Chile retains an air of uniqueness as it is the most southerly nation in the world, separated from its neighbors by natural barriers. From the nation's capital, Santiago, discover the history of this amazing land with its near perfect conditions for growing robust reds like Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Grapes that mature slowly can develop their varietal character to the fullest, yielding wines bursting with fruit- a characteristic that has earned the Colchagua Valley an honored place on the world's wine map.
Please note: Guests participating in this program should schedule their flights into Santiago Airport.
Day 1 - SANTIAGO
Upon arrival at Santiago Airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure. If your flight arrives in the early morning, you may wish to reserve an additional night to guarantee immediate check-in upon arrival. Dinner this evening is served at the hotel.
Overnight at the Santiago Hotel - Santiago, Chile.
Day 2 - SANTIAGO / SANTA CRUZ
Following breakfast this morning, meet your guide for the 2.5h drive to the Colchagua Valley. The Andes Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to the morning. The valley itself is prized for formidable red wines and is home to over 30 wineries. Inhabited for over 10,000 years, this valley's aridity has preserved hundreds of sites making this area an archaeological gold mine of sand-preserved mummies, fossilized dinosaur footprints, and a nice cool weather to grow succulent grape vines.
Originally from Bordeaux, a region known as the birthplace of the world's great red wines, the Malbec variety is known for its intense cherry-red color, sweet, friendly tannins, and pronounced notes of fruits and spices. Although it is most often associated with Argentina, it is also very successfully grown Chile. Viña Viu Manent, located in the heart of the Colchagua Valley, was a pioneer in producing Malbec in Chile when it began 20 years ago. In 1993 this family-owned and operated winery made Chile's first 100% Malbec wine from grapes grown on vines that were nearly a century old. Enjoy a horsedrawn carriage tour and wine tasting before lunch is served this afternoon at the Viu Manent.
This afternoon, spend some time at the Colchagua Museum. This private institution includes a collection of nearly 7,000 items mainly related to the disciplines of Paleontology, Archeology, History of Chile and much more. Few visitors can imagine that behind its modest facade, typical of the Chilean colonial time, one can find an exhibit of the one of the most dramatic rescues of modern times - an almost exact replica of the underground refuge of "San Jose" mine and the "Fenix" capsule that rescued the 33 trapped miners.
At the end of your visit, check-in to your hotel. Take some time to relax and freshen-up before dinner is served at the hotel.
Overnight at the Santa Cruz Plaza Hotel - Santa Cruz, Chile
*Please note, there are no 5-star properties in Santa Cruz. This property is considered a 4-star hotel and offers comfortable, though not lavish, accommodations.
Day 3 - SANTA CRUZ / SANTIAGO
Breakfast is served at your hotel this morning. Then it's time to meet your guide again for a visit to the boutique Neyen de Apalta vineyard, where so-called 'new world' wines are produced with the help of the unique soil and well-aged vines. Thought extinct for more than a century in its native Bordeaux, the Colchagua valley is now the best place in the world to sample wines made from the recently rediscovered Carménère grape.
The Carmenère and Cabernet Sauvignon vines that were planted in 1890 now produce excellent fruit due to their deep roots and natural balance. The tour of the winery will allow you to appreciate their hundred-year-old grapevines dating back to late nineteenth century, as well as both its modern vinification techniques and the historical cellar ending with a wine tasting.
Lunch today is served picnic-style.
Return to Santiago this afternoon and enjoy the balance of the day at your leisure. Dinner tonight is on your own account.
Overnight at the Santiago Hotel- Santiago, Chile
Day 4 - SANTIAGO / USHUAIA
After an early breakfast and check-out, meet your guide to return to the airport for the charter flight to Ushuaia. With luck you'll have another wonderful view of Andes Mountains from a completely different perspective.
Upon arrival in Ushuaia, transfer directly to the pier for check-in. The staff and crew are looking forward to welcoming you aboard.
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Please have one small bag packed and ready to go with you to the Colchagua Valley. The remainder of your luggage will be stored at your hotel in Santiago until your return. Dress on this program is casual.
Please check with your travel professional for details regarding a Chilean visa. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.
The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.
Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.
All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.
This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.
Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.
All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.