This 9-day signature itinerary combines Santiago with Torres del Paine National Park in southern Patagonia with the Atacama Desert in the north of the country. If time and budget allows we offer a host of extensions, from the Chilean Lake Distict, a few days at a vineyard or combinations with Argentina, Antarctica or the Falklands to the wonders of Easter Island.
Highlights: Santiago – Torres del Paine – Atacama Desert
Number of Days: 9 Days
Accommodation: Choose premium, upper, upper/mid or mid-range hotels according to budget and preference.
Costs: From £2,696 pp excluding transatlantic flights.
Extensions: Please contact us to discuss additional nights in Patagonia or Atacama and extensions to Easter Island, the Lake District or to a Chilean vineyard. We also book extensions to Antarctica and to the Falklands Islands.
Days 1-3: Santiago:
• Day 1: Arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel.
• Day 2: Half day city tour with private, English speaking guide.
• Optional visit to a local vineyard.
• Day 3: Departure transfer to the airport.
The Chilean capital is a busy modern metropolis with a backdrop of the Andes. The city has a number of attractive parks, some 30 museums and about 40 art galleries of which the Chilean Museum of Pre-Colombian Art, near the 16th century Plaza de Armas in the heart of the city, is particularly noteworthy, both for the quality of objects and their presentation. Just west of the centre is the Barrio Brasil, a lively
area of restaurants, bars and cafes. East of the centre, near Plaza Italia in the Lastarria district, are Parque Forestal and Parque Balmaceda. The Concha y Toro vineyard is located in the Maipo valley just 25km south of the capital. Concha y Toro was founded in 1883 and is today the largest exporter of Chilean wine.
Premium: Ritz Carlton
Upper: The Singular
Upper/Mid: Lasterria Boutique
Mid-range: Hotel Orly
Days 3-6: Torres del Paine:
• Day 3: Arrival transfer to your hotel; 3 nights’ accommodation.
• Day 4: Excursions in Torres del Paine National Park
• Day 5: Excursions in Torres del Paine National Park.
• Day 6: Transfer to airport in time to check in for the flight to Santiago.
There is no shortage of excursions, treks and activities in Torres del Paine National Park. We recommend a full day tour to the Paine mastiff with a boat trip on Lago Grey for a close-up view of Grey glacier and half day excursions to Salto Grande and Laguna Azul.
Torres del Paine Accommodation
Premium: Awasi Patagonia
Upper: Tierra Patagonia
Upper/Mid: Explora en Patagonia
Mid-range: Las Torres
Days 6-7: Santiago:
• Day 6: Overnight at an airport hotel.
• Day 7: Return to the airport in time to fly to Calama.
Santiago Airport Overnight Accommodation
Premium: Hilton Gardens
Upper: Holiday Inn
Mid-range: City Express
Days 7-10: Atacama Desert:
• Day 7: Arrival transfer from Calama airport to your hotel; 3 nights’ accommodation.
• Day 8: Full Day Excursion to the Atacama Salt Lake
• Day 9: Other excursions in the Atacama Desert (e.g. Moon Valley)
• Day 10: Departure transfer to Calama airport in time for your flight to Santiago.
The Atacama desert has been described by some as like Mars on Earth although others suggest it is more like the moon. The great salt lake of Salar de Atacama is home to thousands of flamingos, which you don’t get on either.
Premium: Awasi Atacama
Upper: Alto Atacama
Upper/Mid: Explora Atacama
Mid-range: Don Tomas
Indicative Costs (excluding transatlantic flights)
Premium: From £5,764 pp
Upper: From £4,884 pp
Upper/Mid: From £4,065 pp
Mid-range: From £2,696 pp
Indicative Costs are per person based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room.
Transatlantic flights are not included: we will book your transatlantic flights in economy, premium economy, business or first class according to your preference.
Domestic flights within South America are included in economy class. Please contact us to discuss upgrades.
Additional supplements apply for special events such as Christmas & the New Year. Costs for 2021 are not yet confirmed.
What’s included in the price:
All accommodation and meals as detailed; Local taxes & service charges associated with included accommodation – All transfers & sightseeing as detailed; various activities; ATOL protection; Research, sourcing, design and preparation of your tailor-made holiday itinerary and quote; booking admin and processing; The services of our local ground agent who will coordinate your stay and ensure that everything runs smoothly including access to a local English language 24/7 telephone help line.
What’s not included in the price:
Transatlantic flights; any national park entry fees which have to be paid locally; drinks, gratuities and items of a personal nature; meals and optional excursions not listed as included; personal travel insurance; passport and visa costs (e.g. costs associated with obtaining an American ESTA visa waiver, if flying via USA); Airport departure tax on leaving Peru, payable locally in US$ and currently US$ per person.
Please contact us for costs for families and parties of 3 or more passengers and for travel in 2021.
Please contact us to discuss additional nights in Patagonia or Atacama and extensions to Easter Island, the Lake District or to a Chilean vineyard. We also book extensions to Antarctica and to the Falklands Islands.
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