Voyage of Discovery - Southbound

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

This 18 day expedition offers Patagonia and Antarctica in one exciting voyage. Start your journey in the vibrant port city of Valparaiso in Chile before sailing south towards Cape Horn in Chilean Patagonia. En route, you will witness the beauty of the Chilean fjords. Cross the Drake Passage to reach the pristine wilderness that is the Antarctic Peninsula. Here there will be the chance to do ice cruising and landings, encountering incredible wildlife such as penguin, whale and seal species. The journey ends back in Chile, in the buzzing city of Santiago.

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

Explore beautiful villages while cruising the Chilean Fjords.

Observe the wide variety of wildlife living in Patagonia and Antarctica.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Valparaiso

This expedition cruise starts in colourful Valparaíso. One of the best ways of seeing this town is by riding its funiculars to sweeping views. Explore the port to get a feel for Chile’s seafaring side. We also recommend a visit to the Historic Quarter or extend your cruise by exploring the amazing Atacama Desert with our optional Pre-programme before embarking on MS Roald Amundsen.

Day 2-3
Sailing South

As we make our way along the Pacific coast of Chile, the Expedition Team will start the lecture programme to prepare you for the experiences ahead. Make sure to spend some time on deck to look out for wildlife.

Day 4
Castro

Castro, set among windswept hills and green vegetation, is known for its colourful `palafitos´, wooden houses mounted on stilts along the water's edge, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site Iglesia San Francisco.

Day 5
Waters of Patagonia

We sail south through the fabled waters of Patagonia and to one of the world’s most remote and beautiful places: the province of Ultima Esperanza, meaning Last Hope. We voyage through iconic Andean seascapes for views of a glorious expanse of undisturbed nature.

Day 6
Puerto Edén Cruising in Patagonia

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 7-8
Torres del Paine National Park

Puerto Natales is the gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park, world-famous for the impressive “Torres del Paine” (Towers of Paine) rock formation.

Explore the park on our optional excursion to discover a landscape of stunning variety, from the vast open steppe to rugged mountain terrain topped by looming peaks that host a wide variety of wildlife. Watch for llamas, pumas, and foxes in addition to more than 100 species of birds like the Andean condor.

Day 9
Patagonia Fjords

Deep fjords and tall mountains plunging into the icy water characterise this wild area that seems almost untouched by humans. Glacial ice has scoured its way between the mountains, creating the lovely isolated islands and hidden bays that form this unique fjord landscape.

Day 10-11
Cape Horn & Drake Passage

In the morning we will sail through the scenic Beagle Channel before we continue into open waters, and if conditions allow, we will make an attempt to land on Cape Horn – the southernmost tip of South America.

Next, we sail the legendary Drake Passage while our lecture series prepares you for Antarctica’s fantastic wildlife and history.

Day 12-15
Antarctica & South Shetlands

Antarctica never ceases to amaze and astound. Ninety per cent of the world´s ice is here, and the continent virtually doubles in size of due to sea ice in the winter. In summer, it is a cradle of life, a vital breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals.

As outlined in the Antarctic Treaty, 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. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures!

The elements rule in Antarctica, and our experienced captain will create the best itinerary possible for your adventure. We will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula and aim to show you the diversity of the reigion´s wildlife and landscape.

Our expert Expedition Team will take you out for ice-cruising and exciting landing activities. There may also be the chance to kayak in the company of whales and icebergs, hike in amazing scenery and perhaps camp on the world´s most isolated continent.

It´s hard to put this wild beauty into words. As a well-known quote from a veteran Antarctic traveller put it: “If you can describe Antarctica with words, you have probably never been there.”

Day 16-17
Crossing the Drake Passage

MS Roald Amundsen takes us safely back across the Drake Passage as we continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica.

Day 18
Disembark Punta Arenas Santiago

Sadly, every expedition must come to an end. When we reach Punta Arenas, on the edge of the Strait of Magellan, it is time to say goodbye. Your journey home continues with your flight to Santiago de Chile, where you have a chance to extend your stay and enjoy our optional Post-programme.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Free tea and coffee
  • Included Copy 20 All meals aboard
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Transfer ship to airport in Punta Arenas
  • Included Copy 20 Economy flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago
  • Included Copy 20 Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings
  • Included Copy 20 Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Included Copy 20 Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Included Copy 7 International flights
  • Included Copy 7 Optional Excursions and Gratuities
  • Included Copy 7 Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Included Copy 7 Luggage handling
  • Included Copy 7 Travel insurance
  • Included Copy 7 Airport arrival or departure taxes
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

18 days

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$14,596 USD

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