Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • Get expert insights as you explore Patagonia by land and sea, gliding past pristine fjords and vast glaciers on a four-day cruise, then heading inland to explore granite spires, sapphire lakes, and hidden waterfalls.
  • Settle into the stunning Tierra Patagonia, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World overlooking the staggering peaks of Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Set out on an interpretive walk across Magdalena Island, home to a colony of more than 100,000 Magellanic penguins.
  • Enjoy a festive barbecue with local gauchos and get a glimpse into traditional Patagonian cowboy culture.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Carved by fjords and capped by glistening glaciers, Patagonia is a natural wonderland. Cruise through a landscape of thick forests and icebergs to the tip of Cape Horn and the Strait of Magellan. Then continue overland to Patagonia's crown jewel—Torres del Paine National Park—and end our journey in Santiago, Chile's vibrant capital.

Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Arrive this morning in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Transfer to our hotel in the heart of the fashionable Recoleta neighborhood, and explore the nearby galleries, museums, and cafés. Enjoy a tango performance, followed by our welcome dinner tonight.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta
Day 2: BUENOS AIRES
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Spend the day discovering Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital, known as the Paris of South America. On a city tour, see the remarkable Recoleta Cemetery, burial site of Eva Perón. Continue to the historic presidential palace, La Casa Rosada, and the cathedral in Plaza de Mayo. After lunch, explore the cobblestoned lanes of San Telmo, as well as the colorful artists’ quarter of La Boca.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta
Day 3: Ushuaia/Tierra del Fuego National Park
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Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and visit Tierra del Fuego National Park. Embark our ship and sail toward the famed Beagle Channel.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:

M.V. Stella Australis or M.V. Ventus Australis

Day 4: Cape Horn, Chile/Wulaia Bay
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Weather permitting, take Zodiacs to legendary Cape Horn for a panoramic view from the southernmost tip of South America. Later, explore Wulaia Bay, where Charles Darwin landed during his voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle. Choose one of two walks to experience the spectacular beauty of the Magellanic forest.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:M.V. Stella Australis or M.V. Ventus Australis
Days 5-6: Magdalena Channel/Agostini Sound
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As we navigate the Magdalena Channel, spot penguins, dolphins, albatrosses, and other seabirds. After entering the Pia Fjord, board Zodiacs and head out on a shore excursion on Pia Glacier. Continue along the Beagle Channel to the Garibaldi Glacier. Embark on a challenging hike through the Magellanic forest if you choose. The next day, cruise through majestic Agostini Sound, and disembark for a closer look at Águila Glacier. During an easy walk, take in spectacular views of the brilliant blue-and-white ice set off by black mountains, and learn about the geologic forces that shaped this dramatic land.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations:

M.V. Stella Australis or M.V. Ventus Australis

Day 7: Magdalena Island/Punta Arenas
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Take a morning walk on Magdalena Island, home to a colony of more than 100,000 Magellanic penguins. Disembark in Punta Arenas and continue across the southern Pampas, looking for herds of guanacos as well as rheas, gray foxes, Patagonian hares, and black-necked swans. Settle into our spectacular hotel—Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:This night includes a stay at a National Geographic Unique Lodge.
On the banks of Lake Sarmiento, looking out on Torres del Paine National Park, Tierra Patagonia celebrates its majestic surroundings, while offering a space where relaxation reigns.
Days 8-10: Torres del Paine National Park
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During the next three days, tailor your exploration to your interests, choosing among a variety of hiking and horseback-riding excursions in the park. Discover Lago de Grey and its incredibly blue sculpted ice; hike through beech forests along the shore of Laguna Azul; and marvel at rock paintings left by the indigenous Aonikenk people, some of the earliest inhabitants of the region. Photograph wildlife near the northern limits of the park; or relax at the hotel, taking advantage of its wonderful amenities. Enjoy evening lectures, and cap off your stay in the park with a festive barbecue in the company of local gauchos, getting a glimpse into traditional Patagonian cowboy culture.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations:Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa
Day 11: Punta Arenas/Santiago/Maipo Valley
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Today, drive to the Punta Arenas airport for the flight to Santiago. Arrive in Santiago this evening and travel into the Maipo Valley to our boutique hotel located on the famed Viña Santa Rita—one of Chile’s most prestigious wineries. Settle into our late 19th-century-style hotel nestled amid an oasis of vineyards, parks, and gardens. Tonight, gather in the hotel’s dining room for a private multi-course meal paired with Chilean wines from Santa Rita’s award-winning vineyards.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Casa Real
Day 12: Maipo Valley/Santiago
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Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at our hotel before embarking on a private tour of the estate’s 40-hectare park and gardens, which were designed by 19th-century French landscape architect Guillaume Renner. Then gather on the outdoor terrace for a wine tasting and lunch. Later, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Viña Santa Rita—founded in 1880 and known for its cultivation of red wine varietals—including the estate’s vineyards, stone-and-mortar cellar, and tasting room. Continue to the nearby Andino Museum to peruse an impressive collection of pre-Columbian art. This evening, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch

Extensions

Extensions

  • Exploring Patagonia: Easter Island
    5 days from $3,395
  • Exploring Patagonia: Chile's Atacama Desert
    5 days from $2,995
Exploring Patagonia: Easter Island
Day 1: Santiago

After our farewell celebration in the wine country of Chile’s Maipo Valley, transfer to our airport hotel in Santiago and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Accommodations:Holiday Inn Santiago Airport
Days 2-4: Easter Island

Depart on a morning flight to Easter Island. Upon arrival, settle into our lodge. Over the next three days choose from a variety of excursions to experience the spectacular sites of Easter Island. Explore Rano Raraku statue quarry, where the outer and inner slopes of the mountain are covered with hundreds of moai statues in different stages of completion. Visit Anakena Beach, the legendary landing place of Hotu Matua—founder of Rapa Nui. Discover the restored site of Ahu Nau Nau to learn about the modern-day culture of Easter Island. During your stay, enjoy wonderful meals, amenities, and surroundings while staying in our lodge's refurbished local houses.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations:Explora Rapa Nui
Day 5: EASTER ISLAND/santiago

Fly to Santiago and connect to your return flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast