Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Puerto Montt
- Puerto Chacabuco
- Cruising the Chilean Fjords
- Punta Arenas
- Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
- Punta del Este
- Monte Video
- Buenos Aires
Day 1: Valparaiso, Chile
From Valparaiso, you can visit the sprawling metropolis of Santiago (about a two-hour ride), where a third of Chile's population lives. Santiago is a compact city, much of which is best explored on foot.
In Santiago's markets, you can easily find fresh produce, fine woollen items, and handicrafts from across the country. Trendy boutiques line the streets of Providencia and Vitacura; luxury department stores in modern shopping malls lure shoppers to Las Condes. Chile is one of only three countries that produce lapis lazuli, and jewellers here show it off in every type of setting imaginable.
Day 2: Day at Sea
Day 3: Puerto Montt, Chile
As you travel the winding roads of Chile's Lake District, the snow-capped shoulders of volcanoes emerge, mysteriously disappear, and then materialize again, peeping through trees or towering above broad valleys. The sometimes difficult journey through breath-taking mountain passes is inevitably rewarded by views of a glistening lake, vibrant and blue. You might be forgiven for temporarily thinking you've been transported to Austria instead of Southern Chile. The Lake District is the historic homeland of Chile's indigenous Mapuche people, who revolted against the early Spanish colonists in 1598, driving them out of the region. They kept foreigners out of the area for nearly three centuries. After a treaty ended the last Mapuche war in 1881, Santiago began to recruit waves of German, Austrian, and Swiss immigrants to settle the so-called empty territory and offset the indigenous domination. The Lake District took on the Bavarian sheen still evident today.
Day 4: Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
It's hard to imagine an area of the world more beautiful than the section of Patagonia from Coihaique to Puerto Chacabuco. Mist hangs low over farmland, adding a dripping somnolence to the scenery. Dozens of waterfalls and rivers wend their way through mountain formations. Yellow poplars surround charming rustic lodges, and sheep and cattle graze on mossy, vibrant fields. The picture of serenity terminates at the sea, where the nondescript port town of Chacabuco sits, Coihaique's link to the ocean, a conduit to further beauty. This harbor ringed by snowcapped mountains is where ferries transport travelers north to Puerto Montt in the Lake District and Quell?n on Chilo? other boats head south to the spectacular Laguna San Raphael.
Day 5 & 6: Cruising the Chilean Fjords
Day 7 & 8: Punta Arenas, Chile
Impenetrable forests, impassable mountains, and endless fields of ice define Chilean Patagonia, and meant that the region went largely unexplored until the beginning of the 20th century. Located in the southernmost part of the country, this area is still sparsely inhabited, though you will find a few populated places--like the colourful provincial city of Punta Arenas, which looks like it's about to be swept into the Strait of Magellan. Some unique wildlife, particularly colonies of elephant seals and penguins, call this breathtaking topography home. To the north is Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, the country's most magnificent natural wonder, and whose snow-covered peaks seem to rise vertically from the plains below. The vistas, such as the fantastic Avenue of the Glaciers, are breathtaking; along this stretch of the Beagle Channel, you can pass six tremendous glaciers all within a stone's throw of each other.
Day 9: Ushuaia, Argentina
Ushuaia--which is actually closer to the South Pole (2,480 mi) than to Argentina's northern border with Bolivia (2,540 mi)--is the capital and tourism base for Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire), an island at the southernmost tip of Argentina. The last mountains of the Andean Cordillera rise above the city, and snow dots the peaks with white well into summer. Founded as a penal colony, Ushuaia today feels a bit like a frontier boomtown with the heart of a rugged fishing village. The physical beauty of Tierra del Fuego is tough to match. Nature is the principal attraction here, with trekking, fishing, horseback riding, and sailing among the most rewarding activities, especially in the Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego (Tierra del Fuego National Park). Because of its proximity to Antarctica, Ushuaia is also the most common gateway for cruises to the southernmost continent.
Day 10: Day at Sea
Day 11: Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
Tiny Stanley, capital of the Falklands, seems in many ways like a British village fallen out of the sky. Many homes are painted in bright colors, adding visual appeal to this distant outpost. Not far offshore, the wreck of the Lady Elizabeth, is one of the many vessels remaining as a silent testimonial to the region's frequent harsh weather conditions.
The islands, also known by their Spanish name of Islas Malvinas, are home to arguably more tuxedo-clad inhabitants of the penguin variety than human residents. Various species, such as Gentoo, Magellanic and the more elusive King penguins, either live here permanently or use the Falklands as a stopover on their migration route. Darwin found the islands' flora and fauna fascinating - no doubt you will, too.
Day 12 & 13: Days at Sea
Day 14: Punta Del Este, Uruguay
Although it's a mere two hours east of Montevideo, Uruguay's highly touted Punta del Este is a world apart. Part Hamptons, part C?te d'Azur, part South Beach (with a dash of Las Vegas tossed in for good measure), Punta del Este is a flashy destination. "Punta"--five minutes here and you'll shorten the name just as everyone else does--and the handful of surrounding beachfront communities are, famously, jet-set resorts--places where lounging on golden sand and browsing designer boutiques constitute the day's most demanding activities. The resort takes its name from the "east point" marking the division of the Rio de la Plata on the west from the Atlantic Ocean to the east. It also lends its name to the broader region encompassing the nearby communities of Punta Ballena and La Barra de Maldonado, a trendy area of galleries and restaurants referred to simply as "La Barra."
Day 15: Montevideo, Uruguay
Uruguay's only major metropolis, Montevideo has its share of glitzy shopping avenues and modern office buildings. But few visitors come here specifically in search of urban pleasures--the city simply doesn't have the whirlwind vibe of Rio de Janeiro or Santiago. However, it's a fine old city with sumptuous, if worn, colonial architecture, and a massive coastal promenade that often--as it passes fine beaches, restaurants, and numerous parks--recalls the sunny sophistications of the Mediterranean. Legend has it that Montevideo was christened in 1516 when the Portuguese explorer Juan Diaz de Sol?s first laid eyes on a hill near the mouth of the harbor, and uttered the words "Monte vide eu" ("I see a hill").
Day 16: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, the ninth-largest city in the world, rises from the R?o de la Plata and stretches more than 200 square km (75 square mi) to the surrounding Argentine plains. This sprawling city is best explored one neighborhood at a time on foot, by public transportation--colectiv? (bus), subte (subway), or by hailing one of the relatively inexpensive taxis. Streets are basically laid out in a grid, though a few streets--diagonals--transverse the grid diagonally.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $8,076 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.
The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.
- Spacious suites - over 85% with private verandas
- Butler service in every suite
- One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
- Personalised service -nearly one crew member for every guest
- Multiple restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
- Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
- 24-hour dining service
- Onboard entertainment
- Gratuities always included in your fare