19 Nights Patagonia to Antarctica Expedition - Northbound

19 Nights Patagonia to Antarctica Expedition - Northbound

$13,629.00 Regular Price
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From South America...

From the moment you land in Buenos Aires, the exotic adventures begin. Discover ´Paris of south America´ with our city tour, enjoy tango lessons, explore wild Patagonia or see one of the world's greatest waterfalls, Iguazu Falls, with our extensive pre-program. Then your Antarctic adventure starts as you sail out of Ushuaia. Crossing the Drake Passage might be a bit rough, but this is true wilderness, where nature rules. The feeling of leaving civilization behind, and going somewhere where few others have gone before can be exhilarating and exciting.


...to the Deep South

Antarctica is where you will be in the midst of the mighty frozen wastes of the south. Here we will attempt to land at several places. Penguins, seals, whales and large flocks of sea birds give life to this surrealistic and beautiful landscape. We will bring you on shore to experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing while setting foot on the Antarctic continent. You might also get a chance to kayak in the icy waters. And while on board our comfortable ship you can hear presentations by experts in Antarctica's rich history, so that you can get even more out of what you will experience along the way.


Stunning fjords and Cape Horn

After crossing the Drake Passage again, we arrive at Cape Horn. This is a mystical place where two oceans meet. We might even go ashore here. We continue into the fjords of Chile, a wild and remote area that seems almost untouched by humans, with mountains plunging into icy waters. The steep valleys with snow-capped mountains make a striking contrast to an otherwise green area that is rich in wildlife.


Enjoy the Natural Beauty of Patagonia

We continue to sail along the Chilean Pacific coastline that is filled with snow-tipped volcanoes that is reflected in beautiful lakes, raging rivers and lush vegetation, and visit one of the most scenic national parks in the world. Enjoy this vast, rugged and beautiful landscape, before the expedition ends in colourful Valparaiso.

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    Day 1 The Vibrant Capital Of Argentina
    Location : Buenos Aires


    Your expedition starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. We offer an optional city tour. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover the “Paris of South America” for yourself.


    DAY 2 Embarking The Expedition
    Location : Buenos Aires/Ushuaia


    The following day, you fly to Ushuaia. The flight leaves Buenos Aires early in the morning, allowing you a few hours to explore Ushuaia or to join an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park, before embarking on MS Fram. In the evening, we will sail through scenic Beagle Channel.


    DAY 3-4 The Drake Passage
    Location : At Sea


    MS Fram takes us safely across the famous Drake Passage. The voyage from the Antarctic Peninsula to the southern tip of Argentina is roughly 600 miles or 40 hours sailing time in good weather. During the voyage south, the expedition team will prepare you for your exploration through a series of informative lectures and demonstrations.


    DAY 5-8 The White Wonder That Is Antarctica
    Location : Antarctica

    This pure wilderness is full of overwhelming impressions. The elements rule here, so your expedition team works with the conditions to select the best possible landing sites to create unforgettable experiences on the South Shetlands and Antarctic Peninsula. Flexibility allows us to take advantage of the unexpected, and wildlife will be at the forefront of our plans.


    At every opportunity, our expedition team will take you out for landings or ice cruising to get close and truly explore Antarctic beauty, while ensuring not to disturb the wildlife.


    Our activities offer you the chance to experience Antarctica with all your senses as we sail remote waters with icebergs floating by, hike up snowy pathways to spectacular views, and listen to the sounds of glaciers calving or penguins squabbling. Every day will be different, and each is carefully designed to create lasting memories.


    DAY 9-10 Drake Passage And Cape Horn
    Location : At Sea

    Sailing northbound across Drake Passage is the chance to re-cap all we have seen and heard in Antarctica. The expedition team will continue their lecture program to prepare you for the delights ahead. Enjoy priming your knowledge about the history and ecosystems of the area. Make sure to spend some time on deck to enjoy the fresh sea air and watch for wildlife.


    DAY 11 Cape Horn
    Location : At Sea

    We will attempt a landing on Cape Horn – the southernmost tip of South America. Going ashore can be very difficult because of weather in this area. This is the southernmost point of South America, marking the boundary between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Next, we will sail on to the sheltered waters of Beagle Channel.


    DAY 12 A Paradise for Nature Enthusiasts
    Location : Chilean Fjords


    The glacier-created Chilean fjords are a true highlight, with their deep channels, placid fjords and mountains plunging into icy waters. The snow-capped mountains and steep valleys make a striking contrast to an otherwise lush coastal plain that is rich in wildlife.


    DAY 13-14 Torres Del Paine National Park
    Location : Puerto Natales


    The impressive “Torres del Paine” (Towers of Paine) rock formation give the park its name. The peaks, Torre Central, Sur and Norte, create spectacular vistas. Explore the nature sanctuary on our optional excursion.


    Torres del Paine hosts stunning variety, from the vast open steppe to rugged mountain terrain. The park is home to a wide variety of a fauna and flora - watch for 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 Milodón 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 15 A Small And Isolated Village At The End Of The Fjord
    Location : Puerto Edén

    The village of Puerto Edén in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park will enchant you. This deeply isolated community is situated at the end of a deep fjord and surrounded by mountains. Its population of 250 includes the 15 remaining members of the Kawéskar tribe.

    DAY 16 Waters Of Patagonia
    Location : At Sea

    Your expedition cruise continues south to one of the world’s most remote and beautiful places, the southern province of Ultima Esperanza, meaning Last Hope. This is an iconic Andean seascape of amazing beauty.


    DAY 17 Cosmopolitan Castro
    Location : Castro

    Castro is set among windswept hills and lush vegetation. The city is known for its colorful “palafitos,” wooden houses mounted on stilts along the water's edge. While here, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Iglesia de San Francisco.


    Included activity: Castro Walking Tour (2 hrs) - Explore landmarks and cultural sights on a city walk through Castro, the capital of Chile’s Chiloé Island. Castro is famous for its ornate church, Iglesia de San Francisco, and the nearby districts of Rilán, Nercón and Chelín are known for their unique wooden churches, designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. Castro and Chiloé are also famous for palafitos, traditional wooden stilt houses.


    DAY 18-19 Sailing North
    Location : At Sea


    Heading towards Valparaíso, you have the chance to relax and enjoy the deep relaxation of a day at sea. The expedition team will entertain you with stories of the area, help you to plan your next exploration or show you an interesting creature or two under the microscope in our Science Center.


    DAY 20 The “Jewel Of The Pacific”
    Location : Valparaíso, Chile


    This remarkable expedition cruise ends in the colorful and poetic port of Valparaíso. One of the best ways to see this scenic city is to climb the hills aboard a funicular, which provides sweeping views. We recommend extending your trip by adding an optional post-cruise Land Adventure to the amazing Atacama Desert.