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Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords – Voyage of Discovery (Northbound)

Resort:Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords - Voyage of Discovery (Northbound)
Operator: Hurtigruten
Destination: Antarctica
Price From: £7390.00

Overview

This is a truly exciting and varied expedition cruise that combines the highlights of Antarctica, the stunning Chilean fjords, and the rich natural beauty of Patagonia. Our expert Expedition Team will take you ice-cruising and out for landings to get close to wildlife at every opportunity.

Itinerary

Day 1 Santiago de Chile

The capital of Chile is exciting and diverse. There is a lot to discover, from the Andean glaciers at the city borders, to tall mountains and skyscrapers, to quiet parks, colonial architecture, bohemian quarters and the fast-flowing Mapacho River. Your adventure starts with an overnight hotel stay here.

Day 2 Santiago de Chile / Punta Arenas

You fly early in the morning to Punta Arenas, where the hybrid powered expedition ship MS Roald Amundsen is docked, ready for your expedition cruise to Antarctica.

Day 3-4 At sea

We sail through the scenic Beagle Channel and over the legendary Drake Passage. Onboard, the Expedition Team starts the lecture program, giving you information about Antarcticas fantastic animals, geology and history. Enjoy the fresh sea air and look out for wildlife from the deck.

Day 5-8 Antarctica

Home to ninety per cent of the worlds ice, Antarctica never fails to amaze and astound. In winter sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent. In summer, it is a breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales and seals.
This is a continent dedicated to peace, science and tourism that has evolved through millenniums without human interference. Therefore, we adhere to very strict environmental guidelines and rules. We want to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures!
Antarctica is a true wilderness, so local conditions will dictate our final itinerary. We will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula with the aim of showing you the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich wildlife on display.
At every opportunity, our expert Expedition Team will take you ice-cruising and out for landings. There may also be chances to kayak among icebergs, hike in stunning surroundings and even camp on the most remote continent on Earth.

Day 9-10 At sea

MS Roald Amundsen takes us safely back across the famous Drake Passage. We will continue our lecture series and recap our experiences of Antarctica in the Science Center. As we reach South America, we will attempt to land on historic Cape Horn before continuing towards the Chilean fjords.

Day 11 Chilean fjords

Deep fjords and tall mountains plunging into the icy water await us in magnificent surroundings. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans, full of isolated islands and hidden bays that harbour rich wildlife.

Day 12-13 Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales is the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park, world-famous for the `Torres del Paine rock formations. Explore the park on our optional excursion to discover a stunning terrain, from the vast open steppe to rugged mountains topped by looming peaks.
This diversity of environments hosts a wide variety of a flora and fauna – llamas, pumas, and foxes in addition to more than 100 species of birds like the Andean condor.
Included activity:
Scenes of Puerto Natales (3 hrs)
Explore the small city of Puerto Natales and its scenic surroundings. Visit Plaza de Armas, a tree-lined square in the town centre, and then go to a large cave where the bones of a prehistoric ground sloth called a Milodn were found in 1896. The cave attracts many visitors and features a historical display of the tribes who inhabited the area as far back as 12,000 years ago.

Day 14 Puerto Edn

After a cruise through Patagonian waters, the village of Puerto Edn in Bernardo OHiggins National Park will enchant you. It is known for its geographical isolation, situated at the end of a deep fjord and surrounded by mountains. Its population of 250 includes the 15 remaining members of the Kawskar people.

Day 15 At sea

Our expedition cruise continues north through the fabled waters of Patagonia. As we sail through iconic Andean seascapes, enjoy the vistas of the magnificent natural expanse.

Day 16 Castro

Set among windswept hills and lush vegetation, Castro is known for its colourful `palafitos, wooden houses mounted on stilts along the water’s edge, and the UNESCO Site Iglesia San Francisco. Nearby wide beaches are home to dozens of seabirds, penguins and sea lions.
Included activity:
Castro Walking Tour (2 hrs)
Explore landmarks and cultural sights on a city walk through Castro, the capital of Chiles Chilo Island. Castro is famous for its ornate church, Iglesia de San Francisco, and the nearby districts of Riln, Nercn and Cheln are known for their unique wooden churches, designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. Castro and Chilo are also famous for palafitos, traditional wooden stilt houses.

Day 17-18 At sea

As we make our way along the Pacific coast to Valparaiso, we will recap the highlights of the expedition cruise and scan for wildlife.

Day 19 Valparaso, Chile

Sadly, every expedition must come to an end. And this expedition ends in the colourful and poetic city of Valparaso. Take some time to explore this scenic town before your flight home.