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Experience the rugged beauty of Patagonia

The edge of the world

At the southernmost tip of South America, Patagonia’s rugged natural beauty will take your breath away. A haven of snowcapped Andes and ethereal fjords in the wilderness of Chile and Argentina, the region is one of the few on earth surrounded by three oceans. Sparsely populated but high on many travellers’ bucket lists, Patagonia will stir your soul.

There’s no better time to tick this beauty off your list, because the tour experts at Collette are heading to Patagonia with a 13-day Patagonia: Edge of the World tour that captures the best of this stunning region. Plus, when you travel with Collette you get so much more. More meals included, more authentic experiences and more of what you want from a tour. From the moment your trip begins with a chauffeur driven transfer to the airport, you can relax knowing they’ve taken care of all the important details, like your accommodation, day trips and transfers. All you have to do is sit back, take it all in and make some wonderful new memories.

Here’s a snapshot of your Patagonian itinerary…

Day 1

Buenos Aires, Argentina – Tour Begins

Your journey starts in Buenos Aires. The city radiates a Latin-infused rhythm interwoven with its European heritage. Meet your fellow travellers for a cocktail reception at your hotel, located in the heart of the chic and stylish Recoleta neighbourhood. Head to a local restaurant with your new friends and indulge in savoury Argentine flavours. Today, dinner is included.

Day 2

Buenos Aires

Embark on a panoramic city tour and coast down the famous Avenida 9 de Julio, where Parisian architecture and verdant trees line the world’s widest avenue. Discover the city’s most well-known sites and stop at the famous Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of Eva Peron. Enjoy free time to explore San Telmo, where street performers tango on the sidewalks and vibrant street murals dance along the walls. Return to Recoleta for an evening at leisure. Today, breakfast is included.

Travel through Buenos Aires en route to Patagonia
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Day 3

Buenos Aires – Ushuaia

Fly to Ushuaia, your gateway to Patagonia’s natural splendour. A remote harbour town nestled between the Andes and the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia proudly calls itself “the southernmost city in the world.” Get acquainted with the city on a brief walking tour before enjoying free time to explore on your own. Today, breakfast is included.

Day 4

Ushuaia – Tierra del Fuego National Park – Board Ship – Chilean Waters

Begin your Patagonian adventure at Tierra del Fuego National Park. With the wind in your hair and fresh air in your lungs, breathe in the peace and serenity around you, intensified by the dramatic landscape of waterfalls, glaciers, and forests. Set sail from the mainland on the Stella Australis, your home for the next four nights. Head for one of the most remote corners of the world as you cross into Chilean waters. Today, breakfast and dinner are included.

Day 5

Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay

Disembark at Cape Horn National Park, home to an archipelago of islands considered to be the “End of the Earth.” Anchor at fabled Wulaia Bay and visit the historic radio station, formerly used by the Chilean Navy. Choose how you explore the area with an expert guide, selecting between three different hikes of varying difficulty. Each choice will offer sprawling vistas of the gentle bay. Today, breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 6

Pia Glacier – Garibaldi Glacier

Take a Zodiac to shore and stand in awe before the Pia Glacier, a colossal mass of ice slowly crawling down the mountains, followed by a choice between two hikes.** Cruise further down the channel and drop anchor near Garibaldi Glacier – one of three Patagonian glaciers that continues to grow rather than shrink. Set off on a challenging hike through the forest to a glacial waterfall with views of the fjord below. If you’re not up for the hike, opt to stay onboard the ship and admire the stunning glacier from the upper decks. Today, breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

The glaciers in Patagonia are remarkable
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Day 7

Agostini Sound – Aguila Glacier – Condor Glacier

Make your way to shore on a Zodiac for a day by the Aguila Glacier. Start by strolling around a lagoon formed by a melting glacier. As you stand in front of the glacier, feel humbled by its pure immensity and stark white façade, emblematic of the region’s untouched nature. Continue by boat to the Condor Glacier – where calving hunks of ice send spine-tingling echoes into the air. Today, breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 8

Magdalena Island- Disembark Boat- Punta Arenas, Chile- Puerto Natales

Start your morning on Magdalena Island with a hike through a massive colony of Magellanic penguins to the island’s historic lighthouse. Embark on your final sail through Patagonia as you head further into the strait, docking at Punta Arenas. Discover this coastal metropolis with an expert guide, where brightly coloured houses meet modern skyscrapers. As the day draws to a close, continue on to Puerto Natales. Today, breakfast is included.

Day 9

Puerto Natales – Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales

Venture into Torres Del Paine National Park, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Among the jagged mountains, ethereal teal waters, and expansive grasslands, you may spot soaring condors, inquisitive guanacos (llamas), and independent felines. Marvel at the cascading waterfalls as you make your way through what is known as South America’s most incredible national park. Today, breakfast and dinner are included.

Day 10

Puerto Natales – El Calafate, Argentina

Return to Argentina at El Calafate. En route, stop to spend time with some local gauchos at a typical Patagonian estancia. Enjoy a traditional lamb roast lunch as you chat and learn about the culture. Make your way through the edge of the Patagonian countryside before settling into your hotel, featuring unparalleled views of Lake Argentino. Today, breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

In Los Glaciares National Park, allow the wonder of Perito Moreno Glacier to astound you
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Day 11

Los Glaciares National Park – Perito Moreno Glacier – El Calafate

In Los Glaciares National Park, allow the wonder of Perito Moreno Glacier to take hold of your senses. This gigantic tower of vibrant ice rests against blue-green waters – an awe-inspiring blanket to the natural world. Gaze off the shoreline in search of floating icebergs, listening to the resounding crack of ice sheets breaking free. Today, breakfast is included.

Day 12

El Calafate – Buenos Aires

Fly to Buenos Aires and make the most of some time at leisure. Gather for a farewell dinner at La Ventana Tango House, where you’ll savour Argentine cuisine before viewing an authentic tango performance. Today, breakfast and dinner are included.

Day 13

Buenos Aires – Tour Ends

A final breakfast and say adios to Argentina as your tour draws to a close.

For the full Patagonia: Edge of the World itinerary and to discover a world of wonderful tours by Collette, visit the Collette website. 

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