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Explore Patagonia's untamed natural beauty in this extensive journey through its remote and vast landscapes. Begin in Argentina's vibrant capital of Buenos Aires before flying to southern Patagonia to embark on a four-night Australis expedition cruise. Voyage through spectacular scenery and otherwise inaccessible fjords and glaciers, with opportunities to spot some of the region's rich wildlife such as the Magellanic penguin colony and Andean condors. Following the cruise, complete your tour of Patagonia with a full-day exploration in the iconic Torres del Paine National Park and a visit to the Argentinian lakeside town of El Calafate.
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Fly from London to Buenos Aires with British Airways. (N)
Arrive in the morning and transfer to the Alvear Art hotel for 2 nights. Spend the afternoon exploring the cosmopolitan city's fusion of European heritage and architecture with vibrant Latin culture. (N)
Morning tour of the city that includes La Boca, a typically Italian district full of distinctive brightly-coloured buildings. Also visit the elegant district of Recoleta including its cemetery, where Eva Peron is buried. (B)
Morning flight to Ushuaia, the world's most southerly city. Board the Stella Australis / Ventus Australis for a 4-night cruise around the wild Patagonian landscapes. In between excursions led by expert guides, enjoy lectures on the wildlife, history and geography of the region. (B, D)
This morning sail through the Beagle and Murray channels to Cape Horn National Park, where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans meet. Disembark on a windswept headland almost 425 metres high, historically dubbed the 'End of the Earth'. Later, visit Wulaia bay, which was one of the most important indigenous sites of the region. (B, L, D)
Sail to the Pia fjord and take a shore excursion for a panoramic view of the mountain range from which the Pia glacier originates. Continue sailing to the beautiful sky-blue Garibaldi glacier, one of only three glaciers in Patagonia that is increasing in size. (B, L, D)
Sail through the Cockburn Channels to reach the spectacular Agostini sound. Disembark in Zodiacs to reach the Aguila glacier and take a walk along the glacier lagoon to the base of the ice wall. Continue to Condor glacier for the opportunity to spot the famous Andean condor. (B, L, D)
Early in the morning, weather permitting, visit Magdalena Island, home of an enormous penguin colony, with over 120,000 of them in different stages of breeding. Disembark the cruise in Punta Arenas and transfer to Puerto Natales for 1 night at Hotel Costaustralis. (B)
Torres del Paine National Park is home to an abundance of wildlife including pumas, foxes, guanacos, flamingos and condors. Spend a full day exploring the rich landscape of ancient lenga forest, emerald lakes, waterfalls, and the three iconic granite 'towers'. Transfer to the Hotel Lago Grey within the park for 2 nights. (B)
Day at leisure to enjoy optional excursions such as a boat tour on Lake Grey. Get up close to Grey glacier, the largest in the national park, and watch and listen for pieces of ice cracking into the water before drifting across the lake. (B)
Cross the border into Argentina and transfer to El Calafate, a small town on the southern shore of Lake Argentino, and surrounded by towering mountains, clear lakes and huge glaciers descending from the Andes. Spend 2 nights at the Kosten Aike hotel. (B)
Take an optional tour to the magnificent Perito Moreno glacier, famous for its constant movement and dramatic landslides. Walk along observation platforms and take a boat ride on the lake up to the ice wall. (B)
Fly to Buenos Aires. Enjoy an optional dinner and tango show to soak up the Argentine culture for your final night. Overnight in the Alvear Art hotel. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London with British Airways, arriving the following morning. (B) (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
It is possible to extend your stay for 2 nights in Bariloche to relax in the Alpine-style lakeside town at the NH Edelweiss from £465 per person. Explore the surrounding lakes and mountains at your leisure or enjoy a range of optional excursions such as boat trips, hiking or kayaking.
When on board the Australis cruise, transfers and excursions relevant to that cruise are operated as a group with other passengers who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
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El Calafate is a small town situated on the southern shore on Lago Argentino. It is ofte...
Puerto Natales Settled in 1911 on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound) as a port for the sheep industry...
The spectacular Torres del Paine National Park is part of the United Nation’s World Biosphere Reserve system.
Ushuaia is the capital of Tierra del Fuego, and is situated at the southern tip of the...