From the tranquil wineries of the Maipo Valley and the green landscapes of northern Patagonia to the steamy tango joints of Buenos Aires, this nine-day adventure offers a window into the diversity of South America. Hike through Chile's Lake District, take one of the world’s most scenic ferry cruises, and sample the region's outstanding wines—included flights mean we can cover a lot of ground. Find a great adventure in the extreme south.
Sample vintages at a winery in
Chile’s scenic Maipo Valley, and
learn about local wines from a
Skim turquoise waters framed by
snowcapped peaks on a cruise in
Chile’s Lake District.
Help prepare a lunch of Chilean
specialties at a family home in the
charming lakeside town of Puerto
Enjoy an optional dinner with a tango
performance in Buenos Aires.
Itinerary - 9 Days
Day 1 — Santiago
Arrive at any time. Arrival
transfer is included.
Day 2 — Santiago
Visit a winery in the stunning Maipo Valley, and learn about the wine-making process from a certified wine expert. Stroll the vineyards with your guide. Then sample various wines and enjoy a vertical tasting, trying one wine at various stages of the process, from different barrels, to experience the evolution of the wine for ourselves.
Days 3 & 4 — Puerto Varas
Fly southward and transfer to scenic Puerto Varas in the stunning Chilean Lake District. Enjoy views of Osorno Volcano while exploring the Angelmó fish market. Then join a family for dinner in their home, where you’ll help cook up local specialties. The next day, opt to take an excursion to Chiloé Island, home to a traditional seafaring community. Discover the island’s stilted houses and historical churches, and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. Cap off your excursion with a viewing of the island’s massive penguin colonies. (2B, 1L)
Days 5 & 6 — Bariloche
Travel by bus and ferry to San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. View the mighty Petrohué Falls, and then board the Cruce de Lagos for what is considered one of the world’s most scenic ferry rides. We’ll cruise across turquoise waters while taking in magnificent views of lakeside volcanoes. The next day, enjoy free time to explore this stunning region. Opt to hike, stroll the town, or take a boat excursion to the charming village of Puerto Blest. (2B)
Days 7 & 8 — Buenos Aires
Fly to Buenos Aires and spend the evening enjoying a night out with a light dinner in a local cafe before heading to a popular dance venue where we'll enjoy a lesson from local dancers. Opt to stay for Milonga, a neighborhood tradition where students and teachers of the venue show up to practice. The next day, enjoy a city tour of the "Paris of the Americas," visiting key sights and neighborhoods including Plaza de Mayo, La Boca, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery. When you are done exploring, rest your weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants. (2B, 1D)
Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.
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All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy. If you're traveling on your own, we'll pair you up with a roommate of the same gender so that you can pay the same rate as other travelers. Prices are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.
My Own Room
During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.
My Own Room Option: From $999
Arrival transfer, internal
flights, transport between destinations and to/
from included activities, and activities as listed
in the itinerary. The optional Chiloé Island and
Puerto Blest boat rides and optional excursions in
Buenos Aires are at an additional cost.
Accommodations Comfortable, mid-range
hotels that reflect the local character (8 nights)
Meals Included 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner. Allow an
additional $350–455 for meals not included.
Transportation Private van, plane, bus, ferry
You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.