$ 7,120.00 (double occupancy)
Welcome to Chile and your adventure, starting with an overnight hotel stay in Santiago de Chile.
Today you will fly to Punta Arenas, where your expedition ship is awaiting you. Once on board the MS Midnatsol we kick off the voyage with a welcome-on-board dinner.
The next three days we will sail through amazing areas such as the Magellan Strait and the Beagle Channel, with channels, fjords, and mountains plunging straight into the icy water. These wild and remote areas seem almost completely undisturbed by humans. Ice has scoured its way between the mountains, leaving isolated islands and hidden bays – and creating the uniquely beautiful fjord landscape of Chile.
Any nature enthusiast will find it exciting to explore the Chilean fjords, Garibaldi Fjord being one of them. When we enter the last part of this fjord you're in for a beautiful surprise: The Garibaldi Glaciers. The mountains and valleys are steep and even if there is snow on top of the mountains the area is very green and rich in wildlife. Come ashore and maybe we will see sea lions, Andean condors, and several other birds only found here. There will be an Argentinean wine-tasting in the evening.
At almost 56° South, Cape Horn is the southernmost point of South America. Before the Panama Canal, seafarers had to pass this infamous, rocky island to cross from one side of the Americas to the other. We will try to make a landing on Cape Horn – however, this is an area known for high seas and challenging conditions.
As we cross the famous Drake Passage on our way to Antarctica, we continue our Young Explorers Antarctica program. The Explorer Room is buzzing with activity with several lectures on popular science topics. There is also a tango lesson in the afternoon.
Come ashore to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery, and see penguins and seals. From deck there are lots of chances to see whales as well. Join our Expedition Team to enjoy field days, kayak, or explore the water and ice in small boats. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, and discover old whaling stations and its relics. We see the South Shetlands and Cuverville Island, home to one of the largest known colonies of chinstrap penguins. Neko Harbour is beautifully located in the innermost part of Andvord Bay. We see Paradise Harbour, which got its descriptive name from the whalers during the last century, and Wilhelmina Bay, which has spectacular scenery and is often called ‘whale-mina Bay’, because of the large number of humpback whales spotted here in December.
After an exhilarating time in Antarctica, you can spend the day in the Explorer Room listening to lectures, out on deck, or seeing a recap of our experiences so far.
Seeing Cape Horn again means we are back in civilization. In the Beagle Channel we visit Puerto Williams, a small town between the ocean and the mountains. On our way back to Punta Arenas, we sail through the majestic Chilean fjords.
We will make one last landing in the Chilean fjords, surrounded by high mountains and glaciers. As this is the last night on board, there will be a farewell dinner and gathering.
When we reach Punta Arenas, on the edge of the Strait of Magellan, it is time to say goodbye to all your new friends and the crew. Your journey home continues with a flight to Santiago de Chile.