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Classic Chile tour

13 days from $6,405pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Santiago
  • Calama
  • San Pedro de Atacama
  • Puerto Montt
  • Puerto Varas
  • Punta Arenas
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Puerto Natales
  • Visit the dazzling white Atacama Salt Flat and remember to take your sunglasses!

  • Cross the Chacao channel by ferry to take in the island of Chiloe in the Lake District.

  • Enjoy views of the famous Paine Massif in Torres del Paine National Park.

Rachel, an Audley Travel specialist

What our specialists say...

A great introduction for those visiting Chile for the first time, this itinerary takes in the country's most famous highlights in two weeks. Begin the trip with a stay in the Atacama Desert for a chance to visit volcanoes, salt flats and geysers before flying south to the contrasting landscape of the Lake District with its rolling hills and snow capped mountains. Fly further south still and venture into Chilean Patagonia with a stay in the beautiful Torres del Paine National Park. Return to Santiago before flying home.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Santiago
  • Calama
  • San Pedro de Atacama
  • Calama
  • Puerto Montt
  • Puerto Varas
  • Puerto Montt
  • Punta Arenas
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Puerto Natales
  • Santiago

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Santiago

Santiago

On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in Santiago. Afternoon at leisure.

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Day 2 Santiago

Santiago

This morning go you will explore the city with your guide. Over recent years Santiago has worked hard to change its image from a smog covered conference centre to a cultural capital city and the effect has been incredible. Once you have finished the tour you can explore one of many museums, art galleries or relax in a cafe and watch the world go by. Alternatively you can explore a local market and have a cooking lesson with a local chef afterwards. These days Santiago offers a wide range to suit everyone.

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Day 3 San Pedro de Atacama

Santiago , Calama , San Pedro de Atacama

This morning you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Calama. Here you will be met and taken to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama. Once settled in you will head out on your first Atacama excursion, to explore the stunning Moon and Death Valley's. This excursion ends just after sunset, leaving you time to explore the restaurants of San Pedro town.

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Day 4 San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama

Today you will travel out of the town to explore the Altiplanic Lagoons and local salt flats, home to countless flamingos and a surprising amount of other wildlife too.

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Day 5 San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama

An early rise will see you head up to approximately 4,000m above sea level where, before dawn, it will be below freezing. From here you will witness the sun rise over the Andes as the Tatio Geysers spurt around you. An early start means you will be back at your hotel at lunch time leaving you free to relax by the pool or visit the wonderful museum in San Pedro.

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Day 6 Puerto Varas

San Pedro de Atacama , Calama , Puerto Montt , Puerto Varas

Transfer back to the airport in Calama for your flights south to Puerto Montt in the Lake District where a driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel in the lakeside town of Puerto Varas. Explore the town this afternoon and perhaps have dinner over looking the lake with views of the mighty Osorno Volcano.

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Day 7 Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas

Enjoy a full day excursion the Osorno Volcano and Vincente Perez national park. Or, if you are bit more active, we can arrange for you to go rafting, kayaking or cycling in the region.

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Day 8 Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas

Something a little different today will see you visit Senda Romahue. This is a family run ecological centre that show cases local flora and acts as a rescue home for local fauna as well. You will be shown around by a family member and your visit will contribute to maintaining the slice of tranquility.

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Day 9 Torres del Paine National Park

Puerto Varas , Puerto Montt , Punta Arenas , Torres del Paine National Park

Transfer back to Puerto Montt for your flight to Punta Arenas (or possibly Puerto Natales if schedules allow) from where you will travel north to the breathtaking mountains that make up Torres del Paine National Park.

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Day 10 Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine National Park

Excursions from your lodge in Torres del Paine National Park are all included in your stay. Each evening you will meet with your guides to discuss the option for the following day. This may not be the most economic way to see the park but we believe that it is the best value and ensures that you get the very best out of your time there.

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Day 11 Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine National Park

Excursions from your lodge in Torres del Paine National Park.

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Day 12 Santiago

Torres del Paine National Park , Puerto Natales , Santiago

Travel back to Puerto Natales in time for your flight to Santiago, where you spend the night. As flights often arrive late we do make use of the airport hotel, but this may well depend on the times of your onward journey.

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Day 13 Return home

Santiago

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

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The specialist who designs your trip to Chile will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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