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Customer Reviews for Casablanca Valley Winery with Airport Transfer

Casablanca Valley Winery with Airport Transfer

Leave the ship in Valparaíso and head into the Casablanca Valley. This is the youngest viticulture area in Chile and it boasts the perfect trilogy—climate, soil and vines. Your first stop will be at Viñedos Veramonte for a tour and wine tasting. Then, drive through the valley, with a stop at one of the best wineries in Chile—Estancia El Cuadro. Here you will find the Casablanca Valley’s most complete and entertaining eno-tourism experience, offering a unique glimpse into the history and traditions of Chilean wine culture. During welcome drinks, enjoy a folkloric music performance. You will continue tasting wines during a leisurely buffet lunch. Then, your excursion continues to Santiago for a scenic drive through Chile’s capital to the beautiful handicraft village of El Pueblo de Los Dominicos in the Las Condes district. Visit the handicraft shops to see artisans working in copper, wool, ceramics, lapis lazuli and other indigenous materials. Enjoy a stroll through the market before transferring to a downtown hotel or to Santiago Airport in time for your flight.Notes:For guests transferring to the airport this option is available only to guests with flights departing after 9pm. During inclement weather, lunch will be served at the Club House at Estancia El Cuadro.  If you have already purchased an airport transfer with your cruise booking, you will be refunded onboard, as this excursion already includes a transfer.
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Customer Reviews for Casablanca Valley Winery with Airport Transfer
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Sour grapes - really!

Date:December 14, 2012
ournoni
Location:United States
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:November
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
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This seemed like it would be a nice way to spend the last day in South America, but it was not. It started off well when we were picked up at the ship and driven to the first of two wineries, but when we got off the bus, the people in the winery told the guide that we were not booked there until the afternoon, so we all got back on the bus for the 45 min. return trip to Valparaiso (this makes 1 1/2 hours wasted on the bus since we drove the same route a total of three times), where the bus then drove up and down the same few streets several times until it was time to go back to the first winery. The young man who conducted out tour spoke softly and with a rather heavy accent, so I can't tell you what he said. It is a pretty place, but when they finally gave us some wine, it was a big disappointment. I poured mine out and saw many people just set their glasses down with the wine still in them and walk away. Eventually we went to the second winery, which is not really a winery - they told us they do not sell wine, they are just there as a tourist attraction. The lunch was nice, the wait staff very good. The folk dancing was okay. When we got there most of the seats were taken and the rest of us had to just sit wherever we could find a single chair. Our tour guide was long gone, sitting with some other people that I think were guides. At any rate, she had zero interest in what happened to the people on her bus.
When we got into Santiago, again, there was much driving up one street and down another, often repeated. Eventually we got to the artisan shop where we had almost no time, probably due to the extra driving back and forth between Valparaiso and the first "winery." I would love to go back there and shop some day. We did drive to the market where we also had almost no time. I didn't find anything there and I thinkk few, if any, of us did. I think it would be a great place to shop if you had time.
This tour guide should not be wearing Holland America ID. The difference between the service onboard ship (top drawer) and the tour guides is light years. I will probably cruise with Holland America again, but not unless I can find an acceptable alternative to their shore excursions.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
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