Grand Chile & Antarctica Luxury Explorer
An incredible bucket-list adventure to Chile's wild landscapes and a fly-in cruise to Antarctica
Personalised journeys from start to finish
Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel
Every detail taken care of
- Luxury Five Night Antarctica Fly Cruise Expedition
- Luxury accommodation in the Wine Region, the Lake District and Torres del Paine
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
A truly extraordinary trip and grand tour to some the most stirring scenery of South America and Antarctica.
Start with a relaxing couple of nights in the wonderful Wine Region a short way outside of Chile’s capital, Santiago, before beginning your journey south. Spend three nights at the stylish Hotel Vira Vira, a luxurious hideaway among the forests, rivers and snow-capped volcanoes of the Lake District in an area famed for its range of adventure activities.
Then, after a night in Punta Arenas, fly out to King George Island at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Board your cruise ship here for a five night adventure through perhaps the most sublime landscape on earth. With a sun that never sets, sail past towering icebergs and through pristine fjords, getting up close to penguins and whales are you explore the waters on Zodiac boats and set foot on the White Continent.
Flying back to the Chilean mainland, spend your last three days touring the incredible Patagonian mountains of Torres del Paine where you can hike and ease yourself back into civilization while reflecting on an unforgettable trip.
Example Trip Itinerary
Chilean Wine Region
Private transfer from Santiago airport to the Wine Region
Accommodation in Chilean Wine Region
- 22 suites
- 4 rooms
- Wine shop
- Restaurant/ Lodge Chef
- Heli Port
- Disabled Access
The extraordinary sophistication and contemporary chic of the Vik Chile is quite simply unparalleled in Chile’s wine region. Fresh from an extensive refurbishment, this 22-room avant garde luxury boutique hotel is set within the 4,400-hectare Millahue Valley and Vik vineyard, just two hours south of Santiago in the Colchagua Valley area. Each suite is individually themed and decorated, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows which allow guests to take in the majestic views of the region. A newer addition to the hotel, guests can now choose to stay in one of the separate Puro Vik glass pods, providing an incredible vantage point for overlooking the valley. The lodge is decorated in keeping with the vineyard’s holistic and ecological principles and it’s almost as if the exterior’s inconspicuous minimalism was intended to touch the hillside on which it perches. This spectacular sense of floating is further emphasised by seamless glass windows-for-walls in the rooms. Yet the insightful use of dark heavy woods, rough natural materials, functional furniture and a minimal elegance also makes the lodge feel contrastingly very solid, grounded and stylishly real. The lodge enjoys uninterrupted views of the vineyards and lake and there is a cosy sitting area with a fireplace, patios with sofas, and a well-equipped and elegant dining room where excellent traditional Chilean cuisine is served. Plenty of activities and expeditions can be arranged to suit guests according to their time and preferences, especially with immediate if not exclusive access to the vineyard and winery.
- Set in 450 acres of vineyards
- Outdoor Pool
- Four rooms
Clos Apalta Residence is one of the most luxurious (and modern) wine lodges in Chile. The accommodation here is really first class. There are just four private ‘casitas’ as well as lodging within the guesthouse itself. The rooms are beautifully decorated in a modern style and the casitas have an added element of privacy as well as verandas with stunning views out across the valley. The Clos Apalta Winery itself is also constructed in a very modern style and produces some fantastic wines, which you’ll have a chance to sample. There is also a large infinity pool and spa area to make the residence an extremely comfortable and relaxing place to stay.
- Outdoor Pool
- Seven rooms
- Living room
- Honesty Bar
Set around 50 miles from Santiago in the Casablanca region, this boutique vineyard produces entirely organic wine. This is a traditional wine ‘Estancia’ and was originally built at the beginning of the 20th Century set in it’s own San Antonio Valley of around 27,000 acres. The main building housing the accommodation blends traditional style with plush furnishings and was entirely refurbished in 2004. Rooms are spacious and have their own private terrace. The winery itself is an advanced gravity-flow facility producing excellent Syrah (judged to be among one of the world’s best). There is an excellent restaurant on site and a good number of activities to keep guests occupied including horseback riding and harvesting, as well as relaxing in the beautiful gardens.
South of Santiago lies Chile's rich central valleys and numerous vineyards. Your choice of daily activities and excursions will depend on the hotel or lodge chosen, but just speak to our Latin America travel designers about selecting the best one for you.
To give you an idea; there's horse riding, wine tastings, vineyard tours, fine dining, hiking and much more...
Private transfer from your hotel to Santiago airport
Flight from Santiago to the Lake District
Transfer to your hotel in Pucon
Accommodation in Lake District
- 21 guest rooms, suites and villa
- Restaurant and bar
Set a beautiful area of woodland, fresh water and traditional farmland that is so characteristic of the Pucon Valley, Hotel Vira Vira provides a delightful selection of comfortable accommodation with the intimate feel of a Chilean hacienda in its own 23-acre estate. The design is both modern and at one with the wild surroundings, with large windows and a warming use of wood. Just 21 beautifully crafted rooms are spread between the guest house and the main hotel building’s junior suites, with a handful of villa suites on the banks of the Liucura river and the opulent Ruca Suite set in the middle of the forest. The latter two options offer their own living room and fireplace, with a private terrace and an outdoor tub to enjoy the clear Chilean night skies. Vira Vira’s restaurant offers food created from homegrown produce, a blend of local, ancient indigenous recipes coupled with the best and truly fresh ingredients, accompanied well paired wines. The area around Pucon and the neighbouring Villarrica volcano is famed for its range of actives, from hiking and hot springs to a plethora of adventure activities. Several beautiful wilderness areas are nearby, including Huerquehue National Park, and horseback riding, mounting biking, river rafting, fly fishing, kayaking, varied hiking tours, ascents to the active volcano and even skiing on Villarrica’s slopes can be arranged. Each day, guests meet with Vira Vira’s excursion manager to discuss and plan excursions, or one can chose to explore the area around the estate, getting a glimpse at some of the rare wildlife species that live nearby or visiting the lodge’s farm to learn the skills of artisanal cheese making.
Spend your days exploring Chile's Lake District for the great and more moderate outdoors (compared to the real Southern Patagonia landscapes of Torres del Paine and Cape Horn). Charming lakeside towns, epic 4x4 drives, scenic picnics, kayaking, hiking, fishing and white water rafting are just some of the ways to pass the time. Choose from a wide range of adventure activities to suit your interests and we'll make sure you get the absolute most out of your stay here. The lakes and their luxury lodges make this area of Chile a great place to relax too; dine well on local seafood and gourmet cuisine, try regional wines from the central valley, spa treatments and more.
Transfer to Temuco airport
Flight from Temuco to Punta Arenas
Private transfer from Punta Arenas airport to your hotel in the city
Accommodation in Punta Arenas
A good, comfortable and well-maintained hotel in which to stop over whilst in Punta Arenas. There are 111 rooms, some with views of the city’s main plaza, others with views out across the Magellan Straits. The hotel is fairly centrally located and has a pleasant bar and restaurant area.
Spend the night in one of the southernmost cities in the world, Punta Arenas. The small city, with a population of around 130,000, is most commonly used as a stopover for those en route to the Torres del Paine National Park or for one of the cruises through the Straits of Magellan. The city is very important to the region, being one of the largest ports in this isolated area.
Accommodation in The Antarctic
- 57 suites, accommodating up to 112 guests
- Dining room
- Top deck observation platform
In April 2016, the Hebridean Sky underwent a multi-million dollar refurbishment and is one of the most sophisticated ships to venture to the White Continent. The luxury expedition vessel can accommodate up to 112 people, with 57 suites spread across five decks. All suites feature windows with exterior views so you can admire the beauty of Antarctica from the comfort of your room, as well as a sitting area and en-suite marble bathroom. During your voyage, you’ll be treated to world-class cuisine with daily changing menus and live entertainment. The spacious public areas include a wraparound deck and panoramic top deck observation platform to spot wildlife from, a library with computers, and a lounge which serves afternoon tea after expeditions. The ship comes with its own photographer to help guests and document your adventures in the White continent which include Zodiac cruising, hiking, camping and kayaking excursions.
Upon arrival on King George Island, a tour will be given around the area where Frei Chilean Base and the Bellingshausen Russian Base are located. In the afternoon, gather at the beach on Fildes Bay and take a zodiac boat to the Hebridean Sky. Once aboard, be greeted by the expedition team and ship's officers at a safety and orientation.
While cruising between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs, you will enjoy observing the sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Your journey southwards will include visits to some of the most magnificent spots in the white continent, such as: Livingston Island, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Cuverville and Deception Islands amongst others. The objective of these few days will be the crossing of the Lemaire Channel and latitude 65° South. It will be very active couple of days too, with several daily landings and cruises in Zodiac boats and lectures.
On you last day you'll return to King George Island where you'll disembark, in Zodiac boats, at the Frei Chilean Base, and head to the aerodrome to take the flight back to Punta Arenas.
Flight from King George Island to Punta Arenas
Torres del Paine
Transfer from Punta Arenas to your Torres del Paine lodge
Lodges in Torres del Paine
- 54 Rooms
- Three suites
- Complimentary WiFi
- Restaurant § Bar
- Full Spa
Housed in the restored, post-Victorian cold-storage factory “Frigorifico Puerto Bories” first built in 1915, the Singular is in fact a National Monument and has been sympathetically and stylishly converted into one of Patagonia’s most elegant exploration hotels. By this we mean its remoteness has in no way inhibited its refinement. Located on the shores of the Señoret Channel, at the end of the Ultima Esperanza Sound, Singular is ideally placed for expeditions to some of Patagonia’s most inaccessible parts and sights. With two of their own boats to explore the intricate fjords, channels and islands, as well as a wealth of other land-based activities, you really are in the best hands. The hotel’s décor has been expertly and creatively designed to a high but understated level of luxury, blended with regional character and the building’s unique history all for a contemporary industrial chic fused with a warm, old-style comfort. All of its 57 rooms command steely Patagonian views over the channel water or rugged plains, and soft carpets, cosy beds and traditional pieces of furniture add a warmth to their contemporary, bunker-style design of bare concrete walls and seamless glass windows. In-between these lie rooms displaying much of the factory’s restored machinery and galleries detailing its history, so Singular acts as much as an offering to the region’s past as it does a hotel. The service and food are both excellent, and apart from the simple task of deciding on whether to go for the Magellenic Lamb or conger eel for dinner, or perhaps what spa treatment you’ll go for to end your day, the bigger challenge is choosing from over 20 different well-thought-out and extraordinary expeditions on offer by Singular. We also highly recommend Pisco Sours at sunset.
- Fifty rooms
- Heated Indoor swimming pool
- Four open air jacuzzis
Perhaps the most famous hotel in all of Chile, the Explora Patagonia one of the most stunning settings in the world. Looking quite ‘average’ from the exterior, things could not be more different once inside. There are large picture windows everywhere (even in the bathrooms) to make the most of the stunning vistas surrounding the hotel. Much of the furniture is hand crafted from local wood and slate, and there are many little design touches to make things more comfortable. The hotel also has a large indoor swimming pool and outdoor jacuzzis. All activities are included in the programme as are all meals and drinks. Food is generally of a high standard at the restaurant.
- 40 rooms
- Uma Spa
- Bar, Lounge, TV Room
- Indoor Swimming Pool
It’s this hotel’s bizarrely beautiful shape, designed to imitate that of a sun-bleached fossil on the ruggedly wild shores of Lake Sarmiento, which makes Tierra Patagonia such a striking place to stay. This impressive blonde-wooded, design-led ‘shell’ houses forty simple yet sophisticated Scandinavian-style rooms. Their exposed timber interiors create a tangible Sauna-like warmth that contrasts well with the views of the desolate pampas outside. There are family apartments of two adjoining rooms available, as well as the extensive Uma Spa, which is particularly welcomed after a hard days hiking the Torres del Paine National Park. The hotel’s superb team of guides and varied activities from horse riding to climbing means you really can take full advantage of your truly magnificent surrounds. Rates are full board and all inclusive.
- Twelve freestanding villas (eleven one bedroom, one two bedroom master villa)
You wouldn’t think that the spectacular Patagonian region of Torres del Paine could get any better regarding luxurious design-led hotels, but it has, courtesy of the exclusive sibling hotel to Awasi Atacama, and the only one in the area to do tailor-made excursions for each guest. Twelve curious, wooden-clad, shipping crate-style ‘villas’, which were inspired by the old outpost shelters, lie scattered over the wind-protected plains of its own private reserve and facing the unfolding scenes of Lake Sarmiento and the three tower peaks. Inside these, the warming and minimal Scandinavian cabin décor nicely cushions you from the harsh scenes outside, with natural wood interiors, large inviting beds, your own living room with log fireplaces, hot tub, and with every modern amenity to hand in its 860 square feet. The master villa, which has two bedrooms, is good for families. The dispersal of these freestanding villas actually befits the solitude of your surroundings, giving you a pleasing level of privacy but also a heightened experience of the landscape’s isolation. The main house, just a short walk from the villas, has a dining room, terrace and living area. Awasi is renowned not only for its style, but for tailoring its tours for each individual guest and for serving delectable gourmet food, in keep with being a member of Relais & Chateaux. Guests can choose whatever excursions they want to do, without having to compromise for the sake of a group.
- Dining room
- Individual Geodisic domes
A wonderful way to experience the outdoor feel of camping in this beautiful area of Patagonia with the comfort of a hotel. Accommodation is in geodisic domes inspired by the traditional constructions of the native Kawesqar people allowing plenty of light and space during your stay. The lodge hosts a maximum of 56 guests ensuring a more personal feel as well as minimising the impact on the local environment. We recommend the ‘Suite’ Domes which come equipped with a private bathroom, wood heated stove and solar power. There are three main ‘Core’ domes. Two of which contain the dining area and bar while the other is a resting dome with a library. The resting dome is also used for meetings before small group excursions.
The national park of Torres del Paine and its surroundings are one of the most spectacular and unique places in the world. Rising from sea level to a height of almost 3000 metres, the granite peaks that make up the ‘Torres’ would be a truly breath-taking sight on their own. However, when they’re joined with turquoise glacial lagoons, icebergs, snow-capped mountains, endless fjords, forest and rushing rivers all overseen by condors, pumas and vicunas, it becomes something truly special and, for many, the sole reason that they visit Chile.
Depending on the lodgings you have chosen and your individual preferences your travel designer can design a program of activities featuring a whole host of different and diverse ways to explore and encounter Torres del Paine.
Transfer from Torres del Paine to Punta Arenas Airport
Flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago
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