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Chilean Wines

Duration
7 Days
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US$ 2,464

Embark on a short but very tasty Chile vacation, where you not only gain amazing insight into the wines of Chile but you’ll also get the unique chance to explore Santiago and Valparaiso like a local.


The first morning will be spent exploring on foot to discover the real Santiago. Start with a ride on the local subway to the busy downtown area. Walk to the Stock Exchange stopping en route for a coffee at one of the many coffee shops in this part of the city. Arrive at the main square and heart and soul of Santiago, the Plaza de Armas visiting the Cathedral after which head to the Mercado Central offering an amazing selection of seafood. You will have lunch here at one of the local restaurants. After lunch, walk across the MapochoRiver to visit the Vega Central food market. Next is the upscale and picturesque Bellavista neighbourhood known for its bohemian ambience. Here try a local drink called a “Terramotto” (Earthquake). Continue after to the top of the San Cristobal Hill, the highest point in Santiago, by funicular to enjoy spectacular views of the city. You will be returned to your hotel by vehicle.

The next day, head out of town to Santa Cruz in the ColchaguaValley, one of the major wine producing regions.  Visit the Vie Manent Winery to learn about and taste some of Chile’s best wines followed by lunch.  Then visit the ColchaguaMuseum located in an attractive adobe manor built in 1850. Later, have a tour of the Santa Cruz Winery and visit an indigenous village which has reproductions of certain ancient tribal dwellings. Overnight in Santa Cruz.

The next morning, continue to RosarioValley and enjoy a visit to the Matetic Winery. After lunch, learn about the different phases of wine production while appreciating the stunning views surrounding the vineyards and the beautiful RosarioValley where you will overnight.

First thing next day, visit the William Cole Winery which prides itself on its use of the most modern technologies. Here you will enjoy a tour of the winery including a wine tasting.  Next up is the Casa Del Bosque family boutique winery in the CasablancaValley which once again includes a wine tasting followed by lunch at the restaurant located next to the vineyard. Stay overnight in the CasablancaValley.

Your next stop is at the port city of Valparaiso where once again, you will discover the city on foot. Valparaiso was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its interesting layout and colourful houses. The first stop is at the Plaza Sotomayor, the main square of the city from which you will take the elevator to the higher area of Valparaiso and stat walking through the streets and alleyways. These include the Paseo Yugoslavo with the stunning BaburrisaPalace. Continue through the charming maze of alleyways to the Bavestrello where houses face three streets and therefore have three fronts.  Arrive eventually at Concepcion Hill where you will sit down to enjoy the views and a coffee at the iconic Café Brighton. Then take the elevator down to the Financial District walking afterwards to the Casino Social Jota Cruz Martinez to have lunch and try Valparaiso’s most traditional dish, the Chorillana. After lunch, take a trolley bus to the port area and board a ship which will take you around the bay and the harbour. Overnight in Valparaiso.

Return to Santiago the following morning where the tour ends.

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,464

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Day 1

Santiago

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Santiago. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Galerias

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    Hotel Galerias



    Galerias Hotel offers excellent services in a lovely historic setting of Santiago. It features a beautiful outdoor pool on the 6th floor, an extensive wine cellar, cultural tours, and fine Chilean cuisine.

    Galerias Hotel offers excellent services in a lovely historic setting of Santiago. It features a beautiful outdoor pool on the 6th floor, an extensive wine cellar, cultural tours, and fine Chilean cuisine.

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    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Santiago Like a Native

Today is a day you will experience and feel Santiago like a true "Santiaguino".

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and together will board one of the most efficient and clean subways in the world, Santiago's Metro. In it, you will reach the classic and most important subway station in Town, Universidad de Chile where gigantic murals of local artists are displayed showing a piece of Chile's reach urban culture.

Upon exiting the station you will find yourself in the middle of Santiago's busy downtown. Walk to the Stock Exchange via the classic streets of downtown Santiago, partaking in a Santiago classic coffee experience in one of the many coffee shops called "Cafe con Pierna" or "Coffee with Legs"... you will see first hand why it is named as such!

Continue to the Paseo Ahumada, arriving at the main square, Plaza de Armas, which is a meeting point of several immigrant influences from neighboring Latin countries. After visiting the main Cathedral, walk Puente Street to Mercado Central (local fish Market) where you will see the many varied types of fish and shellfish that the Pacific Ocean has to offer, and that make up the many menu choices in the Santiago region.

In this market you will have lunch at one of the restaurants where locals eat and where tourists usually do not show up. Your guide will be with you at all times explaining local culture and helping you interact with shop tenders, waiters and everyone you want to meet. After lunch walk across the Mapocho river to visit the Vega Central (local food market) here you will see the different fruits and vegetables that the fertile lands of Chile offer.

After the visit walk through the Bellavista district, also known as the bohemian district where you will enter a local bar to try out a refreshing local drink called "The Terremoto" (earthquake). After this stop continue to the San Cristobal Hill where you will get to the top in the traditional funicular. You will have a great view of Santiago and will be able to track the places you visited during the day. Here, a vehicle will be waiting to take you back to the hotel after a day of exploring Santiago and being a true "Santiaguino".

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Day 3

Santiago - Colchagua Valley - Santa Cruz

Head out towards Santa Cruz located in Colchagua valley. The wines coming from this region, about an hour and a half south of Santiago, differ remarkably from those produced in the north of the capital. Upon arrival in Colchagua valley, you will be able to visit the facilities of Vie Manent winery where you will see and learn about the winemaking processes of some of the most highly recognized wines in the Colchagua Valley. You will also be able to enjoy a tasting of the different varieties of wines produced by the winery. Lunch will be at Viu Manent. Then, enjoy the Colchagua museum located in a large adobe manor built in 1850.

In the afternoon, you have a wine tour at Santa Cruz winery: This vineyard is located 25km south of Santa Cruz, on the road to Lolol, a new wine project aimed at producing wine grapes for the production of very high quality wines. At the winery you will be able to taste the highly awarded wine, Chaman, the tour includes a visit to the Indigenous Village that has been built next to the vineyard. This village consists of reproductions of Mapuche, Rapa Nui, and Aymara tribal dwellings.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza

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    Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza



    Located in front of the Main Square of Santa Cruz. Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza has 2 restaurants, BBQ area, bar, wine cellar, wine collection, outdoor swimming pool, gym, Spa, heated swimming pool, outdoor jacuzzi, steam bath, 4 conference rooms, business center, Gambling Casino and WI ...

    Located in front of the Main Square of Santa Cruz. Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza has 2 restaurants, BBQ area, bar, wine cellar, wine collection, outdoor swimming pool, gym, Spa, heated swimming pool, outdoor jacuzzi, steam bath, 4 conference rooms, business center, Gambling Casino and WI FI. Rooms with heating and air conditioning, double panel windows, NDD and IDD telephone, mini bar, free WI FI, safe box, cable TV, jacuzzi, bar and living room.

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Day 4

Santa Cruz - Rosario Valley - Casablanca

In the morning, the trip continues towards Rosario valley, close to Casablanca valley, where the Matetic vineyard is located:

The story of the Matetic Winery begins in 1999 when the Matetic family decided to diversify their business ventures and enter the world of wine, confident in the virtues of the climate and soils in the Rosario Valley. With a firm conviction in the vital importance of maintaining a strong professional team to guide every step of the project to ensure that Matetic wines achieve the highest quality. The new Matetic vineyards winery, designed by the Vina Matetic team in cooperation with architect Lawrence Odfjell, is a state-of-the-art winemaking facility, constructed so as to complement its glorious setting. In other words, harmony has been reached between the winery's organic agricultural practices and the natural landscape of the valley. This winery, which has a 300 thousand-litre capacity, relies on a gravitational-flow design that optimizes management of the grapes brought in from the nearby vineyards. After lunch, transfer to the cellar. During a tour, visitors can learn about the different phases of wine production while appreciating stunning views of the vineyards and the beautiful Rosario Valley.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
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La Casona at Matetic Vineyards

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    La Casona at Matetic Vineyards



    The story of the Matetic Winery begins in 1999 when the Matetic family decided to diversify their business ventures and enter the world of wine, confident in the virtues of the climate and soils in the Rosario Valley. With a firm conviction in the vital ...

    The story of the Matetic Winery begins in 1999 when the Matetic family decided to diversify their business ventures and enter the world of wine, confident in the virtues of the climate and soils in the Rosario Valley. With a firm conviction in the vital importance of maintaining a strong professional team to guide every step of the project, the family incorporated Alan York (Biodinamic Consultant), Ken Bernards (Consulting Winemaker), and Ann Kraemer (Viticultural Consultant) into the project in 2000 to ensure that Matetic wines achieve the highest quality.

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    • Bar
    • Free WiFi Public Areas
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Vineyard

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Day 5

Casablanca Wine Tour

Today there is a morning half day tour to William Cole winery and the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the facilities of Casona Matetic.

The William Cole winery lies in a flat valley ringed by hills reminiscent of parts of the Mediterranean or of Napa Valley, California. Since these hills are nearby, the valley soils, though varied, are alluvial in nature, and ideal for the growing of wine grapes of certain types. This soil, combined with the proximity to the cold waters of the Pacific's Humboldt Current which arrives from the Antarctic, results in an exceptional environment for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

For their vines they use only the most modern technologies to ensure a consistent production of quality grapes. All 130 planted hectares are served by drip irrigation and water aspersion frost control systems. The trellising is Vertical Shoot Positioning with dual fruiting wires. Each spring, new canes are tied by hand to the wires so that the grape clusters will hang free to minimize possible damage from disease. Since William Cole Vineyards is an estate, all of the grapes are grown in one contiguous plantation adjacent to the winery. This proximity to their winery allows them to pick their grapes in the cool mornings and have them ready for processing within minutes after the harvest. The wine tour includes a visit to the winery, the vineyard and a wine tasting.

Then, enjoy an afternoon at Matetic Winery Casona Lodge. La Casona Hotel at Matetic Vineyards is a colonial styled boutique hotel offering exclusive services. Lunch is included. Return to your hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6

Casablanca - Valparaiso

Today you will have a full day Vina del Mar and Valparaiso tour including a " Like a Native" day tour with lunch included.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Casa Higueras

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    Casa Higueras



    Located in the heart of Cerro Alegre and facing an impressive view of the bay of Valparaiso, Casa Higueras is the first boutique and design hotel to open in this port town. Following a careful restoration, this 1920s mansion has been converted into a charming ...

    Located in the heart of Cerro Alegre and facing an impressive view of the bay of Valparaiso, Casa Higueras is the first boutique and design hotel to open in this port town. Following a careful restoration, this 1920s mansion has been converted into a charming hotel. Casa Higueras strives to bring together modern amenities with the warmth of the past, a nostalgic comfort that reflects the rhythm and character of Valparaiso.

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    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 7

Onward Travel

After breakfast, transfer back to Santiago Airport for your onward journey.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Santiago Like a Native Tour
  • Wine District wine sampling and tours
  • Transportation
  • Meals as indicated. 

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International and domestic flights and airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers on days before or after official start / end days
  • Tours listed as optional
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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