Santiago & the Andean Lakes

From Santiago to Bariloche
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Custom
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Tour Description

Get a taste of the stunning Andean Lake District and historic Santiago on this four-day tour encompassing Chile's wine country and into Argentina. Starting in Santiago, take a tour of the city's most impressive landmarks and then tour the beautiful Maipo Valley, Chile's most reputable wine region. Of course, a wine tasting of some of the local cabernet sauvignon is a must. 

The next day fly to Puerto Montt and then transfer to Puerto Varas - twin towns that are nestled at the southern tip of the magnificent Lake District. Continuing from here to Bariloche in Argentina via coach and lake crossing you will be able to take in the breathtaking scenery of sparkling lakes, distant mountain peaks and the striking figures of the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. You will cross the Andes into Argentina and arrive in picturesque Bariloche, a Patagonian adventurer's paradise nestled between the lake and thousand-year-old forests. The itinerary can also be done in reverse.

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Taste some wonderful wines in Chile

Enjoy beautiful scenery through the lake district

Option to extend your stay to make the most of exploring this region

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Santiago

On arrival into Santiago you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Santiago, Chile’s capital and largest city, lies in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped mountains of the Andes and the Chilean Coastal Range. Founded in 1541, Santiago has been Chile’s capital since colonial times.
Overnight in Santiago

Day 2
Santiago

Take a tour of the charismatic Santiago, visiting both the old and new areas of the city. Highlights include the Plaza de Armas & Cerro Santa Lucia, the hill on which Santiago was founded in 1541.
This afternoon we head to Maipo Valley, Chile's oldest and most famous wine producing area. Just south of Santiago, this is predominately red-wine country, with cabernet sauvignon the most celebrated and widely planted variety. Our expert guide takes us to one of the most famous vineyards, Concha y Toro winery, producing excellent wines from the noblest French vines. Includes wine tasting. Lunch not included.
Overnight in Santiago

Day 3
Santiago Puerto Varas

Transfer to the airport for your departing flight from Santiago to Puerto Mont (flight included)
Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in Puerto Varas.
Puerto Varas and Puerto Montt lie at the southern end of the Lake District under the shadow of the snow-capped Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. Puerto Varas sits on the shores of Lake Llanquihue and is known as “The city of Roses”. Puerto Montt is 20kms from Puerto Varas on the Seno de Reloncaví Bay, the capital of the Lake District, and the last significant outpost of the region.
Overnight in Puerto Varas.

Day 4
Puerto Varas Bariloche

From Puerto Varas, your journey across the border today will be a combination of scenic bus rides and lake crossings. Set off from Puerto Varas at 8h00 by bus to Petrohué. The road hugs the shores of Lake Llanquihue and affords fantastic views of the Osorno and Calbuco Volcanoes. En route, visit Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park to see Petrohué Falls. There’ll be some free time to stroll around Petrohué before heading off for Peulla by boat. This cruise on Lake Todos Los Santos, widely considered to be one of Chile’s most beautiful lakes, offers spectacular views of Osorno Volcano and the Puntiagudo and Tronador mountain peaks when the weather is clear. There’ll be time for lunch (not included) in Peulla, before boarding a bus to Puerto Frias. Complete the Customs procedures to exit Chile and enter Argentina. Cross the Andes (altitude 976m) and descend to Puerto Frías for the onward cruise on Lake Frias to Puerto Alegre. Continue by bus to Puerto Blest and board your final cruise of the day on Lake Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Panuelo. The final leg is a scenic bus ride along the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, taking in the lovely flower gardens and Swiss-style architecture that characterize the area, arriving Bariloche early evening.
*NB This schedule is for guidance only and may change according to weather conditions and the number of passengers. National Park fee is not included, payable in Argentinean pesos only ($37.25).
*Wish to extend your stay. Please ask for more details.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 3 nights in standard accommodation
  • Included Copy 31 Hotel upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast daily
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Airport transfers on a private basis
  • Included Copy 20 Sightseeing on a shared basis as outlined in the tour itinerary with English speaking guides
  • Included Copy 20 Internal flight from Santiago to Puerto Montt (or visa versa)
  • Included Copy 31 Tour can be done in reverse
  • Included Copy 7 National Park fee is not included, payable in Argentinean pesos only ($37.25).
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Duration

4 days

Price from

$1,050 USD

Per person, twin share

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