Antarctica & Arctic
A popular journey highlighting the best that Patagonia has to offer. Discover untamed beauty and enjoy a cruise around Tierra del Fuego.
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Seven nights hotel and three nights cruise accommodation, meals as indicated and sightseeing with local English speaking guides.
Tuesdays, 04 October 2017 – 04 April 2018
Patagonia is nature at its most pristine, a land of contrast offering an incredible array of natural sights and wonders. Discover the wild untamed beauty of ice blue glaciers and fjords and of beautiful snowcapped mountains, glittering lakes and sweeping expanses. Voyage to the end of the earth aboard a ship ideally suited for exploring the waters around Tierra del Fuego.
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Spend time in Torres del Paine which boasts some of the world's most stunning mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests.
Cruise to the "end of the earth", Southern Patagonia, one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world.
Visit spectacular De Agostini Sound where you will see glaciers sliding down the mountainside into the sea.
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Arrive at the southernmost city in the world for your overnight stay.
Embark on the Stella Australis for your three night cruise to the “end of the earth”. Enjoy the splendour and beauty of unique natural scenery and wildlife and travel on one of the most comfortable ships designed to make your trip as extraordinary as possible. Travel through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world, Southern Patagonia, which includes the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. (B)(L)
Sail through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach
Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, you shall go ashore. The legendary
Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425 metre high rocky promontory. For
many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic,
and is referred to as the “end of the earth”. In the afternoon, go ashore at historic Wulaia
Bay, originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements.
Charles Darwin landed there in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also
renowned for the mesmerising beauty of its vegetation and geography. Take an enchanting
walk through the Magellan Forest of lengas, coigues, canelos, ferns, and other endemic
vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint. (B)(L)(D)
Sail through Brecknock, Ocasion, Cockburn,
and Magdalena Channels to enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, in the heart of the
Darwin Mountain Range. This is where you will see glaciers sliding down the mountainside all
the way to the sea. In the afternoon travel to the Aguilar Glacier and embark upon an easy
walk to its base. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Patagonia’s cold
rainforest and to see how the power of nature has moulded the spectacular
Early this morning, weather permitting, go ashore
on Magdalena Island, located in the middle of the Strait of Magellan. The island used to be
an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by an immense
colony of Magellan penguins that you will be able to see during your walk to the lighthouse.
Sail to Punta Arenas and disembark at midday. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Journey by road to the Hotel las Torres located in
the heart of the National Park, a five hour drive through the windswept plains of Patagonia,
where you will spend the next three nights. A snack will be provided for your drive. Torres
del Paine boasts the world’s most stunning array of mountains, glaciers, lakes and forest
and is home to a wide variety of animal species, including guanaco (a relative of the llama),
condors and flamingos. The hallmark granite horns and towers thrust abruptly skywards
from the flat pampa, while lakes of turquoise, emerald, lapis lazuli, sapphire and aquamarine
provide the perfect contrast. (B)(D)
During your stay in Patagonia, enjoy two full days at leisure for daily explorations accompanied by experienced local guides. Each day, you and your guide will discuss which of the more than 25 excursions you would like to participate in. As a special program participant, you have access to excursions not offered to other guests. Each excursion has a maximum of eight people, which ensures that you can stay flexible with your schedule. This small group will provide the ideal setting for the discovery of one of the world’s most impressive natural spectacles. Your highly qualified guides will bring life and colour to those little things that are generally overlooked. Your guide will be the key to living extraordinary moments while learning about the essence of the region. (B)(L)(D)
See Day 7 for informtion on today's itinerary. (B)(L)(D)
After breakfast transfer to El Calafate, a small village
set on the edge of Lake Argentino, where you will spend the next two nights. (B)
Visit the World Heritage site of Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most
impressive glaciers in the world. Watch and hear the spectacle as huge blocks of ice calve
its face. (B)
Transfer to El Calafate airport for your onward flight. (B)
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