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Adventure in Patagonia

Chilean Fjords Patagonia Cruise

Summary : Embark your luxury ship in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, and round the mythical Cape Horn. Call in at Puerto Williams, and cross the Beagle Channel, south of the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, before reaching the famous Strait of Magellan. Choose an optional excursions to visit the sublime Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve not far from Puerto Natales. Discover the magic of the Chile's 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. Explore Tortel and its charming stilt houses interconnected by a labyrinth of wooden footbridges. During the last part of your cruise in South America keep an eye out for sea lions and porpoises on your way to visit Quemchi, an authentic village located on the lush island of Chiloé.

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

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$9,750 to $25,580

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Itinerary
Day 1
Buenos Aires / Ushuaia, Argentina / Embark

Board your flight in Buenos Aires and arrive in Ushuaia. Transfer to the Arakur Hotel for lunch, and later transfer to the ship to embark.

Day 2
Sailing around Cape Horn

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

Day 3
Puerto Williams, Chile

Located on Navarino Island very 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 insight into the living conditions of the ancient indigenous people, the Yámanas.

Day 4
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 5
Puerto Natales, Chile

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 181,000-hectare reserve protected by UNESCO.

NOTE: Optional excursions are available to Torres del Paine National Park for a fee. Contact us to learn more from one of our Expedition Specialists.

Day 6
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Day 9
Tortel, Chile

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 adorned with sculptures made by local artists, an excellent introduction to this friendly community.

Day 10
At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet with the ship's photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 11
Day 12
At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet with the ship's photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 13
Valparaiso, Chile

Located south of Santiago, the legendary Valparaiso is the second largest city in Chile. It is splendid and full of history: two qualities justifying its nickname “gem of the Pacific” and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll along the steep streets, on foot or by cable car, 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.

Day 14
Valparaiso, Chile

After breakfast, disembark the vessel.

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; transfer from Ushuaia airport to Arakur Hotel; lunch at Arakur Hotel on embarkation day which includes 1 soft drink or 1 local beer; shipboard accommodations; Wi-Fi onboard ship; all meals onboard ship; 24-hour room service; most beverages onboard ship; gratuities onboard ship. Butler service is included for guests staying in Deck 6 Suites. 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; premium alcohol; fuel surcharge may apply.

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