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Ultimate Chilean Fjords, Cape Horn & Antarctica in Depth

Santiago to Buenos Aires - Example 24 Day Cruise aboard Scenic Eclipse
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Board the Scenic Eclipse and start your magnificent 24-day adventure during this bespoke itinerary, offering the very best of the fjords of Chile, Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula. Explore the dramatic Chilean coastline, down to the very southern tip of Tierra del Fuego, Cape Horn, across the Drake Passage and onto the pristine wilderness of Antarctica. Spend your days marveling at the many wonders while exploring.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Santiago to Valparaiso | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Puerto Montt
Day 4 : Castro
Days 5-8 : Inner Fjords
Day 9 : Punta Arenas
Days 10-11 : Cruising the Chilean Fjords
Day 12 : Cape Horn
Day 13 : Ushuaia, Argentina
Days 14-15 : At Sea
Days 16-21 : Antarctic Peninsula
Days 22-23 : At Sea
Day 24 : Disembark in Ushuaia | Fly to Buenos Aires

Highlights

  • Visit islands, snow-capped volcanoes & green-forested hills of Southern Chile
  • Explore the World Heritage-listed churches of Castro
  • See the majestic scenery and wildlife of the inner passages of Chile
  • View the extraordinary nature of the Antarctic Peninsula

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Scenic Eclipse

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Stunning reflections in the Lemaire channel Road along coastline of Valparaiso Hiking in Antarctica is rewarded with spectacular views Incredible mountains and wildlife at the end of the world. Pier at Puerto Montt, Chile
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Day 1 Santiago to Valparaiso | Embark

The World Heritage-listed city of Valparaíso welcomes with its long and colorful history dating back to the conquistadors. This vibrant city is rich in theatre, music, performance and street art and exquisite Victorian architecture. Most streets, staircases, alleyways and buildings are brightly painted.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relaxation beckons with so many choices on board you will wonder how time passes so quickly. Choose one of the daily activities including a class in Scenic Epicure, join an entertaining discussion in the Theatre, or make time for your fitness regime.

Day 3 Puerto Montt

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the very end of the Pan American highway is Puerto Montt, which is the starting point for a fabled land of fjords, canals, islands, snow-capped volcanoes, green-forested hills and the enchantment of Southern Chile. Puerto Montt is the perfect starting point to explore the German cities of Frutillar and Puerto Varas.

Freechoice: Visit Puerto Varas and Frutillar and see the beauty of these towns set in the middle of lakes and mountains. Alternatively, explore Osorno Volcano and Petrohué Falls, or choose to visit the Felmer Museum and Frutillar and learn about the German colonization of this area.

Day 4 Castro

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Castro, where colorful wooden stilt houses line the waterfront and the Chilote culture is seen throughout the World Heritage-listed churches and architecture. Today choose one of the activities or excursions.

Freechoice: Explore Castro and two of the World Heritage-listed chapels or discover the village of Dalcahue and the island of Quinchao. Alternatively, see the farmlands and countryside on horseback.

Discovery: Travel to the Chiloé National Park and stroll the Tepual pathway through a forest of tepu.

Day 5-8 Inner Fjords

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Journey to one of the most spectacular locations in Southern Chile. Board a local catamaran and cruise into the Laguna San Rafael via a narrow opening revealing fantastic views of ice and the San Valentin Glacier. As a dramatic backdrop, the San Valentin Mountain rises from this massive ice field which is part of the Laguna San Rafael National Park.

Visit a coastal village, located between the mouth of the Baker River, the largest river in Chile, and a small embayment of the Baker Channel. The surrounding geography is rugged, formed by several islands, fjords, channels and estuaries. Cruise the Angostura Ingles (English Narrows) at the foot of the massive Darwin Cordillera mountain range, the majestic scenery and wildlife of the inner passages of the Chilean Channels is an assault on the senses. Watch from the Sun Terrace, the Observation Terrace or your private verandah as the Captain and local Chilean Pilot expertly maneuver Scenic Eclipse through the islands and channel markers of the English Narrows.

Day 9 Punta Arenas

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Not far from Patagonia, the city is located in the extreme south of Chile with a port and sheep-breeding history, the gateway into Antarctica will captivate you with its clean air and sophisticated European architecture.

Freechoice: Join a local guide for a walking tour of Punta Arenas, or visit the Magellan Strait Park and Fort Bulnes and learn the history of this area. Choose to step back in time with a visit to the Nao Victoria’s full-size replica of the Magellan’s ship at the Salesian Museum or visit an estancia and discover a new way of life.

Day 10-11 Cruising the Chilean Fjords

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Enjoy two days of cruising as you traverse the Agostini and Garibaldi Fjords. Glaciers abound with the Monte Buckland mountain range as the backdrop.

Day 12 Cape Horn

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The point where the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean meet, Cape Horn is steeped in maritime history and is the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and the southernmost tip of Chile. Weather permitting, landing on Cape Horn will show the true skill of your Captain and crew.

Day 13 Ushuaia, Argentina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore this unique town, the southernmost in the world. Set sail this evening and cruise through the Beagle Channel and discover the dramatic views of the Andean mountains of Tierra del Fuego from the comfort of your private verandah.

Day 14-15 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Relax and enjoy the amazing facilities of your floating resort as you cruise towards the Antarctic Peninsula. An entertaining presentation by the Discovery Team in the state-of-the-art theatre will excite you for what’s to come, or relax in your suite and watch the live streaming on your TV.

Your palate will be delighted as you explore the extensive range of dining options, or a butler will serve you as you dine in-suite. The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains signal that you have reached the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 16-21 Antarctic Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, a host of choices are now open and, depending on the ice and weather conditions, the Antarctic Peninsula is yours to explore. Your experienced team leaders, who have made countless journeys to Antarctica, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, making the most of 18–20 hours of daylight.

Discovery: Partake in daily excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below. 

The expert Captain and crew will navigate some of the most beautiful waterways which may include traversing the stunning 11-kilometer-long Lemaire Channel where cliffs hem in the iceberg-filled passage just 700 meters wide at its narrowest point. There may be a chance to visit a working scientific base and discuss life in these harsh conditions with the staff. In late February and March, if conditions are favorable, there may be the opportunity to cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66°33’ South. 

Day 22-23 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Bid farewell to your adventure in the icy lands and set sail heading north to the continent of South America. Share memories of your experiences with new-found friends.

Day 24 Disembark in Ushuaia | Fly to Buenos Aires

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise ends this morning as you say your goodbyes to the crew. Disembark after breakfast to fly to Buenos Aires, taking away memories of a truly unforgettable experience.
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Verandah Suite D
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Deck 5, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Deluxe Verandah Suite DA
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Deck 5, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Deluxe Verandah Suite DB
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Deck 5, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite DD
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, located on Deck 5, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Verandah Suite C
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Deck 6, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Deluxe Verandah Suite CA
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Deck 6, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite CD
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, located on Deck 6, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Verandah Suite B
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Decks 5, 6, 7 or 8, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Deluxe Verandah Suite BA
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Decks 6, 7 or 8 provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite BD
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Verandah Suite A
344-366 sqft. Verandah Suites, located on Decks 5, 6, 7 or 8, provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Deluxe Verandah Suite AA
344-366 sqft. Deluxe Verandah Suites located on Decks 6, 7 or 8 provide a spacious and comfortable introduction to ocean cruising with the finest appointments and amenities including a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite AD
409-430 sqft. Choose a Grand Deluxe Verandah Suite, which provides additional room to relax. Amenities include a luxury king-size bed, separate lounge area, en-suite bathroom with shower, butler service.
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Spa Suite S
495-538 sqft. Located on the higher decks, luxurious Spa Suites include a luxurious king-sized bed, spa bath, steam shower, butler service, and additional features and services that will enhance the luxury of your time onboard.
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Spa Suite SA
495-538 sqft. Located on the higher decks, luxurious Spa Suites include a luxurious king-sized bed, spa bath, steam shower, butler service, and additional features and services that will enhance the luxury of your time onboard.
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Spa Suite SB
495-538 sqft. Located on the higher decks, luxurious Spa Suites include a luxurious king-sized bed, spa bath, steam shower, butler service, and additional features and services that will enhance the luxury of your time onboard.
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Grand Panorama Suite GP
1,130 sqft. Located at the front of the yacht on Deck 6 these opulent suites feature curved terraces and spacious interiors, bedroom suite with a king-sized bed, bathroom with full bath, steam shower and a dual vanity, spacious lounge area, and additional services.
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Panorama Suite P
1,184sqft. Located at the front of the yacht on Deck 8 these opulent suites feature spacious curved terraces, a king-sized bed, full bath with steam shower and additional features and services.
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Owner's Penthouse Suite OP
2,099sqft. The oversized Owner’s Penthouse Suites are the ultimate indulgence. Located on Deck 9 and elegantly appointed with spacious curved terraces featuring a private Jacuzzi and the best views onboard, you will never want to leave.

Notes

All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • The services of a Cruise Director, Discovery Leader (if applicable) and/or Tour Director as specified in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers on embarkation and disembarkation days
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All standard beverages whilst on board the Scenic Eclipse. This includes champagne, beer, wine, soft drinks, fruit juices, specialty teas and coffee and standard spirits. It also includes daily replenishment of the suite minibars
  • Spacious Verandah Suites
  • Specialist Polar Discovery Team
  • Active discovery experiences – Zodiac cruising, kayaking and snowshoeing
  • Expert-led range of Scenic Freechoice shore excursions 
  • Economy class group flights and air taxes and specified in the itinerary
  • Complimentary expedition parka to keep and polar boot use for the duration of the cruise
  • Port charges, all tipping and gratuities both on board and on shore

Excluded from cruise fare:
  • Any airfare or associated fees not specified in the itinerary
  • Accommodation upgrades
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Select drinks including a very small number of rare, fine and vintage wines, champagnes and spirits are not included in the package and may be available at an additional charge
  • All helicopter, submarine and scuba diving experiences are an additional cost
  • Additional optional activities
  • Laundry services or any items of a personal nature
  • Passport fees and/or Visas
  • Vaccinations; medical assistance; medical serviced on board Scenic Eclipse
  • Spa and beauty treatments on board Scenic Eclipse
  • Overnight accommodation not specified in the itinerary

All Freechoice and Discovery excursions can be booked whilst on board with your cruise or tour director (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability, seasonal and operational factors. Some activities require a minimum or maximum number of participants to operate.
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