Ultimate Chile Vacation!! 


ACCOMMODATIONS•3 Nights Santiago•3 Nights Easter Island•3 Nights Puerto Natales


INCLUSIONS

All Ground Transfers plus

 Bus Ticket from Puerto Natales

 to Punta Arenas

Santiago City Tour

Orongo Village &

Torres del Paine National Park

 Tour plus Lunch

Serrano & Balmaceda Glaciers

 Tour plus Lunch•Daily Breakfast

ARRIVAL SANTIAGO: Fronting the snowcapped Andes; the Chilean capital is a blend of colonial and modern architecture. There are lovely parks and gardens, excellent museums, fine restaurants and great shopping. Arrival greeting and transfer to your selected hotel.

(Accommodations, Santiago)

SANTIAGO:After breakfast, take a tour:

Santiago City Tour

One of the best ways to experience Santiago is through its historical development. You will begin your excursion by passing Santa Lucia Hill, which is called Huelen in the native Aborigin dialect. It came about by the Spanish conqueror Pedro Valdivia who founded the city, and gave the name Santiago de Nueva Extremadura, in honor of the apostle Santiago, who was the patron Saint of Spain.


You will continue to Plaza de Armas (Main Square), which is the central point of the city`s earliest urbanization. Today, the buildings of the Cathedral, the main post office, the National Historic Museum and the Municipalidad de Santiago (city council) are situated around the square. You will wander around in Plaza de la Constitucion square, where you will have the privilege of seeing La Moneda government palace. Here, you will learn about the historical milestones from Independence to present day.

Finally, visit the Pre-Colombino Art Museum where more than three decades have passed since Sergio Larrain Garcia-Moreno and the Municipality of Santiago founded the Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. It was a pioneering initiative for Latin America to create an institution to guard, study, and disseminate the artistic legacy of all pre-Columbian peoples of America, without regard to political boundaries that today divide countries.


(Breakfast, Accommodations, Santiago)

SANTIAGO TO EASTER ISLAND: Transfer to the airport for a flight to Easter Island in the South Pacific, one of the most remote islands in the world. Airport greeting and transfer to hotel. Relax by the pool, go to the beach or start exploring on your own. Dinner and overnight in Rapa Nui (Polynesian name for Easter Island).


(Breakfast, Santiago; Accommodations, Easter Island)

EASTER ISLAND:After breakfast, take a tour:

Private Orongo including Ceremonial Village

You will leave your hotel at Hanga Roa and set off for Rano Kao, a volcano whose crater is now a fresh water lake covered with reeds. The main highlight, though, is a stopover at Orongo, stone village and ceremonial center near the crater. It was here that the annual tangata manu or birdman ceremony (a foot race) was performed by the natives. Today, this rite takes place every summer. There are over 100 petroglyphs representing the islanders’ supreme diety Make Make, the birdman, and sooty terns, a seabird known in the Rapa Nui language as manutara. You will also visit the caves at Ana Kai Tangata the cavern walls of which are covered with primitive paintings. You can also step out upon the Ahu Vinapu, a ceremonial platform that is famous for its architectural perfection; today, its construction is still a mystery.


(Breakfast, Accommodations, Easter Island)

EASTER ISLAND:After breakfast, take a tour:

Private Anakena Tour with Lunch

You will leave your hotel in Hanga Roa to begin your journey along the route that passes by the Moai: huge statues carved from volcanic rock lining the perimeter of the island that make Easter Island famous. You will also visit the ahus, which are ceremonial platforms upon which some of the statues stand: first is Ahu Vaihu, surrounded by enormous statutes that have been knocked over and are lying face down. Next is Ahu Akahanga, which is the burial spot of the first king of the island. Your next destination is Rano Raraku on the southern coast and at the foot of the extinct volcano Poike, which possesses the island’s most spectacular crater.

This is where the islanders sculpted these stone giants. After this break, you will head out to Ahu Tongariki, which has the largest number of moais on the island, 15 to be exact. This spot was washed away during a tidal wave that struck Easter Island in 1960, but it was restored, thanks primarily to the efforts of Japanese foundations. Finally, you will visit Ahu Te Pito Kura, where there is a huge spherical stone and the largest moai on the island. Your last stop is Anakena, an incredibly lovely beach. You will return to your hotel at Hanga Roa.


(Breakfast, Accommodations, Easter Island)

EASTER ISLAND TO SANTIAGO: Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Santiago. Take the day to relax or explore with one of our optional tours.

(Breakfast, Easter Island; Accommodations, Santiago)

SANTIAGO TO PUERTO NATALES:Transfer to the airport for your flight to Punta Arenas (we recommend arriving into Punta Arenas by 1:00 pm or earlier to connect to a 1:00 pm or 2:30 pm bus), and then transfer to the bus terminal where you will board a regular scheduled bus to Puerto Natales. The journey takes you past large estancias and fields of grazing sheep, with mountains far away on the horizon. You will be met at the bus station and transferred to your hotel with a view of the Sound.


(Breakfast, Santiago; Accommodations, Puerto Natales)

PUERTO NATALES:After breakfast, take a tour:

Private Torres del Paine With Lunch

After lunch the trip continues with a walk on the shores of Grey Lake, where blue icebergs can be seen, and in the background the vast Grey glacier.


(Breakfast, Lunch, Accommodations, Puerto Natales)

PUERTO NATALES:After breakfast, take a tour:

Shared Serrano and Balmaceda Tour With Lunch

This voyage starts from Puerto Natales Pier at 8:00 a.m.

Once passengers are on board, enjoy a snack served by the crew as the vessel sails through Puerto Bories. This port is a National Historical Monument. For more than 60 years, it was the most important cold-store in the area. Its brickwork and industrial post English Victorian architecture stand-out within the area. The trip continues to Guanaco Island, where small and wonderful Tonina dolphins and sea lions will be spotted. Through Estancia Margot, the trip continues to Pared de Cormoranes (Wall of Cormorants), where hundreds of cormorants can be seen spreading their wings at the wind.


You will then continue to Punta de Lobos, where Agunsa-Tonina stops to visit Cascada de Cóndores (Condor Cascade).

The trip continues to Balmaceda’s Glacier. In Puerto Toro, passengers disembark to start a one-hour walk by the lake shore and through a native forest of coigües, towards Serrano Glacier, where they can enjoy the amazing vegetation with the contrast of clean sky and sea ice, all of this with the unique flavor of a whisky with millenary glacier ice and a second snack.

Finally, depart from Puerto Toro, to Eberhard Fjord. Here, passengers enjoy a short walk through Puerto Consuelo ranch. You can enjoy a delicious barbecue on a big skewer/Magellan lamb barbecue at a quincho (special area where barbecues are prepared) at the Eberhard ranch. Departure to Puerto Natales and passengers disembark at 5:00 p.m. approx.


(Breakfast, Lunch, Accommodations, Puerto Natales)

DEPARTURE:After breakfast, transfer to Punta Arenas before continuing on to your next Avanti destination.

(Breakfast, Puerto Natales)


It’s time to start planning your next journey.

Exploring Greece

Article Contibutor Viator

Some people spend their whole lives exploring the Greek Islands. Dramatic rocky landscapes, white sand beaches, even whiter villages, crystal clear waters, town squares where you can spend the evening at outdoor restaurants caressed by warm Aegean breezes. Really, what’s not to like?

Here are four are some of the best  Greek Island escapes.

Near the mainland but a long way from stress, charming Spetses shows off its rich maritime heritage with stately merchants’ mansions and the Old Harbor, busy with bobbing yachts and fishing boats. Relax on pines-scented beaches on one of the island’s many coves.

Then again, if your idea of an island getaway involves sunbaking all day and dancing all night, Mykonos  is the island for you. Over a couple of days or longer, soak up rays with Europe’s beautiful people on stunning beaches like Elia and Paradise before heading back to Mykonos Old Town to catch the sunset from one of the Little Venice bars perched right on the water. Everyone eats late and parties even later, but you can always recover on the beach the next day! If all that hedonism is too much, see one of the most extensive ancient Greek ruins anywhere on nearby Delos.

For many people, Santorini is the ultimate Greek island, with its haunting volcanic landscape, cliff-hugging towns and gorgeous whitewashed, blue-domed churches. Beaches come in red, white and black, the sunsets in a range of colors which will take your breath away. Come for two days to see why this is such a celebrity magnet, or stay for four days and feel like a VIP yourself.

Of course history buffs have more than enough to occupy them in Greece. The island of Rhodes is covered in antiquities and later architectural treasures. Rhodes has its own Acropolis and other ancient glories like a stadium and theater, but the island was even more of a powerhouse in the Middle Ages, and it boasts the largest inhabited medieval town in Europe. Or escape civilization – ancient or modern – and tour the natural splendor of Crete’s Samaria Gorge, the longest and most beautiful gorge in Europe.

Top Things To Do In The Florida Keys. Call text or email us today to start your trip to the Keys.

Article Contributer: Europe Bound

Whether you’re visiting as a snowbird or as a first-timer, here are some things to do in the Florida Keys that you absolutely can’t skip.

CRUISE OVER THE JOHN PENNEKAMP CORAL REEF

 Take the glass bottom boat tour of the John Pennekamp coral reef, home to the legendary Christ of the Deep statue and the first underwater national park in the United States. The ride takes you through the thick mangrove forests of the lagoon before it arrives at the pièce de résistance, the beautiful corals – (which thanks to the deep glass bottom), it should be just few feet away. If you get the chance to snorkel or dive in the park, you should .

VISIT THE ERNEST HEMINGWAY HOUSE 

 This house in Key West is absolutely fascinating. There are over 50 cats on the property (he had a well-documented affection for cats.)  It’s  also a wonderful experience to set foot into his writing den and play with his polydactyl cats.

EAT YOUR WEIGHT IN KEY LIME 

Whether you get it with meringue or whipped cream, as a chocolate-dipped popsicle, as a milkshake or even deep-fried,  the Key Lime pie is a must in these parts. Here is a list of some of the best places:

Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen

Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe

Sweet Savannah’s

Conch Republic Grill

VISIT THE SEA TURTLE HOSPITAL

 If you are an animal lover and an animal rights defender,  you will enjoy visiting here.  They are first and foremost dedicated to the wellbeing of the animals and not cold hard cash. 

Through an engaging and informative program about our figurative footprint in the ocean, the non-profit hospital educates the public to think twice about our actions and their repercussions. But not only that! The Sea Turtle Hospital rescues injured sea turtles everywhere around the Keys, be it because they ingested hooks, because they damaged their shell in a boat collision, or because they got caught in fishing nets. They’ve rescued and rehabilitated over 1000 sea turtles since their opening in 1989!

They frequently release rehabilitated turtles back into the sea. Dates are always announced on their website, so if you time your visit right you might be able to take part in that touching, memorable event!

FEED TARPONS AT ROBBIE’S MARINA

These fish can weigh up to a whopping (8 feet long / 280 pounds) that jump out of the water to catch their snack. Suck  it up and fed the damn tarpons. 😁

BOARD THE ORIGINAL AFRICAN QUEEN

I never seen the movie, but I am well aware of just how big an icon the African Queen is, i.e. the 1951 film starring the illustrious Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. The ship used in the movie no longer cruises down Congolese rivers; instead, it has been lovingly restored (with steam engine and all!) and sits in the Port Largo marina.

TASTE THE LOCAL CUISINE AT MARKER 88

 The menu consists of dishes that the Chef ate as a child and that are intrinsically part of the Keys cuisine, which obviously means lots of flavourful and expertly-executed fish and seafood. The coconut battered shrimp and the mahi Martinique, an intriguing French-Florida fusion dishe are very  popular. The beachside restaurant is definitely one of the can’t-miss things to do in the Florida Keys, as is their bar, where you can order their popular watermelon mojito.

VISIT THE BUTTERFLY & NATURE CONSERVATORY

Their tropical greenhouse is home to over 600 species of butterflies, including the elusive blue morpho butterfly and the 11-inch wide Owl butterfly. A fun place to visit if you enjoy macro photography and wildlife!

Call, text or email us today to start planning your vacation  to the Keys







Keystone Resort For Your Next Family Vacation

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10 Reasons To Choose Keystone Resort For Your Next Family Ski Trip

Article Contibuted by  Luxcury Living Lifestyle

Keystone Resort in Colorado might just have the best family vacation deals, programs and family-centric offerings available in the ski industry. How do I know? We invited to check out their family-friendly amenities last month and I’m so glad that this was the first place my daughter ever frolicked in snow that wasn’t man-made. Here is why:

Table of Contents 


1. Kids Ski Free At Keystone Resort
2. There’s A Family Ski Trail
3. Kids LOVE Camp Keystone
4. Kidtopia’s Ready, Paint, Fire And More
5. Ice Skating
6. Winter Snow Tubing
7. The World’s Largest Snow Fort
8. Not A Skier? That’s OK!
9. Condo Convenience
10. Lots Within Walking Distance
Tips For Visiting Keystone
Getting To Keystone Resort


1. Kids Ski Free At Keystone Resort


Did you hear that? Kids rule here at this winter wonderland of fun in the snow. Between gear, airfare, travel and hotel expensive the costs of skiing are worth it but can add up. Lift tickets for kids aren’t something you have to worry about at Keystone resort with kids ages 12 and under and two nights of booked lodging. There are no blackout dates or fine print which is rare in the ski industry.

2. There’s A Family Ski Trail


So, I admit to spending a decent amount of time getting my ski legs used to being on sticks again (it had been almost 20 years) versus a snowboard. I LOVED not worrying about fast skiers or snowboarders whizzing by or cutting me off. There was none of that. All I saw were easy-paced people of all ages enjoying the fresh powder together. I loved it. It’s called Schoolyard and very well-marked so you don’t lose your way.

3. Kids LOVE Camp Keystone


Keystone Resort Family Ski Vacation Camp Keystone Do your kids cringe at the very mention of ski school? Mine used to. Camp Keystone is where kids ages 3 and older learn how to ski, however, there’s snacks, coloring, an indoor play area and other snow activities to give tired legs a break. Plus, any child booking three or more days of ski school is guaranteed to have the same instructor on each day, giving kids the opportunity to find comfort in a familiar face.

My daughter swore up and down that she would hate ski school. The second after we arrived, she saw all of the kid-friendly offerings and got fitted in gear, she couldn’t care less when we picked her up. They even ate Subway sandwiches for lunch, her favorite. Learn more tips for getting kids excited for skiing.

4. Kidtopia’s Ready, Paint, Fire And More


Keystone Resort Family Ski Vacation Kidtopia My daughter’s eyes lit up the second we walked into Kidtopia headquarters with all of its paint, ceramic and kid-fun glory. She painted a mermaid on a canvas and went to town painting ceramics which were fired and ready for pick up the next day. It’s a spectacular way to break from the cold.

Kidtopia events run daily and include everything from face painting to DJs to cookie hour. On Saturdays, Ripperoo’s Village Parade marches from the River Run Ski School to the Dercum Square.

Keystone Resort’s Ripperoo’s Village Parade

5. Ice Skating


Just outside Kidtopia Headquarters in River Run Village awaits Dercum Square Ice Skating Rink. Though there’s a 5-acre Lakeside Village Rink which is the largest samboni-maintained outdoor ice skating rink in North America.

Despite the evening snow, we laced up and flailed around the rink (I was the only member of the family who had ever been on ice skates), laughing the entire time. Kids can push an orange street cone around to keep balanced. It’s a genius idea.

6. Winter Snow Tubing


Venture up to the highest tubing hill in the world at 11,640 feet! Zoom down one of seven lanes and there’s even a dedicated children’s tubing hill for kids less than 42″ tall. I regret that we didn’t have time to do this because I heard it was epic from a number of sources. Next time.

7. The World’s Largest Snow Fort


Keystone  kidtopia ski resort colorado kids snow fort Kidtopia fort located at the top of Dercum Mountain (pictured above) is awesome. Kids can run through and play in the massive ice sculpture. Apparently, it’s the largest snow fort in the world!

8. Not A Skier? That’s OK!


Take the River Run Gondola up to the top of Dercum Mountain for hot chocolate and spectacular photo opps. Honestly, I wish I would have roamed the mountain with my good camera because I was too paranoid about dropping my iPhone in the snow. Book a scenic sleigh ride or just chill at the spa. There is a lot to do when not on skis!

9. Condo Convenience


Keystone Resort Family Ski Vacation Luxury Condo We were hosted at The Timbers, a luxury condo complex with ski in and out capabilities, a fully stocked kitchen, great WiFi, TVs in each bedroom and the living room, a balcony and more. Keystone Resort has over 800 condos to choose from based on your family’s needs. The benefits to condos are endless on ski vacations where kids get tired and hungry.

Keystone Resort Family Ski Vacation Timbers Luxury Condo Yes, there were people using the jacuzzi in the snow as well as the indoor/outdoor pool!

10. Lots Within Walking Distance


Keystone Resort Family Ski Vacation River Run Village

Each day, we’d walk about 5 minutes or so into River Run Village where a number of convenience stores, ski rental places, family-friendly restaurants and more entertainment await. Fill your fridge with goodies from the market and anything you forgot to pack. But, if you don’t feel like walking, there are shuttles to take. And, there are 150 red wagons scattered throughout the resort for guests to use at leisure to transport tired kids and their gear.

Tips For Visiting Keystone


We took an early morning flight from San Diego to Denver which realistically could have put us on the slopes by about 2:00pm. I was tempted to go for it to maximize time on the slopes. I’m glad we didn’t. The altitude at Keystone is no joke so do drink tons of water, wear sunscreen, keep Advil handy (if it suits you) and give the kids a little time to acclimate. There is plenty to do! For a kid who has never seen this much snow, an hour just pushing it around our condo balcony at The Timbers was so much fun.

Keystone Resort Luxury Family Ski Vacation TimbersGetting To Keystone Resort
We took the Colorado Mountain Express from Denver International Airport to Keystone. The van was full, but all passengers were en route to Keystone so no major additional time was added. The actual drive time was 1 hour and 45 minutes including one midway Starbucks bathroom break. On the way out, conditions were good. However, it was snowing during our return and our ride took nearly 4 hours. Colorado Mountain Express anticipates the drive time in advance, based on weather, and will call you to adjust your departure time accordingly. I’ve taken them a number of times in the past to Beaver Creek and will say that I’ve never had a disappointing experience.

Have you been to Keystone Resort? Where does your family normally ski?

 

Chicago Chrstmas Lights Tour By Trolley

Christmas time in Chicago? Probaley not on your bucket list. Chicago is festive during the holidays, and I would guess that this year might be a little more special. Why? Well for starters the Cubs are World Series Champs, and this celebration is going to continue into the holidays. Touring Chicago can be uncomfortable during the winter, but  here is one tour that can keep you warm while touring Chicago.

If you are interested in touring cities we have the expertise to help you find the best tours and accomdations in the city. As all ways your first consultation is free. Take  a look at this tour, I think you will find that it’s a great choice when visiting Chicago.

Happy Travels

 

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Tour of Lake Tahoe, California Ski Resorts in Photos

Skiing season is just around the cornor, and the slopes will be becoming crowded. They Holidays will be the busiest time for skiing. From Thanskgiving, Christmas, and Presidents’ Day weekend, which can be the busiest of them all. Let the staff at YourTourGuru.com arrange your ski vacation. We will do all the research and planning so you get the best rates and take the best tours on your Ski Vacation. All you need to do is pack your ski gear. Don’t have any? We can take care of that too. Just leave all the planning and research to our experienced team. Space is limited during the Holidays , so planning is essintial.

Happy Travels
YourTourGuru Team

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