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Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords - Voyage of Discovery - Northbound

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Overview

Start your 19 day journey in Chile’s exciting capital, Santiago, before heading down to Chilean Patagonia where you will board your vessel bound for Antarctica. Cross the Drake Passage and enter the realm of the wild where you will see wildlife such as penguins, whales and seals. We will then make our way slowly up through Patagonia and Chile’s stunning fjords. This is a unique opportunity to experience Antarctica and Patagonia in one expedition. You will have the chance to experience ice cruising and shore landing in Antarctica, the opportunity to see Torres del Paine National Park and you will see Cape Horn in summer.

Optional Activities : Kayaking Camping

Trip Code: ACHUVDN

Travel Style: Expedition Cruise

Location: Antarctica & Chile

Ship: ROALD AMUNDSEN

Flights: Internal flights included in itinerary. Ask us to help book your flights to/from South America.

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • This itinerary combines two of the most scenic cruising experiences in the world, combining the incredible wonders of both Antarctica and Patagonia. 

  • Experience incredible wildlife encounters including seals, whales, penguins and a vast array of bird species. 

  • Your itinerary will start in Santiago, a vibrant cosmopolitan rich in culture and surrounded by an incredible backdrop of the incredible Andes. 

  • Your itinerary will pay a visit to the quaint town of Castro, known for its water houses mounted on wooden stilts which can be accompanied by the odd sightings of seas lions. 

CRUISE ITINERARY

The capital of Chile is exciting and diverse. There is a lot to discover, from the Andean glaciers at the city borders, to tall mountains and skyscrapers, to quiet parks, colonial architecture, bohemian quarters and the fast-flowing Mapacho River. Your adventure starts with an overnight hotel stay here.

Santiago, Chile

You fly early in the morning to Punta Arenas, where the hybrid powered expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen is docked, ready for your expedition cruise to Antarctica.

Embarking on the Expedition

We sail through the scenic Beagle Channel and over the legendary Drake Passage. Onboard, the Expedition Team starts the lecture program, giving you information about Antarctica’s fantastic animals, geology and history. Enjoy the fresh sea air and look out for wildlife from the deck.

The Drake Passage - Day 3 & 4

Home to ninety per cent of the world´s ice, Antarctica never fails to amaze and astound. In winter sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent. In summer, it is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals.

This is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism that has evolved through millenniums without human interference. Therefore, we adhere to very strict environmental guidelines and rules. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures!

Antarctica is a true wilderness, so local conditions will dictate our final itinerary. We will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula with the aim of showing you the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich wildlife on display.

At every opportunity, our expert Expedition Team will take you ice-cruising and out for landings. There may also be chances to kayak among icebergs, hike in stunning surroundings and even camp on the most remote continent on Earth.

Pure Wilderness - Day 5 to 8

MS Roald Amundsen takes us safely back across the famous Drake Passage. We will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica in the Science Center. As we reach South America, we will attempt to land on historic Cape Horn before continuing towards the Chilean fjords.

Drake Passage and Cape Horn - Day 9 & 10

Deep fjords and tall mountains plunging into the icy water await us in magnificent surroundings. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans, full of isolated islands and hidden bays that harbour rich wildlife.

A Paradise for Nature Lovers

Puerto Natales is the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park, world-famous for the `Torres del Paine rock formations. Explore the park on our optional excursion to discover a stunning terrain, from the vast open steppe to rugged mountains topped by looming peaks.

This diversity of environments hosts a wide variety of a flora and fauna - llamas, pumas, and foxes in addition to more than 100 species of birds like the Andean condor.

Torres del Paine National Park - Day 12 & 13

After a cruise through Patagonian waters, the village of Puerto Edén in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park will enchant you. It is known for its geographical isolation, situated at the end of a deep fjord and surrounded by mountains. Its population of 250 includes the 15 remaining members of the Kawéskar people.

Isolated Beauty

Our expedition cruise continues north through the fabled waters of Patagonia. As we sail through iconic Andean seascapes, enjoy the vistas of the magnificent natural expanse.

Waters of Patagonia

Set among windswept hills and lush vegetation, Castro is known for its colourful `palafitos´, wooden houses mounted on stilts along the water's edge, and the UNESCO Site Iglesia San Francisco. Nearby wide beaches are home to dozens of seabirds, penguins and sea lions.

Cosmopolitan Castro

As we make our way along the Pacific coast to Valparaiso, we will recap the highlights of the expedition cruise and scan for wildlife.

Sailing North - Day 17 & 18

Sadly, every expedition must come to an end. And this expedition ends in the colourful and poetic city of Valparaíso. Take some time to explore this scenic town before your flight home.

Disembark Valparaiso, Chile
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Spend a few days exploring Santiago, before heading to Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most spectacular parks in South America. Head to El Calafate on the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and from here visit the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Find out more

  • Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the archaeological marvel that is Machu Picchu. Discover the traditional rural life of the Lares region. Experience the evolving role of the original Andean people as you move from unique lodge to lodge, experiencing daily hikes with panoramic views of waterfalls, snow peaks and turquoise lakes and discovering breathtaking sites of ancient Inca civilisation. Find out more.

  • Experience the breathtaking landscape of the Atacama Desert. Undertake a 4-day luxury experience in a spectacular and private location. Tucked in a valley of scenic beauty you may choose to visit salt flats, hot springs, steaming geysers or even climb a volcano. Or simply unwind by visiting local museums or embracing local cultural encounters. Find out more.

Pricing & date

Departing Ending Duration Price
15 Mar 2020 02 Apr 2020 19 USD 11,336
Cabin Type Price
USD 11,336
18 Mar 2021 05 Apr 2021 19 USD 11,580
Cabin Type Price
USD 11,580
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OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kayaking

Kayaking

Camping

Camping

Important Information

    • Overnight in Santiago de Chile before the voyage including breakfast
    • Transfer hotel to airport in Santiago de Chile
    • Economy flight from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas
    • Transfer airport to ship in Punta Arenas including city tour and lunchbox
    • Transfer airport to ship including city tour and lunchbox and transfer ship to airport in Punta Arenas
    • A rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including ice-cruising and onshore exploration with the Expedition Team. 
    • Professional Englishspeaking Expedition Team  an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in. 
    • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket.
    • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities. 
    • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
    • Coffee and tea included throughout the day.
    • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner 
    • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna
    • Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection.
  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and ice conditions. 

  • Departure date, season and availability

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Sustainability

As a member of IAATO we follow guidelines appointed by the Antarctic Treaty System to go above and beyond in support of minimizing negative impacts on this pristine landscape. We also encourage clients to look to book pre-and post- accommodation with us, where local businesses will be supported. Our clients also receive restaurant recommendations which support locally owned restaurants

We carefully select all ships we work with and choose smaller sized vessels to create less impact. We use a highly regulated, licensed vessel which is well equipped to operate in the Antarctic’s delicate ecosystem. We view the voyage to the Antarctic as an expedition, not a sightseeing trip. Smaller boats such as ours can navigate narrow waterways and are far less polluting than the larger ships in Antarctic waters. By carrying less passengers, we have far less waste. The waste is carried back to the home port to allow for environmentally conscious waste management and disposal.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE