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Patagonia & Santiago - Glaciers, Mountain Vistas & Chilean Vineyards [Pioneer Exclusive]Chile

From £2,550 per person for 6 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
This southern slice of South America scores full points for its variety of attractions – from the immense, unforgettable landscapes of the far south to its unique wildlife and complex, cosmopolitan cities.

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Summary

Chile

Our Patagonia and Santiago experience is a fast-paced introduction to one of South America’s most diverse countries. Explore the cosmopolitan cities of Santiago and Valparaíso, visit islands where vast penguin colonies huddle for warmth, and scale the heights of Torres del Paine National Park, where llamas roam across epic mountain scenery and condors circle overhead.

 AWESOME ELEMENTS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE: 

  • Hike through the jaw-dropping scenery of Torres del Paine National Park, home to iconic South American wildlife including condors and guanacos
  • Journey on foot through thick forest towards the spectacular Serrano glacier
  • Wander through the barrios of lively Santiago
  • Navigate the Strait of Magellan by boat, visit Magdalena Island and walk among 150,000 penguins
  • Discover the rainbow-hued buildings of lively, seaside Valparaíso, once home to the poet Pablo Neruda

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. 

Flying south from here you’ll arrive in a very different Chile, a wild and unspoilt landscape of jagged mountains and craggy coastlines. Take in the views of the Strait of Magellan, the treacherous channel that separates the mainland from Tierra del Fuego, and travel by boat to the Marta and Magdalena Islands. Amongst this thriving ecosystem you’ll encounter wildlife including 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 are the backdrop as you explore by boat and on foot, for an adventure in one of the world’s most stunning landscapes. 

TDPNP Summary

Santiago Summary


Please click the Full Itinerary tab for the full daily itinerary, details of what's included and information about children and solo travellers.


Seeking different dates? Take a look at our Non-Pioneer Patagonia and Santiago experience here.


BOOK ONLINE below now, or CALL 0208 432 0885 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri for assistance with booking

Please use your unique Pioneers Club code (sent by email) at checkout to get your 20% discount.

Please have your passport and Debit/Credit card to hand. International flights are not included.


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. Please check the current prices and availability using the ‘Search for Flights’ link below and ensure that your flight arrival and departure times and dates align with the start and end dates and airport locations shown on the Experience itinerary. Please do not book flights until your Experience booking is confirmed.

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 - London 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 after 4pm.

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Full Itinerary

See below for your hotel options

You will get a choice of hotel options for the duration of your experience:

Classic ★★★

Classic hotels provide mid-range accommodation (minimum three-star rated), with comfortable rooms and private facilities. We’ve selected these hotels based on positive client feedback.

Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.

Deluxe ★★★★★

Deluxe hotels are luxury hotels with excellent facilities and service, usually categorised as 4.5 or 5 star. Clients rate them extremely highly.

When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole tour. The table below displays the hotels listed for each category. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.


Click on the accommodation names to find out more from the hotel websites:

Classic:

Premium:

Deluxe:

Hotel Novapark

Hotel Plaza San Francisco The Singular Lastarria Hotel
Diego De Almagro Hoteles Isla Rey Jorge Hotel Dreams del Estrecho Hotel
If Hotel Constaustralis Hotel The Singular Patagonia 

Itinerary

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meals included: Breakfast

Torres del Paine Glacier


Day Seven

Homeward Bound

After breakfast, make the journey back to Punta Arenas airport (3 hours) for your return flight (not included).

Meals included: Breakfast


Overall meals included: 6 Breakfasts

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 the start/end point of our experiences
  • 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


For Home Office travel advice to this country, read more here

If you intend to travel solo, please click here

Note: This trip explores Patagonia and Santiago. If you’d like your trip to also include the Atacama Desert, please see our Head to Toe Chile extended itinerary.


BOOK ONLINE below now, or CALL 0208 432 0885 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri for assistance with booking

Please use your unique Pioneers Club code (sent by email) at checkout to get your 20% discount.

Please have your passport and Debit/Credit card to hand. International flights are not included.


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. Please check the current prices and availability using the ‘Search for Flights’ link below and ensure that your flight arrival and departure times and dates align with the start and end dates and airport locations shown on the Experience itinerary. Please do not book flights until your Experience booking is confirmed.

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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