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.
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. Chilean wines have come to prominence in recent years, owing to their exceptional character. This results from several factors, including the ideal combination of sunny days, cool nights and excellent soil in Chile’s long Central Valley. Visit an acclaimed family-owned winery for a private sampling, and to learn about Chilean cuisine during a Chef’s Table experience. After lunch, return to your luxurious hotel where your evening is at leisure.
Frutillar/Puerto Varas | Legacy of German Settlers
After an early breakfast, fly to Puerto Montt, gateway to 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, 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. After a light lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park to visit Petrohué Falls and view its aquamarine rapids. Later, arrive at your hotel on the shores of Lake Llanquihue overlooking Volcano Osorno. Enjoy dinner at the superb hotel restaurant.
Puerto Varas | Island Villages and Active Sea Life
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. Proceed to Puñihuil, a fishing village with a beautiful beach for watching Magellanic 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.
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.
Bariloche | A Visit to “Little Switzerland”
Today, tour the 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 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.
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 Throat,” where you walk onto a catwalk that extends 1,300 yards over the lush tropical basin of Devil’s Gorge. Dine at your hotel this evening.
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. This spectacular natural wonder, which was formed by a volcano, is comprised of 275 separate cascades spilling over a basalt cap nearly two miles across. Climb a wooden staircase 115 feet to see the falls from the top, watching rainbows form and fade in the sunlit spray.
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, set out on a walking tour of this decidedly European-style city, and later experience 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. Get caught up in the passion, precision and glamour of these renowned professional dancers, as they perform to the accompaniment of a live orchestra, and dine on traditional Argentine dishes paired with select local wines.
Buenos Aires | Echoes of Evita
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. Tonight, gather for your festive farewell dinner.
Depart Buenos Aires | Inspiring Teatro Colón
Visit the beautiful Teatro Colón, an opera house world renowned for its acoustics. Stop for lunch, and then take advantage of a late checkout on your final afternoon here, before your evening airport transfer and your flight home or on to vibrant Rio de Janeiro.