- Day 01 : Santiago
Today upon arrival at Santiago’s airport, a driver & guide will meet you and take you to your hotel.
The Lastarria Hotel includes a swimming pool enclosed in a walled garden, spa services and beauty treatments can be enjoyed at this beautifully renovated 1927 mansion set in Santiago’s chic Lastarria district. With a marble staircase and elegant wall moldings, this boutique hotel boasts details of 5-star décor. The rooms are styled with cream-colored walls, warm hues and parquet floors with lush rugs.
Some rooms include antique fireplaces, ample balconies with wrought-iron garden chairs and baths with decorated ceramic tile-work. A full buffet breakfast is offered with home-made treats. The restaurant serves chef-designed specialties. Additionally, there are wine tasting sessions with a charcuterie selection.
After checking-in and freshening up, your driver and guide will take you to the Bocanariz Restaurant in the Lastarria district. Bocanariz is a wine bar as well as an innovative restaurant where the cuisine has been designed to promote pairing with their extensive selection of wines. Served by its owners and a trained team of sommeliers, the ambiance is warm and casual, where the magic of an old restored house and the technology necessary to provide excellent service are united. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy a tasting of some of Chile’s excellent wines.
After lunch we will start our tour of Santiago at the central market, a colorful conglomeration of fish and seafood, fruits, vegetables, and flowers housed in an exquisite 19th century wrought-iron building designed by the famous French architect, Gustav Eiffel. We will later continue down the main avenues of the civic center and the seat of government, the neoclassical La Moneda Palace, built during the 18th century. Then we'll visit the Plaza de Armas, Santiago’s main square, a picturesque plaza surrounded by the 18th century Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Historical Museum, and the Central Post Office. Leaving downtown, we will head towards the Forestal Park, leading to the Fine Arts Museum and Bellavista, the bohemian artsy center of Santiago.
You will then visit the handicraft village of Los Dominicos. Here you will find an impressive variety of handicrafts including works by various indigenous groups from across the country. The beautiful Colonial-style architecture of the center and its picturesque Andean backdrop make this visit unique. You will also have an opportunity to watch the craftsmen as they work with pottery, copper, stone, wood, wool and glass products.
After this tour, your driver will take you back to your hotel, where you will have the rest of the evening at leisure.
Accommodation: The Lastarria Hotel
- Day 02 : Valparaiso
This morning after breakfast, your driver and guide will pick you up and take you 1 hour west of Santiago, to the Casablanca Valley.
The Casablanca Valley is located between the coastal mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. Vineyards have grown here since 1875, but only since the 1980’s was the true potential of this valley discovered, when it was determined that the soil and the conditions were in many ways similar to the Napa and Sonoma valleys in California. This valley is located in a temperate semi-arid climate zone, characterized by alternating short, relatively rainy winters and long, continually dry summers. The valley is oriented in such a way that daily ocean breezes cool the grapes on the vines and result in intensely fruity wines. Additionally, very favorable sunlight conditions influence the grape ripening process, creating unique conditions that provide its wines with unique features.
Once here, we will visit Quintay Winery. Quintay has a newly completed state-of-art winery, which officially opened in March 2009.
Upon arrival in Valparaiso, we will take a tour of the city. Our tour starts off at Errazuriz street where examples of early 20th century British influenced architecture can be seen. We will visit the 21 of May view point with its excellent vistas of the colorful hillside houses, the port and across the whole bay. Then we will take the Artilleria elevator (funicular) and descend to take a trolley that will lead us towards Concepción Hill. Our vehicle will be waiting to takes us up a few blocks. We will then walk through a couple of alleyways and descend the Concepción Hill through the Los Perales funicular that will lead us towards the Sotomayor Plaza, where we will find a monument dedicated to a few Chilean heroes.
Next, we will have lunch at La Concepcion Restaurant. The 8 tables at this sleek new restaurant sit in one of the prettiest gardens in the city. The eclectic menu is slanted toward seafood, with excellent ceviche and sashimi on order, along with large green salads dressed with hunks of goat cheese, olives, and pearly shrimp.
Today we will have a very special, private vist with a famous Chilean artist, Gonzalo Ilabaca, who will share his work with us in his home in Valparaiso.
Gonzalo Ilabaca is a self-taught artist who was born in Concepcion, Chile in 1959. He studied medicine at the Catholic University of Chile, and left during his fourth year to entirely devote himself to painting. He became somewhat of a nomad, traveling throughout Europe & Asia and being inspired by the culture, and learning by studying the works of Van Gogh and Edvard Munch.
He has participated in collective shows in Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, Spain, England, India and Japan.
After this visit, you will check-in to your hotel.
Located in the heart of Cerro Alegre and facing an impressive view of the bay of Valparaíso, Casa Higueras is the first boutique, design hotel to open in this port town. After careful restoration work in this stately 1920’s mansion, Casa Higueras offers a combination of modern comfort and warmth from the past, a reminiscent sense that reflects the city’s own rhythm and atmosphere.
Accommodation: Casa Higueras
- Day 03 : Santiago
This morning after checking out of your hotel, your driver and guide will take you to Santiago’s airport for your flight.