Luxury Small Group Journeys – Wonders of Chile & Argentina 2017

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Argentina, Chile

Best time to go: January to March, October to December

12 Nights | from £7,360pp

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Wonders of Chile & Argentina, South America, Luxury Small Group Journeys with A&K

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover Chile’s exquisite wines and learn more about Chilean cuisine in a Chef’s Table culinary experience during an exclusive visit to a family vineyard
  • Catch the spirit of Buenos Aires at a private tango demonstration by the dancers of the amazing Rojo Tango
  • Cruise from Chile to Argentina aboard a private charter boat — stopping to explore Victoria Island in Nahuel Huapi National Park
  • Sample the historic flavours of Bariloche at a private session with a local brewmeister and stay at the iconic Llao Llao Hotel & Resort
  • Feel the power of majestic Iguazu Falls from both the Argentine and Brazilian sides during your two-night stay



Day 1 Arrive Santiago, Chile
Arrive in Santiago, the charming capital city of Chile, where you are met by a member of the A&K team and transferred to your hotel, and enjoy a guaranteed early check-in. This afternoon, remain at leisure to relax or explore the city on your own. At 6:00 p.m., gather for a welcome briefing led by your A&K guide. Afterward, enjoy dinner at the hotel’s elegant Estró Restaurant.
The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago | Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Santiago | Taste the Renowned Fruit of Chile’s Vines
This morning, embark on a city tour that offers a complete look at Santiago’s most important areas along with beautiful panoramicviews. Drive to the Mercado Central to view this colourful local marketplace before taking a short walk to Plaza de Armas, the city’s most famous square. Gaze at the beautiful surrounding buildings, including the impressive Metropolitan Cathedral. Nearby, enjoy a tour of the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. Next, depart the city for a look at the local wine district, viewing nPalacio de La Moneda, seat of the President of the Republic of Chile, along the way. Chilean wines have come to prominence in recent years, owing to their exceptional character. This results from several factors, including the ideal combination of sunny days, cool nights and excellent soil in Chile’s long Central Valley. Visit an acclaimed family-owned winery for a private sampling, and to learn about Chilean cuisine during a Chef’s Table experience. After lunch, return to your luxurious hotel where your evening is at leisure.
The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 Frutillar / Puerto Varas | Legacy of German Settlers
After an early breakfast, fly to Puerto Montt, gateway to the gorgeous Chilean Lake District. Travel overland to Frutillar, a charming village established by Chile’s first German settlers. Observe how their influence remains in the gardens and architecture, and enjoy breath-taking views of Osorno Volcano. Tour the German Colonial Museum with its exhibition of a settler’s house and possessions dating to the 1850s. Next, transfer to Puerto Varas, a town that also exemplifies the German influence in this part of Chile, with its architecture reminiscent of the Black Forest. After a light lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park to visit Petrohué Falls and view its aquamarine rapids. Later, arrive at your hotel on the shores of Lake Llanquihue overlooking Volcano Osorno. Enjoy dinner at the superb hotel restaurant.
Cumbres Puerto Varas | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 Puerto Varas | Island Villages and Active Sea Life
Travel to Pargua Bay, by ferry to San Antonio de Chacao, a colourful village on Chiloé Island, settled by the Spanish in 1565. Proceed to Puñihuil, a fishing village with a beautiful beach for watching Magellanic and Humboldt penguins as well as a wide variety of sea birds and marine mammals, such as dolphins and sea otters, as they cavort around four islets that form a national monument. Enjoy a lunch of delightful regional dishes at a local restaurant before returning to Puerto Varas.
Cumbres Puerto Varas | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 Puerto Varas | Cruise a Chilean Lake
Begin your full-day journey through the Lake District, rewarded by panoramic views of deep blue mountain lakes, snow-capped volcanoes and ancient forests. Embark on a private cruise on Lake Nahuel Huapi and sail through its captivating scenery. Stop at Victoria Island, part of Nahuel Huapi National Park, for a walk in a Patagonian paradise. The island is home to the petite pudú deer — inspiration for Walt Disney’s Bambi. Arrive in picturesque Bariloche for a delightful two-night stay.
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort - Golf - Spa | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 Bariloche | A Visit to “Little Switzerland”
Today you tour the postcard-perfect Alpine region many call “Little Switzerland.” Hike the surrounding scenic woodlands, and then visit a local brewery. Meet the brewmeister and enjoy a tasting of this local brew. This afternoon, drive to Playa Serena to toast the sunset on a sundowner with your A&K guide.
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort - Golf - Spa | Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Iguazu Falls | A Walk Above the Devil’s Throat
Fly to Iguazu Falls and visit them on the Argentine side. Bordering Brazil and Argentina, the falls are one of the most impressive sights in the world, with a breath-taking 275 cascades spread across a gulf of nearly two miles. Board a train shuttle to the Cataratas Station where you disembark to walk paths that lead along and above the spectacular falls. Beautiful flowers, ferns, tropical plants, butterflies and exotic birds add to the exciting experience. Board another train shuttle to “Devil’s Throat,” where you walk onto a catwalk that extends 1,300 yards over the lush tropical basin of Devil’s Gorge. Dine at your hotel this evening.
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Iguazu Falls | Up Close to the Powerful Cascades
Today, explore the Brazilian side of the falls, walking with your guide through the National Park of Iguazu to experience the incredible power of millions of barrels of falling water, as you move within arm’s length of the rumbling cataracts. This spectacular natural wonder, which was formed by a volcano, is comprised of 275 separate cascades spilling over a basalt cap nearly two miles across. Climb a wooden staircase 115 feet to see the falls from the top, watching rainbows form and fade in the sunlit spray.
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Buenos Aires | Tango Lesson and Exclusive Show
After a leisurely breakfast, fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s remarkable capital, and check in to your hotel. This afternoon, set out on a walking tour of this decidedly European-style city, and later experience a private tango demonstration and lesson from performers at the famed Rojo Tango. Tonight, enjoy a thrilling, exclusive tango show performance and dinner at the Rojo Tango cabaret. Get caught up in the passion, precision and glamour of these renowned professional dancers, as they perform to the accompaniment of a live orchestra, and dine on traditional Argentine dishes paired with select local wines.
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Buenos Aires | Echoes of Evita
Explore cosmopolitan Buenos Aires on a city tour that includes the beautiful parks of Palermo, the old quarters of San Telmo, the colourful La Boca district with La Bombonera, as well as some landmarks connected to the “Peronismo” legacy. After a light lunch at a traditional local café, visit the fascinating Recoleta Cemetery, gravesite of Eva Perón, Argentina’s beloved and controversial former First Lady. Tonight, gather for your festive farewell dinner.
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Depart Buenos Aires | Inspiring Teatro Colón
Visit the beautiful Teatro Colón, an opera house world renowned for its acoustics. Stop for lunch, and then take advantage of a late checkout on your final afternoon here, before your evening airport transfer and your flight home or on to vibrant Rio de Janeiro.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Back to Chile


Accommodation

Departure Dates & Pricing

Departure Dates Per Person from
13th, 27th Jan, 10th Feb, 3rd, 10th Mar, 13th, 20th Oct, 17th, 24th Nov £7,360Book now
8th Dec £7,515Book now
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

The above prices include all accommodation, guiding and meals as specified. Subject to availability. Excludes international flights. Single Supplement on request
Minimum age is 10 years.
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Useful info

Best time to be there

A year round destination, Argentina's climate ranges from subtropical in the north to sub arctic in the south. The best times to visit are November to March. Spring and autumn (September to November and April to May) offer pleasant, mild temperatures.

Fly to

Buenos Aires - British Airways daily.

flying time

13.5 hours

time difference

GMT -3 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area


Best time to be there

As the climate varies hugely from north to south, different places are best at different times, although spring (September to December) is universally good. Atacama can be visited year-round, central Chile enjoys a Mediterranean climate with good weather throughout. Patagonia is best for hiking in Spring or Summer.

Fly to

LAN Chile daily via Madrid

flying time

16 hours

time difference

GMT -4 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area 


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