Bicycling Chile's Wine Country

Bicycling Chile's Wine Country

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.

Is cycling in South America for you? Check out our What to expect: Cycling in South America page.

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Sep 26-Oct 3, 2020
USD$4400
USD$700
 
Mar 13-20, 2021
USD$4400
USD$700
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Sep 25-Oct 2, 2021
USD$4400
USD$700
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* 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.

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 8 Days
  • Total Distance / 302 - 330 kms (186 -204 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 60 - 66 kms (37 - 41 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 2.5 Classic
  • Countries / Chile
  • Begin/End / Santiago de Chile, Chile/ Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Price / From USD$4400
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

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

    Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

    Our bikes in South America are aluminum frames and the road bikes come with a carbon fork.
  • Includes
    8 days, 7 nights, meals as noted in itinerary, 2 wine tastings. Shuttle back to Santiago on the last day of the tour; and the usual (see below).

    Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic Tour Style page.
  • Arrive / Depart
    Santiago Int'l Airport (SCL)
  • Overall Tour Level
    2.5 difficulty level 2.5
  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    Transfer day
    2
    31km / 106m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 0.5
    3
    64km / 296m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    4
    64km / 256m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    5
    Rest day
    6
    84km / 790m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 4.0
    7
    61km / 856m
    Mountainous
    difficulty level 4.5
    8
    Last day

Terrain Legend

Gentle Gentle

Rolling hills Rolling hills

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

Daily Itinerary
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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.

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: 31km (19mi)
  • Gain: 106m (348ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 0.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

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: 64km (40mi)
  • Gain: 296m (971ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

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: 64km (40mi)
  • Gain: 256m (840ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Lodging:

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.

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: 84km (53mi)
  • Gain: 790m (2591ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 4.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

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: 61km (38mi)
  • Gain: 856m (2808ft)
  • Terrain: Mountainous
  • Day Level: difficulty level 4.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

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: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Day 1: Arrival Information

Arrive in Santiago

In the evening of Day 1, meet your fellow cyclists and Tour Leaders at the Day 1 Hotel specified in the itinerary.

You will find more details in our welcome note at the hotel's front desk

Note:

As you are planning, remember that the hotels listed in our itineraries are our primary hotels and are - in rare cases - subject to change. Before you make arrangements, check with us if your tour departure is guaranteed. If your tour departure is out further than 6 months, please also check with us as there might be slight changes to the itinerary.

The below information will help you plan your arrival. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

We recommend flying into the Santiago International Airport (SLC).

How to get to the Day 1 Hotel:

Arriving at Santiago Airport and proceeding to the Day 1 Hotel

  • Taxi, located just outside the airport (20-30 min/26,000 Chilean pesos)
  • or private transfer (Taxi drivers in Chile can be a little intimidating, so if you’d like us to arrange a private transfer from the airport to the hotel contact reservations@experienceplus.com (20-30 min/fares vary)

Day 8: Departure Information

End of tour, Shuttle to Santiago

We offer two complimentary ExperiencePlus! shuttle options back to Santiago on the last day of the tour. Your spot on the shuttle is already reserved for you.

Please take note of the shuttle times and locations as you plan.

  • Option A: Arrival at the Santiago Airport by 4:30 p.m.
  • Option B: Arrival back at the Day 1 Hotel in Santiago (refer to the itinerary) by 5 p.m.

Keep in Mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

Our bikes in South America are aluminum frames and the road bikes come with a carbon fork.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To Do Today!

3–6 Months Prior to Departure

  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed. As you make your plans refer to the Getting To and Away sent to you in your booking confirmation email it provides meeting times and the starting and ending hotels and shuttle information when applicable.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights. Please refer to the Getting To and Away sheet you received in your Reservation Confirmation Email.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program www.experienceplus.com/training.
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 Weeks–2 Weeks Prior to Departure

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your Getting To and Away information and one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour

Classic Tour Style

Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your Classic tour at the Classic page.

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Reviews

Reviews

  • The best bike tour I''''ve ever had! The guides were so knowledgeable, helpful and entertaining; food was amazing and the wineries excellent! The culture and countryside spectacular too. The route was planned perfectly and appropriately for our groups bike experience, there were options on long trip days which were appreciated.

    Callie R., Mercer Island, WA - March 2018
  • Meals were great. Above expectation,,,loved the fresh veggies and fruit, Lodging was upscale and most comfortable. Bike worked perfectly ..no 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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