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Patagonia & Australis cruise (12 days / 11 nts)

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Places Visited:
v/   Buenos Aires
v/   Ushuaia
v/   Australis cruise
v/   Punta Arenas
v/   Torres del Paine
v/   El Calafate
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Starting in Buenos Aires, this marvellous tour gives a great overview of Chilean and Argentine Patagonia, combining visits to Ushuaia, and Torres del Paine with a cruise on Australis around Tierra del Fuego and down to Cape Horn
Day 1:Arrive in Buenos Aires (City tour)
Day 2:Buenos Aires (at leisure) 
Day 3:Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
Day 4:Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego National Park - City tour) - Australis Cruise
Day 5:Australis Cruise (Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay)
Day 6:Agostini Sound - aguila Glacier (Stella) - Piloto and Nena Glacier (Via)
Day 7:Australis Cruise (Magdalena Island) - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales 
Day 8:Torres del Paine
Day 9: Puerto Natales - El Calafate
Day 10:El Calafate (day at leisure)
Day 11:El Calafate (Perito Moreno Glacier) - Buenos Aires
Day 12:Fly out from Buenos Aires


Hotels used in this tour
(hotels can be changed on request for most tours)
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Buenos Aires
Hotel De Las Americas, Buenos Aires
De Las Americas
165 rooms
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hotel site
Hotel Americas Tower, Buenos Aires
Americas Tower
100 rooms
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hotel site
Ushuaia
Hotel Hosteria Patagonia Jarke, Ushuaia
Hosteria Patagonia Jarke
15 rooms
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hotel site
Hotel Los Acebos, Ushuaia
Los Acebos
56 rooms
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hotel site
Ushuaia
Hotel Altos Ushuaia, Ushuaia
Altos Ushuaia
22 rooms
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hotel site
Hotel Altiplanico Sur, Puerto Natales
Altiplanico Sur
22 rooms
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hotel site
Puerto Natales
Hotel Weskar Patagonian Lodge, Puerto Natales
Weskar Patagonian Lodge
28 rooms
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hotel site
Hotel Imago Hotel & Spa, El Calafate
Imago Hotel & Spa
54 rooms
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hotel site
Day 1:  Arrive in Buenos Aires (City tour)
Arrival and reception at the airport; transfer to the hotel. Afterwards, city tour visiting the most interesting places in Buenos Aires city: Plaza de Mayo, the Government House, the Cabildo, the Metropolitan Cathedral, Mayo Avenue, the Congress Palace, the Colón Theatre, La Boca neighborhood, Palermo, the Planetarium and La Recoleta with its cemetery where you will visit Evita’s grave. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Buenos Aires.
Day 2:  Buenos Aires (Day at leisure) 
Day at leisure to enjoy an excursion to Tigre, the Gaucho Party or know more about Buenos Aires with its museums, bars and architecture. At night dinner show where you will enjoy the sensual magnetism of tango, performed by the best tango dancers and singers. Overnight in Buenos Aires.

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 3:  Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
Transfer to the airport to board the scheduled flight to Trelew. Arrival and reception at the airport; transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Ushuaia.

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 4:  Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego National Park - City tour) - Australis Cruise
In the morning, half day excursion to Tierra del Fuego National park located 12 km (7.5 miles) away from the city. We will enjoy an excursion with multiple panoramic sights of the Beagle Channel, surrounded by mountains and forests of lengas, sour cherries, notros and flowers. We will pass through peat bogs and beaver dams to arrive at Lapataia river and Verde Lagoon. We will continue to Lapataia Bay stopping on the way to admire the lake Roca. Time for lunch (not included). Check in at Comapa office.

In the afternoon, enjoy a brief city tour including the End of the world museum. Afterwards, we will board the Australis cruise at 6 pm. The chaptain and the crew will give us a welcme cocktail. At 8.00 pm the ship will depart for the uttermost part of the earth. Overnight on board.

(Included meals: breakfast, dinner)
Day 5:  Australis Cruise (Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay)
We sail through the Murray channel and Nassau bay to reach Cape Horn national park, where we will disembark (weather permitting). The mythical Cape Horn was discovered in 1616, and it is a sheer, 425 meter (1,394 foot) high rocky promontory. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. In the afternoon, we go ashore at historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. We will walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coihues, Canelos, ferns, and other native vegetation to reach a look-out point. Overnight on board.

(Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 6:  Agostini Sound - aguila Glacier (Stella) - Piloto and Nena Glacier (Via)
M/V Stella Australis: Agostini Sound - Aguila Glacier:
We will be sailing through Brecknock, Ocasión, Cockburn, and Magdalena Channels to enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, in the heart of Darwin Mountain Range. In this area we can see glaciers descending the mountainside all the way down to the sea. In the afternoon, onboard Zodiac boats, we will route to Águila Glacier where we will take an easy walk all the way the base of the glacier. We will experience the beauty of Patagonia’s cold rainforest and see how the power of nature molded the area’s landscape.
 
M/V Via Australis: Piloto and Nena Glacier:
We will be sailing through Cockburn Channel to anchor in Chico Sound. Onboard Zodiac boats, we will explore Alakaluf Fjord and enjoy the view of Piloto and Nena Glaciers from the sea. The intense blue color of Piloto Glacier due to its compression and age draws attention. We will learn about the formation of glaciers and their influence on the abrupt geography of the Fuegian-Patagonian channels. Overnight on board.

(Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Day 7:  Australis Cruise (Magdalena Island) - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales 
Early in the morning, we go ashore on Magdalena island (weather permitting). Located in the Strait of Magellan, the island is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellan penguins which can be sighted during our walk to a lighthouse, which guides ships on their way through the strait. In September and April this excursion is replaced by a zodiac boat ride at Marta island to observe sea lions.

After our visit disembark at Punta Arenas to depart on regular transfer to Puerto Natales. Overnight in Puerto Natales.

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 8:  Torres del Paine
Full day excursion to Torres del Paine national park. Day dedicated to know the Torres del Paine National Park, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Road to the park we will stop at the ancient Milodon Cave. During the tour we will take a short hike to discover the Salto Grande. Lunch. During the afternoon, continue to the Grey Glacier sector, where there will be a hike through forests of beech and towering icebergs of Grey Glacier. Return to Puerto Natales. Overnight in Puerto Natales.

(Included meals: breakfast, box lunch)
Day 9:  Puerto Natales - El Calafate
In the morning transfer to the bus terminal to take the regular bus to El Calafate. Arrival and reception at the bus station; transfer to the hotel. Overnight in El Calafate.

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 10:  El Calafate (day at leisure)
Day at leisure. We suggest take an optional navigation on Argentino lake or a excursion to  El Chalten. Overnight in El Calafate.

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 11:  El Calafate (Perito Moreno Glacier) - Buenos Aires
Departure from the hotel towards Perito Moreno glacier situated within Los Glaciares National park. Perito Moreno glacier is an imposing ice river that descends from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field causing, during its slow advance, ice cracks and thunderous bursts that turned the glacier into a world marvel in constant movement. A show that is impressive not only for its beauty, but also for the continuous roars that are heard from its innermost recesses. Because of its breathtaking beauty it was declared a Mankind Heritage by Unesco. A walk along through the paths allows you to admire this impressive wonder of nature from different view points. It is possible to take an optional boat trip to enjoy a different view of the glacier wall from the water level, allowing you to get a better idea of the height of its peaks and towers (1 hour of Navigation). Arrival at El Calafate and transfer to the aiport to board the scheduled flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival and reception at the aiport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Buenos Aires.

(Included meals: breakfast)
Day 12:  Fly out from Buenos Aires
Transfer to Ezeiza International Airport to board the international flight.

(Included meals: breakfast)
 

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Trip type:
  Shared service
(can be done privately also)
Departures:
    Day 4 must be a Wednesday as this day you embark Australis cruise