• Perito Moreno Glacier

The Best of Chile

In a remote location between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean lies the enchanting landscapes of Chile. Filled with breath taking blue glaciers and an abundance of forests, our Best of Chile Tour takes you through true and countless beauties.

Our 11 day tour through Chile begins in Santiago, the bustling city surrounded by the majestic Andes Mountains. Lose yourself in the thrill of the city’s lively energy and enjoy its boutique shops, tantalising Chilean cuisine and thriving nightlife. From Santiago, we’ll journey towards Puerto Varas. Unmask the unrivalled beauty and charm as you discover its snow covered volcanoes and enchanting glacial lakes.

From Puerto Varas, you’ll journey through Puerto Montt. Here, you’ll find fascinating history trails and the architectural remains of German settlers in the 1800s. Continue to Punta Arenas and immerse yourself in true Chilean culture; eat like a local in the traditional cocineria; shop for handcrafted trinkets and enjoy fresh catches from the coast.

The tour continues with a visit to the magnificent National Park Torres del Paine. This is a place often described as having the most awe inspiring scenery in the region. Once you look up and bask in the majestic sights of towering bright blue glaciers and mountain spires, you’ll see why.

Our Best of Chile Tour comes to an end with a return to Santiago. Relax and unwind at your luxury hotel or take a second look at the exciting capital before returning home.

Guaranteed Departure Dates 2020: 

20th Jan, 24th Feb, 16th Mar, 28th Sep, 12th Oct, 26th Oct, 23rd Nov. Private tours available daily on request. 

Duration
11 days

Guide Price

 £4,399  pp
Best time to go
October - March
Options
Private or Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Santiago

Trip highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the bustling energy of Chile’s capital, Santiago
  • See towering blue glaciers and tumbling waterfalls at National Park Torres del Paine
  • Eat like a local at Punta Arenas and sample delicious Chilean cuisine
  • Admire the two famous snow capped volcanoes in Puerto Varas
Santiago
Fort Santiago

Arriving in the morning, our tour of Chile starts in Santiago De Chile. Our expert tour guide will take you on your first tour along the San Francisco Church, Santa Lucia Hill, Barrio and Londres, the Piazza de Armas and the cathedral. Enjoy a local lunch at the famous Central Market, where you’ll find fresh produce and freshly caught fish from the coast. It’s been named one of National Geographic’s top ten food markets in the world - try the delicacy pisco sour (clams au gratin) and the centolla (king crab) for a true slice of local life.

After lunch, you’ll head towards Santiago’s colourful main avenue, Alameda. Explore the busy street on the southern border of Santiago and see the bright bursts of reds, blues and yellows along with the city murals until you reach the Palacio de la Moneda (The Moneda Palace), home to the President of the Republic of Chile. Then, you’ll drive up to the Cristobal Hill in the heart of Santiago. From the top of the hill, you can enjoy incredible views of the city - the entire cityscape, dotted with high rise buildings and neighbourhoods against a majestic backdrop of the Andes mountains.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Marina Las Condes or similar
a close up of a wine glass

Enjoy your second day at your leisure, as you explore Santiago de Chile at your own pace. There’s much to explore in the bustling city. Or you could choose to simply unwind, settle in and relax.

In the afternoon, you can join our optional excursion to Vinolia for a Chilean wine tasting tour.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Marina Las Condes or similar

This morning, you’ll make your way to Santiago Airport for a short flight to the port city in southern Chile’s Lake District - Puerto Montt. From there, you’ll be met and transferred to Puerto Varas (12 miles away), known by visitors as “the city of roses”. This charming little town is bursting with tradition and culture, from street festivals to classic Germanic architecture.

Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Stroll along the shore of Chile’s second largest lake, Llanquihue. From waterfront restaurants and bars, enjoy splendid views over clear lakes with a glass of Chilean wine in hand. Take in the scene of the two snow covered volcanoes, Osorno and Calbuco that loom behind the lake.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Cabañas del Lago or similar

Begin your morning with a leisurely boat ride along the stunning glacial lake of Todos Los Santos. The beauty of this lake has earned it the nickname Lago Esmerelda because of its striking emerald green and blue shifting colours. You’ll sail past snow capped volcanoes and mountains covered in a green forest along the way. See the renowned Petrohue Waterfalls and then enjoy a two hour sail on the lake for a closer look at the volcanoes Osorno, Puntiagudo and Tronodor.

The day continues with a trip to the little ecological village of Peulla, which has just 120 inhabitants. On route to the famous Andean Crossing, there are plenty of activities to enjoy, including canopying, horse riding and exhilarating 4x4 safari’s.

After a long day, you’ll be accompanied back to your hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Cabañas del Lago or similar

You’re almost halfway through your tour of Chile. Enjoy a day at leisure in the cosy, lakeside town of Puerto Varas. Discover the history of the region at the Museo Pablo Fierro. Visit some of the boutique clothing stores at the Artesan Fair and stop for a chat with the friendly and passionate artisans along the way.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Cabañas del Lago or similar

This morning, leave Puerto Varas behind for a short flight to Punta Arenas. On the way, you can enjoy a sightseeing tour of Puerto Montt. Discover where German settlers from 1852 left their architectural mark in the style of the wooden houses. You’ll head along Costanera Avenue and continue until you reach a viewing point of the city, Reloncavi Bay, Tenglo Island and the channels.

Go through the town’s centre, passing the bustling square and the cathedral, which is the oldest standing building in the region. We’ll make a stop in Angelmo, a seafood market loved by locals and located at the port. Find your way through a long street packed with stalls and stands selling traditional Chilean handicraft. To eat like a local, have lunch at one of the many cocineria, or ‘kitchen restaurant’. You’ll find rows of these kitchens, which allow you to see the kitchen behind a large window so you can watch your food being prepared.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Cabo de Hornos or similar
a large mountain in the background

This morning, it’s time for a half day tour of the southernmost city in Chile. Punta Arenas is home to a wealth of historical monuments on Independence Avenue. Then, head to the Cerro La Cruz vantage point nearby, where a sweeping view of brightly coloured house roofs and the Tierra del Fuego Island awaits.

After the morning’s tour, head back to your hotel, where you’ll be picked up at 13.30 by one of our guides. You’ll travel to the National Park Torres del Paine, perhaps the most spectacular scenic area in the entire region, and covering 113,000 hectares of land. The Park is known for its soaring mountains and rows of bright blue icebergs that look like they’ve been lit up from within themselves. The tumbling waterfalls, shimmering blue lagoons, and red, jagged mountain spires together is a sight that will leave you lost for words.

After a packed day of exploring the wonders of Punta Arenas and the Torres Del Paine, head back to your hotel and enjoy a Chilean dinner in the Hotel Rio Serrano’s gastronomic restaurant.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Rio Serrano or similar
Torres del Paine National Park

Your hotel offers a full and an all inclusive programme package for you to enjoy all day. Please speak to one of our Destination Specialists for a full list of activities and excursions available.

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Rio Serrano or similar
a body of water with a mountain in the background

On day nine of The Best of Chile Tour and you have the entire day to enjoy the excursions and activities available at your resort.

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Rio Serrano or similar
a flag in front of a building
Fort Santiago Manila

This morning, say your goodbyes to Torres Del Paine and head to Punta Arenas airport for your flight back to Santiago. When you arrive, check in to your hotel and spend the day at your leisure. Explore the city’s historic streets, visit museums and galleries or indulge at some of the many excellent restaurants which pepper the city. You could also try a wine tasting tour, where you’ll see how the grapes are grown, cared for and harvested, and then how wine is made and stored. There are plenty of opportunities to sample some of Chile’s best bottles too. 

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Hotel Marina Las Condes or similar

It’s the last day of your tour through Chile. Enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel before journeying towards Santiago Airport for your flight home.

Included

  • All entrance fees and government taxes as appropriate.
  • Accommodation as detailed with private facilities (in case of early transfer breakfast cannot be guaranteed).
  • Meals included as stated.
  • Services of an English-speaking guide, transfers and tours on a seat-in-coach basis.
  • Taxes
  • International flights from the UK.

Not included

  • Domestic and international departure taxes.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Tips for the guide and driver.
  • Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel