5 days from £1635pp plus international flights.
Departing from Puerto Natales this expedition cruise offers the rare chance to travel through beautiful fjords into the Southern Ice Field where you view numerous glaciers and sail through ice floes on smaller expedition vessels. The scenery is awe-inspiring. Excursions let you get within touching distance of glaciers, take you into the forest and let you observe animal and bird life. It's an action-packed few days that will live long in your memory.
Your ship, Skorpios III, is an A1 Ice Class vessel, designed and built to operate in these conditions while providing creature comforts for passengers. There are two large lounges where you can unwind as you enjoy a drink and a chat with other guests. Both have large windows so you can admire the views. The dining room is light and spacious, with enough room to accommodate all passengers in one sitting. The en-suite cabins vary in size and layout and all, apart from those on the lowest of the five decks, have windows.
Resident guides give presentations to prepare you for each excursion, which they lead. These are the real highlight of your cruise as you explore the pristine environment. Over the course of the 380 mile voyage you see up to fourteen different glaciers, disembarking at some for fine photo opportunities. At Calvo Fjord you board a special ice breaker to sail among the icebergs and visit five glaciers, and at Angostura White a small boat lets you observe wildlife as you travel among the islands. Added to your pre-cruise tour of Torres del Paine National Park, this holiday is an excellent way to enjoy the natural, untamed beauty of this region.
This is an all-inclusive cruise, making life easy with no need to pay extra for food, drinks, presentations or excursions.
Arrive in Puerto Natales where you stay either on board MV Skorpios III or at Remota Hotel near the Skorpios pier, depending on the departure day of the cruise. This provides you with time to relax before the start of your cruise tomorrow, free of worries about travel delays. Dinner is included tonight, so you won't need to stir far. Dinner
After breakfast you are invited on a tour to Torres del Paine National Park and Milodon Cave, led by an English-speaking guide. Torres del Paine is famed for its beautiful scenery, with lakes, waterfalls, lagoons, glaciers and mountains, while Milodon Cave is a historical site believed to have been inhabited by primitive man. The tour includes lunch at Rio Serrano Hotel. You arrive back in Puerto Natales to board Skorpios III in readiness for departure, scheduled between 17:30 and 18:00. Sit down to dinner as the ship sails through Angostura Kirke. This is a good opportunity to get to know fellow passengers as you look forward to the cruise ahead. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Enjoy breakfast as Skorpios III reaches her first destination, Amalia Glacier. You can get excellent views from the lounges or open deck before stepping ashore on a nearby beach to walk to a viewpoint from which you can see and take photos of the glacier. Return to the ship for lunch and a rest by which time you've reached El Brujo Glacier. If weather permits you can disembark for photos and viewing. Soon Skorpios III is en-route to Calvo Fjord, arriving in the late afternoon. Here you are transferred to Captain Constantino, an ice breaking vessel, designed to navigate through ice fields, enjoying views of glaciers and icebergs. You return to the ship to freshen up before dinner. Full board
This morning you visit Montanas Fjord from where you can see no fewer than four glaciers that descend the Sarmiento Mountains to the water. Your cruise brings you close to Alsina Glacier and you have time to board a boat to gain close-up views. Later you land near Bernal Glacier and enjoy a walk through a forest and across a stream, to arrive at the glacier. You are so close you can touch the ice. In the afternoon Skorpios sails to White Angostura where you explore the water channels by boat, keeping a look out for cormorants and other seabirds, plus sea lions and dolphins. Returning to the ship you have time to shower and change into your best clothes for the the Captain's dinner followed by the farewell party. Full board
Your arrival time in Puerto Natales will depend on the weather conditions. Pack your bags and say your goodbyes to the crew and disembark, to continue your travels. Breakfast
Guide price from (pp sharing): £1635 (ex. international flights)
Price notes: Guide price per person sharing: 2019 March and April from £1,635. Jan and Feb 2019 from £1,765.
4 nights accommodation on Skorpios III, or 3 nights on board plus 1 night in a hotel in Puerto Natales, based on twin share cabin; full board during the cruise (4 meals a day); drinks from the bar; excursions as described in the itinerary including the pre-cruise full day trip to Torres del Paine and Milodon Cave; bilingual (English and Spanish) presentations; basic medical service on board
International and domestic flights and taxes; port taxes (currently US$35 per person), transfers to and from the ship in Puerto Natales; optional activities; tips; personal expenditure; travel insurance; visas; vaccinations
The cruise starts and ends at the Skorpios pier in Puerto Natales. We will tailor your itinerary in Chile to fit with the cruise departure. This would normally involve flying in to Punta Arenas followed by a 3 hour transfer to Puerto Natales.
Departure dates: The cruise has set departures between the months of September and April each year. Cruises depart from Puerto Natales on certain Tuesdays and Fridays. Our itinerary outlined above includes the Monday or Thursday night on board prior to the Tuesday or Friday sailing.
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Flight time: There are direct flights from London Heathrow to Santiago, which operate 4 times a week and take 14 hours 40 minutes. The Chilean airline, LATAM, flies via Madrid.
Language: The official language is Spanish. but other local languages are also spoken. English is spoken quite widely.
Visas: Visas are not currently required for British passport holders staying for up to 90 days, who are issued with a ‘Tarjeta de Turismo-Tourist Card’ on arrival. You must retain this and present it to immigration on departure.
Health: Generally none is compulsory but we recommend the following: hepatitis A and B, typhoid, diphtheria, meningitis, tetanus, rabies and polio. There is no malaria in Chile. A yellow fever certificate is required if you are coming from an infected area.