Santiago, Atacama, and Patagonia Cruise
12 Days/10 Nights
From $5,169 per person
(Dbl. Occupancy, Not Incl. Airfare)
Atacama is the driest desert in the world. It offers an excellent base to discover Chile’s archaeological sites and explore the natural wonders of the region, including desolate landscapes, salt lake lagoons, and geysers. The Australis cruise takes you from Punta Arenas, Chile through the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel, to Ushuaia, Argentina. You will see impressive glaciers, and stop at Elephant Seal and Magellanic Penguin colonies, Cape Horn, and Wulaia Bay along the way.
Lodging and Meals: This tour includes accommodations for 10 nights (3 nights in Santiago, 3 nights in Atacama, and 4 nights aboard the ship), and 18 meals (10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners). 4 Star, 5 Star and Deluxe accommodations include 23 meals.
Best Time to Go: September-April.
Note: The itinerary below reflects our suggested excursions for the Atacama portion of the tour. The exact order of the tours may vary, depending upon your arrival date. Excursions in Atacama for 4 Star, 5 Star, and Deluxe accommodations are offered on an a la carte basis, meaning you can choose from a number of different alternatives.
Day 1: Santiago.
Day 2: Santiago.
Day 3: Santiago-City Tour-Winery Tour.
Day 4: Santiago-Atacama-Salt Mountains-Moon Valley-Mars Valley.
Day 5: Atacama-Toconao-Atacama Salt Lake-Chaxa Lagoon-Minique and Miscanti Lagoons.
Day 6: Atacama-Tatio Geysers-Puritama Hot Springs.
Day 7: Atacama-Santiago.
Day 8: Santiago-Punta Arenas-Australis Cruise.
Day 9: Australis Cruise-Ainsworth Bay-Tucker Islet.
Day 10: Australis Cruise-Pia Glacier-Glacier Alley.
Day 11: Australis Cruise-Cape Horn-Wulaia Bay.
Day 12: Australis Cruise-Ushuaia.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
- South American Vacations’ expert pre-departure planning services and documentation.
- Airport/hotel/pier transfers with baggage handling.
- Hotel accommodations including taxes and service charges.
- Accommodations on board the M/V Stella Australis.
- All meals scheduled on board including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and other meals as indicated on the itinerary.
- Port tax in Punta Arenas, Chile ($50).
- Excursions as indicated on the itinerary including all applicable entrance fees.
- Local, English-speaking tour guides.
Price Does Not Include
- International airfare.
- Domestic airfare.
- Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
- Hotel nights after the cruise.
- Gratuities to tour guides, ship crew and guides, drivers, and hotel staff.
- Gifts and personal items.
- Travel insurance.
We will be happy to quote the cost of airfare and travel insurance, and to make these arrangements for you.
Group/Private: All airport transfers in Santiago are private, and the city tour and winery tour in Santiago are group tours for single passengers and 3 Star accommodations, and private for 4 Star, 5 Star, and Deluxe accommodations. All services in Atacama and on the Australis Cruise are operated on a group basis. The transfers in Punta Arenas are private, and the transfers from the pier in Ushuaia, Argentina to the airport in Ushuaia, and from AEP Airport to EZE Airport in Buenos Aires are private.
Elevations: Santiago is 1,700 feet above sea level, Atacama is 8,005 feet, Socaire is 10,498 feet, Minique and Miscanti Lagoons are 13,615 feet, and Tatio Geyser is 14,107 feet.
Passport/Visa: For Chile, U.S., Australian, Canadian, and EU citizens (except Greece) require a valid passport (for the duration of your visit) and return ticket for stays of up to 90 days. Greek citizens can stay for up to 60 days. Australian, and Canadian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity fee (considered a multiple entry visa) of $95 and $132 respectively upon arrival (subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations or other reasons). Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the Chilean embassy in their country before traveling. For Argentina, U.S., Australian, Canadian, and EU citizens require a valid passport (for the duration of your visit) and return ticket for stays of up to 90 days. Australian and Canadian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity fee of $100 and $75 respectively (subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations or other reasons) online, and [highlight]must show proof of payment prior to arrival[/highlight]. The reciprocity fee for U.S. citizens has been suspended until further notice. For citizens of Australia, this fee covers unlimited entries to Argentina for 10 years, while citizens of Canada are charged the fee every time they enter the country (or $150 for multiple visits within five years). The fee can be paid online at ProvinciaNet.com.ar. You will need to register in order to make the payment. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the embassy of Argentina in their country before traveling.
Travel Insurance: In order to protect your travel investment from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. We offer Allianz Global Assistance’s Classic Comprehensive and other plans. The Benefits and Coverage Limits are summarized on our Travel Insurance page. Call your travel counselor if you have any questions or to purchase a plan.
To Book This Trip: We require a non-refundable deposit of $800 per person plus the cost of the international and domestic airfare (if we arrange it for you). 4 Star, 5 Star, and Deluxe accommodations require a more substantial non-refundable deposit. Ask your travel counselor for the details.
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