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In the Heart of the Chilean Fjords

Chilean Fjords Cruise

Summary : This cruise will set sail from the charming city of Valparaiso, whose historic quarter is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it still bears the traces of its colonial past. You will then head southward to the Chilean channels. The first port of call on your trip will be the remote village of Tortel, suspended above the water, and its typical wooden footbridges which take the place of streets. Not far from there, your ship will make its way down a small passage to get close to the Jorge Montt Glacier. You will also discover several glaciers (for example the Brüggen and El Brujo) before the unforgettable experience of sailing along the Strait of Magellan and the Gabriel Channel. Pursue your journey through the fjords and glaciers of Patagonia in a unique atmosphere that will delight photography enthusiasts. Admire the snow-covered peaks of the Cordillera Darwin before rounding Cape Horn, surrounded by the stunning scenery provided by Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Valparaiso, Chile

The legendary Valparaiso, nicknamed "gem of the Pacific" is the second largest city in Chile. It is a splendid city full of history and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Embark the vessel in the early evening.

Day 2 – 3
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Day 5
Tortel / Jorge Montt Glacier

A picturesque, colorful 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, and 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 feet above the water. The village is scattered with sculptures made by local artists, an excellent introduction to this friendly community.

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Day 9
Garibaldi Glacier

Cruise along the narrow arm of Garibaldi Fjord and marvel at its stunning landscapes: thick green vegetation adorns steep mountains, rivaling 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 10
Cape Horn / Puerto Williams / Ushuaia

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 impressively high cliff, South America’s southernmost tip has, for many centuries, seen merchant ships from the world over passing by.

Located on Navarino Island, 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.

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colorful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike.

Day 11
Ushuaia, Argentina / Buenos Aires, Argentina

Disembark the vessel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Bilingual Departures: All departures French/English.

Included:
One-way flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires in economy class; transfer from the ship to the Ushuaia airport; meals on board the ship; Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; coffee, juice, soft drinks and open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); gratuities; luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa; 24-hour room service (special selection); butler service is included for guests staying on Deck 6; parka; boot rental. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare except mentioned as included; any ground services before and/or after the cruise; visa and passport fees; travel and medical insurance; personal expenses such as onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions, spa, laundry and hair salon; other drinks not included in open bar; fuel surcharge may apply.

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