A Journey through History, Wine, and Natural Wonders
An unparalleled travel experience that will leave you a profound connection to the heart of Chile and beyond.
This trip promises an unforgettable odyssey across diverse landscapes, captivating historical sites, and some of the finest vineyards Chile has to offer.
Beginning in the vibrant city of Santiago, you can discover the city's heart and soul. From there, take a flavourful turn into the renowned Colchagua Valley, where the art of winemaking is your guide. Visits to the Laura Hartwig and Viu Manent vineyards offer immersive experiences into the complexities of the viticulture that have shaped these remarkable wines.
Outside the bounds of Santiago and its surroundings, you will head to the magnificent Easter Island, which beckons with its ancient tales and mysterious moai statues. Explore the remnants of forgotten civilizations and stand in awe of the colossal sculptures that guard this remote island.
Finally, finish your adventure amongst the rugged grandeur of Patagonia, where Torres del Paine National Park unveils its incredible vistas, and Grey Glacier promises an encounter with one of nature's most awe-inspiring wonders.
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Day 1: Ready, set, go!
Head to your nearest international airport and board your overnight flight to Santiago, Chile.
Day 2: Welcome to Santiago
At the airport, you will be transferred to the Le Reve Hotel in uptown Santiago, where you will stay for one night. After check-in, your adventure begins with a half-day guided tour through the heart of Santiago. The pinnacle of the day is ascending San Cristobal Hill on a panoramic bus with a sweeping panorama of the city and the epic Andes Mountain Range. Return via a cable car will take you back to the modern, chic side of Santiago.
Day 3: The Art of Winemaking
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, take a trip to Santa Cruz city in the renowned Colchagua Valley. Your first stop is the Laura Hartwig Vineyard where you'll indulge in a comprehensive tour. Your journey continues to the Viu Manent vineyard, where lunch awaits. In the afternoon, tour the vineyard grounds, and cellar visits, get a glimpse into the wine production process, and wine tasting. Relax as the day draws to a close at your hotel, Santa Cruz Plaza, where you will stay one night.
Day 4: Immersed in Wine Culture
After a delicious breakfast, you will take a guided tour of the Santa Cruz winery. Immerse yourself in the essence of winemaking as you sample a selection of wines and enjoy lunch. This experience also features a cableway ride to the Chamán Hill, where indigenous village replicas of Aymara, Mapuche, and Rapanui cultures stand. Make your way back to your hotel in Santiago, where you'll spend one night at Le Reve.
Day 5: Santiago to Easter Island
Awaken to breakfast at the hotel, then prepare to embark on a journey to Easter Island. You will be transferred from Le Reve Hotel to the airport in Santiago and upon arrival at Mataveri Airport in Easter Island, you will be transferred again to Taha-Tai Hotel where you will spend three nights.
Day 6: Ancient Wonders
Eat up at breakfast, as today's itinerary includes a visit to Tongariki, Rano Raraku, and Anakena. Your expedition begins at the ruins of the Akahanga temple, where moai hats create an intriguing spectacle. Venture on to the Rano Raraku volcano, the birthplace of the island's iconic moai. A fulfilling lunch awaits at a local Rapanui's residence and then the day concludes at Anakena Beach, graced by two picturesque Ahu. Use your free time to indulge in a refreshing swim or a leisurely stroll before retiring to your hotel.
Day 7: Enigmatic Orongo
A hearty breakfast sets the tone for your day of discovery. This morning's excursion takes you to Rano Kau, Orongo, and Vinapu. Explore Vinapu's archaeological remnants, offering insights into volcanic rock constructions and the island's tribal history. Continue to the volcanic wonder of Rano Kau, with its deep crater, and serene lagoon. The ancient ceremonial city of Orongo, adorned with petroglyphs, unveils the mysteries of the Tangata Manu birdman tradition. The afternoon ventures to Ahu Akivi, showcasing the Seven Moai in a captivating ceremonial setting. Your journey further leads to Puna Pau, where the iconic "pukao" (topknots) were crafted for the moai.
Day 8: Easter Island to Santiago
As the sun rises, enjoy a satisfying breakfast at the hotel. You will be transferred to Mataveri Airport for your return flight to Santiago. Once back in Santiago, you will return to Le Reve Hotel where you will stay for one night.
Day 9: Gateway to Patagonia
A delightful breakfast awaits at the hotel, fueling you for your journey ahead. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Punta Arenas, where our team will be ready to welcome you. A comfortable transfer to Puerto Natales awaits, leading you to your hotel Costaustralis Hotel where you'll spend the night.
Day 10: Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine
After breakfast at the hotel, your day begins with an excursion to Torres del Paine National Park. This UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve offers a captivating panorama of the Andean Massif, adorned with glaciers, waterfalls, lagoons, and the pristine Pehoe Lake. Revel in the park's diverse flora and fauna, taking in the awe-inspiring views. Stay in the Grey Lake area at Lago Grey Hotel for two nights.
Day 11: Exploring Grey Glacier
After breakfast, a half-day navigation to Grey Glacier awaits, showcasing the captivating blend of landscapes, lush greenery, and towering mountains. Onboard the Grey III boat, you'll sail to Grey Glacier. The sight of brilliant blue icebergs floating in the grey waters is a spectacle to behold.
With a touch of luck, you might witness ice chunks calving off the glacier. The rest of the day is yours to relax and explore at your leisure.
Day 12: Azul Lagoon Exploration
Greet the day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Today's adventure leads to Azul Lagoon, offering a tranquil respite by its serene shores. A leisurely walk will reveal remarkable vistas of the Las Torres Mountains. Visit to the Milodon Cave, a natural monument housing prehistoric remains, then return to Costaustralis Hotel for the night.
Day 13: Completing the Patagonian Journey
Enjoy a satisfying breakfast at the hotel, followed by a transfer to Punta Arenas Airport for your flight back to Santiago. Transfer to Le Reve hotel for one more night.
Day 14: Farewell and Safe Travels
Savour a final breakfast back at Le Reve hotel, marking the culmination of your unforgettable journey, and transfer to the airport for your homeward bound flight.
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Chile Holidays, South America Holidays
From £5,350 pp based on two people sharing, excluding international flights.
The trip includes all accommodation and activities specified above.
Rooms and meals as below:
- 4 nights at Le Reve Hotel - standard deluxe room, breakfast and lunch included.
- 1 night at the Santa Cruz Plaza Hotel - standard room.
- 3 nights at Taha-Tai Hotel - standard room, breakfast daily, and lunch on day 6.
- 2 nights at Costaustralis Hotel - city view room, breakfast included.
- 3 nights at Lago Grey Hotel - superior room, breakfast included.
- Single Supplements.
- Meals not mentioned as included.
- International flights to and from UK (expect these to cost from £1,200 pp for economy flights. Please note; pricing can change significantly depending on the time of year and how far in advance flights are booked.
When to visit Chile
Discover the best times to visit Chile with this guide
January is the peak of summer in Chile, making it an excellent time to visit the country's coastal areas, including the vibrant cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. The temperatures during this month are generally pleasant, ranging from 20°C to 30°C (68°F to 86°F), perfect for enjoying the beaches and outdoor activities
Another fantastic month to explore Chile, especially if you're interested in the landscapes of Patagonia. The weather remains warm and inviting, making it an ideal time for hiking and outdoor adventures. In Valparaiso, you can experience the colourful Carnival of Valparaiso, a lively celebration filled with parades, music, dancing, and stunning street art. It's advisable to book accommodation well in advance due to the popularity of this season.
March marks the beginning of autumn in Chile, and the weather starts to cool down. It's still an enjoyable time to visit, with fewer crowds and lower prices compared to the peak summer season. The wine regions of Chile, such as the picturesque Colchagua Valley and Maipo Valley, are particularly beautiful during this time, as the vineyards display vibrant hues of red and orange.
The weather is mild, and the autumn paints the landscape in impressive array of colours. It's an ideal time to visit the captivating Lake District, which encompasses stunning destinations like Pucon and Puerto Varas. The iconic Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia is also worth exploring during this time, with agreeable temperatures and fewer tourists. Additionally, Easter Island experiences comfortable weather in April, making it an opportune moment to visit this remote and enigmatic destination.
May marks the beginning of the low season in Chile, as the temperatures continue to drop, and the tourist numbers decrease. It's a quieter time with ample opportunities to explore Santiago's cultural attractions and museums without the usual crowds. If you're a ski enthusiast, you can head to the majestic Andes Mountains, where the ski resorts begin to open for the winter season, offering thrilling snow sports activities.
June brings winter to Chile, making it an excellent time to hit the ski slopes. The ski resorts in the Andes Mountains, such as Portillo and Valle Nevado, offer excellent conditions for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. However, it's important to note that June is the coldest month in Chile, especially in regions like Patagonia and the southern parts of the country. Make sure to pack warm clothing and gear accordingly.
In the northern regions of Chile, such as the extraordinary Atacama Desert, temperatures remain mild during the day but drop significantly at night, creating a unique and captivating atmosphere for stargazing.
It's a great time to visit the renowned wine regions, such as the Maipo Valley and the Casablanca Valley, as the vineyards prepare for the upcoming grape harvest. The cities and attractions are generally less crowded during this time, allowing for a more relaxed and peaceful experience.
September marks the beginning of spring in Chile, as the weather starts to warm up, and the landscapes come alive with blooming flowers and lush greenery. It's an excellent time to explore the coastal regions and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, and whale watching.
October is a beautiful month to visit Chile, with relaxing temperatures and fewer tourists compared to the peak summer season. It's an ideal time to explore the stunning fjords, glaciers, and snow-capped mountains of Patagonia. In the Casablanca Valley wine region, you can participate in the grape harvest festivals, known as vendimias, and indulge in wine tastings, surrounded by the famous Chilean vineyards.
The temperatures are comfortable, and the landscapes are vibrant and picturesque. In Santiago, you can explore the bustling markets, savour delectable local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the city's cultural offerings. Outdoor enthusiasts can go hiking in the scenic Aysén region or visit the picturesque Chiloé Island, known for its distinctive architecture and rich folklore.
It's a great time to visit the country's beaches and coastal cities. The temperatures rise, providing ample opportunities for water sports, sunbathing, and swimming. Whether you choose to relax on the sandy shores of Arica or explore the vibrant beach towns like La Serena, you can bask in the summer vibes.
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