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Best of Chile from Atacama to Patagonia - Summer 2021 tour

Best of Chile from Atacama to Patagonia - Summer 2021

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  • Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
    11 days
    From: $ 6,592 $ 599 / day
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    • Santiago: Later, enjoy lunch with wine near El Mercado Central.
    • Puerto Natales: Famous for spiced meat and seafood dishes, tonight's dinner will have you savouring typical Patagonian dishes.
    • Santiago: In the evening meet your Travel Director and fellow guests at the hotel and enjoy a private Welcome Dinner.
    • Casablanca: After lunch, visit the Kingston Family Vineyard for a private tasting in the Casablanca Valley. Recognised as one of the best wineries in Chile, its produce has been featured on the wine lists of top restaurants including Aureole in New York.
    • Atacama: Enjoy dinner before heading for your second evening of stargazing in the desert.
    • Torres del Paine:Torres del Paine: After a day exploring, join your Travel Director and new friends as you toast to your travels at a Celebration Dinner with wine.
    • Dining Summary: 10 Breakfasts (B), 4 Lunches (L), 2 Lunches with wine (LW), and 5 Dinners with wine (DW).
    • Torres del Paine: This afternoon, join a Patagonian Ranch Cultural Experience and learn about the baqueano (cowboy) way of life. During your time with these local cowboys — the descendants of horsemen who came to work ranches in this remote region more than a century ago, you will learn about their special clothing, saddles and other horse tack. You'll also be shown how to properly saddle a horse, nail a horseshoe and of course how to ride. Enjoy a Yerba mate tea with them while chatting about Patagonian culture.
    • Torres del Paine: Completely immerse yourself in its beauty on a trekking adventure, the best way to explore the UNESCO Reserve.
    • Valparaiso: Begin your day with a visit to Valparaiso. Explore the UNESCO protected site with a Local Expert.
    • Moon Valley: From there you’ll be driven to the Moon Valley for a guided visit. A nod to its name, this moon-like area is made up of dunes, caves and caverns. Learn more about its history and the land formations from a Local Expert.
    • Andes Highlands: Afterwards, go for a guided stargazing experience up in the Andes Highlands (weather permitting).
    • Atacama: In the morning, take a guided visit to the Atacama Geysers, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Located in the Andes Mountains you’ll be 14,170 ft (4320 metres) above sea level.
    • Atacama Explore the geology of the region with Local Experts and see huge sand dunes, natural amphitheatres, volcanoes and cloudless skies.
    • Santiago: On arrival, take a tour of the city with a Local Expert. Discover its Neoclassical landmarks including the 18th century Metropolitan Cathedral.
    • Torres del Paine: Take a scenic drive to Torres del Paine National Park. There will be plenty of scenic photo stops along the way. The park is situated in Chile’s Patagonia region and is famous for its glaciers, grasslands, imposing mountains and the three granite towers it is named after. It is part of UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserve System and is known for its rare wildlife.

    Short Description

    It is no surprise that Chile is known as the “country of poets”. From Santiago’s vibrant culture, to the great wilderness of the Atacama Desert, vast landscapes of Patagonia and glaciers of the south, you’ll find inspiration at every turn. Along the way indulge on delicious regional dishes and local beverages, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Casablanca Wine Country. Stay in an all-inclusive, eco-friendly property in Torres Del Paine National Park and enjoy a glacier excursion inside the national park.

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    Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
    Lodging Level Value (3*)
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    Start City Santiago Chile
    End City Santiago Chile

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    Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrive in Santiago.

    Welcome to Santiago. A picturesque city back dropped by the spectacular, snow-capped Andes, it offers a metropolitan world of museums, top restaurants and historic finds. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel, the glitzy Singular. In the evening meet your Travel Director and fellow guests at the hotel and enjoy a private Welcome Dinner. (Dinner with Wine)

    Day 2: Valparaiso and the Casablanca Wine Country.

    Begin your day with a visit to Valparaiso. Explore the UNESCO protected site with a Local Expert. After lunch, visit the Kingston Family Vineyard for a private tasting in the Casablanca Valley. Recognised as one of the best wineries in Chile, its produce has been featured on the wine lists of top restaurants including Aureole in New York. The evening is yours at leisure. (Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)

    Day 3: On to Atacama.

    Take a transfer to the airport for your flight to Calama, a city based in the Atacama Desert. On arrival head to San Pedro. From there you’ll be driven to the Moon Valley for a guided visit. A nod to its name, this moon-like area is made up of dunes, caves and caverns. Learn more about its history and the land formations from a Local Expert. (Breakfast)

    Day 4: Explore Atacama.

    In the morning, take a guided visit to the Atacama Geysers, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, followed by the Puritama Hotsprings. Located in the Andes Mountains you’ll be 14,170 ft (4320 metres) above sea level. Spend the afternoon at leisure in Atacama. Ask your Travel Director for local recommendations or perhaps make the most of your hotel and its spa facilities. A serene space, the venue offers breathtaking views of the Andes mountain range and nearby volcanoes. Enjoy dinner before heading for your second evening of stargazing in the desert. The region is known for having the best dark skies on the planet. (Breakfast / Dinner)

    Day 5: Atacama Salt Flats.

    A short drive from San Pedro, explore the Atacama Salt Flats, the largest in Chile. One of the driest parts of the world, the area stretches for over 40,000 square miles. Later, visit the Altiplanic lagoons, part of Los Flamencos National Reserve. Explore the geology of the region with Local Experts and see huge sand dunes, natural amphitheatres, volcanoes and cloudless skies. (Breakfast / Lunch)

    Day 6: Atacama to Santiago.

    Wake up for your transfer and flight back to Santiago. On arrival, take a tour of the city with a Local Expert. Discover its Neoclassical landmarks including the 18th century Metropolitan Cathedral. Take in the city’s architecture, leafy parks and pretty cafes, before heading back to your hotel for leisure time. Later, enjoy lunch with wine near El Mercado Central. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Your hotel is walking distance from the parks, museums, restaurants, and bars of the historical Lastarria neighborhood. (Breakfast / Lunch with Wine)

    Day 7: On to Puerto Natales.

    Fly to Punta Arenas then drive to Puerto Natales, a port city and the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. It is also a starting point for explorers in search of the Patagonian fjords. You’ll have leisure time in the day to rest and rejuvenate. Famous for spiced meat and seafood dishes, tonight's dinner will have you savouring typical Patagonian dishes. (Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    Day 8: Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers Excursion.

    Wake for a scenic breakfast before starting your day. Torres del Paine National Park boasts jaw-dropping landscapes filled with turquoise lagoons, glaciers, and towering granite horns. Head out on a Balmaceda & Serrano Glacier Cruise to view these majestic ice formations. On return, the rest of your day is at leisure. (Breakfast / Lunch)

    Day 9: Torres del Paine National Park.

    Take a scenic drive to Torres del Paine National Park. Keep your camera at hand as there will be plenty of scenic photo stops along the way. The park is situated in Chile’s Patagonia region and is famous for its glaciers, grasslands, imposing mountains and the three granite towers it is named after. It is part of UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserve System and is known for its rare wildlife. This afternoon, join a Patagonian Ranch Cultural Experience and learn about the baqueano (cowboy) way of life. During your time with these local cowboys — the descendants of horsemen who came to work ranches in this remote region more than a century ago, you will learn about their special clothing, saddles and other horse tack. You'll also be shown how to properly saddle a horse, nail a horseshoe and of course how to ride. Enjoy a Yerba mate tea with them while chatting about Patagonian culture. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Day 10: Sightseeing in Torres del Paine.

    Today you’ll spend the day sightseeing. Keep a look out for the park’s guanacos, a rare creature similar to the llama, as well as Andean condors. Witness the sharp peaks of Cuernos del Paine and see the emerald waters of the park’s lakes. These include Dickson Lake, Lake Pehoé, Sarmiento Lake, Del Toro Lake and Nordenskjöld Lake. After a day exploring, join your Travel Director and new friends as you toast to your travels at a Celebration Dinner with wine. (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner with Wine)

    Day 11: Back to Santiago.

    It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your trip comes to an end. Head to Punta Arenas and fly to Santiago International Airport for your flight home. Otherwise extend your journey on a 3-day Easter Island Option. (Breakfast)

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    Our trip was cancelled due to COVID and after 90 days still no refund

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    We spent $21,000 for my son's graduation trip for the family. Of course the company cancelled the trip and after 90 days they still have not refunded a dime. We got travel insurance but that has not helped us. It is devastating and we can get in touch with our travel agent but Insight will not deal with us directly. They told our travel agent today that now it could take up to 120 days to see a refund. I am afraid our money is gone
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    Milan, Venice, Firenze and Rome were beyond anticipation,...Absolutely Wonderful!!!! You can leave off Pisa.

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    Francis Touscheck was fantastic. Very informative and knowledgeable on the history. Christine was also fantastic in Rome, Vatican.

    Well thought out journey. Am very pleased I went.

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    Excellent guide, who went out of his way to show us places not on the official tour. Tour was educational and well worth while. However, some of the buffet meals were below your standard.
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    Absolutely everything! I would book any tour with Howie - Howie Geib is the 'best of the best' Tour Director.

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    It certainly pleases us to learn that your overall experience with Insight Vacations in Canada and the United States of America was a successful one. Furthermore, we are especially delighted to know that you thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary and services provided by our staff and we truly look forward to welcoming you back soon for more amazing destinations
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    Generally the Itinerary was very good. However there was far to much emphasis and pressure on the shopping expedition

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    While the guide was knowledgeable about his country and culture his people skills were wanting. he seemed most interested in gaining commissions from preferred traders and meeting the requirements of those who wanted a shopping experience than ensuring that the majority of the group who were more interested in actually touring. Most hotels were closer to average rather than high end. The hotel on the first and last night did not even have a bar facility. The driver was excellent but the bus had absolutely minimal storage overhead and not even a bungee bag on seat backs to manage some personal items
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    Knowable guides and all of the best places!

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