01: (Saturday) Arrival in Santiago, Chile - Optional ride 15 miles
Transportation to hotel upon arrival with early check-in pre-confirmed. In the afternoon your guides will meet you at the hotel to fit your bikes and after the fitting we will do a short ride around Santiago. In the evening your guides will accompany to a welcome reception including a Chilean wine tasting followed by a light dinner.
Day 02: (Sunday) Casablanca Valley - Total miles 25
Departing Santiago we drive in the direction of the coast and the Casablanca Valley. Famed for its Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, the valley is a little taste of paradise right outside of Santiago. A cool coastal breeze makes the climate ideal for cycling! For lunch, you have front row seats at our gourmet picnic lunch overlooking acres of lush vineyards. Returning to the hotel in the afternoon there is time to relax and enjoy the pool before dinner in the nearby restaurant and tasting room of the Morande Winery named after Pablo Morande the pioneering Chilean wine maker who first began planting vines in the valley in the late 80s.
Meals: B, L, D
03: (Monday) Hidden Back Roads of the San Antonio Valley - Total miles 26 and optional 16 miles after lunch
The valley is the nearest to the Pacific coast and its cool climate is excellent for producing white wines, pinot noirs and cool climate syrahs. Our route will take us southward across the Casablanca Valley with a gentle climb into the mountains of the coastal range where we enter the Rosario Valley belonging to the Matetic winery. This is a fun route with a few miles of dirt roads before arriving to their modern winery where you can stop in at the winery for a tasting or keep heading down hill to the end of the valley where we will meet up at their chic restaurant for lunch.
We'll return to the Casablanca valley in our van or, for the more ambitious, an optional 16 mile ride. Our six mile warm-up on pavement will be followed by a 10 mile gravel road through an old hacienda before arriving back into the town of Casablanca.
Meals: B, L
Day 04: (Tuesday) Fruit Route: Destination Colchagua Valley - Total miles 60
Departing from the beach resort of Santo Domingo we will ride the flat countryside of the coastal plains on the western edge of the Maipo Valley. The route is commonly know in Chile as the "Ruta de Fruit" (Fruit Highway) for its bountiful crops. We will arrive in the afternoon to the Residencia Historica a fabulous country house, that dates back to the 18th century and has been transformed into a wonderful boutique hotel. Dinner is at the hotel where they specialize in Italian cuisine.
Meals: B, L, D
(Wednesday) Surf's Up! Toward the Coast and Pichilemu - Total miles 33, optional 15 mile loop to Cahuil
Today we ride over rolling hills toward the Pacific coast and the town of Pichilemu, Chile's most popular surfing beach. Overlooking the Pacific ocean we will sample the many delights of the Chilean sea paired with top Chilean white wines. The afternoon is free to explore the rocky coastline and the beaches. Be sure to ride out to Punta Lobos and watch the surfers catch one of the longest left breaking waves in South America. Optional 15 mile ride Passing Punta Lobos along the coast to Cahuil. The small village is known for the artisan production of sea salts. Return to Pichilemu through the town of Los Ciruelos. We will all meet up in Pichilemu and van back to the hotel.
Meals: B, L
Day 06: (Thursday) Exploring the Colchagua Valley from Marchihue to Santa Cruz - Total miles 39
With the Pacific breeze at our backs the route today will take us east towards the Andes mountains. The back roads of the Colchagua Valley will bring us first to Los Vascos the Chilean estate of Domains Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). Following the winery visit we will have a typical Chilean lunch in the town of Peralillo just fifteen minutes down the road. In the afternoon an optional visit to the restored Hacienda El Huique museum will take you back to Chilean colonial times. The hacienda, now belonging to the Chilean Army, was built by the Errazuriz family. Among Chile's founding fathers the Errazuriz family produced two Chilean presidents who were born in the sprawling 20,000 foot adobe mansion. Arrival in the afternoon to the quaint town of Santa Cruz where we will spend the next two nights. Peruvian food is in fashion these days in Chile and our dinner in Casita de Los Barreales is sure to be one of the gastronomical highlights.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 07: (Friday) Eastern Colchagua Valley - Total miles 48
Our last day riding and one of the most exciting as it combines the history, vineyards, small towns and back roads that you have come to know over the last week's route. We will ride east through the valley making our last winery stop before arriving to the town of San Fernando. From here another hour of gentle climbing before arriving at Hacienda Los Lingues. A celebratory toast is awaiting and after a refreshing break we'll take our van one hour north to our hotel in the Maipo Valley. Tonight a special farewell dinner to reward yourself for the completing the journey.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 08: (Saturday) Maipo Valley and Home
Enjoy the day relaxing at the hotel. Explore their forty acres of gardens, relax by the pool or visit their winery if you still haven't tasted enough wine. In the late afternoon it's off to the airport and "adios" before your flight home or other travel arrangements.
Price Per Person:
$3,750 per person double occupance
$890 Single supplement
Intimate group size: minimum 2 and maximum 8 persons
- All transportation in modern vehicle with professional driver
- Professional bilingual cycling guides
- Meals as noted in the program below
- Winery visits and wine tastings
- Hybrid on/off road bike custon designed for Chilean backroads
- Bikes include odometer, handlebar bag with map holder, two new water bottles
- Santiago Adventures biking jersey that is yours to keep
- Standard pedals and seats but we will assist with mounting yours if you bring them
- Detailed route maps with special information refarding the surrounding attractions
Tours must be booked at least 45 days prior to arrival.
Prices and itinerary subject to change
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