Description

The oldest wine-producing country in the Americas, Chile has been producing fine wines since the 16th century, when the Conquistadors first brought grapevines with them. Tucked between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Chile boasts several distinctive terroirs which, combined with increasingly organic and sustainable farming practices, are yielding world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carménère, as well as distinctive Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

PROGRAMMED DISTANCE: 498 miles approximately Explore fertile valleys, see Chilean traditions unfold and talk wine with welcoming hosts in wineries and mansions while savoring delicious wines and delving deep into Chile’s unique culture. Start your journey in Santiago. Awaiting you are the luscious fruity bouquets of Casablanca Valley's Sauvignon Blanc, the velvety Merlots of the Cachapoal Valley and Carménère, the Chilean varietal par excellence, in the Colchagua Valley.


Itinerary

Day 1 - SANTIAGO

Transfer from the airport in Santiago. Check-in at your hotel. In the afternoon explore the city and surroundings. We recommend visiting the historic downtown and San Cristobal hill for a spectacular view of Santiago from on high.

Day 2 - SANTIAGO I CASABLANCA VALLEY I VALPARAÍSO

Depart Santiago towards the Casablanca Valley (78 miles on paved road). Blessed with a marine climate, the region is celebrated for its white wines such as sauvignon blanc and cool-climate reds including syrah and pinot noir. Suggested wineries include Indómita, Viña Mar, Veramonte, and Casas del Bosque, among others. In the afternoon, visit the picturesque port of Valparaíso (70 km. - paved road), a World Heritage Site, rising on 43 hills connected by narrow streets, staircases and funiculars, with colorful houses perched in the hills, pretty parks and several historic monuments, as well as atmospheric bars and restaurants. We strongly recommend visiting La Sebastiana Museum, former house of the Nobel Laureate poet Pablo Neruda. (B)

Day 3 - VALPARAÍSO I CACHAPOAL VALLEY I COLCHAGUA VALLEY I SANTA

In the morning, visit the Cachapoal valley (122 miles on paved road) where the climate is dry and sunny and where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Carménère predomínate. Here you can tour several facilities and cellars and learn more about wine making. Some wineries you may visit include Lagar De Bezana, Chateau Los Boldos, Porta, Anakena, Altaïr, Gracia and Casas Del Toqui. In the afternoon, drive to Colchagua valley (56 miles on paved road), renowned as one of the most fertile wine valleys and producing world-class red wines. Some of the many wineries found in this valley are Viu Manent, Santa Laura, Bisquert, Mont Gras, and Montes. (B)

Day 4 - SANTA CRUZ I COLCHAGUA VALLEY I SANTA CRUZ

In the morning, visit "Los Espíritus de Colchagua" just steps from the hotel. The House of Spirits of Colchagua is a magical place that preserves the ageold tradition of mixing fruits and herbs with alcohol, giving life to these tasty "mistelas" (spirits). Then, visit the Colchagua Museum, one of the most comprehensive private museums in Chile, with an interesting collection of insects trapped in amber and pre-Hispanic artifacts. After lunch visit the Santa Cruz Winery (15 miles on paved road). The winery has a cable car to the top of a hill where reproductions of houses of the Mapuche, Rapa Nui and Aymara people give insight into the lives of these indigenous societies. The winery also features a marvelous Automobile Museum that displays models from 1890 to 1980, such as the Ferrari 512, and the Porche 928. Last but not least is a small observatory with the most powerful privately owned telescope in Chile. On Friday and Saturday night, don’t miss the stargazing Tour of the Cosmos offered by the winery. (B)

Day 5 - SANTA CRUZ I SANTIAGO TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)

In the morning, depart from Colchagua Valley and return to Santiago airport to return the car (125 Km. paved road). (B)

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Includes

  • Hotel accommodation for 4 nights
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Car rental for 5 days with unlimited mileage and collision damage waiver. Type of car: Air conditioned Sedan Models: Nissan Tiida S 1.6 MT SLJ, or Toyota Yaris Sedan XLI 1.5 Mechanical Transmission. Capacity 4 passengers. Steering Power
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Hotels

Valparaiso

Casa Higueras| hotels in Valparaiso Chile

Casa Higueras

4 Nights / Luxury
A simple facade of Higuera street hides the inside of this sophisticated and warm boutique hotel of over 1600 square met...

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Plaza| hotels in Santa Cruz Chile

Santa Cruz Plaza

4 Nights / Luxury
Since its entry, Hotel Santa Cruz invites a different experience, nothing has been left to chance. All details of its ar...

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Santiago

Torremayor| hotels in Santiago Chile

Torremayor

4 Nights / Luxury
Torremayor Hotel opened in July 1994, built with a Mediterranean architectural style in one of the most emblematic and b...

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Notes

    All rates are per person, based on double occupancy. Extra nights and triple occupancy available upon request.
    Rates are not applicable during New Year´s, national holidays and event/congress periods
    Please call for special international airfares and domestic flights in Economy or Business Class.
    Air portion, entrance fees, fuel, beverages and meal, personal expenses and other items not mentioned above are not included.

    Important! In order to rent a car in Chile, you must be 25 years old, and be in possession of an International driver’s license.

Departures & Rates

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