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Discover the history, sights and views of Chile's cosmopolitan capital

Santiago de Chile is the heart of this fascinating and varied country. Founded in 1541 by Pedro de Valdivia, it has grown to be a metropolis of 4.6 million people that reflects ethnic diversity and combines modern structures with grand Spanish colonial buildings that hark back to a bygone era. Apart from visiting palaces, churches and museums (and a local vineyard), a trip up to the statue of the Virgin Mary on Cerro San Cristobal offers spectacular views over the city.

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Terms & Conditions

Santiago, Chile
Santiago, Chile
Independent Experiences
Physical rating
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 4

Why we love this trip

  • Explore the vibrant Chilean capital with the spectacular backdrop of the Andes.

  • Enjoy the panoramic view from the Cerro San Cristobal, looking across the Mapocho River to the entire city.

  • See the palace guards at La Moneda Palace, the scene of dramatic events in Chile's history and still today the presidential palace.

  • Visit a nearby winery and sample some of Chile's world famous wines.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

On arrival at Santiago's Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the city. Please look for your transfer guide at the airport - they will be holding a sign with your name on it.

Once you have checked into the hotel the remainder of your first day will be free until your welcome briefing at 6pm.
  • Hotel Altiplanico Bellas Artes or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary arrival transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you are taking a transfer with us and have arrived on an international flight, please leave by Door 3. For a domestic flight please leave by Door 1.
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel at approximately 9am.
With a local guide, you will take a walking tour of Santiago and witness some of its most spectacular sights.
Founded in 1541 by the Spaniard, Pedro de Valdivia, Santiago has experienced a turbulent history that has included native wars, floods and earthquakes. Your walking tour will visit many outstanding attractions in the city centre. You stop at the Plaza de Armas and have a look at the cathedal before heading across to La Moneda Palace - the presidential palace and the place where significant events in Chile's history took place. You then head through the main avenues of old Santiago, across the Bohemian neighbourhood of Bellavista and up the San Cristobal Hill for a magnificent panoramic view of the city and the Andes mountain range. Then you’ll visit the modern parts of Santiago to see elegant residential neighbourhoods, and shopping and financial districts. The tour ends at the artisan village of ‘Los Graneros Del Alba’, where the craftsmen can be seen at work. Here, you have time to walk around or do some shopping.
You then head out of town to the Concha y Toro vineyard, located in Pirque in the Maipo Canyon. This winery, founded in 1883, is one of Chile’s most famous. The cellars, built with materials dating back to the 18th century, are situated six metres underground to maintain the ideal temperature needed for fine wines. You will stroll around this beautiful estate before moving to the cellars where some of the different stages involved in the local winemaking process are explained. And finally, you’ll have the opportunity to taste some of the wines that have made this winery so famous.
You then return to Santiago for the night, where you will have a chance to go out and dine at one of city's famous restaurants (optional).
  • Hotel Altiplanico Bellas Artes or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Santiago walking tour + winery visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Independent Experience will come to an end today after breakfast.
You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Please ensure we are advised of your flight details booking your Santiago Experience.
Included Activities
  • Complimentary departure transfer
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


2 breakfasts


Private van

Included Activities

  • Complimentary arrival transfer
  • Santiago walking tour + winery visit
  • Complimentary departure transfer

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Important notes

This program is for independent travellers and is not a group tour.

Essential trip information

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