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Glacier and Torres del Paine

Highlights of this tour:

Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Los Glaciares, Lago Argentino, the Perito Moreno Glacier, Torres del Paine National Park, Puerto Natales, Santiago de Chile.

This package holiday includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Buenos Aires
  • Flights from Santiago de Chile to the UK
  • 1 domestic flight in Argentina: Buenos Aires – El Calafate
  • 1 domestic flight in Chile: Punta Arenas – Santiago de Chile
  • Transfers from and to airports (in small, international groups)
  • Bus travel: El Calafate – Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in good hotels incl. breakfast
  • Individual tour, however, all excursions are in small international groups with local English speaking guides
  • Telephone hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
  • Daily departures

The following package of excursions are included:

  • Half-day tour of Buenos Aires
  • Full-day excursion to the Los Glaciares National Park, featuring the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Full-day excursion to the Torres del Paine National Park
  • Guided tour of Santiago de Chile
  • Admission tickets to the attractions mentioned

Single room supplement: £460
Discounts are available for groups of 6 or more people

Choose this tour because…

This trip is of pure nature delights, with a dash of big city holiday. Look forward to experiencing the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires – which is often called ‘South America’s answer to Paris’ – as well as the magnificent blue glaciers and the turquoise waters of Lago Argentino lake at El Calafate. Just like Argentina, Chile has been blessed with a variety of enchanting landscapes, and the country protects this natural heritage in several national parks. This tour will take you to the fantastic Torres del Paine park, famous for its glaciers and snow-capped mountains that stand in stark contrast to the turquoise lakes, waterfalls and verdant valleys. In a charming location close to Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) Sound lies the small town of Puerto Natales, surrounded by mountains and the Patagonian plain, where you will have the pleasure of spending a night. Your trip comes to an end in the Chilean capital, Santiago de Chile, which is well known for its tall skyscrapers, green parks and exciting, delightful quarters dotted with historical buildings.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Flight to Argentina

Departure day, where you will fly to Buenos Aires with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Buenos Aires

You will be met in the arrival hall by our driver, who will take you to your hotel. The city is known as South America’s answer to Paris on account of its elegance, its broad boulevards, charming quarters and magnificent buildings, both antique and modern. The atmosphere here is magnificent, with charming café lifestyle, the pulsating beat of the metropolis and the melancholy tango culture. You will be spending three nights in this wonderful city, so there will be plenty of time to visit the different areas and soak up the ambience.

Overnight stay Hotel Merit San Telmo

Day 3: Tour of Buenos Aires

The day is given over to a guided tour of Buenos Aires, taking in the very best of the city: Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martin and Plaza Alvear – the most famous squares in Buenos Aires, with sights including the Presidential Palace and the José San Martin statue; La Boca – the workers’ quarter, where the houses are painted in strong, contrasting colours; San Telmo – the oldest part of the city, now the artists’ quarter; 9 de Julio Avenida – the broadest boulevard in the world, home to the Obelisco, the famous hallmark of the city; Puerto Madero – the new harbour area with its delightful cafés and restaurants; Avenida Corrientes – the amusement quarter with its theatres and cinemas; and Recoleta – the famous cemetery, which is the final resting place of celebrities including Eva Perón, better known as Evita.

The evening is yours to do with as you wish, so you can enjoy the delights of Buenos Aires for yourself.

Argentine dinner and tango show can be arranged:

Overnight stay Hotel Merit San Telmo

Day 4: Buenos Aires

The day is yours to do with as you wish, so you have plenty of time to explore the delights of Buenos Aires for yourself.

However, there are several Buenos Aires tours to choose from:

Overnight stay Hotel Merit San Telmo

Day 5: Flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate

Leaving the capital behind, you head south-west to El Calafate to experience a host of magnificent natural delights. The city enjoys a wonderful location, nestling among the Andes mountains by the beautiful turquoise waters of the Lago Argentino lake.

Overnight stay Los Hielos

Day 6: The Perito Moreno glacier

The day is given over to a full-day trip to the Los Glaciares National Park, which stretches over an area of 6,000 km2 close to the border with Chile. The park features on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, and comprises the Lago Viedma lake and mountains in the north, as well as the three large glaciers – Upsala, Viedma and Perito Moreno – in the south.

The excursion crosses the Patagonian steppe before entering the national park itself. You will visit Lago Argentino, the largest freshwater lake in Argentina with a surface area of 1,466 km2. The area is famous for its rich birdlife, and you may be lucky enough to spot some pink flamingos. The impressive, blue-hued glacier known as Perito Moreno is 60 metres high and 4 km long. It is visible from a great distance and the coach will stop at several vantage points along the way before reaching the glacier itself. Right up close, you can hear the loud crashes that huge chunks of ice make when they fall off the active glacier and tumble into the lake. It is a truly impressive sight, so it is not hard to understand why UNESCO chose to include the park on its World Heritage list. The glacier is named after the Argentine adventurer Francisco Perito Moreno, who was one of the first people to explore the southern reaches of Argentina in the late nineteenth century.

Overnight stay Los Hielos

Day 7: El Calafate

There are no excursions planned. The day is therefore yours to explore the delights of El Calafate for yourself.

Overnight stay Los Hielos

Day 8: Bus transfer: El Calafate – Torres del Paine National Park

You have a long coach trip ahead of you today. You will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning and driven to the Chilean border at Cerro Castillo. Having crossed the border, you will have time to exchange currency, enjoy a traditional breakfast and meet some of the local people before entering Torres del Paine, one of the most beautiful and amazing national parks in the world. Located at the southernmost tip of the Andes Mountains, the park covers an area of 2,400 km2. It features an outstanding landscape comprising snow-capped mountain peaks, glaciers, turquoise lakes, waterfalls, verdant valleys and – of course – the impressive and famous Torres del Paine (towers) after which the park is named.

First stop on the itinerary is El Lago Sarmiento lake, where you will have the opportunity to take pictures in the stunning landscape. You then head off to Laguna Amarga, one of the entrances to the park, before making your way to another lake – the interestingly named Lago Nordenskjöld – were you can marvel at the beautiful sight of the Cuernos del Paine peaks reflected in the water. Your trip then takes you to the Pudeto area for a 90-minute walk through the magnificent park. Torres del Paine National Park is actually one of the finest locations in the world for hikes and rambles. The route leads you to the Cuernos del Paine peaks and the Salto Grande waterfall, where huge volumes of water from Lago Nordenskjöld cascade through a narrow gorge into Lago Pehoé below. The park is also the habitat of a wide variety of animals, and you may be lucky enough to spot majestic condors circling between the mountain tops, playful hares and foxes in the bushes, and haughty guanacos on the plains. Guanacos are not as shy as other species of lama, so it is often possible to take close-up photos of them. After this fantastic trip, the coach will take you to the hotel where you will be spending two nights.

Overnight stay Hotel Lago Tyndall

Day 9: Full-day excursion in the Torres del Paine

The day is yours to do with as you wish.

Hiking trip through Torres del Paine National Park can be arranged:

Overnight stay Hotel Lago Tyndall

Day 10: Puerto Natales

The morning is yours to do with as you wish, giving you the chance to take away some final impressions of this magnificent national park.

In the afternoon, you will be picked up and driven to Puerto Natales, where you will spend the night. Puerto Natales is a small town set in beautiful surroundings by the waters of the Ultima Esperenza (Last Hope) Sound, ringed by snow-capped mountains and the Patagonian steppe.

Overnight stay Hotel Glaciares

Day 11: Santiago de Chile

To start the day, you will be picked up at the hotel and driven to Punta Arenas Airport to catch your flight to Santiago de Chile, the capital city of the country. You will be met at the airport by our driver, who will take you to your hotel.

Chile has a population of 16 million people – and 6 million of them live in Santiago de Chile. The Chilean capital enjoys a beautiful location, backed by the snow-clad Andes mountains to the east and the coastal mountain range to the west. Santiago de Chile is a modern and inviting metropolis, with tall skyscrapers and charming quarters; moreover, some of the finest vineyards in the world are located just outside the city.

Overnight stay Hotel Diego Velazquez

Day 12: Guided tour of Santiago de Chile

This day is devoted to a guided tour of the city, taking in all the main sights. During the tour, you will have the chance to enjoy a panoramic view out over the Bellavista quarter, which is the cultural heart of Santiago with its colourful buildings, cafés, restaurants and art galleries – as well as musicians and theatrical troupes performing in the streets. You will visit the central market with its fresh foods, the former railway station – Estación Mapocho – that is now a cultural centre, the Museo de Bellas Artes art museum, which is a copy of the Petit Palais in Paris, and the Santa Lucia hill, from where there is a magnificent view out over the city. It is believed that this is actually the place where Santiago de Chile was originally founded by Valdivia. It is then time to visit the central Plaza de Armas square, Cerreo Central which is home to the most efficient postal service in South America, the largest cathedral in the country, built in Baroque style, the historical museum that presents the history of Chile, the congress building where the legislative assembly of Chile sat until it was closed in 1973, and the Presidential Palace – Palacio de la Mondea – where President Allende committed suicide during the military coup in 1973.

You will also have the chance to experience the modern part of Santiago de Chile – also known as ‘Sanhattan’, after the Manhattan district of New York, with its tall skyscrapers and beautiful green areas. Before the tour comes to an end, you will have the opportunity to visit Faba, the applied art shop that has specialised in making jewellery of the rare blue stone called lapis lazuli, which is only found in Chile and Afghanistan.

Overnight stay Hotel Diego Velazquez

Day 13: Start of the trip home

The time has finally come for you to bid farewell to Argentina and Chile. You will be driven to the airport to catch your flight back to Europe. You will fly to the UK with connecting flights along the way.

Day 14: Return trip

Arrive back in the UK after a wonderfully eventful holiday.

Highlights of this tour:

Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Los Glaciares, Lago Argentino, the Perito Moreno Glacier, Torres del Paine National Park, Puerto Natales, Santiago de Chile.

This package holiday includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Buenos Aires
  • Flights from Santiago de Chile to the UK
  • 1 domestic flight in Argentina: Buenos Aires – El Calafate
  • 1 domestic flight in Chile: Punta Arenas – Santiago de Chile
  • Transfers from and to airports (in small, international groups)
  • Bus travel: El Calafate – Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in good hotels incl. breakfast
  • Individual tour, however, all excursions are in small international groups with local English speaking guides
  • Telephone hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • ATOL certificate included
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
  • Daily departures

The following package of excursions are included:

  • Half-day tour of Buenos Aires
  • Full-day excursion to the Los Glaciares National Park, featuring the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Full-day excursion to the Torres del Paine National Park
  • Guided tour of Santiago de Chile
  • Admission tickets to the attractions mentioned

Single room supplement: £460
Discounts are available for groups of 6 or more people