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Trip Highlights

Enjoy Buenos Aires including the elegant mansions and lovely parks and gardens of the bucolic Palermo neighborhood; the colorful bohemian district of La Boca; picturesque San Telmo; elegant Recoleta, with its cemetery of elaborate mausoleums; and historic Government House. Stop in Ushuaia featuring an afternoon excursion takes us to Tierra del Fuego National Park, a 155,676-acre nature preserve with Andes peaks, rivers, glacial lakes, forest, and wildlife. Cruise Cape Horn a fabled sailing icon, Cape Horn marks the southernmost point of the South American continent. Admire remarkable Torres del Paine National Park featuring 106 species of birds and 26 species of mammals, including the beloved guanaco, an undomesticated relative of the llama. Explore Vicente Rosales National Park and see Osorno Volcano, with its perfectly conical shape; the virgin emerald lake of Todos los Santos; and exhilarating Petrohué Waterfalls.

Dates

October 28 to November 13, 2017

Region

Caribbean, Central & South America

Tour Operator

Odysseys Unlimited

Physical Activity Level

Moderately Active

Duration

16 Days

Price

$ 7,269.00

Type

Land and Cruise Combo

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Depart the U.S. for Buenos Aires, Argentina
You depart the United States on your flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

DAY 2: Arrive Buenos Aires
You arrive in Argentina’s sophisticated capital city early this morning and transfer to our hotel, where our rooms are ready for our early arrival.  As rooms are reserved from the night prior, you are welcome to have breakfast at the hotel upon arrival.  After time to relax, we have a welcome briefing on the journey ahead, followed by a welcome dinner together.
Accommodations: Emperador Hotel Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3: Buenos Aires
Argentines are justifiably proud of “BA,” as it’s called, home to nearly 40 percent of the population and boasting avenues as broad, gardens as lovely, and buildings as stately as any in Europe, as we see on today’s city tour.  Highlights include the elegant mansions and lovely parks and gardens of the bucolic Palermo neighborhood; the  colorful bohemian district of  La  Boca; picturesque San Telmo;  elegant Recoleta, with its cemetery of elaborate mausoleums; and historic Government House. Along the way we learn about European immigration to Argentina, as well as about Argentine politics, music, and theater. Lunch today is on your own, so that you can partake in one of Buenos Aires’ many restaurants.  We return to our hotel late afternoon.   Tonight we enjoy dinner and a show at legendary Esquina Carlos Gardel – named for legendary tango icon Carlos Gardel – one of the city’s most famous tango houses. Once considered the “vulgar” dance of Argentina’s lower classes, today the tango is the country’s national dance, an evocative and fiery expression of passion and pain.
Accommodations: Emperador Hotel Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4: Buenos Aires
Today is free to explore as you wish; urbane Buenos Aires offers an abundance of options from which to choose. Among the possibilities: visiting the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Museum of Fine Arts) or MALBA museum; taking a guided tour of Teatro Colón, the city’s famed opera house, which is said to have the best acoustics in the world; or shopping for leather goods or items of sheepskin or wool. Your tour director will be able to assist you in planning your independent day in the city.  Lunch and dinner are on your own today, so that you can explore this marvelous city at your own pace.  Please note that restaurant dining in Buenos Aires is a leisurely affair; also, Argentines dine late and many restaurants don’t even begin serving dinner until 8:00 p.m.
Accommodations: Emperador Hotel Buenos Aires
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5:  Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Cruising
Early this morning we transfer to the airport for the flight to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city and where we embark our cruise ship.   Originally centered around a penal colony, Ushuaia now attracts travelers from around the world for its abundance of winter sports and its prime position as a jumping-off point for cruises to Antarctica and to the Patagonian ice fields.  Upon arrival, we visit Tierra del Fuego National Park, a 155,676-acre nature preserve with Andes peaks, rivers, glacial lakes, forest, and wildlife. After touring and appreciating the varied landscapes of the world’s southernmost national park, we return to Ushuaia, where there is time to explore the city at leisure and to enjoy lunch on your own.   Late afternoon we embark our ship, the M/V Stella Australis, our home for the next three nights.  Early this evening, after a welcome cocktail reception with the ship’s captain and crew, we set sail for Tierra del Fuego,  the  storied  archipelago separated from  the  southern tip  of  South  America  by  the  Strait  of Magellan, the important natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Accommodations: M/V Stella Australis
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6:  Cruising – Cape Horn/Wulaia Bay
Today we see up close one of the world’s last unspoiled frontiers, as we sail through the Beagle and Murray channels. We may glimpse sea lions and Antarctic fur seals along the way to Cape Horn National Park, where we disembark to go ashore (weather permitting).  This is the spot where the Atlantic and Pacific meet: a sheer promontory that rises some 1,400 feet from the roiling waters. A fabled sailing icon, Cape Horn marks the southernmost point of the South American continent.  We return to the ship for lunch as we cruise to sheltered Wulaia Bay, with its sub-Antarctic forests, beautiful hills, multitude of land birds, and where Charles Darwin put to shore during his renowned expedition in 1833.  Then before returning to our ship for the evening, we take a guided walk to a lookout point for beautiful sunset views (weather permitting).
Accommodations: M/V Stella Australis
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7:  Cruising – Agostini Sound/Águila Glacier
This morning’s cruise through the Brecknock, Ocasión, Cockburn, and Magdalena channels takes us to visually arresting Agostini Sound.  Nestled in the heart of Tierra del Fuego’s Darwin Cordillera mountain range, this fjord rewards us with vistas of glaciers descending mountainsides into the sea.  Then we board Zodiac boats for an afternoon excursion to Águila Glacier, where we disembark for an easy walk along the shores of a lagoon to the glacier’s base.   During our expedition we learn about Patagonia’s cold rainforest and the geological forces that sculpted this unique landscape. Afterwards, we return to the ship for the evening.
Accommodations: M/V Stella Australis
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8:  Cruising – Magdalena Island/Punta Arenas/Torres del Paine
Early this morning we visit Magdalena Island (weather permitting), home to an immense colony of more than 120,000 Magellanic penguins that coexist peacefully with cormorants, sea lions, and other species. We’ll take some time to observe the penguins and also to visit the lighthouse that to this day guides ships navigating their way through the Strait of Magellan.  Then we return to our ship for the voyage to Punta Arenas, where we disembark, enjoy a quick lunch together, and board our motorcoach for the six-hour journey across classic Patagonia landscape to Torres del Paine National Park. We reach our lodging early this evening and dine there tonight.
Accommodations: Hotel Rio Serrano
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: Torres del Paine National Park
We spend today exploring the breathtaking 700-square-mile park, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of ancient glaciers, jagged granite mountain peaks, exquisite turquoise lakes, rushing rivers, thunderous waterfalls, and distinctive flora and fauna.   Beautiful, unspoiled, and remote, Torres del Paine ranks among the most stunning swaths of  nature in  South America, and indeed, in  the world.   Today’s sightseeing includes the southern icefield of Lago Nordenskjold; Salto Grande, with its rushing waterfall; Mirador Los Cuernos; and Lago Grey, site of the colossal Grey Glacier and the hotel where we stop for lunch. We return to our hotel late this afternoon and dine there tonight.
Accommodations: Hotel Rio Serrano
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: Torres del Paine National Park
Today’s excursion through the park features more of the dramatic lakes, mountains, and pristine wilderness; we’ll enjoy a box lunch amidst the magnificent scenery.   Highlights include visits to the crystalline Amarga and Azul lagoons and the glacial waterfall Cascade Rio Paine.   The region’s only body of saltwater, Laguna Amarga features white salt buildups on its black sand; flamingos frequent its waters.  Clear days at Laguna Azul present panoramic vistas of the park’s namesake, the three massive granite Paine Towers. Throughout the day we’re sure to see some of the park’s only permanent residents: 106 species of birds and 26 species of mammals, including the beloved guanaco, an undomesticated relative of the llama.   This afternoon we return to our hotel for time at leisure; we also have the opportunity to embark on an optional walk in the national park. We dine together tonight at our hotel.
Accommodations: Hotel Rio Serrano
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: Torres del Paine/Punta Arenas/Puerto Montt/Puerto Varas
This morning we leave Torres del Paine by coach for the lengthy drive to Punta Arenas, where we board a flight to Puerto Montt, gateway to Chile’s Lake District.  Upon arrival we transfer by coach (about 30 minutes) to Puerto Varas, arriving this evening at our lakeside hotel overlooking picturesque Lake Llanquihue. Lunch and dinner today are on your own.
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Puerto Varas
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12: Puerto Varas/Puerto Montt
Our tour today features lakeside Puerto Varas, a quaint town proud of its German heritage dating to the mid-1800s, and its scenic environs.  We travel to Philippi Hill and admire the panoramic view of the city below. We continue on to Puerto Montt, Chile’s “salmon capital” where we visit the small fishing port of Angelmo, known for its seafood and handicraft fair.  Dotted with Cocinerias, its tiny trademark seafood restaurants, Angelmo’s renowned fish market brims with the ocean’s bounty brought in on the brightly painted boats of local fishermen. Early this afternoon, we return to our hotel, with free time for lunch and exploring Puerto Varas on your own. Dinner is included at our hotel this evening.
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Puerto Varas
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13: Vicente Rosales National Park
Today we enjoy a full-day excursion to Vicente Rosales, Chile’s oldest national park, a breathtaking swath of nature with dense green forests, snow-capped volcanoes, and cobalt lagoons.  Inside the park we see Osorno Volcano, with its perfectly conical shape; the virgin emerald lake of Todos los Santos; and exhilarating Petrohué Waterfalls; stopping for lunch together along the way.  We return to our hotel late this afternoon; dinner tonight is on your own.
Accommodations: Radisson Hotel Puerto Varas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14: Puerto Varas/Puerto Montt/Santiago
We fly today to the sophisticated Chilean capital of Santiago. Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel before embarking on an afternoon city tour.   Highlights include Parque Forestal, a green retreat styled after Parisian parks; the Plaza de Armas, Santiago’s traditional city center surrounded by grand buildings including the Central Post Office and Cathedral Metropolitana; and the majestic La Moneda Palace, the seat of government built during 18th  century.   Tonight we are dinner guests in the homes of gracious Santiago families.
Accommodations: Hotel Atton Vitacura
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15: Santiago/Valparaiso
We travel today to the old port town of Valparaiso, stopping en route at a local winery for a visit and tasting.  The Spanish conquistadors introduced wine in the 16th  century, planting vines from the Old World, and Chile’s climate and soil have proven ideal for viticulture.  Foreign investment and improved technology in the 1980s transformed Chile from a chiefly domestic winemaker into one of the world’s leading wine exporters.  A number of Chilean vineyards now enjoy international acclaim, producing Chile’s celebrated Cabernet Sauvignon and other award-winning reds.  After this visit, we continue on to Valparaiso.  Colorful wooden houses and an absence of high-rise buildings mark this onetime fishing village, now a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Since its founding in 1536, this city has weathered natural disasters, fires, and pirate raids to become Chile’s main port – a dynamic hub that draws many visitors. In addition to exploring the narrow, winding streets of Chile’s third largest city on foot and by wooden funicular, you are free to enjoy lunch on your own at one of Valparaiso’s local restaurants. We return to Santiago late afternoon.  This evening we celebrate our adventure at a farewell dinner at a local Santiago restaurant.
Accommodations: Hotel Atton Vitacura
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16: Santiago/Depart for U.S.
After a morning at leisure, we enjoy an afternoon visit to La Chascona, the highly eclectic house of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, located in the distinctly vibrant and colorful Bellavista neighborhood which is often compared to Paris’ Montmartre.  We also have free time for lunch on your own and to explore this bustling neighborhood’s many attractions.   This is a great opportunity to pick up some last-minute souvenirs before your flight home tonight.  From here we transfer directly to the airport for our overnight flights to the United States.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17: Arrive U.S.
We arrive in the U.S. early this morning and connect with our return flights home.

Led By

Aneel Karnani

Professor Aneel Karnani is faculty member of the Strategy group at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.  He has received the Teaching Excellence Award several times.  He has held visiting appointments to teach in the MBA and executive development programs at many universities including the Northwestern University, London Business School, INSEAD (France), HEC (France), CEIBS (China), Indian Business School, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), and INCAE (Costa Rica). In addition, he has lectured in several other countries in Latin America, Middle East, Europe and Asia.

 

Prior to joining the University of Michigan's faculty in 1980, he obtained his doctoral degree from the Harvard Business School.  He also holds an MBA and B.Tech. (Electrical Engineering), both from India.

 

Professor Karnani’s interests are focused on three topics: strategies for growth, global competition, and the role of business in society. He studies how firms can leverage existing competitive advantages and create new ones to achieve rapid growth. He is interested in global competition, particularly in the context of emerging economies. He studies both how local companies can compete against large multinational firms, and how multinational firms can succeed in these unfamiliar markets. Karnani researches poverty reduction and the appropriate roles for the private sector, the state and civil society. He is interested in how society can strike the appropriate balance between private profits and public welfare in tackling major societal challenges. He has published in and is a member of the editorial boards of several professional journals, such as Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, and California Management Review. He is the author of the book Fighting Poverty Together: Rethinking Strategies for Business, Governments, and Civil Society to Reduce Poverty, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011.

 

In addition to these University activities, Professor Karnani is actively involved in executive development programs both in companies and through the University of Michigan.  He consults with firms on strategic planning systems, and strategy analysis and formulation. He served on the boards of directors of AM Todd Group and GreenPath for several years.  He has served a number of organizations as consultant or management educator, including GE, IBM, Singapore Airlines, Singapore Technologies, Temasek, Singapore Civil Service, Acer, Whirlpool, Masco, Total, Holcim, Neopost, Abbott Laboratories, and Dow Corning.

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