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Highlights of Chile - Deserts, Lakes District and Patagonia's Glaciers

13 Night Itinerary from  £5,157

Sereno Tour

Discover the 'thin country' between the Andes and Pacific visiting the Atacama Desert, green lakes, mighty volcanoes in the Lake District and the glaciers of Torres del Paine.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Journey through Chile's magnificent and varied landscapes
  • Admire the views of Santiago, backed by the powerful Andes mountains
  • Optional excursion to colourful port city of Valparaiso
  • Enjoy the pristine lakes, conical volcanoes and staggering waterfalls of the Lake District
  • Hike past towering snow-capped peaks and glistening glaciers in Torres del Paine
  • Explore the cinematic lunar rock formations of the Atacama Desert
  • Extend your stay in Easter Island including expert guided tours

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.

Tour Itinerary

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Santiago - 3 Nights

Day 1 - Departure from the UK

Day 2 - Tour of Santiago

Days 3-4 - Santiago at leisure

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Saturday, 18 May 2024

Departure from the UK

Depart any day of the week for Santiago, arriving the next morning. 

Sunday, 19 May 2024

Tour of Santiago

Arriving in the morning, you will be met at the airport and taken to your chosen hotel for a 3 night stay.

In the afternoon we explore the city, set in a wide plain with the Andes stretching into the distance. Santiago offers bohemian areas, large craft markets, grand central squares and the Cerro San Cristóbal, a hill which can be reached by funicular railway, for superb panoramic views of the city.


Monday, 20 May 2024

Santiago at leisure

Two days to further explore the city at your leisure. Perhaps take an optional excursion to Valparaiso and Vina del Mar on the coast, or the vineyards of Santa Cruz and the surrounding valleys. Your guide will advise on all the options to suit your requirements.

Tuesday, 21 May 2024

At leisure

Plaza San Francisco Hotel

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.

2015 Plaza San Francisco Hotel

Su Merced

Santiago de Chile - Tourist Boutique

Su Merced is renovated townhouse, small boutique hotel with only 9 rooms. Its location in the Lastarria area opposite the park in the heart of Santiago making it ideal for visiting the artistic, bohemian area of Bellavista, the main square Plaza de Armas, Presidential Palace and downtown. The rooms are comfortable and modern though rather small, and and the hotel has a restaurant and bar on which doubles as the reception.

2016 Su Merced


Santiago de Chile - Deluxe Boutique

This handsome townhouse, built in 1927, has been renovated and converted into a luxury boutique hotel, with all its original architectural splendour. Filled with European style and sophistication, the 14 rooms were designed to make guests feel at home. The hotel retains the back garden of the original house, complete with a small pool. The hotel has a simple snack bar, but there are many bars and restaurants nearby.

2017 Lastarria
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Puerto Varas, Lake District - 2 Nights

Day 5 - Puerto Varas, Lakes District

Day 6 - Lago Todos Los Santos, Lake District

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Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Puerto Varas, Lake District

Fly to Puerto Montt, capital of the Lake District and transfer to Puerto Varas where we stay for 2 nights. The afternoon is free to explore the city at leisure.

Welcome to the land of scenic lakes and volcanoes; a landscape of glacial lakes, rural villages and impressive national parks. If you love the outdoors, there are many different treks and walks, horseback riding and other adventure activities available from your hotel.


Thursday, 23 May 2024

Lago Todos Los Santos, Lake District

Enjoy a full day guided excursion to the emerald green waters of Lago Todos Los Santos, visiting the Petrohué Falls that flow over the sculpted basalt rock. Continue to the striking Osorno Volcano, with views of the surrounding wooded hills and glistening lakes. 

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Torres del Paine - 3 Nights

Day 7 - Travel to Torres del Paine

Day 8-9 - Torres del Paine National Park

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Friday, 24 May 2024

Torres del Paine National Park

Our journey continues southbound, as we take a flight to Punta Arenas and transfer to Torres del Paine National Park where we stay for 3 nights at a comfortable lodge within the National Park for ease of access and the best walks and scenery.

Saturday, 25 May 2024

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 six hour treks, to 1.5hr strolls. Whichever you choose, the scenery will be unforgettable and the walking truly invigorating. Nature at its finest!

Sunday, 26 May 2024

Explore Torres del Paine

Hotel Las Torres

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.

2019 Hosteria Las Torres

Patagonia Camp

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.

2020 Patagonia Camp

Explora 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.

Explora Patagonia
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Fly to Santiago - 1 Night

Day 10 - Fly to Santiago

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Monday, 27 May 2024

Fly to Santiago

Transfer to Punta Arenas for your afternoon flight to Santiago. We spend the night in a hotel in Santiago near the airport.

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Atacama Desert - 3 Nights

Day 11 - Travel to San Pedro de Atacama

Day 12 - Moon Valley

Day 13 - El Tatio Geysers

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024

San Pedro de Atacama

We take an early morning flight to Calama and transfer through the driest desert in the world to San Pedro de Atacama where we transfer to your chosen hotel for a 3 night stay. Afternoon at leisure. We take a stroll in the village and witness the sunset at Pucará de Quitor, the ruins of a 700-year-old Indian fortress, with the Andes mountains stretching north and south as far as the eye can see.  

The high altitude and dry climate has made the Atacama Desert one of the world's top regions for astronomy. Experiencing Atacama at night is as memorable as exploring the desert landscape by day. Your guide can advise on the best ways to observe the stars and planets after dark.

If you have a special interest in Astronomy, our expert UK staff can advise on the best hotels and time of year to travel to the Atacama Desert.


Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Moon Valley

Today we visit the Archeological Museum, founded by a local priest, which houses fascinating examples of Indian artefacts - including mummies which have been perfectly preserved in the dry desert air. In the afternoon we visit the eerie Valley of the Moon for sunset, when the colours and forms of the naturally sculpted salt mountains are at their most beautiful hauntingly.

Thursday, 30 May 2024

El Tatio Geysers

A very early morning departure for Tatio Geysers. This extraordinary sight is best seen as the first rays of the sun catch the forceful jets and steam that rise from the earth. We stop on the way back to visit a delightful oasis, village of Chiu Chiu.


Terrantai Lodge

Atacama Desert - First Hotel

The Terrantai Lodge is a well-hidden retreat, from the street one would assume it is another adobe house, but upon entering you come across a small maze, with a few of the rooms having both a front door and patio door. There is a pleasant outdoor restaurant which captures the cool breeze and the staff are always on hand. Accommodation is full board and airport transfers and daily excursions are included.

A range of excursions are offered which allow you to discover the natural wonders and beauty of the surrounding area. These include visits to salt flats, the Moon Valley, petroglyphs, ruins, geysers, lagoons and many other attractions. Some excursions are on foot, others by jeep and there is also the opportunity to explore on horseback.


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Explora Lodge

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.



Explora Atacama
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Return via Santiago - 1 Night

Day 14 - Salar de Atacama and fly to Santiago 

Day 15 - Return to the UK

Day 16 - Arrive home

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Friday, 31 May 2024

Salar de Atacama and fly to Santiago 

This morning enjoy an excursion through the timeless space of the desert, to the village of Toconao, set on the edge of the Salar de Atacama, an immense dry salt lake that stretches into the distance towards a row of snow-capped volcanoes. We then return to Santiago in the afternoon for our last night in Chile.

Saturday, 01 June 2024

Fly back to the UK

Last day to explore Santiago, before your return overnight flight home.

Sunday, 02 June 2024

Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates 25 Dec-21 Jun, 17 Aug - 12 Dec 22 Jun-16 Aug, 13 Dec - 24 Dec
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £5,157 £6,858 £8,752 £5,481 £6,892 £8,969
Single Traveller - Own Room £6,815 £7,627 £11,028 £7,111 £8,465 £12,169

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

What's Included

  • 16 Days / 13 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast everyday and meals as described on 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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