Wonders of Easter Island & Santiago
- 6 Days
- 6 Days
- Prices From:
- AU$ 1,902
Explore Chile’s capital and unlock the secrets of Rapa Nui/Easter Island on this combo tour. Start in Santiago where you’ll see colonial highlights and visit the nearby coastline of Valparaiso before connecting to Rapa Nui/Easter Island to delve into the island’s mythical history and see the iconic Moai.
This 6-day Chilean vacation takes you to Santiago before venturing to Rapa Nui/Easter Island. It features first-class or moderate accommodations depending on your preference, shared tours, and is a great mix of South America and the South Pacific.
Your journey begins in the Chilean capital, Santiago, where you’ll get to experience some of the highlights of this surprising city. A city tour starts at the Plaza de Armas and takes you to Moneda Palace, Santa Lucia Hill, and Huelen. Stop for lunch at Barrio Lastarria, home to some of the city’s most celebrated dishes, before reaching the financial district, “Sanhattan,” named after its resemblance to New York City. While staying in Santiago, you’ll also head on a day trip to Vina del Mar and Valparaiso to admire Chile’s lovely coastline, sample some local seafood, and have the option of a boat ride through Valparaiso’s bay.
From Santiago, connect to Rapa Nui/Easter Island, the lovely and mysterious Polynesian Island off the coast of Chile in the Pacific Ocean. Rapa Nui/Easter Island has long fascinated people across the world, so it’s your chance to delve into its secrets over the next few days. Start with a half day tour that’ll showcase the iconic Moai that are dotted across the island. You’ll also learn about the island’s history and see the quarry of Puna Pau, where you can see unique Moai known as Pukao, which are designed with red hats on them. The next two days are spent further exploring Rapa Nui. Learn about Hotu Matua, the first king of the island, and see where many of the Moai were constructed. You’ll also visit the ceremonial centre of Orongo with its rock paintings and archaeological excavations, as well as Rano Kau volcano.
At the end of your stay, you’ll connect back to Santiago and return home.
- 6 Days
- 6 Days
- Prices From:
- AU$ 1,902
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On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. As most flights arrive early morning, you have time to freshen up before heading out on a city tour.
Discover Santiago, a cosmopolitan city which has become one of South America's most modern hubs.
Described by the international media as a surprising destination, Santiago stands out for being a cosmopolitan and modern city that perfectly combines its traditions with a modern outlook.
The tour will take you to visit the heart of the city and its emblematic sites such as the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, Santiago's Central Postal Office and its Municipality. You will also visit the Moneda Palace, which is the government's headquarters as well as the traditional neighborhoods of the historic city center.
The tour also includes a visit to the Santa Lucia hill, named Huelen by the natives. It is a real urban oasis in the center of the city. There you will learn more about Chile's history and enjoy some of the best views in the city. After learning about Santiago, you will arrive to Barrio Lastarria, famous by it cultural, inherited and gastronomical offer.
The second part of the tour will take you to the eastern side of the city, to the financial heart of Santiago, known for its modern buildings, impressive glass skyscrapers and its impressive sculptures designed by prominent national architects. There, you will see exactly why this area is known as ''Sanhattan'' among the locals.
At the end of the day you are transferred back to your hotel.
Hotel Torremayor Providencia
Hotel Torremayor Providencia
Santiago de Chile Hotel Torremayor Providencia stands out for its modern urban style, conceived to enjoy a memorable stay in a fascinating environment, with a facilitating structure for clients who like good service and comfort in the middle of a big city. Located in the ...
Santiago de Chile Hotel Torremayor Providencia stands out for its modern urban style, conceived to enjoy a memorable stay in a fascinating environment, with a facilitating structure for clients who like good service and comfort in the middle of a big city. Located in the heart of Providencia, around restaurants; close to no more than 10 minutes from the largest Mall in Latin America: Costanera Center; tourist centers; and connectivity with transport: Los Leones Metro station. Rooms with modern style, large desk, decoration with a minimalist style, but always with the warmth of Torremayor Hotels. No more than an hour from the ski centers, vineyards of the central area of Chile, beaches and casinos.
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Santiago, Valparaiso and Vina del Mar
Known as the ''Garden City'', for originally being surrounded by largely green areas and for now preserving its extensive and beautiful urban gardens, with the Pacific Ocean as its backdrop, Vina del Mar is undoubtedly one of Chile's unmissable destinations.
Vina del Mar stands out for its beautiful architecture, its impressive palaces and famous Flower Clock, photographed by tourists from all over the world. During the tour, you will have the option to have lunch in one of the numerous restaurants in the city, with a variety of delicious sea food on offer. Travel along the sea front, and enjoy the views of the Pacific Ocean, before arriving at the most important ports in Chile; Valparaiso. It was listed as a Unesco World Heritage site thanks to its colorful beauty and the uniqueness of its location on the hills, which create a natural Amphitheatre with the ocean as its stage. Then visit Cerro Alegre, where you can truly appreciate the magic of the city, with its picturesque funiculars, multi-colored neighborhoods and unforgettable sea views. You will then head to the Sotomayor Square, to see the Monument of the Heroes of Iquique. Once in the port, there will be the option to take a boat out around Valparaiso's bay to enjoy the views of the colorful hills from a different perspective.
Santiago to Easter Island
You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport for your flight to Easter Island (flight NOT INCLUDED in the trip price)
On arrival into Easter Island, you are met and you begin a half day tour of the island.
The tour includes ceremonial centers erected in the central area of the island during the last period of construction of Moai, the most important of the Rapa Nui culture. They emphasize megalithic archaeological sites that show how astronomy determined the disposition of the giant statues and the platforms in which they are held, with which it is possible to enter into the worldview of the ancient Polynesian navigators who populated Easter Island.
All points visited incorporate old sites that were created and used during the end of the Ahu-Moai phase. These sites represent various cultural developments of Rapa Nui history, all strategically deployed around ceremonial centers.
Sites include (subject to change): Ahu Huri to Urenga, Ahu to Kivi, Ahu Vai Teka and the quarry of Puna Pau, where the most attractive Pukao are (hats or headgear of red scoria that crown the heads of some Moai).
End of the day you will be dropped at your hotel.
Taha Tai Hotel, is located on the coast and only 5 minutes from the center of Hanga Roa, making it an excellent alternative to stay and enjoy all the activities and services offered in Easter Island. About 15 minutes walk from the hotel, is one ...
Taha Tai Hotel, is located on the coast and only 5 minutes from the center of Hanga Roa, making it an excellent alternative to stay and enjoy all the activities and services offered in Easter Island. About 15 minutes walk from the hotel, is one of the "must-see" of Easter Island, this is the ceremonial center of Tahai, perfect to enjoy a spectacular sunset.
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Today another full day tour of Easter Island.
Learn of Hotu Matua, the first king, who started a settlement that lasted more than 700 years and is recognized as the most prolific period of island culture
You visit the possible site where the Kings tomb is believed to be and some of the places where a large part of the giant statues that populate Easter Island were built.
The route begins in the town of Hanga Roa, heads towards the Anakena Beach along the road to the center of the island - sector known as Vaitea - and concludes with the return to Hanga Roa along the south coast of Rapa Nui.
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Before flying back to the mainland enjoy a half day tour Orongo and Volcan Rano Kau, some of the most important ceremonial centers of Easter Island. The tour includes rock paintings and archaeological sites of great cultural value, an ascent to the Rano Kau volcano and an interpretive trail through the ancestral town of Orongo.
This route allows you to enter Rapa Nui mythology, learn about important elements of the island's geography and understand the enigmatic history of the ancient inhabitants of this isolated point of the planet.
This visit incorporates the places where the Tangata Manu (Bird Man) competition is developed annually, based on a fundamental legend of the Rapa Nui culture. The myth points out that the man who captures the first Manutara egg (characteristic of the Pasco-bird) will be invested with supernatural powers and will exercise the political-military leadership of the island for a year.
At the end of the tour, you are transferred to your hotel.
Easter Island to Santaigo
After breakfast, you are taken to the airport for your return flight to Santiago (NOT INCLUDED in the trip price)
- All airport transfers
- Accomodation as listed
- Santiago City tour
- Valparaiso City Tour
- Easter Island tours as listed
- Meals as indicated by BLD
- Travel insurance
- Transfers on days before or after official start / end days
- Tours listed as optional
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.
25 Sep 2020