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What a place for a selfie

What a place for a selfie
Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Australis Cruise, Puerto Natales & El Calafate

A flavor of Buenos Aires key attractions and its cuisine at the most vibrant tango show in the city. Fly further south to explore the city at “the end of the world” and embark in an unforgettable expeditionary cruise following Charles Darwin’s journey through the Chilean Patagonian fjords. Live Patagonia in luxurious style and visit to one of the true wonders of the world, the Perito Moreno glacier. 

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • International & Domestic flights
  • Daily breakfast, all transfers, tours with bilingual guides, and local taxes
  • 1 night accommodation in double room in Buenos Aires
  • 1 half-day Classic City tour in Buenos Aires
  • 1 Dinner Tango Show at Rojo Tango in Buenos Aires
  • 1 night accommodation in double room at Arakur Hotel in Ushuaia with shuttle & activities
  • 3 night accommodation in double cabin onboard the Australis Cruise (full board and activities)
  • 3 nights Patagonian Luxury staying at The Singular Hotel with full board and activities
  • 1 night accommodation in double room in El Calafate
  • 1 half-day visit to Perito Moreno glacier in El Calafate

 WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Meals and drinks other than those mentioned
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fees to National Parks
  • Optional tours and experiences
  • Any items not mentioned

5 Star Hotels:  from US$ 6,087* 

Buenos Aires: Alvear Art Hotel 

Ushuaia: Arakur Resort & Spa 

Puerto Natales:  The Singular Hotel 

El Calafate:   Posada Los Alamos Hotel 

 

4 Star Hotels: from US$ 5,132* 

Buenos Aires: Esplendor Plaza Francia Hotel 

Ushuaia: Fueguino Hotel

Torres del Paine:  Hosteria Las Torres

El Calafate: Design Suites 

*Price per person in US$, based on std. room in 4– and 5-star accommodations, subject to availability and may change without notice. Airfare included. Please read terms and conditions. Insurance is highly recommended. This is an exclusive promotion through Borello Travel & Tours.

 

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:

Day 01: Buenos Aires

Upon arrival at the airport, private transfer to the Selected Hotel.

Half day classic city tour

Enjoy a three-hour sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city that reflects the rich heritage of the numerous immigrants that shaped Argentina’s capital. The tour starts at the historic Plaza de Mayo square, flanked by the Government House, better as the "Pink House”; the Cabildo (the old City Hall) and the Cathedral. Further south, visit the picturesque port neighborhood of La Boca with its colorful street Caminito, a pedestrian street filled with art stalls and performing artists; its unique architecture---painted in a rainbow of colors, and traditions that the influence of the European immigrants, especially Genovese sailors, who settled along these shores at the end of the 19th century. The tour continues towards San Telmo, one of the oldest and most charming neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, which has preserved most of its architectural heritage and boasts lovely cobblestone streets lined with colonial townhouses, cafes and antique shops.  Next on the tour is the upscale waterfront district of Puerto Madero and Palermo neighborhood with its elegant residences set among large grassy parks. The tour concludes in Recoleta, Buenos Aires’ most sophisticated and high-end neighborhood.

Dinner & Show Rojo Tango – (Faena Hotel & Universe)

Sit back and enjoy one of the best dinners and tango shows in the city, Rojo Tango at the Faena Hotel + Universe. Rojo Tango takes the audience through the history of tango, with all of its love, passion, madness and glamour. 

Day 02: Buenos Aires – Ushuaia

At appropriate time, private transfer to the airport for your flight to Ushuaia, and transfer from Ushuaia airport to the Arakur Hotel. 

Free time to relax and enjoy activities at Arakur Hotel located inside the Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén. The Reserve is an area dedicated to the preservation of Tierra del Fuego’s nature; home to various species of flora and fauna. Cerro Alarken’s summit offers magnificent views of Ushuaia Bay. 

Day 03: Ushuaia

Private transfer from Hotel to the Australis’ office for check-in registration between 9AM and 4PM, and later transfer to the pier to board the Australis Cruise between 5PM and 6PM. 

After a welcome reception on board by The Captain and crew, the ship departs towards “the uttermost part of the earth”, navigating the Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan to explore one of the most captivating wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego. 

Day 04: Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay

Sailing through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay, the journey reaches Cape Horn National Park, declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. Weather permitting, passengers disembark the ship and navigate in zodiac boats to the mythical Cape Horn island. This sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory was discovered in 1616 and it is known as the “End of the Earth”. 

In the afternoon, the ship sails to the historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here on January 23rd, 1833, during the voyage of the HMS Beagle. Walk the trails of this renowned area for its geography and vegetation: Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coihues, Canelos, ferns, and other native vegetation to reach alook-out point. 

Day 05: Piloto & Nena Glaciers

After sailing through the desolate Brecknock, Occasion, and Cockburn channels, the ship anchors at Chico Sound where passengers embark onto Zodiac boats to explore Alakaluf Fjord. Navigating through glacier floats and observing beautiful waterfalls, Piloto and Nena glaciers from the boats is a thrilling experience, all while learning from the tour guide about the formation of glaciers and their influence in the abrupt geography of the region’s channels. 

Day 06: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales

Early in the morning, we go ashore on Magdalena Island (weather permitting). Located in the Strait of Magellan, it was an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers in the past. The island is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic 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, we sail to Punta Arenas, disembarking at 11:30 a.m.

NOTE: The excursions/day trips described in the itineraries can normally be, and are frequently, carried out. Without prejudice to the aforesaid, Transportes Marítimos Terra Australis S.A. y Transportes Marítimos Via Australis S.A. reserve the right to reschedule shorten or alter all or part of itineraries and/or excursions without previous notice, in order to safeguard the well-being and safety of passengers, preserve the environment or due to the extraordinary circumstances, acts of god or force majeure. In view of the same reasons, the hours of departure or arrival of the vessels may be subject to change.

Upon arrival, private transfer to The Singular Hotel in Puerto Natales.

Singular Hotel: Experience of Authentic Patagonia

A varied menu of expeditions to make one feel a true experience of Authentic Patagonia, mingling with locals, its customs and traditions, visiting ranches and industrial premises where the pioneers worked, sailing the fjords, and admiring this unique part of the world.

Easy level

  • Trekking the Sierra Baguales – Private Reserve
  • Boat to Punta Jamón – Private Reserve
  • Bird watching – Cerro Castillo
  • Puerto Bories Private Collection
  • Puerto Natales – Land of Pioneers
  • Exploring Puerto Natales by Bicycle
  • Discovering Torres del Paine National Park

Medium level

  • Bike in Lake Sofia
  • Trekking Mirador de Ultima Esperanza
  • Trekking to the Mylodon Caves
  • Condor-watching & Trekking at Cerro Benitez
  • Lake Sofia & The Caves on Horseback
  • The Mylodon Cave on Horseback
  • Puerto Bories on Horseback

 Challenging level

  • Kayak – Obstruccion Sound
  • Valle Pingo Trekking – Torres del Paine National Park
  • Trekking to the base of Paine Towers
  • The Astonishing Torres del Paine National Park

Exclusive trips: to Singular Hotel’s private reserves: Punta Jamón and Estancia la Cumbre at Sierra Baguales Ranch. These two places are available only to the hotel guests. 

Days 07 - 08: Puerto Natales

Two days at leisure to enjoy the activities of the Hotel.

Day 09: Puerto Natales – El Calafate

At appropriate time, private transfer to the Selected Hotel in El Calafate. 

Day 10: El Calafate

Half Day Perito Moreno Glacier

Departure from your hotel to Perito Moreno Glacier, situated inside Los Glaciares National Park, driving some 80 km (50 miles) from El Calafate,  partially along a gravel road. The first half of the drive is through the typical Patagonian steppe, with broom sedges (a hard and thorny type of grass) and 'calafates' (bushes of the barberry family, known for their yellow flowers and violet fruits). Along the way, one can see Lago Argentino while keeping an eye out for a variety of interesting bird species, particularly Condors. As one approaches the National Park, the landscape changes dramatically, with vegetation becoming much thicker, dominated by species from the Andine-Patagonian forest such as beech trees and shrubs, and the rumbling of blocks of ice breaking off Perito Moreno Glacier start to make its impression. Perito Moreno is an imposing ice river measuring some 30 km (19 mi) long and 5 km (3 mi) wide, with a front wall that reaches 60 meters (100-195 feet) above the lake, and ice that reaches a depth of 250 to 350 meters (800-1,150 feet). The impressive creaking and squealing, with the occasional thunderous roars is a stark reminder of the glacier’s constant movement. The glacier’s breathtaking beauty and magnificent scenery have earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Designation. Walk the trails by the western wall to admire this impressive wonder of nature from different points of view. (National Park entrance fee not included). 

After the tour, private transfer to the airport. 

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Tour descriptions and approximate times are for informational purposes only.
Some places described may be substituted and/or approximate times may be subject to change, due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions.