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Pacific Treasures: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar Private Tour

1. 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.

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

2. 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 funicular to Concepcion and Alegre Hills. Bohemian and colorful, Valparaiso’s maze of hills has long inspired poets and writers. You will discover something new at every turn – a gem of a building, a remarkable art gallery, or some 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. After exploring Valparaiso, travel inland to the Casablanca Valley to the Casas del Bosque Vineyard for a tour and wine tasting. Today, Casas del Bosque is one of the most important wineries in Chile. In 1993, a family of Italian descendants established the winery. The large old pine and olive trees, and small white houses of adobe, define the name “Casas del Bosque” (Houses of the Forest).  Currently, the vineyard has 580 acres of planted vines, exclusively dedicated to the production of cool-climate varieties of wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. One of Casas del Bosque’s biggest strengths is its soil. In the hills, red clay composites of volcanic origin sit on top of decomposed granite layers formed 110 million years ago beneath the Pacific Ocean. This soil gives their wines the unique characteristic sea salt flavor.  Casas del Bosque has gained great prestige over the years and in 2010 became the Best Vineyard to Visit in Chile. Enjoy an informative tour, browse their gift shop, and relax in their outdoor lounge area before heading back to Santiago

Santiago: Historical Center Highlights Walking Tour

3. Santiago: Historical Center Highlights Walking Tour

Get to know Santiago even better on a walking tour of the main sights in its historical center. Follow your local guide to iconic attractions like the Plaza de Armas, the La Moneda Palace, the Cerro Santa Lucia, and more. Discover the capital of Chile with a knowledgeable guide. Walk by the impressive La Moneda Palace, the stately office of the President of the country, as well as the beloved Cathedral of Santiago. Walk through the enchanting gardens and park of the Cerro Santa Lucia, a green haven in the city center with a charming fountain. Then, explore the impressive Plaza de Armas where old meets new. See a range of statues in the square and marvel at the juxtaposition of modern high-rises behind ancient buildings.

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It was great to enjoy both natural beauty, as well as interesting architecture along with street paintings. Our tour guide, Daniel from Chile Dream Tours, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. One thing to note is that is was 15 degrees C cooler on the Pacific coast than it was in Santiago. Fortunately we had warm enough clothes with us.

An amazing day visiting the Chilean coast! Definitely the best tour we took during our trip. Comfortable van, great guide, and fun sightseeing! Valparaiso is so colorful filled with street art and Viña del Mar has beautiful beaches. We even saw many sea lions on the rocks just off shore.

This trip was perfectly planned and had a great balance between driving and walking! The views were stunning, the winery was beautiful and delicious and the guide even took pictures of us to send later so we didn’t have to worry about it!

Beautiful area and our guide was truly special. Sean speaks perfect English and shared so much information with us. He even took pictures of our group with his own camera and emailed them to us. Exceptional!

A wonderful day with many interesting impressions. Everything went perfectly.