14 Day South American Glaciers, Forests & Lakes with 4 Day Patagonia Cruise



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The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires Buenos Aires
Kosten Aike Hotel El Calafate
Hotel Rio Serrano Torres del Paine
CostAustralis Hotel Puerto Natales
Cruceros Australis Santiago
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The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires Buenos Aires
Kosten Aike Hotel El Calafate
Hotel Rio Serrano Torres del Paine
CostAustralis Hotel Puerto Natales
Cruceros Australis Santiago
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The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires Buenos Aires
Kosten Aike Hotel El Calafate
Hotel Rio Serrano Torres del Paine
CostAustralis Hotel Puerto Natales
Cruceros Australis Santiago

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Land Only Air & Land
Mar 03  (Sold Out) $5249 $6189*
Mar 10  (Sold Out) $5149 $6039*
Mar 17  (Sold Out) $4949 $5819*
Mar 24  (Sold Out) $4849 $5739*
2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Land Only Air & Land
Mar 03  (Sold Out) $5399 $6339*
Mar 10  (Sold Out) $5299 $6189*
Mar 17  (Sold Out) $5099 $5969*
Mar 24  (Sold Out) $4999 $5889*
2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Land Only Air & Land
Mar 03  (Sold Out) $5549 $6489*
Mar 10  (Sold Out) $5449 $6339*
Mar 17  (Sold Out) $5249 $6119*
Mar 24  (Sold Out) $5149 $6039*

*Not Included:
Optional tours.

Additional Information:
Land only prices does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Buenos Aires-El Calafate & Ushuaia-Buenos Aires.

Passport information must be submitted to Gate 1 Travel at least 60 days prior to departure.

The route and program may vary according to weather condition, season changes and safety issues.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we will spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. Some of our tours will require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. Excursions during the Cruise portion require clothing for cold weather. Some days will require long transfers by shuttle bus. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking.

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Flight Details

Accommodation Details

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip international flights Miami-Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires-Miami
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Buenos Aires-El Calafate & Ushuaia-Buenos Aires
  • 12 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Buenos Aires
    • 2 nights El Calafate
    • 2 nights Torres del Paine
    • 1 night Puerto Natales
    • 4 night Patagonia Cruise on the M/V Stella Australis
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 26 meals: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 9 dinners (including welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Tour of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the sophisticated "Paris of South America"
  • Enjoy Tango lessons with professional Argentine Tango Dancers
  • Travel to the Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park, a World Heritage Site
  • Visit Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most impressive sights in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Tour Puerto Natales, center of Chilean Patagonia, on the shores of the Senoret Channel
  • Discover Patagonia's astonishing scenery and magnificent glaciers on a four-night expedition cruise to Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Argentina
Depart for Argentina

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Buenos Aires
Arrive in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires; transfer to your hotel. The city's beauty is apparent as you drive through this 19th century “Paris of South America” with its elegant architecture, wide tree-shaded boulevards, striking monuments and sprawling parks. The rest of the day is yours to get acquainted with this city that has a distinct European flavor. Tonight, enjoy a festive Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager to celebrate your arrival in Argentina
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Tour Buenos Aires, Tango Lessons
Discover the city's highlights this morning on a tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace); see the balcony where Eva and Juan Peron made their speeches. Then, to the colorful La Boca neighborhood, a working class barrio, and the old quarters of San Telmo and Caminito, a mix of colonial style homes, narrow lanes, artists' lofts and very trendy cafes. Drive to the Recoleta Cemetery, final resting place of many of the wealthiest and most important Argentine historical figures. The grounds here cover more than four city blocks, filled with tombs adorned by works of local and international sculptors, and more than 6,400 mausoleums including the tomb of Eva "Evita" Peron, always heaped with flowers and letters from adoring fans. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring some of Buenos Aires neighborhoods and fabulous collection of shops before this afternoon's tango lesson with professional Argentine Tango Dancers. The evening is at leisure to discover the vibrant nightlife or, join the group for an optional Argentinean Dinner and Tango Show at famed Café de los Angelitos
Optional: Buenos Aires Dinner & Tango Show
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Buenos Aires to El Calafate
Depart sophisticated Buenos Aires this morning to contrasting El Calafate, a small city strategically nestled on the shores of Lago Argentino, named for the berry that, once eaten, guarantees your return to Patagonia. Upon arrival, a short walking tour of this once quaint city, gateway to Los Glaciares National Park and the great Perito Moreno glacier. Time on your own to explore this ever growing city, dotted with shops, restaurants and cute cafes that perfectly combine leisure and adventure
Overnight: El Calafate
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park
An unforgettable day filled with astonishing scenery as you travel to the Perito Moreno Glacier at Los Glaciares National Park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This park, established in 1937, is the largest ice cap outside of Antarctica and Greenland with an ice field that controls the world's third largest reserve of fresh water. You'll observe the glacier's massive ice wall, almost 3 miles wide and over 240 feet high above the lake's surface, from a cliffside promenade that overlooks the constantly shifting ice. The easy access to this site has crowned Perito Moreno as one of the most visited glaciers in the world. Return to El Calafate
Overnight: El Calafate
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Torres del Paine National Park
Today, we drive from El Calafate to Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile with its soaring granite pillars above the Patagonia steppe, dominating the landscape of what may be South America's finest national park and surely one of the most impressive sights in the Southern Hemisphere. The main attractions of this National Park is its world-famous mountains and glaciers, as seen on hundreds of photos of Chile. Pass through customs and spend the afternoon exploring Salto Grande. From there we will be able to stroll though a scenic trail that will lead us to the Horns look out point, one of the most traditional postcards from el Paine can be appreciated here. Straight ahead in the French Valley, Lake Nordenskjöld Stand and the Paine Massif, an unparalleled landscape with its jagged peaks, azure lakes, emerald forests, thundering waterfalls, roaring rivers and huge ice-blue glaciers. Get settled into your hotel and the rest of the day is yours to prepare for tomorrow's fabulous adventure. Tonight, dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Torres del Paine
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Full Day Torres del Paine
Be prepared for magnificent panoramas as we make our way into breathtaking Torres Del Paine National Park, a 700-square-mile World Biosphere Reserve and one of the most unspoiled and beautiful nature preserves on Earth. The first experience of the day takes us on a short hike to Lago Grey Beach and Grey Glacier. This guided walk takes you acreoss hanging bridges into the dark Patagonian forest before arriving to Lago Grey beach. View the electric blue icebergs that have broken off of Glacier Grey, from here observe Grey Glacier in the distance, an enormous wall of ice over three miles wide. After lunch at a lovely local restaurant, we will take a stroll along the beautiful Serrano river where it is possible to spot birds such as the Magellanic Woodpecker, the Upland Goose and the Red Shoveler. At dinner tonight, share memories of this fabulous day
Overnight: Torres del Paine
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Discover Puerto Natales
This morning depart for Lago del Toro and observe the Paine and Serrano River deltas, also visit the Torres del Paine Interpretative Center. Stop for a short hike before a scenic drive from Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales, once hub of Chile's thriving ranching industry in the early 20th century, on the shores of the Senoret Channel. On the way, stop to enjoy a traditional Chilean lunch at Parrila Don Jorge, with its natural style and comfortable dining room. Arrive in Puerto Natales, the geographical and cultural center of Chilean Patagonia, now a thriving adventure sports center. View the old fashioned corrugated tin houses strung shoulder to shoulder in the colorful downtown, a relic from the past, now contrasted by modern shops selling outdoor sports gear and gourmet restaurants. Stroll the channel's coastal road in the late afternoon to see the black-necked swans and the spectacular brilliant red sunset. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Puerto Natales
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Embarkation on the Patagonia Cruise
Travel to Punta Arenas, the thriving capitol city of Chile's southernmost region at the edge of the Strait of Magellan. Embark the Patagonian expedition cruise ship M/V Stella Australis where you'll be welcomed on board by the friendly crew with time to get ready for tonight's Welcome Cocktail Party and Dinner. Afterwards, the ship sets sail and you begin your great adventure. The journey will take you through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego
Overnight: Patagonia Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Sail to Ainsworth Bay and Tuckers Islets*
At dawn, the ship navigates through the Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay within Alberto De Agostini National Park. This is the perfect spot from which to see the Marinelli Glacier descending from the Darwin Mountain Range in the distance and to appreciate how the land returns to life after glacial retreat. Here, walk to a beaver dam in the stunning subpolar Magellan Forest. Whether on the beach or the island, there's a good chance of sighting Southern Elephant Seals. (Please bear in mind that sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the colony's unpredictable movements.) Later, sail to Tuckers Islets, and after lunch, board well-equipped Zodiac boats to get close to a colony of Magellanic Penguins (indigenous to the Southern Hemisphere) and cormorants
*In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a nearby glacier at Brookes Bay.
Overnight: Patagonia Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Pia Glacier and the Beagle Channel
Navigate along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel today before disembarking at Pia Fjord. From there, a short hike takes you to a panoramic viewpoint from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the awe-inspiring Pia Glacier, whose main tongue extends from the mountaintops all the way down to the sea. After this extraordinary experience, continue your voyage along the Beagle Channel through the majestic Glacier Alley
Overnight: Patagonia Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Wulaia Bay and Cape Horn
Go ashore this morning at historic Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region's largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here in 1833 during his famous voyage on the HMS Beagle; this area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. Then take a walk through the enchanting Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint. In the afternoon, the ship sails through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where (weather permitting) you go ashore. Legendary Cape Horn, discovered in 1616, is a sheer 1,394-feet high rocky promontory, declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. For many years, Cape Horn was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic, often referred to as the ‘End of the Earth'. At tonight's dinner on board, say thanks to the crew on the M/V Stella Australis
Overnight: Patagonia Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Wednesday - Disembarkation and Fly to Buenos Aires
Disembarkation this morning in Ushuaia, and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. On your last night in Argentina, share memories of your fabulous journey through Patagonia and bid goodbye to your Tour Manager and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner
Overnight: Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Thursday - Depart Argentina
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Buenos Aires Dinner & Tango Show

Tonight enjoy an excellent dinner and tango show in downtown Buenos Aires. This has become a favorite of local residents as well as visitors and is the ideal setting for a delicious dinner and an alluring tango show. The Tango displays complete cultural expression, a plot of myths, values and traditions.

Pick-up and drop-off at hotel. Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #3 11 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $79.00
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Chilean Fjords with 13 Day Antarctica Cruise & Buenos Aires , January 2017
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OUTSTANDING...AMAZING...Exceeded our expectations! Our guide for 24 days was Marina from Buenos Aires. She was a ball of fire and kept us laughing. Her knowledge was great...a walking encyclopedia. The m/s Midnatsol was a perfect ship to ply the waters of the Drake Channel, Patagonia and Antarctica. The Expedition Team took us for "landings" and "cruising's" each day and were so informative! Sites we saw were unbelievable...so many penguins, humpback whales, seals, icebergs and thousands of glaciers. A perfect trip that all agreed was a trip of a lifetime! Thank you Gate 1 for always being there for us from the time we arrived in the airport from the USA till your guide put us on the plane home. It was our 5th trip with Gate 1 and we look forward to our Morocco adventure in September.

Howard G. Crystal River, FL
South American Glaciers, Forests & Lakes with 4 Day Patagonia Cruise , January 2017
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This trip was just outstanding! Certainly the best we have taken. It was the first Discovery trip we had taken and I'm sure it won't be the last Excellent tour guide, Alex, excellent accommodations, excellent weather, and excellent places to see

Mary K. The Villages, FL
South American Glaciers, Forests & Lakes with 4 Day Patagonia Cruise , January 0001
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It was wonderful! Highly recommend it and tour manager Marina was fantastic.

Sandra M. Houston, TX
South American Glaciers, Forests & Lakes with 4 Day Patagonia Cruise, November 2016
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This was our first trip with Gate 1. We have traveled previously with OAT and Odyssey. Both of these companies were excellent. We had some concerns that Gate 1 might not measure up. Well we were WRONG! All aspects were fabulous - the hotels, the vans/buses, the food, the locations etc. but the major plus was Berenice, our guide. There are not enough superlatives to adequately describe her. She was incredibly knowledgeable. Obviously she loves Patagonia and her excitement was contagious. She did several " special " activities with our group that went above and beyond. As stated before not enough superlatives! Loved this trip, loved our guide and Gate 1 will be our go to tour group from hence forth.

David B. Pittsburgh, PA
South American Glaciers, Forests & Lakes with 4 Day Patagonia Cruise , October 2016
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The trip was wonderful. One of the best aspects was our trip leader, Noelia. She is the most energetic and enthusiastic guide/tour manager I've ever traveled with. If I ever travel in Chile or Argentina again I hope she is leading the tour. It would be hard to pick a best event from the overall itinerary. The Perito Moreno glacier was incredible, my pictures were some of the best I've ever taken. Actually my best ever picture, that I've included, was taken there but as you can see it's of an eagle, not the ice! Torres del Paine was also beautiful. We were lucky and had great weather through out and daily had great views of the mountains. The trip highlight was the four day cruise which ended with a landing at Cape Horn, again incredible luck and weather. I will absolutely go on another Discovery tour but it will have to be extremely fantastic to beat this one.

Anita T. Hampton, VA
South American Glaciers, Forests & Lakes with 4 Day Patagonia Cruise, March 2016
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We had a wonderful time. The itinerary was wonderful, guides great, weather pretty much cooperated and it was an experience we will not forget. Our main trip manager, Silvania, was great. The people on the tour were a good group. Overall, what a great experience.

Frieda B. Oceanside, NY