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Chuck Palm November 14th, 2002 07:39 PM

Private Tour Valparaiso
I just got a quote for a private tour for four people. The price was $70 per person:
Here is the itinerary:

Pick-up four passengers at point of debarkation at 9:00A.M.

Tour of Valparaiso

Tour of the Vina del Mar , Chile's wine growing region, with stops at several chilean vineyards

Tour of Santiago

Transfer to airport at about 9:00 P.M. for an 11:30 P.M. departure on American Airlines.

This seems like a very good deal to me because just transfers to the airport through Celebrity were about that much money. I think this should be a very long and fun day.
Comments or suggestions???

heatherbc November 14th, 2002 10:00 PM

Re: Private Tour Valparaiso

Sounds like a great deal, Chuck. We are disembarking in Valparaiso, but we are staying on a couple of days in Santiago, so have opted for Princess' transfers.

What is your itinerary ? Asking, as I am interested in what you have chosen for shore excursions.

Kuki November 15th, 2002 02:14 PM

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Chuck... sounds like a good plan. We've used private cars in Europe and normally ended up paying around $50/hr for the vehicle and driver, so price seems reasonable.


Chuck Palm November 16th, 2002 08:59 AM

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To Heather bc

So far I have boooked only three tours:

Magdelena Island (Penguins, nature, etc.)
Punta Tombo Penguin Rookery
Beagle Channel Navigation Tour

We are unclear what we are doing in other ports/stops, etc.

Itinerary is as follows:
12-22 Buenos Aires
12-23 Buenos Aires
12-24 Montivideo,Ur.
Xmas at Sea
12-26 Puerto Madrin
12-27 at sea
12-28 at sea
12-29 Cape Horn & Tierra del Fuego
12-30 Ushuaya
New Years Eve- Punta Arenas
New Years Day- Straights of Magellan
01-02 Chilean Fjords
01-03 Puerto Montt
01-04 At Sea
01-05 Valparaiso (Debarkation)

What is your itinerary, any suggestions??? We are open to just about any ideas.
Have a great trip!

CruiseAholic November 16th, 2002 09:20 AM

Re: Private Tour Valparaiso
Chuck / Heather,

Did that itinerary on the Mercury this past March, it is fabulous. We opted for the Celebrity tour, which was more expensive than that quoted for you.

You may want to get to the airport earlier than that however, flying out of Santiago, EVERY piece of luggage was unpacked/checked before you were allowed to proceed to the check-in counter. Lines were VERY long to say the least. We were on United, which when we got there was one of the smaller lines, but American's line was almost the length of the airport. The guards were however very efficient, but do not lock your luggage as (at least then) you will have to unlock it again.

Chuck Palm November 16th, 2002 10:19 AM

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Thanks for the advice. I have friends who said the airport lines were enormous as well. They have done this cruise before and are doing it again with us. (They must have liked it)
The flight actually departs at 11:59, roughly midnight. What time would you get to the airport?

CruiseAholic November 16th, 2002 10:33 AM

Re: Private Tour Valparaiso
Chuck, if it was me, I'd be there around 8:00 - 8:30, I leave around 3 hours minimum. Our flight was at 9:00 pm, Celebrity had us there around 5:30.

Chuck Palm November 16th, 2002 11:28 AM

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heatherbc November 16th, 2002 11:35 AM

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United is cancelling ALL service in and out of Santiago as of Jan. 6 2003. We were

originally booked United now have been transferred over to American.

Hardest thing about a vacation is getting to and from the vacation !! :-)))

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