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Valparaiso + Winelands (self drive) + Patagonia


CCC12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,095
International flights + car hire quoted separately
If you would like to self-drive in Chile, this holiday is for you. Starting from Santiago, explore the historic port of Valparaiso on the Pacific Coast - a World Heritage Site - before heading inland to enjoy wine tasting in the Chilean winelands. Then fly to Torres del Paine in spectacular Patagonia to see the Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers & mush more. Car hire in the north & transfers in Patagonia included.
Photo Self Drive Chile Winelands Valparaiso Patagonia Santiago
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Vina del Mar
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Winelands
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Puerto Natales
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Torres del Paine
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Balmaceda Glacier
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Serrano Glacier
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Ultima Esperanza Fjord
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Patagonia Icefields
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Vina del Mar
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Winelands
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Puerto Natales
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Torres del Paine
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Balmaceda Glacier
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Serrano Glacier
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Ultima Esperanza Fjord
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Patagonia Icefields
Day 1
You will be met at Santiago Airport and transferred into the capital of Santiago de Chile.
 
Check into your hotel in this sophisticated and cosmopolitan city, situated in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes Mountains and the beautiful Chilean Coastal Range.
Day 2
This morning we recommend an optional tour of the modern city of Santiago.
 
We start with a short walking tour of this relatively compact city, including the Plaza de Armas in the heart of the old colonial city and bustling Ahumada Boulevard with its many shops, street performers and vendors. Here you will be able to see two beautiful neo-classical buildings - the 18th century Metropolitan Cathedral and the early 19th century Royal Court Palace, which now houses the National History Museum. Also enjoy outside views of the current Presidential Palace, La Moneda.
 
Continue by vehicle along the main avenues of old Santiago and across the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista to San Cristobal Hill, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and Andes Mountains. Drive through the chic neighborhoods, shopping and financial centers of modern Santiago, before returning to your hotel. Afternoon is at leisure to explore more of this lively city independently.
 
Note: Most museums are closed on Mondays.
Day 3
This morning you hire car will be dropped off at your hotel, so that you can drive 2-hours to the historic seaport of  Valparaiso on the Pacific Coast -  a UNESCO World Heritage site and the second largest city in Chile.
 
Along the way we recommend driving through the Casablanca and Curacavi Valleys to the beautiful beaches of Las Salinas and Reñaca. Continuing to Viña del Mar, you can explore the avenues of this attractive town that is known as the "Garden City" because of its beautiful parks and floral displays. You can also visit the municipal casino.
 
Continue to Valparaiso. Prior to the opening of the Panama Canal, this was the most important Pacific seaport on the crucial trade route that linked the American west coast with Europe, via the Strait of Magellan. Its many stairways and old funicular elevators that lead up the 44 hills on which the city is built are a real feature. Check into your hotel in this lively and chaotic city, with its quirky and eclectic architecture.
Days 4 To 5
At leisure to relax and explore the port city of Valparaiso.
Day 6
Today drive 4-hours from Valparaiso to the beautiful Chilean Winelands.
 
Check into your hotel and relax among the vineyards of this famous wine-producing region, situated between the snow-capped Andes and the coast.
Days 7 To 8
At leisure to relax and independently explore the wine estates of the beautiful Chilean Winelands.
Day 9
Drive 2-hours to Santiago Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Punta Arenas Airport and escorted to the bus station for the 3-hour public bus ride to Puerto Natales - the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park.
 
You will be met on arrival at Puerto Natales bus station and transferred to your hotel in this former fishing town situated on the Ultima Esperanza Sound.
Day 10
An early departure this morning for a full day tour by boat to the spectacular Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers.
 
We sail from Puerto Natales and enjoy an onboard breakfast as we navigate through the beautiful Ultima Esperanza Fjord. After 3-hours we arrive at the icy blue Balmaceda Glacier in Bernardo O´Higgins National Park. This astonishing glacier is over 1,000 years old and offers a magnificent display when "calving" - as huge chuunks of ice detach and crash into the waters below. You can also hope to see cormorants and sea lions here.
 
At the end of the fjord we disembark and walk approximately 3/4 mile (1 km) on a path through an indigenous forest to the foot of the Serrano Glacier, another fantastic natural wonder that is part of the Southern Patagonia Icefields.
 
On the way back we stop at Estancia Perales for a typical Magellanic coast lunch (included), before returning to Puerto Natales in the afternoon.
Day 11
Today enjoy a full day shared excursion to the famous Torres del Paine National Park.
 
We travel through the dry scrub of the Pategonian Steppes, with its herds of sheep and surprisingly abundant wild life, to Torres del Paine National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its soaring mountains, electric-blue lakes and glaciers.
 
Torres del Paine, the three granite towers from which the park takes its name ("Towers of Blue") and the oddly shaped peaks of Cuernos del Paine ("Horns of Blue") are some of its most iconic sites. The valleys are filled with beautiful lakes and the enormous Campo de Hielo Sur icecap gives the park four main glaicers - Grey, Dickson, Zapata and Tyndall. Two other glaciers descend from the west side of the central massif.
 
We view the impressive powder blue Salto Grande Waterfall that flows into Lake Pehoe, and visit Lake Grey, with distant views of the Grey Glacier. A variety of rare wildlife can also be seen in the surrounding golden pampas (lowlands), including large herds of elegant guanacos  - a type of humpless camel related to the llama, with long slender neck and fine legs.
 
After a full day exploring the stunning beauty of Chilean Patagonia, we return to Puerto Natales in the evening. Lunch is included today.
Day 12
Transfer to the bus station for the 3-hour public bus ride to Punta Arenas Airport for your onward flight.

You will be met at Santiago Airport and transferred to your hotel situated close to the airport.
Day 13
Make your own way to Santiago Airport for your flight home.

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