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Best of Chile from Atacama to Patagonia

Duration 11 days

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Journey across Chile on an immersive 11-Day adventure, from Santiago set against the snow-capped Andes to the UNESCO protected sites of Valparaíso and the llama farms of Torres del Paine. Wine connoisseurs will be in their element at the Kingston Family Vineyard where a private Casablanca Valley Wine Tasting uncorks the finest local tipples—including regional Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In Torres del Paine, join the Patagonia Ranch cultural experience and see the world through the eyes of your local baqueano guides—the cowboy descendants of horsemen who came to work the ranches over a century ago. In Atacama, journey 14,000 feet up into the Andes for a dip in the Puritama Hot Springs before an evening of stargazing under the crystal-clear skies of the Chilean desert.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

Arrive in Santiago.
Welcome to Santiago. A picturesque city back dropped by the spectacular, snow-capped Andes, it offers a metropolitan world of museums, top restaurants and historic finds. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel, the glitzy Singular. In the evening meet your Travel Director and fellow guests at the hotel and enjoy a private Welcome Dinner.
Hotel: The Singular Santiago, Lastarria Hotel.
Meal: Dinner with Wine

DAY 2

Valparaiso and the Casablanca Wine Country.
Begin your day with a visit to Valparaiso. Explore the UNESCO protected site with a Local Expert. After lunch, visit the Kingston Family Vineyard for a private tasting in the Casablanca Valley. Recognised as one of the best wineries in Chile, its produce has been featured on the wine lists of top restaurants including Aureole in New York. The evening is yours at leisure.
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch with Wine

DAY 3

On to Atacama.
Take a transfer to the airport for your flight to Calama, a city based in the Atacama Desert. On arrival head to San Pedro. From there you’ll be driven to the Moon Valley for a guided visit. A nod to its name, this moon-like area is made up of dunes, caves and caverns. Learn more about its history and the land formations from a Local Expert.
Hotel: Hotel Cumbres in San Pedro de Atacama.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 4

Explore Atacama.
In the morning, take a guided visit to the Atacama Geysers, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, followed by the Puritama Hotsprings. Located in the Andes Mountains you’ll be 14,170 ft (4320 metres) above sea level. Spend the afternoon at leisure in Atacama. Ask your Travel Director for local recommendations or perhaps make the most of your hotel and its spa facilities. A serene space, the venue offers breathtaking views of the Andes mountain range and nearby volcanoes. Enjoy dinner before heading for your second evening of stargazing in the desert. The region is known for having the best dark skies on the planet.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 5

Atacama Salt Flats.
A short drive from San Pedro, explore the Atacama Salt Flats, the largest in Chile. One of the driest parts of the world, the area stretches for over 40,000 square miles. Later, visit the Altiplanic lagoons, part of Los Flamencos National Reserve. Explore the geology of the region with Local Experts and see huge sand dunes, natural amphitheatres, volcanoes and cloudless skies.
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch

DAY 6

Atacama to Santiago.
Wake up for your transfer and flight back to Santiago. On arrival, take a tour of the city with a Local Expert. Discover its Neoclassical landmarks including the 18th century Metropolitan Cathedral. Take in the city’s architecture, leafy parks and pretty cafes, before heading back to your hotel for leisure time. Later, enjoy lunch with wine near El Mercado Central. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Your hotel is walking distance from the parks, museums, restaurants, and bars of the historical Lastarria neighborhood.
Hotel: The Singular Santiago, Lastarria Hotel.
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch with Wine

DAY 7

On to Puerto Natales.
Fly to Punta Arenas then drive to Puerto Natales, a port city and the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. It is also a starting point for explorers in search of the Patagonian fjords. You’ll have leisure time in the day to rest and rejuvenate. Famous for spiced meat and seafood dishes, tonight’s dinner will have you savouring typical Patagonian dishes.
Hotel: Hotel Remota, Puerto Natales.
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner with Wine

DAY 8

Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Excursion.
Wake for a scenic breakfast before starting your day. Torres del Paine National Park boasts jaw-dropping landscapes filled with turquoise lagoons, glaciers, and towering granite horns. Head out on a Balmaceda & Serrano Glacier Cruise to view these majestic ice formations. On return, the rest of your day is at leisure.
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch

DAY 9

Torres del Paine National Park.
Take a scenic drive to Torres del Paine National Park. Keep your camera at hand as there will be plenty of scenic photo stops along the way. The park is situated in Chile’s Patagonia region and is famous for its glaciers, grasslands, imposing mountains and the three granite towers it is named after. It is part of UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserve System and is known for its rare wildlife. This afternoon, join a Patagonian Ranch Cultural Experience and learn about the baqueano (cowboy) way of life. During your time with these local cowboys — the descendants of horsemen who came to work ranches in this remote region more than a century ago, you will learn about their special clothing, saddles and other horse tack. You’ll also be shown how to properly saddle a horse, nail a horseshoe and of course how to ride. Enjoy a Yerba mate tea with them while chatting about Patagonian culture.
Hotel: Hotel Las Torres Patagonia.
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

DAY 10

Sightseeing in Torres del Paine.
Today you’ll spend the day sightseeing. Keep a look out for the park’s guanacos, a rare creature similar to the llama, as well as Andean condors. Witness the sharp peaks of Cuernos del Paine and see the emerald waters of the park’s lakes. These include Dickson Lake, Lake Pehoé, Sarmiento Lake, Del Toro Lake and Nordenskjöld Lake. After a day exploring, join your Travel Director and new friends as you toast to your travels at a Celebration Dinner with wine.
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner with Wine

DAY 11

Back to Santiago.
It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your trip comes to an end. Head to Punta Arenas and fly to Santiago International Airport for your flight home. Otherwise extend your journey on a 3-day Easter Island Option.
Meal: Breakfast

Authentic Dining

  • Santiago: Later, enjoy lunch with wine near El Mercado Central.
  • Puerto Natales: Famous for spiced meat and seafood dishes, tonight’s dinner will have you savouring typical Patagonian dishes.
  • Santiago: In the evening meet your Travel Director and fellow guests at the hotel and enjoy a private Welcome Dinner.
  • Casablanca: After lunch, visit the Kingston Family Vineyard for a private tasting in the Casablanca Valley. Recognised as one of the best wineries in Chile, its produce has been featured on the wine lists of top restaurants including Aureole in New York.
  • Atacama: Enjoy dinner before heading for your second evening of stargazing in the desert.
  • Torres del Paine:Torres del Paine: After a day exploring, join your Travel Director and new friends as you toast to your travels at a Celebration Dinner with wine.
  • Dining Summary: 10 Breakfasts (B), 4 Lunches (L), 2 Lunches with wine (LW), and 5 Dinners with wine (DW).

Insight Experiences

  • Torres del Paine: This afternoon, join a Patagonian Ranch Cultural Experience and learn about the baqueano (cowboy) way of life. During your time with these local cowboys — the descendants of horsemen who came to work ranches in this remote region more than a century ago, you will learn about their special clothing, saddles and other horse tack. You’ll also be shown how to properly saddle a horse, nail a horseshoe and of course how to ride. Enjoy a Yerba mate tea with them while chatting about Patagonian culture.
  • Torres del Paine: Completely immerse yourself in its beauty on a trekking adventure, the best way to explore the UNESCO Reserve.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Valparaiso: Begin your day with a visit to Valparaiso. Explore the UNESCO protected site with a Local Expert.
  • Moon Valley: From there you’ll be driven to the Moon Valley for a guided visit. A nod to its name, this moon-like area is made up of dunes, caves and caverns. Learn more about its history and the land formations from a Local Expert.
  • Andes Highlands: Afterwards, go for a guided stargazing experience up in the Andes Highlands (weather permitting).
  • Atacama: In the morning, take a guided visit to the Atacama Geysers, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Located in the Andes Mountains you’ll be 14,170 ft (4320 metres) above sea level.
  • Atacama Explore the geology of the region with Local Experts and see huge sand dunes, natural amphitheatres, volcanoes and cloudless skies.
  • Santiago: On arrival, take a tour of the city with a Local Expert. Discover its Neoclassical landmarks including the 18th century Metropolitan Cathedral.
  • Torres del Paine: Take a scenic drive to Torres del Paine National Park. There will be plenty of scenic photo stops along the way. The park is situated in Chile’s Patagonia region and is famous for its glaciers, grasslands, imposing mountains and the three granite towers it is named after. It is part of UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserve System and is known for its rare wildlife.

Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight’s luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
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Best of Chile from Atacama to Patagonia

Journey across Chile on an immersive 11-Day adventure, from Santiago set against the snow-capped Andes to the UNESCO protected sites of Valparaíso and the llama farms of Torres del Paine. Wine connoisseurs will be in their element at the Kingston Family Vineyard where a private Casablanca Valley Wine Tasting uncorks the finest local tipples—including regional Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. In Torres del Paine, join the Patagonia Ranch cultural experience and see the world through the eyes of your local baqueano guides—the cowboy descendants of horsemen who came to work the ranches over a century ago. In Atacama, journey 14,000 feet up into the Andes for a dip in the Puritama Hot Springs before an evening of stargazing under the crystal-clear skies of the Chilean desert.

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