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Glacier Park & Ushuaia Cruise: a journey full of adventure

Discover the glaciers and the Cap Horn. An amazing tour going through Buenos Aires, the Glaciers Park, El Calafate, Perito Moreno glaciers, a typical Estancia of Patagonia, Ushuaia Cruise, Pia Glacier and the Cap Horn. Wide spaces and stunning landscapes !

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Buenos Aires - City Tour Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
  • Day 2: City Tour Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
  • Day 3: Buenos Aires - El Calafate - Buenos Aires - El Calafate
  • Day 4: El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier - El Calafate
  • Day 5: Estancia's activities - Glaciar National Park - El Calafate
  • Day 6: El Calafate - Puerto Natales
  • Day 7: Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine National Park - Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine National Park - Puerto Natales
  • Day 8: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas - Strait of Magellan - Punta Arenas
  • Day 9: Strait of Magellan - Tuckers Islets
  • Day 10: Tuckers Islets - Pia glacier
  • Day 11: Pia glacier - Cape Horn
  • Day 12: Cape Horn - Ushuaia - National Tierra del Fuego Park - Ushuaia
  • Day 13: Ushuaia - Buenos Aires - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires
  • Day 14: Departure

TRAVEL BOOK

Day 1: Buenos Aires - City Tour Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires

Welcoming at Ezeiza International Airport and transfer to Buenos Aires in a private vehicle.

Transfer with an English-speaking guide.
Visit Buenos Aires (half day, private tour).

Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city with European features, is among the 10 most active cities in the world. City of arts, cultures, theaters, traditions ... The variety satisfies the most demanding visitor.
You visit the 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest in the world, dominated by the obelisk, a symbol of Buenos Aires. You will pass the Colon Theatre, one of the jewels of the Argentine architecture. Then you arrive to the famous or central Plaza de Mayo, next to buildings such as the Casa Rosada or Casa de Gobierno, the Cabildo and the Cathedral.

You end your day with the picturesque neighborhood of La Boca, and specifically the alley El Caminito, the spot for painters, tango dancers and singers.
Return to your hotel after the visit.
An English-speaking guide will acompany you during the city tour.

Night at Nuss Hotel ****.
Included : transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, english speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 2: City Tour Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires

Visit Buenos Aires (half day and private tour).
Buenos Aires, a cosmopolitan city with European features, is among the 10 most active cities in the world. City of arts, cultures, theatres, traditions ... The variety satisfies even the most demanding visitor.

Guided tour of Recoleta neighbourhood, characterized by many colonial houses, often old houses of historical figures, currently inhabited by powerful Argentine families. You enter the luxurious Pacifico Shopping Center, characterized by its French architecture of 1889, with vaulted ceilings. This stunning place is one of the favourite places in Argentina.

Later you visit Recoleta Cemetery, where many celebrities, writers and politicians rest. The best known and most revered, even today is the tomb of Evita Peron, the legendary wife of President Peron.

You continue your visit to Palermo neighbourhood, with a stroll in the park Tres de Febrero, inaugurated in 1875, representing the largest green area of the city.
Return to your hotel.

An English-speaking guide will acompany you during the city tour.


Night at Nuss Hotel ****.
Included : english speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 3: Buenos Aires - El Calafate

Transfer from the hotel to the Buenos Aires Domestic Airport in a private vehicle
Reception at El Calafate Airport and private transfer to the hotel.
Transfer with an English-speaking guide.

Night at the Blanca Patagonia hotel ****.
Superior Room with lake view
Included : transfer departure, transfer arrival, reception with english-speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 4: El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier - El Calafate

At 8 am, transfer with a private vehicle, to go to the Perito Moreno Glacier, 80km away from El Calafate.
This full-day excursion allows you to thoroughly enjoy the exceptional natural surroundings.
You will delight in the panoramic views, afforded by countless foot-bridges of the glacier and its surrounding lenga beech forest.
Return trip to El Calafate at 4:30 pm approximately.

From the port located at Refugio Argentino, you embark on an hour navigation to enjoy the South face of the Glacier that can surpass 70 meters.
Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park for the day included.
Excursion performed by an English-speaking guide.
Night at the Blanca Patagonia hotel ****.
Superior Room with lake view
Included : private transport, cruise, entrance fees, english speaking guide, room & breakfast

Day 5: Estancia's activities - Glaciar National Park - El Calafate

The Estancia Nipebo Aike was founded by a Yugoslavian pioneer named Don Santiago Peso, who settled on this land at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Nestled in the very midst of Los Glaciares National Park, the estancia lives off cattle farming, both bovine and ovine.
During our visit, you learn more about the estancia’s farming activities as you partake in the traditional sheering demonstration and other daily activities.

Day in pool service with local english speaking guide.
Transfer on a pool service to Nibepo Aike
Night at the Blanca Patagonia hotel ****.
Superior Room with lake view
Included : lunch (no drinks), local guide, private transport, shared transport, room & breakfast

Day 6: El Calafate - Puerto Natales

You leave from the bus terminal in El Calafate at 8:30 a.m. to Puerto Natales (Chile). This township is located 360 km South of El Calafate and 260 km North of Punta Arenas. During the trip, you admire the typical Chilean Patagonian landscape. As we reach Puerto Natales, you enjoy the view onto the many snow-capped mountain tops and glaciers belonging to the Andes Mountain Chain. Arrival is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Puerto Natales is a small town located at sea-level on the shores of the Senoret Channel.
Note: a 362 km. 5 hours (subject to the border crossing). Leaving everyday since September 1st
Included : shared transport

Day 12: National Tierra del Fuego Park - Ushuaia

Transfer from the port to your hotel in Ushuaia in a private vehicle.
Half day excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park in a private service. Located at only 11 km from Ushuaia, and next to the border with Chile, it has 63.000 hectares full of lakes, lagoons and rivers and exit towards Beagle Channel, characteristic that marks the difference with the other national parks of Argentina.
We will drive out of the city passing by the slope of the Susana Mount, where there is the Southern Fuegian Railway.
Then we continue through the Pipo River Valley to the detour that takes us to Ensenada Bay, where we will contemplate the Redonda and Estorbo Islands and on the other coast the Beagle Channel, the snow-white Mountains of the Sampaio Chain (Chile). Then we will go to Roca Lake and Lapataia River.
We will go towards the other end of the Park, where National Route Nº 3 finishes, at Lapataia Bay. Here we can find the Green Lagoon and the Black Lagoon, large growing peat bog. Finally we will pass by the beaver dams, whose footpath will lead to Lapataia Bay.
Return to Ushuaia at lunch time.
Excursion of 4 hours approximately.

Excursion with an English speaking guide.
Entrance fee to the National Park included.

Night at Arakur hotel ****
Superior room with sea view
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, entrance fees, room & breakfast

Day 13: Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

2 hours prior to your flight, check out and transfer to Ushuaia Airport.
Welcoming at Buenos Aires domestic airport. and transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle.

Night at Nuss Hotel ****.
Included : transfer departure, transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 14: Departure

Transfer from the hotel to Ezeiza International Airport in a private vehicle
Included : transfer departure

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Day 3: Buenos Aires - El Calafate

Domestic flight Buenos Aires - Calafate.
Included : domestic flight

Day 13: Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

Domestic flight Ushuaia - Buenos Aires.
Included : domestic flight

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Day 6: Puerto Natales


Reception in Puerto Natales and transfer to your hotel.

Night at the hotel Altiplanico Sur ****.
Included : transfer arrival, room & breakfast

Day 7: Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine National Park - Puerto Natales

Departure from the hotel at 7:45 to Torres del Paine National Park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978. You will enter the park by the lagoon area to enjoy a panoramic view of the famous Paine towers, three impressive blocks of granite.
You'll discover along the way the Nordenskjold and Pehoe lakes, the cascade "del salto grande" (walking tour of the site is approximately 45 minutes), the panorama of the Paine Massif and its glacier, and the "Cuernos" del Paine. This park will amaze you with its massive turquoise lakes.


Private guide.

Night at the hotel Altiplanico Sur ****.
Included : private transport, english speaking guide, guide expenses, room & breakfast

Day 8: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas


Transfer in a private vehicle from your hotel in Puerto Natales to the Punta Arenas port.
Included : transfer departure

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Day 8: Punta Arenas - Strait of Magellan

Registration between 13h and 17h at O'Higgins 1385, Punta Arenas. At 18h, boarding the boat. The crew and the Captain, will welcome you aboard. Cocktails with your future traveling companions. Then the boat will leave for its destination at World's End. Through the mythical Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel, enjoy the scenery of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. This is the beginning of a great adventure.
Included : room & breakfast, drinks, dinner

Day 9: Strait of Magellan - Tuckers Islets

By dawn the ship is sailing up Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo), a spectacular offshoot of the Strait of Magellan that stretches nearly halfway across Tierra del Fuego. The snowcapped peaks of Karukinka Natural Park stretch along the north side of the sound, while the south shore is defined by the deep fjords and broad bays of Alberto de Agostini National Park. We go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, which harbors copious bird life and a colony of southern elephant seals which can sometimes be spotted from the Zodiacs. Two guided excursions are available: one is along the edge of a stream, peat bog and beaver habitat to a waterfall-and-moss-covered rock face tucked deep inside a pristine sub-polar forest; the other is a more strenuous hike along the crest of a glacial moraine. Both afford views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains.

Leaving Ainsworth Bay behind, we sail west along the sound to the Tucker Islets. After lunch, we board the Zodiacs again for a close-up view of the Magellan penguins that inhabit the tiny islands. More than 4,000 penguins use Tucker as a place to nest, give birth and nurture their chicks. Many other bird species also frequent the area including king cormorants, oystercatchers, Chilean skuas, kelp geese, dolphin gulls, eagles and even the occasional Andean condor. In September and April -- when the penguins live elsewhere -- this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a glacier at nearby stunning Brookes Bay.
Included : cruise, all inclusive

Day 10: Tuckers Islets - Pia glacier

Overnight we sail around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel and Cockburn Channel. After rounding the remote Brecknock Peninsula, Stella Australis tacks eastward and enters the Beagle Channel again. By morning we are entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. After disembarking we take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier.
No one knows for certain how the hulking mass of snow and ice got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was named for Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king.
Back onboard the ship, we continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley. Living up to its name, the passage features a number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet on the north shore. Most of them named after European countries -- Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain and France.
Included : cruise, all inclusive

Day 11: Pia glacier - Cape Horn

During the early morning we navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and drop anchor at historic Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yámana aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain FitzRoy in the 1830s during their voyages on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station -- which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area -- passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooden mountain behind the bay. On all of these you will be strolling through an enchanted Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic fauna to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay. Before leaving Wulaia Bay, drop something into the wooden mail barrel inside the museum – letters or postcards meant to be hand delivered by future travelers – an ancient mariner tradition revived by Australis.

In the afternoon we cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition -- and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland -- Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the "End of the Earth." The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. The Chilean navy maintains a permanent lighthouse on the island, staffed by a lightkeeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument.
Included : cruise, all inclusive

Day 12: Cape Horn - Ushuaia

The following morning we sail into Argentine waters and dock in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. Stella Australis is scheduled to arrive at 8:30 or 9:30 AM depending on the date of departure.

NOTE: The excursions described in the itineraries can normally be carried out. Notwithstanding the above, Transportes Marítimos Terra Australis S.A., Transportes Marítimos Via Australis S.A., and Transportes Marítimos Geo Australis S.A reserve the right to reschedule, shorten, or alter all or part of the itineraries and/or excursions without prior notice, in order to safeguard the wellbeing and safety of passengers, preserve the environment, or due to any extraordinary circumstances, acts of God or force majeure. For the same reasons, the hours of departure or arrival of the vessels may be subject to change. There is no guarantee of wildlife sighting because the precise location of these animals cannot be confirmed.
Included : cruise

Hotel Nuss   Buenos Aires

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Nuss Buenos Aires SOHO is located at one of the most emblematic corners of Palermo SOHO, across from traditional Plaza Serrano. Once a classic Spanish-style convent, it has been fully refurbished to become the most innovative premium hospitality option in Buenos Aires. In the most bohemian and avant-garde neighborhood of the city, Nuss Hotel is surrounded by trendy design and clothing stores, handcrafts, art galleries, and multifaceted bars and restaurants.

Hosteria Blanca Patagonia   El Calafate

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Blanca Patagonia Boutique Inn is identified as lovely, petite, with delicate design details, highly personalized service and an exclusive view. Twelve cozy and original rooms bearing the name of a glacier and overlooking Lake Argentino, Round Bay and Lone Island. Blanca Patagonia Cabins let's you enjoy a stay in El Calafate with the comfort and service of being at home, while you have independence and the possibility to share family moments.

Option : upgrade room.

Included :
room & breakfast

Hotel Arakur   Ushuaia

Level : 5*
Included : room & breakfast

Located in a privileged environment, on a natural balcony inside Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén, Arakur is much more than a luxury hotel –it is an experience that will be etched in the memory of its visitors. With a standards-based sustainable architectural design Arakur Resort & Spa extends along a spectacular natural balcony situated 800 feet above sea level, surrounded by stunning panoramic views, native forests, natural terraces and green areas harmoniously integrated into the environment. The magnificent Lobby welcomes the guests with its large windows, the warmth of their fireplaces, and a sophisticated decor made with materials such as wood, stone and natural fabrics.

Hotel Altiplanico Sur STD.   Puerto Natales

Level : 4*
Included : room & breakfast

Merging into the hillside overlooking the Ultima Esperanza Gulf and the Baquedano Glacier, Altiplanico Sur in Puerto Natales offers an experience that combines the awe inspiring nature and the interior charm of the Altiplanico style. The hotel features 22 uniquely designed rooms with the stunning Patagonian landscape as your guest, sheltering you from the powerful climate and inviting you to relax in a hot tub overlooking the cold waters of this southern latitude. We like: the warmth of the staff, the view towards the laguna, the outdoor jacuzzy, the gastronomy and the merging with the environment.

Australis Cruise   Punta Arenas

Level : 1st class
Included : room & breakfast, drinks, dinner

Whether you have come to the Patagonian region to explore all of its wild attractions or you prefer to wine and dine on exceptional cuisine, you can find all that you are looking for on the Stella Australis. The cruise ship offers you a spacious cabin with plush bedding, storage options, and a lounge area. In addition to the room’s amenities passengers enjoy a view of the crisp ocean waters and the snow white mountainous skylines. Socialites will enjoy our confortable Sky Lounge that makes for the perfect atmosphere to meet guests from all over the world while enjoying our decadent drink specials and meals. Experience all of the Patagonian region’s amazing beauty by cruising your way down to sites like Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego, and more.

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