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Across The Chilean Fjords - 2024

Buenos Aires • 17-night expedition cruise with Ushuaia, Puerto Williams, Cape Horn, 8 days Chilean Fjords cruising, Chiloe Island, Puerto Montt, Valparaíso• Santiago
  • SAIL INTO THE SPECTACULAR CHILEAN FJORDS
  • ENJOY A PANORAMIC TOUR OF ENERGETIC SANTIAGO DE CHILE, KNOWN FOR ITS COBBLESTONED PLAZAS AND WINE-GROWING REGION
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Start your journey by immersing yourself in the eclectic mix of Latin and European influences found all throughout Buenos Aires, the birthplace of the tango, before exploring the majestic Chilean Fjords.

Sail through the Strait of Magellan, past rugged mountain peaks and azure-tinted icebergs, and experience the dynamic atmosphere of Chile’s seafaring capital, Santiago. Venture ashore for a hike in unspoiled Puerto Williams, explore the 17th-century churches of Chiloé Island, and visit the charming German-style town of Puerto Varas. In all, you’ll enjoy 14 included features and Cultural Discoveries, including expert-led excursions on shore.

Away from your expedition, you’ll find a haven aboard the 5-star Ocean Explorer, with its world-class amenities, personalized service, and elegant staterooms. Savor gourmet cuisine prepared by skilled onboard chefs, treat yourself to a pampering massage at the spa, or relax with a soak in the top-deck hot tub. Your state-of-the-art ship is nimble enough to access remote and intriguing ports and is outfitted with dynamic ULSTEIN X-BOW® technology for a smoother ride across the sea. Join us for this exhilarating and strikingly beautiful journey.

Please note: The Ocean Explorer’s small size allows us to visit some of the world’s most remote areas, so it’s important to note that due to the nature of this itinerary — and the remoteness of the ports we will visit — we will be required to anchor offshore throughout the majority of the expedition. You will need to board a Zodiac boat or tender in order to reach the shore, which does require a certain level of physical agility.

Buenos Aires to Santiago

Pre-Trip Extension

Iguassu Falls, Brazil

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DAY 1:

Depart home and fly overnight to Buenos Aires

Your Antarctica expedition begins today with an overnight flight from the U.S. to Ushuaia, Argentina. Or, depart earlier for your pre-trip extension to Iguassu Falls.

DAY 2:

Welcome to Buenos Aires

Welcome to Argentina! If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, upon arrival a Vantage representative will meet you and arrange transfer to your hotel. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner and a UNESCO- listed tango performance.

Included Feature:

  • Welcome Dinner with tango performance

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Discover the best of Buenos Aires

The richly cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires feels a lot like Europe — graced with splendid architecture and a hint of glamour. But its spirit is distinctly Argentine. 

A city tour highlights its most magnificent sites. Visit the Plaza de Mayo, the Casa Rosada, La Boca (a neighborhood full of colorfully painted homes), and the neoclassical Catedral Metropolitana, the church home of Pope Francis. You’ll be provided with lunch money during your tour.

Included Feature:

  • Buenos Aires city tour

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 4:

Embark the Ocean Explorer today

Today, you’ll board your included flight to Ushuaia, where you will embark the elegant Ocean Explorer and set off to your next destination.

After checking in to your stateroom, head to the lounge and grab a drink with your fellow travelers as you toast to the new experiences that await you on your journey. The Ocean Explorer’s luxury amenities, elegant design, and attentive service ensure an unparalleled experience as you set sail on your expedition cruise today.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 5:

Discover Puerto Williams, Chile

Located at the southernmost tip of South America, you’ll find Puerto Williams. Founded as a military outpost in 1953, this remote and rugged settlement on Navarino Island lies a mere 621 miles north of Antarctica and provides some of the most rewarding hiking experiences on earth. 

Today, you’ll have the opportunity to explore this unspoiled destination for yourself as our expert Expedition Team leads guests on a hiking excursion. Guests will be divided by experience and ability levels, then set off to discover the beauty of this remote, eco-diverse destination.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

Explore intriguing Cape Horn

Prior to the opening of the Panama Canal in the early 20th century, Cape Horn was part of the clipper routes for sailing ships that carried much of the world’s trade. Located on Hornos Island at the southern tip of the Tierra del Fuego peninsula, this northern section of the Drake Passage is a favorite destination of intrepid explorers the world over.

Head ashore today, led by your skilled Expedition Team, and bask in the natural beauty of this headland and its maritime past. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the rocky beaches and soaring cliffs, that will provide a stunning backdrop for all your photos. 

Included Features:

  • Zodiac landing and expert-led excursion on Cape Horn

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAYS 7-14:

Discovery awaits in the Chilean Fjords and Southern Patagonia Ice Field

Be among the select few to embark on a jaw-dropping, breathtaking journey of discovery throughout the southernmost tip of South America. Marvel at soaring glaciers and gleaming blue ice in this isolated landscape, made up of glacier-lined canals and the world's largest ice mass. The remote landscapes of the Chilean Fjords are home to diverse wildlife, including different species of whales, dolphins, and seabirds, which you may be able to spot from the ship and while ashore. We'll also sail through the Strait of Magellan, considered to be the most important natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. 

Weather permitting, you’ll have opportunities for daily landings ashore. During landings, you’ll break into small groups and board Zodiac boats alongside your Expedition Team. Once on shore, they’ll scope out conditions and offer guided hikes, walks, talks, and offer anecdotes and helpful information, depending on the wildlife and nature you encounter.

While going ashore may seem more exciting and rewarding than cruising, you’ll be surprised. There’s so much to see in this region, and cruising is oftentimes the best way to accomplish that, as the Ocean Explorer’s small size grants us more flexibility in where we navigate compared to other cruise lines. 


Included Features:
  • Zodiac landing and expert-led excursion
  • Scenic cruising to various sites

Scenic Sailing:

  • Each day in the Chilean Fjords includes a sailing component, and you’ll be able to see more of the landscape, as well as marine life and other unique scenery. Have a camera ready at all times!

Included Meals:

8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 8 Dinners

DAY 15:

Travel back to the 17th century in Chiloé Island

Chiloé Island is a picturesque archipelago replete with natural wealth, vast legends, and long-held traditions. Today, you’ll embark on a guided walking tour to explore its colorful wooden churches, the most significant group of wooden structures in all of Latin America. 

Constructed in the 17th century by newly arriving Jesuits, the churches were built to serve in the evangelization of the new world during this time. Fusing European design, Indigenous cultural traditions, and locally sourced materials, the churches of Chiloé imbue the area with unique architectural charm steeped in history. Part of the Catholic church’s Diocese of Ancud, 16 of Chiloé’s churches were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in November of 2000. 

Included Feature:
  • Walking tour of Chiloé Island’s churches

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 16:

Uncover the charms of Puerto Varas today

Just north of Chiloé Island, you’ll find the port city of Puerto Varas. Once an area that was blanketed by thick forest, Puerto Varas was founded in 1853 by German colonists that had settled in the area as part of a government-sponsored colonization effort in which approximately 6,000 German settlers arrived in southern Chile throughout the mid-to-late 19th century. Today this sprawling city serves as the entry point to southern Chile’s colossal national parks, glacial lakes, and imposing volcanoes. Today’s excursion will take you to Puerto Varas, a beautiful colonial town located just a short drive from Puerto Montt. 

Puerto Varas sits on the curving shores of Chile’s largest lake, the beautiful Lago Llanquihue, and boasts spectacular views of the almost 8,700-ft. tall Osorno Volcano. The beauty and charm of Puerto Varas’ Bavarian-style architecture and blooming, fragrant roses are highlighted by the clear blue lakes and snow-covered peaks that serve as a backdrop. You’ll be able to explore this lovely village for yourself when you venture ashore with your Expedition Team to guide the way.

Included Feature:

  • Puerto Varas tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAYS 17-18:

Relax on board with two days at sea

You’ll have two days at sea to indulge in all the amenities found aboard your luxurious vessel. Treat yourself to a pampering massage at the spa, get in a workout at the onboard gym, visit the well-stocked library, or pop up to the sundeck and take in the spectacular, panoramic views.

While on board, the Expedition Team will host presentations on history, geology, marine biology, and other topics relevant to your expedition. Our team members are experienced adventurers, and their expertise and advice will undoubtedly enhance your journey. Not to mention, they’re sure to have some epic travel stories to tell you all about!

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 19:

View Valparaíso’s artistry

Welcome to the coastal port town of Valparaíso. Founded by Spanish conquistador Juan de Saavedra in 1536, a picturesque bay beckons you into this charming, destination filled with pastel-hued buildings, winding alleyways, and funicular elevators. In an effort to preserve its unique urban landscape and its funicular system, the historic quarter of the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.

In addition to its exquisite beaches and sprawling vineyards, this culturally significant destination is known for its colorfully muraled walls and eclectic street art. The many exhibition spaces and lively theaters make this a true artist’s paradise. You’ll be able to view many of the city’s painted walls and alleyways on today’s included excursion. 

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Valparaíso

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 20:

Debark the Ocean Explorer and transfer to Santiago

You’ll bid farewell to the Ocean Explorer today and board your included flight to Santiago, Chile’s lively capital city. 

Upon arrival in Santiago, you’ll transfer to your luxe hotel. Along the way, enjoy a panoramic tour of this energetic city, known for its cobblestoned plazas and wine-growing region. You’ll have the remainder of the day at your leisure to explore the city’s sights on your own.

Included Feature:

  • Panoramic tour of Santiago

DAY 21:

Explore Santiago at your leisure

Following breakfast at your hotel today, you’ll enjoy a leisurely day to explore more of Santiago’s treasures at your own pace. With its assorted art galleries, engaging museums, innovative boutiques, and panoramic views, this captivating city is sure to be a highlight of your journey.

You’ll have lunch and dinner on your own today, allowing you to sample delicious Chilean delicacies at one of the many restaurants and cafés you’ll find here.

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 22:

Fly home today

Today, you will transfer to the airport and board your overnight return flight home. Or, continue your discoveries with an optional Easter Island extension.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Post-Trip Extension

Easter Island

FROM: $2699 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $675 PER DAY

Please note: Ocean-cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew. This itinerary is representative of the discoveries planned for the Antarctic region. Flexibility is a hallmark of our explorations, and your day-by-day cruise itinerary may change based on the weather and local conditions; as well as opportunities to take full advantage of rare wildlife sightings. Our captain and crew will ascertain the ideal locations for actual shore landings.

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