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A gourmet tour of Santiago and surrounding areas, including visits to both well-known and up and coming wineries. Staying at luxury and boutique properties. Highlights include visiting Colchagua Valley, Casablanca Valley & Valparaiso.
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Three nights accommodation at The Singular Santiago Hotel, one night accommodation at Matetic Guest House Casablanca Valley, one night accommodation at Hotel Palacio Astoreca Valparaiso, breakfast daily, three lunches, two dinners, private vehicle transportation, services of local english speaking guide and sightseeing.
01 Nov 14 - 31 Dec 15.
Culture & Heritage
Chile is a foodie paradise. Spend some time tasting amazing food washed down with excellent Chilean wines. Enjoy gormet tour of Santaigo then visit the wine growing regions of Cassablance Valley, Valparaiso and Colchagua Valley to sample local delights.
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Valparaiso UNESCO historic downtown offers charming colonial architecture, bohemian and artistic vibe.
Colchagua Valley is Chile's best know wine regions and high on the world's list of leading wines.
One of the most important private collections of pre-hispanic and colonial period artefacts at the Colchagua Museum.
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On arrival at Santiago Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a panoramic walking tour, discover one of the most developed cities in South America, combining urban environment that artfully unites classic and modern architecture. Chile's cultural heritage comes to life through iconic symbols of the city such as the Palacio de La Moneda Presidential Palace which originally was a colonial mint, designed by Italian architect Joaquín Toesca. The Plaza de Armas is the city's most famous square surrounded by some beautiful buildings including the impressive Cathedral and Central Post Office. Stop at the main square for a walking tour in this area, before visiting the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, with over 700 exhibits, showing the country's most important collection of pre-Hispanic artwork.
We also want you to experience the city of Santiago, as the local people (Santiaguinos) do and a hop on the famous “metro” subway system will be a fun way to do it. You will embark for a short ride until Bellas Artes station to explore by foot this peaceful area of the city which has a lively atmosphere due to the vicinity of the Fine Arts Museum, built on neoclassical style and the pleasant “Forestal” riverside park. Stop at this bohemian and cultural area to enjoy a coffee or delicious ice tea at trendy ice-cream parlor “Emporio La Rosa”
Your exploration of Santiago will continue to San Cristobal Hill to climb up to the top of the hill for a panoramic view of the city and the omnipresent Andes Cordillera. Return to your hotel.
Dinner tonight will be at the lively Bocanariz resto-bar. This is a highly sophisticated addition to the easy-going Lastarria neighborhood. Still relatively new, it offers the unique premise of allowing diners to choose between a straightforward dining experience or a full-on wine tasting, overseen by international experts. Wine Spectator magazine has already bestowed Bocanariz with its prestigious award of excellence so you're advised to make a trip there and sample its endless wonders. (D)
Today see Chile's capital city from a different perspective. Spend the day with local Chef María José Neut who studied culinary art in Chile's capital city before her departure to Asia and Middle East where she explored new cultures and discovered exotic flavors acquiring a unique experience. She will pick you up at the hotel and lead you to your waiting vehicle for a short drive to a typical street market, passing on route through some of the city's most iconic areas such as Bellavista, El Bosque or Borderío neighbourhoods.
n arrival to the market stroll past the colourful stalls, getting to know the wide variety of fruits and vegetables available, feel the pulse of Santiago's citizens; observe the many aromas and colors and share with friendly Chileans. Today's menu depends entirely on the season, but fish and seafood of Chile's 3,000 miles long coast are favorites. Continue then to María Jose's apartment where we invite you to enjoy an aperitif (such as the emblematic Pisco Sour) along with some appetizers. Join Maria Jose in the kitchen where you can roll up your sleeves and take part in the preparation of today's menu, which will be served with the appropriate wines, or just sit back and relax as you sip your cocktail. (B)(L)
Today’s private full-day excursion takes you into the celebrated Colchagua Valley, where a temperate climate, ideal soil conditions and generations of experience are producing some of the world’s finest wines. Tour the esteemed Viña MontGras where we've made special arrangements for you to work with a master vintner to craft your own wine from start to finish – blending three vintages, bottling, corking and labeling your wine. Enjoy lunch inside the vineyard MontGras to explore later the renowned pre-Colombian art collection of the Colchagua Museum. (B)(L)
Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the hotel and escort you to your vehicle for the direct transfer to Casablanca Valley. The 90-minute journey will take you through one of Chile's most important wine-producing areas, the Casablanca Valley. The privileged location - between the Andes and Coastal Mountain Ranges - creates the perfect terroir for some of South America's finest white wines.
Your first stop will be at Loma Larga Vineyards. With little more of two years in the market, Loma Larga wines have been recognized six times as the Best of Chile, their wines have won nine gold medals and on 20 occasions have been awarded between 90 and 93 points. The success is the result of the unique location of the vineyards in an area of extreme maturity conditions, which permit a later harvest than average and still keep the extraordinary natural acidity of the wines. Loma Larga Vineyards have studied the temperatures and soils of the vineyards for over 10 years and based on this research, they identified the most adequate varieties and clones that the best adapt themselves to the conditions and terroir. As a result Loma Larga was one of the first vineyards to launch a cool climate Syrah to the market and the only one to have Cabernet Franc and Malbec with the same characteristics. Enjoy an exclusive wine tour and tasting at this boutique vineyard.
The day continues to Matetic Vineyards, which is located in Rosario Valley, a subdivision of San Antonio Valley, 120 kilometres from Santiago between Casablanca and San Antonio.
The Matetic family owns the entire Valle de Rosario Estate, which has a luxurious but rustic-looking guesthouse at one end, an impressive, hi-tech wine cellar at the other. This boutique, small property is a fully restored colonial house built in the early years of the 20th century. The magnificent building has been modified to become a guest house and is located in a magnificent countryside site surrounding by incredibly beautiful gardens and over 22 acres of woods and vineyards. Dinner will be served at the lodge. (B)(L)(D)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast today before your guide will meet you to begin your experience to the city of Valparaiso.
Today enjoy a walking tour to explore the hills of Valparaiso (Vehicle also included to support this tour). The very name conjures up images of a glorious, maritime past. The city is a historic port and university town, famous for its labyrinth hills, which are covered in quaint, colourful old houses and accessible only by a steep climb or by the city's unique system of funicular railways.
Be amazed by the colourful port city of Valparaiso, now a mix of port town and universities. Famous for its stacked hills and winding stairs with incredible street art, this UNESCO World Heritage city takes you back in time yet has a modern, forward-looking feel. As you climb the winding stone stairs or head up in one of the infamous funiculars, you'll be met with incredible views of the bay and surrounding German-style homes. A stop at local bakery will be made to taste the traditional Chilean empanadas.
The city tour will show you the important places such as Plaza de la Victoria, the famous Turri Clock and the Naval Academy. A highlight of this tour is visiting the home of Chile's Nobel Prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda (1904- 1973). The house is full to the brim with the eccentric genius’ keepsakes from his many trips abroad, as well as an extensive library. Find a restaurant along the cobble streets; lunch isn't included so your guide will provide recommendations. A visit to a local artisan workshop will be included.
Take the funicular down and then we'll head just up the coast to Viña del Mar. This sophisticated beachside resort town is home to the Fonck Museum, with interesting displays on Chilean and Rapa Nui pre-history and anthropology. Afternoon return to your hotel in Valparaiso. (B)
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Valparaiso to be transfer back to Santiago Airport. (B)
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