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Essence of Chile

Private Travel | General interest 14 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £5595

This introductory tour of Chile takes in the striking extremes of this amazing country. Starting and ending in the cosmopolitan city of Santiago, this tour explores Chile’s extraordinary landscapes from the driest desert on Earth to the wilds of Patagonia, with time to relax at a winery estate.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Direct flights from London with British Airways
  • Get an insight into the buzzing metropolis of Santiago
  • Spot flamingoes in the astounding Atacama desert
  • Explore the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Santiago

Overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Santiago with British Airways. (N)

Day 2: Santiago

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)

Day 3: Santiago

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)

Day 4: Fly to Calama - San Pedro de Atacama

Fly to Calama and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama for 3 nights at the Altiplanico Hotel. (B)

Day 5: Atacama

In the morning, visit the Atacama salt flat. Afternoon visit to the Valley of the Moon for stunning sunsets. (B)

Day 6: Atacama

Day at leisure to explore the town on foot or take optional excursions. (B)

Days 7-8: Fly to Santiago - Winelands

Early morning transfer to Calama airport and fly to Santiago. Transfer to the Colchagua Valley for 2 nights at the restored Casa Silva. Sample fine wines and unwind in tranquil surroundings. (B)

Day 9: Fly to Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales

Fly to Punta Arenas and 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)

Day 10: Torres del Paine

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 Lago Grey for 2 nights with panoramic views of the lake. (B)

Day 11: Torres del Paine

Day at leisure or take optional excursions to explore the park further. (B)

Day 12: Fly to Santiago

Drive back to Punta Arenas for a late afternoon flight to Santiago. Transfer to the Hotel Plaza San Francisco for an overnight stay. (B)

Day 13: Fly to London

Morning at leisure or optional tour of Los Dominicos handicraft village. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B)

Day 14: London

Morming arrival. (N)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour:

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Hotel La Casona de Vina Matetic
    Hotel La Casona de Vina Matetic

    Set within the stunning grounds of the Matetic Winery and surrounded by over 22 acres of woodland and vineyards, La Casona Matetic is an idyllic choice from which to enjoy the surrounding attractions. The restored colonial house was built at the beginning of the 20th century and offers wine tastings on site, as well as guided tours taking you through the local countryside on foot, bike or horseback. After exploring the local area, spend some time on the loungers by the tree-fringed pool or simply sample the local wine and enjoy the surrounding views.

  • Explora Patagonia
    Explora Patagonia

    Day 1: One of South America's newest nature reserves, the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park was created in 1959, with the last addition to its acreage in the early 1970s. Famous for its glaciers, lakes and forests, this rugged region is also home to a wide variety of animal species, including guanaco (a relative of the llama), condors and flamingos. You will stay at the beautiful Explora Lodge, located in the park itself and with exquisite views. Settle in and prepare to explore this spectacular landscape on foot, by boat, on horseback or in vans: the choice is yours. Experienced Explora guides accompany all excursions. Days 2-4: Explore as you wish during your stay in the Paine. Perhaps you'll start one morning with a drive to Lago Grey, where a short walk along Lagoon Beach offers an opportunity to photograph icebergs from shore, followed by a boat excursion for a closer ...

  • Explora Atacama
    Explora Atacama

    Explora Atacama is set just outside San Pedro de Atacama village in the driest desert in the world and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The hotel's facilities include spacious rooms with jacuzzis and large picture windows, gourmet cuisine and four connected swimming pools. Every evening, one of the bi-lingual guides meets with guests to plan the following day's excursions, including hiking, horse riding and cycling as well as drives into the surrounding desert to explore areas of archaeological, scenic and cultural interest. Stargazing is also possible from the observatory.

  • Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel
    Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel

    The Casa Bueras Boutique Hotel (formerly the Lastarria hotel) is an elegant boutique retreat in central Santiago, surrounded by antique shops, restaurants and some of the city's best galleries and museums. The hotel is located in a historic 1920s mansion and features refined rooms decorated with traditional wooden furniture. There is a small deli-style restaurant, an elegant lounge and a small walled garden with a terrace and an outdoor pool.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £4395 per person

High season from £4495 per person


Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

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