Pre-program: Wild Patagonia
Let us take you from Buenos Aires to some of the most spectacular glaciers and mountains in South America.
Discover more of Argentina with Hurtigruten
Explore Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost town, and Tierra del Fuego National Park
Experience Patagonia, a region of spectacular natural extremes
Visit a Patagonian estancia for true insight into the Patagonian gaucho life and culture
Available all Year
Day 1: Buenos Aires/El Calafate
The tour starts with a morning transfer from your hotel and a flight to El Calafate, which lies on the southern shore of Argentino Lake, about 50 miles from the entrance to Los Glaciares National Park. It is the perfect starting point to visit this region. After a meet-and-greet with your local guide, we’ll drive to your hotel in El Calafate. In the evening we’ll visit a Patagonian estancia, for true insight into the Patagonian Gaucho life and culture. After some mate tea and pastries, you can enjoy a walk and watch a sheep-shearing demonstration while tasting some local wine. Traditional cuisine is on the menu for dinner at Estancia’s restaurant. Return to El Calafate for an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: El Calafate
A must for all visitors to Argentina is a visit to the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Los Glaciares National Park. To reach the mountains, we drive through the impressive Patagonian Steppe, where the climate changes frequently and there can be rain or even snow. The glacier is part of the Patagonian Continental Ice Field, where 13 glaciers flow into the Viedma and Argentino Lakes and toward the Atlantic Ocean. The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the few glaciers in the world that is still advancing; most glaciers are retreating. You’ll then have the whole evening to spend at your leisure. Enjoy an overnight stay.
Day 3: El Calafate/Ushuaia
After breakfast, we transfer you to the airport for a flight to Ushuaia. A local guide will welcome you at the airport in Ushuaia and take you to your centrally located hotel. Depending on the flight schedule, in the afternoon you may have an opportunity to enjoy a boat ride through the bay of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel, surrounded by a mountain range. Dinner at hotel. The evening is spent at your leisure, with an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4: Ushuaia/Embarkation
The morning is at your leisure. Around noon you will be picked up from your hotel to join an excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Located only 7 miles from Ushuaia, the park is unique for containing mountains as well as access to the sea within its protected area. This excursion will end at the port of Ushuaia, where you will embark the ship.
Please note: Due to changing conditions, the order of the sights may vary.
Price includes two nights in El Calafate and one night in Ushuaia, incl. breakfast and dinner, transfers, dinner at a Patagonian farm, and excursions as per itinerary. It also includes a local English-speaking guide during transfers and excursions, and coach-class flights from Buenos Aires to El Calafate to Ushuaia, including current taxes and charges.
The overnight stay in Buenos Aires before the start of this tour is part of your Antarctica cruise.
Lunch on days 1, 2, and 3, and drinks.
This tour is available as pre-extension programme in combination with voyages starting in Ushuaia and starts from Buenos Aires.
This tour includes walking on uneven ground and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility.
Excursions included in this program are subject to weather conditions.
The operation of the excursion in Ushuaia on day 3 also depends on the flight schedule from Calafate to Ushuaia.
If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip up to six weeks before departure.