DAY 1, April 07, 2021 | Santiago
Upon arrival at the Santiago International Airport, you will be met by a local representative who will assist you before escorting you on a private transfer to your hotel.
Once you arrive at the hotel, you will have time at leisure to use the hotel facilities or to go for a relaxing walk around. Check in is at 3:00pm.
Later, you will meet your guide in the hotel lobby to begin your adventure.
Experience one of the most developed cities in South America, Santiago—a city which combines the urban and the classic, in both its architecture and atmosphere. A prime example of the city's heritage is the iconic Moneda Presidential Palace, designed by the Italian designer, Joaquin Toesca, which from 1845 to 1930 served as the presidential residence. What were once grand living quarters are now the offices of Cabinet ministers. Plaza de Armas is the most famous square in the city and is surrounded by important and beautiful buildings such as the Cathedral and Central Post Office. A few blocks away, you will find the Pre-Columbian Museum with over 700 exhibits of pre-Hispanic artwork and relics from diverse cultures, including the Mayans, Aztecs, and the Mapuches—from the south of Chile. One of the most noteworthy parts of the city is San Cristobal Hill. The hill is recognized as one of the largest urban parks, topped by a stunning 22 meter (72 foot) tall statue of the Virgin Mary. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel.
Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure and dinner independently.
DAY 2, April 08, 2021 | Valparaíso & Viña del Mar
After breakfast, your guide will take you on a full-day tour to the Pacific Coast.
Become entranced by the colorful port city of Valparaiso, famous for its stacked hills and winding stairs with incredible street art. This UNESCO World Heritage city takes you back in time as you climb the winding stone stairs or head up in one of the famous funiculars. The hills are connected by an ingenious network of twisting streets, stairways, cable cars, flower-filled balconies, and lookout platforms—a unique cityscape with spectacular views of the bay from which the city takes its name. Your city tour shows you downtown Valparaíso in the lower areas as well as the colorful hills, where you can truly appreciate the magic of the city and enjoy unforgettable sea views.
For lunch, indulge in the cuisine of the Chilean coast at a local restaurant.
Just ten minutes to the north of Valparaíso lies Viña del Mar, Chile's premier coastal resort. Here, discover fabulous beaches and a bustling commercial sector. Viña del Mar is known as the "Ciudad Jardín" (Garden City) thanks to its lavish gardens and subtropical atmosphere.
Return to Santiago in the late afternoon, followed by time at leisure and dinner on your own.
DAY 3, April 09, 2021 | Puerto Natales
Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the hotel and escort you to your waiting vehicle for your direct transfer to Santiago's Arturo Merino Benitez airport. Upon arrival at the airport, your guide will be present to assist with check-in formalities.
Upon arrival at Punta Arenas airport, you will be met by a representative for a 3-hour transfer to the hotel.
The pretty Patagonian fishing village of Puerto Natales, with skuas, petrels, and albatross whirling overhead, is the major gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park, isolated from the rest of Chile by fjords, canals, and inlets. One of the many appeals of this park is its complete remoteness, stillness, and inaccessibility to most humans.
This program includes traditional activities that require low physical demand, meaning all ages can enjoy and experience the splendor of Patagonia!
Based on the area’s unpredictable weather conditions (and always biting wind!) please prepare several layers of adaptable clothing.
After checking in at the hotel, you will have the choice to enjoy some time at leisure or join your guide for an optional walk about Puerto Natales.
Once you return to the hotel, enjoy a delicious dinner.
DAY 4, April 10, 2021 | Puerto Natales
Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant.
After breakfast, your guide will be waiting for you to go on a full-day group tour of Torres del Paine National Park. This is the perfect excursion to get an overall view of the park, during which you can enjoy all its vistas, including Amarga Lagoon and Nordenskjöld Lake. You will take a short walk to visit Salto Grande, Cuernos lookout, and the Iceberg’s viewpoint at the Grey Lake beach.
Lunch and all entrance fees are included during your stay.
Return to the hotel for leisure time and dinner.
DAY 5, April 11, 2021 | Puerto Natales
Breakfast will be served at the hotel restaurant.
This day you will enjoy two half-day excursions. Your guide will be waiting for you to start the day with a hike around Ventisquero Valley. You will depart from the hotel by van, taking the Milodon Cave route Y-290 for 45 minutes until your arrival at one of the closest valleys to the town of Puerto Natales. From there, you and your group will cross the Ventisquero Valley, giving you a taste of Magellanic forests, pre-Andean bushland, and great waterfalls. Unlike most tourists, guests of this trip will be able to visit this landscape exclusively and enjoy one of the incredible landscapes hidden in Patagonia.
Return to the hotel for lunch.
After lunch, the guide will accompany you on the second adventure of the day, a horseback ride through Patagonia Field.
Heading out from the hotel, it takes about a 30-minute drive to get to a traditional Patagonian ranch (estancia). Your group will be met by a ‘gaucho’ (Cowboy) who will take you on a ride through the Patagonian landscape, where you will see magnificent views of cliffs sculpted by glaciers and natural rock viewpoints, formed by wind erosion.
In this imposing but spectacular environment, you will take a well-deserved break to share some ‘mate’—a traditional hot tea beverage of Patagonia.
Return to the hotel for dinner.
DAY 6, April 12, 2021 | Puerto Natales
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant.
This day you will enjoy an unforgettable experience, a full-day excursion through the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers.
This crossing will emulate the one made by Spanish skipper Juan Ladrilleros in 1557, when as a last hope of finding the Strait of Magellan he came across with the glaciers of Balmaceda Mount. You will depart from Puerto Natales, sailing for 3 hours through the fjord toward Balmaceda Mount, located at the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, the biggest in the country. Your group will then dock at the national park and disembark for a short walk to see the Serrano Glacier.
Upon return, you will visit an estancia to enjoy a typical Patagonian lamb barbecue.
At the end of the excursion, return to the hotel for dinner.
DAY 7, April 13, 2021 | El Calafate
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
Early in the morning, your transfer will take you to the border with Argentina to begin the second part of your adventure in the Argentine Patagonia.
Once you cross the border, another transfer will take you from Cancha Carrera on the Chilean border to your hotel in Calafate (approximately a three-hour drive). You will change vehicles and be met by a local guide.
Welcome to El Calafate, a charming village on the banks of Lake Argentino. Named after a Patagonian bush, according to legend, whoever eats its berries will always return to Patagonia. Picturesque streets are surrounded by beautiful trees and colorful gardens that make this village an oasis in the middle of the barren Patagonian landscape.
El Calafate is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park—an area of lakes, mountains, and glaciers with astounding scenery that is best seen from one of the various boat tour options available.
Perito Moreno Glacier is the area’s main attraction. A series of walkways and balconies allow easy access to one of the few remaining advancing glaciers in the world, currently grinding its way down the Andes range into a branch of the enormous Lake Argentino. The more daring may enjoy a trekking experience over its millenarian ice field.
Outstanding Argentinian artists have recreated ancestral designs of the Tehuelche indigenous inhabitants to achieve Kosten Aike Hotel, two blocks from downtown El Calafate, where every detail tells the history of Patagonia. This is where you will be enjoying your stay.
Enjoy dinner at the hotel.
DAY 8, April 14, 2021 | El Calafate
Enjoy a buffet breakfast served at the hotel's restaurant.
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience when admiring the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few remaining advancing glaciers in the world. It is a unique ice field due to its easy access, its steady state, and its famous ice breaks. Admire how the lights generate fascinating scales of blueish colors while the cracking sound of the moving-ice prepares the scenery for some massive ice-falls.
A drive along route eleven offers you the chance to see the transition from the steppe to the Andean-Patagonian forest, represented by "high and low deciduous beech", white oak, and cinnamon trees among other species. Flowers of several colors can be appreciated too, with the "firebush" being the one that stands out most due to its deep red color. All these species are more notorious once entering the National Park.
After eighty kilometers of driving, arrive at the panoramic catwalks, which are divided into three circuits (Low, Coast and Central) and several resting and panoramic Balconies. Walk along the catwalks, admiring the overwhelming size of this unique "living" mass, which reaches 257-square kilometers (99 miles squared) of ice field surface.
After the excursion, return to your Hotel in El Calafate
Enjoy time at leisure and dinner independently.
DAY 9, April 15, 2021 | El Calafate – Buenos Aires
A breakfast buffet will be served at the hotel.
Later, transfer from your hotel to Calafate Airport.
Upon arrival at Buenos Aires Local Airport (Aeroparque), your local guide will assist in transferring you to your hotel via private vehicle.
Welcome to Buenos Aires!
Elegant and old-worldly, with a touch of Paris here and a touch of London there, a dash of New York cosmopolitanism and a big splash of Italian exuberance, this city also has a strong Latin American personality as well as uniquely Argentine elements such as tango bars. Here, everything is grand, on a scale fit for kings: tourists photograph vast steaks at restaurants, Nueve de Julio avenue ranks as the world's widest, a cemetery so fancy that it occupies one of the poshest parts of the poshest neighborhood, while the entire city fronts onto the world's widest river. Overall, Buenos Aires never fails to impress.
DAY 10, April 16, 2021 | Buenos Aires
Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.
Explore the highlights of magnificent Buenos Aires in a five-hour guided sightseeing tour that includes lunch. This excursion kicks off in one of the city's most significant spots: Plaza de Mayo square. This is where the city was founded in 1580 and where the most important governmental buildings are located, including the Casa Rosada (Government House), Cabildo (City Hall) and the Catedral Metropolitana (Metropolitan Cathedral).
The visit continues on to San Telmo neighborhood, with its cobblestoned streets, where the original porteños (Buenos Aires residents) settled in the early days. After a short drive south, stop off at picturesque La Boca, the colorful working-class port neighborhood, and walk along Caminito Street, where local artists display their artwork to the tune of tango performed on the street. Drive towards Palermo, passing through Puerto Madero and see this regenerated area where redbrick warehouses have been transformed into trendy restaurants and bars.
Once in the northern area of the city, drive through Palermo Chico with its impressive townhouses, tree-lined boulevards and parks. Palermo Soho, meanwhile, fuses the flavor of a working-class neighborhood with contemporary twists such as ethnic restaurants, design stores, and bars. Its bohemian atmosphere makes it popular with Argentines as well as foreign visitors and the gastronomy options appeal to all palates. Continue to Recoleta, the most sophisticated district, to visit Nuestra Señora del Pilar church and Recoleta Cemetery to glimpse stunning mausoleums, the final resting place for many of Argentina's key characters.
After a venue transfer in, the best seats in the house await at a dinner and tango show at Café de los Angelitos, a venue that's witnessed more than 100 years of history in Buenos Aires. The most outstanding political and artistic personalities from the 20th century have sat at its tables to write thousands of pages of history that ensured Buenos Aires breathes tango on every corner. Having undergone ambitious restructuring across three floors, Café de los Angelitos pays attention to every last detail, especially to its luxurious tango show comprising six musicians, two singers, and 12 dancers. After the show, guests are transferred to the hotel.
DAY 11, April 17, 2021 | Buenos Aires
Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel.
After breakfast, head out for a full-day visit to Estancia La Bamba de Areco with a barbeque lunch included.
A 90-minute drive north of Buenos Aires leads guests to San Antonio de Areco, a traditional gaucho town whose colonial buildings are straight out of the 19th century. A place with history and tradition, this is where Don Segundo Sombra, Argentina's most famous literary gaucho, belongs. A picturesque town, this is the place to discover the gaucho lifestyle and customs, particularly at Ricardo Güiraldes Gaucho Museum. It is also home to some of the best leather designers and silversmiths' ateliers that produce regional wares from yerba mate gourds to belts. Close to the town of San Antonio de Areco, La Bamba de Areco estancia is located in the heart of the pampas on the banks of the Areco stream. La Bamba de Areco offers precisely what its Celtic name translates to; a place to rest.
Enjoy a barbecue lunch, after which you can then relax by the swimming-pool, take a stroll in the park, or go horseback-riding or cycling before a traditional English tea.
Afterwards, transfer back to the hotel with your private vehicle and guide.
DAY 12, April 18, 2021 | Buenos Aires Departure
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer from your hotel to Ezeiza Airport to board your flight back home.