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Grand Circle of Chile II. – 14 days


Cost: from $ 3,200 AUD
Flights: Domestic flights included
Duration: 14 days
Departure: Daily
Location: Santiago de Chile, Punta Arenas, Atacama Desert, Lake District, Torres Del Paine, Valparaiso, Chiloe Island, Puerto Montt, Perito Moreno Glacier

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Tour Description

Chile is a land of extraordinary beauty and diversity. It stretches thousands of miles from one end to the other, from arid, rain-starved desert in the north to the icy glaciers of the south. In between these two extremes is a land with beautiful lakes and forests, volcanoes, beaches, glaciers, fjords and some fine colonial buildings in pleasant cities and towns. It is a perfect country for both relaxing and some serious activities. Come with us, and discover the country´s charm.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Santiago de Chile
Welcome at Santiago airport and transfer to selected hotel. In the afternoon, city tour in Santiago, beginning with a general view of the city by driving halfway up San Cristobal Hill. We continue to the historic downtown district, visiting Main Square, Cathedral, Post Office Headquarters, and Santiago City Hall. We will also see the Government House “La Moneda”. Then, we will take you to East Santiago, where you may appreciate modern buildings, with offices, apartments, shopping centers, and restaurants. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 2 - Valparaiso and Viña del Mar (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. Full-day tour to Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, visiting Quinta Vergara Amphitheater, where the International Song Festival of Viña del Mar is held every year, San Martin Ave., Peru Ave., Sotomayor Square, El Peral Funicular, and Yugoslav Corridor. Tour ends with a visit to La Sebastiana Museum, which used to be the residence of Nobel Laureate Poet Pablo Neruda (Museum is closed on Mondays). Return to Santiago and overnight.

Day 3 - Santiago – Calama (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Santiago airport for flight to Calama in the Atacama Desert. Reception at El Loa airport in Calama. Transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, via Domeyko Mountain Range. In the afternoon, excursion to Moon Valley, passing through the Salt Mountain Range, with a panoramic view of Death Valley. Visit to the high dune and to the natural salt monument “Las Tres Marias”. This excursion concludes enjoying a magical sunset, with a privileged view of the valley. Return to San Pedro. Overnight.

Day 4 - Atacama Desert (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. Excursion to Atacama Salt Flat, Chaxa Lagoon, and Flamingos National Reserve, to observe three out of the six different kinds of flamingos existing in the world. Transfer to the high plain lagoons of Miscanti and Miñiques. Lunch in Socaire. In the afternoon, visit to the town of Toconao, San Lucas Church, and Campanario Tower. Return to San Pedro. Overnight.

Day 5 – Atacama Desert - El Tatio Geysers(B)
Early in the morning, excursion to El Tatio Geysers, the world’s highest geyser field, which erupts each day at dawn, creating unusual mineral formations and spouting high clouds of steam. Trekking to observe various geothermal activities. Breakfast and opportunity to bathe in natural hot springs. Return to San Pedro. In the afternoon, visit to Cejar Lagoon, located in the heart of the Atacama Salt Flat, with such a high concentration of salt and lithium that it makes floating easier than on the Dead Sea. You may bathe, swim, and float amidst a beautiful landscape. Return to hotel. Overnight.

Day 6 - Calama - Santiago - Puerto Montt(B)

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the Calama airport for flight to Puerto Montt, via Santiago. Reception at Puerto Montt airport and transfer to Puerto Varas. City tours in Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt. In Puerto Varas, known as the City of Roses, we will visit Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, main square, and the bay street that borders Lake Llanquihue. Upon arrival in Puerto Montt, we will observe a panoramic view of the bay and Tenglo Island, touring through downtown and visiting Angelmo, a seafood and handicraft market. Overnight in Puerto Varas.

Day 7 - Excursion to Peulla (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. Excursion toward Ensenada, bordering Lake Llanquihue. Visit to Petrohue River Waterfalls, followed by a boat tour through the emerald waters of Lake All Saints en route to Peulla, enjoying a panoramic view of Osorno, Puntiagudo, and Tronador Volcanoes. Lunch included. Return to Puerto Varas. Overnight.

Day 8 - Chiloe Island (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. Crossing of Chacao Channel by ferry to the mythical island of Chiloe, distinguished by its maritime activity, its churches named Heritage of Mankind, and its festivities. Lunch included. In the afternoon, return to Puerto Varas. Overnight.

Day 9 - Puerto Montt – Punta Arenas (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Puerto Montt airport for flight to Punta Arenas. Reception at the Punta Arenas airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight.

Day 10 - Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning, we sail through the Magellan Strait towards Magdalena Island. Disembark on the island to interact with the largest colony of Magellan Penguins. Return to Punta Arenas. Afternoon transfer by bus service to Puerto Natales (250 km). Overnight.

Day 11 - Torres del Paine National Park (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. Excursion to Torres del Paine, visiting the Cave of the Milodon, where they discovered well-preserved remains of this prehistoric herbivore that existed 12,000 years ago. From here, journey will continue into Torres del Paine National Park, where we will visit Nordenskjold Lake, Pehoe Lake, and Salto Grande. Lunch. Trekking through a forest of lenga trees towards a viewpoint of Grey Glacier, with its impressive ice floes. Afterward, visit to Amarga Lagoon and return to Puerto Natales. Overnight.

Day 12 - Perito Moreno Glacier (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to El Calafate in Argentina (320 km) and excursion to Perito Moreno glacier with box-lunch and entrance fees to National Park included. Return to Puerto Natales and overnight.

Day 13 - Punta Arenas – Santiago (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Punta Arenas airport by bus line for flight back to Santiago. Reception at Santiago airport and transfer to hotel. (Optional: Farewell dinner at a typical Chilean restaurant with folk music and dances: including transfer out/in from hotel, see section supplements). Overnight.

Day 14 - Punta Arenas – Santiago (B)
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Santiago airport for international flight at scheduled time. End of our services.

Package Inclusions

All services, transfers and excursions detailed on the program; Local English/Spanish speaking guide during tours; Accommodation in a 3-star hotels; Meals detailed in the program (B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner); Entrance fees to the National Parks; Visit to penguin colony in Magdalena Island from October through March - tour subject to weather conditions Taxes; Internal Flights.

Price per person (2 people in double/twin room)

Package Exclusions

International flights; Meals and services not detailed on the programme; Tips; Insurance; Personal expenses; Optional excursions

Supplements

Single supplement – $ 770

4* hotel upgrade - $ 540

Chilean folklore evening with dinner (incl. transfer from/to the hotel) - $ 139 pp

Optional Grey glacier tour

Note

Program can start also in Patagonia, depending on your flight schedules.

Visit to penguin colonies from October 15th through March 15th only.

Visit to the Magellan farm October through March only.

The price is subject to availability and actual airfare costs.


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