Bicycling Chile's Wine Country Plus! the Pacific Coast

  • Itinerary Summary

    One of the most prestigious "new world" wine producing regions, Chile's central valley has produced award winning wines in recent years. Join us on our bicycle tour of the Chilean wine country where we pedal through vineyards of the Central Valley before turning south and bicycling along the stunning beaches of the scenic Pacific Coast. We stay in historic colonial cities such as Santa Cruz and Constitucion and visit secluded villages and beach resorts. This is an excellent trip for both wine and food lover and photographer!

    If you are thinking this tour is just perfect but wish it were shorter - then visit our Bicycling Chile's Wine Country bicycle tour.

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    1. Day 1: Arrive in Santiago

      Highlights: Santiago, capital of Chile

      We gather today in Santiago de Chile, the capital of Chile. Santiago is a delightful, metropolitan city. We suggest arriving at least a couple of days early so you can explore the covered market and San Cristóbal Hill, a major city landmark. We'll have introductions and a welcome dinner tonight.

      Meals: D

      Lodging: Hotel Le Reve

    2. Day 2: Fit bikes, Winery Visit

      Highlights: Transfer from Santiago, lunch and winery visit, fit bikes and short ride

      We'll shuttle south into the Central Valley this morning and stop at our first winery for a tour and lunch. We'll also fit bikes here and then pedal through vineyards to our hotel. On our bicycle ride today we'll have the Andes as a stunning backdrop. Our destination today is Zuñiga, a small historical village with a hotel that is often frequented by Chileans in the summer as a city get-a-way.

      Distance: 31-39 km (18-24 miles). Meals: B, L, D

      Lodging: Hacienda Santa Clara

    3. Day 3: Bicycle Zuñiga to winery and hotel

      Highlights: Wooden windmills, fertile farmland, quiet roads

      On our bicycle ride to today we'll pass several distinct towns in the central agricultural area of Chile. We'll see watermills once used to irrigate the fertile farmlands of Chile's most famous wine region that are protected by UNESCO. Tonight we'll stay at a vineyard and wine hotel in the Colchagua Valley.

      Distance: 70 km (43 miles). Meals: B, L, D

      Lodging: Lodging Hotel Viña La Playa

    4. Day 4: Bicycle the Apalta Valley and Santa Cruz

      Highlights: Bicycle ride through Chilean Wine country

      Today we'll head towards Santa Cruz, the largest city in this region's wine area. In 2010 an earthquake severely damaged the UNESCO World Heritage Museum of the Hacienda El Huique, a once - perfectly preserved example of a 19th century rural Chilean estate. We will have a guided tour of this unique Hacienda. On our ride to Santa Cruz we'll pedal through the Valle de Apalta, home to several of Chile's most important wines such as Montes, Casa Lapostolle, and Ventisquero, as well as the up-and-coming wine of Neyen. Along the way we'll learn about the culture and the process of wine making at lunch together at a local winery. Many wineries along the way invite visitors and you are free to stop and explore.

      Distance: 55-70 km depending on choice (34-44 miles). Meals: B, L

      Lodging: Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza

    5. Day 5: Santa Cruz Rest Day

      Highlights: Santa Cruz, relax by the pool, Santa Cruz Museum

      We have a rest day today to enjoy this bustling little town. Relax at our beautiful hotel lounging by the pool or take a walk around town. We highly recommend you join us for a visit of the Santa Cruz museum, one of the best museums on Chile's natural history and contemporary issues.

      Distance: Rest Day. Meals: B

      Lodging: Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza

    6. Day 6: Santa Cruz to Vichuquén

      Highlights: Boyeruca beach, Lago Vichuquén

      We leave Santa Cruz today and ride west towards the Pacific Ocean. On the way take time to visit the beautiful town of Lolol. Our ride ends on the coast at Boyeruca beach. From here we'll shuttle the last 45 kilometers to avoid some rough roads.

      Distance: 85 km (55 miles). Meals: B, L, D

      Lodging: Hotel Marina Vichuquén

    7. Day 7: Vichuquén to Duao

      Highlights: Duao and its beautiful beach

      We're back on our bikes today, headed first to the coast then south to Duao, a beautiful and isolated beach on the Pacific Coast. Take your time and do some beach-combing along the way or pedal straight to Duao where you can enjoy a little beach time.

      Distance: 61 km (38 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Hostería Donde Gilberto

    8. Day 8: Duao to Constitución

      Highlights: Constitución

      We continue south along the coast today to Constitución. We pedal through pine forests and past spectacular rock formations on the beaches. We'll have a picnic lunch in Putu a typical small town in central Chile. Take your time, take a swim, and get some photos!

      Distance: 70 km (44 miles). Meals: B, L, D

      Lodging: Cabanas Playa El Cable

    9. Day 9: Constitución to Pelluhue

      Highlights: Rolling hills, Pacific Coast

      We'll be surrounded by cool pine forests most of the way to Chanco. Our hotel tonight is in the beach town of Pelluhue. You might enjoy exploring the nearby beach and active sand dunes which once buried Chanco over the last century before pine woods were planted to protect it.

      Distance: 85 km (52 miles). Meals: B, L, D

      Lodging: Cabañas Campo Mar

    10. Day 10: Pelluhue to San Javier

      Highlights: Amazing lunch and a great bicycle ride

      We head inland today after shuttling to Cauquenes. You'll spend your last night in a beautiful historic house.

      Distance: 74 km (45 miles). Meals: B, L, D

      Lodging: Hacienda Los Lingues

    11. Day 11: Transfer to Santiago

      Highlights: Shuttle back to Santiago and wine tasting

      We head back to Santiago today, but not without stopping at one last winery, one that was founded in 1880. We'll be back in Santiago this afternoon between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. in time for you to catch flights home!

      Meals: B, L

    • Highlights

      Visit 4 Historic Vineyards, Chilean wine, Colonial chilean cities, Santiago de Chile, Bicycle the Pacific Coast of Chile
    • Includes

      Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 11 days, 10 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, 7 dinners, 6 lunches, van support, bilingual tour leaders, 5 wine tastings and visit to three wineries. Shuttle back to Santiago. plus "The Usual"
    • Countries

    • Begin/End

      Santiago de Chile, Chile/Santiago de Chile, Chile
    • Arrive/Depart

      Santiago Int'l Airport (SCL) / Santiago Int'l Airport
    • Total Distance

      518 - 535 kms (320 - 330 miles)
    • Daily Distance

      Average per riding day 65 -67 kms ( 40 - 41 miles)
    • Rating

      201 Mostly flat riding with some short steep hills on half the days. Last 3 days have more rolling terrain with some climbs over 2 miles.
    • Terms

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  • Dates Price Private Room Charge Notes
    Mar 10-20, 2018 USD$5950 USD$900 Save $200, per person, when you book by August 15th. Book it
    Oct 13-23, 2018 USD$5950 USD$900 Save $200, per person, when you book by August 15th. Book it

    * We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

  • Stories

    • Happy we had chance to view part of Chile! Interesting and lovely places. Friendly, generous people. Very good pisco sours and wine! Glad we had couple extra days in Santiago before tour - worthwhile, manageable city.

      March 2017, Christine and Mike M., Fort Collins, C
    • Incredible scenery, great hotels, wonderful good, fine guides and a fun group to travel with.

      Carol S., Salt Lake City, UT
    • Great views, food. Cultural experience.

      Judy C., Pelham Manor, NY
    • Memorable, invigorating, challenging, interesting fellow bikers. Overall fantastic trip.

      Barbara P., Ann Arbor, MI
    • Final wine tour with gourmet lunch with wine pairings was outstanding! Discovering Carmenere wine. It is now among my favorite three reds.

      Dave F., Columbia, MD
    • This was the best bicycle group ride I have ever attended. Extremely well planned.

      Scott C., Dover, MA
    • Comfortable riding, great wines and dinners. The people and scenery make me want to see more of Chile.

      Bob P., Cheyenne, WY
    • Awesome ride, roads, food, and wine.

      Charlene R., Cheyenne, WY
    • Sampling grapes right off the vine and then drinking the final product at one of the vineyards was amazing. Oh, and the museum in Santa Cruz blew me away. Let''s not forget about the biking; great roads, little traffic and stunningly beautiful country. Phenomenal tour and the guides were the best of the best. The experience of a lifetime. The Chilean people were welcoming and incredibly gracious as well.

      Marty V., Plymouth, IN
    • easy riding, beautiful countryside, superb wines and good food.

      Catherine C., Anchorage, AK
    • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Surprising, interesting, doable, fascinating and fun. Keep up the good work. We cannot say enough good things about ExperiencePlus!

      Laurie & Gary U., Ft Collins, CO
    • Sunny and warm, comparable to September in California, mostly flat, except for coastal range, good combination of vineyards, lakes and ocean beaches, minimal traffic, no crowds after local tourist season, easy flight from NYC.

      Eric S., NY, NY
    • What was your favorite experience on this trip? The day riding though the national park. The temperature was perfect and there was a tail wind so I was a happy rider. Also enjoyed the lunch at the farmer''s house. Interesting to be in a local home. Lunch was nicely served and delicious.

      Marion M., Toronto, Canada
    • What was your favorite experience on this trip? Seeing the beautiful country, meeting wonderful Chileans and, of course, tasting fine wines.

      John S., Burke, VA
    • What was your favorite experience on this trip? Casa Silva Winery, Museum in Santa Cruz, riding along the ocean with the sanddunes, farm house for lunch, youth dancers --- LOTS!

      Pat & Monte P. Ft Collins, CO
    • What was your favorite experience on this trip? Hard to pick one thing...this may have been our favorite of 7 ExperiencePlus! trips. The organization, guides, scenery, and people all combined to make for a wonderful vacation.

      Mary B., Newport Beach, CA

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