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(KNA201) HALF DAY EXCURSION IN VIÑA DEL MAR AND VALPARAÍSO

Duration: 4 hours approx.

Available: All year.

Operates: Daily.

Notes: Museums closed on Mondays and holidays. 

Description: This tour promises a great trip visiting the highlights of Chile’s most popular seaside cities. The first part of the journey starts out in Viña del Mar and includes exploring Libertad Avenue, the waterfront, Reñaca beach (main attraction in summer), traditional San Martin Avenue, the city’s games casino and the Flower Clock, a picturesque flower garden sitting under Cerro Castillo hill. Next, the tour heads to Valparaiso, Chile’s main port, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its high historic, cultural and architectural value. An optional visit to Pablo Neruda’s home, La Sebastiana, is the first stop of the route. From here, two great views of the city may be admired: the bay of Valparaiso and a picturesque array of brightly-colored houses nestled in the hills. Next is a visit to Paseo 21 de Mayo, to see the traditional lifts or elevators that go up and down the hills offering awesome vies of the city. The tour then heads to Cerro Concepcion hill, one of the oldest and best conserved, with some of its buildings showing the influence of the British immigrants who came over to live in the port. Some examples are the Saint Paul Anglican Church and Loty, Atkinson and Gervasoni promenades. The tour ends off with a visit to the central city area where buildings, plazas and monuments may be viewed from the bus. 


(KNA202) FULL DAY EXCURSION TO ISLA NEGRA WITH MUSEUM

Duration: 5 hours approx.

Available: All year.

Operates: Daily.

Notes: Museums closed on Mondays and holidays.

Description: Departure from Viña del Mar or Valparaiso heading to the Valley of Casablanca in Aconcagua’s wine region, where large wineries produce the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc wines. The road goes along the southern coast towards Isla Negra, but before getting there, a short visit will be made to seaside resorts Algarrobo, El Quisco and El Tabo. These are very popular areas targeted by Santiago dwellers especially in summer (they are only a 1 ½ hour- drive from the capital). Finally Isla Negra is reached, a small and attractive village on the coast that poet Pablo Neruda chose as his residence in the late thirties. The tour includes a visit to this house-museum that exhibits collections of miniature ships and shells, among many other of his special possessions. A bit more of the background and life of this Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature can be learned by visiting this enchanting home with its beautiful beach views. End of tour and return to Viña del Mar or Valparaiso. 


(KNA203) HALF DAY EXCURSION TO CASABLANCA VALLEY 

Duration: 4 hours approx.

Available: All year round

Operates: Daily

Description: This tour starts out with a visit to the Casablanca Valley, well known for its vineyards, influenced by the sea breezes and cool temperatures that turn it into an ideal site for the production of the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay white wines. Indomita and Viña del Mar wineries’ installations will be visited to learn about the stages of the winemaking process and also enjoy the beautiful views of the valley. To finish off the tour, a visit to the wine boutique is scheduled. End of tour and return to hotel. 


(KNA204) HALF DAY EXCURSION TO CASABLANCA VALLEY AND ESTANCIA EL CUADRO.

Duration: 6 hours approx.

Available: All year round

Operates: From Tuesday to Sunday.

Description: Departure from the hotel to enjoy a tour of the beautiful and traditional landscapes that give life to Chile’s famous wines. The visit begins in the Casablanca Valley, where cool temperatures offer ideal conditions for producing white wines. Here, El Cuadro winery is visited in a lovely setting that preserves the history and traditions of Chile’s wine culture, offering a unique experience for wine lovers. The vineyards are explored on a horse-drawn carriage winding up at an exclusive garden with more than 26 different winemaking vines. After the ride, a wine tasting session follows and then a visit to the “Wine Museum”, to view a collection of the original devices used decades ago to produce wine and spirits.  A demonstration of Chilean folklore traditions and music follows, where typical Chilean huasos  (cowboys) show-off their skills at the Estancia’s rodeo ring. End of tour and return to Valparaiso.   


(KNA205) HALF DAY EXCURSION NIGHT TIME VALPARAÍSO WITH DINNER

Duration: 4 hours approx.

Available: All year round

Operates: Daily

Notes: Not suitable for handicapped passengers

Description: The purpose of this tour is to offer a glimpse of the intense bohemian life in Great Valparaiso. The visit includes exploring the nooks and corners that make this port-city come alive at night and turn it into one of central Chile’s most attractive sightseeing prospects. The visit starts out in the port area with a boat ride out into the bay to enjoy the sunset with a cocktail. Next is a ride up one of the elevators to the “21 de Mayo” scenic viewpoint to take in stunning views of the hills of Valparaiso with their simmering lights. The following destination is San Luis Square, from where a walk towards Cerro Concepcion will discover 19th century buildings of the likes of Saint Paul Lutheran Church and Atkinson promenade, with its famous “Brighton” Victorian style Café and Restaurant. Then follows a walk along Paseo Gervasoni alleyway that shows the British influence in the 19th century architecture of the area, with Café Turri as one of its main attractions. Another interesting site is a home-museum named after famous cartoonist and journalist Renzo Pechenino, better known as Lukas.  After a walk through the alleyways, Cerro Alegre is reached to explore Paseo Yugoslavo and Baburizza Palace that houses Valparaiso’s Fine Arts Museum and offers another amazing view of the bay. Finally, dinner is enjoyed in one of the fine local restaurants. 


(KNA301) FULL DAY EXCURSION TO MAITENCILLO, CACHAGUA AND ZAPALLAR 

Duration: 7 hours approx.

Available: All year.

Operates: Daily.

Notes: Not suitable for handicapped passengers

Description: Departure from Viña del Mar or Valparaíso heading towards the northern coast of the region to explore three lovely seaside resorts. The tour begins in Con-Con where the Mantagua Dunes can be viewed, consisting in enormous wind-blown sandbanks. Next follows a visit to Maitencillo, a small and cozy seaside resort with its houses and cabins perched on the hillsides facing the Pacific Ocean. The tour then heads to Cachagua, featuring Las Cujas beach, a small cove with crystal-clear waters. A walk away is a viewpoint towards Isla Cachagua, a sanctuary for a number of birds, among them the Humboldt penguins and sea otters. The last destination is Zapallar, one of the country’s most exclusive spots with beautiful stylish homes built on the seafront surrounded by wonderful gardens and forests. Self-paid lunch and return to Viña del Mar in the afternoon.


(KNA302) FULL DAY EXCURSION TO ISLA NEGRA, ALGARROBO, TUNQUEN AND QUINTAY WITH LUNCH

Duration: 8 hours approx.

Available: All year.

Operates: From Tuesday to Sunday

Description: Departure towards Isla Negra, a prized seaside resort visited by tourists from all over the world, attracted by its intimate connection with poet Pablo Neruda. Neruda’s home-museum can be visited -where he lived during important years of his career- centrally located in the village. A tour of the premises shows part of the history of this Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature, where his collections of miniature ships and figureheads can be admired among other personal belongings. Following the visit, the trip continues to Algarrobo, a town that got its name due to the abundance of Algarrobo trees, evergreens that can grow up to 10 meters high (almost 33 ft.). Its Yacht Club will be visited, given that the town has been named the “Nautical Capital of Chile”, followed by lunch at El Muelle restaurant. A boat ride to Isla Pajaro Niño (optional, for an additional fee) may follow to see the 20 or more species of seabirds that have been observed on the island, including important numbers of migratory species. The main colonies include Humboldt and Magellan penguins. Next follows a visit to the beach and San Pedro cove, where apart from a refreshing and pleasant swim in the calm waters and enjoying the fine sands, fishermen may be observed coming and going. On the beach is a modern artisan fishing terminal with its colorful boats and fish stalls offering freshly brought in fish and shellfish. Next and last destination is Quintay, where a nice cup of coffee may be enjoyed looking out towards the sea before returning to Valparaiso.


(KNA303) FULL DAY TOOUR TO ACONCAGUA VALLEY

Duration: 6-8 hours

Available: All year round

Operates: Tuesday to Sunday.

Description: Departure from Valparaiso or Viña del Mar towards the Aconcagua Valley, nestled in the Andes Mountains Range distant some 100 km (62 mi.) east of Viña del Mar through which the Aconcagua river flows.  The first stop after arriving to this beautiful area will be Viña Errazuriz, a winery founded in 1870 and today one of the finest representatives abroad of Chile’s thriving winemaking industry. The tour consists of a visit of the wine cellar where the family history of the winery is explained, followed by a tour of the underground cellars and a walk through the vineyards leading to an amazing viewpoint. The visit continues with a stimulating wine tasting experience of four wines followed by lunch at Los Almendros, a typical Chilean restaurant serving local food. Next, the tour heads to San Esteban to tour the winery and tasting prime wines (2 Winemaker Selections, 1 Gran Reserva, 1 Laguna del Inca). End of tour and return to hotel in Viña del Mar or Valparaiso. 


(KNA304) FULL DAY CASABLANCA WINE VALLEY

Duration: 6 hours approx

Available: All year around

Operates: daily 

Description: This tour leads to the famous Casablanca Valley in Aconcagua’s wine-producing region. Because of its special location, the valley receives the influence of sea breezes, a natural condition that gives it a favorable temperate climate for producing white wines. The tour begins at the hotel in Valparaiso or Viña del Mar and it’s a 47 km. (29 mi.) trip to get to Casas del Bosque and William Cole wineries. 

Casas del Bosque 

Casas del Bosque is located 70 km (43 mi.) from Santiago, Chile’s capital, and 30 km (18.6 mi.) from Valparaiso, one of country’s main ports. It was established in 1993 as a family boutique winery to exclusively produce high quality wines. Casas del Bosque has its own vineyards in the Casablanca Valley, an ideal location for premium wine production. Its soil type includes a thin layer of red volcanic clay mixed with decomposed granite formed 110 million years ago on the Pacific Ocean floor.  A guided tour will take visitors through the whole production process, followed by a wine tasting experience and lunch at Tanino Restaurant. 

William Cole

The tour continues later to William Cole, lying deep within the Casablanca Valley and well known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay y Sauvignon Blanc whites. The story goes that after a long career in the US, William Cole decided to follow his vision and create fine wines, combining modern technology with experienced techniques. The result of his dream is this awesome winery. 

Return to hotel after touring both vineyards.


(KNA206) WALKING TOUR OF VALPARAISO

Duration: 3 hours

Available: all year around

Operates: daily

Description: Plaza Victoria is the perfect starting point for an entertaining walk through the city of Valparaiso. The square is one of the loveliest in Valparaiso and used to be a bull ring in the past. Currently it’s a social meeting place and features a fountain brought over from France with four statues symbolizing the seasons of the year. Facing Plaza Victoria is the Cathedral of Valparaiso.

From here, one can ride one of the local trolleys that are part of the Valparaiso Metropolitan area’s transport system. They have been operating since 1952 and are part of the only trolleybus network in Chile today and second oldest in South America. They are an actual national monument on wheels transporting passengers to Anibal Pinto square. From here, a light walk leads to Reina Victoria, an elevator on Cerro Alegre hill and one of the oldest and best restored of this heritage site. One of the best views of the city can be seen from the hill’s vantage point that is only a few steps away from Dimalow alleyway, from where the silhouette of the Lutheran Church on Cerro Concepcion hill and colorful murals can be admired. 

A walk along Urriola street will lead to enthralling sites, like “El Desayuno” restaurant and the Anglican Church, a vestige of the past and symbol of the British community’s involvement in the mid-19th century. On the corner of Templeman and Papudo, an alleyway leads to lively neighborhoods, featuring schools, small stores and restaurants of all types. From Beethoven alleyway a wonderful view of the old cemetery that sits almost at the feet of the Lutheran Church can be admired.

Continuing along Gervasoni promenade, the city’s oldest elevator leads to Valparaiso’s busiest street, Calle Prat. This is Valparaiso’ main spine road, where since the mid-19th century most of the city’s banking and financial activities have occurred. The tour continues with visits to Plaza Sotomayor, the building of the Shipping Company, Victoria Hotel, the Council of Arts and Culture and the port’s entrance. One of the highlights is the monument and crypt built in honor of the heroes of the Battle of Iquique, after funds were raised among the population to construct this memorial commemorating the sailors who fought in the Iquique and Punta Gruesa battles on 21 May 1879.

The last leg of the tour consists of a walk along the city’s narrow sidewalks. 


(KNA210) HALF DAY TOUR OF VALPARAISO’S ARCHITECTURAL SITES

Duration: 4 hours

Available: all year around

Operates: daily

Description: This tour is about visiting Valparaiso’s architectural sites, getting acquainted with the most representative and attractive buildings of its rich heritage by going up and down the hills of this enchanting city. The starting point is Plaza Sotomayor square, with the Prat Monument that pays tribute to the heroes of the 1879 Battle of Iquique. Continuing with the walk, the Palacio de Tribunales (Court Hall) comes next, a building founded in 1892 that features in front a statue of Titan goddess Themis (goddess of divine law and order). The tour leads next to El Peral elevator, declared a National Monument that travels from the lower “plain” of the city to the heights of Cerro Alegre hill, where Paseo Yugoslavo promenade is met. From here, the excursion continues along Montealegre and Leighton streets, towards Paseo Gervasoni promenade, experiencing awesome views of the bay and city. The walk continues on to Paseo Atkinson promenade and its vantage point from where Plaza Anibal Pinto square and the surrounding buildings of the Lutheran and Anglican churches can be admired. Finally, a walk along Almirante Montt street leads to Dimalow promenade from where the Reina Victoria elevator takes the group down. End of tour and return to hotel.


(KNA308) FULL DAY TOUR, LIVE ECOTOURISM 

Duration: 9 hours

Available: all year around

Operates: daily

Description: Departure from hotel heading to the beachfront area of Concon. Crossing the bridge over the Aconcagua River estuary is the first stop of this tour, Parque La Isla. It’s inserted in a wetland with more than 70 species of migratory and resident shorebirds, including Dominican seagulls, pelicans, Franklin terns and other species like plateros, thrushes, meadowlarks and pilpilen. They all inhabit a unique ecosystem offering an excellent environment for a great diversity of plants and animals. After the visit, the tour continues north along the coast until reaching Ritoque resort, with its Ecotourism Park. After a visit to the park, a typical Chilean lunch will be enjoyed followed by a horseback ride in the park´s lovely natural countryside.


(KNA211) HALF DAY TOUR OF AROMATIC PLANT FARM

Duration: 4 hours

Available: all year around

Operates: daily

Description: Departure from hotel heading to lovely Limache, a district in the Marga Marga Province that is well-known for its colonial traditions, attractive natural scenery and diverse gastronomy. From here, the tour continues to Los Aromos aromatic plant farm, placed in the grounds of what used to be a Limache Hacienda. In the farm’s 5 ha. (12 ac.) property, several species of aromatic herbs are grown, including rosemary, thyme, sage and lavender, from which essential oils are extracted and used widely in the gastronomical, cosmetic and health industries. The visit to the farm allows visitors to follow the complete process, starting from the planting and harvesting of the herbs, preparation of the green material at the nursery, followed by the distillation process and filtering and bottling of the oil in the lab. End of tour and return to hotel.  


(KNA309) FULL DAY TOUR TO AROMATIC PLANT FARM - INSIDE EXPERIENCE 

Duration: 7 hours

Available: all year around

Operates: daily

Description: Departure from hotel heading to lovely Limache, a district in the Marga Marga Province that is well-known for its colonial traditions, attractive natural scenery and diverse gastronomy. From here, the tour continues to Los Aromos aromatic plant farm, placed in the grounds of what used to be a Limache Hacienda. In the farm’s 5 ha. (12 ac.) property, several species of aromatic herbs are grown, including rosemary, thyme, sage and lavender, from which essential oils are extracted used widely in the gastronomical, cosmetics and health industries. Visitors will personally participate in the complete process to manually produce the oils. Activities begin with harvesting the herbs, later preparing the plants for distillation in the nursery, next comes distillation itself and finally the process of filtering and bottling the oils. The day ends with a picnic prepared with herbs grown in the farm and organic foods. End of tour and return to hotel.