Chile is a land of extremes. Spanning over 4,200 kilometres from north to south, the incredible scenic and cultural diversity of the country is truly mind-blowing. Modern and sophisticated Santiago is the countries heart, whilst at the tip of the continent, Patagonia is one of the most pristine environments on the planet. Filled with towering peaks, iconic glaciers, brilliant fjords and renowned Cape Horn, which marked lands’ end for centuries, there is a plethora of activities and adventures to enjoy.
Located between the snow-capped Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santiago is one of South America’s most energetic, cosmopolitan and sophisticated cities. Filled with world class museums, restaurants and fascinating neighbourhoods, it is a wonderful city to visit. Stroll through quirky neighbourhoods that each have their own unique flavour, such as Lastarria and Providencia. During the day enjoy the relaxed vibe, parkland, architecture, cafes and cobblestoned streets before experiencing the vibrant nightlife, quiet bars and delectable restaurants.
Discover the splendour of Patagonia’s jaw-dropping Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine) National Park, dominated by the three immense granite spires which give the park its name. Staying at renowned Singular Patagonia (a former cold storage plant turned luxury hotel) explore this incredible region by bicycle, horseback, 4WD or on foot. This remarkable landscape is covered with mountains, fjords, glaciers and crystal clear lakes. The area is also rich in wildlife, with alpine forests teeming with rare birdlife, and the open steppes grazed by guanaco (a relative of the llama) and rhea. Tracking the elusive Puma, the world’s largest mountain lion, is also an option. Click here for more details.
Returning to your glamorous accommodation each day to indulge in fine dining and wine tastings after working up an appetite exploring this pristine wilderness. The hotel also features its own fascinating museum, which still houses the original century-old industrial machinery.
Tierra Del Fuego
Cruise the magical waterways of the Tierra Del Fuego archipelago and marvel at glaciers, snow-capped mountains and beautiful sub-polar forests that dominate the landscape. Enjoy daily zodiac and shore excursions to visit some of the region’s most astounding glaciers, hike through Magellanic forests, search for seals and penguins and visit a historic museum at Wulaia Bay.
11 days / 10 nights
Prices from $7363 per person twin share
Save up to $2502 per couple*
*Conditions apply. Price is based on two people sharing, singles on request. Accommodation subject to availability. Please note this itinerary is for travel between October 2019 and April 2020 only and must be booked by 30 August 2019 (excluding 15 Dec 2019 to 05 Jan 2020).
- Explore the unique landscape of Chile
- Marvel at the granite peaks of Torres del Paine
- Enjoy Chilean wine and uncover the hiddenhideaways of Santiago
- Cruise the waterways of Tierra Del Fuego aboard the luxury Stella or Ventus Australis
- Transfers and excursions in Santiago are in private service with English-speaking guide assistance.
- Accommodation as mentioned on full-board basis (except Singular Santiago which is B&B basis)
- Australis Cruise in category B cabin, Punta Arenas to Ushuaia
- Port and National Park entrance fees
- Early check-in or late check-out.
- Extras not mentioned in the program.
- Gratuities insurance and personal expenses.
- Airfares and airport taxes.
Days 1 – 3 Santiago, The Singular Santiago
Arrive in Santiago and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon explore Santiago on a half day city tour visiting the famous Plaza de Armas, San Francisco Church and Cerro San Cristobal, a hilltop park which offers superb views of the city. On day 3, take a full-day tour to the unique port city of Valpaíso, renowned for its colourful hillside suburbs and visit neighbouring Viña Del Mar. Enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery enroute.
Days 4 – 6 Patagonia, The Singular Patagonia
Today return to the airport for your flight (not included). On arrival, transfer to the historic Singular Patagonia, an old storage plant that has been transformed into a modern, luxurious hotel. Explore southern Patagonia’s most impressive sights, including Torres Del Paine NP and Balmaceda Glacier. Activities here are endless, with hiking, kayaking and cycling just a few of your options. Return each day to your hotel and indulge in fine-dining and wine tastings.
Day 7 Cruise, Fjords of Tierra Del Fuego
This morning transfer to your luxury cruise ship the Ventus or Stella Australis in Punta Arenas. The ship departs at 1800, leaving the twinkling lights of the township behind.
Day 8 Cruise, Ainsworth Bay – Tucker Islets
Awaken this morning to the beauty of Admiralty Sound, a renowned and breathtaking region of Tierra Del Fuego. Go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, home to a myriad of bird species. Hike through pristine sub-polar forest before seeing impressive Marinelli Glacier. Elephant seals can sometimes be spotted from the Zodiacs as you go ashore. In the afternoon, visit Magellan penguin colonies by Zodiac near the Tucker Islets. If these birds have migrated elsewhere, this excursions is replaced by a walk to a nearby glacier at Brookes Bay.
Day 9 Cruise, Pia Glcaier – Glacier Alley
Overnight the vessel sails south into the Beagle Channel. This morning enjoy a visit to Pia Glacier via Zodiac. Disembark and take a walk through the forests to gain a spectacular view of the glacier. Return to the ship and continue east along the Beagle Channel through the renowned Glacier Alley, a string of tidewater glaciers that plunge down to the sea from the remarkable Darwin Ice Field.
Day 10 Cruise, Pia Glcaier – Glacier Alley
Navigate Murray Channel before dropping anchor at historic Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yámana aboriginal settlements. Explore the old radio station turned museum that focuses on the Yámana people and early European missionaries. Afterward, enjoy a hike through the Magellan forest to a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay.
In the afternoon cruise across Nassau Bay to remote Cape Horne National Park. Cape Horn is often referred to as the “End of the World” as for centuries it marked lands’ end and the only navigable route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
Day 11 Tour ends, Ushuaia
Disembark from your cruise ship today. Tour ends.