The ancient culture of the Incas in Cuzco and Machu Picchu are yours to discover on this glimpse into the mysteries of Peru. In Peru we have chosen two golf courses for you, one in Lima and the other one in Arequipa. A great highlight is the train ride in the Orient Express from Cuzco through the Andes to Puno, to the Titicaca lake!
Chile's natural wonders: Santiago de Chile, a Mediterranean coast, rolling hills, volcanoes and the highest mountain range in the Western Hemisphere, glacial lakes, European traditions and a heaven for lovers of excellent wines and incredible food. Chile’s golf courses we have chosen for you are as fantastic as food and beverage in this beautiful country.
Day 1: Arrival in Bogotá, welcome by the bilingual travel guide and transfer to the Hotel Radisson Bogota. Three nights including American breakfast. In the course of the day, half a day tour through Colombia’s Capital City. Tour of the Plaza de Bolívar and the surrounding government buildings, to the colonial center and the old city of “La Candelaria”.
Visit to the impressive San Francisco and La Tercera churches, to the world-Museo del Oro, which contains more than 30000 objects, relics of the pre-Columbian epoch. Trip in a cable car to Monserrate hill and “Nuestro Señor Caído” sanctuary, enjoying from here a spectacular view of Bogota City and the Savannah fields.
Day 2: Club Golf La Cima Bogotá. The La Cima Golf Club was founded in 1990 and is probably the best public golf club in Colombia. The course is one of the highest in the world!
Day 3: Bogotá – Cartagena. Flight from Bogotá to the Caribbean Coast, destination Cartagena. Welcome by the local travel guide. Transfer to the first class Hotel Caribe Cartagena located in Cartagena´s Bocagrande district, directly overlooking the beach. Rest of the day will be at tourist’s disposition.
Day 4: Cartagena. After breakfast, half day visit to Cartagena, one of the most impressive urban centers in Latin America, oozing Caribbean flair and joie de vivre. It is an ancient city constructed in the Spanish colonial style, surrounded by high defense walls soaked with history and culture. The tour takes us to the old city, whose historical buildings and plazas will be visited, including the "La Popa" convent and "San Felipe" castle. The afternoon will be free for you to lose yourself in the streets of old Cartagena or take a dip in the Carribean.
Day 5: Golf Club Campestre de Cartagena. Enjoy at Cartagena the Golf Club Campestre de Cartagena with 18 holes, Par 72 and 6901 yards blue course, 6464 white course and 5822 red course.
Day 6: Cartagena. Excursion to Islas del Rosario underwater national park, including lunch. Tour to San Martín Island natural aquarium. Opportunity to enjoy a dolphin and shark show. Continuation to the privately owned Pirate's Island. Here we will have time enough to swim, rest or go diving in the mild and crystalline waters of the Caribbean. Return to Cartagena in the course of the afternoon. In the evening we regroup for a meal at one of the splendid restaurants of the old town.
Day 7: Cartagena – Peru (Lima). In the course of the morning, transfer to the airport and flight, with one stop in Bogotá, to Lima. Upon arrival in Lima, meet your local guide or representative at the airport and transfer to Country Club Lima Hotel in front of the Lima Golf Club on the other side of the street. Visit to the capital city of Peru. In the old town you will visit the Main Square, surrounded by the Cathedral and the Government Palace, and the Monastery of San Francisco. The tour continues through the residential areas of Lima and ends in the modern district of Miraflores on the Pacific coast.
Day 8: Lima Golf Club San Isidro (18 holes, Par 72). The famous Lima Golf Club expands about 3600 meters in the San Isidro district which is one of the most exclusive districts of Lima. Not only the beauty of the nature and the club as well the central position of the course in the city attract many golf lovers.
Day 9: Cuzco. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Cuzco. After 1 hour flight, arrival in Cuzco and transfer to the 4-star Hotel Novotel Cuzco a new hotel in the city center, a few blocks from the Main Square. The rest of the morning is spent at leisure in order to get accustomed to the altitude. This afternoon, enjoy a visit to the city, the old capital of the Inca Empire, including the Cathedral and the Korikancha (the ancient temple of the Sun), as well as the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay and Qenqo.
Day 10: Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. Early in the morning transfer to the station for the excursion to Machu Picchu. A 3 hour scenic train journey brings you to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will take a shuttle bus up to the entrance of the ruins. Guided visit to Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas", with its fabulous architecture and astonishing landscapes. After free time for lunch, return by shuttle bus to Aguas Calientes. In the afternoon you will return to Cuzco by train. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Day 11: Orient Express Cuzco – Puno (Titicaca Lake) and Puno – Arequipa by bus. One of the highlights of this tour is the train ride from Cuzco to the Titicaca Lake destination Puno. In 8-10 hours with the famous train of the Andes organized by Orient Express starts early in the morning and goes through typical landscape of the Andes, pass snowed mountain chains, small farming villages, Vicuñas, Lamas and Alpakas.
The train will stop on its way and you will have the possibility to buy souvenirs and handcraft and listen to the music of the natives playing for you. The highest point is the La Raya Pass on an altitude of 4319 meters. On one side of the pass the water flows into the Titicaca Lake or the Pacific Ocean and on the other side into the Amazons rather the Atlantic. Lunch time on board of the train is included. Check in the hotel in Puno. Have a sightseeing to see the grave towers of Sillustani on a peninsula at the Umayo Lake.
Day 12: In Puno you will have the possibility to visit the Titicaca Lake which is the biggest South American lake and divided in two parts. One part belongs to Peru and the other part to Bolivia. Afterwards you will have a bus ride to Arequipa, passing once again marvelous landscape! In Arequipa check in your hotel and relax.
Day 13: Enjoy golf in the Golf Club of Arequipa (18 holes, Par 72, 6980 yards)!
Day 14: Arequipa – Santiago de Chile. Santiago wine tasting at the Wine House. You will be met by your English-speaking driver guide at the Santiago airport. After a transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city, 5-star Radisson Hotel Santiago de Chile, in the afternoon, enjoy a drive up to Cerro San Cristobal, where you have a marvelous view of the Andes which surround Santiago. While up here you'll visit a small wine museum at the Enoteca restaurant and get your first impression of the Chilean wine producers and their wines. Enjoy your welcome dinner at the Camino Real Restaurant!
Day 15: Araucarias Golf Club Santiago de Chile: beautiful 18-holes-golf course in the city of Santiago de Chile. The club is a privileged place full of exceptional conditions. There are as well fields of tennis which are illuminated and a swimming pool for adults and children and many other facilities for the needs of our golf lovers.
Day 16: The Casa del Bosque Winery. After breakfast head on the route 68 in direction of Valparaíso to Casablanca Valley. Its weather conditions, specially the shelter offered by the valley and the sea breeze, allow the production of white premium Chilean wines. After about 1 hour we reach the vineyard Veramonte, one of the biggest in Chile. On over 350 ha of vineyards, the grapes have similar micro climatological conditions like in California, in the Napa Valley and in the Carneros wine areas.
Modern technology and progressive methods are used, to produce outstanding wines like Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and the premium wine Primus. The guests are welcome 365 days in a year and can enjoy an interesting tour through the vineyard. In this opportunity they will know about the history of wine production and the vineyards. In three different stages you will get information about the wine casks and the big wine tanks, then about the fermentation process and the wine production.
Afterwards you can taste the wines of the Veramonte vineyard. Later, arrival to Indomita winery, located on the top of a hill, with a panoramic view of Casablanca Valley. Walk around the corridors on the upper part of the cellar. Access to the storage room to taste some red wine.
Later arrival to Casas del Bosque Winery, where an enologist will guide the visit to the elaboration room and cellars. Wine tasting and visit to the wine-shop. Lunch at the winery's restaurant accompanied with the local wine. Both the winery and the restaurant resemble a castle, being the only ones presenting this type of architecture.
After lunch excursion to Valparaíso, the oldest port in Chile. Today, while it is not the largest port it retains tremendous historical significance as well as being home to the Chilean House of Assembly and Senate. In 1989 when democracy, and thus the National Assembly, was re-established it was transferred here from Santiago.
During our city tour we shall visit the new government houses, the Plaza Sotomayor, the Plaza Victoria, the cathedral and the harbor area. High above the city there is a fantastic agglomeration of brightly painted homes. The upper and lower parts of the city are connected with 16 funicular railways constructed around the turn of the century when the city experienced tremendous growth.
From Valparaíso we shall continue along the coast to the beautiful beaches of Viña del Mar, the garden city, named for its many parks and green spaces. We shall take some time in one of the most attractive the Parque Quinta Vergara with an amphitheater and the Museo de Bellas Artes. An International Music Festival is held here every year. Viña del Mar is a lively city with attractive beaches, modern hotels, high-end restaurants and fashionable bars. The casino, built in 1932 and set amidst beautiful gardens, is a well kept Chilean tradition of elegance. Return to Santiago.
Day 17: Chicureo Golf Club in Chile. The course of 36 holes (Par 72, 6800 yards) is situated in an impressive green of nature surrounded by the Andes and snow on their mountain chains. This golf course is the most modern golf courses of the country. There are two circuits which can be played by all players and for both the courses are a perfect challenge!
Day 18: Santa Rita Winery. Visit to Santa Rita winery with wine tasting included. Domingo Fernández Concha founded the Viña Santa Rita cellars in 1880. French technology was imported for their construction. The company currently has a total of four cellars for the wine producing process located in Alto Jahuel, Los Lirios, Palmilla and Lontué. French and American oak barrels are used in the aging cellars, where wine acquires complexity and body, with a woody flavor and a soft and delicate aroma.
One of Chile's oldest aging cellars is located in Alto Jahuel (Buin). Viña Santa Rita's best wines, like Casa Real and Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon for export are aged in the cave of this storehouse. This cellar was built with stone masonry by French architects and has been declared a National Monument. After visit transfer to Santa Cruz. Dinner and overnight in the 4-star Santa Cruz Hotel.
Day 19: Three more wineries on the Valle de Colchagua. We will visit for the day 3 wineries. Each winery to be visited has its own history and individual charm, many of which have a long family tradition, together with the latest technology incorporated for the production of their fine wines, which you will have the chance to taste and acquire at special prices.
This circuit has been highly acclaimed internationally, as an exceptional tourist destination (highlighted among the 25 most interesting destinations in the magazine "Travel and Leisure", January 2000, USA). The visitors are accompanied by our guides who speak Spanish, English, French and/or German, and with great warmth will show the wineries, explaining each process which finally produce magnificent wines in this highly reputed valley, finishing off with a tasting of some of those wines.
The visitor will be able to discover the reasons behind why Chile’s best wines are born here. Each of the aforementioned factors makes each tour with the Ruta del Vino of Colchagua, a discovery, a learning process, and without doubt, highly entertaining. Wine tasting, lunch and dinner included.
Day 20: Journey home or continue on.
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