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Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia) Tours

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Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia)
Santa Lucia Hill (Cerro Santa Lucia) is one of two hills that overlook Santiago, where in 1541 Pedro de Valdivia founded the city long before Chile existed as an independent country. At the time, the hill was called Huelén by the indigenous people; a nearby street (by metro Salvador) still bears that name. 

The hill rises about 230 feet over the surrounding part of the city, and there are excellent views of downtown from several terraces up there. Cerro Santa Lucia has three main constructions: the main entrance on the Alameda, with its wide, curving staircase, fronted by a fountain and backed by a yellow mansion; the fort at the top from which the best views of downtown can be seen; and the Castillo Hidalgo, which often hosts large international events.

There are also gardens and the Pedro de Valdivia Plaza, which has its own fountains and colorful tiled benches with Moorish influence. The top of the hill can be reached via the main entrance, as well as by way of the pedestrian access at the corner of José Miguel de la Barra and Victoria Subercaseaux, up a flight of stairs. There is also an elevator on the west side of the hill, where the pedestrian street Huerfanos ends, but this route only takes visitors halfway to the top.

Visitors to the hill would be hard-pressed to miss the cannon-firing, which takes place every day at noon and can be heard throughout many parts of downtown. This activity was suspended for several months after the 2010 earthquake, but it is back, routinely surprising those wandering the area.

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The two metro stations closest to Cerro Santa Lucia are Santa Lucia and Bellas Artes. Visitors can easily walk over the hill by going up the main entrance from the Santa Lucia side and exiting down on the Bellas Artes side, or vice versa. Many people opt to tack on a trip up the hill to their time spent in the Lastarria neighborhood, Parque Forestal or both. Good shoes are recommended, as some of the upper staircases are uneven and most of the hill is cobblestoned.
Address: Santiago, Chile
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Private Santiago City Half Day Tour

Private Santiago City Half Day Tour

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Explore Santiago on a 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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$46.90
Price varies by group size
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US$46.90
Price varies by group size
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Small Group Santiago City Tour

Small Group Santiago City Tour

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Experience Santiago with this small-group, guided, multi-stop, full-day tour that includes transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle between stops. Learn about the city’s origin story, the military coup of 1973, and modern-day life. Visit places like the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, La Moneda, and Plaza de Armas. Wander in modern and bohemian neighbourhoods and stop at an equestrian club.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$66.67
Price varies by group size
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US$66.67
Price varies by group size
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City Tour of Santiago de Chile

City Tour of Santiago de Chile

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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 Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago, 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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$50.00
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US$50.00
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Private Tour: Santiago City Sightseeing

Private Tour: Santiago City Sightseeing

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Explore Santiago’s most significant sights on a comprehensive 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 a morning or afternoon tour and continue to explore the sparkling city independently after your tour concludes.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$64.00
Price varies by group size
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US$64.00
Price varies by group size
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City Tour and Wine Tour Concha y Toro or Santa Rita

City Tour and Wine Tour Concha y Toro or Santa Rita

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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.  
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$105.00
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US$105.00
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 Santiago city and Wine Tour in a Small Group

Santiago city and Wine Tour in a Small Group

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Discover the story of Spanish conqueror, Don Pedro de Valdivia and the history of Santiago during this full-day, guided city sightseeing tour that includes a wine tasting and tour at a Chilean winery. Walk among the plazas, cathedrals, and the historic La Moneda Palace before visiting modern and colorful neighborhoods like Bellevista. Wrap your day with a winery tour and tasting in the district of your choosing.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$115.00
Price varies by group size
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US$115.00
Price varies by group size
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Pre or Post San Antonio Cruise with Santiago City Tour and optional Vineyard

Pre or Post San Antonio Cruise with Santiago City Tour and optional Vineyard

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Don't let the opportunity to tour Santiago slip away. This guided tour of Chile's capital city makes an easy addition to your pre- or post-cruise plans, offering convenient pickup and drop-off at San Antonio Port or in Santiago. Take a comprehensive city tour that includes Plaza de Armas, the Bellavista neighborhood, and other essential sightseeing, and upgrade to include a winery tour and tasting in the Maipo Valley.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$94.90
Price varies by group size
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US$94.90
Price varies by group size
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Half Day Santiago City Tour

Half Day Santiago City Tour

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Orient yourself around Santiago’s major attractions on a half-day guided sightseeing tour of the city in a comfortable minivan. Gain local insight into historical and modern sites alike on a small-group excursion to Santiago's must-see spots like Plaza de Armas, Santa Lucia Metropolitan Park, and La Moneda.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$50.00
Price varies by group size
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US$50.00
Price varies by group size
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Half-Day Small-Group Panoramic Santiago Tour

Half-Day Small-Group Panoramic Santiago Tour

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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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$26.90
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US$26.90
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PRIVATE TOUR: Pre or Post Cruise San Antonio Port with Santiago Tour and Winery

PRIVATE TOUR: Pre or Post Cruise San Antonio Port with Santiago Tour and Winery

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Explore Chile’s capital city and visit one of the country’s most celebrated vineyards on this pre- or post-cruise tour. Navigate Santiago with ease and see city highlights like La Moneda, the Cathedral, Santa Lucía Hill, and Bellavista. Head to the coast to visit the Undurraga Winery. Learn about the winemaking process and enjoy a delicious wine tasting before your tour concludes.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$207.50
Price varies by group size
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US$207.50
Price varies by group size
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Santiago City Tour

Santiago City Tour

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Experience the best of cosmopolitan Santiago. This tour blends the modern with the traditional, taking you to charming buildings in the historic city center and glass skyscrapers in the financial district. You’ll visit landmarks like the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Moneda Palace, the Central Post Office, and the scenic Santa Lucía hill. Learn all about the history and culture of Santiago on this comprehensive city tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$26.90
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US$26.90
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Authentic Walking Tour Santiago, Chile – Full Day

Authentic Walking Tour Santiago, Chile – Full Day

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Our local guide will pick you up at the place you are staying and from there, we will only use public transportation and our own feet, in order to discover and immerge as deeply as possible into the city’s culture. You will learn how the city works and visit historical buildings, museums, hills and markets such as the fruit, vegetable, fish and flower market, among other stunning places that we consider to have transcendental importance in the development of the city. After the tour, our guide will leave you again safely at your place of accommodation.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$130.00
Price varies by group size
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US$130.00
Price varies by group size

Santiago Stopover City Tour

Santiago Stopover City Tour

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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.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$95.00
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US$95.00
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Private Walking Tour through Santiago de Chile

Private Walking Tour through Santiago de Chile

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Santiago de Chile is emerging as a key player helping to shape the world today. Learn to navigate this cosmopolitan capital wrapped in a colonial skin and discover its unique charm with help from a local guide. Enjoy an authentic Chilean lunch as part of this full-day tour of the city's highlights.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$115.00
Price varies by group size
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US$115.00
Price varies by group size
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Private Santiago City Tour including Cerro San Cristobal

Private Santiago City Tour including Cerro San Cristobal

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When you prefer our guide and the driver (or only driver/guide) will pick you up at your hotel to start our City Tour Santiago, to visit the main attractions of our city, such as Cerro San Cristobal, Cerro Santa Lucia, Barrio Civico, Historic Santiago, La Moneda Palace, the Municipality of Santiago, national Historical Museum, Cathedral of Santiago and in these stories differently advances a conservative society, revealing and the most important milestones in our national history and the great relevance for us. Later, we will go by the financial sector in the upper area of our city. Stop, stop in one of the most prestigious craft shops sampling to finish our tour, leave passengers in your hotel
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$110.00
Price varies by group size
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US$110.00
Price varies by group size
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4-hour city tour around Santiago (small groups of up to 7 tourists per car)

4-hour city tour around Santiago (small groups of up to 7 tourists per car)

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In our City tour of Santiago de Chile you will understand how history and time speak through the city and the ways it receives. Therefore, we will start by Cerro Santa Lucía and the Plaza de Armas, so that the childhood of colonial Chilean Santiago can say its first words. These, in turn, will later become a Republican corner in the monumental Palacio de la Moneda. You will continue to follow the steps of history when you discover how Santiago de Chile becomes its inhabitants in the traditional Paris-London neighborhood and the delightful architecture of the Museo de Bellas Artes, ending in iconic places of progress and cultural mix of the capital: El Barrio Sanhattan and the Bicentennial Park. You will be visiting Santiago de Chile for four hours and in this period you will be able to see, feel and breathe the whole history of the city, from its infancy to modern times, and how life in this city changes over time and space.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$35.00
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US$35.00

Santiago: Half Day tradicional city Tour

Santiago: Half Day tradicional city Tour

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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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$36.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$36.00
Price varies by group size
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Santiago City Tour

Santiago City Tour

SANTIAGO and surroundings Located inside the Great Central Valley, at a height of 542 meters. Above sea level (1788 feet), between the majestic Andes mountain range and the mountains of the coastline, Santiago is a charming city that invites you to see its European architecture houses from the old aristocratic neighborhoods of downtown, El barrio civic is surrounded by the buildings of public ministries and It is possible to visit the presidential palace, La Moneda, from there a small walk takes you to the main square where the Cathedral stands out as an interesting place to visit, then we go to Santa Lucia Hill, the right place where the Spaniards founded Santiago in 1541, then the tour takes you to Bellavista, the artistic and bohemian neighborhood is the next stop. At lunch, the Central Market can be a real option to taste Chilean seafood and fish.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$80.00
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US$80.00

Private Full-Day Santiago Experience with Lunch

Private Full-Day Santiago Experience with Lunch

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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.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$274.90
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US$274.90
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Santiago: Half day, Private City Tour starting from Airport or your Hotel.

Santiago: Half day, Private City Tour starting from Airport or your Hotel.

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Explore Chile’s capital city on a private tour. Customize the stops to match your tastes, or let your guide plan the itinerary. Learn local insights and history as you travel through Santiago and see top sights like: Cerro Santa Lucia, La Moneda Palace, and the Santiago Cathedral. This tour is ideal for first time visitors looking for an orientation of the city, and for those who value privacy as the tour is exclusive to you and your group.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$48.00
Price varies by group size
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US$48.00
Price varies by group size
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Traditional Dinner Show in Santiago

Traditional Dinner Show in Santiago

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Enjoy a performance by ‘Voces de América’ (America’s Voices) and the ‘Thiare’ ballet during this 3.5-hour combination dinner and a show experience in Santiago. Dig into an included three-course dinner of international fare as you enjoy an extravaganza of typical dances from Chile’s northern, central, and southern regions, plus Easter Island.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$95.99
Price varies by group size
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US$95.99
Price varies by group size
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Private Santiago and Neighborhoods Tour: San Cristobal Hill & Artisan Village

Private Santiago and Neighborhoods Tour: San Cristobal Hill & Artisan Village

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Soak up the massive city of Santiago with this private multi-stop driving tour that includes visits to historical sites and El Pueblito de Los Dominicos Artisan Village. In the city center, see the historic landmarks and then venture into the varied neighborhoods beyond the downtown. Take in panoramic views of the urban and mountain landscape as you travel by cable car up to the top of San Cristobal Hill.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$160.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$160.00
Price varies by group size
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Santiago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Plus

Santiago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Plus

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Explore Santiago’s top attractions on a convenient hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Enjoy two days of fun with complimentary audio narration, a cable car ride in the massive Santiago Metropolitan Park, and stops at important landmarks, neighborhoods, museums, and markets. Hop off whenever you like and simply hop on the next bus when you’re ready to move on.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$57.00
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US$57.00
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Small group transfer from Valparaiso or San Antonio Port + Santiago City Tour

Small group transfer from Valparaiso or San Antonio Port + Santiago City Tour

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When your ship pulls into port in San Antonio, discover Santiago on a private shore excursion. Skip the complications of arranging your own transport to the capital with this one-way private transfer. A guide helps you get acquainted with Santiago while you sightsee at the Plaza del Armas and other major highlights. Make use of a provided cable car ticket at San Cristobal Hill before drop-off at your hotel.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$133.34
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US$133.34

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