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.

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Oct 13-20, 2018
USD$4350
USD$700
Guaranteed to Go!
Mar 9-16, 2019
USD$4350
USD$700
 
Sep 28-Oct 5, 2019
USD$4350
USD$700
 

* 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 / 8 Days
  • Avg. Distance / 60 - 66 kms (37 - 41 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty / 201
  • Countries / Chile
  • Price / From USD$4350
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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 No cycling today.
  • 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, all breakfasts, 4 dinners and 3 lunches with 2 wine tastings. Shuttle back to Santiago on the last day of the tour

    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
    302 - 330 kms (186 -204 miles)
  • Avg. Distance
    60 - 66 kms (37 - 41 miles) per riding day
  • Difficulty
    201
    Mostly flat riding with some short steep hills on half the days. About half the days have riding distances over 35 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: 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
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Reviews

  • A lot of fun, good routes. Great total experience.

    Rick S., Revere, MA
  • Fun, fantastic....would do it again. Thanks for a great time.

    Kimberly B., Phoenix, AZ
  • 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
  • Awesome ride, roads, food, and wine.

    Charlene R., Cheyenne, WY
  • 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
  • Beautiful scenery, interesting historical sites, great chocolate!

    Carol W., New York, NY
  • 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
  • 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
  • Easy riding, beautiful countryside, superb wines and good food.

    Catherine C., Anchorage, AK
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