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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.
Before your Chilean Fjords exploration, why not cross another incredible natural wonder off your bucket list, and add another country (Brazil) to your passport? Travel to spectacular Iguassu Falls National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of 275 thundering falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Second in size only to Victoria Falls, this series of cataracts once prompted Eleanor Roosevelt to take pity on her country’s most famous falls, saying “Poor Niagara!” as she gazed upon mighty Iguassu. The falls are all impressive, but the most spectacular is the Devil’s Throat, the 2,300-foot-long spectacle that separates Argentina and Brazil.
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.
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.
Discover the best of Buenos Aires
Embark the Ocean Explorer today
Discover Puerto Williams, Chile
Explore intriguing Cape Horn
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.
Travel back to the 17th century in Chiloé Island
Uncover the charms of Puerto Varas today
Relax on board with two days at sea
View Valparaíso’s artistry
Debark the Ocean Explorer and transfer to Santiago
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.
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.
Enhance your understanding of Polynesian culture — and treat yourself to an exotic island experience in the “navel of the world” — on a post-trip extension to Easter Island, a Chilean territory and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rapa Nui, as it’s locally known, is distinguished worldwide as the one and only home of the mystifying moai statues. This extension is an opportunity to encounter these mystical talismans up close and disentangle history from legend. Who created these statues? How? Why? And what happened to them?
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.