A self drive tour exploring the Chilean Lake District, a land of wineries, snow covered peaks and volcanoes
12 Night Itinerary from £2,952
Explore the stunning mountain scenery of majestic volcanoes, lakes and picturesque villages driving at your own pace, making stops and detours as your whim desires
Select your preferred departure date
- Santiago - 2 Nights
- Valparaiso - 2 Nights
- Santa Cruz - 2 Nights
- Chillan - 1 Night
- Pucón - 3 Nights
- Puerto Varas - 2 Nights
- A self-drive journey through stunning Chilean landscapes
- Explore the beautiful Chilean Lake District in-depth
- Discover snow-capped volcanoes, glistening lakes and powerful waterfalls
- Optional horse-riding, rafting and guided walks
- Visit world-class vineyards in the Santa Cruz wine region
- Soak in panoramic views of Santiago and the Andes mountains
- Discover the coastal city of Valparaiso and its colourful streets
- Receive local support and maps with suggested routes and places of interest
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 - 2 Nights
Day 1 - Departure from the UK
Day 2 - Santiago city tour
Day 3 - Santiago at leisure
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Departure from the UK
Departure any day of the week for Santiago, arriving the next morning.
Santiago city tour
After arriving in the morning, you will be met at the airport and taken to your chosen hotel for a 2 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.
Santiago at leisure
Today is at leisure to explore on your own. We suggest taking a tour of the Pacific Coast at Vina del Mar and Valparaiso, or inland to the mountains in the Canon del Maipo.
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.
Santiago de Chile - 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.
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.
Valparaiso - 2 Nights
Days 4-5 - Valparaiso
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Transfer to collect your chosen self drive vehicle - including SUV's, hatchbacks - even sports cars. Veloso Tours provides a comprehensive self-drive pack with maps, hotels booked, attractions on your route and contact details of our local representatives and guides should you need any further local assistance.
Our suggested route is to drive to Valparaiso, for a 2 night stay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its historic seaport quarter. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Valparaiso was one of the most important harbours in the South Pacific, promoting the growth in Chile as a major exporting nation. The architecture in the Old Quarter is a classic example of the an old seaport, quite superb.
Valparaiso is very picturesque city, the views enhanced by the surrounding hills and Pacific Ocean. Perhaps explore the Pacific coast line north to Viña del Mar and Reñaca, both famous seaside resorts.
Located in the historic quarter of Valparaiso, Palacio Astoreca was built in 1923 as a Victorian palace and has been recently restored into a boutique hotel.
Hotel Palacio Astoreca opened in September 2012, after a three-year restoration project. Being a national heritage building its original façade and some of the interior architecture has been preserved, giving it a unique style that combines both old and new.
The hotel has 23 guestrooms with views to the bay or hillside, a piano bar lounge, library, a spa with heated swimming pool and hammam, and a wine cellar stocking some of Chile's finest wines.
The hotel restaurant 'Alegre' offers excellent fusion cuisine made with local produce, led by Spanish chef Sergio Barroso, who previously worked in award winning Spanish restaurant El Bulli.
Its proximity to the famous Yugoslavo pedestrian walk, the Fine Arts Museum at Barburizza Palace, and El Peral funicular - all in the heart of the popular Cerro Alegre hill - is the perfect setting to grasp the natural layout of the city. The hotel has also been Relais & Châteaux member since Nov 2013.
Santa Cruz - 2 Nights
Day 6 - Santa Cruz Wineries
Day 7 - Explore the wine route
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Santa Cruz Wineries
Our suggested self-drive route takes you up into the picturesque mountain town of Santa Cruz, famous for its vineyards. Overnight at Santa Cruz Hotel. Explore the surrounding countryside and vineyards of "la ruta del vino" (the wine route) where you can take a tour and tasting of the local wines.
Explore the wine route
Continue south along the Andes through quite beautiful mountain scenery, stopping overnight at the Gran Hotel Isabel Riquelme in Chillan. The roads are in good condition here, so you can concentrate on the amazing views. There are regualr places to stop and take photographs.
Chillan - 1 Night
Day 8 - Drive to Chillan
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Drive to Chillan
Continue south along the Andes through quite beautiful mountain scenery, stopping overnight at the Gran Hotel Isabel Riquelme in Chillan. The roads are in good condition here, so you can concentrate on the amazing views. There are regular places to stop and take photographs.
Pucón - 3 Nights
Days 9-11 - Pucon and Villarica Volcano
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Pucon and Villarrica Volcano
Our suggested route takes you to the beautiful Chilean Lake District to Pucón, for 3 nights in your chosen hotel. Located on the shore of spectacular Lake Villarrica, Pucan is surrounded by mountains, trees and waterfalls - and most dominant of all, the famous Villarrica Volcano. There is much to explore, including walks on snow-capped volcanoes, boat trips on crystal clear lakes and rivers, hot thermal baths, horse riding and trekking. You can arrange activities from your hotel, or we can pre-book activities. One popular tour is a walk up Villarrica Volcano, returning downhill on a saucer style toboggan!
Puerto Varas - 2 Nights
Days 12-13 - Puerto Varas and Osorno Volcano
Day 14 - Puerto Montt to return home
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Puerto Varas and Osorno Volcano
Our self-drive route takes you further south to Puerto Varas located on Lake Llanquihue, near Petrohué Falls and Lago Todos Los Santos where we stay for 2 nights. Puerto Varas and the deep, clear, emerald green waters of the Lake are framed by the snowcapped Osorno Volcano. Explore the area at your own pace, with walks, boat trips and outdoor activities. Well worth a visit is nearby Chiloe, with its unique blend of isolated island culture, small fishing communities and small wooden UNESCO-listed churches, constructed by the Jesuit missionaries arriving in the 16th century.
Puerto Montt and return home
Drive to Puerto Montt airport, where you return your car. Fly to Santiago connecting with the overnight flight home.
Arrive in the UK
Arrive in the UK in the morning.
|Season||Low Season||High Season|
|Travel Dates||1 Jan - 30 June, 6 Sept - 17 Dec||1 July - 5 Sep, 18 Dec - 31 Dec|
|Multiple Travellers - Twin Room||£2,952||£3,219||£3,227||£3,484|
Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.
- 15 Days / 12 Nights
- International flights (2 overnight)
- Internal flights
- Self-drive car based on a 2-door hatchback vehicle
- Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
- Breakfast every day
- Transfers to and from airports
- Prices are per person
- Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request
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