13 Nights / 14 Days
Ease into things by visiting the beautiful vineyards in Santiago and taste some exquisite wines, whilst enjoying the local gastronomy. Then, head to the capital of Chile´s most Southern region, Punta Arenas, before arriving at Torres del Paine to see the soaring mountains, electric blue icebergs, glaciers and abundant wildlife. In Calafate, hop on a boat for a close-up view of the immense glaciers, before going on a special “ice-trek” and learning all about the glaciations process. Once in Buenos Aires, put on your dancing shoes as it´s time to Tango on a traditional night out. Then, fly over to the Iguazu Falls and witness the roaring and colossal waterfall from close proximity of the boat, before returning to Buenos Aires for a final dose of cultural and Argentinian steak.
- PUNTA ARENAS
- EL CALAFATE
- BUENOS AIRES
- TORRES DE PAINE
- PUERTO IGUAZU
Welcome to Santiago! Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
Your sightseeing tour takes you downtown featuring ‘La Moneda’, current seat of Government, the former national congress, the 18th-century cathedral and Santa Lucia Hill. Nearby, housed in an exquisite 19th century wrought iron building, is the Central Market, famous for its seafood and seafood restaurants. Then you head up to the most charming and artistic side of Santiago, the neighborhoods of Lastarria and Bellas Artes featuring the Forest Park, the Fine Arts Museum and the National Library. You pass by the ‘Avenida Italia’ on the border of Providencia and Nunoa districts, one of the most popular parts of the capital for great dining, cultural events and historic heritage. You finish your tour exploring ‘El Golf’, a modern neighborhood that mixes residential areas, offices and banks. El Golf is also nicknamed ‘Sanhattan’ due to the predominance of high modern building in the area.
Tonight you will be treated with a welcome dinner in‘Miguel Torres’. At this stylish but casual wine-restaurant the cuisine is matched with the wine selection. That is the basic concept and the motivation that made two family-run companies join efforts. On the one side, the Sagardi Group, with its long European tradition in the gastronomic scene and its love for the
Earth and everything it produces. And last but not least ‘Miguel Torres’which is a hundred year old winemaking company, one of the most recognizable names in Spanish wine and a pioneer for winemaking in Chile.
The day will start with a visit of the vineyards in Casablanca Valley (70 km northwest from Santiago). Situated on the coastal plain between Santiago and Valparaiso, Casablanca is Chile’s fastest growing wine region. Soil and climate favor the production of top quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. You will visit Casas del Bosque and enjoy a tour of vineyards (conducted in English shared with other visitors) and cellars and sample in its Aromas Bar, two Reserva and two Gran Reserva labels (four tastings total). After the vineyard visit you will continue your journey to Valparaiso, with its colorful hillside homes and winding stairways overlooking the Pacific. The Chilean port city of Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage, is alive with avant-garde culture and vibrant street art. Once in Plaza Sotomayor, Valparaiso’s main square, your guide will point out the important buildings such as the Chilean Navy Building and the Chilean Customs House. You will then take the as censor Concepción, the city’s oldest elevator and funicular that climbs Cerro Concepción (Concepción Hill). From up in the hills, you can take in the colorful vistas of this avant-garde town and take unique pictures before returning to Santiago (driving time: approx. 2 ½ hours, 119 km)
Approx. visit duration at the vineyard: 1 hour
Vineyard’s location: 70 km from Santiago
SIC winery tours start daily at: 10:30 hrs, 12:30 hrs, 15:00 hrs and 16:30 hrs
Morning flight along the Andes south to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in the city. We recommend strolling along ‘Costaneradel Estrecho’ Avenue and take the chance to photograph the stunning historic pier on the waterfront of Punta Arenas running along the Magellan Strait. It is common to spot seabirds as cormorants, Giant Petrels, Black Browed Albatross and the Chilean Skua.
Morning at leisure. If you are into history of exploration we suggest taking a taxi just 7.5 kilometers away from Punta Arenas (area known as Tres Puentes Wetland) to visit to Nao Victoria Museum. There lies a life-size replica of the vessel commanded by Ferdinand Magellan the Nao Victoria – the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world in the 16th-century. Guides are included in the cost of admission, which makes for rich storytelling while travelers explore the ship.
Your 3-night stay includes: transfers (with Spanish speaking driver), a selection of excursions within Torres National Park with English speaking guide and all the meals.
A la carte excursions (in SIC basis – shared with other travelers)
A la carte excursions (in SIC basis – shared with other travelers)
After breakfast you say goodbye to Chilean Patagonia to head to El Calafate, in the Argentinean Patagonia.
You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning for a drive to Bajo de Las Sombras port for a 20-minute drive. You will cross the Rico branch of the lake on a boat, stopping for about 20 minutes in front of the glacier. After landing on the opposite shore there is a short walk to get to the shelter where the guides give a complete explanation about glaciations and a safety
Briefing for the ice trek. The trek starts with a walk towards the Perito Moreno Glacier along a picturesque beach. With your crampons fastened, head out for the real adventure as you embark on a 1.5-hour trek on the glacier. The guide will accompany you, helping you to pick a safe route. Few other sights give such an impression of nature’s might and grandeur, other than the vast slab of opalescent blue ice that is the Perito Moreno Glacier. Afterwards, you’ll board the boat again and head back to shore to explore the walkways which face the glacier. Return to El Calafate during the late afternoon.
Service is provided in SIC basis with English/Spanish guide
Total length of the excursion: Approx. 10 hours
Time on the glacier: Approx. 1.5 hours.
Grade of difficulty: Moderate
Season: September to April
Dinner at ‘La Tablita’ (no transfers considered, depending on the location of your hotel you may reach the restaurant by walk or taking the hotel’s shuttle service). Steak and spit-roasted lamb are the stars in El Calafate, popular beyond measure for good reason. Your meal at ‘La Tablita’ therefore includes barbecued Patagonian lamb (besides starter and dessert). ‘La Tablita’ operates since 1968 and is considered by many as the best place to try Patagonian lamb in El Calafate.
At proper time you will be transferred to the airport in El Calafate to board your flight to the cosmopolitan Buenos Aires.
We have a tip for your afternoon at leisure. Take a journey in Buenos Aires past while visiting San Telmo at ‘El Zanjon de Granados’, the most urban archaeology site in Buenos Aires. During the 1-hour visit this museum housed in a 175-year-old mansion that leads to a series of underground tunnels. Inside those artifacts that tell the city’s story in a way no book could.
Dinner at Esquina Carlos Gardel. Tonight take part in a Buenos Aires tradition – a night out at the tango! This dinner and show combines an exciting music and dance experience of Argentina’s famous dance genre. The event takes place at ‘La Esquina de Carlos Gardel’ an impressive and historic tango venue located in Abasto district. This was once Carlos Gardel’s neighborhood and he even used to dine with his friends at this locale. Born in the 1880’s and one of the biggest stars of your choice of dishes, including Argentina’s renowned steak whilst sipping on Argentine wines before the show starts.(Transfers are included – escorted, guide doesn’t accompany during dinner).
Morning at leisure. If you look for a special coffee stop ‘Café Las Violetas’ is the place. Historic and with its unique charm Las Violetas café, patisserie and restaurant has been an institution for more than 125 years. You better come early. Lines form well before the cafe’s opening hour, as locals and tourists vie for a table.
Afternoon flight to Puerto Iguazu. Upon arrival you will be escorted to your hotel.
You head towards the Argentine side of Iguazu National Park for a day tour. The majority of the falls (approx. 80%) are on this side of the park covering an area 550 km². Enjoy a walk along the upper and lower trails. The lower circuit (1400m) has
Balconies with marvelous bottom-up views of the falls (the same falls that you see from above in the upper circuit). The superior circuit is about 650 m long with a low degree of difficulty. This trail has six viewpoints with panoramic views of the
Falls. Between the two circuits you will find the station to board the ecological train to reach the final station The Devil’s Throat. At this point a bridge (2200 m roundtrip) leads out over the Iguazu River and small islands ending at the mighty
Devil’s Throat. The Devil’s Throat is 150 m (490 ft) wide and the tallest of all the falls a height of 82 m (270 ft). The bridge goes right out to the head of the falls, so be prepared for plenty of spray.
* The upper circuit has a low degree of difficulty and accessible ramps making it suitable for handicapped visitors. The lower circuit requires more physical effort due to its stairs. If you have any physical impairment we recommend avoiding the last section of this circuit.
Then, get ready to see the falls from the water and get wet. The 12-minute boat trip starts from the dock opposite San Martin Island and gives you a quick tour of the Lower Iguazu River Canyon. You will reach the TresMosqueteros Fall to see the falls of both the Argentine and Brazilian sides and the Devil’s Throat from a different perspective. Protective bags are provided for cameras, gear and clothes.
Departures: every 20 minutes from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm (winter) and 5:30 pm (summer).
Note: Children under 12 years, pregnant women and people with physical restrictions (more than 100 stairs to get to the dock) and heart diseases are not eligible for this tour
Half-day tour to the Brazilian side of the Iguazu National Park. You wander along the ‘Cataratas trail’ (distance 1.5 km/1 mile) and enjoy panoramic views of the falls, one of the more beautiful natural landmarks in all of South America. At the end of the trail a catwalk provides breathtaking views of the tallest waterfall, the ‘Devils’ Throat’. The tour ends at the top of the falls accessed through a panoramic elevator.
In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport in Puerto Iguazu for your flight back to Buenos Aires.
Highlights of today’s tour include the Plaza de Mayo, the Obelisk, Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace), Cabildo (Town Hall), and Congress Palace. Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral and see the Colon Opera House. Built at the end of the 19th century ‘Teatro Colon’ is the monumental symbol of the cultural life of Buenos Aires. Explore Colon’s main hall, considered a world milestone in acoustic quality. Follow the steps of Evita Peron at Recoleta Cemetery before heading to San Telmo, Buenos Aires’ most historic neighborhood. Your sightseeing ends in La Boca, the port of call for thousands of immigrants that came from Europe at the end of the 19th century and is today one of Buenos Aires’ most authentic barrios.
Afternoon at leisure
Enjoy a farewell dinner at Fervor – a greatoption for those who can’t resist an Argentinian grilled steak again.For the non-carnivores the menu includes fish and seafood. The interiors are relaxed, but elegant including leather seats, chandeliers, white linen cloth, and a vaulted ceiling with balcony overlooking the diners. We recommend its homemade ice cream for dessert.
At proper time you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight home.
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