Project Patagonia - Tour G2

Price:          £12,060 / $15,675 per person (Single Supplement £9,985 / $12,975)

Duration:    23 Days from 1st December 2020

Highlights:  Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, 10 day Classic Antarctica Cruise, Neuquen,                       Eclipse (Fortin Nogueira), Bariloche, Puerto Varas, Punta                                       Arenas, 4 day Chile ice fields cruise, Puerto Natales, Torres del                             Paine, Santiago

Includes:     See below Day 23 of itinerary for full details of all inclusions

Day 22 - Today join your return flight to Santiago for your final night


Santiago Chile Today join your return flight to Santiago for your final night of the tour in Chile's cosmopolitan capital city.




Day 14 - Eclipse Day


Bariloche Argentina Today we journey to our eclipse site at Fortin Nogueira (near Piedra del Aguila) in Argentina. After the eclipse we travel south following the line of the Andes to Bariloche where we stay for the next two nights.




Day 15 - At leisure in Bariloche with optional excursions available


Lakes area Bariloche Argentina The lakeside town of Bariloche has a distinctly German flavour, with architecture reminiscent of the Alps and many examples of a long-established German culture. Excursions on the lake are a highlight here.




Day 16 - Travel through the Patagonian Lakes area today and cross the Andes for a stay in Puerto Varas


Puerto Varas Chile Today you will have the choice to make the crossing either by land or by taking the full day 'Lakes Crossing' route with boat trips across three lakes joined by precipitous mountain roads. Both routes travel through magnificent scenery, although the land crossing is much quicker. Overnight in Puerto Varas.




Day 3 and 4 - Crossing the Drake Passage


MV Ushuaia Classic Antarctica itinerary Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. The USHUAIA's open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered during the voyage.




Day 2 - Fly to Ushuaia in the far south of Argentina to join your cruise boat


MV Ushuaia Antarctica Embark on your expedition ship MV Ushuaia in the afternoon. Meet your expedition and lecture staff and sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass. Details of the ship and what to expect can be seen here. Please note: The Antarctic cruise itinerary is a guide only. The exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather, ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions.




Day 1 (1st December 2020) - Buenos Aires, Argentina's vibrant capital city and home of the Tango


Buenos Aires Argentina Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay




WHATS INCLUDED IN MY TOUR?


Tour Price £12,060 / $15,675 per person

  • The price is for the tour from arrival on Day 1 to your departure on Day 23
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation is provided in hotels throughout the tour and all transfers, transportation and local excursions as outlined in the itinerary are included. Other meals are not included (apart from on the cruise).
  • Accommodation is provided in twin or double bed hotel rooms with a private bathroom. We are usually able to arrange shared accommodation with a person of the same gender - this is known as 'twin share' accommodation.
  • A limited number of rooms for sole occupancy are available at a single room supplement of £9,985 / $12,975 (this includes a single cabin on the MV Ushuaia and Skorpios III cruises)
  • MV Ushuaia Cabin Upgrades - the tour price is based on a standard two berth cabin with shared facilities on the lowest deck. Upgrades to superior cabins or suites are available at an additional cost of £650 to £1,735 per person. Deck plan and upgrade prices can be seen by clicking on this link
  • Skorpios Cabin Upgrades - the tour price is based on a standard two berth cabin with private facilities on the lowest deck. Upgrades to superior cabins or suites are available at an additional cost of £125 to £650 per person. Deck plan and upgrade prices can be seen by clicking on this link
  • Flight packages from London and the US will be offered by our flight partner about 11 months in advance of the tour departure (when all fares and schedules are available) or you can arrange your own International flights if you prefer.
  • Current return air fares from London are between about £800 and £1,000 and from the US about $800 to $1,200
  • Airport transfers and assistance are included on tour arrival and departure days if you take advantage of the International flight package offered by our flight partner. If you choose to arrange your own International flights then the meet point is the hotel on Day 1 and the tour ends at the hotel on the final day.
  • You will find further details about what to expect on the Project Patagonia FAQ page here




EXTENSIONS FOR THIS TOUR


There are no group extensions that slot onto this tour. Please email our office on info@astro-trails.com with any alternative bespoke arrangements required.




Day 23 (23rd December 2020) - Join your return flight or perhaps extend your stay (see below for pre and post tour extensions that fit onto this tour)


Plan on runway Today is the last day of the tour. Join your return flight unless you have chosen to extend your stay.




Day 5 to 8 - Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands


MV Ushuaia and Zodiac Antarctica A haven for wildlife there are vast penguin rookeries and beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and Southern elephant seals. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing. We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least two landings per day and attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. Further exploration may take you to the Melchior Island group, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island.




Day 9 and 10 - Leave Antarctica and head north


Antarctica We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join your lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final onboard lectures.




Day 11- Arrive in Ushuaia, disembark and fly to Buenos Aires


La Boca Buenos Aires We arrive at the port of Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the MV Ushuaia after breakfast, then transfer to the airport for a return flight to Buenos Aires where you spend the next two nights. Perhaps enjoy a tango show.




Day 12 - Enjoy the sights of Buenos Aires with optional excursions available


Tango show Buenos Aires Enjoy the sights and sounds of this vibrant city with local excursions available, including a Tigre Delta boat trip and an evening dinner and tango show.




Day 13 - Fly west to Neuquen at the confluence of the Limay and Neuquen rivers


Neuquen Argentina Fly west for the next two nights in the town of Neuquen, a fast-growing and modern city with an attractive central district and a rich cultural life




Day 17 - Fly to Punta Arenas the southernmost city in Chile


Punta Arenas Chile Punta Arenas is the capital of the region and is located on the Strait of Magellan, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is often used as a base for excursions to the surrounding wilderness and Antarctica. Overnight in the city.




Day 18 to 21 - All inclusive Skorpios III cruise departing from Puerto Natales


MV Skorpios III, Chilean ice fields On this cruise sail through the Angostura Kirke, Morla, Vicuna, Union, Collingwood and Sarmiento channels. On day 10 visit Amalia Glacier and El Brujo Glacier. Continue to the Calvo Fjord and visit Fernando, Capitan Constantino and Alipio Glaciers amongst others, towards Montanas Fjord. On day 11 visit Alsina Glacier and sail through Montanas Fjord before visiting Bernal Glacier and Herman and Zamudio Glaciers and White Angostura. The full itinerary can be seen here




Day 21 - Visit Torres del Paine with its distinctive three granite peaks of the Paine Massif


Torres del Paine Chile Disembark from the ship and join a day excursion to Torres del Paine National Park. At the end of the day return to Puerto Natales for an overnight stay





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