Patagonia Tauck Tours

Patagonia

The Patagonia Tauck tour is an 11 day adventure that puts the south in South America. In the southern Andes mountains you’ll find a place that makes most other locations seem undesirable by comparison, Patagonia. This place, rich with wildlife like penguins and sea lions, is one of fjords and glaciers and more photo opportunities than you could ask for.

Your tour to Patagonia even involves one of the wonders of the world, Perito Moreno Glacier. As with other luxury Tauck tours, this experience is full of exclusive excursions and expert guides. Your Patagonia Tauck tour starts in Santiago, Chile where you’ll fly in style to Punta Arenas. At this point you’re about as far south as most humans have ever traveled but you’ll headed farther yet. From there, it’s on to the Serrano Glacier where you can take in the stunning landscape as you enjoy the view. Your 11 day Patagonia tour will be full of moments like this all the way up until you head to Buenos Aires, Argentina to wrap things up.


11 Daysfr. $7,790

  • A private cruise on Esperanza Sound
  • A private lunch at Estancia Cristina, a cattle ranch in a remote region of Patagonia
  • A visit to the workshop of the Draghi family, world-famous silversmiths of Argentina
  • A private Gaucho Show for Tauck Guests only, where cowboys of the Argentine outback demonstrate their amazing riding and “horse whispering” skills
  • A picnic lunch overlooking the awesome Perito Moreno Glacier in Glacier National Park
  • A Tango Show in Buenos Aires, where the passionate pas de deux was born
  • On-Tour Air (2 flights)
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed
  • All customary gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff and local guides are included.
  • The customary gratuities for the Tauck Director and local drivers are not included. We ask that gratuities be extended on a voluntary, individual basis and not as a group.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, dry cleaning, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • Airline excess luggage charges, vaccinations, visa fees and services, airport arrival and departure taxes, individual airport transfers (when applicable), and other optional or incidental extras are not included.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 7 lunches
  • 9 dinners
  • The Singular Santiago in Santiago, Chile (1 night)
  • The Singular Patagonia in Puerto Natales, Chile (4 nights)
  • Xelena Hotel & Suites in El Calafate, Argentina (3 nights)
  • Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2 nights)

Arrive Santiago

Santiago, Chile

Tauck's Patagonia travel adventure begins in Santiago, Chile at 6:00 PM. We’ll meet you at the airport. A transfer is included upon arrival from Santiago International Airport to The Singular Santiago, a five-star luxury hotel in the city’s Lastarria district – an intimate, "green"-designed oasis in the heart of a sprawling metropolis set against stunning backdrops of the Andes Mountains. Join us this evening for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel.

Dinner

THE SINGULAR SANTIAGO

Picturesque Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales, Chile

Fly this morning from Santiago to Punta Arenas, deep in the southern tip of the continent, near Tierra del Fuego. This “city of red roofs,” established in the 19th century as a penal colony and coaling station for steamships, is usually a jumping-off point for Antarctic expeditions, but today it’s a leg on your Patagonia travel adventure to the otherworldly landscapes of Torres del Paines National Park.

From here you travel by land to Puerto Natales, a town on the shores of the Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) Sound. Named by a 16th-century Spanish explorer who became lost in the maze of channels and fjords while searching for the Strait of Magellan, the area was later settled by European immigrants as a shipping port for the local wool and meat-packing industry in the early 20th century. Arrive in late afternoon and check in to your accommodations at the Singular Patagonia hotel, formerly a waterfront factory built in 1915, now a luxury resort with dramatic floor-to-ceiling views of the sound and mountain ranges

Arrive in late afternoon and check in to your accommodations at the Singular Patagonia hotel, formerly a waterfront factory built in 1915, now a luxury resort with dramatic floor-to-ceiling views of the sound and mountain ranges. This region of rolling plains and turquoise lakes is frequented by an anomalous assortment of wildlife, in a panorama bordered by ice-capped Andean peaks.

Breakfast, Dinner

THE SINGULAR PATAGONIA

Cruise to Serrano Glacier & more

Puerto Natales, Chile

A cruise on the Ultima Esperanza Sound introduces you to the labyrinth of fjords, inlets, and channels that winds through this mystical landscape for miles: scenes of mountains, cliffs and caves, colonies of sea lions, plunging waterfalls, and ice-floes. Disembark at O'Higgins National Park for a hike to Serrano Glacier. Then cruise past waterfalls and Balmadeda Glacier for spectacular views of the fjords and surrounding mountain vistas that change color with the light. After lunch at an estancia and a sheep-shearing demonstration, return to the hotel.

Following a late-afternoon historical tour of the Singular Hotel – converted from a waterfront factory built over a century ago – enjoy a four-course wine-pairing dinner at the hotel this evening featuring some of Chile's famous varietals.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE SINGULAR PATAGONIA

Torres del Paines National Park

Torres del Paine N.P., Chile

Journey north from Puerto Natales to the heart of one of South America’s most spectacular nature preserves, a photographer’s paradise of glacier-carved fjords and valleys, steppes, and sub-polar forests, dominated by the grandeur of Torres del Paine, a range of twisted granite peaks sculpted in startling curves and serrated edges that includes a trio of rock formations known as Cleopatra’s Needles. The vivid colors of the lakes, shades of emerald and turquoise, are caused by rock flour settling from the restless grinding of the mountains by glaciers, a palette offset by rolling plains covered with red wildflowers. The rugged landscape is populated by foxes, pumas, guanacos, rheas, and large birds of prey, which you’ll have a chance to view on frequent photo stops, rest stops, and short hikes. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue touring the park throughout the afternoon. Head back to the hotel for dinner at your leisure this evening.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE SINGULAR PATAGONIA

A singular day in Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales, Chile

Spend the day as you please at the resort – a variety of activities* are included, such as kayaking, biking, condor-watching, hiking, cave exploring, and horseback riding. The Singular hotel is officially a national monument for its significance to the heritage of the region, so in addition to its amenities it harbors a museum of fascinating exhibits on local history and restored machinery from its factory days. You can also visit the town, to learn about its unusual mix of European and indigenous cultures, where there’s also a wide choice of cafes and drinking establishments that cater to international tastes; or embark on a half- or full-day excursion to explore more of Torres Del Paines National Park. This evening, dinner is served family style at the hotel's restaurant.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE SINGULAR PATAGONIA

El Calafate & Lago Argentino

El Calafate, Argentina

Your Patagonia travel adventure continues as you cross the border into Argentina this morning and arrive at El Calafate in time for lunch. A small, picturesque village on the shores of Lake Argentino, El Calafate is named for a wild bush with yellow flowers and blue berries that flourishes here; it is also known as the “Village of the Glaciers,” the gateway to Glacier National Park. Lunch in the town, which retains some of its original character as a pioneer outpost for wool-traders.

Then continue on to your accommodations at Xelena Hotel & Suites. Check in, then pay a visit to a local museum, the Glaciarium, dedicated to the science of glaciers and the geological history of the area, an entree to the astonishing world you’ll meet in Glacier National Park.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

XELENA HOTEL & SUITES

Estancia Cristina & Upsala Glacier

Bandera, Argentina

Board a private boat at Punta Bandera for a cruise on Lake Argentino. The vast freshwater lake is fed by runoff from dozens of glaciers in the Southern Patagonian Icefield. You’ll sail by one of the largest of them, Upsala Glacier, a towering wall of ice (100 feet higher than Niagara Falls) that meets the water and stretches for miles through an alien landscape of wildly sculpted granite peaks and icebergs, and a startling palette of colors; the green of the lake beside the vivid blue, white and gold hues of the mountains, forests and ice offer dramatic photo ops like nowhere else on earth.

El Calafate, Argentina

Disembark at Estancia Cristina, a cattle and sheep ranch founded by an English immigrant in the early 1900s (and named after his daughter). Board a 4x4 and climb to a high vantage point for a short hike that brings you to a stunning panoramic view of Upsala Glacier. Then get a close-up look at life on the ranch, including a visit to a museum dedicated to Argentina’s ubiquitous cowboys, the gauchos. You’ll also enjoy a lunch of local cuisine, and learn the art of making mate tea (the national drink), traditionally brewed and served in a calabash gourd with a metal straw. Marvel again on the scenic return trip to your hotel for an evening spent as you wish.

Breakfast, Lunch

XELENA HOTEL & SUITES

Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Drive into Glacier National Park to witness one of South America's most breathtaking natural wonders, Perito Moreno Glacier. Fronting Lake Argentino for three miles, rising 240 feet from the water in dense clusters of jagged white skyscrapers, Perito Moreno is one of the few glaciers in the icefield that is advancing, its restless movement unseen but sometimes heard in its eerie groaning, cracking, and rumbling. From high walkways on the shore opposite the glacier, you can appreciate its overwhelming scale and even have the chance to see an iceberg calve away from the ice wall, collapsing like a tall building in an explosion of thunder and water. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the presence of this immense, mystical phenomenon; its majestic landscape mesmerizes with the changing light, as the ice morphs in color, from white to turquoise and sapphire, and even deep indigo blue.

El Calafate, Argentina

Return to the hotel this afternoon for time at leisure, or explore the shops and markets in the center of El Calafate; enjoy an included dinner tonight at your choice of three local restaurants in El Calafate.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

XELENA HOTEL & SUITES

Fly to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

From remote Patagonia travel on a flight from El Calafate today to the cosmopolitan excitement of Buenos Aires. You’ll get an orientation tour of the “Paris of South America” en route to Alvear Palace Hotel. Opened in 1932 as a luxury hotel for European visitors, the hotel continues to exude Belle Époque splendor in the heart of Buenos Aires' fashionable Recoleta neighborhood, close to some of this legendary city's finest boulevards, parks, museums and boutiques. Dine at the hotel this evening.

Breakfast, Dinner

ALVEAR PALACE HOTEL

Silversmiths, Gauchos & tango

Buenos Aires, Argentina

An excursion takes you to the lush farmlands outside the city, and the artists’ community at San Antonio del Areco. In this town of charming Spanish colonial-style houses and streets, you’ll meet members of the Draghi family, world-famous silversmiths who have crafted treasures for all walks of life, from gauchos to heads of state and Hollywood stars; visit their shop and studio, where you’ll view their exquisite silver and saddlery, which evoke the cowboy culture and heritage of the region.

Next up, naturally, is a private lunch and “gaucho fiesta”, where cowboys of the Argentine outback demonstrate their legendary equestrian skills: acrobatic riding, herding, ring-racing and horse dancing.

Return to the hotel to freshen up, then join us for a farewell dinner and tango show in the city, where this once-scandalous dance form was born and elevated to an art.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ALVEAR PALACE HOTEL

Journey home

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Your Patagonia travel ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Checkout time is noon. Transfers are included from Alvear Palace Hotel to Buenos Aires International Airport. You should allow 3 hours for flight check-in.

Breakfast

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Price
Fri, Jan 25, 2019
$7,790.00
Fri, Feb 01, 2019
$7,790.00
Fri, Feb 08, 2019
$7,790.00
Fri, Feb 22, 2019
$7,790.00
Fri, Mar 08, 2019
$7,790.00
Fri, Oct 04, 2019
$7,790.00
Fri, Oct 18, 2019
$7,790.00
Fri, Nov 01, 2019
$7,790.00
Fri, Nov 22, 2019
$7,790.00
Fri, Dec 06, 2019
$7,790.00
Fri, Dec 20, 2019
$8,490.00
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Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.
  • Reserve your preferred 2020 departure date and we will advise you once the 2020 trip is finalized and priced. You will then have two weeks to cancel; should you cancel, you'll receive a full refund of your trip deposit and the cost of the Travel Protection Product (if purchased with Tauck Tours). If you are making your own air arrangements, do not book your flights until this trip is finalized as start and end cities may change.

ALL guests must carefully verify the existing identification requirements for their particular travel situation DIRECTLY WITH THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES OR EMBASSIES or with a visa service, as these requirements may change. Guests without proper documentation may be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund
  • 60 days or more before departure: $700.00 per person
  • 59-30 days before departure: $1400.00 per person
  • 29-1 days before departure: $2000.00 per person
  • On departure day and later: 100% of total price
  • Any changes or cancellations to airline reservations made through Tauck either before or after departure are subject to the cancellation / change policies of the individual airlines. In n some instances these cancellation / change fees may be up to 100% of the ticket price.
  • Cancellation fees may also apply to any additional services, including extra night accommodations, independently supplied services, and optional excursions reserved prior to, during, and after the tour. If flight changes, including, but not limited to, flight cancellations or name changes, are requested after full land and air deposits are received, revision fees, change fees, or airline cancellation fees will apply.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing prior to tour departure. The cancellation policy will apply according to the date that the cancellation notification is received. The MINIMUM cancellation penalty is the deposit amount.
  • The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Land only “from price” is per person based on two people sharing a room together and does not include airfare unless expressly stated.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.
  • A $700 non-refundable, non-transferable, per-person, per-vacation deposit is required to reserve space for you. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted all Terms & Conditions. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit payment is processed and you receive a confirmation invoice.
  • Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Within the final payment date, payment in full is required at time of booking to reserve space. Reservations (land, cruise, and air) are canceled if final payment is not received by the due date.
  • Additional deposits or payments are required for international air added to the start and/or end of your vacation.
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