Breng een dag door in de kustplaatsen van Centraal-Chili tijdens een ontspannen dagtrip vanuit Santiago. Reis door wijngaarden voordat u aankomt in de 'Garden City' van Vina del Mar. Ga verder naar de hippe stad Valparaiso en breng een bezoek aan het Pablo Neruda Museum voordat u terugkeert naar Santiago na een dag ontspannen sightseeing.
Disappointing tour. We had only one shot to see Valparaiso due to our tight schedule so we booked the tour to ensure we were able to see everything we wanted to see. We booked through Viator but our hotel wasn't one of the hotels on the drop down. We manually put the hotel in but never received confirmation that we would be picked up from the hotel. The night before our tour we had to ask our hotel to call the tour's emergency number to confirm that we were actually going to be picked up.
We were picked up on time from our hotel but were immediately told that eating wasn't allowed in the van during the long drive to Valparaiso. Understandable but disappointing as our hotel packed us a to go breakfast to eat during the car ride.
Upon arrival to Valparaiso, we were ushered from point to point. My wife really wanted to see Valparaiso's famous piano stairs. She asked the tour guide if the stairs were something we would see. She also showed him a picture. His response was yes - we won't be seeing those exact stairs but we will be seeing similar stairs, which she understood as another set of piano stairs. Turns out the similar stairs he was referring to were just painted stairs. It wasn't until we reached Vina del Mar that my wife asked again for the piano stairs when the tour guide said oh, we already saw painted stairs. The tour was just us and one other couple so it was frustrating to feel like we just had to be rushed along.
We were taken to Vina Del Mar where we were dropped off to eat lunch at one restaurant - we were not given the choice to eat anywhere else. The restaurant was very expensive and service was terrible. Lunch took us almost an hour and a half due to the terrible service. My wife and I picked two modest plates paella and a fish entree and had water to drink. Our bill was over 50 USD.
We were taken to a few other sites in Vina Del Mar flower clock, Maoi statue. We were then taken to the botanical gardens but arrived to see the garden was closed due to a private event. Our tour guide said oh well that's too bad and hit the rode to take us back to Santiago. Due to this, we arrived back to Santiago an hour earlier than expected. The point of booking a tour like this is so that the tour company plans ahead for this type of thing to ensure the tour can run smoothly.
Would not recommend this tour. If you're going to shell out money for a tour to Valparaiso, I would just go ahead and book a private tour to ensure you are spending time doing and seeing what you want to do. This tour could have also easily been done on your own. The train runs frequently enough to Valparaiso.
Tour was very insteresting. Our guide did a really great job guiding us in the history of Vaparaíso with a very nice walk tour in the historical center. Though it was not a tour for any person elderly and kids would have difficulty me and my mom managed to complete it and it was worth. What we missed was a stop for a lunch. Could be a quick stop in a buffet, for only 30 minurtes to seat in a restaurant, drink, eat and breath. We managed to eat an empada in the historical center which was very nice too, but would have been good to have had lunch.
We had a great day trip with our guide Claudio. We learned a lot and got to see a lot for the short amount of time spent in Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar. Claudio was very knowledgeable of the area and kept giving us bits of history which I enjoyed as I love history. I was happy we were able to visit Pablo Neruda's house in Valparaiso, we got there just before the crowd starting coming. We also had a chance to ride a finicular which is definitely a must. The weather was gloomy so we did not enjoy much time on the beach of Vina del Mar but the lunch recommendation there was great. We loved our lunch at Chez Gerald. If you are pressed for time, I'd recommend this tour to get to know Valparaiso and Vina Del Mar. Another perk is the stop at a vineyard on the ride from Santiago to Valaparaiso. Wine was good and our guide took great pictures.
This was a wonderful introduction to some of the "wine valleys" and to the Pacific coast! Our guide Daniel looked after everything very well and was very knowledgeable about our stops and the area of our tour, including a wonderful lunch stop! Our driver Marlene was excellent as well. Gracias!