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This expansive tour explores Chile’s spectacular desert, mountain scenery and Patagonian wilderness, and allows time to discover some great Chilean traditions.
- International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
- UK departure and overseas airport taxes
- Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
- Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
- Entrance fees unless otherwise stated
- 12 breakfasts and 3 lunches
- Stay in 4- and 5-star accommodation
- Panoramic vistas of Santiago from the tallest observation platform
- Watch the sun set over the Atacama desert
- Set sail on a private boat on Lake Todos Los Santos
- View the soaring Torres del Paine mountains from your superior hotel
- Visit a traditional Patagonia Estancia
- Small group size - the average group size is 16
Day 1: Fly to Santiago via São Paulo
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Santiago, via São Paulo, with LATAM Airlines.
Day 2: Santiago
Morning arrival. Transfer to the Hotel Plaza San Francisco for 2 nights. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 3: Santiago
Morning tour of Santiago, including the cathedral, the historic main square, the central market and Sky Costanera, the tallest building in South America for views across the city and the Andes beyond. Afternoon drive into the countryside to the Undurraga vineyard for a tour and wine tasting.
Day 4: Fly to Calama • San Pedro de Atacama
Early morning flight to Calama and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama for 3 nights at the Hotel Altiplanico. Afternoon excursion to the Valley of the Moon to see the mesmerising change of colours at sunset.
Day 5: Atacama desert
Full-day journey into the spectacular desert landscape. Visit the Atacama salt flats, where pink flamingoes may be seen, and stop at the small village of Toconao, with its white volcanic stone buildings. Continue to a traditional farm for lunch and visit Tebinquinche lagoon.
Day 6: Atacama desert
Day at leisure. Alternatively, take an optional excursion to El Tatio geysers, the hot springs or the 17th-century fortress of Pukara de Quitor.
Day 7: Fly to Puerto Montt via Santiago • Puerto Varas
Fly to Puerto Montt via Santiago and transfer to the town of Puerto Varas. Stay 2 nights at the Cabana del Lago Hotel, set on the lake.
Day 8: Chilean Lake District
Morning visit to Petrohué Falls and take a boat trip on Lake Todos los Santos. Afternoon drive up the lower reaches of the Osorno volcano for views of the surrounding mountains.
Day 9: Fly to Punta Arenas • Puerto Natales
Fly to Punta Arenas and continue to Puerto Natales, set amid jagged peaks and the glassy waters of Last Hope Sound. Stay overnight at the Hotel CostAustralis (fjord-view room).
Day 10: Torres del Paine
Drive across the wilds of Patagonia to Torres del Paine National Park. Full-day tour taking in the dramatic scenery of granite peaks, emerald lakes, waterfalls and ancient lenga forests. There is also the opportunity to meet the local rangers and learn about their work in the park. Stay at Hotel Lago Grey for 2 nights in a Superior room with views of the glacier.
Day 11: Torres del Paine
Morning shared boat excursion on Lake Grey for an up-close view of its striking bright-blue glacier. Afternoon at leisure or optional tours.
Day 12: Punta Arenas
Drive to Punta Arenas, visiting a traditional Patagonian estancia en route. Discover how people live in this remote region and enjoy a typical quincho barbecue for lunch. Afternoon short tour of Punta Arenas, situated on the Magellan Strait, and stay at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel for 1 night.
Day 13: Fly to Santiago
Fly to Santiago and transfer to the Hotel Plaza San Francisco for an overnight stay.
Day 14-15: Fly to London via São Paulo
Morning at leisure or optional tour of the Pre-Columbian Museum or Los Dominicos handicraft market. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London, via São Paulo, with LATAM Airlines arriving the next day.
Altiplanico, San Pedro de Atacama
Well located on spacious grounds on the edge of town, the hotel offers an ideal place to relax, close to San Pedro city and yet at the same time immersed in the peaceful surroundings of the Atacama Desert. The hotel architecture blends with the landscape, reflecting the original construction of the people who inhabited the Andean highlands.
Cabana del Lago Hotel, Puerto Varas
The lakeside Cabana del Lago Hotel is close to the centre of Puerto Varas and offers sweeping views of the town and the Osorno volcano. Its location can be best appreciated from the attractive lounge, which overlooks the lake and surrounding scenery.
Cabo de Hornos, Punta Arenas
In 1962, the Cabo de Hornos was built as the first grand hotel in Punta Arenas. Within walking distance of the major areas of interest, the hotel is located on the main plaza in the heart of the city and has a direct view of the Strait of Magellan. The hotel has 110 rooms and amenities include a restaurant serving regional and international cuisine.
Hotel CostAustralis, Puerto Natales
Hotel CostAustralis was designed by a local architect who planned the entire facade with floor-to-ceiling windows that face on to the sound, which means that there are spectacular sweeping views from the bar, the restaurant and the lounge. With 110 rooms, the CostAustralis is the town’s largest hotel, but it retains a certain cosiness with its grass cloth wallpaper offset by wooden trim and ceilings, plants and soft lighting.
Hotel Lago Grey, Torres del Paine
Hosteria Lago Grey is located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. It offers spectacular views over the lake Lago Grey and its glacier, and the cuernos (the literal translation is 'horns') can be seen in the distance.
Hotel Plaza San Francisco, Santiago
Located 16km from the airport, the Hotel Plaza San Francisco is situated on the busy O'Higgins Avenue in the heart of the city's downtown area. This elegant hotel has traditional decor, with richly coloured fabric wallpaper, oriental rugs and subdued lighting. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant serving award-winning cuisine, a bar, swimming pool and fitness centre.
Hotel Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine
Hotel Rio Serrano is located on the western shore of the Serrano river, which comes winding from the Toro Lake, and flows into Ultima Esperanza bay. There are 98 rooms, some with views of the Paine massif, a panoramic restaurant and bar serving a variety of Chilean cuisine.
Explore Buenos Aires with its lively streets and plazas filled with the sights and sounds of tango. There is also the opportunity to visit an estancia in the countryside or take a day trip to neighbouring Uruguay.
Day 14: Fly to Buenos Aires
Fly to Buenos Aires. Transfer to the Hotel Intersur Recoleta for 3 nights. (B)
Day 15: Buenos Aires
Morning tour of the city, visiting colourful La Boca, elegant Recoleta and the city’s palaces and monuments. (B)
Day 16: Buenos Aires
At leisure or take an optional visit to an estancia or a day trip to Colonia across the Rio de la Plata. (B)
Days 17-18: Fly to London via São Paulo
Transfer to the airport. Fly to London, via São Paulo, with TAM Airlines, arriving the following day. (B) (N)
Easter Island is officially part of Chile yet, lying 3,790km west of Santiago, it is the world’s most remote inhabited island. A visit to Easter Island is an extraordinary experience, with 600 or so moai statues scattered around the island, dramatically set against the dark waters of the Pacific Ocean, a reminder of the civilisation that once thrived and faded on these shores. The windswept landscape of volcanic craters, lava formations and sandy beaches adds to the otherworldly feel.
Day 14: Fly to Easter Island
Morning flight to Easter Island. Stay 3 nights at either Hotel Iorana or Hotel Otai, located in the small town of Hanga Roa. (B)
Day 15: Easter Island
A full-day excursion to various moai platforms, the quarry at Rano Raraku and Anakena beach, the site of the island’s first settlement. (B)
Day 16: Easter Island
Half-day tour of Rano Kao volcano and the ceremonial village of Orongo. (B)
Day 17: Fly to Santiago
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Santiago. Overnight at the Hotel Plaza San Francisco. (B)
Day 18: Fly to London via São
Paulo Transfer to the airport for a flight to London, via São Paulo, with TAM Airlines. (B)
Day 19: London
Arrive in London. (N)
Easter Island National Park fee is not included and is payable locally.
Discover the extraordinary beauty and isolation of Patagonia aboard an Australis cruise. Travel across great seas and discover the sparkling glaciers, dramatic scenery and wildlife of the southernmost part of the world, including Cape Horn. This extension ends with 2 nights in Buenos Aires.
Day 13: Punta Arenas
Stay in Punta Arenas for an extra night at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel. (B)
Day 14: Board the Australis cruise
In the afternoon, board the Stella or Ventus Australis for a 4-night cruise. These two sister ships accommodate up to 210 passengers in ocean-view cabins. Both feature a restaurant, three lounges, a gym and large open terrace. Expert guides lead daily excursions and give lectures on local wildlife, history and geography. (B, D)
Days 15-17: Australis cruise
Cruise highlights include a visit to Ainsworth Bay, elephant seal colony, Glacier Avenue, the Beagle Channel, Wulaia Bay and the meeting of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans at Cape Horn. (B, L, D)
Day 18: Fly to Buenos Aires
Arrive in Ushuaia. Fly to Buenos Aires and stay at the Intersur Recoleta for 2 nights. (B)
Day 19: Buenos Aires
Half-day city tour. (B)
Days 20-21: Fly to London via São Paulo
Transfer to the airport for your flight to London via São Paulo, with TAM Airlines, arriving on the following day. (B) (N)
Break up your journey home with a stop in the exhilarating Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, set between the mountains and the sea. Explore its celebrated sights and end your trip relaxing on one of the city’s superb beaches.
Day 14: Fly to Rio de Janeiro
Fly to Rio and transfer to the PortoBay Rio Internacional on Copacabana beach for a 3-night stay (Superior partial ocean-view room). (B)
Day 15: Rio de Janeiro
Full-day tour of this stunning city, including Sugar Loaf and Corcovado mountain, crowned by the Christ the Redeemer statue, and offering breathtaking panoramas. (B)
Day 16: Rio de Janeiro
At leisure to relax by the beach or take an optional jeep tour to the Tijuca National Park and explore its Atlantic forest. (B)
Days 17-18: Fly to London via São Paulo
Transfer to the airport for a flight to London via São Paulo with TAM Airlines. (B) (N)
The untamed wilderness of the Chilean Tierra del Fuego, forming the southernmost tip of South America, is particularly impressive. Stay on the island of Navarino and take group excursions to discover the indigenous culture, nature and beautiful scenery of this remote part of Patagonia.
Day 13: Fly to Puerto Williams
Fly to Puerto Williams in Tierra del Fuego and stay for 3 nights at Hotel Lakutaia. Visit Omora Park to observe native flora and fauna. (B, L, D)
Days 14-15: Tierra del Fuego
Group excursions include trekking and a boat trip along the Beagle Channel to Wulaia Bay, once the site of a large Yaghan settlement. (B, L, D)
Day 16: Fly to Santiago via Punta Arenas
Fly to Santiago for a final night. (B)
Days 17-18: Fly to London via São Paulo
Fly to London with TAM Airlines and arrive the following day. (B) (N)
The old port of Valparaíso is one of Chile’s most distinctive cities, with its numerous funicular elevators, steep hills, labyrinthine alleys and brightly painted houses. Declared a world heritage site by Unesco, the town has a unique faded grandeur and relaxed bohemian atmosphere.
Day 13: Fly to Santiago • Valparaíso
Fly to Santiago with the group and drive north to the Pacific coast and Valparaíso. Stay 2 nights at the Fauna Hotel (Superior room). Upgrade to the boutique Zero Hotel from £95. (B)
Day 14: Valparaíso
At leisure to explore the colourful hills or visit the house of Pablo Neruda. (B)
Day 15: Fly to London via São Paulo
Transfer to Santiago and fly to London with TAM Airlines. (B)
Day 16: Arrive in London (N)
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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