Christmas and New Year's in Chile Tour 2016
(13 days / 12 nights )
Arrival in Santiago, reception and transfer to your hotel.December 22nd: Santiago
After breakfast, a city tour of Santiago including a visit to the Cerro San Cristobal viewpoint for a beautiful panoramic view of the city.December 23rd: Santiago – Rapa Nui Tour
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Rapa Nui, otherwise known as the Easter Islands. Reception and transfer to Iorana hotel complete with outdoor swimming pool and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.December 24th: Rapa Nui Tour
After breakfast, a full day's tour visiting Vaihu, where eight toppled Moai lie, Akahanga, Rano Raraku volcano, where the statues are half buried, Ahu Tongariki, where the largest Ahu (or platform) is located, Te Pito Kura (a large rock believed to have been brought from Tahiti) and Ahu Nau Nau (where the Moai are in particularly good condition).December 25th: Rapa Nui Tour
Half day's excursion to Rano Kau volcano, site of ancient petroglyphs and the ceremonial temple of Iorongo, Vinapu (site of meticulous stonework found nowhere else on the islands) along with the Anakai Tangata caves. Free afternoon. Christmas dinner.December 26th: Rapa Nui Tour - Santiago
Half day's excursion to Ahu Akivi, the famous seven Moais, believed to be one of the last built around 1460 and measuring 14 feet in height and weighing 12 metric tons. The caves of Ana Tepahu and Puna Pau, a quarry, from where the red hats that are worn by some of the Moai were made is also visited today. Transfer to the airport for the return flight back to Santiago and transfer to your hotel.December 27th: Santiago – Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Punta Arenas, located on the very tip of the continent. We continue our trip to the Penguin Sanctuary at Seno Otway. Arrival to Puerto Natales and transfer to your hotel for accommodation and dinner.December 28th: Balmaceda – Serrano Glacier
After breakfast, full day excursion by boat to the beautiful Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. Boxed lunch is included. Return to Puerto Natales and transfer to your hotel.December 29th: Torres del Paine
After breakfast, we travel into the Torres del Paine National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1978). This park is Chile's showpiece: a world biosphere reserve with all the diverse scenery of Alaska in only 180,000ha (444,600ac). The Torres Del Paine are spectacular granite pillars which soar almost vertically for more than 2000m (6560ft) above the Patagonian steppe. A visit to the Milodon cave; where in 1896 the scientific world was fascinated by the discovery of skin, bones and other parts of an extinct animal, the Milodon (Mylodon Darwini). The tour continues with visits to Lake Sarmiento, Nordennskjold, Pehoe, and Lago Grey; site of the Grey Glacier.December 30th: Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas – Santiago – Vina Del Mar
After breakfast, transfer to Punta Arenas for your return flight to and private transfer to Viña del Mar, the most exclusive beach resort in Chile. Arrival and reception at your hotel. Viña del Mar is famous amongst many other things for gourmet seafood restaurants, beautiful avenues lined with palm and banana trees and vast stretches of white sandy beaches.December 31st: Vina Del Mar
Free day of leisure. New Year’s gala and dinner.January 1st: Vina Del Mar
Free day of leisure.January 2nd: Vina Del Mar - Santiago
After breakfast, transfer back to Santiago airport for your connecting flight home.
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