Day 1 Fly from the UK to Santiago
You will catch your overnight flight from the UK to Santiago.
Day 2 Atacama Desert
On arriving at Santiago, you catch your connecting flight North to the Atacama Desert, the highest and driest desert in the world.
Day 2-5 Stay in the Atacama Desert
On arrival, you will be transferred from the Calama airport and taken to Altiplanico Atacama on the outskirts of San Pedro de Atacama. Where you will stay for 3 nights and enjoy excursions to the Moon Valley and Salt Flats.
Day 5-7 Valparaiso
You will catch your flight from the Atacama back to Santiago, where you will be collected and transferred to the Bohemian seaport of Valparaiso. Where you will stay in the stunning Palacio Astoreca. One of our favourite hotels, this stunning period property enjoys a commanding view of the Pacific Ocean, it’s restaurant Alegre is one of the finest in South America and a real must for any serious foodie.
The town of Valparaiso has a rich history and was one of South America’s most important ports. Prior to the opening of the Panama Canal it was known as the “Jewel of the Pacific”. Today the city is home to a thriving artistic scene and is famous for its bohemian chic and stunning street art.
Enjoy the laidback lifestyle and beaches of Vina del Mar, known for its cuisine and stunning natural beauty. Stroll along the waterfront and take in the city’s parks, statues and gardens. On returning to Valparaiso you can take a ride on one of the city’s cable cars up to a magnificent lookout point, take a stroll along the Atkinson and Gervasoni boardwalks, where you can learn more about the port’s history.
Day 7-8 Colchagua Valley
You will be collected from Palacio Astoreca and transferred to Santa Cruz, where you will stay for one night at the Noi Blend Colchagua Hotel in the heart of Chile’s wine region. The valley is renowned for its perfect wine producing soil and produces some of Chile’s finest grapes. You will take a tour through the valley; on your journey you will pass through several small hamlets and villages which will give you a feeling of the traditional way of life in the Chilean wine region.
You will have a chance to visit two of the following vineyards in the Colchagua Valley, Montes, Viu Manent, Montgras, Ventisquero, Los Vascos, Apaltagua, Koyle or Casa Silva. After sampling the delicious produce from the vineyards. You will have some time to visit the Colchagua Museum which boasts Chile’s largest collection of paleontological and pre-Columbian artefacts, before being transferred back to your hotel.
Day 9-13 Easter Island
After a good night's sleep, you will be transferred back to Santiago airport and catch your flight to Easter Island. As you fly 2300 miles over the Pacific you will get a real appreciation of the remoteness of Rapa Nui. It’s truly a marvel that anyone found this insignificant spec of land, just 62 square miles in area lost in thousands of miles of open water. Rapa Nui was first inhabited by Polynesians who are believed to have arrived here in the 13th century, it was discovered by Europeans on Easter Sunday 1722 by Dutch navigator Jacob Roggevee, who gave it its familiar name. The islands form the South Easternmost point in the Polynesian triangle but today is more closely associated with South America today after being annexed by Chile in 1888.
During your stay at Hangaroa spa on Easter Island, there will be countless opportunities to explore this special place one thing is for certain it that it will reinvigorate your childlike sense of curiosity and wonder at the world. Explorations include boat trips, snorkelling, quad biking and hikes. You can enjoy perfect sunrises and sunsets next to the Moai statues at Ahu Tongariki and Ahu Tahai,and dine on incredible food in the hotel’s restaurant.
Day 13 – Day 15 Santiago
You will fly back from Easter Island and be transferred to Casa Bueras in Santiago. The next day you will enjoy a half-day Chilean flavours tour. which will tantalise your taste buds. After visiting the city’s landmarks and governmental buildings. You will encounter the local street vendors and enjoy local delicacies like mote con huesillo (traditional desert with syrup, peaches and barley) or handmade sopaipillas (deep fried dough) which are traditionally served with pebre (a Chilean condiment). before visiting the famous food markets: La Vega Central and the Mercado Central.
Each market showcases a broad range of ingredients and stool as far as the eye can see. Make your way through the tight corridors and reach open spaces filled with vast aromas of spices and newly cut flowers. These places are home to fresh seafood, smoked meats, organic cheeses, fruits and vegetable of every size, colour and taste imaginable. It is here in the middle of this perfectly organized chaos that you will delve into the Chilean culture having the opportunity to taste ceviche made from the catch of the day or warm empanadas stuffed with a variety of different fillings. To top things off you will make a toast to the tour and our unforgettable time with a Terremoto (drink consisting mainly of white wine, Pisco and pineapple Ice Cream). Come experience Santiago through the senses!
You will be transferred back to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Catching your flight home, the next day.