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.

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Sep 28-Oct 8, 2019
USD$5950
USD$900
 
Mar 14-24, 2020
TBA
TBA
 
Sep 26-Oct 6, 2020
TBA
TBA
 

* 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

  • Length / 11 Days
  • Total Distance / 518 - 535 kms (320 - 330 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 65 -67 kms ( 40 - 41 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level / 2.5
  • Countries / Chile
  • Begin/End / Santiago de Chile, Chile/Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Price / From USD$5950
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • 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; and the usual (see below).

    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.

  • Arrive / Depart
    Santiago Int'l Airport (SCL)
  • Overall Tour Level
  • 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 4.0
    8
    74km / 633m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 3.0
    9
    85km / 1077m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 3.5
    10
    81km / 676m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.5
    11
    Last day

    Tour Level Note: 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.

    **We use Ride With GPS (ridewithgps.com) to calculate elevation and mileage information. Due to variance between mapping technologies, totals may differ slightly across devices and applications

Terrain Legend

Mostly flat Mostly flat

Rolling hills Rolling

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

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.

  • Distance: 31 km (19 mi)
  • Gain: 106 m (348 ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: Day 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: 64 km (40 mi)
  • Gain: 296 m (971 ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: Day 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: 64 km (40 mi)
  • Gain: 256 m (840 ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Day Level: Day 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: 84 km (53 mi)
  • Gain: 790 m (2591 ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: Day 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: 61 km (38 mi)
  • Gain: 856 m (2808 ft)
  • Terrain: Mountainous
  • Day Level: Day Level 4.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

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: 74 km (46 mi)
  • Gain: 633 m (2076 ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: Day Level 3.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

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 (53 mi)
  • Gain: 1077 m (3533 ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Day Level: Day Level 3.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Lodging:

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: 81 km (51 mi)
  • Gain: 676 m (2217 ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Day Level: Day Level 3.5
  • 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

Lodging: Hotel Le Reve

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.

What's Included

For a full list of what's included before, during and after your bike tour, visit our What's Included page.

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 right after you booked!

6 to 3 Months Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Check the online itinerary of your trip and review the arrival and departure information under the "Travel Information" tab to see meeting place and time, if a reservation on a complimentary ExperiencePlus! Shuttle (if applicable) is required, and other important information to help you plan your arrival and 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.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program: https://www.experienceplus.com/blog/travel-planning/bicycle-tour-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 to 2 Weeks Prior to Tour Start Date

Day of Your Flight

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

What to Expect on Tour

Bicycles

Your bike will be equipped with: a men's or women's saddle, a quick release style seat post adjustment, rear rack and expandable pack, pump, patch kit, spare tube, cable lock, cyclometer, rear lights, a water bottle cage (or two) and a water bottle (or two) and in some cases a bell. If you would like to bring your own pedals and shoes we recommend doing so—your tour leaders will install them during the bike fitting. We have flat pedals with or without cages available. For safety and hygiene reasons you are responsible for bringing a helmet.

Daysheets

Each day you'll receive a daysheet with information on the day's activities, meals and ride. These also include Tour Leader phone numbers, hotel information and interesting historical and cultural information about sites that you may want to stop and see along the route. Your Tour Leaders will also post daily announcements in the hotel lobby with information about sightseeing in town or restaurant recommendations for dinners on your own as well as important information about breakfast, luggage down and "arrows down" time.

Navigating on Tour

Each day we will provide you with a route map with the day's ride highlighted route. Of course, we also mark the route every day with our signature chalk dust arrows. Our arrows make navigating very easy—you may never need to look at the map! The arrows also allow you to ride at your own pace. There is no need to "keep up" with the group—this is your ride!

But what if it rains? What happens to the arrows? In a light rain, the arrows actually "set up" and become more permanent. In a heavy rain, they do wash away. If that happens, we'll re-group to cycle together for those who want to continue cycling while those who prefer to stay dry can shuttle.

For the tech-loving riders out there we offer the opportunity to download GPS tracks of most tour routes to your personal GPS device using RideWithGPS.com. Tracks are available upon request approximately three to four weeks prior to the departure.

Van Support

The van carries luggage and supports cyclists. It also has water, fruit and snacks. Though the van has snacks, we encourage you to stop and enjoy markets and find your own favorite local specialty.

Hotels

We have carefully chosen all of our accommodations for their charm and location. They are typically small, family run hotels that offer you a glimpse into the local culture.

We prefer hotels near interesting sites in the center of town located along the best cycling route in the area. Because many of the hotels are small not all of the rooms will be exactly the same. We keep this in mind and do our best to distribute rooms fairly by the end of the tour. Our itinerary lists our primary hotels. On rare occasions, listed hotels are subject to change.

Meals and Restaurants

Breakfasts: we work hard to arrange complete breakfasts but some hotels still serve continental style breakfasts; cycling is energy intensive so we do recommend you plan for a morning or mid-morning snack on the road at a local café or market.

Water is OK in almost all hotels and in country fountains; if there is a problem, we will advise you.

We'll recommend lunch locations en route and most itineraries include a few group picnics. We limit the number of picnics so you don't feel pressured to be at a certain place in the middle of your ride.

Dinners together are often pre-planned and pre-ordered. We'll ask you prior to your trip if you have special dietary requirements. Preplanned meals allow us to provide a variety of regional specialties and facilitate efficient service. Water, wine and beer are included.

Tipping Your Tour Leader Team

If you feel your tour leader team has demonstrated great expertise and service, common practice within the travel industry is to tip. Tipping is voluntary and greatly appreciated, and gratuity amounts vary widely. Should you decide to leave a tip, as a guideline, we suggest 5% of the tour cost per traveler – this for the entire tour leader team, not each Tour Leader. If you’d like to show your gratitude for your Tour Leaders’ excellent service you can give the tip to any member of the tour leader team, as they share it evenly. In order to avoid social tensions, we encourage you to tip as individuals and not as a group. If you feel your Tour Leaders did not quite meet your expectations, then we would like to know about it. You will also have the opportunity to leave your comments in our evaluation survey which we email to you after your trip.

Photos

By reserving space on tour, you agree that ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours may use, re-use and reproduce any images, photos or videos that you send to us, or that are taken by our guides and/or other travelers of you individually or in a group, in any medium, including but not limited to print, electronic media, or Internet, free of charge and without your right to inspection, for promoting and publicizing our travel products and services worldwide. If you do not want us to use any images of you that are taken by us or other participants during the tour, you must inform us or your tour leader in writing at the start of the tour.

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Reviews

Reviews

  • 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? 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Awesome ride, roads, food, and wine.

    Charlene R., Cheyenne, WY
  • 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
  • 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
  • Every day was a different experience. Food, hotel and bike route was every day special.

    Dieter H., Doral, FL - March 2018
  • This was the best bicycle group ride I have ever attended. Extremely well planned.

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

    Bob P., Cheyenne, WY
  • 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
  • easy riding, beautiful countryside, superb wines and good food.

    Catherine C., Anchorage, AK
  • Memorable, invigorating, challenging, interesting fellow bikers. Overall fantastic trip.

    Barbara P., Ann Arbor, MI
  • Great way to see the country.

    Ethne B., Adelaide, Australia - October 2018
  • Great views, food. Cultural experience.

    Judy C., Pelham Manor, NY
  • 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
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