Experience the scenic beauty and mystery of Easter Island, an idyllic tropical paradise located midway between Tahiti and Chile that has intrigued travelers and explorers for years. Discover the island's historic landmarks and exquisite natural beauty during a full-day tour. Visit Vaihu, Akahanga and the Rano Raraku Volcano, the unique monolithic statues at Ahu Tongariki and Te Pito Kura, and lovely Anakena Beach, the Rano Kao Volcano, and the ceremonial stone village of Orongo.
Please note: Due to the limited availability of flights to Easter Island, full payment of the Land Program is due at time of confirmation, and once confirmed this program is 100% non-refundable.
Guests participating in this program should schedule their flights into Santiago Airport.
Day 1 - SANTIAGO
Upon arrival at Santiago Airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure. If your flight arrives in the early morning, you may wish to reserve an additional night to guarantee immediate check-in upon arrival.
Dinner this evening is served at the hotel.
Overnight at the Santiago Hotel- Santiago, Chile
Day 2 - SANTIAGO / EASTER ISLAND
Breakfast is served this morning before you have an early start with a transfer to the airport for your flight to Easter Island. An in-flight snack will be served. Upon arrival in the early afternoon, you are met and transferred to your hotel for check-in.
Spend the rest of the day exploring the area independently. The Hangaroa has several optional tours you can arrange directly with the hotel like trekking the Poike volcanoes, relaxing on the Rapa Nui beach, or experience the Tahai sunset overlooking the surrounding archaeological sites. Lunch and Dinner will be provided at the Hongaroa Hotel.
Overnight at the Hongaroa Eco Village - Easter Island, Chile
Day 3 - EASTER ISLAND
After a leisurely breakfast meet your guide and head along the southeast coast at Ahu Hanga Te'e in the sector of Vaihu. From Vaihu continue on to the Ahu Akahanga also known as the "platform of the king". According to legends this is the site where the bones of the first king of Easter Island (Hotu Matua) are buried. A short drive follows to Ahu Tongariki, formerly the largest platform on the Island destroyed by a tidal wave in 1960, but since reconstructed. From there, continue to the spectacular Rano Raraku quarry, so symbolic of the island and the original "factory" of the moais. The gigantic statues cover the inner and outer slopes of the volcano; they can be admired in the different stages of production, from carving in the rock to upright position, and lying face down on their intended road to their platforms.
The tour continues along the north coast and passes through La Perousse Bay to stop at Ahu Te Pito Kura. This is the site of the largest moai ever transported and erected onto an ahu. The moai paro stood at 9.8 meters with an estimated weight of 82 tons. Its top knot alone weighs approximately 11 tons. It is also believed to be the last moai to be toppled, sometime in the 1840's. A Box lunch will be provided during your full day tour.
The next stop is the beach of Anakena where according to native legend Hotu Matua first landed on Rapa Nui. At this site you will see the Ahu Nau Nau partially restored in 1978 by Rapa Nui Archeologist Sergio Rapu. Located in this same area is the Ahu Ature Huki. The moai standing on this ahu was the first moai to ever be re-erected onto an ahu. This was done by a group of islanders working with Thor Heyerdahl and the Norwegian expedition in 1956. A tasty boxed lunch is served in a shaded area at Anakena Beach or at Rano Raraku Volcano.
From Anakena, take the inland road for a visit to the incredible Rano Kau volcano and the Orongo ceremonial village, site of the famous "birdman" competitions that came to an abrupt halt 150 years ago when the first Christian Missionaries arrived to the island. From this peak, look out at the panoramic view of miles and miles of ocean, and the tiny islands of Moto Iti, Moto Kau Kau and Moto Nui.
Enjoy your final dinner on the island this evening.
Overnight at the Hongaroa Eco Village - Easter Island, Chile
Day 4 - EASTER ISLAND / SANTIAGO
After breakfast at the hotel enjoy a couple hours of leisure time. Transfer to the airport for your return flight to Santiago. An in-flight snack is served.
Upon arrival, you are met and transferred back to the hotel. The rest of the evening is at your leisure. Dinner is on your own account.
Overnight at the Santiago Hotel - Santiago, Chile
Day 5 - SANTIAGO
After breakfast and check-out, meet your guide to head for a short morning sight-seeing drive through Santiago, before heading to the Santiago Airport.
Upon arrival in Ushuaia, transfer directly to the pier for check-in. The staff and crew are looking forward to welcoming you aboard.
For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises
Day 2 - Santiago/Easter Island - approximately 5 hours and 40 minutes
Day 4 - Easter Island/Santiago - approximately 4 hours and 45 minutes
Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules
In order to issue the flight tickets between Santiago and Easter Island, the following information must be submitted to Silversea cruises at time of confirmation:
-Full name of guest as it appears on the passport
-Passport number (passport must be valid for dates of travel)
-Date of birth
Please have one small bag packed and ready to go with you to Easter Island. Luggage is restricted to a maximum of 44 pounds (23 kilograms) in soft bags. The remainder of your luggage will be stored at your hotel in Santiago until your return. Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Chilean flights; overweight charges are approximately US $7 per extra 2.2 pounds (one kilogram). Guests are responsible for any charges imposed by the airlines for overweight luggage. Dress on the island is very casual.
Please check with your travel professional for details regarding a Chilean visa. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.
The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair.
Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.
All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.
This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.
Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty at time of confirmation.
All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.