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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Touring in remote Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Five-night Southern Patagonia cruise
  • Pia Glacier, Cape Horn, Strait of Magellan
  • Three-night stay in Torres del Paine with excursions
  • Santiago touring
  • Daylong exploration of coastal Valparaiso, Chile’s cultural heart
  • Visit to local winery outside Santiago
Day-by-Day Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Punta Arenas, Chile

Day 2: Arrive Punta Arenas After arriving in Punta Arenas today, we transfer to our hotel, where we have the afternoon at leisure. Early this evening, we meet our fellow travelers and Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director at a briefing about the journey followed by a welcome dinner. D

Day 3: Punta Arenas/Embark Ship  We begin our touring with a visit to Fuerte Bulnes, a reconstructed 19th-century Chilean fort perched on a promontory jutting out into the Strait of Magellan. This outpost was originally built by the forces of President Manuel Bulnes Prieto to prevent other nations from colonizing this area of Chile, and we have time to explore here before returning to Punta Arenas. After lunch on our own, we embark our ship this afternoon for the first of five nights on board. B,D

Day 4: Cruising – Pia Glacier/Glacier Alley  After a journey south through the Strait of Magellan, we navigate several other channels before reaching Pia Fjord, home of the stunning Pia Glacier. This massive wall of ice descends from the mountains into the strait, and our first view of the glacier is a truly unforgettable experience. We continue our day with a cruise through the majestic “Glacier Alley.” B,L,D

Day 5: Cruising – Cape Horn/Wulaia Bay Today we see up close one of the world’s last unspoiled frontiers, perhaps glimpsing sea lions and Antarctic fur seals along the way as we cruise to Cape Horn. At the spot where the Atlantic and Pacific merge, the sheer promontory of Cape Horn rises some 1,400 feet from the roiling waters below. This afternoon we take a guided walk along sheltered Wulaia Bay. B,L,D

Day 6: Cruising – Aguila Glacier  This morning we cruise through several channels to enter spectacular Agostini Sound, where we see massive glaciers flowing down the mountainside. Later we take inflatable Zodiacs to Aguila Glacier, which we approach via an easy walk on the shore of a lagoon. B,L,D

Day 7: Cruising – Parry Fjord/Ainsworth Bay Heading eastward today, we are treated to more breathtaking scenery before, and during, our exploration of Parry Fjord. One of the easternmost fjords in Chilean Patagonia, Parry sits surrounded by the snowcapped mountain peaks of the Darwin range. We have lunch on board, then cruise back the way we came, where we spend time admiring the similar beauty of Ainsworth Bay. Here we disembark for a hike through the sub-Antarctic Magellanic forest to a local beaver dam. B,L,D

Day 8: Cruising – Magdalena Island/Punta Arenas/Torres del Paine Early this morning we visit Magdalena Island, home to an immense colony of more than 120,000 Magellanic penguins. We take some time to observe the penguins and also to visit the lighthouse that to this day guides ships navigating through the Strait of Magellan. Then we return to Punta Arenas, where we board our motorcoach for the six-hour journey to Torres del Paine. We reach our lodging early this evening and dine there tonight. B,L,D

Day 9: Torres del Paine National Park Today we encounter breathtaking Torres del Paine, a 700-square-mile World Biosphere Reserve and one of the most unspoiled and beautiful nature preserves on Earth. We spend the day exploring this unparalleled landscape of jagged peaks, ice-blue glaciers, turquoise lakes, rushing rivers, and thunderous waterfalls. A highlight: our visit to magnificent Lago Grey, site of massive Grey Glacier and of the hotel where we stop for lunch. B,L,D

Day 10: Torres del Paine National Park  We see more of Torres del Paine’s pristine wilderness today, enjoying a box lunch amidst the dramatic scenery. Highlights include visits to the crystalline Amarga and Azul lagoons, and the glacial waterfall Cascade Rio Paine. Clear days at Laguna Azul present panoramic vistas of the park’s namesake, the three massive granite Paine Towers. Throughout the day we’re sure to see some of the park’s only permanent residents: 106 species of birds and 26 species of mammals, including the beloved guanaco. We dine together tonight at our hotel. B,L,D

Day 11: Torres del Paine National Park/Punta Arenas  We travel by coach back to Punta Arenas today, stopping en route to enjoy lunch in Puerto Natales, a port city located at the opening of Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) Sound. Upon returning to Punta Arenas, we visit the Nao Victoria Museum, which contains a historically accurate replica of the Nao Victoria, one of the ships from the Spanish fleet that discovered the meeting point between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. B,L,D

Day 12: Punta Arenas/Santiago We fly today to the Chilean capital, and transfer to our hotel upon arrival. B,D

Day 13: Santiago We have a full day to explore Chile’s capital, with time for both lunch and dinner at leisure. Highlights of our touring include Parque Forestal, a green retreat styled after Parisian parks; the Plaza de Armas, Santiago’s traditional city center surrounded by grand buildings including the Central Post Office and Cathedral Metropolitana; and the majestic La Moneda Palace, the seat of government built during 18th century. B

Day 14: Valparaiso Today we encounter the old port of Valparaiso, a one-time fishing village now Chile’s third largest city and cultural heart. Tonight we celebrate our adventure at a farewell dinner at a local Santiago restaurant. B,D

Day 15: Santiago/Depart for U.S. Late this morning we visit a local winery, where we enjoy a tour of the vineyards and a wine tasting. We return to Santiago, where we have time for lunch on our own and to do some last-minute shopping and sightseeing. From here we transfer to the airport for our overnight flights to the U.S. B

Day 16: Arrive U.S. We arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with our return flights home.

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking on uneven terrain in a natural environment. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to the fullest.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within Argentina and Chile
  • 13 nights’ accommodations: 5 nights aboard M/V Ventus Australis (Superior First Class); 8 nights in Superior First Class, and First Class hotels
  • 33 meals: 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Open bar service (wine and select liquors) on board
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout the trip
  • All port taxes and national park fees
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
2022 Dates & Prices

2022 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Mar 3Jan 12
Jan 27
Feb 6
Miami$7,782$8,082
Orlando, Tampa$8,082$8,382
Atlanta, Balt, Boston,
Charlotte, Chicago,
Cinc, Cleve, Dallas,
Houston, Los Ang,
Minn, New York, Phil,
San Fran, Wash, DC
$8,182$8,482
Den, Detroit, Phoenix,
Portland (OR), Seattle
$8,282$8,582

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy in a Category B outside cabin on Deck 2 (Magellan) forward (limited availability), and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $787, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $3,695. Your $475 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All 2022 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Upgrade to Category A outside cabin on Deck 2 (Magellan): $795; Category AA outside cabin on Deck 3 (Tierra del Fuego): $995; Category AAA outside cabin on Deck 4 (Cape Horn): $1,195

Business Class upgrade (subject to availability) on round-trip international flight: $2,995 per person

Business Class upgrade (subject to availability) on round-trip international flight: $2,995 per person

Accommodations
    Hotel Cabo de Hornos, Punta Arenas / Days 2, 11 / First Class

    The stylish Hotel Cabo de Hornos is located in the center of Punta Arenas, only a few blocks from the Strait of Magellan.  The hotel’s amenities include a restaurant, bar, and lounge; library; fitness center; laundry service; and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each of the hotel’s 110 guest rooms are decorated with local woods and plush carpets, and feature private bath with separate tub, writing desk, TV, and phone.

    M/V Ventus Australis, Patagonia / Days 3-7 / Superior First Class

    The M/V Ventus Australis offers a comfortable travel experience in one of the world’s most remote regions.  The ship offers daily land excursions (weather permitting); open bar service (select wines and liquors); boutique; on-board lectures; game room; panoramic lounge; library; wide promenade deck; fitness center; and open bridge policy.  There is no elevator onboard ship.  Air-conditioned cabins have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safes, and panoramic windows.   While on board, you will not have cell phone service or Wi-Fi internet access.  Please note the “What to Pack” section in your pre-departure materials to ensure that you are prepared for the weather and the outdoor nature of most of the activities.

     

    Gross tonnage:
    4,508
    Lounges:
    3 lounges, 1 dining room
    Ventus Australis built: 2017Length: 292 feet
    Cabins: 100Draft: 11 feet
    Decks: 5Breadth: 48 feet
    Hotel Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine / Days 8-10 / First Class

    The wood-and-stone Hotel Rio Serrano sits at the entrance of Torres del Paine National Park, with panoramic views of the Paine mountain range.  The hotel offers a restaurant and bar, gift shop, library, three pitch-and-putt golf greens (guests should bring their own balls, free club rental is available), free fishing gear rentals, and laundry and dry-cleaning services (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  The 95 rustic-style guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, fan, minibar, in-room safe, and phone.

    Pullman Santiago Vitacura, Santiago / Days 12-14 / Superior First Class

    Opened in August 2012, this bright, modern 295-room hotel sits in one of Santiago’s most stylish neighborhoods.  The hotel features a restaurant and bar, café, outdoor swimming pool, gym facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, grocery store, gift shop, laundry and dry cleaning service (for a fee), and on-call doctor.  Each air-conditioned guest room offers private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, TV, phone, and minibar.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Destination Insight

Suggested Reading for Your Vacation

Bruce Chatwin
In Patagonia
A masterpiece of travel, history and adventure, this award-winning book captures the spirit of the land, history, wildlife and people of Patagonia. There’s no travel writer as engaging, insightful and just plain wonderful as Bruce Chatwin.

Chris Moss
Patagonia, A Cultural History
A journalist with the Buenos Aires Herald, Moss follows a colorful cast of characters – from Magellan and Darwin to mad kings, gauchos, and Nazi fugitives – in this vivid overview of the culture and history of Patagonia.

Gerald Durrell
The Whispering Land
A sparkling account of an eight-month jaunt on the trail of fur seals, guanaco, parrots and other Patagonian marvels. Excellent family reading.

Eyewitness Guides
Eyewitness Top Ten Buenos Aires
A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions.

Wayne Bernhardson
Moon Handbook Patagonia
A practical guide in the Moon series, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history and destinations throughout Patagonia.

ITMB
Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego Map
This handy map shows all Patagonia on one side (1:2,000,000), with a more detailed map of Tierra del Fuego (1:750,000) on the reverse.

Zagier & Urruty Maps
Torres del Paine Map
This detailed walking map (1:80,000) includes trekking routes, refuges and color topography.

Rockwell Kent
Voyaging, Southward from the Strait of Magellan
An illustrated account of Rockwell’s foolhardy voyage with a madman through magnificent Tierra del Fuego in a jury-rigged lifeboat. Both the text and striking woodcut illustrations communicate this dangerous landscape’s dynamic character.

Irving Johnson
Around Cape Horn
Captain Irving Johnson memorably narrates this documentary of his 1929 voyage as a young man aboard the Peking, featuring a remarkable sequence about the ship rounding the Horn in a storm.

Dallas Murphy
Rounding the Horn
A sailor at heart, Dallas Murphy gets himself down to Ushuaia, embarks a sturdy vessel and heads out to experience the wind and weather of Tierra del Fuego. In his informative account, Dallas interweaves plenty of history, a little rather naive politics and the story of his own adventures.

W.H. Hudson
Idle Days in Patagonia
A handsome reprint of Hudson’s classic 1893 account of life, nature and adventure in southern South America, with paintings and drawings by Alfred Hartley and J. Smit.

Sara Wheeler
Travels in a Thin Country, A Journey through Chile
British author Sara Wheeler deploys her wit, intelligence and powerful investigative skills on the Republic of Chile in this insightful travelogue.

John Harrison
Where the Earth Ends, A Journey Beyond Patagonia
A spirited tale of adventures in the southern tip of South America, south from the Pampas and Patagonia to Punta Arenas, the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia – and Antarctica.

Peter Matthiessen
Cloud Forest, A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness
Matthiessen recounts with wit, insight and style his odyssey to the Amazon and Andes, including Machu Picchu and Tierra del Fuego.

Isabel Allende
Ines of My Soul
Allende turns the amazing life of Spanish conquistadora and founder of Santiago, Ines Suarez (1507-1580), into a gripping novel.

Katherine Silver (Editor)
Chile, A Traveler’s Literary Companion
These choice stories introduce both the country and a host of contemporary writers, including Pablo Neruda and Ariel Dofrman.

Mark Carwardine
Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises
In the trademark, graphic Eyewitness style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world’s cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species.

Sharon Chester
A Wildlife Guide to Chile
Chester’s splendid guide, featuring 120 color plates, covers the wildlife, plants and natural history of Chile from the Atacama Desert and Patagonia to Easter Island and Antarctica.

Alvaro Jaramillo
Birds of Chile
This compact, comprehensive guide with superb color plates also includes Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

Martin D. la Pena, Maurice Rumboll
Birds of Southern South America & Antarctica
With color plates, range maps and brief descriptions, this is a compact regional guide.

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