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Discover Patagonia during a 14-day expedition cruise. Explore the most beautiful scenery Argentina and Chile have to offer, including glaciers, fjords, and winding channels. Embark in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, and round the mythical Cape Horn. Puerto Williams, considered as the southernmost village in the world, will be your first port of call. Next enter the magic of the Chilean fjords and channels for exceptional moments spent sailing amidst landscapes of unrivaled beauty. The narrow passages, channels, and fjords will lead you right up close to stunning glaciers, including Garibaldi, Agostini, El Brujo, Pie XI.
Reach Tortel and its charming stilt houses interconnected by a labyrinth of wooden footbridges.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Buenos Aires
Day 2 : Flight from Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Embark
Day 3 : Sailing around Cape Horn
Day 4 : Puerto Williams
Day 5 : Garibaldi Glacier
Day 6 : Agostini Glacier
Day 7 : Sailing the Strait of Magellan
Day 8 : El Brujo Glacier
Day 9 : Pio XI Glacier | English Passage
Day 10 : Tortel
Day 11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Quemchi
Day 13 : At Sea
Day 14 : Talcahuano, Chile | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover Quemchi, an authentic village on the island of Chiloé
  • Stop in Puerto Williams, considerated the southernmost village in the world
  • Observe Magellanic penguins, guanacos, humpback whales, alpacas & condors
  • Visit Tortel, a picturesque village listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ship

Le Soleal

Places Visited

  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Patagonia
  • South America
  • Alberto de Agostini National Park
  • Buenos Aires
  • Cape Horn
  • Garibaldi Glacier
  • Patagonia Fjord
  • Pio XI Glacier
  • Port of Ushuaia
  • Puerto Williams
  • Strait of Magellan
  • Tortel

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Wander the peaceful moors of Patagonia Ushuaia View of a beautiful glacier A humpback whale lifts its fluke View the seal and cormorant colonies as you sail across the Beagle Channel

Day 1 Buenos Aires

Meet and greet at the hotel by our local representative. Check-in from late morning. Time at leisure in the afternoon. 
 

Day 2 Flight from Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia the capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province. Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the “Great White“ and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mondo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible.

Before embarking on your ship this afternoon, you will have a choice of transferring to Arakur Hotel or an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park, which is an additional cost.

At Arakur Hotel, you will have some time at leisure and/ or will be invited to join a walk through the Natural Reserve of the Cerro Alarken. Arakur is a unique starting point for discovering a preserved area that covers 100 hectares (248 acres); this is a sheltered place for flora and fauna species typical to the Tierra del Fuego area (please note that the observation of fauna is not guaranteed). The unique location of the Arakur close to the Mount Alarken makes it as well the perfect setting to enjoy lovely panoramas over the bay. The walk is selected in order to suit most guests’ walking ability. You will be escorted by a guide to discover the Park.

When booking the cruise, guests willing to visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park will be able to sign up for an optional group excursion, with extra cost. If you decide to do so, please note that immediately upon arrival in Ushuaia airport, you will leave towards the Park where you will have lunch before starting the tour. Created in 1960, the Park which covers 63 000 hectares (155 670 acres) is located in the southwest of the Tierra del Fuego Province on the Beagle Canal. One of his entries stands slightly over 6 miles from Ushuaia. Mountainous landscapes, lagoons, bogs, and rivers draw a picturesque scenery reinforced by the southern position of the park itself. The Darwin Mountains, which represent the southern part of the Andes Mountains are mainly responsible for such landscape. The Park is only partly accessible to the public and this tour will provide you with the opportunity to discover the local flora and sub-Antarctic landscapes. If you get lucky, you may encounter beavers, dams, birds, wild orchids, etc… This is a true paradise for Nature Lovers! Lunch will be served in a restaurant within the Park.

(Please note that the Tierra del Fuego excursion is subject to a minimum of participants: if this number is not reached, our operator will not be able to guarantee the departure – In this case, you will be given the option to join the Arakur program.)

At the end of your visit, you will return to Ushuaia and the port, for embarkation on your vessel.

Day 3 Sailing around Cape Horn

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
It’s at the meeting point between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that you enter Chilean Patagonia where you head for the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and its famous Cape Horn. From the top of its impressive 425-meter high cliff, South America’s southernmost tip has, for many centuries, seen merchant ships from the world over passing by. Because of its legendary storms and rough seas, getting round this cape has gone down in history as a challenge for all seafarers.

Day 4 Puerto Williams

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on Navarino Island a few kilometers from the Argentinian border, the city of Puerto Williams is, according to Chileans, the southernmost city in the world. It is first and foremost, a charming fishing port whose calm and isolation will delight you. You can stroll around a few little streets and admire the dark silhouette of the Patagonian Andes, surmounted by eternally white peaks. The Martin Gusinde museum of anthropology gives an aperçu of the living conditions of the ancient indigenous people, the Yámanas, while the surrounding areas propose hiking paths across wild, unspoiled nature.

Day 5 Garibaldi Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise along the narrow arm of Garibaldi Fjord and marvel at its stunning landscapes: thick green vegetation adorns steep mountains, rivalling the beauty of surrounding ice and snow. Further on, Garibaldi Glacier unveils itself: a towering ice titan looming at the end of the fjord that shares its name. Don't be surprised if sea lions and numerous birds accompany you on your enchanting journey into the heart of one of Chile's most beautiful glaciers.   

Day 6 Agostini Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
n the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the Agostini Glacier sits at the back of the eponymous fjord, framed by the Cordillera Darwin. Named after the Italian missionary and explorer Alberto Maria De Agostini, this imposing blue-tinged glacier offers a stunning view over the fjord.

Day 7 Sailing the Strait of Magellan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This mythical strait situated in the south of Chile and separating South America from Tierra del Fuego, awakens our imagination, stirring up a longing for adventure. For the first time, follow in the footsteps of the famous Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, known for having organised the first circumnavigation of the globe in the 16th century. Aboard your ship, cruise along the 600 km separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Pacific and, before arriving in Ushuaia, discover the sea route which was long nicknamed “Strait of All Saints” because Magellan’s ships first entered it on All Saints’ Day. A fascinating adventure.

Day 8 El Brujo Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the heart of Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, the largest protected area in Chile, discover El Brujo Glacier. Located at the end of the Asia Fjord, this huge wall of ice sculpted by the wind is fascinating and impressive. This magical, natural and grandiose décor that changes as the light plays upon it will be an unforgettable sight.

Day 9 Pio XI Glacier | English Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Brüggen Glacier, a coastal glacier in southern Chile also known as Pio XI, is astonishing for its almost surreal dimensions. With a surface area exceeding 1,200 km2, it is the largest of the glaciers making up the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. This gigantic ice field is the third largest ice mass in the world. Straddling the southern Andes Mountains, its breathtaking natural setting inspires sheer wonder and awe.

Between green hills rising from the water and snow-capped peaks, the English Passage is one of the main Patagonian channels. Situated off the south-western coast of Chile, at the end of the Messier Channel, this narrow waterway with a width of just 180 metres offers a unique sailing experience due to its exceptional dimensions and its magnificent natural setting.

Day 10 Tortel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A picturesque, colourful fishing village, Tortel boasts a splendid location in the heart of southern Patagonia, halfway between Puerto Montt and Cape Horn. From the little streets made up of small walkways, you’ll love the grand panorama of rounded mountains, dense forest, the clear waters of the Pacific. If you walk out onto one the many wooden pontoons, you can admire the views as you stand suspended a few metres above the water. The village is scattered with sculptures made by local artists, an excellent introduction to this friendly community.

Day 11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 12 Quemchi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In southern Chile, in the Lake District, discover the small fishing port of Quemchi on the east coast of Chiloé Island. With its authentic charm, its pretty wooden houses, its narrow streets lined with small shops, and its fish market, this faraway village is sure to win you over. Be sure to visit the museum dedicated to Francisco Coloane, the famous Chilean author and adventurer born on this southern land. Not far from there, the small island called Isla Aucar, accessible via a wooden footbridge, will be a chance to observe a wide variety of birds and discover a magnificent botanical garden, home to many of the region’s endemic plants.

Day 13 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 14 Talcahuano, Chile | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Talcahuano, Chile’s largest fishing port, neighbors the overflowing energy of Concepción, where music resonates on every street corner. Renowned for its cultural and artistic life, it is nicknamed “the gateway to the south”. With its 215,000 inhabitants, Concepción is a relatively prosperous city in Chile and the country’s largest town south of Santiago. Very beautiful little traditional fishing villages scattered along the coast add to the charm of this part of the Chilean coastline.

After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark in Talcahuano and fly to Santiago.

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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and are subject to change without notice.

Discounts are available for children sharing a cabin with two adults and third adult passengers in select cabin categories. Please contact us for details.

Single travelers can opt for a solo cabin - supplements start at 50%.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while onboard the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
  • 1-night accommodation in a 4* hotel the night before embarkation.
  • Early check-in available from late morning.
  • Hospitality desk at the hotel in Buenos Aires.
  • Flights Buenos Aires/Ushuaia and Concepción/Santiago in economy class.
  • Services of local guides, in Ushuaia and Talcahuano.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the program.
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Pre or post-cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
  • Tips for the local guide.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Other services not mentioned in the program
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Ports of call visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, the position of ice, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.
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