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Valparaiso, Chile

Discovery of Antarctica, Chilean Fjords and Patagonia

Example 19 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. Here in the Lemaire Channel visiting penguins. Discover the Antarctic Peninsula for four days before journeying north through the Chilean fjords, with opportunities to visit national parks at Puerto Natales, Puerto Edén, and Castro.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Santiago de Chile
Day 2 : Fly to Punta Arenas | Embark
Days 3-4 : Drake Passage
Days 5-8 : Antarctica
Days 9-10 : At sea
Day 11 : Chilean Fjords
Days 12-13 : Puerto Natales | Torres del Paine National Park
Day 14 : Puerto Edén
Day 15 : At sea
Day 16 : Castro
Days 17-18 : At sea
Day 19 : 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 Roald Amundsen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Guanaco in Torres del Paine Nights in Ushuaia Blue ice of Antarctica Whale sighting in Polar waters! Valparaiso, Chile
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Day 1 Santiago de Chile

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 Fly to Punta Arenas | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for a flight to Punta Arenas, where the ship awaits. Once aboard the ship, guests join a mandatory safety drill before the Captain’s introduction and welcome dinner.
 
Included transfers and flight:
 
·  Transfer from hotel to Santiago airport
·  Flight in coach class from Santiago to Punta Arenas
·  Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to the ship

Day 3-4 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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 5-8 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 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 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 12-13 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 14 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 15 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 16 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 17-18 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 19 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. 
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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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$14,617
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Cabin (RS)
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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Outside Cabin on Lower/Middle Decks (TY)
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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Outside Cabin on Lower/Middle Decks (TT)
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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Cabin XY
205 sq ft, High-deck cabins with a broad balcony, double bed, amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee. Accessible to guests with limited mobility
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Outside Cabin with Balcony (XTD)
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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Outside Cabin with Balcony (XT)
161–205 sq ft, Spacious high-deck cabins with a balcony, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, amenity kit, kettle, tea and coffee
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Corner Suite (MF)
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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Suite with Balcony (ME)
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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Large Suite with Balcony (MD)
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 (MB)
474 sq ft, Extra-large corner suites without a balcony. Aft corner suites with sofa bed, flexible sleeping arrangements, large windows, 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. 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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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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