Oct 11
Nov 1, 2024
22 Days / 21 Nights

Patagonian Rail & Cruise

Trip Synopsis

Patagonia is undeniably one of the most charming places in the world, with gorgeous vistas at every turn, paths unspoiled by the masses, soaring snow-capped peaks, glistening glaciers and countless lakes of varying colors. The Chilean Patagonia consist of an impassable fjord landscape, so the very south of the country can be reached only by boat or by crossing Argentine territory. The Argentinean Patagonia are vast plains of unspoiled pampa beneath the snow-capped Andean mountain range towering in the distant west.

Patagonia’s unusual geography makes our Tour an extraordinary adventure trip. You will travel on trains, ferries and private vehicles to experience one of the most scenic and breathtaking routes in the world. We’ll conclude our tour with a spectacular five-day cruise around South America’s southern tip, the Cape Horn. 

Our Patagonian journey begins in Santiago de Chile, where we’ll explore Chile’s capital city and the surrounding region. At Santiago’s Alameda Railway Station, we will embark on our trip by train to Talca, where we’ll change trains and take the historical train from Talca to Constitucion.

The next leg of our journey carries us on “Carretera Austral” from Puerto Montt to Chaiten. We must cross various fjords on a ferry before reaching Chaiten. We will then continue on the scenic road across the Andes via Futaleufu to Esquel in Argentina. Esquel is the home of the famous train “Old Patagonian Express,” also known as “La Trochita.” Our journey continues to Bariloche, from which we do the famous "Cruze Andino" back to Puerto Varas in Chile. We continue flying southward to Puerto Natales to see the spectacular National Park Torres del Paine. 

We will spend the last leg of our tour on a small expedition cruise vessel traveling for five days in one of the most remote parts of South America, from Punta Arenas around Cape Horn to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Our last train trip is on the Southern Fuegian Railway, perhaps better known as ”El Tren del Fin del Mundo,” the southernmost railway in the world. 

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Summary of the Trip
  • Day 1: Arrival at Santiago de Chile
  • Day 2: City Tour, Santiago de Chile
  • Day 3: Train Limache - Valparaiso
  • Day 4: Train to Concepción via Talca
  • Day 5: Concepción- Puerto Varas
  • Day 6: Osorno Volcano
  • Day 7: Carretera Austral to Lake Yelcho
  • Day 8: Lake Yelcho - Futaleufu - Esquel
  • Day 9: Old Patagonian Express - Bariloche
  • Day 10: Bariloche
  • Day 11: Andean crossing Bariloche - Puerto Varas
  • Day 12: Flight Puerto Montt - Torres del Paine
  • Day 13: Torres del Paine National Park
  • Day 14: Torres del Paine - Puerto Natales
  • Day 15: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas
  • Day 16: City Tour, Punta Arenas
  • Day 17: Punta Arenas & Check in Australis Cruise
  • Day 18: Australis Cruise around Cape Horn
  • Day 19: Australis Cruise around Cape Horn
  • Day 20: Australis Cruise around Cape Horn
  • Day 21: Ushuaia Fuegian Railway
  • Day 22: Departure from Ushuaia
Rates & Travel Dates
Upcoming travel date:
Oct 11
Nov 1, 2024
Tour length:
22 Days / 21 Nights
Maximum travellers:
Other planned departure dates:
Mar 7, 2025

Price including the Cape Horn Cruise:

Pricing is based on two persons traveling together and sharing a bedroom, starting at USD 13'900 per person

Single Room Supplement: From $3'308 per person

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Price Includes:
  • Full support before, during & after your trip
  • Meals during travel portions of the tour
  • Accommodation at 3-4* hotels
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • The cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia
  • Domestic flights in Economy Class
  • English-speaking Tour Leader
  • English-speaking local guides
  • One piece of luggage, up to 23 kg (50 lb) per person
Price Excludes:
  • International flight to Santiago and out of Ushuaia.
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides and driver
  • Personal Expenses


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