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Chile and Easter Island with Puerto Varas

14 Day Escorted Tour With 5 Day Extension

Chile, Latin America
Challenging Pace

Explore the Lake District of Chile where you will stay in the city of Puerto Varas, also known as the city of Roses. Relax on the shores of the second biggest lake in Chile, Llanquihue Lake, and admire the breath-taking backdrop of the conical Osorno Volcano and the snow-capped peaks of Mt Calbuco and Mt Tronador.

2020 Dossier

2021 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Second biggest lake in Chile
  • Views of two active volcanos
  • German style architecture
  • Santiago city tour
  • Visits to wineries in the beautiful Colchagua Valley
  • Explore the Tatio Geysers and witness a stunning sunset at Moon Valley, Atacama Desert
  • Spot Flamingos on the Chaxa Lagoon by the incredible Atacama Salt Flats
  • Witness the strikingly enigmatic statues of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
  • Relax on the white sands of Anakena beach
Train
Coach
Boat
Airplane
Walking
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Number of nights

This map is for the main tour only

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Santiago

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Santiago via Sao Paulo.

Day 2
Santiago

Dinner

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 3
Santiago

Breakfast

Set against a spectacular backdrop of snow-covered Andean peaks, this morning's tour of Santiago includes the city's historic heart, visiting beautiful baroque buildings and the provincial Santa Lucia Hill where Spanish conquistadors founded the city in the 16th century.<br><b>Optional excursion (payable locally):</b> Full day Colchagua Valley with wine tasting at 2 wineries with lunch included.

Day 4
Santiago and Colchagua Valley

Breakfast & Lunch

Journeying south to Colchagua valley, discover where some of the country's very best red wines are produced. Located in one of the New World's finest wine regions, enjoy some samples of award winning cabernet sauvignons and wonderfully rounded merlots.

Day 5
Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama

Breakfast

Fly to Calama in the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth. The resulting eerie landscapes are beautiful beyond belief, boasting unworldly vistas and huge, clear night skies. Transfer to the oasis town of San Pedro and late afternoon climb the sand dunes of the Moon Valley to watch a mesmerising sunset.

Day 6
San Pedro de Atacama

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning travel to the incredible Salar de Atacama, Chile's largest salt flat. Cross the crunchy crystalline edge of this immense basin to the Chaxa Lagoon, where dozens of flamingos forage in the mineral rich waters. Next, the nearby Miscanti and Menique Lagoons, with their intense blue-coloured waters, provide incredible views over the unique landscape. Return to San Pedro for the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 7
San Pedro de Atacama

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Rise before dawn to reach the dramatic Tatio Geysers and witness the gurgling craters forcing columns of white steam high into the skies above. Arriving back in San Pedro, the rest of the afternoon will be at leisure.

Day 8
San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago

Breakfast

This morning transfer to Calama airport for your flight to Santiago. On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel to spend the evening.

Day 9
Santiago to Easter Island

Breakfast

Departing mainland Chile, fly to Easter Island, a tiny island formed from volcanic rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Known as Rapa Nui to its native Polynesian settlers, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is the most remote inhabited island in the world.

Day 10
Easter Island

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today visit Ahu Tongariki, the island's largest Ahu (shrine) with 15 imposing moai statues that have become synonymous with Easter Island itself. The meaning and creation surrounding these sublime works of art have sparked lively debate for centuries. The tour concludes at the beautiful beach of Anakena where you can take a refreshing swim in the Pacific Ocean's warm waters.

Day 11
Easter Island

Breakfast & Lunch

Ascend the extinct Rano Kau volcano to the Orongo ceremonial village to discover where indigenous kings were once chosen following a gruelling competition. This afternoon, venture out to explore some more shrines and archaeological sites including Hanga Poukhura where toppled moai reveal tales of ancient battles.

Day 12
Easter Island

Breakfast

Today has been left as a day of leisure.

Day 13
Easter Island to Santiago

Breakfast

Return to Santiago by flight and transfer to your hotel.

Day 14
Santiago to the UK

Breakfast

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the UK (via Sao Paulo).

Day 15
Santiago to Puerto Varas

Breakfast

Transfer from Santiago to Puerto Varas and onto your hotel.

Day 16-19
Puerto Varas

Breakfast

Stay at your own leisure.

Day 20
Puerto Varas to UK

Transfer to the Airport for your flight home via Sao Paulo.

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Dates & Prices

Hotel Cabana del Lago

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
November 2020
from £3,898
Sold Out
11th Nov - 28th Nov
£3,898
Sold Out

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Hotel Cabana del Lago
3 nights
, Chile
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Tour Reviews

Linda Finn

19 Mar 20

All the hotels during this trip were excellent, especially the Best Westerns in Santiago and Vina Del Mar. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

John Wilson

26 Feb 18

All the hotels were very good. The staff were efficient and helpful. We especially liked the hotel in Atacama for its friendly staff and excellent food. They also provided complimentary water, coffee and tea throughout the day which was much appreciated. The hotel in Easter Island was minutes from the sea, restaurants and shops and the gardens at the hotel were beautiful. The hotel in Santiago was very convenient for areas of interest and the shops.

Vilma King

10 Jan 18

All hotels lived up to expectations given their differing locations. Breakfasts were good with plenty of choice, beds comfortable and staff friendly. Wi-Fi available in all.

Jean Deane

07 Oct 17

My only complaint is that despite hanging up towels they were replaced daily in each hotel including Easter Islands excellent Hotel

Gerald Potten

14 Apr 17

All 3 hotels were in great locations. No complaints.

Ann Evans

12 Apr 17

Fundador Santiago excellent location but a little jaded. Other hotels very good.

Josephine Owen

28 Nov 16

Brilliant holiday and one I won't forget for a long time. Could do the Atacama dessert and the whole trip all over again it was so great.

Derek Magnet

24 Oct 16

A dream holiday come true! What an excellent tour. All our guides were good and the hotels were great.

Stephen Malarby

09 Jun 16

There could have been better accommodation in the hotel room at Easter Island & the Atacama desert hotel didn’t have tea & coffee faciltlies and radio & TV

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Important Information

If you are a British passport holder a visa is not required for entry into Chile. Further visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Your flight to Santiago International Airport is with TAM Airlines (JJ) departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage not exceeding 56cm x 40cm x 20cm in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag or laptop. Internal flights are with LAN airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 20kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage not exceeding 5kg. It is compulsory to recheck luggage in Sao Paulo when connecting with a domestic flight. Please be aware of the difference between the weight restrictions of international and internal flights. Weight restrictions will be finalised on E-ticket receipt. Check-in for your international flights should be at least three hours before departure. Flight times/numbers are for guidance only and are subject to change. On arrival in Chile you will be met by a representative from our local agent, Pure Chile, holding a sign displaying: 'Mercury Holidays'.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is a fully escorted tour with local guides throughout ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

The currency in Chile is the Chilean Peso, also known as CH$. US Dollars are widely accepted in Chile should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200 will be sufficient for the durations of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!