The Patagonian express
Patagonia, Argentina, Chile
Family, Nature & Wildlife
Tour Type
Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Physical Level
Season Season
September - April

Good to know

  • Flexible departure dates
  • Fully guided excursions
  • Hassle-free logistics and transfers
  • Quality assured hotels

A nine-day adventure through Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. Witness the starkly impressive landscape on this fully-guided tour, calling in at El Calafate, Los Glaciares National Park, Torres del Paine National Park, Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas. The Patagonian scenery has to be seen to be believed — hold onto your hats, this is quite a ride!

This is a private tour with a fully customisable itinerary: all locations, hotels and activities can be tailored to your requirements. Get in touch now for free advice.

Suggested itinerary

All days can be adjusted as required

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This is a customisable trip

Use the following itinerary for inspiration. Send us your preferences and we'll connect you with a specialist tour operator who will be happy to advise: all days, hotels and activities can be altered.

Arrival to El Calafate

El Calafate is a small, peaceful town on the southern shore of Lago Argentino. Not far from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, El Calafate is a major gateway to Glaciers National Park and is home to dozens of excellent restaurants, some of which specialise in world-class Argentinean steak and asado (traditionally roasted meat).

You will be met at arrivals by a representative and taken to your chosen hotel. Spend the rest of the time relaxing in the hotel, exploring the town and absorbing the invigorating Patagonian atmosphere.

Featured Accommodation
Hotel Los Hielos

Hotel Los Hielos

Perito Moreno cruise

After breakfast in your hotel you'll be collected by your guide for an epic trip into the world-famous Glaciers National Park.

Boarding a small yacht you'll cruise the crystal clear surface of Lago Argentino, navigating past enormous icebergs and a dazzling array of turquoise hues. Approaching Perito Moreno Glacier, you might get lucky and witness house-sized blocks calving from the vast wall of ice.

Returning to the pier you'll take a short hike along the trails and footbridges that lead to the glacier, giving you the opportunity to talk on the surface itself. Along the way your guide will explain the fascinating natural history of the region.

There is the option of doing a longer hike further onto the glacier – get in touch for more information.

Includes: breakfast

Enjoy a free day exploring the town, or book onto one of several excursions in the surrounding region – get in touch now for more details.

Includes: breakfast
El Calafate - Torres Del Paine

After breakfast you'll be collected for the five hour drive across the Patagonian pampas, across the border to Chile, and finally to Torres del Paine National Park. With plenty of opportunities to stop for photos along the way, an overland drive is by far the best way to experience the vastness of Patagonia, its incredible scenery and remote, frontier-like settlements and outposts.

Includes: breakfast
Featured Accommodation
Hotel Las Torres

Hotel Las Torres

Torres del Paine National Park

Spend two action-packed days exploring the stunning Torres del Paine National Park. Activities include hiking, nature/bird-watching, horseback riding, overland excursions, boating trips, and more. For a real treat, try hiking through the simply incredible landscapes up to the park's eponymous Torres (towers).

Whichever activities you choose, you'll be accompanied by a bilingual guide offering fascinating insights into the region's geology, wildlife and natural history.

Includes: breakfast
Torres del Paine - Puerto Natales

After breakfast you'll be met by your private driver for the short journey to Puerto Natales, a fishing town on the shores of the Señoret Channel. The town offers striking views over the channel and boasts a diversity of excellent restaurants, bars and cafes. Upon arrival take some time to unwind, get your bearings and explore the town.

Includes: breakfast
Featured Accommodation
Hotel ​Martin Gusinde

Hotel ​Martin Gusinde

Balmaceda & Serrano Glacier

After breakfast you'll set out to explore the remote and stunningly beautiful Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers. Located inside the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, the glaciers are only accessible by boat. Setting sail from Puerto Natales you'll pass colonies of sea lions and cormorants before reaching the Balmaceda peak, whose ice-covered peak towers at 2,035 metres. After disembarking you'l take a short hike to Serrano Glacier and the ‘calving’ lake full of icebergs. Returning to the boat you'll cross to the opposite side of the lake to make the journey back to Puerto Natales, enjoying a hearty lunch en-route.

Includes: breakfast, lunch

After a final breakfast in your hotel you'll be collected by your driver for the private transfer to Punta Arenas airport and your onward connection.

Get in touch now for options to extend your trip or adjust the itinerary in any way.

Includes: breakfast

Tour inclusions

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Included Accommodation

Eight nights in quality-assured, carefully selected hotels. Hotel classes can be upgraded on request.

Included Guided excursions

All guided excursions with an expert, multi-lingual and experienced travel guide.

Included All meals

All hotel breakfasts, plus any additional meals as specified.

Included Ground transfers

All airport-hotel transfers with a private driver, in comfortable cars or minivans.

Not included International flights

International flights are not included but can be arranged on request.


What people are saying

Roger Desmarchelier

I am now back after a fantastic trip in South America and the Antarctic. My whole trip was faultless, even allowing for two minor transfer delays. Overall, transport was good, airlines were generally efficient and the recommended hotels were very good.



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