This itinerary brings both Chile and Argentina to life in one unforgettable holiday. Beginning in the shadow of the Andes, you'll explore Santiago with a private guide and venture into the Atacama Desert for a stay at a luxury spa resort. Enjoy star-gazing experiences, visits to the likes of the El Tatio Geyser, and guided desert walks, alongside fine dining and poolside relaxation with views across the lunar landscape. In UNESCO-listed Valparaiso, yet more private touring reveals the city's fascinating history, among its colourful buildings and busy boardwalks. Then, it's on to Mendoza, where you'll sample world-class wines at a luxury lodge in the heart of Argentinian wine country, and Buenos Aires, where the city's eclectic rhythm is echoed in the pounding beats of the tango shows it's famous for.
Relax with complimentary airport lounge access before boarding your overnight flight to Santiago de Chile.
On arrival in Santiago, you will be transferred to your hotel in the city’s artistic heart. The following morning, a guided tour of the highlights introduces you to Santiago’s eclectic charms, including the notorious coffee culture at the various cafés con piernas. You’ll explore the historic Santa Lucia Hill before continuing through the European-influenced Paris-Londres neighbourhood and onto the bustling Central Market. Enjoy a Cola de Mono – a traditional Chilean drink – as you soak up the sights and sounds of this colourful metropolis, before a walk through the fragrant flower market and a cultural tour of the Lastarria Neighbourhood round off your day. Back at your hotel, head to the open-air rooftop bar for a hand-mixed cocktail overlooking the San Cristobal hill.
Depart Santiago and fly north to the Atacama Desert, where your spectacular all-inclusive lodge awaits. Among the high-altitude lagoons and otherworldly volcanic landscapes of this breathtaking region, Tierra Atacama offers pure luxury and relaxation alongside thrilling excursions and small-group guided tours. Choose from desert bike rides, volcano hikes and horseback adventures organised by the hotel, taking in the sights of the Atacama Salt Flats, Tatio Geysers and the unearthly Valle de la Luna as you go. Back at the lodge, there's time to relax by the pool, enjoy multi-course gourmet meals and indulge in luxury treatments at the onsite Uma Spa.
An optional hot air balloon flight offers a unique bird's-eye view of the desert, best accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
Today you'll be transferred to Calama Airport for your return flight to Santiago. A further transfer will see you to the garden city of Viña del Mar, where your guide will bring you along the waterfront and through some of the city's most peaceful gardens. Then, in UNESCO-listed Valparaiso, hop on the cable car for panoramic views of the city before a guided walk along the historic Atkinson and Gervasoni boardwalks. After a visit to the landmark Plaza Sotomayor, honouring the heroes of the Pacific War, you'll end your day of touring at La Sebastiana museum, dedicated to Nobel prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. Your accommodation tonight is a boutique manor house, meticulously restored in a modern style whilst retaining its historic features. Enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace overlooking the bay before retiring to your room.
This morning you will leave Valparaiso and head back towards Santiago, pausing en route at the Matetic Winery – world-renowned for its organic viticulture. During your visit you will learn about wine production, tour the facilities and, of course, participate in a curated wine tasting. Enjoy a delicious lunch before transferring to Santiago Airport to board your connecting flight to Mendoza, Argentina. On arrival, you'll be whisked away to your luxury Relais & Chateaux lodge, nestled at the foot of the Andes.
Stay: Cavas Wine Lodge
Your colonial Spanish-style hotel is dedicated to all things wine-related, and perfectly placed to explore the best of Mendoza wine country. There are plenty of opportunities to tour the local vineyards or stroll through the historic centre of Mendoza, before returning to the lodge to watch the sun set behind the mountains. On day ten, you'll enjoy a luxury private wine tour in Valle de Uco, where a combination of high altitude, warm weather and alluvial soil properties produce some of the world's best wines. Explore the facilities and learn about the wine-making process before savouring a gourmet lunch paired with regional wines.
Stay: Cavas Wine Lodge
Today you'll be transferred to the airport for your connecting flight to Buenos Aires. Your hotel for the next few days is one of the most luxurious in the city, tucked away in elegant La Recoleta and surrounded by broad boulevards, manicured parks, and classical buildings. On day 12, you'll be whisked away on a city tour of the elegant turn-of-the-century districts that Buenos Aires is known for. From the charming cobbled alleys and colonial architecture of San Telmo, to the brightly coloured buildings of La Boca, and along to the Plaza de Mayo, dominated by landmark buildings, you'll discover the heart of this vibrant city. Then, it's time to discover a different, more nostalgic side of Argentina, with an authentic tango show and dinner experience. In the award-winning Faena Hotel, in a night club designed to revive the nostalgia of a time gone by, you'll be served a delicious three-course meal and wine as you take in the pounding rhythms and sensual movements of the Argentine tango.
On day 14, you'll check out and head to the airport for your overnight flight home to the UK.
"Both Argentina and Chile hold a special place in my heart, and this is the perfect introduction to both. My highlights include the adventurous excursions in the Atacama desert, the wine-tasting experiences at Mendoza, and the incredible tango show in Buenos Aires. I also recommend adding on the hot air balloon ride over the lunar desert – it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience."
Low Season from: £8,725 pp
High Season from: £10,515 pp