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Chile: Coastal Vistas & Vineyards

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From the central coast dotted with charming towns to Andean valleys draped in lush vineyards, this invigorating bike tour, Chile-style, reveals splendid vistas and rich cultures.
Former tour name: Chile's Coastal Vistas & Vineyards

Guided Biking

  • Duration: 9 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 11 - 34|
  • Biking: 1 - 4 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
4.7 out of 5 stars.
Activity Easy
Easy
E-Bikes Available
E-Bikes Available
Airplane
Air Package Available
People
Guided Group Tour

Starting From

Bike Vacation + Air Package

$4,545

Bike Vacation Only

$3,645

(per person, double occupancy)

Chile: Coastal Vistas & Vineyards

Coastal beauty and vineyard-laden valleys are the breathtaking settings for this inspirational bike tour, Chile-style. Cycle the country’s spectacular Route of the Sea to stunning beaches and seaside towns dripping with charm, delving into local tradition when you head out to sea with a local fisherman. Admire other locals—Humboldt penguins and sea lions—in their natural habitats. Then head to Chilean wine country for invigorating reels past lush vineyards and distant Andean peaks. Fresh seafood and famously delicious wines feed your body as Chile’s magnificent vistas feed your soul.

What to Expect

This tour offers easy terrain and short mileage rides throughout, and is ideal for beginner cyclists. Longer mileage options with easy-to-moderate terrain offer fun for more avid bikers with rides in the afternoons. Many of the scenic coastal rides are on primary roads with traffic. Our VBT support shuttle is always available for those who would like assistance with hills or do not feel comfortable with some of the more heavily trafficked roads. In order to provide a variety of scenery and rides, there is considerable shuttle transfer time required on this tour. Transfers can range from 45 minutes to 2.5 hours. If you choose to add on the post-trip extension to the Atacama Desert, you will experience elevations ranging from 8,000 feet to 13,000 feet.

  • Duration: 9 Days|
  • Daily Mileage: 11 - 34|
  • Biking: 1 - 4 hr|
  • Group Size: 20
Activity Easy Easy
Cycling
Bar Graph Beginner - Experienced
Cyclists
Vehicle Support Vehicle
Support

Tour Highlights

  • Marvel at Humboldt penguins and sea lions as they lounge on islands just offshore
  • Join a captain in his small boat and help him bring in the catch of the day
  • Discover the elegant mansions of Zapallar during a leisurely reel through the “French Riviera of South America”
  • Savor freshly caught seafood expertly prepared throughout your trip
  • Admire the pride of Viña del Mar—the Reloj de Flores—a large clock made of flowers
  • Stroll the cobbled winding streets of hillside Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with a local guide
  • Meet fifth-generation vintners over lunch at a Chilean winery and sample their wines
  • Blend your own wine with a sommelier, then have it bottled and labelled to go
  • Indulge all your senses during a guided walk through Santiago’s colorful La Vega Central Market

Climate Information

Temperatures

Average High /
Low Temperature (°F):

Jan85º/54º

Feb84º/53º

Mar80º/49º

Apr72º/45º

Oct71º/45º

Nov77º/48º

Dec82º/51º

Average
Precipitation:

Jan0 in

Feb0.1 in

Mar0.2 in

Apr0.5 in

Oct0.5 in

Nov0.2 in

Dec0.2 in

What's Included

Bike Vacation + Air Package

Bike Vacation Only

Roundtrip international airfare Check
Transfers to and from international airport Check
One night in Santiago in a conveniently located hotel with breakfast included Check
One dayroom at the Santiago International Airport Check
6 nights in fine hotels and inns Check Check
14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners Check Check

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Road Bicycle (Aluminum alloy frame)

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Biking Packages Include:

Custom VBT Bike and Helmet

Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders

Vehicle Support

Luggage Transfers

Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes

Welcome Reception

Facilitated Cultural Experiences

Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Wed, Feb 26 to Thu, Mar 5 - 2020

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Depart home for Chile. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Upon arrival at Santiago’s International Airport, proceed to immigration for passport control. You will be given an immigration document that you will need to keep with your passport during your stay in Chile. Upon departing Chile, you must return this document to the immigration officer, as it is an official means of monitoring your entry/departure dates in Chile. After clearing immigration, claim your luggage and clear customs. Please note that Chile is very strict with the importation of any fruits or vegetables and imposes strict fines for illegal importation of food items, so ensure that you have eaten or disposed of any foods prior to clearing customs. If your luggage is lost or delayed, fill out a PIR form before leaving the customs area—VBT representatives are not allowed in the customs area. Make certain your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so your VBT representative can identify you as you enter the arrival hall. Your VBT representative will be holding a VBT sign and will help you transfer via van (approximately 30 to 45 minutes, depending on traffic) to your centrally located hotel in Santiago. If for some reason you cannot find your VBT representative, please ask the airport information desk to assist you in calling the VBT transfer company for assistance. The transfer company is Turismo Sikleta and the 24-hour emergency telephone number is (+56) 9 95450529.

VBT provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Santiago. You have the rest of the day free to relax or explore.

Hotel: The Singular Santiago

Meet one of your VBT trip leaders at The Singular Santiago hotel at 8:45 a.m. When you depart the hotel this morning, please be dressed in your cycling attire for your warm-up ride. You will shuttle (approximately 1.5 hours) to the starting point of your ride, where you will meet your second trip leader.

Leave the hustle and bustle of the Santiago metropolitan area and shuttle northwest toward the Pacific Coast. Crossing the coastal mountain range, you travel through the agricultural heartland of Chile. The Mediterranean-like climate of the central region is ideal for growing avocados, peaches, walnuts, olives, almonds, citrus fruits, flowers for export and, of course, grapes for producing the country’s excellent wines. Begin your Chile bike tour with a warm-up ride traversing this farmland on a scenic and seldom-traveled country road. Following your ride and lunch, continue your journey with a shuttle (approximately 1 hour) to the quaint coastal fishing town of Zapallar and your charming inn overlooking the Pacific.

You meet tonight for a cocktail reception before enjoying a delicious welcome dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Isla Seca Zapallar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 19.9 km (12 miles)
Morning Warm-Up: 19.9 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: The warm-up ride will give you the opportunity to become familiar with your bike as you ride fairly level country roads with little traffic. There will be an occasional uphill climb and some roads with more traffic than others, but today’s ride will be a great introduction and provide a preview of the upcoming rides on this tour.

Following breakfast, set out on a morning ride along Chile’s scenic Ruta del Mar, or Route of the Sea. Enjoy the marvelous vistas as you pedal along Chile’s central coast. Later, turn off the Ruta del Mar and follow a narrow, paved road past small farms to Playas Salinas de Pullally. This beautiful beach was named for the salt dunes that attracted indigenous populations in the past. Today the beach is a refuge to surfers and kayakers. There’ll be time to explore before you enjoy your included box lunch.

Following lunch, cycle on an easy, quiet rural road before shuttling back to your hotel (approximately 40 minutes). Those looking for a longer ride this afternoon may return to the hotel via a rewarding scenic route.

Please note: There is typically heavy traffic on the coastal Ruta del Mar during the summer months of January and February. This may cause longer transfer/shuttle times and less desirable riding conditions for guests choosing the longer afternoon ride.

This afternoon, relax in the hotel’s pool or venture down a hillside path through tall pines to walk along the seaside Rambla, a series of coastal stone walkways built around giant boulders. Nearby, there’s a popular beach where you may join local residents sunbathing and swimming in the calm waters of a horseshoe-shaped cove.

This evening, enjoy dinner at your leisure at your inn’s small restaurant or on the outside terrace. Or you may opt to walk along the scenic Rambla to a seaside restaurant where you may sample freshly caught seafood.

Hotel: Hotel Isla Seca Zapallar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 33.2, 43.2 or 56 km (20, 26 or 34 miles)
Morning
Zapallar to Las Salinas de Pullally Beach:: 33.2 km (20 miles)
Afternoon
Las Salinas de Pullally with Shuttle to Zapallar: 10 km (6 miles)
Las Salinas de Pullally to Zapallar: 22.8 km (14 miles)

What to Expect: The first part of today’s ride follows a gently rolling route. After passing through Papudo, there’s one last gradual climb. Then the ride becomes flat all the way to the beach and to the end of short option. The long option includes a few ascents which make the ride back to the hotel bit challenging.

This morning, you set off on your bicycle to explore Zapallar, a quaint seaside town of historic mansions. The village was settled more than 100 years ago by an affluent Chilean who wanted to develop a modest South American version of the French Riviera. He offered land to his affluent friends and relatives on the condition that they build within a couple years, which they gladly did. Descendants of the original families still own many of the homes, but only the very rich can afford to live in what some have called “The Hamptons of Chile.” Today, this elite town boasts lavish homes with impeccable flower gardens.

Still, Zapallar boasts the timeless charms of the old world, as you will see for yourself as you cycle from your hotel to its small fishing port. Fishermen still work as they have for centuries here. Experience the seafaring tradition firsthand when you venture out to sea with a captain in his small boat. Out on the open water, you help collect traps with crab and possibly the rare rock shrimp found only in these waters. Back on land, continue cycling amid the winding streets lined with cypress and eucalyptus trees, stopping by one of the most famous houses, “Hildesheim,” named after a German town. This charming building is a perfect replica of a 16th-century Bavarian house.

Next, ride to Cachagua, a small seaside town south of Zapallar famous for its Humboldt penguins. Years ago, after lost or injured migrating penguins started showing up on the shores of nearby island, concerned residents started protecting and feeding them. Since then, the delightful creatures have become a prized fixture—one of the few Humboldt penguin communities left in South America. Today, the unspoiled island sanctuary is one of Chile’s treasured national parks and home to thousands of Humboldt penguins and other birds. Your afternoon ride delivers you to the Cachagua beach that offers the best views of this tiny island just offshore. Don’t forget your binoculars for a more up-close observation.

Continue cycling south to reach Maitencillo, a scenic haven for surfers, paragliders, cyclists, joggers, and skaters. Stop for lunch on your own and a chance to sample helado, ice cream, or a cerveza, beer, from one of the many local kiosks on the beach. Later, shuttle south (approximately 1 hour) along the Pacific Coast highway to your next destination, Concón. The unique situation of your seaside accommodations—partially built into huge stone boulders—provides the rooms with spectacular views of the ocean and the crashing waves below.

Dine on your own by the marina of Concon, or enjoy seaside dining at your hotel.

Hotel: Radisson Acqua Hotel & Spa Concon
Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 19.8 km (12 miles)
Morning
Zapallar to Maitencillo Beach:: 19.8 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s rides will be on the small neighborhood roads of Zapallar and Cachagua. Some of the neighborhood roads in Cachagua are packed dirt but should not pose a problem for road bikes. The ride to Maitencillo features a gradual but long uphill.

Take a leisurely morning ride from your hotel this morning. Enjoy the sound of the crashing waves as you cycle along a lovely coastal route to a site where sea lions—fed and protected by the Marine Biology University of Valparaiso—sunbathe on offshore rocks. Don’t forget your binoculars for a more interesting observation. Later, pedal into Reñaca beach, one of the famous beaches of Viña del Mar, and explore the area before biking back to the hotel. Along today’s route, you will pass the magnificent towering dunes of Concón, a terrific photo opportunity.

Later this afternoon, shuttle (approximately 45 minutes) to one of Chile’s most vibrant cultural centers, Viña del Mar. This lovely town with a spectacular coastal setting is known as the “Garden City,” as you’ll understand upon seeing the Reloj de Flores—a large clock made of flowering plants. From here, you board the local metro to the next town, Valparaiso.

Valparaiso is a major Chilean port and was a popular stopover for late-19th-century ships sailing from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean through the Straits of Magellan. The city also supported and supplied the California Gold Rush of the 1850s. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its unique urban design and distinctive architecture, its cobblestone alleyways and hillside buildings are the focus of your walking tour today. There’ll be time to browse the tiny boutiques and art galleries and to enjoy dinner on your own in one of the city’s restaurants overlooking the port.

Hotel: Radisson Acqua Hotel & Spa Concon
Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 18.8 km (11 miles)
Morning
Concón Loop: 18.8 km (11 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s easy leisurely loop ride on the two-lane seaside road begins and ends at your hotel. The entire ride is flat and provides several coastal viewpoints for photo opportunities.

This morning, you leave the cool coastal climate and travel inland (approximately 1 hour) to the Casablanca Wine Region. The valley is relatively new to wine growing; its grapes were planted as recently as the 1980s. This scenic area is widely known for its white wine grapes, especially Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Your ride today traces shaded roads through eucalyptus forests to expansive vistas of vineyards and olive groves. You’ll be rewarded with a tasting of some of the region’s wines and a sumptuous picnic lunch at the fifth-generation American-Chilean Kingston Family Winery.

After lunch, continue inland to the foothills of the Andes (transfer time approximately 2 hours, depending upon traffic). Your home for the next two nights is the regal Hotel Casa Real. Surrounded by the Santa Rita vineyards, the family here has been making wine since 1880. With only 16 luxurious rooms, this Tuscan-inspired villa will be exclusively yours.

After settling into your accommodations, you are treated to a welcome reception on Casa Real’s veranda, followed by a gracious candlelit dinner served in the villa’s intimate dining room.

Hotel: Hotel Casa Real
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 20.3 – 38.3 km (12 – 23 miles)
Morning
Casablanca Valley: 20.3 km (12 miles)
Casablanca Valley Plus: 18 km (11 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s short option is mainly flat and very easy, while the longer option includes some short inclines and a fun reel through a eucalyptus forest.

After breakfast, begin your ride through the Santa Rita Vineyards. Your scenic morning follows country roads flanked by magnificent ancient trees. Pass local farmers in their ponchos, many still using horses as their means of transportation. Feel free to stop and sample delicious pan amadado, homemade bread, and fresh empanadas, savory turnovers, along the way. You share a picnic lunch at the end of your ride.

Later, shuttle (approximately 45 minutes) back to Casa Real, where you may tour the impressive Museo Andino, or Andean Museum, located just steps away in the vineyard. The museum houses more than 1,800 pieces of art from several Andean cultures, as well as artifacts from as far away as Easter Island and the Atacama Desert. Perhaps enjoy a relaxing swim in the pool or a stroll through the expansive gardens, where you can admire the second-tallest bougainvillea in the world, or walk through the Santa Rita vineyards to the monument marking where the “lost Carmenere grape” was recently discovered. In 1863, the phylloxera aphid invaded European vineyards, destroying all the grapes by 1870. However, European vinifera was grafted to American rootstock, which was impervious to the insect, and eventually the European vineyards bounced back. The Carmenere grape was thought to be lost forever until it was discovered in 1994, here in Santa Rita’s vineyards.

Later, learn about blending wines from an expert Santa Rita sommelier. Create your own wine blend to your specific palette’s desire. Your concoction will be bottled and labeled as your very own. Afterward, celebrate your week with a typical Chilean barbecue on the lovely patio of the Casa Real (weather permitting).

Hotel: Hotel Casa Real
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 32.6 – 52 km (20 – 32 miles)
Morning
Punta Verde with Shuttle: 32.6 km (20 miles)
Punta Verde Plus: 19.4 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: Both the short and long options are mainly flat and very easy.

This morning, transfer (approximately 45 minutes) to Santiago for a walking tour of La Vega, Santiago’s Central Market. Lunch is on your own here, so you can follow your own whims. Later, you transfer to the Holiday Inn Santiago International Airport, where a dayroom is provided until you depart for your overnight flight home.

All guests please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

VBT Post-trip Extension guests: After breakfast, transfer to the Santiago International airport for your flight to Calama airport in the Atacama Desert. Your flight schedule does not allow you to participate in the Santiago’s Central Market walking tour. After you collect your luggage in Calama and exit the luggage area, a Hotel Cumbres representative will meet and assist you to your accommodations in San Pedro de Atacama. Travel time from the Calama airport to San Pedro de Atacama is approximately 2 hours. Take the remainder of the afternoon to adjust to San Pedro’s 8,000-foot altitude before enjoying dinner on your own at the hotel or in town. Please note: Your hotel provides daily optional excursions (at an additional cost) to the Atacama Desert sites. You may book the excursions of your choice once you arrive at the hotel.

Hotel: Santiago Airport Terminal Hotel – Holiday Inn Express (Day Room)
Meals: Breakfast

Flights arrive home this morning, allowing for connections to your home city.

Fri, Feb 28 to Thu, Mar 5 - 2020

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Meet one of your VBT trip leaders at The Singular Santiago hotel (Merced 294, Santiago; telephone (+56) 2 230 688 00) at 8:45 a.m. Please contact the hotel to advise them of any travel delays or changes, so the staff can alert your trip leader. When you depart the hotel this morning, please be dressed in your cycling attire for your warm-up ride. You will shuttle (approximately 1.5 hours) to the starting point of your ride, where you will meet your second trip leader.

Leave the hustle and bustle of the Santiago metropolitan area and shuttle northwest toward the Pacific Coast. Crossing the coastal mountain range, you travel through the agricultural heartland of Chile. The Mediterranean-like climate of the central region is ideal for growing avocados, peaches, walnuts, olives, almonds, citrus fruits, flowers for export and, of course, grapes for producing the country’s excellent wines. Begin your Chile bike tour with a warm-up ride traversing this farmland on a scenic and seldom-traveled country road. Following your ride and lunch, continue your journey with a shuttle (approximately 1 hour) to the quaint coastal fishing town of Zapallar and your charming inn overlooking the Pacific.

You meet tonight for a cocktail reception before enjoying a delicious welcome dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Isla Seca Zapallar
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 19.9 km (12 miles)
Morning Warm-Up: 19.9 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: The warm-up ride will give you the opportunity to become familiar with your bike as you ride fairly level country roads with little traffic. There will be an occasional uphill climb and some roads with more traffic than others, but today’s ride will be a great introduction and provide a preview of the upcoming rides on this tour.

Following breakfast, set out on a morning ride along Chile’s scenic Ruta del Mar, or Route of the Sea. Enjoy the marvelous vistas as you pedal along Chile’s central coast. Later, turn off the Ruta del Mar and follow a narrow, paved road past small farms to Playas Salinas de Pullally. This beautiful beach was named for the salt dunes that attracted indigenous populations in the past. Today the beach is a refuge to surfers and kayakers. There’ll be time to explore before you enjoy your included box lunch.

Following lunch, cycle on an easy, quiet rural road before shuttling back to your hotel (approximately 40 minutes). Those looking for a longer ride this afternoon may return to the hotel via a rewarding scenic route.

Please note: There is typically heavy traffic on the coastal Ruta del Mar during the summer months of January and February. This may cause longer transfer/shuttle times and less desirable riding conditions for guests choosing the longer afternoon ride.

This afternoon, relax in the hotel’s pool or venture down a hillside path through tall pines to walk along the seaside Rambla, a series of coastal stone walkways built around giant boulders. Nearby, there’s a popular beach where you may join local residents sunbathing and swimming in the calm waters of a horseshoe-shaped cove.

This evening, enjoy dinner at your leisure at your inn’s small restaurant or on the outside terrace. Or you may opt to walk along the scenic Rambla to a seaside restaurant where you may sample freshly caught seafood.

Hotel: Hotel Isla Seca Zapallar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 33.2, 43.2 or 56 km (20, 26 or 34 miles)
Morning
Zapallar to Las Salinas de Pullally Beach:: 33.2 km (20 miles)
Afternoon
Las Salinas de Pullally with Shuttle to Zapallar: 10 km (6 miles)
Las Salinas de Pullally to Zapallar: 22.8 km (14 miles)

What to Expect: The first part of today’s ride follows a gently rolling route. After passing through Papudo, there’s one last gradual climb. Then the ride becomes flat all the way to the beach and to the end of short option. The long option includes a few ascents which make the ride back to the hotel bit challenging.

This morning, you set off on your bicycle to explore Zapallar, a quaint seaside town of historic mansions. The village was settled more than 100 years ago by an affluent Chilean who wanted to develop a modest South American version of the French Riviera. He offered land to his affluent friends and relatives on the condition that they build within a couple years, which they gladly did. Descendants of the original families still own many of the homes, but only the very rich can afford to live in what some have called “The Hamptons of Chile.” Today, this elite town boasts lavish homes with impeccable flower gardens.

Still, Zapallar boasts the timeless charms of the old world, as you will see for yourself as you cycle from your hotel to its small fishing port. Fishermen still work as they have for centuries here. Experience the seafaring tradition firsthand when you venture out to sea with a captain in his small boat. Out on the open water, you help collect traps with crab and possibly the rare rock shrimp found only in these waters. Back on land, continue cycling amid the winding streets lined with cypress and eucalyptus trees, stopping by one of the most famous houses, “Hildesheim,” named after a German town. This charming building is a perfect replica of a 16th-century Bavarian house.

Next, ride to Cachagua, a small seaside town south of Zapallar famous for its Humboldt penguins. Years ago, after lost or injured migrating penguins started showing up on the shores of nearby island, concerned residents started protecting and feeding them. Since then, the delightful creatures have become a prized fixture—one of the few Humboldt penguin communities left in South America. Today, the unspoiled island sanctuary is one of Chile’s treasured national parks and home to thousands of Humboldt penguins and other birds. Your afternoon ride delivers you to the Cachagua beach that offers the best views of this tiny island just offshore. Don’t forget your binoculars for a more up-close observation.

Continue cycling south to reach Maitencillo, a scenic haven for surfers, paragliders, cyclists, joggers, and skaters. Stop for lunch on your own and a chance to sample helado, ice cream, or a cerveza, beer, from one of the many local kiosks on the beach. Later, shuttle south (approximately 1 hour) along the Pacific Coast highway to your next destination, Concón. The unique situation of your seaside accommodations—partially built into huge stone boulders—provides the rooms with spectacular views of the ocean and the crashing waves below.

Dine on your own by the marina of Concon, or enjoy seaside dining at your hotel.

Hotel: Radisson Acqua Hotel & Spa Concon
Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 19.8 km (12 miles)
Morning
Zapallar to Maitencillo Beach:: 19.8 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s rides will be on the small neighborhood roads of Zapallar and Cachagua. Some of the neighborhood roads in Cachagua are packed dirt but should not pose a problem for road bikes. The ride to Maitencillo features a gradual but long uphill.

Take a leisurely morning ride from your hotel this morning. Enjoy the sound of the crashing waves as you cycle along a lovely coastal route to a site where sea lions—fed and protected by the Marine Biology University of Valparaiso—sunbathe on offshore rocks. Don’t forget your binoculars for a more interesting observation. Later, pedal into Reñaca beach, one of the famous beaches of Viña del Mar, and explore the area before biking back to the hotel. Along today’s route, you will pass the magnificent towering dunes of Concón, a terrific photo opportunity.

Later this afternoon, shuttle (approximately 45 minutes) to one of Chile’s most vibrant cultural centers, Viña del Mar. This lovely town with a spectacular coastal setting is known as the “Garden City,” as you’ll understand upon seeing the Reloj de Flores—a large clock made of flowering plants. From here, you board the local metro to the next town, Valparaiso.

Valparaiso is a major Chilean port and was a popular stopover for late-19th-century ships sailing from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean through the Straits of Magellan. The city also supported and supplied the California Gold Rush of the 1850s. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its unique urban design and distinctive architecture, its cobblestone alleyways and hillside buildings are the focus of your walking tour today. There’ll be time to browse the tiny boutiques and art galleries and to enjoy dinner on your own in one of the city’s restaurants overlooking the port.

Hotel: Radisson Acqua Hotel & Spa Concon
Meals: Breakfast

Today’s Ride Choice:
Cumulative Distance Range: 18.8 km (11 miles)
Morning
Concón Loop: 18.8 km (11 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s easy leisurely loop ride on the two-lane seaside road begins and ends at your hotel. The entire ride is flat and provides several coastal viewpoints for photo opportunities.

This morning, you leave the cool coastal climate and travel inland (approximately 1 hour) to the Casablanca Wine Region. The valley is relatively new to wine growing; its grapes were planted as recently as the 1980s. This scenic area is widely known for its white wine grapes, especially Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Your ride today traces shaded roads through eucalyptus forests to expansive vistas of vineyards and olive groves. You’ll be rewarded with a tasting of some of the region’s wines and a sumptuous picnic lunch at the fifth-generation American-Chilean Kingston Family Winery.

After lunch, continue inland to the foothills of the Andes (transfer time approximately 2 hours, depending upon traffic). Your home for the next two nights is the regal Hotel Casa Real. Surrounded by the Santa Rita vineyards, the family here has been making wine since 1880. With only 16 luxurious rooms, this Tuscan-inspired villa will be exclusively yours.

After settling into your accommodations, you are treated to a welcome reception on Casa Real’s veranda, followed by a gracious candlelit dinner served in the villa’s intimate dining room.

Hotel: Hotel Casa Real
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 20.3 – 38.3 km (12 – 23 miles)
Morning
Casablanca Valley: 20.3 km (12 miles)
Casablanca Valley Plus: 18 km (11 miles)

What to Expect: Today’s short option is mainly flat and very easy, while the longer option includes some short inclines and a fun reel through a eucalyptus forest.

After breakfast, begin your ride through the Santa Rita Vineyards. Your scenic morning follows country roads flanked by magnificent ancient trees. Pass local farmers in their ponchos, many still using horses as their means of transportation. Feel free to stop and sample delicious pan amadado, homemade bread, and fresh empanadas, savory turnovers, along the way. You share a picnic lunch at the end of your ride.

Later, shuttle (approximately 45 minutes) back to Casa Real, where you may tour the impressive Museo Andino, or Andean Museum, located just steps away in the vineyard. The museum houses more than 1,800 pieces of art from several Andean cultures, as well as artifacts from as far away as Easter Island and the Atacama Desert. Perhaps enjoy a relaxing swim in the pool or a stroll through the expansive gardens, where you can admire the second-tallest bougainvillea in the world, or walk through the Santa Rita vineyards to the monument marking where the “lost Carmenere grape” was recently discovered. In 1863, the phylloxera aphid invaded European vineyards, destroying all the grapes by 1870. However, European vinifera was grafted to American rootstock, which was impervious to the insect, and eventually the European vineyards bounced back. The Carmenere grape was thought to be lost forever until it was discovered in 1994, here in Santa Rita’s vineyards.

Later, learn about blending wines from an expert Santa Rita sommelier. Create your own wine blend to your specific palette’s desire. Your concoction will be bottled and labeled as your very own. Afterward, celebrate your week with a typical Chilean barbecue on the lovely patio of the Casa Real (weather permitting).

Hotel: Hotel Casa Real
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s Ride Choices:
Cumulative Distance Range: 32.6 – 52 km (20 – 32 miles)
Morning
Punta Verde with Shuttle: 32.6 km (20 miles)
Punta Verde Plus: 19.4 km (12 miles)

What to Expect: Both the short and long options are mainly flat and very easy.

This morning, transfer to Santiago for an included walking tour of La Vega, Santiago’s Central Market. After the tour and lunch on your own, transfer to the Santiago airport, where your tour concludes at 3:00 p.m. Departure flights prior to 6:00 p.m. are not recommended; you will need to make your own transfer arrangements to the airport if you have an earlier departure.

All guests please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Meals: Breakfast

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  • 2 nights at the Singular Hotel Santiago
  • Daily breakfast
  • VBT City Information
  • Airport transfers

Depart from home and travel to Chile. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Upon arrival at Santiago’s International Airport, proceed to immigration for passport control. You will be given an immigration document that you will need to keep with your passport during your stay in Chile. Upon departing Chile, you must return this document to the immigration officer, as it is an official means of monitoring your entry/departure dates in Chile. After clearing immigration, claim your luggage and clear customs. Please note that Chile is very strict with the importation of any fruits or vegetables and imposes strict fines for illegal importation of food items, so ensure that you have eaten or disposed of any foods prior to clearing customs. If your luggage is delayed, fill in a PIR form before leaving the customs area—VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Please make certain that your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so your VBT representative can identify you. After exiting customs, enter the arrival hall, where your VBT representative will be holding a VBT sign and will make arrangements for your transfer via van to your Santiago hotel. Transfer time is approximately 30 to 45 minutes, depending on traffic. If for some reason you cannot find your VBT representative, please ask the airport information desk to assist you in calling the VBT transfer company for assistance. The transfer company is Turismo Sikleta, and the 24-hour emergency telephone number is (+56) 9 95450529.

VBT provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Santiago. You have the rest of the day free to relax or explore.

Hotel: The Singular Santiago

Discover some of the highlights of your hotel’s barrio, or neighborhood, this morning. A short stroll away, explore historic Santa Lucia Hill where Spanish conquerors established the city in 1541. Just a block away, enjoy leisurely strolls through the verdant urban park Parque Forestal bordering the Mapocho River. This evening, you may dine either at your hotel’s renowned restaurant or at any number of nearby neighborhood restaurants.

Hotel: The Singular Santiago
Meals: Breakfast

Continue your exploration of Santiago today. You may want to see this cosmopolitan city by bicycle on an organized tour, pedaling through its green parks and bicycle-friendly avenues. Or visit any of the numerous museums and historical sites that make Santiago one of South America’s most-visited cities. Tonight, you might venture out to experience the city’s nightlife in the neighboring barrios of Providencia or Bellavista.

VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.

Hotel: The Singular Santiago
Meals: Breakfast

Airplane

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2019 2020

2020 Pre-Trip Extension - Santiago

2 Nights From $345 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $295

  • 2 nights at the Singular Hotel Santiago
  • Daily breakfast
  • VBT City Information
  • Airport transfers

Depart home for Chile. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Upon arrival at Santiago’s International Airport, proceed to immigration for passport control. You will be given an immigration document that you will need to keep with your passport during your stay in Chile. Upon departing Chile, you must return this document to the immigration officer, as it is an official means of monitoring your entry/departure dates in Chile. After clearing immigration, claim your luggage and clear customs. Please note that Chile is very strict with the importation of any fruits or vegetables and imposes strict fines for illegal importation of food items, so ensure that you have eaten or disposed of any foods prior to clearing customs. If your luggage is lost or delayed, fill out a PIR form before leaving the customs area—VBT representatives are not allowed in the customs area. Make certain your VBT luggage tags are affixed to your bag so your VBT representative can identify you as you enter the arrival hall. Your VBT representative will be holding a VBT sign and will help you transfer via van (approximately 30 to 45 minutes, depending on traffic) to your centrally located hotel in Santiago. If for some reason you cannot find your VBT representative, please ask the airport information desk to assist you in calling the VBT transfer company for assistance. The transfer company is Turismo Sikleta and the 24-hour emergency telephone number is (+56) 9 95450529.

VBT provides you with City Information that includes recommendations on what to see and do in Santiago. You have the rest of the day free to relax or explore.

Hotel: The Singular Santiago

Discover some of the highlights of your hotel’s barrio, or neighborhood, this morning. A short stroll away, explore historic Santa Lucia Hill where Spanish conquerors established the city in 1541. Just a block away, enjoy leisurely strolls through the Parque Forestal, a verdant urban park bordering the Mapocho River. This evening, you may dine either at your hotel’s renowned restaurant or at any number of nearby neighborhood restaurants.

Hotel: The Singular Santiago
Meals: Breakfast

Continue your exploration of Santiago today. You may want to see this cosmopolitan city by bicycle on an organized tour, pedaling through its green parks and bicycle-friendly avenues. Or visit any of the numerous museums and historic sites that make Santiago one of South America’s most-visited cities. Tonight, you might venture out to experience the city’s nightlife in the neighboring barrios of Providencia or Bellavista.

VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.

Hotel: The Singular Santiago
Meals: Breakfast

Airplane

Air Package Only

2019 2020

2019 Post-Trip Extension - San Pedro de Atacama

3 Nights From $1295 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $695

  • Roundtrip airfare between Santiago and Calama
  • 3 nights at the Hotel Altiplanico San Pedro (Superior rooms) or the Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
  • Daily breakfast & 1 lunch
  • City Information
  • Airport transfers
  • Archeological tour; visits to Quitor, Tulor and Machacu villages; Moon and Death valleys excursion; and excursions to Toconoa, Atacama Salt Flats, Los Flamencos reserve, and Miscanti and Minique lagoons.

After breakfast, transfer to the Santiago International airport for your flight to Calama airport in the Atacama Desert. Your flight schedule does not allow you to participate in the Santiago’s Central Market walking tour. After you collect your luggage in Calama and exit the luggage area, a VBT representative will meet and assist you to your accommodations in San Pedro de Atacama. Travel time from the Calama airport to San Pedro de Atacama is approximately 2 hours. Take the remainder of the afternoon to adjust to San Pedro’s 8,000-foot altitude before enjoying dinner on your own at the hotel or in town.

Please note: Your post-trip extension includes all excursions detailed in the itinerary. To maintain VBT’s excellent value, you might be joined by non-VBT guests during your transfers and excursions.

All guests: Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Hotel: Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama
Alternate Hotel: Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast today, you’ll begin your extensive exploration of this fascinating region of Chile, starting with an archaeological tour of the pre-Columbian villages of Quitor and Tulor. Continue to the lunar-like landscapes of the Moon and Death valleys, declared a Nature Sanctuary even though they comprise one of the earth’s most inhospitable places. You’ll marvel at astounding geological phenomena here, from enormous mineral sculptures to jagged crests formed by the wind over millennia. Continue your exploration of San Pedro on your own this evening.

Hotel: Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama
Alternate Hotel: Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
Meals: Breakfast

You’ll spend all day today traversing more of the Atacama. Visit the Miscanti and Minique lagoons with their salt-encrusted banks. Then, further explore the Atacama Salt Flats, home to various breeds of flamingos. Halfway through your day, you’ll break for an included lunch.

Hotel: Altiplanico San Pedro de Atacama
Alternate Hotel: Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, you may enjoy a leisurely morning exploring the village of San Pedro de Atacama for any last-minute souvenirs, or simply relax poolside at your lovely hotel. Later, transfer to the Calama airport (approximately 2 hours) for your return flights to the Santiago International Airport. Upon arrival, you’ll connect for your overnight flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Flights arrive home this morning, allowing for connections to your home city.

Airplane

Air Package Only

2019 2020

2020 Post-Trip Extension - San Pedro de Atacama

3 Nights From $1045 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement: From $445

  • Roundtrip airfare between Santiago and Calama
  • 3 nights at the Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
  • Daily breakfast
  • City Information
  • Airport transfers

After breakfast, transfer to the Santiago International airport for your flight to Calama airport in the Atacama Desert. Your flight schedule does not allow you to participate in the Santiago’s Central Market walking tour. After you collect your luggage in Calama and exit the luggage area, a Hotel Cumbres representative will meet and assist you to your accommodations in San Pedro de Atacama. Travel time from the Calama airport to San Pedro de Atacama is approximately 2 hours. Take the remainder of the afternoon to adjust to San Pedro’s 8,000-foot altitude before enjoying dinner on your own at the hotel or in town.

Please note: Your hotel provides daily optional excursions (at an additional cost) to the Atacama Desert sites. You may book the excursions of your choice once you arrive at the hotel.

Hotel: Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast today, you begin your extensive exploration of this fascinating region of Chile or enjoy the amenities of your lovely resort. The hotel’s excursion desk will brief you on what outingswill be offered during your two day stay. Excursions vary daily. You may want to visit the hotel’s website for additional information about the excursions offered. This evening, you are free to discover more of San Pedro on your own.

Hotel: Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
Meals: Breakfast

Explore more of the Atacama today with one of the hotel’s optional excursions. Alternately you may want to venture into town and browse the shops and restaurants for lunch and / or dinner this evening.

Hotel: Hotel Cumbres San Pedro de Atacama
Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring the village of San Pedro de Atacama for last-minute souvenirs, or simply relax poolside at your lovely hotel. Later, transfer to the Calama airport (approximately 2 hours) for your return flights to the Santiago International Airport. Upon arrival, you’ll connect for your overnight flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Flights arrive home this morning, allowing for connections to your home city.

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Dates & Prices

Bike Vacation + Air Package

9 days, includes round-trip international airfare, airport shuttle, and additional hotel nights with included breakfast.

Single Supplement: From $1,145

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7 Days. Includes bike vacation only.

Single Supplement: From $895

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Bike Vacation + Air Package

9 days, includes round-trip international airfare, airport shuttle, and additional hotel nights with included breakfast.

Single Supplement: From $1,145

Departing From Miami, FL (MIA)

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7 Days. Includes bike vacation only.

Single Supplement: From $895

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