14 DAYS ●
Travel the length of Chile, from the barren beauty of the Atacama and altiplano of the north, via the lakes and volcanoes of the Lake District, to the spectacular mountains and glaciers of Patagonia in the south.
PLEASE NOTE: The below Itinerary is based on our Jan and Feb 2020 Departures, If you are travelling on the 11 Sept or 2 Nov 2020 departures please click
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Experience the sophistication of Santiago and soak up the bohemian vibes
Discover Moon Valley, one of the driest spots on the planet
Take a scenic hike through the plentiful nature around Volcan Osorno
Wonder at the spectacular Patagonia and the breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park
Our Chile: Top to Toe itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Fly to Chile's sophisticated capital Santiago, arriving the same day due to crossing the International Date Line en route. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon you have an optional walking tour of Santiago, including visits to the Plaza de Armas (the heart of the old colonial centre), the Royal Court Palace and the Government Palace, before a welcome dinner this evening. (D)
Travel 3 hours to the coast to visit the bohemian UNESCO port town of Valparaíso. Explore this colourful city, with a ride on the funicular into the hills to visit Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s house. Return to Santiago this afternoon. (B)
Fly to the northern city of Calama, from where you will drive to the desert oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama. Drive out to the sun-scorched Death and Moon valleys. Enjoy the views of the lonely volcanoes, and the afternoon sun, turning the hues of the rock from orange, to red to purple. (B,L)
Travel to the otherworldly Salar de Atacama, the largest salt flat in Chile. Visit the scenic Chaxa, Miscanti and Miniques lagoons. Travel to the village of Socaire to see ancient agricultural terraces with irrigation channels. Visit another peaceful village with typical colonial architecture built in Liparita (volcanic stone). Explore the village before returning to your hotel. (B,L)
Rise early to visit El Tatio Geysers, a stunning natural phenomenon. Watch the geysers hiss and spit over sunrise before a guided tour. Gaze upon Putana Volcano and Tocopuri Mountains as you travel through the Andes, before visiting the desert village of Machuca to see how the locals live, then visit a fascinating nearby archaeological site. Round off the day with a trip to the colourful Rainbow Valley. (B,L)
This morning, transfer back to Calama and board your flight to Puerto Montt, the gateway to Chile’s spectacular Lake District. The flight is approximately 5 hours via Santiago. Continue on to Puerto Varas, a charming town on Llanquihue Lake that is dominated by two snow-capped volcanoes. Check into your hotel for a relaxing evening. (B)
Travel further around Llanquihue Lake to the village of Ensenada at the foot of Volcan Osorno, where you’ll take an easy hike through the volcano’s plentiful nature to reach the visitors centre at 1,240 metres. Travel to Perez Rosales National Park to Petrohué Falls, where boardwalks will help you admire the turquoise waters and lush greenery of the Petrohué River. (B,L)
Transfer to the airport and fly further south to Punta Arenas, a city that sits at the end of continental South America on the Straits of Magellan. From there you’ll head to Puerto Natales, the lively, picturesque town that is the gateway to the Torres del Paine. (B,L,D)
Enjoy a day at leisure, or with the option to book on one of two tours. Either sail on the gloomily-named Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) Fjord to Mount Balmaceda Glacier before continuing on foot to the magnificent Serrano Glacier or visit a local estancia for a glimpse of daily life on a traditional ranch and to enjoy a typical Patagonian asado lunch. (B)
Enjoy another full day excursion, this time to the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Torres del Paine National Park. Keep an eye out for large herds of guanacos as you go. Visit the Salto Grande of the Pehoé River with the impressive mountains of Torres del Paine in the background, and visit Lake Pehoé, Lake Grey and Grey Glacier. After lunch stop at Milodon Cave where the remains of a prehistoric animal were found in the last century. (B,L)
Transfer back to the airport in Punta Arenas and board your flight to Santiago for a farewell dinner this evening to round off the trip. (B,L,D)
Today you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Australia. Arrive home in 2 days due to crossing the International Date Line once again. (B)
All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price. Our tour prices are from prices based on per person, twin share and are subject to the availability of specific economy class fare levels. If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Tour would be more ideal.
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