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.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Santiago, via São Paulo, with TAM Airlines. (N)
Morning arrival. Transfer to the Hotel Plaza San Francisco for 2 nights. Afternoon at leisure. (N)
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)
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)
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 at leisure. Alternatively, take an optional excursion to El Tatio geysers, the hot springs or the 17th-century fortress of Pukara de Quitor. (B)
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)
Morning visit to Petrohué 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Fly to Santiago and transfer to the Hotel Plaza San Francisco for an overnight stay. (B)
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 São Paulo, with TAM Airlines. (B)
Arrive in London. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Santiago.
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.
Well located on spacious grounds on the edge of town, the hotel offers an ideal place to relax, close to San Pedro city and yet at the same time immersed in the peaceful surroundings of the Atacama Desert. The hotel architecture blends with the landscape, reflecting the original construction of the people who inhabited the Andean highlands. Hotel amenities include a bar, restaurant, fax, internet, parking, swimming pool and direct dial phone...
The lakeside Cabana del Lago Hotel is close to the centre of Puerto Varas and offers sweeping views of the town and the Osorno volcano. Its location can be best appreciated from the attractive lounge, which overlooks the lake and surrounding scenery. The hotel has 157 rooms and facilities include an indoor pool and sauna, and a restaurant with an extensive...
In 1962, the Cabo de Hornos was built as the first grand hotel in Punta Arenas. Within walking distance of the major areas of interest, the hotel is located on the main plaza in the heart of the city and has a direct view of the Strait of Magellan. The hotel has 110 rooms and amenities include a restaurant serving regional and international cuisine, a bar, room service and laundry...
Hotel CostAustralis was designed by a local architect who planned the entire facade with floor-to-ceiling windows that face on to the sound, which means that there are spectacular sweeping views from the bar, the restaurant and the lounge. With 110 rooms, the CostAustralis is the town’s largest hotel, but it retains a certain cosiness with its grass cloth wallpaper offset by wooden trim and ceilings, plants and soft lighting. Facilities include a restaurant, room service and a laundry...
Hosteria Lago Grey is located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. It offers spectacular views over the lake Lago Grey and its glacier, and the cuernos (the literal translation is 'horns') can be seen in the distance. There are 5 bungalow blocks containing the rooms, a restaurant, bar and...
Located 16km from the airport, the Hotel Plaza San Francisco is situated on the busy O'Higgins Avenue in the heart of the city's downtown area. This elegant hotel has traditional decor, with richly coloured fabric wallpaper, oriental rugs and subdued lighting. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant serving award-winning cuisine, a bar, swimming pool, fitness centre and...
Hotel Rio Serrano is located on the western shore of the Serrano river, which comes winding from the Toro Lake, and flows into Ultima Esperanza bay. There are 98 rooms, some with views of the Paine massif, a panoramic restaurant and bar serving a variety of Chilean...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
Explore Buenos Aires with its lively streets and plazas filled with the sights and sounds of tango. There is also the opportunity to visit an estancia in the countryside or take a day trip to neighbouring Uruguay.
Fly to Buenos Aires. Transfer to the Hotel Intersur Recoleta for 3 nights. (B)
Morning tour of the city, visiting colourful La Boca, elegant Recoleta and the city’s palaces and monuments. (B)
At leisure or take an optional visit to an estancia or a day trip to Colonia across the Rio de la Plata. (B)
Transfer to the airport. Fly to London, via São Paulo, with TAM Airlines, arriving the following day. (B) (N)
Easter Island is officially part of Chile yet, lying 3,790km west of Santiago, it is the world’s most remote inhabited island. A visit to Easter Island is an extraordinary experience, with 600 or so moai statues scattered around the island, dramatically set against the dark waters of the Pacific Ocean, a reminder of the civilisation that once thrived and faded on these shores. The windswept landscape of volcanic craters, lava formations and sandy beaches adds to the otherworldly feel.
Morning flight to Easter Island. Stay 3 nights at the Hotel Otai, located in the small town of Hanga Roa. (B)
A full-day excursion to various moai platforms, the quarry at Rano Raraku and Anakena beach, the site of the island’s first settlement. (B)
Half-day tour of Rano Kao volcano and the ceremonial village of Orongo. (B)
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Santiago. Overnight at the Hotel Plaza San Francisco. (B)
Paulo Transfer to the airport for a flight to London, via São Paulo, with TAM Airlines. (B)
Easter Island National Park fee is not included and is payable locally.
Discover the extraordinary beauty and isolation of Patagonia aboard an Australis cruise. Travel across great seas and discover the sparkling glaciers, dramatic scenery and wildlife of the southernmost part of the world, including Cape Horn. This extension ends with 2 nights in Buenos Aires.
Stay in Punta Arenas for an extra night at the Cabo de Hornos Hotel. (B)
In the afternoon, board the Stella or Ventus Australis for a 4-night cruise. These two sister ships accommodate up to 210 passengers in ocean-view cabins. Both feature a restaurant, three lounges, a gym and large open terrace. Expert guides lead daily excursions and give lectures on local wildlife, history and geography. (B, D)
Cruise highlights include a visit to Ainsworth Bay, elephant seal colony, Glacier Avenue, the Beagle Channel, Wulaia Bay and the meeting of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans at Cape Horn. (B, L, D)
Arrive in Ushuaia. Fly to Buenos Aires and stay at the Intersur Recoleta for 2 nights. (B)
Half-day city tour. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to London via São Paulo, with TAM Airlines, arriving on the following day. (B) (N)
Break up your journey home with a stop in the exhilarating Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, set between the mountains and the sea. Explore its celebrated sights and end your trip relaxing on one of the city’s superb beaches.
Fly to Rio and transfer to the PortoBay Rio Internacional on Copacabana beach for a 3-night stay (Superior partial ocean-view room). (B)
Full-day tour of this stunning city, including Sugar Loaf and Corcovado mountain, crowned by the Christ the Redeemer statue, and offering breathtaking panoramas. (B)
At leisure to relax by the beach or take an optional jeep tour to the Tijuca National Park and explore its Atlantic forest. (B)
Transfer to the airport for a flight to London via São Paulo with TAM Airlines. (B) (N)
The untamed wilderness of the Chilean Tierra del Fuego, forming the southernmost tip of South America, is particularly impressive. Stay on the island of Navarino and take group excursions to discover the indigenous culture, nature and beautiful scenery of this remote part of Patagonia.
Fly to Puerto Williams in Tierra del Fuego and stay for 3 nights at Hotel Lakutaia. Visit Omora Park to observe native flora and fauna. (B, L, D)
Group excursions include trekking and a boat trip along the Beagle Channel to Wulaia Bay, once the site of a large Yaghan settlement. (B, L, D)
Fly to Santiago for a final night. (B)
Fly to London with TAM Airlines and arrive the following day. (B) (N)
The old port of Valparaíso is one of Chile’s most distinctive cities, with its numerous funicular elevators, steep hills, labyrinthine alleys and brightly painted houses. Declared a world heritage site by Unesco, the town has a unique faded grandeur and relaxed bohemian atmosphere.
Fly to Santiago with the group and drive north to the Pacific coast and Valparaíso. Stay 2 nights at the Fauna Hotel (Superior room). Upgrade to the boutique Zero Hotel from £95. (B)
At leisure to explore the colourful hills or visit the house of Pablo Neruda. (B)
Transfer to Santiago and fly to London with TAM Airlines. (B)
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SOC2018: 12 Nights
Easter Island was amazing, just as I expected. The first sight of the crater at Orongo was breathtakingMs Carol Gould
The incredible scenery, particularly of the Atacama desert and the Torres del Paine Nat. Park. Seeing volcanos from the air and then driving/walking around them was amazing. Mrs Caroline Roberts
Some excellent memories from each of the areas in Chile we visited – Santiago, the Atacama Desert, the Lake District, Torres del Paine National Park, Puerto Williams and Easter Island. The two highlights were Torres del Paine and Puerto Williams – in the former you felt as if you really were at the bottom of the world, almost like the outback in Australia. The daily activities in Puerto Williams were excellent. Mr Brendan Fitzgerald
Getting really close to the glaciers from the cruise ship was terrific. Mr Richard Dobson
The guide, Valentino, was very efficient, excellent with local knowledge, always pleasant and punctual; an essential requirement. Comparing the desert and Patagonia is like comparing chalk and cheese. All the places had inspirational characteristics. Food and wine were varied and of a high standard. Mr Stephen Fidler
The welcome and friendliness of the Chilean people coupled with their civilised attitude that is modelled on the UK, was inspirational. The scenery from the Atacama to Patagonia is just overwhelming.Mr Derek Lester
The visit to Easter Island was really the highlight of the holiday - an experience not to be missed. Mr Timothy Marsh
Puerto Natales Settled in 1911 on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound) as a port for the sheep industry...
Punta Arenas is the most southerly city in Chile. It lies on the eastern...
The cosmopolitan capital of Chile is a buzzing metropolis set against the spectacular backdrop of the snow-capped Andes.
The spectacular Torres del Paine National Park is part of the United Nation’s World Biosphere Reserve system.