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Patagonia & Chilean Fjords

Chilean Fjords Patagonia Cruise

Summary : Set sail from Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, aboard the Le Boreal from Patagonia to Chile. After rounding the famous Cape Horn and sailing along the Beagle Channel, you will cross the Strait of Magellan, which separates Tierra del Fuego from South America. From Puerto Natales, you will be able to discover the Torres del Paine National Park. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Cruise to Tortel, located at the mouth of the Baker River, one of the most beautiful in Chile. This faraway village boasts unmatched architecture: stilt houses, wooden walkways, and endless stairways. After cruising along the 40th parallel south, Le Boréal will call at Puerto Montt. Be captivated by the incomparable beauty of the landscapes in this capital of the Lake District. Finish your cruise in the legendary port of Valparaiso whose historic center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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

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Itinerary
Day 1
Buenos Aires / Ushuaia, Argentina

Board your flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. 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. Embark the vessel in the early evening.

Day 2
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Day 5
Puerto Natales

Located in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, capital of the Última Esperanza province, the village of Puerto Natales will win you over with its brightly colored houses nestling in the shade of the Andes. A walk along the coastal Pedro-Montt avenue, gives splendid views of the Almirante Montt gulf, a stretch of crystalline water that links Puerto Natales to the Pacific. The Museo Historico documents urban and rural life and the indigenous history of the environment. Puerto Natales is also the closest town to the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park, a remarkable reserve protected by UNESCO.

Day 6 – 7
Day 8
Tortel

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, the clear waters of the Pacific. If you walk out onto one of the many wooden pontoons, you can admire the views as you stand suspended above the water. The village is scattered with sculptures made by local artists, an excellent introduction to this friendly community.

Day 9
Day 10
Puerto Montt

Enjoy a picturesque stopover in southern Chile, the colorful city of Puerto Montt is the capital of the Lake region. Discover the fine heritage of its colonial past, especially the Plaza de Armas and the neoclassical cathedral. The panorama at the Manuel Montt lookout gives stunning views of the bay’s sapphire beauty. Close to the town, the peaceful banks of Lake Llanquihue is conducive for relaxation and walking. You can explore the surrounding quaint villages among which Puerto Varas and Frutillar are the most charming.

Day 11
Castro

At the heart of the Lake District, your ship will slip through the calm waters of an archipelago of 40 islands. Chiloe is a lush green island, home to 16 wooden churches that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Remarkable for their architecture, they are inspired by naval construction techniques. You can also admire the Palafitos, brightly colored wooden houses in stilts which seem to float on the water at high tide. Keep an eye out for seals and porpoises too.

Day 12
Day 13 – 14
Valparaiso, Chile

The legendary Valparaiso is the second largest city in Chile. It is a splendid city full of history, justifying its nickname “gem of the Pacific”, and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can stroll along the steep streets, and explore the many admirable sites like the delicate Iglesia de la Matriz, Sotomayor square, Bellavista hill, or Sebastiana house where the author Pablo Neruda lived. At every turning, you’ll get a refreshing view of the sea.

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 Buenos Aires to Ushuaia in economy class; transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship; 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. 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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