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Highlights of Chile and Argentina

21 days from £5980 per person

Chile and Argentina offer the traveller not only some of the world’s finest natural landscapes but also two of the continent’s most vibrant cities. This itinerary begins in Buenos Aires before flying to its counter–part in Chile. From here fly north to the surreal eroded landscapes of the Atacama Desert before heading south to Patagonia and Torres Del Paine National Park. With an expert guide explore the park then join the Stella Australis cruise for a memorable journey through the Strait of Magellan. End with two nights in the Glaciers National Park close to the incredible Perito Moreno glacier.

Route: Buenos Aires – Santiago – San Pedro – Santiago – Torres del Paine – Punta Arenas – Stella Australis cruise – Ushuaia – El Calafate – Buenos Aires

Itinerary Highlights

The Atacama Desert is the driest non-polar desert in the world. Its beauty comes from the spectacular landscape created by natural salt flats, sand and lava.

Torres del Paine is a breathtaking national park comprising of dramatic mountain peaks, bright blue lakes, striking glaciers and yellow pampas, ready for you to explore.

Buenos Aires is a vibrant city, steeped in history with a toe-tapping rhythm that runs through its streets. Enjoy the great food, flavoursome wine and company of friendly locals.

Itinerary: Highlights of Chile and Argentina

Fly overnight from London Heathrow with British Airways to Buenos Aires. (N)
Arrive into Buenos Aires in the morning where you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. (N)
Accommodation in Buenos Aires: Sofitel Hotel (or similar)
Take a guided tour through this cosmopolitan city divided into barrios or neighbourhoods, each different, yet full of character. Visit the Plaza de Mayo, the main square in the heart of the city, the bohemian quarter of San Telmo, the colourful port area of La Boca and the famous Recoleta cemetery, where Eva Peron is buried. (B)
Accommodation in Buenos Aires: Sofitel Hotel (or similar)
Fly to Santiago today. (B)
Accommodation in Santiago: Singular Hotel (or similar)
Today take a sightseeing tour through the main streets of Santiago's civic centre with its many different architectural styles. (B).
Accommodation in Santiago: Singular Hotel (or similar)
Early morning fly north to Calama and on arrival drive to San Pedro in the heart of the Atacama Desert. The highest, driest desert in the world contains volcanoes, salt flats, geysers and spectacular scenery. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in San Pedro: Altiplanico Hotel (or similar)
From your base at the Altiplanico Hotel explore the Atacama's surreal landscapes and archaeological sites such as the geysers and spurting fumaroles at Tatio, the vast salt lakes and decaying ghost towns. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in San Pedro: Altiplanico Hotel (or similar)
Return by air to Santiago for an overnight stay. (B)
Accommodation in Santiago: Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal (or similar)
Fly to Punta Arenas and on arrival proceed to Torres Del Paine National Park. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Torres Del Paine National Park: Hostería Las Torres (or similar)
Chile's Torres del Paine National Park is the most recognized symbol of Patagonia. This remote and beautiful area encompasses mountains, glaciers and lakes and is a habitat for guanaco, condor and the native flightless rhea. In the company of specialist guides visit Nordenskjold Lake, Salto Grande waterfall, Lake Pehoé, Lake Grey and Amarga Lagoon. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Torres Del Paine National Park: Hostería Las Torres (or similar)
In the morning drive back to Punta Arenas and board the Stella Australis cruise ship and later today depart for 'the uttermost part of the earth'. Your cruise will take you through the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego. (B/L/D)
Accommodation: overnight on cruise
At dawn, continue navigating through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay, inside the Alberto De Agostini National Park. From a distance you may see the Marinelli Glacier which descends from the Darwin Mountain Range. Sail to Tuckers Islets, and board the Zodiac boats to view Magellanic Penguins. In September and April this excursion is replaced by Brookes Bay where you land for a short walk to approach a glacier. (B/L/D)
Accommodation: overnight on cruise
Navigate along the main part of the Beagle Channel to reach Pia Fjord, where you will disembark near Pia Glacier. Take a short hike to a look-out point with a spectacular view of the entire glacier tongue, stretching from high in the mountains all the way to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, Stella Australis continues sailing along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel through majestic 'Glacier Alley'. (B/L/D)
Accommodation: overnight on cruise
Sail through the Beagle and Murray channels to reach Cape Horn National Park, where you will disembark (weather permitting). In the afternoon go ashore in Wulaia Bay, Charles Darwin landed here on January 23rd, 1833, during the voyage of HMS Beagle. (B/L/D)
Accommodation: overnight on cruise
This morning disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina's most important city on Tierra del Fuego, and the southernmost city in the world. Explore the town with a local guide. In the afternoon fly to El Calafate, gateway to the magnificent Perito Moreno and the Glaciers National Park. The Perito Moreno glacier is without doubt one of South America's most magnificent sights, and arguably one of the world's greatest wonders. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in El Calafate: Posada Los Alamos (or similar)
Upgrade option: Eolo Hotel (or similar)
Today view up close the colossal Perito Moreno glacier which spans five kilometers across and towers some sixty metres above the surface of the lake. From an observation platform or boat watch as huge chunks of blue ice shear off the face of the glacier and crash into the waters below. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in El Calafate: Posada Los Alamos (or similar)
Upgrade option: Eolo Hotel (or similar)
Fly to Buenos Aires where you will stay overnight. (B)
Accommodation in Buenos Aires: Sofitel Hotel (or similar)
In the afternoon depart by British Airways to London. (B)
Arrive London Heathrow in the morning. (N)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes
  • Cruise accommodation and sightseeing with other passengers

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

Brazil, Argentina and Chile Holiday Review

“Finally home after our wonderful trip to South America. We had an amazing time and we cannot thank you enough for your support and services. There is no doubt that the trip would not have been as brilliant without your recommendations and the quality of your guides in Brazil and Argentina.”

LS - Brazil, Argentina and Chile - February 2015

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