Marvels of Chile - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Experience the diverse cities, towns and landscapes of Chile on a journey filled with culinary experiences, culture and a wide range of outdoor activities.

Journey Overview

Experience the diverse cities, towns and landscapes of Chile on a journey filled with culinary experiences, culture and a wide range of outdoor activities.

Journey Highlights 

  • Stay at exceptional accommodations throughout Chile, including andBeyond Vira Vira and Alto Atacama 
  • Revel in the pristine surroundings of the famed Chilean Lake District
  • Sample organic and biodynamic wines and enjoy a Chef’s Table experience at a vineyard outside Santiago
  • Savour an al fresco breakfast beside a crystal-clear lagoon as the sun rises over the Andes to paint the Atacama Desert
  • Choose from Design Your Day options that include a desert excursion to view age-old rock art and the Rainbow Valley
  • Join a local art enthusiast and chef for dinner in her private Santiago home
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Santiago, Chile

Arrive in Santiago, the dynamic capital of Chile, where you are met and transferred to your hotel, enjoying guaranteed early check-in. This afternoon, remain at leisure to relax or explore the city on your own. Tonight, after a welcome briefing, enjoy dinner at the private home of an art lover and chef who has appeared on MasterChef Chile, a nationally viewed competitive cooking television show. Relish every moment as she delights you with dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients and paired with superb Chilean wines — a firsthand introduction to life in Chile, with great food and lively conversation to be savoured. 
The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago | Meals: D

Day 2: Santiago | Vineyard Visit with Wine Tasting

This morning, set out on a walking tour of Santiago with a local expert guide. Stroll the streets and neighbourhoods, marvelling at the outstanding architecture, inspired by the art and culture you encounter. Begin in front of the presidential palace, La Moneda, and proceed to the historical Court of Justice and National Congress to reach the Plaza de Armas. Proceed to the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art for an introduction to the main pieces of the collection. Next, drive out into the countryside to the nearby wine district, for a visit to a vineyard, where you sample the organic and biodynamic wines produced on site. Enjoy a Chef’s Table experience with a delicious lunch served by the vineyard’s chef. Afterward, tour the winery to learn about each stage of the winemaking process as well as the challenges of managing a biodynamic farm. Enjoy a brief street art tour in Santiago’s Bellavista neighbourhood before returning to your hotel. 
The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago | Meals: BL

Day 3: Pucón | Natural Wonders of the Lake District

This morning, fly to Temuco, gateway to the gorgeous Chilean Lake District. Proceed overland to Pucón, a lakeside town surrounded by forested hills, to check into your luxurious hotel. Set in an idyllic location, on a sprawling estate in a park on the shores of the Liucura River, it is surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes. It is adorned with natural lagoons, flowing rivers and sensational views, and boasts a modern working farm and an organic vegetable garden on site. The Lake District, known locally as Los Lagos, is exceptional in its beauty, even for a country such as Chile that is noted for its stunning scenery. The white of the snow on the region’s conical volcanic peaks contrasts vividly with the clear, blue-green glacial water that fills its many lakes. Picturesque villages and vast swaths of rugged forest beckon visitors to set out to explore it in a variety of ways including walking, biking and horseback riding. Tonight, enjoy a private wine tasting at your hotel, hosted by a sommelier, an exclusive way to experience the region’s most renowned bounty. 
andBeyond Vira Vira | Meals: BLD

Days 4–5: Pucón | Explore Your Way

During your two-day stay here, experience the natural beauty of the hotel’s pristine surroundings. Enjoy a spectacular array of curated cultural activities and outdoor excursions. Privately tour a cheese factory to see what goes into creating its premium Parmesan, Gruyère and Camembert, and marvel at the massive wheels of aging cheese on display. You may also create your own exciting adventure as you select from a wide range of inspiring experiences, perhaps setting out to discover the mystic ambience of the ancient Mapuche territories on your own. Extending from southern Chile into western Argentina, this area remains the home of Chile’s indigenous peoples, whose collective history dates back to 600 BC. Or choose from more active options, such as rafting on the Trancura River, floating on Villarrica Lake, trekking in the Cordilleras or hiking in a nearby natural park. On the evening of Day 5, savour a private dinner that features a chef-led cooking demonstration just for your group. 
andBeyond Vira Vira | Meals: BLD

Day 6: San Pedro de Atacama | The Valley of the Moon

Fly to the northern Chilean town of Calama via Santiago. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to your amazing lodge near the quaint oasis town of San Pedro de Atacama. Surrounded and embraced by the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains), luxurious Alto Atacama rests in the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert. Its design borrows from local architecture to help it blend seamlessly into its surroundings. Appearing almost as if it were part of the natural rock ridge looming over it, it is a sanctuary of tranquillity and quiet, offering its guests sweeping desert views. In the late afternoon, enjoy a private excursion to the Valley of the Moon, a spectacular geological formation created through the conflicting pressure of the Andes and Domeyko Cordillera. Refresh with a cocktail, enjoying a Scenic Sundowner as the setting sun paints the stark surroundings in flaming oranges and pinks. 
Alto Atacama | Meals: BLD

Day 7: San Pedro de Atacama | Design Your Day

Early this morning, enjoy a private breakfast in the beautiful, natural location of Laguna Tebinquinche, sitting beside its crystal-clear salt waters, surrounded by imposing mountains, to witness the intense contrast of colour, texture and shadow of a high Andean sunrise. Watch as the landscape appears to shift and change as the sun rises and the light levels move across the plains. Later, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

  • Mountain Bike Along Winding Paths and through the gorges of Cordillera de la Sal, taking in the inspiring views.
  • Walk in the High Catarpe, experiencing scenic lookouts and viewing age-old petroglyphs and rock carvings.
  • Take a Rock Art Excursion to explore caves and view the mineral-coloured hills and cliffs of the Rainbow Valley.

Additional activity options are also available. Tonight, take advantage of one of the best locations on earth for stargazing, beholding the spectacular majesty of the Milky Way through some of the clearest skies in the world. 
Alto Atacama | Meals: BLD

Day 8: San Pedro de Atacama | Archaeological Heritage

Today, visit the pre-Columbian archaeological site of Pucará Quitor, a mud and stone fortress dating from the 12th century. Built by the local atacameños to defend themselves from attack by other towns and, later, the invading Spanish, it offers commanding views over the San Pedro River valley. Walk its ruins and perhaps imagine the valiant battles once fought upon its weathered ramparts. This afternoon, relax at your leisure or select from the variety of included excursions available, such as biking, a trek of the Catarpe Valley or a guided hike up to the Toco Volcano. This evening, visit the picturesque town of San Pedro de Atacama before your farewell dinner. 
Alto Atacama | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Depart Santiago

Enjoy a morning at leisure, free to simply relax or take advantage of one of the half-day activities available at Alto Atacama. Eat lunch at your lodge. Later, transfer to Calama airport to fly to Santiago, and then board your departing flight home. 
Meals: BL

Journey Details

This journey contains some active elements.
Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: return to Santiago airport in the afternoon on Day 9.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Ritz-Carlton Santiago

Marvels of Chile - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Located in the refined neighbourhood of El Golf, the Ritz-Carlton Santiago is the first Ritz-Carlton in South America and is an impressiv ... Read more

andBeyond Vira Vira, Chile's Lake District

Marvels of Chile - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Vira Vira offers you the chance to discover the unique beauty of the Pucón Valley in superior comfort and style. Created as a tradition ... Read more

Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa

Marvels of Chile - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

Alto Atacama is a stunning work of architecture set against a backdrop of unique topography, awe inspiring natural beauty, and rich cultu ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jan 9, 2020 - Jan 17, 2020
Price AU$14,630pp Single Supplement AU$4,195 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Feb 6, 2020 - Feb 14, 2020
Price AU$14,195pp Single Supplement AU$3,470 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Apr 11, 2020 - Apr 19, 2020
Price AU$14,195pp Single Supplement AU$3,470 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Sep 26, 2020 - Oct 4, 2020
Price AU$14,630pp Single Supplement AU$4,195 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Oct 15, 2020 - Oct 23, 2020
Price AU$14,630pp Single Supplement AU$4,195 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Nov 19, 2020 - Nov 27, 2020
Price AU$14,630pp Single Supplement AU$4,195 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Dec 7, 2020 - Dec 15, 2020
Price AU$14,630pp Single Supplement AU$4,195 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
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Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.