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Signature Patagonia (2016)
Days: 13 | From: $11,995
Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires
Arrive in Buenos Aires by overnight flight and transfer to your hotel; early check-in is guaranteed on arrival. Elegant and cosmopolitan, Buenos Aires retains some uniquely Argentine attributes, including tango bars and overflowing kiosks. Join your guide to see the most important landmarks: the Casa Rosada, Cabildo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Plaza de Mayo, a key spot in Argentine political life.
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires | Meals: B
Day 2: Buenos Aires | Dinner & Tango Show
Explore the city on your own during the day. This evening’s dinner and tango show are in the VIP section at Cafe de los Angelitos, a living witness to more than 100 years of history in Buenos Aires.
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires | Meals: B D
Day 3: Ushuaia | To the Ends of the Earth
Continue south to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Embark on a tour of this former penal colony turned busy port before boarding your adventure cruiser and setting sail.
'Stella Australis' | Meals: B D
Days 4-5: Patagonia | Aboard ‘Stella Australis’
Cruise to Cape Horn, where the Atlantic meets the Pacific, and see the spectacular “Avenue of Glaciers” and the Strait of Magellan. Daily programs may change depending on weather conditions, but include wildlife viewing and the opportunity to go by Zodiac to solitary beaches for an adventurous trek on land. Your onboard lecturers present informal discussions on the flora, fauna and local history.
'Stella Australis' | Meals: B L D
Day 6: Punta Arenas, Chile | Penguin Colony
Stop at Magdalena Island, home to an enormous penguin colony, and walk to the lighthouse that guided sailors passing through the Straits of Magellan. Disembark in Punta Arenas and take a tour of this southern city.
The Singular Patagonia | Meals: B L D
Days 7-9: Puerto Natales or Torres del Paine National Park
Spend three full days exploring in Puerto Natales or Torres del Paine National Park in the heart of Patagonia. These areas boast a stunning array of mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests. Along with thousands of sheep, Patagonia is home to local animal species such as the guanaco and nandu, condors and flamingos. Explore by vehicle; on horseback with trails providing access to places unreachable by car; by boat along the fjords or rivers; and on foot, with treks ranging from easy walks to much more extensive explorations.
The Singular Patagonia | Meals: B L D
Day 10: Puerto Montt | European Influences
Transfer to the Punta Arenas airport and fly to Puerto Montt, the gateway city to Western Patagonia. Note its European architecture, with shingled, high-pitched roofs and ornate balconies that speak to Puerto Montt’s German influences. Enjoy a brief tour of the city en route to your hotel.
Cumbres Puerto Varas | Meals: B
Day 11: Puerto Varas/Bariloche | Chilean Lake District
Travel overland through the Chilean Lake District, absorbing the spectacular scenery of deep blue mountain lakes, snowcapped volcanoes and ancient forests. Stop by historic Frutillar, a German-style town, en route to the Chile-Argentina border. Cross into Argentina and to the quaint town of Villa La Angostura, where you enjoy lunch overlooking the Correntoso River. Afterward, board a vessel and travel through Mansa Bay to the Arrayanes Forest. Re-board a catamaran that takes you to Puerto Pañuelos and your hotel, located in the heart of postcard-perfect Bariloche.
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort | Meals: B L
Day 12: Bariloche | Scenic “Little Switzerland”
This morning, explore the best kept secrets of “Little Switzerland,” as Bariloche is often called. As you walk for about 40 minutes on even terrain alongside your informative guide interpreter, listen to the sounds of the forest, such as the trill of the chucao and the regular pecking of woodpeckers. Taste “the mate,” a traditional, caffeine-rich infused drink.
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort | Meals: B
Day 13: Depart Buenos Aires
In the afternoon, fly back to Buenos Aires and connect with your departing flight.
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