Central Valley vineyards; salt flats, geysers and deserts in the north; glaciers, fjords and Andean peaks of Patagonia
15 Night Itinerary from £10,046
Contrast the northern deserts with vineyards of Santiago and glaciers and Andean peaks of Patagonia. Enjoy a 4-night expedition cruise through Patagonian ice fields.
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- Santiago and Valparaiso - 3 Nights
- Atacama Desert - 3 Nights
- Torres del Paine - 4 Nights
- Southern Patagonia Expedition Cruise - 4 Nights
- Santiago - 1 Night
- Contrast Chile's desert moonscapes with snow-capped Andean peaks and glorious glaciers
- Begin in Santiago, home to grand European buildings and world class vineyards
- Enjoy a day trip to the colourful and bohemian port city of Valparaiso
- Visit the Atacama Desert, home to salt flats, geysers and wondrous rock formations
- Venture into Southern Patagonia and the renowned Torres del Paine National Park
- Admire chiselled peaks, turquoise lakes and the magnificent glacier
- Embark on a 4-night Skorpios III Cruise through the ice fields of Patagonia
- Encounter epic glaciers, native Patagonian forest and pristine fjords
This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.
Santiago and Valparaiso - 3 Nights
Day 1 - Fly to Santiago do Chile
Day 2 - Arrive in Santiago
Day 3 - Tour through Santiago's past and present
Day 4 - Day trip to colourful Valparaiso
- Full Description
Monday, 02 October 2023
Fly to Santiago do Chile
Depart Monday evening on an overnight British Airways flight to Santiago.
Tuesday, 03 October 2023
Arrive in Santiago
You will be met on arrival at the airport and taken to your hotel, where you stay for 3 nights. You have the chance to get to know your guide and ask them some initial questions about the city.
Wednesday, 04 October 2023
Tour through Santiago's past and present
Today enjoy a private guided tour of Santiago to learn about the city's past history and present. 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 Santa Lucia Hill, the location upon which the Spanish founded the city.
Thursday, 05 October 2023
Day trip to colourful Valparaiso
Today we take a tour to the Pacific Coast, visiting the charming city of Valparaiso. We take a walking tour of this historic city, including the UNESCO recognised port area once the Pacific leading trading centres. We also visit colourful hillside neighbourhoods, art galleries, cafés and the home of poet Pablo Neruda.
Santiago de Chile - Luxury Boutique
Located just 45 minutes from Santiago in the foothills of Alto Jahuel, Buin, Santa Rita Vineyard and Hotel offers the chance to experience Chile's cultural heritage and winemaking traditions as well as history, culture and cuisine.
Whether you are an experienced connoisseur or more of a beginner, our tours will help you learn about and enjoy the fascinating world of winemaking. When you visit Santa Rita, or stay a night or two at the stunning Hotel Casa Real, you will find the roots of Chilean wine: you will see how it is made, enjoy a tasting session, and experience the winery’s cultural heritage in Alto Jahuel.
The Hotel Casa Real sits in a 40-hectare park, one of the largest and best-preserved in Central Chile, with statues, mazes, a chapel and well maintained gardens and avenues.
The hotel has 16 rooms and suites, each with private bathroom, hair dryer, FREE Wi-Fi, mini-bar and luxury toiletries. Public areas include lounge areas, dining room, a billiard room, outdoor swimming pool and gym.
Santiago de Chile - Deluxe Hotel
The Hotel Plaza San Francisco is just a short distance from the heart of Santiago. There are 160 rooms with air conditioning, telephone, cable TV, safety box and mini bar. The hotel also features a bar, restaurant, swimming pool, sauna, gymnasium and business centre. Accommodation includes room and breakfast.
Atacama Desert - 3 Nights
Day 5 - Transfer to San Pedro Atacama
Day 6 - Atacama's salt flats, geysers and rock formations
Day 7 - Explore the Atacama Desert
- Full Description
Friday, 06 October 2023
Transfer to San Pedro Atacama
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, for 3 nights. Alto Atacama is the perfect base to explore this harsh and varied environment.
Saturday, 07 October 2023
Salt flats, geysers and rock formations of the Atacama
Over the next 2 days, enjoy guided excursions exploring the Atacama Desert and mountains. We will visit the colonial town on Toconao with its imposing bell tower, observe the beautiful Andean flamingo and marvel at the famous Salt Flats, once fought over by Chile and Bolivia and Peru in the War of the Pacific the outcome of which meant Chile gained much of this mineral-rich area for their own.
We will rise early to see the Tatio Geysers at the best viewing time around breakfast time, go walking in the Valley of the Moon ending at sunset, visit the ancient Indian fortress at Pucara de Quitor and the highland village of Chiu Chiu.
After dark, our guide will explain the incredible views of the stars - the Atacama Desert is one of the best places in the world for star gazing. The lodge has a special area with loungers that enable you to lie flat and obverse the sky in warmth and comfort.
Sunday, 08 October 2023
Explore the Atacama Desert
Atacama Desert - Deluxe Lodge
The Nayara Alto Atacama is a luxury lodge & spa in a breathtaking environment 3km from San Pedro de Atacama. Built in the style of traditional adobe, the lodge is a stunning example of innovative and sustainable architecture, blending into the surrounding red-rock, in the shadow of the Pukará de Quitor ruins and alongside the San Pedro river.
The public spaces and 42 guestrooms, each with private terraces and incredible views, pay homage to the Atacama Region with warm, desert colors and local textiles, crafts and stone. The lodge offers a wonderful restaurant, six outdoor pools, a spa, a cozy common area with a fireplace, an open-deck observatory, as well as over 30 cultural and adventurous activities to explore the desert.
Travelers may choose between a simple B&B nightly stay, or all-inclusive "premium" packages (private excursions are available as well). With the premium packages, transfers to and from Calama or the border with Bolivia are included on a complimentary basis at any time of day.
Atacama Desert - First Lodge
San Pedro de Atacama is an oasis village fed by two rivers and surrounded by outstanding natural beauty, including the Andes Mountains, volcanoes, salt flats filled with flamingos, high plateau, grassy river beds and salt crusted caves. It is at an altitude of 7.920 feet/2.400 meters. San Pedro's history starts with civilizations from 10,000 years ago, and its people, traditions and culture of today descend from the Incas, Aymarás and Atacameñans.
Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa is a 15-20 minute walk from/to the center of the village of San Pedro. San Pedro is a one hour drive from Calama airport which is a two hour flight from the capital Santiago. Tierra Atacama is an Adventure Spa, a place where guests combine active enjoyment of the desert with profound restfulness. The hotel presents the great beauty of the Altiplano via guided hikes, bikes, horserides and in vans.
Its architecture, interiors and gardens were designed by some of Chile's leading creative talent using local materials, artisans and arts where possible, and to create a space that would excite, relax and inspire our guests. Hotel facilities include living room, bar, restaurant, guest computers with internet, WiFi, throughout the hotel, TV lounge, board games, outdoor dining, outdoor fire pits with camp seating and views of the Licancabur volcano, pool, jacuzzi and full spa. The hotel has 32 rooms styled with atacameñan details. All rooms have views of the volcano Licancabur.
16 "oriente" rooms (35 m2 / 377 sq. ft.) have terraces with volcano views and bathroom with shower,14 "poniente" rooms (37 m2 / 398 sq. ft.) have a bathroom with tub and shower and terraces with views of the gardens and Salt Mountains. All rooms have mountain views, private terraces, outdoor showers, hairdryer, central heating, ceiling fan, safe deposit box. Accommodation includes room, breakfast and use of the spa facilities (pools, sauna, steam bath and jacuzzi).
Atacama Desert - Luxury Lodge
Covering an area of 17 hectares outside the town of San Pedro, Explora Lodge is a complex of gardens and walkways with modern architecture, comfortable accommodation and many facilities. Newly renovated in 2016, the lodge has its own stables offering a variety of horse riding excursions, as well as its own covered area for astronomy.
Public areas include four pools, a spa and excellent cuisine in the restaurant. Explora lodge specialises in 'Explorations' offering over 40 activities ranging from sightseeing to more adventurous biking and trekking.
The rates include accommodation, meals, drinks, explorations and airport transfers.
Torres del Paine - 4 Nights
Day 8 - Return to Santiago
Day 9 - Travel to Torres del Paine
Day 10 - Torres del Paine National Park
Day 11 - Explore Torres del Paine
- Full Description
Monday, 09 October 2023
Return to Santiago
After a morning excursion, we transfer to Calama and fly to Santiago, staying in the capital overnight.
Tuesday, 10 October 2023
Torres del Paine National Park
Our journey continues south, taking a flight to Punta Arenas, gateway to Torres del Paine National Park where we stay for 3 nights at a comfortable lodge within the park for ease of access and the best walks and scenery.
Wednesday, 11 October 2023
Torres del Paine National Park
Our days are spent walking in this awe-inspiring area, where dramatic granite massifs rise from the earth, surrounded by glaciers, lakes and gnarled Magellanic beech trees. The walks vary from short 2 hour strolls, to longer full day treks. Whichever you choose, the scenery will be unforgettable and invigorating.
Thursday, 12 October 2023
Explore Torres del Paine
Patagonia and Torres del Paine - First Lodge
The Patagonia Camp is located on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park on the shores of "Lago el Toro" and is 100% eco-friendly. This place has been created to fulfill your expectations, combining nature, adventure, relaxation, comfort and luxury. The Camp has 20 luxury yurts specially designed to resist the Patagonian wind, rain and snow, all of which have a view of Lake Toro and the Paine Massif. Each yurt has a private bathroom and a private terrace and is equipped with double beds (twin or king size), closet, desk, and full-bodied timber flooring and heating systems. The Patagonian decor gives the yurts a unique atmosphere. You can relax in the lounge, enjoy your dinner with the meals prepared by the chef. There is one building that serves as a restaurant, bar and lounge. All are connected by elevated walkways. The camp also has a massage room only steps away form the main building. You will enjoy a typical Patagonian Barbecue one of the days of your stay, you will be able to take part in the preparation of the typical "Magellan lamb", and other regional foods.The expert bilingual staff will welcome you and make you feel at home.
There are daily excursions offered, according to your particular preferences and weather conditions which have been tailored in a way that you enjoy the Chilean Patagonia and Torres del Paine at the most and in your best interest. The suggested excursions will be either for a Full Day : Base Torres, Laguna Verde or La Península; or; half day excursions: Mirador Cóndor, Lago Sarmiento, Playa Grey, Mirador Cuernos, Mirador El Estribo, Cerro Tenerife, or Laguna Azul.
Patagonia and Torres del Paine - First Lodge
The Hotel las Torres was once an Estancia that has now been developed for tourism with comfortable, purpose built accommodation with private facilities and heating; restaurant, bar and social area. The Hostel is ideally located for those wishing to trek along the Ascension River and up to the 'Towers', the rocky peaks with towering above a lake. Visits to Lago Grey on the other side of the park are possible with private transport and excursions arranged at the hotel.
The rooms of the hotel provide a cozy atmosphere, being the perfect setting to relax and enjoy after a long days excursion. Central heating, box spring beds, telephones and private bathrooms in a rustic yet elegant decoration provide the ideal ambience in our superior rooms for resting and preparing the next days activities.
Several services are available in the relaxing environment of your room, with a simple call you have the possibility of enjoying massages, food, wine and drinks.
Hostería Las Torres offers single, double twin, matrimonial and triple rooms in categories standard and superior.
Large variety of excursions
With over 25 excursions to choose from every day, passengers will have the opportunity to decide the next day's trip with the assessment of their guide. Many of the outings are very different to what is ordinarily offered in the park. Interesting Archeological areas visited on 4x4, private paths that climb to the base of mountain glaciers and the more subtle yet profound walk in the Lenga forests provide an in-depth view of the powerful nature in Patagonia.
Patagonia and Torres del Paine - Deluxe Hotel
Explora Lodge cuisine offers authentic flavors based on the best-quality ingredients, many of which are produced locally. The food is healthy and well-balanced, ideal for people going trekking, horseback riding or on other explorations. All menus include some of the best local dishes, such as Magellanic lamb, southern king crab and delicious fish and vegetables.
Torres del Paine can be visited all year round. Each season has its own beauty, colours and aromas; each reveals new and different aspects of this wonderful place.
Southern Patagonia Expedition Cruise - 4 Nights
Day 12 - Transfer to Skorpios III expedition cruise
Day 13 - Exploring magnificent glaciers
Day 14 - Glaciers and nature walks
Day 15 - Fjord of the Mountains
- Full Description
Friday, 13 October 2023
Transfer to Skorpios III expedition cruise
Today, we transfer by road to Puerto Natales and embark Skorpios III cruise ship, for a 4-night expedition cruise on the Kaweskar Route to remote fjords and glaciers of the Southern Patagonia Ice Fields, with all meals, open bar and excursions included.
Set sail after lunch through the Almirante Montt Gulf arriving at Caleta Juarez in Guardramiro Fjord. Here we travel on small boats to see up close a colony of elephant seals. Evening sailing crossing Kirke narrows, Morla Vicuna, Union, Collingwood, and Sarmiento channels
Saturday, 14 October 2023
Exploring magnificent Glaciers
This morning sail north through Pitt Channel to Guillard Fjord and sail close to Guillard Glacier. Here we explore the glacier on land. Enjoy an afternoon tour through the Glacier's channels. In late afternoon, drive at Sarratea Bay where we take a small boat to explore.
Sunday, 15 October 2023
Glaciers and nature walks
This morning we arrive at Amalia Glacier. The ship will get as close as possible to the glacier for amazing views. We then go ashore and explore the nearby beach and hike through sand, vegetation, and rocks, reaching a viewpoint from where you can observe this beautiful glacier. Back on board we continue to the El Brujo Glacier. If weather and ice conditions allow, you can see the glacier from a nearby rock.
We then sail to spectacular Calvo fjord and enjoy an excursion in a boat navigating amongst the ice, visiting Fernando, Capitán Constantino, and Alipio glaciers.
Monday, 16 October 2023
Fjord of the Mountains
Today we visit the Fjord of the Mountains, where four glaciers descend from the Sarmiento Mountain Range to the sea. We then visit Alsina Glacier, where we explore by boat visiting this small bay and its eye-catching glacier. Continue to Bernal Glacier where we hike in a small native forest and across a glacial water lagoon to the front of the Glacier. Here, we will have the opportunity to touch some ice and watch the receding phase of a glacier that no longer reaches the sea. In the evening, as we navigate through the Almirante Montt Gulf, enjoy a farewell dinner.
Southern Ice Field Skorpios III Cruise - First Expedition Ship
Experience a feeling of pure excitement, as you get up close to the awe-inspiring glaciers of the Southern Patagonian Icefield, from the comfort of the custom built Skorpios III. One of life’s great travel adventures!
A cruise on Skorpios III will take passengers to view as many as 14 different glaciers at close range, in channels which are not visited by any other tourist boat. The glaciers all form part of the Southern Patagonian Icefield, one of the largest areas of solid ice outside the polar regions.
Custom built for expedition cruising in the Southern Patagonia, the Skorpios III is a class 1A icebreaker, making her perfect for exploring these icy waters. She was most recently refurbished in 2012 to a high standard. She has two lounges with bars, dining room, shops and observation deck with sun loungers. The 45 air-conditioned double cabins offer twin or double beds, with private bathroom, TV and safe. The Skorpios III has an open bar included in the price, offering Chilean wines, beer and spirits.
Santiago - 1 Night
Day 16 - Fly to Santiago
Day 17 - Fly back to the UK
Day 18 - Arrive in the UK
- Full Description
Tuesday, 17 October 2023
Fly to Santiago
Transfer to Punta Arenas Airport and fly back to Santiago. Transfer to your chosen hotel for your final night stay in Chile.
Wednesday, 18 October 2023
Fly back to the UK
Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Thursday, 19 October 2023
Arrive in the UK
Arrive in the UK in the morning.
|Season||Low Season||High Season|
|Travel Dates||6 Jan-30 Jun, 12 Aug-6 Dec||1 Jul-11 Aug, 7 Dec-5 Jan|
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£10,046||£10,307|
|Single Traveller - Own Room||£10,930||£12,861|
Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.
- 17 Days / 14 Nights
- International flights (2 overnight)
- Internal flights
- Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
- 3 night Skorpios III Expedition Cruise on full board basis including open bar and all excursions
- 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
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