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Santiago Extension

4 Days FROM USD 925

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Overview

The sophisticated city of Santiago, Chile, is a gateway for many travellers visiting South America. It therefore makes sense to stop and explore all the region has to offer. This four day Chimu Adventures’ Santiago extension allows you to do just that. You will tour Santiago’s renowned sites including the Plaza de Armas, the Palacio de la Moneda and Cerro Lucia before heading to the coast. There you will visit the Casablanca Valley, one of Chile’s world renowned wine regions, and have the opportunity to taste some of the best Chilean wines on offer before continuing to Valparaiso. Contrasting Santiago, Valparaiso is a colourful, artistic city with a bohemian feel. Experience the city’s relaxed culture as you wander its hillsides, discover its markets and travel on one of its remaining funiculars. 

On this all-encompassing personalised itinerary, Chimu will provide travel logistics for your travel party for the duration of your journey, plus expert guides for all the major sightseeing as per itinerary.  Each night you will stay in superior accommodation, handpicked by our experienced team for their creature comforts, convenient locations, and impeccable service. 
 

Trip Code: CLTSSSO

Travel Style: Extension package

Location: Chile

Flights: Ask us about booking your Internal flights with your International flights to/from South America to save money by creating an 'airpass'. Contact us for more information. 

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • Enjoy a guided tour exploring the sites of Chile’s sophisticated capital, Santiago

  • Taste some of Chile’s best wines in the heart of the Casablanca Valley

  • Explore the colourful, bohemian coastal city of Valparaiso

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

Welcome to Santiago, Chile’s capital. Vibrant, sophisticated and cosmopolitan, the city is emerging as a favourite destination of travellers to the region.

The city is situated in the centre of the Santiago Basin and surrounded by the snow-capped mountains of the Andes and the Chilean Coastal Range. Originally inhabited by the Picunche Indians, the city was established during the Spanish Conquest of Chile by Pedro de Valdivia.

After you arrive and settle in at your centrally located, superior accommodation, why not visit Barrio Bellavista in the evening? This trendy area is considered ‘the Soho of Santiago’ thanks to its street art and it features a number of good restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat.

*Please note Australian passport holders are required to obtain a Chilean tourist visa or if transiting for longer than 8 hours before arrival.

Arrive in Santiago

Today you will enjoy a small group tour of Santiago. Your first stop is the Natural History Museum, which houses a number of Rongorogoro artefacts from Easter Island as well as collections of fossils, timber, minerals and flora and fauna.

You will then head to Santiago’s central square, or Plaza de Armas. Surrounding the square you will see the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral and the Palacio de la Real de Santiago.

Next to the palace is the historic Central Post Office, which stands on land once occupied by Pedro de Valdivia’s house and a building that served as a Presidential Palace.

From the plaza you will walk to Palacio de la Moneda along a traditional Chilean street. Originally a colonial mint house, hence the building’s name, the Palace is the seat of the President of Chile. If you’re lucky, you might catch the changing of the guard, which occurs every second day.

Finally you will visit Cerro Santa Lucia, the hill on which Santiago was founded. Now a park, you will walk past its fountains and up some stairs to a fort with panoramic views of the city.

Today you will join a small group tour to head towards the Chilean coastline.

Your first stop is the Casablanca Valley. This region is famous for wine production, in particular Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir varieties. You will visit a cellar door for a premium wine tasting and have the chance to purchase some wines and other souvenirs.

From there, you will travel to Valparaiso. This city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and many of its colourful buildings perch in a haphazard fashion on the hillside.

You will take a walk to discover the local art galleries and street art which embody Valparaiso’s bohemian lifestyle, including visiting one stairwell which claims, “we are not hippies, we are happies.” You will also take a ride on one of the city’s remaining funiculars.

The Casablanca Valley & Valparaiso

If time permits before your onward flight, why not visit Cerro San Cristobel?

Located in Parque Metropolitano in the north of the city near Bellavista and Providencia you will find a funicular that will carry you to the top of Cerro San Cristobel mountain.

At the top you will find the fourteen metre high statue of the Virgin de la Immaculada Concepcion.

You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your onward flight.

Depart Santiago
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Experience the breathtaking landscape of the Atacama Desert. Undertake a 4-day luxury experience in a spectacular and private location. Tucked in a valley of scenic beauty you may choose to visit salt flats, hot springs, steaming geysers or even climb a volcano. Or simply unwind by visiting local museums or embracing local cultural encounters. Find out more.

  • Combine your journey with a tour to the mystical Easter Island, one of the most isolated places on the planet. Bear witness to one of the most ancient and logic-defying mysteries as you gaze upon the giant stone Moai, the watchful guardians of the island. Or perhaps experience the islands savage beauty, enjoying scenic hikes or relaxing on white sandy beaches. Find out more here Find out more.

  • Why not add on a tour to the Galapagos to your South American journey, spending 4 days exploring the beautiful archipelago that abounds with fascinating wildlife? Amidst spectacular volcanic scenery you will see a myriad of birds and animals from lava lizards to blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, frigatebirds and giant tortoises. Find out more

Pricing per person & date


Standard

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service

4 Days FROM Now USD 925 Enquire Now
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Superior

Tried & tested upmarket properties with above average facilities and service

4 Days FROM Now USD 935 Enquire Now

Deluxe

Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.

4 Days FROM Now USD 1,450 Enquire Now

Important Information

  • Inclusions

    Private airport transfers
    Accommodation with breakfast daily
    Other meals where stated
    Sightseeing with local English-speaking guide as detailed in the itinerary

    Exclusions 

    International and internal flights not indicated
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Travel Insurance
    Beverages
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for tour guides/drivers
    Any items not mentioned as included

  • 1 (easy adventure)
  • A single supplement surcharge applies and is subject to availability. Please contact us for more information.

  • Prices are based on per person, twin share.
    Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time.
    All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.

  • Seasonality and availability at time of booking.

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your Latin American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first-hand experience, our consultants will piece together one of our Signature Packages and can customise your travel plans by adding Extension Packages.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE

 

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