Get 30% off! The Farm-to-Table Food & Wine trip idea includes:
- Three nights in boutique hotels in Santiago, Valparaiso and Chilean wine country
- A guided culinary and market tour in Santiago
- A privately guided tour of Valparaiso, a vibrant city with bohemian cafés, artists’ workshops and street art
- Vineyard tours and tastings in the Casablanca Valley
- Daily breakfast
CHILE FARM-TO-TABLE DETAILED TRIP ITINERARY
Day 1 USA – Santiago – Valparaíso
Upon your early morning arrival you will be met by your guide and embark on a guided culinary market exploration. Departing from the hotel, you will drive to the downtown center and the iconic Plaza de Armas. Here, you will learn a bit of the history of the founding of the Republic of Chile as well as discuss how the Spanish colonial past continues to influence Chilean cuisine today.
Continuing through the Plaza, you will walk the short distance to La Vega Market, Santiago’s largest and most vibrant produce market. A combination of four markets, La Vega Central has been the largest market in the center of Santiago for over 200 years. Local families shop for their meals alongside buyers from Santiago’s top restaurants. Your guide will take you by a food cart for a simple but tasty sopaipilla and then on to an eatery that dishes out fresh home-cooked meals daily for a sampling of different Chilean classics rarely found at brick-and-mortar restaurants.
Following your sampling, what better time to try one of Chile’s most typical drinks! You’ll taste a homemade cola de mono (monkey’s tail), a creamy drink usually served around the holidays, or a terremoto (earthquake), made with pineapple ice cream and an artisan white wine called pipeño.
You’ll head out of the market on foot and cross the Mapocho River to enter the Mercado Central, Santiago’s famous seafood market. Mercado Central was ranked the fifth best market in the world by National Geographic in 2012. Of course, the experience will not be complete until you sample a fresh seafood empanada (alternatives available upon request) paired with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc from Chile’s San Antonio Valley.
And let’s not forget the most important course in the Chilean meal, el postre. Chileans are experts when it comes to dessert, and the sheer quantity of diverse cakes and tarts makes it impossible to try them all. You will sample either some artisanal ice cream or another dessert spread accompanied by coffee, tea, or herbal water. After your excursion you will be taken to your charming hotel in Valparaíso.
- Tastings at local markets – Casa Higueras or similar
Day 2 Valparaíso
Valparaiso, one of the first Chilean cities founded by the Spanish, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003 for its architectural and cultural significance. Quickly gaining respect around the world, however, is the bohemian city’s art scene. The colored hills are filled with both new art galleries that showcase South American artists and large-scale murals painted by famous street artists. Valparaiso is a creative hub for graffiti, street art, muralists and more.
Your tour will lead you through the maze-like staircases of two of the most famous and eclectic hills, Cerro Concepcion and Cerro Alegre. Here you will learn about the origins of graffiti and street art and see examples of its evolution on almost every wall. One of the highlights of the experience is that your expert guide knows all about street art in Valparaiso and its artists.
*Following your tour through the streets, you can try your own hand at graffiti, with as much or little guidance from your guide as you want. You’ll head back to the studio to design and then head back out to find the right wall on which to paint a “throw-up” (your street name/initials) or a character (a face, small animal, etc.). *This portion is optional.
*If you prefer to substitute this excursion with a guided city exploration focusing local markets and cuisine please inquire for pricing.
- B – Casa Higueras or similar
Day 4 Casablanca Valley
Your guide will meet you at your hotel at 9:00 a.m. to head for the renowned Casablanca Valley. Chile’s move toward cool-climate viticulture began 25 years ago when innovative winemakers dared to suggest planting in the pre-coastal Casablanca region. The valley is now world-famous for its technology and commitment to terroir, producing some of Chile’s best white wines and cool-climate reds.
Your first visit will be to Loma Larga vineyards. Named “Winery of the Year 2011” by Wine & Spirits magazine, Loma Larga continues to represent the best of the Casablanca Valley. Loma Larga sets the bar for quality cold-climate red wines with several award winners and consistent 90+ point ratings by such prestigious publications as Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. You will enjoy a tour and private tasting of Loma Larga’s distinctive wines.
After your tour and tasting, we will head to HOUSE Casa del Vino for a special food and wine pairing lunch comprised of three courses, each served with a glass of wine specially selected to accompany the flavors of the dish.
After lunch you will visit Kingston Family Vineyards. Since its first vintage in 2003, Kingston has been turning heads with its small production Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc. While coastal Casablanca is known for its white wines, Kingston is pioneering the production of cool-climate, artisan-style reds. Wines from the 300 acre family ranch are handcrafted and bottled on site. Wine Spectator commended Kingston for “bringing diversity and excitement to Chile” and Wine Enthusiast heralded the vineyard as the “Sommelier’s’ New Chilean Favorite.”
- B, L – La Casona at Matetic Vineyards or similar
Day 5 Casablanca Valley
Enjoy the morning at your leisure to independently explore the Matetic Vineyards. End services
CHILE FARM-TO-TABLE OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Day 4 Casablanca Valley
Enjoy the day at your leisure to independently explore the Matetic Vineyards. Choose from a range of activities offered by the Matetic Vineyards including mountain biking, horseback riding, wine tasting, trekking and more.
- B, L or D – La Casona at Matetic Vineyards
Day 5 Casablanca Valley – Santiago
After breakfast you will be picked up and taken to your accommodations in the charming Lastarria neighborhood of Santiago. Enjoy the remainder of your day at your leisure to independently explore Santiago.
- B – Lastarria Boutique or similar
COST & BOOKING DETAILS
3N/4D Chile: Farm to Table Food & Wine – $1,605*
5N/6D Chile: Farm to Table Food & Wine – $2,375*
*Special pricing for those who mention Knowmad Adventures Farm-to-Table Deal 2015, available only if mentioned at the time of inquiry and subject to terms and conditions. Valid for departures in November or March.