12 Days : $6,915 per person inclusive of superior rooms in superior hotels, all meals, personal wine expert, extensive wine tastings and private car and driver. Airfare is additional and we can assist you. Business Class airfare at special rates is available and highly recommended If you are a devotee of Chilean wine and would like to see where it is created, this program is for you. Because wine is grown in attractive and sophisticated settings this excursion will also please you even if you’re not a wine aficionado since the wine is complimented by luxury hotels, vineyard haciendas and superb cuisine.
Day 1 Depart USA
Your wine odyssey begins with an overnight flight to Santiago. Dinner and breakfast on board.
Day 2 Arrival in Santiago
Upon arrival you will be met by our wine expert and guide and transferred to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. In the afternoon you will take an introductory tour of Santiago, its neighborhoods and its monuments before returning to your hotel. This evening you will enjoy a special welcome dinner. The Ritz-Carlton is not only famous for its cuisine but also for its expansive cellar of fine Chilean wines. While sampling some of Chile's premium wines, you will be introduced to the Chilean art of winemaking by our wine expert.
Day 3 Santiago/Tierra y Fuego Vineyards
After breakfast you head to the airport for the short flight to Concepcion, gateway to the Itata valley, one of Chile's southernmost wine growing regions. Upon arrival you proceed to one of the area's premier wineries. The winemakers of the Tierra y Fuego winery will show you their facilities and you will have the opportunity to sample their premium wines both before and during lunch. Organic production here includes sixteen different grape stocks and this allows you to sample the majority of all wines grown in Chile. This winery is the only one to produce white wines from Malbec and Merlot grapes but they have traditional wines such as Carmenere, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel, Semilion, Hermitage and Gewurztraminer. You will enjoy a delicious dinner with wine and spend the night at the colonial style inn at the winery.
Day 4 Itata Valley/Quinamavida Spa/Gillmore Winery
In the morning you will continue your journey, leaving the Itata Valley and heading North to the Maule Valley, home to Chile's most extensive wine growing region. Before entering the region we take the opportunity to stop at the Quinamavida Spa to enjoy the hot springs and some lunch. After lunch you will head for the Gillmore winery and Vineyards, founded by Francisco Gillmore and his family in 1990 and considered one of Chile's top boutique vineyards. The annual production at Gillmore is 25,000 bottles consisting exclusively of ultra premium red wines. The vineyards are also the location of Hotel Tabonko which will be your home for the nest two nights. The Hotel blends with its environment and is surrounded by gardens, lagoon, pool and even a private Zoo. You will enjoy dinner at the hotel along with some special Gillmore wines.
Day 5 The Maule Train/Constitucion/Gillmore Winery
After an early breakfast you will leave for the train station in Talca. Today you are going to experience a unique glimpse of country life in Chile. The Maule Train runs from Talca to Constitucion on the coast and is one of the last tracks carrying passenger trains. The train consists of an engine and one carriage and follows the Rio Maule sometimes stopping in the middle of a field to let people on and off. By lunch time you reach the coast and have the chance to walk the black sand beaches. For lunch you will enjoy freshly caught fish in one of the small restaurants on the waterfront. After lunch you are driven back to the hotel where the rest of the afternoon is at leisure allowing you the opportunity to ride a horse or take a dip in the pool.
Day 6 Hacienda Huilquilemu/Casa Donosa
This morning you have an unusual treat. After a short drive you visit a unique, wine-making artisan who will introduce you to his age-old methods of making traditional wine. Despite using ancient tools and without any kind of technology or artificial ingredients he is capable of producing excellent wines. After tasting the wines you head North along the Maule wine route. The vineyards in this area are experienced in the art of wine growing and making with a tradition dating back to the Spanish colonization. Today, close to 50,000 acres are under cultivation. You will stop for lunch at El Antojo a renowned restaurant located in the Hacienda Huilquilemu. The hacienda is now a cultural center and museum. After lunch you proceed to Casa Donoso. The vineyard is now French-owned and one of the oldest vineyards in the country; it is blessed with good land and mainly produces top quality red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere and some exceptional white wines-mainly Chardonnay. You will overnight at Casa Donoso's own colonial-style guest house where you will have a chance to sample their premium wines both before and during dinner.
Day 7 Casa Donoso/ Casa Silva
After breakfast you leave the Maule wine region heading for the celebrated Colchagua Wine Valley. Since the arrival of Emilio Bouchon from Bordeaux in 1892, this area has been a pioneer in producing top quality wines. Some vines, still in use date back as far as 1912. Your destination today is Casa Silva, widely recognized as one of the most significant producers of premium Chilean wines. The wines are hand crafted, highly personalized and unique to themselves. The family's intimate knowledge of their land allows for grape separation before and during the harvest. This produces wines of excellent body and color, soft tannins and pure fruit working in harmony to create elegant, unique terroir wines. You will have a chance to sample these fine wines both at lunch and dinner. You will overnight at Casa Silva which gives you an additional opportunity to walk the estate.
Day 8 Casa Silva/Tren del Vino/Viu Manent/Santa Cruz
This morning you take a trip back in time with a 1913 steam train pulling carriages through the Colchagua valley headed for Santa Cruz. As you pass thought the vineyards you are able to sample various vintages along with some appetizers and a musical accompaniment. As you leave the train, you are transported to one of two premier wineries that you will visit during your stay in Santa Cruz. Viu Manent Vineyard has, since 1935 played a significant role in the history of Chilean wine. Family owned, the vineyard is known for its superb reds but also produces some high quality whites as well. The restaurant at the vineyard is called "La Llaveria" and the menu has been designed to not only reflect the gourmet tradition of the valley but to have each course pair well with locally grown wines. Your lunch will enable you to confirm how successful they have been. After lunch you have time to explore the Colchagua museum with its eclectic collection of paleontological, archeological, pre-Colombian and Spanish artifacts. Of particular interest is the display of riding gear and carriages. Dinner and overnight will be at a hotel close to the museum.
Day 9 Santa Cruz/Montes/Tarapaca
Today you visit the second of the premier wineries, Montes Vineyard. You will have the opportunity to explore the variety of flora on the estate including over 100 varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers. After your exploration you head to a lookout where a delicious lunch with wine is served with the entire Colchagua valley serving as a backdrop. This afternoon you will visit Vina Tarapaca which has been producing fine wines in the Maipo valley since 1874. Today the winery consists of over 1600 acres with fine grape varieties dedicated to the production of high quality wines. In recent years, efforts have focused on establishing non-traditional varietals such as Montevedre, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Viognier and Malbec. You will have a chance to taste for yourself how successful they have been. You will be spending the night at Casa Tarapaca located on the estate. You will have some free time to enjoy the Casa's facilities which include a swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, tennis courts and a golf course. Both lunch and dinner are at the hotel and include selections of their premium wines.
Day 10 Tarapaca/Almaviva/Santa Rita
After breakfast you will head for yet another of Chile's premier wineries, Almaviva. This is a joint venture between Conch y Toro and Baron Philippe de Rothschild and is producing world class wine combining the best of both Chile and France. You will sample some of the results before heading to the Santa Rita Winery still in the Maipo Valley but close to Santiago. Founded in 1880 by Don Domingo Fernandez, a distinguished statesman, he was the first to promote the importation of the finest French wine stocks. Vina Santa Rita then established itself as a modern wine producing enterprise, world-renowned for its Cabernets. You will sample these fine wines before and during lunch at "Dona Paula" the vineyard's acclaimed restaurant. Tonight you will stay at the Casa Real. Built in the 1880's it has been transformed into a luxury country hotel with homage to the baroque. This evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner prepared by the chef and matched with the appropriate Chilean wines.
Day 11 Santa Rita/ Santiago
The morning is at leisure at Casa Real before you head for the Santiago airport for your return to the United States.
Day 12 Arrivval in the USA
You arrive back in the United States at breakfast time.
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Santiago, Itata Valley, Maule Valley, Talca, Colchagua Valley, Santa Cruz, Maipo Valley
• Transfers and sightseeing by private helicopter or aircraft as indicated on the itinerary
• Superior Rooms at the properties indicated in the accommodations area (We reserve the right to substitute a property of equal quality in advance of departure should the designated hotel be unavailable)
• Private Transfers to and from the airport at destination
• All meals as indicated on the itinerary by B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
•Entrance fees to all museums, attractions and other venues as indicated on the daily itinerary
• Private guides for city explorations and private driver/guide while traveling.
• Baggage handling at all hotels and camps
• All applicable taxes and service fees
Services Not Included
• International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
• Beverages with included meals (unless otherwise indicated on itinerary page)
• Any meals not indicated on the Itinerary page
• Items of a personal nature e.g. minibar, film, postcards etc.
• Gratuities to Guides and Driver/Guides (we provide suggested guidelines for your selected destination in your pre-departure material)
• Any passport or visa fees or government departure taxes (It is the traveler’s responsibility to secure the latest information regarding passports and visa requirements)