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Discovery of Antarctica, Patagonia, and Chilean Fjords

Example 18 Day Cruise aboard MS Roald Amundsen
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Experience the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich Antarctic wildlife on display in this pristine wilderness. This 18-day voyage begins with calls at Castro, Puerto Edén, and Puerto Natales before the ship heads south through the wild Chilean fjords and to Antarctica for four days of exploration.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Valparaíso | Embark
Days 2-3 : At sea
Day 4 : Castro
Day 5 : At sea
Day 6 : Puerto Edén
Days 7-8 : Puerto Natales
Day 9 : Chilean fjords
Days 10-11 : At sea
Days 12-15 : Antarctica
Days 16-17 : At sea
Day 18 : Punta Arenas | Fly to Santiago de Chile

Highlights

  • Explore 22 possible sites on the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Visit during the mating season for seals and nest-building for penguins
  • Voyage through the beautiful fjords of Chile with a landing at Cape Horn
  • Discover Castro & Puerto Natales in spectacular national parks

Ship

MS Roald Amundsen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Valparaiso, Chile Puerto Natales on the Strait Of Magellan Icebergs reflected in Antarctica's Paradise Bay Antarctic landscape Skyline of Santiago
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Day 1 Valparaíso | Embark

The voyage starts in the port city of Valparaíso. It is the third-largest city in Chile with charming cobbled alleys, colorful buildings, regular festivals, and street artists and musicians

Day 2-3 At sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
While at sea, guests may be able to sight whales, dolphins, and sea birds such as albatrosses and petrels. Join lectures in the Science Center or spend time enjoying the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, gym, and Wellness Center.

Day 4 Castro

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Castro has colorful 'palafitos’ wooden houses mounted on stilts along the water's edge. Other highlights include Iglesia San Francisco, a UNESCO World Heritage church with wood interiors and stained-glass windows, and Feria Campesina Yumbel, a bustling food market. Most of the restaurants in Castro are concentrated along Calle Blanco, which is where guests can get a taste of curanto, a local meat, potato, and seafood stew. 
 
Close to the town is Chiloé National Park and its wide beaches and rugged coastline are home to dozens of seabird species, penguins, and sea lions. The waters here are also visited by a number of whale species such as humpbacks, finbacks, seis, and the much rarer pygmy blue whales and southern right whales. 

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 5 At sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While at sea, guests may be able to sight whales, dolphins, and sea birds such as albatrosses and petrels. Join lectures in the Science Center or spend time enjoying the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, gym, and Wellness Center.

Day 6 Puerto Edén

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The sleepy village of Puerto Edén sits at the end of a deep fjord surrounded by mountains in the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. Its tiny population of 250 includes the 15 remaining members of the Kawéskar people, an indigenous Patagonian tribe. Guests can buy traditional Kawéskar crafts as souvenirs, such as wicker baskets and toy boats made from sea lion skins and tree bark. Birdwatchers should keep on the look-out for Magellan hummingbirds which are local to the area.

Day 7-8 Puerto Natales

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Puerto Natales is situated at the picturesque opening of Última Esperanza Sound and acts as the gateway to the world-renowned Torres del Paine National Park. Guests can wander the boutique shops and corrugated-tin houses, or sample some local Chilean cuisine. We will also visit the ancient Milodón Cave which is 100 ft high and 656 ft deep and made up of interesting rock formations. 
 
A UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Torres del Paine National Park features towering mountain peaks, azure lakes, emerald forests, roaring rivers, one big, radiant blue glacier, and the third-largest ice field on the planet. Guests might see llamas, pumas, chilla foxes, and skunks in addition to more than a hundred species of birds such as the Andean condor and black-chested buzzard eagle. 
 
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

Day 9 Chilean fjords

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Guests will be able to admire the stunning scenery as we sail past a maze of islands, mountains, and fjords. They may also be able to spot colonies of Magellanic penguins on the beaches together with lounging elephant seals. In the water, migrating blue, grey, and humpback whales, orcas, and playful dolphins may also be seen.

Day 10-11 At sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The ship journeys the scenic Beagle Channel before turning due south towards Antarctica. We pass iconic Cape Horn, the southernmost point of South America. Before the Panama Canal, ships had to pass this infamous rocky island in order to cross between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Depending on sea and weather conditions, we will attempt to make a landing on Cape Horn, at the Captain’s discretion.
 
The Drake Passage connects the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans and is the shortest crossing to Antarctica. It is also nicknamed the ‘Drake Shake’ when the seas are stormy or the ‘Drake Lake’ when the waters are still. 

Day 12-15 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Each day, we venture to one of 22 possible sites to go cruising in small boats and to make landings where guests are able to observe penguin colonies, seals, whales, glaciers, and icebergs up close.
 
All aboard are invited to participate in lectures on glaciology, climate change, and marine biology. Guests can also engage in Citizen Science programs like photographing leopard seals and spotting whale tails that contribute directly to scientific research.
 
Included:
 
·  Daily landings with short hikes to scenic or wildlife spots 
·  Small boat cruises near the ship and landing site
·  Lectures on a wide range of scientific topics
 
Additional optional activities may include:
 
·  Kayaking near icebergs, and possibly seals and penguins
·  Longer small boat cruises to explore hard-to-reach areas
·  Guided longer hikes to scenic viewpoints
·  Camping ashore possibly with penguins
·  Snowshoeing through pristine snowfields
·  In-depth photography lessons

Day 16-17 At sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As we return to open water, guests will have time to learn more in the Science Center, attend lectures, enjoy the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, gym, and Wellness Center, or just relax while bird and whale watching out on deck.

Day 18 Punta Arenas | Fly to Santiago de Chile

  • 1 Breakfast
It’s time to return home via Punta Arenas and Santiago de Chile. 

Included transfers and flight:
 
•      Transfer from the ship to Punta Arenas airport
•      Flight in coach class from Punta Arenas to Santiago de Chile
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Flexible New Booking Policy
Book a cruise by October 31, 2020 and if canceled for any reason in the future receive a FULL refund--including deposit--within 14 days, minus a small cancellation fee. Applicable to new bookings for sailings in 2021 and 2022.

Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for details.
 
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183 sq ft, Cabins on middle decks with queen bed.
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Outside Cabin on Lower/Middle Decks (RR)
205–248 sq ft, Larger cabins on middle decks with flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed. Most are 215 sq ft.
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258–280 sq ft, Large middle-deck cabins without a balcony, with flexible sleeping arrangements, amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee. Accessible to guests with limited mobility.
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291 sq ft, Large cabins without balcony. On middle decks, with flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa bed, amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee.
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161–205 sq ft, Spacious high-deck cabins with a balcony, double bed, some with sofa bed, amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee.
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237 sq ft, Corner suite with large windows, without a balcony, with flexible sleeping arrangements, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.
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215–301 sq ft, Suites with a private balcony on high decks, with flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker
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377 sq ft, Large corner suite with a private balcony, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, espresso maker. Accessible to guests with limited mobility.
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Corner Suite with Balcony (MC)
215–323 sq ft, Aft corner suites with a private balcony and hot tub, large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.
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XL Suite with Balcony (MA)
495–517 sq ft, Extra-large corner suites with a private balcony. The ship’s most spacious cabins, with large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa bed, mini-bar, amenity kit, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.

Notes

NOTE: This is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions 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
Flight
•      Flight in coach class from Punta Arenas to Santiago de Chile after the voyage
Transfers
•      Transfer from the ship to Punta Arenas airport after the voyage
Voyage
•      Full-board expedition voyage aboard MS Roald Amundsen in a cabin of your choice
•      A choice of three onboard restaurants
•      All meals include beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water in all onboard restaurants)
•      Complimentary tea and coffee
•      Free Wi-Fi onboard
•      Complimentary reusable water bottle made from aluminum to use at water refill stations located throughout the ship
•      No gratuities expected
 
Onboard Activities
•      Citizen Science program allows guests to help out with live scientific research
•      Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on sustainability, climate change, wildlife, glaciology, history
•      Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
•      Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
•      Use of the ship’s infinity pool, hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
•      Informal gatherings where the crew share stories, play a film or documentary, conduct a quiz, run art workshops, perform           talents like fruit and ice carving, or teach guests how to tie sailor’s knots
 
Landing Activities
•      Daily escorted landings in Antarctica 
•      Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for included and optional activities
•      Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
•      Canon-certified Expedition Team members help with your camera settings before every landing

Not Included In Your Expedition

•      Travel insurance
•      International flight package to and from Santiago de Chile
•      Luggage handling
•      Treatments in the onboard Wellness Center 
•      Additional landing activities such as:
        o   Kayaking
        o   Glacier hikes
        o   Snowshoeing
        o   Camping
        o   Photography course
•      Optional excursions
•      Pre and post-programs
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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