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Wonders of Chile & Argentina (2016)
Limited to 18 guests
Days: 11 | From: $8,295
Day 1: Arrive Santiago, Chile
Arrive in Santiago, the charming capital city of Chile, where you are met by an A&K representative and transferred to your hotel and enjoy a guaranteed early check-in. This afternoon, remain at leisure to relax or explore the city on your own. At 6:00 p.m., gather for a welcome briefing led by your A&K Resident Tour Director. Afterward, enjoy dinner at the hotel’s elegant Estró Restaurant.
The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago | Meals: D
Day 2: Santiago | Taste the Renowned Fruit of Chile’s Vines
This morning, embark on a city tour that offers a complete look at Santiago’s most important areas along with beautiful panoramic views. Drive to the Mercado Central to view this colorful local marketplace before taking a short walk to Plaza de Armas, the city’s most famous square. Gaze at the beautiful surrounding buildings, including the impressive Metropolitan Cathedral. Nearby, enjoy a tour of the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. Next, depart the city for a look at the local wine district, viewing Palacio de La Moneda, seat of the President of the Republic of Chile, along the way. Visit an acclaimed family owned winery for a private sampling, and to learn about Chilean cuisine from a local chef on a Chef’s Table experience. After lunch, return to your luxurious hotel where your evening is at leisure.
The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago | Meals: B L
Day 3: Frutillar/Puerto Varas | Legacy of German Settlers
After an early breakfast, fly to Puerto Montt, starting point for the gorgeous Chilean Lakes District. Journey overland to Frutillar, a charming village established by Chile’s first German settlers. Observe how their influence remains in the gardens and architecture here as you walk past handicraft shops and the Teatro del Lago, and enjoy breathtaking views of Osorno Volcano. Tour the German Colonial Museum with its exhibition of a settler’s house and possessions dating to the 1850s. Next, transfer to Puerto Varas, a town that also exemplifies the German influence in this part of Chile, with its architecture reminiscent of the Black Forest and traditional German cuisine. After a light lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park to visit Petrohué Falls and view its aquamarine rapids plunging over black volcanic rocks. By late afternoon, arrive at your hotel, situated on the shores of Lake Llanquihue overlooking Volcano Osorno. Later, enjoy dinner at the superb hotel restaurant.
Cumbres Puerto Varas | Meals: B L D
Day 4: Puerto Varas | Island Villages and Active Sea Life
This morning, travel to Pargua Bay, where you Ride Like a Local by ferry boat to San Antonio de Chacao, a colorful village on Chiloé Island, settled by the Spanish in 1565. Next, drive along rural roads to the town of Caulin for a tasting of its exceptional local oysters. Proceed to Puñihuil, a fishing village with a beautiful beach for watching Magellan and Humboldt penguins as well as a wide variety of sea birds and marine mammals, such as dolphins and sea otters, as they cavort around four islets that form a national monument. Enjoy a lunch of delightful regional dishes at a local restaurant before returning to Puerto Varas.
Cumbres Puerto Varas | Meals: B L
Day 5: Puerto Varas | Cruise a Chilean Lake
Begin your full-day journey through the Lake District, rewarded by panoramic views of deep blue mountain lakes, snow-capped volcanoes and ancient forests. Embark on a private cruise on Lake Nahuel Huapi and sail through its captivating scenery. Stop at Victoria Island, part of Nahuel Huapi National Park, for a walk in a Patagonian paradise. The island is home to the petite pudú deer — inspiration for Walt Disney’s Bambi. Arrive in picturesque Bariloche for a delightful two-night stay.
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort | Meals: B L D
Day 6: Bariloche | A Visit to “Little Switzerland”
Today, tour this postcard-perfect Alpine region many call “Little Switzerland.” Hike the surrounding scenic woodlands, and then visit a local brewery. Meet the brewmeister and enjoy a tasting of his hand-crafted creations on a memorable Artisan Visit. This afternoon, drive to Playa Serena to toast the sunset on a Scenic Sundowner with your A&K Resident Tour Director. This evening is at your leisure.
Llao Llao Hotel & Resort | Meals: B
Day 7: Iguazu Falls | A Walk Above the Devil’s Throat
Fly to Iguazu Falls and visit them on the Argentine side. Bordering Brazil and Argentina, the falls are one of the most impressive sights in the world, with a breathtaking 275 cascades spread across a gulf of nearly two miles. Board a train shuttle to the Cataratas Station where you disembark to walk paths that lead along and above the spectacular falls. Beautiful flowers, ferns, tropical plants, butterflies and exotic birds add to the exciting experience. Board another train shuttle to “Devil’s Throat,” where you walk onto a catwalk that extends 1,300 yards over the lush tropical basin of Devil’s Gorge. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas | Meals: B D
Day 8: Iguazu Falls | Up Close to the Powerful Cascades
Today, explore the Brazilian side of the falls, walking with your guide through the National Park of Iguazu to experience the incredible power of millions of barrels of falling water, as you move within arm’s length of the rumbling cataracts. Then, climb a wooden staircase 115 feet to see the falls from the top.
Belmond Hotel das Cataratas | Meals: B L D
Day 9: Buenos Aires | Tango Lesson and Exclusive Show
After a leisurely breakfast, fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s remarkable capital, and check in to your hotel. This afternoon, embark on a walking tour of this decidedly European-style city, and later enjoy a private tango demonstration and lesson from performers at the famed Rojo Tango. Tonight, enjoy a thrilling, exclusive tango show performance and dinner at the Rojo Tango cabaret.
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires | Meals: B D
Day 10: Buenos Aires | Echoes of Evita
This morning, explore cosmopolitan Buenos Aires on a city tour that includes the beautiful parks of Palermo, the old quarters of San Telmo, the colorful La Boca district with La Bombonera, as well as some landmarks connected to the “Peronismo” legacy. After a light lunch at a traditional local café, visit the fascinating Recoleta Cemetery, gravesite of Eva Perón, Argentina’s beloved and controversial former First Lady, who left behind a legacy of social justice. Tonight, gather for your festive farewell dinner.
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires | Meals: B L D
Day 11: Depart Buenos Aires | Inspiring Teatro Colón
Visit the beautiful Teatro Colón, an opera house world renowned for its acoustics. Stop for lunch, and then enjoy a late checkout on your final afternoon here, before your evening airport transfer and your flight home or on to vibrant Rio.
Meals: B L
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