Day 1. Fri. USA / Santiago.
Today make your own way to the airport and take your flight to Santiago de Chile.
Overnight: En route.
Day 2. Sat. Arrival Santiago / Punta Arenas / Torres Del Paine.
This morning you will arrive in Santiago, Chile and clear through customs and immigration.
No visa is required for tourists but you will have to pay the reciprocal fee of $160 USD per person on arrival. This fee can be paid in U.S. Currency or by credit card.
After clearing customs and immigration you will exit the arrivals hall and go upstairs to the departures area and check in for your next flight to Punta Arenas. On arrival in Punta Arenas airport you will search for the lodge transport “Tierra Patagonia” holding a sign and board the shared transfer van to your lodge.
The lodge sets transfer times to allow arriving guests to purchase lunch and use the washrooms before the long drive to the accommodations. Be sure to be back at the transfer point by 2:15pm and you will be transferred via a shared van to Puerto Natales and then on to your hotel, Tierra Patagonia. Check in for 4 nights, all inclusive stay.
Overnight: Tierra Patagonia Lodge. (Dinner included tonight)
Day 3. Sun to Wed. Tierra Patagonia.(Excursions from the Hotel)
Tierra Patagonia’s excursions are led by qualified and experienced guides; with them you will be able to experience varied activities such as treks, horse rides, scenic trips and bicycle rides to world famous locations and also to areas less travelled. Only dinner included on arrival.
Overnight: Tierra Patagonia Lodge. (Superior Double. BLD)
Excursions with Tierra Patagonia
Tierra Patagonia’s excursions are led by qualified and experienced guides; with them you will be able to experience varied activities such as treks, horse rides, scenic trips and bicycle rides to world famous locations and also to areas less travelled.
The activities are divided into 3 levels of difficulty:
- Easy: for all ages and ability.
- Medium: requiring a reasonable level of fitness and experience.
- High: this activity requires good level of fitness, experience and ability.
Every day you will be able to choose between two half day excursions or one full day excursion.
- Half day: offered in the morning and/or afternoon, lunch at the hotel.
- Full day: start in the morning and we provide with a box lunch, returning to the hotel in the afternoon generally after 18.00 hrs.
If you wish to book a massage and spend some time at Uma Spa, we suggest that you check the return time of your excursions with our guides and arrange it in advance.
Day 7. Thu. Torres Del Paine / Santiago.
After breakfast this morning you will check out of the lodge and board the shared transfer van at 8:00am back to Punta Arenas. From here you will check into your flight to Santiago. On arrival in Santiago you will board the shared transfer to your hotel for the night.
Overnight: The Ritz Carlton
Day 8. Fri. Santiago / Casablanca.
After breakfast you will check out of your hotel, store your luggage with reception and meet your driver in the lobby by 9:30am.
The experience starts with us driving downtown to La Vega, a renowned market famous with locals who crowd the stalls from dawn until early afternoon each day. After exploring the market maze and admiring the variety of fruits, vegetables, cheeses, spices and meats, we start picking out ingredients for a menu to be prepared later with our chef-guide. Our selection is unlimited and we’re free to request anything we thinks looks tasty or weird and wonderful to add to our meal! We’ll probably select Chilean olives and maybe a ceviche or carpaccio to begin with, and enjoy a fish, meat and/or vegetable based dish for the main course which could include Steak with mashed potatoes from Chiloé, albacora a la plancha (grilled swordfish) or pastel de jaiba (crab pie). We’ll definitely want to try our hand at making a Chilean dessert! Our chef-guide will select wine to accompany our food choice. We cross over the bridge to the other side of the Mapocho River and head to nearby Mercado Central, a fresh fish market with wonderful architecture, popular with locals and tourists alike.
When we arrive we start to prepare our chosen meal in the chef’s specially-designed kitchen. While ingredients are simmering away we enjoy a tasty Chilean cocktail and talk with the chef about the ingredients, their provenance and their relationship to Chilean culture. We enjoy some delicious appetizers with our aperitif and then sit down to enjoy the fruits of our labor!
Satisfied from the home-cooked food and exclusive Chilean wine you will be transferred to the hotel at 3:30pm to collect your luggage and another driver at 4:00pm, takes you to the winery where you have the remainder of the day at your leisure, dinner is included at Casona Matetic.
Overnight: La Casona Matetic. (BLD)
Day 9. Casona Matetic / Casablanca / Santiago / USA
This morning enjoy breakfast. You will have the morning at your leisure to enjoy the winery. Before the tour, please leave your luggage with reception.
Winery Tour: Our winery is the perfect setting to learn more about our wines and our biodynamic process, an essential characteristic of Matetic Vineyards. The visit begins in the winery, where our visitors will be cordially received by a bilingual guide who will brief them about the process of organic and biodynamic agriculture, key concepts in the making of our wines. While enjoying panoramic views of the vineyards, visitors will be taken through on the entire process of winemaking and organic agriculture. The tour will end with a wine tasting in the underground tasting room where wines and accessories can be purchased if you wish.
After the tour you will be able to relax poolside, or spend the afternoon shopping the “Emporio” wine shop.
5:00pm – 7:00pm. This evening at 5:00pm you will be met in the lobby and transferred to the airport in Santiago for your flight to USA.
Overnight: En Route.