Patagonia is a true frontier land where everything from surging waters to creaking glaciers have left their mark in towering mountains, glassy fjords and sweeping swathes of barren steppe. You’ll start by taking in Buenos Aires’ Latin flourishes with a tour of its colonial charm and a tango dinner before flying south to cruise the Patagonian fjords. Your purpose-built vessel will dip in and out of remote islands, giant icebergs and even rainforests as your expert naturalists point out the unique wildlife that’s adapted to a life in this most inhospitable of environments. Then, stays in a pair of all-inclusive luxury lodges will showcase the mountainous grandeur of Torres del Paine and the monolithic eponyms of Glacier National Park in included guided hikes and private tours.
Your trip will start with airport lounge access before your overnight flight to Argentina.
Arrive into Buenos Aires where a private transfer will whisk you to your luxury hotel in city's elegant La Recoleta neighbourhood. Then, a private half-day tour will bring you deep into the beating heart of the Argentine capital, contrasting the colourful residences of La Boca – an artists’ enclave – with the San Telmo's cobblestone streets and the grand cathedrals of Recoleta. End with a visit to a curated selection of bohemian markets and the Buenos Aires Design Centre.
You’ll later be treated to an evening of music, dance and Argentine wines with a delicious dinner and colourful tango show at the velvet-lined Faena Hotel, where world-renowned artists perform to a live orchestra.
Following a private transfer, you'll fly south into Patagonia to arrive at Ushuaia, the end of the world – or at least, the last stop for many before departing for the great wild adventure of Antarctic and glacier cruising. You'll join these adventurers on your Patagonian fjord cruise beginning tomorrow, so rest today at your cosy accommodation on the Beagle Channel.
Take in its views over mountain-framed expanses, or perhaps explore with an optional sailing jaunt, short hiking trip or mountain railway ride.
Board your exploratory ship to a cocktail reception as you set off today to knit together the intertwining waterways of Patagonia’s fissured coast. Dodge calving icebergs and make remote landings everywhere from hidden mountain ranges to cold rainforests as you enjoy gourmet meals and an indulgent open-bar. It’s all brought to life by expert naturalist guides who will lead shore excursions and present talks on the region’s diverse flora, fauna and geography.
A particular highlight is the small boat sailings, which will bring you to the very feet of mighty glaciers.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
You can never truly know Patagonia until you have gotten up close to its animal residents, so your cruise will conclude with a visit to Magdalena’s penguin colony or the sea lions of Marta Island before a private transfer brings you into Chile to arrive at Tierra Patagonia – Torres del Paine’s premier accommodation. Here, the sweeping timber curves of your hotel's award-winning architecture frame spectacular views over snow-laden peaks, Lake Sarmiento and the endless pampas grasslands.
It’s scenery explored on a range of tailor-made, included excursions that range from hikes and horse rides to glacier walks, fly-fishing and kayaking. It all showcases the dramatic beauty of the Torres del Paine National Park, bringing you right up to its famous granite spires. Return to relax in luxury with spa treatments, Chilean wines and gourmet dining – the region’s finest – all included.
Crossing back into Argentina, you'll transfer to Relais & Châteaux’s stunning Eolo Lodge. Positioned as a gateway to the famed Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, it’s a 10,000-acre luxury estancia of flamingo-dotted grasslands that are criss-crossed with horse-riding and hiking trails. The next day you’ll head out on a private tour to explore the national park itself, focusing on the giant Perito Moreno Glacier.
Measuring over 230 square kilometres, you’ll get up close to its 70-metre-high face on an included cruise as giant bergs crash into the icy waters below. It’s a wild contrast to your architect-designed lodge where you’ll enjoy yet more superb Patagonian cuisine under the guidance of head chef Juan Pablo Bonaveri.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Flying back to Buenos Aires, you’ll make an overnight stop back in the Argentine capital. The rest of the day is free for you to explore, perhaps visiting some of the sights you might have missed on your previous visit.
Recoleta's cemetery, the final resting place of Eva Peron, is well worth a visit, or head to one of the city squares to enjoy a last asado barbecue and a pavement tango performance while toasting your goodbyes with some of the country’s superb wines.
A private transfer will bring you to the airport to make your overnight flight back to the UK.
"This luxury adventure offers a stunning variety of natural beauty; one day you'll marvel at the towering ‘hornos’ of Torres del Paine National Park, and the next, watch as truck-sized blocks of ice break off Perito Moreno Glacier. It's all combined with an exploratory cruise to 'the end of the earth', passing Cape Horn and plunging through Darwin's Beagle Channel to discover whole colonies of penguins hidden among a series of sublime, interconnecting fjords. And, with a stay in tango-mad Buenos Aires, this tour is – for me – an unmatched appreciation of some of South America's undisputed highlights."
Low Season from: £11,300 pp
High Season from: £13,375 pp