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Classic Patagonia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 29 people
Destination(s): Argentina  
Specialty Categories: National Parks   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: September - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3405 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5225 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Trelew/Puerto Madryn. Reception and assistance at Trelew airport. Transfer to Puerto Madryn (flight arrival must be before 9:00 a.m.) Departure to Punta Tombo Rookery to admire a magnificent colony of millions of Magellan penguins. Accommodation. Dinner.

Day 2: Puerto Madryn. Continental breakfast. Full day tour to Península Valdés, passing by Ameghino Isthmus, located between the Nuevo and the San Jose Gulfs. Visit Puerto Pirámide, where there is a sea lion rookery and it's a great opportunity to take the optional boat excursion for an outstanding whale watch you cannot miss (available from June to November). Continue to Punta Delgada for a view of its important colony of sea lions and Caleta Valdés where sea elephants seem to have found their ideal natural habitat. Lunch included. Return to Puerto Madryn.

Day 3: Puerto Madryn. Continental breakfast. Transfer to Trelew airport to board the flight to Ushuaia. Reception at Ushuaia airport and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. In the afternoon city tour including a visit to the End of the World Museum. Dinner.

Day 4: Ushuaia. Continental breakfast. Departure to Tierra del Fuego National Park, located only 12 km from the city. It preserves typical species of the Andean-Patagonic Forest such as fire bushes, beech trees, ñires, box leafed barberries and flowers, spread in an area of 63000 hectares. Before entering the National Park you will board the train to the end of the World and enjoy an unforgettable trip along the original terreplain where the old prisoners' train ran until 1947 for their expeditions into the National Park, in search of wood for heating.

The highlight of the park is Lapataia Bay, the southernmost tip of the continent, with a wonderful view of the Beagle Channel. Here, the old inhabitants of the area have left their testimony in the "concheros", incredible archeological deposits. Return to the hotel. Dinner.

Day 5: Ushuaia. Continental breakfast. Transfer to Ushuaia airport to board the flight to El Calafate. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation. Dinner. Note: in case of flying to Río Gallegos, optional bus transfer to El Calafate (316 km).

Day 6: El Calafate. Continental breakfast. Departure from the hotel towards Puerto Bandera, 50 km from the town, to board the catamaran to enjoy a full day lake excursion to Upsala Glacier and Onelli Bay, cruising among hundreds of icebergs that have broken off the glaciers. Upsala is the largest continental glacier in the Southern Hemisphere. The height of its walls varies between 60 to 80 meters and it has an area of 595 squsre km. Return to El Calafate. Dinner.

Day 7: El Calafate. Continental breakfast. Overland trip to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world’s largest active continental glaciers, declared Universal Mankind´s Heritage Site by UNESCO, because of its breathtaking beauty and its unusual behavior. Dinner.

Day 8: El Calafate. Continental breakfast. Transfer to El Calafate airport or departure for optional tours: Torres del Paine, Fitz Roy or Helsingfors.

Note: in case of flying from Río Gallegos, optional bus transfer from El Calafate (316 km). This transfer is provided without bilingual guide due to operational reasons.

Notes:
- Departures daily from April 16th through September 30th
- Within this season, we operate this "Classic Patagonia" but by the mid of April there are hardly any penguins left in the colony. Therefore, instead we offer an excursion to Chubut River Valley, visiting Gaiman, a typical Welsh colony enclosed in a beautiful landscape. Discover another impressive natural wonder, the Southern Right Whale, as every winter, 600 of these enormous mammals (the total world population totals no more than 5000 specimen) make their way into the waters around Puerto Piramide.

Enjoy a fascinating boat trip to appreciate this unique spectacle. Spend one additional night in Ushuaia as the winter season is ideal to enjoy its ski centers. Also, visit the Huskies Valley and sail along the waters of the Beagle Channel. At El Calafate, you will spend just two nights, because the Upsala Glacier navigation is not available during this season.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices for 2011:
- 8 days package: $3405 p/p double occupancy/twin
- Single supplement: $1025
- Single independent: $5225.

Price Includes:
- 8 days/9 nights
- Half board
- All transfers
- Bilingual tour direction
- All mentioned excursions and entrances fees.

Price Excludes:
- Flight tickets
- Tips
- Alcohol drinks
- Other meals outside the program
- Tips and other personal expenses.

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