Best of Chile from Atacama to Patagonia - Classic Group

Best of Chile from Atacama to Patagonia - Classic Group

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Best of Chile from Atacama to Patagonia - Classic Group

11 Days Starting and ending in Santiago (Chile)

Visiting: Santiago, Valparaiso, Calama, Atacama Desert, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park, Punta Arenas Pres. Ibanez

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

ZCHLN19

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 40

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-97

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

History, Photography

Activities:

Sightseeing, Wine Tasting

From: $7975 $7005 Operator discount: -$742 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$228 -12%

NB: Prices correct on 18-Jun-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Journey across Chile on an immersive 11-Day adventure, from Santiago set against the snow-capped Andes to the UNESCO protected sites of Valparaíso and the llama farms of Torres del Paine. Wine connoisseurs will be in their element at the Kingston Family Vineyard where a private Casablanca Valley Wine Tasting uncorks the finest local tipples—including regional Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In Torres del Paine, join the Patagonia Ranch cultural experience and see the world through the eyes of your local baqueano guides—the cowboy descendants of horsemen who came to work the ranches over a century ago. In Atacama, journey 14,000 feet up into the Andes for a dip in the Puritama Hot Springs before an evening of stargazing under the crystal-clear skies of the Chilean desert.

Highlights

  • Torres del Paine National Park: Patagonian Ranch Cultural Experience with local cowboys, learning about their way of life and Patagonian culture.

  • Torres del Paine National Park: Tour of the region's oldest organic kitchens and garden at the Reserva Cerro Paine.

  • Santiago: Visit Kingston Family Winery in Casablanca Valley for a wine tasting session.

  • San Pedro de Atacama: Sunrise visit to El Tatio Geysers, one of the most important geothermic fields in the world.

  • San Pedro de Atacama: Explore the Atacama Salt Flats, the largest in Chile, and view the nearby volcanoes and wild birds including flamingos.

  • Valparaiso: Guided tour of the coastal city and UNESCO protected site with a Local Expert.

  • Torres del Paine National Park: Cruise on the Ultima Esperanza Gulf to admire the beauty of the Serrano glacier and the glacier Balmaceda.

  • San Pedro de Atacama: Guided visit to the Moon Valley, learning about its history and land formations from a Local Expert.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive In Santiago

Location: Santiago

Accommodation: The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

Welcome to Santiago. A picturesque city back dropped by the spectacular, snow-capped Andes, it offers a metropolitan world of museums, top restaurants and historic finds. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening meet your Travel Director and fellow guests at the hotel and enjoy a Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: Valparaiso And The Casablanca Wine Country

Location: Valparaiso, Santiago

Accommodation: The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Begin your day with a visit to the coastal city of Valparaiso. Explore the UNESCO protected site with a Local Expert as you discover its church-dotted hillsides and unique ampitheatre-like layout. After lunch, visit the Kingston Family Vineyard for a private wine tasting in the Casablanca Valley. Recognised as one of the best wineries in Chile, its varieties have been featured on the wine lists of top restaurants including Aureole in New York. The evening is yours at leisure to relax or have a night out on the town.

Day 3: On To Atacama

Location: Santiago, Calama, Atacama Desert

Accommodation: Hotel, Hotel, Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama

Accommodation Name: Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama

Meals Included: Breakfast, Breakfast, Dinner

Take a transfer to the airport for your flight to Calama, a city based in the Atacama Desert. On arrival you'll head to San Pedro.You’ll then be driven to the Moon Valley for a guided visit. A nod to its name, this moon-like area is made up of dunes, caves and caverns. Learn more about its history and the land formations from a Local Expert.

Day 4: Explore Atacama

Location: Atacama Desert

Accommodation: Hotel, Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama

Accommodation Name: Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, take a guided visit to the Atacama Geysers known as El Tatio Geysers, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Located in the Andes Mountains, you'll be 14,170 feet (4,230 metres) above sea level. Enjoy a visit to the Puritama Hotsprings before taking a scenic drive back to your hotel.

Day 5: Atacama Salt Flats

Location: Atacama Desert

Accommodation: Hotel, Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama

Accommodation Name: Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama

Meals Included: Breakfast

Explore the Atacama Salt Flats, the largest in Chile. One of the driest parts of the world, the area stretches for over 40,000 square miles (103,600 kilometres). Keep your eyes open for species of wild birds including the Andean and James flamingos on the shores of the Chaxa, Miscanti and Minque Lagoons. This afternoon, make your way to Toconao, a traditional colonial village known for is volcanic rock architecture. Take a stroll through the main square and visit the handicraft stands that sell alpaca textiles.

Day 6: Atacama To Santiago

Location: Atacama Desert, Santiago

Accommodation: Hotel, The Singular Santiago Lastarria

Accommodation Name: The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, with Wine

Wake up for your transfer and flight back to Santiago.Enjoy lunch at El Galeon restaurant, located in the heart of the Central Market.Continue to the Plaza de Armas and the cathedral, traveling to the heart of the city along the famous Alameda, Santiago's vibrant main avenue. Continue your tour by crossing the Mapocho River to reach the bohemian Bellavista district on your way to the San Cristobal Hill.

Day 7: On To Puerto Natales

Location: Santiago, Puerto Natales

Accommodation: Hotel Remota, Puerto Natales.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Remota

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Fly to Punta Arenas where you'll then drive to Puerto Natales, a port city, the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park and starting point for explorers in search of the Patagonian fjords. This afternoon, you’ll have leisure time in the day to rest and rejuvenate before heading to dinner.Famous for its spiced meat and seafood dishes, tonight's meal will have you savouring typical Patagonian dishes.

Day 8: Balmaceda And Serrano Glaciers Excursion

Location: Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park

Accommodation: Hotel Remota, Puerto Natales.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Remota

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Wake for a scenic breakfast before starting your day. Torres del Paine National Park boasts jaw-dropping landscapes filled with turquoise lagoons, glaciers, and towering granite horns. Head out on a Balmaceda & Serrano Glacier Cruise to view these majestic ice formations. On return, the rest of your day is at leisure.

Day 9: Torres Del Paine National Park

Location: Torres del Paine National Park

Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres Patagonia.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Las Torres Patagonia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Join your local expert on an excursion of the Torres del Paine National Park. Situated in Chile's Patagonia region, this park is famous for its glaciers, grasslands, imposing mountains and the three granite towers it is named after.This afternoon, explore Torres del Paine with Insight Choice. Choose to join a local expert, exploring the National Park, the area is known for its rivers, lakes, mountains, and glaciers that are worth exploring. Alternatively, choose to join a tour of the region's oldest gardens at Reserva Cerro Paine which produces seasonal fruits and vegetables using bio-intensive sustainable methods.Tonight, join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you enjoy dinner at your hotel. All the ingredients are produced onsite utilizing sustainable farming techniques.

Day 10: Sightseeing In Torres Del Paine

Location: Torres del Paine National Park

Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres Patagonia.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Las Torres Patagonia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Today you'll spend the day sightseeing in Torres del Paine as you keep a look out for the park's guanacos, a rare creature similar to the llama, as well as Andean condors. Witness the sharp peaks of Cuernos del Paine and marvel at the emerald waters of the park’s lakes. These include Dickson Lake, Lake Pehoé, Sarmiento Lake, Del Toro Lake and Nordenskjöld Lake.After a day exploring, join your Travel Director and new friends as you toast to your travels at a Celebration Dinner with wine.

Day 11: Back To Santiago

Location: Torres del Paine National Park, Punta Arenas Pres. Ibanez, Santiago

Meals Included: Breakfast

It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers as your trip comes to an end. Head to Punta Arenas where you'll fly to Santiago International Airport for your flight home.

What's Included

  • Meals

    Includes 10 Breakfasts (B), 3 Lunches with Wine (LW), 3 Dinners with Wine (DW), 2 Dinners (D), and 3 Lunches (L).

  • Patagonian Ranch Cultural Experience

    Learn about the baqueano (cowboy) way of life in Torres del Paine National Park.

  • Organic Kitchen and Garden Tour

    Tour the regions oldest organic kitchens and garden at the Reserva Cerro Paine.

  • Winery Visit and Tasting

    Visit Kingston Family Winery in Casablanca Valley for a wine tasting session.

  • Guided Tours

    Enjoy guided tours of Santiago, Valparaiso, San Pedro de Atacama, Atacama Salt Flats, Moon Valley, and Torres del Paine National Park.

  • Cultural and Natural Highlights

    Explore the El Tatio Geysers, cruise on the Ultima Esperanza Gulf, and visit the Moon Valley.

  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience

    Dine at Hotel Las Torres, featuring ingredients produced onsite using sustainable farming techniques.

What's Not Included

  • International Airfare

    Flights to and from your home country are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is highly recommended but not included.

  • Some Meals

    While many meals are covered, some are left for you to explore local cuisine on your own.

  • Personal Expenses

    Items of a personal nature, including souvenirs, laundry, and tips, are not included.

  • Optional Activities

    Any activities marked as optional in the itinerary are not included in the tour price.

Check out our Q&As

  • What are some highlights of the tour?

    Highlights of the tour include a Patagonian Ranch Cultural Experience in Torres del Paine National Park, a visit to Kingston Family Winery in Santiago for a wine tasting, exploring the Atacama Salt Flats, a guided tour of Valparaiso, a UNESCO protected site, and a trekking adventure in Torres del Paine National Park.

  • What countries does the tour visit?

    The tour visits Chile.

  • What is the primary tag of the tour?

    The primary tag of the tour is Coach tours (worldwide).

  • How many meals are included in the tour?

    The tour includes 10 Breakfasts (B), 3 Lunches (L), 3 Lunches with Wine (LW), 2 Dinners (D), and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW).

  • What type of accommodations are provided?

    Accommodations include The Singular Santiago Lastarria Hotel in Santiago, Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama in San Pedro de Atacama, and Hotel Remota and Hotel Las Torres Patagonia in Puerto Natales.

  • What is the starting location of the tour?

    The tour starts in Santiago, Chile.

  • Are there any boat or cruise excursions included?

    Yes, the tour includes a cruise on the Ultima Esperanza Gulf to admire the beauty of the Serrano glacier and the glacier Balmaceda.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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