|SANTIAGO - VIŅA DEL MAR - EASTER ISLANDS
(10 days, 9 nights)
Day 1: Santiago
Arrival in Santiago, reception and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Santiago
City tour of Santiago including a visit to the Government Palace, the Main Square, the Cathedral and a visit to the museum of precolumbian art. An excursion to the Cerro San Cristobal viewpoint for a beautiful panoramic view of the city. Santiago de Chile was founded in 1541 and is in a beautiful setting with only 62 miles separating the Pacific coast from ski resorts in the high Andes.
You will find 17th Century architecture and lively markets set against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains.
Day 3: Santiago tours
Choice of two tours today, with either a full day excursion to the Ski de Portillo, situated at 3000m above sea level and the ski capital of Chile; or a half day visit to a selection of world famous Chilean vineyards.
Day 4: Viņa del Mar
After breakfast, private transfer to Viņa del Mar, the most exclusive beach resort in Chile. Arrival and reception at the fabulous luxury Hotel Del Mar, for a 2 night stay. Hotel del Mar was the first 5 star hotel built in Viņa del Mar. With 8 floors and 60 elegant rooms, all of them afford a spectacular view of the sea. Viņa del Mar is famous amongst many other things for gourmet seafood restaurants, beautiful avenues lined with palm and banana trees and vast stretches of white sandy beaches.
Day 5: Viņa del Mar
Free day of leisure. Unlimited use of the Spa resort (sauna, gym and swimming pool).
Day 6: Santiago - Rapa Nui
After breakfast, private transfer back to Santiago airport for the flight to Rapa Nui, which is also known as the Easter Islands. Reception and transfer to Iorana hotel complete with outdoor swimming pool and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.
Day 7: Rapa Nui tour
After breakfast, a full day's tour visiting Vaihu, where eight toppled Moai lie, Akahanga, Rano Raraku volcano, where the statues are half buried, Ahu Tongariki, where the largest Ahu (or platform) is located, Te Pito Kura (a large rock believed to have been brought from Tahiti) and Ahu Nau Nau (where the Moai are in particularly good condition). After a picnic lunch, time to enjoy the Anakena beach, the legendary landing place of Hotu Matua, the founder of Rapa Nui.
Day 8: Rapa Nui tour
Half day's excursion to Rano Kau volcano, site of ancient petroglyphs and the ceremonial temple of Iorongo, Vinapu (site of meticulous stonework found nowhere else on the islands) along with the Anakai Tangata caves. Free afternoon.
Day 9: Rapa Nui tour
Half day's excursion to Ahu Akivi, the famous seven Moais, believed to be one of the last built around 1460 and measuring 14 feet in height and weighing 12 metric tons. The caves of Ana Tepahu and Puna Pau, a quarry, from where the red hats that are worn by some of the Moai were made is also visited today. Free afternoon.
Day 10: Rapa Nui - Santiago
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight back to Santiago and onward for your flight home.
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