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Santiago & Easter Island - The Many Faces of ChileChile

From £3,032 per person for 6 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
Journey Chile’s remote landscapes to the other-worldly Atacama. Visit vibrant Santiago, vineyards and coastal cities, before venturing into the world's driest non-polar desert.

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It’s one of the most evocative place names in the world – Easter Island, where the mysterious giant statues (moai) of the Rapa Nui people stand sentinel on land formed from extinct volcanoes. Our trip combines plenty of time exploring this once-in-a-lifetime destination with visits to some of Chile’s other attractions, including the lively capital Santiago, the country’s renowned vineyards and the seaside cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. As always, we’ve included a private guide and driver to ensure you view these incredible sights without the tour bus crowds.

AWESOME ELEMENTS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:

  • Savour time in the vibrant Chilean capital, Santiago 
  • Explore the renowned vineyards in the foothills of the Andes
  • Fall for the twin seaside cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar
  • See Easter’s Islands incredible stone monoliths with your own private guide
  • Take a sunrise al fresco breakfast with Easter Island’s moai and rolling waves as a backdrop
  • Ride on horseback through dramatic landscapes to the highest point on Easter Island 

Touch down in Chile and plunge straight into city life, as you explore vibrant Santiago with your private guide. During your time on the mainland, you’ll also visit the renowned vineyards of the Andean foothills and the photogenic seaside cities of Viña del Mar and Valparaiso (which captured the heart of Pablo Neruda). Then it’s time for four incredible days exploring Easter Island. Nothing can prepare you for the first sight of its famous monolith statues, and you’ll have plenty of time to take them in and learn more about the fascinating Rapa Nui culture, as you tour the landscape by private car and horseback, stopping to swim in warm Pacific waters or savour the sunset behind the monuments. We’ve also come up with some incredible extras to create the ultimate trip – including a private sunrise breakfast overlooking some of the island’s most evocative scenery.


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £1000 per person and take approximately 15 hours outbound, 15 hours inbound depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

Experience start point: Santiago (SCL). Arrive by 12pm on first day of tour. If travelling internationally we suggest arriving earlier to acclimatise to the altitude before the trip starts.

End point: Santiago (SCL). Depart Santiago after 4pm. You will depart Easter Island after breakfast. Return flight to Santiago takes roughly 6 hours.

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Full Itinerary

Itinerary

Chile

Day One: Welcome to Chile

Arrive at Santiago airport and leap straight into the vibrant Chilean capital. Once you’re settled at your hotel, you’ll set out on your first exploration of its streets with your private guide at your side, uncovering varied attractions from the lively central fish market to the grand Plaza de Armas and the boho Bellavista District. Finish up on San Cristobal Hill, for incredible views over the city, with the towering Andes beyond.

Overnight in Santiago

Classic: Hotel Principado Express

Premium: Hotel Best Western Marina Las Condes

Deluxe: Sheraton Santiago Hotel And Convention Center

Meals included: None

Santiago


Day Two: Coast and country

It’s contrast after contrast on your second day in Chile, as your private guide and driver take you off exploring seaside cities and country vineyards. Leave Santiago for the lively port of Valparaiso, a favourite of poets and artists where rainbow-hued streets are criss-crossed with hill-climbing funiculars. By comparison, the neighbouring resort city of Viña del Mar is ordered and manicured, with summer homes speckling a rocky coast. Take in its casino and chic shops, then head inland towards the wineries that flourish in the foothills of the Andes. Joining other guests, you’ll take a tour through the vineyards, witnessing the bottling process and visiting two renowned bodegas, before ending with a wine-tasting session. Oenophiles can max out this experience with the option to become a winemaker for a couple of hours, using the same tools found in oenology laboratories to create their own vintages (for related costs, please see the Extras tab). 

Overnight in Santiago

Classic: Hotel Principado Express

Premium: Hotel Best Western Marina Las Condes

Deluxe: Sheraton Santiago Hotel And Convention Center

Meals included: Breakfast

Valparaiso


Day Three: Towards Easter Island

Time to make for one of the most mysterious destinations on earth – Easter Island, a place of UNESCO-protected monuments, castaway beaches and deserted prairies. Over the next few days, you’ll also get acquainted with the unique culture of the Rapa Nui people. After your 5.5-hour flight from Santiago to the island, there’s the option to travel to the Tahai Ceremonial Complex, home to some of the incredible ahu (sacred ceremonial sites) of the Rapa Nui National Park. You’ll arrive in plenty of time to watch the sunset in this bewitching landscape, before being transferred back to your hotel or a restaurant of your choice (your guide can help with recommendations and reservations). To make your first evening on Easter Island even more special, we can arrange for a bottle of Champagne to be served as you watch the sun go down. For related costs, please see the Extras tab.

Overnight on Easter Island

Classic:  Hotel Otai

Premium: Hotel Hanga Roa Ecovillage And Spa

Deluxe: Hotel Taha Tai 

Meals included: Breakfast

Easter Island Sunset


Day Four: Ahus and amazing beaches

Get set for a day-long adventure exploring the highlights of Easter Island. You’ll be whisked off by private car to the south coast to search out the remote, unrestored ahus in the dramatic bay of Hanga Te’e and Akahanga, the burial place of the first king of the island. Then it’s on to the legendary quarry of Rano Raraku, home to almost 900 abandoned moai (monolithic human figures), around one third of which lay scattered on the slopes of an extinct volcano complete with crater lake. Next, you’ll visit recently-restored Ahu Tongariki, the largest on the island with 15 moai. Following this, you’ll make for the east coast, home to the gigantic Paro Moai (the largest ever erected) and the ‘navel of light’, a stone said to give off mana (magnetic energy). Top off your day with a dip in the warm Pacific waters off powder-white Anakena Beach, with the restored ahus of Nau Nau and Ature Huke adding to the memorably idyllic backdrop.

Overnight on Easter Island

Classic: Hotel Otai

Premium: Hotel Hanga Roa Ecovillage And Spa

Deluxe: Hotel Taha Tai 

Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch

Easter Island head 3


Day Five: Caves, volcanoes and ancient legends

Camera at the ready! You’ll get awesome views across the whole of the island on a drive up the extinct volcano of Rano Kau. Visit its dramatic crater lake and the ruined village of Orongo, once home to a birdman cult known for its dangerous cliff-face race to find the first sooty tern egg of the season. Petroglyphs documenting the custom remain. From here, you’ll drive to unrestored Ahu Vinapu and Ana Kai Tangata – the Cave of the Cannibals. After a break for lunch back at the hotel, you’ll set off again, driving to the middle of the island and the seven restored moai at Ahu Akivi, thought to represent the seven explorers first sent to the island by king Hotu Matua. Visit the other-worldly unrestored site of Ahu Hanga Poukura, then head to Puna Pau, the quarry where the red stone topknots of some of Easter Island’s statues were made. You’ll round off your day in atmospheric Tahai.

Overnight on Easter Island

Classic: Hotel Otai

Premium: Hotel Hanga Roa Ecovillage And Spa

Deluxe: Hotel Taha Tai 

Meals included: Breakfast

Easter Island 2


Day Six: The ride of your life

See Easter Island’s monument-scattered scenery on a horse-ride across its incredible landscapes. On your three-hour adventure, you’ll journey along the west coast towards the moai at Ahu Akaviki, unusual because they are among the only inland statues to face towards the sea. Travel onwards up Ma’unga Terevaka, the highest of Rapa Nui’s three extinct volcanoes. You’ll have plenty of time to admire the fantastic views from the top, before continuing your ride back to the town of Hanga Roa.

Depending on the season, we can also offer a trip to see the sun rise behind the dramatic restored moais of Hanga Nui Bay. Choose to enjoy a private breakfast served in this incredible setting with the Peninsula of Poike as a backdrop, or return to your hotel for food before continuing with the day’s adventures. For related costs, please see the Extras tab.

Overnight on Easter Island

Classic: Hotel Otai

Premium: Hotel Hanga Roa Ecovillage And Spa

Deluxe: Hotel Taha Tai 

Meals included: Hotel breakfast

Easter Island Heads


Day Seven: Goodbye Rapa Nui

After breakfast, your driver will transfer you to the airport, ready for your onward journey home.

Meals included today: Breakfast

Overall meals included: 6 Breakfasts


Accommodation

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. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.


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

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

Children: Children aged 3-7 qualify for child rates. Children aged 8+ need to be booked as adults. 


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London cost around £1000 per person and take approximately 15 hours outbound, 15 hours inbound depending on exact flight configurations and layover times. 

Experience start point: Santiago (SCL). Arrive by 12pm on first day of tour. If travelling internationally we suggest arriving earlier to acclimatise to the altitude before the trip starts.

End point: Santiago (SCL). Depart Santiago after 4pm. You will depart Easter Island after breakfast. Return flight to Santiago takes roughly 6 hours. 


All tour departures up to 31st December 2018 are part of our Pioneers Club promotion. Click here for more information about the Pioneers Club.

Extras

Awesome Experience bonuses

Many of our experiences have optional features available at an added cost. Please see below for available extras for this experience. Please continue to checkout to select any optional extras and to see pricing information.

Optional Extras

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

Big Bang Experience

The region is renowned as one of the best places in the world to stargaze and, over the course of two hours, you’ll learn more about the night sky from an incredibly knowledgeable guide who’ll help you spot stars with your naked eye and by telescope, as well as tell you more about the Big Bang, life and the universe.

Sky Costanera

Visit the tallest skyscraper in South America for incredible views across Santiago and the soaring Andes mountains beyond the city. The 360-degree vistas are especially impressive at night, when Santiago’s lights make vast scribbles across the city.

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