In the Heart of the Chilean Fjords

From Santiago to Buenos Aires
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Patagonia
  • Expedition
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Discover some of South America’s most stunning landscapes as you cruise for 11 days amongst the Chilean fjords with narrow winding channels that weave past snow-capped Andean peaks, volcanoes and majestic glaciers. Setting sail from Talcahuano, discover the picturesque fishing village of Tortel, Jorge Montt Glacier in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and Glacier El Brujo. Sail into the coastal inlet of Ainsworth Bay before cruising the narrow Garibaldi Fjord to the towering Garibaldi Glacier that is part of Glacier Alley. Continue past the peaks of the Cordillera Darwin, before rounding Cape Horn and taking in the dramatic landscapes of the Beagle Channel en route to Puerto Williams and the picturesque city of Ushuaia. 


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Observe Magellanic penguins, whales and other wildlife in its natural habitat.

Enjoy navigating along impressive glaciers, channels and fjords.

Discover Tortel, a picturesque village with wooden pontoons and footbridges.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Embarkation in Talcahuano

Talcahuano, Chile’s largest fishing port, neighbours the overflowing energy of Concepción, where music resonates on every street corner. Renowned for its cultural and artistic life, it is nicknamed “the gateway to the south”. With its 215,000 inhabitants, Concepción is a relatively prosperous city in Chile and the country’s largest town south of Santiago. Very beautiful little traditional fishing villages scattered along the coast add to the charm of this part of the Chilean coastline.

Day 2
At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3
Quemchi - Chiloé Island

In southern Chile, in the Lake District, discover the small fishing port of Quemchi on the east coast of Chiloé Island. With its authentic charm, its pretty wooden houses, its narrow streets lined with small shops, and its fish market, this faraway village is sure to win you over. Be sure to visit the museum dedicated to Francisco Coloane, the famous Chilean author and adventurer born on this southern land. Not far from there, the small island called Isla Aucar, accessible via a wooden footbridge will be a chance to observe a wide variety of birds and discover a magnificent botanical garden, home to many of the region’s endemic plants.

Day 4
Sailing in the Pulluche Canal

Day 5

A picturesque, colourful fishing village, Tortel boasts a splendid location in the heart of southern Patagonia, halfway between Puerto Montt and Cape Horn. From the little streets made up of small walkways, you’ll love the grand panorama of rounded mountains, dense forest, the clear waters of the Pacific. If you walk out onto one the many wooden pontoons, you can admire the views as you stand suspended a few metres above the water. The village is scattered with sculptures made by local artists, an excellent introduction to this friendly community

Day 6
English Passage & Pie XI Glacier

Between green hills rising from the water and snow-capped peaks, the English Passage is one of the main Patagonian channels. Situated off the south-western coast of Chile, at the end of the Messier Channel, this narrow waterway with a width of just 180 metres offers a unique sailing experience due to its exceptional dimensions and its magnificent natural setting.
The Brüggen Glacier, a coastal glacier in southern Chile also known as Pio XI, is astonishing for its almost surreal dimensions. With a surface area exceeding 1,200 km2, it is the largest of the glaciers making up the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. This gigantic ice field is the third largest ice mass in the world. Straddling the southern Andes Mountains, its breathtaking natural setting inspires sheer wonder and awe.

Day 7
El Brujo Glacier

At the heart of Bernardo O’Higgings National Park, the largest protected area in Chile, discover El Brujo Glacier. Located at the end of the Asia Fjord, this huge wall of ice sculpted by the wind is fascinating and impressive. This magical, natural and grandiose décor that changes as the light plays upon it will be an unforgettable sight.

Day 8
Agostini Glacier

In the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the Agostini Glacier sits at the back of the eponymous fjord, framed by the Cordillera Darwin. Named after the Italian missionary and explorer Alberto Maria De Agostini, this imposing blue-tinged glacier offers a stunning view over the fjord.

Day 9
Garibaldi Glacier & Pia Fjord

Cruise along the narrow arm of Garibaldi Fjord and marvel at its stunning landscapes: thick green vegetation adorns steep mountains, rivalling the beauty of surrounding ice and snow. Further on, Garibaldi Glacier unveils itself: a towering ice titan looming at the end of the fjord that shares its name. Don't be surprised if sea lions and numerous birds accompany you on your enchanting journey into the heart of one of Chile's most beautiful glaciers.
The Pía Fjord, one of the famous fjords in this southernmost area of the Andes, is lodged along the Chilean coast of Patagonia, in the Cordillera Darwin, between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas. Until very recently, this ice field was unknown territory for men. You’ll be impressed by the majesty and vastness of its glacier which comes down from the mountains towards the sea. Here, trees stand alongside the ice tinted with blue and turquoise, forming a surprising contrast. During a Zodiac® outing, you’ll have the opportunity to soak in the ambiance of this astonishing, wild and distant place.

Day 10
Sailing around Cape Horn

It’s at the meeting point between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that you enter Chilean Patagonia where you head for the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and its famous Cape Horn. From the top of its impressive 425-metre high cliff, South America’s southernmost tip has, for many centuries, seen merchant ships from the world over passing by. Because of its legendary storms and rough seas, getting round this cape has gone down in history as a challenge for all seafarers.

Day 11
Disembarkation in Ushuaia

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Included Copy 20 All meals whilst on-board including snacks
  • Included Copy 20 Open Bar (excluding premium brands)
  • Included Copy 20 Room Service
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Flights from Santiago to Concepcion + Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
  • Included Copy 20 Transfers as mentioned in the programme
  • Included Copy 20 Guiding and lectures by expedition team
  • Included Copy 20 All shore excursions
  • Included Copy 20 Free use of rubber boots for shore excursions
  • Included Copy 20 Polar jacket
  • Included Copy 20 Free Wi-Fi internet access
  • Included Copy 20 All port taxes
  • Included Copy 7 Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
  • Included Copy 7 Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Included Copy 7 Travel Insurance
  • Included Copy 7 Personal expenses such as laundry, on-board communication (telephone calls, faxes)
  • Included Copy 7 Optional Activities whilst on-board
  • Included Copy 7 Gratuities for the crew
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