Culinary Creations: Chile at its Best
Chile’s passion for food and wine take center stage on this wonderful excursion of hands-on cooking classes and winery tours, punctuated by explorations of Chile’s historical architecture and German-style alpine villages.
After disembarking in Valparaiso, you will accompany a local guide and chef to the fish market at Caleta Portales. Here, you will pick up all the necessary ingredients to prepare the traditional Chilean dish “Caldillo de Congrio,” a dish so culturally important that Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wrote an ode to it.
Then, it’s on to the Cardonal Green Market, another bustling marketplace with stands overflowing with fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. As no traditional meal is complete without an aperitif, the chef will purchase the ingredients for the ritual preparation of Chile’s iconic Pisco sour.
Afterwards, the chef will continue on to prepare the kitchen for your cooking class, while you explore Valparaiso, a city whose architecture earned it a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage distinction. During the tour, you will meander through the hilly old part of Valparaiso, as well as the impressive downtown section.
You will also ride two “ascensores” or funiculars; one of them climbing to the top of Concepción Hill, an area revered for its boutiques, mansions and restaurants. The chef will be waiting at the Hotel Gervasoni, where everything has been arranged for your culinary experience.
Following your immersion into Chilean cuisine and additional time to further explore this part of Valparaiso, you will check in to the Hotel Gervasoni to spend the evening. Dinner is on your own.
After departing from the hotel, you will travel east into the beautiful Casablanca Valley, a wine-producing area since 1875. The growing conditions are ideal and similar to those in California’s Napa and Sonoma valleys. The valley is oriented in such a way that daily ocean breezes cool the grapes on the vine and result in intensely fruity wines.
Here, you will visit two signature wineries in Casablanca: William Cole and nearby Casas del Bosque. You will enjoy tours and tastings at both wineries. The white wine produced in the Casablanca Valley is particularly noteworthy.
Following the winery tours, you will visit the esteemed Puro Caballo Ranch, where you will discover the unique qualities of the Chilean horses and watch the gauchos skillfully ride them. Then, after a pisco sour cocktail near the stables, you will enjoy a traditional Chilean barbecue lunch featuring various grilled meats. You will also learn how to prepare the meal.
Then, it’s on to Santiago for a panoramic tour of the city, during which you will see the Presidential Palace and main square downtown, among other attractions. After checking in to the Hotel Noi Vitacura, the remainder of the day and evening is at your leisure, with dinner on your own.
After breakfast, you will check out of the Hotel Noi Vitacura and transfer to the airport to fly to Puerto Montt. Upon arriving, you will be met by a local guide and begin a panoramic tour of the city. One of the highlights is the city cathedral, which was built of wood in 1856 and topped with a copper cupola.
Departing from Puerto Montt, you will head towards Frutillar, an area where many Germans settled beginning in the 1850s. The majority of the houses were built in a style reminiscent of those in Germany’s Black Forest region. Upon arriving at the Se Cocina Restaurant, which overlooks Lake Llanquihue, you will participate in a hands-on cooking class and then dine on the traditional dishes that you have prepared.
Afterwards, you will drive along the Pan-American Highway to Puerto Varas, another city known for its alpine, German-style architecture. It too overlooks Lake Llanquihue, where the perpetually snow-covered Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes are reflected in the lake’s clear waters. Following free time to shop and explore the handicrafts market near the main square, you will transfer to the pier in Puerto Montt and embark the ship.
Land Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are approximate, given here only for general reference purposes and are subject to change.
8:30am Disembark at Valparaiso port
9:00am Visit the fish market in Caleta Portales
9:45am Visit the Cardonal Green Market
10:30am Tour Valparaiso
11:30am Ride the funicular to Concepcion Hill
12:00pm Arrive at the Hotel Gervasoni
12:30pm Cooking activity and lunch at the hotel
2:30pm Check in to the hotel
4:00pm Walking tour of Valparaiso
7:00pm Dinner on your own and evening at your leisure
Overnight at the Hotel Gervasoni or similar hotel
9:00am Depart from the hotel
10:00am Private tour of the William Cole Winery
11:15am Private tour of Casas del Bosque Winery
12:30pm Arrive at the Puro Caballo Ranch
12:40pm Enjoy a cocktail near the stables
1:10pm Watch a Chilean rodeo show
1:40pm Enjoy a traditional BBQ lunch
3:00pm Depart from Puro Caballo Ranch
4:15pm Tour Santiago
6:00pm Arrive at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner on your own.
Overnight at the Hotel Noi Vitacura or similar hotel
6:45am Depart from the hotel
7:15am Arrive at the Santiago airport for flight
(LA 289, 8:45am, subject to change)
10:30am Meet guide at the Puerto Montt airport
10:45am Depart from the airport for Frutillar
11:45am Arrive at the Se Cocina Restaurant
12:00pm Cooking class at Se Cocina
2:30pm Depart for Puerto Varas
3:15pm Visit Puerto Varas
4:30pm Depart from Puerto Varas
5:00pm Arrive at the Puerto Montt pier
Santiago: Sunny and dry with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F)
Puerto Varas: Occasionally cloudy with temperatures ranging from 8°C to 24°C (46°F to 75°F)
What to Bring:
Due to varying weather conditions, bring clothing that allows you to dress in layers. Weather-appropriate clothing such as hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Local Currency: Chilean Peso
Electricity: 220 volts
As you will be flying domestically with LAN, the checked luggage allowance is 23 kilos (50 pounds) per person. The carry-on allowance is one bag weighing no more than 8 kilos (17 pounds) and one personal item such as a purse or laptop. In addition, articles such as jackets, walking sticks, umbrellas, small cameras, binoculars, reading material or a small bag of duty-free goods may be carried on, provided that they are in the passenger’s possession and can be stowed under the seat in front of the passenger. Overweight or excess luggage fees are the guest’s responsibility.
Documents and Visa Requirements:
A passport valid for 6 months after travel is required.
Valparaiso: Hotel Gervasoni
Paseo Gervasoni Nº1, Cerro Concepción, Valparaíso, Chile?
Phone: (56 - 32) 223 92 36?
Santiago: Hotel Noi Vitacura
Av. Nueva Costanera 3736
Vitacura, Santiago - Chile
Teléfono: (+56 2) 294 18 100
*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.
• 1 night in Valparaiso and 1 night in Santiago
• 2 breakfasts
• 3 lunches including ½ bottle of wine and 1 mineral water
• Entrance fees
• Gratuities at restaurants where meals are included
• Domestic flight (economy class) from Valparaiso to Puerto Montt
• Touring per the itinerary
• Hotel incidentals including mini bar
• Gratuities for drivers and guides
• Personal expenses
• Meals and beverages not listed above
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.
Free Land Programs and Land Programs from $499 is per person for guests 1 and 2 for one pre- or post-cruise program only. Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel package amenity. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information.