Bicycling Chile's Wine Country

  • 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 that 8 days is just not enough, consider our 11-day tour, Bicycling Chile's Wine Country Plus! the Pacific Coast 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

      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: End of tour, Shuttle to Santiago

      Highlights: Shuttle to Santiago

      If you are in beach mode we recommend sticking around this area. If not, we'll shuttle you back to Santiago today for your flight home or more adventures in South America. Whatever you decide Buen Viaje!

      Meals: B

      If you are thinking that 8 days is just not enough, consider our 11-day tour, Bicycling Chile's Wine Country Plus! the Pacific Coast bicycle tour.

    • Highlights

      Santiago de Chile, Chile's Central Wine Valley, Santa Cruz, Pacific Coast Beaches, 3 winery visits
    • Includes

      Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 8 days, 7 nights, all breakfasts, 4 dinners and 3 lunches with 2 wine tastings. Shuttle back to Santiago on the last day of the tour. 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 (SCL)
    • Total Distance

      302 - 330 kms (186 -204 miles)
    • Daily Distance

      Average per riding day 60 - 66 kms (37 - 41 miles)
    • Rating

      201 Mostly flat riding with some short steep hills on half the days. About half the days have riding distances over 35 miles.
    • Terms

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  • Dates Price Private Room Charge Notes
    Mar 10-17, 2018 USD$4350 USD$700 Save $200, per person, when you book by August 15th. Book it
    Oct 13-20, 2018 USD$4350 USD$700 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

    • Meals were great. Above expectation,,,loved the fresh veggies and fruit, Lodging was upscale and most comfortable. Bike worked perfectly problems. Loved meeting the Chileans! We like ExperiencePlus! tours, easy going but carefully done and caring guides with safety built in. Love the chalk arrows.

      Jane O., Leawood, KS
    • Awesome ride, roads, food, and wine.

      Charlene R., Cheyenne, WY
    • Fun, flexible, personal and full of beautiful scenery. The biking route was excellent and the museum in Santa Cruz was top notch.

      Fran and Chris J., Wasilla AK
    • Easy riding, beautiful countryside, superb wines and good food.

      Catherine C., Anchorage, AK
    • A lot of fun, good routes. Great total experience.

      Rick S., Revere, MA
    • Beautiful scenery, interesting historical sites, great chocolate!

      Carol W., New York, NY
    • Fun, fantastic....would do it again. Thanks for a great time.

      Kimberly B., Phoenix, AZ
    • I loved everything-especially the tour leaders. We are hooked - we'll definitely be doing more ExperiencePlus! tours in the future.

      Susan C., Brookeville, MD

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