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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

South America and Antarctica

See the amazing wildlife of Patagonia, the Chilean Fjords and Antarctica on this expedition cruise, with time ashore for kayaking, hiking and close encounters with penguins, birds and seals

Cruise Only
17 nights from £7315pp

Expedition Holiday
  • Antarctica
  • Valparaiso
  • Patagonia
  • Kayaking, Antarctica
  • Antarctica

Call us on 01756 706500 (+44 1756 706500) to discuss this holiday

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Special flight-inclusive package from just £6490pp! Applies to 15 Mar 2020 departure. Flights are from London, with regional airports available at a supplement. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Book by 31 Dec 2019

Exclusive £100pp discount!

South America and Antarctica Special Offer

Discover the natural beauty, fascinating wildlife and dramatic scenery of Patagonia and the Chilean fjords, before spending four days in Antarctica, home to majestic icebergs and colonies of penguins.

Explore the colourful city of Valparaiso with its magnificent architecture, before embarking brand new, innovative expedition ship Roald Amundsen for a once-in-a-lifetime voyage. Admire the traditional wooden houses on stilts in picturesque Castro, close to the breathtaking Chiloe National Park, and immerse yourself in indigenous culture during your time in the small village of Puerto Eden where guided hikes and kayaks help you discover the region. Enjoy a visit to Puerto Natales, gateway to the magnificent vistas of Torres del Paine National Park, which is home to an array of flora and fauna. Roald Amundsen then cruises through the tranquil Chilean fjords before arriving at Cape Horn, where you may be able to step ashore.

After navigating the famous Drake Passage, there are four day to discover the dramatic landscapes of Antarctica by kayak and on guided hikes. Possible landings include picturesque Deception Island and idyllic Neko Harbour, both home to colonies of penguins. The experienced Expedition Team will accompany landings ashore and deliver fascinating lectures on board during your time on the White Continent.

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South America and Antarctica Itinerary

Day 1 - Valparaiso (Chile)

Spend time at leisure in the colourful city of Valparaiso. Perhaps board one of the funiculars for stunning views or stroll along the narrow streets to discover magnificent architecture. Alternatively, why not visit the market and sample some fresh seafood or head to the UNESCO-listed Historic Quarter. Later, embark luxury expedition ship Roald Amundsen.

Days 2-3 - At sea

Roald Amundsen cruises along Chile's coastline. Enjoy fascinating lectures from the on board expedition team and take part in various workshops.

Day 4 - Castro

Castro is located on the beautiful Isla Grande de Chiloe and surrounded by verdant hills and vegetation. The city is renowned for its colourful wooden houses on stilts, known as palafitos. The magnificent Iglesia San Francisco or San Francisco Church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its stunning stained glass windows. Other sights in this fascinating city include the small Plazuela del Tren which has a collection of old trains, and the lively market, Feria Campesina Yumbel. The majority of the city's restaurants and cafes can be found on the Calle Blanco and serve delicious traditional cuisine. Nearby is the breathtaking Chiloe National Park, home to an array of flora and fauna, including penguins and sea lions.

Day 5 - At sea

Roald Amundsen continues south through the waters of Patagonia and on to Ultima Esperanza, translated as Last Hope. Admire the stunning Andean vistas during this relaxing day at sea.

Day 6 - Puerto Eden

The beautiful village of Puerto Eden is located in the picturesque Bernardo O'Higgins National Park and surrounded by soaring mountains. It only has a population of 250 which includes members of the Kaweskar people. The village has no roads and electricity is only available for a few hours each day. You can immerse yourself in the indigenous culture of Patagonia tribes during your time here and purchase traditional crafts, including wicker baskets. You may be lucky enough to see Magellan hummingbirds.

Days 7-8 - Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales is the gateway to the stunning landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park including majestic rock formations known as the Towers of Paine. The park also has tranquil lakes and a series of trails which showcase the verdant forests, fast-flowing rivers and bright blue glacier. During your time here, you may be lucky enough to see llamas, pumas and chilla foxes, plus the Andean condor. Perhaps enjoy guided hikes in this beautiful national park.

Day 9 - Chilean Fjords

You will be enchanted by the natural beauty of the Chilean fjords, an area which seems untouched by humans. The ice has created islands and hidden bays which form this unique fjordland landscape. Snow-capped peaks contrast with the stunning coastline, home to a variety of wildlife including sea lions.

Days 10-11 - Cape Horn - Drake Passage

This morning, Roald Amundsen cruises the Beagle Channel which is named after HMS Beagle, the ship used by Charles Darwin. Conditions permitting, you may be able to go ashore at Cape Horn, the southernmost point of Chile. Later, set sail for the Drake Passage where two oceans meet. Learn about Antarctica's fauna and history as Roald Amundsen navigates this passage en route to Antarctica.

Days 12-15 - Antarctica

Antarctica holds 90% of the world's ice and is isolated from the rest of the world. In summer, the White Continent is a breeding ground for penguins, whales and seals who spend the remainder of the year at sea and feed on the large krill population. Antarctica is unspoiled by humans and protected by the Antarctic Treaty. Due to the location and climate, the planned route and landings may change. In ideal conditions, you will be able to spend time ashore, on the water in the kayaks and on guided hikes. Possible landings include Deception Island, Half Moon Island, Brown Bluff and Neko Harbour where you'll be able to observe colonies of penguins and visit old whaling stations.

Days 16-17 - Drake Passage

Roald Amundsen cruises the famous Drake Passage again en route to Punta Arenas. There will be a series of lectures on board.

Day 18 - Punta Arenas (Chile) - Santiago de Chile

Disembark Roald Amundsen in Punta Arenas and transfer to the airport for your flight to Santiago de Chile.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. Please note: The 15 Mar 2020 and 18 Mar 2021 departures operate in reverse. They are a night longer as they include a pre-cruise hotel stay in Santiago de Chile.

Price Includes

  • 17 or 18-night full-board voyage in cabin grade of your choice
  • 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Santiago de Chile (15 Mar 2020 and 18 Mar 2021 departures only)
  • Transfer between the ship and the airport in Punta Arenas
  • Economy flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago de Chile or Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas
  • House beer and wine, sodas and mineral water with meals on board (applies to Oct 2020 and Mar 2021 departures only)
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • A La Carte restaurant (for suite guests only) (applies to Oct 2020 and Mar 2021 departures only)
  • Fredheim restaurant meals (for suite guests only) (applies to Oct 2020 and Mar 2021 departures only)
  • Landings ashore and lectures onboard by the Expedition Team
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board (applies to Oct 2020 and Mar 2021 departures only)
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant jacket

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities (at guests' discretion on 19 Oct 2020 and 18 Mar 2021 departures)
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • October
    • Oct 26th - Valparaiso to Punta Arenas - Sailing on: Roald Amundsen From: £8695
      Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £8795 Brochure Price from: £12146 Brochure Price from: £13822
      Blue Water Price from: £8695 Blue Water Price from: £12046 Blue Water Price from: £13722

2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • March
    • Mar 15th - Punta Arenas to Valparaiso - Sailing on: Roald Amundsen From: £7696
      Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £7796 Brochure Price from: £8621 Brochure Price from: £10597
      Blue Water Price from: £7696 Blue Water Price from: £8521 Blue Water Price from: £10497
  • October
    • Oct 19th - Valparaiso to Punta Arenas - Sailing on: Roald Amundsen From: £7315
      Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £7415 Brochure Price from: £8682 Brochure Price from: £11075
      Blue Water Price from: £7315 Blue Water Price from: £8582 Blue Water Price from: £10975

2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • March
    • Mar 18th - Punta Arenas to Valparaiso - Sailing on: Roald Amundsen From: £7315
      Polar Outside Arctic Superior Expedition Suite
      Brochure Price from: £7415 Brochure Price from: £8634 Brochure Price from: £10937
      Blue Water Price from: £7315 Blue Water Price from: £8534 Blue Water Price from: £10837

Price Information

  • Please note: Pricing is based on a fluid system so subject to daily change.
Map for South America and Antarctica