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Incredible Patagonia (& Buenos Aires)

PATAGONIA & BUENOS AIRES

    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this remarkable journey when you visit Argentina,  Patagonia and Chile. Reserve by June 9, 2016 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited so please reserve early.

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Experience the dramatic landscapes on our Patagonia tours, the exciting city of Buenos Aires, the “Paris of the South”, and our charming Santiago, Chile tours, among other exciting destinations on your trip to the southern tip of South America. Explore the penguins at Magdalena Island, Torres del Paine Park, the Plaza de Mayo, El Calafate, and take a breathtaking full-day boat excursion to nearby Glaciers National Park. 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

 

  • Magdalena Island Penguins
  • 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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Nov 3

Nov 15

$ 3899

$ 3999

$ 4299

Nov 17

Nov 29

$ 3899

$ 3999

$ 4299

Dec 1

Dec 13

$ 3999

$ 4099

$ 4399

Dec 29

Jan 10 ’17

$ 4199

$ 4299

$ 4599

2017

 

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Jan 5

Jan 17

$ 3999

$ 4099

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Jan 19

Jan 31

$ 3999

$ 4099

$ 4399

Feb 2

Feb 14

$ 3999

$ 4099

$ 4399

Mar 2

Mar 14

$ 3899

$ 3999

$ 4299

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 on your incredible Patagonia tours that include, Buenos Aires and Santiago begin 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 Palacio de la Moneda and the Bohemian section of Bellavista. Your tour concludes upon arrival at your upscale hotel where the balance of the afternoon is at leisure.  Hotel Atton Vitacura
Day 3
Santiago/Patagonia/Punta Arenas – Magdalena Island Penguins.
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. You’ll begin with a visit to see majestic Magellanic Penguins.* This evening your tour director hosts a welcome reception and briefing. Cabo de Hornos Hotel (B)
* Note: Magdalena Island is only accessible by ferry, and the ferry is occasionally subject to last-minute, weather-related cancellations.

Day 4
Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales.
Over the next week, venture into Patagonia’s heartland! On a guided orientation tour, you’ll visit the Sara Braun Museum and Magellan’s Monument, marvel at the 19th century mansions, and enjoy magnificent views from the lookout point. 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 hike of 30 minutes 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 local 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
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 9
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 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. MGallery Brick Hotel (formerly Caesar Park) (B)

Day 11
Buenos Aires.
On this morning’s guided tour, see the Plaza de Mayo, 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.

Departure

Airline Depart

Return

 Nov. 2016 – Feb. 2017

LAN Airlines/LAN Argentina 10:30PM

7:00AM

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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by Monica Holmes PhD on smarTours
Magnificent Tour

The Smartours trip to Patagonia was perfect in every way. Of course the area is magnificent--the glaciers stupendous. But in addition, our Patagonia guide was the definition of intelligence, wisdom and concern for all of us. Olga was always making an effort to explain, to teach and to relate individually. The hotels were excellent, the meals provided were also super. The entire tour was handled with proficiency, there were never any glitches or problems. The trip absolutely exceeded my expectations; I fully understand the enthusiasm that other trip participants who had been on previous Smartours expeditions expressed. All kinds of friends may be turning to Smartours for a Patagonia trip. Lots of people , including my younger daughter and husband, are thinking about it.

by Anne Marie & Rich Steeneck on smarTours
Magical Trip

This was our fourth SmarTours trip, and again SmarTours came through with an excellent itinerary at a great value. We had knowledgeable guides, excellent destinations and tours, and great hotels in convenient locations. The sights on this trip were dramatic and breathtaking and unlike any others from our travel experiences. Each day's destination surpassed that of the previous day. The tour participants were so well traveled and a pleasure to explore Patagonia with. We look forward to booking another SmarTours trip.

by Brian on smarTours
Surpassed All Expectations and More

This was our first SmarTours trip. My partner and I througholy enjoyed all the destinations, activities, and the whole experience far surpassed our expectations. The accommodations were great, too. But what made the trip such a smashing success were the guides; Viviana in Santiago, Olga in Patagonia, and Nathalia in Buenos Aires. All were exceptional, but since we spent the most time with Olga, I would like to add a special note of appreciation for her. Olga sets the international standard for excellence and professionalism as a tour guide. My deep gratitude for all who helped made this trip truly incredible. I had a spiritual experience.

by Shirley Seepersad on smarTours
Patagonia is really incredible!

It was an amazing trip. Olga, our tour director was fantastic . She knows thecountry very well - both Chile and Argentina. The only part of the trip that I think needs to be looked at is the last day of the tour - the coming back to the U.S. That full day was wasted. We were in the lobby of the hotel from the check out time of 11am until 7pm when the bus took us to the airport for the 11pm flight. But over all, that tour is awesome. Patagonia is one of my favorite.

by Jon Wendt on smarTours
Incredible Patagonia

We selected this trip for its itinerary and we were not disappointed. Saw all the places in Patagonia that were on our list. The tour was comfortable and well paced. We recommended this trip to family and friends. Accommodations and provided meals were first rate. We really enjoyed the tango show and dinner on the last night of the trip. We have just a couple recommendations for tweaks that will further improve a great trip: Olga, our tour director, was very knowledgeable and helpful but her restaurant suggestions were usually pointed out from the bus as we zoomed past and given the full Spanish pronunciation which was difficult for us to understand and write down. There was usually enough time that she could have walked the restaurant areas in each town with us and pointed out the recommended places. Our local guide in Buenos Aries, Lydia, was friendly and well informed but didn't seem to want to spend much time with us. We had lots of free time including 9 hours after we checked out of our hotel. We would have appreciated an optional tour to fill some of this time. The method SmarTours used to buy plane tickets resulted in my wife and I not being able to sit together both coming and going.

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