Introduction
Chile is a gorgeous spectacle. Spaghetti-thin, up to half of this country’s slim width is covered by the stratospheric Andes. Glaciers calve. Penguins mix with flamingos. Vineyards knit mild valleys into a neat green patchwork. And on December 14, 2020, day will turn to instant night at one of the few places on land where the total eclipse of the sun will be visible. This is your once-in-a-lifetime chance to see it. Many travelers head to Chile just to experience the awesome variety of nature. But we also bring you into the fascinating array of local cultures strung the length of the country. On a series of fascinating walks, we meet the urbanites of Santiago, vintners in the fertile Maipo Valley, the hardy islanders of Chiloé and, of course, the gauchos who ride the pampas. North to south, mountaintop to seashore, you’ll get a carefully curated up-close look at this vast and varied country.
Itinerary at a glance
DAY 1 - SANTIAGO
We meet in Santiago, Chile’s capital, and take an easy, guided walk. The country’s legendary wines are grown very near the city. We’ll visit one of the best Maipo Valley vineyards for lunch, a wine tasting, and a hosted tour of the winery.

DAYS 2-3 - LAKE DISTRICT & TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
A morning flight takes us to Puerto Montt, the jumping off point for Vicente Perez Rosales National Park and Osorno Volcano. We’ll see the Petrohué waterfalls, formed when lava flows damned the river. And we’ll walk amid the volcanic formations on the volcano’s slopes. December 14, 2020 is eclipse day, and your guide will make sure you’re in prime position with the items you’ll need to view the eclipse safely. In addition to the solar spectacle, the day includes a visit to Chiloé Island site of the rare breeding ground of Magellanic and Humboldt penguins. (That’s right: solar eclipse and penguins in one day!) Then we join a local family for a traditional feast of meat, seafood and potatoes cooked in a covered pit.

DAYS 5-8 - PATAGONIA
Another scenic flight to Puntas Arenas positions us for three amazing days in Patagonia. Centered around the towering granite pinnacles of Torres del Paine National Park, our explorations take us to a mountaintop picnic spot...offer chances to spot guanaco, condors and rheas...and bring us to a ice floe-studded lake where we boat to the sheer face of Grey Glacier. We’ll also spend a day on a working estancia, a vast sheep, cattle and horse ranch. Gauchos demonstrate their sheep shearing skills and put their shepherd dogs through their paces for us before an amazing lamb barbecue in the shadow of the Andes. 

On our final day, we tour Puntas Arenas before our return flight to Santiago.
Picture Yourself...
  • Spying on a joint colony of Humboldt and Magellanic penguins
  • Witnessing the total solar eclipse on the Pacific Coast
  • Boating up to the sheer face of a Patagonia glacier
Chile: Total Solar Eclipse 2020
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Starting Point: Santiago - 10:00am - Singular Hotel

Ending Point: Santiago - on arrival of flight from Patagonia


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Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
December 12-19, 2020$5995.00$995.00


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Internal Air
This trip includes several internal flights which are priced separately from the land tour. The total cost for the internal flights is approximately $695 per person.
What's Included
  • Accommodations for 8 days and 7 nights at our favorite luxury boutique hotels
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Wine on Us
    In many regions, we uncork wonderful local wines at every dinner, compliments of Classic Journeys.
  • Perfect Pairings Dinners
    A special dinner prepared by one of our favorite chefs with a procession of wines tailored to each course.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
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Chile's seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. We have scheduled our departures to coincide with Chile's mild and warm summer months. Santiago has a quite dry, warm-summer Mediterranean climate from November to March. The weather in Patagonia can be unpredictable and can change drastically at any time. The weather in the summertime is cool with highs in the 50s and lows in the evening in the 30s and 40s. However, given the topography of the region, high winds and rain may occasionally cause daytime temperatures to dip into the 30s and 40s. It has even been known to snow during the summertime so we recommend dressing in layers to be prepared for the fickle Patagonian climate.


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Hotels
Singular Santiago

In an elegant city neighborhood, but bounded by a lush forested park, this recently opened hotel has rooms decorated with a sophisticated blend of classic and contemporary style. Check out the spa and rooftop pool.

Hotel Cumbres Puerto Varas

Designed in the style of a Patagonian lodge, this 5-star property sits on the rim of the bay and offers dramatic views of Lago Llanquihue and the Osorno volcano. Casually elegant rooms are well decorated with native woods.

Remota Patagonia

Remota Hotel is a remarkable blend of luxury and sensitive, sustainable architecture. Its low profile hugs the grassy hills outside Puerto Natales. There’s a heated infinity pool, outdoor Jacuzzi and spa for your comfort.

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