The cosmopolitan capital of Chile is a buzzing metropolis set against the spectacular backdrop of the snow-capped Andes. Santiago’s historical attractions, including the elaborately decorated cathedral and the small but outstanding Museum of Pre-Columbian art are complemented by hillside lanes, leafy parks, booming street cafes and increasingly sophisticated restaurants that all add to the city’s vibrancy and charm. The former principal port of Valparaíso is within easy reach on the coast. The cable-drawn funicular elevators running along steep hills and colourful houses are reminders of its glorious past. Those who wish to soak up the bohemian atmosphere of the town can stay in century-old mansions converted into character hotels and visit one of the eccentric homes of Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda
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"We arrived back to London yesterday, to find (of course) a huge pile of work to cope with, but we wanted to let you know immediately that your advice and assistance with the planning of our trip to India - combined with expertise and enthusiasm of the local Cox & Kings teams in Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Shimla - resulted in a most interesting, rewarding and enjoyable experience for all three of us.
"The entire holiday was excellent and it is difficult to single out any specific moment which was more inspirational than other moments/events.
Mr Robert Knox"
"A highlight was the Burmese people, who were so friendly. The holiday was a marvellous experience from start to finish.
"The extraordinary beauty and variety of the temples, tombs and pyramids are beyond words.
Mr Simon Penney"
"I really can't really pick out one moment, all of it was wonderful. Our guide, Tahir, was marvellous. Very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and helpful.
Mrs Christine Gregory"
"Our Antarctic cruise was an unforgettable holiday. We were in Antarctica for eight days and had two landings a day so it was really marvellous to see the animals, birds and even flora. This was our third holiday with Cox & Kings and I am looking forward to more wonderful experiences with you."
"There was not one defining moment. It was simply the gradual build up of excellent day after excellent day.
Mrs Patricia Morton"
"The actual sites that we set out to see &nadash; Aphrodisias was a great surprise and Ehpusus was quite wonderful.
"Overall, it was a real eye-opener on India - the place & the people - both in a good way. The Taj has to be the absolute highlight but many many other aspects were inspirational - it really is an Indian 'experience'!
Ms Sheena Ellwood"
"Difficult to choose between the tracking and finding of desert elephants in Damaraland, and the safari drive in Erindi, where we saw a host of different animals and witnessed a kill (two cheetahs on a springbok). Both expeditions were enhanced by the jeep drivers who showed enthusiasm, persistence and knowledge.
Ms Sarah Dearman"
"We have recommended you to all our friends and family. We will definitely travel with you again.
Mr and Mrs W"
"To all your staff and those of your associates in Peru a very big and heartfelt thank you. The professionalism, support and guidance given throughout our tour were nothing but high quality and we would have no hesitation in recommending your tours to anyone.
Mr Stuart Jones"
"I think Victoria Falls and then Bumi Hills resort were, without doubt, the highlights of the trip - which was a really fabulous trip.
Mr Steven Wigg"
"The sheer difference in culture, the spread of the city skyline suddenly broken by the formal gardens and the cherry blossom!
Dr Bernard Riley"