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Escorted Tours

Chile and Easter Island including

Vina del Mar


Route:
  • London Heathrow
  • Sao Paulo
  • Santiago
  • Calama
  • Santiago
  • Easter Island
  • Santiago
  • Vina del Mar
  • London Heathrow

3 NIGHTS from €581pp

Tour Highlights
  • Golden Sandy Beaches
  • Visit the museum of Archaeology
  • Santiago city tour
  • Visits to wineries in the beautiful Colchagua Valley
  • Explore the Tatio Geysers and witness a stunning sunset at Moon Valley, Atacama Desert
  • Spot Flamingos on the Chaxa Lagoon by the incredible Atacama Salt Flats
  • Witness the strikingly enigmatic statues of Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
  • Relax on the white sands of Anakena beach

Extension from €581pp

Tour + Extension from €3917pp

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Vina del Mar

Located on the Pacific Coast of central Chile, enjoy three nights in Vina del Mar. Simply relax on the golden sandy beaches just a short walk from your hotel, or stroll along the manicured boulevard lined with palm trees.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Santiago

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Santiago via Sao Paulo.

2
Santiago

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

  • Dinner
3
Santiago

Set against a spectacular backdrop of snow-covered Andean peaks, this morning's tour of Santiago includes the city's historic heart, visiting beautiful baroque buildings and the provincial Santa Lucia Hill where Spanish conquistadors founded the city in the 16th century.
Optional excursion (payable locally): Full day Colchagua Valley with wine tasting at 2 wineries with lunch included.

  • Breakfast
4
Santiago and Colchagua Valley

Journeying south to Colchagua valley, discover where some of the country's very best red wines are produced. Located in one of the New World's finest wine regions, enjoy some samples of award winning cabernet sauvignons and wonderfully rounded merlots.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
5
Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama

Fly to Calama in the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth. The resulting eerie landscapes are beautiful beyond belief, boasting unworldly vistas and huge, clear night skies. Transfer to the oasis town of San Pedro and late afternoon climb the sand dunes of the Moon Valley to watch a mesmerising sunset.

  • Breakfast
6
San Pedro de Atacama

This morning travel to the incredible Salar de Atacama, Chile's largest salt flat. Cross the crunchy crystalline edge of this immense basin to the Chaxa Lagoon, where dozens of flamingos forage in the mineral rich waters. Next, the nearby Miscanti and Menique Lagoons, with their intense blue-coloured waters, provide incredible views over the unique landscape. Return to San Pedro for the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
San Pedro de Atacama

Rise before dawn to reach the dramatic Tatio Geysers and witness the gurgling craters forcing columns of white steam high into the skies above. Arriving back in San Pedro, the rest of the afternoon will be at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
San Pedro de Atacama to Santiago

This morning transfer to Calama airport for your flight to Santiago. On arrival you will be met and taken to your hotel to spend the evening.

  • Breakfast
9
Santiago to Easter Island

Departing mainland Chile, fly to Easter Island, a tiny island formed from volcanic rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Known as Rapa Nui to its native Polynesian settlers, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is the most remote inhabited island in the world.

  • Breakfast
10
Easter Island

Today visit Ahu Tongariki, the island's largest Ahu (shrine) with 15 imposing moai statues that have become synonymous with Easter Island itself. The meaning and creation surrounding these sublime works of art have sparked lively debate for centuries. The tour concludes at the beautiful beach of Anakena where you can take a refreshing swim in the Pacific Ocean's warm waters.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Easter Island

Ascend the extinct Rano Kau volcano to the Orongo ceremonial village to discover where indigenous kings were once chosen following a gruelling competition. This afternoon, venture out to explore some more shrines and archaeological sites including Hanga Poukhura where toppled moai reveal tales of ancient battles.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
12
Easter Island

Today has been left as a day of leisure.

  • Breakfast
13
Easter Island to Santiago

Return to Santiago by flight and transfer to your hotel.

  • Breakfast
14
Santiago to the UK

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the UK (via Sao Paulo).

  • Breakfast
15
Santiago to Vina del Mar

Transfer from Santiago to Vina del Mar to begin your extension.

  • Breakfast
16
Vina del Mar

Enjoy three nights at leisure in beautiful Vina del Mar.

  • Breakfast
19
Vina del Mar to the UK

Depart for the UK via Sao Paulo.

Important Information

Visas

If you are a British passport holder a visa is not required for entry into Chile. Further visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

Payment

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight to Santiago International Airport is with TAM Airlines (JJ) departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage not exceeding 56cm x 40cm x 20cm in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag or laptop. Internal flights are with LAN airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 20kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage not exceeding 5kg. It is compulsory to recheck luggage in Sao Paulo when connecting with a domestic flight. Please be aware of the difference between the weight restrictions of international and internal flights. Weight restrictions will be finalised on E-ticket receipt. Check-in for your international flights should be at least three hours before departure. Flight times/numbers are for guidance only and are subject to change.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour with local guides throughout ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Chile is the Chilean Peso, also known as CH$. US Dollars are widely accepted in Chile should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200 will be sufficient for the durations of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal Price
2019 DATES
Hotel del Mar
09 Jan 201925 Jan 2019€626€3471€4097
Best Western Hotel Marina del Rey
13 Feb 201901 Mar 2019€581€3359€3940
06 Mar 201922 Mar 2019€581€3135€3716
22 May 201907 Jun 2019€581€3336€3917
28 Aug 201913 Sep 2019€581€3471€4052
18 Sep 201904 Oct 2019€581€3448€4029
02 Oct 201918 Oct 2019€581€3448€4029
30 Oct 201915 Nov 2019€581€3471€4052
20 Nov 201906 Dec 2019€626€3381€4007
04 Dec 201920 Dec 2019€626€3392€4018
Travelling alone?

We have a limited amount of rooms with no single supplement on this tour.

Private Tours:

If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.

2018 departures:

Please note, for departures travelling in 2018, please refer to your final ticketing documentation regarding your hotel in Santiago.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Peso

Average Flying time

17 hours

Min/Max temperature

16 °C / 31 °C

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Santiago

Atacama Desert

Easter Island

Vina Del Mar

What to pack
  • Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Leave plenty of space in your case for shopping!
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