Antarctica Voyage of Discovery - Northbound

From Santiago to Valparaiso
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Chile
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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Tour Description

Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords - Voyage of Discover, lets you experience all these magical destinations in one 19 day expedition.  

Start your 19 day journey in Chile’s exciting capital, Santiago, before flying 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 landings in Antarctica, the opportunity to visit the iconic Torres del Paine National Park, perhaps land at  Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. The Citizen Science programme onboard will allows you to assist with live scientific research, or perhaps brush up on your wildlife photography with our professional onboard photographer. After an action packed day of visits to penguin colonies and walks in Antarctica & Patagonia, there is always time to relax in the onboard hot tubs, panoramic saunas and enjoy a delicious meal in one of the restaurants.

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"Not only will you witness amazing wildlife, like penguin colony visits, the Citizen Science programme will allow you to assist with live scientific research!, Tara, Team Viva

Discover Patagonia, the Chilean Fjords and Antarctica in one exciting voyage.

Explore remote and beautiful villages like Castra and Puerto Eden - Its population of 250 includes the 15 remaining members of the Kawéskar people.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Santiago

Arrive Santiago
Your adventures starts with an overnight stay in Santiago. Please make your own way to the hotel. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover Santiago's charm.


Day 2
Fly Santiago to Punta Arenas - Embarkation Day

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.

Day 3-4
The Drake Passage

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.

Day 5-8
Antarctica

Antarctica never fails to inspire awe and wonder, with white horizons above oceans full of icebergs and whales. Perhaps even more awe-inspiring will be your first encounter with the huge colonies of penguins.

Our Expedition Team will lead ice-cruising and landings at every opportunity to come ashore and explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. From deck, there are great chances to spot whales. Of course, this is true wilderness, so nature is in charge, but our experienced captain will work with the elements to create the best possible itinerary for your adventure.

We will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula and aim to bring you to the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich wildlife on display in this pristine wilderness.

Day 9-10
Drake Passage & Cape Horn

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.

Day 11
Patagonian Fjords

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.

Day 12-13
Torres del Paine National Park

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.

Included activity:
Scenes of Puerto Natales (3 hrs)
Explore the small city of Puerto Natales and its scenic surroundings. Visit Plaza de Armas, a tree-lined square in the town centre, and then go to a large cave where the bones of a prehistoric ground sloth called a Milodón were found in 1896. The cave attracts many visitors and features a historical display of the tribes who inhabited the area as far back as 12,000 years ago.

Optional tours available. Please ask your travel specialist for more details.

Day 14
Puerto Edén

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.

Day 15
Waters of Patagonia

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.

Day 16
Castro

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.

Included activity:
Castro Walking Tour (2 hrs)
Explore landmarks and cultural sights on a city walk through Castro, the capital of Chile’s Chiloé Island. Castro is famous for its ornate church, Iglesia de San Francisco, and the nearby districts of Rilán, Nercón and Chelín are known for their unique wooden churches, designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. Castro and Chiloé are also famous for palafitos, traditional wooden stilt houses.

Optional tours available. Please ask for more details.

Day 17-18
Sailing North

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

Day 19
Disembark Valparaíso

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.

Transfer to Santiago Airport is not included but can be arranged.

Why not extend your stay and explore Valparaíso or other South American destinations?

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin onboard the MS Roald Amundsen
  • Included Copy 20 1 night pre-cruise hotel accommodation in Santiago
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Included Copy 20 Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water)
  • Included Copy 20 À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Group transfers in Santiago & Punta Arenas on day 2
  • Included Copy 20 Charter flight from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas on day 2
  • Included Copy 20 Range of included excursions
  • Included Copy 20 English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Included Copy 20 Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Included Copy 20 Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment neededfor optional and included activities
  • Included Copy 20 Free Wi-fi on board for all guests. Limited connection due to remote location. No Streaming
  • Included Copy 31 Rejuvenating wellness areas: treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track, gym, sauna
  • Included Copy 31 Gratuities not expected
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, Travel Insurance, additional pre/post cruise arrangements not included
  • Included Copy 7 Optional activities/excursions, Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
Transportation
MS Roald Amundsen | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

530 (500 in Antarctica) Passengers

Activities

  • Included Opportunity to land on Cape Horn!
  • Included Hiking opportunities, Zodiac cruising, shore landings in Antarctica
  • Included Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Included Opportunity to visit Torres del Paine National Park
  • Included Castro Walking Tour - Explore this colour seaside town in Chile
  • Included Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best photos
  • Included Cruise Patagonias fjords, visit Puerto Eden, home to the last of the Kaweskar people
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Duration

19 days

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$8,906 USD

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