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Santiago: Vina Del Mar, Valparaiso, Casablanca & Reñaca Tour

1. Santiago: Vina Del Mar, Valparaiso, Casablanca & Reñaca Tour

Head down Route 68 from Santiago, passing through the Curacavi Valley on this full-day tour. Stop in Casablanca for a courtesy wine and olive oil tasting. Continue to Valparaiso on the Pacific coast. UNESCO declared the city’s historic center a Cultural Patrimony of Humanity. Admire its colorful houses, including La Sebastiana, one of the homes of poet and Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda. Next is a visit to the popular seaside resort of Vina del Mar, where you can choose to have lunch at a restaurant. The town is known as the Garden City for its numerous parks and beautiful flowers. Enjoy all the coast until Reñaca the most popular beach area of the region. On the return drive, you’ll visit Via Las Palmas, a unique place with palm trees on its hills.

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo & Embalse El Yeso Trip with Picnic

2. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo & Embalse El Yeso Trip with Picnic

Discover the magnificent Andes Mountains on a guided day trip from Santiago. Pass by the Tinoco Tunnel, admire the picturesque Cajón del Maipo gorge, and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the El Yeso Dam. Start your tour early in the morning with a convenient pickup directly from your accommodation. Hop into the air-conditioned van and set out towards the Maipo Canyon. As you travel, admire the wonderful views of this natural landscape full of high mountain passes, lakes, and forests. Hear about the area's traditions and listen to folktales told by your guide. Along the way, you'll pass the Tinoco Tunnel, a dark disused train tunnel that runs along the Camino Al Volcán, a remnant from the region's railway days. Listen as your guide tells you about the history of this unusual attraction and the tragic story behind the shrines located at the tunnel's entrance and exit. Not far from here, you'll reach the El Yeso Dam. This large reservoir was created in 1964 by damming the Yeso River and now serves as one of the major sources of water for Santiago. Stop here to enjoy a picnic-style lunch served with a glass of wine and some juice. Then, sit back and relax as you set out on your return journey to Santiago, where your driver will drop you off directly at your accommodation.

Santiago: Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, & Casablanca Valley Tour

3. Santiago: Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, & Casablanca Valley Tour

Your tour will begin as you are collected from your accommodation, from where you will board a coach destined for the coastal towns of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Once in Valparaiso, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will embark on a panoramic tour of the port and Plaza Sotomayor (Sotomayor Square). Following your tour, you will ascend to the summit of the Concepción and Alegre Hills using traditional elevators. You will then take a break for lunch, during which time you can enjoy some Chilean cuisine at your own expense. Your next stop will be to Viña del Mar, which is known as the "Garden City" for its plethora of greenery. Towards the end of your tour, you will visit a coastal area to observe some sea lions, before traveling to your final stop, the Casablanca Valley. There, you can sample wines at the Indomita Vineyard, before returning to Santiago in the early evening.

From Santiago: Maipo Valley Vineyards Tour

4. From Santiago: Maipo Valley Vineyards Tour

Departing between 8:00 - 8:30 AM, head towards the wine-producing region of the Maipo Valley. In under an hour, you will arrive at the town of Isla de Maipo where you will make your first stop at the Tarapaca Vineyard. From there, observe the beautiful surroundings and take some fantastic photographs. See the Maipo River, which is so important to Central Chile, and learn about the flora and fauna of the area. Following this, explore the town of Isla de Maipo and get to know its customs, architecture, and distinctive character. The next part of the experience starts with a visit to either De Martino, Santa Ema or Undurraga Vineyard. See the gardens, vineyards, and storage cellar at one of these traditional vineyards, ending with a wine tasting. Next, enjoy a wine and cheese tasting as you visit a small family vineyard that has been producing wines and spirits for 3 generations.  finish the tour, you're invited to the local partner's facilities, located in a beautiful agricultural field nestled between some hills. Since it's lunchtime, you'll sample the best food and drinks that local producers have to offer. Enjoy some local recipes and flavours to end this unique tour.  If you wish to be dropped in Santiago, the arrival time will be around 05:00 PM. It is possible to be dropped at your hotel in Santiago or at the airport. You may also choose to be dropped at San Antonio. If you choose the latter, the drop-off time will be 3 PM.

Santiago: Cajon del Maipo and Termas Colina Trip with Picnic

5. Santiago: Cajon del Maipo and Termas Colina Trip with Picnic

Discover the magnificent Andes Mountains on a guided day trip from Santiago. Pass by the Tinoco Tunnel, admire the picturesque Cajón del Maipo gorge, and enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the Termas Colinas Hot Springs. Start your tour early in the morning with a convenient pickup directly from your accommodation. Hop into the air-conditioned van and set out towards the Maipo Canyon. As you travel, admire the wonderful views of this natural landscape full of high mountain passes, lakes, and forests. Hear about the area's traditions and listen to folktales told by your guide. Along the way, pass the Tinoco Tunnel, a dark, disused train tunnel that runs along the Camino Al Volcán, a remnant from the region's railway days. Listen as your guide tells you about the history of this unusual attraction and the tragic story behind the shrines located at the tunnel's entrance and exit. Not far from here, you'll reach the Termas Colinas Hot Springs. Relax in any of the seven pools with temperatures ranging from 130ºF to 86ºF, heated by the nearby volcano. Stop here to enjoy a picnic-style lunch served with a glass of wine and some juice. Then, sit back and relax as you set out on your return journey to Santiago, where your driver will drop you off directly at your accommodation.

From Santiago: Sunset Valle Nevado in the Andes Mountains

6. From Santiago: Sunset Valle Nevado in the Andes Mountains

The tour will start by picking up all customers from their respective hotels and will go directly to a viewpoint on the mountain. Then you will continue up the mountain towards Valle Nevado to enjoy the mountainous summer climate. The tour guide will help you move around Valle Nevado and take pictures. The Transport van will be available as a support place for any urgent need. After the visit to Valle Nevado, there is a stop in the town of Farellones to see the viewpoint and to participate in the picnic. Afterwards, everyone will be taken back to their hotel.

From Santiago: Highlights of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

7. From Santiago: Highlights of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

Start your day with pickup from your accommodation in Santiago and travel 120 km towards the Pacific Ocean to discover the cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Spend your day in two of the most famous cities in Chile with their very different in characteristics. First, stop at the multicolored port city of Valparaíso, where you will learn its history and discover why it is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Walk among the valleys and discover the poetic, artistic, and historic characteristics of the city. Stop at some lookouts, and squares, and have the chance to take some pictures of the sea lions at the port. From there, the tour will continue to Viña del Mar - a more sophisticated town with resorts, casinos, and luxurious neighborhoods.  Here, you will have the chance to eat lunch and visit the main sights of the city, such as the beach, the flower clock, and a Moai brought from Easter Island. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Santiago.

Casablanca Valley: 4 Vineyards with 1 or 3 Wine Tastings

8. Casablanca Valley: 4 Vineyards with 1 or 3 Wine Tastings

Over the course of your tour, you will visit four wineries that represent the Casablanca Valley’s diversity in wine production, from family-run boutiques to industry big-hitters. Look behind-the-scenes on tours of the facilities, talk to winemakers about the production process, and stroll through beautiful vineyards. This tour lets you choose to buy tastings on-site or prepay for two or three tastings - a value deal for tour-goers only. As you sip, your guide will tell you fun facts about the Chilean wine industry. Get dropped off in Santiago at the end of your tour.

San Antonio Port: Pre- or Post-Cruise Activities

9. San Antonio Port: Pre- or Post-Cruise Activities

Discover the highlights of Santiago, Viña del Mar, Valparaiso and the wine region of Maipo Valley or Casablanca Valley. Private or Small Group Santiago and Winery Tour Discover the city center and see the Santa Lucía Hill, the Plaza de Armas, the government palace, and the commercial central market area. Visit the Mapocho River and head to Bellavista, the very popular Bohemian quarter. Experience one of the most important vineyards of the Maipo Valley. At Undurraga vineyard, find yourself in one of the oldest cellars in the country and taste reserve wines. Small Group Viña del Mar and Valparaiso Enjoy a panoramic city tour inside Valparaiso, a UNESCO site with a lot of character and important history. Later visit Viña del Mar, a beautiful city with streets full of flowers and beaches like no others. Visit the Casablanca Valley and taste local wines. Transfer San Antonio Port to Santiago City Center Travel in an air-conditioned minivan as your driver takes you directly from the port to your accommodation or the airport.

Valparaiso 3-Hour Walking Tour

10. Valparaiso 3-Hour Walking Tour

Get an introduction to Valparaiso on Plaza Sotomayor and admire the 17th-century French-style buildings of the old port and customs area before going to the historic funiculars of Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepción. Climb aboard to ride the funicular and get panoramic views. Get closer to the colored houses perched at crazy angles on the labyrinth of streets. Return to the old town to wander the narrow streets and discover the beautiful architecture. End with a trolley bus ride through the port aboard the 2nd oldest transportation service in South America.

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One could almost say that our guide Gabriel was the highlight of the tour. Super friendly from the first to the last minute. Great info on pickup via WhatsApp. The explanations perfectly in 3 languages and also the general life now in Chile he brought us closer. Full 5 stars from me.

We had a fantastic time with our guide Julio! We loved the whole day. We started with a beautiful vineyard and great wine, saw llamas and had an empanada lunch, and spent the afternoon immersed in the Andes.

Excellent value for money. It’s a personal choice, for me I’d rather spend more time at the beach ️ than have lunch.

Excellent experience! Gonzalo was a great guide :) super cool and amazing during all day.

Great service, in time. Jonathan, the driver was great!