Overview

Day 1 - Flight
Day 2 - Santiago de Chile
Day 3 - Valparaiso 
Day 4 - Puerto Varas 
Day 5 - Quemchi
Day 6 - Islote Barrientos
Day 7 - San Rafael Lagoon 
Day 8 - Quitralco
Day 9 - Islote Conejos
Day 10 - Puerto Varas 
Day 11 - Return flight

Chilean Fjords: Terra Incognita

Explore Chile’s capital of Santiago and cruise the Chilean Fjords to the remote Icefields, lakes, islands and glaciers of northern Patagonia

Chile is a bewitching land of contrasts, arid deserts, beautiful lakes and ancient forests, snow-capped mountains, spectacular volcanoes, glittering lakes and fjords set against magnificent ranges, as well as ice fields and glaciers, with only a short season when these features can be seen at their dramatic best. None more so than San Rafael Glacier, a phenomenal sight, though one that is fast retreating.

Santiago, the capital, is surprisingly cosmopolitan with a rich cultural heritage, flanked by the Andes to the east and the Chilean Coastal Range to the west. Puerto Montt, at the gulf of Reloncaví is the starting point for voyages into the archipelago and Puerto Varas, the “city of roses” overlooks Lago Llanquihue, one of Chile’s largest lakes where the reflection of the eternally snow covered Osorno Volcano is mirrored in the clear waters. The cuisine is diverse and Chilean wine, especially its reds, are arguably some of the best in South America.

Key Features

Natural Wonders
Small Ship Sailing
Free Cabin Selection
2 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 2 – 20

Day 1 Fly from Heathrow to Santiago de Chile.

Day 2 Transfer to the 4-star Hotel Marina Las Condes for a two night stay. Enjoy a city tour of Santiago, a juxtaposition of the modern and colonial, with predominantly European influence.

Day 3 A full day visiting the cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. In Valparaiso, view the monument to the Naval Battle of Iquique, 1879. The city, a UNESCO World Heritage site is unique with incredible landscapes, colourful neighbourhoods and picturesque funicular elevators. Continue along the coastal highway to the modern seaside resort of Viña del Mar, with its famous beaches and rugged coastline. See the flower clock and explore the main square “Plaza Vergara.” (B)

Day 4 Fly to Puerto Montt and travel to Puerto Varas for an overnight at the 4-star Hotel Cabanas Del Lago. With its shimmering turquoise lakes, untouched rainforest and snow-capped volcanoes, it is the gateway to the Chilean Lake District. (B)

Day 5 Embark on the M/V Skorpios II for your five night cruise. Sail through the Llanquihue archipelago, catch sight of Calbuco city and Ancud Gulf. In the afternoon arrive in Quemchi on the island of Chiloé. Travel on small boats towards the picturesque village where you can visit a handicraft market, cafés, the museum of theChilean author Francisco Coloane and stroll through the picturesque avenues. Continue sailing south along the archipelago of Chiloé crossing the Gulf of Corcovado at midnight. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Navigate the Moraleda and Ferronave channels. Arrive at the fishing village of Puerto Aguirre to explore and pass a typical Patagonian rainforest. Sail through the Ferronave, Pilcomayo and Casma channels before arriving at Islote Barrientos, where we disembark to smaller boats. Visit the rock formations to witness one of the largest bird colonies in Chile, counting Kelp Gulls, Rock shags, Red-legged shags and Imperial shags, who are normally accompanied by South American fur seals. Sail south to Caleta Quesahuen or Punta Leopardos, only 20 nautical miles from the San Rafael Glacier. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Cross the channel of Tempanos to the entrance of the San Rafael lagoon and anchor two kilometres from the glacier. Take a small boat excursion among the multi-coloured icebergs, (the itinerary is shaped by weather conditions). In the afternoon sail closer still to the glacier as we proceed to Quitralco Fjord. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Arrive in Quitralco and take the opportunity to enjoy the hot springs. Small boat excursion into the Fjord. Sail in the afternoon towards Chiloé, navigating the Moraleda and Pérez Norte channels. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Sail through Leucayec channel, crossing the Gulf of Corcovado where we may see humpbacks or blue whales. Continue along the east coast of Chiloé, to Islote Conejos, which is inhabited by Magellan penguins and abundant birdlife. In the afternoon sail between Lemuy and Chelín Islands and arrive in Dalcahue, visit the handicraft market, the church and stroll along the promenade. Late evening sail towards Puerto Montt and enjoy the Captain’s farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Breakfast on board, disembark and transfer to Puerto Varas and the 4-star Hotel Cabanas Del Lago for an overnight stay. (B)

Day 11 Return flight from Puerto Montt, via Santiago de Chile to Heathrow.(B)

Day 12 Arrive London Heathrow.

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Excursions are generally by small boat and on foot, sometimes over uneven ground.

2019

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double Atenas cabin (inside)
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
February 12 £3695
February 26 £3595
March 26 £3695
September 10 £3795
October 8 £3795
November 12 £3795
December 3 £3695

2020

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double Atenas cabin (inside)
British Airways from Heathrow

Date Price
February 4 £3995
February 25 £3995
March 17 £3895
April 21 £3795

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement (twin sole use) £695
(Sep 2019-2020 £895)

Cabin Upgrades

Acropolis Deck outside cabin  £95
Single supplement (twin sole use) £1090
Parthenon Deck outside cabin  £145
Single supplement (twin sole use) £1235

Flight Options

British Airways World Traveller Plus from £495
British Airways Business Class from £2295

Independent Arrival

Save £600
Arrival transfer add £40
Departure transfer add £40

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 4 nights' hotel, 5 night cruise, breakfast daily, full board and drinks on cruise, excursions, local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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