Day One: Arrive in Santiago and check-in at Hotel Sommelier boutique www.sommelierboutique.cl in the Belle Artes and Barrio Lastarria area, meet and greet at 6pm with welcome drinks and light hors d’oeuves. Dinner will be on your own with lots of great restaurants in the neighborhood.
Day Two: Hotel breakfast then off on our scenic tour of historical landmarks and monuments of Santiago, Cerro Santa Lucía, the Mercado Central and scenic neighborhoods, ending at the Barrio Bellavista for lunch (on your own) at one of the dozens of eateries with a little time to shop in the area! We then return to our coach and head off to Santa Cruz and the Colchagua Valley. Breathtaking views of the Andes on the way! We arrive at one of our boutique hotels, either *** [TerraViña Wine Estate http://www.terravina.cl/?lng=en ] or https://bellavistadecolchagua.cl/en/home/ where a traditional Chilean Asado(Barbecue)dinner awaits us, serenaded by local Chilean musicians! Breakfast and Dinner included
Day Three: Breakfast at Hotel then off to the vineyards!! We will visit Viu Manent http://viumanent.cl/en/ for an “ebike” tour or a horse drawn carriage ride through the vineyards followed by a customized 4 course Sommelier lead, wine and food pairing Lunch. After lunch we return to the hotel for some R & R. At dusk we head to Viña Santa Cruz to take a cable car up to Cerro Chaman. A stunning view of the vineyards will accompany us on this journey into the past where we will see picturesque replicas of Mapuche, Aymara and Rapa Nui homes. In the ruca you can taste the Chaman Reserva in the good company of all the aromas that impregnate this magical place. At nightfall and in the meteorite room (which has more than 100 pieces on display), with a video that fully explains the astronomical knowledge of the three inspirational cultures. You will finish this visit with a unique experience: Observing through advanced telescopes the same stars that their ancestors looked at the imposing sky of Colchagua. https://vinasantacruz.cl/en/ancestral-observatory-tour/ It should be a magical experience!! Breakfast and Lunch included.
Day Four: Breakfast at Hotel, then off to the plaza at Santa Cruz where traditional artisans gather and sell their textiles and goods. Another option is to visit the Museo Colchagua across the street from the plaza: http://museocolchagua.cl/english/index.html After that we head out to visit two wineries for tastings in the Apalta Valley. Wineries such as Neyen winery http://neyen.cl/en/ , Clos Apalta http://www.closapalta.com/ , or Viña Ventisquero http://www.vinaventisquero.com/en/ , *** (as available). Breakfast and a late afternoon winery lunch included.
Day Five: Breakfast at Hotel, board our coach and depart for Valparaiso. First stop is at Viña Chocalán in the Maipo Valley, https://chocalanwines.com/web/eng/ to enjoy a tour, tasting and picnic lunch at Quincho “El Origen”, where we will enjoy an amazing picnic lunch under the cool shade of the Quillayes trees. After lunch we stop in a small traditional village, Pomaire, known for its artisanal pottery shops. You’ll have time to shop and enjoy a coffee or afternoon cerveza in the village plaza with many outdoor cafes to choose from. Back in our coach for our final leg to our (booked exclusively for our group only) boutique hotel in Valparaíso, Zero Hotel. https://www.zerohotel.com/en-gb/el-hotel Enjoy an intimate gourmet dinner at our Hotel's exclusive restaurant, Ápice with a 20% discount or dine out on your own at dozens of local neighborhood eateries with many varied cuisines. Recommendations available. Breakfast and Lunch included.
Day Six: Hotel breakfast ,then we will have a private guide leading us on a walking tour around Valparaíso . After that you will have free time to explore or take one of the extra optional excursions offered, i.e., horseback riding and wine tasting (details of excursions on request). Breakfast included, Lunch and dinner on your own.
Day Seven: Hotel breakfast then a free day in Valparaíso. Several optional excursions (*must be booked ahead for additional charge). http://www.emiliana.cl/en/wine-tour/#organic-tasting-tour You will blend and bottle your own wine with a customized label at Emiliana Winery in the Casablanca Valley, or one of their tasting tours, (also for an additional charge). Breakfast included, Lunch and Dinner on your own.
Day Eight: Hotel breakfast and time to be off for our last day before heading back to the airport. We'll stop at a winery for a tour and picnic lunch at one of our favorite wineries, Casas Del Bosque https://www.casasdelbosque.cl/en/enoturism/outdoor/picnic-experience/ for a bike ride through the vineyards in a unique setting surrounded by native chilean flora and fauna. Take your bottle of reserva wine, blanket, wine glasses with gourmet sandwiches at Los Olivos reservoir in the beautiful Casablanca Valley before heading back to SCL airport for flights home. (Breakfast and lunch included). Arrival at SCL airport by 5pm.
If you would like to extend your stay, please contact me and I can arrange further accommodations.