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Guanaco in Torres del Paine

Exploration of Antarctica, Patagonia, and Chilean Fjords

Example 20 Day Cruise aboard MS Fram
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This expedition cruise takes you to the untouched wilderness of Antarctica and the beautiful fjords of Chile. Join this 20-day fantastic adventure to explore the great white continent with ice-cruising, landings, and other exciting activities, followed by a voyage of discovery to the remote and spectacular Chilean coast.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Buenos Aires
Day 2 : Fly to Ushuaia | Embark
Day 3 : Drake Passage
Days 4-8 : Antarctica
Days 9-10 : At sea
Day 11 : Cape Horn
Day 12 : Chilean Fjords
Days 13-14 : Puerto Natales | Torres del Paine National Park
Day 15 : Puerto Edén
Day 16 : At sea
Day 17 : Castro
Days 18-19 : At sea
Day 20 : Valparaíso, Chile | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy the rare chance to explore Antarctica and Patagonia in one expedition
  • Sail into the Chilean fjords and see Cape Horn in full summer bloom
  • Take part in landings, hiking and ice-cruising in Antarctica
  • Get the opportunity to visit Torres del Paine National Park

Ship

MS Fram

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires Nights in Ushuaia Blue ice of Antarctica Whale sighting in Polar waters! Guanaco in Torres del Paine Valparaiso, Chile

Day 1 Buenos Aires

Your expedition starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. Optional city tour. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover the “Paris of South America” for yourself.

Day 2 Fly to Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The following day, you fly to Ushuaia. The flight leaves Buenos Aires early in the morning, allowing you a few hours to explore Ushuaia or to join an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park, before embarking on MS Fram. In the evening, we will sail through the scenic Beagle Channel.

Day 3 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
MS Fram takes us safely across the famous Drake Passage. The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 600 miles or 40 hours sailing time in good weather. During the voyage south, the expedition team will prepare you for your exploration through a series of informative lectures and demonstrations.

Day 4-8 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
This pure wilderness is full of overwhelming impressions. The elements rule here, so your expedition team works with the conditions to select the  best possible landing sites to create unforgettable experiences on the South Shetlands and Antarctic Peninsula. Flexibility allows us to take advantage of the unexpected, and wildlife will be at the forefront of our plans.
At every opportunity, your expedition team will take you out for landings or ice cruising to get close and truly explore Antarctic beauty, while ensuring not to disturb the wildlife.
The optional activities offer you the chance to experience Antarctica with all your senses as you sail remote waters with icebergs floating by, hike up snowy pathways to spectacular views, and listen to the sounds of glaciers calving or penguins squabbling. Every day will be different, and each is carefully designed to create lasting memories.

Day 9-10 At sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Sailing northbound across the Drake Passage is the chance to re-cap all we have seen and heard in Antarctica. The expedition team will continue their lecture program to prepare you for the delights ahead. Enjoy priming your knowledge about the history and ecosystems of the area. Make sure to spend some time on deck to enjoy the fresh sea air and watch for wildlife.

Day 11 Cape Horn

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Attempt a landing on Cape Horn – the southernmost tip of South America. Going ashore can be very difficult because of the weather in this area. This is the southernmost point of South America, marking the boundary between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Next, we will sail on to the sheltered waters of Beagle Channel.

Day 12 Chilean Fjords

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The glacier-created Chilean fjords are a true highlight, with their deep channels, placid fjords and mountains plunging into icy waters. The snow-capped mountains and steep valleys make a striking contrast to an otherwise lush coastal plain that is rich in wildlife.

Day 13-14 Puerto Natales | Torres del Paine National Park

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The impressive “Torres del Paine” (Towers of Paine) rock formation gives the park its name. The peaks, Torre Central, Sur and Norte, create spectacular vistas. Explore the nature sanctuary on our optional excursion.
Torres del Paine hosts stunning variety, from the vast open steppe to rugged mountain terrain. The park is home to a wide variety of fauna and flora - watch for 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 center, 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.

Day 15 Puerto Edén

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The village of Puerto Edén in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park will enchant you. This deeply isolated community is situated at the end of a deep fjord and surrounded by mountains. Its population of 250 includes the 15 remaining members of the Kawéskar tribe.

Day 16 At sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your expedition cruise continues south to one of the world’s most remote and beautiful places, the southern province of Ultima Esperanza, meaning Last Hope. This is an iconic Andean seascape of amazing beauty.

Day 17 Castro

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Castro is set among windswept hills and lush vegetation. The city is known for its colorful “palafitos,” wooden houses mounted on stilts along the water's edge. While here, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Iglesia de San Francisco.

Included activity:
Castro Walking Tour (2 hrs)
Explore landmarks and cultural sights on a city walk through Castro, the capital of Chile’s Chiloé Island. Castro is famous for its ornate church, Iglesia de San Francisco, and the nearby districts of Rilán, Nercón and Chelín are known for their unique wooden churches, designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. Castro and Chiloé are also famous for palafitos, traditional wooden stilt houses.

Day 18-19 At sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Heading towards Valparaíso, you have the chance to relax and enjoy the deep relaxation of a day at sea. The expedition team will entertain you with stories of the area, help you to plan your next exploration or show you an interesting creature or two under the microscope in our Science Center.

Day 20 Valparaíso, Chile | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
This remarkable expedition cruise ends in the colorful and poetic port of Valparaíso. One of the best ways to see this scenic city is to climb the hills aboard a funicular, which provides sweeping views. 

MS Fram

Buenos Aires - Hotels

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$14,938
Cabin I MS Fram
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Polar Inside I
113-140 square feet. Inside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc
Cabin FJ MS Fram
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Polar Outside FJ
172-226 square feet. Outside cabin: Double bed, seating area, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc, limited or no view. (FJ 503 with twin beds).
A comfortable twin cabin on the MS Fram
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Polar Outside N
113-140 square feet. Outside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, table, TV, refrigerator, shower/wc. (N-352 with upper/lower berths).
Cabin U MS Fram
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Arctic Superior U
118-252 square feet. Outside cabin: One bed, one sofa bed, table, TV, refrigerator, kettle, shower/wc. (U-526 with upper/lower berths).
Cabin F MS Fram
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Arctic Superior F
183-248 square feet. Double bed, seating area, TV, refrigerator, kettle, shower/wc.
Cabin M MS Fram
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Expedition Suite M
172-215 square feet. One room with seating area, TV, mini-bar, kettle, double bed, shower/wc.
Cabin MG MS Fram
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Expedition Suite MG
260-420 square feet. One room with private balcony, seating area, TV, mini-bar, kettle, double bed, shower/wc.

Notes

NOTE: This is an expedition where the elements rule. The weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount, and the captain decides the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition is unique.

Included in Your Expedition
  • Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice   
  • One hotel night in Buenos Aires before the voyage, including breakfast
  • Transfer hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
  • Coach-class flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Transfer in Ushuaia, incl. an orientation tour
Not Included In Your Expedition
  • International flights 
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners  
  • Optional small-group adventures with our expedition team such as kayaking, camping, glacier walks, long hikes (availability contingent on weather conditions and safety)  
  • Optional small-group Explorer Photo program with our Expedition Photographer   
  • Travel protection plan 
  • Luggage handling
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