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!

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Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Oct 13-23, 2018
USD$5950
USD$900
 Guaranteed to Go!
Mar 9-19, 2019
USD$5950
USD$900
 
Sep 28-Oct 8, 2019
USD$5950
USD$900
 

* 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.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 11 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 65 -67 kms ( 40 - 41 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 201
  • Countries / Chile
  • Price / From USD$5950
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Tour Summary

Daily Ride Summary

Distance

1 No cycling today.
2 24 mi / 39 km
3 44 mi / 71 km
4 34-44 mi / 55-71 km
5 No cycling today.
6 53 mi / 85 km
7 38 mi / 61 km
8 44 mi / 71 km
9 53 mi / 85 km
10 46 mi / 74 km
11 No cycling today.
  • Highlights
    Visit 4 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
    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

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Countries
    Chile
  • Begin/End
    Santiago de Chile, Chile/Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Arrive / Depart
    Santiago Int'l Airport (SCL)
  • Total Distance
    518 - 535 kms (320 - 330 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    65 -67 kms ( 40 - 41 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    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
Daily Itinerary

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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
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Reviews

Reviews

  • 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
  • Incredible scenery, great hotels, wonderful good, fine guides and a fun group to travel with.

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

    Judy C., Pelham Manor, NY
  • 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
  • Awesome ride, roads, food, and wine.

    Charlene R., Cheyenne, WY
  • easy riding, beautiful countryside, superb wines and good food.

    Catherine C., Anchorage, AK
  • 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
  • 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
  • This was the best bicycle group ride I have ever attended. Extremely well planned.

    Scott C., Dover, MA
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Memorable, invigorating, challenging, interesting fellow bikers. Overall fantastic trip.

    Barbara P., Ann Arbor, MI
  • Every day was a different experience. Food, hotel and bike route was every day special.

    Dieter H., Doral, FL - March 2018
  • Comfortable riding, great wines and dinners. The people and scenery make me want to see more of Chile.

    Bob P., Cheyenne, WY
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