Highlights
  • Visit Magdalena Island Penguins
  • Enjoy Ultima Esperanza Sound Boat Excursion
  • Enjoy an escursion to Torres del Paine Park
  • View Perito Moreno Glacier (El Calafate)
  • Embark on an unforgettable full-day boat excursion to nearby Glaciers National Park
  • Experience Buenos Aires
  • Tour of Charming Santiago

Experience the dramatic landscapes on our Patagonia tours, the exciting city of Buenos Aires, the “Paris of the South”, and our charming Santiago, Chile tours, among other exciting destinations on your trip to the southern tip of South America. Explore the penguins at Magdalena Island, Torres del Paine Park, the Plaza de Mayo, El Calafate, and take a breathtaking full-day boat excursion to nearby Glaciers National Park. Call smarTours today to book your South American vacation!

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Incredible Patagonia (& Buenos Aires)

MHP

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Magnificent Tour February 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The Smartours trip to Patagonia was perfect in every way. Of course the area is magnificent--the glaciers stupendous. But in addition, our Patagonia guide was the definition of intelligence, wisdom and concern for all of us. Olga was always making an effort to explain, to teach and to relate individually. The hotels were excellent, the meals provided were also super. The entire tour was handled with proficiency, there were never any glitches or problems. The trip absolutely exceeded my expectations; I fully understand the enthusiasm that other trip participants who had been on previous Smartours expeditions expressed. All kinds of friends may be turning to Smartours for a Patagonia trip. Lots of people , including my younger daughter and husband, are thinking about it.
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AM&RS

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Magical Trip February 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was our fourth SmarTours trip, and again SmarTours came through with an excellent itinerary at a great value. We had knowledgeable guides, excellent destinations and tours, and great hotels in convenient locations. The sights on this trip were dramatic and breathtaking and unlike any others from our travel experiences. Each day's destination surpassed that of the previous day. The tour participants were so well traveled and a pleasure to explore Patagonia with. We look forward to booking another SmarTours trip.
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B

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Surpassed All Expectations and More February 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was our first SmarTours trip. My partner and I througholy enjoyed all the destinations, activities, and the whole experience far surpassed our expectations. The accommodations were great, too. But what made the trip such a smashing success were the guides; Viviana in Santiago, Olga in Patagonia, and Nathalia in Buenos Aires. All were exceptional, but since we spent the most time with Olga, I would like to add a special note of appreciation for her. Olga sets the international standard for excellence and professionalism as a tour guide. My deep gratitude for all who helped made this trip truly incredible. I had a spiritual experience.
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JW

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Incredible Patagonia December 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We selected this trip for its itinerary and we were not disappointed. Saw all the places in Patagonia that were on our list. The tour was comfortable and well paced. We recommended this trip to family and friends. Accommodations and provided meals were first rate. We really enjoyed the tango show and dinner on the last night of the trip. We have just a couple recommendations for tweaks that will further improve a great trip: Olga, our tour director, was very knowledgeable and helpful but her restaurant suggestions were usually pointed out from the bus as we zoomed past and given the full Spanish pronunciation which was difficult for us to understand and write down. There was usually enough time that she could have walked the restaurant areas in each town with us and pointed out the recommended places. Our local guide in Buenos Aries, Lydia, was friendly and well informed but didn't seem to want to spend much time with us. We had lots of free time including 9 hours after we checked out of our hotel. We would have appreciated an optional tour to fill some of this time. The method SmarTours used to buy plane tickets resulted in my wife and I not being able to sit together both coming and going.
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SS

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Patagonia is really incredible! December 2015

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
It was an amazing trip. Olga, our tour director was fantastic . She knows thecountry very well - both Chile and Argentina. The only part of the trip that I think needs to be looked at is the last day of the tour - the coming back to the U.S. That full day was wasted. We were in the lobby of the hotel from the check out time of 11am until 7pm when the bus took us to the airport for the 11pm flight. But over all, that tour is awesome. Patagonia is one of my favorite.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA.

Your amazing journey on your incredible Patagonia tours that include, Buenos Aires and Santiago begin as you depart on your overnight flight bound for Chile.

Day 2: Arrive Santiago (Chile).

Accommodation: Hotel Atton Vitacura

Morning arrival in Santiago, the bustling capital of Chile, located between the Pacific Ocean and the majestic Andes. On arrival, ride up to the top of San Cristobal Hill for a bird’s eye view of the city and the Andean mountain range. Later, learn more about Santiago’s charms and history from a local expert that leads you on a tour of the Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square and the nearby Cathedral. You’ll also see the Palacio de la Moneda and the Bohemian section of Bellavista. Your tour concludes upon arrival at your upscale hotel where the balance of the afternoon is at leisure. 

Day 3: Santiago/Patagonia/Punta Arenas – Magdalena Island Penguins.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Cabo de Hornos Hotel

This morning board a flight to Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost city and the gateway to the spectacular region of Patagonia. This port town is located on the Strait of Magellan, and was a major stop for traders sailing around Cape Horn between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. You’ll begin with a visit to see majestic Magellanic Penguins.* This evening your tour director hosts a welcome reception and briefing.

* Note: Magdalena Island is only accessible by ferry, and the ferry is occasionally subject to last-minute, weather-related cancellations.

Day 4: Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Costaustralis Hotel or similar

Over the next week, venture into Patagonia’s heartland! On a guided orientation tour, you’ll visit the Sara Braun Museum and Magellan’s Monument, marvel at the 19th century mansions, and enjoy magnificent views from the lookout point. Later, journey across the expansive Patagonian wilderness to the rustic town of Puerto Natales situated along the shore of scenic Última Esperanza Sound. Dinner tonight is at your hotel, overlooking the fjord. As you stroll along the waterfront after dinner on a clear day, you may admire the majestic views of the peaks of Torres del Paines in the horizon.

Day 5: Ultima Esperanza Sound Boat Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Embark on an exhilarating full day boat excursion sailing along picturesque Ultima Esperanza Sound flanked by imposing mountain peaks into O’Higgins National Park. Disembark for a short hike of 30 minutes through the Andean rainforest to view the impressive Serrano Glacier. As you navigate the fjord, you may encounter colonies of cormorants, seadogs and soaring condors. A sumptuous BBQ lunch in a local cattle ranch is included. Return to your hotel early this evening.

Day 6: Torres del Paine Park Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Today’s thrilling excursion is reputed to be one of the most scenic in the world. You’ll venture into majestic Torres del Paine National Park and admire the incredible scenery of shimmering lakes, cascading waterfalls and roaring creeks. The park is surrounded by imposing snow capped mountain peaks and is rich with bird life as well as unusual wildlife including the guanaco, a version of the llama, the nandu resembling ostrich and predators like gray fox and even the elusive puma. Spend your entire day touring the park and savoring the amazing panorama before returning to Puerto Natales later today.

Day 7: Puerto Natales/El Calafate (Argentina).

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Kosten Aike Hotel

Admire stunning natural landscapes as you travel today through the heart of Patagonia, crossing from Chile into Argentina. Along the way, stop in a typical estancia, a cattle ranch and enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch followed by a lively sheep sheering and a riding demonstration. Later this afternoon arrive in El Calafate, a picturesque resort town overlooking beautiful Lake Argentino and characterized by rustic houses with sloping roofs. Your upscale hotel is centrally located near some of the best shops, cafes and restaurants!

Day 8: Glaciers National Park Boat Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast

Today embark on an unforgettable full-day boat excursion to nearby Glaciers National Park. Your comfortable boat navigates the northern part of Lake Argentino, circling huge, dramatically shaped and beautifully colored floating icebergs. View up-close the amazing Upsala Glacier, the largest glacier in the park and admire the awe-inspiring Spegazzini Glacier that is the tallest of the area’s glaciers and soars as high as 400 feet above the water. Return to El Calafate early this evening.

Day 9: Perito Moreno Glacier Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast

Travel today along the shoreline of aqua- green Lago Argentino en route to the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier. With a wall of ice rising almost 200 feet above the lake, this natural phenomenon is one of the only advancing glaciers in the world. Admire close-up breathtaking views of the massive glacier from a variety of vantage points as you walk along the observation platforms and watch for the thrilling moment when chunks of ice break off and dramatically crash into the water below! Return to El Calafate for a free evening to sample some of Argentina’s culinary delights and renowned wines.

Day 10: El Calafate/Buenos Aires.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: MGallery Brick Hotel (formerly Caesar Park)

Fly northward to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital and largest city, often called “Paris of the South”. This exciting city is a great mix of European heritage combined with Latin spirit, evident in the architecture, culture and lifestyle. En route to your downtown hotel, drive through the Avenida 9 de Julio, the world’s widest avenue.

Day 11: Buenos Aires.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

On this morning’s guided tour, see the Plaza de Mayo, the famous Opera House and the historic La Boca district. Proceed to the elegant Recoleta district and the cemetery where Evita Peron is buried. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, you are our guest for a delicious farewell dinner and an exciting tango show, South America’s passionate dance.

Day 12: At Leisure/Depart Buenos Aires.

Meals: Breakfast

Your final day is at leisure. Why not take a “behind the scenes” tour of the ornate Colon Opera House, visit the shops lining renowned Florida Street, or relax in one of the outdoor cafes and parks. Later, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the USA.

Day 13: Arrive USA.

Your exciting journey ends as you arrive Miami this morning.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 4,199

Price Per Day:

$ 323 per day
 
Start DateEnd DateDouble StandardSingle StandardAvailability 
Oct-18-2018Oct-30-2018$ 4,399$ 5,098LimitedReserve
Nov-05-2018Nov-17-2018$ 4,399$ 5,098LimitedReserve
Dec-03-2018Dec-15-2018$ 4,199$ 4,898LimitedReserve
Jan-24-2019Feb-05-2019$ 4,299$ 4,998LimitedReserve
Feb-28-2019Mar-12-2019$ 4,199$ 4,898LimitedReserve
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  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 699
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Trip Includes
  • Round trip airfare from Miami via LAN Airlines
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-South America flights & ground transportation
  • Accommodations at superior first class hotels
  • 15 meals: 10 full buffet breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as indicated in itinerary
  • English-speaking tour director in Patagonia and local guides in Santiago and Buenos Aires
Trip Excludes
  • Baggage and personal insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Gratuities and optional tours
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
Meals Included:

10 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 2 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Airfare included
Group Size:
Standard Group
Accomodations
  • Night 1: International Flight: LAN Airlines
  • Night 2: Santiago: Atton Vitacura
  • Night 3: Punta Arenas: Hotel Cabo de Hornos
  • Nights 4-6: Puerto Natales: Hotel CostAustralis or Similar
  • Nights 7-9: El Calafate: Kosten Aike Hotel
  • Nights 10-11: Buenos Aires: MGallery Brick Hotel (formerly Caesar Park)
  • Night 12: International Flight: LAN Airlines
Start City
Santiago
End City
Buenos Aires
Cancellation Policy:

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

Cancellation charges per person are:

Up to 75 days before departure: $300

74-45 days before departure: $600

44-30 days before departure: $1000

29-10 days before departure: $1500

9 days or less before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing.

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