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March 21 - April 1, 2011
12 Days
Departs: March 21, 2010

Day 1 (March 21)  
On flight.
Day 2: (March 22) Santiago Arrival  
Arrival at Santiago airport; We will meet with our local guide and transfer to our hotel (Your hotel room has been reserved with early check-in). Rest of the morning at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities.

In the afternoon, a journey through the main streets of the civic center of the city of Santiago, viewing the neoclassical Moneda Palace, built in the 18th Century and current seat of Government, the Plaza de Armas, or main square with its cathedral. You will stop at the Pre-Columbian Museum (Fabulous museum, it was damaged during last years earth quake, but it is still lovely), which 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. Housed in an old colonial style building which was once the Customs House the collection is displayed simply and effectively. After this visit, continue to the Parque Forestal, based on the Champs Elysee, Paris, France, the Fine Arts museum and Santa Lucia Hill where the city was founded in 1541. Then, you passing by the bohemian area of Bellavista and climb the San Cristobal hill for a panoramic view of the city with the Andes Mountains in the background. Return to your hotel.  I have made dinner reservations at my favorite restaurant in Santiago….Chocolate, you will be my guest here tonight!

Overnight at Hotel Bonaparte OR Ritz Carlton/buffet breakfast

Day 3: (March 23) Santiago - Ushuaia  

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Santiago airport to board your next flight destination Ushuaia. Arrival in Ushuaia, meet with the local guide to start a panoramic sightseeing including lunch in a local restaurant.
Off to embarkation on board the Mare Australis Cruise. The Captain and crew will give a welcome 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.

Overnight at MN Mare Australis/A Cabin/Full board 
Day 4: (March 24) 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. Overnight at MN Mare Australis/A Cabin/Full board

Day 5: (March 25) 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.

Overnight at MN Mare Australis/A Cabin/Full board.  

Day 6: (March 26) 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 11:30 a.m., concluding our adventure.
Upon disembark; you 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. 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.

The Museum of Magellan was inaugurated in 1983 and is situated in the Braun Menéndez palace which has an important collection of objects which tell the history of the region.

A typical lunch will be offered at Sotito’s restaurant (specialties seafood and King crab).
After lunch, transfer to local airport to board your flight LA 990 destination Santiago, departing at 18:05hrs.

Arrival at Santiago airport at 21:30hrs; meet with your local guide and immediate transfer to your hotel. Dinner free (I am enclosing some suggestions).   

Overnight at Hotel Bonaparte OR Ritz Carlton/buffet breakfast

Day 7: (March 27) Santiago Calama San Pedro De Atacama  

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Santiago airport to board your flight LA342 departing at 7:15am to Calama.  Upon your arrival at Calama airport, you will be transferred by Awasi Staff to your hotel in San Pedro de Atacama (duration: 1.5 hours approx).  The Atacama and the little village of San Pedro de Atacama are lovely.  At the Awasi we will have the opportunity to visit the Atacama in a variety of styles. Would you like to visit sites via jeep, horseback, mountain bike, van and hiking…it is all possible. The food here is out of this world and the sky is endless. I can’t wait to visit here again. The artisan markets are wonderful here as well. 

Overnight at Awasi lodge/Rectangular OR Circular Full board 

Day 8 & 9: (Mrch 28-29) San Pedro De Atacama  

Daily explorations to see the highlights in the Atacama Desert, with bilingual guides, equipment, vehicles and food (private services)…more of the Atacama, I could stay here a month!

Overnight at Awasi lodge/Full board  www.awasi.cl

Day 10: (March 30) San Pedro De Atacama Santiago El Ingenio Andino Lodge  

Departure from your hotel to Calama airport to board your next flight LA341 departing at 7:55am, arriving at Santiago airport at 9:55hrs; immediate transfer to your hotel located at the Andes Mountains. I am so happy to have gotten this reservation for our group. This lodge is part of the Kiwi Collection, the staff is incredible and the location wonderful. We will be able to wine taste in the Miapo Valley, explore the surrounding area or just enjoy this beautiful lodge set in the foothills of the Andes.
Dinner and accommodation at El Ingenio Andino Lodge – El Ingenio.

Overnight at El Ingenio Andino Lodge/Full board

Day 11: (March 31) El Ingenio Andino Lodge   

Day at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities. Let’s explore the area together today! Wine tasting for those that will!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and accommodation at El Ingenio Andino Lodge – El Ingenio.

Overnight at El Ingenio Andino Lodge/Full board 

Day 12: (April 1) Santa Rita Santiago Airport – Departure   

Day at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities or relax before your international flight.
Lunch at hotel.

In due time, transfer to Santiago airport to board your outgoing flight

Price Per Person  

Ground Arrangements
Double occupancy                   $5813.75             
Single traveler                        $7213.75

Domestic Flights Needed
SCL/USH                                   $575.00
PUQ/SCL/CJC/SCL                     $628.00
Domestic flight prices subject to change and availability.

International Air
The costs for flights between the US and Chile runs approximately

I am happy to help you with your international air arrangements.

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.
  • Subject to Travel with Salome' and Co. terms and conditions.
  • Domestic flights, airport taxes and extras are not included.
  • Valid until December 2010 or until trip is sold out.
  • Flight numbers may vary.
  • Accomodations may change due to availability. A substitute of equal quality and value will be chosen.

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.