Summary : Journey through Chilean fjords to the Antarctic Peninsula, starting in the vibrant city of Santiago. Cruise the Beagle Channel and witness Cape Horn, a mystical place where two oceans meet. Cross the Drake Passage to Antarctica where penguins, seals, whales, and large flocks of sea birds give life to the surreal landscape. Experience the wonders of wildlife and nature on the Falkland Islands where sheep graze alongside colonies of albatross and rockhopper penguins. On board, enjoy the comforts of a new, purpose-built, hybrid-powered expedition ship. Spend time in the Explorer Lounge while taking in the scenery through panoramic windows, attend presentations by knowledgeable guides, swim in the infinity pool, run the outdoor track, or learn in the Science Center. Children ages 7-13 can participate in the Young Explorers Program to gain a deeper understanding of nature, climate, and culture. The expedition ends in Punta Arenas, where you'll board an included flight back to Santiago, Chile.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking
$14,250 to $22,565
The capital of Chile is exciting and diverse. There is a lot to discover here, from Andean glaciers at the city borders to tall mountains, skyscrapers, quiet parks, Colonial architecture, bohemian neighborhoods, and the fast-flowing Mapacho River. Your adventure starts with an included overnight hotel stay.
Take an included flight to Punta Arenas, Chile and embark the ship to begin your adventure.
Enjoy cruising the scenic Beagle Channel, surrounded by mountains plunging straight into icy waters. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans. Take in the isolated islands, hidden bays, and rich wildlife that create one the world´s most beautiful landscapes.
Cape Horn is the southernmost point of South America. The captain and crew will do their best to make a landing here. You will then cross the famed Drake Passage to Antarctica. On the way, attend lectures by your expedition team in the Science Center, spend time in the the wellness area, or enjoy other onboard amenities.
As you navigate historic waterways and visit prime sites along the Antarctic Peninsula, the goal is to attempt 1-2 excursions per day. Your Captain and Expedition Leader continually monitor weather and ice conditions, working together to insure you experience the best of Antarctica whether you’re exploring Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Channel, Port Lockroy, Deception Island, or the many other locations available for landings and Zodiac cruising in the region.
Sailing in the wake of the 19th century’s great explorers—Sir Ernest Shackleton, Adrien de Gerlache, Robert Falcon Scott, and Roald Amundsen (to name just a few)—you’ll photograph the same towering mountain peaks they saw, hear raucous penguin colonies as you go ashore, see dazzling shades of blue and white as you navigate bays with impressive ice sculptures, and gain a new perspective of what it takes for wildlife—from penguins and giant petrels to elephant seals and humpback whales—to thrive in the beauty of this environment.
After exploring unforgettable Antarctica, set a course for the Falkland Islands. Your expedition team will brief you about the history and biology of the islands, point out wildlife from the outer decks, and scout for albatrosses that often guide the way.
The Falklands are more than a gateway to South Georgia and Antarctica, as this remote collection of islands in the South Atlantic Ocean is home to remarkable bird life and marine mammals as well as stunning landscapes. You may hike to the largest black-browed albatross colony in the world, spot Peale’s dolphins and Commerson’s dolphins in the surrounding waters, or watch penguins in the surf as they prepare to come ashore on an expansive sandy beach.
In Port Stanley, capital of the Falklands and the center of its culture, you’ll be treated to a charming mix of colorful Victorian-era homes, well-tended gardens, and English-style pubs.
As you complete the loop of the Magellan Strait, attend a recap of everything you've experienced on this expedition. Make sure you spend some time on deck watching for wildlife.
Return to Punta Arenas in the morning. A transfer to the airport and flight to Santiago, Chile are included.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions—and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
This shipping company recommends that all passengers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your trip investment from unexpected events such as cancellations, delays, and medical emergencies. ExpeditionTrips strongly recommends at least $200,000 Emergency Medical/Evacuation coverage for polar trips which includes coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage, and personal property. Other conditions may apply based on pre-existing conditions. ExpeditionTrips can assist U.S. residents with travel protection options.
Medical Declaration Form:
All travelers must complete a confidential medical declaration form, signed by a doctor, stating that they are fit to travel. This form will be available in advance of travel, and must be filled out, brought on board, and personally delivered to the doctor upon embarkation. Boarding may be denied if this form is not presented at the time of embarkation.
Multilingual Departures: English/German (All Departures)
Explorer Science Program: Included
Participate in lectures and activities to cultivate greater knowledge about the regions explored; conduct experiments or examine specimens in the Science Center with the assistance of professional biologists and geologists; or choose to assist with current research.
Young Explorers Program: Included
A dedicated staff member will lead age-appropriate lectures and field research with your Young Explorer on topics ranging from science, polar history, photography, and navigation. The focus is on education, fun, and participation. Designed for ages 7–13 (although all ages can join in!).
From Explorer Photography School to Basic Kayaking Certification, there are several supplemented activities to choose from. Some are pre-bookable. Most are booked once on board. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details and rates.
Round-trip economy flight Santiago/Punta Arenas; one pre-cruise hotel night including breakfast; transfer hotel/airport in Santiago; pre-cruise transfer airport/ship in Punta Arenas including city tour/lunchbox, post-cruise transfer ship/airport in Punta Arenas; shipboard accommodations; Young Explorers program for children; introductory photography lecture; onboard science center and Explorer Science program; expedition logbook; Wi-Fi; complimentary wind- and water-resistant parka; gear on loan (waterproof rubber boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities); most meals onboard the ship; early riser and afternoon treats; house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water in all restaurants; complimentary tea and coffee. Inclusions subject to change without notice.
Expedition Suites include a separate check-in; welcome package on embarkation day; suite breakfast and a la carte meals in restaurant Lindstrøm; mini bar replenishment; fleece blanket/throw; espresso maker; turn-down service; and laundry service. Subject to change without notice.
International flights; transfers not detailed in the inclusions; passport and visa fees; travel protection plan; luggage handling; a la carte menu selections not detailed in the inclusions; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks except as mentioned; mini bar replenishment (except for suites); optional excursions and small-group adventures; optional small-group Explorer Photo program; items of a personal nature such as laundry and spa/wellness treatments; gratuities; fuel surcharge may apply.
PHOTOS: © Andrea Kalvig Anderson, © Dominic Barrington, © Stefan Dall, © Karsten Bidstrup, © Ralph Lee Hopkins, © Hurtigruten