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  • From Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Day Tour

    1. 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 t...

    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.

  • Santiago: Private City Tour with Optional Lunch and Winery

    2. Santiago: Private City Tour with Optional Lunch and Winery

    Discover Santiago's mix of colonial mansions and modern skyscrapers on a private half-day or full-day tour. Beneift from the flexibility to custom-make your day according to your likings of the suggested trip itinerary. Start with a visit to the Club Hípico de Santiago to marvel at a replica of one of the most beautiful equestrian clubs in France. Venture over to the old upscale neighborhood of the city center and be mesmerized by its architecture. Then explore the civic center, including the cathedral, parade ground, and Palacio de La Moneda. Depending on which option you choose, climb to the top of San Cristobal Hill in the biggest urban park in Santiago or the Santa Lucia Hill (or both). Visit a traditional craft shop and arrive at the Mercado Central (Central Market). If opting for the half-day tour, this is a good place to enjoy a typical lunch at your own expense. If you choose ...

    The guide was smart, witty and very positive thru the entire tour. Our driver was careful and friendly. A lot of helpful information was given.

  • From Santiago: Highlights of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar

    3. 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 fr...

    The guide, Alejandro, and driver, Leo, were excellent but the tour just wasn't that great. it was foggy and both Valparaiso and Vina were dirty and we just didn't find the beauty we expected.

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

    4. 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.

    Excellent tour! Pancho was very knowledgeable, funny and kind. I don’t remember our driver’s name but he was great also, I felt very safe. He was also very flexible with roads in Valparaiso. Great experience!

  • Santiago: Main Chilean Wineries Private Half-Day Tours

    5. Santiago: Main Chilean Wineries Private Half-Day Tours

    Following an early pickup from your hotel in Santiago, begin your private tour of Chile's fantastic wine industry. During the day, find out about wine history in Santiago with your guide, and after a tour in the winery of your choice, savor a typical lunch in a local restaurant. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel. There are 4 wineries to choose from, all with wine tasting included: • Santa Rita — Discover over 135 years of winemaking tradition at Santa Rita Winery, one of the top wineries in the Maipo Valley. Take a guided tour through the grape variety garden and the vineyards. Learn about the process of winemaking, including the cellaring and bottling of the wines. • Undurraga — Explore wine cellars with more than 130 years of experience and have the chance to understand the production process of their unique wines. Visit the Parque de l...

    The process from booking to dropping us off at our hotel at the end was done without fuss, and hassle free. Our guide was engaging and our driver was professional. We thought the vineyard guide was at times a little hesitant, but was able to provide a reasonable overview of the workings of the vineyard. Surprised the vineyard only offered shipping to the USA as we would have liked to order some cases for Europe.

  • Cajon del Maipo Full-Day Small Group Tour with Picnic

    6. Cajon del Maipo Full-Day Small Group Tour with Picnic

    Admire the stunning massifs, estuaries and rivers of the Andes Mountains on a full-day tour of the Cajon del Maipo. Depart Santiago and journey to San Jose de Maipo as you hear the folklore of the area from your English-speaking guide. Head towards the volcano and see small towns such as Las Vertientes, El Canelo, El Manzano, El Melocoton and San Alfonso. Learn the history of the Tinoco Tunnel as you make your way along a dirt road to the large lake of Embalse del Yeso. Stop at the reservoir to enjoy a picnic style snack with cheese, olives, salami, juice, wine and more.  Start back towards Santiago at around 3:00 PM and get dropped off at your hotel or in the city center at approximately 6:00 PM.

    The tour guide was very engaging and funny, and the driver was careful and courteous—we didn’t feel the ride and had a great time. We were two adult sisters traveling with their dad. Try to do this tour if you are visiting Chile, you won’t regret it.

  • Santiago: Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, & Winery Private Tour

    7. Santiago: Valparaiso, Viña del Mar, & Winery Private Tour

    Enjoy the comforts of a private tour as you visit the colorful coastal cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar and make a stop for wine tasting at a renowned vineyard.  The tour begins with your hotel pick up and then a 1.5-hour journey to the Chilean coastline. Drive along the coast in Concón, known for its seaside restaurants and surf shops.  Pass by the impressive Concón Sand Dunes where we will have panoramic views of Valparaiso Harbor.  The tour continues through the popular beach town of Reñaca where on most days we will spot sea lions lying on the coastal rocks. Afterward, 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. Finally each the main destination, Plaza Sotomayor, the heart of Valparaiso. Ride up an old funicula...

  • Santiago: Guided Sightseeing Segway Tour

    8. Santiago: Guided Sightseeing Segway Tour

    If you have a young spirit and are into technology and innovation, this experience was made for you! You will discover the city of Santiago in an exciting and fun way using eco-friendly personal transport. Start by meeting your guide, who will give you a training session on how to ride the Segway - you'll see that it's much easier than it seems! From there, you'll have the option of choosing to discover the city through its parks or by visiting its more historic sights. If you choose the first option, you will roll through the network of parks located on the south bank of the Mapocho River, in a route that crosses Santiago among its native nature. Visit the beautiful Bicentennial Fountain in Balmaceda Park, the Friendship Pagoda, Sculpture Park, the Sky Costanera, and the Bicentennial Park where you can feed the pink flamingos. Alternatively, if you wish to see the more historical side...

  • From Santiago: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Private Tour

    9. 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, Valpara...

  • From Santiago: Private Maipo Valley Wine Tour

    10. From Santiago: Private Maipo Valley Wine Tour

    Enjoy a private tour of the boutique wineries of Aquitania and Haras de Pirque located at the foothills of the Andes Mountains in the Maipo River Valley. Relax in their gardens, enjoy their wine, the wonderful flowers, and marvelous views.   First stop, Haras de Pirque. The visit starts on the main terrace of the wine cellar where the beautiful valley of Pirque and the majestic Andes Mountains can be appreciated. Moving inside the horse-shoe shaped cellar, visitors get to know the winemaking and barrel aging process, followed by a tasting of three wines – Albaclara Sauvignon Blanc, Reserva de Propiedad and Hussonet Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva in their memorable tasting room. Next, visit Aquitania, also located at the foot of the Andes. They focus on producing high-quality wines in limited quantities. Visitors have the opportunity to observe the entire process of wine production, wh...

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What people are saying about Santiago

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4.3 / 5

based on 358 reviews

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).

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!

An absolutely fantastic tour of Santiago. Lucia did a great tour with us. Everything important told about the city and the art in the city. We fed flamingos and saw swans that can only be found here. Driving a Segway was all the nicer after a practice it worked out well. Was very fun. Thank you Lucia

Excellent tour! Pancho was very knowledgeable, funny and kind. I don’t remember our driver’s name but he was great also, I felt very safe. He was also very flexible with roads in Valparaiso. Great experience!