calafate.

Breakfast.

 

Full day Perito Moreno Glacier tour

The majesty of nature at its best. Departure from El Calafate bordering the southern arm of the Argentine Lake to get to Los Glaciares National Park (90 km away) and reach the paths to the Glacier. Perito Moreno Glacier is about 30.000 years old. Its surface is 192 km2, the front wall is 5 km long and some of its peaks are 80 metres high. The deep blue base is almost as dark as the water that surrounds it. The deep silence is suddenly interrupted by the tremendous noise of huge pieces of ice that crack from the glacier and fall into the lake to float on the Canal Los Tempanos (Icebergs Channel). Overnight.

 

 

DAY 9

El Calafate – Buenos Aires.

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Buenos Aires.

Arrival and transfer to the hotel.

 

Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight.

 

 

DAY 10

Buenos Aires.

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight back.

 

 

 

INCLUDED:

- Accommodation at the mentioned hotels daily with local taxes (21%) included for the specified number of nights

- Meals were indicated

- Breakfast

- Seat in bus/train servicesand tours as specified in the itinerary

- Local Bilingual speaking guide

 

NOT INCLUDED:

- Internal air tickets Bue/Ush/ElCala -BueAs, tourist class : from Usd  450 pax tax included

- National Parks entrance fees: from Usd 116 x pax

 

10 Days

Summary: BUENOS AIRES, PERITO MORENO,USHUAIA, TORRES DEL PAINE, PUNTA ARENAS,  MARE AUSTRALIS CRUISE, PUNTA ARENAS, PUERTO NATALES

Description: This 10 day Australis Patagonia Cruise package includes an expedition cruise through the spectacular Chilean Archipelago and covers the jewels of Patagonia both in Argentina and Chile.

Departs: Every Day

 

FROM US$ 5908

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