Day 1 London - In flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport for a scheduled LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago via Sao Paulo.
Day 2 Santiago
Our flight arrives into Santiago and we transfer to the Hotel Plaza San Francisco (4T). This afternoon we take a tour of this cosmopolitan capital city that occupies a spectacular location at the base of the mighty Andes Mountains. We pass by a variety of architecture, from ultramodern high-rise towers to beautiful colonial buildings, the National Museum and the Bohemian Bellavista district. Our journey continues to the summit of San Cristobal Hill that affords fine views of Santiago and the towering Andes.
Day 3 Valparaiso - Vina del Mar
Today we travel to Valparaiso, a striking tangle of colourful houses crammed onto the hillsides that surround the wide bay and port that once made the city its fortune. We drive to the southern side of the city to see the old funiculars and experience wonderful views of the vast bay, the downtown district and its adjoining 42 hills. Later we continue onto Vina Del Mar, a fashionable resort that has become popular for many Chileans who come here to enjoy their summer. We have time here to enjoy the coastline and take a tasty included lunch. This afternoon we travel back to Santiago via the Casablanca Valley to enjoy a fascinating guided tour of a winery, followed by an opportunity to sample some of the famous Chilean wine.
Day 4 Santiago - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales
This morning we take a walking tour of Santiago, where each neighbourhood has its own tone, from surprisingly cosmopolitan to eccentric, and visit the cultural Pre-Colombian Museum. Later we transfer to Santiago Airport for our flight to Punta Arenas located in Chile’s southern Magallanes province, and continue to Puerto Natales and the Hotel Costaustralis (4T), our base for three nights.
Due to a morning flight on 24 January departure, the Santiago tour is replaced with an afternoon tour of the Patagonian city, including the Cerro de la Cruz (Cross on the Hill), the Plaza Muñoz Gamero with its opulent mansions and the Salesian Museum, where the area’s history, culture, traditional crafts, flora and fauna are displayed.
Day 5 Balmaceda National Park - Fjord of Last Hope
Patagonia combines the largest concentration of national parks in Chile awash with raw breathtaking scenic beauty, vast mountains, crystal clear lakes, fjords and glaciers. Our spectacular day starts with a boat ride on the Rio Serrano to view the Serrano Glacier before continuing on the Fjord of Last Hope for spectacular views of the Balmaceda Glacier. Lunch is included on today’s journey of discovery. Later we return to our hotel in Puerto Natales.
Day 6 Torres del Paine National Park
Awe-inspiring sights await us today at the Torres del Paine National Park. Nothing can prepare you for the imposing grandeur of the array of near-vertical jagged spires of the mountain peaks that rise up from the flat pampas below. Covering an area of 113,000 hectares, this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve supports a fragile ecosystem inhabited by guanacos, pumas, flamingos and condors. A remarkable array of natural environments can be explored here including cascading waterfalls, shimmering lakes and virgin forest. Today you will also visit the Milodon Cave Natural Monument. Lunch is included today.
Day 7 Puerto Natales - Puerto Varas
Today we transfer to Punta Arenas for our flight to Puerto Montt in the Chilean Lake District. On arrival we transfer to Puerto Varas, founded by German settlers in 1852. The city overlooks Lago Llanquihue, where reflections of the eternally snow-covered Osorno Volcano are mirrored in the clear waters. We tour the coast road and visit the main square before arriving at our hotel, the Cabanas del Lago (4T), where we stay for two nights.
Day 8 Osorno Volcano - Petrohue
This morning we travel along the shore of Lake Llanquihue to Laguna Verde before entering Vicente Perez Rosales National Park, one of the oldest in Chile, and travelling up to the mighty Osorno Volcano. Here we have time for a short walk to take in the amazing views of the volcano and the shimmering Lake Llanquihue far below in the valley. After an included lunch we continue to the Petrohue rapids and view the dashing succession of azure-blue cascades against a backdrop of majestic mountains. We continue to the port of Petrohue for views of spectacular Lake Todos los Santos, also known as the Emerald Lake, before returning to Puerto Varas.
Day 9 Puerto Montt - San Pedro de Atacama
Perhaps the biggest contrast in scenery today as we transfer to Puerto Montt for our flight to the northern city of Calama, via Santiago. It is hard to believe that the dry and barren landscapes of the north are indeed in the same country as the lush Chilean Lake District. On arrival at Calama we transfer to the town of San Pedro de Atacama, where our hotel and base for three nights is the Hosteria San Pedro (3T) or Kimal Hotel (4T).
Day 10 Quitor - San Pedro de Atacama - Moon Valley
This morning we start with a short visit to the Pre-Inca fortress of Pukara de Quitor, before exploring San Pedro de Atacama village. Most of the afternoon is free to explore before ending our day, at sunset, at the stunning Moon Valley where multicoloured rows of mineral deposits form a strange, almost lunar, landscape.
Day 11 San Pedro de Atacama
A free day to relax, or make further explorations of San Pedro de Atacama. You may wish to take an early morning optional excursion to see the magnificent spectacle of the Tatio Geysers, which is the highest geyser field in the world at over 14,000 feet above sea level and which are at their best as the sun rises.
Day 12 Salar de Atacama - Toconao - Santiago
The Atacama Desert is among the driest deserts in the world, and the flatness, clearness and emptiness here is overwhelming. Today we visit a huge salt lake before continuing to Toconao, a small Indian village. We continue to the Chui-Chui Church and onwards to Pukará Lasana, an indigenous fort built in the 12th century. Later we transfer to Calama Airport for our flight to Santiago and, following our arrival in the evening, we transfer back to the Hotel Plaza San Francisco (4T).
Day 13 Santiago - In flight
A morning at leisure before we transfer to Santiago Airport for a scheduled LATAM Airlines flight to London, via Sao Paulo.
Day 14 London
Arrival at London Heathrow Airport where you will met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.