On this itinerary, you’ll experience the stunning Torres del Paine National Park and breathtaking Chilean Antarctica. You will have the chance to explore Chile’s capital and wine country before heading to the end of the world in Patagonia and enjoying the once-in-a-lifetime experience in the world’s snowy desert. You will have the chance to climb to the world-famous Torres del Paine base, as well as other amazing excursions in the beautiful national park.
In the final part of your trip, you will have an experience like no other as you cruise around the Antarctic coast. You will be able to see Antarctica’s wild residents like whales, penguins, seals and seabirds and take daily land excursions to catch all the best sights. This tour is an air-cruise, meaning that you fly over the tempestuous Drake Passage to maximise your time and ensure a more comfortable and pleasant journey.
Note: This tour will take place in the afternoon, depending on your flight’s arrival time.
Your first day will serve to welcome you to the capital. A transfer will be waiting for you at the airport and will take you to your hotel where you’ll check in. Once you’re settled in, you will have some time for lunch before heading out on your city tour around Santiago at 2 pm. On the tour, you’ll visit all of the capital’s attractions: the seat of government, the multicultural Plaza de Armas, the picturesque Mercado Central and La Vega, as well as the San Cristóbal hill and the historical centres such as Lastarria, Bellas Artes, and Central Santiago. You’ll sample some local food delights on the tour too, before finishing the tour and heading for dinner. We recommend trying one of the traditional restaurants in the bohemian area of Bellavista!
Eco Boutique Hotel Bidasoa
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you’ll be picked up by your guide to head to one of Chile’s most famous wine-producing valleys, Colchagua. On the tour, you’ll visit three vineyards where you’ll learn how each vineyard makes its wines and taste some samples of their signature wines. At the last vineyard of the day, as well as a tour and tasting, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch prepared specifically to match the wines like grilled meats and fish and a selection of side dishes.
You’ll then be taken back to your hotel where you’ll have time to rest and have dinner in Santiago.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Eco Boutique Bidasoa Hotel
On day 3, you will be picked up from your hotel to travel to Santiago airport for your flight to Punta Arenas. In Punta Arenas, your transfer will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel in the Torres del Paine National Park. After checking in, you can enjoy lunch at the hotel, relax and explore the local area in the afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
On days 4-6, you can enjoy a delicious and nutritious breakfast before heading out each day on an activity of your choosing. Choose from a variety of hikes with a range of difficulties, including to the base of the famous Torres del Paine or the Grey Glacier, kayaking on the beautiful Lake Toro, visiting the historical cave of the Milodón, or even flyfishing!
Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, & Dinner
After breakfast and check out, your transfer will take you to Punta Arenas where you can prepare for your Antarctic expedition! You’ll check in to your and have time to explore the local area and its local restaurants for lunch.
In the afternoon, you’ll attend a briefing with important information about your cruise and guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, you’ll gather with other travelers for a welcome dinner featuring typical foods of the region.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Cabo de Hornos Hotel
On day 8, your Antarctic adventure begins! You’ll take a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands followed by a short hike (2km/1.25mi) past the Frei and Bellingshausen Stations. From the shore, you’ll board a Zodiac that will take you to the expedition ship to settle in for your Antarctic cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
You’ll cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of seabirds, penguins, seals, and whales. Each day you’ll disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, you can attend an engaging program of educational presentations and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.
No journey is the same and flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team plans the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature to make each trip a unique and extraordinary experience. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites in the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Sound, the Gerlache Strait, and the Penola Strait.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Why is this trip sustainable?
Our Health and Safety Promise
As the world continues to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that travelers, while eager to once again get out and explore the world, also want to be careful and only travel where and when it’s safe to do so. Just as you take your health and safety seriously, as well as the health and safety of the destinations and communities we visit, so do we. That’s why, in compliance with national and international health and safety regulations and recommendations, we’ve optimized our operations and tour itineraries to provide you with the safest itinerary possible.
This tour was specifically designed with social distancing in mind, avoiding overly crowded places without sacrificing the experience of discovering the destination. We only partner with hotels and tour operators that are similarly committed to putting their clients’ health first, frequently using cleaning and sanitizing services, and only offering tours and excursions when it’s fully safe to do so. All this and more are just some of the ways we’re innovating travel itineraries for a healthier, safer future.
If you have any questions, concerns, or requests regarding the health and safety procedures of this and other EcoChile tours, please let us know so we can answer your question or accommodate your request. Your safety is our top priority.
*Rate starting from USD $25,633.- based on double occupancy (two people sharing a double room). The price may vary due to the time of year you travel, the size of your group, accommodation availability and not counting special dates. Check availability and the exact rate depending on the room/cabin type and season of your trip with our travel agent.
** Solo travelers may choose a single room or to share a twin room on board the cruise vessel in Antarctica. Solo guests may also choose a twin cabin for single use, which, along with all other accommodations in the itinerary, is subject to a single supplement.
*** If the mentioned hotels are not available, alternative hotels of a similar standard will be provided.
Duration: 15 days
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