Voyage of Discovery - Southbound

From Valparaiso to Santiago
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Chile
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
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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, 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.
Why not make the most out of your stay in Chile and add a 5-day Pre-Programme to Atacama Desert, one of the driest deserts in the world. Talk to your travel advisor today for more options and details.

Dinner tonight is included onboard

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.

All meals included

Day 4

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 advisor for more details.

All meals included onboard your cruise (not on land)

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.

All meals included

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.

All meals included

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 advisor for more details.

All meals included onboard your cruise (not on land)

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.

All meals included

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.

All meals included

Day 12-15

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!

All meals included

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.

All meals included

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 an optional Post-Programme to Easter Island, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most remote islands in the Pacific.

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. Please ask your travel advisor more details.

We offer unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions; nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea conditions, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are at all times our top priorities. All our indicative itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly presents – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 17 nights onboard MS Roald Amundsen in Polar Outside Cabin
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
  • Included Copy 20 Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Included Copy 20 All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants)
  • Included Copy 20 Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 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 All tours mentioned with professional English speaking guide (subject to weather conditions)
  • Included Copy 20 Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Included Copy 20 Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings
  • 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 on Day 18
  • 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 kayaking, camping, glacier walks/long hikes -subject to weather conditions. Additional cost
MS Roald Amundsen | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

530 (500 in Antarctica) Passengers


  • Included Castro Walking Tour - Free, Limited availability
  • Included Castro - Dalcahue, Curaco de Velez & Achao - Additional costs apply
  • Included Wildlife observation
  • Included Castro - Trek at Chiloe National park - Additional costs apply
  • Included Zodiac expeditions
  • Included Puerto Natales - Scenes of Puerto Natales - Free, limited availability
  • Included Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine - Overnight - Additional costs apply
  • Included Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine National Park - Additional costs apply
  • Included Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine – Grey Hike - Additional costs apply
  • Included Puerto Natales - Hiking in Torres del Paine - Additional costs apply
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18 days

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