Chile Wine Tour – Private UK

From: £2,850.00

Book now for a once-in-a-lifetime tour to Chile in March 2024, exploring the boutique wineries and delicious gastronomy of this stunning country. Staying in some amazing places – Santiago, Valparaiso, Santa Cruz and Curico – you’ll have the opportunity to explore hand-crafted and characterful wines from Casablanca, Maipo and Colchagua. And did we mention the rodeo visit?!

We’re also offering a 3-day extension where you’ll experience the wines of the Limari and Elqui Valleys, visit an observatory for a spot of stargazing and explore the hieroglyphs of the Enchanted Valley. What’s not to love?
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Itinerary
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Itinerary

Day 1: Friday 15th March – Arrival, City Tour and Welcome Dinner
Around 4pm meet your fellow travellers in the lobby of Hotel Pullman El Bosque. Join our tour bus for a city tour of Santiago with a local guide to see the main sites. This evening there will be a group dinner in a local restaurant accompanied by a tutored tasting of the wines of a well-known winery! Return to hotel.

Day 2: Saturday 16th March – Maipo Valley
Today visit three wineries in Maipo Valley including lunch at one. Maipo produces predominantly red wine including some of Chile’s best Cabernet Sauvignon and it’s the closest wine region to Santiago. Late afternoon return to Santiago. Free evening.

Day 3: Sunday 17th March – Casablanca Valley
Check out and drive west to the wine region of Casablanca Valley and visit two wineries including a gourmet food and wine matching lunch at one. Casablanca is a relatively cool area which benefits from ocean breezes which makes it perfect for varieties like Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Late afternoon continue to the coastal town of Valparaiso and check in to Hotel Fauna, our base for the next two nights. Free evening.

Day 4: Monday 18th March – Valparaiso
This morning we have a walking tour of the wonderfully quirky city of Valparaiso with a private guide. Lunchtime and this afternoon will be free to explore the town, browse the many craft shops and relax. Or you may like to visit the nearby beach resort of Vina del Mar. This evening meet for a group dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 5: Tuesday 19th March – San Antonio Valley
Check out and drive south to San Antonio Valley known for its handful of high-quality boutique wineries. Visit two wineries including lunch at one. Later this afternoon continue south to the town of Santa Cruz and check in at Hotel Santa Cruz, our base for the next four nights. Free evening.

Day 6: Wednesday 20th March – Colchagua Part 1
Colchagua Valley is an important wine region and over the next three days we will visit several wineries in the various sub-regions. Today we plan to visit a well-known winery in the sub-region of Chimbarrongo. We’ll have a tour, tasting and lunch before returning to our hotel mid-afternoon. The rest of the day and this evening is free.

Day 7: Thursday 21st March – Colchagua Valley Part 2
Today visit two wineries in the central Colchagua Valley. At one, after a tasting, there will be a ride in traditional horse and carriage. Continuing to a unique winery situated between two rivers where we’ll have a tour, tasting and lunch in a lovely outdoor setting (subject to fine weather of course!). Late afternoon return to hotel. Free evening.

Day 8: Friday 22nd March – Curico Valley
Late morning drive to Curico Valley, about an hour south of Santa Cruz. Curicó’s vineyards are planted with more varieties than anywhere else in Chile, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc are dominant. Curicó is known as a reliable source of consistent wines. Visit one or two family wineries with lunch at one. Return to Santa Cruz late afternoon. Free evening.

Day 9: Saturday 23rd March – Colchagua Valley Part 3 with Rodeo!
Check out of our hotel and drive to the northern part of Colchagua to visit a historic winery where we will have a tour, tasting AND a rodeo show! And then lunch overlooking their polo field. Drive back to Santiago arriving late afternoon. Check into Hotel Pullman El Bosque. Final evening of the main tour.

Day 10: Sunday 24th March
After breakfast…..END OF MAIN TOUR

EXTENSION TO ‘THE NORTH’

Day 10: Sunday 24th March – Flight to La Serena, Brewery and Limari Wine Dinner
After an early breakfast transfer to the airport to catch the 09.37 LATAM flight to La Serena which takes about 50 minutes. On arrival in La Serena transfer by group minibus to our hotel in Vicuna (approx. 1 hour). There will be time to relax and have lunch. Mid-afternoon visit a nearby local craft brewery to taste their beers. Return to hotel and this evening a group dinner accompanied by a range of wines from a winery based in Limari Valley.

Day 11: Monday 25th March – Elqui Valley, Pisco and Stargazing
Drive east to Elqui Valley and witness the extraordinary desert-like scenery which gets more dramatic as we climb higher. Elqui is one of the starkest, most unhospitable wine regions on earth, and yet it somehow produces wines of great character and quality. Today visit a winery situated towards the end of the valley for a tour, tasting and lunch. After lunch visit a Pisco distillery to see the production of this unique spirit distilled from local grapes. Late afternoon return to La Serena with free time for an early dinner.
Elqui Valley has some of the clearest skies in the world so it’s a haven for stargazing and there are numerous observatories in the region. This evening we will visit an observatory near Vicuna where we will have a guided tour and the chance to view some of the wonders of the night skies.

Day 12 Tuesday 26th March – Elqui Winery and La Serena
This morning return to Elqui Valley to visit another winery who were the pioneering producer in the region. Then lunch at a local restaurant, and this afternoon head back to La Serena when there will be some time to see the old town with its market and colonial buildings.

Late afternoon transfer to the airport in time to catch the 18.49 fight back to Santiago. On arrival transfer to Hotel Pullman El Bosque.

Day 13: Wednesday 27th March
TOUR ENDS after breakfast.

Travel & Flights

Travel & Flights

International flights: you will need to book your own flights to/from Santiago. From the UK there is a British Airways direct non-stop flight from Heathrow to Santiago four times a week, otherwise one-stop flights with Iberia, LATAM, Air France via Madrid, Sao Paolo or Paris.

From the USA there are direct non-stop flights from New York, Atlanta, Miami and Houston. Skyscanner and Expedia are good websites for searching fares.

Arrival Friday 15th March – if arriving on DAY 1 of the tour we advise you to book a flight which arrives in Santiago by midday latest.

Departure Sunday 24th March, or Wednesday 27th March if doing the extension: the tour will finish after breakfast so if leaving on either day you can book any flight

Domestic flights for the extension: If you join the extension to ‘The North’ you will need to book the following flights with LATAM (timings correct as at 10/08/23).

Sunday 24 March LA102 departs Santiago (SCL) 09.37 arrives La Serena (LSC) 10.44
Tuesday 26 March LA107 departs La Serena (LSC) 18.49 arrives Santiago (SCL) 19.45

There are 3 fare types: the cheapest allows a very small (handbag/rucksack) carry-on. The mid-price allows a carry-on bag of up to 10kgs, and the higher fare allows a check-in bag of up to 23kgs. If you don’t want to pay for a check-in bag you can leave this at our hotel in Santiago as we will return there on 26 March.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Main Tour

Santiago (3 nights): Hotel Pullman El Bosque is a remodelled 4-star hotel with 234 spacious rooms, located in the exclusive financial, commercial and gastronomic sector of the Chilean capital. Steps away from Tobalaba subway station and the renowned Costanera Shopping Center, the hotel has a swimming pool, gym on the 18th floor, and a restaurant and bar. There is wifi in all common areas and guest rooms. Room Category Superior.

Valparaiso (2 nights): Hotel Fauna is set in an ecological building right on Cerro Alegre and 20 metres from Queen Victoria Elevator. Decorated with parquet floors and exposed brick walls, the rooms at Hotel Fauna feature wooden fittings, private bathroom, city views and free wifi. There is a bar and restaurant on the terrace offering panoramic views of the city and the bay. Room Category Superior or  Suite.

Santa Cruz (4 nights): Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza is right by Colchagua’s Main Square and its museum and it offers colonial-styled rooms with modern amenities. There is a heated pool, wellness/spa centre, restaurant, and a casino! The spacious 5-star rooms feature balcony and living area, air conditioning, cable TV, minibar and wifi. Room Category Standard.

Extension

Vicuna (2 nights): Hotel Solar Madariaga has 14 rooms in a fully-refurbished 140-year-old manor house. It’s conveniently located only 100 metres from Gabriela Mistral Museum and 300 metres from the Main Square of Vicuña, with its array of restaurants and shops. There is a garden and a terrace, swimming pool, hot tub, rooftop jacuzzis and a lounge. The hotel also has its own restaurant. Rooms have private bathroom with a shower. Room Category Various.

Santiago (1 night): Hotel Pullman El Bosque – see Main Tour

ADDITIONAL NIGHTS PRE/POST TOUR: If you would like to stay for additional nights at Hotel Pullman El Bosque in Santiago before or after the tour we can book this for you. For the night of 14th March only (because the hotel is fully booked and we have reserved the last 7 rooms) the cost per room per night with breakfast and city tax is: Double/Twin £155/$190, Single £145/$180. For any other additional nights rooms are on request and the cost is Double/Twin £130/$165, Single £120/$150. Payment for additional nights’ accommodation will be due at the same time as the balance of payment for the tour, i.e. 8 weeks before the start date.

Tour cost & inclusions

Tour cost & inclusions

Main Tour

£2,850 sharing a double or twin room. £500 single supplement for sole occupancy of a double room (limited number of rooms).

INCLUDES:
  • Transport by air-conditioned executive coach throughout
  • 9 Nights’ Accommodation in ensuite rooms with breakfast
  • 9 Group lunches or dinners with wine at wineries or local restaurants
  • Tastings at 12 different wineries
  • Private guided walking tour in Valparaiso
  • Services of Christos Ioannou as Tour Leader and Wine Guide

Extension

£800 sharing a double or twin room. £150 single supplement for sole occupancy of a double room.

INCLUDES:
  • Transfers between Santiago hotel and Santiago airport
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus in Elqui Valley
  • 3 Nights’ Accommodation with breakfast (2 nights in Vicuna + 1 night in Santiago)
  • 3 Group lunches or dinners with wine at wineries or local restaurants
  • Tastings at 2 different wineries, a Pisco distillery, and a brewery
  • Entrance ticket and tour at an Observatory
  • Services of Christos Ioannou as Tour Leader and Wine Guide
15-24 March 2024