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Essence of Chile

Private Travel | General interest 14 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £4295

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
  • Relax at a wine estate
  • 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

  • Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama
    Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama

    Tucked away outside the town centre and surrounded by big, quiet presence of the Andes, you have no choice but to bask in the luxury and tranquillity around every corner. Designed to fade into its surroundings to let nature shine, Hotel Altiplanico was constructed with all local materials in a mix of indigenous and Spanish architecture. Whether you wind through the gardens, rent a bike or lay by the pool you´ll get a sense of the grand mystery of the driest desert in the world. You just might not want to leave your old-world inspired desert home with outdoor terraces, some with outdoor showers to fully enjoy the desert sky.

  • Casa Silva Hotel & Winery
    Casa Silva Hotel & Winery

    Converted and carefully restored to its original condition, Casa Silva is a former estate house that offers a homely base in the heart of the Colchagua Valley. This small property features seven distinctive rooms decorated in a traditional Chilean style and a restaurant. Guests can sample fine wines from the Casa Silva winery and visit its vineyards.

  • Hotel Costaustralis
    Hotel Costaustralis

    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 service.

  • Hotel Lago Grey - Torres del Paine Chile
    Hotel Lago Grey - Torres del Paine Chile

    Hotel Lago Grey is located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. It offers spectacular views over Lake Grey and its glacier, and the mountains can be seen in the distance. There are five bungalow blocks that house the rooms, a restaurant, bar and lounge.

  • Hotel Plaza San Francisco
    Hotel Plaza San Francisco

    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 spa.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £4295 per person

High season from £4395 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

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

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

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

Destinations on this tour

  • San Pedro de Atacama

    The oasis of San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile, located at 2,400 metres...

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  • Santiago

    The cosmopolitan capital of Chile is a buzzing metropolis set against the spectacular backdrop of the snow-capped Andes.

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  • Puerto Natales

    Puerto Natales Settled in 1911 on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound) as a port for the sheep industry...

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  • Torres del Paine

    The spectacular Torres del Paine National Park is part of the United Nation’s World Biosphere Reserve system. 

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  • Colchagua

    Colchagua The province of Colchagua extends across Chile's great central valley and...

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