Chile & Argentina, 7 Nights, From $1,699
This weeklong adventure from Santiago to Buenos Aires includes visits to Patagonia, a local winery, Osorno volcano, and Lago Frías.
The Real Deal This guided trip includes two nights each in Santiago (Hotel Presidente Santiago) and in Puerto Varas, Chile; two nights in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina; one night in Buenos Aires at the Waldorf Hotel; breakfast daily; one-way flights on LAN Airlines from Santiago to Puerto Varas and from San Carlos de Bariloche to Buenos Aires; transportation by private van and first-class buses; guided excursions, including a winery visit, a tour of the Osorno volcano and Petrohué Falls, and a trip to Puerto Blest and Lago Frías; and the services of a group leader and local guides; from $1,699 per person—including all taxes and fees.
When Depart Oct. 17, 31, Nov. 28, Dec. 12, 22, 2010, and every other Sunday during most months in 2011 and 2012.
The Fine Print Airfare is not included. Average group size is 10 participants, with a maximum of 15. Based on double occupancy; solo travelers will be paired up with someone of the same sex. There is also the option for solo travelers to get a private room for an extra $279. To book, refer to trip code SSB. For a reverse itinerary, use trip code SBS. Note that Chile's international airport in Santiago charges a landing fee of $100 per person for U.S. visitors. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By No deadline; based on availability.
Contact Gap Adventures, 888/800-4100, gapadventures.com.
Why It's a Deal The package rate breaks down to about $243 a night and covers accommodations, local flights, transportation by private van and first-class buses, breakfast daily, and guided sightseeing. Plus, you'll be accompanied by an English-speaking group leader and knowledgeable local guides who can offer invaluable insider information.
More Optional activities include an excursion to Chiloé Island ($65 per person with lunch), a Cerro Otto or Cerro Catedral gondola ride in Bariloche ($15–$20 per person), and a tango show in Buenos Aires ($68 per person). Pre-tour nights at Hotel el Presidente in Santiago and post-tour nights at the Waldorf Hotel in Buenos Aires are $75 per room per night.
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