Summary : Combine the grandeur of the Chilean Fjords, Andean peaks and abundant wildlife with scenic cruising and landings in the most unspoiled region on Earth. Share the adventure with a team of expedition scientists, naturalists, and even digital photo coaches to help you capture the sights. From numerous possible landing sites, your experienced expedition team will select those that will provide you with the best experience available, based on real-time reports of wildlife, weather and ice conditions. There is nothing like it anywhere else.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography
$16,999 to $64,499
Board your ship in the afternoon today for a 5 pm sailing. Enjoy a relaxing day on your own in Buenos Aires prior to departure. This cosmopolitan city is characterized by broad boulevards with huge shade trees, beautiful residential districts, plazas containing monuments and fountains, interspersed with 20th-century high-rise buildings. It is a truly great walking city.
Tucked in between Brazil and Argentina, the Republic of Uruguay has nevertheless maintained its own identity and traditions. As South America's second smallest country, it has been called a city surrounded by a big ranch. Montevideo has also been referred to as "The Switzerland of South America," for its same secretive bank system guaranteed by law. Uruguay is principally middle class and boasts the most highly educated citizens on the continent.
An archipelago of over 700 islands spread over 4,700 square miles lies about 300 miles east of the coast of Argentina. Its political affiliation is with the United Kingdom, and it is named the Falkland Islands, although this is disputed by Argentina, which calls the island group Islas Malvinas. The islands were the focus of a short, violent military confrontation between the two nations in 1982 which resulted in many lives lost. Most visitors come to the islands attracted by the severe beauty of the landscape and the unusual wildlife to be seen there, especially colonies of penguins. Port Stanley, the capital, is a plucky outpost supporting the hardy islanders who farm and fish and, lately, newcomers set on exploiting the recently discovered oil reserves offshore.
Welcome to Antarctica! Explore this great white wilderness by Zodiac, on foot with a knowledgeable guide, or enjoy optional kayaking excursions. Your experienced expedition team will select landing sites that will provide you with the best experiences available, based on real-time reports of wildlife, weather and ice conditions. Each day in Antarctica your captain will select one landing site to maximize your opportunity for exploration.
The southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia is the capital of Argentine Tierra del Fuego and an important naval base boasting a strategic as well as picturesque location on the shores of Ushuaia Bay and the Beagle Channel. This rustic coastal town is set among waterfalls, glaciers, snow-clad mountains and beech forests, and the nutrient-rich local waters abound with marine life. Though the houses here are painted warm, pastel colors, the weather is chilly year-round and winter sports such as downhill and cross-country skiing and skating are popular. Ushuaia's principal industries are raising sheep, logging, fishing and trapping. It became a boomtown with 30,000 residents in the late 1980's when the government sought to increase Argentina's presence near Antarctica by giving tax breaks to citizens who settled here.
Red roofs and smoking chimneys decorate the gently sloping hillsides of Punta Arenas (Sandy Point), the bustling center of one of the world's largest sheep farming areas. This pleasant community welcomes you with attractive parks and delightful Victorian architecture.
Bundle up in your parka and grab your camera, today you will cruise past El Brujo Glacier, an incredible opportunity for photographers to capture the ethereal beauty of the Sarmiento Channel.
Discover spectacular peaks, fjords and islands of the Chilean coast. Home to dolphins, whales, seals, and Magellanic penguins, behold this majestic wonderland. See islands thick with vegetation, and discover hidden lakes and waterfalls.
The towns here are largely built of abundant local wood, and many houses are elaborately shingled in intricate designs. Even the cathedral is a beautiful, vaulted structure crafted of local hardwoods. The forest and the sea are the source of livelihood and much more in this rustic outpost.
The lake country of southern Chile seems to be altogether another world from the deserts of the north. The Lake District is graced with spectacular scenery, including the magnificent snowcapped volcanic cone, Mt. Osorno. Puerto Montt serves as the principal port for this region and as a gateway for cruises southward into Chile's fjords.
Spend the day at sea, sailing along the Chilean coastline. Enjoy the many amenities the ship has to offer, including a casino, grand salon, observation bar, and swimming pool.
Disembark in picturesque Valparaiso this morning. One of the first Chilean cities founded by the Spanish, Valparaiso is an historic port and university town, famous for its labyrinth hills, which are covered in quaint, colorful old houses and accessible only by a steep climb or by the city's unique system of funicular railways.
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.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Port of Call Shore Excursions: Each port of call features optional shore excursions that can be booked once aboard the ship. Please inquire with ExpeditionTrips for details.
Antarctica Program: During your time in Antarctica, daily Zodiac tours and hikes are included in the cost of the cruise. Kayaking in Antarctica is an optional pre-bookable activity available at an additional cost. Please see below.
Kayaking: $295 per person
Join your qualified kayak guide for a leisurely paddle, exploring hidden sandy bays and rugged unspoiled shorelines. All sea kayaks are doubles. There are 8 double kayaks aboard the ship, 16 passengers per excursion. Two Zodiacs and a kayaking guide will follow the kayaks at all times for safety and to lend assistance as required. Kayaking excursions are approximately three hours in length, including two hours on the water and additional preparation and instruction time. Kayaking is highly weather-dependent, and your onboard expedition team will make every effort to offer this activity as often as safe weather permits. Dry suit, Pogie gloves, booties, and a dry bag are provided. No previous kayaking experience is required. Pre-booking is highly recommended – space is strictly limited. Please inquire with ExpeditionTrips to book this optional activity in advance.
Complimentary Zodiac tours and hiking excursions at each landing site in Antarctica (weather permitting); digital photography workshops; parka; backpack; special guest speakers; in-suite bar and refrigerator stocked with your preferences; complimentary fine wines at lunch and dinner; open bars throughout the ship; (neither required nor expected); onboard meals at all dining venues; onboard entertainment; fine wines and spirits (bar expenses for select vintage wine and spirits are additional).
Airfare; passport and visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable; airport taxes; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned; telephone and internet charges; medical services; spa charges; beverages other than those mentioned; laundry services, hair salon; personal expenses, onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions; cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s); gratuities for local shore excursions; fuel surcharge may apply. Optional shore excursions – please inquire with ExpeditionTrips for booking information.