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Chile's Mountains, Glaciers and Colonial CitiesChile

From £4,685 per person for 9 nights
Immerse yourself in Chile’s huge variety of attractions – from the immense landscapes of the far south to its unique wildlife and complex, cosmopolitan cities.
Summary

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Explore the cosmopolitan cities of Santiago and Valparaíso, visit islands where vast penguin colonies huddle for warmth, and scale the dramatic peaks of Torres del Paine National Park. 


What makes this experience awesome:

  • Hike through jaw-dropping Torres del Paine National Park
  • Walk through thick forest to the Serrano glacier
  • Wander Santiago's lively barrios
  • Cruise the Strait of Magellan then walk with 150,000 penguins
  • Discover the rainbow-hued buildings of lively Valparaíso
  • Relax in luxe lakeside comfort in Torres del Paine national park


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Santiago Summary


Your journey starts in Santiago, Chile’s sophisticated capital, where old colonial barrios rub up against hip bars, cutting edge restaurants and a superb array of museums and galleries. Then it’s time to hit the coast, driving through sun-dappled vineyards and fruit plantations to colourful Valparaíso. This lively port city has a bohemian vibe with a kaleidoscope of rainbow-hued houses, striking murals and alleyways tumbling down towards the sea. 


Penguins


Flying south, you’ll arrive in a very different Chile: a wild and unspoilt landscape of jagged mountains and craggy coastlines. Arriving at the Magellan Strait, you’ll travel by boat to Marta and Magdalena Islands where the thriving ecosystem includes elephant seals, dolphins and some 150,000 penguins. Then head high into the wilderness of Torres del Paine National Park; vast glaciers, crystalline lakes and ice-encrusted peaks provide the dramatic backdrop as you explore by boat and on foot. You’ll finish your time in Chile with three nights at the Tierra Patagonia Hotel, which sits beside tranquil Lake Sarmiento, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. 


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After your action-packed week, its crackling fires, sheepskin rugs and welcoming atmosphere provide the perfect place to relax on an all-inclusive basis. You’ll have the opportunity to choose either two half-day excursions or one full-day excursion from the hotel’s impressive range of activities, ranging from hiking, biking or horse riding through the national park as well as sailing to the Grey Glacier, kayaking on Lake Grey, fishing, and geological and archaeological excursions. 


Tierra Patagonia at Night


 


To get our mini brochure for this holiday please click here, and we will email you a PDF copy.


For UK Government travel advice on this destination see: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice


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To get our mini brochure for this holiday please click here, and we will email you a PDF copy.


Day One: Discover Santiago

Arrive at Santiago airport for a private transfer to your hotel (30 minutes). Then get acquainted with Chile’s complex capital with your private guide. Start on San Cristobal Hill, for knock-out views over the city from 800m up, before moving into its heart at the grand, colonial Plaza de Armas. From there, take in the cobbled streets and crumbling mansions of the old, colonial barrios before exploring Santiago’s modern eastern suburbs. The rest of the day is yours to settle in. Be sure to leave some time for once - a traditional Chilean evening snack.

Overnight in Santiago

Classic - Hotel Novapark 

Premium - Hotel Plaza San Francisco 

Deluxe - The Singular Lastarria Hotel

Meals included: None

Santiago Panorama


Day Two: Lush Country and Coastal Cities

Discover two not-to-be-missed coastal cities, on a drive from Santiago. Your private adventure takes you by car through the lush Curacaví and Casablanca Valleys, filled with vineyards, fruit plantations and forest reserves, towards lively Valparaíso. In this UNESCO World Heritage city, rainbow-hued homes climb the cliffs. The best way to explore is by foot, passing bright murals and funiculars that slope up steep alleys, as well as landmarks including grand Plaza Sotomayor and the busy, buzzy dockside of Prat Muelle.

Next, it’s time for contrasting Viña del Mar (‘Vineyard by the Sea’), a neatly-landscaped resort city that’s popular with Chileans and packed with pristine parks. You’ll visit some of these, as well as the skyscraper-topped seaside boulevard of Avenida del Peru, home to Chile’s oldest hotel, the del Mar. Then it’s time to return to Santiago for the night.

Overnight in Santiago

Classic - Hotel Novapark 

Premium - Hotel Plaza San Francisco 

Deluxe - The Singular Lastarria Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Valparaiso


Day Three: Gateway to the Strait of Magellan

Transfer to Santiago Airport before flying south to a town that English sailors once called ‘Sandy Point’: Punta Arenas on the Strait of Magellan (3hrs 25mins). This rich cultural heritage of this city draws on the nationalities of its founders, who came from Croatia, Spain, Italy, Germany and England, as well as Chile. When you’ve checked into your hotel, you’ll head out to admire the view to the Strait of Magellan from Mirador Hill, before driving to the Nao Victoria museum. Here, Charles Darwin’s ship, the HMS Beagle, has been lovingly recreated, alongside one used by Shackleton and another by Fernando Magellan.

Overnight in Punta Arenas

Classic - Diego De Almagro Punta Arenas 

Premium - Hotel Cabo de Hornos

Deluxe - Dreams Del Estrecho Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Strait of Magellan


Day Four: Walk with the Penguins

See the Strait of Magellan’s extraordinary wildlife, on a half-day boat trip to the Marta and Magdalena Islands. You’ll circumnavigate Marta Island, where rare seabirds live alongside elephant seals, austral dolphins and more than 1,000 sea lions (landing is forbidden in order to protect the native species). Then make for the shore of Magdalena Island, to walk among its 150,000-strong penguin colony. On the boat back to the mainland, look out for the Overas Tonina (Commerson’s dolphin), a rare black and white dolphin, found in only two places in the world. This trip is reliant on good weather. An alternative will be provided in bad conditions. End the day with a transfer to your hotel in Puerto Natales, the gateway to Torres del Paine (2hrs 50mins).

Overnight in Puerto Natales

Classic - If Hotel

Premium - Costaustralis Hotel 

Deluxe - The Singular Patagonia

Meals included: Buffet breakfast

Magdalena Penguins


Day Five: Glacier Country

Explore the incredible landscapes of the Torres del Paine National Park, a protected area of Patagonian mountains, glaciers and lakes, which spans 700 square miles. After an early start, the hour-long drive towards the jade green Nordenskjold Lake will take you past lagoons and lush pastures where wild flocks of guanacos (llama) can be seen. From Nordenskjold Lake, walk to the Salto Grande waterfall and a viewpoint offering photogenic vistas over the Paine range. Then you’ll continue higher into the mountains by car, stopping to tramp across to Pingo River and catch your first glimpse of icebergs, followed by the dramatic Grey Glacier.

Overnight in Puerto Natales

Classic - If Hotel 

Premium - Costaustralis Hotel 

Deluxe - The Singular Patagonia

Meals included: Breakfast

Torres del Paine


Day Six: On the Water

Take a boat trip past fishing cormorants, gliding condors and basking sea lions en route to the Balmaceda Glacier and the mountain of the same name, which soars to 6,675 feet. Then make an hour-long hike around the Tempanos lagoon, wandering through dense forest towards the immense Serrano glacier, before returning to your vessel and heading back to Puerto Natales to disembark.

Overnight in Puerto Natales

Classic - If Hotel

Premium - Costaustralis Hotel

Deluxe - The Singular Patagonia

Meals included: Breakfast

Torres del Paine Glacier


Day Seven: Patagonian paradise

After breakfast, you’ll transfer to Tierra Patagonia. Then, it’s time to settle in, explore the hotel’s facilities and relax.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day Eight & Nine: Time to Relax

The next 2 days are at your leisure and can be as active or as relaxed as you want them to be. Unwind in the hotel’s spa with knockout views of Torres del Paine, enjoy hearty Patagonian cuisine, or book onto an exciting excursion or two (2 half day or 1 full day included in tour price). For the full list of excursions, see https://tierrahotels.com/patagonia/excursions/.

Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner 

Tierra Patagonia Room

Tierra Patagonia Spa


Day Ten: Homeward Bound

After a final breakfast and dip in the spa pools (dependent on flight time), you’ll be transferred back to Punta Arenas Airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Tierra Patagonia Sunrise


Overall meals included: 9 Breakfasts; 2 lunches; 2 dinners


What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers and internal flights, unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees
  • Entrance tickets and permits unless stated otherwise
  • Boat and walking excursions in Patagonia

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from experience: call 0208 432 0885 for AX specially negotiated flight rates
  • Optional extras listed
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • We cannot guarantee the included hotel breakfast for early departures
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry


SUITABILITY FOR FAMILIES : Suitable for families with adult kids.


If you intend to travel solo, contact us on 0208 432 0885


If you would like the thrill but don't have time for the chill, check out our 7-day Patagonia and Santiago experience here!

To check out all our Chile's trips, click here!


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £900 per person and take approximately 16 hours outbound, 22 hours inbound depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

For this particular experience, the best option is normally to book return flights from London - Santiago, and book a separate internal flight from Punta Arenas - Santiago for your return journey.  

Experience start point: Santiago (SCL). Arrive by 12.30pm on first day of tour.

End point: Punta Arenas (PUQ). Suggested departure time after 4pm.


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Optional Extras

To customise your experience, you can select any of these extras at an additional cost during the basket stage.

Bulnes Fort and Punta Arena

Go on an unforgettable excursion for half a day to witness the prestigious Bulnes Fort and Punta Arena.

Horse Riding

Enjoy horse riding in Cerro Dorotea for half of your adventurous day.

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