Chilean Fjords & Argentinean Patagonia - cruise & land journey

20 Days
Santiago to El Calafate
From (USD)
$ 19,540
Dates & Pricing

2022 Santiago > El Calafate

Majestic islands, mountains, glaciers and fjords

A truly bespoke itinerary that offers the very best of the islands and fjords of Chile and the wild landscapes of the Argentinean Patagonia. Explore the dramatic Chilean coastline, the remote island of Chiloe, home to Humboldt and Magellanic penguin breeding ground, and the southernmost tip of Tierra del Fuego, Cape Horn. Scenic Eclipse will take you deep into this majestic and glacial landscape for an unforgettable expedition.
Spectacularly located at the foothills of Mount Fitz Roy in Argentinean Patagonia, El Chaltén has been used as a base by explorers of the mountains and landscapes that have turned this area into a favourite destination among nature lovers. View countless wildlife, such as condors and huemules, the Andean fox, and even the elusive puma. Surround yourself with native forests, follow the trails and amazing natural lagoons, watch the glaciers in wonder and experience the Southern Patagonian Ice field, the world’s third largest freshwater reserve after Antarctica and Greenland. Amidst the Argentinean Patagonia, this natural rock, mountain, and ice amphitheater offers countless territories to be explored.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
OLT2
Duration:
20 days
Departure City:
Santiago
Return City:
El Calafate

20 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Valparaíso, Chile

    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.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - 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

  3. Day 3 - 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.

    Freechoice

    Visit Puerto Varas and Frutillar and see the beauty of these towns set in the middle of lakes and mountains or choose to explore Osorno Volcano and Petrohué Falls. If you would like some adventure, raft down the crystal clear Petrohué river located in Chiles oldest national park.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Castro

    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

  5. Day 5 - At Sea

    Sailing 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

  6. Day 6 - 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

  7. Day 7 - Inner Fjords

    Continue cruising through the Inner Fjords. The English Narrows is home to the only settlement inside the Chilean Inside Passage at Puerto Eden, a region with a mountainous terrain and a thriving Magellanic subpolar forest. Located in Bernardo O´Higgins National Park, Pio XI Glacier, or Bruggen Glacier as it is also known, is the size of Santiago. It is the only glacier in the world that is growing each day. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Inner Fjords

    Continue cruising through the Inner Fjords. Acquaint yourself with the exceptional range of facilities on board your ultra-luxurious Discovery Yacht. Join a fitness class in one of the well-being spaces or relax in one of the many therapy lounges in the Spa Sanctuary. Tempt your palate at one of the outstanding dining venues on board or delight in the excellent selection of fine wines created by a Master of Wine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - 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

  10. Day 10 - 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

  11. Day 11 - Chilean Fjords

    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

  12. Day 12 - Cape Horn

    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

  13. Day 13 - Ushuaia, Argentina > El Calafate

    Your cruise ends this morning in Ushuaia as you farewell your crew. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight to El Calafate, the gateway to the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentinean Patagonia. Meet your Tour Director and enjoy a relaxing three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - El Calafate

    Established in 1937 as a national park, the World Heritage-listed Los Glaciares National Park is sure to be a highlight. Cruise close to the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier, then walk along the boardwalk for views across the top of the impressive 250 square kilometre glacier before enjoying a hike directly on the ice. Join your Tour Director for a delicious welcome dinner this evening.

    Sundowners

    Toast your day in this natural wonderland framed by the spectacular backdrop of Perito Moreno Glacier.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - El Calafate

    Discover the traditional way of life on an estancia (ranch) in the Argentine countryside, surrounded by glaciers, snow peaks and lakes of great natural beauty.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - El Calafate > El Chaltén

    Drive deep into Argentina’s Patagonia and reach your luxurious retreat, located amidst a private natural reserve with views to the Electric Valley and the Marconi Glacier, the perfect base for a four night Special Stay. Settle into your tastefully appointed room, with sweeping views and enjoy a range of included excursions each day, complimentary beverages and delicious meals featuring Patagonian specialities.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - El Chaltén

    Your exciting adventure into one of the most spectacular national parks in the world begins. The explorations at El Chaltén are as varied as the surroundings. The area’s geography offers towering mountains and different landscapes open for exploration through treks, ice hikes, and even rock climbing, depending on your preferences.

    Freechoice

    Over the next three days, there are several small group activities for you to choose from and enjoy at your own pace.

    Each evening, relax in the lounge and take in the magnificent views. Join your Tour Director on your final evening for a farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - El Chaltén

    Continue to explore one of the most spectacular national parks in the world. There are several small group activities for you to choose from and enjoy at your own pace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - El Chaltén

    Continue to explore one of the most spectacular national parks in the world. There are several small group activities for you to choose from and enjoy at your own pace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - El Chaltén > El Calafate

    Savour the last views of the reserve before travelling to El Calafate airport for your onward journey.  

    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

Truly all-inclusive cruise features
  • Only 200 guests on board for a truly intimate experience
  • Spacious all verandah Suites
  • Butler service for every guest
  • Up to ten on board dining experiences, from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • 20 member Specialist Polar Discovery Team
  • Scenic Discovery excursions
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Engaging lecture and education program on board
  • Complimentary expedition parka, water bottle and use of special polar boots
  • Internal flight and taxes
  • All tipping and gratuities

Your luxury escorted journey includes
  • The intimacy of small group land journeys with up to 20 guests
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Scenic Sundowners event
  • Memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • Fully escorted land journey led by an expert handpicked Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Porterage throughout, plus return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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