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From Santiago: Highlights of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

1. 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, squares, and have the chance to take a couple 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.

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

2. 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.

Valparaiso 4-Hour City Tour by Van and Funicular

3. Valparaiso 4-Hour City Tour by Van and Funicular

Go to the Cerro Florida for views of La Sebastiana and to see the House-Museum of Pablo Neruda (admission not included). Continue along a scenic road through the hills on the way to Cerro Concepción. Walk along the Paseo Atkinson and hear the history of the immigrants who settled in Valparaiso during its golden age. Descend to Muelle Prat and visit Plaza Sotomayor to see some of the most traditional landmarks of the city, including 17th-century French style buildings. End with a funicular ride to Paseo 21 de Mayo for a stunning view of the port. Take a look at the ocean-facing amphitheater at the Merchant Marine Viewpoint.

Casablanca Valley: 4 Vineyards with 1 or 2 Wine Tastings

4. Casablanca Valley: 4 Vineyards with 1 or 2 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.

From Santiago: Portillo Inca Lagoon and San Esteban Vineyard

5. From Santiago: Portillo Inca Lagoon and San Esteban Vineyard

Start with pickup from your hotel in Santiago by a professional guide. Travel through spectacular scenery to one of the most beautiful lagoons in the Andes mountains, Portilla Inca Lagoon. Capture photographs of the water’s iridescent turquoise surface and listen to poignant legends of Incan royalty. Marvel at the archaeological park located in a hill in the middle of San Esteban Vineyard in which you will explore walking trails and find its various petroglyphs which belong to the Aconcagua culture. Ascend to the vertiginous altitude of Hotel Portillo ski resort to take in the verdant beauty of San Esteban Vineyard before pleasuring enjoying some samples of local wine.

Santiago: Laguna del Inca and Portillo Small Group Tour

6. Santiago: Laguna del Inca and Portillo Small Group Tour

The tour starts with pickup from your hotel in an air-conditioned van. You will head north from the city of Santiago taking Los Libertadores highway until the first stop to a giant monument that pertains to one of the most important episodes of Chilean history. Following this you will continue on the road, crossing the Chacabuco Tunnel, to the Aconcagua valley, declared the last winery valley of the country. On the road you will see Mount Aconcagua which has the tallest summit of the western and southern hemisphere. You will get to meet the official pet of Portillo Ski Center, a big St Bernard, which welcomes you to the start of your visit.  You will then have free time to visit the ski resort and the marvelous Inca Lagoon which is located between the mountains, this lagoon also has a beautiful history about an Incan King attached to it. You are also able to take the ski lift and enjoy a lunch with a beautiful view of the lagoon. At the conclusion of the tour, you will be brought back to your hotel in Santiago.

Valparaiso 3-Hour Walking Tour

7. 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.

Viña del Mar and Reñaca 4-Hour Pacific Coast Tour

8. Viña del Mar and Reñaca 4-Hour Pacific Coast Tour

Explore one of the top seaside resorts in Chile at Viña del Mar on a half-day afternoon tour with pick-up from Valparaiso or Viña del Mar. Marvel at the city's streets and gardens full of well-kept flowers, including Avenida Perú, Plaza de Armas and Quinta Vergara. Visit the theater where the annual Festival Internacional de la Canción takes place, and see the famous clock made from flowers near Caleta Abarca beach. Continue to Reñaca and get a panoramic view of the sea lions colony. Next, explore the coastal town of Concón. Cross the bridge over the Aconcagua River to get to the ecological park to look for different bird species.

From Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Day Tour

9. From Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Day Tour

Starting from your hotel in Santiago, meet your guide and travel 120 km to the Pacific Ocean through the Curacavi Valley where you will have the chance to see diverse scenery. On the road, stop in the typical hostelry Millahue for the chance to taste the typical Chilean drink, the "chicha". Arrive in Valparaiso and admire the amazing houses on the hills. Take a sightseeing tour of Victoria Square, Sotomayor Square, the naval heroes monument, and the May 21st Lookout. Take a walk into the hills, using 1 or 2 elevators or explore the bay area. Next stop in Viña del Mar, the city known as the Garden City. Explore some remarkable locations in the resort town including the floral clock, the Casino, and Reñaca beach where you'll have time to stop for lunch at your own expense. After lunch, spend a bit more free time to enjoy relaxing on the beach. Finally, before taking the coast road back to Santiago, stop at the Quinta Vergara, a place known for the international song festival. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Santiago.

From Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Private Tour

10. From Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Private Tour

No trip to Chile is complete without visiting the colorful coastal cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Your tour begins with hotel pickup followed by an hour and a half drive to the Chilean coastline. Start the drive along the coast in Concón, known for its seaside restaurants and surf shops. Pass by the impressive Concón Sand Dunes with their panoramic views of Valparaiso Harbor. The tour continues past the popular beach town of Reñaca, where you can usually spot sea lions lying on the coastal rocks. Then, drive through Viña del Mar, Chile’s “Garden City,” where you will see the city’s landmarks, including the Flower Clock and Casino, a “Moai” statue from Easter Island, as well as the city’s pristine beaches. Afterward, reach your main destination, Plaza Sotomayor, the heart of Valparaiso. Then, take an old funicular up to Concepcion and Alegre Hills. Bohemian and colorful, Valparaiso’s maze of hills has long inspired poets and writers. YDiscover something new at every turn – a gem of a building, a remarkable art gallery, or a little gastronomic ‘find.’ Revel in the architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage City. Stroll along its narrow streets, climb its endless staircases, and enjoy panoramic views from its many lofty lookout points.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 468 reviews

Very well organized tour with pick up at the hotel. Our guide Gabriel and our driver Alejandro really gave their all to bring us closer to Valparaiso and Viña as well as the Chilean culture and way of life. They always responded to individual questions and shared a lot of interesting information with us. I can fully recommend this tour!

Vinya Del Mar was everything I thought it would be: historic, artistic and a seaport with industry. Our guide Julio was not only knowledgeable but extremely pleasant as well. I highly recommend A day trip from Santiago to experience the seaside!

Daniel was just the BEST guide! Loads of natural and political history knowledge and absolutely was next-level by actively being our small groups photographer and got some truly wonderful photos of everyone enjoying themselves.

We had a blast. Malu and Jose the driver were fantastic. They were great fun and shared their culture very clearly and showed us as much as you can see in just one day. Very well organized. Thank you.

Hard a wonderful time walking the city and enjoyed the lunch suggestion. The winery was very nice and excellent wine.