Summary : Remote and largely inaccessible, a Patagonia cruise is the essence of wildness—a maze of channels and islands. Venture deep into Chile’s glorious fjords past incandescent icebergs and massive glaciers such as the massive Pio XI Glacier, which is still advancing. See Patagonia’s signature Torres del Paine National Park with naturalists, and explore the Chilean fjords by Zodiac, kayak and on foot. From Chiloé Island, with its unique cultures and glorious islandscapes, to Pumalín Park, with its imposing forests and waterfalls, to a visit to a valley in the heart of the Andes, you'll experience the grand sweep of Patagonia. Transit the legendary Beagle Channel and take in the view of Cape Horn. By special permission, be one of the few people ever to explore Isla de los Estados (Staten Island), located at the extreme end of South America. Venture through wildlife reserves not easily accessible to the public, including Karukinka Natural Park in Tierra del Fuego.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
- Free International Airfare
- Free Charter Airfare
- Offers may not be combinable; conditions may apply
Receive a FREE DVD chronicle of your trip, compliments of ExpeditionTrips!
$19,470 to $37,300
Depart on an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile.
Arrive in Santiago, check in to your hotel, and have the morning to relax. The Andes form an inspiring backdrop to your guided overview.
Fly by private charter from Santiago to Puerto Montt, Chile’s northern gateway to Patagonia. Embark ship.
Explore Chiloé’s culture including its palafitos, colorful stilt houses along the water. Alternatively, visit a mixed colony of Magellanic and Humboldt penguins.
Pumalín’s 750,000 acres in Chilean Patagonia are protected as one of the last remaining areas of the unusual alerce forest, consisting of huge trees similar in size to California redwoods. Walk the park trails to see them up close.
A vast area of snowcapped mountains, glaciers, thousands of islands, lakes, soaring granite walls, and waterfalls, the archipelago is virtually untouched by man. Make good use of the ship's Zodiacs, kayaks and undersea technology. One highlight is the Pio XI Glacier, the longest glacier in the Southern Hemisphere outside Antarctica. Look for condors as the ship transits the White Narrows.
From Puerto Natales, drive to monumental Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere reserve. Discover spectacular and wildlife-rich areas, covering 450,000 acres of glaciers, forests and grasslands, rivers and colorful lagoons.
Tierra del Fuego is one of Patagonia’s crown jewels. The group has special permission from the Wildlife Conservation Society to visit Karukinka Natural Park, home to nesting black-browed albatross, condors, and elephant seals.
Myriad fjords or senos indent the coast. Cruise deep into the senos, punctuated at the end by tidewater glaciers, to explore by Zodiac, kayak, and on foot. Transit the Beagle Channel and explore some of its many possibilities.
Today visit Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the continent, and, conditions permitting, land there for panoramic views.
By special permission, Explorer is one of the only expedition ships ever to visit extraordinary Staten Island. Its mountainous, forested landscapes and rugged fjords are beautiful. Spot southern rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, fur seals and sea lions. See the San Juan de Salvamento “lighthouse at the end of the world,” which inspired Jules Verne’s novel by the same name.
Disembark in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Take a charter flight to Buenos Aires and connect to your overnight flight home.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Guest Lecturer: 10/7/2019
Carol Berkin is Presidential Professor of History at Baruch College and a member of the history faculty of the Graduate Center of CUNY. She has worked as a consultant on several PBS and History Channel documentaries, including, “The Scottsboro Boys,” which was nominated for an Academy Award. She has also appeared as a commentator on screen in the PBS series by Ric Burns, “New York,” the Middlemarch series “Benjamin Franklin” and “Alexander Hamilton” on PBS, and the MPH series, "The Founding Fathers." She serves on the Board of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Board of the National Council for History Education.
Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.
Optional Pre-Trip Extension: Santiago / Casablanca Wine Valley / Maipo Valley
Take advantage of your proximity to Santiago to discover the culture, cuisine, and superb wine of this corner of the world. 2 Days from $1,990 per person. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Optional Post-Trip Extension: Iguazu Falls
Taller than Niagara and twice as wide, Iguazu Falls is situated in a beautiful subtropical forest, home to more than 450 species of birds, including toucans and parrots, as well as butterflies, orchids, and endangered jaguars. 3 Days from $2,870 per person. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Optional Post-Trip Extension: Easter Island
Follow your expedition aboard National Geographic Explorer with a visit to one of the most mysterious places on earth—Easter Island. 4-5 Days from $4,520 per person. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
One pre-cruise hotel night in Santiago; transfers between airport, included hotel, and ship if booked on group flights; shipboard accommodations; kayaking; certified photo instructor; video chronicle of your trip; all meals onboard ship; most beverages onboard ship; crew gratuities. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; passport and visa expenses; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; passport and visa fees; items of a personal nature such as Internet, and laundry; optional extensions; premium alcohol; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos ©: Ralph Hammelbacher, Ralph Lee Hopkins, Michael S. Nolan