Best of Chile & Argentina

18 Days from from A$8568 (Land package only)
Daily departures throughout 2016
Single Supplements available

LAN Airlines Return Economy airfares from Melbourne to Santiago start from $1199*
Valid for travel between 01 April and 31 October 2016. *T&C’s apply.

Book before 31 March 2016 and receive
$250 Travel Voucher for Pre, Post or Transit Accommodation

ChileDiscover the highlights of Argentina and Chile on this exceptional 18 day circuit. Starting in cosmopolitan Santiago we venture south to Patagonia to explore the breathtaking landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park and El Calafate, home to the towering Perito Moreno glacier. Continuing north you will visit Buenos Aires; a city rich in art, history and architecture and Iguazu Falls, widely recognised as one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders. We complete the trip with the spectacular mountain lakes, snow-covered volcanoes and verdant forests of the Lakes District.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore the cultural city of Santiago, including the impressive Plaza de Armas and Santa Lucia Hill.
  • Wander amongst the winding streets in the eclectic city of Valparaiso.
  • Spend four days exploring the mighty Torres del Paine National Park whilst staying in a luxury camp, where every detail has been taken care of for you so you can admire the magnificent and wild nature of this region.
  • Visit the best of South America’s glaciers, the spectacular Perito Moreno.
  • Try local cuisine, including the famous Patagonian lamb.
  • Suspend yourself over the highest of Iguazu Falls at the inspiring Devil’s Throat.
  • Explore Buenos Aires and experience one of Argentina’s best known contributions to culture – the Tango.
  • Cross the Andes by boat! Travel through the spectacular lake country of Chile and Argentina, enjoying the rich green hues of “Emerald Lake” and magnificent views of the Osorno, Puntiagudo, and Tronador volcanoes.

Day 1: Arrival

On arrival at Santiago airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your centrally located hotel.

After checking in to your hotel, the remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the Chilean capital.

Day 2: Exclusive Santiago Tour

Santiago_(7)Let us introduce you to the classic city we know and love on this 6 hour tour exploring the city’s most popular sights along with some of our personal favourites. Chile´s rich cultural heritage comes to life as we visit the iconic symbols of the city, including La Plaza de Armas (the main square), La Moneda (the government palace), the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral and the spectacular Cerro Santa Lucia, where the city was founded in 1541.

We continue to the bohemian area of Bellavista and climb the San Cristobal hill for a panoramic view of Santiago with the Andes Mountains in the background. We’ll also visit the Orient Sector, the most modern area of the city, with its impressive high rise buildings and classy boulevards before we offer you a choice of the activities designed to enhance your Santiago experience.

You’ll be given the option (you can decide on the day) to visit the picturesque Los Dominicos craft market where we can walk through the artisan village and enjoy a tasty empanada at one of the outdoor cafés, discover Santiago’s impressive pre-Columbian museum, explore the historic Lastarria Neighbourhood or take a walking tour through the Mercado Central, Chile’s largest fresh seafood market where you can try some of the local cuisine on offer. If you’d like to visit all these places then just let us know in advance and we can extend your tour to do this.

On completion of the tour you’ll be returned back to your hotel and have free time to further explore the city at your leisure.

Breakfast included.

Day 3: Valparaiso, Vina Del Mar & the Vineyards

Today we will head over to the coast and explore one of the most fascinating cities in Chile; Valparaiso. ‘Valpo’, as it is fondly known by locals, was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO, and it is not difficult to see why. Picturesque architecture and multi-coloured urban housing spread out over more than forty hills, creating one of world’s most eclectic, unique cities.
Valparaiso

valparaiso2We will visit the downtown area with its new government house, the Plaza Sotomayor, the Plaza Victoria, the cathedral and the harbour area. Afterwards we take a funicular up into the hills where there is a fantastic collection of brightly painted houses and a fantastic view over the city. We enjoy coffee in one of the many cosy restaurants before we enjoy a stroll through the labyrinth of colourful streets lined with impressive street-art. You can also visit the former home of Pablo Neruda (entrance fee not included) and learn a little more about this famous Chilean poet.

From Valparaiso we’ll head to the fashionable coastal resort city of Viña del Mar where we can admire the famous city ‘flower clock’ and visit the Main Square, which offers an ampitheatre that hosts the Viña del Mar International Song Festival every summer.

We include time for lunch and on the way back to Santiago we will explore the Casablanca valley with its famous orchards, citrus groves, grape plantations and wonderful mountain backdrops. For those interested in tasting some of the local produce a visit to a local vineyard can be arranged. We return you back to your hotel in Santiago where you have the evening at your leisure.

Breakfast included.

Day 4: Punta Arenas – Torres del Paine

Our representative will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Santiago airport for your departure flight.

From the airport or your hotel in Punta Arenas you’ll be transferred to your luxury tented lodge in Torres del Paine National Park, where you’ll spend the next four days immersing yourself in the extraordinary natural landscapes of Patagonia.
Torres del Paine

Torres_(8)Along the way we pass through the Patagonian steppe, a wide, open, vast territory, before arriving to the lodge in the afternoon.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the spectacular surroundings of your lodge before enjoying a barbeque dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner included.

Day 5 & 6: Torres del Paine

Enjoy the next two days with excursions of Torres del Paine that offer some of the most important viewpoints and attractions of this world famous national park.

Your stay includes all meals and activities with several walking excursions available, including Torres Base, Laguna Azul, Lake Grey and several others. The walks are suitable for walkers of varying levels and there are also many other activities such as mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, horse riding and fishing.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included.

Day 7: Torres del Paine – El Calafate

After breakfast you will travel across the border into Argentina to El Calafate where you will spend the next two nights. El Calafate is located on Lake Argentino, a green glacial lake covering over 1,600 sqkm. Your afternoon and evening are at your leisure to explore the town, where we recommend trying the Patagonian lamb at one of the local restaurants.
Breakfast included.

Day 8: Perito Moreno Glacier & Nautical Safari

After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel for your excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most famous landmarks in South America and one of Patagonia’s only advancing glaciers. The glacier is 5 kilometres wide, with an average height of 74 metres above the surface of the water of Lake Argentino and a total ice depth of 170 metres.

Perito_MorenoYou’ll go first to the glacier’s less frequented north face to marvel at its splendour. You’ll observe and hear giant chunks of ice plummet into the waters of Lake Argentino. Your guide will answer questions about the glacier and the park, and then we’ll continue on to the footbridges and take a break to enjoy the surroundings. You’ll also have the opportunity to do a short nautical safari to observe this magnificent glacier from a closer viewpoint.

After the thrilling encounter with the Perito Moreno, you’ll drive back to Calafate where you will spend the evening.

**For those after something a little more adventurous, we can offer a ‘Big Ice’ excursion where you hike into the core of Perito Moreno Glacier and experience its surreal beauty. Let us know if you’d like more details on this excursion.

Breakfast included.

Day 9: El Calafate – Buenos Aires

Enjoy the morning at your leisure before we transfer you to the airport for your departure.

On arrival at Buenos Aires airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your centrally located hotel.

This evening, you are free to explore. We recommend you try a local parilla (steak house) for dinner.

Breakfast included.

Day 10: Buenos Aires – Centro, San Telmo & Boca half day tour. Evening Tango show.

This morning’s excursion will introduce you to the magic of the Argentine capital. After being picked up from your hotel we start with a visit of ‘San Telmo’, the oldest barrio (neighbourhood) of Buenos Aires which is famous for its historic architecture, tango parlours and antique shops. We take our time and wander through the cobblestone streets learning about the history of the area and seeing its sights including its impressive old churches and its abundance of colourful street art.

We leave San Telmo and the tour continues past the many architectural highlights of Buenos Aires including the Palace of Justice, the Argentine National Congress building, the ‘Cabildo (old town hall) and the presidential palace ‘Casa Rosada’ (pink house).

Caminito_Street_in_Buenos_Aires_(240_x_159)Next we visit ‘La Boca’, the most picturesque of all neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires. This extravagant zone is completely different to the old and to the modern Buenos Aires and romantic stories tell us that tango was born in this working class area. We wander its famous street “Caminito” where you will have the chance to view the spectacle of impromptu tango dancing, street performers and have the chance to buy some local handicrafts.

On our way back to your hotel we pass through the newly restored Puerto Madero area where you can choose to be dropped off at for a nice meal by the waterfront. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure with the chance to visit some of Buenos Aires’ many great museums or do some shopping.

Tango expresses the heart and spirit of Argentina and no visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without it. This evening, you will experience the intimacy of this dance in equally intimate surroundings while you indulge in delicious Argentine cuisine.

*Before your show, you have the option of arriving before the others and taking a short tango lesson with a professional dancer.

Breakfast, Dinner included.

Day 11: Buenos Aires – Recoleta & Palermo half day tour

This morning you will further discover what makes Buenos Aires great as we explore its better known and sophisticated districts; Palermo and Recoleta. We start with a drive through Recoleta with its open green spaces mixed in with elegant boutique shopping, cafés, embassies and impressive architecture. We visit such landmarks as the Pilar Church and Evita Monument before taking a short walk through the Recoleta cemetery where Evita’s tomb can be found.

Buenos_AiresWe continue on to Palermo which is Buenos Aires’ largest neighbourhood, and also its trendiest. Here you will walk the streets which are full of beautiful parks, hip boutique hotels, chic restaurants and bars, and high fashion stores. Throughout the morning your knowledgeable guide will give you an insight into local life and excellent local cuisine and on completion of the tour you will have the option of being dropped off at an excellent restaurant for lunch or being taken back to your hotel.

*Another option on this day is to cross the Rio de la Plata into Uruguay and spend the day in the historic town of Colonia del Sacramento or visit a traditional estancia in the ‘Pampas’ region. Supplements apply and these tours must be pre-organised.

Breakfast included.

Day 12: Buenos Aires – Iguazu

Our representative will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Buenos Aires airport for your departure flight to Iguazu where you are transferred to your hotel.

*If you wish to upgrade to one of the two hotels located in the national park overlooking the falls, please let us know as these exclusive, award-winning hotels book out well in advance.

Breakfast included.

Day 13: Argentinean Falls Tour

Iguazu_Falls_in_Argentina_(240_x_160)In the morning, you’ll be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Iguazu National Park. From the entrance, a small train will take you on a tour of the park. On the first of two stops, you’ll follow pathways to the top of the Cataratas (“The Falls”) where you’ll find a spectacular view of the falls and their surrounding scenery, including an abundance of orchids, colourful birds and other native wildlife. The second stop occurs at La Garganta del Diablo (“The Devil’s Throat”), the largest fall in the park and also the highlight of the tour. A suspended platform at the brink of the fall allows for a startlingly close view of this breathtaking natural wonder.

*For those who want a little more adventure, we recommend the Great Adventure Boat Tour, which enables you to gain a different perspective as you cruise on a motorboat underneath the falls.

Breakfast included.

Day 14: Iguazu – Bariloche

Our representative will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Iguazu airport for your departure flight to Bariloche via Buenos Aires.

On arrival in Bariloche you will be met and transferred to your hotel where the evening is at your leisure.

Breakfast included.

Day 15: Bariloche Circuit tour

This morning will be at your leisure. Bariloche is a chocolate-lover’s heaven, so we recommend heading to Calle Mitre where dozens of chocolate shops offer tasty little morsels of artisan chocolate.

From Bariloche, you’ll begin your half day adventure with a drive along the Nahuel Huapi lakeshore on the San Pedro Peninsula. At Playa Bonita, you’ll enjoy views of Huemul Island before continuing your journey. You’ll hop aboard a chair lift at Campanario Hill and ride to the top for impressive views of the region—Nahuel Huapi and Moreno lakes, El Trébol lagoon, San Pedro, Victoria Island, Otto, López, Goye and the Catedral hills, and the town of San Carlos de Bariloche.
Argentinean Lakes District

Patagonia_Lakes_(1)You’ll resume your journey to Llao Llao Peninsula, with its hilltop hotel and San Eduardo Chapel—architectural jewels of the region. The lakeside Pañuelo Port is the starting point for many lake excursions. Cross the bridge over Angostura River, which joins Nahuel Huapi Lake with Moreno Lake, and enjoy views of López Bay at the base of López Hill. At Panoramic Point, take time to view Moreno Lake and Llao Llao Peninsula before crossing the bridge over Moreno Lake and beginning your return to Bariloche.

Breakfast included.

Day 16: Bariloche – Puerto Varas Lakes Crossing

Today you’ll travel across land and lakes by buses and boats from Bariloche to Puerto Varas in Chile. During the crossing you will have stunning views of the Osorno, Puntiagudo and Tronador volcanoes. By late morning you will arrive at Peulla, with time for lunch and/or a short walk before continuing onto Puerto Varas via the Petrohue falls.

Your day of travel ends around 9 p.m. with a short bus ride to your hotel in Puerto Varas.

*Be aware during winter season (from May to August), the tour needs to be extended to include a night in Peulla. This can be done all year around if you prefer to break up the trip.

Breakfast included.

Day 17: Puerto VarasLakes crossing

Lakes_crossing1Morning at leisure before we transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight to Santiago. On arrival at Santiago airport you will be met by our representative and transferred to your centrally located hotel where you will enjoy one final night to explore one of Latin America’s most cosmopolitan cities.

Breakfast included.

Day 18: Santiago departure

Our representative will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Santiago airport for your departure flight.

Breakfast included.

Best-of-chile-and-argentinaWhat’s included?

  • Accommodation with private facilities
  • Internal airfares
  • Hotel taxes
  • Entrance fees
  • Tours with English speaking guides
  • Transfers
  • Meals as specified

What’s not included?

  • International airfares to/from South America
  • Airport entrance/departure taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Any items not mentioned as included

Tailor-made suggestions for this itinerary

  • Extend your time in the Lakes District and enjoy the range of adventure activities and optional tours on offer.
  • Experience the wonders of Chile’s north with a visit to the spectacular Atacama desert.
  • Further explore the Argentinean side of Patagonia with a visit to the trekking mecca, El Chalten.
  • Visit Peninsula Valdes, one of the wildlife highlights of Argentina where you can see whales, seals, penguins, orcas and much more.

18 Days from from A$8568 (Land package only)
Daily departures throughout 2016
Single Supplements available

LAN Airlines Return Economy airfares from Melbourne to Santiago start from $1199*
Valid for travel between 01 April and 31 October 2016. *T&C’s apply.

Book before 31 March 2016 and receive
$250 Travel Voucher for Pre, Post or Transit Accommodation

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