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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Buenos Aires sightseeing
  • Argentine dinner and tango show
  • Four-night Southern Patagonia cruise
  • Beagle Channel, Cape Horn, Strait of Magellan
  • Three-night stay in Torres del Paine with excursions
  • Santiago touring
  • Home-hosted dinner with Santiago families
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Buenos Aires, Argentina

Day 2: Arrive Buenos Aires After arriving in this lively city this morning, we transfer to our hotel to rest (rooms are ready for our early arrival). After time to relax, we meet our fellow travelers and Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director at a briefing about the journey followed by a welcome dinner. B,D

Day 3: Buenos Aires Highlights of today’s city tour include the lovely mansions and parks of Palermo and the colorful bohemian district of La Boca. Tonight we visit one of the city’s top tango houses for dinner and a performance. B,D

Day 4: Buenos Aires Today is at leisure. B

Day 5: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Embark Ship We fly today to Ushuaia, Argentina, the world’s southernmost urban center. After lunch on our own and time at leisure in this windswept city, late this afternoon we embark our ship. Early this evening we set sail through the Beagle Channel. B,D

Day 6: Cruising – Cape Horn/Wulaia Bay Today we see up close one of the world’s last unspoiled frontiers as we sail through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to Cape Horn National Park, perhaps glimpsing sea lions and Antarctic fur seals along the way. 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 7: Cruising – Pia Glacier/Garibaldi Glacier We awaken this morning in Pia Fjord, home of the stunning Pia Glacier. Later we board inflatable Zodiacs and go ashore for an up-close look at the glacier, a tumbling wall of ice that extends from the mountaintops down to sea level. After lunch on board, we drop anchor in a nearby fjord for a shore excursion to Garibaldi Glacier, one of only three glaciers in Patagonia gaining mass. Here we have the opportunity to hike through the Magellanic forest, passing glacial waterfalls and viewpoints that overlook the glacier and fjord. B,L,D

Day 8: Cruising – Agostini Sound/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 9: 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 10: 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 11: 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 12: Torres del Paine/Punta Arenas We travel by coach today to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel in the city center. B,L,D

Day 13: Punta Arenas/Santiago We fly today to the Chilean capital, where we enjoy a city tour. Tonight we are dinner guests in the homes of gracious Santiago families. B,D

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. En route we visit a local winery for a private tour and tasting. Tonight we celebrate our adventure at a farewell dinner at a local Santiago restaurant. B,D

Day 15: Santiago/Depart for U.S. After a morning at leisure, we enjoy an afternoon visit to the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, known for its art and artifacts from Chile and across the Americas. Then we have time to explore on our own. 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: 4 nights aboard M/V Stella Australis or M/V Ventus Australis (Superior First Class); 9 nights in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and First Class hotels
  • 33 meals: 14 breakfasts, 7 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)
Tour Dates & Prices

2019 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Oct 15Oct 31
Nov 4
Dec 10
Dec 14
Miami$7,382 $7,982
Orlando, Tampa$7,682 $8,282
Atlanta, Balt, Boston,
Charlotte, Chicago,
Cinc, Cleve, Dallas,
Houston, Los Ang,
Minn, New York, Phil,
San Fran, Wash, DC
$7,782$8,382
Den, Detroit, Phoenix,
Portland (OR), Seattle
$7,882$8,482

Limited Winter/Spring space still available – call for details.

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, and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $787, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $3,295. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All 2019 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Upgrade to Category A outside cabin on Deck 2 (Magellan): $695; Category AA outside cabin on Deck 3 (Tierra del Fuego): $895; Category AAA outside cabin on Deck 4 (Cape Horn): $995

Pre-Tour Iguazu Falls Option: $995 Oct, Nov; $1,195 Dec. Single Supplement: $295 all dates. Land only guests: $1,095 Oct, Nov; $1,295 Dec

Business Class upgrade (subject to availability) on round- trip international flight: $3,195 per person

A visa is not required for this tour.

Accommodations
    Emperador Hotel Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires / Days 2-4 / Deluxe

    The Emperador Hotel Buenos Aires is located on the Avenida del Libertador in the heart of Buenos Aires, close to art galleries and museums, shopping, dining, and historic areas. The contemporary 265-room hotel has a terrace restaurant and bar, fitness center, spa with sauna and massage treatments, solarium, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, and indoor pool. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, safe deposit box, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Australis ship, Patagonia cruise / Days 5-8 / Superior First Class

    Delivering the most comfortable possible travel experience in one of the world’s remotest regions, the sister ships M/V Stella Australis and M/V Ventus Australis both offer shipboard facilities and amenities that include daily land excursions (weather permitting); open bar service (select wine and liquors); boutique; on-board lectures; game room; panoramic lounge; library; wide promenade deck; gym; and open bridge policy. Air-conditioned cabins have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safes, and panoramic windows.

     

    Gross tonnage:
    4,508
    Lounges:
    3 lounges, 1 dining room
    Stella Australis built: 2010
    Ventus Australis launched: 2018
    Length: 292 feet
    Cabins: 100Draft: 11 feet
    Decks: 5Breadth: 48 feet
    Hotel Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine / Days 9-11 / First Class

    Located at the entrance of Torres del Paine National Park with panoramic views of the Paine mountain range, this wood-and-stone lodging offers such amenities as restaurant and bar, gift shop, library, internet access, three golf greens, free golf clubs and fishing gear rentals, and laundry and dry cleaning services. The 95 rustic-style guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, fan, mini-bar, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, and phone.

    Hotel Cabo de Hornos, Punta Arenas / Day 12 / 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.

    Hotel Atton Vitacura, Santiago / Days 13-14 / Superior First Class

    Opened in 2012, this bright, modern 295-room hotel is located in one of Santiago’s most stylish neighborhoods. The hotel features a restaurant and bar, swimming pool, gym facilities, and Wi-Fi internet access. Each air-conditioned guest room offers private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, TV, phone, and mini-bar.

    Loi Suites Iguazú Hotel, Iguazu Falls / Pre-Tour Option / Superior First Class

    The Loi Suites Iguazú Hotel is located in the heart of the jungle on a promontory overlooking the Iguazú River, just a 15-minute drive from Iguazú Falls. The 162-room hotel features two restaurants, bar/lounge, fitness center and spa with massage treatments, outdoor swimming pools, sauna, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access in public areas. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-refrigerator, internet access (surcharge), TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Pre-Tour Option

Iguazu Falls

2 days/2 nights from $995 total price
Single Supplement: $295

Discover the magnificence of one of the world’s iconic landmarks and great natural wonders.

 

Your Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation Buenos Aires/Iguazu Falls, inclusive of airline taxes and fees
  • 2 nights’ accommodations at Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel (Superior First Class)
  • 3 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited representative
  • Private motorcoach/van transportation
  • Included sightseeing: Iguazu Falls National Park (Argentine side of the falls) with viewing opportunities
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Land only guests: $1,095 total price

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Tour Directors for this Journey
Gabriel Blacher

“Overall best in all our travels. His knowledge, patience, good humor, and ability to handle all people/situations was superior.”
Dr. Bob & Marlene Matlock
Rogers, AR

Ivan Bustamante

“Ivan was the BEST tour guide I have had. He was above and beyond what I expected; he made extra effort at all times.”
Valerie Bugg
Louisville, CO

Silvana Cohen

“In a field of excellent Odysseys tour directors and guides, Silvana is a stand-out. Her efficiency, knowledge, and humor (and passion) made this trip extraordinary.”
Marilyn Press
Menlo Park, CA

Marina Farina

“Our tour director was outstanding. She brought individuals together as a group and immediately learned their personalities and needs. Also, very knowledgeable about sightseeing – history, culture, geography, etc.”
Dr. & Mrs Arnold Friedman
Potomac, MD

Nadia Gibson

“Nadia provided excellent services. She molded 20+ people into a family.”
David Ross
Ann Arbor, MI

Marcel Gonzalez

“Marcel was amazing – personable, patient, accommodating, and interested in making our experience memorable! The best tour director we’ve had so far.”
Marti & Ralph Nickerson
Chichester, NH

Christian von Johnn

“Christian was great in every aspect. He was competent, professional, knowledgeable, and a lot of fun. He is a treasure.”
Earl & Mary Walker
Auburn, CA

Valerie Martin

“Valerie is a gem…! She went above and beyond to make us comfortable and looked after all of our needs. Great atmosphere and it was created by Valerie.”
Peter & Jayne Hunt
West Chester, PA

Alejandro Maureira

“Cannot say enough good things about Alex! He was exemplary as a tour director.”

Jack & Linda Hawxhurst
Keswick, VA

Maria Elena Bartsch Mittelmann

“Maria Elena made our trip even more enjoyable! She is a true professional and expertly handled anything that came up. I appreciated her flexibility in making small schedule changes when warranted.”
Susan & Jaime Moreno
Coral Gables, FL

Daniel Paredes

“I have been on a dozen escorted tours in the last 15 years, some with wonderful tour directors. But Daniel was by far the finest director in our experience. Through some magic, he built firm cohesion among the group members while simultaneously attending to the needs and desires of each individual.”
Patricia Hill
Gulf Shores, AL

Lucelia Scarpelli

“Under Lucelia’s direction, everything went smoothly. She was well-organized, knowledgeable, and personable.”
Steve Rogers
Turner, OR

Nick Tozer

“Nick was one of the best tour directors I have seen. Took very good care of the entire group. Extremely knowledgeable on history, people, and current events – and the stories within a story. And he knows everyone!”
Catherine McGuigan
Sugar Land, TX

Destination Insight

Suggested Reading

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.

Berndtson & Berndtson
Buenos Aires Map
A laminated street map of Buenos Aires and surroundings at a scale of 1:15,000.

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

Jason Wilson
Buenos Aires, A Cultural History
An exhilarating, erudite guide to Buenos Aires as it has been portrayed by writers, poets and thinkers, with a street map and detailed neighborhood descriptions.

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
Far Away and Long Ago
Hudson’s enthralling childhood remembrances are rich with descriptions of the landscapes, birds and nature of Argentina.

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.

Eduardo Sacheri
The Secret in Their Eyes
Basis for the 2010 Oscar-winning film and a portrait of 1970s Buenos Aires, Sacheri’s novel-within-a-novel follows Benjamin Chaparro, a retired clerk in the Palace of Justice, who sets out to write a novel about a case that has haunted him for decades.

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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