Bicycling Chile's Wine Country Plus! the Pacific Coast

Bicycling Chile's Wine Country Plus! the Pacific Coast

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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Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Mar 13-23, 2021
USD$6050
USD$900
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Sep 25-Oct 5, 2021
USD$6050
USD$900
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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 / 11 Days
  • Total Distance / 614 km (382 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 68 km (42 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 3.0 Classic
  • Countries / Chile
  • Begin/End / Santiago de Chile, Chile/Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Price / From USD$6050
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

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

    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
    11 days, 10 nights accommodation, meals as noted in itinerary, van support, bilingual tour leaders, wine tastings and visit to wineries. Shuttle back to Santiago; 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
    3.0 difficulty level 3.0
  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Day Level

    Notes

    1
    Transfer day
    2
    41km / 148m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    3
    69km / 340m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 2.0
    4
    45km / 198m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    5
    69km / 296m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    6
    80km / 1001m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 4.0
    7
    45km / 658m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.5
    8
    97km / 1280m
    Mountainous
    difficulty level 5.0
    9
    85km / 1077m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 4.5
    10
    81km / 676m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 4.0
    11
    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: Santiago to Millahue

Highlights: Casa Silva winery + Viña VIK winery. Beginning of Chile central Valley or “zona huasa”

We'll shuttle south into the Central Valley this morning and stop at our first winery for a tour followed by lunch. After lunch we'll have our bike fitting before we begin cycling . The stunning Andes will be our backdrop today as we pedal through vineyards to our hotel, which is one of Chile's most stunning wineries and hotels. Inspired by the Andes Mountains and the work of Frank Gehry, the Vina Vik hotel is nestled in the foothills of the Andes in the Millahue Valley, named "Lugar de Oro" or "Golden Place" by the native Mapuche. We'll have dinner and a wine tasting in this stunning winery and hotel built by one of Chile's award winning architects.

  • Distance: 41km (26mi)
  • Gain: 148m (485ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 1.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 3: Millahue to Santa Cruz

Highlights: Watermills of Larmahue

On our bicycle ride to today we'll pass several distinct towns in the central agricultural area of Chile as we pedal towards Santa Cruz, the capital city of this region. We'll see watermills that were once used to irrigate the fertile farmlands of Chile's most famous wine region. These important watermills are protected by UNESCO in the small town of Larmahue.

  • Distance: 69km (43mi)
  • Gain: 340m (1115ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: difficulty level 2.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Lodging:

DAY 4: Santa Cruz loop ride

Highlights: Apalta Valley

Today we will do a loop ride out of Santa Cruz to the Valle de Apalta, home to several of Chile's most important wines such as Montes, Casa Lapostolle, Ventisquero, and the up-and-coming wine of Neyen. Along the way we'll learn about the culture and process of Chilean wine making. Many wineries along the our ride invite visitors to stop in for a visit. Feel free to stop and explore these wineries along today's loop ride.

We highly recommend taking time this afternoon to visit the Santa Cruz Museum, one of the best museums of Chile's natural history.

DAY 5: Santa Cruz to Marchigüe

Highlights: Lolol village & it local craft with mane

Ride from Santa Cruz to Colchagua valley passing through small villages along the oldest agricultural area of Chile with a colonial past still present in part of the architecture and quiet lifestyle.

DAY 6: Marchigüe to Pichilemu

Highlights: Ride from Marchugüe to Pichilemu beach

We pedal west today as we cross the coastal range to end up on the seaside in one of Chile's most famous windsurfing beaches. You'll notice the stark difference between the dry hills on the eastern side of the range and the green forests on the western/seaward side. Between the Andes and the Coastal Range, Chile has some of the most diverse climates in such a narrow stretch of land and today you will see that in person.

  • Distance: 80km (50mi)
  • Gain: 1001m (3283ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 4.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Lodging:

DAY 7: Pichilemu to Vichuquén

Highlights: Salt flats at “Lo Valdivia”, Pacific coastline, Vichuquén lake

We ride south today and criss-cross the coastal hills again until we reach the Salt Flats of Lo Valdivia. As we pedal through forests and hills you'll catch glimpses of the pacific before we finish in a small fishing village to gather before shuttling to our hotel.

DAY 8: Vichuquén to Constitución

Highlights: Pedaling the Pacific coast and massive rock formation at Constitución

We have a long day today, but don't worry, if you want you can shorten the ride you will have the option to catch a ride over our first big hill. After we reach the coast we'll continue south to Constitución. Pedal through pine forests and past sand dunes and rock formations to our beachside hotel. We'll have a picnic lunch in Putu near the sand dunes. If you reach our hotel in time you can venture into the water or just enjoy the calm seaside hotel and relax before dinner together.

  • Distance: 97km (60mi)
  • Gain: 1280m (4198ft)
  • Terrain: Mountainous
  • Day Level: difficulty level 5.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 9: Constitución to Pelluhue

Highlights: Rolling hills, Pacific Coast

We'll be surrounded by cool pine forests for most of our ride 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: 85km (53mi)
  • Gain: 1077m (3533ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 4.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 10: Pelluhue to San Javier

Highlights: Hacienda Los Lingues, Balduzzi winery

We head inland today after shuttling to Cauquenes and a great ride along the Ruta de los conquistadores from Cauquenes to San Javier. After finishing up at the famous Vina Balduzzi we'll shuttle to our hotel, a beautiful historic house nestled in the foothills of the Andes.

  • Distance: 81km (51mi)
  • Gain: 676m (2217ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: difficulty level 4.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

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: Breakfast, Lunch
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 11: Departure Information

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

  • Good range of hotels from small family run to the palatial hacienda - but enjoyed the diversity of them. Well organised with a range of experiences beyond the cycling and probably difficult to do unsupported. With the added bonuses of great food and wine and great guides. A wonderful time!

    Sharon G., Everard Park, South Australia - October
  • Great way to see the country.

    Ethne B., Adelaide, Australia - October 2018
  • Every day was a different experience. Food, hotel and bike route was every day special.

    Dieter H., Doral, FL - March 2018
  • 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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