Adventure holiday in Patagonia

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12 Oct 2018
£ 3929
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26 Oct 2018
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02 Nov 2018
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09 Nov 2018
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16 Nov 2018
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23 Nov 2018
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19 Dec 2018
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21 Dec 2018
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12 Jan 2019
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26 Jan 2019
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09 Feb 2019
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23 Feb 2019
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02 Mar 2019
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23 Mar 2019
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12 Oct 2019
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26 Oct 2019
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02 Nov 2019
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09 Nov 2019
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16 Nov 2019
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23 Nov 2019
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14 Dec 2019
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21 Dec 2019
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Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Adventure holiday in Patagonia

Environment

A trip to Patagonia is an adventure into nature, and we expect all of our guides, drivers, tour leaders and staff to brief our customers on how to respect these fragile environments. The trip includes visits to three of Patagonia's most significant National Parks - The Tierra del Fuego and Parque Nacional los Glaciares, and Chile's Torres del Paine, as well as exploring the pristine Huemel Reserve near Chalten.

In each location the tour leaders and guides are trained to understand best practice in wildlife and nature protection. They will brief customers to keep all waste with them until back in the town, to walk only on designated paths and not to disturb the natural environments. Patagonia also has a good reputation for its drinking water, so we also encourage customers to fill up their reusable water bottles from the tap.

The excursions on this trip are all taken by boat or on foot - for example hiking in Mt Fitzroy or Torres del Paine, and exploring the Beagle Channel or viewing the Perito Moreno Glacier. This offers a low-carbon way to get around, as well as getting us closer to the Patagonian nature, which is such a draw to the area.

Our Patagonia trips concentrate on the outdoors, and some, in particular the glacier excursions at Ushuaia and the Vespigiani Glacier, are incredibly educational in promoting environmental awareness. The receding glaciers are a stark reminder of the importance of practicing sustainability both at home and abroad, and the Tour Leaders highlight this point while with their groups - this sparks off some interesting discussions over the dinner table!

Community

We use an Argentinian Tour Leader throughout our Patagonia trips, and in addition to this they are supported by local guides within each of the National Parks. They are trained and licensed to guide in the area, and are incredibly knowledgeable about the environment and the local communities that they work in. We make sure that our Tour Leaders and guides are working with a fair wage, in good working conditions, and that they are fit and well to work outdoors in what can be harsh conditions.

We source locally-owned and operated accommodation, such as the Villa Brescia hotel in Ushuaia, who's owners have lived in the area for over 40 years, and our staff direct customers to eat in local eateries as much as possible, encouraging our groups to discover the fantastic food and wine that Argentina is famous for.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.

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