Incredible Patagonia (& Buenos Aires)

PATAGONIA & BUENOS AIRES

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  • Duration: 13 days
  • Price: from $3,699

 

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For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this remarkable journey to incredible Patagonia and Buenos Aires. Reserve by January 29, 2015 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

Experience the dramatic landscapes of Patagonia, the exciting city of Buenos Aires, often referred to as the “Paris of the South”, and tour charming Santiago, Chile, among other exciting destinations on your trip to the southern tip of South America. Explore the Otway Bay Penguin Reserve, Torres del Paine Park, the Plaza de Mayor, El Calafate, and take a breathtaking full-day boat excursion to nearby Glaciers National Park where you will view dramatically shaped floating icebergs while traveling in style aboard your deluxe ship. Call smarTours today to book your South American vacation!

Itinerary at a glance Highlights Your tour includes
  • 1 night in Santiago
  • 1 night in Punta Arenas
  • 3 nights in Puerto Natales
  • 3 nights in El Calafate
  • 2 nights in Buenos Aires

 

  • Otway Bay Penguin Reserve
  • Ultima Esperanza Sound Boat Excursion
  • Torres del Paine Park
  • Perito Moreno Glacier (El Calafate)
  • Glaciers National Park
  • Experience Buenos Aires
  • Tour of Charming Santiago
  • Round trip airfare from Miami via LAN Airlines
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-South America flights & ground transportation
  • Accommodations at superior first class hotels
  • 15 meals: 10 full buffet breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as indicated in itinerary
  • English-speaking tour director in Patagonia and local guides in Santiago and Buenos Aires.

 

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Land + Air 
(Land Only Prices Available Upon Request)

Tour cost airfare included

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$ 3999

$ 4099

Jan 22

Feb 3

$ 3999

$ 4099

Feb 5

Feb 17

$ 3999

$ 4099

$ 4399

Feb 12

Feb 24

$ 3899

$ 3999

$ 4299

Mar 5

Mar 17

$ 3699

$ 3799

$ 4099

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $699
Argentina entry fee is not included.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

 

Day 1
Depart USA.
Your amazing journey to incredible Patagonia, Buenos Aires and Santiago begins as you depart on your overnight flight bound for Chile.
Day 2
Arrive Santiago (Chile).
Morning arrival in Santiago, the bustling capital of Chile, located between the Pacific Ocean and the majestic Andes. On arrival, ride up to the top of San Cristobal Hill for a bird’s eye view of the city and the Andean mountain range. Later, learn more about Santiago’s charms and history from a local expert that leads you on a tour of the Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square and the nearby Cathedral. You’ll also see the Presidential Palace and the Bohemian section of Bellavista. Your tour concludes upon arrival at your upscale hotel where the balance of the afternoon is at leisure. Atton El Bosque Hotel
Day 3
Santiago/Patagonia/Punta Arenas.
This morning board a flight to Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost city and the gateway to the spectacular region of Patagonia. This port town is located on the Strait of Magellan, and was a major stop for traders sailing around Cape Horn between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. On a guided orientation tour see Magellan’s Monument in the central square, surrounded by 19th century mansions and enjoy magnificent views from the lookout point. This evening your tour director hosts a welcome reception and briefing. Cabo de Hornos Hotel (B)
Day 4
Otway Bay Penguin Reserve/Puerto Natales.
Over the next week venture into Patagonia’s heartland. Your first stop is at the Seno Otway Penguin Colony for an up close encounter with the adorable Magellanic Penguins. They return to their birthplace annually to mate with their lifelong partner. Later journey across the expansive Patagonian wilderness to the rustic town of Puerto Natales situated along the shore of scenic Última Esperanza Sound. Dinner tonight is at your hotel, overlooking the fjord. As you stroll along the waterfront after dinner on a clear day, you may admire the majestic views of the peaks of Torres del Paines in the horizon. Costaustralis Hotel or similar (B,D)

Day 5
Ultima Esperanza Sound Boat Excursion.
Embark on an exhilarating full day boat excursion sailing along picturesque Ultima Esperanza Sound flanked by imposing mountain peaks into O’Higgins National Park. Disembark for a short walk through the Andean rainforest to view the impressive Serrano Glacier. As you navigate the fjord, you may encounter colonies of cormorants, seadogs and soaring condors. A sumptuous BBQ lunch in a nearby cattle ranch is included. Return to your hotel early this evening. (B,L)

Day 6
Torres del Paine Park Excursion.
Today’s thrilling excursion is reputed to be one of the most scenic in the world. You’ll venture into majestic Torres del Paine National Park and admire the incredible scenery of shimmering lakes, cascading waterfalls and roaring creeks. The park is surrounded by imposing snow capped mountain peaks and is rich with bird life as well as unusual wildlife including the guanaco, a version of the llama, the nandu resembling ostrich and predators like gray fox and even the elusive puma. Spend your entire day touring the park and savoring the amazing panorama before returning to Puerto Natales later today. (B,L)

Day 7
Puerto Natales/El Calafate (Argentina).
Admire stunning natural landscapes as you travel today through the heart of Patagonia, crossing from Chile into Argentina. Along the way, stop in a typical estancia, a cattle ranch and enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch followed by a lively sheep sheering and a riding demonstration. Later this afternoon arrive in El Calafate, a picturesque resort town overlooking beautiful Lake Argentino and characterized by rustic houses with sloping roofs. Your upscale hotel is centrally located near some of the best shops, cafes and restaurants! Kosten Aike Hotel (B,L)

Day 8
Perito Moreno Glacier Excursion.
Travel today along the shoreline of aqua- green Lago Argentino en route to the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier. With a wall of ice rising almost 200 feet above the lake, this natural phenomenon is one of the only advancing glaciers in the world. Admire close-up breathtaking views of the massive glacier from a variety of vantage points as you walk along the observation platforms and watch for the thrilling moment when chunks of ice break off and dramatically crash into the water below! Return to El Calafate for a free evening to sample some of Argentina’s culinary delights and renowned wines. (B)

Day 9
Glaciers National Park Boat Excursion.
Today embark on an unforgettable full-day boat excursion to nearby Glaciers National Park. Your comfortable boat navigates the northern part of Lake Argentino, circling huge, dramatically shaped and beautifully colored floating icebergs. View up-close the amazing Upsala Glacier, the largest glacier in the park and admire the awe-inspiring Spegazzini Glacier that is the tallest of the area’s glaciers and soars as high as 400 feet above the water. Return to El Calafate early this evening. (B)

Day 10
El Calafate/Buenos Aires.
Fly northward to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital and largest city, often called “Paris of the South”. This exciting city is a great mix of European heritage combined with Latin spirit, evident in the architecture, culture and lifestyle. En route to your downtown hotel, drive through the Avenida 9 de Julio, the world’s widest avenue. Americas Towers Hotel (B)

Day 11
Buenos Aires.
On this morning’s guided tour, see the Plaza de Mayor, the famous Opera House and the historic La Boca district. Proceed to the elegant Recoleta district and the cemetery where Evita Peron is buried. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, you are our guest for a delicious farewell dinner and an exciting tango show, South America’s passionate dance. (B,D)

Day 12
At Leisure/Depart Buenos Aires.
Your final day is at leisure. Why not take a “behind the scenes” tour of the ornate Colon Opera House, visit the shops lining renowned Florida Street, or relax in one of the outdoor cafes and parks. Later, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the USA. (B) 

Day 13
Arrive USA.
Your exciting journey ends as you arrive Miami this morning.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

Your departure flights from Miami to Chile and back from Argentina to Miami are via LAN Airlines/LAN Argentina.  Your flight is scheduled to depart Miami at 8:30PM.  You are expected to check-in for your flight at least 3½ hours before the scheduled departure.  Your return flight is scheduled to arrive back to Miami at 7:00AM (EXCEPT Mar 5. tour arrives back to Miami at 8:00AM).  Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT

LAN Airlines does not accept advance seat assignments.  Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. Please note that smarTours is not involved in your seat assignment.  It is between you and the airline!

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. U.S. passport holders do not require a visa.  Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates of the countries visited on this tour as to the most current visa requirements. 

FOREIGN ENTRY FEE

U.S. citizens need to pay an Argentina Reciprocity Fee of $160 per person prior to entering Argentina. 

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS

Your airline tickets along with final instructions and travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

While immunizations are NOT currently required, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their recommendations.

CLIMATE & CLOTHING

Patagonia is located at the southern tip of South America and therefore has reverse seasons to those of the United States. There may be a significant difference in temperatures between the early morning, daytime midday and evening hours. Strong winds and rapidly changeable weather conditions are also possible. October/November are springtime and March is fall with daytime temperatures averaging in the 50’s and low 60’s. December through February is summer with daytime temperatures averaging in the 60’s and low 70’s. On occasion, temperatures will be cooler or warmer. Morning and evening temperatures are normally quite a bit cooler! Buenos Aires temperatures are much milder and average 10-20 degrees higher than Patagonia. Clothing for the Patagonia is synonymous with “outdoors”. Please pack comfortable outdoor footwear, a windbreaker, lip balm, sunglasses, hat and gloves in all seasons. It is recommended to dress in layers so that you are comfortable regardless of the possible changes in temperatures and wind conditions.

NON-INCLUDED MEALS

You may dine at either of the hotels used on this tour or other nearby restaurants recommended by your guide. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20 – $25 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. 

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY

Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards.  However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars.  Your hotels will be able to exchange your cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in various denominations.

BAGGAGE

Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage not to exceed 44 pounds and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”.

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