Splendours of Chile    *alt*

15 days, from £3645
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Description

Chile is an extraordinarily beautiful country, encompassing just about every type of landscape on Earth, from the arid desert of the north, through verdant lakes and pastures to the soaring peaks and glaciers of Patagonia. This expansive tour explores Chile's spectacular desert, mountain scenery and Patagonian wilderness, and allows time to discover some fascinating Chilean traditions.

Tour type: General interest

What's Included
* 4- & 5-star accommodation
* International & internal flights
* Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
* Average group size - 16 people (max 26)
* Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
* Experienced local tour manager
* 12 breakfasts & 3 lunches
* Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
* Porterage at airports
* Christmas departure

Tour Highlights:
- Watch the sun set over the Atacama desert
- Private boat trip on Lake Todos los Santos
- Superior room with views at Torres del Paine
- Visit a traditional Patagonia estancia
Meal basis
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information

Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Group tour manager
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Santiago.

Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call 020 3627 3097 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.

Itinerary


 Day 1: Fly to Santiago via Sa?o Paulo

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Santiago, via Sa?o Paulo, with TAM Airlines. (N)


 Day 2: Santiago

Morning arrival. Transfer to the Hotel Plaza San Francisco for 2 nights. Afternoon at leisure. (N)


 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. (B)


 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. (B)


 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. (B, L)


 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. (B)



 Day 7: Fly to Puerto Montt via Santiago * Puerto Varas

Fly to Puerto Montt via Santiago and transfer to the town of Puerto Varas, surrounded by shimmering lakes and perfectly conical snow-capped volcanoes. Stay 2 nights at the Cabana del Lago Hotel, set on the lake. (B)


 Day 8: Chilean Lake District

Morning visit to Petrohue 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. (B)


 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). (B)


 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 / Rio Serrano for 2 nights in a Superior room with views of the glacier or Paine massif. (B, L)


 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. (B)


 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. (B, L)


 Day 13: Fly to Santiago

Fly to Santiago and transfer to the Hotel Plaza San Francisco for an overnight stay. (B)


 Day 14: Fly to London via Sa?o Paulo

Morning at leisure or optional tour of the PreColumbian Museum or Los Dominicos handicraft market. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Sa?o Paulo, with TAM Airlines. (B)


 Day 15: London

Arrive in London. (N)