Patagonia: Journey to the End of the World (SF)

13 Day Tour from Santiago to Buenos Aires

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Explore the thrilling and unspoiled vastness of the Patagonia region on this journey to the end of the world. Starting in the lively capital city of Santiago, jump right into the fun of this tour by heading to Santa Rita Winery, where you’ll learn about the wine-making process and taste, blend, and bottle your own wine to take home with you! On your tour of Santiago you’ll be surprised at how a city of so many people can be so well kept and vibrant—a city packed with local parks, artwork at every turn, and European-style squares. On to Puerto Natales, your home base for exploring massive and scenic Torres del Paine National Park. Jagged peaks, glistening green waters, glaciers, and powerful falls set the stage. You’re sure to glimpse some of the wildlife here, like guanacos, foxes, birds, and if you’re lucky, the elusive puma. Cruise on Seno Ultima Esperanza to visit famous glaciers, only accessible by boat; visit Chile’s largest natural reserve; and even trek through a cold and unspoiled rainforest on this day of unspeakable scenic beauty.

A highlight of this tour is undoubtedly your visit to El Calafate, home to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the largest in the world and still advancing! You’ll have the chance to walk on catwalks overlooking the glacier and, with luck, you’ll witness glacier pieces calving into the waters below. The following day, you can experience the massive Upsala Glacier by boat—a different experience that allows you to marvel at the color and sheer masses of these glaciers. Follow this with a visit to an estancia (ranch) on the shores of Lago Argentino for lunch and your choice of activities, such as a 4-wheel drive tour, horseback riding, or trekking. From El Calafate, descend to Ushuaia, the end of the world! Cruise Beagle Channel, watching for albatross, sea lions, and skuas while you marvel at the sheer idea of standing at this point on the globe. In Tierra del Fuego, an expert Naturalist will lead you around the delicate ecosystems of this southernmost national park. Head north to Buenos Aires, where you will conclude your Patagonian journey with exciting new adventures like a wine tasting with a local sommelier in a Cava setting, visit famous Recoleta Cemetery, and El Zanjón—a part of Buenos Aires that was sealed off hundreds of years ago to prevent the spread of yellow fever and just recently excavated in the last 20 years. And no visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without a lesson in the sizzling, sensuous Tango!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

SANTIAGO
Visit Santa Rita Winery with a wine-making experience; Santiago sightseeing with a Local Guide; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit La Vega Central Market and a local pub
PUNTA ARENAS
Visit the first fortified settlement on the Straits of Magellan at Fort Bulnes
PUERTO NATALES
Visit Torres del Paine National Park and Milódon Cave; Chilean fjords cruise
EL CALAFATE
Visit Los Glaciares National Park and Perito Moreno Glacier; cruise Lago Argentino, see Upsala Glacier and visit Estancia Cristina
USHUAIA
Cruise Beagle Channel; visit Tierra del Fuego National Park
BUENOS AIRES
Private wine tasting with sommelier and dinner at a local restaurant; city sightseeing with a Local Guide and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit El Zanjón Underground Tunnels; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Tango lesson, dinner, and Tango show
Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • Participation in this tour requires guest's name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Los Glaciares National Park

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 2 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner and Tango show in Buenos Aires

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Santiago, Chile

Welcome to Chile, South America’s longest and narrowest country, with more than 2,650 miles of beautiful Pacific coastline. Depart at 2 pm and enjoy a tour of SANTA RITA WINERY, founded in 1880 with the finest of French vine stocks. See the wine cellars, the beautiful vineyards, and learn about the wine-making process. You will get the chance to taste, design, blend, bottle, cork, and label your own wine during your visit. Wrap it up with a wine tasting and bring home the bottle that you created.

Day 2 Santiago

After breakfast, embark on a CITY TOUR with a Local Guide who will show you the highlights of this great city of colonial and contemporary contrasts. See the horseracing track in the oldest residential part of the city, the famous Alameda, Santiago’s colorful main avenue, San Francisco Church, and Santa Lucia Hill. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite LA VEGA CENTRAL MARKET to learn about typical food in Chile, including steaming pots of cazuela and humitas, similar to tamales! Top off your sightseeing with a terremoto drink at a local pub and a visit to Cerro San Cristobal for a stunning view of Santiago and the Andes.

Breakfast
Lunch

Day 3 Santiago–Punta Arenas–Puerto Natales

Depart Santiago and fly to Punta Arenas on the Straight of Magellan, gateway to Chile's Patagonia. Head south from Punta Arenas to FORT BULNES, a historical reconstruction of the first fortified settlement on the Strait of Magellan. With a local historian, tour the fort originally built in 1843 and see the church, houses, barracks, and old shipwrecks. Continue to Puerto Natales, your home for the next three nights.

Breakfast

Day 4 Puerto Natales. Excursion to Torres del Paine National Park

Venture into TORRES DEL PAINE, one of the most spectacularly scenic regions in the world. Spanning a massive area, it was named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. Cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes, and jagged mountains are just a part of what Paine offers. During your visits to see the famous sites, including Los Cuernos, Lago Pehoe, Salto Grande, and Lago Grey, you are guaranteed to get a glimpse of some of the park’s fauna, such as herds of guanacos, foxes, swans, and birds. Also visit the legendary MILODÓN CAVE, where prehistoric fossils dating back 14,000 years ago, including those of a saber-toothed tiger and a gigantic sloth weighing over a ton, have been found.

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Lunch

Day 5 Puerto Natales. Chilean Fjords Cruise

Today, enjoy a full-day CRUISE on Seno Ultima Esperanza (“Last Hope Fjord”), visiting the spectacular Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers, which are only accessible by boat. See the incomparable landscape of Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, Chile’s biggest natural reserve. Arriving at the end of the fjord, disembark and hike through unspoiled, cold rainforest to the foot of the Serrano Glacier. Enjoy the beautiful views and rugged landscapes! Lunch will be served at a nearby hostería (inn).

Breakfast
Lunch

Day 6 Puerto Natales–El Calafate, Argentina

After breakfast, depart for El Calafate, a lovely village on the southern shores of Lake Argentino. Originally a simple sheltering destination for wool traders, today El Calafate serves as the entry point for UNESCO Natural Heritage Site of Los Glaciares National Park.

Breakfast

Day 7 El Calafate. Glacier Cruise & Estancia Visit

Today, a CRUISE on Lago Argentino takes you up close for views of icebergs and UPSALA GLACIER, one of the longest in South America at over 35 miles long. Disembark at a historic ranch, ESTANCIA CRISTINA, on the shores of Lago Argentino. During your visit, see a historic sheep shed, where you learn about this prosperous trade that is found throughout Patagonia. Next, board an all-terrain vehicle for a journey through the Andes landscape to the Continental ice shelter. From here, enjoy magnificent views of Upsala Glacier, Lake Guillermo, and southern Patagonian ice fields.

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Lunch

Day 8 El Calafate. Excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier

A must for all visitors to Argentina is a visit to PERITO MORENO GLACIER in LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK. Forming part of the Patagonian Continental Ice Field, from which 13 glaciers descend on the Atlantic side to flow into the Viedma and Argentino Lakes, this glacier is one of the few in the world that is still advancing. During your walking tour along the catwalks, marvel at the breathtaking glacier views and with some luck, see the ice calve into the waters below.

Breakfast

Day 9 El Calafate–Ushuaia

After breakfast, fly to Ushuaia, Argentina—the end of the world! You’ll have the opportunity to see the Andes Mountains from a CRUISE along Beagle Channel. Bask in the feeling of being in the southernmost city in the world, and watch for sea lions, albatrosses, skuas, and other interesting Patagonian fauna.

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Day 10 Ushuaia. Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion

Today, discover TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK, the southernmost national park in the world. Hike around the park, escorted by a`1n expert Naturalist. With stops at Bahia Lapataia, Lago Roca, and Bahia Ensenada, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the delicate ecosystems here.

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Lunch

Day 11 Ushuaia–Buenos Aires

Fly to Buenos Aires today, the “Paris of South America” and capital of Argentina. Fabulous food, shopping, and architecture all converge here to create a distinctly Latin vibe. Tonight, enjoy a WINE TASTING led by a local sommelier at an exclusive Cava, where you will try some famous Argentine wines, followed by dinner in this intimate setting.

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Dinner

Day 12 Buenos Aires

Your guided sightseeing starts at Plaza de Mayo, see Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House) and the METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL, housing San Martin’s Mausoleum. Drive past the ornate Colon Opera House before reaching RECOLETA CEMETERY, burial site of Eva Peron. Next, in La Boca, a colorful district and site of the city’s first port, take a short walking tour of this unique neighborhood, then continue to San Telmo, famous for its late-colonial buildings and a popular gathering spot for artists. Here, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the unique site of EL ZANJÓN, which transports you back in time nearly 500 years ago to the site of the first settlement of Buenos Aires in 1536. Tour the nearly 180-year-old mansion found here, which leads to a network of underground tunnels that were sealed off after a yellow fever epidemic in the 1700s. Gain insight into life here through a tour into the tunnels that have taken over 20 years to excavate. Top off the evening at a famous TANGO CLUB, where instuctors are ready to lead a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TANGO LESSON, followed by dinner of Argentine steaks and other local specialties.End the night with a show featuring flawless performances of Latin America’s most sensuous dance—the Tango!

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Dinner

Day 13 Buenos Aires

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

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 Accommodations

Santiago
Puerto Natales/Patagonia
El Calafate
Ushuaia
Buenos Aires

Santiago

Sheraton Santiago

Ave Santa Amaria 1742
Santiago, Chile

This contemporary hotel is ideally located within minutes of some of the cities best shopping areas, restaurants, and sights. The hotel features three Chilean inspired restaurants, two bars, state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, beauty salon, tennis court, gift shop, and medical services are also available.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Spa Services
  • Shoe Shine
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • ATM
  • Beauty Salon
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Ice Machine

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Mini-bar
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Pay Movies
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Complimentary Newspaper

Puerto Natales/Patagonia

Hotel CostAustralis

Av Puerto Montt 262
Puerto Natales/Patagonia, Chile

Located in the attractive town of Puerto Natales, on the edge of the astonishing Ultima Esperanza fjord, the CostAustralis hotel stands out as an example of the spontaneity of the Magellan architecture. Amenities include a lounge, bar, restaurant, laundry, and business center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Fitness Room
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Window Opens
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock

El Calafate

Kosten Aike

Gobernador Moyano 1243
El Calafate, Argentina

Kosten Aike Hotel in El Calafate is on the edge of the extensive and mysterious Patagonian plateau, on the foot of the imposing Mountain range of the Andes and in front of the majestic National Park the Glaciers. Amenities include a restaurant, gym, spa, playroom, business center, room service, laundry, and recreated ancestral Tehuelche designs throughout the hotel by prominent Argentine artists.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Mini-bar
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Ushuaia

Cilene del Faro

First-Class

Yaganes 74
Ushuaia, Argentina

Free Wifi

Cilene del Faro Suites & Spa looks out onto the Beagle Channel with the Andes mountains behind, protecting it from the strong Patagonian winds. This hotel offers top-notch style and elegance during your stay in this fascinating part of the world. Located close to Ushuaia's attractions and featuring soft and cozy rooms, you'll have all the comforts of home at your fingertips.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Free WiFi
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Buenos Aires

Hotel Emperador

Moderate Deluxe

Av del Libertador 420
Buenos Aires, Argentina

An oasis of tranquility in the heart of this pulsating and vibrant city, the Emperador's distinctive and unique features stand out amongst the competition. Enjoy ultimate comfort in one of the 265 spacious rooms, offering contemporary ambience matched with state-of-the-art technical amenities. From the moment you enter the Buenos Aires Hotel Emperador, you'll experience the majesty of the lobby, combining modern style with the natural colors of the year-round green gardens.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Luggage Storage
  • Beauty Salon
  • ATM

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • In-Room Safe
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Voicemail

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