Wonders of Chile

Journey the entire length of Chile and venture into a land of extremes. From the driest place on Earth, the lunar-like Atacama Desert, to the fertile vineyards of the Casablanca Valley and from the bustling capital Santiago to the soul-stirring wilderness of Patagonia. In between lie a series of islands famous for their beauty, folklore, legend and handicraft traditions. Perfectly positioned between the ocean and the Andes, this long narrow strip of land packs an unforgettable punch.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Santiago

Welcome to Santiago, one of the world’s most spectacularly located cities with the snow-covered Andean peaks as the city’s backdrop. Upon arrival you will be met by your A&K representative who will accompany you on your private transfer to your luxury accommodation. The capital of Chile is a modern cosmopolitan city with many landscaped parks to wander through. Ease into your adventure with a stroll around your neighbourhood and time to discover some of the many cafés and restaurants in this city full of surprises.

Hotel: Ritz-Carlton Santiago, 2 nights

Day 2: Santiago

Today is a day at leisure for you to explore Santiago your way. Perhaps step inside the treasure-filled La Chascona, built by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda for his mistress. Take the funicular railway to San Cristôbal Hill to soak up the spectacular views. And ride the cable car to eclectic Providencia. End at the top of the Sky Costanera, the tallest building in South America at 300 metres with an impressive 360-degree view of the metropolis.  Alternatively, leave the city and journey to the heart of Chile’s famous Casablanca Valley, home to a generation of pioneering winemakers. Head to Viña Matetic and learn the artistry of organic and bio-dynamic winemaking. Sample an extraordinary medley of wines before lunch overlooking the vast expanse of plains and valleys. Later, enjoy a tasting and blending experience led by the winemaker and make your very own wine.

Day 3: Santiago – Calama – San Pedro de Atacama

Private transfer to the airport for your flight north to Calama, a mining town with Chuquicamata, the largest open cast mine in the world in the hills behind. On arrival meet your local hotel driver and journey through parched lunar landscapes to the oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama, situated at a height of 2,500 metres and your boutique accommodation. Following time to refresh, meet your excursion leader who will discuss the menu of included shared activities available to you during your stay. Choose from active, moderate or easy; travel by vehicle, bike or on foot – with something to suit all interests and fitness levels.

Hotel: Tierra Atacama, 3 nights

Days 4 & 5: San Pedro de Atacama

Atacama Desert is a perfect destination for those who love nature, adventure and extraordinary landscapes, and has something for all tastes and abilities. Bounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains, the 35,000 square kilometre desert is part of a series of arid landscapes that include salt flats, sandy deserts, rocky peaks and active volcanoes. Head out by 4WD, go trekking, ride on mountain bike or horseback and discover steaming geysers, indigenous villages, high altitude lakes and sharply eroded mountains. Spend time at the otherworldly Moon Valley; spot flamingos at the Salar de Atacama salt flats; or be mesmerised by the geysers at El Tatio. Night time brings another opportunity for adventure and the ultimate stargazing experience. The Atacama has one of the clearest night skies on Earth and several top-level observatories have set up home here.

Day 6: San Pedro de Atacama – Calama – Santiago

Leave the desert behind and return to Calama for your flight back to Santiago. On arrival your A&K representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Drop your bags and begin your private walking tour. Start at the grand La Moneda Palace and step back in time in the nearby Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. Watch chess players in the Plaza de Armas and soak up the vibrant artistic life of Lastarria. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Hotel: Ritz-Carlton Santiago

Day 7: Santiago – Castro – Chiloé

Begin with an early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Castro in Chiloé. Chile’s second-largest island is overflowing with timeless traditions, ethereal beauty and surprising wildlife for you to discover. Accompanied by your driver, proceed to your exclusive accommodation and discuss with the team of guides your activities for tailored half-day and full day outings.

Hotel: Tierra Chiloé, 3 nights

Days 8 & 9: Chiloé

Enjoy two whole days immersed in the magic of Chiloé and partake in an amazing range of excursions with fellow guests, which include horse riding, trekking, kayaking and cultural visits to the island’s towns.  Sail around picturesque coves. Seek out the antique wooden churches so architecturally unique that UNESCO declared them World Heritage Monuments. Glimpse curlews, Chilean flamingos and cormorants. And step inside the island’s peculiar stilted homes. You can also enjoy local walks or use the hotel’s bikes to explore the rolling coastal landscape by yourself. On your final evening, enjoy an exclusive chef-prepared dinner on board “La Williche” as you cruise Chiloe’s inland waters.

Day 10: Chiloé – Punta Montt – Punta Arenas

Today is a long travel day but the scenic journey is part of the adventure. Begin with a transfer to Puerto Montt airport, about three hours journey, including a short ferry ride. Your flight south brings you to Punta Arenas, the Patagonian city with the richest history. On arrival your A&K representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Step out on your own and discover the heart of this historic town or find yourself a cosy corner and soak in the marvellous views of the Straits of Magellan.

Hotel: Hotel Cabo de Hornos

Day 11: Punta Arenas – Torres del Paine

Leave the bustling vibe of Punta Arenas behind this morning as you are transferred by road to the extraordinary Torres del Paine, a vast landscape of lakes, glaciers, granite peaks and big sky tracks. Settle in to your luxurious accommodation, which beautifully integrates its architecture with the landscape and prepare to explore this spectacular wilderness on foot, by boat, or horse, by bicycle or in a van, the choice is yours. Meet with one of the qualified guides and let them discuss with you what excursions would suit your level of fitness and interest.

Hotel: Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, 4 nights

Days 12, 13 & 14: Torres del Paine

Spend three whole days exploring soul-stirring wilderness, your way. Trek forest trails and drink in panoramic views of geographic formations that are millions of years old. Spy a variety of animals, including guanaco, condors, foxes and flamingos. Seek out ancient cave paintings and hidden waterfalls. And watch icebergs from the Grey Glacier. Alternatively, relax in the stunning infinity pool with a Torres view, indulge in a sumptuous spa and outdoor hot tub, or follow one of the walking routes to explore the lakeside setting.

Day 15: Torres del Paine – Punta Arenas – Depart Santiago

Your journey the entire length of Chile comes to an end this morning when you transfer back to the airport and your flight back to Santiago where your adventure ends. Alternatively, cross into El Calafate in Argentina and discover more of Patagonia.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Santiago:$17,865.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Modern air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Flight Ticket: Santiago – Calama – Santiago – Castro – Punta Arenas – Santiago
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Discover Chile

From top to bottom Chile will enchant and inspire with its spectacular breathtaking natural landscapes. It is a country where you can delight your palate with diverse flavours and sample local wines, or experience lost civilisations in a land time that time forgot. From the stark other-worldly beauty of the soaring mountain peaks to the most arid desert on earth, the contrasts of Chile are beguiling.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Santiago

Upon arrival into Santiago, you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a walking excursion.

Day 2: Santiago

Spend the day discovering Santiago.

Day 3: Santiago – Valparaiso – Santiago 

Enjoy a full day discovering two of Chile’s beachside cities, Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. Be amazed by the colourful port city of Valparaiso. Famous for its stacked hills and winding stairs, this UNESCO World Heritage city takes you back in time yet has a modern feel. As you climb the winding stone stairs or head up in one of the famous funiculars, you’ll be met with incredible views of the bay. There will be a short break at a local cafe to taste traditional “empanadas”. After lunch head up the coast to Vina del Mar.

Day 4: Santiago – Calama – San Pedro de Atacama

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Calama. In the heart of the Atacama, Calama is the gateway to the geological wonders of the central desert. The town of San Pedro de Atacama sits in the driest desert in the world and is the main base for exploring the area. This afternoon visit Moon Valley, an ideal set up for a welcome into the Atacama landscape accompanied by a cocktail during sunset.

Day 5: San Pedro de Atacama

This morning after breakfast, you will visit the Atacama Salar and the Altiplanic towns of Toconao and Socaire. Continue with a visit to the altiplanic lagoons of Miscanti-Meniques. Lunch will be included in Socaire with local and typical products.

Day 6: San Pedro de Atacama

After breakfast at the hotel depart to the Geysers del Tatio. Enjoy sightseeing on the geothermal field where plumes of steam at boiling point will cover the scenery during a gentle walk through the natural surroundings with breathtaking beauty. On the way back, visit the altiplanic town of San Santiago de Machuca. In the afternoon, visit the archaeological sites of Quitor, Tulor and the complete Archaeological Museum Padre le Paige.

Day 7: San Pedro de Atacama – Calama – Santiago 

This morning you will transfer back to the airport in Calama for your flight back to Santiago. Arrive in Santiago and transfer to your hotel

Day 8: Santiago – Puerto Montt – Puerto Varas

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Puerto Montt, gateway to the Chilean Lake District. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel located in Puerto Varas. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 9: Puerto Varas – Frutillar – Puerto Varas 

This afternoon, visit Frutillar. This beautiful village recalls old Bavaria, from where the first settlers came from. Walk around its beautiful old houses, admiring the gardens and the volcanoes Osorno and Puntiagudo. Continue to the Salzburg brewery, where you will learn the process of beer-making and taste the delicious local beer.

Day 10: Lakes District

Today embark on a journey of natural beauty to Peulla. Board your catamaran to sail across the beautiful lake Todos Los Santos to reach the town of Peulla. Enjoy lunch before returning to Puerto Varas.

Day 11: Puerto Varas – Puerto Montt – Punta Arenas

This morning you will be transferred to Puerto Montt airport for your flight to Punta Arenas. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 12: Punta Arenas – Torres del Paine National Park

Travel by road to your hotel located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, your home for the next three nights.

Day 13 & 14: Torres del Paine National Park

Spend your days in Torres del Paine National Park which boasts the world’s most stunning array of mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests and a wide variety of animal species. Choose from an array of excursions includng trekking, horseback riding and guided vehicle excursions.

Day 15: Torres del Paine National Park – Punta Arenas 

Transfer to the airport where your journey ends.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Santiago:$8,289.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Modern air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Air Ticket: Santiago - Calama - Santiago - Puerto Montt - Punta Arenas
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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