Nestled between rolling hills topped with colorful houses and meandering coastal dunes, the bustling city of San Antonio enjoys its reputation as the gateway to Chile's central valley and the capital of Santiago. With a population of over five million people, Santiago sprawls at the feet of the snow-capped Andes. Inland lies the sun-kissed wine regions of Casablanca and Maipo Maipo Valley, Chile's internationally renowned wine district.
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Easy San Antonio & Villages by the Sea
4 hours | Santiago (San Antonio) | SAI-120
Witness the unique personalities of San Antonio, the quaint villages that dot the countryside, and the laid-back resorts that stretch along miles of snow white sand with a relaxing sightseeing tour. Once you board the coach, you'll travel along Antonio's bustling streets past many of the city's notable attractions and monuments. Then, your driver will take a northerly route to the town of El Totoral where you can get out, stretch your legs and photograph the humble adobe church that dates back to 1815. After browsing the handicraft market you'll continue your sightseeing adventure. A photo stop near the popular Algarrobo resort affords wonderful views over Algarrobo Bay. Photos taken, you'll head south to the town of El Quisco where you'll have the option to visit the club and enjoy a light refreshment and take a panoramic photo stop of the beautiful beach and bay before returning to San Antonio.
Savor the sights and flavors of San Antonio when you spend a half-day discovering the city's highlights and the superlative wines produced in this region. Embark on a comprehensive motorcoach tour through the heart of San Antonio, the hub of the fishing industry and one of the busiest ports on the western coast of South America. Then, begin the drive into the Rosario Valley 120 kilometers from Santiago between Casablanca and San Antonio, fortuitously possessing the perfect climate and topography for the production of robust reds and crisp white wines. Upon arrival at the Matetic Vineyards, you'll be introduced to the winemaking process, sustainable growing and organic farming techniques on a winery tour followed by a tasting of some of the top varietals. Enjoy free time to peruse El Emporio, the onsite wine shop where you'll find a variety of locally produced woolen goods, souvenirs and accessories for wine connoisseurs. Return to port via a scenic route.
Standing in the shadow of the Andes, Santiago's infectious energy is reflected in its modern and fast-paced street scenes. Just 70 miles east of San Antonio, Santiago's Centro is the city's historical center. While the city has certainly grown through the centuries the Centro retains the same street pattern as designed by Valdivia in 1541. Your tour begins with a drive past Club Hípico, a manicured horseracing track in the older residential area of the city. Proceed alongside O'Higgins Park and the lively Plaza de Armas, the city's main square. Then continue on to the famous Alameda, Santiago's colorful main avenue, crossing the Mapocho River to visit the Bohemian Bellavista district. A stop at San Cristóbal Hill boasts panoramic views while shopping at the Los Dominicos handicraft market offers copper, wool, ceramics, and lapis lazuli mementos of your day in Santiago.
Valparaiso boasts a laid-back attitude, winding streets and rich, colonial architecture worthy of its UNESCO World Heritage status. Dating back to 1536, the seaside city is divided into numerous hillside districts and you'll be visiting two of them during this day-long tour. The lower coastal section called "El Plan" is home to Plaza Sotomayor, dominated by the Naval Headquarters building and the impressive monument to the Heroes of Iquique. "Los Cerros," or The Hills boasts steep staircases, narrow alleyways, and winding roads dotted with fine mansions. Then, you'll disembark at the Fonck Museum, home to one of the world's most important collections related to Easter Island. Next, you'll travel to the seaside resort of Viña del Mar, home of the iconic floral clock and Cerro Castillo, the summer palace of the Presidents of the Republic. A brief stop to admire the exterior of the impressive casino ends your day.
Spend a leisurely day experiencing the many savory secrets of the Casablanca Valley. Vintages have been produced in Chile since the 1550s, making it the oldest wine-producing country in the Americas; however, winemaking is new to the valley. Not until the mid-1980s were grapevines planted on this stretch of coastal land surrounded by forested hills. Today, some of the country's most significant wineries are tucked in the Casablanca Valley. During this grape escape, you'll visit two wineries for a behind-the-scenes tour of the vineyards, winery and sample wine straight from the vine. After a visit to a local Casablanca Valley winery, you'll proceed to Estancia El Cuadro, home of the area's first viticulture museum. Explore the sculpted grounds and vineyards, and taste some of the wines from this region while watching a folkloric show performed by Chilean cowboys followed by a buffet lunch. (
Disembarking Passengers - Valparaiso, Viña del Mar & Lunch at Olmue
10 hours | Santiago (San Antonio) | SAI-975
Viña del Mar
Plaza de Armas
Designed for those who prefer little or no walking, this all-day adventure begins with a scenic drive to Valparaiso. Among the sights you'll see include Plaza Sotomayor, site of the Naval Headquarters and the Monument to the Heroes of Iquique. Climb Los Cerros for views of the city's Victorian houses and funiculars. Get out your camera for a stop at Paseo 21 de Mayo, a scenic terrace offering views of Valparaiso's 43 "cerros" or hills. Next on the itinerary is the seaside resort town of Viña del Mar, famed for its giant flower clock, President's Summer Palace, and the Municipal Casino. Then, you're off to the city of Olmue, a World Biosphere Reserve. Located at the base of La Campaña National Park, the city is the perfect venue for a delicious meal. After lunch, you'll drive across the coastal range to Santiago where you'll proceed to your hotel or airport.
Disembarking Passengers - Winery, Horse Show & Santiago City Drive
9 hours | Santiago (San Antonio) | SAI-965
Plaza de Armas
Embark on a leisurely scenic excursion into Chile's award-winning wine country and enjoy a guided tour of a leading winery. Learn about the wine-making process and have a wine tasting before visiting the Puro Caballo Equestrian Center for a horse show. Here, you'll meet "huasos; " similar to America's cowboy or Argentina's gaucho, the huaso is an excellent horseman and ranch hand. After learning about the world of los huasos, their customs and traditions, watch as they show off their Chilean horses in the festive national dance called the Cueca while you sip a glass of wine or Pisco sour. Next, is an authentic Chilean lunch. Then, you'll leave for a narrated tour of some of Santiago's places of interest including Constitution Square, Club Hipico, and O'Higgins Park with memorable photo stops at La Moneda and Plaza de Armas. Then, you'll return to your hotel, or the airport.
Disembarking Passengers - Santiago & Maipo Valley Winery
9 hours | Santiago (San Antonio) | SAI-970
Plaza de Armas
Stretching from the foot of the Andes to the Pacific Coast, the Maipo Valley is fondly described as the "Bordeaux of South America" and acclaimed as the birthplace of the Chilean wine industry. Taste its history with an excursion to the 138-year-old Santa Rita Winery. After a tour and tasting, you're invited to lunch followed by a visit to the Incan-inspired Museo Andino, which displays Pre-Columbian artifacts including jewelry, tools and headdresses. Back on the coach, you'll continue to Santiago for a narrated tour through the capital city. Some of the highlights you'll travel past include the Presidential Palace, and the Plaza de Armas, home to the towering and impressive Metropolitan Cathedral. Continue through the newer residential areas of the city with a visit to one of the lookouts located on San Cristobal Hill for a breathtaking view of Santiago. Your tour ends at the hotel or the airport.
DISEMBARKING PASSENGERS - Casablanca Valley Winery
9 hours | Santiago (San Antonio) | SAI-960
Only 19 miles long, the Casablanca Valley, Chile's award-winning wine country, is noted for its top-quality white grapes, like sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. After a visit to a local winery, you'll proceed to Estancia El Cuadro. This sun-kissed vineyard, one of the region's leading estates, offers an opportunity to learn about the region's eco-friendly wine-making process and on-sight museum displays the original machinery used for the production of wine in the early 1900s. Explore the vineyards aboard a horse-drawn carriage, and taste some of the wines from this region while watching a folkloric show performed by Chilean cowboys followed by a buffet lunch. Then, travel to Santiago for a scenic drive to the beautiful handicraft village of El Pueblo de Los Dominicos. Browse in the handicraft shops to see artisans working in copper, wool, ceramics, lapis lazuli and other indigenous materials. Then, transfer to a downtown hotel or Santiago Airport.