Santiago, Easter Island, Atacama, and Patagonia Cruise
16 Days/14 Nights
From $6,239 per person
(Dbl. Occupancy, Not Incl. Airfare)
This tour combines three of Chile’s most popular destinations with a five day Australis Cruise to Southern Patagonia. Santiago is one of South America’s most modern cities. Easter Island is known for its colossal Moai statues whose origin is still a mystery. San Pedro de Atacama is a small oasis village in the middle of the Atacama Desert, the driest desert on Earth. And, the Patagonia cruise takes you through the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel to Ushuaia, Argentina.
Lodging and Meals: This tour includes accommodations for 14 nights (4 nights in Santiago, 3 nights in Easter Island, 3 nights in Atacama, and 4 nights aboard the ship), and 23 meals (14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners). 4 Star, 5 Star and Deluxe accommodations include 29 meals.
Best Time to Go: September-April.
Note: The itinerary below reflects our suggested excursions for the Atacama portion of the tour. The exact order of the tours may vary, depending upon your arrival date. Excursions in Atacama for 4 Star, 5 Star, and Deluxe accommodations are offered on an a la carte basis, meaning you can choose from a number of different alternatives.
Day 1: Santiago.
Day 2: Santiago.
Note: Check-in time is 2:00 PM. We can request early check-in but cannot guarantee it.
Day 3: Santiago-City Tour-Winery Tour.
Day 4: Santiago-Easter Island.
Day 5: Easter Island-Rano Raraku-Anakena Beach.
Day 6: Easter Island-Orongo-Ahu Akivi.
Day 7: Easter Island-Santiago.
Day 8: Santiago-Atacama-Salt Mountains-Moon Valley-Mars Valley.
Day 9: Atacama-Toconao-Atacama Salt Lake-Chaxa Lagoon-Minique and Miscanti Lagoons.
Day 10: Atacama-Tatio Geysers-Puritama Hot Springs.
Day 11: Atacama-Santiago.
Day 12: Santiago-Punta Arenas-Australis Cruise.
Day 13: Australis Cruise-Ainsworth Bay-Tucker Islet.
Day 14: Australis Cruise-Pia Glacier-Glacier Alley.
Day 15: Australis Cruise-Cape Horn-Wulaia Bay.
Day 16: Australis Cruise-Ushuaia.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
- South American Vacations’ expert pre-departure planning services and documentation.
- Airport/hotel/pier transfers with baggage handling.
- Hotel accommodations including taxes and service charges.
- Accommodations on board the M/V Stella Australis.
- All meals scheduled on board including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and other meals as indicated on the itinerary.
- Port tax in Punta Arenas, Chile ($50).
- Excursions as indicated on the itinerary including all applicable entrance fees.
- Local, English-speaking tour guides.
Price Does Not Include
- International airfare.
- Domestic airfare.
- Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
- Hotel nights after the cruise.
- Gratuities to tour guides, ship crew and guides, drivers, and hotel staff.
- Gifts and personal items.
- Travel insurance.
We will be happy to quote the cost of airfare and travel insurance, and to make these arrangements for you.
Group/Private: All airport transfers in Santiago are private, and the city tour and winery tour in Santiago are group tours for single passengers and 3 Star accommodations, and private for 4 Star, 5 Star, and Deluxe accommodations. All services in Easter Island are operated on a group basis for single passengers and 3 Star accommodations, and are private for 4 Star, 5 Star, and Deluxe accommodations. And, all services in Atacama and on the Australis Cruise are operated on a group basis. The transfers in Punta Arenas are private, and the transfers from the pier in Ushuaia, Argentina to the airport in Ushuaia, and from AEP Airport to EZE Airport in Buenos Aires are private.
Elevations: Santiago is 1,700 feet above sea level, Atacama is 8,005 feet, and Tatio Geyser is 14,107 feet.
Passport/Visa: For Chile, U.S., Australian, Canadian, and EU citizens (except Greece) require a valid passport (for the duration of your visit) and return ticket for stays of up to 90 days. Greek citizens can stay for up to 60 days. Australian, and Canadian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity fee (considered a multiple entry visa) of $95 and $132 respectively upon arrival (subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations or other reasons). Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the Chilean embassy in their country before traveling. For Argentina, U.S., Australian, Canadian, and EU citizens require a valid passport (for the duration of your visit) and return ticket for stays of up to 90 days. Australian and Canadian citizens are required to pay a reciprocity fee of $100 and $75 respectively (subject to change without notice due to currency fluctuations or other reasons) online, and must show proof of payment prior to arrival. The reciprocity fee for U.S. citizens has been suspended until further notice. For citizens of Australia, this fee covers unlimited entries to Argentina for 10 years, while citizens of Canada are charged the fee every time they enter the country (or $150 for multiple visits within five years). The fee can be paid online at ProvinciaNet.com.ar. You will need to register in order to make the payment. Citizens of other countries are advised to contact the embassy of Argentina in their country before traveling.
Travel Insurance: In order to protect your travel investment from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance. We offer Allianz Global Assistance’s Classic Comprehensive and other plans. The Benefits and Coverage Limits are summarized on our Travel Insurance page. Call your travel counselor if you have any questions or to purchase a plan.
To Book This Trip: We require a non-refundable deposit of $800 per person plus the cost of the airfare (if we arrange it for you). 4 Star, 5 Star, and Deluxe accommodations require a more substantial non-refundable deposit. Ask your travel counselor for the details.
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