Voyage of Discovery - Northbound

From Santiago to Valparaiso
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  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Chile
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

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.

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Cruise through the beautiful landscape of Torres del Paine National Park.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Santiago

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.

Day 2
Santiago Punta Arenas

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 & South Shetlands

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.

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.

Day 14
Puerto Edén Cruising in Patagonia

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.

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.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Included Copy 20 One hotel night in Santiago de Chile before the voyage including breakfast
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Free tea and coffee
  • Included Copy 20 All meals aboard
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer hotel to airport in Santiago de Chile
  • Included Copy 20 Economy flight from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer airport to ship in Punta Arenas including city tour and lunchbox
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer ship to airport in Punta Arenas
  • Included Copy 20 Professional English-speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings
  • Included Copy 20 Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Included Copy 20 Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Included Copy 7 International flights
  • Included Copy 7 Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Included Copy 7 Travel insurance
  • Included Copy 7 Luggage handling
  • Included Copy 7 Optional Excursions and Gratuities
  • Included Copy 7 Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
Transportation
MS Roald Amundsen | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

530 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Kayaking
  • Included Hiking
  • Included Wildlife observation
  • Included Camping
  • Included Zodiac expeditions
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Duration

19 days

Price from

$11,336 USD

Per person, sharing

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