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March 2010
11 Days

Day 1  
On flight.
Day 2: Santiago Arrival  

Arrival at Santiago airport; meet with your local guide and Salome,` immediate transfer to your hotel (Your hotel room has been reserved with early check-in). The rest of the morning is at your leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities. Our hotel is in a nice area so you may also wish to take a stroll and stretch your legs a bit after the flight!  I will be, so please feel free to join me! In the afternoon, we will journey through the classical main streets of Santiago including the Plaza de Arms, or Main Square with its cathedral. We will stop at the Pre-Columbian Museum, I have arranged a tour here. This is a really interesting museum with some of the best and most fascinating artifacts I have ever seen. It is considered one of the world’s best of this era with a permanent collection of more than 1,500 ceramics, textiles, and other remnants of ancient cultures. After this visit, we will continue to the Parque Forestal, based on the Champs Elysees, Paris, France, the Fine Arts museum and Santa Lucia Hill where the city was founded in 1541. Later we will stroll through the bohemian area of Bellavista and climb the San Cristobal hill for an incredible panoramic view of the city with the Andes Mountains in the background. This evening we will dine at one of Santiago’s best restaurants and enjoy the indigenous flavors of their cuisine! I hope you like chocolate!
Lodging: Hotel Bonaparte/buffet breakfast www.hotelbonaparte.cl  or the Ritz in Santiago.

Day 3: Santiago - Ushuaia  

After breakfast, we will transfer to Santiago airport to board our next flight destination Ushuaia . Arrival in Ushuaia; we will meet with the local guide and have a great time sightseeing in Ushuaia. This is sort of the end of the Earth! Time for embarkation on board the Mare Australis Cruise! The Captain and crew will a  welcome us with a cocktail reception on board. Immediately afterward, the ship will set sail for “the uttermost part of the earth.” Through the mythical Beagle Channel, we will travel to Southern Patagonia, including Tierra del Fuego. This is the beginning of a great adventure. Oh, we will be traveling in style, be sure to check out the Mare Australis web site www.australis.com.
Lodging: Overnight on MN Mare Australis/AA Cabin/Full board.  

Day 4: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay  

We will sail through the Beagle and Murray Channels to disembark in Cape Horn National Park (weather permitting). Cape Horn was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June, 2005. In the afternoon we will disembark in historical Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest native settlements. This area is also renowned for the spectacular beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will walk through a Magellanic forest filled with Lengas, Coigües, Canelos, ferns and other species to reach a look-out point. Very Exciting and beautiful!
Lodging: Overnight at MN Mare Australis/AA Cabin/Full board.  

Day 5: Gunther Plüshchow Glacier  

We will disembark near the Gunther Plüschow Glacier and approach to Piloto and Nena glaciers from the Zodiac boats, providing us with a closer look at these awe-inspiring masses of ancient ice. This is so awesome!
Lodging: Overnight at MN Mare Australis/AA Cabin/Full board.  

Day 6: Magdelena Island - Punta Arenas – Santiago  

Early in the morning, we will disembark on Magdalena Island, the home of an immense colony of more than 120,000 Magellanic Penguins that we will be able to observe during our walk to the Lighthouse that guides different ships on their way through the Strait of Magellan.  After our visit, we will return to Punta Arenas, disembarking at 11:30a.m., concluding our adventure.

Upon disembarkation: we will visit the lookout point to view the Strait of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego and the town. Then head for the main sites of the town, including the Plaza Muñoz Gamero, which is surrounded by mansions from the era of the great cattle dealers and the Monument to Magellan with the native Indians (Onas) around the foot. We will visit the regional Silesian museum which has a wonderful display on the history and habitat of the Yaganes, Onas and Alacalufes, the natives of the region. Visit the monument to the shepherd and the cemetery with its impressive mausoleums and gardens. A typical lunch will be offered at Sotito’s restaurant (specialties seafood and King crab). Yum! After lunch, transfer to local airport to board your flight, destination Santiago.

Arrival at Santiago; meet with your local guide and immediate transfer to our hotel. Dinner on your own tonight.  There are some great restaurants close by, so we can go as a group or independently. There is a fabulous and casual vegetarian restaurant that I found on my last visit that I want to visit again, join me if you like!

Lodging: Overnight at Hotel Bonaparte/buffet breakfast.

Day 7: Santiago Casa Real (Santa Rita) Possibility of returning to Santiago and visiting the Casablanca Wine Region famous for Chardonnay and Cabernet's  

Drive to the Maipo Valley and the village of Pirque, famous for its production of red wine. The winery was founded in 1883 and is the largest exporter of Chilean wine. The tour includes a visit to the gorgeous gardens, the cellars and the vines, some of which were planted by the original owner, Don Melchor Concha y Toro. Lunch will be at a nice local restaurant near by. After lunch, we will continue to Hotel Casa Real, inside Santa Rita winery. This is a traditional colonial estate, elegant, comfortable and beautiful.

Lodging: Accommodation at Hotel Casa Real/dinner and breakfast included/ Hotel Bonaparte/Santiago if we visit the Casablance Region!

Day 8: Casa Real (Santa Rita) Santiago – Calama -  San Pedro De Atacama  

Early morning after breakfast; transfer to Santiago airport to board our flight to Calama.  Upon your arrival at Calama airport, we will be transferred by the Awasi Staff to our hotel in San Pedro de Atacama (duration: 1.5 hours approx).  Our lodging is incredible. It has only been open for a short time and is already suggested to be one of the finest new lodges in the country.
Lodging: Overnight at Awasi lodge/Full board www.awasi.cl/ absolutely amazing lodge!

Day 9 & 10: San Pedro De Atacama  

This is an incredible part of our Chilean journey. This place is so unlike any other on earth. It has such pristine beauty and spirit. I am thrilled to return to the Atacama Desert with you.  Each room comes with is own personal guide, you will be able to choose what you want to see and do, be it horseback riding through the Valley of the Moon, mountain biking, hiking or a four wheel expedition! Each day you will visit and explore the beautiful Atacama Desert, with a bilingual guide, equipment, vehicles and food (private service

Lodging: Overnight at Awasi lodge/Full board.  

Day 11: San Pedro De Atacama– Santiago – Departure   

Today we depart from our hotel to Calama airport to board our next flight, arriving at Santiago. Time to board our returning US flights home.

Itineraries may vary dependent on cruise and flights schedules.

Price Per Person  

Call Salome' for 2010 pricing.*

Ground Arrangements
Double occupancy                  $tbd             
Single traveler                       $tbd

Domestic Air
Pricing: $tbd via LAN Chile dependent on route and seating class
Domestic Air is purchased directly from the airline subject to their cancellation policies. We strive to get the best pricing possible for all necessary flights.

International Air
The costs for flights between the US and Chile runs approximately
economy: $tbd
business: $tbd
I am happy to help you with your international air arrangements.

* Pricing, accommodations and suppliers are subject to change and availability.  The service of class will not change without the consent of the traveler or a refund in the price difference. Until full payment is made, pricing is subject to change due to the instability of the US dollar and foreign currencies. Full payment will guarantee the purchase price.

Athletic Ability Level  
There are activities in this tour that require a moderate degree of athletic ability. If you are able to climb stairs without assistance, play golf or tennis regularly, hike, bike or swim you will be in fine shape for this trip. You can do as little or as much as you like on this tour. Remember, lifting a wine glass requires desire!
Included in Tour  
  • Pre-registration night in order to guarantee the room
  • Accommodation in hotels, as per itinerary, with buffet breakfast
  • Awasi program includes transfers, daily excursions according to the menu, full board with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Mare Australis Cruise with full board  
  • Meals as per itinerary including: aperitif, entrée, main course, dessert, coffee/tea, 1 mineral water and ½ bottle of wine per person
  • All services by private vehicle (8 pax by minivan Hyundai H2;  9UP by minibus 22-seats) with local English speaking guide
  • Museums entrance and Curator at Pre-Columbian Museum in Santiago
  • Tips for waiters at restaurants & porters at local airports
  • Internal Air tickets
Not Included in Tour  
  • Tips for guide/driver
  • All Country entry and departure taxes and fees, there is a one time $100 entrance tax to visit chile.
  • Any item not mentioned
  • Mandatory Travel and evacuation insurance. I can recommend Travelex Insurance Company, PO BOX   641070, Omaha, NE 68164-7070 www.travelexinsurance.com -- enroll by phone 1-800-228-9792.

Payment of Domestic Flights and a $2500 deposit is due at the time of booking to reserve your place. Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure.  A maximum number of 10 guests will go on this tour.

Cancellation Policy  

All cancellations must be made in writing and be received within the outlined time frames listed.

  • More than 60 days before departure of the trip: 50% cancellation fee over the deposit.
  • 45-60 days before the start of the trip and after the total payment has been made: 50% cancellation fee over the total payment.
  • 30-44 days before the start date of the trip and after the total payment has been made: 80% cancellation fee over the total payment.
  • Less than 30 days before departure: no refunds can be guaranteed.  TWS will try to get as much refunded as possible to the client upon negotiation with the local travel suppliers.

Arriving a day or so before a tour begins is a great way of starting out well rested. We can accommodate early arrivals and make the arrangements for you.