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Antarctica, Patagonia, and Chilean Fjords

Example 19 Day Cruise aboard MS Fram
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Join this 19-day expedition cruise to see highlights of the Chilean coast on your way to Antarctica. Depart colorful Valparaiso and venture south to see the striking Castro on Chiloe island, the deep fjords of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, and Puerto Natales, the coastal gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. Here, soaring granite spires and rugged mountains create a distinctive landscape, which is itself home to wildlife such as pumas, foxes, guanacos, and the Andean condor. Admire the glaciers and fjords of Patagonia before rounding Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America, and crossing the notorious Drake Passage on your way to that crown jewel of wild continents: Antarctica. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Valparaiso, Chile | Embark
Days 2-3 : At Sea
Day 4 : Castro, Chile
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Puerto Eden
Days 7-8 : Torres del Paine National Park
Day 9 : Chilean Fjords
Days 10-11 : Cape Horn and the Drake Passage
Days 12-16 : Antarctica
Days 17-18 : Drake Passage
Day 19 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy cruising through the sea ice and looking for whales
  • Admire the magnificent Chilean fjords
  • Experience Torres del Paine, an icon of Patagonia
  • See Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America

Ship

MS Fram

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Stunning reflections in the Lemaire channel Look for Gentoo penguins on your cruise! Guanaco in Torres del Paine Seals rest on a floating piece of ice Cape Horn Biosphere Whale watching in Antarctica Admire Antarctic fur seals
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Day 1 Valparaiso, Chile | Embark

This expedition cruise starts in colorful Valparaíso. One of the best ways to see this town is by riding its funiculars to sweeping views. Explore the port to get a feel for Chile’s seafaring side, or take a visit to the Historic Quarter before embarking on MS Fram. 

Day 2-3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
As the ship makes its way along the Pacific coast of Chile, the expedition team will start the lecture program to prepare you for the experiences ahead. Make sure to also spend some time on deck to look out for wildlife!

Day 4 Castro, Chile

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Castro, set among windswept hills and green vegetation, is known for its colorful "palafitos," wooden houses mounted on stilts along the water's edge, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site Iglesia San Francisco.

Day 5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail south through the fabled waters of Patagonia and to one of the world’s most remote and beautiful places: the province of Ultima Esperanza, meaning "Last Hope." Voyage through iconic Andean seascapes for views of a glorious expanse of undisturbed nature.

Day 6 Puerto Eden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The village of Puerto Edén in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park will enchant you. It is known for its geographical isolation, 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 7-8 Torres del Paine National Park

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Puerto Natales is the gateway to the Torres del Paine National Park, world famous for the impressive “Torres del Paine” (Towers of Paine) rock formation. Explore the park on an optional excursion to discover a landscape of stunning variety, from the vast open steppe to rugged mountain terrain topped by looming peaks that host a wide variety of wildlife. Watch for llamas, pumas, and foxes in addition to more than 100 species of birds, such as the Andean condor.

Day 9 Chilean Fjords

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Deep fjords and tall mountains plunging into the icy water characterize this wild area that seems almost untouched by humans. Glacial ice has scoured its way between the mountains, creating the lovely isolated islands and hidden bays that form this unique fjord landscape.

Day 10-11 Cape Horn and the Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
In the morning, sail through the scenic Beagle Channel before continuing into open waters, and if conditions allow, make an attempt to land on Cape Horn – the southernmost tip of South America.

Next, sail the legendary Drake Passage and enjoy lectures on Antarctica's fantastical wildlife and history. Learn how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible, and join Citizen Science programs to help collect data for current scientific research.

Day 12-16 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Antarctica never ceases to amaze and astound. 90% of the world's ice is here, and the continent virtually doubles in size due to sea ice in the winter. In summer, it is a cradle of life, a vital breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals.

As outlined in the Antarctic Treaty, this is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism that has evolved through millennia without human interference. Therefore, tourists and operators must adhere to very strict environmental guidelines. Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures!

The elements rule in Antarctica, and your experienced Captain will create the best itinerary possible for your adventure. Attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula to see the diversity of the region's wildlife and landscapes.

The expert expedition team will take you out for ice-cruising and exciting landing activities. There may also be the chance to kayak in the company of whales and icebergs, hike in amazing scenery and perhaps camp on the world's most isolated continent.

Day 17-18 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Return back across the Drake Passage and take the time to continue the lecture series and recap your experiences of Antarctica. Using the state-of-the-art microscopes in the ship’s Science Center, you can analyze samples taken during the expedition cruise to see another kind of wildlife at the cellular level!

Day 19 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Sadly, every expedition must come to an end. When you reach Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, it is time to say goodbye. Your journey home continues with your flight to Buenos Aires, where you have the chance to extend your stay or join an optional Post-Program visit to the breathtaking Iguazu Falls.
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Notes

Included 
 
  • Transfer from the ship to Ushuaia airport after the expedition cruise
  • Flight in economy class from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
Expedition Cruise
  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions
Onboard Activities
  • Experts on the expedition team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna with floor-to-ceiling window, indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
Landing Activities
  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Antarctica
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings
Excluded
  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
Notes
  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire is mandatory
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected
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