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Escorted Tours

Chile Argentina and Patagonia including

Iguazu Falls


Route:
  • London
  • Santiago
  • Puerto Natales
  • Torres del Paine
  • El Calafate
  • Buenos Aires
  • Iguazu
  • London

3 NIGHTS from £699pp

Tour Highlights
  • See the waterfalls of Iguazu National Park
  • Tours of Santiago and Buenos Aires
  • Visit the contrasting cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar
  • Enjoy the stunning Torres del Paine National Park
  • Marvel at the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Sail the Channel of Last Hope
  • See a Tango Show in Buenos Aires

Extension from £699pp

Tour + Extension from £3028pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Iguazu Falls

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, Iguazu National Park is home to incredible waterfalls with water falling from an average height of 70 metres. Explore the routes of the Upper Circuit, Lower Circuit and Devil's Throat. These various trails allow you to get closer to some of the smaller waterfalls as well as enjoy stunning panoramic views at the top of these majestic falls.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Santiago

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

2
Santiago

On arrival in Chile, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. In the afternoon commence your tour of vibrant Santiago. Set against a spectacular backdrop of snow-covered Andean peaks this tour takes you to 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.

  • Dinner
3
Santiago

Following breakfast, today is a tale of two cities. Valparaiso is a colonial city presenting an excellent example of late 19th century urban and architectural development in Latin America, considered a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Enjoy a ride on a traditional cable car and delight in the outstanding colours of the cliff top homes, bohemian culture and outstanding sea views. Continue to the coastal city of Vina Del Mar, a sharp contrast to neighbouring Valparaiso, known as the 'Garden City', a fascinating and beautiful location where you will enjoy delightfully expansive parks, fabulous architecture and the crystal-clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. There will be an opportunity to visit La Sebastiana museum at an additional fee, famous for inspiring the Chilean Poet Pablo Neruda.

  • Breakfast
4
Santiago

Today is at leisure for you to explore the energetic and cosmopolitan city of Santiago at your own pace. An optional excursion to the renowned vineyard of Santa Rica will be available.

  • Breakfast
5
Santiago to Puerto Natales

Following breakfast transfer to Santiago airport for your flight to Punta Arenas. On arrival, you will be met and enjoy a tour of the small isolated city of Punta Arenas. Continue to Puerto Natales, gateway to Parque Nacional Torres del Paine. This quaint town is situated on the shore of the Sound of Ultima Esperanza, once you have checked in to your hotel the rest of the day is at your leisure.

  • Breakfast
6
Puerto Natales

Today you will board a ship to sail the Channel of Last Hope, marvel at the awe-inspiring glaciers which sharply pierce the ocean from the southern continental ice field. Enjoy the stunning views as you sail past the famous Heritage Building, a slaughterhouse dating back to 1913 before continuing through the Senorat canal. Hopefully, you will catch sight of the Magellan Dolphins, frequent visitors to this area and possibly as a graceful sea lion whilst admiring the Condor birds by a stunning waterfall. You will then disembark for a stroll towards the Serrano glacier along the shores of Tempanos Lagoon and through a native forest, the huge icebergs and amazing landscapes complete an unforgettable day.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
7
Torres del Paine

Considered the highlight of your trip, the National Park Torres del Paine is quite simply spectacular, internationally recognised as one of the most unique and beautiful places on the planet. Known for its soaring mountains, lakes, waterfalls and stunning blue icebergs that slice the glaciers and grasslands whilst sheltering rare wildlife such as guanacos. The three granite peaks of the Pane mountain range which dominate the landscape of the park spectacularly extend up to 2,500 metres above sea level. Following your lunch, you will embark on a short hike to the Grey Lake to witness the many icebergs originating from the Grey Glacier.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
8
Puerto Natales to El Calafate

After breakfast, you will begin your journey to Argentina stopping for lunch en route. On arrival, you will be met by your local representative to check in at your hotel in El Calafate, the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier.

  • Breakfast
9
El Calafate

The Perito Moreno Glacier is known locally as the 8th Wonder of the World is the planet's 3rd largest reserve of fresh water and one of the continent's last advancing glaciers. Your full day tour will leave you in awe of the glaciers unfathomable beauty. Calving icebergs the size of skyscrapers you may witness the glaciers signature movement as they slowly detach.

  • Breakfast
10
El Calafate

Full day at leisure in El Calafate to relax and unwind.

  • Breakfast
11
El Calafate to Buenos Aires

Following breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to the vibrant city of Buenos Aires. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Evening at leisure.

  • Breakfast
12
Buenos Aires

Enjoy a morning city tour commencing in the historic Plaza de Mayo, the site of the 1810 revolution and now a hub of political life. From here you will see the Casa Rosada government palace and its famous balcony where Eva Peron used to address the people. Continue to the picturesque and colourful neighbourhood of La Boca with its famous street 'Caminito' whose architecture reflects the European influence of the late 19th century. In the evening marvel at a traditional tango, show whilst enjoying dinner. Tango originated in the 1880 ghettos which were populated by Italian and Spanish immigrants, Africans and Gauchos. From this intersection rose the 'Comrpraditos', whose songs, lyrics, and dances reflect 'el duelo de cuchilleros', or knife fights characteristic of the social ambience. The tango rose from a mix of Cuban and Spanish rhythms, some polka, and according to some, also a bit of African music.

  • Breakfast
13
Buenos Aires

Transfer from your hotel to Buenos Aires Airport in time for your flight back to the UK via Sao Paulo, or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast
14
Buenos Aires to Iguazu

Transfer from your hotel to Buenos Aires for your flight to Iguazu. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel, after check-in depart on a tour of the Brazilian side of the falls. Return to your hotel in the evening.

  • Breakfast
15
Iguazu

Today you will explore the Argentinian side of the falls, you will walk along footbridges which offer an awe-inspiring view of the falls. Return to your hotel and spend the rest of your afternoon at your leisure.

  • Breakfast
16
Iguazu

This day is spent at leisure for you to spend as you wish.

  • Breakfast
17
Iguazu to the UK

Transfer from your hotel to the Airport for your flight to the UK via Buenos Aires.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

British citizens currently do not need a tourist visa to enter Chile and Argentina. Visa requirements are subject to change and obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the traveller and not Mercury Holidays. We recommend you check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy prior to departure for the most up to date guidelines regarding these.

Insurance

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.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp 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.

Flight Information

Your initial flight is to Santiago International Airport in Chile direct via Sao Paolo with LATAM Airlines (LA), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3. Your return flight is from Buenos Aires in Argentina via Sao Paolo with LATAM Airlines (LA). Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure. If you wish to arrange Airport car parking, lounges or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extra Tel. 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

Health and Vaccinations

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, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on uneven paths and small hills and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

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.

Tour Guide

This is an escorted tour, meaning the you will have the services of an English-speaking guide during each excursion ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Chile is the (Chilean Peso (CLP). We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. The currency in Argentina is the (Argentinian Peso (ARS). We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any meals where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, drinks and snacks. Approximately (£500-600) per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Please also bear in mind that there will be several shopping opportunities throughout your tour. Tipping is at your discretion; however we would recommend approximately ($3.00-5.00) per day. Tips are accepted in the local currency, however it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged. As normal practice you may be asked for your credit card details on check-in at the hotel in order to cover any extras incurred during your stay. If you do not have a credit card, you may be asked for a cash deposit. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
08 Jan 201924 Jan 2019£699£2699£3398SOLD OUT
05 Feb 201921 Feb 2019£699£2569£3268Book Now
26 Feb 201914 Mar 2019£699£2549£3248Book Now
26 Mar 201911 Apr 2019£699£2499£3198Book Now
30 Apr 201916 May 2019£699£2429£3128Book Now
14 May 201930 May 2019£699£2329£3028Book Now
11 Jun 201927 Jun 2019£699£2429£3128Book Now
03 Sep 201919 Sep 2019£699£2499£3198Book Now
24 Sep 201910 Oct 2019£699£2499£3198Book Now
08 Oct 201924 Oct 2019£699£2579£3278Book Now
05 Nov 201921 Nov 2019£699£2689£3388Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Itinerary Changes

The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times or sailing conditions. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, order of events and sightseeing may vary according to the local conditions.

2018 departures:

Please note, for departures travelling in 2018, please refer to your final ticketing documentation regarding your hotel in Santiago.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Peso

Average Flying time

17 hours

Min/Max temperature

15 °C / 31 °C

What to pack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Warm clothing and Thermals for winter
  • Camera and charger/spare batteries
  • An electric plug converter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel
  • Swimwear
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