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Central Chile holidays


Central Chile is the political and commercial heart of the country, its energies focused on Chile's two biggest cities, Santiago and Valparaiso. The nation's capital is Santiago, with its gleaming tower blocks, chic boutiques and grand plazas. Chile's second city, Valparaiso, on the other hand, is characterised by its brightly painted, hotchpotch buildings - which have given the city UNESCO World Heritage status. The contrast between the cities is striking, but they're both well worth including in a tailor-made Central Chile tour.

After spending a few days in Santiago and Valparaiso, the Central Valley's other attractions are waiting to be discovered. From Valparaiso can be explored the dramatic Pacific coastline, while Santiago is just a few hours away from Chile's best ski resorts - the steep Andean slopes also popular with hikers in the summer months.

Another highlight of Central Chile is trying some of the region's world-class wine. The Maipo Valley is considered by many wine experts to be Chile's best wine-producing area and a number of wineries are easily accessible from Santiago. They're a great place to relax after the bustle of the capital, with snow-capped Andean peaks forming a magical backdrop as you sip a glass or two of Chile's finest drop.


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South Georgia, Antarctic

Chile to South Africa on Silver Wind

25-day expedition cruise holiday from £12,600 pp incl. flights

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Suite upgrade and US$1,000 shipboard credit
Book by: 31 May 2024

This is a rare chance to explore the remote islands of the southern Atlantic on the luxurious Silver Wind. Sailing between the wilds of Patagonia in Chile to South Africa’s mother city, Cape Town, you’ll experience some of the most remote locations on earth.

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Alto Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Chilean Wines & the Atacama Desert

12-day tailor-made holiday from £5,475 pp incl. flights

Discover the contrasts of northern Chile on this tailor-made tour, which takes in the capital, Santiago, the striking landscapes of the Atacama desert and the central wine valleys of Colchagua and Casablanca.

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Highlights of Chile

13-day tailor-made holiday from £6,405 pp incl. flights

From the austere landscapes of the north to the granite spires of the Patagonian south and the cities of Santiago and Valparaíso in between, this tailor-made holiday takes in the best of Chile’s history, heritage, landscapes and wildlife.

Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island, Chile

Luxury Atacama & Easter Island with explora Hotels

12-day tailor-made holiday from £6,780 pp incl. flights

Chile is a destination made for adventure. And, you’ll take in the best of it on this luxury itinerary, which pairs full inclusive stays at two explora hotels – one set amid the austere beauty of the Atacama and the other in faraway Easter Island.

Atacama Desert, Chile

Landscapes of Chile

12-day tailor-made holiday from £8,005 pp incl. flights

This country-spanning tour of Chile takes you from Santiago’s storied streets to the grasslands and glaciers of Patagonia and otherworldly Atacama Desert. Round things off with a luxury stay in artistic Valparaíso on the Pacific coast.

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Top places to stay in Santiago & Central Chile

The Singular, Santiago

The Singular, Santiago

Contemporary hotel

The Singular Santiago - the second offering from Chile's Singular hotel brand after its sister property in Patagonia - offers five-star luxury in the Lastarria Neighbourhood of Santiago, one of the most charming, characterful and cultural districts of Chile's vibrant capital city.

La Casona Hotel, Matetic Vineyards, Rosario Valley

La Casona Hotel at Matetic Vineyards, Rosario Valley

Historic hotel

Along with the obligatory tours and tastings, this historic wine estate in Chile’s coastal valleys offers traditional accommodation and fabulous food in the most peaceful of settings.

Palacio Astoreca, Valparaiso

Palacio Astoreca, Valparaíso

Contemporary hotel

Open since 2012, this hotel is a restored natural monument on Chile's central coast.

Hotel Cumbres Lastarria, Santiago

Hotel Cumbres Lastarria, Santiago

Small & intimate hotel

Return from days spent exploring the nearby sights to panoramic city views, an outdoor pool and comfortable rooms.

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Where to go in Santiago & Central Chile

Colchagua Wine Valley, Chile

Chile's Wine Valleys

Chile's wine valleys are nestled between the Andes and Coastal Mountain Range, straddled by rivers that create fertile soils for cultivating grapes.

Ski Resort in Santiago Chile

Chile Ski Resorts

Skiing can be enjoyed throughout much of southern Chile. Some of South America's best ski resorts are to be found within a few hours' drive of Santiago, making them an easy inclusion to a Chile tour.



The port of Valparaiso is one of Chile's most interesting cities, known for its brightly painted buildings that extend in seemingly chaotic fashion across more than 40 cerros - hills - that rise up from the Pacific Ocean. The ramshackle layout of the cerros and the fine sea views afforded from them…

Santiago, Chile


Santiago is Chile's sophisticated and modern capital, and the entry point for most people arriving in the country by air. It's certainly an impressive arrival, flying past towering Andean peaks as you descend, some of which can be seen from the city on clear days.

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When to go to Santiago & Central Chile

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Santiago, the wine valleys and Valparaíso are at their best during spring and autumn when there are fewer crowds and daytime temperatures are pleasant.

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Just back from: Chile and Peru

Our travel specialist Emma recently returned from a nine-day tour of Chile and Peru. Read her in-depth review for an insight into her spectacular trip as well as advice if you're planning your own tailor-made holiday.

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The best food and wine holidays in the world

From nectorial white wines to ambrosial game meats, we have hand-picked our favourite food and wine holidays around the world, including highlights from South Africa, Chile and France.

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