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The epic scenery and vibrant cultures of Chile and Argentina are revealed on this in-depth exploration that roams from Santiago to Buenos Aires via mountains, glaciers and lakes.
You'll enjoy Insider moments like… visiting Ushuaia, the "end of the world" and southernmost city in South America. It's taking in the majestic scenery of glaciers and blue waters of Puerto Montt and Torres del Paine National Park.
This morning, meet your Local Specialist for an exciting tour of the city and a visit to the Central Market. Later, savor a lively dinner in the trendy Bellavista district of Santiago.
Today see one of the world's most spectacular scenic regions—Torres del Paine National Park. It covers an area of 436 square miles (1,200 square kilometers) and was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. Your Local Specialist shows you cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes and jagged spires of mountains, all of which are just a part of what the National Park offers. En route, visit the legendary and impressive Milodon Cave where a gigantic, prehistoric ground sloth fossil was discovered, and see a replica of it inside of the cave. Visit the viewpoints Los Cuernos and Lago Pehoe, the spectacular Salto Grande ("Big Waterfall") and Lago Grey, which provide marvelous vistas of the Grey Glacier. Admire the park's fauna including herds of guanacos, foxes, swans, and several other bird species. A box lunch is provided. Dinner is served at your hotel, offering superb views of Torres del Paine National Park.
Embark upon a full-day excursion with a Local Specialist to Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Los Glaciares is the second largest National Park in Argentina and comprises more than 1,600 square miles (4,400 square kilometers) and nearly 50 large glaciers. These glaciers are fed by a giant ice cap (the largest continental ice extension after Antarctica) that originates in the Andes and occupies over a third of the park's total area. Discover the wondrous Perito Moreno Glacier, a pristine marvel towering nearly 200 feet (60 meters) above Lake Argentino. It is named after Francisco Moreno, a 19th century Argentinian explorer who helped resolve his country's border dispute with neighboring Chile. The constant, cyclical movement of Perito Moreno's ice mass often forces the glacier to "calve"—an iceberg "birthing" process in which smaller chunks of ice fracture and break off from the glacier to thunderous noise. This spectacle can occur at any time, so keep your fingers crossed. However, ice isn't the only thing you'll see today: just east of the ice fields are areas of southern beach forest and windswept steppe. This evening, enjoy some time on your own.
Fly to Ushuaia and explore the world's southernmost city with a Local Specialist. Visit the legendary Jail of Recidivists that has preserved its impressive architecture as well as its notorious history. You will also see the first settlers' houses, visit the harbor and Paseo del Centenario—a great spot to take in the panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. Afterward, see the Bebán House, once considered the most prestigious in Ushuaia. Later, visit the central portion of the city and the restricted area of the Naval Base. Your evening is free.
Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park with a Local Specialist, stopping first at the End of the World Train Station. At the park, observe the most incredible native animals such as red foxes, woodpeckers, steamer ducks, condors, eagles and beavers cohabitating in a spectacular environment. Explore the park through a combination of touring and nature walks. Different from other parks, Tierra del Fuego National Park has it all, the ocean, forests and mountains. Inside the park, find the biological richness of Tierra del Fuego Island and its beautiful scenery, where its forest is made up of valleys of peat and lichens. Ensenada Bay, Roca Lake and Lapataia Bay give color to this unique place that still hold reminders of its ancestral inhabitants: the Yámanas. Back at your hotel, the afternoon is free to relax at the hotel spa or perhaps take an optional catamaran cruise on the Beagle Channel. This evening, join your Travel Director and new friends to enjoy a Farewell Dinner celebrating your experiences from this unforgettable trip.
10 nights' accommodations, 10 full breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners.
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Adult Price: $100.00 | Child Price: $100.00
Your cruise of the Beagle Channel focuses on the scenic archipelago, wildlife, and the history of the region. Learn about the great ship wrecks of the region as well as the first explorers arriving from Europe. There will be time to go ashore on one of the islands for a short walk. Total duration is approximately 2 ½-3 hours. Mandatory port tax of $3 is not included in the price listed. (No Minimum)
Adult Price: $73.00 | Child Price: $73.00
Enjoy an afternoon excursion to a well-known family winery in the Maipo Valley. Some visionaries, among them Don Domingo Fernandez, a distinguished politician, founded Viña Santa Rita in 1880 and promoted the introduction of the finest French vine stocks. Following the advice of expert French penologists, he began producing wines with techniques and with results far superior to those traditionally achieved. Afterwards you may discover the Museo Andino Alto Jahuel. The Andean museum is a private collection of valuable Pre-Columbian objects which belong to a variety of Chilean Andean cultures. (Minimum 4 guests).
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||AvailabilityPrice|
|4 Mar 17||14 Mar 17||$4,822$4,497pp|
|11 Nov 17||21 Nov 17||$4,822$4,497pp||
$4,822 $4,497 pp
|2 Dec 17||12 Dec 17||$4,697$4,382pp||
$4,697 $4,382 pp
Crossovers: These departures will operate per the 2016 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary.
Festival Departures: Christmas and New Year's Eve celebration arranged for these departures.
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Single Room Supplement: from $1,550.
Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $118 per person.
Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Santiago-Punta Arenas, El Calafate-Ushuaia and Ushuaia-Buenos Aires and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher.
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You will be using the Chilean and Argentinian peso on your vacation. It’s generally a good idea to carry some cash on you while you travel; however, you will be able to pay with your debit or credit card in many places and will likely find a better exchange rate once you’ve arrived in your destination. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.
Argentine cuisine is known for its traditional asado (Argentine barbecue) and many beef-oriented dishes. Empanadas filled with meat and cheese make a delicious meal or snack with a glass of local malbec. For an inexpensive lunch, try a choripan sandwich made with chorizo. Pizza and pasta dishes are also popular and reflect the influence of Italian immigrants on the country’s cuisine. For something sweet, try any dessert served with creamy dulce de leche.
Chilean cuisine reflects Spanish influences and traditional indigenous dishes, many of which are seafood oriented due to the country's long coastline. Maize and quinoa accompany many meals, served alongside barbecued or stewed meats.
We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellent and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. A more formal outfit will serve you if you plan on dining out in nicer restaurants. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.
When dining out at restaurants it is appropriate to leave up to 10 percent gratuity.
At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director. Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit. A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.
Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.
You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.
If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
Extend your vacation with a 3 day pre-itinerary extension package to Easter Island.
Prices for the extension start at $975* per person twin share (single supplement $350).
Please note that the guaranteed room share is not available on this extension. Prices do not include airfare to Easter Island. Please ask your Grand European Travel Specialist about flight arrangements. You will need to arrive in Santiago a day prior to Day 1 of this extension package. Due to the flight schedules to Easter Island, an additional night in Santiago is required and is included in the cost of this extension.
DAY 1 ARRIVE EASTER ISLAND (2 NIGHTS)
Arrive on Easter Island, the cradle of an enigmatic culture that endures to this day. The language, music and traditions remain alive among the island’s people; while the enormous stone carved Moai allude to an ancient past. Your local host will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. After check-in, enjoy a private guided excursion to Ahu Akivi. Ahus signify the site of a sacred ceremony. The restored site of Ahu Akivi has seven Moai statues representing the seven explorers sent to Raoa Nui by the king Hotu Matua. Continue on to the ancient Ahu Hanga Poukura and visit the Puna Pau red scoria stone quarry.
Tahatai or Otai Rapanui Hotel
DAY 2 EASTER ISLAND SIGHTSEEING
Enjoy a privately guided excursion as you drive along the island’s southern coast and see the perfectly preserved Ahu Vaihu in the Bay of Hanga Te’e. Continue to Rano Raraku, a quarry of almost 900 stone statues, 397 of which are on the slopes of the Rano Kau volcano. Visit Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu on the island. Continue your drive to the eastern coast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the “Navel of the World”. Afterwards enjoy a stop at scenic Anakena beach and take in the splendor of the Pacific Ocean.
DAY 3 SIGHTSEEING AND DEPART EASTER ISLAND
This morning your private excursion will take you to the extinct Rano Kau volcano, where you will enjoy magnificent views of the island. See the island’s distinct geological features including a crater lake. Next, drive to a ceremonial village of Orongo, where you can see remarkable petroglyphs. Enjoy breathtaking views of the three islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao. Drive down to Ahu Vinapu to see further evidence of pre-Incan architectural influences on Easter Island. Stop at the Ana Kai Tangata to view its ornate paintings. Return to your hotel before you are transferred to the airport for your flights later this afternoon.
Upon your return to Santiago, you will join the rest of your tour for Day 1 of Patagonian Grand Adventure.
Extend your vacation with a 3 day extension package to Easter Island.
Prices for the extension start at $575 per person double share (single supplement from $250).
Please note that the guaranteed room share is not available on this extension. Prices do not include airfare to Buenos Aires. Please ask your Grand European Travel Specialist about flight arrangements.
DAY 1 TO DAY 10
These days will operate as shown on the Patagonian Grand Adventure itinerary, Days 1-10.
DAY 11: ARRIVE IN BUENOS AIRES (2 Nights)
After your flight from Ushuaia, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of Buenos Aires. The evening is free for you to relax or take in the sights of the eclectic city around you. (FB)
Hotel: Emperador Buenos Aires
DAY 12: BUENOS AIRES SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
This morning, embark on an in-depth tour of the city. See the Casa Rosada, Metropolitan Cathedral and other government buildings. Pass through the colorful neighborhood of La Boca, see San Telmo, and lovely Palermo. State in awe at the famous Teatro Colon, a landmark in Buenos Aires. Lastly, visit the Recoleta Cemetary where Argentina's former first lady, Eva Peron (Evita) is buried. The evening is free for you to continue your exploration or try a local restaurant. (FB)
DAY 13: DEPART BUENOS AIRES
After 11 am hotel checkout, your day is free until your transfer to the Buenos Aires airport, or perhaps extend your stay! (FB)
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