Antarctica & Chilean Fjords

20 Days
Punta Arenas to Santiago
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$ 18,581
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2024 Punta Arenas > Santiago

Southern Enchantment

Embark on a life changing 20-day expedition to Antarctica, Patagonia and Chile, a truly bespoke itinerary that offers the very best of the islands and fjords of Chile, and the southernmost continent.
Explore the dramatic Chilean coastline and the southernmost tip of Tierra del Fuego, Cape Horn. Scenic Eclipse will take you deep into this majestic and glacial landscape before venturing further south, entering the formidable frozen landscape made up of never-ending icefields, towering rock faces, snow-capped peaks, immense glaciers, glistening blue icebergs, and an incredible amount of unperturbed wildlife.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
401L
Duration:
20 days
Departure City:
Punta Arenas
Return City:
Santiago

20 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Punta Arenas, Chile

    Located on the edge of the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas is a frontier town known for its brightly coloured houses, plazas and mountainous backdrops and is the stepping off point for your Antarctic exploration. Arrive at your hotel for your one-night stay. 

    Early in the evening you will meet your fellow Discoverer’s for a briefing and a welcome dinner. 

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Punta Arenas > King George Island, Antarctica

    Your journey into wonder begins as you fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, where the crew will warmly greet you as you board Scenic Eclipse. Settle into your handsomely appointed suite and acquaint yourself with the luxurious facilities of your Discovery Yacht. Toast the start of your voyage at the welcome cocktail reception hosted by the Captain who will introduce your expert Discovery Leaders and their team.  

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Welcome to Antarctica! Seeing the 7th continent for the first time is unlike anything you would have experienced before. Feel the fresh, crisp air on your face and hear the snow crunch under your boot when you first step foot on land. Each new encounter will fill you will awe. Witness wildlife in their natural habitat, with no fear of humans. Antarctica is truly land of peace.  

    Your expert Captain and crew will navigate some of the most beautiful waterways which may include traversing the stunning 11-kilometre-long Lemaire Channel where steep cliffs hem in the iceberg-filled passage just 700 metres wide at its narrowest point. There may be the chance to visit a working scientific base and discuss life in these harsh conditions with the staff. Enjoy the chance to visit areas alive with wildlife such as penguins, seals, and whales. You can also explore the remnants of a derelict whaling station and a vacant British base or climb to the rim of a volcanic crater. If conditions are favourable, there may be the opportunity to cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66°33’ South.  

    Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, a host of choices are open and dependent on the ice and weather conditions. Your experienced Discovery Team Leaders, who have made countless journeys to Antarctica, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, making the most of 18–20 hours of daylight.

    Discovery

    Partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak and stand-up paddle board around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - At Sea

    Scenic Eclipse’s opulent Senses Spa has spacious areas for reflection and relaxation. Discover the ancient art of Nordic bathing in the Scandinavian-inspired plunge pools and saunas. Enjoy daily entertainment, Scenic’s unrivalled culinary experiences, some quiet time in the Observatory Lounge & Library, all this and more is at your fingertips. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Cape Horn, Chile

    The point where the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean meet, Cape Horn is steeped in maritime history and is the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and the southernmost tip of Chile. Weather permitting, our landing on Cape Horn will show the true skill of our Captain, crew, and the Discovery Team 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Chilean Fjords

    Enjoy days of cruising as you traverse the Chilean Fjords, offering views of tidewater glaciers and mountain peaks. Witness one of the most impressive glaciers, Seno Garibaldi, one of a handful of advancing glaciers. Continue to cruise down to Seno Pia Glacier and explore the labyrinth of ice crevasses and rivers. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Chilean Fjords

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Punta Arenas

    Punta Arenas is at the southern extreme of Chile and serves as the gateway into Antarctica. The city will captivate you with its clean air, sophisticated European architecture and historical role during the California Gold Rush.

    Freechoice

    Join a local guide for a walking tour of Punta Arenas, or visit Magdalena Island and see one of the largest penguin colonies in southern Chile. Choose to step back in time with a visit to the Nao Victoria’s full-size replica of the Magellan’s ship at Salesian Museum or visit an estancia and discover a new way of life.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Inner Fjords

    Journey to one of the most spectacular locations in Southern Chile. Board a local catamaran and cruise into the Laguna San Rafael via a narrow opening revealing fantastic views of ice and the San Valentin Glacier. Visit a coastal village, located between the mouth of the Baker River, the largest river in Chile, and a small embayment of the Baker Channel. The surrounding geography is rugged, formed by a number of islands, fjords, channels and estuaries. Watch from the Sun Terrace, the Observation Terrace or your private verandah as the Captain and local Chilean Pilot expertly manoeuvre Scenic Eclipse through the majestic scenery and wildlife of the inner passages of the Chilean Channels.  

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Inner Fjords

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Inner Fjords

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Inner Fjords

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - At sea

    While you sail towards Tortel, there will be plenty of time to relax and be entranced by the picturesque scenery you’ll encounter on your way.  

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Castro

    Discovery

    Visit Castro, located on the island of Chiloé. Be charmed by its natural beauty, flanked by a fjord on the east and home to Chiloé National Park where an abundance of wildlife species thrives on the west coast. Catch a glimpse of the Chiloé Island Penguin Colony as Magellanic and Humboldt penguin migrate to the region. Stroll through the city streets and discovery the city’s many UNESCO World Heritage churches, known for their ecclesiastical wooden architecture. 

    Today, choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion. 

    Freechoice

    Explore Castro and two of the World Heritage Listed chapels or see the farmlands and countryside on horseback.

    Discovery

    Travel to the Chiloé National Park and walk the Tepual pathway through a forest of tepu. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Puerto Montt

    At the very end of the Pan American highway is Puerto Montt, which is the starting point of a fabled land of fjords, canals, islands, snow-capped volcanoes, green-forested hills, and the enchantment of Southern Chile. Uncover culinary delights at Angelmó cove known for its fresh seafood, take in views of Tenglo Island and Calbuco Volcano. Puerto Montt is the perfect launch pad to explore the German cities of Frutillar and Puerto Varas. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - At sea

    Today, relax on board in 6-star luxury. Choose one of the daily activities including a class in Scenic Epicure, join an entertaining discussion in the theatre, or make time for your own fitness regime. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Valparaíso

    The World Heritage-listed city of Valparaíso welcomes with its long and colourful history dating back to the conquistadors. This vibrant city is rich in theatre, music, performance and street art and exquisite Victorian architecture. You’ll find every colour from the rainbow in this vibrant city’s streets, staircases, alleyways and buildings. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport. 

    Please book your flight to depart out of Santiago after 02:00 PM.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Unrivalled exploration of extraordinary lands with
  • Up to 200 guests on board to maximise landings in Antarctica or the Arctic
  • Up to 20-member specialist Polar Discovery Team
  • Engaging lectures and education program with on board experts
  • Scenic Discovery excursions by Zodiac
  • Full kayak program and stand-up paddle boarding
  • Complimentary expedition parka and water bottle, plus use of special polar boots

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