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Antarctica and Patagonia

20 days from £11,335pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • A once in a lifetime journey to Antarctica.

  • Exploring Torres del Paine National Park.

  • Visiting a working estancia in Argentine Patagonia.

  • A night in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Santiago
  • Punta Arenas
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Perito Moreno & Los Glaciares National Park
  • Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego
  • Antarctica
  • Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego
  • Buenos Aires

Itinerary idea in detail

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With international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Santiago.

Day 2 Santiago

Santiago

Arrive into Santiago after your international flight. From the airport you will have a private transfer into the city and take a half day tour of Santiago to get acquainted with the city.

Day 3 Torres del Paine National Park

Santiago , Punta Arenas , Torres del Paine National Park

This morning you will have a private transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Punta Arenas. Once in Punta Arenas you will be met by a representative from your lodge and transferred with other guests into Torres del Paine National Park.

Day 4 Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine National Park

Today you will be out exploring the highlights of Torres del Paine. Excursions can range from gentle walks to full day treks. Horseback riding and more cultural outings can also be arranged.

Day 5 Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine National Park

Trekking is a highlight of any visit to Torres del Paine. You can opt for something on the easy side like taking the Paine Mountain Path or full day treks that will take you to the base of the famous towers.

Day 6 Perito Moreno & Los Glaciares National Park

Torres del Paine National Park , Perito Moreno & Los Glaciares National Park

A shared transfer across the border into Argentina will be arranged by the lodge. You will be dropped off at your hotel in El Calafate and have the afternoon and evening at your leisure.

Day 7 Perito Moreno & Los Glaciares National Park

Perito Moreno & Los Glaciares National Park

Leave the town and spend the day on a working estancia on the Patagonian steppe, where you will learn about the people who call Patagonia home. Of course, no visit would be complete without a traditional asado.

Day 8 Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego

Perito Moreno & Los Glaciares National Park , Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego

This morning you will have a private transfer to the airport for your flight to Ushuaia. Upon arrival you will have another private transfer to your hotel. The afternoon has been left at your leisure in anticipation of the journey ahead, but Tierra del Fuego offers plenty in the way of exploration, and excursions can be arranged.

Day 9 On-board ship (Antarctica)

Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego , Antarctica , On-board ship

Enjoy some free time in the morning to explore the city before you board the ship and set sail along the Beagle Channel. Settle in to your cabin.

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Day 10 On-board ship (Antarctica)

Antarctica , On-board ship

You will enter the Drake Passage at around 2am, and the day will be spent making your way across this notorious stretch of water. Surprisingly, an amazing amount of wildlife can be seen on the way, with wandering albatross, Wilson’s petrel and even blue whales present

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Day 11 On-board ship (Antarctica)

Antarctica , On-board ship

You'll come to the end of the Drake Passage and start to spot the first icebergs as you approach the South Shetland Island and the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Day 12 On-board ship (Antarctica)

Antarctica , On-board ship

This day will be made up of shore landings and excursions on the Antarctic Peninsula and nearby islands such as Petermand, Livingston and Deception. There will generally be two excursions per day.

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Day 13 On-board ship (Antarctica)

Antarctica , On-board ship

Today you'll hopefully have your first encounter with a penguin colony. Depending on the season you may see them building their nests, guarding their eggs, or raising their newborn chicks.

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Day 14 On-board ship (Antarctica)

Antarctica , On-board ship

You may also have the chance to camp on the ice, go kayaking or even snorkelling or diving. More and more adventure options are being added to Antarctic expeditions so please do ask if you are interested.

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Day 15 On-board ship (Antarctica)

Antarctica , On-board ship

Zodiac cruises are a staple of any Antarctic expedition and will get you up close with icebergs, shipwrecks, and wildlife.

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Day 16 On-board ship (Antarctica)

Antarctica , On-board ship

Start crossing back over the Drake Passage. Take the opportunity to stand on deck to take in your last glimpses of Antarctica and try and check off any more wildlife while that remains to unseen.

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Day 17 On-board ship (Polar Cruise)

Antarctica , On-board ship

At sea crossing the Drake Passage. The ship's crew will be holding numerous lectures and screenings throughout the day.

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Day 18 Buenos Aires

Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego , Buenos Aires

You’ll arrive in the early morning in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for a flight to Buenos Aires, where you’ll spend the night.

Day 19 International return flight

Buenos Aires , International return flight

Spend the day at your leisure back in civilization. Buenos Aires has plenty to explore and experience if there's anything you've missed out on while at sea. Later in the day you will take a private transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

Day 20 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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Santiago
 
 
 
Punta Arenas
 
 
 
Torres del Paine National Park
 
 
 
Perito Moreno & Los Glaciares National Park
 
 
 
Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego
 
 
 
Buenos Aires