Summary : Embark on an expedition exploring the diversity of Patagonia and Antarcitca – go ashore on isolated beaches, get close to huge colonies of penguins, hike in haunting landscapes, and enjoy kayak trips in untouched waters with icebergs floating by. Starting in Ushuaia, you will cross the ocean to discover the wonders of the great white continent. Continue on to Cape Horn and the wild fjords of Chile. Visit one of the most scenic national parks in the wrold. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans, with mountains plunging into icy waters. The steep valleys with snow-capped mountains make a striking contrast to an otherwise green area that is rich in wildlife.
Activities : Birding, Camping, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
$8,696 to $22,707
Your South American adventure begins in the romantic, vibrant city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Enjoy an included pre-cruise hotel stay.
This morning you will start your day with an included hotel-airport transfer in Buenos Aires, where you will catch your included charter flight to Ushuaias, Argentina. You will start your expedition in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world! Enjoy an optional excursion today to Tierra del Fuego National Park, before embarking on your expedition vessel in the afternoon. Your adventure awaits!
Spend the day at sea crossing the mighty Drake Passage. Enjoy life on board and be on the lookout for wildlife.
As you reach Antarctica you will be in awe of the endless white wilderness full of vistas of nature and wildlife. Staggeringly photogenic and blessed with some of the most spectacular Antarctic scenery imaginable, Half Moon Island is a glittering gem among these island treasures. Cuverville Island boasts the largest known colony of gentoo penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula. You will sail through the narrow Errera Channel to and from Cuverville and see the icebergs that have become trapped and grounded in the nearby shallows. Danco Island lies peacefully among the icebergs in the Errera Channel, just a few hundred yards from the Antarctic mainland, and is a breeding site for gentoo penguins. Go ashore and explore, go kayaking to see the ice up close, or take a trip on one of your ship's small boats. Port Lockroy is a British station from the World War II that was turned into a museum in 1996. It is one of the most popular sites in Antarctica and offers a peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. Pleneau Island is situated just south of the Lemaire Channel and is a beautiful landing site, with many stranded icebergs in the bay area.
After four unforgettable days in Antarctica, you will make the journey back across the Drake Passage.
At almost 56 degrees south, Cape Horn is the southernmost point of South America, and one of the most mythical places on Earth. Before the Panama Canal, seafarers had to pass this infamous rocky island in order to cross from one side of the Americas to the other. Your captain will do their best to land on Cape Horn, despite the high seas and challenging conditions.
Over the next two days you will sail through the Magellan Strait and the Beagle Channel, with channels, fjords, and mountains plunging into the icy water. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans. The ice has scoured its way between the mountains, creating the isolated islands and hidden bays that form the unique fjord landscape of Chile. Nature enthusiasts will be excited by the Chilean fjords. The snow-capped mountains and steep valleys make a striking contrast to an otherwise very green area that is rich in wildlife. Come ashore and you might be able to spot sea lions, Andean condors, and several other birds that can only be found here.
Puerto Natales is the gateway to the world-renowned Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most attractive national parks in Chile. The ‘towers’, the impressive rock formations, both colossal and unique, called ‘Torres del Paine’ (Towers of Paine) are the main attractions of the park. The towers are made up of the Torre Central (9,186 feet high), Torre Sur (9,350 feet) and Torre Norte (7,375 feet). Enjoy hiking, glacier traversing, kayaking, and landings in these amazing surroundings.
The diversity of environments here has led to very rich fauna and flora. While you are here you might see llamas, pumas, chilla foxes, and skunks – in addition to more than 100 species of birds such as the Andean condor and black-chested buzzard eagle.
After an unforgettable voyage through the Patagonian Archipelago, you will be enchanted by the unique village of Puerto Edén. Known for its geographical isolation, its population of 250 includes the 15 remaining members of the Kawéskar people. Stroll among the laneways or join your expedition team for hiking, mountain climbing, or kayaking.
Enjoy another day in the Chilean fjords. From the deck or the panorama lounge you have front-row seats to the majestic mountains and beautiful scenery.
Puerto Montt boasts great views of the ocean and the towering peaks of the Andes. Going ashore will give you a great overview of the scenery, culture, and architecture of this area. You can also explore this city with the expedition team or on your own.
Enjoy a day at sea. Relax on deck or join lectures put on by your knowledgeable expedition team.
Described as both colorful and poetic, Valparaíso is a unique, artistic city undergoing an impressive cultural resurgence, although poets, painters, and philosophers have long been drawn to this place. After disembarkation you will learn more about the city during a sightseeing tour before you transfer you to your hotel in Santiago.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before bidding farewell to your new friends and expedition team.
The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Although travel insurance is not mandatory to participate in this voyage, ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for Antarctic trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions.
Multilingual Departures: English/Norwegian/German (All Departures)
Depending on weather and land conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for camping during the voyage. Gear and all cold-weather needs supplied – except pajamas. Due to popular demand, campers are chosen by lottery as there is a set limit as to the number of guests allowed to sleep onshore. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for deck camping during the voyage. Spend the night on deck and enjoy a magnificent view of the landscape and sky. Included: Sleeping bags, a welcome drink, and a fresh pastry and coffee in the morning. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Depending on weather and land conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for hiking during the voyage. Included: Water bottle, snack bar, and lunch pack (if hike is during lunch time). Physical fitness is essential. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Depending on weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for kayaking during the voyage. The duration of each excursion is 2-4 hours. Due to popular demand, kayakers are chosen by a lottery system. Kayaking is not pre-bookable or guaranteed. Basic kayak experience required. Includes kayaking gear. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Taught by two professional photography instructors, this pre-bookable photography school program covers basic image editing, wildlife and landscape photography, and DSLR video instruction. This program is designed for proficient beginners to experienced photographers. Included: photography booklet, designated work station with software provided, priority access to the Photo Optics test center equipment, and a Zeiss Lens cleaning kit. Min/max participants: 2-10 guests. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Small Boat Cruising:
Depending on the weather conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for small boat ‘Polarcirkel’ cruising excursions during the voyage. The duration of each excursion is 1-2 hours. Included: Survival float suit, and a hot drink upon return. Small boat cruising is not pre-bookable or guaranteed. Max. capacity: 21 passengers. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Depending on weather and land conditions, there may be an opportunity to sign up for snowshoeing during the voyage. Due to popular demand, snowshoers are chosen by lottery as there is a set limit to the number of guests allowed to go onshore at one time. Snowshoeing is not pre-bookable or guaranteed. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
One pre-cruise hotel night in Buenos Aires; transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires; charter flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia; transfer from the airport to the ship in Ushuaia; orientation tour in Ushuaia; transfer from the ship to Valparaiso; city tour in Valparaiso; transfer from Valparaiso to Santiago; one hotel night in Santiago; cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; landings and activities onboard and ashore; professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures and accompanies landings and activities; complimentary tea and coffee; gear on loan (waterproof rubber boots); and a wind- and water-resistant jacket. Expedition Suites (M + MG) include a cabin kit with a bathrobe, slippers, and other beauty articles. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; transfers not detailed in inclusions; passport and visa fees; travel insurance; luggage handling; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except as mentioned; mini bar replenishment; optional excursions and gratuities; items of a personal nature such as laundry; walking sticks and binoculars can be rented for an additional charge; fuel surcharge may apply.