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  • Chile & Antarctica Express

Chile & Antarctica Express: Experience Santiago & an express visit to Antarctica

Days: 9+ | Contact us for pricing

Start in metropolitan Santiago, Chile’s capital city, then travel south to the windswept Strait of Magellan and fly to the Antarctic Peninsula.

  • Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
  • Includes excursions and tours with superb private guides
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At a glance

  • Santiago
    2 nights: discover Chile's capital city
  • Punta Arenas
    1 night: explore the city on the Magellan Straight
  • Antarctica
    6 nights: make an express visit to the southernmost continent

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1:

Welcome to Santiago

Chile - Santiago in winter

Arrive to Santiago, Chile’s metropolitan capital, where your private guide will take you to your boutique hotel in the charming Lastarria neighborhood. Lastarria is a nice area for walking around, with quiet streets, flowering trees, attractive colonial architecture, and a variety of restaurants and boutiques.

There are plenty of things to see and do in the Santiago area. Take a private tour of Santiago, either on your arrival day or as a one-day extension, or add a trip (day or overnight) to nearby wine country or the historic port city of Valparaíso. Just let us know your interests.

Accommodations: Lastarria Boutique Hotel

Built in 1927 and situated in the heart of one of Santiago’s most charming neighborhoods, this city mansion has been renovated and converted into a boutique hotel with excellent personal service. Museums, galleries, trendy shops, antique stores, and innovative restaurants are close by. The hotel offers a restaurant and lounge, swimming pool, and charming interior courtyard.

Day 2:

Historic Highlights, the Central Market, and San Cristobal Hill

Chile - Santiago at dusk

Take a private tour of Santiago and visit the colonial and modern highlights, including the Plaza de Armas and the La Moneda Presidential Palace. You’ll also spend time in the Central Market, an enormous, active marketplace, and head to the top of San Cristobal Hill for views of the entire city. After your tour, spend the rest of the day exploring on your own and trying out the city’s restaurants – we’ll provide a list of our top recommendations!

There are plenty of things to see and do in the Santiago area. If you prefer to get out of the city, we can arrange private day tours or overnight trips to the coast to visit the colorful port city of Valparaiso, or Pablo Neruda’s house at Isla Negra, or down to the wine country. Just let us know your interests and we’ll customize your trip to suit them.

Accommodations: Lastarria Boutique Hotel

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3:

Fly to Punta Arenas

Chile - Punta Arenas

Fly south to Punta Arenas and enjoy a scenic private transfer to your hotel, located in this small port city. Enjoy a private tour of the city before settling into to your hotel.

Accommodations: Hotel Cabo de Hornos

Overlooking the Strait of Magellan, Cabo de Hornos enjoys a prime location on the northeast corner of the plaza in Punta Arenas. This stylish and comfortable hotel features a restaurant, reading room, and lobby bar with fireplace.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 4:

Board your Antarctica Cruise

Fly to Antarctica and board your vessel to begin sailing along the Antarctic Peninsula.

Accommodations: Antarctica Cruise, 5 nights

In choosing the right Antarctica vessel, some of the main considerations are length of cruise, style of vessel, activity level, cost, and stability. Vessels can roughly be broken down into 3 main categories: Luxury Vessels, Expedition Vessels, and Icebreakers. Many ships offer a variety of programs of different lengths and with different destinations included. Please see our sister-site to view our full line-up of Antarctica cruise vessels by clicking here.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 5-8:

Antarctic Peninsula

See some of the region’s most beautiful destinations, search for cavorting penguins and cruising whales, and explore the remote Antarctic Peninsula itself. Cross the Drake on your return journey.

Accommodations: Antarctica Cruise, 5 nights

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9:

Depart for Home or Your Next Destination

Today you will say goodbye to your local guide and head to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

*Includes: Breakfast

More Photos From This Trip

View of Santiago de Chile with Los Andes mountain range in the back

Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Add a few extra nights in Santiago or visit the coastal city of Valparaíso. We can arrange a variety of activities, including city tours, wine tours, culinary excursions, visits to historical sites, and active options such as hiking, biking and horseback riding.

  • Stay a few nights on a vineyard in the Casablanca, San Antonio or Colchagua wine valleys. Tour and taste the wines from small boutique wineries or bike from one to another and enjoy the culinary tastes of Chilean wine country.

  • Extend your visit with some time in the lovely Lake District, Easter Island, or the Atacama desert.

  • Include some downtime for rest and relaxation! Some free time to unwind or have a massage will allow you to feel refreshed and ready for the remainder of your trip. Many of our properties include excellent spas or wellness centers. We can help arrange these services or include properties that offer health & wellness amenities.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

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