MAIN TOUR: CHILE & PATAGONIA Nov 12 - Nov 18, 2020
"From sophisticated Santiago, with its internationally praised vineyards, to majestic ancient forests and soaring volcanoes, Chile is a jewel with a fascinating history, a diverse ecology and a modern, colorful culture".
Day 1 – Thursday Nov 12 Santiago Arrival (D)
We will be met on arrival after clearing government formalities and transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Welcome dinner at the hotel with a glass of wine. Our guide will join us for a tour briefing and dinner. Overnight at HOTEL DIRECTOR VITACURA or similar
Director hotels fulfill all of the requirement that leisure travelers may have: spacious, sophisticated and luminous rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen cable TV, personal safety deposit box and minibar. Twin rooms have comfortable Queen-size beds, there are also King-size or Super King-size beds.
To relax and unwind, we invite you to enjoy our outdoor swimming pool, sauna and fitness center. 96 rooms, International cuisine restaurant, Fulla Bar, Sauna, Fully equipped fitness center and room service 07 am to 11 pm
Day 2 – Friday Nov 13 Santiago (B)
City tour: Tour around Santiago, seeing the city’s most outstanding attractions, including a walking tour downtown visiting the “Plaza de Armas”, the Cathedral, Ahumada Boulevard and Government Palace “La Moneda”(outside). Then, we’ll drive the main avenues of old Santiago, crossing the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista and up to San Cristobal Hill, for a magnificent panoramic view of the city and the Andes Mountain Range. After this, the tour will take us to the modern part of Santiago, including its chic neighborhoods, shopping and financial centers. Visit the Pre-Columbian Museum. Also, visit Galeria de Arte Patricia Ready with an optional lunch. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 – Saturday Nov 14 Santiago – Wine Country, Valparaiso & Viña Del Mar (BL)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. We depart this morning through the Casablanca and Curacavi valleys where you enjoy a delicious wine tasting. Upon arrival at the Pacific coast, visit Las Salinas and Reñaca beaches and then continue to Viña del Mar, known as the garden city for its beautiful parks. Visit the casino building and the avenues of this attractive town. In the afternoon, we visit Valparaíso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where stairways and old funicular lifts lead up to the hills on which the city is built. Dating back to the 16th century, the architecture of this quirky town is attractive and eclectic. Return to Santiago. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 – Sunday Nov 15 Santiago / Punta Arenas / Torres del Paine National Park (BD)
EARLY MORNING: Transfer to the airport for our flight to Punta Arenas. Transfer to the Torres del Paine National Park.( approximately 6-hour drive) We will be part of the activities and excursions offered by the Lodge. The hotel’s goal is that we enjoy everything that the national park offers. The All-Inclusive program includes all the tours, with guides and baqueanos who will make you feel like you are at home.
Overnight at RIO SERRANO LODGE (Mountain view rooms).
Day 5 – Monday Nov 16 Torres del Paine National Park
A sample full day excursion by vehicle into Torres del Paine National Park: We will get to know the Lakes, rivers and waterfalls with beautiful colors and the majesty of Paine massif. In addition to the flora and fauna is the beautiful scenery throughout our trip which end in Laguna Azul, where we will have lunch with a privileged view, weather permitting, from the famous Torres del Pai. Overnight at the lodge (BLD)
Day 6 – Tuesday Nov 17 Torres del Paine National Park
Excursion to Torres del Paine National Park: Today we’ll focus on lakes and icebergs.
Grey Navigation in Lago Grey by boat, where you can see the Grey glacier and the stunning blue icebergs. (BLD)
Day 7 – Wednesday Nov 18 Punta Arenas / Santiago flight/ Depart Santiago
Transfer to Punta Arenas airport (approximately 6-hour drive) for the flight to Santiago. Arrive and connect with a flight to your onward destination or overnight and continue to Easter Island. (B)
EXTENSION TO EASTER ISLAND - November 19 - 22
Day 7 – Overnight
HOLIDAY INN AIRPORT HOTEL. (D)
Day 8 – Thursday Nov 19 Santiago - Easter Island by flight
Breakfast is served at the hotel. Transfer across the street to the airport to board our flight to Easter Island. We will be met on arrival and taken to our hotel. Our guide will join us for dinner. Overnight TAHA TAI HOTEL or similar. (BD)
The Hotel Taha Tai was built on the seashore from which it adopted its name. The hotel is located a mere 5 minutes from the urban center of the town Hanga Roa. The hotel also has a bar and restaurant from which it is possible to enjoy the islan’sd amazing sunsets.
The hotel has 40 modern rooms all equipped with air conditioning, telephones, Internet, and room service. The hotel staff is dedicated to offering you with the best in personalized service.
Day 9 – Friday Nov 20 Easter Island - Ana Kai Tangata, Rano Kau, Orongo, Ahu Akivi and Puna Pau
In the morning visit the Ana Kai Tangata,Cave that has many paintings made from mineral pigments found on the island. The painting depicts the Manutara bird. We continue to Ranu Kau which was the second of the three main volcanoes to erupt about 2.5 million years ago. It has a height of 1016 feet and a huge crater almost a mile in diameter with a deep freshwater lagoon. Next, we travel to the volcano that is the ancient ceremonial city of Orongo, where the greatest concentration of petroglyphs exists. In the afternoon visit Ahu Akivi, the archaeological center and the first site to be properly restored in the 1960’s. The tour also includes Puna Pau, to the east of the town of Hanga Roa which is situated in a small crater of red stone. This is where the “pukao” or hats (topknots) which crowned the moai were made. Overnight at the hotel. (BD)
Day 10 – Saturday Nov 21 Akahanga, Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki & Anakena Beach
Full day Easter Island excursion to visit the ruins of the temple of Akahanga; where the hats of the moai are the outstanding feature. They lie where they fell when the platform was destroyed. Continue to the volcano of Rano Raraku, where all the Moai on the island were carved out of the rock. Climb to the edge of the crater of the volcano to appreciate the small lake inside and moai scattered about the inner slopes in various stages of construction. Continue to Ahu Tongariki, where many of the huge moai were toppled by a large “seaquake” in 1960. Finally, the tour ends at Anakena beach with its two beautiful ahu (stone platforms). There is time for a bath in the sea before returning to Hanga Roa in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel. (BD)
Day 11 – Sunday Nov 22 Easter Island – Santiago / Departure Santiago (B)
The day is at leisure until our transfer to the airport for the flight to Santiago. Arrive and connect with your flight home or an onward destination
PRE TOUR: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Monday Nov 9 Arrive Buenos Aires
We will be met upon arrival at Ezeiza International Airport,, Buenos Aires and escorted to our hotel. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures. Tonight’s dinner is at the hotel restaurant; our guide will join us for dinner. Overnight at LOI SUITES RECOLETA HOTEL. (D)
Located in the heart of the exquisite neighborhood of Recoleta, at walking distance from the historical Recoleta Cemetery, the hotel shares the area with art galleries, restaurants, bars and beautiful parks. In the hotel, the Winter Garden area extends to 4,300 square feet including the swimming pool. It’s an ideal ambiance for relaxing with natural light and vegetation during your stay
Tuesday Nov 10 Buenos Aires
Highlights: Recoleta - Palermo - Plaza de Mayo - Puerto Madero - San Telmo - La Boca:
On an unforgettable route, we will live all the porteño magic. These few hours feature all the magic of Argentina’s capital city. In this overview of the Paris of South America we will visit the glamorous neighborhoods of Recoleta and its most famous cemetery, Palermo, May Square and the Pink House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the newest & trendiest Puerto Madero Area and many other emblematic buildings and palaces of unique architectural, historical, and cultural value. The visit would not be complete without the sights of the first settlements of the city of Buenos Aires. The picturesque neighborhood of San Telmo, residence to the porteño aristocracy until the end of the 19th century and where the renowned antiques market is held every Sunday; Caminito Street, in the colorful Italian immigrants’ neighborhood of La Boca. Includes an exciting afternoon tango lesson. Time to rest at the hotel before dinner. Overnight at the hotel. (BD)
Wednesday Nov 11 Buenos Aires
Venture out of the city on a full-day visit to a historic, working estancia in the Argentine pampas—the great plains that sweep through hundreds of miles of the country’s heartland. Savor an asado barbecue lunch cooked over an open fire, and witness traditional gaucho riding skills, music and the romantic rural way of Argentine life. (BLD)
Thursday Nov 12 Buenos Aires – Santiago by flight
Depart for the airport for our flight to Santiago. You will be met after clearing government formalities and escorted to the hotel to join the group. (B)