Self-Drive Amid Mountains, Volcanoes & Vineyards

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Run by: Veloso Tours

Reference number: villarrica

From: £3051.00

Highlights

  • Self-drive journey through stunning Chilean landscapes
  • Explore the Chilean Lake District in-depth
  • Enjoy snow-capped volcanoes, glistening lakes and powerful waterfalls
  • Optional horse-riding, rafting and guided walks
  • Visit world-class vineyards in the Santa Cruz wine region
  • Soak in panoramic views of Santiago and the Andes mountains
  • Discover the coastal city of Valparaiso and its colourful streets
  • Receive local support and maps with a suggested route and places of interest

Santiago - Days 1 - 3

Day 1 - Departure from the UK

Departure any day of the week for Santiago, arriving the next morning. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel.

 

Day 2 - Santiago city tour

After arriving in the morning, in the afternoon we explore the city, set in a wide plain with the Andes stretching into the distance. Santiago offers bohemian areas, large craft markets, grand central squares and the Cerro San Cristóbal, a hill which can be reached by funicular railway, for superb panoramic views of the city.

 

Day 3 - Santiago at leisure

Day at leisure to explore on your own. We suggest taking a tour of the Pacific Coast at Vina del Mar and Valparaiso, or inland to the mountains in the Canon del Maipo

Valparaiso - Days 4 - 5

Day 4-5 - Valparaiso

Transfer to collect your self drive vehicle and briefing, map, itinerary description and  directions. You have contact details for all hotels booked along your route. Drive to Valparaiso, a UNESCO world heritage site in a picturesque setting, enhanced by the surrounding hills and the Pacific ocean. Explore the Pacific coast line north to Viña del Mar and Reñaca, both famous seaside resorts. 

Santa Cruz - Days 6 - 8

Days 6-7 - Santa Cruz Wineries

Drive up to the picturesque mountain town of Santa Cruz famous for its vineyards. Overnight at Santa Cruz Hotel. Explore the surrounding countryside and vineyards of "la ruta del vino"(the wine route).

 

Day 8 - Chillan

Continue south along the Andes, overnight stop at the Gran Hotel Isabel Riquelme in Chillan.

Pucón - Days 9 - 11

Days 9 - 11 - Pucon & Villarrica Volcano

Drive to the beautiful Chilean Lake District and Pucón, staying for 3 nights with spectacular views of Lake Villarrica, surrounded by mountains, trees and waterfalls. Pucón is famous for its scenery with snow-capped volcanoes, crystal clear lakes and rivers, thermal baths and national parks. You can arrange locally numerous activities such as trekking the Villarrica Volcano, rafting, horse riding and guided walks.

Puerto Varas - Days 12 - 14

Days 12-13 - Puerto Varas

Drive further south to Puerto Varas located on Lake Llanquihue, near Petrohué Falls and Lago Todos Los Santos, whose deep, clear, emerald green waters are framed by the snowcapped Osorno volcano. Two days to explore the area at your own pace, with walks and boat trips. Nearby is Chiloe, with its unique blend of isolated island culture, small fishing communities and small wooden UNESCO-listed churches, constructed by the Jesuit missionaries arriving in the 16th century.

 

Day 14 - Puerto Montt to return home

Drive to Puerto Montt airport, where you will return the car and take your departure flight to Santiago connecting with the overnight flight home, arriving on Day 15. Or extend your holiday and visit Argentinian San Martin de Los Andes and Bariloche.

What's Included

  • 15 Days / 12 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Breakfast every day and meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport  throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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