Day 1 - Departure from the UK
Depart Thursday on Iberia or LAN Airlines flight via Madrid to Santiago, arriving the following morning. Next day we have a scenic tour of Santiago surrounded by mountains.
Day 2 - Tour of Santiago
Arriving early in the morning and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon we tour the city, to learn about the city's past history and present story. You will explore the bustling modern heart of the commercial district and Main Avenue, as well as historical main-square, with its majestic cathedral, before visiting the location upon which the Spanish founded the city, on Santa Lucia hill.
Day 3 - Santiago at leisure
The following day is at leisure for you to explore the city independently, visiting the numerous parks and museums or we can arrange for you to have additional excursions to visit local wineries, nearby coastal towns or mountain walks.
Days 4-6 Atacama Mountains & Desert
Flight to Calama and transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis village fed by two rivers and surrounded by outstanding natural beauty. You will be staying at Alto Atacama, a modern desert architecture lodge, including all meals and daily excursions to explore this harsh and varied environment.
Guided excursions will include: visit to Toconao and the Salt Flats, the Tatio Geysers, walking in the Valley of the Moon ending at sunset, Pucara de Quitor and Chiu-chiu.
Day 7 - 8 Walking tour of Valparaiso
Afternoon transfer to Calama, fly to Santiago and transfer to Valparaiso, staying for 2 nights. Next day walking tour of this histroic city, including the colourful hillside neighbourhoods, art galleries, cafes, and the home of poet Pablo Neruda.
We explore the colorful, clifftop homes, street art scene and the port of Valparaiso. At night there are many top class restaurants to choose from in this buzzing city.
Day 9 - Transfer to Santiago
Transfer to Santiago. Flight to Puerto Montt, transfer to the pier, board the Skorpios II ship, staying your first night at the port.
Day 10-14 - Lake District & Cruise
Morning tour to the lake region visiting Puerto Varas and Petrohue waterfalls. Afternoon start of your 5 night cruise on the Chonos Route through the Chilean Fjords to Laguna San Rafael Glacier.
Day 15 - Return to Puerto Montt. Fly to home via Santiago
Disembark in the morning in Puerto Montt. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Santiago to connect with your flight home.
Day 16 - Arrive home
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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