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Bicycling Chile's Wine Country Plus! the Pacific Coast
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Bicycle Tours in Chile: 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.

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.

Lodging: Hotel Rio Bidasoa

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. Dinner together tonight. Mileage: 30-40 km (19-25 miles).

Lodging: Hacienda Santa Clara

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 windmills once used to irrigate the fertile farmlands of Chile's most famous wine region that are protected by UNESCO. The 2010 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. If it is open we will have a guided tour of this unique Hacienda before continuing on to our vineyard and wine hotel in the Colchagua Valley. Dinner together tonight. Daily mileage: 70 km (42 miles)

Lodging: Las Majadas Guest House

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. 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. Dinner on your own tonight. Daily mileage: 35-75 km depending on choice (19-44 miles)

Lodging: Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza

Day 5: Santa Cruz Rest Day, optional ride

Highlights: Santa Cruz, relax by the pool

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 visiting the Santa Cruz museum, one of the best museums on Chile's natural history and contemporary issues. Dinner is on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Santa Cruz Plaza

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. Dinner is together tonight. Daily mileage: 80 km (50 miles)

Lodging: Hotel Marina Vichuquén

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. Dinner together this evening. Daily mileage: approximately 60 km (37 miles)

Lodging: Hostería Donde Gilberto

Day 8: Duao to Constitución

Highlights: Constitución

We continue south along the coast today to the resort town of Constitución. We pedal through pine forests and past spectacular rock formations on the beaches. Take your time, take a swim, and get some photos! Dinner is together tonight. Daily mileage: 54 km (34 miles)

Lodging: Cabanas Playa El Cable

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. Daily mileage: approximately 67 km (42 miles). Dinner is on your own this evening.

Lodging: Cabañas Campo Mar

Day 10: Pelluhue to San Javier

Highlights: Wine tasting and a great bicycle ride

We head inland today after shuttling to Cauquenes. Visit the "casa de la Cultura" and local market before jumping on your bike and riding towards the one of our favorite roads. We spend our last night in a beautiful winery and vineyard guesthouse. We'll have a final dinner together this evening. Daily mileage: 64 km (38 miles)

Lodging: Tabonko

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 around 4 pm in time for you to catch a flight home!
  • Highlights
    Historic Vineyards, Chilean wine, Colonial chilean cities, Santiago de Chile, Bicycle the Pacific Coast of Chile
  • Includes
    "The Usual" plus... Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 11 days, 10 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, 7 dinners, 3 lunches, van support, bilingual tour leaders, 3 wine tastings and visit to three wineries. Shuttle back to Santiago.
  • Countries
    Chile
  • Begin/End
    Santiago de Chile, Chile/Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Arrive/Depart
    Santiago Int'l Airport (SCL) / Santiago Int'l Airport
  • Total Distance
    502 kms (310 miles)
  • Daily Distance
    55 kms - 105 kms (34 - 65 miles)
  • What to Expect
    Bicycle rides through vineyard laden valleys. Coastal scenery and small villages along the way.
  • Rating
    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.
  • Notes
    If you think this tour is just perfect but wish it were shorter - then visit our Bicycling Chile's Wine Country bicycle tour.
  • Terms
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Oct 18 - 28, 2014 $4595 $600 Book It
Mar 14 - 24, 2015 TBA TBA Book It
Oct 17 - 27, 2015 TBA TBA Book It
*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 single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.
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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