The following itinerary includes a number of private gardens which we plan to visit. These require special permission and may only be confirmed closer to the tour’s departure. The daily activities described in this itinerary may change or be rotated and/or modified in order to accommodate alterations in opening hours, flight schedules, variable weather conditions and confirmation of private visits. Participants will receive a final itinerary together with their tour documents prior to departure. The tour includes breakfast daily, lunches & dinners indicated in the detailed itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=dinner.
Santiago - 3 nights
Day 1: Sunday 9 October, Arrive Santiago
- Arrival transfer for participants arriving on the ‘ASA designated’ flight
- Short Orientation Walk & Light 2-course dinner
Participants travelling on the ASA ‘designated flight’ are scheduled to arrive into Santiago in the late afternoon. After clearing customs we transfer by private coach to our the Hotel Cumbres Lastarria, located in the Barrio Lastarria. Following check-in and time to freshen up after the long journey, there will be a short orientation walk in the hotel’s historic precinct followed by a light evening meal. (Overnight Santiago) D
Day 2: Monday 10 October, Santiago
- Walking tour of historic Santiago incl. Plaza de Armas and Cathedral
- Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino
- Mercado Central de Santiago
- Afternoon coach tour of Santiago’s diverse neighbourhoods
- Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant
This morning we embark on a walking tour of the city. We begin at the centre of Santiago’s social life, the Plaza de Armas, which is surrounded by heritage buildings, including the Metropolitan Cathedral, the old post office, and the National Historical Museum.
We visit the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino (Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art), founded by the Chilean architect and antiquities collector Sergio Larraín García-Moreno. The museum displays García-Moreno’s magnificent private collection from the major pre-Columbian Central American, Intermediate / Isthmo-Colombian (Panama etc.), Caribbean, Amazonian and the Andean cultures acquired over the course of nearly 50 years. Housed in the Palacio de la Real Aduana (1805-1807), the museum underwent extensive renovations and reopened in 2014. The collection, which ranges over 10,000 years, includes exhibits of art, sculpture, pottery, textiles and jewellery. Highlights include pieces from the Inca and Aztec empires, and the 7,000-year-old Chinchorro mummies discovered in 1983.
We then tour the Mercado Central and have time at leisure for lunch. Santiago’s fish market is housed in a 19th-century building featuring a beautiful cast-iron roof. Amongst its many stalls are numerous small restaurants serving a variety of fresh Chilean seafood dishes.
In the afternoon we travel by coach to explore some of the city’s diverse neighbourhoods, such as the vibrant Barrio Lastarria, a lovely historic neighbourhood in the city centre, known for its bohemian flavour and diverse cultural activity such as festivals and live performances; it has many theatres, museums, restaurants and bars. The precinct developed around the Church of the True Cross soon after Pedro de Valdivia’s Conquest of Chile. Old houses, recently restored, occupy its winding streets and the Plaza Mulato Gil de Castro.
We return to our hotel to rest and freshen up before heading to a local restaurant for our welcome dinner. (Overnight Santiago) BD
Day 3: Tuesday 11 October, Santiago
- Pablo Neruda’s House: ‘Casa Museo La Chascona’
- Jardín Botánico Chagual
- Private Garden Visit – To be confirmed
This morning we visit ‘La Chascona’, the Santiago home of Chile’s most famous poet, the Nobel Laureate, Pablo Neruda (1904-1973). His house is a triumph of artistic flourishes and includes a very broad, eccentric collection, including works of maritime art. It is located in the historic Bellavista district – home to an important arts community.
Following time at leisure for lunch, we visit the Chagual Botanical Garden, located in the Parque Metropolitano near the Cerro San Cristóbal. It occupies 84 acres and is still in the early stages of planning and development. The aim is to recreate central Chile’s unique ecosystems featuring special collections of endangered, medicinal and other significant plants such as those with special botanical or economic value. Of particular interest, it will feature plants native to Chile’s ‘Mediterranean’ climatic zone like those of southeastern and southwestern Australia, California and the South African Cape. The Melbourne Botanic Gardens and Kings Park, Perth, have been assisting with advice on this project. The flora of Chile is diverse and spectacular and these gardens are named after the eye-catching chagual (puya chilensis) which is indigenous to the region.
We end the day with a visit to a private gardens selected by our local Chilean expert. This visit will be by special invitation and will introduce you to some of the innovative aspects of garden design that exploit Chile’s unique climate, landscapes and flora. (Overnight Santiago) B
San Pedro de Atacama - 2 nights
Day 4: Wednesday 12 October, Santiago – Calama – San Pedro de Atacama
- Early morning flight from Santiago to Calama
- Parque para la Preservación de la Memoria Histórica de Calama
- Valle de la Luna & Cordillera de la Sal, Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos
Early this morning we transfer to Santiago airport and board a flight to Calama, which marks the northern end of the Atacama Desert. From here we drive 103 kilometres southeast to San Pedro de Atacama which will be our base from which to explore the desert. En route we pass the memorial dedicated to victims of human rights violations. Students, communists, socialists, union members, indigenous people—ideological threats to Augusto Pinochet’s vision of fascism and free market economics, were arrested, murdered and thrown into mass graves throughout the country. The murdered of Chile were buried in the Atacama Desert, for example, during what was known as the Caravan of Death of 1973. The Pinochet regime’s depredations inspired Sting’s famous protest song They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo: 1987), referring to mourning Chilean women (arpilleristas) who dance the Cueca, Chile’s national dance, carrying photographs of their disappeared loved ones. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4K_q3XNHkY&list=RDT4K_q3XNHkY.
San Pedro de Atacama, a small isolated oasis town of modest pisé dwellings. The Atacamaño (or Kunza) culture flourished here. The earliest site dates from 9,600 BC, when cave-dwelling hunters arrived from the altiplano. There’s evidence of camelid domestication about 4,800 years ago; the San Pedro culture formed 3,000 years ago, succeeded by the more sophisticated Classic Atacameño culture 2,000 years ago. This reached its peak in the 12th century and ended with the arrival of the Incas around 1450. It was a vital resting place on the northern trade routes through the desert.
In the late afternoon we drive to the Valle de la Luna (‘Moon Valley’). Its extraordinary landscape of strange rock formations is part of the protected nature sanctuary, Reserva Nacional Los Flamencos, in the Salt Mountain Range. The valley forms a depression surrounded by jagged spines of salt-encrusted hills, with an immense sand dune running between two ridges, resulting in unbelievable moon-like scenery. We also view the canyon and small dunes of the Cordillera de la Sal (‘Salt Mountain Range’). We return to the hotel for a late dinner. (Overnight San Pedro de Atacama) BD
Day 5: Thursday 13 October, San Pedro de Atacama
- Toconao village
- Salara de Atacama & Flamingos of Laguna Chaxa, Los Flamencos National Reserve
- Afternoon archaeological tour: Tulor & Quitor villages
We begin today with a visit to Toconao village, located between the Andes Mountain Range and the Atacama Salt Lake. The horizon here is dominated by very high volcanoes. This little colonial village dates back 12,000 years; there is evidence of 10,000-year-old human presence in the area, making it an area of great historical and archaeological significance. It features picturesque stone houses made from local liparita stone (pumice) extracted from the local quarry, and the old church of San Lucas with its distinctive 18th-century bell tower. The sweet waters of this small oasis support a variety of fruit trees such as Easter pears, plums, quinces and grapes, as well as a wide range of vegetables. The town also features small handicraft workshops whose products include woven products made from alpaca wool.
We then visit the Atacama Salt Flat; at 3,000 sq km, this is one of the world’s largest salt flats. It is also home to the famous flamingos of Chaxa Lagoon, part of the Soncor, a section of the Salar de Atacama in the Los Flamencos National Reserve. In this high, desert landscape, framed by mountains of nearly 6,000 metres, the Soncor provides a breeding ground for a wide variety of species including Chilean and Andean flamingos that use it as an important nesting site, the Andean avocet, the yellow-billed teal, the crested duck, the puna plover and Baird’s sandpiper. Various plant species grow around the edges of the lagoon, such as Distichlis spicata, Ephedra and cachiyuyo (a species of the genus Atriplex), among others. We will observe flamingos in the lagoon in which they feed and breed.
After lunch at a local restaurant we visit two important archaeological sites to learn about the origin of the Licanantai (or Atacamaño) culture. First we visit the Pucara de Quitor, a pre-Hispanic fortress that played an important role in the 1540 Battle of Quitor between the Spanish and the indigenous population. Nearby Tulor was a village complex that once spread out over a vast area. Today only a small part of the village can be visited; the rest lies buried under the Atacama sands. (Overnight San Pedro de Atacama) BL
Santiago Airport - 1 night
Day 6: Friday 14 October, San Pedro de Atacama – Calama – Santiago Airport
- Walking tour of San Pedro de Atacama
- Afternoon flight from Calama to Santiago
We spend the morning visiting San Pedro de Atacama on a walking tour. The civic centre is made up of a town square, church and town hall. The church is surprisingly long, with rustic vaulting of cactus wood slats and algarrobo beams bound with leather. Inside, naïve statues of saints clothed in fine satins stand on the reredos.
After an early lunch, we return to Calama to take our flight to Santiago. We will stay at the Holiday Inn at the airport, conveniently located for our flight tomorrow morning. (Overnight Santiago Airport) BL
Torres Del Paine - 3 nights
Day 7: Saturday 15 October, Santiago Airport – Punta Arenas – Torres del Paine National Park
- Flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas
- Drive to the Torres del Paine National Park.
This morning we take the 4 hour flight to Punta Arenas in Patagonia, and then drive to our hotel within the Torres del Paine National Park (approximately 336km). We will arrive in the evening and enjoy dinner at the hotel. (Overnight Torres del Paine National Park) BLD
Day 8: Sunday 16 October, Torres del Paine National Park
- Excursion to the National Park’s Waterfalls and Lookout points
Torres del Paine National Park (Parque Nacional Torres del Paine) encompasses the great Cordillera del Paine, glaciers, lakes and rivers. The park lies in a transition zone between the Magellanic sub-polar deciduous forests and the Patagonian Steppes. Paine means ‘blue’ in the native Tehuelche (Aonikenk) language and is pronounced PIE-na. Out of the grasslands of the Patagonian Steppe, with its herds of grazing guanacos (which are akin to llamas), soar the distinctive torres (towers) – three grey granite peaks of the Paine mountain range or Paine Massif which form part of the tapering spine of the Andes. They rise up to 2,800m above sea level, and are joined by the Cuernos del Paine. The Park’s well-known lakes include Grey, Pehoé, Nordenskiöld, and Sarmiento. Its glaciers, including Grey, Pingo and Tyndall, belong to the Southern Patagonia Ice Field.
Our visit to the National Park will include a visit to Cascada Paine where we may encounter the Torrent duck, the Cañadón Macho where herds of guanacos graze on the abundant grass, and Laguna Azul, named for the purity of its waters that perfectly reflect the blue sky. We will take a short 15 minute walk to see the Salto Grande waterfall, and also walk along the shore of Grey Lake where we will see vast blue icebergs set against the backdrop of Grey Glacier. Today’s lunch will be a picnic. (Overnight Torres del Paine National Park) BLD
Day 9: Monday 17 October, Torres del Paine National Park
- Walk along Grey beach with views of the iceberg
- Boat Excursion across Lago Grey to the Grey Glacier (subject to weather conditions)
The focus of today is a visit to the Grey Glacier, one of Torres del Paine’s most spectacular glaciers, and Lago Grey that it fills, one of its most beautiful lakes. Lago Grey is bordered by a moraine, the result of debris deposited by the glacier, and an iceberg graveyard. If the weather is fine, we shall take a 3-hour boat trip out on the lake. As we travel across the water, Glacier Grey comes into view in the distance. A wide, bluish wall sandwiched between bare rock plateaux, its façade is a mass of jagged, eroding ice. Today’s lunch will be a picnic. (Overnight Torres del Paine National Park) BLD
Punta Arenas - 1 night
Day 10: Tuesday 18 October, Torres del Paine National Park – Punta Arenas
- Morning drive to Punta Arenas
- Maggiorino Borgatello Museum
- Nao Victoria Museum
- Short tour of Punta Arenas
- Dinner at a local restaurant
Today we embark on the long drive to Punta Arenas to the south, refreshing ourselves with a box lunch en-route. On arrival in Punta Arenas we will first visit the Maggiorino Borgatello Museum that houses a collection of ethnic aboriginal artefacts. We also visit the fascinating Nao Victoria Museum which contains replicas of the ships that contributed to the discovery and colonisation of the area or have special and historic significance for the Magallanes Region of Chile. The replicas were built using traditional shipbuilding techniques. Highlights of their collection are the full-size replicas of the historic ships which include the Nao Victoria, James Caird, Schooner Ancud and the HMS Beagle. HMS Beagle, a British Navy brig-sloop, was converted into an exploration vessel. The most famous of her three voyages was the second (1831-1836) under the command of Captain Robert FitzRoy, with the young Charles Darwin on board.
We then take a short coach tour of Punta Arenas’ landmarks, including the main square and the statue of Fernando de Magellanes. We conclude our day with a visit to the Cerro de la Cruz, a lookout point boasting panoramic views of the city, the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego Island. Dinner will be at a local restaurant. (Overnight Punta Arenas) BLD
Valdivia - 2 nights
Day 11: Wednesday 19 October, Punta Arenas – Punta Montt – Frutillar – Valdivia
- Morning flight Punta Arenas – Punta Montt
- Afternoon tour of Frutillar, including the German Colonial Museum and the Teatro del Lago
This morning we take a flight north to Punta Montt and then drive directly to the lovely lakeside resort town of Frutillar, located on Llanquihue Lake near the Osorno Volcano.
This was Chile’s first German migrant town and is famous for its music festival ‘Las Semanas Musicales de Frutillar’ that came into being in 1968. A particular characteristic of Frutillar is its houses German-style houses. There are beautiful gardens in the town. We shall visit the German Colonial Museum and the amphitheatre (Teatro del Lago) where the famous music festival is held.
In the mid-afternoon we drive to Valdivia where we shall be based for 2 nights. (Overnight Valdivia) B
Day 12: Thursday 20 October, Valdivia
- Valdivia city tour, including River Market, Plaza de la República and Botanic Garden.
- Calle-Calle River Cruise
Today we visit one of Chile’s most beautiful historic cities, Valdivia, founded by the Spanish conquistador Don Pedro de Valdivia (1497-1553) in 1522. This southern city was of great strategic significance to the Spanish Empire. Its proximity to the Strait of Magellan made it a mandatory shelter on the route to meet the Peruvian viceroyalty. It was also rich in gold and timber and located on the largest navigable river network in the country. The Calle-Calle, Cau Cau, Cruces and Valdivia Rivers which run through this river port invest it with particular charm.
We shall tour the city, visiting the river market and the Torreón del Canelo, a watchtower used by the Spanish as protection against the Mapuches and pirates. It was built in the 17th century and restored by Ambrosio O´Higgins in the 18th century. Many of Valdivia’s houses are in German styles, built by migrants. We shall see San Francisco Church, the Cathedral and the Plaza de la República, with a giant arbour under which citizens enjoy the shade.
We shall then embark on a catamaran cruise along the Calle-Calle River. The river system is rich in native aquatic plants and bird-life, with 119 species living in the wetland and adjoining areas. Amongst others there are black-necked swans, coots, coscoroba swans, marsh crows, coypu and river otters. We shall have a picnic lunch on board the boat. (Overnight Valdivia) BL
Pucón - 2 nights
Day 13: Friday 21 October, Valdivia – Panguipulli – Pucón
- Private garden in Panguipulli – To be confirmed
- Private gardens of Hotel Antumalal
This morning we drive to Pucón on the shore of Lake Villaricca. En route we visit the little town of Panguipulli where we will visit a local private garden by one of Chile’s leading garden designers.
On arrival in Pucon we visit the private gardens of Hotel Antumalal. Designed by the Chilean architect Jorge Elton in the 40s, and influenced by the Bauhaus style, it is considered one of the most famous hotels of the Lakes District. It hosted Queen Elizabeth on her tour of Chile in 1968. The gardens, spread over 5 hectares, offer panoramic views of Lake Villarrica and include five waterfalls with natural volcanic rock pools, a vegetable garden and an array of native vegetation. (Overnight Pucón) BL
Day 14: Saturday 22 October, Pucón – Parque Nacional Volcan Villaricca – Pucón
- Parque Nacional Volcán Villarrica
- Termas Geométricas: time to relax and enjoy a swim in the thermal pools
Today we explore the Parque Nacional Villarrica where we shall witness the stunning natural beauty of Chile’s southern Lake District. The park, which features a glorious mix of lakes and three volcanoes (Villarrica, Quetrupillánd and Lanín), includes a number of very good walking trails, which lead through the forest, meandering past alpine lakes and deep canyons. The park is also home to the rare Araucaria araucana (monkey puzzle tree), a protected species, of which specimens may live for over 1,000 years and takes five centuries just to reach maturity. We shall visit the south side of the Villarrica volcano which features a dense forest of these trees.
We end the day with a visit to the Termas Geométricas, a Japanese-inspired labyrinth of hot springs hidden in the lush Chilean forest. Suspended over a flowing stream, a maze of red planks winding through the forest, lead to the various pools. There are 17 pools in total, each fed directly from a natural hot spring via wooden pipes. Next to each pool is a small hut/changing room made of the same redwood as the paths. Each hut has grass planted on the roof, giving the whole facility a timeless feel, almost as if they are some extension of the natural backdrop. The complex rests at the bottom of a canyon, and mists rise from the warm waters in a nearly constant fog. Between the Japanese-styled architecture and the Chilean nature, few places in the world can claim quite such a perfect harmony of nature and design. There will be time to relax and enjoy a swim in the thermal pools. Remember to bring your swim-suit! (Overnight Pucón) BL
Santa Cruz - 2 nights
Day 15: Sunday 23 October, Pucón – Temuco – Santiago – Santa Cruz
- Morning flight to Santiago
- Santa Rita Winery Garden Visit and Lunch
We depart the hotel early this morning an drive to the town of Temuco 79km away to catch our morning flight to Santiago. On arrival we board our coach and drive to the lovely Viña Santa Rita, one of Chile’s premier wine estates, located in the verdant valleys of the Maipo wine-making region. After lunch in the restaurant, we will walk through the glorious view of the sculpted gardens, the vineyards and wine cellars and learn about the processes of traditional Chilean wine production. The winery, covering more than 3,000 hectares, also features the historic ‘Bodega 1’ and ‘Bodega de los 120 patriotas’ which are considered a national treasure. Of course, we will also have the chance to taste some of the vineyard’s wines, which include merlot, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and cabernet franc! (Overnight Santa Cruz) BL
Day 16: Monday 24 October, Santa Cruz – Colchagua Valley – Santa Cruz
- Colchagua Valley
- Colchagua Museum, Santa Cruz
This morning we take a tour of the beautiful Colchagua Valley, a region well-known for its excellent grape-growing soil, on a route that takes us through scenic villages, vineyards and orchards. We will visit Montes and Viu Manent, two of Chile’s finest wineries that reflect the combination of innovation and tradition for which Chilean wines are becoming known.
This afternoon we visit one of Chile’s largest private museums – the Colchagu Museum in Santa Cruz. It contains a huge collection of interesting geological specimens, Pre-Columbian ceramics and metal work, Conquistador armour and colonial artefacts, and a very large folk collection. This establishment, which even has a section devoted to early steam machinery, is one of the best laid out and most comprehensive museums in Chile. (Overnight Santa Cruz) BL
Viña del Mar - 2 nights
Day 17: Tuesday 25 October, Santa Cruz – Casablanca Valley – Viña del Mar
- Private garden in Melipilla – To be Confirmed
- Scenic drive through the Casablanca Valley
Today we depart Santa Cruz and drive to Melipilla where we plan to visit a private garden designed by a leading Chilean designer. After lunch at a local restaurant we shall continue on to Viña del Mar, a lovely seaside resort town on the Pacific coast. Our drive will take us through the verdant Casabalnca Valley, fames for its rich production of Chilean wine. (Overnight Viña del Mar) BL
Day 18: Wednesday 26 October, Viña del Mar – Valparaíso – Viña del Mar
- Funicular ‘El Peral’ ride to Conception Hill, Valparaíso
- Cerro Alegre and merchant houses, Valparaíso
- National Botanical Garden (‘Saltpeter Park’), Viña del Mar
This morning we take a tour of colonial Valparaíso, one of Chile’s most captivating cities, noted for its colourful history as a major port and its rich artistic, literary and political traditions. It is also physically very colourful, with extraordinary brightly painted houses crammed up against each other along the city’s steep slopes. The city’s fascinating blend of past and present has caused it to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It looks out across a wide bay with the upper parts of the town reached by stairs, narrow streets and funicular railways.
We ride the funicular ‘El Peral’ up Conception Hill which commands excellent views to the port. We then visit the port itself and the city centre and stroll through some of the avenues leading to the scenic point, Cerro Alegre. The dwellings here were once owned by foreign merchants who began building around 1840. If time permits we will also visit another former home of the poet Pablo Neruda, ‘La Sebastiana’. It is shaped like the hull of a ship and its contents reflect Neruda’s love of the sea. From the poet’s desk there is a view of the Pacific; he is thought to have written many poems about the natural world seated here.
After time at leisure for lunch we drive to the garden originally known as ‘Saltpeter Park’ at Viña del Mar. This oasis, covering an area of 395 hectares with more than 3,000 species of flora, was originally commissioned by nitrate baron Pascual Baburizza, and was created by the French landscape gardener George Dubois. The park was donated to the Nitrate and Iodine Company so as to assure its survival. In 1951 this corporation donated the park to the Chilean State; its name was changed to ‘National Botanical Garden’. It serves both an educational and scientific purpose, and is an excellent place to go walking, thanks to its stony paths, ponds and woodlands. Highlights of the garden include one of the few documented collections of the extinct Toromiro of Easter Island (Sophora Toromiro), a collection of plants from the Juan Fernandez archipelago, a Cactarium with 60 Chilean species, and collections of Chilean Myrtaceae, ‘bosque valdiviano‘ (Valdivian forest) plants, medicinal plants and fuchsias. (Overnight Viña del Mar) B
Santiago - 3 nights
Day 19: Thursday 27 October, Viña del Mar – Panquehue – Santiago
- Viña Errazurit garden by Juan Grimm
- San Esteban winery visit and lunch
- Private garden in Aconcagua Valley – to be confirmed
Nestled between the coast and the Santiago metropolitan area is the Aconcagua Valley. As we make our way along the valley we will visit the Viña Errazurit, a winery founded in 1870 by Don Maximiano Errázurid. It is now one of Chile’s most successful award winning wineries. Here we will visit the garden designed by Juan Grimm – the ‘grand master’ of Chilean garden design. We continue to San Esteban winery where we enjoy lunch and a wine-tasting with views over the valley and mountain range. Of particular interest is the archaeological site that lies within the property, where we see a petroglyph rock carving that date that may be up to 1000 years old. Before we return to Santiago, we will also visit one of the smaller private gardens in the Aconcagua Valley. (Overnight Santiago) BL
Day 20: Friday 28 October, Santiago
- Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
- Cousiño Palace Garden
- Parque Quinta Normal
This morning we take a guided tour of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. This museum is a repository for more than 3000 pieces of art, particularly Chilean and broader South American painting and sculpture dating from the colonial period onwards.
This afternoon we will visit the Cousiño Palace, a grand mansion built in the 19th century by the wealthy Cousiño-Goyenechea family who had amassed a fortune from coal and silver mining. Now owned by the state, the palace still retains a garden with features typical of the era – glasshouses with exotic plants from around the world.
Before returning to the hotel we will visit one of the city’s beautiful historic gardens, the Parque Quinta Normal. Great greenhouses reminiscent of London’s Kew gardens provide a backdrop for water features, pathways and a lake. Founded in 1841 as a place to cultivate imported plants, today the park provides a green oasis to the city’s residents. (Overnight Santiago) B
Day 21: Saturday 29 October, Santiago
- Morning program – to be confirmed
- Afternoon at leisure
- Farewell Dinner at a Local Restaurant
The program for the morning is to be confirmed.
The afternoon is at leisure to further enjoy the sights and sounds of Santiago. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (Overnight Santiago) BD
Day 22: Sunday 30 October, Depart Santiago
- Departure transfer for travellers taking the ASA ‘designated’ flight
Our program finishes in Santiago. Participants travelling on the ‘designated flight’ will be transferred to the airport to take our flight home to Australia. B