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Argentina & Chile

February 16-28, 2020

Classic Tour

Join us as we explore some of the best of South America. From the romance and food of Argentina, then to the charm and wines of Chile, finally the magic and mystery of Easter Island. There will be something new and amazing at every turn. This marvelous tour starts in the magical city of Buenos Aires where we will learn the dance of love. Buenos Aires combines faded European grandeur with Latin passion. We work our way to Chile, savouring the taste and enjoying the sights. Finally you can opt to extend your tour to mystic Easter Island, with it's South Pacific flair.

 

Signature Moments

  • Be immersed in the vibrant culture of a world class city, Buenos Aires
  • Feel the passion and romance of the tango
  • Experience the Alpine beauty of Bariloche and it's Swiss Style
  • Savour some of the best wines in the world at a winery in Chile
  • Option to explore the mystery of Easter Island, truly one of the World's most unique places
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 12 Nights superior accommodations
  • Transportation by private, luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Internal Flights
  • Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Welcome dinner and Tango show
  • Tango lesson
  • San Carlos Bariloche Tour
  • Nahuel Huapi Lake catamaran cruise
  • Sailing trip across Lake Frias
  • Eco-lodge stay
  • Petrochue Falls Visit
  • Chacao Canal boat ride
  • Chiloe Island Excursion
  • Frutillar Excursion
  • Santiago City Tour
  • Vina del Mar and Valparaiso tours
  • Winery tours and tastings
  • Blend your own wine
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Airport transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Women's Travel Club leader

 

Easter Island Extension
  • 3 Nights superior accommodations
  • Easter Island Excursion
  • Easter Island entrance fee
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunches, 1 dinners
  • Airport transfers
  • English speaking guide
  • Women's Travel Club leader
Itinerary
Argentina & Chile Tour
Day 1 - Arrive Buenos Aires

Welcome to Argentina!
Transfer in private service from international airport to hotel with guide. You will have today at your leisure to relax or explore this vibrant city. We will meet in the evening for a brief welcome meeting and then on to a fabulous welcome dinner. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at tango show La Ventana. In the heart of San Telmo neighborhood, La Ventana Barrio de Tango opened for business back in 1982. This totally refurbished historical “conventillo” (tenement) offers a definitive tour of classic porteño culture. This typical early 20th century house is an ideal stage for a unique show: 32 artists, two tango orchestras, a folk music group, dancers and singers.
Accommodations - Kenton Palace Hotel

 

Day 2 - Buenos Aires

After breakfast, we depart our hotel for a half day guided city tour. On an unforgettable route, we will live all the porteño magic. These few hours feature all the magic of Argentina's capital city. In this most complete overview of the Paris of South America we will visit the glamorous neighborhoods of Recoleta and its most famous cemetery, Palermo, May Square and the Pink House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the newest & trendiest Puerto Madero Area and many other emblematic buildings and palaces of unique architectural, historical, and cultural value. The visit would not be complete without the sights of the first settlements of the city of Buenos Aires. The pintoresque neighborhood of San Telmo, residence to the porteño aristocracy until the end of the XIX century and where the renowned antiques market is held every Sunday; Caminito Street, in the colorful, Italian immigrants neighborhood of La Boca.
This evening it is your turn. After dinner, if you dare, you’ll have an authentic night of milonga in a true guapo style, like the brave men and the scoundrels who used to rule the tango scene in the old days. A tour of several tango ballrooms to take part in the lively musical and cultural scene. Note: this program is not for the early sleeper, as milongas usually open only after midnight.
Accommodations - Kenton Palace Hotel

 

Day 3 - San Carlos Bariloche

Today we say good-bye to Buenos Aires and head to the charming town of San Carlos Bariloche. Bariloche is in the heart of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, lying on the shore of the lake after which the park is named. It is the perfect mix of city life and the quietness of nature. Bariloche in many ways resembles the alpine resorts of Europe.
Accommodations - Panamericano Bariloche Hotel

 

Day 4 - San Carlos Bariloche

To admire Bariloche in its greatest splendor, we will drive along the shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi on Bustillo Ave. until reaching Playa Bonita, with its beautiful view of Huemul Island. We will reach Campanario Hill and appreciate one of the most beautiful views: Lakes Nahuel Huapi and Perito Moreno, San Pedro Peninsula, Victoria Island, Otto, López, Goye and Catedral hills, and downtown Bariloche. At Llao-Llao, we will observe San Eduardo Chapel, and Pañuelo Port, on Nahuel Huapi. We will cross the bridge over Lake Moreno and, on our way back, we will skirt lakes El Trébol and Nahuel Huapi until reaching Bustillo Ave.
Accommodations - Panamericano Bariloche Hotel

 

Day 5 - Peulla

Today sees you head for the lake shore and a transit through an amazing Andean mountain lake system into Chile. The original crossing was undertaken in 1913 by a group of tourists led by Ricardo Roth who crossed the Andes Mountains along a route joining Peulla in the Chilean side with Bariloche in Argentina. A combination of bus and boat sees you cut through the heart of one of the most magnificent mountain ranges and regions of the world.
Near Bariloche, at Pañuelo port, we will board a catamaran and navigate the Blest branch of Nahuel Huapi Lake. You'll observe the grandeur of the landscapes, the green tones of the forests, the birds that fly close and you'll learn more about the destination's fascinating history. (Boarding tax is not included. US$3 approx.). Arrival to Puerto Blest. We travel by bus along River Frías to Puerto Alegre, and then continue the sailing trip across Lake Frías, aboard the Victoria del Sur. Along this stretch of the lake, we'll experience beautiful views of Cerro Tronador. After a short sail, we'll arrive to Puerto Frías where we will complete the necessary steps at the border. We'll continue by bus to Peulla with beautiful views of the Andes Mountains. Arrival to Peulla, an ecological lodge and a paradise for nature lovers. Free afternoon to enjoy a range of excursions including canopy, horse-riding, 4x4 safari (additional cost).
Accommodations - Natura Hotel

 

Day 6 - Puerto Varas

Morning free for optional activities. In the afternoon, we'll sail to Petrohué, navigating across Lake Todos los Santos. If the weather permits, different and breathtaking views of the Osorno and Puntiagudo volcanoes and Cerro Tronador can be seen. Arrive in Petrohue, and private transfer to your hotel in Puerto Varas with visit to Petrohue Falls on route.
Accommodations - Cabanas del Lago Hotel

 

Day 7 - Chiloe Island

A full day, magical tour leaving from Puerto Varas. In order to delve into the Chilote world, we begin our day by taking a boat down the Chacao canal for 30 minutes, where we spot a wide variety of birds, before arriving to the village of Chacao to visit its square and church.
We will continue on to Castro to stop for lunch. Then, we will visit the stilted houses of Rio Gamboa, the square and its church which was declared a Unesco World Heritage site. Next, we will visit the recently restored Nercón Church (1890), which is a national monument and is also on Unesco’s protected list. The day continues in Dalcahue, where we stop on the waterfront to take in the wonderful natural landscape and visit the local artisan market, museum and church.
Accommodations - Cabanas del Lago Hotel

 

Day 8 - Frutillar

Today we will enjoy a half Day Excursion to Frutillar, a charming summer resort located at the shore of Llanquihue Lake, bedecked with old German-style homes and beautiful gardens. The tour includes a visit to upper and lower Frutillar with a wonderful view of Osorno and Puntiagudo volcanoes and Llanquihue Lake, its church and the museum devoted to the German Pioneers. Return to hotel in Puerto Varas.
Accommodations - Cabanas del Lago Hotel

 

Day 9 - Santiago

This morning we fly from Puerto Montt to Santiago. Once in Santiago we will transfer to our hotel and check in. This afternoon we set off on a tour of this beautiful and historic city. Visit the historic centre of Santiago, including the Palacio de la Moneda, the house of Government, and the Plaza de Armas where the Cathedral, National History Museum and the Central Post Office are found. Continue to the Parque Forestal, the Fine Arts Museum, and the bohemian area of Bellavista before climbing Santa Lucia Hill to enjoy a panoramic view of the city. The visit finishes with a trip to the craft village of Los Granerops del Alba, before returning to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to either relax at the hotel of explore Santiago
Accommodations - Intercontinental Hotel

 

Day 10 - Vina del Mar & Valparaiso

The tour will begin from Santiago to the Coast, located 120 kilometers from Santiago; crossing the fertile “Valle de Curacaví and Casablanca”, their vineyards, fruit plantations and forest reserves. In the tour, you will visit two main cities: “Viña del Mar” and “Valparaíso”.
You will first visit Villa del Mar city, often known as “Ciudad Jardín”; it is an elegant and sophisticated city inspired by the French Riviera. Then, you will cross the picturesque “Reloj de Flores”, you will go all over the “Avenida Perú” along with its traditional “Casino” and its elegant “Hotel del Mar”, which is the first of Chile established in 1930.
Later you will go to “Valparaíso”, which was declared a “World Heritage Site by the UNESCO”. It is also known as the cultural capital of Chile, a Commercial Port and Chilean Navy, University City and Bohemian city. It is a city with a charming, picturesque and historic port. It is called the “Jewell of the Pacific” due to its prevailed and beautiful Pacific Ocean view. The journey includes a tour with a panoramic view of the “National Congress”, the “O’Higgins Park” and “Italy Park”, the “Victoria Square”, “Sotomayor Square” and the “Muelle Prat”, located in the same port.
The tour ends at “Viña Matetic”. The history of “Viña Matetic” begins in 1999 when the Matetic family decided to diversify its businesses and get into the world of wine, strongly trusting the benefits from weather and soils of the “Valle del Rosario”. It was very important to have a professional team to manage this project. Therefore, Alan York (Biodynamic consultant), Ken Bernard’s (Winemaker Consultant) and Ann Kraemer (Production) joined in 2000; they were able to wines of “Matetic Vineyard” reach a high quality. This visit will start with the winery of the vineyard. You will be warmly received by a bilingual guide, who will take you for a tour of the winemaking winery, while you enjoying the panoramic view of vineyards. It is the perfect site to learn about organic farming and winemaking. After that, you will enjoy a wine tasting at the tasting room, located beneath the Surface of earth, it also includes a wine shop and you may buy wines and Matetic’s accessories, if you so wish. Finally, you will enjoy a delicious lunch at the vineyard restaurant, called “Equilibrio”, which is specialized in Chilean food. Those delicious lunch preparations magically fuse the wines vineyard together, offering an unforgettable experience. Return to the hotel in Santiago.
Accommodations - Intercontinental Hotel

 

Day 11 - Isla de Maipo

We pick you up from your hotel in Santiago to take you to the area of Talagante in the Maipo Valley, to visit the house, cellar and park of the “Viña Undurraga”, one of the most traditional in Chile. The winery was founded in 1885 by Francisco Undurraga Vicuña, as Fundo Santa Ana, in honor of his wife. For that, he brought French strains (Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon) and German (Riesling and Gewurztraminer). In addition, he built a magnificent mansion surrounded by a beautiful park designed by the French expert Pierre Dubois. In 1903, “Viña Undurraga” was the first Chilean winery to export to the United States. “Viña Undurraga” is a pioneer in Chilean wine exports, reaching 60 countries in 5 continents. During the tour you will visit the park of the Undurraga family, and will also make a stop at the “Rincón Aliwen”, during which it discloses the worldview of the Mapuche, the main indigenous people of Chile. You will continue the tour through the vineyards and winemaking plant. Later, you will make a trip back in time to stroll through the centuries-old underground cellars that date back to 1885. The tour will end with a rewarding tasting of 3 Reserve wines. Furthermore, at the wine shop, located in the same farm, you will be able to buy wines, sparkling wines and a range of nice souvenirs. Later, you will visit “De Martino” Winery. The De Martino family came from Italy in 1934 and settled in Chile in Isla de Maipo (D.O. Maipo), during the beginning they specialized mainly in creating wines from Bordeaux grape varieties. Throughout the years, De Martino has strengthened as a Chilean family vineyard leader in innovation and distinguished by crafting wines coming from selected terroirs. This seal has entailed the search of new developments in different regions of the country, with the aim of discovering the potential of different climates and origins. Thus, De Martino currently produces wines in the following valleys: D.O. Maipo, D.O. Casablanca, D.O. Limarí, D.O. Cachapoal, D.O. Maule, D.O. Elqui and D.O. Choapa. In 1996, the family decided to label and export Chile's first Carmenere, coming from the renowned vineyard of Alto de Piedras, establishing a strong commitment with this variety from the very beginning.
You will make your own Wine! You will get to know the wine production process of one of the most progressive, exciting and internationally awarded wineries in Chile and you will be winemaker for a day. You will create your own wine with an expert guided hand throughout the blending process! A high quality and well planned experience difficult to find and live in other places. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant.
Accommodations - Intercontinental Hotel

 

Day 12 - Maipo Valley

Pick up from your hotel in Santiago to Santa Rita Vinery, located in the town of Alto Jahuel, part of the marvelous Maipo Valley, known for its fertile and blessed soils which give life to their traditional wines Cabernet Sauvignon Terroirs. This vinery, founded in 1884 by Domingo Fernández Concha, has become a premium destination for its historical interest and the quality of the wines they produce and the tour covers the history of Chile and its viticulture.
Today you will enjoy a trip to the soul of Santa Rita. For a long time it was a privilege for a few people, nowadays, we open the doors of our centenary park for all the wine and lovers of exclusive moments. This park has the Casa Real Hotel and a beautiful Neo-Gothic Church as the main attractions for visiting. Here you can learn all about the history that it’s been connected for 120 years with noble and poets families. The tour finishes with an exclusive tasting of icons Santa Rita wines. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Finally, return to Santiago.
Accommodations - Intercontinental Hotel

 

Day 13- Depart

It is time to say good-bye to this beautiful destination and fabulous new friends. Transfer to the airport to fly home as required or continue to Easter Island.

 

Day 13- Easter Island

Arrive in Easter Island and transfer to hotel. Reception with flower necklace There is no inhabited place in the world as isolated as Chilean Polynesia. A mere point in the vast Pacific Ocean, Easter Island (known as Rapa Nui in the native language of the town) is a unique destination, whose remoteness gives it an unmistakable authenticity and an aura of mystery. It is time for you to come and discover its secrets!
Explore the pink sand beaches of Rapa Nui, its volcanic cones and windswept meadows, and of course, the monumental Moai statues, more than 1,000 of them silently testify of a lost and complex society. Rest of the day at leisure.
Accommodations - Altiplanico Rapa Nui Hotel

 

Day 14- Easter Island

Departure from your Hotel to Experience a day of legends following the past of Rapa Nui. We will introduce you to the time of the island´s colonization and the life of the first Polynesian navigators once they had stepped ashore. Get to know the importance of the ariki (king) Hotu Matu´a – not only from the place of his disembarkation to his tomb, but also during the following 700 years after settlement with all the efforts that that went into the production of the moai (statues). We begin from Hanga Roa to Anakena Beach through the centre of the island, Vaitea, and back to Hanga Roa through the south coast.
1. ANAKENA BEACH: Once viewed it will be easy to understand why the first king of the island Hotu Matu’a landed at this beach and started one of the most amazing megalithic cultures this world has seen. Anakena has 4 Ahu sites, 2 which have been reconstructed and two others which attest to the weathering of time. The first Ahu is called Ature Huki which was restored by Heyerdahl in 1955 and the other is called Ahu Nau Nau which was restored by the same archaeologist Sergio Rapu. Anakena is located to 18 km from Hanga Roa in the North Coast.
2. AHU TE PITO KURA: This site only has one Moai, however it measures 10 m/30fand weights up to 90 tons making it the largest Moai to be raised on a platform. The topknot alone is worthy of praise weighing up to 11.5 tons. Here we will also find a very sacred stone that the Ahu is named after. It has been said that this stone was brought from the home island of Hiva by the first Rapa Nui king Hotu Matu’a. Ahu Te Pito Kura is located to 2 km from Anakena Beach by the North Coast.
3. RANO RARAKU: Without a doubt one of the most interesting archaeological sites on not only Rapa Nui but in the entire world, here we can find 396 Moai (statues) in the quarry which is an extinct volcano that has an amazing fresh water crater. Some of the statues are still encrusted in the rock of the quarry never to be moved. Others are in a process of getting their backs finalized and highlighted; some are in the “staging area” waiting for the moving crew to bring the Moai to its destined Ahu. Here we will also see the largest Moai ever carved called Te Tokanga or El Gigante which measures a staggering 22 meters/66feet and with an estimated weight of 220 tons. The Rano Raraku Volcano is located in the South Coast, around 20 km from Hanga Roa. App. We will have 1 hour for light lunch or box lunch, in a special site to enjoy and relax, and then we will continue the excursion, according to the weather conditions
4. AHU TONGARIKI: One of the most visually stunning sites on the island which shows how the ancient people were part of a true megalithic culture. Not only is Tongariki the largest reconstructed site on the island but it is the largest reconstructed temple in all of Polynesia. This site has 15 Moai that were restored in the 80’s after a huge tsunami came ashore in 1960 and tossed 80 ton Moai as far as 500 m/1500 f inland. This site is located in front of the Rano Raraku Volcano.
5. AHU AKAHANGA: “The Platform of the King” It’s believed the grave of the first king of the island Hotu Matu’a can be found in a cave in Akahanga. Here are four separate platforms with 12 Moai (statues), of various sizes, and 8 Pukao (topknots). One statue can be found behind the Ahu. Interesting lining stones made from red scoria, a type of iron rich volcanic stone used to make: topknots, funeral graves, boarding stones. Also, petroglyphs run along the front of the main Ahu. The back wall on the east end has a head of an older statue incorporated into the masonry which indicates that the ancient cultures were inveterate recyclers that reused older material to build and construct other features and works. This site, Akahanga is located in the South Coast, 15 km. app. from the Hanga Roa.
Accommodations - Altiplanico Rapa Nui Hotel

 

Day 15- Easter Island

A day to relax, you have earned it! Savour the island’s warm waters and white-sand beaches.
Accommodations - Altiplanico Rapa Nui Hotel

 

Day 16- Depart

It is time to say good-bye to this beautiful destination and fabulous new friends. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Santiago (not included).

 

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Double Occupancy - $5779 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $8139 CAD per person (your own room)

 

Easter Island Extension
Rates

Double Occupancy - $1899 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $2529 CAD per person (your own room)

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy very limited.

Deposit of $300 per person due at time of booking.
a second deposit may be required by the supplier

Final Payment due - December 1, 2019

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions.

 

Booking Deadline

September 1, 2019
Book Now! Tour may fill up at any time.
Please do not book flights until after September 1, 2019 unless instructed to do so by the Women's Travel Club. If not enough ladies are booked by the release date then this tour may be cancelled. If the Women's Travel Club cancels the tour all payments made will be refunded.

 

Activity Level

Low Moderate Activity
This is a fairly relaxed our. Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 8 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Return Airfare to Easter Island (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Tour Leader

Marianne Southall
Marianne is the founder of the Women's Travel Club. She is well traveled and loves to get off the beaten path, her favorite type of tour would involve nature and animals.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to Buenos Aires, Argentina
Depart from Santiago, Chile

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Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.
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Accommodations
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Kenton Palace Hotel

This lovely boutique hotel in Buenos Aires hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Ethnographic Museum, Plaza de Mayo, and Casa Rosada. Cabildo and Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral are also within 10 minutes.

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Panamericano Bariloche Hotel

Bariloche Hotel, welcomes guests with warm, personalized attention to their beautiful hotel overlooking the majestic Lake Nahuel Huapi. With a prime location in the center of this iconic Patagonian city, it's a destination that attracts for the variety of its programs and the beauty of its landscapes, that travelers can start enjoying just by looking outside their room window.

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Natura Hotel Patagonia

Natura Hotel is an eco-lodge and a nature lovers paradise. Set on the beach in Peulla and surrounded by beautiful gardens. The lodge offers a range of optional activities including canopy tours, horse-riding and 4x4 safaris.

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Cabanas Del Lago

A beautiful hotel that rises majestically over the city of Puerto Varas. The rooms that have the most stunning view of Llanquihue Lake and the beauty of the neighboring volcanoes. Hotel Cabaña del Lago is a family business that has been growing since 1980 by fostering the German traditions and customs that are inherent to Puerto Varas giving it a truly unique character.

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Intercontinental Santiago

A luxury hotel in Santiago's new financial disctict. A well appointed, well positioned hotel that checks all the boxes.

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Altiplanico Rapa Nui Hotel

Set on a property of 1.5 ha the hotel has a panoramic view of the shoreline on one of the world’s most unique destinations, Altiplanico Easter Island is designed in the style of the traditional Easter Island boathouse, with luxurious gardens, a beautiful swimming pool viewing the sea and large open spaces to relax after encountering the seductive mysteries of the island. The deep blue of the Pacific Ocean will permeate your stay as well as the warmth of the Easter Island culture, with its music, art, history and architecture.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

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