Hike and Cruise Patagonia

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Hike and Cruise Patagonia

Hike and Cruise Patagonia


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Set sail to the ends of the Earth on this 11-day adventure

Cruise from Ushuaia through Chile's most remote southern point of Cape Horn.

See adorable penguins in the wild at Magdalena Island.

Take in the unbelievable peaks and valleys of Torres del Paine National Park.

Visit Patagonia's famous ice giant, the Perito Moreno Glacier.

Take an awe-inspiring adventure through some of the most remote landscapes in the southern hemisphere. The Hike and Cruise Patagonia follows in the footsteps of early explorers who navigated their ships through Argentina's stunning Tierra del Fuego peninsula. It then takes you overland to see Patagonia's legendary unspoiled natural beauty.

Your journey begins in Ushuaia, where you board the Ventus Australis for five days of all-inclusive cruising to Cape Horn. Along the way, see penguin colonies, pristine fjords, and the giant Pia Glacier. The overland portion of the tour whisks you to the famed Torres del Paine National Park, the trekking paradise of El Calafate, and the surreal turquoise Perito Moreno Glacier. This trip truly combines the best of both worlds from the water and the land!

Hike and Cruise Patagonia Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Buenos Aires

Your tour starts in Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, a city oozing charm and sophistication. A driver will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Be sure to make use of your night in Buenos Aires by strolling the streets, seeing its charming districts and plazas, and perhaps even finding some tango dancing in Dorrego Square.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Buenos Aires

Day 2 Flight to Ushuaia

Today, you fly south to Ushuaia, the capital of the Tierra del Fuego peninsula and a busy port for cruise ships. This tiny coastal town is perched right on the ocean and surrounded by incredible snow-capped peaks. You'll have the afternoon free to explore and be sure to try the local Ushuaia specialty of king crab at a local restaurant.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in Ushuaia

Day 3 All Aboard the Australis

It's time to board the Ventus Australis, a beautiful cruise ship that navigates the fjords and channels here. Your home for the next five days, the Australis will take you through some of the most untouched landscapes on the planet that few tourists ever get to see. It's an all-inclusive cruise, so all you have to do is enjoy the ride.

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Cabin on Ventus Australis
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Cape Horn National Park

In the early morning, the Australis navigates the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay en route to Cape Horn National Park, known for its scenic hiking routes.

The ship then continues to historic Wulaia Bay, originally settled by the Yamana aboriginal peoples and visited in 1833 by Charles Darwin.

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Cabin on Ventus Australis
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Excursion to Pia Glacier

Considered a must-see while cruising around Tierra del Fuego, the 20-kilometre long Pia Glacier is an incredible sight to behold. Take the shore excursion to the viewpoint overlooking the glacier to be blown away by its sheer size.

Later, the Australis cruises past icebergs in the scenic area known as Glacier Alley.

Overnight Location
Cabin on Ventus Australis
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Visit Aguila Glacier and Condor Glacier

After sailing through the dramatic landscape of Cockburn Channel and Agostini Sound, you disembark to see the glaciers of the Darwin Mountain Range. Watch for abundant native condors circling overhead at the aptly named Condor Glacier and travel through the meltwaters of the Aguila Glacier.

Overnight Location
Cabin on Ventus Australis
Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Penguin Watching at Magdalena Island

It's your last day aboard the Australis, and today's excursion will be unforgettable. At Magdalena Island, you can see colonies of adorable Magellan Penguins in their natural habitat.

Before lunch, you check out from the Australis and travel overland to Puerto Natales, where you start the next section of your adventure through Patagonia.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Puerto Natales

Day 8 Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine National Park attracts hikers and trekkers from all over the world thanks to its legendary landscapes of jagged peaks, rivers, and lakes. Today, you'll see some of its most incredible sights, including Laguna Amarga, the iconic black-tipped granite needles of the Cuernos, and the towering Salto Grande waterfall.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Cerro Castillo

Day 9 Crossing the Pampas to El Calafate

The border town of Cerro Castillo marks the crossing between Chile and Argentina. From here, you travel by bus across the vast plains of the pampas to reach El Calafate, a town on the edge of Lake Argentino.

A driver will greet you upon arrival at the bus terminal and take you to your hotel for the night.

Overnight Location
Guesthouse in El Calafate

Day 10 Los Glaciares National Park

El Calafate's most famous sight is undoubtedly the Perito Moreno Glacier, considered one of the most impressive in all of Patagonia. The star of the Los Glaciares National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier boasts a massive turquoise wall of ice and seracs falling into the waters of Lake Argentino. It's humbling to stand before this awesome ice giant.

Overnight Location
Hotel in El Calafate

Day 11 Return to Buenos Aires

After you check out, a driver will take you from your hotel to El Calafate International Airport to catch your departure flight to Buenos Aires. Leave with a memory bank filled to the brim!

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Hike and Cruise Patagonia Price and Dates

This partially-guided cruising and sightseeing tour to Cape Horn and Patagonia is run as a private tour and the price depends on the number of people in your group.

The prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room.

  • Groups of 2: $3,495USD per person
  • Groups of 3: $3,250USD per person
  • Groups of 4: $3,095USD per person
  • Groups of 5-6: $3,025USD per person
  • Groups of 7+: on request
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Accommodation on the Hike and Cruise Patagonia

This tour combines 4 nights onboard the luxurious Ventus Australis cruise line in a standard double occupancy “B” cabin (all-inclusive room and board) and 6 nights in standard hotels (with breakfast). Please note, that cabin class in cruise ship can be upgraded for an extra charge.

Hotels on this trip are 3-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant.

In some cases, the hotels listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms on both the cruise ship and in the hotels are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement to have a private room based on availability (starting from $1,509USD for Cabin B on low season). Solo travellers will be required to pay a supplement.

Night 1

Hotel in Buenos Aires

A suitable hotel in Buenos Aires will be selected based on availability.

Rosa de los Vientos in Ushuaia

Enjoy this charming hillside guesthouse with beautiful views of the harbour and rugged snow-capped mountains.

Night 3-6

Cabin aboard Ventus Australis Cruise Ship

The Venus Australis is a luxurious cruise liner with spacious cabins that all have windows facing the exterior so you can enjoy the incredible seafaring views. You’ll stay in a CABIN B.

Hotel Vendaval in Puerto Natales

Enjoy the best of Puerto Natales on your doorstep at this comfortable, Patagonia style hotel.

Hotel Estancia El Ovejero Patagonico in Cerro Castillo

Hotel Estancia is a comfortable lodge in the tiny border town of Cerro Castillo, about an hour from Torres del Paine National Park.

Hosteria Koi Aiken in El Calafate

This charming B&B is perched atop a hill with lovely views, comfortable accommodations, and a quiet setting. Hosteria Koi Aiken is popular with people visiting the nearby glaciers.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Hike and Cruise Patagonia?


10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners are included. You’ll have full room and board (including an open bar) while onboard the Ventus Australis for 4 nights and 6 breakfasts while staying in the hotels.


Accommodations for 10 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for you and your luggage are included throughout the tour, including transfers to and from the airport. Private transfers by car to your hotels are included, as well as the bus ticket from Cerro Castillo to El Calafate.

Also Included

  • English/Spanish-speaking guide during shore excursions from cruise ship
  • Excursions mentioned in the itinerary with transportation

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Park tickets during the cruise (75 USD per person)
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Port tax
  • Gratuities for tour guides or other staff if desired

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Optional activities or excursions
  • Upgrade cabin in cruise ship (prices are per person in a double cabin):
    • Cabin A (16,5 m2):
      • Low season: $715USD per person
      • Mid season: $1,350USD per person
      • High season: $2,375USD per person
    • Cabin AA (16,5 m2):
      • Low season: $795USD per person
      • Mid season: $1,500USD per person
      • High season: $2,665USD per person
    • Cabin AAA (16,5 m2):
      • Low season: $975USD per person
      • Mid season: $1,750USD per person
      • High season: $2,995USD per person
    • Cabin AA Superior (20,5 m2):
      • Low season: $1,495USD per person
      • Mid season: $2,355USD per person
      • High season: $3,615USD per person
    • Cabin AAA Superior (20,5 m2):
      • Low season: $1,650USD per person
      • Mid season: $2,550USD per person
      • High season: $3,950USD per person

Frequenty Asked Questions about Hike and Cruise Patagonia

What is the difference between cabin types?

The two main differences are the sizes and the deck that the cabin is on. B Cabins are on a lowest deck, and AAA – on the highest. Staying on the higher deck grants closer proximity to the main amenities, as well as better views. Superior rooms are larger than regular rooms.

How hard is the Hike and Cruise Patagonia?

We rate this tour as a 1/5. The tour provides all required transportation and transfers and does not include any strenuous physical activities.

Are meals included on the Hike and Cruise Patagonia?

10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners are included. Your time spent onboard the cruise ship is all-inclusive with an open bar.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

Do I need a visa to travel to Argentina or Chile?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

How do I get to Buenos Aires to start this tour?

Fly into Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport (EZE) to begin this tour. A driver will greet you at the airport and take you to your hotel.

Where does the Hike and Cruise Patagonia end?

The tour ends when a driver drops you off at El Calafate International Airport (FTE). Most travellers will then take a domestic flight to Buenos Aires Ezeiza Airport (EZE) for their journey home.

Is the Hike and Cruise Patagonia in English?

On the days when a guide is provided, the guide will be English/Spanish-speaking.

Is the Hike and Cruise Patagonia guided?

This is a partially-guided tour. You will have a guide while cruising, but your activities after the cruise will be self-guided (with all transportation included).

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Argentina or Chile?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Argentina or Chile?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Patagonia for this tour?

The best time to travel to Argentina and Patagonia is during the southern hemisphere’s spring and summer, which fall between October and April.


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