Summary : You will board your ship in Valparaiso, a beautiful city which bears many traces of its colonial past and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the first part of your cruise in South America, you will call at Quemchi, after a sailing during which it is not unusual to encounter sea lions and porpoises. Quemchi is an authentic village located on the lush island of Chiloé. Your ship will then head to the Chilean fjords, before making your way to Tortel and its charming stilt houses interconnected by a labyrinth of wooden footbridges. Next, enter the magic of the Chilean fjords and channels for exceptional moments spent sailing amidst landscapes of unrivalled beauty. The narrow passages, channels and fjords will lead you right up close to stunning glaciers, including the Brüggen Glacier and El Brujo. Another highlight of your adventure in Patagonia will be visiting the sublime Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve not far from Puerto Natales. After rounding the mythical Cape Horn, you will reach Argentina and disembark in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Located south of Santiago, the legendary Valparaiso is the second largest city in Chile. It is also a splendid city, full of history: two qualities 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. At every turning, you’ll get a refreshing view of the sea. Embark the ship in the early afternoon.
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 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.
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 splendidly massive reserve protected by UNESCO.
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. 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 around the Cape has gone down in history as a challenge for all seafarers. Prepare yourself for a memorable experience, whatever the weather conditions!
Located on Navarino Island near 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.
After breakfast, disembark the vessel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires.
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.
Transfer from ship to Ushuaia airport; one-way flight Ushuaia to Buenos Aires; 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); parka; boot rental; gratuities; luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa; on day of disembarkation, transfer from ship to airport and flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires in economy class; 24-hour room service (special selection); butler service is included for guests staying on Deck 6. Subject to change without notice.
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.