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Santiago & Patagonia tour

Santiago & Patagonia

Great Value Vacations
4.3 . Great
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
7 days
From: $ 2,850 $ 407 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Arrive in the capital city of Santiago to kick off your adventure.
  • Tour through the beautiful Torres del Paine National Park!
  • Walk among the Milodon Caves, a huge and beautiful cave network that 12 foot tall, prehistoric sloths used to call home.
  • Sail among the stunning Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers, a beautiful sight which, sadly, is slowly melting away.
  • Enjoy amazing views of snow-covered mountains in the distance while staying in the capital and a waterside view in Puerto Natales.

Short Description

Travel through the amazing and diverse sights of Chile as you make your way through the capital and the Patagonia region. Enjoy tours through cities, among expansive prehistoric caves, and massive glaciers that reside in stunning national parks.

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Chile
End City Chile

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Chile!

Accommodation: Hotel Torremayor Lyon

Touchdown in Chile, the Land of Glaciers and Deserts. Start in the capital of such a contrasting country and prepare for the adventures ahead. Make sure your camera is ready!

Transfer to hotel

Day 2. Santiago

Take a stroll through the historical downtown of Santiago on your tour, enjoying the sights of the snow-capped Andes looming on the horizon and the poetic influences throughout the city.

Santiago Historical Downtown City Tour

Explore Santiago, Chile's capital, which is nestled in the central valley, right below the majestic Andes. Feel the legacy of the "Mapuche" natives, who inhabited this land during the Pre-Colombian era, as well as the modernity of a thriving, booming city. Stroll along beautiful streets, visit interesting museums, admire amazing architecture, and learn all about the city's fascinating history.

Depart from your hotel and get ready to explore! Journey towards the city center, where you will see all of the main attractions. You will visit the Plaza de Armas, where you'll see the Cathedral of Santiago, the Municipality, the Post Office Building, the National History Museum, and more! Stand in awe of the gorgeous Government Palace, where you'll have the opportunity to walk through some of the most traditional streets and neighborhoods in Chile.

The fun's not over yet! Head uptown along the Costanera Highway until you reach the elegant Vitacura neighborhood and the Alonso de Cordova Avenue. Check out the FABA handicraft shop, which specializes in lapis lazuli jewelry, a semi-precious stone found only in Chile and Afghanistan. To conclude a fabulous tour, enjoy a traditional pisco sour while appreciating the beautiful spectacle of colorful jewelry.

Day 3: Santiago - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales

Accommodation: Costaustralis Hotel Patagonia

Pick up a quick breakfast before embarking on your travels away from Santiago and to Puerto Natales, settled in the midst of the thriving Patagonia region. Upon arrival, you may want to take your camera on a walk with you throughout the waterside town. If you make your way down to the boatyard, you'll get to see where ships are hauled ashore for repair and repainting.

Transfer to Santiago Airport (SCL)

Fly to Punta Arenas!

Transfer to hotel

Day 4: Puerto Natales

Take a leisurely morning for yourself. Enjoy breakfast, and perhaps you'll wander among the colorful rooftops that decorate Puerto Natales, keeping an eye out for condors that fly overhead. Just make sure to be back in time for your afternoon tour of the striking Balmaceda & Serrano Glacier tour.

Balmaceda & Serrano glaciers sailing tour with lunch

Set sail through Puerto Bories and the Last Hope Fjord (Fiordo de Última Esperanza) to see beautiful mountains, falls, farms (estancias) and Patagonian wildlife.

The trip continues along the Balmaceda Glacier, where passengers disembark in Puerto Toro to begin a one hour trekking by the lake border through a forest of native coigüe trees, in the direction of the Serrano Glacier. Enjoy the impressive vegetation and the contrast between clean skies and floating icebergs.

Finally, set sail from Puerto Toro to trek in Eberhard Fjord. Then visit Estancia Perales and enjoy a delicious “Asado al Palo” (typical Magellan barbecue). Return to Puerto Natales at around 5pm.

Day 5: Puerto Natales

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before embarking on a tour through the expansive Milodon Cave, excellent preserved remains of milodon, or giant prehistoric sloths, were found, and Torres del Paine National Park, where you'll get to see bright blue icebergs, golden grasslands, and natural granite towers.

Full-day Milodon Cave & Torres del Paine National Park visit, with lunch

Your tour begins with a visit to Milodon Cave, formed by three caves and a rock conglomerate called Silla del Diablo (Devil’s Chair). The biggest of these caves contains the replica of an extinguished animal called Milodon, a giant herbivore that most likely disappeared during the Pleistocene period.

You'll then head to Torres del Paine National Park, often considered South America's finest national park! Tour the rugged and beautiful landscape and its main attractions - Amarga Lagoon, the Horns of Paine, Salto Grande and Grey Lake. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant of Hosteria Lago Grey.

Day 6: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas – Santiago

Accommodation: Hotel Torremayor Lyon

Say farewell to the wild beauty of Patagonia and make your way back to the capital, Santiago, for one more night.

Transfer to to Punta Arenas Airport (PUQ)

Fly to Santiago!

Transfer to hotel

Day 7: Depart Chile

Make sure your souvenirs are packed before boarding your plane home!

Transfer to Santiago Airport (SCL)

Fly home!

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Price Per Day: $ 407 per day

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Santiago & Patagonia

Robbed of purse and passport at hotel on day 2, trip ruined with no support from Great Value Vacations.

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Booked trip for wife and daughter to see Santiago and Patagonia. The Santiago hotel (Hotel Fundador) was dingy and lacked basic amenities such as air conditioning, and placed their safety at risk. Her purse and passport were stolen in broad daylight in the hotel lobby. (She had stepped away to call the driver, who did not arrive to take them to the airport).

The stolen passport and purse meant they missed their flight to Patagonia, and had to find a new hotel in Santiago. I called Great Value Vacations, who advised that there is nothing they can or will do to help. I worked with our trip insurance (AiG Travel Guard), who kindly worked to get the airline (Latam Chile) to reinstate the flights. After several days, Latam Chile offered to reinstate the flights but only if we resumed the schedule and paid them thousands more, and by then it was too late. We had to book our own flight home.

As part of this vacation, they did not receive a safe or clean hotel, transportation to the airport for the next leg of the journey, nor any help resolving disrupted travel during the event.

To summarize, we paid for the entire cost of the trip, and enjoyed the flight to Santiago and one day of the city. The remaining 5 days were forfeited with no recompense from Great Value Vacation. AiG Travel Guard was kind and helpful, but noted that a stolen passport is not a covered reason for a trip interruption claim, so we received little reimbursement from them.

I have filed complaints with BBB, my credit card (where I booked the flight), and am seeking the advice of an attorney at this point.

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3. Have a backup plan in the event your transportation doesn't arrive (as happened to us.)
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They canceled my trip and kept the money. BEWARE!! They canceled a 2k prepaid trip and unbelievably they kept the money and offered a "travel voucher" the EXPIRES later this year. Who ever heard of someone selling a product...then refusing to furnish it but still keeping your money. I even bought insurance and was worthless through them. If you look at BBB in NY you will see dozens of similar reviews of this shady operation. I wouldn't believe it if it didn't happen to us and tons of others. Run from GV Vacations.
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I've booked three different trips with GVV (Iceland, Rome, City Hopper with Dublin, London, and Paris) and they've been wonderful each time! Any questions or details I've needed, they have been attentive and made sure you have everything you need as part of your booking. This is one of the few travel companies I trust. Their policies for rebooking are fair and much more than what most companies are offering during this crazy time. I can't wait to travel with them again! Here's to hoping for future travel soon!
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Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Intimate Group - 12 max

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