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San Antonio Port: Pre- or Post-Cruise Activities

1. 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.

Pacific Treasures: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Private Tour

2. Pacific Treasures: 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.

From Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Day Tour

3. 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.

Algarrobo, Pablo Neruda Museum and Casablanca Valley Winery

4. Algarrobo, Pablo Neruda Museum and Casablanca Valley Winery

Experience the best of Chile’s Pacific coast, countryside, and wine vineyards on this day trip from Santiago. See the colorful seaside town of Isla Negra and the museum that was once home to Nobel Prize-winning poet, Pablo Neruda. Gain a fascinating insight into Neruda's eccentric life and works as you walk through his house. Continue your drive along the coastline to the resort town of Algarrobo. Have lunch and then go on to the San Alfonso Resort to see Chile's biggest artificial lagoon. Visit the Casablanca Valley and stop at the organic Casas del Bosque Vineyard for a tour and wine tasting. Relax in the outdoor lounge area after an informative tour.

Private Isla Negra & Pomaire Cultural Day Trip

5. Private Isla Negra & Pomaire Cultural Day Trip

Begin your journey of Chile by being picked up at your hotel, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day. Head straight to the colorful seaside town of Isla Negra, one of Chile’s and South America’s most famous poets, Pablo Neruda’s home, now a museum, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour. Explore the Nobel Prize winner’s eccentric home, including his collection of bottles, masks, antique shoes, and smoking pipes. Originally called Las Gaviotas, the town was renamed Isla Negra by Neruda. Next, head to the traditional town of Pomaire, famous for its clay pottery and Chilean handicrafts. The town is also known as the home of the largest “empanadas” in Chile – which you have the chance to taste. Along your private tour, your local guide with share insightful historical and cultural stories.

From Santiago: Private Zapallar & Cachagua Island Experience

6. From Santiago: Private Zapallar & Cachagua Island Experience

Discover the captivating landscapes of Zappalar ("place of pumpkins" in Mapudungun) just 1.5 hours from Santiago and 80 kilometers (50 miles) north of Valparaíso. Take a 1-hour boat ride to Cachagua Island, a reserve for the Humboldt penguin, and savor a fresh seafood lunch afterward. Begin your private tour with pickup at your hotel in Santiago. Upon arrival in Zapallar, understand why a number of European architects were attracted to the area in the 1960s and see the legacy they left in the houses. Just meters away from the white sand beach and crystal clear waters, classic Italian and German architecture will blow you away to a dreamy place. Go down unpaved streets and among the natural forest in the area with your professional guide. Head along a beautiful bath bordering the resort's rocky coast that was made by the local workers with local resources. Once in the cove where the boat ride starts, a local fisherman with more than 10 years of experience will take you to visit the Natural Monument of Cachagua Island, a place for the preservation of the emblematic Humboldt penguin. Admire the penguins and other birds — such as herons, swans, and seagulls — as well as the island's diverse flora and fauna. After this approximately 1-hour experience, you'll be invited to taste some typical gastronomy at Chringuito, a restaurant with a long fishing tradition. Relish the fresh seafood brought directly from the Pacific Ocean (not included in the tour price) before heading back to Santiago for drop-off at your hotel.

Horseback Riding on Beach & Sand Dunes and Viña del Mar Tour

7. Horseback Riding on Beach & Sand Dunes and Viña del Mar Tour

Enjoy a comfortable air-conditioned transportation and arrive at the small town of Mantagua. Explore the beach and nearby Ritoque Sand Dunes on a 3-hour horseback ride. Cross the little streams from the Aconcagua River which empty into the Pacific Ocean after flowing all the way from Mount Aconcagua in the Andes. After the horseback ride, drive along the coast to Concón, known for its seaside restaurants and surf shops. Pass by the impressive Concón Sand Dunes and enjoy the panoramic views of Valparaiso Harbor. The tour continues through the popular beach town of Reñaca. Try to spot sea lions lying on the coastal rocks. Then drive to Viña del Mar, Chile’s Garden City. Visit the Flower Clock and Casino, a “Moai” statue from Easter Island, and the city’s pristine beaches.

From Santiago: Isla Negra, Pomaire & Vineyard Private Tour

8. From Santiago: Isla Negra, Pomaire & Vineyard Private Tour

Begin your journey of Chile by being picked up at your hotel, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day. Head straight to the colorful seaside town of Isla Negra, home to one of Chile’s and South America’s most famous poets, Pablo Neruda, whereupon arrival your guide will take you on a walking tour of his house. Explore the Nobel Prize winner’s eccentric home, now a museum, including his collection of bottles, masks, antique shoes, and smoking pipes. Originally called Las Gaviotas, the town was renamed Isla Negra by Neruda. Next, enjoy a tour and wine tasting at Matetic Wine Vineyard, located in the stunning Rosario Valley. Learn about the history of the vineyard, organic and biodynamic agriculture, and the process of winemaking, while enjoying panoramic views of the Corralillo vines. End your wine tour with a tasting either in the underground tasting room surrounded by wine barrels or on the outdoor terrace overlooking the vines. Finally, head to the traditional town of Pomaire, famous for its clay pottery and Chilean handicrafts. The town is also known as the home of the largest “empanadas” in Chile – which you have the chance to taste. Along your private tour, your local guide with share insightful historical and cultural stories.

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What people are saying about Valparaiso (Region)

The communication before hand was good and the pick-up was very prompt. Joseph, the guide, and Willy, the driver, were both friendly and helpful. They make an excellent team. In addition to giving good information, Joseph took many pictures of the group. We stopped for about 20 minutes on the way to feed llamas, get a beverage, and use the restroom. Once we arrived in Valparaiso, we made a stop to enjoy the view before getting out and taking a long walk through the streets and stairs of Valparaiso. The street art was amazing! Following the walk, we took the funicular down and made several more stops before returning to Santiago: to take a picture at the flower clock, at a museum to see a statue from Easter Island, and then for lunch at a restaurant across the street from the Pacific. We noted the tour from beginning to end..

The bus arrived on time for the pick-up and the tour of Valparaiso (“Valpo” according to our guide, as the Chileans will shorten anything they can) was interesting - particularly the street art. You do need to be able to walk down steps for this part of the tour. Unfortunately, 2 members of the group went AWOL (no fault of the guide), so we lost some time waiting for them and our tour of Vina was somewhat curtailed. Our driver also had to take a diversion on the way back to avoid the road closures in Santiago.

We had a wonderful day with our tour guide Romi and driver who went out of their way to make sure the day was a success. Both Romi and driver were more than flexible, altering the tour to suit the group based on a consensual decision. Romi has an excellent command of English, great sense of humour and very knowledgeable and friendly. I would highly recommend this tour, Romi and our driver (whose name escapes me).

I really enjoyed the tour! It is worth taking it. However I was really disappointed by the the fact that despite the fact I received a confirmation for my booking after waiting for more that an hour I contacted the local agent to find out that apparently they either forgot me or never received my booking...

Very enjoyable day out. Lots of information from a very knowledgeable guide. Walking tour of a hilly area of Valparaiso with some wonderful street art. Lunch on the beach in Viña del Mar was very good and on the way back to Santiago a stop at a vineyard with stunning views and even more stunning wines!