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Valparaiso Holidays

Known locally as Valpo this is the third largest city in the country, located 70 miles west of the capital Santiago. Established in 1544 Valparaiso was one of the Pacific’s most important ports in the late 19th century, when it thrived as a major stopover for the voyages between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans passing through the Magellan Straits. The opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 and the resulting loss of shipping was a devastating blow, however and the city was forced to re-invent itself.
 
It has bounced back very successfully and the historic port quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area still reflects its former maritime dominance and multinational immigration. It is now officially Chile’s Cultural Capital.
 
Valparaiso’s attractive maze of cobbled streets and brilliantly multi-coloured buildings, have become a major international tourist attraction, with cruise ships visits becoming ever more frequently. It has become Chile’s foremost educational and cultural centre, with numerous universities, festivals, street musicians and artist and street traders. You can take a walking tour of the street art, a boat trip round the harbour or a ride on what is claimed to be the oldest working trolleybus in the world.
 
For advice on tailor-made Valparaiso holidays, ring our friendly South America team on 01582 766122 or email us via our online form to start planning a trip.
 
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No Valparaiso holiday would be complete without riding the many funicular elevators, installed to tackle the hillsides surrounding the amphitheatre-like backdrop to the main urban area. Some of these are 130 years old, but quite safe, and whether you ride or walk up, the panoramic views of the city and the ocean are stunning and well worth the effort.
 
This is a cool and laid-back place, which has retained an unmistakable, and spontaneous, quirky old port atmosphere. With its abundance of hotels, bars, shops, markets, restaurants, galleries, colonial architecture and a multitude of ancient churches to explore, this is a varied and fun city to visit.
 
Essential Chile: Santiago + Atacama + Valparaiso
CRA7S
7 NIGHTS
FROM £1,295
International flights quoted separately
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 & wine, and end your holiday relaxing in the historic port city of Valparaiso. English speaking guides, all transfers & specified excursions included.
Atacama Desert Chile Photo Santiago Valparaiso Salt Flats Geysers
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Santiago
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City Tour
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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El Tatio Geysers
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Atacama Salt Flats
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Moon Valley
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Star Gazing
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Valparaiso
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Chilean Wine
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Santiago
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City Tour
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San Pedro
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Atacama Desert
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El Tatio Geysers
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Atacama Salt Flats
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Moon Valley
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Star Gazing
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Valparaiso
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Chilean Wine
Chile Winelands, Patagonia + Valparaiso (self drive)
CCC12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,895
International flights + car hire quoted separately
If you would like to self-drive in Chile, this holiday is for you. Starting from the capital of Santiago, head to the Chilean winelands to taste some of their famous wines. Then fly to Torres del Paine to explore spectacular Patagonia & view the Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers. Complete your holiday relaxing in the historic port city of Valparaiso on the Pacific Coast - a World Heritage Site.
Self Drive Chile Winelands Photo Valparaiso Patagonia Santiago
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Santiago
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Chilean 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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Valparaiso
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Vina del Mar
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Santiago
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Chilean 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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Valparaiso
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Vina del Mar
Chilean Lakes + Patagonia (self drive)
CCW12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £1,994
International flights + car hire quoted separately
Explore 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. Visit Puerto Montt & the fishing village of Angelmó. Then fly to Patagonia to walk in Torres del Paine National Park, with full day excursion to Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers. End your holiday relaxing in historic Valparaiso.
Chile Walking Holidays Lake District Torres Del Paine Patagonia Photo Valparaiso
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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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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Torres del Paine
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Valparaiso
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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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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Torres del Paine
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Valparaiso
Atacama + Easter Island + Valparaiso
CRE12S
12 NIGHTS
FROM £2,195
International flights quoted separately
Combine a visit to Chile with remote Easter Island in the Pacific, where you can marvel at nearly 900 ancient gigantic Moai statues. Also explore Santiago & the spectacular Atacama Desert with its shimmering salt flats, geysers & moon landscapes. Complete your holiday relaxing at the histopric port city of Valparaiso. English speaking guides, all transfers & specified sighseeing included.
Easter Island Photo Moai Statues Chile Atacama Santiago Valparaiso
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Santiago
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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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Bird Man Cult
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Valparaiso
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Santiago
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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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Bird Man Cult
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Valparaiso
Classic Chile: Atacama + Patagonia + Valparaiso
CRB11S
11 NIGHTS
FROM £2,295
International flights quoted separately
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 historic Valparaiso. English speaking guides, all transfers & specified sightseeing included.
Chile Patagonia Photo Atacama Salt Flats Torres del Paine Valparaiso
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Santiago
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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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Valparaiso
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Santiago
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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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Valparaiso
Diverse Chile: Atacama in depth + Valparaiso
CRD10S
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,295
International flights quoted separately
Explore the Atacama with your own driver/guide, including the "Giant of the Atacama" and other amazing Inca geoglyphs (large artworks sketched into the landscape). Visit stunning Chungara Lake & Lauca National Park, with its breathtaking desert & volcano scenery, as well as the salt flats of Chaxa Lagoon. End your holiday relaxing in historic Valparaiso. English guides, all transfers & sighttseeing included.
Giant of the Atacama Geoglyphs Chungara Lake Lauca Valparaiso Photo
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Santiago
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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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Valparaiso
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Santiago
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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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Valparaiso
Wonders of Chile & Patagonia tour + Valparaiso
CYC11S
11 NIGHTS
FROM £2,395
International flights quoted separately
This exciting tour of Chile combines Santiago with the amazing desert landscapes of Atacama, the icefields of Patagonia & historic Valparaiso. Visit Moon Valley & Death Valley; see the El Tatio geysers & fly to Torres Del Paine National Park, with its spectacular granite peaks & glacial lakes. Complete your holiday relaxing in Valparaiso. One English departure per month, with min 2/max 30 (Sept - April).
Torres Del Paine Photo Tour Chile Patagonia Atacama Desert Valparaiso
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Santiago
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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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Patagonia
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Milodon Cave
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Torres del Paine
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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Valparaiso
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Santiago
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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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Patagonia
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Milodon Cave
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Torres del Paine
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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Valparaiso
Grand Chile - Self Drive
CCA16S
16 NIGHTS
FROM £2,795
International flights + car hire quoted separately
Explore the amazing landscapes of Chile on this self drive holiday. Drive through the desert scenery of the Atacama, with its amazing geysers & salt flats; the rolling Chilean Winelands; the alpine scenery of the beautiful Lake District & spectacular Patagonia, with the glaciers of Torres del Paine National Park. End your holiday relaxing in the historic port city of Valparaiso.
Photo Chile Self Drive Holidays Patagonia Photo Atacama Lake District Valparaiso
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Santiago
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Atacama Salt Flats
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El Tatio Geysers
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Winelands
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Patagonia
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Torres del Paine
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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Valparaiso
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Santiago
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Atacama Salt Flats
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El Tatio Geysers
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Winelands
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Patagonia
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Torres del Paine
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Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
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Valparaiso
Grand Chile: Lakes, Mountains & Deserts
CRC16S
16 NIGHTS
FROM £2,895
International flights quoted separately
See the best of Chile on this amazing holiday that starts by exploring the dramatic landscapes of the Atacama Desert, before visiting the Chilean Winelands, the beautiful Lake District & Torres del Paines National Park in Patagonia, with its mountains & glaciers. End your holiday relaxing in the port city of Valparaiso. English speaking guides, all transfers & specified sightseeing included.
Patagonia Photo Lake District Chile Atacama Torres Del Paine Winelands
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Santiago
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Atacama Desert
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Geysers & Salt Flats
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Chilean Winelands
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Balmaceda Glacier
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Valparaiso
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Santiago
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Atacama Desert
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Geysers & Salt Flats
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Chilean Winelands
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Lake District
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Puerto Varas
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Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Balmaceda Glacier
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Valparaiso
Buenos Aires & Grand Chile, including Patagonia
ARI16S
16 NIGHTS
FROM £2,995
International flights quoted separately
Combine a few days in vibrant Buenos Aires, with its amazing cuisine & culture of tango, with the stunning landscapes of Chile. Visit Santiago, the moonscapes of the Atacama Desert, the beautiful Lake District & glaciers of Torres del Paines National Park in Patagonia. End your holiday relaxing in picturesque Valparaiso. English speaking guides, all transfers & specified sightseeing included.
Patagonia Lake District Photo Atacama Desert Chile Torres Del Paine Valparaiso
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Buenos Aires
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Tango Show
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Santiago
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Flats & Geysers
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Moon Landscapes
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Lake District
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Valparaiso
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Buenos Aires
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Tango Show
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Santiago
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Atacama Desert
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Salt Flats & Geysers
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Moon Landscapes
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Lake District
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Chilean Patagonia
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Torres Del Paine
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Valparaiso
Patagonia Expedition Cruise - Argentina to Chile
ARP15B
15 NIGHTS
FROM £3,994
International flights quoted separately
Combine the exciting city of Buenos Aires in Argentina, with an unforgettable Expedition Cruise through the Beagle Channel & Glacier Alley. Visit Cape Horn, Magdalena Island & the dramatic landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park, before completing your holiday exploring Santiago & the Chilean Winelands. All transfers included.
Photo Pategonia Cruise Argentina Chile Stella Australis Cape Horn
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Buenos Aires
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Tango Show
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Ushuia
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Patagonia Cruise
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Beagle Channel
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Cape Horn
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Glacier Alley
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Torres Del Paine
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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Buenos Aires
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Tango Show
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Ushuia
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Patagonia Cruise
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Beagle Channel
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Cape Horn
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Glacier Alley
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Torres Del Paine
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Santiago
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Valparaiso
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