Visit Chilean Patagonia: Torres del Paine & Australis cruise

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Duration (in days): 9

From: Punta Arenas

To: Ushuaia

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£2,065

Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

Discover some highlights of Chilean Patagonia with this trip that visits Torres del Paine and includes the luxury Australis cruise.  

Journey deep into this super-scenic region visiting some remote and dramatic locations to and taking you to admire some of the world’s largest and oldest glaciers. Begin on land and explore Torres del Paine National Park where you’ll encounter forests, waterfalls and lakes as you walk beneath the towering peaks or ‘horns’ of the Torres. Take a boat ride to the Grey Glacier and look out for some Patagonian wildlife including guanacos (from the llama family).

After your time exploring on land, you’ll take the fjords on a luxury Australis cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia. By day, you’ll journey deep inside some of the most remote fjords of southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, with daily excursions away from the main ship, usually one in the morning and one in the afternoon. In the evenings, you’ll be served delicious Patagonian cuisine and have time to relax and discuss the day over a local Pisco.

This trip offers a balance of land-based adventure and small ship cruising through some of the most spectacular scenery in South America.

This Chile itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.

Highlights of this visit Patagonia trip

  • Explore remote and scenic Torres del Paine National Park
  • Push your limits and take the trek to the ‘Three Towers’
  • Get up and close to guanacos (from the llama family)
  • Take a cruise through the Chilean fjords to scenery only reachable by ship
  • Journey through Glacier Alley for spectacular glacial scenery
  • Snap a picture with a Magellanic penguin
  • Enjoy a Patagonian barbecue at Quincho by Lake Sarmiento
Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief:

  • 1 night Puerto Natales
  • 3 nights Torres del Paine
  • 4 nights on board Australis

 

Day 1: Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales

On arrival in Punta Arenas, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel in either Puerto Natales (3 hours’ drive) or in Torres del Paine National Park (a further 2.5 hours).

Day 2, 3 & 4: Torres del Paine

The next three days are all about discovering the magnificent Torres del Paine, a paradise for outdoors-enthusiasts. We can arrange walking, trekking, kayaking and horse-riding excursions of varying difficulties and length, as well as boat tours to the spectacular Grey Glacier.          

Day 5: Torres del Paine to Punta Arenas

Today, you’ll leave Torres del Paine and head back to Punta Arenas to join your luxury Australis ship, ready to cruise through some of the wildest and most beautiful landscapes on earth and take you to Ushuaia in Argentina.

You’ll board the ship around 6pm, so you’ll have a little time to explore Punta Arenas beforehand.             

Day 6, 7 & 8: Luxury Australis cruise

Your Australis Cruise promises comfortable cabins, great service, fine dining and informative lectures on Patagonia’s history and ecosystem.

There will be two excursions per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon; ranging from gentle walks to more demanding treks - the choice is yours. The landings will be by ‘zodiac’ boat and will take you to some of the most important and famous sites of the region: Cape Horn, Wulaia Bay, Pia Glacier, Tuckers Islets (home to colonies of Magellanic Penguins) and Ainsworth Bay, to name a few. On the third day, you’ll sail through the majestic Glacier Alley, aptly named for its impressive glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains.                

Day 9: Ushuaia, Argentina

You’ll arrive in Ushuaia around 9am and disembark the ship. Time permitting, you should have time to stroll around this Patagonian city, the most southerly in the world.

Info

The Australis cruise runs from September to April, the peak times for this cruise are between November and early March, this is when the days are longest meaning you will get to witness the spectacular scenery much earlier and later into the evening. The first and last week of departures may not get to see the Magellanic Penguins.

We've done a similar trip...

If you'd like to get a feel for this trip, read our blog Punta Arenas to Ushuaia: my Patagonia cruise - written by one of our consultants who has been there.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • Private transfers as specified
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • All meals and beverages on board the ship
  • Full day Torres Del Paine trip
  • Full Navigation glacier trip to Balmaceda & Serrano
  • All excursions whilst on the cruise

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Any meals not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
Accommodation

4 nights in 3* accommodation outside of the National Park.

Accommodation in this standard includes:

  • Aquaterra Lodge, Puerto Natales

  • 4 nights on board the Stella Ship, Australis

 

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