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Wines of the World: Santiago to Sydney

Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,759

Chile and Australia – worlds apart now connected by a direct flight from Santiago to Sydney. Also connected are two of the worlds most famous wine countries. Indulge in Chilean reds and then move onto “dessert” with a sweet white in the famous Hunter Valley on this wines of the world experience.


Opposites attract on this 12-day trip to Chile and Australia. While they may be on opposite sides of the Pacific, these two countries share a passion for fine wine, along with a climate well suited to its production. Of course, both Santiago and Sydney offer a multitude of other reasons to visit!

Touch down in Santiago de Chile and begin your visit at Forestal Park. With snowmelt from the Andes, the Mapocho River cuts through Santiago, bringing water to the city’s parks and fountains. Your tour takes you to all the key sights including the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the National Historical Museum, and the Presidential Palace. But you’ll also enjoy some time to explore on your own. If Buenos Aires is the ‘Paris of South America,’ Santiago is the Berlin. Creative, independent, shamelessly rough around the edges, and always ready to show visitors a good time.

The following day, visit the port town of Valparaiso and Matetic Vineyard. Here, you’ll spend the night, enjoying a delicious Chilean dinner with matching wines. In the morning, take a tour of the vineyard’s wine cellar and sample some of its premium wines before returning to Santiago for some more time at leisure.

Fly on to Sydney, where a morning tour takes you to Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Darling Harbour, and many more Sydney icons. Arguably Australia’s most attractive city, Sydney combines colonial history with a modern sheen and a perfectly balanced indoor and outdoor lifestyle. To the west lie the Blue Mountains, an ideal day trip for your second day, with a chance to see Australia’s famous native animals and enjoy stunning views of the Three Sisters rock formation and more. Stay overnight at Lilianfels to enjoy a Blue Mountains sunset in all its glory.

Head to the Hunter Valley, New South Wales’ most beloved wine region for boutique tastings. Overnight at a luxurious local chateau, then enjoy more tastings in the late morning followed by a delicious two course lunch. Visit a small family owned winery and sample some of the Hunter’s chocolates and cheeses before returning to Sydney. They say the Harbour City is best explored on the water, so pick up your Hop On, Hop Off Cruise ticket to reach attractions like Luna Park, Taronga Zoo, Manly, Darling Harbour, Fort Denison, South Head, and more. The day is yours to spend as you wish before flying home the following day.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,759

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Day 1

Santiago Airport to Santiago Hotel Private

Duration2 Hours

Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Centre

In walking distance of legendary sites including Pablo Neruda's house, Parque Metropolitano Zoo, San Cristobal Hill, the district's best shopping, restaurants, and pubs, Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Centre is also just 12 minutes from the airport and an easy drive from Vina del Mar, world-class ski centers, lakes and mountains.

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Centre

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    Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Centre



    In walking distance of legendary sites including Pablo Neruda's house, Parque Metropolitano Zoo, San Cristobal Hill, the district's best shopping, restaurants, and pubs, Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Centre is also just 12 minutes from the airport and an easy drive from Vina del Mar, …

    In walking distance of legendary sites including Pablo Neruda's house, Parque Metropolitano Zoo, San Cristobal Hill, the district's best shopping, restaurants, and pubs, Sheraton Santiago Hotel and Convention Centre is also just 12 minutes from the airport and an easy drive from Vina del Mar, world-class ski centers, lakes and mountains.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Playground
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Tennis
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Santiago City Tour with Santa Lucia Hill

Santiago de Chile was founded in 1541 by the Spanish Conquistador Pedro de Valdivia who was sent by the conqueror of the Incas, Pizzaro, to establish a new capital in the fast growing Spanish Empire in the New World. Much of the core layout as designed by the master builder Pedro de Gamboa remains to this day. During the Half day city tour you will visit key locations where the rich history of the city played out.

The tour starts with a visit to "Forestal Park", which runs along Mapocho River - water that penetrates the land. The river itself flows from the Andes and cuts the city of Santiago in two. It is then onto Santa Lucia Hill, the actual spot on where the city was founded. A geographical high point of the area the hill is now adorned with wonderful facades, fountains and stairways, including "Neptuno Terrace" at the summit. Neptuno Terrace is reminiscent of the Trevi fountain and its surrounds are now a public park located alongside the National Library. You then travel to the heart of the city and Plaza de Armas the spot from where the city has grown throughout the centuries. Each Latin city has a plaza de Armas as when cities were founded the center was also were the armory and military base was established - hence the name Plaza de Armas (Plaza of Arms). Visit some of the more important buildings such as the Cathedral, the City Council, the Central Post Office and the National Historical Museum. Continue to the Presidential Palace "La Moneda"; the current seat of the government. You will wander the streets that were once elegant at the beginning of the 19th century and now are a commercial center. Pass by Dieciocho Street that has been deemed as "typical" example of architecture from the period as well as the Cousino Palace built around 1870 and the Basilica de los Sacramentinos, a blatant imitation of the Sacred Heart Church of Montmartre in Paris. Finally reach Bernardo O'Higgins Avenue better known as "Alameda", which is the main street of the city where the tour concludes with a visit only to the San Francisco Church, located in the heart of Santiago, built between 1586 and 1628 by the Franciscan order and is the oldest colonial era building in the country.

Duration3 Hours
Day 3

Matetic Vineyard

Your will be transferred from your hotel in Santiago, Valparaiso or from the cruise port in Valparaiso to the Matetic Vineyard and La Casona.

On arrival you enjoy a welcome cocktail before enjoying a presentation on the Rosario Valley by an expert guide at El Emporio. El Emporio at Matetic Vineyards is the wine shop and tasting room. Here is an opportunity to purchase some of the renowned wines you will be immersing yourself in over the next few days.

Tonight enjoy a sumptuous locally prepared Chilean dinner accompanied by some of the famous red or white wine from the vineyard.

Meal Plan Dinner
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.

    Facilities

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

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Day 4

Matetic Vineyard

After breakfast there is a choice of one of the following activities to explore the vineyard grounds - horseback riding, cycling, trekking or driving tour in van.

A special lunch is prepared and paired with the main Premium and Ultra-Premium wines of the vineyard.

An afternoon tour the vineyards wine cellar with a courtesy tasting of 4 Ultra-Premium wines of the EQ line and then an afternoon cocktail to top off the day.

Tonight you sit down for another sampling of Chilean cuisine accompanied by wine.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Onward Travels

This morning there is a choice of one of the following activities to explore the vineyard grounds - horseback riding, cycling, trekking or driving tour in van.

After lunch you will be transferred to Santiago, Valparaiso or the cruise port in Valparaiso.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6

Holiday Inn Santiago Airport

Sleek, contemporary design and a remarkable location make this hotel a perfect choice for your next visit to Santiago, Chile. Guests can literally walk to the airport terminal. You will enjoy peace and quiet when you stay here. Award-winning service is matched by updated amenities and recreational facilities with an indoor pool, sauna and a Fitness Center. Savor International cuisine in our restaurant and a cocktail in the Business Center. Experience the best!

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Holiday Inn Santiago Airport

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    Holiday Inn Santiago Airport



    Sleek, contemporary design and a remarkable location make this hotel a perfect choice for your next visit to Santiago, Chile. Guests can literally walk to the airport terminal. You will enjoy peace and quiet when you stay here. Award-winning service is matched by updated amenities …

    Sleek, contemporary design and a remarkable location make this hotel a perfect choice for your next visit to Santiago, Chile. Guests can literally walk to the airport terminal. You will enjoy peace and quiet when you stay here. Award-winning service is matched by updated amenities and recreational facilities with an indoor pool, sauna and a Fitness Center. Savor International cuisine in our restaurant and a cocktail in the Business Center. Experience the best!

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 7

Sydney International Airport to City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

A beautiful hotel with a stunning 1800's sandstone facade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique-style property. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this accommodation offers a location near Sydney Opera House and major shopping precincts. There is a wide array of upscale facilities, including on-site dining at the recently refurbished restaurant and a modern health club. The staff ensures that your stay at this accommodation in Sydney is both comfortable and unforgettable.

Meal Plan Room Only - Room only rate & Wifi. Flexible to 3 days to arrival
Duration2 Nights
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Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

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    Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney



    A beautiful hotel with a stunning 1800's sandstone facade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique-style property. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this accommodation offers a location near Sydney Opera House and …

    A beautiful hotel with a stunning 1800's sandstone facade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique-style property. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this accommodation offers a location near Sydney Opera House and major shopping precincts. There is a wide array of upscale facilities, including on-site dining at the recently refurbished restaurant and a modern health club. The staff ensures that your stay at this accommodation in Sydney is both comfortable and unforgettable.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Morning Sydney City Tour with Opera House

Sydney - set on the beautiful blue Sydney Harbour, this fast paced city of cosmopolitan character is one of the world's most beautiful places. Colonial history, stunning architecture, superb waterways, gracious harbourside suburbs and friendly people epitomise the vibrancy of this spectacular city. Some highlights of your morning tour include a guided historic 'Sydney Rock' walking tour and a guided tour of Australia's most famous building - the Sydney Opera House. You'll also see Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, affluent waterside suburbs, trendy hotspots and much more.

Duration6 Hours
Day 8

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 9

Sydney to Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains National Park is one of seven national parks that make up the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. This wonderland of sandstone outcrops, deep ravines and hazy blue eucalypt forests boasts luxury retreats and stunning views. This morning your guide will take you off the beaten track to visit remote lookout locations and discuss the history, flora and fauna of this magnificent region.

7.00- 7.30AM Depart from the hotel with AEA Luxury Tours. Our first stop of the day is at Calmsley Hill a working farm also home to Kangaroo, Emu, Wombat and Koala. Enjoy morning tea and time to wander at leisure.

From Calmsley Hill we continue to ascend the Blue Mountains via the highway. We will visit one of a range of stunning outlooks of the Jamison Valley seeing beautiful vistas. Where possible this will be away from the crowds of tours that visit the mountains each day with other operators, thus our guests will enjoy a stress and hurry free environment taking in the views and information imparted by their guide.

Continuing on we arrive at Eaglehawk Lookout, a remote lookout point away from the crowds for views of the famous 3 Sisters. Whilst the Blue Mountains features so much more than this natural attraction you can't help but admire the unquestionable beauty of this amazing rock formation. The character of the Three Sisters changes throughout the day and throughout the seasons as the sunlight brings out the magnificent colours. Here your guide will discuss the legends behind this famous rock formation and time available for you to take some great photos.

From here, you are taken to your accommodation to check in. The remainder of the day at is free at leisure to relax and explore. Lunch is own cost today.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Lilianfels Blue Mountains Spa and Resort Katoomba

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    Lilianfels Blue Mountains Spa and Resort Katoomba



    This luxury hotel and spa is a European style country house on two acres of English style gardens. Lilianfels is located within a 5 minute walk to the iconic Three Sisters Rock formation at Echo Point. With 85 rooms and suites the hotel has been …

    This luxury hotel and spa is a European style country house on two acres of English style gardens. Lilianfels is located within a 5 minute walk to the iconic Three Sisters Rock formation at Echo Point. With 85 rooms and suites the hotel has been designed to celebrate its Victorian origins and its ambience reflects the romance of a bygone era.

    Facilities

    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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Day 10

Blue Mountain to Hunter Valley

In the morning, we will collect you at 8:30am and travel around the mountains, stopping at Govetts Leap for spectacular Escarpment views. We then continue on to the delightful Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens where we have a short walk through the gardens enjoying expansive views followed by morning tea/coffee refreshments. From here, we make our way through to Bilpin and then into the Wollemi National Park to Putty and on to the Hunter Valley. On arrival, we enjoy a delightful lunch with glass of wine at a Vineyard Cafe followed by a visit to a boutique winery for tastings. We then deliver you to your accommodation to enjoy the remainder of afternoon and evening relaxing at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Chateau Elan at The Vintage Hunter Valley

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    Chateau Elan at The Vintage Hunter Valley



    The award winning Chateau Elan at The Vintage Hunter Valley, is Australia's finest luxury golf, spa and conference resort. It is located in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine country and offers luxury hotel style accommodation, plus six conference and event venues all in …

    The award winning Chateau Elan at The Vintage Hunter Valley, is Australia's finest luxury golf, spa and conference resort. It is located in the heart of the Hunter Valley wine country and offers luxury hotel style accommodation, plus six conference and event venues all in the heart of wine country. The hotel is a short two hour drive north of Sydney or 45 minutes from Newcastle airport.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Golf
    • Restaurant

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Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

A beautiful hotel with a stunning 1800's sandstone facade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique-style property. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this accommodation offers a location near Sydney Opera House and major shopping precincts. There is a wide array of upscale facilities, including on-site dining at the recently refurbished restaurant and a modern health club. The staff ensures that your stay at this accommodation in Sydney is both comfortable and unforgettable.

Meal Plan Room Only - Room only rate & Wifi. Flexible to 3 days to arrival
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

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    Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney



    A beautiful hotel with a stunning 1800's sandstone facade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique-style property. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this accommodation offers a location near Sydney Opera House and …

    A beautiful hotel with a stunning 1800's sandstone facade, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique-style property. Once home to the Fairfax newspaper empire and the prestigious Bank of New South Wales, this accommodation offers a location near Sydney Opera House and major shopping precincts. There is a wide array of upscale facilities, including on-site dining at the recently refurbished restaurant and a modern health club. The staff ensures that your stay at this accommodation in Sydney is both comfortable and unforgettable.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Secretarial Service
    • Spa
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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    Preferred Hotel
Day 11

Hunter Valley to Sydney

After breakfast time to relax. Approximately 11.15am - 11.30am you are collected from your accommodation to re-join the wine tour and continue onto Leogate Estate. This opulent cellar door is the perfect place to enjoy that unique taste which only the Hunter Valley and their award winning wines can provide. All wines produced from the great vines of one of the most highly regarded vineyards in Australia. Here we will enjoy a selection of cheeses to accompany the wine tasting, followed by a tour of the onsite winery to learn of the wine making process.

On conclusion of the tour, we enjoy a relaxing 2 course lunch (selection of platters, followed by dessert of choice) accompanied by a glass of wine. Further beverages can be purchased at own expense.

After lunch we travel to Keith Tulloch Winery. This small completely family owned winery and vineyard produces wines that express the unique terrain and climate from the ancient soils of the Brokenback Range. Here we will enjoy a unique wine tasting experience in collaboration with artisan chocolatier "Cocoa Nib". You will sample five handmade praline chocolates, matched to the wineries current release wine - a sensational way to conclude our day in the Hunter Valley Wine Region. From here we commence our return to Sydney to arrive back at your hotels approximately 5 - 5.30pm.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Harbour Explorer Hop On Hop Off Cruise Plus Zoo

When in Sydney do what the locals do and travel on the harbour highway. The Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer pass is the easy way for visitors to explore Sydney over 2 days visiting up to eleven famous harbour precincts including Darling Harbour, Circular Quay (The Rocks & Opera House), Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Manly, Fort Denison, Shark Island, Barangaroo, International Convention Centre Darling Harbour and Garden Island with full commentary. The round trip cruise is 60 - 90 minutes in duration with 30 - 45 minutes between vessels and you can stop off at any attraction and re-board the next Explorer with your two day ticket. Included in this pass is entry to Taronga Zoo and the Sky Safari Cable Car. Taronga Zoo is open from 9am - 5pm daily.

Duration1 Hour
Day 12

Sydney Hotel to Sydney Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Fridays and Sundays

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All airport transfers
  • Santiago City tour
  • Matetic Vineyard tour and tasting
  • Sydney harbour cruise and Taronga Zoo tour
  • Half day city sights and Opera House tour
  • Small group tour of the Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley
  • Wine and chocolate tasting
  • All first class accommodation

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION: 

Flights from Santiago to Sydney depart at 130AM on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving in Sydney 615AM the following day (local time). Sydney to Santiago return flight departs Sydney at 1000AM (local time) on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving in Santiago at 915AM (local time) the same day.

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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