Southern Grand Tour
fjords, glaciers, lakes and mountains, a classic combination of Chile and Argentina
A comprehensive 17 day trip around Argentina and Chile taking in Patagonia, a cruise through the fjords of Tierra del Fuego, and the beautiful and contrasting lake districts on both sides of the Andes.
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Days 1-3: Arrive in the Argentine capital and spend three nights in the popular district of Recoleta. Take a private tour of the city including a visit to the bustling and colourful suburbs of La Boca and San Telmo and an evening at an authentic tango house for dinner and a show.
Tierra del Fuego and the southern fjords
Days 4-7: Fly to Ushuaia, and spend the night in the most southerly city in the world, on the shores of the Beagle channel. Free morning to visit Lapataia national park and in the afternoon board a small expeditionary cruise ship for a three night journey to Punta Arenas (Chile), through steep-sided fjords and past magnificent glaciers (with daily shore excursions). Every effort will be made to visit Cape Horn, although whether or not you will land will depend on the weather.
Note: This Cruceros Australis cruise also operates in the opposite direction.
Chile: Torres del Paine
Days 8-11: Disembark at Punta Arenas, from where you are driven to the Torres del Paine national park (about 4-5 hours), where sheer granite towers emerge behind glaciers and ice fields and are reflected in blue lakes - simply breathtaking. Stay at a lodge in or near the park and take daily excursions on foot, on horseback or by boat to admire the park's natural beauty.
Chilean Lake District
Days 12-13: Shared transfer to Punta Arenas for a flight to Puerto Montt. Spend your days exploring the Chilean Lake District: there are a many national parks and snow-capped mountain vistas to admire - the Osorno volcano is especially dramatic.
Lake Crossing and Argentine Patagonia
Days 14-17: Depart on the famous lake crossing to Argentina, by boat and by bus across three lakes and through temperate rainforest. After a few days in the Bariloche area, pick up a hire car and explore the Andean towns and villages of the Argentine Lake District. Particular highlights include the picturesque Seven Lakes road to the north of Bariloche or, further south, Los Alerces National Park, with its stunning lakes and mountainous backdrops.
Fly to Buenos Aires for onward connections.
In the following section you will see our suggested options for possible accommodation.
The estimated flight cost included in this itinerary (assuming international flights from the UK plus any internal flights that are necessary) is £1,500 per person.
Standard - £6,925
Luxury - £8,680
- Casa Molino - a lovely, homely guesthouse a few kilometres outside of Puerto Varas and on the lakeshore.
- Hub Porteño - a luxury boutique hotel in the elegant Recoleta district of Buenos Aires, a perfect base for exploring the city.
- Tierra Patagonia - a stunning and stylish luxury lodge just outside Torres del Paine National Park. A choice of excursions are offered daily and all meals included.
Price and validity notes
We have tried to give you as accurate an idea of prices as possible, including meals where appropriate (but not when there are good local options so you don't pay for a meal that you might not want), accommodation, transfers, and any tours we have included.
All prices are per person based on two people sharing a room and are intended as a guide (local high or low seasons can cause some variation). All prices were correct when published but may vary with exchange rate fluctuations, fuel surcharges, or changes in the general economic situation.