Valparaiso and Vina del Mar (Post Cruise)
Don't rush to Santiago or the airport without seeing the charm of Valparaiso and sampling some of Chile's world famous wines. After collecting your luggage and clearing customs and immigration, you will meet your transportation outside, and after loading your luggage onboard, will depart on your tour
Discovered in 1536, Valparaiso is one of the oldest and more charming sea ports in South America. It was declared a heritage of mankind by UNESCO in 2003. On this drive around town, you will pass the National Congress and many historical buildings in the surroundings of this natural bay. During your tour, you will have an included ride on one of the fifteen elevators (cable cars) which are a must among the tourist attractions of this city. You will also be able to feel this city during the walking portion of your tour through its narrow streets and up stairways in one of the most traditional areas on top of the hills.
You will then drive to Vina del Mar, also known as "the garden city" situated north of Valparaiso. This is the closest resort to Santiago, the capital of Chile. During your orientation drive through this area, you will pass the oldest casino in the country, beautiful public parks, a real MOAI (monolithic human figure from Easter Island), as well as the beautiful beaches where many "Santiaguinos" (people from Santiago) spend their holidays. Here you will enjoy a seafood lunch.
On the way to Santiago, the tour will stop at a winery located in the valley of Casablanca, Veramonte or Emiliana. The viticulture history of the Casablanca Valley began in 1982 and has become one of the favorite places for the development of new projects in the Chilian wine industry.
Veramonte is a well-established and massive producer of Chilean wine -- an easily recognizable brand for anyone who strays into the global section of their wine shops, as well as those who have a thirst for reasonably priced Sauvignon Blanc, of which Veramonte makes a seemingly never-ending supply.
Emiliana is the first organic and biodynamic winery in Chile. The Emiliana winery firmly believes that using sustainable, organic, and biodynamic agricultural practices results in better-balanced, healthier, and more productive vineyards, which in turn results in better quality grapes and therefore better wines. The winery visited will be confirmed the day of the tour based on availability at the winery due to production that day. Regardless of which winery is visited, you will be treated to a guided tasting of some of their top wines.
You will then drive to Santiago where you and your luggage will be dropped off either at a central city hotel or the airport.
Please Note: This tour is for passengers ending their cruise in San Antonio. The tour will begin at the cruise ship pier and will end at either the airport in Santiago or a hotel in the central Santiago area. If you are on a flight from Santiago on the same day of the tour, your flight must be scheduled to depart Santiago airport after 10:00 PM.
Our tour guide was fabulous. This was a much better option than what was being offered from the cruise ship. We were able to really enjoy Valparaiso as we were a small group and the guide was able to walk us around the town and allow us to stop and take pictures without being rushed. The winery was lovely and we were able to spend some time outside at a table enjoying the wine sampling.
Reviewer: Maureen Sternberg
This was an excellent tour from our pick-up at the cruise terminal in the morning to Santiago Airport in the evening. We toured the beautiful city of Valparaiso, ate lunch at a great restaurant overlooking the Pacific and then went on a walking tour of the city before continuing to a winery for multiple wine tasting. Our tour guide was wonderful and did a superb job
Reviewer: Gloria Swanson
This was the best excursion of my holiday. The guide whose name was Alvin was excellent and went out of his way to show us so much of this beautiful area.
Reviewer: Jodie Mansfield
We were the 1st cruise to arrive at San Antonio Chile for the late December 2017 season. After clearing customs we walked out of the terminal and within a few minutes Alwin was waiting for us. I had taken this tour in 2015 and was so pleased to see he was still the tour guide. He has an easy way of making all the information he shares seem like a private conversation. He knows so much about Valparaiso and we all get to experience it through his knowledge. Walking into shops so we can see the amazing views from their balconies, meeting artists at work and hearing about the incredible wall art was like he was a best friend of each artist. The meal we stop for and the winery was great with yet another group of people who you can tell know and respect him. This is a MUST do tour and the best way to see Valparaiso and Santiago, Chile before boarding that airplane and heading back home. I cannot recommend it enough and I had a group with me who all felt the same way!
Reviewer: Bonnie Kyte
The guide was most enthusiastic & knowledgeable (& seemed to have his teen son in training on the trip.) The start time & place should have been better organized--seemed information was lacking. The vehicle accommodated the 12 passengers & the driver was most skilled on some of the difficult roads.