Chile never ceases to delight, from the sophisticated capital of Santiago to the unspoiled landscapes of Patagonia.
Explore Santiago’s historic center, then journey to the Lake District in Patagonia and see the Petrohue River falls. Cruise Lake Todos los Santos and admire stunning views of Osorno Volcano. Visit an estancia to learn about the huasos (Chilean cowboys) and watch an exciting rodeo. Embark the Via Australis and discover the pristine beauty of Tierra del Fuego as you cruise the same waters as Magellan, Darwin and other explorers. Marvel at the Marinelli Glacier. Explore a Magellanic subpolar forest and see if you can spot southern elephant seals. Walk on the glacier in Almirantazgo Sound. Visit the Aguila Glacier and a Patagonian rain forest. Travel by zodiac to Magdalena Island to see its penguin colony. Your program includes deluxe hotel accommodations in two locations, accommodations on a state-of-the-art vessel designed to traverse Tierra del Fuego’s waters, all excursions and an extensive meal plan featuring wine with dinner.
Tour highlights and included features
- Your exclusive Small-Group experience is limited to 36 travelers to maximize your travel experience.
- A uniquely designed itinerary provides exceptional opportunities to experience Patagonia, including the Chilean Lake District and Tierra del Fuego.
- Explore the captivating city of Santiago.
- Glide across Lake Todos los Santos on a catamaran and admire the views of the Osorno Volcano.
- Cruise through the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel, walk on glaciers, gaze at the rugged mountains and get up-close views of the wildlife during a cruise of rugged Tierra del Fuego.
- Listen to experts’ engaging presentations about the wildlife, geography and history of the Tierra del Fuego.
- Discover the life of cowboys at a Chilean ranch.
- Two nights in Santiago, Chile, at the deluxe InterContinental Santiago.
- Three nights in Puerto Varas at the deluxe Hotel Patagónico.
- Three-night cruise aboard Via Australis.
- All deluxe motor coach transfers and flights in the Land/Cruise Program itinerary and baggage handling on these transfers are included.
- Informative educational programs presented by local experts will enhance your insight into the region.
- All excursions as outlined in your program itinerary.
- Attend Welcome Reception and Dinner.
- Gather for a Farewell Reception.
- Enjoy eight breakfasts, five lunches and five dinners; tea or coffee with all meals, plus wine with dinner.
- Sample authentic regional specialties during select meals at featured local restaurants.
- Consultation services of a dedicated Passenger Service Representative prior to departure.
- Services of an experienced Travel Director throughout your stay.
- Detailed travel and destination information to assist in planning.
- Complimentary travel wallet.
Dates Jan. 25 – Feb. 4, 2015
Cost $4,395* (From price. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)
Type Land and Cruise
Region South America
Contact Amy Stoneking
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 2
Jan. 25 Day 1 - In Transit
Depart for Santiago, Chile.
Jan. 26 Day 2 - Santiago
Upon arrival, transfer to the Radisson Plaza Hotel Santiago. Independent Exploration: The day is at leisure in Santiago. Tonight, attend a Welcome Reception.
Jan. 27 Day 3 - Santiago/Puerto Varas
Excursion: Santiago. Explore the historic center of the city. See the monuments on Santa Lucía Hill and the Palacio de la Moneda, seat of the Chilean government. Visit Plaza de Armas, which is surrounded by the city’s most important buildings: the Cathedral of Santiago, National History Museum and more. Take a funicular ride to the top of San Cristóbal Hill for the best view of the city. Fly to Puerto Varas in Patagonia. Upon arrival, check into the Hotel Patagónico.
Jan. 28 Day 4 - Lake District
Excursion: Chile’s Lake District. Chile’s Andean lakes are known for their sparkling beauty. Visit Vincente Pérez Rosales National Park to see the Petrohue River waterfalls before embarking on a cruise of Lake Todo los Santos and enjoy views of the Osorno Volcano. Visit the town of Peulla, where you will have some time at leisure.
Jan. 29 Day 5 - Puerto Varas
Excursion: Life on a Chilean Ranch. Visit an estancia, a ranch, to learn about the huasos, cowboys, who work there. Visit the stables and see a demonstration of Chile’s national sport, the rodeo. Enjoy a barbecue lunch at the ranch. Independent Exploration: Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Puerto Varas.
Jan. 30 Day 6 - Puerto Varas/Punta Arenas
Transfer to the airport in Puerto Montt for the flight to Punta Arenas, the capital of the Magallanes region. This evening, board the 136-passenger Via Australis. After a welcome cocktail hosted by the captain and his crew, the ship will depart for one of the most remote, mysterious wilderness regions on the planet. The trip will take you through the Strait of Magellan to explore Southern Patagonia, including the legendary Tierra del Fuego archipelago. During the cruise, there will be enlightening presentations about the wildlife, geography and history of Patagonia. Hosted by the Via Australis staff, these educational talks will take place on board and on land.
Jan. 31 Day 7 - Cruising Tierra del Fuego
At dawn, the Via Australis will reach Almirantzago Sound. Walk along the Azopardo River as a guide discusses the flora and fauna. You may choose to climb to a viewpoint to see a stunning waterfall. After lunch, admire the glaciers as the ship navigates through Bahìa Parry.
Feb. 1 Day 8 - Cruising Tierra del Fuego
This morning, arrive in Ainsworth Bay. Excursion: Alberto de Agostini National Park. Take in amazing views of Marinelli Glacier, which is in a state of retreat, and the Cordillera Darwin, home to the highest peaks of the Andes Mountains. Walk to a beaver dam in the subpolar Magellan Forest, where you might see Southern elephant seals. Later, sail to Brookes Bay, landing close to Brookes Glacier, renowned for its birdlife, where you can appreciate an amphitheater of glaciers. You also will see Seno Gallegos.
Feb. 2 Day 9 - Disembark/Punta Arenas/Santiago
Early in the morning, weather permitting, go ashore on Magdalena Island, located in the middle of the Strait of Magellan. The island was an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by a colony of Magellanic penguins you might see during a walk to the lighthouse. Disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for late morning. Transfer to the airport for a midday flight to Santiago. Check in to the InterContinental Santiago. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, recount your adventures with your fellow travelers at a Farewell Reception.
Feb. 3 Day 10 - Santiago/In Transit
Independent Exploration: Enjoy a day at leisure in Santiago. Late this evening, transfer to the airport for the return flight to your gateway city.
Feb. 4 Day 11 - Arrive in Gateway City
Early this morning, arrive in your gateway city.
*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.