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MULTI-RESORT PACKAGE TOUR
6 Days | 7 Nights | 3 Resorts & Cat Skiing

Location: South America | Tour Focus: Self-Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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USD 4,195
This exclusive package visits some of the coolest slopes & hottest wines in Chile! Experience Chilean cuisine & fine wine staying in small hotels, lodges and haciendas. Includes snowcat skiing at Arpa, and resort days at Portillo, Valle Nevado & La Parva.
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Fixed Date(s): Jul 29 - Aug 03, 2019
Days: 6
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Ski-In Wine-Out Tour

This 6 day hosted tour includes 3 days of resort skiing, 1 day of cat skiing, incredible wine & craft beer tastings, Chilean culinary delights, & traditional Chilean accommodations.

This amazing tour takes in Chile's top ski resorts (La ParvaValle Nevado & Portillo) plus an exhilarating day of cat skiing at Ski Arpa. Accompanied by quality accommodations, great food & wine, and the best of South American hospitality, this is a ski trip of a lifetime!

You will visit outstanding wineries both established and off the beaten track, peek into the world of Chilean craft beer, whilst taking in the dramatic landscapes of one of the most geographically diverse countries on the planet.

The tour does not include on-mountain guiding (apart from the day of cat skiing at Arpa), however you will have a full-time host (and wine expert) at your disposal to assist you with anything you may need.

This tour has one date only and is for MIXED GROUPS i.e. if you are a single or couple you can join the group.


Chile's best ski resorts...
Portillo Tour
..and best wine regions...
El Arpa Cat Skiing Tour
..and a day of epic cat skiing

About your host

Derek Mossman will share his insider knowledge on Chilean snow, wine, beer, and everything in between. Derek originally ventured to Chile as a ski coach when he started following the snow down to the southern hemisphere during summer breaks to pay his way through university. Simply put, it was “a great summer job if you like snow and wine.”

Eventually Derek moved to Chile full-time, married a local winemaker and began making small lots in the garage with friends and family. Word spread and the wines became a coveted urban myth. The name Garage Wine Co. was coined and soon stuck. Ski Portillo, our first stop of the trip, soon sought out bottles for their cellar and the Garage began to grow to fulfill export inquiries. Today the label produces 125 barrels a year in Caliboro in the Maule Valley – the cradle of winemaking in Chile. Over the past 5-6 years GWCo has also been busy helping to form MOVI, The Movement of Independent Vintners, many of whose wines we will be sampling on this tour.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Arrival/Discover Santiago/MOVI Dinner):

Upon your arrival at the Santiago International Airport you will be welcomed by your guide. From here we will make our way to your hotel in Santiago so you can freshen up and become familiar with your surroundings before we make our way to Discover Santiago City.

This afternoon, the experience begins with pick-up at your hotel. Your bilingual guide will lead you on a tour highlighting Santiago’s most important historical sites, including the downtown area surrounding the Plaza de Armas and the La Moneda Presidential Palace. You will also pass by the Mercado Central, one of Chile’s largest fresh seafood markets and stroll by the many bustling stalls to see the tremendous variety available from Chile’s bountiful sea. You will visit some of the lesser-known barrios of Santiago including República and Concha y Toro, which were historically privileged neighborhoods and home to Santiago's high society. There will be time to walk around and take photos of the varied styles of architecture dating back to the 19th and early 20th century. Continuing through the cobblestoned Lastarria neighborhood, you will walk through the Parque Forestal and pass by the Bellas Artes Museum. For a panoramic vista of the city, you will visit the top of Cerro San Cristobal Hill, 984 feet above the city

In the late afternoon you will have a one-of-a-kind tasting and pairing evening guided by your host, a representative of MOVI (Movimiento de Viñedos Independientes, or Movement of Independent Winemakers in English). This organization, which groups together some of the best independent winemakers in the country, was originally founded to carve out a space for themselves in the Chilean wine economy, where buying batches of less than 10,000 of anything (corks, bottles, etc) used to be impossible. What they founded was a fellowship of disparate, but like-minded projects, with the goal of creating meaningful vintages on a personal scale.

The meal with wine pairing we have planned for you is guided by one of the winemakers, Toronto-born Derek Mossman. He is one of the spokesmen and original twelve members of MOVI, and makes his own label, Garage Wine Co. The group has now grown to 28 members, each of them contributing diversity and unique personality, as well as anywhere from one to a dozen high-quality wines to the MOVI offer.

What Derek most wants you to know about the Upscape meal and wine paring with MOVI, is that it isn’t like your typical pairing. “We go with a quiver of possibilities and we open things, based upon tastes,” hevsays. This translates into an experience that allows you to form your own opinions and tastes for the Chilean wines in front of you. Some of the dishes themselves may have unconventional combinations, which Derek sees as a plus, because you have no preconceived notions about what pairs and what doesn’t. This night, he says, “is a blank canvas.”

Hotel: Hotel Luciano K
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 (Ski La Parva):

This morning we will head to the mountains. Part of the Tres Valles Ski Resort, La Parva is a popular ski destination in Chile. Despite its proximity to Chile’s capital, its beauty, amenities and trails attract many skiers of all different levels and from all over the world. La Parva is known for its high-quality, natural conditions in which are prime for skiing.

Hotel: Powder Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 (Ski Valle Nevado):

Spend the day skiing at Valle Nevada. The stretch of the Andes mountain range which lies just to the east of Santiago is home to some of the best skiing in the country. Modeled after the style of European resorts, the Va lle Nevada complex straddles the imposing peak El Plomo and has the largest skiable domain in Chile. The complex provides a complete experience, including shops, three hotels, private apartments, six restaurants, a spa and fitness center, cinema, library, bars and lounges, and a pub with live music, all set to the breathtaking backdrop of the magnificent Andes. At an altitude of 3,670m/12,040 feet and with average snowfall of 7m/276 inches, Valle Nevado has some of the most consistently great snow conditions among the major resorts in the region.

Hotel: Powder Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Full day Aconcagua Valley):

Your host will meet you at the lobby this morning to depart to the famed Aconcagua Valley. In the shadow of Mt. Aconcagua, the valley is Chile’s smallest, but very well known as “a viticulturist paradise” for its natural balance of wind, heat, and soil diversity, Aconcagua has produced many fine wines, including Von Siebenthal’s Tatay de Cristobal 2007 which scored 97 points.

Our first stop of the day will be Flaherty, a small winery owned by a Californian couple, Ed Flaherty and Jennifer Hoover, who permanently moved to Santiago 20 years ago. Since 2012, Flaherty has made a single red blend, which in 2014 was Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from the valley, and Tempranillo from their own land. The first, “Flaherty” blend is a balanced, full-bodied wine with flavors of dried fruit, which Flaherty says is aimed at the Chilean market, and which has performed very well.

Here, you will begin by touring the property, which radiates a post-colonial feel. In Flaherty’s remodeled house-turned-winery, there is both a tasting room and a comfortable dining room that looks out onto a backyard full of fruit trees. This is where you will enjoy both a tasting and lunch. In season, Jennifer uses the fruit from the garden, as well as herbs she grows, to flavor and influence the market-fresh, Mediterranean/California-style, Chilean food she serves for lunch.

Afterwards, you’ll head to Von Siebenthal. This boutique, family-run winery is the biggest producer in the MOVI (an independent group of winemakers in Chile) family and produces about 200,000 bottles annually. Swiss expat and owner Mauro von Siebenthal started this pet project in 1998, working as a lawyer in Switzerland, and with the support of his friends there. Von Siebenthal’s wines are still hand-harvested and selected on their 32 acres, about ten of which are visible from the winery that is fringed with fruit and nut trees up into the hills.

Hotel: Casa San Regis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 (Full Day Portillo):

Just a one hour and 15 minutes approx. drive from Casa San Regis lies Portillo Ski Resort, offering some of the world’s best skiing. It’s one of Chile’s most internationally known ski destinations and embodies a “boutique” ski resort culture. Most days the snow quality is incredible, and with views to match – jagged Andean peaks, the crystal-clear waters of Laguna del Inca, and steep white slopes. There are slopes to fit any level of skiing expertise, though for the more advanced skiers and boarders there is an abundance of back country bowls. Portillo is located about two hours from Santiago, near the border with Argentina, and offers some of Chile’s best skiing.

Your host will meet you in the lobby of Casa San Regis in the morning for transport to the resort for your full day adventure. In the late afternoon, your transfer will bring you back to Casa San Regis.

Hotel: Casa San Regis
Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 (Arpa Cat Skiing):

A place unlike any other in the world, Valle El Arpa is sweet music to the skier's soul. Unparalleled vertical snow conditions and views of Mt. Aconcagua make for an unforgettable adventure at South America’s only fully snowcat-serviced ski operation. In an anything-but-typical day, you’ll ski over 13,000 vertical feet of some of the best untracked powder in the world. Intermediate or advanced level of skiing experience required.

Your host will meet you at Casa San Regis this morning to transport you into the Andes Mountains, for your amazing adventure at Ski Arpa. You’ll spend the full day on the slopes, shredding thousands of vertical feet of incredible virgin snow at elevations of 2,700 – 3,730 m (9,000 – 12,000 ft). With clear views to Mt Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas – and the Pacific Ocean, this is sure to be one of the most unforgettable ski experiences of your life. 

Hotel: Casa San Regis
Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Transfer to Santiago Airport):

This morning, you’ll head to the Santiago airport in time for your international flight home or for wherever your next adventure might be.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Accommodation

This package includes quality twin/double-share accommodation. A single room upgrade is available (subject to the hotel having availability at the time of booking).

Powder Lodge Farellones (2 nights)
Powder Lodge Farellones is a small intimate, social and cozy A-frame timber lodge located in the village of Farellones. The 8 rooms vary in size accommodating 1 - 3 guests in each.

The host of the lodge is one of the highlights of the stay. Christian goes out of his way to make sure your stay is comfortable and memorable.

The lodge features a sauna and a spectacular outdoor hot tub which is the perfect place to sip on a glass of bubbly whilst watching the sun set over Santiago.

Hotel Luciano K (1 night)
Luciano K is a small boutique hotel located in the heart of the eclectic Lastarria neighborhood, known for its gastronomic scene and cultural activities & events. The hotel was originally designed by the architect Luciano Kulczewski in the 1920's and was not only the talest building in Chile at the time, but was the first building complete with an elevator and central heating!

The glamour and elegance of the 1920's really shines through in Luciano's architecture & design. The hotel has a bar, restaurant, heated swimming pool on top of a roof top terrace covering 300 metres, providing incredible views of the city.

Casa San Regis (3 nights)
A beautifully maintained 18th-century hacienda, Casa San Regis provides an authentic Chilean experience which is hard to find at the main ski resorts. This bed & breakfast style hotel is the closest to Ski Arpa Cat Skiing (about 1 hour away).

The staff is warm and welcoming, embodying the best of Chilean hospitality. Large, comfortable dining and lounging areas showcase the original architecture. Both breakfast and dinner are included.

Meals Included: Breakfast & dinner

2019 Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates

USD $4,195 per person

  • Based on twin share however single supplement available for private room (subject to availability)
  • base/invoice currency is USD
  • tour requires a minimum of 2 guests to operate
Inclusions
  • 7 nights quality twin share accommodation
  • Most meals (see itinerary for details)
  • 1 day of cat skiing + 3 days lift tickets
  • English speaking tour host + private transportation
  • Two (2) winery visits
Add-ons
  • Single room supplement (USD $1,543)
Not Included

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  • The balance is due 60 days prior to departure. Failure to make your final payment on time is considered a cancellation on the part of the passenger
  • 100% payment is required to confirm reservation for any trip booked with less than 60 days’ anticipation
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