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Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) Tours

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Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana)
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. 

Address: Plaza de Armas, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Hours: Open daily
Admission: Free
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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
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Santiago Evening Bike Tour

Santiago Evening Bike Tour

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See the Chilean capital at its most atmospheric on this 3-hour evening bike tour of Santiago. Soak up the city nightlife as you follow your guide through Santiago Centro, Providencia and Vitacura districts, and pedal past illuminated landmarks. After gliding around the lamp-lit Forestal Park and admiring the glittering La Moneda Palace, finish by watching the dramatic light show in Plaza de la Aviación.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$86.67
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US$86.67

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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Santiago Center Cultural Bike Tour

Santiago Center Cultural Bike Tour

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Pedal your way around Santiago on this 3-hour small-group bike tour of the historic capital. Follow your guide past city landmarks like La Moneda Palace, the Palace of Justice and Santiago Cathedral; cruise through the lively Plaza de Armas and peek into the famous Central Market. Learn more about Santiago’s fascinating history as you glide down the Bulnes promenade, then escape the busy city streets for a tranquil ride through the Parque Forestal.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$62.67
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US$62.67

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
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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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Private Tour: Half-Day Santiago Discovery

Private Tour: Half-Day Santiago Discovery

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Gain a sense of all Santiago has to offer on this 5-hour guided tour. Learn about the military coup at la Moneda, see the catch of the day at the central fish market, tour the Fine Arts Museum, and ride a cable car to San Cristobal Hill. Further highlights include the colorful Bellavista neighborhood, colonial buildings in the historic center, and legendary bar La Piojera.
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  • 5 hours
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US$149.34
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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
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US$36.00
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Santiago city experience: Walking tour, Market visit, Lunch & Coffee included

Santiago city experience: Walking tour, Market visit, Lunch & Coffee included

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Experience Santiago like a local on this private 7-hour tour, including hotel pick-up, and enjoy the flexibility of a fully customisable itinerary. Follow your guide on a walking tour of downtown Santiago; ride the funicular to the top of Cerro San Cristobal; and tuck into a typical Chilean lunch (included) at the Central Market. Get the inside scoop on Santiago’s best shops, museums and street foods as you explore the city’s colorful neighborhoods, and stop by local haunts like Cafe con Piernas and La Piojera.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$120.00
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US$120.00
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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
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Half Day Tour Santiago Highlights

Half Day Tour Santiago Highlights

We invite you to discover Santiago, a cosmopolitan city which has become one of South America’s most modern hubs.Described by the international media as a surprising destination, Santiago stands out for being a cosmopolitan and modern city that perfectly combines its traditions with a modern outlook.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$44.00
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US$44.00
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Regular Transfer from San Antonio port + Santiago City Tour

Regular Transfer from San Antonio port + Santiago City Tour

We will safely take you from the Port of San Antonio to the City of Santiago. Once at our capital we will show you the best places of the old and the new Santiago: Santa Lucia Hill, the pedestrian streets of Santiago Downtown, Plaza de Armas, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the upscale neighborhoods of Providencia and Vitacura where we will take you to visit the beautiful Bicentennial Park, place where you will have the chance to see black neck swanns and flamingos. You will also have the opportunity to taste the best of our traditional cousine and sea food during our stop at the Central Market of Santiago.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$137.50
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US$137.50

Walking tour through Santiago

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Walking tour through Santiago

Come tour the city to learn about its history and treasure the best memories. It is a walking tour that will delight you with stories from different places, along with portraying them at the different points that make up the circuit. The tour starts at Plaza de Armas, to learn about the foundation of Santiago, along with visiting the Metropolitan Cathedral. Then we will go to the civic neighborhood where we will meet La Moneda and the guide will tell you part of what happened during the bombing of the coin in 1973. Later we will visit one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of Santiago: Paris and London, along with knowing the oldest building in Chile built during the Spanish Colony. Finally we will visit the Santa Lucia hill and we will finish by the Bellas Artes neighborhood to end up enjoying in some typical local of the city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$12.75
US$15.00
US$2.25 savings
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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

Santiago Super Saver: 2-Day City Sightseeing and Concha y Toro Winery Tour

Santiago Super Saver: 2-Day City Sightseeing and Concha y Toro Winery Tour

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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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$85.00
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US$85.00
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Santiago Like a Local: Private Walking Tour with Coffee, Markets, Street Food and San Cristobal Hill

Santiago Like a Local: Private Walking Tour with Coffee, Markets, Street Food and San Cristobal Hill

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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.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$177.33
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US$177.33
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Old Town Santiago Highlights

Old Town Santiago Highlights

The whole idea of Chile Lindo Tours is to show and share with visitors our own favourite places in and around Valparaiso & Santiago! We know the streets, the secret spots and funny stories about Santiago so come with us and walk Santiago like a local!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$80.00
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US$80.00

Santiago: 4 days program to know the city.

Santiago: 4 days program to know the city.

Package tour, transfer and excursions in Santiago de Chile. Not spending more to take Transfer Airport - Hotel in Santiago + City Tour + Tour to Vina del Mar and Valparaiso + Transfer Hotel in Santiago - Santiago Airport
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$118.67
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US$118.67
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Santiago: Full day, traditional city tour and shopping day

Santiago: Full day, traditional city tour and shopping day

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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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$80.00
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US$80.00
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Santiago Super Saver: 2-Day Santiago Sightseeing plus Viña del Mar & Valparaiso

Santiago Super Saver: 2-Day Santiago Sightseeing plus Viña del Mar & Valparaiso

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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.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$69.00
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US$69.00
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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
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US$48.00
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2-Day Private Tour Exploring Santiago and Andes Mountains

2-Day Private Tour Exploring Santiago and Andes Mountains

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Experience city streets and mountain landscapes on this 2-day tour of Santiago, the Maipo Valley, and El Yeso Reservoir. In Santiago, visit historic monuments, the Fine Arts Museum, the Central Market, the distinctive home of poet Pablo Neruda, and take in city views from San Cristobal Hill. Head into the Andes on day two, where you’ll hike, picnic, and observe local wildlife. Your last stop is the Concha y Toro Winery, where you’ll enjoy a tour and tastings.
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  • 2 days
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US$458.67
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US$458.67

Private Full-Day Bike Tour of Santiago Cultural 5-6 hrs

Private Full-Day Bike Tour of Santiago Cultural 5-6 hrs

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Get a street-level view of Santiago’s historic sites, neighborhoods, and parks on a small-group bicycle tour for one to seven people. This full-day Santiago tour follows bike paths, park lanes, and city streets, all equipment, and a visit to the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$149.34
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Metropolitan Cathedral (Catedral Metropolitana) hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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