Valparaiso, Vina del Mar, Santiago, and Lunch
Santiago (Valparaiso), Chile
- Valparaiso Main Square: See the sights of the cultural and social heart of the city on a drive that includes the Cathedral, the Severin Library, and the statues of Plaza Sotomayor.
- Vina del Mar: Your sightseeing tour continues through this picturesque seaside resort and its beautiful beaches with a stop at the famous Floral Clock.
- Santiago: See O'Higgins Park, Cousino Palace, the Club Hipico racetrack, the Plaza de Armas, San Cristobal Hill, the 70-foot Virgin Mary Statue, and more.
- Metropolitan Cathedral: Take a walk inside this 18th-century, Neoclassical treasure, the official seat of the Archbishop of Santiago de Chile.
About this Valparaiso tour
This guided tour can best be described with one word: monumental. You'll embark on a revealing journey that will take you to the plazas, palaces, historic buildings, and monuments of three distinctive Chilean cities. All in one day.
There are probably Chilean natives who haven't seen everything you will see. By the time you're finished, you'll have absorbed the "anything goes" attitude of Valparaiso, the tranquil elegance of Vina del Mar , the stunning beauty of Casablanca Valley, and the cultural sophistication of Santiago, the bustling capital.
One of the high points of the tour comes in Santiago, where you'll visit Chile's most celebrated structure, La Moneda Palace. Looking at it today, you almost wouldn't know that large sections were destroyed in an air bombardment during a 1973 coup that ousted then-president Salvador Allende and installed General Augusto Pinochet, head of a military junta that ruled the country until 1988. But your guide will show you bullet holes that were left unrepaired as reminders of the coup and the dark years that followed.
It's interesting to note that, just as this tour begins in Valparaiso and culminates with your visit to La Moneda, the coup began with a naval blockade of Valparaiso and ended with the attack on La Moneda.
One tour, three cities, five centuries of history.
Chile's Camp David
On the hill overlooking the Floral Clock in Viandntilde;a del Mar stands the Cerro Castillo Palace, vacation retreat of Chilean presidents. It's also where the president-elect spends the night before being sworn in, as well as the setting for ministerial and diplomatic meetings. You'll know the president is there if the Chilean flag is flying at the entrance.
Please proceed pier side and look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign.
This tour is available to travelers with flights departing from Santiago's international airport 9:00 p.m. or later the night of disembarkation. Big busses have access only to the first stopping place of San Cristobal Hill and can not go all the way to the top. Vehicle access to San Cristobal Hill may be occasionally limited and may be substituted with a funicular ride to the top. Please bring some cash for any purchases you might like to make.
This tour involves moderate walking over uneven surfaces and paved walkways. There are some steps at the restaurants.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Walking Tour, Full Day, Food and Wine
Beverages - Water
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages, but, if you are under 18 years of age you won't be able to drink any alcohol on this tour. 18 is the legal drinking age in Chile.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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