3 DAY - VIÑA DEL MAR ESCAPE

Enjoy the seaside, the seafood and the colourful history of Chile's port.

3 Days

Santiago is the western gateway to South America and a thriving city contrasting modern and colonial architecture with elegance and style, with the majestic Andes Mountains as its backdrop. It abounds with museums and art galleries, modern shops and handicraft markets. While nestled in the mountain range, it is only a 2 hour drive to the seaport of Valparaiso, important for Chile’s industries as well as the embarkation point for many cruise lines. The scenic route to the port offers a drive through rustic and charming fishing villages and beaches, ending up at the modern popular beach resorts of Viña del Mar.

Day 1

Santiago - Viña del Mar

Travel by road, west of Santiago towards to Viña del Mar to spend the next two nights by the sea. Viña, with its modern buildings, shops and restaurants, is quite a contrast to Quintay and also the nearby colourful port of Valparaíso.

Day 2

Viña del Mar

Today, you could explore Valparaíso, “Little San Francisco”, one of the first Chilean cities founded by the Spanish. The city is a historic port and university town, famous for its labyrinth hills, which are covered in quaint, colorful old houses and accessible only by a steep climb or by the city’s unique system of funicular railways. A thriving port for centuries, modern Valparaiso remains Chile’s primary outlet to the sea. In 1906, a vicious earthquake struck the city, toppling hundreds of the city's priceless monuments. This earthquake, however, would be a portend of things to come: The truly fatal blow to Valparaiso would come in 1914 when the first international ship crossed the Panama Canal. The golden age of Valparaiso had come to an end. After years of gloom and decay, the historic port and university town is now living something of a revival. Among the Chilean government’s priorities are culture, heritage preservation, and economic development via tourism. This effort culminated in UNESCO naming Valparaiso’s Historic Quarter a World Heritage Site in 2003. One of the highlights of the tour will surely be Pablo Neruda’s Valparaiso residence, “La Sebastiana”. The house is full to the brim with the eccentric genius’ keepsakes from his many trips abroad, as well as an extensive library.

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Day 3

Santiago

Wind up your tour today and continue on to your next destination, or perhaps spend a few more days in Santiago where you could explore the many museums, parks, shops and galleries, as well as the charming vineyards nearby.

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Included:

Accommodation with private facilities, all land transportation and tours as indicated, meals as indicated, service charges and taxes. Rates not valid during Christmas/New Year and special event periods.

Not Included:

Airfares or airport taxes, items of a personal nature, gratuities.

Notes:

Rates are subject to change without notice and availability.
Why not stay on and see more of Santiago and surrounds. Perhaps add a tour to the Colchagua Valley for some wine tasting.

MEALS:

B.  Breakfast included
L.  Lunch included
D.  Dinner included

Why Choose BFirst Travel?

BFirst Travel, a wholly owned Australian tour company, helloworld affiliate. For the past 15 years we have specialised exclusively in Latin America. We know a few parts of the world, and we know them well. Our been there, done that expertise elevates your experience beyond the ordinary, to the level of adventure with comfort! "Travel is all about the experience, which starts with your travel preparations”.

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