Atacama, Chilean Fjords & Cape Horn - cruise & land journey

20 Days
Santiago to Buenos Aires
From (EUR)
15,549
Dates & Pricing

2022 Santiago > Buenos Aires

Majestic islands, glaciers, deserts and fjords

A truly bespoke itinerary that offers the very best of the desert, islands and fjords of Chile.
Explore the delightful paradoxes of vibrant Chile, from its bustling, cosmopolitan capital city, to the driest non-polar place on the planet. As you journey along, take a moment to relish Chile’s irresistible laidback vibe, delicious cuisine, and famous hospitality. The Atacama Desert offers a wealth of wildlife that thrives on these arid lands, from scaly lizards to resilient shrubs. Here you will enjoy a range of daily excursions to explore its Mars like landscape that has served as the backdrop of many a Hollywood sci-fi movie and be amazed at the diversity of landscape the region offers. On your Eclipse journey, explore the dramatic Chilean coastline, the remote island of Chiloe, home to Humboldt and Magellanic penguin breeding ground, and the southernmost tip of Tierra del Fuego, Cape Horn. Scenic Eclipse will take you deep into this majestic and glacial landscape for an unforgettable expedition.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
OLC2
Duration:
20 days
Departure City:
Santiago
Return City:
Buenos Aires

20 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Santiago

    Welcome to the quirky Chilean capital of Santiago. Enjoy a two-night, located in the cultural and historical hub of Santiago.

  2. Day 2 - Santiago

    A land of surprises, worldly sophistication and excitement, uncover the cosmopolitan city of Santiago on a guided tour. Every neighbourhood is unique and there is plenty to discover. Experience the spectacular sights and colourful culture of Chile’s capital city on your tour this morning and see the city’s legendary landmarks as you stroll through Santiago’s streets, visiting the picturesque Moneda Palace and the neoclassical Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral. Board the funicular to San Cristobal Hill and enjoy a panoramic view of the city below. Join your Tour Director for a delicious welcome dinner this evening.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Santiago > Atacama

    Welcome to the Atacama region, the perfect base from which to explore the many wonders of the Atacama Desert, the driest desert on Earth. Reach your luxurious retreat, set in the heart of the desert, the perfect base for a four night Special Stay. Explore the facilities of this boutique lodge and take a dip in the hot spring pools. Tonight sample delicious Chilean food and wine and discuss the activities available for the following days with the expedition team.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Atacama

    Soak up the majesty of the desert and choose from a variety of activities each day to enjoy at your own pace. You will discover the ancient culture of Atacama, its wildlife, and the amazing natural landscapes of this vast terrain, from the brown of the Andean mountains and volcanoes, to the white of the salt flats and the green of the oases. Each evening the expedition team will share with you the excursions available for the following day during pre-dinner drinks.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Atacama

    Continue to explore Atacama. Soak up the majesty of the desert and choose from a variety of activities each day to enjoy at your own pace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Atacama

    Continue to explore Atacama. Soak up the majesty of the desert and choose from a variety of activities each day to enjoy at your own pace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Atacama > Santiago

    Savour the last excursions before flying to the Chilean capital of Santiago for an overnight stay. Join your Tour Director on your final evening for a farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Santiago > Valparaíso, Chile

    Say farewell as you transfer to the World Heritage-listed city of Valparaíso with its long and colourful history dating back to the conquistadors. This vibrant city is rich in theatre, music, performance and street art and exquisite Victorian architecture. Most streets, staircases, alleyways and buildings are brightly painted.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - At Sea

    Today, relax on board in 6-star luxury. Choose one of the daily activities including a class in Scenic Epicure, join an entertaining discussion in the theatre, or make time for your own fitness regime.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Puerto Montt

    At the very end of the Pan American highway is Puerto Montt, which is the starting point of a fabled land of fjords, canals, islands, snow-capped volcanoes, green-forested hills, and the enchantment of Southern Chile. Uncover culinary delights at Angelmó cove known for its fresh seafood, take in views of Tenglo Island and Calbuco Volcano. Puerto Montt is the perfect launch pad to explore the German cities of Frutillar and Puerto Varas.

    Freechoice

    Visit Puerto Varas and Frutillar and see the beauty of these towns set in the middle of lakes and mountains or choose to explore Osorno Volcano and Petrohué Falls. If you would like some adventure, raft down the crystal clear Petrohué river located in Chiles oldest national park.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Castro

    Visit Castro, located on the island of Chiloé. Be charmed by its natural beauty, flanked by a fjord on the east and home to Chiloé National Park where an abundance of wildlife species thrives on the west coast. Catch a glimpse of the Chiloé Island Penguin Colony as Magellanic and Humboldt penguin migrate to the region. Stroll through the city streets and discovery the city’s many UNESCO World Heritage churches, known for their ecclesiastical wooden architecture.

    Today, choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

    Freechoice

    Explore Castro and two of the World Heritage Listed chapels or see the farmlands and countryside on horseback.

    Discovery

    Travel to the Chiloé National Park and walk the Tepual pathway through a forest of tepu.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - At Sea

    Sailing towards Tortel, there will be plenty of time to relax and be entranced by the picturesque scenery you’ll encounter on your way.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Inner Fjords

    Journey to one of the most spectacular locations in Southern Chile. Board a local catamaran and cruise into the Laguna San Rafael via a narrow opening revealing fantastic views of ice and the San Valentin Glacier. Visit a coastal village, located between the mouth of the Baker River, the largest river in Chile, and a small embayment of the Baker Channel. The surrounding geography is rugged, formed by a number of islands, fjords, channels and estuaries. Watch from the Sun Terrace, the Observation Terrace or your private verandah as the Captain and local Chilean Pilot expertly manoeuvre Scenic Eclipse through the majestic scenery and wildlife of the inner passages of the Chilean Channels.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Inner Fjords

    Continue cruising through the Inner Fjords. The English Narrows is home to the only settlement inside the Chilean Inside Passage at Puerto Eden, a region with a mountainous terrain and a thriving Magellanic subpolar forest. Located in Bernardo O´Higgins National Park, Pio XI Glacier, or Bruggen Glacier as it is also known, is the size of Santiago. It is the only glacier in the world that is growing each day. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Inner Fjords

    Continue cruising through the Inner Fjords. Acquaint yourself with the exceptional range of facilities on board your ultra-luxurious Discovery Yacht. Join a fitness class in one of the well-being spaces or relax in one of the many therapy lounges in the Spa Sanctuary. Tempt your palate at one of the outstanding dining venues on board or delight in the excellent selection of fine wines created by a Master of Wine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Punta Arenas

    Punta Arenas is at the southern extreme of Chile and serves as the gateway into Antarctica. The city will captivate you with its clean air, sophisticated European architecture and historical role during the California Gold Rush.

    Freechoice

    Join a local guide for a walking tour of Punta Arenas, or visit Magdalena Island and see one of the largest penguin colonies in southern Chile. Choose to step back in time with a visit to the Nao Victoria’s full-size replica of the Magellan’s ship at Salesian Museum or visit an estancia and discover a new way of life.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Chilean Fjords

    Enjoy days of cruising as you traverse the Chilean Fjords, offering views of tidewater glaciers and mountain peaks. Witness one of the most impressive glaciers, Seno Garibaldi, one of a handful of advancing glaciers. Continue to cruise down to Seno Pia Glacier and explore the labyrinth of ice crevasses and rivers.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Chilean Fjords

    Witness one of the most impressive glaciers, Seno Garibaldi, one of a handful of advancing glaciers. Continue to cruise down to Seno Pia Glacier and explore the labyrinth of ice crevasses and rivers.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Cape Horn

    The point where the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean meet, Cape Horn is steeped in maritime history and is the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and the southernmost tip of Chile. Weather permitting, our landing on Cape Horn will show the true skill of our Captain, crew, and the Discovery Team.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Ushuaia > Buenos Aires

    Your cruise ends this morning in Ushuaia as you farewell your crew. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the cruise will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Your luxury escorted journey includes
  • The intimacy of small group land journeys with up to 20 guests
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • Fully escorted land journey led by an expert handpicked Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Porterage throughout, plus return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Truly all-inclusive cruise features
  • Only 200 guests on board for a truly intimate experience
  • Spacious all verandah Suites
  • Butler service for every guest
  • Up to ten on board dining experiences, from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • 20 member Specialist Polar Discovery Team
  • Scenic Discovery excursions
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Engaging lecture and education program on board
  • Complimentary expedition parka, water bottle and use of special polar boots
  • Internal flight and taxes
  • All tipping and gratuities

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