Travel 2 Touring 18/19

LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

SOUTH AMERICA

1

San Pedro de Atacama

CHILE

LAND NIGHTS STAYED

3

1

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

1

Valparaiso

1 3

Santiago

LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

ARGENTINA

Puerto Varas

3

Puerto Montt

1

ESCORTED TOUR PRICES FROM £3689pp

LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

3

1

Puerto Natales

Punta Arenas

RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

1

LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Discover the colourful port town of Valparaiso • See the other-worldly landscapes of the Atacama salt flats and the magnificent El Taito geysers • Stay in charming Puerto Varas in Chile’s Lake District • Slow the pace down on the traditional island of Isla Grande in the Chiloe archipelago • Cruise the fjords and marvel at the glaciers of the Patagonia region • Spend a day exploring Torres del Paine National Park with its iconic jagged peaks 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

14 day Chile Top to Toe Santiago • Valparaíso • Atacama Desert • Puerto Varas • Chiloé • Volcan Osorno • Puerto Natales • Torres del Paine

Days 1 & 2: Santiago On arrival into Santiago you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before a welcome dinner. The following day, embark on a city tour which will allow you to experience its eclectic contrasts. Lunch on fish fresh from the morning’s catch at well-known restaurant El Galeon located in the bustling Central Market. (D,BL) Day 3: Santiago - Valparaíso Travel to the coast to visit the manicured seaside resort of Vina del Mar and the bohemian port town of Valparaíso. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valparaiso is a unique and delightful tangle, draped over a series of hills. Funiculars connect the industrial seafront with the cerros (hill) neighbourhoods, each a maze of colourful, artfully-dilapidated mansions and enchanting street art. This evening enjoy the buzz of Valparaiso’s vibrant nightlife. (BL) Day 4: Valparaíso – San Pedro de Atacama Fly to the northern city of Calama, from where you will drive to the desert oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama before enjoying a local lunch in Coyo Ayllu. This afternoon, you’ll see some of San Pedro’s famous landscapes with a drive out to Death and Moon valleys, some of the driest spots on the planet. With lonely volcanoes populating the horizon, enjoy the views and the silence as the afternoon sun’s rays turn the hues of the rock from orange, to red to purple. (BL) Day 5: Salar de Atacama Spend the day exploring the otherworldly Salar de Atacama, the largest salt flat in Chile. Journey under the watchful gaze of barren mountains, passing salt lakes full of flamingos, to reach the brilliantly blue Miscanti and Miniques lagoons. (BL) Day 6: El Tatio Geysers Travel deeper into the Atacama to visit El Tatio. Set within a ring of volcanoes, there are about 80 lively geysers and fumaroles, which are at their best at sunrise. You’ll also see the Rainbow Valley and the petroglyphs of Yerbas Buenas. (B) Day 7: Atacama – Puerto Varas Transfer back to Calama and fly south to Puerto Montt, the gateway to Chile’s spectacular Lake District. Tour the city with visits including the Plaza de Armas,

Catedral de Puerto Mont and Angelmo cove. Travel on to Puerto Varas, a charming town on Llanquihue Lake looked over by 2 snow-capped volcanoes. (BD) Day 8: Chiloé Excursion Board the ferry over to the Chiloé archipelago to visit the largest island, Isla Grande. A rural, peaceful and spiritual place, spend the day delving into its fascinatingly different cultures. In the city of Castro see the unique ‘pala to’ houses, brightly coloured and built on stilts, and its wooden churches. (BL) Day 9: Volcan Osorno 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. 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. (BL) Day 10: Puerto Varas - Puerto Natales Fly further south to Punta Arenas and transfer on to Puerto Natales, the lively, picturesque town that is the gateway to the Torres del Paine. (B) Day 11: The Glaciers of Puerto Natales Set sail on the gloomily named Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) Fjord, a body of water that is set in a magnificent landscape. Cruise to the Mount Balmaceda Glacier, where as well as a tumbling wall of ice to admire, you’ll spot cormorants and sea lions. Continue to the end of the fjord and take a short walk through native forest to the foot of the magnificent Serrano Glacier, part of the Southern Ice Field. (BL) Day 12: Torres del Paine National Park Journey to the spectacular, UNESCO World Heritage designated, Torres del Paine National Park – the jewel in Patagonia’s crown. Packed with waterfalls, lakes, glaciers and rugged peaks, the park’s best-known view is of the jagged granite towers from which the park takes its name. Spend the day amongst this breathtaking example of resplendent nature. (BL) Day 13: Puerto Natales - Santiago Transfer back to Punta Arenas and fly to Santiago. The rest of the day is at leisure. Your tour concludes on day 14 with a transfer back to the airport. (B)

TOUR DETAILS

£3689 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 13 nights’ quality hotel accommodation • Meals as specified: 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 2 dinners • Touring by air-conditioned vehicle • English-speaking Local Guides • Internal flights, airport transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary

DEPARTURES 2019: Jan 21; Mar 4; Sep 2; Oct 14; Nov 3 2020: Jan 13; Feb 10; Mar 16

TOUR STYLE: Escorted (Classic)

GROUP SIZE: 28 max

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 4 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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