Tuesday 21 May 2013

A tour to the end of the world




WHEN Far Horizons say they'll take you to "The End of the World" they mean it – as part of a 37-day tour of South America you'll travel 14km on a narrow-gauge steam train along a line built in 1896 to carry convicts and supplies to a prison at Ushuaia – the  world's southern-most city.


Plus you'll stay up to three nights in some of the almost-20 cities, towns and national parks visited in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile, with quality accommodation ranging from original palaces to recreated colonial mansions and some of the regions' finest hotels. Modes of transport include air, coach, ferry, historic steam engines such as "The End of the World" and the "Old Patagonian Express" made famous by author Paul Theroux in his book of the same name  – and if you want, even at one stage on foot or by horseback.


Along the way you're likely to see sea lions, elephant seals, penguins, humpback whales, dolphins, giant sea elephants, Patagonian llamas, ostrich-like rheats, and teeming birdlife including a colony of mighty condors.


Plus there'll be magnificent views of the snow-capped Andes, glaciers, visits to hill stations and coastal resorts, palaces, ancient churches and neo-classical villages, terraced gardens and national parks, gold-boom towns and their museums, and journeys through the Chilean fjords, across lakes and the famous Beagle Channel and waters surrounding Ushuaia on "The Island of Fire" at the very "bottom of the world."


Priced from $31,850pp twin-share ex-Sydney on September 27 this year, including air and all other transport, quality accommodation, all meals, sightseeing, local guides, taxes, gratuities and a Far Horizons escort throughout. Details 1800 083 141, (02) 9955 0444 or



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