Take me there
Buenos Aires, Australis Cruise & El Calafate
Departure dates: Sep & Oct 2016 and Mar & Apr 2017
This compacted but thrilling journey encompasses the best of Buenos Aires city and historical areas of Patagonia. Tour the key attractions of the city of Buenos Aires, dine and see the most vibrant tango show in the city. Fly south to embark in an expeditionary cruise that follows Charles Darwin’s journey through Patagonian fjords. Also, live a glimpse of Patagonia in Calafate to admire the grandiose of Perito Moreno glacier.
- International & Domestic flights
- Daily breakfast, all transfers, tours with bilingual guides, and local taxes
- 2 nights 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
- 3 night accommodation in double cabin onboard Australis Cruise full board and
- 2 nights Patagonia’s Spirit staying at Eolo Hotel with full board and activities
- 1 full-day visit Perito Moreno 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$ 6,612*
Buenos Aires: Hub Porteño Hotel
El Calafate: Eolo Hotel
4 Star Hotels: from US$ 5,434*
Buenos Aires: Dazzler Recoleta Hotel
El Calafate: Esplendor Calafate Hotel
*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.
Day 01: Buenos Aires
Upon arrival, private transfer to the Selected Hotel.
Day 02: Buenos Aires
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 03: Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
At appropriate time, private transfer to the airport for your flight to Ushuaia. From Ushuaia airport, private transfer to the Australis office for check-in registration until 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: Garibaldi Glacier - Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley
In the morning, we will enter Garibaldi Fjord where we will disembark for a hike through the forest up to a glacial waterfall to enjoy the spectacular views. For those who choose to stay onboard, our Captain will point the bow towards the beautiful blue Garibaldi Glacier so that they can enjoy the panoramic view from the upper decks. In the afternoon we will navigate along the Northwest arm of the Beagle Channel to reach Pia Fjord, where we disembark. We will then take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular Pia Glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. After this memorable experience, we will continue our voyage along the Beagle Channel through the majestic Glacier Alley.
Day 05: 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 06: Ushuaia – El Calafate
Arrival and disembarkation in Ushuaia is scheduled at 8:00 am. After the disembarkation, private transfer to the airport for your flight to El Calafate. From Calafate airport, private transfer to Eolo Hotel.
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.
Day 07: El Calafate
Full 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)
Day 08: El Calafate
At appropriate time, 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.