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Chile: Patagonia, Lakes and the Andes

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 29 people
Destination(s): Chile  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   National Parks  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3930 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5560 US Dollar (USD)

Chile's natural wonders: Santiago de Chile, a Mediterranean coast, rolling hills, volcanoes and the highest mountain range in the Western Hemisphere, glacial lakes, European traditions and a heaven for lovers of excellent wines and incredible food. See the wonders of Southern Chile, the other end of the world.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival. Arrive this morning in Santiago de Chile, gateway to the Andes, situated between mountain peaks and the Pacific Ocean. Your tour guide will accompany you to your international hotel in the green heart of the city, the Radisson or Torremayor. This afternoon, your guide introduces you to this city nestled between mountains: enjoy a city tour visiting both the historic and modern centers of Santiago, as well as a trip to neighboring San Cristobal for a good look at the surrounding area.

Day 2: Full-day included excursion to Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. Today, experience a full-day excursion to Valparaíso, the oldest port in Chile. Though no longer its largest port, it retains tremendous historical significance and beauty, as well as being home. to the Chilean House of Assembly and Senate. The upper and lower parts of the city are connected through 16 funicular railways constructed around the turn of the century, a time when the city experienced tremendous growth. From Valparaíso, continue along the coast to the beautiful beaches of Viña del Mar, the Garden city, named for its many parks and green spaces.

Day 3: Full-day included excursion to Concha Y Toro Wine Tasting. Join us for the visit to the Concha y Toros winery. Of course wine tasting is included to round up this visit to one of South America's - and the world's - most famous places for lovers of good wine!

Day 4: Fly from Santiago de Chile straight south to Punta Arenas. Chile's Southern most airport. Meet your expert guide team for Patagonia and drive north through the vast Patagonian "Pampa" to Puerto Natales. Transfer to your hotel Costaustralis Dinner is on the house!

Day 5: Early start driving for full day inside Torres del Paine National Park. Busy day traveling and walking including unforgettable views of the Towers and the Torres Massif, Lago Grey and Grey Glacier and tremendous wildlife. Journey on some short hikes to reach the most beautiful points of view of this National Park and of course also get to know the diverse wildlife. In the late afternoon transfer to the Hosteria Las Torres for a hearty dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Torres del Paine National Park. A day in this tremendous park at the end of the world to walk, hike and/or ride any one of many optional excursions beginning directly at your hotel. There are options for all from light walks to guru hikes. In the late afternoon transfer back to Puerto Natales.

Day 7: Monte Balmaceda and Serrano Glacier. In the morning the full day boat excursion starts to the glaciers Balmaceda and Serrano on the Fiord Ultima Esperanza. During this boat excursion we shall approach the spectacular Balmaceda Glacier flowing out from the eastern side of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park. At the end of the fiord we shall walk about 1 kilometer through native forests to the foot of the Serrano Glacier. During the afternoon we shall return leisurely to Puerto Natales through spectacular southern channels and isles.

Day 8: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas. After breakfast transfer to the airport in Punta Arenas for your flight home or continue with the Tango Samba Waterfalls tour: Buenos Aires to Rio, add on the lake crossing from Puerto Montt to Bariloche or a cruise through the Fjords of Patagonia.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

2011 Prices:
- 8 days package: $3930 p/p double occupancy/twin
- Single supplement: $965
- Single independent: $5560.

Price Includes:
- 10 days/9 nights in 4-star hotels
- 2 dinners and all breakfasts
- 2 internal flights and all transfers
- English-speaking guides.

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