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South America & Beyond

February 6 - March 2, 2020

Grand Tour

Start your tour with a journey to the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula in comfort. A charter flight ushers you from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia prior to embarkation. Once on board, you’ll marvel at the marine life and the myriad of seabirds swooping in close to show off just for you. As you cross the Drake Passage and near the northernmost tip of the 7th Continent, prepare to be dwarfed by massive, glistening icebergs and the looming peninsula—the most pristine region on the planet.
Then work Your way through the Patagonia region of Argentina to the heart of Chile. 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.

 

Signature Moments

  • Explore the most remote corner of the earth
  • Travel safely and comfortably aboard an ice-strengthened expedition vessel
  • 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
  • Explore the mystery of Easter Island, truly one of the World's most unique places
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 1 Nights first class accommodations prior to cruise in Buenos Aires
  • 9 Nights shipboard accommodations
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board
  • Beer and wine during dinner
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by the expedition team and special guests as scheduled
  • Photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Photography guide on the Expedition Team
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • Walking poles and snowshoes (when applicable) provided at each landing
  • An official Quark Expeditions parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Comprehensive predeparture materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of US$500,000 per person
  • Group transfer from the hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Return flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Group transfer from the Ushuaia airport to the ship and return
  • Combined airport transfer and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation
  • 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
  • 3 Nights superior accommodations in Rapa Nui
  • Easter Island Excursion
  • Easter Island entrance fee
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunches, 1 dinners
  • Women's Travel Club leader
Itinerary
South Africa Tour
Day 1 - Arrive Buenos Aires

Welcome to Argentina!
Known for its soaring architecture and rich European heritage, Buenos Aires combines faded European grandeur with Latin passion. You will have today at your leisure to relax or explore this vibrant city. We will meet this eveing for a welcome meeting to get acquainted and go over our fabulous upcoming adventure.
Accommodations - Hotel Emperador

 

Day 2 - Ushuaia

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, you will have a little time to explore this quaint port town before heading to the pier. Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This famous channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you’ll see land you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!
Accommodations - Ocean Endeavor

 

Days 3 & 4 - Crossing the Drake Passage

Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing, as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates while your Expedition Team provides safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.
Accommodations - Ocean Endeavor

 

Days 5-8 - South Shetlands Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelersalike. Every time we visit Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience. Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal. The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Danco Island, affords us the opportunity to visit a penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here, you’ll have the choice between hiking to the island`s summit or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach, enjoying the antics of curious penguins. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets! Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles, or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbour. Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to entertain and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.
Accommodations - Ocean Endeavor

 

Days 9 & 10 - Crossing the Drake Passage

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck, watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.
Accommodations - Ocean Endeavor

 

Day 11 - Disemmbark in Ushuaia & Fly back to Beunos Aires

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, after breakfast. After disembarking, you will get a little taste of Patagonia, touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

 

Possible Landings and Wildlife Sightings

Stepping foot on Antarctica is a moment of pleasure that affects each traveler differently. Your possible landing in Antarctica will take place on the Peninsula, which is an extension of the Transantarctic Mountains chain and is the most northern stretch of Antarctic land. Formed by uplifted submarine troughs that were filled with sediment about 220 million years ago, this is a dynamic land of both desolation and diversity. To the east is the frozen, wild Weddell Sea. To the west, howling winds and warming seas from the Southern Ocean create perfect conditions for whale sightings.

 

Cuverville Island

A gentoo penguin rookery is situated on a rocky beach at the north end of the island. Depending on when in the season you arrive, you may see the penguins building nests or attending to their chicks. Giant petrels and kelp gulls breed on the island.

 

Damoy Point

If you are lucky enough to mail a postcard in Antarctica, you’ll likely pass through Damoy Point, the northern entrance to the harbor where Port Lockroy is located.

 

Danco Island

Home to gentoo penguins, this small island is easy to explore, at only one mile (1.6 km) long. You can visit the marker of a former British Antarctic Survey hut, where you can watch for a variety of seabirds, such as snowy sheathbills, kelp gulls and blue-eyed shags.

 

Enterprise Island

Located in Wilhelmina Bay, this island was once used by whalers. A Zodiac cruise around the island passes a wrecked whaling ship.

 

Lemaire Channel

You’ll see firsthand why this strait, which runs between Booth Island and the Antarctic Peninsula, is one of the most scenic locations on the peninsula’s west coast, especially during sunrise and sunset. The channel may become impassable when ice fills the narrow 6.8-mile (11 km) long passageway, so we’ll hope for clear waters.

 

Melchior Islands

This group of low islands in Dallmann Bay is where you may see hauled-out male fur seals as they recuperate from their battles for supremacy at the end of their breeding season.

 

Neko Harbour

Little evidence remains that this bay was once used by the floating whale factory ship Neko. You might see whale vertebrae being used by resident gentoo penguins as shelter from the wind. Climb up a steep slope for spectacular views of the glacier-rimmed harbor.

 

Petermann Island

Here, near the Lemaire Channel, you can stand ashore and see the southernmost breeding colony of gentoo penguins. The dome of the island rises 650 feet (200 meters) above the sea, offering a challenging hike for panoramic views. Adélie penguins, shags and south polar skuas also inhabit the island.

 

Port Lockroy

As part of Operation Tabarin during the Second World War, a secret British base was built in this sheltered harbor, located on the west side of Wiencke Island. Now a designated historic site, the base is a museum and post office. Proceeds from your purchases in Port Lockroy support the British Antarctic Heritage trust, which preserves historic sites from the Heroic Age of Exploration. A large gentoo penguin population resides here and is observed for any effects of tourism.

 

Day 11 - 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 12 - 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 13 - 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 14 - 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 15 - 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 16 - 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 17 - 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 18 - 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 19 - 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 20 - 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 21 - 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 22 - 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 23- Easter Island

This morning we say good-bye to Chile and transfer to the airport for our flight to Easter Island (not included) 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 24- 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 25- 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 26- 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 - Cruise - $10,435 USD per person & Land Tour - $7678 CAD(sharing a room )

Single Occupancy - Cruise - $11,155 USD per person & Land Tour - $10,668 CAD(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 $2139 USD & $300 CAD(double occ) or $2479 USD & $300 CAD(single occ) per person due at time of booking.

Final Payment due - Cruise - Oct 1, 2019 & Land Tour - 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. Antarctic Cruise is a guaranteed departure.

 

Activity Level

Moderate Activity
The included acitivity in this tour is fairly moderate but there are more acitive activities available. You should be able to walk for extended periods of time on uneven and possibly slippery terrain and get in and out of a zodiac easily. The land tour is moderate activity with some relaxed walking tours.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 8 ladies
Maximum - 16 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Airfare from Chile 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. She loves photography and you will often find her off taking pictures of all the amazing sights you will see.

 

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.
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Accommodations
Hotel Emperador

Emperador Hotel Buenos Aires welcomes you to experience a one-of-a-kind union of modern style and 5-star service to create an address of unmatched luxury and high tech connectivity.

Ocean Endeavor

Ocean Endeavour is a comfortable, well-appointed small expedition ship expertly engineered to explore the Polar Regions. The ship has an ice-strengthened hull, Zodiacs for exploration and remote landings, and advanced navigation equipment. The newly-refurbished vessel offers a superb guest experience with an expansive choice of cabin categories, large cabins and common areas, a sundeck and observation area, plenty of deck space for polar landscape viewing, and lounges for learning and reflection. The ship’s interiors have a contemporary aesthetic that provides a bright and spacious feel throughout. Endeavour is also the only polar adventure ship in Antarctica focused on health and wellness , and offers a contemporary approach to cuisine and newly-designed health and fitness features. Facilities include a spa serviced by organic spa provider VOYA, His & Hers saunas, a salt water pool, a gym, and a juice and smoothie bar. Complimentary activities include yoga and stretching classes, an exclusive Polar Photography program, the Scientists in Residence program, and more adventure activities than any other Quark vessel. The ship also has a polar library, and a Polar Boutique for gifts and any needed gear.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Intercontinental Santiago

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

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.
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