Santiago + Central Valley

Santiago has changed. Situated in Chile’s Central Valley it is still the country’s largest city and very much the capital, but it has been modernised, with new museums, parks, galleries, theatres, shopping centres and hotels. It’s no longer simply a stopping off point for the many Chilean attractions elsewhere, but a superb holiday destination in its own right. The new Centro Gabriela Mistral cultural centre, named after Latin America’s first woman winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, is a brilliant example of the city’s rejuvenation, complete with an amazing multi-coloured glass roof.
 
Among the many traditional bars and cafes, on Cerro San Cristóbal (San Cristóbal Hill) you will find the Museo Chileno de Arte Pre-Columbian, the best museum in the country to specialise in pre- Colombian culture. You can check out Santiago’s downtown core with its colonial architecture, the famous fish market and restaurants in the Mercado Central and the Buin Zoo. The Barrio Lastarria, the Bohemian Quarter, is another must-see on a Santiago holiday. They are all easily accessible either exploring on your own or taking a guided walking tour of the city centre. And wherever you go, the magnificent Andes Mountains will always be part of the view.
 
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The city is the starting point too for any number of trips to the Central Valley that surrounds the city. You can hike, bike, raft or ski in the Cajon del Maipo, the stunning gorge which begins just 16 miles from the city. Or how about a wine tour by bike complete with tastings? Chilean wine is amongst the best in the world and the tours will take you to several vineyards in this primary mine growing district, including the Maipo Valley Wineries, one of the country’s finest wine producing regions.
 
If walking and incredible scenery do it for you, the Montana Nativa day tour is essential. The 10-mile tour rises from 1900 t0 2500 metres and you will see glaciers, hot springs and of course the imperious condors.
 
Essential Chile: Santiago + Atacama
CRA7S
8 NIGHTS
FROM £1,195
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Visit Santiago the amazing Atacama Desert, with its astonishing salt flats, geysers and moon valley landscapes. Enjoy the dramatic desert landscapes and star gazing in spectacularly clear night skies. Explore Santiago with its delicious food and wine, or head out to the nearby winelands and the historic port city of Valparaiso. All transfers & specified excursions included, with English speaking guides.
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Santiago
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City Tour
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Valparaiso
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Atacama Salt Flats
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Star Gazing
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Chilean Winelands
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Santiago
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City Tour
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Valparaiso
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Atacama Salt Flats
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Star Gazing
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Chilean Winelands
Highlights of Chile, Argentina & Uruguay
CRK12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,895
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This holiday combines 3 countries - Chile, Argentina & Uruguay. Explore Santiago & its winelands, then experience the Atacama with its amazing desert landscapes, geysers, salt flats and clear night skies. Fly to exciting Buenos Aires to enjoy its gaucho and tango culture, then take the ferry to Montevideo in Uruguay to complete your holiday relaxing on its wonderful beaches. All transfers included.
Photo Atacama Santiago Montevideo Uruguay Buenos Aires
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Santiago
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Chilean Winelands
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Flats
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El Tatio Geysers
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Buenos Aires
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Tango Show
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Gaucho Ranch
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Uruguay
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Montevideo Beaches
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Santiago
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Chilean Winelands
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Flats
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El Tatio Geysers
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Buenos Aires
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Tango Show
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Gaucho Ranch
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Uruguay
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Montevideo Beaches
Best of Chile: Santiago + Atacama + Patagonia
CRB10S
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,995
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Explore the stunning landscapes of Chile on this holiday, which combines the glaciers, ice blue lakes and mountains of Chilean Patagonia with the geysers and salt flats of the Atacama Desert. Spend time walking in Torres del Paine National Park, take a boat to see the Balmaceda Glacier & explore Santiago, Valparaiso and the Winelands. All transfers included.
Photo Chile Patagonia Atacama Salt Flats Torres del Paine Santiago
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Atacama Salt Flats
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Balmaceda Glacier
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Atacama Salt Flats
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Balmaceda Glacier
Chilean Lakes + Patagonia (self drive)
CCW12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,996
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Enjoy exploring beautiful Chile, including Puerto Varas in the scenic Lake District, set on Lake Llanquihue. Two snow-capped volcanoes - Osorno and Calbuco - are clearly visible from the lakefront. You can also visit Puerto Montt & the fishing village of Angelmó. Then fly to Patagonia to walk in Torres del Paine National Park. Full day excursion to Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers included.
Photo Chile Walking Holidays Lake District Torres Del Paine Patagonia
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Santiago
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Lake Llanquihue
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Osorno Volcano
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Puerto Montt
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Petrohue River
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Puerto Natales
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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Torres del Paine
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Santiago
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Lake Llanquihue
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Osorno Volcano
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Puerto Montt
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Petrohue River
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Puerto Natales
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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Torres del Paine
Deserts of Chile, including Giant of the Atacama
CRD10S
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,095
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See the amazing "Giant of the Atacama" and other ancient Inca geoglyphs (large artworks sketched into the landscape) on this holiday. Visit stunning Chungara Lake & Lauca National Park, with its breathtaking desert & volcano scenery, as well as the flamingos & salt flats around Chaxa Lagoon. All transfers included.
Giant of the Atacama Geoglyphs Chungara Lake Lauca National Park
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Arica
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Putre
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Lauca National Park
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Chungara Lake
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Giant of the Atacama
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Iquique
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Mountain & Moon Valley
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Arica
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Putre
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Lauca National Park
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Chungara Lake
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Giant of the Atacama
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Iquique
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Mountain & Moon Valley
Valparaiso + Winelands (self drive) + Patagonia
CCC12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,095
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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
Chile: Atacama Desert + Easter Island
CRE12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,195
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Combine a visit to remote Easter Island in the Pacific, where you can marvel at nearly 900 ancient gigantic Moai statues, with a visit to mainland Chile. Explore Santiago and the Chilean winelands, as well as the spectacular Atacama Desert with its shimmering salt flats, geysers and moon landscapes. Specified sighseeing, English speaking guides and all transfer included.
Photo Easter Island  Moai Statues Chile Atacama Santiago
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Winelands
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Flats
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Easter Island
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Moai Statues
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Rapa Nui National Park
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Winelands
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Flats
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Moon Valley
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El Tatio Geysers
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Easter Island
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Moai Statues
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Rapa Nui National Park
Grand Chile - Lakes, Mountains & Deserts
CRC14S
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,495
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See all the highlights of Chile on this amazing holiday, that starts by exploring the dramatic landscapes of the Atacama Desert in the north, before relaxing in the beautiful Lake District. Continue to Torres del Paines National Park in Patagonia, to see its astonishing mountains, lakes & glaciers. End with a day tour the Chilean winelands. All transfers included.
Patagonia Lake District Chile Atacama Torres Del Paine
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Atacama Desert
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Chaxa Lagoon
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Puerto Montt
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Balmaceda Glacier
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Atacama Desert
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Chaxa Lagoon
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Puerto Montt
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Balmaceda Glacier
Escorted Tour: Grand Chile
CYA12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,595
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This spectacular tour combines Santiago with the saltflats of the Atacama Desert & the stunning mountains, lakes and glaciers of Patagonia in Chile. Torres Del Paine National Park will take your breath away and the landscapes of the Atacama will stay with you forever. Also visit Valparaiso & view the El Tatio Geysers. English speaking guides, all transfers & excursions included.
Tour Chile Patagonia Atacama Photo Torres Del Paine El Tatio Geysers
Buenos Aires & Grand Chile, including Patagonia
ARI16S
16 NIGHTS
FROM £2,695
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Combine a few days in vibrant Buenos Aires, with its amazing cuisine & culture of tango and gauchos, with the stunning landscapes of Chile. Visit the moonscapes of the Atacama Desert, the beautiful Lake District & Torres del Paines National Park in Patagonia, with its ice blue lakes & glaciers. English speaking guides, all transfers included.
Patagonia Lake District Atacama Desert Chile Torres Del Paine
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Buenos Aires
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Tigre Delta
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Tango Show
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Gaucho Ranch
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Santiago
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Atacama Desert
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Chaxa Lagoon
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Lake District
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Buenos Aires
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Tigre Delta
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Tango Show
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Gaucho Ranch
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Santiago
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Atacama Desert
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Chaxa Lagoon
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Lake District
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
Grand Chile - Self Drive
CCA14S
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,795
International flights and car hire quoted separately
Explore the amazing landscapes of Chile on this independent self drive holiday. Starting in Santiago, explore Valparaiso and the Winelands, before flying to the Atacame Desert with its geysers and salt flats. Continue to the Lake District to explore its alpine scenery before finishing in spectacular Patagonia, with the glaciers of Torres del Paine National Park.
Photo Chile Self Drive Holidays Patagonia Atacama Lake District
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Winelands
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Atacama Salt Flats
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El Tatio Geysers
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Moon Valley
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Torres del Paine
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Winelands
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Atacama Salt Flats
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El Tatio Geysers
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Moon Valley
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Torres del Paine
Argentina & Chile: Rainforests + Glaciers + Deserts
ARO15B
15 NIGHTS
FROM £2,995
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Explore the jungles & waterways of the Iguazu Rainforest on this holiday, that combine the scenic highlights of Argentina & Chile. Visit the mighty Iguazu Falls, the lakes & icefields of Patagonia & walk in Los Glaciares National Park. Then fly to the Atacama Desert in Chile to wonder at its salt flats, moon landscapes & geyserss. All transfers included.
Photo: Iguazu Rainforest Patagonia Atacama El Calafate Santiago
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Buenos Aires
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Iguazu Falls
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Iguazu Rainforest
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El Calafate
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Patagonia Icefields
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Upsala Glacier
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Los Glaciares National Park
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Atacama Desert
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Saltflats & Geysers
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Santiago
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Buenos Aires
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Iguazu Falls
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Iguazu Rainforest
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El Calafate
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Patagonia Icefields
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Upsala Glacier
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Los Glaciares National Park
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Atacama Desert
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Saltflats & Geysers
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Santiago
Patagonia Expedition Cruise - Chile to Argentina
CRH14S
14 NIGHTS
FROM £3,795
International flights quoted separately
If you would like to truly experience the spectacular landscapes of Patagonia, there is no better way than aboard an Expedition Cruise sailing from Torres Del Paine in Chile, to Ushuaia in Argentina - navigating via Glacier Alley & Cape Horn. Also explore the capital cities of Santiago & Buenos Aires, with their vibrant Latin America cultures. All transfers included.
Photo Patagonia Cruise Chile Argentina Ushuaia Torres del Paine
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Vina del Mar
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Torres Del Paine
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Patagonia Cruise
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Glacier Alley
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Cape Horn
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Ushuaia
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Buenos Aires
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Tango Show
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Vina del Mar
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Torres Del Paine
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Patagonia Cruise
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Glacier Alley
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Cape Horn
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Ushuaia
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Buenos Aires
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Tango Show
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