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MS Roald Amundsen - 500 Guests

In-depth Patagonia & Chilean Fjords Expedition

16 Day Buenos Aires/Ushuaia to Valparaíso, Chile


Wild adventure
After a night in romantic Buenos Aires, you'll fly to Ushuaia and sail to wild Cape Horn, where we'll attempt to land if we can. We'll cruise north along the west coast of South America, with its UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, breathtaking national parks and remote communities.

Natural wonders
Sail past a tranquil maze of beautiful fjords, surrounded by islands, glaciers and steep mountains. Admire the staggeringly beautiful Pio XI glacier, before heading to the charming village of Castro and vibrant hilltop city of Valparaíso.

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    HIGHLIGHTS


    • 16-day expedition cruise to Patagonia and the Chilean fjords from Ushuaia to Valparaíso, with opportunities to visit four spectacular National Parks.
    • Journey with us as we attempt to go ashore at the legendary Cape Horn and cruise to the must-see Garibaldi and Pio XI glaciers.
    • Visit remote communities at Puerto Williams, Puerto Edén and Caleta Tortel, as well as bustling cities and charming villages.

    DATES / RATES

    Rates are listed per person
    Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
    Mar 20, 2025Apr 04, 20255,369 5,720
    Rates are listed per person
    Start DateEnd DateFrom EURFrom USD
    Mar 20, 2025Apr 04, 20255,369 5,720


    ITINERARY


    Day 1  Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Day 2  Buenos Aires/Ushuaia, Argentina
    Day 3  At Sea
    Day 4  Puerto Williams, Chile
    Day 5 Garibaldi Glacier or Pia Glacier, Chile
    Day 6  Chilean Fjords
    Day 7-8  Puerto Natales, Chile
    Day 9 Pio XI Glacier, Chile
    Day 10  Puerto Edén, Chile
    Day 11  Tortel, Chile
    Day 12  At Sea
    Day 13  Castro, Chile
    Day 14  Niebla, Chile
    Day 15  At Sea
    Day 16  Valparaíso, Chile

    DAY 1
    Buzzing Buenos Aires
    Fire and flavour in Argentina’s capital
    With its fusion of faded European splendour and Latin American panache, an overnight stay in Buenos Aires is the ideal way to start your adventure. Why not arrive here early to fully explore, or join our optional Pre-Programme to wild Patagonia.
    T ake in the beautiful architecture. Visit the beautiful opera house of Teatro Colón, the pretty-in-pink Casa Rosada, and the National Museum of Fine Arts, displaying works by Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso.
    Explore the colourful street museum in La Boca with its buzzy markets and restaurants. Or take in a tango show before savouring delicious Argentinian beef in one of the city's steakhouses.

    DAY 2
    Setting sail from Ushuaia
    Flying south to Ushuaia where you'll board your ship
    You'll have an early start today as we head to the airport for our flight to Ushuaia. With its backdrop of snow-covered mountains, Ushuaia holds the proud, if often-disputed, title of southernmost city in the world.
    MS Roald Amundsen is waiting in port for you. Our first hybrid-powered ship is designed to make travel more sustainable, reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
    After picking up your expedition jacket and meeting your Expedition Team, settle in and explore the ship before enjoying the first of many delicious meals onboard. Your adventure is officially underway.

    DAY 3
    Rounding Cape Horn
    The Beagle Channel’s deep blue waters are flanked by sheer-sided mountains
    Your adventure starts in earnest as we cruise through the Beagle Channel and sail down to the southernmost tip of South America - Cape Hope.
    The rocky walls of the Beagle Channel plunge straight into the deep blue icy waters of this wild and remote seascape. Watch out for rare, endemic Peale’s dolphin and other wildlife.
    Cape Horn is where the open waters of the Atlantic and Pacific collide, creating powerful, swirling waves. Rounding the cape would once strike fear into the heart of hardened sailors, but on your expedition, we'll attempt to land - a seafaring milestone - and explore the cape if conditions allow.

    DAY 4
    Peaceful Puerto Williams
    Visit a remote and natural paradise
    Soak in the quiet atmosphere of Puerto Williams, another contender for the world's southernmost city.
    Drop into the Martin Gusinde Anthropological Museum. Here, you'll find indigenous Yahgan artifacts, maps, photographs and a traditional canoe.You can also see a replica of the bow of the Yelcho - the ship that rescued Shackleton’s men in 1916.
    Hike through the gorgeous scenery, on your own or as part of a guided optional excursion. You may be able to kayak if the weather is nice. Keen birdwatchers should have their binoculars handy to spot seabirds, including the mighty albatross.

    INCLUDED
    An anthropologist, accompanied by members of the Yaghan community, come on board for a presentation.

    DAY 5
    Garibaldi Glacier
    See one of Chile's most impressive glaciers
    The goal for the day is a scenic cruise in Garibaldi Fjord in Alberto de Agostini National Park, all the way up to Garibaldi Glacier. Here, the Andes tumble into the Pacific and great glaciers calve ice into the beautiful Chilean fjords.
    If conditions allow, we'll reach the Garibaldi Glacier at the head of the fjord, one of the most impressive glaciers in all of Chile. The fjord is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and its rich waters are home to seals, sea lions and sea birds, including the impressive Andean Condor.

    DAY 6
    Stunning Chilean fjords
    Through the Magellan Strait
    As we sail north along the Chilean coast, join your Expedition Team for fascinating lectures on topics like pre-Columbian history, the geology of our surroundings and the folklore of local communities.
    Enjoy the serenity and beauty of the maze of fjords we pass, surrounded by islands, glaciers and steep mountains. And keep an eye out for elephant seals, dolphins and whales, who often sail alongside the ship.
    Our resident photographer will be on hand to help you get the most from your wildlife and landscape photography.

    DAY 7-8
    Bohemian Puerto Natales
    Gateway to Torres del Paine
    Our expedition cruise continues to Puerto Natales, where we'll spend the night. You can opt to go hiking in Torres del Paine National Park - an incredible experience well worth doing.
    The rugged landscape has steppe, forest and desert, punctuated by glaciers and lakes. Guanacos, rheas and pumas roam freely. Look out for Chilean Flamingos and you may even spot the mighty Andean condor.
    Puerto Natales is a popular hub for hikers and adventurers, with many eateries, bars and outdoor shops. Visit the artisan village at Etherh Aike; enjoy a gin tour at the Last Hope Distillery; or stroll the photogenic waterfront.

    INCLUDED
    Explore the highlights of the charming town of Puerto Natales, with its intriguing Milodón Cave.

    DAY 9
    Pio XI Glacier
    Marvel at the astonishing size of this glacier
    Our expedition cruise continues through the scenic Eyre Fjord towards Pio Xi Glacier, where you'll have a great chance or spotting wildlife in the forests and waters. Look out for sea lions, dolphins and terns.
    The Pio XI Glacier in Bernardo O'Higgins National Park is a truly extraordinary sight. Growing by as much as 50 metres a day - as other glaciers recede - it's the longest glacier in the Southern Hemisphere outside of Antarctica.
    If conditions are right, we'll launch our small expedition boats to take a closer look at this remarkable glacier, where ice occasionally calves off into the waters below.

    DAY 10
    Remote Puerto Edén
    Discover Kawéskar culture in a Patagonian village
    Our next stop is the enchanting village of Puerto Edén in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, set at the end of a deep fjord.
    The tiny village is only accessible by sea, and the ferry that connects it to the mainland only visits once a month. There are no roads here - just wooden boardwalks connecting houses and shops. Among its 250-strong population, you’ll meet some of the last remaining members of the indigenous Kawéskar, giving you a fascinating insight into Patagonian culture. The unique community is designated a Living Human Treasure by UNESCO.

    INCLUDED
    A representative of the indigenous people Kawesqar invites you to visit their community.

    DAY 11
    Charm of Caleta Tortel
    Receive a warm welcome in Caleta Tortel
    We leave the well-trodden path once again today to visit remote Caleta Tortel. Lying at the mouth of Rio Baker, Chile's largest river, this charming village is home to just 500 inhabitants.
    Instead of streets, a maze of boardwalks connects the close-knit community, weaving over water and around the mountain base. If conditions permit, you'll be able to explore more of the milky blue waters by kayak.
    You can choose to tour the village with a local guide. You may be treated to a performance by folk dancers and locals selling handicrafts, while learning more about the area's fascinating history.

    INCLUDED
    Discover the isolated community of Tortel, sample local empanadas, and test the famous pisco sour.

    DAY 12
    The waters of Patagonia
    Unforgettable Andean seascapes
    We cruise south towards Puerto Natales, the capital of Última Esperanza. The iceberg-studded waters of Patagonia are captivating, with stunning shades of blue, from the brightest aquamarine to the deepest midnight hues.
    As we sail, there's a good chance you’ll see whales, seabirds, penguins and more. Take in the scenery from the panoramic sauna or on-deck hot tubs and pool, enjoy locally sourced cuisine, or relax in the Explorer Lounge.
    Our Expedition Team will be on hand with fascinating lectures on local history and wildlife, and our onboard photographer can help with tips on landscape photography.

    DAY 13
    Castro's Chilotan charm
    Stilt houses and historic churches
    Set among the lush vegetation of Chiloé Island, Castro is Chile’s third oldest city and home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Iglesia San Francisco and Iglesia de Señora de Gracia de Nercón.
    Keep your camera ready for terrific views of the city’s colourful palafitos - stilt houses along the waterfront - from nearby hills. For local culture, head to the Regional Museum and the Museum of Modern Art.
    Enjoy an optional walk into nearby Chiloé National Park, a stunning Valdivian rainforest of southern beech and alerce conifers. Look out for sea lions, sea birds and whales along the shore.

    INCLUDED
    A Castro walking tour includes Plaza de Armas and the neo-Gothic wooden Church of San Francisco.

    DAY 14
    The fortress at Niebla
    Explore Spanish fortresses and lively folk markets
    We come ashore at the pretty seaside town of Niebla, set on a picturesque peninsula with views of Corral Bay on one side and the Valdivia River on the other. Take a stroll on the wide sandy beach and, if the market Feria Costumbrista is open, sample traditional empanadas, antichuchos and churros.
    Aside from the town itself, the ruins of the old Spanish fort and its associated museum are well worth a visit. Learn more about the region's history at the museum, then wander around the lighthouse and rusted cannons. You'll enjoy beautiful views across the river and bay.

    INCLUDED
    Visit, one of the prettiest places in Chile with a very interesting history and rich wildlife.

    DAY 15
    Sailing North
    Wildlife spotting at sea
    Your expedition cruise makes its way along the Pacific coast to Valparaíso, your final stop. Keep scanning for the wildlife that populates these waters, including terns and whales. Enjoy your final day at sea relaxing in the pool, sauna or spa.
    Enjoy a recap of your expedition experiences in Patagonia and the fjords from our Expedition Team. Visit the Science Center if you have unanswered questions about the things you've seen, or to complete any observations for the Citizen Science projects.

    DAY 16
    Valparaíso, a UNESCO gem
    Valparaíso is the glorious finale to your expedition
    Your South American Pacific Coast expedition cruise ends in Valparaíso, known as the 'Jewel of the Pacific'. Built on steep hillsides overlooking the ocean, it's well worth spending time in this UNESCO-listed city before you fly home.
    Filled with exciting smells, sounds and people, it’s an exhilarating maze of winding alleyways and barrios, colourful houses, and mercados packed with local produce. Take it all in on a funicular ride up to Cerro Alegre and Concepción. And if you're up for more adventures, you can join one of our optional Post-Programmes, including a tour to Easter Island, famous for its mysterious statues of giant heads in Rapa Nui National Park.

    MS Roald Amundsen (Expedition, 500-guests)

    Named after the first man to cross Antarctica and reach the South Pole, MS Roald Amundsen leads the way towards an even more sustainable way of traveling. The ship is specially constructed for voyages in polar waters. It serves as a comfortable base camp at sea - bringing adventurers from all over the world to the most spectacular destinations in the most sustainable way.

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    WHAT'S INCLUDED


    • Flight in economy class from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
    • Overnight in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast
    • Transfer from the hotel in Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires airport before the expedition cruise
    • Transfer between Ushuaia airport and the ship, including a brief tour of the town
    Expedition Cruise  
    • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
    • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
    • Complimentary tea and coffee
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
    • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
    • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
    • Range of included activities
    Onboard Activities
    • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
    • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
    • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
    • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
    • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms and outdoor running track  
    • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
    Landing Activities
    • Escorted landings with small expedition boats  
    • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities
    • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
    • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings
    Not Included
    • International flights  
    • Travel insurance
    • Luggage handling
    • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
    • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team   
    • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area
    Notes
    • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
    • Excursions and activities are subject to change
    • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
    • No gratuities expected


    Wine Tour & Tasting: A Morning in Maipo Valley (Post)
    Price from €79
    Duration 4 h

    Patagonia's Wild Landscapes and Gaucho Life (Pre)
    Price from €2,395
    Duration 4 Days

    The Highlights of Buenos Aires (Pre)
    Price from €55
    Duration 3 h

    Estancia Experience in the Argentine Pampas (Pre/Post)
    Price from €210
    Duration 7 h

    Explore Trendy Buenos Aires (Pre)
    Price from €90
    Duration 3 h

    Discover the Barrios of Buenos Aires (Pre)
    Price from €59
    Duration 3.5 h

    Typical Chilean Dinner & Music (Post)
    Price from €165
    Duration 3 h

    Valparaiso and Santiago: A Tour of Two Cities (Post)
    Price from €390
    Duration 2 Days

     

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