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Patagonia and the Chilean Fjords

Join luxury ship Silver Explorer to discover the spectacular Chilean Fjords and the frozen wonderland of the Antarctic on this 18-night expedition voyage from Valparaiso to Ushuaia with included Zodiac excursions

Cruise Only - Package Possible
18 nights

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • Valparaiso, Chile
  • Chilean fjords
  • Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Antarctica
  • Antarctica
  • Paradise Bay
  • Port Lockroy
  • Chilean Fjords

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On this luxury expedition from Valparaiso discover the wild tranquillity of snow-capped mountains and peaceful fjords, learn about southern Chile's native Mapuche and European settlers, and enjoy close-up encounters with a wide variety of amazing wildlife.

Explore the culture and history of the region on trips to the towns of Niebla and Castro, and discover the local wildlife on a guided hike in an ecological park. Zodiac trips with the Expedition Team offer an up-close perspective of the Chilean Fjords alongside floating icebergs and snow-capped mountains where you might even spot whales and the Chilean dolphin.

Cruise through the vast white wonderland of Antarctica, where excursions may include close-up encounters with the local wildlife, trips to research stations and Zodiac cruises among the icebergs and glaciers.

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Patagonia and the Chilean Fjords Itinerary

Day 1 - Valparaiso (Chile)

Embark Silver Explorer in Valparaiso.

Day 2 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 3 - Niebla

Niebla is a small coastal Chilean town, close to the city of Valdiva. Today drive to this charming city which became the most heavily fortified port in the Spanish Colonies as the area was rich in timber and gold. German emigrants also moved to the area in the late 19th century. See the intresting mix of Spanish, German and native Mapuche influences in the city and visit the Historical and Anthropological Museum which houses important artifacts from its past.

Day 4 - Castro

Go ashore to Castro on the Chiloe Island via zodiac and take a ferry ride across to Quinchao. This small village of just 500 inhabitants was home to cattle raisers and whalers in the 1850s. Head to Achao which was founded by the Jesuits and visit the church which is the oldest wooden structure on the island and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is also the option to visit Chiloe National Park instead and explore the rainforest with its wide variety of animals from sea lions to the mountain monkey.

Day 5 - Puerto Chacabuco

Puerto Chacabuco is the entrance to Chile’s most isolated region, Region XI or Region Aysén del General Carlos Ibañez del Campo. The evergreen Magellanic forest is nearby; enjoy a morning visit to an ecological park to hike and get a closer look at the typical flora and fauna of the region.

Day 6 - English Narrows

Silver Explorer navigates the English Narrows where diving petrels, steamer ducks and the Chilean dolphin might be seen.

Day 7 - Pio Xi Glacier

Visit Pio Xi Glacier, which is 4.5km wide, and weather permitting take a Zodiac to get an impressive up-close view.

Day 8 - Chilean Fjords

Sail through the vast expanse of the Chilean Fjords where mountains loom and occasionally seals and dolphins can be seen. Listen to the on-board historian talk about early Spanish exploration, or perhaps attend a lecture on the region’s geology. Birdwatchers can look out for the species that live in this area, including Andean Condors which should majestically soar above the hills and mountains.

Day 9 - Punta Arenas

Enjoy a tour of the city, including a stop at the observation point on La Cruz Hill for sweeping views of the city and the Strait of Magellan. Continue on to the Mayorino Borgatello Museum and discover the history of Patagonia's aboriginal people. Stop at the Plaza de Armas to shop for local products and souvenirs, see the imposing statue of Fernando de Magallanes and touch the toe of the Fuegian native sitting at the base of the monument.

Days 10-11 - Drake Passage

The Drake Passage's nutrient-rich waters are home to a multitude of seabirds and whales, including the black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters and white-chinned petrels. Attend wildlife, geography and history discussions hosted by expert naturalists and guest lecturers.

Days 12-16 - Antarctic Peninsula

While sailing to the vast white wilderness of Antarctica, every turn reveals a new and breath-taking adventure. In the true spirit of expedition cruising, each day the Expedition Leader and Captain will determine the best course depending on weather and ice conditions. Antarctica is irresistible for its spectacular icebergs, calving glaciers, and the possibility of up-close encounters with marine mammals. Watch for seals sunbathing on slow-moving ice floes and for humpback, Minke, and orca whales surfacing from the icy waters. If conditions permit, enjoy Zodiac cruises amidst colourful icebergs or step ashore to visit a variety of penguin rookeries and perhaps scientific research stations on complimentary excursions led by the team of natural history experts. Possible places you'll visit include Brown Bluff, Paradise Bay, Pleneau Island and Port Lockroy.

Days 17-18 - Drake Passage

Navigating back through the Drake Passage, watch for more seabirds and wildlife and attend additional presentations offered by the Expedition Team lecturers.

Day 19 - Ushuaia (Argentina)

Disembark Silver Explorer in Ushuaia.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 18-night cruise aboard Silver Explorer
  • Crew to guest ratio of nearly 1 to 1
  • Complimentary, hosted adventures ashore
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Complimentary fine wines, champagnes, spirits, bottled water and soft drinks served throughout the ship
  • Expert naturalists and special guest lecturers on board
  • Ship-wide Internet access and cellular phone service available (fee applies)
  • Butler service for all suites

Price Does Not Include

  • Flights - please contact us for a quote

Special Features

  • Embark on a luxurious expedition to the best far-flung destinations in the world aboard Silver Explorer, a purpose-built expedition ship unlike any other. Designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world's most remote destinations, including both of earth's polar regions, the 6,072-ton vessel boasts a strengthened hull with the highest Lloyd's Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger ships. With eight Zodiac boats, her 132 privileged guests can visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations. Experience the thrill of a true expedition aboard Silver Explorer. Venture deep into regions where other vessels cannot go whilst enjoying a privileged lifestyle that is simply second-to-none.
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