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Santiago (San Antonio)

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  • Discover Santiago

    Your day begins with a scenic two-hour journey from the pier in San Antonio, crossing the central valley and the coastal mountain range en route to the vibrant city of Santiago. With the Andes Mountains serving as a dramatic back-drop, you'll be able to discover the many facets of this city that is both filled with history, and yet completely cosmopolitan.

    Upon arrival in Santiago, you will embark on a panoramic tour that includes the most important highlights of both historic and modern Santiago, including La Moneda (Presidential Palace). Some of the other sites you will view are the Plaza de Armas with the Cathedral, and the newer residential areas which will include a visit one of the lookouts located half way up San Cristobal Hill. From this wonderful vantage point high above Santiago, you will be treated to some magnificent views of the city.

    At mid-day, you will be dropped in an area where there are some dining venues and you will have approximately 1-hour to enjoy lunch on your own at an eatery of your choosing. Afterwards, you will re-join your coach and travel to Los Dominicos handicraft market in the Las Condes district. This delightful shopping area is designed to resemble a small village and has numerous handicraft shops. Here, you will find artisans working in copper, wool, ceramics, lapis lazuli, and other indigenous materials. Free time is provided to enjoy a stroll around the village, have lunch on your own and perhaps purchase some souvenirs before it's time to re-board the coach for your return transfer to San Antonio and your waiting ship.

    Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking over mostly even surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Guests should be prepared to experience high temperatures in Santiago, as opposed to the cooler coastal climate found in Valparaiso. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.

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  • Wellness and Mindfulness At Vina Casa Marin

    Practice yoga, pranayama breathing and mindful meditation at an esteemed winery and then enjoy a healthy lunch paired with premium wines.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a meandering, picturesque drive into the San Antonio Valley, where you will find the boutique winery Viña Casa Marin near the town of Lo Abarca. Upon arriving, you will be served a healthy herbal infusion and learn about the history of Casa Marin and its micro terroirs.

    You will then walk to one of the vineyard’s highest points, a spectacular spot for yoga, pranayama and mindful meditation. An instructor will lead you through these practices with the intention of achieving a harmonious connection between the mind and body.

    Through controlled pranayama breathing, you can expect to feel tensions release and awareness increase as you gently transition from pose to pose. The benefits of yoga include better flexibility, greater muscle tone and improved mental clarity.

    Mindful meditation perfectly complements yoga and is highly beneficial, as well. The instructor will share meditation techniques that calm the mind, revitalize the body and increase positive energy. The goal is to become more aware of what you’re experiencing moment to moment, without judgments or any thoughts about past or future concerns.

    Following this wonderfully introspective experience, you will be served a three-course meal paired with Viña Casa Marin wines. The chef and sommelier will guide you through the selections, leaving you immensely satisfied and knowledgeable as you return to the pier.

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  • Valparaiso in Depth

    Valparaiso is well-known all over the world due to its impressive architecture and because it has been mentioned in world-famous books such as “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville. During the tour you will be able to experience the hilly old part of Valparaiso, as well as the impressive downtown section, and experience a ride on two of the amazing “ascensores”, or funiculars, some of them unique in the world. This tour has been designed for those who want to walk the town and want to “discover” Valparaiso more intimately.

    The city consists of two completely different sections, one of them known as El Plan, referring to the lower part adjacent to the port area. Continue with a drive up the hillside where we find the other section, "Los Cerros" or "El Plan Alto". On some 42 hills we find a jumbled mass of fine mansions, tattered houses, and shacks in utter confusion spread along the narrow streets. Your first stop will be at the promenade “Paseo 21 de Mayo”. From here there is a superb view over the city and its bay. Next, your bus will descend to El Plan and you will pass by the main feature of this area which is the Plaza Sotomayor, dominated by the Naval Headquarters building and the impressive monument to the Heroes of Iquique. From here you will cross the historical business center with fine office buildings on narrow streets strung along the edge of the bay. As your bus drives along Prat Avenue, you will distinguish majestic, ancient buildings belonging to some banks that do not exist anymore, such as A. Edwards and Cia. and the former Banco de Londres. Also notable is the Turri building, right at the end of the block, which has at the top a very impressive clock. Other interesting buildings worth mentioning are the El Mercurio building, the oldest newspaper in Chile still in operation, the Stock Exchange, and the Public Library.

    The tour will continue through Plaza Victoria, which was the heart of all social life during the 1880’s. In front of it is possible to see the cathedral, built between 1930 and 1950. Afterwards, you will have the wonderful chance to experience a ride on one of the most picturesque funiculars of Valparaiso. From here, your bus will take Alemania Avenue, the only one that crosses most of the Valparaiso hills. Climbing up hills, you will see the city from another point of view. You will reach “La Sebastiana”, one of the museum houses of the laureate Nobel Prize winner, Pablo Neruda. Astonishing in its construction, and also for the enormous variety of different types of objects found here. From here you will go to Cerro Alegre.

    Afterwards, you will enjoy a refreshment in a local restaurant. Then, you will descend in to El Plan of Valparaiso on another amazing “ascensor”. Your bus will be waiting to take you back to the ship in San Antonio.

    Please Note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, sometimes over uneven terrain, so it is not recommended for people with mobility issues or guests who utilize wheelchairs. Due to the nature of the streets in Valpariso hills, this tour must be done on senior buses (23-seaters) only. In case the call is programmed on a Monday, the visit to La Sebastiana Museum will be replaced with a visit to the Naval Museum.

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  • A "porteno" Artists' Studio Tour

    Valparaiso’s jumble of narrow streets that wind their way through the city’s unusual architecture and colorful houses perched upon the 41 hills that surround the bay have inspired artists of all kinds for centuries. Hundreds of poets, painters, musicians, and sculptors are drawn to this curious city and have made Valparaiso their home.

    This tour provides guests the experience of meeting three local artists who open the doors to their private homes or studios, where they show their work and explain the different stages it has taken over the years. Guests can engage in direct conversation with the artists as they experience the “porteño” ambience that motivates the artists’ work, allowing them to come away with a more intimate sense of Valparaíso as seen through the eyes of an artist.

    The tour includes three 40-minute visits with different visual artists in their homes and/or studios, each of which stands out for its location or structure and as a reflection of the artists' personality and spirit. The tour concludes with a menu light lunch on the terrace of a good “Porteño” restaurant with an enchanting view of the bay.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking/standing that includes some steps, inclines and uneven terrain. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with walking difficulties. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Should you wish to purchase any available artwork from the artist, only US Dollars or Chilean pesos are accepted, no credit cards.

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  • Capital City to Resort City, Santiago and Cartagena

    Chile's picturesque natural beauty and stunning architecture are yours to discover during this full-day tour of Santiago, and a panoramic drive through Cartagena.

    Drive from San Antonio to Santiago in a two-hour journey crossing the central valley. Arrival in Santiago guests will have a city tour that includes a panoramic drive through the most important highlights of historic and modern Santiago, including La Moneda (Presidential Palace).

    Then a stop will be made to visit the Plaza de Armas with the Cathedral. Continue through the newer residential areas of the city including a visit to the top of San Cristobal Hill for a breathtaking view of Santiago. Lunch at a local restaurant is included.

    Afterwards transfer back to San Antonio. Before arrival, drive through Cartagena Heritage area ending at Central Port.

    Please note: The drive from the pier to Santiago is approximately 2 hours in each direction, depending on traffic and road conditions. This tour is mostly panoramic in nature with limited optional walking at any stops made. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Live the Chilean Spirit: Wine and Horses of Casablanca

    Discover the Chilean spirit at its very finest during this picturesque winery tour in the Casablanca Valley, and a visit to a Chilean rodeo.

    Depart the pier for the scenic drive through the vineyards in the heart of Casablanca Valley, whose true wine-producing potential has only recently been discovered. Its soil and conditions are in many ways similar to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California. Daily ocean breezes that cool the grapes on the vine enrich the valley, and help produce intensely fruity wines when properly fermented. A stop will be made at the Casas del Bosque or Viña Mar Winery, which is perched upon a hill overlooking the Casablanca Valley. During your visit, you will be shown the wine-process and taste some of the wines they produce.

    Next, you will continue on to Puro Caballo, where you will be introduced to the Chilean horse. Upon arrival, you will be served a glass of wine or a Pisco sour, then witness the athletic skills of both man and horse during a Chilean rodeo demonstration.

    After lunch at Puro Caballo, you will depart for the return drive to Valparaíso. En route, you will visit Viña del Mar, a fashionable seaside resort and sister city to Valparaíso. While in Viña del Mar, a visit will be made to the Fonck Museum. Here, you can view an extensive and interesting collection of objects from Easter Island and the Chilean mainland, including a fine exhibit of Mapuche silver.

    Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for a panoramic drive through this port city before returning to the pier.

    Please note: Tour consists of approximately 1 hour of moderate walking over unpaved and uneven surfaces. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to participate in tasting of alcoholic beverages.

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  • Panoramic Valparaiso, Vina Del Mar & Winery

    Your tour begins with a scenic drive to the city of Valparaiso. Once you've arrived your first stop will be at Sotomayor Square dominated by the Naval Headquarters building and the impressive monument to the Heroes of Iquique. From here you will cross the historical business center with fine office buildings on narrow streets strung along the edge of the bay. As your bus drives along Prat Avenue, you will distinguish majestic, ancient buildings belonging to some banks that do not exist anymore, such as A. Edwards and Cia. and the former Banco de Londres. Also notable is the Turri building, right at the end of the block, which has at the top a very impressive clock. Other interesting buildings worth mentioning are the El Mercurio building, the oldest newspaper in Chile still in operation, the Stock Exchange, and the Public Library.

    Your tour proceeds through the city heading north towards the fashionable seaside resort of Viña del Mar. Entering Viña del Mar you will see the resort's famous landmark, the floral clock. Then you will pass through Plaza Vergara, the main square of Viña del Mar to continue your route to Casablanca Valley.

    Into the heart of Casablanca Valley. Since 1875 there have been vineyards in Casablanca Valley but only since the 1980’s was the true potential of the valley discovered. It was determined only recently that the soils and the conditions were in many ways similar to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California. The valley is oriented in such a way that daily ocean breezes cool the grapes on the vine and result in intensely fruity wines when properly vinified.

    Here you will visit one of the wineries located in this valley. You will be shown the wine-process and will taste some of the wines they produce. Ending with a lunch at the selected winery.

    Afterwards drive back to San Antonio pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of walking/standing over mostly even surfaces; however, you may encounter hoses and wet floors in the wine cellars. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.

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  • Valparaiso Port Heritage Route

    Join us and discover how a small and insignificant coastal colonial village was able to achieve the UNESCO world heritage site declaration: “Valparaíso is an exceptional testimony to the early phase of globalization in the late 19th century, when it became the leading commercial port on the sea routes of the Pacific coast of South America”.

    Drive from San Antonio port to the Heritage City of Valparaiso. Once arrive, start at the old customs building (1855), move around the historic quarter in a Trolley Bus, stop at the main historic square, Plaza Sotomayor and Monument to the Heroes of Iquique (1888), ride a funicular (“el Peral” built in 1901) to one of the most historic hills and watch the collection of the Fine Arts Museum of the City (Palacio Zanelli - 1916, later Baburizza) and neighborhood like Astoreca Palace (1923). Drive through the city in a heritage Trolley Bus, up to the old road to Santiago and end at “Villa Victoria” (1865-1904), Valparaíso Heritage Interpretation Center, to realize how the port developed to be considered the leading commercial port of the region.

    Villa Victoria was just opened in June 2014, after a large restoration to preserve the original glamour of one of the houses of the wealthiest woman of the city, that was converted during the 20th century in a bakery. You will be exposed to the cultural change of the globalization in this port and challenged to find where are the workshops, to watch how the antique tools were used to support the maritime trade. A warm cup of tea or coffee with handmade pastries, just baked! Are included in Villa Victoria.

    Afterwards, return to the pier in San Antonio.

    Please note: This tour includes just over 2 hours of moderate walking/standing that includes some steps, inclines and uneven terrain. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with walking difficulties. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. On Sunday’s, trolleys do not operate, therefore in the event of a Sunday call; the tour will be operated by Minibus or bus, depending on the number of guests.

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