Luxury Chile

Enjoy the best Chile has to offer on this luxury two week holiday

Immerse yourself in Chile's spectacular ancient landscapes and natural marvels on this 15-day tour. Start in Santiago where you will be introduced to the city on a guided walking tour. Fly to Pucon and stay at the amazing Hacienda Vira Vira. Vira Vira has a stunning location surrounded by hardly touched national parks, picture perfect volcanoes and wild rivers. From the Lake District it is south to Patagonia and the magnificent Torres del Paine national park. All excursions are included in your stay, and you will spend a few days exploring the park on foot or by vehicle. Your trip finishes with a 4 night cruise aboard the Stella Australis taking you though remote parts of Tierra del Fuego, visiting pristine forests and passing stunning glaciers. The cruise culminates with a landing at Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America.  

Tour highlights

    • Expertly led guided walking tour of Santiago, Chile's modern capital.
    • Visit the beautiful Chilean Lake District with lakes, volcanoes and forests making this a great outdoors destination with excellent hiking, biking and river trips. 
    • Stay at the excellent Singular Patagonia where your stay includes a wide variety of excursions allowing you to explore Torres del Paine national park. 
    • Cruise from Chile to Argentina through the Magdellan strait passing glaciers and mountains and finishing with a disembarkation at the Cape Horn, the southernmost point of South America.  
    • Direct flights are possible with British Airways from London Heathrow (regional departures are also possible).
    • Itinerary can be tailor-made to your requirements. 

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Santiago

On arrival into Santiago you are met and taken by private transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight at Singular Santiago. Patio room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 2

Santiago - Santiago city tour

This tour offers a chance to become a “santiaguino” for six hours and enjoy an excursion that leads to the very core of Chile’s capital. The tour begins with a subway ride on the “metro” - the first stop on the way is Metro station “Universidad de Chile” where visitors surface at Santiago’s splendid main avenue. From here, several representative buildings are visited such as “La Moneda” government palace and the Stock Exchange, to later head on to traditional Plaza de Armas square with Santiago’s Cathedral on one side. Lunch will be enjoyed at El Galeon restaurant at the Central Market that offers a host of seafood varieties. Next follows an introduction to bohemian Santiago with a visit to Barrio Bellavista, with its pubs and restaurants, where some of Chile’s typical drinks may be tasted - among them its world class wines. The tour concludes with a climb to San Cristobal hill -crowned by the radiant statue of Virgin Mary- to revel in a spectacular view of the city.

Overnight at Singular Santiago. Patio room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Santiago – Vira Vira

Private transfer to the airport for your flight to Temuco. On arrival you are met and taken to the Hacienda Vira Vira in the Chilean Lake District.

Your stay at the Hacienda Vira Vira includes all meals, transfers and 2 half days or 1 full day excursion per day. Below are some sample excursions however the hotel has a great selection to pick from each day. 

Overnight at Hacienda Vira Vira. Suite. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Vira Vira excursions

Sample excursion - We will start directly from our private beach by the clear water river. A contemplative and smooth sailing in the Liucura river, with great views to the Villarrica Volcano. Opportunity to see and learn about the different birds from the area and the variety of native vegetation.

Overnight at Hacienda Vira Vira. Suite. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Vira Vira excursions

Sample excursion - The Hacienda is a fully fledged farm managed by ecological standards. Today you can explore the farm, learn about their way of harvesting different corn, or join them at their modern cheese diary and make your own yogurt, butter or favourite cheese. 

Overnight at Hacienda Vira Vira. Suite. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Vira Vira - Torres del Paine

Transfer back to Temuco for your flight to Patagonia.On arrival at Punta Arenas you are met and taken by shared transfer to your new hotel. The Singular Patagonia works on an all inclusive basis with transfers, meals and excursions included. They offer a wide range of excursions from full day vehicle based trips to hiking and horse riding in the national park. 

Overnight in Singular Patagonia. Singular room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Torres del Paine excursions

Sample excursion - This is a scenic trip which concentrates on the west side of the Torres del Paine National Park. It is the best option to see a large part of the park in just one day, with stops at various places for taking great photographs. The journey finishes in the area of Lake Grey, where there are glaciers, ice floes and feathery nothofagus woods. If we are lucky, we could see a huemul, native deer in danger of extinction. We will walk for around 30 minutes on the shore of Grey Lake where ice floes from the glacier have become “beached”. The return journey to the hotel is on the south side of Lago del Toro.

Overnight in Singular Patagonia. Singular room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Torres del Paine excursions

Sample excursion - Torres del Paine are granite monoliths created by the outcropping of an igneous rock laccolith that has been eroded by glaciers, rivers and wind over time. The trek begins through the Ascencio Valley, along the slopes of Admiral Nieto Mountain as far as the Chilean Shelter. It then continues through a beech forest and ends with a climb through a moraine of large rocks that will bring us to the base of the Towers (Torres) 4 hours later. Weather permitting, we will be able to see the North Tower, Central Tower and South Tower in all their splendour.

Overnight in Singular Patagonia. Singular room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Torres del Paine - Punta Arenas

Shared transfer to Punta Arenas for your 1 night stay before your cruise on the Stella Australis. 

Overnight at Cabo de Hornos. Standard room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 10

Punta Arenas - Stella Australis cruise

Free morning in Punta Arenas. In the afternoon check in for your cruise at 1385 O’Higgins Street in Punta Arenas. Then in evening board the M/V Stella Australis. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the captain and his crew, the ship departs for one of the remotest corners of planet Earth. During the night we cross the Strait of Magellan and enter the labyrinth of channels that define the southern extreme of Patagonian. The twinkling lights of Punta Arenas gradually fade into the distance as we enter the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.

Overnight onboard Stella Australis. A cabin. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Stella Australis Cruise

By dawn the ship is sailing up Admiralty Sound, a spectacular offshoot of the Strait of Magellan that stretches nearly halfway across Tierra del Fuego. The snowcapped peaks of Karukinka Natural Park stretch along the north side of the sound, while the south shore is defined by the deep fjords and broad bays of Alberto de Agostini National Park. We go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, which harbours copious bird life and a colony of southern elephant seals which can sometimes be spotted from the Zodiacs. Leaving Ainsworth Bay behind, we sail west along the sound to the Tucker Islets. After lunch, we board the Zodiacs again for a close-up view of the Magellan penguins that inhabit the tiny islands. More than 4,000 penguins use Tucker as a place to nest, give birth and nurture their chicks. Many other bird species also frequent the area including king cormorants, oystercatchers, Chilean skuas, kelp geese, dolphin gulls, eagles and even the occasional Andean condor.

Overnight onboard Stella Australis. A cabin. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Stella Australis Cruise

Overnight we sail around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel and Cockburn Channel. By morning we are entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. After disembarking we take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier. Back onboard the ship, we continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley. Living up to its name, the passage features a number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet on the north shore. Most of them named after European countries -- Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain and France.

Overnight onboard Stella Australis. A cabin. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13

Stella Australis Cruise

During the early morning we navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and drop anchor at historic Wulaia Bay. Originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yámana aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain FitzRoy in the 1830s during their voyages on the HMS Beagle. In the afternoon we cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbours legendary Cape Horn. Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the "End of the Earth." The Chilean navy maintains a permanent lighthouse on the island, staffed by a light keeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument.

Overnight onboard Stella Australis. A cabin. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14

Stella Australis Cruise - Buenos Aires

In morning we sail into Argentine waters and dock in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. Arrival at 08:30 a.m and then transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival private transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at Legado Mitico. Standard room. 

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 15

Departure for the UK

Private transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK with British Airways. 

If you fancied extending your time in Argentina then why not add on a couple of nights and explore Buenos Aires or visit the Iguazu Falls. 

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From 11th November 2016 - 30th November 2017

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