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Culinary Classics and Artisan Ingenuity: Food Tour of Chile’s Wine Valley

PRIVATE TOUR - 8 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 4617

Private Tour Highlights

  • Exploring the many sides of bustling Santiago de Chile, known for its fantastic restaurants.
  • Tucking in at the trendy Emporio La Rosa ice cream parlor, fine wine tasting Vina Clos Apal and dinner at the lively though sophisticated "Bocanariz resto-bar".
  • Taking a wine tour of Colchagua Valley, tasting exquisite local varieties and learning all about the winemaking process.
  • Sampling delicate, delicious and boutique wines during a tour of the Casablanca Valley.
  • Drinking in views of the immaculate Puerto Varas Lake with Osorno Volcano as an imposing backdrop.
  • Visiting the Salzburg, a traditional artisan craft brewery, before enjoying a glorious tasting session.
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Tour Overview

Culinary Classics and Artisan Ingenuity: Food Tour of Chile’s Wine Valley is an essential for both wine lovers and the avid travel enthusiast. Sip some of the finest varieties of wines while indulging in some of Chile’s most succulent, native dishes with Yampu’s tour of Colchagua and Casablanca Valley and everywhere in between.

Upon arrival at the Santiago airport, enjoy the delights of this marvelous city with an afternoon Santiago city tour. Explore the historic-colonial downtown area and neighborhoods. Experience the lively atmosphere of the Fine Arts Museum and the pleasant Forestal riverside park. Visit the bohemian and cultural area to enjoy a coffee or delicious ice tea at the trendy Emporio La Rosa ice cream parlor. Enjoy dinner at the lively and sophisticated “Bocanariz resto-bar” in the easy-going Lastarria neighborhood.

Explore and taste the contrasts of traditional Santiago cuisine with a visit to the market as well as the modern and gourmet scenery, the best way to get know the City of Santiago. Experience different food sampling and drinks along with the culture and Chilean culinary traditions.
Tour Colchagua Valley, a region where some of the best red wines are produced, Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Drive to Vina Casa Silva, one of the most attractive wineries in the Colchagua Valley; the colonial architecture of its old cellar makes it the perfect place to experience Chilean wines. Enjoy lunch surrounded by vineyards, with a spectacular view of the Andes mountain range. Rich and tasty cuisine of the Chilean countryside will be meticulously prepared and combined with the finest wines. After lunch proceed for a stroll through the vineyards in a vintage car pulled by horses. Sample some premium wine before proceeding to Santa Cruz for a visit of the Colchagua Museum, the largest and most comprehensive museum of Chilean history with a collection of Latin American colonial art. Enjoy some premium wine tasting at Vina Clos Apal, one of the most revolutionary wineries in Chile and the best of French winemaking history with Chile’s terroir. Proceed to Vina Altair for a private visit, premium wine tasting and lunch before returning to Santiago.

The next day depart from Santiago to the coastline, passing through the fertile Curacavi and Casablanca Valleys, its vineyards, fruit plantations and forest reserves. While traveling this route, visit two important cities, Vina del Mar and Valparaiso, a port city founded in the XVI century and declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The promenade includes a panoramic tour by the emblematic places of Valparaiso. Next, visit the Museum of the famous Chilean poet, writer, and Nobel prize-winner in Literature, Pablo Neruda. The house was the dream place of Pablo Neruda to escape from bustling Santiago.

Once in The Garden city of Vina Del Mar, walk past the picturesque Flower Clock and go through the Peru Avenue with its traditional Casino and fine Hotel Del Mar, founded in 1930. Take a domestic flight towards Puerto Montt to transfer to the city of Puerto Varas, beautifully located on the shore of the Llanquihue Lake. The third largest lake in South America, Llanquihue waters reflect the perfect cone of the Osorno volcano and the top of the Puntiaguado, Calbuco and Tronador volcanoes.

Bordering Lake Llanquihue, is the city of Frutillar, founded in 1856 as a port of embarkation for the German settlers who came to the area. On the way, take the chance to appreciate companies devoted to the cultivation of salmon, which are of great importance to the country’s seafood exports.

Take some time at leisure to visit the Colonial Museum, explore the waterfront and enjoy the exquisite pastries of the German cuisine and then what better way to end the day than to visit the Salzburg, traditional craft brewery and enjoy Beer tasting and a gift of one beer of choice before returning to the hotel to rest before the long flight home the next day.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Double N/A £$4617 £$5158 £$7372
Single N/A £$7207 £$8175 £$12263

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Home - Santiago

Upon arrival to Santiago, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Upon arrival at the Santiago airport, receive assistance and transfer to the hotel. On arrival, enjoy the delights of Santiago with an afternoon Santiago city tour. Explore the historic-colonial downtown area, Main Square, Cathedral, Government Palace, Santa Lucia hill, bohemian, artistic, culinary Lastarria and Bellavista neighborhoods. Experience the lively atmosphere of the Fine Arts Museum and the pleasant Forestal riverside park. Yampu Travelers will also have the oportunity to stop here at the bohemian and cultural area to enjoy a coffee or delicious ice tea at the trendy Emporio La Rosa ice cream parlor (or similar). Continue towards the eastern sector of the capital, main financial City Centre, surrounded by major hotels, design boutiques, restaurants and chic open-air cafes.

Dinner tonight will be at the lively and sophisticated "Bocanariz resto-bar" in the easy-going Lastarria neighborhood. Still relatively new, it offers the unique premise of allowing diners to choose between a straightforward dining experience, and a full-on wine tasting, overseen by experts. Return and overnight.
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Bocanariz
Day
2

Private Half Day Culinary Tour with Lunch

Taste the contrast of the traditional cuisine of Santiago and visit the market with a modern and gourmet scenery.

This will be the best way to know the City of Santiago and a perfect way to start the trip in Chile. First, be picked up from the hotel. Next, head to the market area where you will experience for yourself, different food sampling and drinks. Select ingredients that will form the basis for the menu prepared by the chef for us.

Transfer to El Galleon restaurant and enjoy lunch in the interactive kitchen.

Return to the Hotel.
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Day
3

Private Full Day Colchagua Valley Wine Tour with Lunch

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Colchagua Valley is located 180 km (110 mi) south of Santiago. The southernmost portion of the Rapel Valley is one of Chile's best known wine regions and has earned much appreciation for its full-bodied Cabernet, Carmenere, Syrah, and Malbec. This region's wine regularly appears high on the world's lists of leading wines. The majority of the wineries are concentrated in the center of the valley, although new plantations are working their way up hillsides to explore the western frontier toward the sea.

Vina Viu Manent is a Chilean winery owned by the Viu family. It was founded in 1935 when the Catalonian immigrant, Miguel Viu-Garcia and his two sons Agustin and Miguel Viu-Manent came across Bodegas Viu in Santiago, Chile. They bottled and sold wine in the local market under the "Vinos Viu" brand. In 1966 Miguel Viu Manent fulfilled his long-time dream of making his own wines when he acquired the Hacienda San Carlos de Cunaco in Colchagua. This traditional estate included 150 hectares of vineyards planted to noble, pre-phylloxera vines, as well as a winery and manor house. Viu Manent produces Pinot Noir, Merlot, Carmenere, Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, and Semillon.

We will then continue toward Colchagua Valley's main plaza to have lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch we can visit the Museum Colchagua which is the largest and most complete museum in Chile; with a large collection of pieces collected from the pre-historic era. Modern racing cars, natives, and Andean from old pre-Hispanic cultures along the continent, rescued pieces from the Second World War from different European countries, old carriages, fossils, unique handicraft and furniture. A copy of the mine up north where the Chilean miners were rescued in year 2011, the biggest mine accident in Chilean history, is also found here.
Afterward this tour, you will continue your journey heading to Millahue Valley. Our wine lovers will have the pleasure to taste the VIK iconic wine, an excellent blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere, produced with a holistic concept: The synergy between a great terroir with 12 different valleys all high in precision viticulture, technology, passion, art and architecture is incredible. You will discover a one-of-a kind winery and enjoy a private barrel wine tasting. We also invite you to connect with the peace of nature with horseback riding, mountain biking, or trekking. The Vik Experience will not leave you indifferent! Vik produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc.

At the appropriate time you will be met at your hotel to transfer to your Santa Cruz hotel.
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Santiago-Colchagua-Valley
Day
4

Private Full Day Vineyard Lapostolle Tour & Tasting

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Lapostolle was founded by Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle and her husband Cyril de Bournet in 1994. The Marnier Lapostolle family, founders and owners of the world-renowned liqueur Grand Marnier, is famous for producing spirits and liqueurs, but the family has also been involved in wine making for generations. In creating Lapostolle, the family has pursued the same uncompromising approach to quality that made Grand Marnier a global success. Its objective is as simple as it is ambitious: to create world-class wines using French expertise and the superb terroirs of Chile.

Lapostolle winery is located in the town of Cunaco, right next to Santa Cruz. It is the original winery, where Lapostolle was founded in 1994 and today it is here where our Casa and Cuvee Alexandre wines are produced. Lapostolle owns 370 hectares in three different vineyards and produce a total of 200.000 cases spread over Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, and Syrah. With a traditional Chilean old hacienda style, it has a production capacity of 3.300.000 liters in stainless steel and French oak tanks, and more than 3.500 French Oak Barrels. Lapostolle is distributed in more than 60 countries around the world.

At the appropriate time you will be met at your hotel to transfer to your Santiago hotel.
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South America Chile Wine VInayard Winery
Day
5

Full Day Private Tour of Vina del Mar and Valparaiso

The tour will depart from Santiago to the coastline, located 120 kilometers of Santiago, passing through the fertile Curacavi and Casablanca Valleys, its vineyards, fruit plantations and forest reserves. While traveling this route, visit two important cities, Vina del Mar and Valparaiso, a port city founded in the XVI century and declared a World heritage site by UNESCO.

The promenade includes a panoramic tour by the emblematic places of Valparaiso, such as National Congress, O'Higgins Park, Italia Park, Victoria Square, Sotomayor Square and Prat dock located in the same port. Next, visit the Museum of the famous Chilean poet, writer, and Nobel prize-winner in Literature, Pablo Neruda. The house was the dream place of Pablo Neruda to escape from bustling Santiago. In the house, collections of old navy maps and other paintings are kept. There are many other relics of the port and strange objects, such as music boxes and an antique carved wooden carousel horse.

Walk through the wonderful viewpoints of Atkinson and Gervasoni, located in the most important hills of Valparaiso, Cerro Alegre and Cerro Concepcion. Also, one will use its old and picturesque cable cars, which are still connecting this city. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant of the area before continuing this beautiful seaside route to Vina del Mar. Once in The Garden city, walk past the picturesque Flower Clock and go through the Peru Avenue with its traditional Casino and fine Hotel Del Mar, founded in 1930. Finally, see and take a picture of an authentic Moai from the Easter Island located on the outside of the important Museum of Paleontology and Anthropology Fonck.

Return to the Hotel.
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Day
6

Santiago - Puerto Montt - Puerto Varas

At the appropriate time, you will be met at the hotel and transferred to the airport for the flight from Santiago to Puerto Montt.

Upon arrival to Puerto Montt, you will be met at the airport and transferred to Puerto Varas hotel.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at the hotel and transferred to the airport for the flight from Santiago to Puerto Montt.

Upon arrival to Puerto Montt, you will be met at the airport and transferred to Puerto Varas hotel.

Day
7

Half Day Frutillar & Puerto Octay with Museum

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Bordering Lake Llanquihue, arrive at the city of Frutillar, founded in 1856 as a port of embarkation for the German settlers who came to the area. On the way, take the chance to appreciate companies devoted to the cultivation of salmon, which are of great importance to the country's seafood exports.

The next destination shall be the "Se Cocina" restaurant which has the kitchen at the center of its premises; everyone can gather around and participate in the cooking of the various dishes served here. One will be able to choose the ingredients from the vegetable garden and enjoy various tastings of very typical food of the area.

In the afternoon, after visiting the Colonial Museum, free time to explore the waterfront and enjoy the exquisite pastries of the German cuisine and then what better way to end the day than to visit the Salzburg, traditional craft brewery and enjoy Beer tasting and a gift of one beer of choice before returning to the hotel.
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Day
8

Puerto Varas - Puerto Montt - Santiago - Home

Breakfast at the hotel and morning at leisure. Transfer to the Puerto Montt airport and take a domestic flight to Santiago to connect with your international flight home.

Breakfast at the hotel and morning at leisure. Transfer to the Puerto Montt airport and take a domestic flight to Santiago to connect with your international flight home.

Frutillar

Santiago, Chile

Santa Cruz, Chile

Colchagua, Chile

Cachapoal, Chile

Casablanca, Chile

Viña del Mar, Chile

Valparaíso, Chile

Puerto Montt, Chile

Puerto Varas, Chile

Places You'll See

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    Santiago

    As the political and cultural center of Chile, Santiago has much to offer. Relax at one of the many jazz clubs scattered throughout the city, or go for a wine tasting at one of the local wineries. Take a guided city trek to learn about the Chilean culture and their traditional meals. Or visit the summit of Cerro Santa Lucia for beautiful views.

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    Colchagua Valley

    Not too far south from Chile’s Capital, Santiago, is the vast wine region of Colchagua Valley. Home to Chile’s most famous wines, Colchagua Valley is well known for its bold varieties and it’s diversity of wineries. Learn how the region’s grapes are harvested with a tour of the vineyards along with tastings in the charming tasting rooms. Indulge in relaxed winery lunches while taking in the fabulous views of Chile.

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    Casablanca Valley

    Relatively new to the Chilean wine scene, Casablanca Valley hosts numerous modern Vineyards and cellars with the highest wine making technology. The area’s Mediterranean climate of Cool misty nights and hot days provide excellent growing conditions.

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    Vina Del Mar

    Located in the Valparaiso Region, the Garden City also known as Vina del Mar, is a beautiful German influenced beach city. Spend time along the marvelous beaches, and possibly stop by Castillo Wulf. Built by German immigrants for the locals, this spectacular castle will take one’s breath away with the ocean view.

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    Valparaiso

    Known as Chile’s Cultural Capital, Valparaiso has much to see and do. View the enchanting colonial architecture in the historic downtown. Get caught up in the cities artistic and bohemian vibes as you gaze up at the hills covered in brightly colored houses. Visit the Naval and Maritime Museum dedicated to military naval exploits and battles, or dance the night away with the city nightlife.

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    Puerto Montt

    Known for its salmon production, the port city of Puerto Montt is a lovely place to visit for an escape to the simple life. Appreciate the city’s German influence while learning of the daily life of the local people and revel in the traditional dishes of sea food and other gastronomies.

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    Puerto Varas

    On the shores of Lake Llanquihue sits the City of Roses, Puerto Varas. Known for its German influence and architecture, Puerto Varas has spectacular views of the area including of the surrounding lakes and volcanoes. While visiting, take a hike up the volcanoes and witness the picturesque Petrohue Waterfalls.

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Santiago : Le Reve (Providencia)

Santiago : Hotel Bidasoa (Boutique)

Puerto Varas : Hotel Bellavista

Puerto Varas : Cabañas del Lago

5 Star Properties

Santiago : Mandarin Oriental

Santiago : W Santiago (Las Condes)

Puerto Varas : Radisson Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas : Cumbres Puerto Varas (Standard Room)

Luxury Properties

Santiago : The Singular Santiago

Santiago : Ritz Carlton Santiago

Colchagua Valley : Lapostole Apalta Residence (All Inclusive)

Puerto Varas : Hotel AWA

Testimonials

Steve M.

Traveled February, 2015

I recommend Yampu highly for S. American travel

In 2015, Yampu organized a 19-day individual itinerary tour for me to Peru (Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lima), Chile (Santiago, Valparaiso/Casablanca, and southern Patagonia) plus a short stop in Buenos Aires. This tour included three nights at the all-inclusive Hotel de los Torres in Torres del Paine National Park, and a 4-day, 3-night cruise on the MV Stella Australis through the Tierra del Fuego archipelago from Punta Arenas to Cape Horn and on to Ushuaia. At every stop Yampu arranged airport transfers, superb guides, safe and cordial drivers, comfortable and beautiful hotels, and fascinating programs. The trip ran like clockwork, was educational and immense fun, a true mix of adventures and wondrous scenery and cultures. Yampu’s sales staff was knowledgeable and highly responsive to my requests as we constructed the tour plan, and worked well within my budget constraints to create this wonderful and most memorable travel experience. I recommend Yampu highly for S. American travel.

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Katalin and Denton

Traveled September, 2009

We could not be more satisfied

We appreciate your follow-up very much just as the service you provided. We could not be more satisfied, everything went so well. We have submitted very good evaluations in every country (Peru, Bolivia and Chile) respectively. Everything was well organized, the hotels were good and everyone showed up everywhere on-time providing valuable service. If we go again, we definitely would contact you and recommend your service to our friends as well. Feel free to post our comments and we will contact you again when we start planning our next trip to this region.

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Paul from Australia

Traveled March, 2013

Thanks again for your co-ordination of our trip

Just to advise you that we arrived home in Australia yesterday after another successful trip to Chile and Argentina (plus a short side trip to Uruguay!). Apart from a couple of hiccups in the first half of the trip that you were aware of, the trip overall went very well. All the connections worked out, the hotel/hospedaje accommodation was overall very good, with some outstanding (e.g. Tierra Atacama, KKala, Nothofagus, Entre Hielos) and we lucked a presidential suite (without the President) at the Hotel Antofagasta. Bahia Bustamante was also a refreshing highlight. The guide services also worked out well and as it eventuated, all aspects of the original itinerary were met, including the remote area crossing from Chile into Argentina from Cochrane to Los Antiguos. There were many geographic, geological and cultural highlights and we were generally very fortunate with weather conditions. Thanks again for your co-ordination of our trip. Graham and Anita were spending an extra couple of days in Santiago and return to Australia tomorrow.

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