Driving approximately 142 miles total throughout the day; about three hours, with stops for field trips. Walking approx. two miles throughout the day; periods of standing up to two hours; up and downhill; mostly paved terrain. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.
At the hotel, we will have a buffet breakfast with milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.
After checking out of the hotel, we will set out on an exploration of Chile's Pacific coast via motor-coach with a local expert. During our journey, we will go to two neighboring but quite different coastal cities, Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Valparaíso, our first stop, is the second largest city in Chile and it enjoys a spectacular location between the mountains and the sea. This historic port and university town is famous for its more than 50 small hills connected by an ingenious network of twisting streets, stairways, cable car lines, flower filled balconies, and lookout platforms, all over a unique cityscape with spectacular views of the bay from which the city takes its name. On foot, we will examine the Historic Quarter of the old town and the new, visiting the Plaza de la Victoria to see its lovely Neptune Fountain, the famous Turri Clock, the docks and fisherman's wharf, and the Naval Academy. We will make a stop in Cerro Florida to visit La Sebastiana, a historic house-turned museum, which was the one-time home of Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. We will then take the funicular railway to reconvene with the motor-coach, which we will board for the short transfer north to Viña del Mar, Chile's premier coastal resort famous for its beaches and a bustling commercial sector. Viña del Mar is known as the Ciudad Jardín, or “Garden City,” thanks to its lavish gardens and subtropical atmosphere. This city was founded in 1874 due to the economic development mainly achieved by the mining activity and the good rank reached by the aristocracy that allowed them to continually travel to Europe where residents developed a love for European architecture. As we travel through town via motor-coach, we will make stops at the beach and enjoy the garden parks during some time for independent exploration.
At a local restaurant in Vina del Mar, enjoy a delicious 3-course meal with two choices for each course, plus a glass of wine or soft drink, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.
Afterward, we will climb aboard our motor-coach and depart for the airport. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!
On your own at the airport.