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Chile / Argentina 2019

FEBRUARY 19TH to MARCH 1ST 2019

Chile / Argentina AG TOUR

 

Tuesday Feb 19

Depart Toronto on for overnight flight direct to Santiago

 


 

DAY 1 Wednesday Feb  20 ARRIVAL CHILE  (-/-/cocktail & D)

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Arrive at Santiago, Chile's capital and largest city. The Chilean guide will meet us upon arrival at the airport and transport us to our hotel in the pleasant residential - commercial district of Providencia. Relax & freshen up. Then, in the early evening, we have a "Welcome to Chile Dinner" and cocktail.....your first opportunity to try the Chilean national drink, the "Pìsco Sour". Hotel Torremayor Lyon or similar for 4 nights.

 


 

DAY 2 Thursday Feb 21 SANTIAGO (B/L/-)

The morning offers a walking tour of the city centre with visits to the Franciscan cloister (the oldest colonial building in the city), the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art and the Plaza de Armas, the main square OR (tentative) tour of Lo Valledor and visit to the Canadian Embassy. We have lunch near the hotel. During the afternoon, we visit the newer residential areas of the city, with a stop at a centre for artisans and some time to browse. Stay same hotel

 



DAY 3 Friday Feb 22 SANTIAGO-VALPARAISO (B/L/-)

 

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This morning we head west to the Pacific Ocean through the Curacavi and Casablanca Valleys to visit a dry-land dairy producer and a vegetable grower for the local market. We have a spectacular sea-food lunch overlooking the Pacific Ocean followed by a brief tour though Chile's major port, Valparaiso. Back to Santiago in the evening. Stay same hotel

 

 

 


 

DAY 4 Saturday Feb 23 SANTIAGO – MAIPO VALLEY (B/-/D)


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We travel to the agricultural area to the south of the city, where we visit an export fruit grower (table grapes, wine grapes and stone fruit), followed by a visit to the Undurraga vineyard for a tour and a wine tasting session. In the evening, we enjoy a dinner in a revolving restaurant overlooking the city lights . Stay same hotel

 

 

 

 


 

DAY 5 Sunday Feb 24 TO THE SOUTH (B/-/D)


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We take a flight to Temuco, about 700 km south of Santiago, followed by a transfer to our hotel on the shore of the picturesque nearby Villarrica Lake, arriving in good time to enjoy a swim, a sundowner and a dinner overlooking the view. Hotel Villarrica Park Lake

 


 

DAY 6 Monday Feb 25 LA ARAUCANIA DISTRICT (B/L/-)

We travel into the regional capital city of Temuco to meet with the SOFO, the local farmers association, with a presentation about the area and Q&A to discuss their specific problems and projections. Following a visit to the local market, where among the fruit and veg there are also butcher shops and natives from the countryside selling crafts, we continue to a small holding which breeds llamas and alpacas. In the afternoon, we visit a larger commercial farmer, who is transitioning part of the arable farm into fruit and nut production. Return in the evening to our hotel on the lake. Stay same

 


 

DAY 7 Tuesday Feb 26 VALDIVIA (B/L/-)


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We continue our trip over the coastal hills to the university town of Valdivia on the Calle Calle River where we meet with representatives of Molino Collico Flour Mill and some farmers who have visited Canada. We will visit one of their farms and tour the flour mill . Stay Hotel Naguilan or similar

 


 

DAY 8 Wednesday Feb 27 TO THE LAKES DISTRICT (B/L/-)

We depart from the hotel on a small boat which takes us upriver to the local market in the city centre where we can watch the enormous sea lions begging for (and sometimes fighting over) the fish scraps. Then off by coach to the lovely resort town of Puerto Varas known as the "Switzerland of South America". On the way, we visit the dairy and beef farm of a family descended from German colonists who arrived in the 19th Century and have lunch with them. Stay Hotel Bellavista or similar

 



DAY 9 Thursday Feb 28 PUERTO VARAS (B/L/-)


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An easy morning excursion to Puerto Montt, on the Reloncavi Sound, to take a look at the local catch and lunch on a popular Chilean 'curanto', the typical seafood bake. The afternoon is free in Puerto Varas to roam the streets of this attractive town ..........one of my favourite places in Chile. Stay same hotel



 

DAY 10 Friday Mar 1 ANDEAN CROSSING (B/L/-)

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Depart the hotel for a coach ride past the impressive volcanoes, national forest and a boat ride to the tiny town of Peulla in the heart of the mountains where we lunch, before returning to the hotel in Puerto Varas for the final night. Stay same

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

DAY 11 Saturday Mar 2 RETURN TO SANITIAGO FOR FLIGHT HOME. (B/-/-)

Check out of your hotel after breakfast and fly to Santiago airport for the connecting overnight flight back to Canada. Arrive Toronto morning of Sunday March 3.

 


 

OPTIONAL ARGENTINA ADD-ON


DAY !0. Friday Mar 1 PEULLA TO BARILOCHE, ARGENTINA (B/-/-)


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After lunch in Peulla, we say good-bye to our Chilean guide and anyone who is not doing the Argentina Add-On and continue on the spectacular crossing of the Andean mountains by boat & coach to arrive at San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina, the commercial and touristic centre of northern Argentine Patagonia, Stay Bariloche hotel.

 

 

 


 

DAY 11 Saturday Mar 2 BARILOCHE (B/-/-)


Free day to explore this unique town of many shops in the heart of spectacular mountains noted for summer vacations and winter skiing. This is the Banff of South America and offers many tour possibilities. Stay same Hotel

 


 

Day 12 Sunday Mar 3 BARILOCHE – BUENOS AIRES (B/-/D)


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Free morning. Then depart Barliloche 12:55 PM to arrive 3:10 PM Aeroparque Jorge Newbery AEP in downtown BA. Transfer to check in to Hotel Principado in downtown BA. Freshen up & get ready for the fantastic Evening Tango Dinner Show Stay Hotel Principado or similar in central BA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Day 13 Monday Mar 4 BUENOS AIRES. (B/-/-)


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Early breakfast followed by tour of Market "Mercado de Liniers". Created in 1890 in order to collect and organize cattle sales, it is now one of the world's largest livestock markets where up to 7,000 head of cattle are auctioned daily.

Then enjoy a ½ day city tour of BA's most important districts: La Boca, birthplace of Tango, the blue collar neighborhood of Buenos Aires now a colorful touristy area. San Telmo, the oldest "barrio" of Buenos Aires, where the city was founded for the first time in 1536. Learn about the slave market, the arrival of the great European immigration, literature and last but not least British Invasions to the city during 1806 and 1807. Next; Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the central part of the city.

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Finally Recoleta, the most aristocratic area of the city, decorated with French architecture in most of the buildings and surrounded by wide parks featuring the Cemetery with unique memorials and the final resting place of Eva Peron. Time in the afternoon to shop for inexpensive leather or wool garments along the Florida walking mall near your hotel. Stay same hotel

 

 

 

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Day 14 Tuesday Mar 4 BUENOS AIRES TO TORONTO.

Transfer to EZE International airport for departure to arrive Toronto at Pearson airport with a suitcase full of great memories

 

Inclusions

- Meals as indicated above

- Accommodations in first class hotels with private bath

- Transportation in private touring buses or large vans

- English speaking guide

 

Pricing

- Presently being determined as plans are finalized.

- Add-on or extensions can be arranged at additional costs

- Possible to use Airmiles for International flights (but not domestic)

 

RW Thomas Inc.  www.rwthomastours.com

41599 Sparta Line, Union, Ontario N0L 2L0

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