- 9 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
This tour is the best way for you to experience a full-day guided experience that takes you to see 2 coastal cities in the central region of Chile. Valparaiso is declared World Heritage by Unesco with a lot of character and important historical aspects as well as being one of the principal cities for the economic activity of Chile. Viña del Mar every year wins the prize of the best place to live in Chile. It's a beautiful city with streets full of flowers, and its beaches are like no others. You will also visit the Casablanca Valley which is famous for its white wines, with some of the wines from this region having been voted the best in the world.
- Local taxes
- Wine and Food tasting (Azapa olives and cookies with olive oil)
- Live commentary on board
- Professional guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Food and drinks, unless specified
Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up Hotels, AirB&B or Apart Hotels are available on this areas: • Santiago Downtown. • Providencia. • Las Condes (Hotels district). • Vitacura (Hotels district). • If your hotel is not in the available areas we'll provide the nearest meeting point from your location.
Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time
Returns to original departure point
Don't waste your time going to a meeting point or doing many pick ups before the tour starts. This tour starts from your hotel or address from the districts of Providencia, Las Condes, Vitacura and Santiago Centro, or on small cases on a central if your accomodation is outside this areas, in a van with air-conditioning. The tour includes around 9 stops with enough time for take pictures and enjoy the environment all this in a small group of people
Taking the 68 route coast way the tour starts crossing the Curacavi Valley which is one of the most important of agriculture of the central region. Arrive at Casablanca to enjoy a tasting of a wine of the Valley also you can enjoy azapa olives with olive oil and crackers.
After that continue towards the Pacific ocean arriving in Valparaíso (Legislative Capital and main port of the country), Valparaiso historical center has been declared Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. Valparaíso will surprise you with its tucked in houses and scenic elevators.
Among its colored houses, “La Sebastiana” stands out. It was one of the houses of the poet and Nobel Prize Pablo Neruda, which we will visit. After that we will travel through 5 important points of the city: Paseo Yugoslavo, 7 Esquinas, Plaza Sotomayor, Paseo 21 de Mayo and the Valparaíso Lighthouse.
Later, go to Viña del Mar, where you'll enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Viña del Mar, known as “The garden city” for its great amount of parks, and beautiful beaches. This city is the main destination for tourist that come to this place to enjoy its marvels. Visit the famous Clock of Flowers a main attraction with its extensive coastline, with miles of beach, and restaurants.
This tour includes Reñaca Beach sector the top beach area of the central region with wonderfull views and the opportunity of see and heard Sea Lions
In this tour you return to the place of pick-up. This is not a charter bus is a tour made with Van and you are going to have the opportunity to ask and talk with your guide in every moment.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
- May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
- Minimum 2 adults per booking
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
We were picked up at our hotel by the driver, who also acted as the tour guide. On entering the vehicle there were two other passengers inside. The driver informed me that there would be six others joining us. . The vehicle was a small van, not a larger tour type van. After four more passengers joined us it became clear that the van would be so cramped. There was also no air conditioning, which made it extremely claustrophobic. Every time the driver stopped to pick up other passengers he would lock the van and keep the engine running. Can you imagine the Carbon Monoxide build up. We decided to not continue with the tour and left the van at Plaza de Armas. The driver also did not speak very good English. This was a most unprofessional, bordering on dangerously overcrowded tour.
Really rushed tour, guide forgot to include the English version of the instructions on a few occasions. No time to shop/look at Valparaiso streets. Only one (expensive) option for lunch.
i did many other tours throughout South America and that was the best tour: the guide and the organisation were excellent. the tour with many interesting stops and the history of Chile were very interesting.i highly recommend it!
You get what you pay for. There were several issues with the tour that just made the experience far less enjoyable. First, the general tardiness and delays. The reason for this is that at each stop, Juan would let us off the bus and say that we had 10 minutes or 15 minutes before we had to meet back up and go. Everyone would be waiting for the bus or crowded on near the street within the allotted time and the bus and Juan would be nowhere in sight. Each stretch of the tour that was supposed to be only a quick 10 minutes stop turned into 30 minute stretches of waiting around doing nothing. It became extremely tedious waiting around at different locations for our tour guide to come back and collect us even though he had said we would only have ten minutes at the stop. It felt like the entire day was spent just waiting around.
As another person shared, by lunchtime, we were all starving. They took us to Los Pomairinos Restaurant which has a one star on Yelp and for good reason. This is the biggest tourist trap with the most overpriced food I have ever seen. It really ruined the experience because it was so obvious that the tour company was taking advantage of us. For example, if you wanted a salmon filet, the sauces to put on the salmon like a chimichurri were an extra cost that was almost the same price as the fish.
Next, when we booked the tour, we specified that we needed an English-speaking tour guide and it appeared that we would be accommodated. We were very confused when our tour guide got on the bus because, with past experiences, tour guides would immediately recognize that we are English-speakers we are Asian, and would greet us and introduce himself in English. When we met Juan, he shook our hands and spoke in rapid Spanish that we could not follow. We spent the first half of our journey going to Valparaiso wondering if we would have go through the tour using our rudimentary Spanish. It wasn't until later did we realize that Juan doubled as the English tour guide. I went with my husband and sister and we all studied Spanish so we got around Chile fine, but we could tell that Juan would say all of these interesting things and joke around in Spanish and then when he transitioned into English, it was about two sentences about where we were going and how long it would take to get there. His English was not bad but the accent was so heavy that half the time we didn't realize he had transitioned from Spanish to English.
There was a walking tour of Valparaiso that took us through the different neighborhoods and up and down large hills. There were really nice panoramic views and interesting street shops. The issue was that Juan would stop and tell the English group where to go through the streets and then he would release us to walk by ourselves. Then, he would talk to the Spanish-speaking group and then let them go while he followed behind. This became chaotic as the streets of Valparaiso are difficult to follow and his directions were confusing. There were several times where Juan lost a few of the people in the group because they turned down wrong pathways or got left behind and then we had to wait again while he went out to find them. Once everyone caught up at the next checkpoint, Juan would do the same thing, releasing the English speakers first and then the Spanish speaking and the process would start all over again. It was like herding cats and completely unnecessary. There was no reason Juan could not have walked us through the streets as a group perhaps explaining the buildings and wall art as we walked. It was particularly annoying when we got to the funicular and our group was going down it 8 at a time and Juan passed us in line and casually told us that at the bottom we'd have to pay 100 pesos. Luckily, we had the change, but that information was not included in the tour description nor did Juan forewarn us before we got into the line for the funicular.
Lastly, this trip was advertised as being approximately 9 hours. We were picked up first at 7:25 a.m. so we estimated that we would return to our hotel at about 6:30 p.m. We had a flight to catch at 11:40 p.m. so we assumed this would be a great chance to see Valparaiso before we left Chile. We did not return until 8:00 p.m. and that was only because we asked Juan to drop us off first. By the time it was 6:00 p.m. and Juan still had not returned us to our bus, we had to tell him that we needed to be the first ones dropped of because we had a flight to catch. Juan protested and told us that we had to respect the other people in the tour. We told him that the tour description stated 9 hours and that they had not respected our time. On our way back, Juan made a big deal about saying that we were going to make a DETOUR and drop us off first at our hotel.
All in all, would not go again. We got to see Valparaiso cheap, but we learned our lesson.
the tour is very good and our guide Juan was very nice. we liked the route and everything.
It was a very hot day so we wanted some air conditioning in the van but the driver turn off the A/C or left it very low. this was not nice.
Other little thing is that we had a stop for lunch but it was very late and we were starving. we decided not to go to the restaurant they took us. we did not like the place. We went to another one but we had to eat very fast not to loose the meeting hour set. But the meeting hour was not respected by anyone else including the guide and driver. So we could have had more time for our lunch but we rush to come back and had to wait for almost one more hour to get everybody back in the van.