With 15 years' experience in Patagonia, we’re experts at creating bespoke itineraries. We'll work with you to design a 2-3 week - or longer - holiday based on your exact requirements, from hiking trips to accommodation to flights, bus trips, and transfers. We'll be on hand to help you before, during and after your trip; from the moment we've booked it all for you to the moment you return home.
Creating Your Tailor-made Adventure
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to creating the perfect tailor-made itinerary, but these 5 steps give you an idea of the journey we’ll take, together, to create your adventure:
- We listen to your dreams and ideas for your trip and talk about your budget
- Together we discuss your plans and itinerary ideas, if you have them
- We provide inspiration for where to go, things to do, places to see and where to stay, then you choose your favourites
- We advise the sequence in which to see and do things so that you make the most of your time
- We arrange flights - if you’d like us to - buses and transfers, to create a seamless itinerary
Then, once you’re happy with your itinerary and the cost, we’ll book everything for you and provide you with a detailed day-by-day itinerary. We’ll be on hand to help before, during and after your trip, whenever you need us.
We've picked a handful of sample itineraries to whet your appetite. Remember, you don’t have to choose an existing itinerary, or even use one as a starting point. We would love to build your itinerary completely from scratch - in fact, we do just that for most of our tailor-made customers. Let these itineraries ignite desires and inspire ideas for your own trip, rather than constrain you.
Whatever you want to do, wherever you want to go and however you want to go about it, we can make it happen. The possibilities are endless!
1) Real Customer Itineraries - Three of our Favourites
Peter & Mary's 'Authentic & Luxurious' Road Trip
The brief: Peter and Mary celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in Patagonia. They were keen to combine Patagonia's highlights with lesser-visited areas, enjoying flora and fauna along the way.
Budget: USD $550 per person per day for all activities, transfers, and accommodation, plus USD $600 for all domestic flights.
Chris & Alison's 'Adventurous Kayaking & Hiking' Trip
The brief: As keen hikers, Chris and Alison wanted to discover the best hiking Patagonia has to offer. It was Chris' third visit to Patagonia so we planned a trip that allowed them to try a mix of activities.
Budget: USD $210 per person per day for all activities, transfers, and accommodation, and they arranged their own domestic flights.
Neil & Sally's 'Under the Skin of Patagonia' Trip
The brief: Neil and Sally wanted to explore Patagonia like locals. We helped them plan a trip where they could meet interesting people and stay in extraordinary places without always blowing the budget.
Budget: USD $390 per person per day for all activities, transfers, and accommodation, plus USD $400 for all domestic flights.
2) Seeing Patagonia's Highlights - Three Sample Itineraries
1. Day Hike Patagonia
Hike the glaciers, mountains and coastlines of Patagonia, experiencing the famous national parks of Torres del Paine, Mount Fitz Roy and Tierra del Fuego and get off the beaten track on the island of Chiloe. This trip is ideal for those who love to hike dramatic trails, but with only a day pack and good quality accommodation each night.
2. The Best of Chile & Argentina
Combine cityscapes with wilderness. Explore a colourful, bohemian port city, hike breathtaking trails to granite peaks, cruise to Cape Horn and dance the tango in Buenos Aires. This trip is ideal for those looking to explore the best that southern Chile and Argentina have to offer without compromising on comfort.
3. Authentic Patagonia in Comfort
Get off the beaten track, but don't scrimp on luxury. Cross the Andes on a little used route to take you from the magnificent Villarica Volcano, through forests of monkey puzzle trees to an estancia in the Argentinean Steppe. Starting in the Chilean wine region and ending in the bustling Buenos Aires, this trip combines comfort with adventurous activities and diverse landscapes.
Frequently Asked Questions
I normally arrange my trips myself, is a tailor-made holiday really for me?
Patagonia isn’t your average destination. It’s vast and often difficult to navigate, so we help even the most seasoned of travellers. We’ll create your itinerary together, by listening to what you want to see and do and presenting you with options that suit, sometimes for things you’d never even thought of. You’ll still make all the decisions and your trip will be completely tailored to you - as if you’d pieced it together yourself.
Is a tailor-made holiday expensive?
Not if you don’t want it to be. We can work around your budget, adding frills whenever you want them - such as a few nights in a luxury lodge at the end of a camping trip.
Where do I start? Do I have to pick an itinerary that I like the look of?
We know Patagonia inside out, so we normally start from scratch. We’ll talk about your ideas and dreams for your trip and take it from there. If you already have an itinerary in mind we can use that as a starting point, but we’re equally comfortable with - and excited by - a blank sheet of paper.
Will you meet me in Patagonia?
We’d love to, but we’ll be busy helping other people plan their Patagonian adventures! You’ll be in safe hands with our trusted partners, handpicked for your adventure. We’ll be on hand to help if you need us, 24 hours a day.
I just want to book a hike / kayak trip / stay at a lodge. Can you still help me?
Of course. If you really want to arrange your trip yourself we can help you choose the right activity, tour or lodge for you and then we can put you directly in touch with them. We have a network of over 100 partners in Patagonia, handpicked for their expertise and experienced staff and guides, so whatever you’re looking for, we can help.
Find out more about the different ways we can help you.
Happy Tailor-Made Customers
“You couldn't have done more. Sally was excellent and helped shape and book our dream trip. We'd recommend you every time, and hope to travel with you again.”
Graham & Nicky Lewis from the UK travelled in November 2015
“We had the time of our lives and we really put very little effort into the research. We relied totally on you, and we were not let down. I can't thank you enough.”
Claire & Richard Demblon from London, UK travelled in February 2016
“Sally was excellent at listening to what we wanted. After a few alterations, we ended up with our itinerary, including ‘the cruise for people that don't do cruises’.”
Pete & Mary Anstey from Warwickshire, UK travelled in March 2016
"You’ve done a really great job, Chloe. I’m not sure how many times you have to rework someone’s itinerary but mine was fairly complicated and you were superb. Thanks"
Lorraine Miller from USA travelling in December 2016
“You, Madame Sally, put together an extraordinary itinerary. I have already sung your praises and given out the name of Swoop.”
Janet Roen from New York, USA travelled in January 2016
“We could not believe how smoothly things went given the complexity of the trip. We were particularly amazed when, having been dropped in Puerto Montt at 7am without a soul around, a bus appeared from nowhere and we were all checked on for our trip to Bariloche!”
Lyndsay & John Lewis from UK travelled in November 2015
Our Team of Experts
Lake District & Bespoke Trip Specialist
Sally is a true lover of Patagonia with the lakes & mountains top of her list. Having worked as an English teacher and Tour leader in Chile and Argentina for 8 years, she has a diverse knowledge of Patagonia.
Sally has hiked and cycled throughout Patagonia for work and pleasure and loves to end every trip with a juicy steak in Buenos Aires.
Trekking, Mountaineering & Cycling Specialist
Whilst working in the remote Patagonian region of Aysen, Harriet discovered trekking, the great outdoors, and her future husband. She later spent two and half years biking and mountaineering throughout the Andes.
Harriet joined the Swoop team in 2014 and on her most recent visit to Torres del Paine and El Chalten she checked out both the traditional hiking trails and some off the beaten track trails.
Wildlife & Cruise Specialist
From the moment she joined Swoop on a temporary basis in 2013, Chloe became increasingly enticed in by the excitement, adventure and diverse wildlife of Patagonia. As a wildlife fanatic, she officially became Swoop's wildlife & cruise specialist in April 2015.
Chloe visited Patagonia in 2016 and was mesmerised by the rugged beauty, mysterious peaks, and intimidating glaciers. She was even lucky enough to see 5 pumas in one day!
Ready to talk about your Patagonia Adventure?
Get in touch today to talk about your dreams for your trip. Whether it’s a 2-week or 2-month adventure, you’re travelling independently or in a big group, you want to see Patagonia in comfort or discover challenging hikes, we’d love to help.