PRE TOUR: ARGENTINA: BUENOS AIRES
Day 1 – Friday Nov 3 Arrive Buenos Aires
You will be met upon arrival at Ezeiza International Airport,, Buenos Aires and escorted to your hotel. Our representative will assist you with check-in procedures. Tonight’s dinner is at the hotel restaurant.
Overnight at LOI SUITES RECOLETA HOTEL. (D)
Day 2 - Saturday Nov 4 Buenos Aires
Highlights: Recoleta - Palermo - Plaza de Mayo - Puerto Madero - San Telmo - La Boca: On an unforgettable route, we will live all the porteño magic. These few hours feature all the magic of Argentina’s capital city. In this most complete overview of the Paris of South America we will visit the glamorous neighbourhoods of Recoleta and its most famous cemetery, Palermo, May Square and the Pink House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the newest & trendiest Puerto Madero Area and many other emblematic buildings and palaces of unique architectural, historical, and cultural value. The visit would not be complete without the sights of the first settlements of the city of Buenos Aires. The picturesque neighbourhood of San Telmo, residence to the porteño aristocracy until the end of the XIX century and where the renowned antiques market is held every Sunday; Caminito Street, in the colourful, Italian immigrants’ neighbourhood of La Boca.
Dinner and Tango Show at Tango Porteno
Duration: 4:30 hrs. approx.- Shared Service - Private transfer without guide - Plateas Ticket
Highlights: Dinner and Tango Show: Famous for its amazing nightlife and for being the land of Carlos Gardel, Buenos Aires offers countless gastronomic and artistic options. Tango portrays the ’Queen of the River Plate’ (’Reina del Plata’). We will enjoy an unforgettable night, surrender to the magic of this city that never sleeps and to the charm of this overwhelming and sanguine music —main protagonist of the night— while enjoying the best of its varied gastronomic treats.
Departure Time: 8.00 pm. Overnight at the hotel. (BD)
Day 3 Sunday Nov 5 Buenos Aires
Day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel. (B)
Day 4 Monday Nov 6 Buenos Aires – Santiago
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Santiago. (B)
MAIN TOUR: CHILE WITH PATAGONIA
Nov 6 - Nov 12, 2017
From sophisticated Santiago with its internationally praised vineyards to majestic ancient forests and soaring volcanoes, Chile is a jewel with a fascinating history, a diverse ecology and a modern, colorful culture.
Day 1 – Monday Nov 6 Santiago - Arrival
You will be met on arrival after clearing government formalities and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner at hotel with a glass of wine. (D)
Overnight at HOTEL DIRECTOR VITACURA.
Day 2 – Tuesday Nov 7 Santiago
City tour: Tour around Santiago, visiting the city’s most outstanding attractions, including a walking tour downtown visiting the “Plaza de Armas”, the Cathedral, Ahumada Boulevard and Government Palace “La Moneda”(outside). Then, we’ll drive the main avenues of old Santiago, crossing the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista and up to San Cristobal Hill, for a magnificent panoramic view of the city and the Andes Mountain Range. After this, the tour will take us to the modern part of Santiago, including its chic neighborhoods, shopping and financial centers. Visit the Pre-Columbian Museum. Also, visit Galeria de Arte Patricia Ready with an optional lunch. Overnight at the hotel. (B)
Day 3 – Wednesday Nov 8 Santiago – Wine Country, Valparaiso & Viña Del Mar
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. We depart this morning through the Casablanca and Curacavi valleys where you enjoy a delicious wine tasting. Upon arrival at the Pacific coast, visit Las Salinas and Reñaca beaches and then continue to Viña del Mar, known as the garden city for its beautiful parks. Visit the casino building and the avenues of this attractive town. In the afternoon, we visit Valparaíso, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where stairways and old funicular lifts lead up to the hills on which the city is built. Dating back to the 16th century, the architecture of this quirky town is attractive and eclectic. Return to Santiago. Overnight at the hotel. (B)
Day 4 – Thursday Nov 9 Santiago / Punta Arenas and drive to Torres del Paine National Park (BD
EARLY MORNING: Transfer to the airport for our flight to Punta Arenas. Transfer to the Torres del Paine National Park. Overnight at LAS TORRES LODGE. (BD)
Day 5 – Friday Nov 10 Torres del Paine National Park
We will be part of the authentic daily activities of a Patagonian ranch. Enjoy a real Patagonian lamb roast for lunch time (asado al palo). The hotel’s goal is that you enjoy everything that the national park offers, this is why the All-Inclusive program includes all the tours, with guides and baqueanos who will make you feel like you are at home.
Full day excursion to Torres del Paine Lake Grey (approx. 40 min. walk) or navigation via Lake Grey: Visit its most famous highlights while enjoying some beautiful walks where you will be surrounded by the flora and fauna facing the marvelous mountains that form part of the Paine Massif. After enjoying a lunch outdoors, we will take you to Lago Grey where you will have the option to take a walk around the lake shore or take zodiac boats to get close to the Grey Glacier. Overnight at the lodge. (BLD)
Day 6 – Saturday Nov 11 Torres del Paine National Park
Excursion to Salto Grande, Laguna Amarga, Laguna Azul (approx. 20 min. walk) and Paine River waterfall. You will arrive at the Salto Grande area by vehicle, and after a short walk, you will find yourself surrounded by one of the most beautiful views of the Paine Massif. Salto Grande is the natural union of the lakes Nordenskjöld and Pehoé. This area is also known for its rich vegetation. This afternoon we drive west towards the peaks of Torres del Paine as we approach the stunning deep blue waters of Laguna Azul framed by the Towers themselves. We ride through native forests and grassy flower filled meadows as we follow the route round this beautiful lake with its stunning mountain backdrop. We then head south crossing the area known as Cañadon Macho with vega nañdu normally inhabited by large breeding groups of both guanaco and rhea. This is a great area for spotting and photographing wildlife. Continue your drive to the south before stopping and walking out to the beautiful Cascada Paine, a very pretty waterfall where glacial water thunders over the rocks in its journey through the park. We will drive past Estancia Laguna Amarga and the salt encrusted shores of Laguna Amarga (Bitter Lake) withits emerald green waters acting as a mirror to the surrounding mountains which reflect in its surface. (BLD)
Day 7 – Sunday Nov 12 Punta Arenas / Santiago flight/ Depart Santiago
Transfer to Punta Arenas airport (approx. 6 hours drive) for your flight to Santiago. Arrive and connect with your flight to your onward destination. (B)
EXTENSION TO EASTER ISLAND
Day 7 – Sunday Nov 12 Punta Arenas / Santiago flight
Transfer to Punta Arenas airport (approx. 6 hours drive) for your flight to Santiago. Reception and check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the airport HOLIDAY INN AIRPORT HOTEL. (BD)
Day 8 – Monday Nov 13 Santiago - Easter Island by flight
Breakfast is served at the hotel. Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Easter Island. You will be met on arrival and transferred to the IORANA HOTEL. Overnight at the hotel. (BD)
Day 9 – Tuesday Nov 14 Easter Island - Ana Kai Tangata, Rano Kau, Orongo, Ahu Akivi and Puna Pau
In the morning visit the Ana Kai Tangata,Cave that has many paintings made from mineral pigments found on the island. The painting depicts the Manutara bird. We continue to Ranu Kau which was the second of the three main volcanoes to erupt about 2.5 million years ago. It has a height of 1016 feet and a huge crater almost a mile in diameter with a fresh water lagoon 36 feet deep. Next, we travel to the volcano that is the ancient ceremonial city of Orongo, where the greatest concentration of petroglyphs exists. There are pictures of the Tangata manu birdman, the creator god. In the afternoon visit Ahu Akivi & Puna Pau. Ahu Akivi is the archaeological centre of the Roihi sector and was the first site to be properly restored in the 1960’s. It is a ceremonial site which is particularly interesting not only because of its location (in the centre of the island) but also because of the legends which surround the Seven Moai which are situated on the platform or Ahu. The tour also includes Puna Pau, to the east of the town of Hanga Roa which is situated in a small crater of red stone. This is where the “pukao” or hats (topknots) which crowned the moai were made. On the way, it is possible to see the path where they were transported, including some examples of the pukao which have fallen by the wayside. Overnight at the hotel. (BD)
Day 10 – Wednesday Nov 15 Akahanga, Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki & Anakena Beach
Full day Easter Island excursion to visit the ruins of the temple of Akahanga where the hats of the moai are the outstanding feature, they lie where they fell when the platform was destroyed. Continue to the volcano of Rano Raraku, where all the Moai on the island were carved out of the rock. Climb to the edge of the crater of the volcano to appreciate the small lake inside and moai scattered about the inner slopes in various stages of construction. Continue to Ahu Tongariki, where many of the huge moai were toppled by a large “seaquake” in 1960. Finally, the tour ends at Anakena beach with its two beautiful ahu (stone platforms). There is time for a bath in the sea before returning to Hanga Roa in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel. (BD)
Day 11 – Thursday Nov 16 Easter Island – Santiago by flight/ Departure Santiago
The day is at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your departing flight to Santiago. Arrive and connect with your flight home or your onward destination.