Explore the sights, the magnificent landscapes, and the highly acclaimed wines of Chile on this wonderful 8-day tour. Your journey begins with a tour of the cosmopolitan city of Santiago, from where you will fly south to Patagonia to the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. Trek through some of the most impressive landscapes on Earth, where you will see wildlife, rivers, lakes, glaciers, waterfalls, and the majestic granite towers that give the park its name. End with two days on a vineyard in the Rosario Valley to learn all about how Chilean wines are made, and most importantly, how they taste. All excursions and transfers on this tour are on a private basis with a private guide, and all activities and accommodations can be tailored in accordance with your personal wishes.
Santiago de Chile
Chile’s exciting capital city is characterized in picture postcards by skyscrapers against a stunning snow-capped mountain backdrop. There’s lots to see and do here, and the best way to take it all in is on a downtown walking tour through the historic district. Start at the main avenue, the Alameda Bernardo O’Higgins, and head to La Moneda, the Government Palace. Walk through the pedestrian streets of Huérfanos and Ahumada, and visit the famous main square of the city, the Plaza de Armas, where you’ll see the beautiful Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago.
Continue to Santa Lucia hill, which is a great vantage point for viewing the city. Stroll around Providencia with its top restaurants, elegant shops, and modern high-rise buildings. Finally, a highlight of any visit to Santiago is taking the funicular up to Cerro San Cristobal, the city’s highest hill, for stunning panoramic views.
Fly south and explore the cultural and natural wonders of Punta Arenas, one of the most southerly cities on the continent. See a variety of monuments and points of interest including the main square, the navy and maritime museum, the famous Roca Street, the Nao Victoria Museum, the Patagonian Institute, and of course the city’s coastline.
Torres del Paine National Park
Your next destination on this tour is Puerto Natales and the Torres del Paine National Park. Located right in the south of Patagonia, it delivers stunning scenery of glaciers, lakes, mountains, and rivers. Along the way, stop at the Mylodon Cave, a large, impressive cave system where the well-preserved fossils of a giant 12,000-year-old ground sloth were discovered.
The hiking trails in Torres del Paine are without a doubt the most famous in Patagonia. Cross rickety bridges over rushing rivers and trek past ancient forests and glaciers, jagged peaks, freezing glacial lakes, waterfalls and wild windswept scrublands. Keep your eyes peeled for Andean condors, eagles, rhea, foxes, black-necked swans, and wild grazing guanaco. Be awestruck by the beautiful views of the Paine Massif, Almirante Nieto, and Torres del Paine, as well as the Thrombolites fossilized bacteria in the alkaline waters of Lake Sarmiento.
Your Chile Wine Tour
Spend two days at Viña Matetic, a vineyard in the Rosario Valley that is one of the pioneers of cool-climate Syrah production in Chile. Take a tour of the property and the vineyard. Learn all about the process of winemaking, from vine to bottle, and relish a tasting session of the vineyard’s celebrated organic gourmet wines. Relax and enjoy the facilities of the vineyard, take a dip in the pool, join another wine tour if you wish, and participate in a joyful chocolate experience.