Solos Mix

An incredible expedition spanning across northern Chile’s Atacama Desert down to the Antarctic Peninsula. Discover the mysterious Moon Valley, immense salt lakes and bubbling geysers, and visit the grand city of Buenos Aires. Then embark on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to Antarctica and witness the breath taking, untouched scenery and wildlife in this remote part of the world.

We start our adventure in Santiago where we take in amazing city views surrounded by mountains, and visit the famous Maipo wine region. We then journey to the stunning Atacama Desert and the Tatio Geysers, a dramatic geothermal field, where we witness spectacular views at dawn!

Next we fly to Buenos Aires, known as the Paris of the South for its beautiful city and architecture. We enjoy a city tour and visit the must-see sights including colourful La Boca, Recoleta Cemetery and later enjoy a sensational evening tango show on our return visit.

We journey down south to Ushuaia, where we explore stunning Tierra del Fuego National Park with its dramatic mountains, lush forests and dramatic glaciers. It's then time to transfer to the port and join our Antarctica Expedition!

Welcome to the white continent - Antarctica. Towering glaciers, amazing wildlife encounters, snow-covered landscapes and massive icebergs will make this a voyage of a life time. In the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula, we spend our days off the ship exploring by zodiac boat, making shore landings in the company of our expert guides…along with penguins, seals and an amazing array of birdlife. By breaking into small special interest groups we discover Antarctica and its remarkable wildlife through photography, zodiac excursions and hiking onshore. Visits to historic huts and working research bases add another dimension to the voyage.

The cruise portion of the tour may be subject to change, depending on weather conditions.

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  • Ages:
    best suited 45 years+
  • Duration:
    23 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    South America
  • Destinations:
    Antarctica, Chile
  • Travel Style:
    Tour and cruise
  • Accomodation:
    Hotels,Ship cabins
  • Prices:
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  • Group Size:
    maximum 20
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The Tassie trip was brilliant, the guides were friendly and informative, we feasted on local produce and Tasmania's Bay of Fires and Blue Tier regions was majestic.

Jenni, 55 years, ACT

The holidays offer the right mix of group activities and free time at top destinations. But don't take my word for it; i've only been on 3-ask those who have taken 20 or 30 of their holidays!

Graham, TAS


  • Return economy class flights from Australia to South America. Taxes included*
  • 5 economy flights within South America
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour ~
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • One Ocean Expeditions voyage
  • Tipping Made Easy, $165pp prepaid. On board the cruise there is a tipping surcharge to pay of approximately $14pp US per day
  • 10 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 10 night One Ocean Expeditions voyage on board Akademik Ioffe (price based on Twin semi-private cabin)
  • 20 Breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners, including group welcome and farewell meals
  • English-speaking locally based tour director (based on min. of 9 passengers) - excluding voyage
  • English-speaking locally based guides
  • Experienced Expedition leader and expedition team on One Ocean Expeditions voyage

* from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth with taxes to the value of $930 per person.
~ included with tour & airfare package; additional fees may apply if airfare is not purchased as part of your package



Experience the natural wonders of Chile

  • Visit the tallest building in South America and enjoy the view from the "Sky Costanera" in Santiago.
  • Take a city tour of Santiago including La Moneda - the presidential palace, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Post Office, Palacio de la Real Audiencia and the Casa Colorada - once the Spanish governor's residence.
  • Discover Chile's famous wine-producing region, the Maipo Valley, and enjoy lunch and a tour of the historic Santa Rita winery.
  • Experience an incredible sunset over the Atacama Desert's Valle de la Luna - a mesmerising display of colours thanks to the constantly changing light.
  • Visit a traditional Atacameno farm to discover how produce is grown in the desert and taste some of the local products.
  • Marvel at the Salar de Atacama - a salt lake covered by snow-white salt crystals as far as the eye can see.
  • Watch the sun rise over the steaming El Tatio Geysers.

An Argentinian escapade

  • Explore the grand city of Buenos Aires on a city tour, including the colourful La Boca district, the impressive Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Peron is buried, and a visit to the stunning Colon Theatre.
  • Discover the dramatic scenery of Tierra del Fuego National Park and enjoy a ride on the 'End of the World' steam train through the Pico Valley.
  • Tour the town of Ushuaia in Argentina's southernmost tip including the End of the World Museum and the Presidio Museum, a former prison and maritime museum.

The last frontier

  • Witness the amazing bird life while crossing the Drake Passage including the giant wandering albatross.
  • Marvel at the pristine scenery and incredible wildlife on the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Discover the fascinating history of the South Shetland Islands.
  • Round Cape Horn, South America's southernmost point, and cruise the islets, bays and archipelagos of the Beagle Channel.

Tango the night away in Buenos Aires

  • Experience Argentina's famous Tango at a dinner show and lesson in Buenos Aires.
  • Cabin accommodation based on twin semi-private cabin (cabin upgrades available on a request basis)
  • Experienced Expedition leader and expedition team
  • Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff
  • Antarctica gear hire package comprising of windproof/waterproof jacket and pants and rubber boots
  • Daily shore excursions by Zodiac boat
  • Guided hikes and walks ashore
  • Visits to historic sites, research stations and wildlife colonies
  • Educational presentations and talks aboard and on shore by polar experts
  • Professional photographer aboard to assist guests and lead field workshops
  • Access to computers in the multimedia centre for image downloads, file back up and management
  • Emergency trained doctor on board
  • On-board sauna, plunge pool and fitness centre including personal trainer and massage options
  • Access to well stocked library full of polar reference books
  • Opportunity to camp ashore for a night (including all camping gear) – weather permitting 

Depart Australia – Arrive Santiago

Bienvenido a Santiago, Chile’s colonial capital! Meet your fellow travellers for a welcome cocktail this afternoon. We’ll also visit the Sky Costanera observatory, South America’s tallest building and highest viewpoint.


This morning we explore historic and modern Santiago, stopping at a lookout to take in amazing views of the city. Highlights of our city tour include La Moneda - the presidential palace, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral and the Casa Colorada which was once the Spanish governor's residence. We’ll then travel to the Maipo Valley, Chile’s famous wine region, for a winery tour and group welcome lunch at the historic Viña Santa Rita.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Santiago – San Pedro de Atacama

We fly to Calama, gateway to the Atacama Desert. The remote area’s landscape is really like no other. We’ll take an incredible sunset tour of the Moon Valley. The dusk bathes the unique rock and salt formations and the Licancabur Volcano in a constantly changing light for a mesmerising display of colours.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 – FRIDAY 16 MARCH 2018
San Pedro de Atacama

This afternoon we discover Salar de Atacama, an immense salt flat covering 3,000 square kilometres. The flat’s surface is decorated by a layer of white salt crystals and home to several flamingo species - a beautiful photo opportunity.

Special Experience: Visit a traditional Atacameño farm to discover how produce is grown in the desert, and then try the authentic products of the land at a tasting.

Meals: Breakfast

San Pedro de Atacama

Witness the incredible El Tatio Geysers as the sun rises over the field this morning. The geysers shoot up to 10 metres high and reflect countless colours as they mingle with the sun’s rays. Why not warm up in the area’s natural hot springs after the show?

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 – SUNDAY 18 MARCH 2018
San Pedro de Atacama – Buenos Aires

This morning we travel back to Calama for our flight to the grand city of Buenos Aires, the 'Paris of the South', via Santiago. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure to relax or begin exploring.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 – MONDAY 19 MARCH 2018
Buenos Aires

Our sightseeing tour in Buenos Aires this morning includes the Plaza de Mayo, Recoleta Cemetery - resting place of opera star Eva Peron, and colourful Caminito Street in the vibrant La Boca district.

Special Experience: Visit the stunning Colon Theatre, ranked the third-best opera house in the world.

Meals: Breakfast

Buenos Aires – Ushuaia

This morning we fly south to the town of Ushuaia in Argentina’s southernmost tip, a scenic resort town perched high on a hill and surrounded by the Martial Mountains and Beagle Channel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast


Discover the dramatic scenery of beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park this morning, characterised by mountains, forests, glaciers and waterfalls. We’ll board the ‘End of the World’ steam train and travel through the Pico Valley into the National Park. This afternoon we’ll explore the town of Ushuaia and visit the End of the World and Presidio Museums.

Meals: Breakfast


Embark Cruise: We transfer to the port to board the Akademik Ioffe for our Antarctic Expedition! Tonight we’ll enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cruising at sea: Drake Passage

As we cross the Drake Passage we’ll witness hundreds of seabirds including albatross and giant and smaller cape petrels. Join the ship’s captain on the bridge and be educated about the region’s environment, wildlife and history with onboard experts.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Antarctica Peninsula

Welcome to Antarctica! This morning the magnificent snowy peaks are laid out before us. The waterways of the Antarctic Peninsula are home to deep bays, pristine coves and numerous islets. Rocky outcrops are home to gentoo, adelie and chinstrap penguin rookeries and the waters are rich in marine life. We’ll frequently encounter seals, curious humpback whales, orcas and the smaller minke whales. Every day an exciting range of activities is planned, including guided hikes on shore and visits to wildlife colonies with expert guides. Zodiac cruising among the ice, searching for seals and whales, is a memorable activity. The resident photography guide can help you with your camera settings and image composition. Somewhere along this stretch of coastline we’ll spend a night on shore, camping in Antarctica. We have the right gear and equipment and an expert team to make it happen - you just need an adventurous spirit!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

South Shetland Islands: Deception Island & Half Moon Island

After several busy days of exploration along the Antarctic Peninsula, we head for the South Shetland Islands. If the weather conditions allow, we’ll sail into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. History is all around us as we explore the old whaling station, with its rusted relics and dilapidated wooden buildings.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruising at Sea: Drake Passage, Cape Horn & Beagle Channel

As we return to South America, if weather conditions allow, we’ll round Cape Horn. Approaching the entrance to the Beagle Channel in early evening light, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the captain.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20 – SUNDAY 01 APRIL 2018
Ushuaia – Buenos Aires

Disembark Cruise: After breakfast we disembark and transfer to the airport for our flight back to Buenos Aires. Tonight we’ll experience an integral part of Argentinian culture - the Tango - at a lesson and an amazing dinner show.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 21 – MONDAY 02 APRIL 2018
Depart Buenos Aires

Today we bid farewell to Argentina and begin our journey home.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 22 – 03 APRIL 2018
In Transit

DAY 23 – 04 APRIL 2018
Arrive in Australia


Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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Hotel Name

Nights of Stay


Hotel Solace


San Pedro de Atacama

Hotel Altiplanico


Buenos Aires

The Brick Hotel



Hotel Albatros


Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

One Ocean Navigator (Akademik Ioffe)


Buenos Aires

The Brick Hotel


Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.


Featuring a fantastic location, Solace Santiago offers accommodation in the Providencia district of Santiago. Guests will find a seasonal outdoor pool and a fitness centre. The hotel has a terrace and views of the city. Additionally there is a 24-hour front desk. The property is steps away from an array of restaurants and commerce. Costanera Shopping Centre is also just a 20-minute walk away. Merino Benitez Airport is approximately a 25-minute drive.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wi-fi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Tucked away on a gentle stretch of land in the outskirts of San Pedro de Atacama, surrounded by the quiet presence of the Andes, Altiplanico San Pedro faces the impressive Licancabur Volcano. Enjoy the famous Atacama sunsets and relax from the sun in the shade of the private terraces or by having a dip in the pool after a day exploring the driest desert in the world! The fresh yet cozy rooms are decorated very simply to give the feeling that the hotel has risen from Atacama and is part of the earth.

Facilities: free wi-fi; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Located in the prestigious Recoleta district, the Brick Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the city of Buenos Aires. The hotel features 175 elegant and spacious rooms with welcoming and warm decor. Other services include the Agraz restaurant, Tea Lounge, Cheers Bar and La Patisserie.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; indoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Hotel Albatros offers stylish rooms just 280m from Ushuaia’s harbour. Spa facilities include a massage room and a sauna. Guests can enjoy the fitness centre as well. Rooms are fitted with modern classic decor and feature a sitting area. Guests can make use of the spa, which features a Hammam, and a hydromassage. Hotel Albatros is also just 650m from the Maritime Museum.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Designed for polar research, the One Ocean Navigator (Akademik Ioffe) is modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened. A separate bar and lounge, as well as a library provide ideal places to sit and relax or catch up on some reading. A selection of movies and documentaries can also be watched in the lounge. Enjoy the sumptuous meals prepared for you by our culinary team in our dining room, which can host all guests in a single seating with ample room. Other facilities include the theatre style presentation room, gift-shop, fitness room, massage room, sauna and plunge pool.


Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.

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SAVE an additional $75 with our ‘Solo Traveller Saving’ (STS)

In addition to any other savings, when you book this tour with your own room and also the airfare with us, we include a $75 saving on your total package price.  Offer is not available when you book to share a room.


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Twin Share

Your Own Room

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If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, the twin share rates apply.

* International airfare ex Australia is valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

Due to airline flight schedules and availability, day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure. If additional nights of stay are required, the cost of any additional night/s of stay applies.

The tour and airfare package includes air taxes to the value of $930. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only. At the time final monies are due the amount for the airline tax & fuel surcharge will be updated if there has been any change.

An airfare supplement may apply depending on airline availability and departure cities, and this would be advised with your quote. 

The airfare included in a package, or otherwise purchased separately may not allow the use of flyer points to upgrade. However, there is the option of paying a surcharge where we would book the airfare which does allow you to upgrade. The surcharge can be quoted at time of requesting quote and is subject to availability.

The airfare offered may not permit frequent flyer points to be accrued. If you wish to accrue frequent flyers points please check with us at the time of booking. We will advise the status and if any airfare supplement applies to book an airfare class that permits the accrual of frequent flyer points.

Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change.  

Not included: 

  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Share and save with our roommate match option. On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.


Arrive to: Santiago, Chile
Depart from: Buenos Aires, Argentina

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. See Visa Info page.

Please note for Australian Passport holders entry into Argentina require an online pre-paid reciprocity fee of $100 USD per person. Chile requires a locally paid reciprocity fee of $117 USD cash per person.

Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

Early Check In
If your flight arrives well in`ayment can be requested, and is at the discretion of the hotel, but cannot be guaranteed.

Late Check Out
If your flight departs after the hotel check out time we recommend that you make an enquiry with us about securing a late check out with payment.  Some hotels will require payment in full of the next night of stay while others may have a rate for a late check out such as a payment to extend check out until 6pm as an example.

Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.


LA800    13 MAR  SYDNEY SANTIAGO                 11:10     13:25
LA340    15 MAR  SANTIAGO CALAMA                12:00     14:09
LA480    02 APR   BUENOS AIRES SANTIAGO     20:20     22:45  
LA801    03 APR   SANTIAGO SYDNEY                 00:35     09:15     04 APRIL

When you travel on the group flights airport transfers on arrival and departure are included as part of your package.

When you travel on other dates or not with the group flight additional charges apply for airport transfers on arrival and departure.


Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience. 

You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 20 travellers. This tour is NOT exclusively for single-solo travellers.

THE PACE [3 out of 5]
To get the most from your tour, you will need a good level of fitness and mobility and an open mind. Many of the best sights can only be accessed on foot. Sightseeing includes lots of walking, getting into and out of boats and other forms of transport and extended periods at high altitude. You should be able to walk at least 3.5km or for 2-3 hours on uneven ground with no walking aids and climb several flights of stairs. You should also be able to carry your own bags - porterage is not included in our tipping costs and extra services may not always be available. Passengers who are 70 and over will be required to obtain a doctor’s clearance before travelling.

The clause from Bunnik Tours booking terms:

A minimum level of fitness is required to be able to participate on a Bunnik Tour, you are required to at least:

  • Be able to walk 3.5kms on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid
  • Carry your own luggage
  • Walk up two flights of stairs with ease

Passengers 70 years or over must provide “fitness to travel” letter from their doctor at time of making booking. Passengers must inform us and the service provider of any medical conditions which may affect your ability to participate in the tour.

At our discretion we, including the service provider, can exclude you in a tour or in any activity if we consider that you are unable to safely participate in that tour or activity or if we consider your participation may place the safety of other guests at risk.

We exclude all liability for any illness, injury or death sustained by you on tour because of any pre-existing medical condition. You release us from all liability arising out of your medical condition, illness, or injury that you may suffer during the tour or as a result of the tour. 

It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

This is a private group tour with a coach driver and tour escort. Your tour escort is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services. The services of local English speaking guides is also included.

Transport is by private air-conditioned coach, steam train, plane & polar expedition ship

Due to the handling of luggage on our tours and coaches, we ask you to limit checked baggage to 20kg and a minimum of hand luggage.


The Tassie trip was brilliant, the guides were friendly and informative, we feasted on local produce and Tasmania's Bay of Fires and Blue Tier regions was majestic.

Jenni, 55 years, ACT

The holidays offer the right mix of group activities and free time at top destinations. But don't take my word for it; i've only been on 3-ask those who have taken 20 or 30 of their holidays!

Graham, TAS

This was my second holiday with your company. Asia- Phuket was never a location I ever thought I would visit. Maybe it was the anxiety of traveling alone to Asia. The host (Justine) made me feel at ease, and there was always a new friend to share new exciting places with or just spending time alone. I wonder now what all the fuss was about. Looking forward to the next trip your organisation. Thank you to all the team cheers Susan

Susan, VIC
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