From the Atacama Desert to the wildernesses of Patagonia

Fascinating contrast of the Atacama desert landscapes of salt flats, Tatio geysers and high mountains, with a cruise along the Chilean Fjords with lush forests, hot springs and massive glacier.

Travel Highlights

  • Discover the varied landscapes of Chile on this panoramic tour
  • See the desert of the north, the Andes Mountains and the ice fields of Patagonia
  • Get to know the cosmopolitan capital Santiago and colouful port city of Valparaiso
  • Explore the Mars-like Atacama Desert, with a range of guided excursions included
  • Visit a powerful geyser field, huge salt flat and experience Moon Valley at sunset
  • Journey through Chilean Fjords to the San Rafael Glacier on a 5 night Patagonia Cruise

Journey Breakdown

The Azul Tour
Travel Itinerary

Santiago Days 1 - 3

Day 1 -  Departure from the UK

Day 2 - Afternoon tour of Santiago

Day 3 - Santiago at leisure

Itinerary Description

Day 1 - Departure from the UK

Depart Thursday on Iberia or LAN Airlines flight via Madrid to Santiago, arriving the following morning. Next day we have a scenic tour of Santiago surrounded by mountains. 

 

Day 2 - Tour of Santiago

Arriving early in the morning and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon we tour the city, to learn about the city's past history and present story. You will explore the bustling modern heart of the commercial district and Main Avenue, as well as historical main-square, with its majestic cathedral, before visiting the location upon which the Spanish founded the city, on Santa Lucia hill.

 

Day 3 - Santiago at leisure

The following day is at leisure for you to explore the city independently, visiting the numerous parks and museums or we can arrange for you to have additional excursions to visit local wineries, nearby coastal towns or mountain walks.

Atacama Desert Days 4 - 6

Day 4 - Transfer to San Pedro Atacama

Day 5-6 - Excursions in Atacama Desert & Mountains

Itinerary Description

Days 4-6 Atacama Mountains & Desert

Flight to Calama and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis village fed by two rivers and surrounded by outstanding natural beauty. You will be staying at Alto Atacama, a modern desert architecture lodge, including all meals and daily excursions to explore this harsh and varied environment.

Guided excursions will include: visit to Toconao and the Salt Flats, the Tatio Geysers, walking in the Valley of the Moon ending at sunset, Pucara de Quitor and Chiu-chiu.

Valparaiso Days 7-8

Day 7 - Excursion in Atacama. Flight to Santiago. Transfer to Valparaiso

Day 8 - At leisure in Valparaiso

Itinerary Description

Day 7 - 8 Walking tour of Valparaiso

Afternoon transfer to Calama, fly to Santiago and transfer to Valparaiso, staying for 2 nights. Next day walking tour of this histroic city, including the colourful hillside neighbourhoods, art galleries, cafes, and the home of poet Pablo Neruda. 

We explore the colorful, clifftop homes, street art scene and the port of Valparaiso. At night there are many top class restaurants to choose from in this buzzing city.

Lake District & Patagonia Cruise Days 9 - 16

Day 9 - Transfer to the ship

Day 10-14 - Excursions & Sightseeing on the cruise

Day 15 - Fly home via Santiago

Itinerary Description

Day 9 - Transfer to Santiago

Transfer to Santiago. Flight to Puerto Montt, transfer to the pier, board the Skorpios II ship, staying your first night at the port.

Day 10-14 - Lake District & Cruise

Morning tour to the lake region visiting Puerto Varas and Petrohue waterfalls. Afternoon start of your 5 night cruise on the Chonos Route through the Chilean Fjords to Laguna San Rafael Glacier.

Day 15 - Return to Puerto Montt. Fly to home via Santiago

Disembark in the morning in Puerto Montt. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Santiago to connect with your flight home.

Day 16 - Arrive home 

 

The Skorpios II

Northern Ice Field Skorpios II Cruise - First Expedition Ship

Cruise through Northern Patagonia’s fjords and beautifully sculpted icebergs to the mighty San Rafael Glacier and feel the excitement as we explore by small boat. Discover the remote forests and fishing villages, spot wildlife and relax in exclusive hot springs.

Set within the Laguna San Rafael National Park, in the Northern Ice Field of Patagonia, is a lagoon with a spectacular massive glacier. The large Skorpios II cruise vessel provides a panoramic view of San Rafael, before you disembark onto smaller boats to get truly up close and personal with the giant wall of ice and immense electric-blue icebergs.

Cruises to the glacier depart from the town of Puerto Montt and also take in the charming fishing village Puerto Aguirre, the beautiful Quitralco Fjord, surrounded by mountains and lush vegetation and with its own natural thermal hot springs.

Fully refurbished in 2012, the M/V Skorpios II is custom built to sail Patagonia’s remote and wild coastline. The ship has two comfortable lounges, a dining room and large observation deck with sun loungers. The 53 air-conditioned double cabins have twin, double or king-size beds, at screen TV, safe and private bathroom. The Skorpios II has an open bar included in the price, offering Chilean wines, beer and spirits.

Travel Details
Azul

What's Included

  • 15 Days / 14 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast every day and meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 14 Days / 11 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast every day and meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
  • 14 Days / 11 Nights
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast every day and meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

Price Breakdown

Prices are per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the Year 1 Jul - 11 Aug; 7 Dec -5 Jan
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room - £5,898 - - £6,156 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - + £1,163 - - + £1,163 -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the Year 1 Jul - 11 Aug; 7 Dec -5 Jan
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room - €6,177 - - €7,002 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - + €1,397 - - + €881 -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates Rest of the Year 1 Jul - 11 Aug; 7 Dec -5 Jan
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room - $6,667 - - $7,002 -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - + $1,513 - - + $1,512 -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -

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