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Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: buenos aires

Historic and colorful Buenos AiresHistoric and colorful Buenos Aires

Upon landing in Buenos Aires our city host will meet you and bring you to your hotel in the Palermo Soho neighborhood.  Your host will be your local contact while you are in Buenos Aires and can answer questions, offer tips about places to see and restaurants to try, and also arrange additional activities as you desire.

You will have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy this vibrant city, so you can explore the historic neighborhoods, enjoy the café culture of Buenos Aires, and recover from your overnight flight.

Meals
None
Lodging
Savoy Hotel or similar

Day 2: buenos aires city tour & tango show

Enjoy a tango show todayEnjoy a tango show today

In the morning, your host will pick you up from your hotel to enjoy a half-day city tour that hits all the spots of significance in Buenos Aires. Visit the historical and political center of the city, charming San Telmo with its cobblestone streets, and colorful La Boca where tango is ever-present. Also stroll through the chic and aristocratic Recoleta neighborhood, where the regal homes are reminiscent of the city's glory days. Your guide won't let you miss the highlights, but will be flexible to adjust plans based on your curiosity and interests.

In the evening you will be picked up from your hotel for a night out at one of Buenos Aires’ most emblematic cultural highlights -- a tango show offering a spectacular demonstration of the finest local dancing. The dinner theater also includes your choice of Argentine cuisine and all the malbec you’d like. At the end of the evening you will be driven back to your hotel.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Savoy Hotel or similar

Day 3: flight to el calafate

Beautiful and stunning El CalafateBeautiful and stunning El Calafate

Transfer to the domestic airport this morning for your flight south to El Calafate, the gateway to Patagonia. On landing you will immediately notice the difference in climate and landscape. The town sits on the dry, dramatic Patagonian steppe, on the shore of Lago Argentina, Argentina's biggest lake. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. You will have the evening to explore this frontier-like town with many shops and restaurants. It stays light late in the southern summer, so you may also have time to make the 1 km hike out to Laguna Nimez to catch the beautiful Patagonian sunset.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Hotel Kau Yatun or similar

Day 4: perito moreno glacier

Hear chunks of ice plummet into the waterHear chunks of ice plummet into the water

El Calafate sits at the edge of the Patagonian Continental Ice-cap, which stretches for 560 miles and contains the third largest glacier in the world (after Antarctica and Greenland). Set out on a full day excursion today to this stunning ice field: Perito Moreno Glacier. Revel in multiple perspectives on the glacier's face as you meander the well-positioned walkways that allow you the perfect vantage point to watch, and hear, giant chunks of ice plummet into the waters of Lago Argentino. Your guide will answer questions about the glacier and the park. Also included are a nautical safari to see the 300-foot walls of the north face up close and a mini-trek on the glacier itself.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Kau Yatun or similar

Day 5: el calafate

Gain a new perspective from a boatGain a new perspective from a boat

Today is open for you to enjoy any of the optional tours around El Calafate. We suggest a visit to Estancia Cristina, a bike ride out to the lake, or a boat cruise to explore some of the more remote glaciers in the region. Talk to us about your interests and we can help you make plans in advance. Or, play it by ear, and let your spirit guide you on arrival.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Hotel Kau Yatun or similar

Day 6: flight to ushuaia

Arrive in UshuaiaArrive in Ushuaia

Make the most of the morning in El Calafate, fitting in any last sites you want to explore.  At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the Calafate airport in for your flight to Ushuaia. In the southern end of Argentina, on the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, lies Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Located on the Beagle Channel with  an impressive vista of sea, forests, lakes, and mountains, Ushuaia is a picturesque city that offers unexplored, untouched territories that invite visitors to discovery and adventure. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have time to visit the Prisoners Museum this afternoon to learn about this outpost region's history (not included).

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
Hotel Alto Andino or similar

Day 7: tierra del fuego

Paddle the waters around Tierra del FuegoPaddle the waters around Tierra del Fuego

Today you explore Tierra del Fuego National Park. The full day excursion around the park includes an easy trek and a canoeing expedition. A short drive from your hotel brings you to the park, where you start a 7-km trek of about 3 1/2 hours to a wonderful scenic point overlooking Lake Roca, Lagunas Verde and Negra, Rivers Ovando and Lapataia, and Bahía Lapataia. Hiking through this beech forest you will be able to look for the Magellanic woodpecker (the largest in South America), Austral parakeets, black-chested buzzard eagles, and Andean condors. You may also discover artifacts of the Yamanas, the ancient inhabitants of the area. Enjoy a fun outdoor lunch on Lake Roca. Spend the afternoon paddling in the National Park. You will be outfitted with equipment and embark on sturdy inflatable canoes with instructions from your experienced guide in Lago Roca. Paddle the Ovando River, which flows into the Green Lake, offering one of the most beautiful views of the Park. Land in Lapataia Bay, on the Beagle Channel, precisely where the Panamerican Highway and number 3 National Route ends. Return to Ushuaia.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Lodging
Hotel Alto Andino or similar

Day 8: ushuaia / beagle channel / buenos aires / onward

Wildlife abounds in UshuaiaWildlife abounds in Ushuaia

From the Ushuaia pier you will take a boat cruise along the famous Beagle Channel. Soak in panoramic vistas of Ushuaia Bay and see diverse marine wildlife, such as cormorants and fur seals, on De los Lobos and De los Pajaros Islands. On one of the Bridges Isles, you can explore the island for concheros, or giant shells, and enjoy views of both Chile and Argentina. You will also see the Les Eclaireurs lighthouse.

If your flight schedule allows, we highly recommend the Magellanic Penguin rookery tour (not included) on Martillo Island in the Beagle Channel where you will be able to walk with the penguins. This excursion is only available from October to April.

After your day on the water, head to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires and beyond. You may connect to your flight back to the US tonight, or choose to spend another day or two in Buenos Aires. If your calendar allows, consider extending your trip to see the magnificent Iguazu Falls. This network of waterfalls sits between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, and astounds visitors with its volume and beauty. Including this in your itinerary will add three nights, which are well worth the extra time.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,225
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$1,475
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Stay in a sustainable eco-dome
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Stay warm with layers
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Spot endemic wildlife
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Explore colorful Buenos Aires
El Calafate beckons visitors
El Calafate beckons visitors
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Ushuaia, the end of the world

Highlights of Patagonia

A week-long immersion in the stunning scenery at the bottom of the world

overview

Discover the most remarkable landscapes of Patagonia on this jam-packed weeklong exploration of southern Argentina. After hitting the highlights of Buenos Aires, head down to El Calafate, base for exploring Los Glaciares National Park and the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. The surrounding stark landscape of the Patagonian steppe is dotted with pristine turquoise lakes created from glacial run-off. Also make your way to Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego National Park. You will find yourself at the very southern tip of South America, where the line between land and see seems a little undefined. Navigating the trails and waterways of this region will imbue you with the significance of this little corner of the continent. This satisfying itinerary will whet your palette for return trips and uncovering more of the gems of fabled Patagonia.

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overview

Discover the most remarkable landscapes of Patagonia on this jam-packed weeklong exploration of southern Argentina. After hitting the highlights of Buenos Aires, head down to El Calafate, base for exploring Los Glaciares National Park and the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. The surrounding stark landscape of the Patagonian steppe is dotted with pristine turquoise lakes created from glacial run-off. Also make your way to Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego National Park. You will find yourself at the very southern tip of South America, where the line between land and see seems a little undefined. Navigating the trails and waterways of this region will imbue you with the significance of this little corner of the continent. This satisfying itinerary will whet your palette for return trips and uncovering more of the gems of fabled Patagonia.

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: buenos aires
    Historic and colorful Buenos AiresHistoric and colorful Buenos Aires

    Upon landing in Buenos Aires our city host will meet you and bring you to your hotel in the Palermo Soho neighborhood.  Your host will be your local contact while you are in Buenos Aires and can answer questions, offer tips about places to see and restaurants to try, and also arrange additional activities as you desire.

    You will have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy this vibrant city, so you can explore the historic neighborhoods, enjoy the café culture of Buenos Aires, and recover from your overnight flight.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    Savoy Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: buenos aires city tour & tango show
    Enjoy a tango show todayEnjoy a tango show today

    In the morning, your host will pick you up from your hotel to enjoy a half-day city tour that hits all the spots of significance in Buenos Aires. Visit the historical and political center of the city, charming San Telmo with its cobblestone streets, and colorful La Boca where tango is ever-present. Also stroll through the chic and aristocratic Recoleta neighborhood, where the regal homes are reminiscent of the city's glory days. Your guide won't let you miss the highlights, but will be flexible to adjust plans based on your curiosity and interests.

    In the evening you will be picked up from your hotel for a night out at one of Buenos Aires’ most emblematic cultural highlights -- a tango show offering a spectacular demonstration of the finest local dancing. The dinner theater also includes your choice of Argentine cuisine and all the malbec you’d like. At the end of the evening you will be driven back to your hotel.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Savoy Hotel or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: flight to el calafate
    Beautiful and stunning El CalafateBeautiful and stunning El Calafate

    Transfer to the domestic airport this morning for your flight south to El Calafate, the gateway to Patagonia. On landing you will immediately notice the difference in climate and landscape. The town sits on the dry, dramatic Patagonian steppe, on the shore of Lago Argentina, Argentina's biggest lake. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. You will have the evening to explore this frontier-like town with many shops and restaurants. It stays light late in the southern summer, so you may also have time to make the 1 km hike out to Laguna Nimez to catch the beautiful Patagonian sunset.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Kau Yatun or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: perito moreno glacier
    Hear chunks of ice plummet into the waterHear chunks of ice plummet into the water

    El Calafate sits at the edge of the Patagonian Continental Ice-cap, which stretches for 560 miles and contains the third largest glacier in the world (after Antarctica and Greenland). Set out on a full day excursion today to this stunning ice field: Perito Moreno Glacier. Revel in multiple perspectives on the glacier's face as you meander the well-positioned walkways that allow you the perfect vantage point to watch, and hear, giant chunks of ice plummet into the waters of Lago Argentino. Your guide will answer questions about the glacier and the park. Also included are a nautical safari to see the 300-foot walls of the north face up close and a mini-trek on the glacier itself.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Kau Yatun or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: el calafate
    Gain a new perspective from a boatGain a new perspective from a boat

    Today is open for you to enjoy any of the optional tours around El Calafate. We suggest a visit to Estancia Cristina, a bike ride out to the lake, or a boat cruise to explore some of the more remote glaciers in the region. Talk to us about your interests and we can help you make plans in advance. Or, play it by ear, and let your spirit guide you on arrival.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Kau Yatun or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: flight to ushuaia
    Arrive in UshuaiaArrive in Ushuaia

    Make the most of the morning in El Calafate, fitting in any last sites you want to explore.  At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the Calafate airport in for your flight to Ushuaia. In the southern end of Argentina, on the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, lies Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Located on the Beagle Channel with  an impressive vista of sea, forests, lakes, and mountains, Ushuaia is a picturesque city that offers unexplored, untouched territories that invite visitors to discovery and adventure. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have time to visit the Prisoners Museum this afternoon to learn about this outpost region's history (not included).

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Hotel Alto Andino or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: tierra del fuego
    Paddle the waters around Tierra del FuegoPaddle the waters around Tierra del Fuego

    Today you explore Tierra del Fuego National Park. The full day excursion around the park includes an easy trek and a canoeing expedition. A short drive from your hotel brings you to the park, where you start a 7-km trek of about 3 1/2 hours to a wonderful scenic point overlooking Lake Roca, Lagunas Verde and Negra, Rivers Ovando and Lapataia, and Bahía Lapataia. Hiking through this beech forest you will be able to look for the Magellanic woodpecker (the largest in South America), Austral parakeets, black-chested buzzard eagles, and Andean condors. You may also discover artifacts of the Yamanas, the ancient inhabitants of the area. Enjoy a fun outdoor lunch on Lake Roca. Spend the afternoon paddling in the National Park. You will be outfitted with equipment and embark on sturdy inflatable canoes with instructions from your experienced guide in Lago Roca. Paddle the Ovando River, which flows into the Green Lake, offering one of the most beautiful views of the Park. Land in Lapataia Bay, on the Beagle Channel, precisely where the Panamerican Highway and number 3 National Route ends. Return to Ushuaia.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Hotel Alto Andino or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: ushuaia / beagle channel / buenos aires / onward
    Wildlife abounds in UshuaiaWildlife abounds in Ushuaia

    From the Ushuaia pier you will take a boat cruise along the famous Beagle Channel. Soak in panoramic vistas of Ushuaia Bay and see diverse marine wildlife, such as cormorants and fur seals, on De los Lobos and De los Pajaros Islands. On one of the Bridges Isles, you can explore the island for concheros, or giant shells, and enjoy views of both Chile and Argentina. You will also see the Les Eclaireurs lighthouse.

    If your flight schedule allows, we highly recommend the Magellanic Penguin rookery tour (not included) on Martillo Island in the Beagle Channel where you will be able to walk with the penguins. This excursion is only available from October to April.

    After your day on the water, head to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires and beyond. You may connect to your flight back to the US tonight, or choose to spend another day or two in Buenos Aires. If your calendar allows, consider extending your trip to see the magnificent Iguazu Falls. This network of waterfalls sits between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, and astounds visitors with its volume and beauty. Including this in your itinerary will add three nights, which are well worth the extra time.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,225
The cost quoted is the Land Cost and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in Journeys' Trip Notes. The quoted Land Cost will apply when group size falls in the specified range and when travel is on the indicated dates.
Single Supplement:
$1,475
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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