This introductory tour of Chile takes in the striking extremes of this amazing country. Starting and ending in the cosmopolitan city of Santiago, the tour visits the Atacama desert, one of the driest places on Earth, before heading south to Patagonia to see stunning granite peaks, glaciers and wildlife.
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Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Santiago with British Airways. (N)
Arrive and transfer to the Plaza San Francisco Hotel for 2 nights. Afternoon is at leisure to relax or visit the Costanera viewing platform for views of the city and the Andes mountains. (N
This morning explore the cathedral and main square of Santiago on a tour of the city. Afternoon at leisure or optional visit to a nearby winery or the Pre-Columbian Museum. (B)
Fly to Calama and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama for 3 nights at the Altiplanico Hotel. (B)
In the morning, visit the Atacama salt flat and the Andean desert village of Toconao. Afternoon visit to the Valley of the Moon for stunning sunsets. (B)
Day at leisure to explore the town on foot or take optional excursions. (B)
Early morning transfer to Calama airport and fly to Punta Arenas, via Santiago. On arrival, transfer to the charming town of Puerto Natales, surrounded by the glassy waters of Last Hope Sound and the mountain peaks of Patagonia. Stay overnight at the Hotel CostAustralis (sea-view room). (B)
Full-day shared tour taking in prehistoric remains at the Milodon cave and Torres del Paine's dramatic scenery of granite peaks, emerald lakes and waterfalls. There will be an opportunity for a short hike through ancient lenga forests near Lake Grey and its glacier. Stay at the Hotel Rio Serrano for 2 nights with views of the Paine Massif. (B)
Day at leisure or take optional excursions to explore the park further. (B)
Drive back to Punta Arenas for a late afternoon flight to Santiago. Transfer to the Hotel Plaza San Francisco for an overnight stay. (B)
Morning at leisure or optional tour of Los Dominicos handicraft village. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B)
Midday arrival. (N)
As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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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...
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...
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...
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CQQ2017: 9 Nights
Puerto Natales Settled in 1911 on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound) as a port for the sheep industry...
The cosmopolitan capital of Chile is a buzzing metropolis set against the spectacular backdrop of the snow-capped Andes.
The oasis of San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile, located at 2,400 metres above sea...
The spectacular Torres del Paine National Park is part of the United Nation’s World Biosphere Reserve system.