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! Book by November 15th and Save $200, per person.
Mar 9-16, 2019
USD$4350
USD$700
Book by November 15th and Save $200, per person.
Sep 28-Oct 5, 2019
USD$4350
USD$700
Book by November 15th and Save $200, per person.

* 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 / 8 Days
  • Total Distance / 302 - 330 kms (186 -204 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 60 - 66 kms (37 - 41 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level / 2.0
  • Countries / Chile
  • Begin/End / Santiago de Chile, Chile/ Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Price / From USD$4350
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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, 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.

  • 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
    39km / 100m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 0.5
    3
    71km / 200m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    4
    71km / 232m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    5
    Rest day
    6
    85km / 814m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 4.0
    7
    61km / 757m
    Mountainous
    difficulty level 4.0
    8
    Last day

    Tour Level Note: Mostly flat riding with some short steep hills on half the days. About half the days have riding distances over 35 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: 39 km (24 mi)
  • Gain: 100 m (328 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: 71 km (44 mi)
  • Gain: 200 m (656 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: 71 km (44 mi)
  • Gain: 232 m (761 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: 85 km (53 mi)
  • Gain: 814 m (2670 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: 757 m (2483 ft)
  • Terrain: Mountainous
  • Day Level: Day Level 4.0
  • 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

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 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.

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 comes with a pack for the rear rack, lock, cyclometer (bicycle computer), a spare tube and patch kit and pump, a rear light and in some places 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

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

    Rick S., Revere, MA
  • Awesome ride, roads, food, and wine.

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

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

    Catherine C., Anchorage, 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
  • 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
  • Fun, fantastic....would do it again. Thanks for a great time.

    Kimberly B., Phoenix, AZ
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