Journey to the World's End


Traverse the southern tip of South America, travelling from the desolate beauty of the Atacama down to the majestic ice and rock wilderness of Patagonia. Be awed by glaciers, weather-hewn peaks and teeming wildlife at the end of the world, before retiring to the vibrancy of Buenos Aires

tour duration 16 Days from
tour price 5,490pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Santiago (2N) - Atacama (3N) - Puerto Natales (2N) - El Calafate (2N) - Ushuaia (2N) - Buenos Aires (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Savour the bohemian atmosphere of seaside Valparaiso
Tour the bleak beauty of the Atacama Desert and Salt Lake
Explore the majestic nature of the Torres del Paine
Marvel at the sheer scale of the Perito Mereno Glacier
Stand at the end of the world in Ushuaia
Watch a tango show in vibrant Buenos Aires

Days 1-2 Fly to Santiago
Fly overnight to Santiago, Chile’s energetic and cosmopolitan capital. Embark on a city tour which will allow you to experience the eclectic contrasts of the city. Starting in the downtown, pass through Santiago’s oldest residential area and head along the Alameda to reach the heart of the city. Admire the Plaza de Armas and cathedral before studying the interesting architecture of the Central Market. Explore bohemian Bellavista and ascend San Cristobal Hill for views over the city and the towering Andes Mountains. Return to the hotel via the modern residential district to see the contrasting architecture.
Days 1-2 Fly to Santiago
Day 3 Valparaiso and Vina del Mar
Take a day trip to the coast today to visit the bohemian port town of Valparaiso and the charming garden city of Vina del Mar. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, Valparaiso is a unique and delightful tangle of a place, full of colourful houses, funicular lifts and beautiful graffiti. Vina del Mar on the other hand is a manicured seaside resort with wide boulevards and lovely beaches, a fascinating contrast. Return to Santiago.
Day 3 Valparaiso and Vina del Mar
Day 4 Travel to San Pedro de Atacama
Transfer to the airport and fly to the northern city of Calama, from where you will drive to the desert oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama. Timed perfectly for sunset, drive out to Moon Valley, named for the similarities its landscapes share with earth’s satellite. With lonely volcanoes populating the horizon, sit and enjoy the silence as the sun’s dying rays turn the hues of the rock from orange, to red to purple.
Day 4 Travel to San Pedro de Atacama
Day 5 Salar de Atacama
Spend the day exploring the otherworldly Salar de Atacama, the largest salt flat in Chile. Journey under the watchful gaze of barren mountains, passing salt lakes full of flamingos, to reach Miscanti and Miniques lagoons, which sit on the high plains at the base of two colossal volcanoes of the same names. The lagoons are astonishing blue, whilst the salt deposits around the water’s edge are brilliantly coloured, making for a kaleidoscopic experience!
Day 5 Salar de Atacama
Day 6 El Tatio Geysers
Rise early to travel deeper into the Atacama to visit El Tatio. Set within a ring of volcanoes, there are about 80 lively geysers and fumaroles, which are at their best at sunrise. Keep an eye out for the wild, llama-like vicunas as you journey to and from San Pedro.
Day 6 El Tatio Geysers
Day 7 Punta Arenas
Transfer back to Calama and fly to the town of Punta Arenas, which sits at the end of continental South America, on the Straits of Magellan. Enjoy a short city tour, which will take you along the main street, the Avenida Independencia, to the viewpoint Cerro La Cruz, from where you’ll be able to look out over the colourful roofs of the town, across the Straits of Magellan to the Tierra del Fuego beyond. Travel on Puerto Natales, the lively, picturesque town that is the gateway to the Torres del Paine.
Day 7 Punta Arenas
Day 8 Explore the Torres del Paine
Patagonia may be a spectacular destination in general, but it is the Torres del Paine National Park that steals the crown. Packed with waterfalls, lakes, glaciers and jagged peaks, the park’s best known view is of the jagged granite towers from which the park takes its name. Spend the day amongst this breathtaking example of resplendent nature.
Day 8 Explore the Torres del Paine
Day 9 Into Argentina
Depart Puerto Natales for the Argentina border. Transfer to the charming village of El Calafate, set prettily on the shores of Lago Argentino.
Day 9 Into Argentina
Day 10 Perito Moreno Glacier
Travel from El Calafate into Los Glaciares National Park, an area that encompasses a vast chuck of the Patagonian Continental Ice Field. Here you will visit the 30-kilometre-long, 5-kilometre-wide and 60-metre-high Perito Moreno Glacier. This juggernaut of ice is constantly in motion, moving at a speedy two metres a day, huge chucks of ice regularly collapsing, with great spectacle, into the lake below. It is a thrilling and majestic sight to behold.
Day 10 Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 11 The End of the World
Transfer to the airport and fly to the city of Ushuaia. Sat on the edge of the Tierra del Fuego, facing the waters of the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is considered the world’s southernmost city, and has dubbed itself the ‘End of the World’.
Day 11 The End of the World
Day 12 Tierra del Fuego National Park
An exposed, barren archipelago, the Tierra del Fuego is at once picturesque, temperamental and mysterious. Wander amongst the lakes, peat bogs and rivers and admire the incredible views over the snow-capped mountains on the horizon. Continue on to Lapataia Bay passing the Green and Black lagoons. This afternoon, board a catamaran to cruise of the Beagle Channel. Gaze over the wild landscapes and spot sea lions speeding through the water and cormorants, albatrosses, skuas and petrels wheeling on the breeze.
Day 12 Tierra del Fuego National Park
Day 13 Fly to Buenos Aires
Transfer to the airport and fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital and a city that irresistibly combines Latin flair and European elegance.
Day 13 Fly to Buenos Aires
Day 14 Buenos Aires City Tour
Today’s city tour starts at the heart of the city, with visits to the Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the mausoleum of General San Martin, a national hero. The tour continues into some of the city’s barrios including the faded grandeur of old San Telmo, the lively and colourful La Boca, cosmopolitan Palermo and historical and affleunt Recoleta, where you will visit the famous cemetery with its magnificent tombs. Later sit down to the ultimate Argentine experience, a dinner and Tango show. Performed at one of the city’s famous Tango Houses, savour the nostalgia and melancholy of a dance that was developed by European and African immigrants in the poorer quarters of the city.
Day 14 Buenos Aires City Tour
Day 15-16 Fly Buenos Aires to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the following day.
Day 15-16 Fly Buenos Aires to UK

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Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrade available on request
Land only from £4,990
Single room from £840

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Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrade available on request
Land only from £4,990
Single room from £840

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Domestic transportation
Accommodation
All meals
Touring with guides and entrance fees

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