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From Santiago: Vina Del Mar, Valparaiso, Casablanca, Reñaca

1. From Santiago: Vina Del Mar, Valparaiso, Casablanca, Reñaca

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: 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.

Santiago: Laguna del Inca and Portillo Small Group Tour

3. 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.

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.

Valparaiso 4-Hour City Tour by Van and Funicular

6. 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.

Pacific Treasures: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Private Tour

7. 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

8. 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.

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

9. 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: Private Zapallar & Cachagua Island Experience

10. 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.

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based on 262 reviews

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.

It was so fast and very well comminication after we fixed our trip. They called us and pick us up from location on time. Our guide Helen and driver was so good. It is worth to arrange it. Thank you for all

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.