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Discover Patagonia
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14 days

from $6,399 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Casual trips offer immersive travel experiences at an unbeatable value with free time and plenty of choices built into the itineraries. Accommodations are comfortable, well-located, and modest. Trips are led by dynamic local guides, some meals and activities are included, and transportation is provided for included excursions.

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Explore the spectacular lakes, peaks, and waterfalls of Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Hear from an expert on the Perito Moreno Glacier, and then witness calving in this advancing ice mass.
  • Discover the enormous penguin colonies on Martillo Island.
Itinerary

Amid the pristine landscapes of southern Argentina and Chile, snowcapped volcanoes and sparkling lakes set the backdrop for an exhilarating adventure. Experience Patagonia’s rugged natural beauty by foot, boat, and private vehicle, journeying from the idyllic town of Bariloche to Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Come face-to-face with the Perito Moreno Glacier, part of the world’s third largest ice cap; navigate the legendary Beagle Channel, looking out for seabirds and sea lions; and round off your trip with a tango lesson in bustling Buenos Aires.

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included.

Day 2: Buenos Aires/San Carlos de Bariloche

Catch a flight to San Carlos de Bariloche in northern Patagonia, known as Argentina’s Lake District. Enjoy the highlights of this picturesque town on a half-day tour, driving along the edge of sapphire-hued Nahuel Huapi Lake, visiting scenic Bahía López, or López Bay, and ascending Cerro Campanario for panoramic views of the surrounding forests and snowcapped peaks.

Day 3: San Carlos de Bariloche

Spend the day on your own in Bariloche, choosing from a range of outdoor activities. Set out on a hike amid luxuriant forests and glacial lakes; explore the Lake District’s dramatic landscapes on a mountain bike; or go white-water rafting near the Chilean border. You can also choose to relax and explore charming Bariloche, sampling some of the delicious chocolate for which the town is known.

Day 4: San Carlos de Bariloche/Puerto Varas

Embark upon the famed Andean Lakes Crossing, connecting Argentina and Chile through a network of volcano-lined, crystal-clear lakes. Board a catamaran from Bariloche and sail across the waters of Nahuel Huapi Lake, Lake Frías, and Todos los Santos Lake, experiencing one of the most breathtaking border crossings in the world. Arrive on the shores of Chile and transfer to your hotel in Puerto Varas.

Day 5: Puerto Varas

Enjoy free time to explore this beautiful lakeside town. Opt to take a ferry to Chiloé Island, a fishing village known for its colourful wooden houses built on stilts, and pay a visit to the nearby penguin colony. Or, choose to venture into Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park—the oldest national park in Chile—to hike the Desolation Pass trail, climbing up the ice-clad slopes of Osorno Volcano.

Day 6: Puerto Varas/Torres del Paine National Park

Catch a flight to Punta Arenas and transfer to Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. One of the most spectacular parks in the Americas, Torres del Paine covers a sweeping expanse of glaciers, forests, and gem-coloured lagoons, crowned by the jagged pinnacles of the Torres del Paine mountains. Settle into your hotel and relax this evening.

Day 7: Torres del Paine National Park

Embark on a full-day exploration of Torres del Paine National Park with an expert guide. Travel by van across the rugged, windswept landscape and set out on short walks to discover some of the park's most majestic features, including Grey Lake, Grey Glacier, Lake Sarmiento, Azul Lagoon, and more. Along the way, keep a lookout for the park’s resident creatures—eagles, condors, foxes, armadillos, as well as an indigenous type of ostrich.

Day 8: Torres del Paine National Park/El Calafate

Enjoy a scenic drive to El Calafate, Argentina, your base for exploring Los Glaciares National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site makes up part of South America’s largest ice field; it is also home to the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier.

Day 9: El Calafate

This morning, hear a talk by a local glacier expert before venturing into Los Glaciares National Park to view the Perito Moreno Glacier, an active glacier on the southern arm of Lake Argentino. Witness this continually advancing mass calve great chunks of ice into the lake; and opt to take a boat ride along the glacier’s front wall, where most of the calving takes place.

Day 10: El Calafate/Ushuaia

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city on Earth, soaring above the jaw-dropping landscapes of Patagonia. Opt to visit the Maritime Museum, housed in a former prison, and learn about the stories of seafarers and captives at the “end of the world.” Or, choose to explore the pristine Tierra del Fuego National Park, one of Patagonia’s crown jewels.

Day 11: Ushuaia

Navigate the dramatic Beagle Channel on a catamaran, gliding past Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, Seal Island—where you might spot two species of sea lion—and Bird Island, home to hundreds of nesting seabirds. Later, travel to Martillo Island to get up close with the gentoo and Magellanic penguins that reside here part of the year, and learn about their habits and behaviour from a naturalist guide.

Day 12: Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

Fly back to Buenos Aires and take time to explore this vibrant metropolis on your own, visiting some of the city’s galleries, museums, and cafés. This evening, enjoy a private tango lesson at a popular dance venue; then practice your moves alongside other students and teachers during a milonga, a social dancing event.

Day 13: Buenos Aires

Discover the charms of Buenos Aires on a city tour. Visit key landmarks such as Plaza de Mayo and the pink balcony made famous by Argentina’s iconic first lady Eva Perón; and see the Recoleta Cemetery, where Perón is buried. Explore the city’s most interesting neighbourhoods, including San Telmo and the colourful artist’s quarter of La Boca. This evening, consider catching a tango show at a local tanguería.

Day 14: Buenos Aires

Depart at any time.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 04 Oct 2020 - 17 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,399 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,968 AUD Per Person

  • date 11 Oct 2020 - 24 Oct 2020
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,399 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $9,968 AUD Per Person

  • date 25 Oct 2020 - 07 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $6,399 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $9,968 AUD Per Person

  • date 01 Nov 2020 - 14 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $6,749 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 08 Nov 2020 - 21 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $6,749 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 15 Nov 2020 - 28 Nov 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $6,749 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 29 Nov 2020 - 12 Dec 2020
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    $6,949 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,518 AUD Per Person

  • date 20 Dec 2020 - 02 Jan 2021
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    $6,949 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,518 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Dec 2020 - 09 Jan 2021
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    $6,949 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,518 AUD Per Person

  • date 10 Jan 2021 - 23 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $6,749 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 Jan 2021 - 30 Jan 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $6,749 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Feb 2021 - 20 Feb 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $6,749 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 21 Feb 2021 - 06 Mar 2021
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    $6,749 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Mar 2021 - 20 Mar 2021
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    $6,549 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,118 AUD Per Person

  • date 14 Mar 2021 - 27 Mar 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $6,549 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,118 AUD Per Person

  • date 17 Oct 2021 - 30 Oct 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $6,549 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,118 AUD Per Person

  • date 24 Oct 2021 - 06 Nov 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $6,549 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,118 AUD Per Person

  • date 07 Nov 2021 - 20 Nov 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $6,749 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 14 Nov 2021 - 27 Nov 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $6,749 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,318 AUD Per Person

  • date 21 Nov 2021 - 04 Dec 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $6,949 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,518 AUD Per Person

  • date 28 Nov 2021 - 11 Dec 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $6,949 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,518 AUD Per Person

  • date 12 Dec 2021 - 25 Dec 2021
  • double occupancy
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    $6,949 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,518 AUD Per Person

  • date 19 Dec 2021 - 01 Jan 2022
  • double occupancy
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    $6,949 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,518 AUD Per Person

  • date 02 Jan 2022 - 15 Jan 2022
  • double occupancy
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    $6,549 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,118 AUD Per Person

  • date 09 Jan 2022 - 22 Jan 2022
  • double occupancy
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    $6,549 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,118 AUD Per Person

  • date 23 Jan 2022 - 05 Feb 2022
  • double occupancy
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    $6,549 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,118 AUD Per Person

  • date 30 Jan 2022 - 12 Feb 2022
  • double occupancy
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    $6,549 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,118 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Feb 2022 - 26 Feb 2022
  • double occupancy
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    $6,549 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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    $10,118 AUD Per Person

  • date 27 Feb 2022 - 12 Mar 2022
  • double occupancy
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    $6,549 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,118 AUD Per Person

  • date 06 Mar 2022 - 19 Mar 2022
  • double occupancy
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    $6,549 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,118 AUD Per Person

  • date 13 Mar 2022 - 26 Mar 2022
  • double occupancy
    (from)
    $6,549 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
    (from)
    $10,118 AUD Per Person

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotels (13 nts).
  • Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Transport: Bus/van, plane, boat, ferry, hiking.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Glacier Talk, El Calafate
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Penguin Rookery & Beagle Channel Excursion, Ushuaia
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Local Tango Lesson, Buenos Aires
  • Your Discover Moment: San Carlos de Bariloche
  • Arrival transfer
  • Bariloche Circuito Chico tour
  • Visit Petrohue Falls
  • Scenic lake crossing aboard the "Cruce de Lagos"
  • Excursion into Torres del Paine National Park
  • Guided tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Buenos Aires city tour
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $7,058

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.