Thursday 31 July 2014

Patagonia fjords cruise and Atacama desert tour

FROM one of the driest places on earth to the world's most southern tip is the route for a new luxury cruise tour introduced by cruise holiday specialists for 2016, with a special promotion of room upgrades at both the luxurious Chilean properties of explora when you book before August 31, 2014.

This exclusive and fully escorted 17-night journey begins in Santiago on March 31 with welcome dinner at the famous Aqui esta coco restaurant, followed by a day trip to the Casablanca Valley with wine tasting and lunch at the famous Casas del Bosque winery. 

You will fly to Calama and spend five nights at the fully inclusive explora Atacama, situated near the village of San Pedro de Atacama, where you can discover the terrain, ancestral culture and unique wildlife through a range of explorations that vary in durations from a couple of hours to a full day. Activities include trekking, horseback riding, cycling explorations, high-mountain climbs and stargazing sessions.

The tour then moves to the southern end of Chile where you'll will board the luxurious M/V Via Australis for a three night Chilean Fjords cruise. Here you will have the chance to get up close and personal on board Zodiacs to explore some of the most remote and breathtaking wilderness and wildlife in the southern Patagonia including the Tierra Del Fuego archipelago.  Experience these fascinating locations including Almirantazgo Bay and its elephant seals, sub-Antarctic forests, waterfall glaciers and Ainsworth Bay to see the Alberto de Agostini National Park and the sub-polar Magellan Forest, with your final destination Magdalena Island.

We've saved the best for last with five nights at explora Patagonia located in the heart of Torres del Paine and on the shores of Lake Pehoé offering a breath-taking view of the Paine Massif.  You'll have plenty of time to explore the stunning landscape by foot or horseback and view the peaks, glaciers, lakes and rich flora and fauna.

Priced from $11,869 per person twin share, this fully inclusive and escorted tour includes return economy airfares from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, three nights at the W Hotel in Santiago with daily breakfast, welcome dinner at Aqui esta Coco in Santiago, a full day wine tasting tour with lunch at Casablanca Valley, three nights cruise on board M/V Via Australis with all meals, shore excursions and on-board gratuities, five nights at both explora Atacama and Patagonia- with all meals, beverages, guided explorations and transfers.

This tour is limited to 40 guests, for more details contact on 1300-369-848 or visit


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