Patagonia & Chilean Fjords With Mendoza, Peru & Machu Picchu

Day 1 - Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina. Welcome to Buenos Aires, proud capital of the vast country that occupies most of the southern part of the continent. After arriving at your central hotel you will have time to become acquainted with the "Paris of South America" and its wide boulevards and outdoor cafes. Enjoy an evening at leisure.
Day 2 - Buenos Aires. A private sightseeing TOUR this morning starts in the colorful La Boca district, site of the city's first port. Take a short walking tour of this unique neighborhood, then on to San Telmo, famous for its late-colonial buildings and a popular gathering spot for artists. At the Plaza de Mayo, see Casa Rosada (the President's Pink House) and the Metropolitan Cathedral, which houses San Martin's Mausoleum. Drive past the ornate Colon Opera House before reaching the CEMETERY of the Recoleta, burial site of Eva Peron. This evening, perhaps savor the city's atmosphere on an optional dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a performance of Latin America's most sensuous dance"the Tango! (B)
Day 3 - Buenos Aires - Mendoza. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Mendoza, where you will be met by your Local Host. The Mendoza region is the fifth-greatest wine producer in the world, has one of the country's most beautiful landscapes, and boasts a temperate climate and radiant sun. (B)
Day 4 - Mendoza. Today your private city TOUR focuses on the culture and history originating from the Spanish colonizers four centuries ago. It includes a visit to the oldest part of the city with its archeological remains of ancient buildings and ruins of San Francisco Church. Also visit the new city, Plaza Independencia, the Civic Center, and General San Martin Park with its lake and rose garden. (B)
Day 5 - Mendoza. Mendoza has gained worldwide recognition for its production of award-winning wines and is the most prolific wine-making region in South America. Learn more about the industry and Mendoza's famous Malbec on today's private BODEGA TOUR. Travel into Mendoza's agricultural oasis, where you have the opportunity to visit two different vineyards, learn about the wine-making process, and participate in wine tastings. (B)
Day 6 - Mendoza - Buenos Aires. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires. (B)
Day 7 - Buenos Aires - Ushuaia. Fly to the "End of the World," Ushuaia, situated on the island of Tierra del Fuego. Once a secluded outpost and penal colony, Ushuaia is now a growing community thriving on timber, fishing, and tourism. This afternoon, enjoy a private tour TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK to learn about its bountiful flora and fauna. With the Chilean Andes as the backdrop, the scenery is nothing short of spectacular. (B)
Day 8 - Ushuaia (Embarkation). Embark on your 3-night CRUISE aboard the Stella Australis. The voyage will take you through channels, bays, fjords, and past massive glaciers, snowcapped mountains, and unexplored areas of incomparable beauty. (B,D)
Day 9 - Cruising: Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay. Disembark in Cape Horn National Park (weather permitting) to see Cape Horn, a sheer, almost 1,394-foot-high rocky promontory where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans merge. In the afternoon, go ashore with your Naturalist in historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region's largest aboriginal settlements. Here, walk through a Magellanic forest and keep an eye out for elephant seals! (B,L,D)
Day 10 - Cruising: Agostini Sound & Águila Glacier. Sail through the intricate channels of Tierra del Fuego to reach Cockburn Channel. At Agostini Sound, board Zodiac boats to explore Águila Glacier, which hovers above a placid glacial lagoon surrounded by Patagonia's sub-Antarctic rainforest. Walk around the edge of the lagoon near the base of the glacier and keep an eye out for the condors that can sometimes be seen here. Learn from your Naturalist about the formation of glaciers and their influence on the abrupt geography of the region's channels. (B,L,D)
Day 11 - Cruising: Magellan Strait - Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas, Chile (Disembarkation). This morning, go ashore on Magdalena Island (weather permitting). Located in the Strait of Magellan, it was an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers in the past. Here, see the immense colony of Magellanic Penguins during a walk to the lighthouse, which guides ships on their way through the strait. (In September and April this excursion is replaced by a Zodiac boat ride at Isla Marta to observe sea lions.) After our visit, sail to Punta Arenas and disembark. (B)
Day 12 - Punta Arenas - Santiago. Fly to Santiago, Chile's capital. This country is more than 10-times longer than wide, with 2,650 miles of beautiful Pacific coastline. (B)
Day 13 - Santiago. Located in the center of the country and perched between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, Santiago has evolved as the country's political, commercial, and cultural capital. Step back into the 16th century on your private TOUR as your Local Guide traces the city's history and heritage. Start at La Moneda, the official Government Palace, and nearby San Cristobal Hill with its landmark statue of the Virgin Mary. Your tour ends at the Plaza de Armas, the main square, with a visit to the 18th-century CATHEDRAL. (B)
Day 14 - Santiago - Lima, Peru. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, where you will be met by your Local Host. (B)
Day 15 - Lima. Your included city TOUR focuses on Lima's rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the Cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin and San Francisco MONASTERY with its eerie burial crypts. (B)
Day 16 - Lima - Cusco. Fly to Cusco high in the Andes. Your guided TOUR visits the Santo Domingo MONASTERY, previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. In the Plaza de Armas, see the Cathedral before taking a short drive outside the city to the ruins of SACSAYHUAMAN with its intricate stone walls, amphitheatre of KENKO, and the Red Fortress of PUCA PUCARA. (B)
Day 17 - Cusco - Sacred Valley. Today, a short drive into the Sacred Valley of the Incas brings you to AWANAKANCHA, where you will learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures as well as the ancient weaving techniques. Continue, to the market town of PISAC. Handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry can be bought here at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley is OLLANTAYTAMBO. Here, some of the finest examples of Inca masonry can be seen. (B,L)
Day 18 - Sacred Valley - Machu Picchu. Board a TRAIN bound for MACHU PICCHU and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this "Lost City of the Incas," discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a guided TOUR, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas. (B,L,D)
Day 19 - Machu Picchu - Sacred Valley - Cusco. A morning at leisure in MACHU PICCHU allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco, where your Local Host will recommend options for your free time. Perhaps visit the Inca Museum or wander through the artisan district of San Blas. (B)
Day 20 - Cusco - Lima. Fly to Lima, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 21 - Lima. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Patagonia & Chilean Fjords With Mendoza, Peru & Machu Picchu
  Tour Code  
ISOH
  Tour Duration    21 Days
  Start City:   Buenos Aires
  End City:   Lima
  Price From   USD $5,779.00   See in Cart
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2017-10-11 USD $5,929.00 See in Cart
2017-10-25 USD $6,419.00 See in Cart
2017-11-01 USD $6,419.00 See in Cart
2017-11-15 USD $6,419.00 See in Cart
2017-11-29 USD $6,419.00 See in Cart
2017-12-06 USD $6,419.00 See in Cart
2018-01-10 USD $6,729.00 See in Cart
2018-01-24 USD $6,729.00 See in Cart
2018-02-07 USD $6,729.00 See in Cart
2018-02-21 USD $6,729.00 See in Cart
    Cruise line government taxes and fees of $50 are not included in price.

    Cruise pricing is based on B category cabins on the Stella Australis. Upgrades are available.

    2018 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2017.
 

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  • City Highlights
  • Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE
  • Guides
  • In Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, Santiago, Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu
  • Launch Date
  • 07/12/16 8:00pm
  • Location Summary
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  • Meals
    • Buffet breakfast daily
    • 4 lunches
    • 4 three-course dinners
  • Title
  • Patagonia & Chilean Fjords with Mendoza, Peru & Machu Picchu
  • Transportation
  • As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included
 
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