Chile and the Lake District - 14 days

Chile and the Lake District - 14 days

14 Days

Chile and the Lake District - 14 days

14 Days Starting in Santiago and ending in Puerto Montt

Visiting:

Santiago de Compostela

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Colchagua Valley, Chile

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Chillán

,

Villarrica

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Huilo Huilo

,

Puerto Montt

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Physical rating:

Low

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

1152/CLD

Age range:

Not recommended for under 5yrs.

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

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Tour Overview

Get behind the wheel for this classic self-drive tour of Chile from vibrant Santiago and its neighbouring vineyards to the famed Lake District for outdoor adventure and vistas of pure beauty. Sample world-class wines, admire crystal clear lakes and the backdrop of impressive volcanoes and explore the native rainforest of Huilo Huilo.

Highlights

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    Santiago – half day city tour of colonial architecture and traditional neighbourhoods

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    Colchagua Valley – Chile’s finest wine-making region

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    Chillán – vast handicrafts market and fascinating Mexican murals

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    Pucón – ideal base to explore the Lake District and the incredible Villarrica Volcano

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    Huilo Huilo Reserve – lush, native forest with plenty of outdoor activities available

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    Puerto Varas – situated along Lake Llanquihue’s southern shore with excellent access to the Osorno volcano and Pertohué waterfalls

Places You'll See

Chile and the Lake District - 14 day tour

Chile and the Lake District - 14 day tour

Chile and the Lake District - 14 day tour

Chile and the Lake District - 14 day tour

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Santiago

Location:

  Santiago de Compostela


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Bienviendos a Chile! Once you’ve arrived in Santiago you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

icon Day 2 : Santiago City Tour

Location:

  Santiago Tours, City Sightseeing Tour and Day Trips From Santiago Chile


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Encircled by snow-capped Andean peaks, the city of Santiago enjoys a particularly spectacular setting. This morning join a scheduled city tour taking in the Metropolitan Cathedral, the La Moneda Presidential Palace and the Plaza de Armas where artists randomly appear to make theatrical performances. Jump on the metro for a short ride to the magnificent Santa Lucia park and its unique castle. Continue to the Lastarria neighbourhood to marvel at the neoclassical architecture and make the most of the many restaurants, coffee shops and green parks.
In the afternoon head 35 minutes out of town to the Cousiño Macul Vineyard on a scheduled tour. Producing high quality wines in exclusive amounts, this vineyard is an excellent introduction to the wine production process and how technology is used alongside artisan traditions.

icon Day 3 : Colchagua Valley

Location:

  Colchagua Valley, Chile


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Santiago – Santa Cruz. After breakfast collect your rental car and drive to Santa Cruz in the Colchagua Valley. Known as the Valle de Colchagua in Spanish, the valley sits in the centre of one of Chile’s finest wine-making districts and is home to many of the country’s world-class wines. Spend the next two days independently touring the wineries in the valley, sampling as much wine as you can handle. It’s also worth checking out the Museo de Colchagua, boasting a well-designed and diverse collection of exhibits housed in a grand colonial hacienda.

icon Day 5 : Chillan

Location:

  Chillán


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Santa Cruz – Chillán. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in your hotel before following Route 5 to the lively city of Chillán. Upon arrival and hotel check in why not spend the remainder of your day exploring the vast handicrafts market of Feria de Chillán? Filling the Plaza de la Merced and offering everything from fresh produce to knitwear and leather goods, this daily market is a souvenir hunter’s paradise. Wandering around the city will also reveal a fascinating collection of Mexican murals.

icon Day 6 : Villarrica and the Lake District

Location:

  Villarrica


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Chillán – Pucón. Stretching from Temuco in the north and Puerto Montt in the south, Chile’s Lake District is spattered with dozens of crystal clear lakes, snow-capped mountains and dense forest. After a morning’s drive you reach Pucón, your base for the next three nights and the ideal place from which to explore the region’s natural gems. The outdoor activities on offer here are staggering – raft the Río Trancura rapids, hike in the secluded wooded corners of Parque Nacional Huerquehue, fish in the pristine rivers or rest your bones in the local thermal spas.
No trip to the region would be complete without visiting Parque Nacional Villarrica and its centrepiece, the smouldering Volcán Villarrica. Lined by lush forest and sharply ascending into a black waste of lava, the volcano is a dominating sight and it’s possible to hike to the gaseous crater with a local tour guide. The national park is also home to two other volcanoes, spectacular waterfalls and remote hiking trails.

icon Day 11: Puerto Varas

Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Huilo Huilo Reserve – Puerto Varas. Departing your rainforest lodge this morning drive further south to the elegant little town of Puerto Varas. Serving as an introduction to Patagonia, Puerto Varas has a wealth of tourist facilities and with wide streets, green parks and stunning views of the Osorno and Calbuco, it’s the ideal spot to base yourself. Food in this region is excellent so make sure you finish your day with a hearty meal at a restaurant in town.

icon Day 12-13: Lake Llanquihue and around

Meals Included:

  Breakfast


With Puerto Varas as your base, spend the next two days independently exploring the surrounding area. Surrounded by gently rolling pastures with the perfectly symmetrical Volcán Osorno as its backdrop, Lake Llanquihue could easily swallow a day of your holiday. Visit the little villages that dot the pastures looking for stalls selling German pastries and smoked trout or head to the black-sand beaches of Frutillar Bajo, a popular holiday resort with several traditional wooden structures. You could also venture further afield to the Saltos de Petrohué, a series of steaming rapids created by a hard layer of lava eroded into small channels that connect with the stunning Lago Todos los Santos.

icon Day 9 : Huilo Huilo

Location:

  Huilo Huilo


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


Pucón – Huilo Huilo Reserve. A short drive this morning brings you to the gorgeous Huilo Huilo Reserve. Nestled in 100,000 hectares of lush, native forest, the private reserve supports a diverse range of ecosystems rich in endemic species. In the distance the unspoiled white tip of Volcán Choshuenco looms large. Spend the next two days partaking in the many activities offered by your rainforest lodge. Trek along scenic walking trails, explore the reserve on horseback, take a jeep expedition to one of the beautiful lagoons, walk the rainforest canopy, mountain-bike, kayak, try your hand at fly fishing or simply relax in one of the natural thermal baths.

icon Day 14 : Puerto Montt

Location:

  Puerto Montt


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Today marks the end of your Chilean adventure. After breakfast and hotel check out, drive to airport in Puerto Montt to return your hire car and connect with your onward departure flight.

What's Included

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    13 nights STANDARD accommodation. Upgrading to SUPERIOR or DELUXE accommodation options are also available upon request. Accommodation rating – See Trip Notes for details

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    13 breakfasts and 2 dinners

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    City and wine tour in Santiago on a shared basis (private touring available for a supplement)

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    Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 14

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    12 days car hire/rental – car hire/rental based upon compact vehicle, Hyundai Accent Sedan, VW Golf Sedan or similar. Includes unlimited kms, CDW insurance (USD $500 deductible), roadside emergency assistance

What's Not Included

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    International flights and visas

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    Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature

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    Tipping – an entirely personal gesture

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Are airport transfers included in this tour?

Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 14

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    Cancellation Policy

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    Up to 60 days before tour starts: 100% of deposit.

    At 59 days before tour starts: 50% of tour cost.

    At 30 days before tour starts: 100% of tour cost.

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    Health and safety protocols have been reviewed in all destinations, and increased hygiene policies are being implemented locally in accordance with new national regulations and recommendations from the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel Protocols for tour operators.

    COVID-19 Vaccination requirements:
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    In all cases, you?must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow a minimum of 14 days before travelling in order for immunity to take effect. ?Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and time frames for inoculation, so please check the related medical advice associated with your vaccine. We will not accept?travellers?on trips?who have received only a partial dose (for example, one part of a two-dose vaccination) of?a?vaccine.

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    If you are unwilling or unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on an individual basis. To apply, you must provide supporting documentation from a medical professional. In addition, those who qualify for a medical exemption are still required to produce proof of a negative test in the form of written documentation (in English) conducted no more than 72 hours before day 1 of their trip, the details of which need to be emailed to info@onthegotours.com prior to the commencement of your trip.

    Traveller health information will be kept securely and only retained in compliance with the retention schedules of privacy laws and regulations. Proof of COVID-19 immunisation must be provided to us no less than 4 weeks prior to travel. We accept COVID-19 digital certificates, vaccination record cards, or COVID passes. Alternatively, vaccination history can be uploaded by travellers directly via our traveller login. The information you will need to upload includes: Administering national authority or government, document No, name of Vaccine, date/s of vaccination.

    Failure to provide proof of vaccination 4 weeks prior to travel could result in the cancellation of your booking with no recourse for refund or compensation. The pertinent documentation may also be checked at the welcome meeting on Day 1 of the Tour, and at various intervals during your stay. Our highest priority is the health and safety of our travellers, leaders, crew, suppliers, and local communities. We have a duty of care to ensure our travellers safety. By making the decision that travellers with an elevated risk of serious disease from COVID-19 must be fully vaccinated prior to travel with us, we are reducing the risk of harm to those travellers. In addition, as an ethical tour operator, we have a responsibility to ensure that we are not adding additional and avoidable strain to any country’s healthcare system.

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Chile and the Lake District - 14 days

14 Days Starting in Santiago and ending in Puerto Montt

Visiting:

Santiago de Compostela

,

Colchagua Valley, Chile

,

Chillán

,

Villarrica

,

Huilo Huilo

,

Puerto Montt

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Physical rating:

Low

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

1152/CLD

Age range:

Not recommended for under 5yrs.

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

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