Day 1: Arrive Santiago
Day 2: Santiago
Day 3: Santiago - Valparaiso - Santiago
Day 4: Santiago - Torres del Paine National Park
Day 5: Torres del Paine National Park
Day 6: Torres del Paine National Park
Day 7: Torres del Paine National Park - Calafate
Day 8: Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 9: Calafate - Buenos Aires
Day 10: Buenos Aires
Day 11: Buenos Aires
Day 12: Depart Buenos Aires
Arrive into Santiago today, crossing the International Dateline en route.
Upon arrival to Santiago, you will be welcomed outside of Customs by an English-speaking assistant holding a sign with your name on it. This representative will direct you to your awaiting vehicle and driver, and accompany you to your hotel to assist with check-in. (Private Transfer)
Santiago de Chile was founded in 1541 by the Spanish Conqueror Pedro de Valdivia who was sent by the conqueror of the Incas, Pizzaro, to establish a new capital in the fast growing Spanish Empire in the New World. Much of the core layout as designed by the master builder Pedro de Gamboa remains to this day. During the half day city tour you will visit key locations where the rich history of the city played out. Santiago city is the perfect blend between the old colonial style and modern architecture, characteristics that make the city on of the most interesting in South America. The tour begins with a visit to San Cristobal Hill. Rising 880 mts / 2640 ft over the city – the second highest natural point in Santiago, you are offered panoramic views of the city. You then travel to the heart of the city and Plaza de Armas the spot from where the city has grown throughout the centuries. Each Latin city has a plaza de armas as when cities were founded the center was also were the armory and military base was established – hence the name “Plaza de Armas”. Visit some of the more important buildings such as the Cathedral, the City Council, the Central Post Office and the National Historical Museum.
You will also visit some the original colonial neighborhoods such as Concha y Toro Square. Characterized by its cobbled streets and old mansions that reflect the elegance and richness of the early twentieth century the neighborhood grew to prominence between 1870 and 1876 with the influx of wealth as a result of mining and the discovery of Silver. Many Chileans achieved great wealth, including Enrique Concha y Toro founder of the famed winery. Then onto the eastern part of the city and the more modern side of Santiago.
End of the tour and transfer to the hotel. (B.)(Private Tour)
SANTIAGO - VALPARAISO
Today we will pick you up from your hotel and take a drive to Chile’s central coast, to picturesque Valparaíso, one of the first Chilean cities founded by the Spanish. The city is a historic port and university town, famous for its labyrinth hills, which are covered in quaint, colorful old houses and accessible only by a steep climb or by the city’s unique system of funicular railways. A thriving port for centuries, modern Valparaíso remains Chile’s primary outlet to the sea. After years of earthquakes, gloom and decay, the historic port and university town is now living something of a revival, culminating in UNESCO naming Valparaíso’s Historic Quarter a World Heritage Site in 2003. One of the highlights of the tour will surely be Chilean Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda’s residence, “La Sebastiana”. The house is full to the brim with the eccentric genius’ keepsakes from his many trips abroad, as well as an extensive library. Travel to Viña del Mar, Chile’s fashionable beach resort and take time to wander. (B.) (Private Tour)
SANTIAGO – PAINE NATIONAL PARK
This morning we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Punta Arenas.
Upon arrival we will meet andto Torres del Paine National Park. On the way you will stop at The Ranch Cerro Negro, located 187 km from Punta Arenas, 60 km from Puerto Natales. It is the place where visitors will have lunch and be welcomed by a very special family who has worked at the ranch for several years. They will make you feel like at home. Arrive Laguna Amarga, entry Gate to Paine National Park. Then continue the minibus drive to Hotel Las Torres. (B. L. D.) (Private Transfer) (Semi-Private Transfer)
Day 5 & 6
TORRES DEL PAINE
As a guest at Las Torres Patagonia, you will enjoy an all-inclusive Patagonian experience with excellent guided excursions, delicious and healthy local cuisine. Las Torres Patagonia excursions will take guests to see and experience the great beauty and fascinating life of Chilean Patagonia. With the help of expert guides each guest will find the right outing depending on their interest and energy levels. On offer are walks, hikes, and tours by van or vehicle. Difficulty levels are available from easy to very difficult. There are half-day and full-day options. We suggest whilst there that you may enjoy tours by van with some light walks, including lake Nordenskold, Salto Grande, Laguna Azul, Lago Sarmiento and many more. (B. L. D.)
TORRES DEL PAINE CALAFATE
Transfer by land to El Calafate, a quiet and picturesque tourist village, surrounded by dense vegetation that surprises visitors who are used to the aridity of the Patagonic steppe. On arrival to Calafate you will be transferred to your hotel. (B.) (Semi-Private Transfer)
Today we will visit Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world’s largest active continental glaciers. This imposing ice river, 3 km wide and 50 metres high, descends from the Patagonian Continental Icefield provoking ice cracks and explosions during its slow forward movements. Because of its breathtaking beauty and unusual behavior Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site. (B.) (Shard Guide)
CALAFATE - BUENOS AIRES
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The elegant Capital of Argentina, with over 3 million Porteños – as the residents are called, is one of the largest cities in the world. This great metropolis renowned for its sophistication stands out for being the most cosmopolitan and European city in South America, displayed through its mixed architecture and diverse culture. (B.) (Private Transfer)
This morning enjoy a tour of the city, that portrays many faces of Buenos Aires: we will visit the symbol of our city, the Obelisk, El Cabildo, Casa Rosada (Argentinian Presidencial office) and El Congress squares such as Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martin and Plaza Alvear; Avenida De Mayo, Corrientes and 9 de Julio among other avenues; La Boca and San Telmo, historic neighborhoods, the magnificent Palermo and Recoleta areas and modern neighborhoods like Puerto Madero, Dorrego square; Lezama Park and Tres de Febrero or Palermo woods (known as Bosques de Palermo) along with the Ecologic Reserve of the ‘Costanera Sur’and the commercial and financial areas of the city. This evening, you will be taken to dinner and Tango show, where you’ll discover why the tango became one of the most elegant and sensual dances in the world. (B. D.) (Private Tour)
Day at leisure. Revisit some of your favourite places in the city today, shop for leatherwear and designer clothes. Get acquainted with the "Paris of South America" and its distinct European flavour, free to treat yourself to an Argentine beef dinner at one of the city's many superb steak restaurants. (B.)
DEPART BUENOS AIRES
Enjoy breakfast. Check-out. One of our representatives will collect you from your hotel and drive you to the Buenos Aires airport for your next onward flight destination. (B.) (Private Transfer)
The below hand-picked properties feature good location, superior service, and all facilities necessary for a comfortable stay.
- Santiago: Hotel Ismael 312
- Torres del Paine: Lodge Las Torres
- Calafate: Hotel Kosten Aike
- Buenos Aires: Argento Towers
- Hotel accommodation quoted in lead-in hotel guest rooms unless specified otherwise
- Hotels can easily be changed at the customer request. We have a wide selection so you can be assured of a great place to stay
Occasionally due to circumstances out of our control, hotels quoted may not be available at the time of booking. In these circumstances when hotels are unavailable, South America Tours Pty Ltd will provide the best possible alternative.
- Accommodation with private facilities as mentioned in the itinerary
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary:
(B.) = Breakfast
(L.) = Lunch
(D.) = Dinner
- All transport, sightseeing and excursions as per the itinerary unless specified otherwise:
(Private Transfer) = Your own exclusive driver. No queuing for taxis, no stopping en route at tour booking agencies. All private transfers / transport is operated on a private basis – i.e., you won’t be sharing with others
(Semi-Private Transfer) = transport provided by the hotel or lodge to their guest only
(Private Tour) = Your own, personal tour guide and an exclusive vehicle
(Shared Guide) = Meet other like-minded travelers and share the services of a guide / vehicle during the plan sightseeing activity. Typical group size is around 10 travelers.
- Parks and monuments entrance fees
- Professional English speaking local guides throughout
- Service charges and taxes.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- International flights.
- Flight package. Flights needed:Santiago – Punta Arenas, Calafate – Buenos Aires. Approximate cost US$ xxx – xxx. We only use Aerolineas Argentinas, LAN or Avianca Airlines. We can purchase these flights on your behalf.
- Flight cost is subject to change
- Tourist Visas are not included
- Travel insurance
Any items not specifically mentioned as included, phone calls, laundry, tips, alcohol, etc.