Voyage of Discovery

Covering about 400,000 square miles (about 1.5 times the size of the UK), Patagonia lies at the southern end of South America. Shared by Argentina and Chile, its formidable landscape is made up of part of the Andes mountains, lakes, fjords and glaciers in the west and deserts, steppes and tablelands in the east.

Antarctica, magnificent in its isolation, yet teeming with an abundance of wildlife and monumental icebergs is a majestic, timeless wonder waiting to be discovered. To fully appreciate the immense scale and pure splendour of these two regions, we have combined two voyages. Known as The Voyage of Discovery, the 19-day trip takes in Antarctica, Patagonia and the Chilean Fjords.

End-to-end Excitement

A varied and truly exciting expedition cruise, it combines the highlights of Antarctica, the stunning Chilean fjords and the intense, rich, natural beauty of Patagonia. Our experienced Expedition Team will be on hand to share their knowledge, point out wildlife and provide insights as you embark on this journey of discovery.

Wonder at the stunning natural beauty and explore the vast wilderness as you follow in the footsteps of the early Antarctic explorers. As well as getting to see wildlife such as penguins, whales and seals amidst icebergs, you will also get the opportunity to take part in ice-cruising and various landing activities – guaranteed to make it an unforgettable voyage.

  • Discover the unique beauty that is Patagonia, Antarctica and the Chilean fjords
  • Hike, camp and kayak in unforgettable landscapes
  • Visit Torres del Paine National Park

Our itinerary will give you a few ideas about what you can expect to explore but bear in mind that this is just an indication of what you can experience.

Day 1: Santiago de Chile

Cosmopolitan and Energetic

Santiago, the diverse capital of Chile is where your adventure begins. An overnight stay gives you some time to explore this exhilarating city. With so much to see and do – shopping, an eclectic mix of food, museums, panoramic views and nightlife – you’re guaranteed to find yourself wanting more.

Day 2: Punta Arenas

Let the Journey Begin

Fly early in the morning to Punta Arenas where your ship awaits, ready for your expedition cruise to Antarctica.

Rich and comfortable, all of the cabins are outside, with 50% having private balconies. But one of the most inspiring features is the indoor / outdoor Observation Deck. Built over two levels, it is perfect for catching both the scenery and the wildlife with your binoculars.

Day 3: At Sea

The Drake Passage: Days 3 – 4

Following in the footsteps of the great explorers we sail through the Beagle Channel strait in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago at the southern tip of South America. About 150 miles long and 3 – 8 miles wide, it was named after Charles Darwin’s British ship, Beagle, which explored the area in 1833-34. We will also sail through the iconic Drake Passage.

On board, our Expedition Team launch their lecture programme. Featuring information about Antarctic wildlife, history and geology, it’s not to be missed.

Day 4: Antarctica

You’re About to Enter another World: Days 5 – 8

Made up of over 90% ice, in places up to 4000 metres thick, Antarctica will leave a lasting impression. In the winter, sea ice virtually doubles the size of the continent and in summer, it becomes a fertile breeding ground for penguins, seals and whales.

Dedicated to peace, science and tourism, we follow strict environmental rules to ensure that we do not disturb the fragile ecosystem. Although wild and unforgiving, to give you a glimpse of the diverse wildlife, our experienced captain will attempt landings in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula. If possible, we hope to cross the Polar Circle and venture into the permanently iced down and almost unnavigable areas, that are far beyond the limits of most cruises.

Day 5: At Sea

Observe the Wildlife: Days 9 – 10

What better way to relax after your Antarctic adventures than unwinding at sea. Whether you choose to unwind on deck or spend time in the Science Centre, there’s plenty to do onboard. MS Roald Amundsen, named after the first man to cross Antarctica and reach the South Pole, has been specifically constructed for voyages in polar waters and is a new addition to the fleet. The state-of-the-art liner features new hybrid propulsion (a first for large ships) and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption.

Day 6: Chilean Fjords

Pure Paradise

Deep fjords, creaking glaciers and tall mountains that literally plunge into the icy water – welcome to the breathtakingly and stunningly beautiful Chilean fjords. Scarcely explored, this remote region promises to be an experience that you will never forget. Epic colonies of penguins, gargantuan ocean seals lazing on the beaches and pods of humpback whales await you.

Day 7: Puerto Natales (overnight stay)

Torres del Paine National Park: Days 12 – 13

Puerto Natales is a port city in southern Patagonia and is the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. With so much to see and do in this region, you’ll be glad of the overnight stop. Scenes of Puerto Natales is an included excursion that combines the highlights of the charming town with the interesting Midodón Cave.

There is also the option to take advantage of an excursion to the National Park. Known as the “eighth wonder of the world” this overnight trip gives you plenty of time to explore the 242,000 hectares of rich habitat.

Day 8: Puerto Edén

A Nature Lover’s Paradise

Cruising through the Patagonian waters, we reach the village of Puerto Edén in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. A hamlet and minor port at the end of a deep fjord and surrounded by mountains, with only 250 inhabitants, it is considered one of Chile’s most isolated inhabited places.

Day 9: At Sea

The Quiet Waters of Patagonia

Make sure that you keep some time aside to check out the iconic Andean seascapes as we head north through the legendary waters of Patagonia. It’s the perfect opportunity to take some time on deck to reflect on your incredible journey so far.

Day 10: Castro, Chile

Let’s Explore Castro

 An eclectic mix of palafitos (wooden houses on stilts) greet you as we pull into Castro. Established in the 16th century, Castro is Chile’s third-oldest city and was once home to farmers. A blend of both old and new, there are plenty of place to see. While we’re here, why not take in the sights with our Castro Walking Tour.

Day 11: At Sea

Headed North: Days 17 – 18

You’ll get to see plenty of wildlife as we make our way along the Pacific coast to Valparaíso. Our Expedition Team will also be on hand to recap the highlights of the expedition cruise.

Day 12: Valparaíso

The Fanfare

We end the expedition in the pretty, colourful city of Valparaíso. Known as the “Jewel in the Pacific”, Valparaíso went through rapid growth when it became a major stopover for ships as they travelled between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. If you can, it would be well worth you taking some time to explore this scenic town before your flight home.

What’s included

Included in your voyage:

  • Expedition Cruise in a cabin grade of your choice
  • Overnight in Santiago de Chile before the voyage including breakfast
  • Flight in economy class from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas
  • Transfer from the hotel in Santiago de Chile to Santiago de Chile airport before the cruise
  • Transfer from Punta Arenas airport to the ship including a city tour and lunchbox
  • A range of included excursions
  • Professional hand-picked English-speaking Expedition Team experienced in the region we sail in
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant jacket
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and equipment needed for optional and included activities
  • All meals including beverages (ship beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all restaurants) in restaurants Fredheim and Aune
  • A la carte restaurant (for suite guests only)
  • Complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track
  • Gym, hot tubs and panoramic sauna

Engaging onboard activities and education:

  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture providing context to your voyage and helping you to understand the destinations you will experience
  • Explorer Science programme, with educational and Citizen Science activities – learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Professional onboard photographer – on-hand to give top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats whilst in Antarctica
  • Destination-focused onboard library
  • Port presentations providing destination insight

What’s not included in your voyage:

  • International flights
  • Optional shore excursions with local partners
  • Optional small group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the ship’s onboard wellness and spa area
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling

Please Note:

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • It is essential to complete a medical questionnaire
  • Please ensure that you meet all visa entry requirements

Life On Board

The Hurtigruten line was originally launched to transport people and goods along the coast of Norway. It was particularly prevalent in winter when infrastructure was still in its infancy and land travel was generally more difficult. Even though there are now alternative means of transport, the Hurtigruten line still runs, calling at 34 ports along the Norwegian coastline.

When going on an expedition voyage departing from Dover, you will be travelling on board MS Maud, the name chosen after the famous polar vessel used by Roald Admundsen in 1917. MS Maud refurbishment will be completed in time for the first voyages in March 2021. As part of the refurbishment, the ship has become even more sustainable by working on biodiesel, which reduces CO2 emissions by 80%. The ship offers comfort and style alongside its expedition cruises.

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