This 11 day escorted holiday explores places off the beaten track of great beauty and away from the tourist hot-spots. We visit Chilean family friends of ours who show us around their estates and stay at charming hotels and secluded lodges noted for comfort, delicious food and good local wines. This is not a walking or riding holiday but has both on offer and a flavour of all that we love in this diverse and dramatic country.
The holiday starts by exploring the cosmopolitan capital Santiago from where we drive south to the vineyards of the Colchagua valley and some of Chile’s finest wines. From here we move onto a culinary lodge nestled in the foot of the Andes where there is walking and riding.
Now we return to Santiago to fly south to Balmaceda and pick up the Austral Highway to remote area of Patagonia. Here we stay for 4 nights amongst lakes and snowy capped mountains. There is riding on sturdy horses or walking in magical country, trout fishing in the lakes and white water rafting in the Baker River.
5th – 16th February – FULL
18th Feb – 1st March – FULL
4th – 16th March with Iain Campbell
£4595 per person sharing a double room
£4895 per person individual room
The price includes 11 nights full board, wine with lunch and dinner, services of English speaking and local guides, transport throughout the trip, the internal flight and entrance fees as specified. International flights not included.
Accommodation en route: The first and last nights in a luxury hotel in the heart of Las Condes in Santiago, 2 nights in he grounds of a vineyard, 2 nights in a charming gastronomic hotel at the foothills of the Andes, 1 night in a comfortable hotel by the airport, 4 nights in log cabins overlooking General Carrera lake, the second largest lake in South America. All accommodation has private bathrooms.
Arrival &Departure Airport: Santiago Arturo Benitez Airport