The epic scenery and vibrant cultures of Chile and Argentina are revealed on this in-depth exploration that roams from Santiago to Buenos Aires via mountains, glaciers and lakes.
You'll enjoy Insider moments like… visiting Ushuaia, the "end of the world" and southernmost city in South America. It's taking in the majestic scenery of glaciers and blue waters of Puerto Montt and Torres del Paine National Park.
10 nights' accommodations, 10 full breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners.
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||Discount||AvailabilityPrice|
|21 Jan 17||31 Jan 17||$4,822$4,389pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 12||
$4,822 $4,389 pp
|4 Feb 17||14 Feb 17||$4,822$4,389pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 12||
$4,822 $4,389 pp
|4 Mar 17||14 Mar 17||$4,822$4,389pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 12||
$4,822 $4,389 pp
|11 Nov 17||21 Nov 17||$4,822$4,389pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 12||
$4,822 $4,389 pp
|2 Dec 17||12 Dec 17||$4,697$4,277pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 12||
$4,697 $4,277 pp
Crossovers: These departures will operate per the 2016 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary.
Festival Departures: Christmas and New Year's Eve celebration arranged for these departures.
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Single Room Supplement: from $1,550.
Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $118 per person.
Land and Intra Air prices include economy air and air-related charges for flights between Santiago-Punta Arenas, El Calafate-Ushuaia and Ushuaia-Buenos Aires and require purchase of round-trip air travel on LATAM airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities (ticket number required). If flying with another airline between your gateway city and the itinerary's start and end gateway cities, the above prices will be higher.
Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here..
AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift! Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.
Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.
You will be using the Chilean and Argentinian peso on your vacation. It’s generally a good idea to carry some cash on you while you travel; however, you will be able to pay with your debit or credit card in many places and will likely find a better exchange rate once you’ve arrived in your destination. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.
Argentine cuisine is known for its traditional asado (Argentine barbecue) and many beef-oriented dishes. Empanadas filled with meat and cheese make a delicious meal or snack with a glass of local malbec. For an inexpensive lunch, try a choripan sandwich made with chorizo. Pizza and pasta dishes are also popular and reflect the influence of Italian immigrants on the country’s cuisine. For something sweet, try any dessert served with creamy dulce de leche.
Chilean cuisine reflects Spanish influences and traditional indigenous dishes, many of which are seafood oriented due to the country's long coastline. Maize and quinoa accompany many meals, served alongside barbecued or stewed meats.
We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Sturdy walking shoes are important. Insect repellent and sunscreen may come in handy, as well as a light jacket and reusable water bottle. A more formal outfit will serve you if you plan on dining out in nicer restaurants. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.
When dining out at restaurants it is appropriate to leave up to 10 percent gratuity.
At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend the equivalent of $4 per person/per day for your driver and $6 per person/per day for your Travel Director. Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit. A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.
Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.
You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.
If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
Extend your vacation with a 3 day pre-itinerary extension package to Easter Island.
Prices for the extension start at $975* per person twin share (single supplement $350).
Please note that the guaranteed room share is not available on this extension. Prices do not include airfare to Easter Island. Please ask your Grand European Travel Specialist about flight arrangements. You will need to arrive in Santiago a day prior to Day 1 of this extension package. Due to the flight schedules to Easter Island, an additional night in Santiago is required and is included in the cost of this extension.
DAY 1 ARRIVE EASTER ISLAND (2 NIGHTS)
Arrive on Easter Island, the cradle of an enigmatic culture that endures to this day. The language, music and traditions remain alive among the island’s people; while the enormous stone carved Moai allude to an ancient past. Your local host will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. After check-in, enjoy a private guided excursion to Ahu Akivi. Ahus signify the site of a sacred ceremony. The restored site of Ahu Akivi has seven Moai statues representing the seven explorers sent to Raoa Nui by the king Hotu Matua. Continue on to the ancient Ahu Hanga Poukura and visit the Puna Pau red scoria stone quarry.
Tahatai or Otai Rapanui Hotel
DAY 2 EASTER ISLAND SIGHTSEEING
Enjoy a privately guided excursion as you drive along the island’s southern coast and see the perfectly preserved Ahu Vaihu in the Bay of Hanga Te’e. Continue to Rano Raraku, a quarry of almost 900 stone statues, 397 of which are on the slopes of the Rano Kau volcano. Visit Ahu Tongariki, the largest ahu on the island. Continue your drive to the eastern coast and visit Ahu Te Pito Kura and the “Navel of the World”. Afterwards enjoy a stop at scenic Anakena beach and take in the splendor of the Pacific Ocean.
DAY 3 SIGHTSEEING AND DEPART EASTER ISLAND
This morning your private excursion will take you to the extinct Rano Kau volcano, where you will enjoy magnificent views of the island. See the island’s distinct geological features including a crater lake. Next, drive to a ceremonial village of Orongo, where you can see remarkable petroglyphs. Enjoy breathtaking views of the three islets of Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao. Drive down to Ahu Vinapu to see further evidence of pre-Incan architectural influences on Easter Island. Stop at the Ana Kai Tangata to view its ornate paintings. Return to your hotel before you are transferred to the airport for your flights later this afternoon.
Upon your return to Santiago, you will join the rest of your tour for Day 1 of Patagonian Grand Adventure.
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