2019 – Chile Itinerary/Pricing

A Total Solar Eclipse under the World’s clearest Skies, Chile:   June 29 – July 7, 2019  

See our descriptive flyer with price and payment schedule here

ITINERARY

2019 Chile – Tour Overview

Day 1 June 29 Saturday Meet the Tour in Santiago, Panoramic City tour of Santiago, Welcome dinner and Introductory talk
Day 2 June 30 Sunday Travel by Bus from Santiago to Ovalle.  Empenadas at Huentelauquen.  Tour/Tasting/ and Cocktail Dinner at Pisquera Bauza
Day 3 July 1 Monday Half day tour of Enchanted Valley; BBQ Dinner at Chilean Hacienda
Day 4 July 2 Tuesday Travel to eclipse site and prepare for eclipse, picnic lunch and dinner, SOLAR ECLIPSE
Day 5 July 3 Wednesday Museum el Limari in Ovalle. Drive towards Viña del Mar with stop for lunch en route
Day 6 July 4 Thursday Half day Panoramic City Tour of Vina del Mar and Valparaíso. Including  a ride on one of the famous Funicular Rails in Valparaiso.  Free afternoon.
Day 7 July 5 Friday Valle de Casablanca Wine Tour – tours and tasting at Casas del Bosque and Veramonte, lunch at Veramonte
Day 8 July 6 Saturday Experiential tours (menu choice) of Santiago (Street Art & Architecture, Foody & Cultural Tour at Central Vega, Biking in Santiago´s Park, Walking Tour Historic Santiago + visit Teatro Municipal); Farewell Dinner
Day 9 July 7 Sunday Check out after breakfast and transfer to airport.
July 7 – July 11 Optional Add-On: 4 days on Easter Island

PRICING

 

2019 Chile – Pricing

Prices are per person in USD
Tour Option Description Single Double Triple
Main Tour: 9 days Exploring Chile with Eclipse
(6/29/2019 – 7/7/2019)
$8,750.00 $6,155.00  N/A
Add-On: 5 days on Easter Island
(7/7/2019 – 7/11/2012)
TBD TBD  N/A

Please note: All tour prices quoted on this site are based on the US dollar exchange rate in effect at the time of publication. All prices are subject to change if the exchange rate or global oil prices fluctuates significantly before the tour. You will be advised of any changes prior to departure.

 See our descriptive flyer with price and payment schedule here

To secure a reservation, initial deposit with a completed reservation form is required.

Inclusions, exclusions, cancellation policy and other tour information is at the bottom of this page.


DETAILED ITINERARY 

JUNE 29 – JULY 7, 2019

Day 1: Saturday, June 29, 2019

ARRIVE SANTIAGO (D)

Welcome to Chile!  Upon arrival at Santiago Airport (SCL) we will take you to  check in at Hotel Atton el Bosque in the heart of the Las Condes area of Santiago.

In the afternoon your bilingual guide will lead you on a tour of Santiago’s most important historical sites including the downtown area surrounding the La Moneda Presidential Palace.  You will also see the Mercado Central, one of Chile’s largest fresh seafood markets, and the many bustling stalls showcasing the tremendous variety available from the sea nearby.  Continuing through the cobblestoned Lastarria neighborhood, you will pass by the Parque Forestal and the Bellas Artes Museum.

Accommodation: Santiago, Hotel Atton el Bosque

Day 2: Sunday, June 30, 2019

TRAVEL FROM SANTIAGO TO LA SERENA (B/Empenadas/Cocktail Dinner)

Depart Santiago early morning heading north to the Limari Valley. On your way north, you’re surrounded by bright blues and greens of vineyards that produce grapes for wines and piscos. You’ll stop for a mid-morning snack at Huentelauquen, whose cheese empanadas and papaya juices are legends amongst the locals.  We will check in to our hotels and then off to a cocktail reception at Pisquera Bauza, the heart of Chilean pisco-maker’s operations. Widely known and internationally recognized for its quality of artesenal pisco, the Bauza family tradition was brought to Chile from Spain in 1906, and it continues to lead Chile pisco-making techinques that challenge those of Peruvian pisco-makers – a long-lived rivalry you’ll learn more about!

Accommodation: Valle Limarí, Hotel Limari / Hacienda Juntas / Hotel Monte Cordillera

Day 3: Monday, July 1, 2019

Ovalle area, (B/BBQ Dinner)

Petroglyph in Valle del Encanto
Petroglyph in Valle del Encanto

In the morning, you’ll enjoy an excursion to the Enchanted Valley National Monument. Here petroglyphs, pictographs and characteristic mortars ground into the rock whisper of days long ago when the EI Molle Culture inhabited this valley of gargantuan boulders and murmuring streams. After a guided walk to enjoy the magic of this valley, which is of great archaeological importance as an open-air museum of scientific and cultural interest, we’ll return to Limari Valley, where you’ll gather at Hacienda Juntas for a traditional barbeque dinner (asado).

Accommodation: Valle Limarí, Hotel Limari / Hacienda Juntas / Hotel Monte Cordillera

Day 4: Tuesday, July 2, 2019

ECLIPSE DAY!   (B/L/D)

Winter pisco vines in Limari Valley

The night skies above the valley are a stark contrast to the bright green of the pisco vinyards in the valley below, giving this little spot the world’s clearest skies and making it an enchanting place for stargazers and observatories.

On the day of the eclipse, we will start very early in the morning, we drive through the scenic and curvy backroads along fruit plantations towards the perfect spot of observation of the total solar eclipse. Climbing up to the plateau of the  Antakari Route allows us to enjoy the total solar eclipse from the very beginning when the moon starts to coverthe sun, all the way through totality and until the sun is visible again in its totality, minutes before sunset.

In our pre-eclipse scouting trip we selected the perfect spot for observation.  Our site is a desert-like isolated location far away from civilization on the pre-cordillera plateau, with the Andes mountain range to the East and great ample visibility to the West. We will have plenty of time to enjoy this unique location awaiting the start of the solar eclipse.

Totality will last 2 min 33 sec at our observing site (Chilean time zone is UTC-4).

 

UTC Local Time

Alt (deg)

1st contact 19:23 15:23 24.8
2nd contact 20:38 16:38 12.9
3rd contact 20:41 16:41 12.5
4th contact 21:46 17:46 00.4

 

Accommodation: Valle Limarí, Hotel Limari / Hacienda Juntas / Hotel Monte Cordillera

Day 5: Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Travel to Viña del Mar (B/L)

Recovering from a festive day, we will enjoy a short visit to the Museum of the Limari, which was founded with the name of “Archaeological Society Museum of Ovalle, the 17 of September of 1963”, and was under the administration of this organization until 1978.

The collections that shaped the museum at the time of its foundation constitute a huge heritage legacy donated by Dr. Guillermo Durruty. To this significant collection has been added many pieces that were recovered by members of the Archaeological Society of Ovalle during excavations carried out in the area. These are mainly objects belonging to the local Los Diaguitas culture, especially from the time of Inca transculturation.

Lunch at a local restaurant en route heading to Viña del Mar.

Accommodation: Viña del Mar, Hotel Enjoy Viña del Mar

Day 6: Thursday, July 4, 2019

VALPARAISO (B)

Graffiti in Valpo
Graffiti in Valpo

Valparaíso, 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. Known locally as “Valpo”, the city holds a key position in Chile for its importance in South American trade and commerce. Century-old

Valparaíso
Valparaíso

hillside ascensores (elevators) transport its habitants up into the city’s steep hills, where a labyrinthine maze of streets reveals brightly colored buildings, bohemian cafes and elegant restaurants, and spectacular views of the harbor below.

Accommodation: Viña del Mar, Hotel Enjoy Viña del Mar


Day 7: Friday, July 5, 2019

VALPARAISO – SANTIAGO (B/L)

Casas del Bosque vinyard with cork trees

Chile’s move toward cool-climate viticulture began 25 years ago when innovative winemakers dared to suggest planting in this pre-coastal region.  Chardonnay continues to reign, but Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir – two of Chile’s most attention-grabbing varietals – are on the rise. Now with time and experience under their belts, growers have better identified the ideal locations for each variety in this valley that is anything but homogenous.

Wine Tasting

Spotted with vineyards, you’ll visit two that have been hand-selected for this trip. First, you’ll visit family-run Casas del Bosque for Tour & Tasting, where 235 hectares are planted and exclusively dedicated to the production of varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Second, we ‘ll visit Veramonte Winery for Lunch, Tour & Tasting. The building backs onto a vast tract of 3,900 hectares of land, 420 of which are cultivated with grapes. Of those, 50 are farmed organically and 50 more are on their way to certification. They have test gardens and grow produce for the cafe and restaurant, and keep sheep whose wool is sold in their shop. Prominent American enologist Paul Hobbs has applied his hand to the Pinot Noir, with rootstock from Bordeaux, to create their distinctive open-top tank version, sold under the label Ritual. We continue driving to Santiago.

Accommodation: Santiago, Hotel Atton El Bosque

Day 8: Saturday, July 6, 2019

EXPERIENTIAL SANTIAGO  (B/D)

1/2 day activities – this list of included experiential tours may change before you need to select any of them.  At this time you only need to think about which ones you would like to select – we will ask you to choose during our welcome talk when you arrive in Santiago. Each experiential tour is completely described at the end of the itinerary:

  1. Culinary Focused
  2. On Bike
  3. Street Art Tour
  4. Walking Tour of Historical Santiago and visit to Teatro Municipal

Farewell dinner will be held in a surprise location with panoramic views of the city.

Day 9: Sunday, July 7, 2019

SANTIAGO (B)

After a day at your own leisure, you will head to the Santiago airport (SCL) in time for your return flight back home.

 

 


ADD-ON: 4 DAYS OF EASTER ISLAND,

July 7 – July 11

Easter Island Eclipse siteSpend 4 days on the magical island of Easter Island.  We will meet a previous governor of the island and we will explore all of the significant sites. You will have a free day to hike or rent an ATV and do some self-exploration.  This is an amazing place and this is the perfect opportunity to go there! Price and specifics TBD.

 

 


Half day experiential tours in Santiago

1. Culinary Focused

Market eatery

The city markets experience is a great way to experience firsthand an interesting part of Chilean culture. However, please keep in mind that the markets are quite crowded and, at times, hectic with lots of activity happening simultaneously. For this reason, it is very important that you remain vigilant and avoid bringing items of value (expensive cameras, watches, jewelry, etc.) which could make you a target for petty theft.

*Please notify us in advance of any dietary preferences or restrictions!
*Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk the equivalent of walking 8-9 city blocks.

2. On Bike
Enjoy Santiago while riding through its beautiful parks on bicycle. The journey starts at the lobby of your hotel in Santiago where you will meet your guide and depart for Parque Araucano. The cycling starts here in the beautiful gardens and continues downhill on well-kept trails . We will continue along Parque Americo Vespucio which connects the Las Condes and Vitacura districts of Santiago. After traveling along Vespucio we’ll arrive at Parque Bicentenario, a 60-acre park on the bank of the Mapocho River. The Park’s landscape is a collection of more than 4,000 trees including 1,300 indigenous to Chile.
Passing through the park we will find a relaxing spot to enjoy a snack and enjoy the green open space for which Santiago is known.

3. Street Art Tour
You will be picked up at your hotel in Santiago and driven through the city stopping at various spots to admire the beautiful and eclectic versions of graffiti and murals. Not only
will you be able to marvel at these works of art but you will also learn the history behind them.

You will be taken to secret spots that are off the beaten path so you can have an authentic, unique experience learning about Santiago’s street art . The places you will visit include: Barrio Bellavista, Santiago Centro, Barrios Brasil and Yungay, and Museo a Cielo Abierto San Miguel (San Miguel’s Open Sky Museum) and you will see over 200 murals throughout the city.

4. Walking Tour Historical Santiago + Visit to Teatro Municipal

Your tour begins with pick up at your hotel by a bilingual guide who will accompany you to downtown Santiago. From there, the guide will lead you on a tour of the city’s most important historic and cultural sites including Barrios Lastarria and Paris y Londres, La Moneda (Presidential Palace), Plaza de Armas, and Mercado Central (Chile’s largest fresh seafood market). Another highlight is Cerro Santa Lucia, which marks the spot where conquistador Pedro de Valdivia founded the city of Santiago, and has a wonderful view
of downtown.

We will take you to the Teatro Municipal de Santiago (Municipal Theater of Santiago) where we will have private access to tour the grounds. The Teatro Municipal is the most important stage theater and opera house in Santiago. The building was designed by the architect Francisco Brunet des Baines, who was inspired by the French neo-classical style and it was inaugurated on September 17,1857 with the opera Ernani by Guiseppe Verdi, an Italian installation . In the year 1974, it was declared a national monument and officially belonged to the municipality of Santiago. Since then, the Teatro has become home to critical institutions for artistic national development, such as the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago, Ballet of Santiago and the choir of the Municipal of Santiago.

 


Inclusions and other information

Included:

  • Astronomer guides
  • Professional, bi-lingual guides
  • Eclipse viewing safety glasses
  • Commemorative Eclipse T-shirt
  • All ground transportation
  • All overnight accomodations
  • Airport transfers in Santiago (fixed transfer times in on June 29 at 8am, 10am, and 12pm – fixed outbound on July 7 at 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm). Additional transfers are available but not included.
  • Lodging: 4 and 5 star hotel accommodations (or best available)
  • Meals: As described in itinerary
  • Lectures: Pre-eclipse Astronomy talk and general science discussions throughout the tour. Sirius Travel astronomer guides are experienced travelers, educators, and scientists.
  • Local tours as described in the itineraries (activities in Santiago require a minimum of 10 participants and have a maximum of 30 to operate)
  • Park entrance fees: Included

Not Included:

  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alchoholic beverages (unless specifically included)
  • Tips for drivers and guides
  • Meals not specified in the itineraries
  • Travel insurance

RESERVATIONS, CANCELLATIONS, REFUNDS, AND PAYMENTS

  • To secure a reservation, initial deposit ($1000) with a completed reservation form is required.
  • Cancellations must be made in writing by email or mail to Sirius Travel.
  • 2​nd​ payment ($1000) due ​January 20, 2018
  • 3​rd​ payment ($1500) due ​July 1, 2018
  • Final payment due ​February 27, 2019
  • Cancellations made prior to July 2, 2018 are fully refundable.
  • If cancellations are made:
    • from July 2, 2018 through April 6, 2019 (12 weeks prior to travel), 75% of your total tour cost is refunded.
    • From April 7, 2019 through May 30, 2019 (30 days prior to travel), 25% of your total tour cost is refunded.
    • From May 31, 2019 through June 22, 2019, 10% of your total tour cost is refunded
  • There are no refunds after June 22, 2019

INSURANCE

Trip cancellation, health, and accident insurance is recommended but not required. It can save you money if you are forced to cancel or alter your trip. We recommend TravelGuard trip insurance (www.travelguard.com) and we recommend that all travelers purchase their insurance within 7 days of their initial reservation to take advantage of any pre-existing condition clause.

VISAS & PASSPORTS

Depending on your country of origin, visas may be required to enter Chile. U.S. citizens entering Chile must have a passport in good condition, valid for the period of your stay. U.S. citizens traveling to Chile for recreation, tourism, business, or academic conferences do not need to obtain a visa prior to their arrival in Chile if traveling with a tourist passport. Passports are required to be valid for the duration of stay and must have at least one blank page left (amendment pages do not count). Chile has very strict entry/exit requirements for minors (under the age of 18 years old), especially minors traveling with only one parent – please review the requirements before choosing to travel with a minor.  Visa and passport fees are not included in the price of this trip. We recommend checking your passport expiration immediately and make plans to renew before February, 2019 if necessary.  We always recommend reviewing the visa and passport requirements for travel to Chile for your country of origin.  (US citizens may find their information here: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/chile.html)

IMUNIZATIONS & HEALTH

No vaccinations are required for travel to Chile for US citizens at this time.  Precautions should always be taken seriously and pre-trip education on what to eat or to avoid should be planned. Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or via the CDC website.

HEALTH RESTRICTIONS

It is every traveler’s responsibility to consider all appropriate medical advice regarding whether or not they are fit to take this trip prior to booking their reservation. We recommend that all interested travelers check with their healthcare provider before signing on.

AGE RESTRICTIONS

Children 7 and older are welcome on this tour but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian if they are under 18. There is no child pricing for this tour.  Please note that Chile has very strict entry/exit requirements for minors (under the age of 18 years old), especially minors traveling with only one parent.  Please review the requirements before choosing to travel with a minor.  (US citizens may find their information here: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/chile.html)

ROOM SHARING

If you are traveling alone, you may save quite a bit of money by opting to share a room. We will match solo travelers of the same gender so that they can share a double occupancy room with two beds. We will do our best to match travelers but if we cannot find a match for you then you will be required to pay the single occupancy price.