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Chile

Wine Country

Guided Bike Tour

Grade

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Duration

11 days

Prices from

$4,025 P.P.
Chile

Wine Country

Guided Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

11 days

Prices from

$4,025 P.P.
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A magnificent bike tour through Chile's world-famous Wine Country. The Colchagua Valley is renowned as home to some of the finest new-world wines currently produced. The region's unique micro-climate makes it an ideal location for the production of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Malbec, and Syrah; just to name a few.
This region of Chile is characterized by rolling rural landscapes and beautiful vineyard-covered hills. Our cycling tour explores this fascinating part of South America, taking us through enchanting colonial estates, past state of the art wineries and along the spectacular Pacific Coast.
Many of our nights on this Chilean Wine Country bike tour are spent either in restored colonial haciendas or within the grounds of some of the regions best know wine producers, immersing us in the culture and character of the O'Higgins Region. These picturesque rural locations offer contrast to the regional towns of Santa Cruz and San Fernando where we can sample fantastic local restaurants and visit the many local museums and cultural sites.
During the vacation we have the opportunity to sample local produce, with the tour offering many gastronomic highlights. These include five expert wine-tasting sessions with opportunities. 

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Highlights

  • Tasting a wide range of the best New World wines
  • Chilean cowboys and their rural lifestyle
  • Cycling through the valleys of central Chile
  • Delicious seafood and sunsets over the Pacific Ocean
  • The Andes as the backdrop to your cycling holiday
  • Superb accommodation and cheery Chilean hospitality

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Itinerary

Day 1
Departure from Home

Depart from home. Most guests will travel overnight, arriving in Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport Santiago (SCL) the following day.

Day 2
Arrival Santiago Airport
  • Meals: Dinner

Following your arrival into Santiago de Chile we transfer you our friendly boutique hotel the Aubrey (www.theaubrey.com) Built originally as a family mansion in 1927, the hotel has been lovingly and painstakingly restored and is conveniently situated in bohemian Bellavista, next to the Park Metropolitano and close-by to several gastronomic delights and cultural hotspots. With its patio area it makes for a peaceful place to unwind after what may have been long flights. Our evening meal is taken close to the accommodation at a great restaurant where we’ll be able to sample some great wines before and during our meal.

Day 3
Santiago to Viña Matetic
30 Miles / 50 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast we leave Santiago for a 30 minute transfer to Lolenco, where we start riding. We’ll follow the Cordillera de la Costa mountain range for about 50 kms (30 Miles), passing the small settlement of Lagunillas on our way to Viña Matetic (the Matatic Vineyard) located at Valle del Rosario near the Pacific Ocean. This family run winery focuses on sustainable, organic and biodynamic farming, and is well know for its cool-climate Syrah. A chance for our first real wine tasting of the trip! We stay overnight in Matetic’s own boutique hotel located in a 1900s colonial property. Wine tasting included.

Day 4
Viña Matetic to Hacienda Histórica Marchigue
46 Miles / 75 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

We leave the valleys near San Antonio in our support vehicle, heading toward Lago Rapel. From San Pedro we and start cycling for 75 kms on the bike, passing the tranquil Embalse Rapel (Rapel Lake), the largest artificial reservoir in Chile. Our destination for today is Hacienda Histórica de Marchigue, a fabulous country house from the beginning of the 18th century, surrounded by vineyards and lush forests. Wine tasting included.

Day 5
Marchihue to Pichilemu
37 Miles / 60 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

From Marchihue we head west to the coast with the first section flat with some down hills before we climb the coast’s mountain range to get to the Pacific Ocean. Our final destination tonight is Pichilemu, a small coastal resort famous for its dark sand beaches and as one of the best surfing locations in South America.

From Marchihue, we cycle all the way to Pichilemu and the Pacific Ocean. The first section is flat with some down hills before we climb the coastal mountain range which affords great views of the Andes mountain range to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west at the same time.

Pichilemu is a small coastal resort famous for its dark sand beaches and is one of the best spots in the world for surf. Our accommodation at the ultra-cool Hotel Alaia is located in Punta de Lobos, the best spot for surfing in Chile. It’s a really relaxed place to stay and there is a great restaurant and more of the finest new world wines.

Day 6
Pichilemu to Llico
30 Miles / 50 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Today we head southwards on a lovely roller-coaster of a ride by the coast accompanied by superb views of the Andes range and the Pacific Ocean and our goal the small town of Boyeruca. The town is famed for its cultivation of oysters as well as its salt flats and we’ll spend a little time here learning from the locals about how the sea salt is collected.

It’s from here we load up the bikes for the transfer to Llico, a little further southwards, and our hotel. With its beach-front location the modern Hotel Puerto Viejo has superb views of the Pacific Ocean and is renowned for its gastronomy.

Day 7
Llico to Santa Cruz
37 Miles / 60 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

We leave the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean behind and make our way inland once more. It’s a lovely rolling ride as we make our way to the beating heart of Chile’s wine country.

During the ride we’ll visit the cosy town of Lolol – The Land of Crabs and Holes. Lolol is the centre of the ancient Huasco culture and the home of the Diaguita people and is known as ‘Tierra Huasa’ (Country Land). Traditional events such as rodeos regularly take place here and it has been declared a Chilean National Monument due to the conservation of its colonial structures, culture and traditions.

Our accommodation is at the superb Noi Blend which offers peaceful ambiance and is surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Colchagua countryside and its world-class vineyards. Originally constructed as a wine cellar in 1875 it has been beautifully restored while preserving much of its traditional architecture. The property also boasts a lovely outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. Wine tasting included.

With some great local restaurants close-by we’ll head out to a particular favourite for our evening meal.

Day 8
Rest Day in Santa Cruz
Non Cycling Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

Located on the southern shore of the Tinguiririca River, Santa Cruz has very well-preserved colonial architecture, much of which is situated in its Plaza de Armas. It’s a great place to take a wander and highlights include the Inglesia Santa Cruz and the Carillon Clock. Also worthy of a seeing is the Museo Colchagua which showcases artefacts from across Chile & South America.

Following lunch we transfer to the Alpalta Valley which is considered to be the premium wine growing area in the Colchagua Valley. Once at the prestigious Casa Lapostolle it’s time to sample some of the world’s finest wines. Wine tasting included.

Tonight our evening meal is taken at the hotel’s excellent restaurant or we’ll venture out into Santa Cruz. Either way a delicious evening meal will round-off the day in style.

Day 9
Santa Cruz to San Fernando
30 Miles / 50 Km Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Leaving Santa Cruz we make our way by bike to Chimbarongo – famous for its handcraft market and mimbre (wicker). It’s a lovely easy paced day which sees us passing by the small towns of Chépica and Auquinco. Our day ends in San Fernando. Surrounded by low, rippling hills it is a lovely bustling little farming town.

Another great hotel tonight at Casa Silva as we round-off the trip in style with some wine tasting before our final meal and chance to enjoy superb wines. Wine tasting included.

Day 10
San Fernando to Viña VIK
30 Miles / 50 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

We leave San Fernando on the way to our final vineyard for the trip. Mid way we pass through San Vicente de Tagua Tagua, a small place of around 2000 inhabitants which is known as being one of the most cycle friendly communities in Chile.

We finish our ride at the incredible Viña Vik where we stay for the night. Located in the hills of the western Cachapoal wine valley, on the border with Colchagua it is one of the most ambitious wine projects in South America and produces a Bordeaux-style blend that is elegant, silky and balanced. Prior to a gorgeous dinner here we’ll visit the winery for a spot of wine tasting in this most unique of places. Wine tasting included.

Day 11
Viña Vik to Santiago (Transfer)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Sadly our journey though the Chilean Wine Region has come to an end and after a transfer (2.5hrs) along Ruta 5 we’ll be back once again at Santiago airport for onward connections.

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The Cycling

Terrain

This part of Chile is characterised by rolling hills and large valleys. Our cycling will take us along quiet lanes and rural roads, with occasional unpaved sections.

Surfaces are generally hard-packed and easy going. Inevitably there will be some climbs and gentle descents, though there are no major elevation changes.

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Cycling Adventures Grade

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Grade 2 - 3: Moderate/ Active

Aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays

Suitable for those looking for some cycle friendly routes

Some modest climbs and possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc).

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Holidays that are graded as a 2-3, will have aspects of both our grade 2 and 3 holidays. These tours are still suitable for those perhaps who have recently got into cycling, and offer an array of accessible, cycle friendly routes, cycle paths and quiet roads, however there will be some days / sections where you may have to tackle some ups and downs, the occasional steeper climb and perhaps some varying terrain (forest tracks, gravel paths etc). Suitable for those with a decent level of physical fitness, looking for some leisurely rides with occasional (achievable!) challenges along the way.  

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Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

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End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
13/03/2021
Return Date
23/03/2021
Duration
11 days
Price
$4,025.00
Start Date
10/04/2021
Return Date
20/04/2021
Duration
11 days
Price
$4,025.00
Start Date
01/05/2021
Return Date
11/05/2021
Duration
11 days
Price
$4,025.00
Start Date
12/03/2022
Return Date
22/03/2022
Duration
11 days
Price
$4,025.00
Start Date
09/04/2022
Return Date
19/04/2022
Duration
11 days
Price
$4,150.00
Start Date
30/04/2022
Return Date
10/05/2022
Duration
11 days
Price
$4,150.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin rooms).

B) Meals as per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner).

C) Full tour service including guides, support vehicles etc.

D) At least one leader qualified in First Aid.

E) Airport collections / drop-offs on scheduled arrival and departure days.

F) 7 Wine tastings as per itinerary. Day 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10

What's not Included Cross

A) Personal clothing and equipment.

B) Travel insurance

C) Bar bills, telephone calls, souvenirs, etc.

D) Bike hire (available if required)

E) Flights & charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable).

F) Single room option (available on request)

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The Essentials

Travel Options

The arrival and departure point for this particular Skedaddle trip is Santiago de Chile (SCL). Your guides will meet you on arrival here and drop you back at the end of the tour.

Most flights from North America require overnight travel, and depending on your home airport you may be able to fly direct with airlines such as Latam Airlines or American Airlines, or you may require a stop over in an intermediary airport, with Avianca or Interjet combining with another airline being a common combination for this trip.

Please note that flying from North America may involve multiple travel days.

Please don’t book any flights without prior consultation with Skedaddle.

Accommodation

Accommodation is of a very high standard throughout this tour and varies between modern and traditional properties many of which have pools.

Highlights include a boutique hotel in Santiago – www.theaubrey.com the ‘space age’ Viña Vik in San Vicente – www.vinavik.com and classic Chilean hacienda-style properties such as Residencia Histórica de Marchihue www.haciendahistorica.com and Viña Matetic https://matetic.com.

Another favourite is the chic Hotel Alaia www.hotelalaia.com situated on Punta de Lobos Beach in Pichilemu and the Noi Blend www.noihotels.com/hotel/noi-blend/default-en.html in Santa cruz where we spend two wonderful nights.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have front suspension mountain bikes available to hire. These bikes are typically Cannondale Trail 3 – 27.5 that come with hybrid tyres, adjustable stem and hydraulic disc brakes.

If you do decide to hire we can include a helmet and all necessary spares for the trip. Please request helmets when booking. The bikes will come with flat pedals as standard, so please do bring your own pedals if you use clipless pedals.

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