Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) Tours

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Santiago's Cathedral - or Catedral Metropolitana - is considered one of the finest pieces of religious architecture in South America. This is the Catedral Metropolitana's fourth incarnation (as well as numerous touchups) since a church was first dedicated on this spot in 1561, and must be one of its loveliest.

It was most recently rebuilt in the 1750s, with the help of Italian architect Joaquín Toesca, who designed the baroque-fringed neoclassical facade that set the standard for subsequent structures around the Plaza de Armas.

Yet, as impressive as the stone exterior is, it is the resplendent vault and richly adorned altar, inside, that really inspires. A small museum of religious artifacts adjoins the main church.

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The Catedral Metropolitana has dominated the west side of the Plaza de Armas for centuries, and is the official heart of the city, from which all other points around Santiago are measured. Driving in this busy neighborhood isn't recommended, but the metro's L5 green line drops you at Plaza de Armas, in front of the main facade of Santiago's Cathedral.

While the interior is worth a look any time, consider visiting for one of the cathedral's organ concerts, played on an ornate instrument the size of some homes. These are held several times a month; check the paper, or ask at the church, to find out about upcoming events. 

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Address: Plaza de Armas, Santiago de Chile, Chile
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Private Santiago City Half Day Tour

Explore Santiago on a 4-hour private vehicle tour that introduces you to some of the city's main sights. Pass by a variety of landmarks, see colonial architecture, and visit Mercado Central. When booking, you have the option to select a morning or afternoon departure time, plus choose to visit either Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia), San Cristobal Hill (Cerro San Cristobal), or both.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Half-Day Small-Group Panoramic Santiago Tour

Step inside the political, cultural, economic heart of Chilean culture thanks to this 4-hour, small-group, Santiago sightseeing excursion. Marvel at the architecture of days gone by at sites like the elegant Club Hípico de Santiago (Equestrian Club), and then check out the city’s trendy side at hip eateries and boutiques of the Bellavista area before finishing at the Central Market, plus much more.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Santiago Sightseeing Classic City Tour

Learn about the cultural history of Santiago on this 3-hour city sightseeing tour, led by an informative local guide. See the main attractions of the Chilean capital, including the Plaza de Armas, La Moneda and the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, and view the city from above at Cerro San Cristobal. Hear live commentary on board, with round-trip hotel transport provided.
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hrs
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Santiago Half-Day City Tour

First time in Santiago? Enjoy a comprehensive introduction to the Chilean capital on this 4-hour sightseeing tour, including hotel pick-up. Admire architectural landmarks like La Moneda Palace and Santiago Cathedral; learn more about Chile’s history as you tour the city’s colonial center and shop for traditional handicrafts and souvenirs. Finally, toast the end of your tour with a typical Pisco Sour cocktail, Chile’s national drink.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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City Tour and Shopping Tour of Santiago

Combine two classic Santiago tours into one jam-packed day on this small-group tour, including hotel pick-up. Enjoy a comprehensive introduction to Santiago on a City Tour and visit landmarks like the Government Palace and Santiago Cathedral; take in the views from Saint Cristobal Hill (optional) and sip a traditional Pisco Sour cocktail in the city’s financial district. After lunch (own expense), follow your guide to some of Santiago’s most exclusive shopping destinations, including the Alonso de Córdova quarter, the Alto Las Condes Mall and the Parque Arauco Shopping Center.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Santiago Walking Tour: Food Tastings and Markets Including Lunch

Bring an empty stomach and an open mind for this 4-hour food walking tour and get ready to eat your way around Santiago! Immerse yourself in local life as you browse the Mercado Central and La Vega markets, stroll around the lively Plaza de Armas and ride the cable car to the top of San Cristóbal Hill. Stop to refuel along the way with tastings of local favorites like ‘humitas’ and seafood empanadas, sip a classic pisco sour, then tuck into a scrumptious lunch at a local restaurant in Bellevista.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Santiago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See the spectacular sights of Santiago from the unique perspective of an open-top double-decker bus on this hop-on hop-off tour of the Chilean capital. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of this comprehensive tour and disembark the bus whenever an attraction captures your attention. Listen to informative audio commentary as you approach legendary landmarks like Plaza de Armas, Mercado Central and Bellas Artes and enjoy a regular service from each stop you embark at.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Santiago City Sightseeing

Explore Santiago’s most significant sights on a comprehensive 3.5-hour private guided tour of the city. Visit legendary landmarks and impressive monuments in stylish transportation with a knowledgeable guide, discovering the bohemian neighborhood of Bellavista and the neoclassical splendor of Moneda Palace. Choose between either a morning or afternoon tour and continue to explore the sparkling city independently after your tour concludes.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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City Tour and Wine Tour Concha y Toro or Santa Rita

Be seduced by the bohemian spirit of Santiago on a full-day tour of the Chilean capital including a winery visit. Alongside your guide, you’ll gain fascinating insight into the history of the city as you visit prominent landmarks like Santiago Cathedral, La Moneda Palace and Central Market. Absorb the charm of colorful neighborhood, Bellavista; admire the metropolitan grandeur of the financial district, ‘Sanhattan’, and visit a winery of your choice for a vineyard tour and tasting session. Winery choices include Undurruga, Concha y Toro or Santa Rita.  
  • Duration: 8 hours
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City Tour of Santiago de Chile

Get acquainted with the treasured landmarks of the Chilean capital on a 4-hour tour of Santiago by luxury coach. From your guide, you’ll receive an interesting introduction to Santiago as you visit landmarks such as Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Cerro Santa Lucia and La Moneda palace. Absorb the bohemian charm of Bellavista neighborhood and opt to explore the city’s financial district, nicknamed ‘Sanhattan’, due to its plethora of skyscrapers. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included in this tour.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Santiago Like a Local: Private Walking Tour with Coffee, Markets, Street Food and San Cristobal Hill

Experience the spectacular sights and sounds of Santiago like a true local on a cultural 6-hour private walking tour. Explore bespoke boutiques, vibrant food markets and intriguing neighborhoods as you stroll around the city with a knowledgeable guide. Savor the sublime flavors of freshly made street food and enjoy a national cocktail in an ambient bar, gaining insight into the country’s intriguing history and colorful culture as you wander.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Santiago 3-Hour Walking Tour

See historic and modern sides of Santiago on this comprehensive 3-hour walking tour. Visit impressive monuments and colonial buildings like the Plaza de Armas, the Mapuche Monument, Post Office, City Hall, and Cathedral. Learn about Chile’s military coup as you visit La Moneda, the government palace. Further highlights include the commercial city center, the fish market, and the bohemian Bellavista neighborhood.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Santiago Super Saver: 2-Day City Sightseeing plus Viña del Mar and Valparaiso

Immerse yourself in Chile’s colorful and captivating culture by booking two popular tours together: see some of Santiago’s most spectacular sights during a comprehensive sightseeing tour, then discover two incredible towns situated upon Chile’s curvaceous coastline. Stroll through ambient plazas and marvel at the neoclassical splendor of Santiago’s legendary landmarks on the sightseeing tour, visiting the impressive Governor’s Palace and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Wander the serpentine streets of Valparaiso to discover vibrant murals and architectural eccentricities and stop by the white sand beaches of the gorgeous ‘garden city’ of Vina del Mar. Convenient round-trip hotel transportation is included on this small-group tour.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Private Full-Day Santiago Experience with Lunch

See the best of Santiago on this 10-hour sightseeing tour that introduces you to different neighborhoods, landmarks, and characteristics. You'll visit the financial district, check out the city's two major hills—Santa Lucia and San Cristobol—go to the top of the tallest building in Latin America, and visit a local winery for wine tastings. A 3-course lunch is also included. Select your preferred winery to visit when booking.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Santiago Super Saver: 2-Day City Sightseeing and Concha y Toro Winery Tour

Enjoy the verdant vineyards of Concha y Toro and explore the stunning sights of Santiago with a super saver full-day sightseeing and winery tour. Admire the neoclassical splendor of Santiago’s astounding architecture and admire the vibrant street art of bohemian Bellavista. Capture spectacular city views from the summit of San Cristobal hill, the venture to the lush greenery of Concha y Toro to pleasure your palate with refined wines. Convenient round-trip hotel transportation is included in the tour.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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Santiago Stopover City Tour

When you’re in between flights at Santiago International Airport (SCL), spend your time discovering the Chilean capital instead of waiting around at the airport. See a fascinating mix of ancient and modern while sightseeing with a knowledgeable personal guide. You’ll view the Plaza de Armas, La Moneda, the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, Cerro San Cristobal and more during 3.5 hours of sightseeing. This private layover tour includes airport pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Santiago City Tour and Concha y Toro Winery

Enjoy wine-fuelled sightseeing in the Chilean capital on this 8-hour tour of Santiago, including hotel pick-up. Make the most of a flexible itinerary customizable to your interests, as you take in Santiago landmarks like the Government Palace, Santiago Cathedral and the National Historical Museum. Admire the views from Saint Cristobal Hill (optional), browse the stalls at the Central Market and indulge in a traditional Pisco Sour cocktail in the city’s financial district. After lunch (own expense), head out of the city for a tour and tasting at the legendary Concha y Toro vineyards. 
  • Duration: 8 hours
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7-Day Santiago de Chile & Mendoza Classic Tour

Drink wine, climb mountains, and see the sights on this multi-day tour of Santiago and Mendoza. This tour makes it easy for you to visit top attractions around Chile without having to plan a thing by including essential sightseeing in each destination, but also leaves free time for you to explore on your own. All transportation, accommodation, and activities are included as per itinerary, plus breakfast every day.
  • Duration: 7 days
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Private Santiago Full-Day Layover Tour

If you have a long layover at the Santiago airport, book this 9-hour private sightseeing tour for a convenient way to kill time and explore the city. You'll visit the financial district, check out the city's two major hills—Santa Lucia and San Cristobol—and visit a local winery for wine tastings. A 3-course lunch is also included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Santiago City Highlights Walking Tour - Private Half Day

Walk through some of Santiago’s most colorful neighborhoods on a half-day, small-group tour that explores La Chimba, the Mapocho River, the Central Market, the Cathedral of Santiago, and Bellavista. Combining a walking tour with public transit to cover more ground, this tour is a great way to get oriented in Santiago, and it includes a snack and drink at a local market.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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7-Day Santiago de Chile & Mendoza Wine Tour

Wine lovers visiting Chile should consider this tour their one-stop-shop for Chilean vino-culture. Over the course of seven days, explore the wine cultures of Santiago, the Maipo Valley, and Mendoza—three guided wine tastings are included, plus a Santiago sightseeing tour perfect for newcomers. All lodging and transportation are included, too, making this tour a budget option for expensive tastes.
  • Duration: 7 days
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