Wild Patagonia & Antarctica or v.v

From Santiago to Ushuaia
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Patagonia
  • Expedition
  • Walking
  • Group
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Tour Description

On this epic journey, we will travel from Santiago south through the heart of the wine country and through the natural splendour of the Chilean and Argentinean lake districts. Discover the Carretera Austral and explore the stunning landscapes of the Futaleufu Valley and the majestic Queulat Hanging Glacier. Finally, discover the vast Patagonian steppe as we travel down Argentina's famous Route 40. Arriving into the remote Patagonian expanse we explore the southern ice fields, the magnificent snow-capped Andes and breath-taking glaciers that epitomise Patagonia travel. Then we arrive in Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world.

From there embark on a genuine adventure to the world's most remote wilderness! Our Antarctic expedition focuses on some of the planet's most impressive wildlife and dramatic landscapes and gives intrepid travellers the chance to get up close to species such as minke and humpback whales, fur and leopard seals, thousands of penguins and scores of seabirds including the regal albatross. During your journey, our team of lecturers and guides will share their knowledge of the region's fascinating natural history. This Antarctic cruise is a voyage of intense natural beauty and a chance to be at one with the great outdoors.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Santiago

Your tour begins with a bang in Santiago, Chile's cosmopolitan capital city.

Day 2
Santiago Santa Cruz

Wine tasting and wine making on the Colchagua Valley including a special visit to the Colchagua museum.

Day 3
Santa Cruz Pucon

Arrive in the heart of the Chilean Lakes District and absorb the nature surrounding you.

Day 4-5
Pucon

Lace up your boots to enjoy some spectacular walks and interact with the native Mapuche people. Take some free time to hike Villarrica volcano.

Day 6
Pucon Bariloche

Sit back and marvel along the scenic Seven Lakes Drive to Bariloche, Argentina.

Day 7-8
Bariloche

We head out to discover the Nahuel Huapi National Park and you have some free time to enjoy any of the activities on offer including hiking, biking, kayaking and much more!

Day 9
Bariloche Futaleufu

Cross into Chile and hit the Carretera Austral (Southern Road), with its reputation as South America’s best road trip.

Day 10
Futaleufu Queulat National Park

Enjoy extraordinary scenery and visit the fishing village of Puyuhuapi on the edge of the Chilean fiords.

Day 11
Queulat National Park

Get up close and personal to a spectacular hanging glacier in the Queulat National Park. Nature at its finest!

Day 12
Queulat National Park Coyhaique

Hike in the enchanted forest as we continue our journey to Coyhaique.

Day 13
Coyhaique Ruta 40

Cross back into Argentina and on to the famous Ruta 40 (Route 40).

Day 14
Ruta 40

Visit Cuevas de Las Manos (Caves of Hands) the most ancient native artistic expressions of the subcontinent.

Day 15
Ruta 40 El Chalten

Enjoy the landscapes of the Patagonian Steppe as we head south.

Day 16
El Chalten

Get up close to the mighty Viedma Glacier. Depending on conditions you may explore magical ice caves and walk on the glacier.

Day 17
El Chalten El Calafate

A day out hiking in El Chalten, Argentina’s trekking capital, offering great views of Mount FitzRoy.

Day 18
El Calafate

Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the Earth's most dynamic and accessible ice fields.

Day 19
El Calafate Torres Del Paine

Head back into Chile to Torres Del Paine, South America's finest National park.

Day 20-22
Torres Del Paine

Breath-taking vistas await you on hikes to the Grey's Glacier, French Valley and Las Torres. For non-trekkers we offer a fantastic “Torres Light” programme.

Day 23
Torres Del Paine Punta Arenas

We arrive in Punta Arenas. Enjoy a special meal that includes tasters of regional wild game.

Day 24
Punta Arenas Cerro Sombrero

Enjoy your morning exploring Punta Arenas before crossing the Straights of Magellan onto the island of Tierra Del Fuego.

Day 25
Cerro Sombrero Ushuaia

Visit a king penguin colony on the way to Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world.

Day 26
Ushuaia

Explore Tierra Del Fuego National Park and arrive at ’the end of the road’: Lapatia Bay. Take a cruise on the Beagle Channel to view wildlife and learn of the region's history.

Day 27
Ushuaia

Embark on the cruise ship in the afternoon and sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.

Day 28-29
Drake Passage

Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578. Observe an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake.

Day 30-34
Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands

The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will provide you with the same level of excitement that was experienced by the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, together with an incredibly diverse array of wildlife.

Day 35-36
Drake Passage

We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales, and enjoy some final lectures.

Day 37
Ushuaia Depart

Disembarkation this morning.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 22 nights accommodation in standard hotels and guesthouses
  • Included Copy 20 3 nights in cabins
  • Included Copy 20 1 night in hiking refuge in Torres Del Paine National Park
  • Included Copy 20 10 nights onboard the cruise ship in C cabin
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 36 Breakfasts
  • Included Copy 20 32 Lunches
  • Included Copy 20 29 Dinners
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Transport in our custom built all-terrain expedition vehicles
  • Included Copy 20 Service of an experienced tour leader as well as local guides throughout
  • Included Copy 20 Experienced Driver/Mechanic
  • Included Copy 20 All National Park Entrance fees
  • Included Copy 20 In Antarctica, all shore excursions, activities and lectures
  • Included Copy 20 Price does not include flights
  • Included Copy 31 We have many Antarctica cruise options connecting with our Patagonia tours, as such itineraries may
  • Included Copy 31 Itinerary available in reverse
Transportation
Expedition Vehicle

Activities

  • Included Drake Passage crossing
  • Included Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands
  • Included Ushuaia & Lapatia Bay
  • Included Photograph a wide variety of wildlife such as penguins, whales and seals
  • Included Beagle Channel boat trip
  • Included Enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of Torres Del Paine
  • Included El Calafate & El Chalten
  • Included Travel through Patagonia on the "ruta40"
  • Included Queulat National Park & Futaleufu
  • Included Hiking, biking and kayaking in Bariloche
  • Included Head off to Pucon, Chile
  • Included Wine tasking at Colchagua Valley
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Duration

37 days

Price from

$14,475 USD

Per person, sharing

Based On Lowest Cabin

Departure dates available on request
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