Antarctica Voyage of Discovery - Southbound

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

Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords –  Voyage of Discovery, join us as we cruise south from the beauty of the Chilean coast to magical Antarctica! 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 as we explore Chiles Pacific Coast. We call in at Castro, known for its colourful houses built on stilts over the water, Puerto Eden, home to the last members of the Kaweskar people, and the iconic and dramatic Torres del Paine National Park. Hopefully we will be able to land at Cape Horn, the southern most tip of South America before we  cross the Drake Passage to reach the pristine wilderness that is the Antarctic Peninsula.

In Antarctica, there will be the chance to do ice cruising onboard zodiacs, getting up close to icebergs and glaciers, and landings, encountering incredible wildlife such as penguin, whale and seal species. 

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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.

"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

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Valparaiso, Chile

This expedition cruise starts in colourful Valparaíso. One of the best ways to see 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 before embarking on MS Roald Amundsen.

Ask your travel specialist for pre cruise options

Day 2-3
Pacific coast of Chile

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.

Included Castro Walking Tour:
Walk from pier to Plaza de Armas for a short visit and proceed to San Francisco church, the main Catholic church of Chiloé’s capital and rather than the typical style of the other churches of the island, it is Neo-Gothic style.

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

Day 5
Patagonian fjords

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

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 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 9
Chilean 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. You’ll also learn how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible and you’ll join Citizen Science programmes to help collect data for current scientific research.

Day 12-15
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.

Wherever we explore, the sights and sounds and of Antarctica are sure to stay with you for a lifetime!

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. Using the state-of-the-art microscopes in the ship’s Science Center, you can analyse samples taken during the expedition cruise to see another kind of ‘wildlife’ at the cellular level.

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.

Charter flight to Santiago is included. We recommend staying at least 1 night in Santiago post cruise as charter flight times are not confirmed prior to travel. Or perhaps add on Easter Island, Atacama desert or more...ask your travel specialist.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Cabin onboard the MS Roald Amundsen
  • 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 31 À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Included Copy 20 Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Range of included excursions
  • Included Copy 20 Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Included Copy 20 English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • 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 20 Transfers and Charter flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago
  • Included Copy 31 Gratuities not expected
  • Included Copy 20 Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • 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 Castro Walking Tour - Explore this colour seaside town in Chile
  • Included Opportunity to visit Torres del Paine National Park
  • Included Opportunity to land on Cape Horn!
  • Included Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Included Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best photos
  • Included Hiking opportunities, Zodiac cruising, shore landings in Antarctica
  • Included Cruise Patagonias fjords, visit Puerto Eden, home to the last of the Kaweskar people
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Duration

18 days

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$8,398 USD

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