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14 Days
Availability : November 1, 2024
Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
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Patagonia: Edge of the World

Departs November 1, 2024 | 14 Days | Buenos Aires roundtrip 

Take a step into a world of pure nature in Patagonia, where crystal-clear waters meet mountainside glaciers. Feel the Latin-infused rhythms of Buenos Aires. Breathe in the peace and serenity of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Enjoy a 4-night cruise through the fjords of Patagonia. Engage in a variety of nature hikes. Spend the day by the Pia Glacier. View a colony of Magellanic penguins. Connect with a local gaucho (cowboy) at an Argentine lamb roast. Find a haven of snowcapped Andes and ethereal fjords in the wilderness of Chile and Argentina.

Prices from $9,389 CAD per person based on double occupancy, including on tour air

Departure Location

Buenos Aires, Argentina

End Location

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Price Includes

  • 6 hand-picked accommodations
  • 24 meals
  • 4-night cruise through the fjords and ethereal wilderness of Patagonia
  • Unlimited wine and beer with every dinner while onboard your cruise ship
  • All listed activities
  • On tour air

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Any private expenses
  • Visa's, if required
  • International flights
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Additional overnight accommodation
  • Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
  • Alternate excursions not listed in Included Activities

Tour Specialist

  • Lesli Heron
What to Expect

Your Ship: The Ventus Australis

The name – Latin for “Southern Wind” – reflects Tierra del Fuego’s distinctive weather, a factor that has long determined the region’s socio-cultural development and that so impressed the early mariners who endeavored to explore Patagonia’s southernmost waterways. 
Tailor-made for exploring the remote southern tip of South America, all aspects of the 210-passenger ship — including size, length, draft and engine power — are designed to give Ventus Australis the extreme maneuverability necessary to navigate narrow fjords and channels where no other cruise ships can venture. 

Highlights
  • Enter a rugged wonderland as you walk through the breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park
  • Venture to Argentina's Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Hike the "End of the Earth" at Cape Horn
  • Embark on a 4-night cruise through the fjords and ethereal wilderness of Patagonia
  • Spend the afternoon at a Patagonian estancia and enjoy a traditional lamb roast in the owner’s home
  • Get a glimpse into Argentine culture at a lively tango performance
  • Meet a local gaucho (cowboy) and learn all about life on the ranch
For more information on this tour, or help with booking, please contact your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent!
Itinerary

Day 1Overnight Flight

Snowcapped mountains towering in the distance. Vibrant teal waters lapping against the shore. Glaciers carving their way through the valleys. This is Patagonia – a rugged wonderland of nature nestled along Argentina and Chile.

Day 2Buenos Aires, Argentina - Tour Begins

Welcome to Buenos Aires – your journey starts here. The city radiates a Latin-infused rhythm interwoven with its European heritage. Meet your fellow travellers for a welcome briefing at your hotel. Head to dinner with your new friends and indulge in savoury Argentine flavours.

Day 3Buenos Aires

Start the day with a visit to the famous Recoleta Cemetery and take in the towering mausoleums – considered to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world – and the final resting place of Eva Peron. After, embark on a panoramic city tour and coast down the famous Avenida 9 de Julio. Take in the Parisian architecture and verdant trees lining the world’s widest avenue. Discover the city’s most well-known sites before arriving to the colourful neighbourhood of La Boca. This afternoon is yours to spend as you please. Perhaps you’ll take a tour of the Teatro Colón or eat your way through the San Telmo Market.

Day 4Buenos Aires - El Calafate

Fly to El Calafate, the gateway to Patagonia’s natural splendour, known as the “National Capital of the Glaciers.” Perhaps in the afternoon you’ll join your Tour Manager on a walk to the Reserva Laguna Nimez. Don’t forget your binoculars as this natural reserve is home to various indigenous birds. Gather this evening for dinner with your fellow travellers.

Day 5El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier - El Calafate

This morning, get ready to embark on a cruise that will take you up close to the Perito Moreno Glacier. This gigantic tower of vibrant ice rests against blue-green waters – an awe-inspiring blanket to the natural world. Then, capture many views of the glacier from a series of walkways. Gaze off the shoreline in search of floating icebergs as you listen to the resounding crack of ice sheets breaking free.

Day 6El Calafate - Puerto Natales, Chile

Make your way into Chile at Puerto Natales. En route, stop to spend time with a local gaucho in his home – a typical Patagonian estancia. Enjoy a traditional lamb roast lunch as you chat and learn about the culture. Venture through the edge of the Patagonian countryside, featuring unparalleled views of lakes and mountains, before settling into your hotel.

Day 7Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine - Puerto Natales

Venture into Torres Del Paine National Park, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Among the jagged mountains, ethereal teal waters, and expansive grasslands, you may spot soaring condors, inquisitive guanacos (llamas), and independent felines. Marvel at the cascading waterfalls as you make your way through what is considered one of South America’s most incredible national parks.

Day 8Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas - Board Ship - Chilean Waters

Discover the coastal metropolis city of Punta Arenas with a local guide. Admire the sights where brightly coloured houses meet modern skyscrapers. As the day draws to a close, leave the mainland on the Ventus Australis – your home for the next four nights. Head for one of the most remote corners of the world as you sail through Chilean waters.

Day 9Ainsworth Bay - Tucker Islets

Dock in Ainsworth Bay. As you take your Zodiac to shore, keep an eye out for the area’s extensive birdlife or perhaps a colony of elephant seals. Get ready to choose how to spend the morning because it’s your choice! Embark on new adventures by starting at the beach to discover Ainsworth Forest. Learn all about the evolution and vegetation as a cause of the glacier recession and explore a beaver habitat -OR- venture off on an active hike along a glacial moraine – a unique form of glacial sediment made from rock and soil. No matter what you choose, take in surreal views of the Almirantazgo Sound and Darwin Mountain Range. Back on the ship, sail to the Tucker Islets where you’ll head to shore for a close-up view of the Magellan penguins.*

Day 10Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley

Take a Zodiac to shore and stand in awe before the Pia Glacier, a colossal mass of ice slowly crawling down the mountains. Decide where you want to hike** because it’s your choice! Traverse the Pia Boulders on a medium level hike for panoramic views of the glacier -OR- venture on an easy walk towards the Pia Lookout for panoramic views of the glacier. Back onboard the ship, continue through the Beagle Channel and into Glacier Alley. These impressive masses of ice are so large that most of them are named after countries – including Holland, Italy, Germany, and France.

Day 11Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay

Disembark*** at Cape Horn National Park, home to an archipelago of islands, and considered to be the “End of the Earth.” This afternoon, anchor at fabled Wulaia Bay and visit the historic radio station, formerly used by the Chilean Navy. Explore the area by selecting a hike** alongside an expert guide because it’s your choice! Head towards the peak on the most difficult hike for a scenic lookout -OR- embark on a slower paced hike with a medium difficulty towards the Forest Lookout -OR- take a peaceful nature walk along the beach for a chance to witness even more wildlife. Each choice will offer sprawling vistas of the gentle bay and allows time to leave a postcard at the information centre.

Day 12Disembark Boat - Tierra del Fuego National Park - Ushuaia

Embark on your final sail through Patagonia as you enter Argentine waters, docking at Ushuaia. End your Patagonian adventure at Tierra del Fuego National Park. With the wind in your hair and fresh air in your lungs, breathe in the peace and serenity. There’s nothing like witnessing the dramatic landscape of waterfalls, glaciers, and forests surrounding you.

Day 13Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

Fly to Buenos Aires where you’ll spend most of the day at leisure. Gather for a farewell dinner at a popular tango house to savour Argentine cuisine before watching an authentic tango performance.

Day 14Buenos Aires - Tour Ends

Say adios to Argentina as your tour draws to a close this morning.

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Why Book With Us?

  • Worry free planning
  • Exceptional knowledge
  • Family owned & operated
  • Superior value


Have a Question?

Don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our team of experts are happy to assist you in creating your next dream vacation.

1.800.800.7252

travel@lloydstravel.com