15 Day Chile Tour

Featuring the Atacama & Patagonia

15 Days

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Mar, Oct

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Santiago / Santiago

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Discover the country's true culture with the help of experienced local guides.

  • Small group sizes to help escape the beaten path.
  • Authentic local experiences with lots of inclusions.
Tour Overview
Tour Overview

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Countries Visited: 1 Activity Level: 1 Tour Style: Cultural

After a spot of exploration in the ever-vibrant capital city, Santiago, our Chile tour makes headway for the Chilean Central Valley, a region that enjoys international recognition as one of the best wine production areas in the world.

We travel through charming traditional villages steeped in history that lie nestled on the slopes of the Andes Mountains and make our way to the UNESCO-designated Torres del Paine National Park and into the natural wonderland of Patagonia to see some of Mother Nature's finest accomplishments.

After taking to the chilly fjord waters in a catamaran for an unforgettable voyage amid unimaginable iceberg and glacier sceneries, we head inland to explore the high Atacama Desert, the driest region on Earth, to see gurgling hotsprings and gushing geysers, before returning to the bustling capital to bring this magnificent tour to an end.



Dates & Prices
Dates & Prices


Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table. For general information on flights to/from the tour, click here.

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Driver, Dinner, and Local Guide Tips Included.

Authentic Local Experiences With Lots Of Inclusions.

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The above prices are subject to an additional $95 for taxes/fees levied on flights that occur as part of the tour. The internal airfares ARE included (any exceptions are listed in red below), but we list the taxes separately on your invoice as they are beyond our control and can change at any time.

$1000 per person deposit required due to nature of internal flights; additional $500 pre-payment upon 'guarantee'

Optional Single Supplement: $1570 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $1170 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.



Full Itinerary
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Day 1 Arrive in Santiago, Chile
Today we arrive Santiago de Chile.

NOTE: This itinerary is based on air schedules that can change without notice. Though this program should provide a very good sense of how this tour will be accomplished, some adjustment/s may be required up to the time of departure.

Overnight in Santiago.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Santiago: Vina del Mar & Valparaiso
Today we travel to central Chile's Pacific coast and visit the colonial city of Valparaiso, an excellent example of late 19th-century urban and architectural development in Latin America. The route to Valparaiso takes us through the coastal plain and past Casablanca Valley, Chile’s fastest growing wine region. Valparaiso ('Paradise Valley') is one of Chile's most important seaports and an increasingly vital cultural center. The city was the first and most important merchant port on the sea routes of the Pacific coast of South America that linked the Atlantic and Pacific oceans via the Strait of Magellan. The importance of the vibrant seaport began to decline after the construction of the Panama Canal in the early 1900s.

Built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Valparaiso boasts a labyrinth of streets and cobblestone alleyways, embodying a rich architectural and cultural legacy. Valparaiso is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is often considered to be one of Latin America's most intriguing urban areas. The majority of the houses were constructed between 1880 and 1940. The neighborhood’s economic and social lifeline was a system of funiculars that climbed the precipitous slopes, carrying people and goods like a series of elevators on wheels. In its heyday, the 'elevators' of Valparaiso had 31 station houses perched at points across the city’s steep terrain.

We'll stop at the heart of the historic quarter where we stroll the streets and enjoy a ride on one of the city's many elevators. Ascendor Artilleria, built in 1898, is one of the oldest still in operation and offers beautiful views of the coastline. The Cordillera funicular is situated on Cerro Cordillera, and was opened in the year 1887. This is the steepest and second oldest 'elevator' in Valparaiso.

Nearby along the coast we find the popular beachside resort of Vina del Mar. Vina del Mar has been nicknames the 'Garden City', and after some exploration here we return to Santiago.

Overnight in Santiago.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

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Day 3 Santiago - Maipo Valley - Fly to Punta Arenas
Today we travel south of Santiago in order to visit the scenic Maipo Valley, one of Chile's most important wine-producing regions. Maipo is at the very northern end of Chile's extensive Central Valley, and is home to some of the country's most prestigious wines. This region is often described as the 'Bordeaux of South America'. During our time here we will visit one of the area's wineries for a tour and tasting.*

At some point today, we will also visit Santiago's Plaza de Armas. As the midpoint of the Spanish settlement of 1541, the square was once a military training ground -- hence its name-- but with time it became the focus of Santiago's social and commercial life with some of the nation's most accomplished architecture.

Later today we fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas in Patagonia. Punta Arenas is located at the foot of the Andes on the western side of the Strait of Magellan, facing the island of Tierra del Fuego. This port city attracts commerce and shipping from all over the South Atlantic. Founded in 1848, the city was originally a military garrison and a penal settlement. Port facilities soon became established as a stopover for shipping en route to California during the Gold Rush. The population increased and the town developed as a result of the wool boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During the last quarter of the 19th century, 300 purebred sheep were imported from the Falkland Islands. Such was the success of subsequent breeding that by the turn of the century there were almost two million sheep in the territory. Immigrants from all over western Europe were attracted to the area, bringing with them major developments to fishing and farming.

* Please note that today's flight schedule tends to change quite often depending on flight schedules. If our flight ends up being rather early today, we may have our winery visit in the Casablanca region on Day 2 instead, and accomplish any other sightseeing listed today on the very last day of the tour prior to evening flights homeward.

Overnight in Punta Arenas.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Punta Arenas - Torres del Paine
Today we travel by road from Punta Arenas to Torres del Paine National Park. The start of our journey takes us across the flat rolling pampas, or ‘plains’. The Patagonian steppe is one of the last strongholds of the guanaco and Darwin's rheas, both of which we hope to see along the way. Patagonia is a sparsely populated region located at the southern end of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile. The region comprises the southern section of the Andes Mountains as well as the deserts, steppes and grasslands east of this southern portion of the Andes.

We will stop for lunch in the small town of Puerto Natales, which sits alongside Ultima Esperanza Sound. Not far from Puerto Natales is the Mylodon Cave. This area became known to the world a little over 120 years ago when in 1895 the settler Eberhard Hermann visited the cave and found inside it the fur of a Mylodon, a large extinct sloth. We will make a stop here to walk the scenic path that brings us to the mouth of the cave.

From here we continue to the southern tip of the Andes in Chile, and Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most impressive sights in the Southern Hemisphere. The park encompasses ancient forests, glaciers, lakes, rivers and fjords, and fauna including guanacos, foxes, pumas and a diverse array of birds. The Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine) are spectacular granite pillars that soar almost vertically more than 2000m (6,000 feet) above the Patagonian landscape. The park in which the high peaks sit may be considered the finest national park in all of South America. With turquoise lakes, roaring waterfalls, rivers and creeks, dense forests and sprawling glaciers this is an unequalled destination.

Overnight in Torres del Paine National Park.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Torres del Paine National Park: Full Day of Exploration
Today we spend the entire day exploring Torres del Paine National Park.

We will travel by coach bus throughout all accessible regions of the park, stopping at various places of interest and scenic viewpoints. The photogenic panoramas are endless and, when the weather is clear, panoramas are everywhere. We will also have the opportunity to walk along some of the easy-going trails that afford expansive views of the mountains, waterfalls and glaciers for which Patagonia is famous. At Grey Glacier we will walk to the glacier viewpoint. A short walk in the heart of the park will bring us to Salto Grande, a spectacular waterfall on the Paine River. During our day we will also see the Cascada del Rio Paine (waterfalls), and Lago Pehoe (Lake Pehoe) in the heart of the park.

Some say Paine was the name of an early settler. Others say the name comes from an ancient Indian word meaning blue -- hearkening to the intense blue of the area's lakes. Wherever the name comes from or means, this is a spectacular park, comparable to Yellowstone or Yosemite in the US. Founded in 1959, Torres del Paine takes in 180,000 ha (450,000 acres). In 1978 UNESCO gave the park World Heritage status, recognizing it as a biosphere especially worthy of international recognition.

The park is part of the Paine Massif, which lies inside the continent from, or east of, the high central Andean spine. The massif are medium high mountains emerging suddenly from the plains of the Patagonian steppes. The mountains are granite, capped by crumbly sedimentary rock that used to lie on the valley floor. Before the Chilean government acquired the park, it belonged to ranchers who overgrazed and also burned down forests to increase pasture area. The glaciers of the park are in quick retreat--up to 17 m (56 ft) a year for the last 100 years, creating a fascinating study of plant succession and soil build-up from bare rock to forest. The flora of the park ranges from grassland to southern beech forests. Many parts of the park were too remote for the cattle ranchers, and exist today in a pristine state. The animal stars of the park are the Guanacos -- wild South American cameloids, related to the domesticated llama and alpaca -- and the Rheas, an ostrich-like bird. Native peoples hunted both across the plains, using every part for food and shelter. When the Europeans came, the Guanaco were slaughtered to make way for cattle and almost became extinct.

Overnight in Torres del Paine National Park.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Torres del Paine National Park - Punta Arenas
This morning we depart Torres del Paine and travel back to Punta Arenas.

Upon arrival in Punta Arenas we will make a short visit to the Municipal Cemetery, a fascinating place to stroll around due to its immaculately trimmed cypress trees and tree-laced pathways. The cemetery is resting place of pioneers, immigrants and families of diverse nationalities that left their mark in the colonization and development of this isolated part of the world.

Overnight in Punta Arenas.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Punta Arenas - Fly to Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas
This morning we fly to Puerto Montt. We then drive the short distance to Puerto Varas, the main gateway to the southern Lake District. Puerto Varas is one of southern Chile's most important cities with a spectacular setting at the north end of the Golfo de Reloncavi. The area around Puerto Varas is a region of spectacular lakes and mountains.

Overnight in Puerto Varas.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Puerto Varas Area: Osorno Volcano / Lago Todos los Santos
Today’s touring takes us along the shore of Lake Llonquihue to the Petrohue waterfall (Salto del Petrohue), an amazing series of oddly twisting water chutes. These chutes were formed by a crystallized black volcanic rock that is particularly resistant to erosion. The water at Rio Petrohue is bright green due to the presence of algae. On a clear day this drive is spectacular with the snow-capped peak of the Osorno Volcano looming above us.

From the town of Petrohue we take a catamaran ride on the azure-blue waters of Lago Todos los Santos to the town of Puella, a small village that serves as a stopping point on the route to Argentina. We will spend some time here enjoying the beautiful setting and taking a break for lunch. The Cascada de Los Novios (waterfall) is a just short walk from the village. We then enjoy our return lake crossing and continue back to Puerto Varas.

Overnight in Puerto Varas.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Puerto Varas - Fly to Balmaceda - Puerto Chacabuco
Early this afternoon we fly to Balmaceda from Puerto Montt. Balmaceda is just a small village situated to the west of the Andes, and from here we drive to Puerto Chacabuco and the Hotel Loberias del Sur. Our route takes us along part of the Austral Road, which goes through Llanquihue and Palena provinces on the side of the continent, up to the Aysen region passing by the beautiful city of Coyhaique.

On the journey to the hotel you will have the opportunity to appreciate a small sample of the astonishing variety of landscapes found at this latitude.

Overnight in Puerto Chacabuco.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Laguna San Rafael & San Rafael Glacier Discovery
Today we will enjoy an unforgettable trip on board a large catamaran that will take us through islands, channels, and fiords until we reach the Laguna San Rafael. The main attraction here is the San Rafael Glacier and the peacefulness of the San Rafael lagoon. The lagoon is located on the south side of the Moraleda Channel, right at the foot of the Northern Patagonian Ice Field, with San Rafael Glacier flowing into it.

When near the face of the glacier we will board zodiacs in order to get in closer contact with the San Rafael glacier, snowdrifts and a number of floes moving around. This is a truly spectacular experience. At the end of the excursion you will have the chance to enjoy a ‘whisky on the rocks’ made with ice cubes that are more than 20,000 years old! We will stay in the area of the lagoon for +/- 2 hours before returning to Puerto Chacabuco in time for dinner.

Overnight in Puerto Chacabuco.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 Aiken del Sur Private Park Nature Walk
This morning we travel by bus to Aiken del Sur Private Park. This park offers pure natural beauty on the shores of Lago Riesco. The crystal clear waters of the lake have a surface of 14 sq km. There is also a waterfall 22 meters high, native woodlands with perennial species, annual plants, moss and liverworts, widespread prairies where aged myrtles and tepa trees mix together; taro and mallin plants, and swamp lands.

The small Visitors' Center holds some interactive exhibitions providing information about the local flora, fauna and anthropology. From here we will take an easy walk (approx 1.5 hours +/-) along a scenic trail complete with catwalks, bridges, observatory points, and resting places that give information on the bio-geographical history of each place. We will enjoy the wonderful scenery of the lake, river and hills that make up the Andes mountain range in Northern Patagonia. You will also have the opportunity to hear the singing of local birds such as the Chucao and Hueta.

At the end of our walk we will enjoy a traditional Patagonian lamb barbeque for lunch (vegetarian options available). After lunch you may relax or enjoy another easy walk along one of the footpaths in the park.

Overnight in Puerto Chacabuco.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12 Balmaceda - Fly to Calama - San Pedro de Atacama
Today we fly north to Calama (via Santiago) in the high Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth. On arrival we transfer to San Pedro de Atacama, elevation 2300 m (7,600 ft). Northern Chile is home to the world's most arid desert and its salt flats, hot springs and geysers as well as large deposits of copper and other minerals, Calama and other parts of the altiplano. This region also boasts fertile ravines and oases, inhabited by some of the country’s native peoples. Both Incan and Spanish influences can be seen in its villages, and evidence of human existence in this area dates back over 10,000 years. No significant precipitation has been reported here since the Spanish colonial period.

Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13 Atacama Area: Salar de Atacama / Lago Chaxa / Toconao / Tulor & Quitor
We start our touring today with a visit to the Salar de Atacama, the world's largest salt lake. Rich in minerals, including borax and lithium, this salt lake is home to flamingos and many other bird species. Salar de Atacama is formed by waters flowing down from the Andes that, unable to escape from the basin, are forced to evaporate, leaving salt deposits on the earth. In some areas, lagoons peek out from under the crust, such as at Laguna Chaxa. At Lago Chaxa, part of the Reserva Nacional de los Flamingos, one often can get quite close to flamingos in their natural habitat.

From here we travel to the small colonial town of Toconao. The material of choice here is volcanic rock for both local crafts and the town church (1744) and San Lucas bell tower (1750). The church and houses in this picturesque village are built of bricks of the local white volcanic stone. You will have some free time here to wander the small streets and explore this quiet location.

We later return back to San Pedro for lunch and some free time before heading out again in the afternoon. This afternoon we will visit Tulor, a 2,800-year-old site where evidence of the earliest habitation in the region was found. Located in an ancient oasis once supported by the San Pedro River, Tulor Village is one of the most important ancient villages in the Atacama Desert. We will also visit the fort of Quitor (Pukara de Quitor). The Atacameño people built this Pukará in order to defend themselves from Pedro de Valdivia and the Spanish in northern Chile. This pre-Columbian archaeological site overlooks the valley of the river San Pedro and was designated a national monument in 1982.

Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14 Atacama Area: El Tatio Geysers / Valley of the Moon
We leave the hotel early this morning before sunrise and travel northeast to see the spectacular geysers of El Tatio (elevation 4400m / 14,500 ft) located within the Andes mountains. We arrive at the site in time to watch the sunrise over the mountain. Here the super-heated water gurgles in the frozen ground and emerges violently as steam in over 100 geysers, boiling pools, and fumaroles. El Tatio is the largest geyser field in the southern hemisphere and the third largest in the world.

From here we continue to explore the beauty of this region of the Andes. If lucky we will have some great photo ops of vicuna along our route. We will also stop in the tiny village of Machuca. The small lakes and lagoons in the area are home to a number of indigenous bird species including the Andean Goose and Giant Coot.

We will return back to San Pedro for lunch before heading off again in the early evening to the Valley of the Moon. You will be wowed by the lunar-like landscape of the valley, which lies in the Salt Mountain Range. We will explore its many geological formations, from canyons to caves to depressions, and learn about the physical history of the area. From atop a sand dune you will be provided with some unique panoramas. Just prior to dusk we drive to the upper ridge of the Valley of the Moon to see the sunset in this bizarre lunar landscape formed by erosion of the salt mountains. Light reflecting off the salt crystals is an eerie sight.

We then return back to San Pedro after sunset.

Overnight in San Pedro de Atacama

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 15 Atacama - Santiago - Depart
Today we drive to Calama for our flight to Santiago.

Flight timing permitting, you may choose to visit the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, which has one of the most complete collections of ceramics, ancient textiles and relics of the local culture.

Later we transfer to the airport for our evening flight homeward.


Included Meal(s): Breakfast



Trip Info
Trip Info

Breakfast and dinner (hotels & local restaurants) daily; some lunches as per the itinerary. All transport, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for ship's crew, local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters. Domestic flights via local scheduled carriers as per the itinerary. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.

International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable) and domestic air taxes, visa / arrival / departure fees, excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, shopping, and visas.

Seasonality and Weather
Weather conditions can vary greatly from place to place. Much of our time is spent in the south where conditions can be very changeable at any time of year. We visit in the Austral summer (Nov-Mar), when Santiago and Atacama are hot and Patagonia is at its warmest. That said you must also be prepared for cold, windy, possibly rainy conditions.

Transport and Travel Conditions
Ground transport by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have some full bus days, road travel is not particularly arduous as roads are generally in good condition, though a little winding on some stretches. Internal flights via domestic carriers.

Our difficulty "Level 1" rating for this trip refers to the comfort of our transport and accommodation and the lack of physicality in terms of walking. That said, this is a busy program with lots of moving around and full days of travel and sightseeing. You must also be prepared for the possibility of some early starts, walks at various points of interest and some short walks to dinner. Our sightseeing in towns and cities, as well as national parks, are also conducted on foot at a leisurely pace. Though we try to minimize long road journeys by utilizing internal air connections, we still have some full days of travel. Related to air travel, you must be prepared to manage your own luggage at airports. This tour does not travel to any region considered "high altitude."

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Activity Level: 1
No particular physical activity is involved other than town/city walks and short walks to dinners and sites of interest, some of which are large.

To learn more about the Activity levels, please visit our tour styles page.

Well-located, air-conditioned / heated, mid-range hotels and inns (3-star) used throughout. All hotels have en suite toilet and bath, though some may have shower only. Porter service is usually available (see 'inclusions') though you should be independent with your luggage, especially at airports. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.

Staff and Support
Tour Leader and local step-on guides, driver. Catamaran crew and naturalist guides.

Group Size
Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader

Tour Extensions
This tour is part of a series that can be upgraded to make for a longer trip. For more options, please refer to tour code/s:

21 Day Chile Tour
Tour Overview



Map & Hotels
Map & Hotels

Regions visited: South America
Countries visited: Chile

*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.

The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.

Pullman Santiago Vitacura
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Santiago
Country: Chile
Hotel Pullman Santiago Vitacura is fabulously located in one of the most sophisticated areas of the Chilean capital, close to Bicentennial Park, shopping malls, art galleries, bars, and restaurants. With incredible views ... the mountain range, Pullman Vitacura has a fitness center, terraces, an outdoor pool (closed for remodeling), covered parking, free WIFI in all common areas, and more.
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Hotel Del Paine
3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation 3 Star Accommodation
Location: Torres Del Paine
Country: Chile
Located on the banks of the Serrano River HOTEL DEL PAINE stands out for being a mountain hotel that incorporates sustainability to the best of Patagonia. The privileged view of the hotel ... our visitors to contemplate from the facilities the imposing Paine massif with access only 3 km from Torres del Paine National Park and 85 km from the city of Puerto Natales.
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Hotel Loberias del Sur
4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation 4 Star Accommodation
Location: Puerto Chacabuco
Country: Chile
Hotel Loberias del Sur is located in Puerto Chacabuco in the Aysen Region, approximately two hours from Balmaceda Airport.

Hotel Loberias del Sur has a direct relationship with two great attractions
... visitors to Chilean Patagonia: the “Chaiten” Catamaran, a vessel that specializes in making trips to the Laguna San Rafael, and Aiken del Sur Park, a 300-hectare nature reserve.

Having this infrastructure lets us offer a product with the highest international quality standards, with a “4 Star Superior” rating to back us up. This guarantees that you will find with their service, the rest and tranquility you need to enjoy the nature of Chilean Patagonia.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
01. What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?
Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 90-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.
02. Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?
Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.
03. How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?
The easiest way to make a reservation is via our website; during office hours, you are also more than welcome to contact us by telephone. A non-refundable deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 90 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s). Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time. Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.
04. What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?
Please review our cancellation policy page for details.
05. I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?
All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location. This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement. The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible. On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available. Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.
06. Do you have a shared accommodation program?
Yes! If you are single traveller and are willing to share, we will do our best to pair you with a same-gender roommate. On most of our tours, if we fail to pair you, we will absorb the single supplement fee and you will default to a single room at no extra charge. At some destinations, however, where single rooms are not significantly discounted, or not at all, we may apply a "mandatory" single in the event that we cannot find you a share partner. This is usually 50% of the usual supplement, but can be as much as 100%. If applicable, this proviso will be noted on each tour page on this website, on your invoice, and in our tour date/price book (available for download under "Resources").


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Countries Visited: 1

Activity Level: 1

No particular physical activity is involved other than town/city walks and short walks to dinners and sites of interest, some of which are large.

To learn more about the Activity levels, please visit our tour styles page.
Tour Style: Cultural

These three- and four-star hotel-based, "soft adventure" trips concentrate on the culture, history, and natural attributes of our destination. Though there are no strenuous activities built into these tours, you need to be prepared for some full days with some early starts, plenty of walking on uneven surfaces through villages, cities and archaeological sites, and not a lot of "down time." Independence, reasonable fitness, and an ability to be steady on one's feet are critical in order for you to get the most out of these programs.

To learn more about the Tour Styles, please visit our tour styles page.
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