Deserts and Glaciers 2018

Deserts and Glaciers 2018

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A unique journey to the end of the world.

Experience the extremes of Patagonian Glaciers and the Atacama Desert.  

We invite you to explore the wonders of the southern channels of Patagonia with Australis. See one of the wildest and most beautiful regions of the world, sailing through Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. 

Spend 6 nights at explora Patagonia, cut off from the world by the great natural barriers of mountains, ice fields and seas. explora Patagonia lodge lies within the heart of this untamed virgin territory: the Torres del Paine National Park. 

Continue your journey to San Pedro de Atacama for 5 nights at explora Atacama, a place so vast, that time and direction seem to have no meaning. 

For sale until: 19 October 2018

Destinations: South America

Commencing: Ushuaia, Argentina

Duration: 23 nights

Departure Date: 19 October 2018

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Highlights

  • Please click here to watch our tour video
  • Small group limited to only 30 guests
  • Fully hosted by a Latitude 33 Tour Host 

Buenos Aires & Ushuaia 

  • Be seduced by the elegance and energy with a mesmerizing dance performance at the iconic Gala Tango! 
  • Explore the uttermost end of the earth, Ushuaia 

Discover Patagonia's Natural Treasures onboard Ventus Australis 

  • Cruise aboard MV Ventus Australis, launching early 2018. Inclusive of all meals, drinks, daily shore excursions and onboard activities 
  • Tailor-made for exploring the remote southern tip of South America, Ventus Australis is designed to navigate narrow fjords and channels where no other cruise ships can venture 
  • Admire panoramic views of the Patagonian nature unfolding outside, from the comfort and safety of your cabin on board 
  • Inclusive of pre-paid gratuities at explora lodges and onboard Ventus Australis

Experience Two Extremes: Explora Patagonia & Atacama 

  • Set on the shores of turquoise Lake Pehoé, explora Patagonia’s unique location sets travelers literally in the middle of Torres del Paine National Park
  • 6 nights at explora Patagonia inclusive of all meals, drinks and all exploration activities with English-speaking guides
  • 5 nights at explora Atacama inclusive of all meals, drinks and all exploration activities with English-speaking guides 
  • Over 40 different explorations on offer to fill your days 

Santiago 

  • Immerse in the city of Santiago with a winery tour in Casablanca Valley and dinner at Aqui Esta Coco 
 

Full Itinerary

click through the days of your journey

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    Day 01

    Friday 19 Oct 2018

    - / Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Welcome to Buenos Aires! On arrival, you're met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the evening is at leisure. Ask us about adding on Iguazu pre-tour! 

    Alvear Art Hotel 

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    Day 02

    Saturday 20 Oct 2018

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Experience the history, culture and passion of Buenos Aires at leisure. There's also an opportunity to join a guided tour, or you may wish to relax by the pool admiring the panoramic view. Tonight we get together for a welcome dinner. 

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    Day 03

    Sunday 21 Oct 2018

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Spend the day at leisure. Tonight, be seduced by the elegance and energy with a mesmerizing dance performance at Gala Tango.  Enjoy learning a few tango steps with professional dancers before dinner. 

    Alvear Art Hotel (B/-/D)

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    Day 04

    Monday 22 Oct 2018

    Ushuaia, Argentina

    Today we transfer to the airport for your flight to Ushuaia, nicknamed the "End of the World". 

    Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa (B/-/-) 

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    Day 05

    Tuesday 23 Oct 2018

    Ushuaia, Argentina

    Day at leisure. The Arakur Resort & Spa extends along a spectacular natural balcony situated 800 feet above sea level, surrounded by panoramic views, native forests and natural terraces harmoniously integrated into the environment. 

    Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa (B/-/-)

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    Day 06

    Wednesday 24 Oct 2018

    Ushuaia, Argentina (Embark)

    Today we transfer to port and embark M/V Ventus Australis. After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the most remote corners of planet Earth. Watch the lights of Ushuaia disappear as we turn into the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands. 

    M/V Ventus Australis (B/-/D) 

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    Day 07

    Thursday 25 Oct 2018

    Cruising

    Follow the footsteps of Magellan, Drake and Darwin as you hike secluded beaches, listen to groaning glaciers, explore the lush sub-polar forest, discover elephant seals, penguins and other native creatures, and glimpse what the earth must have been like before human beings. 

    M/V Ventus Australis (B/L/D)

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    Day 08

    Friday 26 Oct 2018

    Cruising

    Continuing through the maze of islands, visit a number of glaciers, frozen giants that guard the southern flank of the Fuegian Archipelago, before entering the legendary Strait of Magellan. 

    M/V Ventus Australis (B/L/D)

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    Day 09

    Saturday 27 Oct 2018

    Cruising

    Early in the morning, we will sail through the Cockburn Channel and enter Agostini Sound. In the afternoon, we will approach the Condor Glacier via Zodiac - and hopefully see some of the abundant Andean Condors in the area.

    M/V Ventus Australis (B/L/D)

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    Day 10

    Sunday 28 Oct 2018

    Punta Arenas, Chile (Disembark)

    Last stop is the Isla Magdalena and its boisterous penguin colony before docking at Punta Arenas. Upon disembarkation, we transfer to explora Patagonia for your extended six night stay. 

    explora Patagonia (B/-/D)

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    Day 11

    Monday 29 Oct 2018

    Torres del Paine National Park

    Anchored like a white ship on the shores of turquoise Lake Pehoe, explora Patagonia is the only luxury lodge located at the center of the Torres del Paine National Park. 

    explora Patagonia (B/L/D)

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    Day 12

    Tuesday 30 Oct 2018

    Torres del Paine National Park

    There are many different exploration possibilities within the Park. Each itinerary is a unique experience and adventure, where every detail has its own charm. With over 40 explorations, explora cover all areas in the Park either on foot, horseback, or by van.

    explora Patagonia (B/L/D)

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    Day 13

    Wednesday 31 Oct 2018

    Torres del Paine National Park

    explora Patagonia is the only hotel in the area with its own horses, bred and trained especially for horse expeditions. There are 26 horses of different breeds and crosses, raised in the Ibáñez family estate in the central valley of Chile.

    explora Patagonia (B/L/D)

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    Day 14

    Thursday 01 Nov 2018

    Torres del Paine National Park

    Along with its pristine landscapes, Patagonia is home to the peculiar and legendary gaucho culture. 53 km from the hotel, at the 2 de Enero Ranch, you can share a mate with them; the driving of the livestock, horse breaking and other traditional activities on this 6,000-hectare ranch.

    explora Patagonia (B/L/D)

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    Day 15

    Friday 02 Nov 2018

    Torres del Paine National Park

    Enjoy the shores of Lake Pehoe, and its breathtaking views of the Paine ridge and the granite towers. Relax and reflect on your explorations in open-air jacuzzis with views to the Paine River. 

    explora Patagonia (B/L/D)

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    Day 16

    Saturday 03 Nov 2018

    Santiago, Chile

    We bid farewell to Patagonia as we transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Santiago. On arrival in Santiago, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. 

    Cumbres Lastarria (B/-/-)

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    Day 17

    Sunday 04 Nov 2018

    Santiago, Chile

    Spend the day at leisure. This evening, we get together for dinner at one of Santiago's oldest restaurants. 

    Cumbres Lastarria (B/-/D) 

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    Day 18

    Monday 05 Nov 2018

    Santiago, Chile

    Explore the wine region of the stunning Casablanca and San Antonio Valley, one of the best white wine regions of Chile. Learn about wine production and sample some of Chile's finest wines before stopping for lunch overlooking the vines. 

    Cumbres Lastarria (B/L/-) 

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    Day 19

    Tuesday 06 Nov 2018

    San Pedro de Atacama

    At scheduled time, we transfer to airport for your onward flight to Calama. On arrival in Calama, just an hour's drive away lies explora Atacama. The oasis, the highlands and the desert will surprise you with landscapes that seem to be taken from other worlds, offering endless exploration prospects. 

    explora Atacama (B/-/D) 

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    Day 20

    Wednesday 07 Nov 2018

    San Pedro de Atacama

    The Oasis of San Pedro de Atacama is located 2,500 meters above sea level in Chile’s Atacama Desert, which rises from the Pacific Ocean up to the Altiplano, the foothills of the Andes. Atacama is known as the driest place on Earth.

    explora Atacama (B/L/D)

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    Day 21

    Thursday 08 Nov 2018

    San Pedro de Atacama

    The diversity of the landscape is one of the most popular attractions. The altitude of explorations ranges between 2,800 and over 5,000 meters above sea level; consequently, some activities need prior acclimatization. 

    explora Atacama (B/L/D)

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    Day 22

    Friday 09 Nov 2018

    San Pedro de Atacama

    Ride horses through the red land plains and huge sand dunes, visit turquoise lagoons that are located over 4,000 meters above sea level in the highlands, walk through geysers, and follow green riverbeds in an area where water is a limited resource.

    explora Atacama (B/L/D)

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    Day 23

    Saturday 10 Nov 2018

    San Pedro de Atacama

    After each exploration day you will want to extend your stay to explore more of this wonderful place, hence why we have included five nights at this wonderful destination. 

    explora Atacama (B/L/D)

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    Day 24

    Sunday 11 Nov 2018

    Calama, Chile / -

    At schedule time, we transfer back to Calama airport for your onward flight home. 

    Check-out of hotel (B/-/-)

Deserts and Glaciers 2018 Map
 

Inclusions

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01. FLIGHTS

Inclusive of: 

  • Return airport transfers in Australia (conditions apply)^
  • International Economy Class airfares from Australia 
  • Regional flights within South America in Economy Class (luggage restrictions may apply)
  • See below for Premium and Business Class flight upgrades 
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02. ACCOMMODATION

Inclusive of: 

  • Alvear Art Hotel, Buenos Aires (3 nights) 
  • Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa, Ushuaia (2 nights) 
  • Cruise onboard MV Ventus Australis (4 nights) 
  • Explora Lodge, Patagonia (6 nights) 
  • Cumbres Lastarria, Santiago (3 nights) 
  • Explora Lodge, Atacama (5 nights) 
  • Ask us about a pre-tour Iguazu add-on! 
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03. MV VENTUS AUSTRALIS

Ventus Australis, lauching early 2018 is tailor-made for exploring the remote southern tip of South America. All aspects of the 210-passenger ship - including size, length, draft and engine power - are designed to give Ventus Australis the extreme maneuverability necessary to navigate narrow fjords and channels where no other cruise ships can venture. 

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04. EXPLORA PATAGONIA

Located at the center of the Torres del Paine National Park, explora Patagonia’s unique location and explorations are the ultimate Patagonian experience. The rooms are designed to take full advantage of the silence, privacy, and spaciousness of the surrounding landscape, ensuring deep rest after a long day of exploration in Torres del Paine National Park.

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05. EXPLORA ATACAMA

In harmony with the surroundings and local traditions, explora Atacama offers the discovery of the essence of nature and a philosophy of travelling that seeks to satisfy the desire of adventure in an intact universe. Your stay includes transportation, meals and drinks until midnight, expeditions and access to resting areas so you can focus on enjoying the experience. 

 
Category:
from $19,485.00 per person

All prices are quoted in Australian dollars, based on per person double occupancy unless stated otherwise. Pricing and itineraries are current at time of publishing and subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations, fuel price and tax increases. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking and may vary until full payment is received. ^Transfer offer: Australian address must be within 60 km radius of each capital city airport, additional charges apply otherwise. *Flight upgrades: Premium Economy, Business and First Class flights, if available, are based on using the most direct route from Sydney, and may be priced on mixed carriers. Upgrade pricing is an approximate only and is subject to availability, seasonality and ticket validity. Australis: The excursions described in the itineraries can usually be carried out without any problems. Nevertheless, the shipowner holds the right to alter, change or skip certain portions of the itinerary without prior notice, whether motivated by the passengers’ well-being and safety, by the appropriate protection of the environment, or in case of any extraordinary event, unforeseeable circumstance or force majeure. For this reason, departures or arrival may be subject to change. Furthermore, sighting of birds and other species cannot be guaranteed as their exact location is variable by nature. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Conditions apply.