Chef Bob Waggoner is headed south of the equator for two weeks in early 2020 and you won’t want to miss experiencing one — or both — of these bespoke, luxury tours. During the second week, Premier Tours & Travel and Chef Bob will lead you on Chilean cultural, viticultural, and culinary adventures throughout Santiago, Valparaiso, Vina del Mar, and La Serena, as well as acclaimed vineyards in the Casablanca, Curacavi, and Elqui Valleys. Hand-selected luxury accommodations, Chef dinners, and cooking classes will make this truly a Premier experience.
March 1, 2021
Highlights of Chile with Chef Bob Waggoner
2 nights in Santiago, Chile
Spend your first two nights in the luxurious accommodations of The Ritz-Carlton Santiago, Chile. Offering five-star luxury in the prestigious Las Condes district, the Ritz will provide respite after a day of touring Santiago, visiting some of the city’s attractions such as Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, Ahumada Boulevard, Old Santiago, and the Central Market where we will explore the culinary delights alongside Chef Bob. Your tour will also include a drive through the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista, up to San Cristobal Hill for a magnificent panoramic view of the city and the Andes Mountain Range, and ending in the modern part of Santiago, including its chic neighborhoods and shopping district.
In addition to your time in downtown Santiago, you will experience some of the finest Chilean wines in the Casablanca and Curacavi Valleys. Your tastings will be interspersed between visits to Las Salinas and Reñaca beaches, Viña del Mar (known as the garden city for its beautiful parks), and Valparaiso – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where stairways and old funicular lifts lead up to the hills on which the city was built. As well, Valparaiso and Casablanca Valley were jointly added to the select list of 10 Great Wine Capitals global network.
This exclusive tour is limited to 30 people.
Call Kelly or Maria at 843.237.9903 to reserve your spot today.
4 nights in La Serena, Chile
After a brief domestic flight from Santiago, you will touch down in La Serena, Chile where your home base for four nights will be CasaMolle, an exquisite property that Premier has secured solely for this group. Your stay will include three gourmet meals per day – including three Chef dinners and a cooking class, -- and an open bar. You will also have at your disposal guided horse rides, biking, golfing, kayaking, boccia courts, guided trekking, swimming/hot tub/sauna, and yoga.
Despite the amazing luxuries of CasaMolle, we will at times venture out into the region for curated experiences, such as a tour of acclaimed Capel Pisco distillery to learn about the history of and to taste the national drink of Chile, pisco, and learn how to prepare pisco-based cocktails and pairing pisco with chocolate and nuts. We will also make a late-night visit to the Planetary Natural Amethyst Travel Observatory to view the stars through two telescopes and astronomical binoculars (while enjoying pisco, of course). Observe constellations, planets, shooting stars and all manner of celestial bodies in the spectacular Chilean skies – the clearest in the entire southern hemisphere. Because Chile enjoys more than 300 clear days per year and with little or no light pollution in the north, conditions should be ideal for stargazing under open skies lying on mats with polar blankets, partaking in pisco, then returning to CasaMolle at approximately midnight.
On your final full day in La Serena at CasaMolle, we will visit the magical Elqui Valley, touring the winery of “Cavas del Valle” (Cellars of the Valley) one-hour drive from La Serena towards the Andes. This boutique winery is run by a retired couple, Raymundo Piraces and Marlies Duerr, and you will be attended directly by them, touring the facilities and enjoying wine samples while you relax in an enchanting pergola. Your evening will be capped off with an elegant Chef’s dinner in the hotel’s Titi Salon.