An exclusive Bryn Mawr departure

Enjoy the rare privilege of face-to-face encounters with two of the world’s last great frontiers: the magnificent fjords and glaciers of Southern Patagonia, on a small ship cruise; and the stunningly dramatic scenery of Torres del Paine on a three night stay at the part. You will also visit Buenos Aires and Santiago as we discover the remarkable diversity of South America.

Date Information

Friday, January 2, 2015 - Monday, January 19, 2015
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Day 1: Departue the U.S. for Buenos Aires, Argentina

Early this evening you depart the United States on your flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Day 2: Arrive Buenos Aires

You arrive in Argentina’s sophisticated capital city early this morning and transfer to our hotel, where our rooms are ready for our early arrival. After time to relax, we gather together for an orientation walking tour of the neighborhood surrounding our hotel followed by a welcome briefing on the journey ahead. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner together. Accommodations: Savoy Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Buenos Aires

Argentines are justifiably proud of “BA,” as it’s called, home to nearly 40 percent of the population and boasting avenues as broad, gardens as lovely, and buildings as stately as any in Europe, as we see on today’s city tour. Highlights include the elegant mansions and lovely parks and gardens of the bucolic Palermo neighborhood; the colorful bohemian district of La Boca; picturesque San Telmo; elegant Recoleta, with its cemetery of elaborate mausoleums; and historic Government House. Along the way we learn about European immigration to Argentina, as well as about Argentine politics, music, and theater. Lunch today is on your own in one of Buenos Aires’ many restaurants. We return to our hotel late afternoon. Tonight we enjoy dinner and a show at legendary Esquina Carlos Gardel – named for legendary tango icon Carlos Gardel – one of the city’s most famous tango houses. Once considered the “vulgar” dance of Argentina’s lower classes, today the tango is the country’s national dance, an evocative and fiery expression of passion and pain. Accommodations: Savoy Hotel Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Buenos Aires

Today is free to explore as you wish; urbane Buenos Aires offers an abundance of options from which to choose. Among the possibilities: shopping for leather goods, local gemstones, or items of sheepskin or wool; visiting the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts); or taking a guided tour of Teatro Colón, the city’s famed opera house, which is said to have the best acoustics in the world. Your tour director will be able to assist you in planning your independent day in the city. You are free for lunch and dinner today on your own. Please note that restaurant dining in Buenos Aires is a leisurely affair; also, Argentines dine late and many restaurants don’t even begin serving dinner until after 8:00 p.m. Accommodations: Savoy Hotel Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

Early this morning we transfer to the airport for the flight to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and where we embark our cruise ship. Upon our arrival, we tour this windswept city on the Beagle Channel. Originally centered around a penal colony, Ushuaia now attracts travelers from around the world for its abundance of winter sports and its prime position as a jumping-off point for cruises to Antarctica and to the Patagonian ice fields. Our tour includes a visit to the maritime museum, housed in what was once Ushuaia’s prison. Here we encounter exhibits ranging from naval models to austral wildlife that depict Ushuaia’s interesting history and the city’s intimate relationship with the sea. The remainder of the day is at leisure, for you to explore this charming city. Lunch and dinner today are on your own. Accommodations: Los Acebos Hotel Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Ushuaia

After some time to enjoy lunch on your own, our afternoon excursion takes us to Tierra del Fuego National Park, a 155,676-acre nature preserve with Andes peaks, rivers, glacial lakes, forest, and wildlife. After touring and appreciating the varied landscapes of the world’s southernmost national park, we return to Ushuaia where we embark either the M/V Via Australis or M/V Stella Australis. Early this evening, after a welcome cocktail reception with the ship’s captain and crew, we set sail for Tierra del Fuego, the storied archipelago separated from the southern tip of South America by the Strait of Magellan, the important natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Accommodations: M/V Via Australis or M/V Stella Australis Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Cruising - Cape Horn/Wulaia

Today we see up close one of the world’s last unspoiled frontiers, as we sail through the Beagle and Murray channels. We may glimpse sea lions and Antarctic fur seals along the way to Cape Horn National Park, where we disembark to go ashore (weather permitting). This is the spot where the Atlantic and Pacific meet: a sheer promontory that rises some 1,400 feet from the roiling waters. A fabled sailing icon, Cape Horn marks the southernmost point of the South American continent. We return to the ship for lunch as we cruise to sheltered Wulaia Bay, with its sub-Antarctic forests, beautiful hills, multitude of land birds, and where Charles Darwin put to shore during his renowned expedition in 1833. Then before returning to our ship for the evening, we take a guided walk to a lookout point for beautiful sunset views (weather permitting). Accommodations: M/V Via Australis or M/V Stella Australis Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Cruising - Agostini Sound/Águila Glacier

This morning’s cruise through the Brecknock, Ocasión, Cockburn, and Magdalena channels takes us to visually arresting Agostini Sound. Nestled in the heart of Tierra del Fuego’s Darwin Cordillera mountain range, this fjord rewards us with vistas of glaciers descending mountainsides into the sea. Then we board inflatable Zodiac boats for an afternoon excursion to Águila Glacier, where we disembark for an easy walk along the shores of a lagoon to the glacier’s base. During our expedition we learn about Patagonia’s cold rainforest and the geological forces that sculpted this unique landscape. Accommodations: M/V Via Australis or M/V Stella Australis Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Cruising - Magdalena Island/Punta Arenas/Torres del Paine

Early this morning we visit Magdalena Island, home to an immense colony of more than 120,000 Magellanic penguins that coexist peacefully with cormorants, sea lions, and other species. We’ll take some time to observe the penguins and also to visit the lighthouse that to this day guides ships navigating their way through the Strait of Magellan. Then we return to our ship for the voyage to Punta Arenas, where we disembark, enjoy lunch together, and board our motorcoach for the six-hour journey across classic Patagonia landscape to Torres del Paine National Park. We reach our lodging inside the park early this evening and dine there tonight. Accommodations: Hosteria Las Torres Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Torres del Paine National Park

We spend today exploring the breathtaking 700-square-mile park, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of ancient glaciers, jagged granite mountain peaks, exquisite turquoise lakes, rushing rivers, thunderous waterfalls, and distinctive flora and fauna. Beautiful, unspoiled, and remote, Torres del Paine ranks among the most stunning swaths of nature in South America, and indeed, in the world. Today’s sightseeing includes the southern icefield of Lago Nordenskjold; Salto Grande, with its rushing waterfall; Mirador Los Cuernos; and Lago Grey, site of the colossal Grey Glacier and the hotel where we stop for lunch. We return to our hosteria late this afternoon and dine there tonight. Accommodations: Hosteria Las Torres Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Torres del Paine National Park

Today’s excursion through the park features more of the dramatic lakes, mountains, and pristine wilderness; we’ll enjoy a box lunch amidst the magnificent scenery. Highlights include visits to the crystalline Amarga and Azul lagoons and the glacial waterfall Cascade Rio Paine. The region’s only body of saltwater, Laguna Amarga features white salt buildups on its black sand; flamingos frequent its waters. Clear days at Laguna Azul present panoramic vistas of the park’s namesake, the three massive granite Paine Towers. Throughout the day we’re sure to see some of the park’s only permanent residents: 106 species of birds and 26 species of mammals, including the beloved guanaco, an undomesticated relative of the llama. This afternoon we return to our hotel for time at leisure; we also have the opportunity to embark on an optional hike in the national park. We dine together tonight at our hosteria. Accommodations: Hosteria Las Torres Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Torres del Paine/Punta Arenas/Puerto Montt/Puerto Varas

This morning we leave Torres del Paine by coach for the lengthy drive to Punta Arenas, where we board a mid-afternoon flight to Puerto Montt, gateway to Chile’s Lake District. Upon arrival we transfer by coach (about 30 minutes) to Puerto Varas, arriving this evening at our lakeside hotel overlooking picturesque Lake Llanquihue. Lunch and dinner today are on your own. Accommodations: Hotel Gran Colonos del Sur Meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Puerto Varas/Puerto Montt

Our tour today features lakeside Puerto Varas, a quaint town proud of its German heritage dating to the mid-1800s, and its scenic environs. We travel to Philippi Hill and admire the panoramic view of the city below. We continue on to Puerto Montt, Chile’s “salmon capital” where we visit the small fishing port of Angelmo, known for its seafood and handicraft fair. Dotted with Cocinerias, its tiny trademark seafood restaurants, Angelmo’s renowned fish market brims with the ocean’s bounty brought in on the brightly painted boats of local fishermen. We continue to the seaside resort of Pelluco, where gentle waves lap the beaches, then observe the numerous shore birds at Chamiza. Early this afternoon, we return to our hotel, with free time for lunch and exploring Puerto Varas on your own. Dinner is included at our hotel this evening. Accommodations: Hotel Gran Colonos del Sur Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Vicente Rosales National Park

Today we enjoy a full-day excursion to Vicente Rosales, Chile’s oldest national park, a breathtaking swath of nature with dense green forests, snow-capped volcanoes, and cobalt lagoons. Inside the park we see Osorno Volcano, with its perfectly conical shape; the virgin emerald lake of Todos los Santos; exhilarating Petrohué Waterfalls; and the village of Ensenada on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, stopping for lunch together along the way. We return to our hotel late this afternoon; dinner tonight is on your own. Accommodations: Hotel Gran Colonos del Sur Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15: Puerto Varas/Puerto Montt/Santiago

We fly early this afternoon to the sophisticated Chilean capital of Santiago. Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel before embarking on an afternoon city tour. Highlights include Parque Forestal, a green retreat styled after Parisian parks; the majestic La Moneda Palace, the seat of government built during 18th century; and the Plaza de Armas, Santiago’s traditional city center surrounded by grand buildings including the Central Post Office and Cathedral Metropolitana. We also visit La Chascona, the highly eclectic house of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, located in the distinctly vibrant and colorful Bellavista neighborhood which is often compared to Paris’ Montmartre. Tonight we’re dinner guests in the homes of gracious Santiago families. Accommodations: Hotel Atton Vitacura Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16: Santiago/Haras de Pirque Winery

Today’s excursion to Viña Haras de Pirque, one of Chile’s best known wineries, introduces us to the world of Chilean wines. We enjoy a tasting of select vintages and a private tour of the horseshoe-shaped winery, which shares the grounds with a thoroughbred equestrian center. Then we return to Santiago early afternoon, with free time for lunch on your own and to explore this bustling city’s many attractions. This evening we celebrate our adventure at a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Accommodations: Hotel Atton Vitacura Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17: Santiago/Valparaiso/Depart for U.S.

We travel today to the nearby old port town of Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage site and onetime fishing village marked by colorful wooden houses and an absence of high-rise buildings. Since its founding in 1536, this city has weathered natural disasters, fires, and pirate raids to become Chile’s main port – a dynamic hub that draws many visitors. After exploring the narrow, winding streets of Chile’s second largest city on foot and by wooden funicular, you are free to enjoy lunch on your own at one of Valparaiso’s local restaurants. We return to Santiago late afternoon and transfer directly to the airport in time for our overnight flights to the United States. Meals: Breakfast

Day 18: Arrive U.S.

We arrive early this morning in the U.S. and connect with our return flights home.

Pre-Tour Option: Iguazu Falls
Panoramic Hotel Iguazu
Calle Paraguay 372
Iguazu, 3370
Phone: 011-54-3757-498-133
Fax: 011-54-3757-498-060

Surrounded by lush green gardens and overlooking the Iguazu River, the 91-room Panoramic Hotel Iguazu is located just minutes from Puerto Iguazu’s city center. This art-deco style hotel offers a restaurant, café, bar, and lounge; Internet access; laundry service; entertainment room with billiards and table tennis, and small library; casino; fitness center; massage treatments; solarium; outdoor pool; and Roman bath. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.
Cost and Inclusions: 

Cost and program Inclusions

Prices include international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees.

Miami $7,269
Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis $7,569
New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, DC $7,669
Denver, Phoenix, Portland (OR), Seattle $7,769
Land Only (transfers not included) $6,795
Upgrade to Category A outside cabin on Deck 2 (Magellan) $495
Category AA outside cabin on Deck 3 (Tierra del Fuego) $695
Category AAA outside cabin on Deck 4 (Cape Horn) $795
Business Class upgrade on round-trip international flight $3,495 per person (upgrade is subject to availability and pricing is subject to change).

Please call if your city is not listed. Prices are per person based on double occupancy in a Category B outside cabin on Deck 2 (Magellan) forward, and include airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees of $774, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $2,495. Please note that single room availability is very limited.

All prices above (excluding airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees) are guaranteed.

For Land Only Guests

If you choose to purchase Odysseys Unlimited’s Patagonian Frontiers tour as “land only,” you will be making your own international air arrangements and will join the tour at the first hotel.

While airport transfers and luggage handling at the arrival and departure airports are not included when you purchase a tour as land only, you are welcome to join our motorcoach transfer to the hotel. This service will be provided to you on a complimentary basis.

To join in the transfer, you must be at the Buenos Aires airport concurrent with the group of arriving Odysseys Unlimited guests. Look for our representative holding an Odysseys Unlimited sign and you will be directed to the motorcoach. Please note that you must be present when the coach is preparing to leave.

For Patagonian Frontiers, the currently scheduled flights are as follows:
Day 1 Depart Miami 7:45 p.m. LAN Airlines flight 4521
Day 2 Arrive Buenos Aires 6:45 a.m.  

Please remember that all flights and schedules are subject to change.

Upon the tour’s completion, you will be transferred with the rest of the group directly to the airport after your visit to Valparaiso. If you choose to stay additional nights in Santiago, you will make your own way to the airport, at your leisure and at your own expense.

Savoy Hotel

Av. Callao 181
C1022AAB Buenos Aires
Phone: 011-54-11-4370-8000
Fax: 011-54-11-4370-8020

Situated in the heart of Buenos Aires within walking distance of many historic sites, including Congresso Nacional and Plaza de Mayo, the baroque 174-room Savoy Hotel offers a restaurant and bar, fitness center, massage treatments, Internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, safe deposit box, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Los Acebos Hotel

Luis F. Martial 1911
V9410FQC Ushuaia
Tierra del Fuego
Phone: 011-54-2901-430710
Fax: 011-54-2901-430719

Los Acebos Hotel is located just minutes outside of Ushuaia, surrounded by an Antarctic beech forest and overlooking the Beagle Channel from its mountain-view vantage point. The simple yet comfortable 56-room hotel, which opened in 2006, offers a restaurant, bar and lounge, game room, fitness center, Internet access, and laundry service. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

M/V Via Australis and M/V Stella Australis

Gross tonnage: 2,716/4,508 (GRT)
Lounges: 2/3 lounges, 1 dining room
Built: 2005/2010
Length: 236/292 feet
Cabins: 64/100
Draft: 11 feet
Decks: 4/5
Breadth: 44/48 feet

Delivering the most comfortable possible travel experience in one of the world’s remotest regions, M/V Via Australis and M/V Stella Australis offer shipboard facilities and amenities that include daily land excursions (weather permitting); open bar service (select wines and liquors); boutique; on-board lectures; game room; panoramic lounge; library; wide promenade deck; and open bridge policy. The Stella Australis also has a shipboard gym. Air-conditioned cabins have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safes, and panoramic windows. Please note the “What to Pack” section under “About M/V Via Australis and M/V Stella Australis” to ensure that you are prepared for the weather and the outdoor nature of most of the activities.

Hostería Las Torres

Sarmiento No. 846
Punta Arenas
Phone: 888-695-2603 (from U.S.) / 011-56-61-617490
Fax: 011-56-61-617450

This former sheep ranch is located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and offers such amenities as restaurant and bar, spa with massage and body treatments, gift shop, Internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. The 84 rustic-style guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, and phone.

Hotel Gran Colonos del Sur

Del Salvador 24
Puerto Varas
Phone: 011-56-65-235555

Completed in 2009, the 98-room Hotel Gran Colonos del Sur is close to the center of Puerto Varas, with panoramic views of Lake Llanique and the Andes Mountains. This modern hotel showcases the mixed cultural heritage of the region, blending native and German elements. Hotel amenities include a restaurant and bar; Internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; and fitness center with gym, indoor swimming pool, sauna, and spa with massage treatments. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-fridge, TV, and phone.

Hotel Atton Vitacura

Vitacura 3201
Phone: 011-56-29-447800

Newly opened in August 2012, this bright, modern 295-room hotel is located in one of Santiago’s most stylish neighborhoods. The hotel features a restaurant and bar, swimming pool, gym facilities, and WiFi Internet access. Each air-conditioned guest room offers private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, TV, phone, and mini-bar.