Across Patagonia: Chile's Lakes, Mountains & Wildlife - 2017

Santiago • Puerto Varas • Chiloé Island • Puerto Natales & Torres del Paine • Chilean Fjords


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Santiago, Chile

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With its blend of colonial influences and an emerging contemporary ambiance, Santiago offers historic landmarks; world-class museums, restaurants, and shopping; a mix of architecture, including the tallest building in Latin America; and a lively nightlife. Begin your Patagonia cruise adventure by taking advantage of the chance to spend more time in this sophisticated, spirited, and colorful city, exploring its eclectic mix of neighborhoods, strolling the city parks, and delving into its cultural treasures. Our boutique hotel puts you in the heart of the Lastarria neighborhood, a popular hub for museums, theaters, and restaurants.

Your Price Includes:

  • Accommodations for 2 nights at the Hotel Cumbres Lastarria 
  • 2 meals: Daily breakfast
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
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DAYS 1-2 : Depart home / Overnight flight / Arrive Santiago, Chile

Fly overnight to Santiago, Chile, arriving on Day 2. Check in to your hotel, then enjoy the rest of the day to relax and explore on your own. Perhaps you'll venture to the famous Plaza de Armas to visit the cathedral or the nearby Museo de Arte Sagrado (Museum of Sacred Art) — or simply watch the world go by in this bustling city center.

DAY 3 : Santiago

Today is yours to follow your whims in Santiago. You might visit La Chascona, one of the homes of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda, or mingle with the locals at Mercado Central, the famous local market. Visit one of the many museums at Quinta Normal park, or browse the exhibits of the Museo Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Arts) and the Parque Forestal, a popular park in the historic district. Or venture outside the city to discover Chile's wine culture.

 Included meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 : Santiago

Enjoy another day at leisure in the Chilean capital. Your small group will be joining you at the hotel today for Day 2 of your Patagonia base program.

 Included meals: Breakfast

* Prices are per person, double occupancy. Single supplement available on all dates for $199. Limited availability.

Easter Island

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FROM $1,999 PER PERSON | 6 DAYS | $333 PER DAY

Enhance your understanding of Polynesian culture — and treat yourself to an exotic island experience in the "navel of the world" — on a post-trip extension to Easter Island, a Chilean territory and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rapa Nui, as it’s known locally, is known the world over as the home of the mystifying moai statues. This extension is your opportunity to encounter moai up close and disentangle history from legend. Who created these statues? How? Why? And what happened to them?

Your Price Includes:

  • Roundtrip flight between Santiago and Easter Island
  • 2 nights' accommodations at the boutique Hotel Cumbres Lastarria in Santiago and 3 nights at the Iorana Hotel on Easter Island
  • 8 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner and 1 sunset picnic dinner
  • 6 sightseeing tours and Cultural Discoveries
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • An Adventure Leader to accompany you on Easter Island and the services of a City Host in Santiago
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DAY 13 : Santiago, Chile

As with the base program, today you have the option to tour Valparaiso, the beautiful colonial city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, while your fellow Patagonia travelers will transfer to the airport tonight, you will remain at your hotel in Santiago for an evening at your leisure.

 Included meals: breakfast

DAY 14 : Santiago / Easter Island

After breakfast, check out of your Santiago hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Easter Island. Upon arrival and check-in, you’ll join your City Host (or island host, in this case!) for a tour around the town of Hanga Roa. Cultural Discovery: You’ll visit a family museum to learn about the Rapa Nui people from a local resident. Tonight, weather permitting, you'll enjoy rustic picnic dinner at Tahai overlooking the endless Pacific Ocean.

 Included meals: breakfast, dinner

DAY 15 : Easter Island

Spend a full day touring the island’s famed moai and archaeological hotspots, starting with Ahu Vaihu, the site of an ancient temple. You’ll find moai toppled over, the result of tribal conflict, family rivalry, or perhaps even local superstition. Next you’ll see the Rano Raraku volcanic crater, a former moai quarry — there are even statues still waiting to be freed. You’ll view the moai in full glory at Ahu Tongariki, the island’s largest ahu platform. At Anakena Beach, you may go for a refreshing swim with moai in sight — Ahu Nau Nau is known as the island's most intricately carved statues. Later, enjoy an included boxed lunch of Polynesian chicken while you visit the quarry.

 Included meals: breakfast, lunch

DAY 16 : Easter Island

Head south of Hanga Roa on this morning’s tour. Straddled between the Rano Kau crater and cliffs above the Pacific is Orongo, the ruins of a sod-and-stone house settlement. Who knows what mysteries you’ll solve at your next stop, the archaeological site at Ahu Vinapu? Following leisure time for lunch, reconvene for an afternoon touring Ahu Akivi, the seven scout moai of Rapa Nui legend. Stop in Puna Pau on the way back to examine the red scoria rock used to make topknots for some of the moai.

 Included meals: breakfast, dinner

DAY 17 : Easter Island / Santiago

Today you'll return to the mainland on a five-hour flight to Santiago. You'll have the late evening at your leisure.

 Included meals: breakfast

DAY 18 : Santiago / U.S. Gateway City

Before your flight to the United States this evening, enjoy a day at leisure.

 Included meals: breakfast

DAY 19 : U.S. Gateway City / Return Home

Connect in your U.S. Gateway City for your return flight home.

* Price is per person, double occupancy. Single supplement available on all dates for $399. Limited availability. This extension may not be available on all dates.

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