Breathtaking Patagonia

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $7,995
  • Length: 13 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Central and South America, Argentina, Chile
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Tour Description

Begin your journey in Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital of Buenos Aires and take a privately guided tour of Recoleta’s famous cemetery and the vibrant district of La Boca; then savor an exclusive backstage visit to the world-famous Teatro Colón. Enjoy a traditional Argentinean dinner and tango show at Esquina Carlos Gardel, named for the country’s premier tango singer. Then travel south to the rugged lands of Patagonia. In Los Glaciares National Park, walk on the ice and take a private cruise to the base of the massive Perito Moreno glacier. Stay in a renowned eco-lodge in Torres del Paine National Park, home to glaciers and towering mountains, crystal-clear mountain lakes and sparkling rivers. And get to know the ways of the gaucho on a horseback excursion to a working ranch. End your travels in urbane Santiago and visit one of Chile’s most renowned wineries, where you’ll have a private tasting and tour of the winery’s unique collection of pre-Columbian art.

  • Learn the tango at one of Buenos Aires’ most famed academies
  • With your expert mountaineer guide, walk atop the ice fields of Los Glaciares National Park
  • Take a private cruise to the base of the immense Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery of Torres del Paine National Park
  • Embark upon a horseback excursion to a traditional gaucho ranch in the heart of Patagonia
  • Enjoy a special, private visit to one of Chile’s most renowned wineries

Itinerary

DAYS 1 - 3

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in Buenos Aires on Day 2 and experience the thrill of its bustling streets, vibrant neighborhoods, world-class museums and fine restaurants. Enjoy a privately guided tour of the fascinating Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of Eva Perón and other Argentinean luminaries. Explore the colorful neighborhood of La Boca, visit the presidential Casa Rosada and take an exclusive backstage tour of the majestic Teatro Colón. Learn the tango in one of the city’s most esteemed schools and then attend a festive dinner and tango performance at the esteemed Esquina Carlos Gardel. Named after the famous singer, this is the city’s premier tango house, where you will discover the magic and history behind Argentina’s most famous dance.

Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt, Buenos Aires

DAYS 4 & 5

El Calafate

Discover the wonders of Patagonia’s spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Los Glaciares National Park. Experience the allure of the endless ice of Glacier Perito Moreno with a guided mini-trek on the glacier. And get a panoramic view of the magnificent icescapes from the extensive catwalks. You’ll also take a private cruise to the base of the glacier. For almost an hour, you will sail beside the 229-foot-high wall of ice. You may hear thunderous impacts as huge chunks of ice calve into the water. In the charming alpine town of El Calafate, stroll through the picturesque streets, have a coffee or hot chocolate in a café, or just relax with a glass of Argentinean Malbec and watch the light change on this beautiful southern landscape.

Los Sauces Casa Patagonica, El Calafate

DAYS 6 - 9

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Explore the majestic mountain scenery of one of the world’s most incredible national parks from your lodge, which lies on the banks of the Salto Chico waterfall. Marvel at the icy peaks, massive ice fields and pristine alpine lakes as you immerse yourself in the beauty of Patagonia. Each day you’ll have the option to select from a number of activities offered by the lodge to help you discover the unique landscapes and wildlife of this remote southern land. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about the lifestyle of the gauchos, the people who call this place home. And don’t forget to take some time to relax in the spa, which boasts a heated indoor swimming pool, a sauna and four open-air Jacuzzis, all with views of Lago Pehoé and Macizo del Paine.

Explora en Patagonia - Hotel Salto Chico, Torres del Paine National Park

DAYS 10 & 11

Santiago, Chile

From La Moneda Palace to Cathedral Metropolitana, discover the beauty and nuance of Santiago. We’ll journey to one of Chile’s renowned traditional wineries, the Santa Rita Winery, where we learn about the winemaking process and explore the winery’s unique pre-Columbian art collection.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Santiago

DAYS 12 & 13

Santiago Depart for Home

Tour the Pueblito de Los Domínicos, a beautiful arts and crafts center that exhibits styles from all over the country. On the evening of Day 12, board your flight home, arriving the following day.

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Pricing Information

September 30, 2011

From $7,995.00 per person double occupancy.

From $2,350.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Deluxe rooms in the best available hotels
  • Three meals per day, including our unique Dine-Around program that lets you enjoy any restaurant you choose with à la carte dining, or relax with room service when available*
  • A professional Travel Director as your personal concierge
  • Local sightseeing with professional English-speaking guides with unparalleled knowledge, including entrance fees for places visited
  • Active participation and up-close encounters to experience the cultures of your journey
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee and tea included with meals; bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • All gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff and local guides and drivers
  • Group or individual airport transfers on arrival and departure flights
  • TheTravcoAssist Travel Protection Plan, including emergency medical evacuation insurance coverage for injury or illness, and 24-hour Worldwide Live Travel Assistance through Travel Guard Assistance

*Due to remote or undeveloped locations on some journeys, accommodations may not always meet Western standards. Dine-Around opportunities will be limited in remote or unsecured locations.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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