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Exploring the Andes & two Expedition Cruises in Patagonia

13 Night Itinerary from  £7,507

O’Higgins Tour

Discover Santiago, Valparaiso and the surrounding Andean countryside, followed by fjords, glaciers, nature, islands, wildlife, villages and the scenery of Patagonia on two first class expedition cruises.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Begin in Santiago, home to grand European buildings and world class vineyards
  • Enjoy a day trip to the colourful and bohemian port city of Valparaiso
  • Take two expedition cruises in Patagonia, with all meals, shore excursions and drinks included 
  • Travel with the experienced first class Skorpios Cruises 
  • Travel south and enjoy a 4-night expedition cruise through the ice fields and glaciers of Southern Patagonia 
  • Explore the scenic Chilean Lake District from Puerto Montt
  • Embark on a 5-night Skorpios II Cruise and discover Northern Patagonia's remote islands, villages and unique wildlife

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

1708 Valparaiso

Santiago and Valparaiso - 4 Nights

Day 1 - Fly to Santiago do Chile

Day 2 - Arrive in Santiago

Day 3 - Tour through Santiago's past and present

Day 4 - Day trip to colourful Valparaiso

Day 5 - Cajon Del Maipo and the mountains

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Monday, 20 May 2024

Fly to Santiago do Chile

Depart Monday evening on an overnight British Airways flight to Santiago.

Tuesday, 21 May 2024

Arrive in Santiago

You will be met on arrival at the airport and taken to your hotel, where you stay for 4 nights on a bed and breakfast basis. You have the chance to get to know your guide and ask them some initial questions about the city. 


Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Tour through Santiago's past and present

Today enjoy a private guided tour of Santiago to learn about the city's past history and present. You will explore the bustling modern heart of the commercial district and Main Avenue, as well as historical main-square, with its majestic cathedral, before visiting Santa Lucia Hill, the location upon which the Spanish founded the city.

Thursday, 23 May 2024

Day trip to colourful Valparaiso

Today we take a tour to the Pacific Coast, visiting the charming city of Valparaiso. We take a walking tour of this historic city, including the UNESCO recognised port area once the Pacific leading trading centres. We also visit colourful hillside neighbourhoods, art galleries, cafés and the home of poet Pablo Neruda.

Friday, 24 May 2024

Cajon Del Maipo and the mountains

This morning we visit the Maipo river valley and the quaint mountain town of San Alfonso, here we explore a wild park of rugged mountains and valleys, rivers, springs and waterfalls. Here, you have the option of horse riding, trekking, hiking, white water rafting or a zip line/canopy tour. A superb swimming pool is also available for those who just want to enjoy a day contemplating the Andes while sunbathing.

Su Merced

Santiago de Chile - Tourist Boutique

Su Merced is renovated townhouse, small boutique hotel with only 9 rooms. Its location in the Lastarria area opposite the park in the heart of Santiago making it ideal for visiting the artistic, bohemian area of Bellavista, the main square Plaza de Armas, Presidential Palace and downtown. The rooms are comfortable and modern though rather small, and and the hotel has a restaurant and bar on which doubles as the reception.

2016 Su Merced


Santiago de Chile - Deluxe Boutique

This handsome townhouse, built in 1927, has been renovated and converted into a luxury boutique hotel, with all its original architectural splendour. Filled with European style and sophistication, the 14 rooms were designed to make guests feel at home. The hotel retains the back garden of the original house, complete with a small pool. The hotel has a simple snack bar, but there are many bars and restaurants nearby.

2017 Lastarria

Plaza San Francisco Hotel

Santiago de Chile - Deluxe Hotel

The Hotel Plaza San Francisco is just a short distance from the heart of Santiago. There are 160 rooms with air conditioning, telephone, cable TV, safety box and mini bar. The hotel also features a bar, restaurant, swimming pool, sauna, gymnasium and business centre. Accommodation includes room and breakfast.

2015 Plaza San Francisco Hotel
Cruising in Patagonia

Southern Patagonia Expedition Cruise - 4 Nights

Day 6 - Fly to Patagonia and transfer to Skorpios III

Day 7 - Exploring magnificent glaciers

Day 8 - Glaciers and nature walks

Day 9 - Fjord of the Mountains

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Saturday, 25 May 2024

Fly to Patagonia and transfer to Skorpios III

Fly to Punta Arenas, transfer to Puerto Natales and embark Skorpios III cruise ship, for a 4-night expedition cruise on the Kaweskar Route to remote fjords and glaciers of the Southern Patagonia Ice Fields, with all meals, open bar and excursions included.

Set sail after lunch through the Almirante Montt Gulf arriving at Caleta Juarez in Guardramiro Fjord. Here we travel on small boats to see up close a colony of elephant seals. Evening sailing crossing Kirke narrows, Morla Vicuna, Union, Collingwood, and Sarmiento channels


Sunday, 26 May 2024

Exploring magnificent Glaciers

This morning sail north through Pitt Channel to Guillard Fjord and sail close to Guillard Glacier. Here we explore the glacier on land. Enjoy an afternoon tour through the Glacier's channels. In late afternoon, drive at Sarratea Bay where we take a small boat to explore. 

Monday, 27 May 2024

Glaciers and nature walks

This morning we arrive at Amalia Glacier. The ship will get as close as possible to the glacier for amazing views. We then go ashore and explore the nearby beach and hike through sand, vegetation, and rocks, reaching a viewpoint from where you can observe this beautiful glacier. Back on board we continue to the El Brujo Glacier. If weather and ice conditions allow, you can see the glacier from a nearby rock. 

We then sail to spectacular Calvo fjord and enjoy an excursion in a boat navigating amongst the ice, visiting Fernando, Capitán Constantino, and Alipio glaciers.

Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Fjord of the Mountains

Today we visit the Fjord of the Mountains, where four glaciers descend from the Sarmiento Mountain Range to the sea. We then visit Alsina Glacier, where we explore by boat visiting this small bay and its eye-catching glacier. Continue to Bernal Glacier where we hike in a small native forest and across a glacial water lagoon to the front of the Glacier. Here, we will have the opportunity to touch some ice and watch the receding phase of a glacier that no longer reaches the sea. In the evening, as we navigate through the Almirante Montt Gulf, enjoy a farewell dinner.

The Skorpios III

Southern Ice Field Skorpios III Cruise - First Expedition Ship

Experience a feeling of pure excitement, as you get up close to the awe-inspiring glaciers of the Southern Patagonian Icefield, from the comfort of the custom built Skorpios III. One of life’s great travel adventures!

A cruise on Skorpios III will take passengers to view as many as 14 different glaciers at close range, in channels which are not visited by any other tourist boat. The glaciers all form part of the Southern Patagonian Icefield, one of the largest areas of solid ice outside the polar regions.

Custom built for expedition cruising in the Southern Patagonia, the Skorpios III is a class 1A icebreaker, making her perfect for exploring these icy waters. She was most recently refurbished in 2012 to a high standard. She has two lounges with bars, dining room, shops and observation deck with sun loungers. The 45 air-conditioned double cabins offer twin or double beds, with private bathroom, TV and safe. The Skorpios III has an open bar included in the price, offering Chilean wines, beer and spirits.

Skorpios III
Explore by small boat

Northern Patagonia Expedition Cruise - 5 Nights

Day 10 - Lake District, set sail, and Chiloe Island

Day 11 - Puerto Aguirre and Islote Barrientos

Day 12 - San Raphael Glacier  

Day 13 - Quitralco Fjord

Day 14 - Whales, Penguins, and Dalcahue

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Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Lake District, set sail, and Chiloe Island

Disembark in Puerto Natales after breakfast and fly to Puerto Montt. On arrival, transfer to the Skorpios II for your 5-night cruise. Enjoy a captain's welcome dinner tonight and meet your fellow passengers. Arrive at Chiloe Island late afternoon, where you can go ashore and expose the handicraft market, local streets and coffee shops, and the museum of Chilean writer Francisco Coloane.

Thursday, 30 May 2024

Puerto Aguirre and Islote Barrientos

Sailing through beautiful scenery, arrive at the fishing village of Puerto Aguirre late morning. at 11:00 am. Explore the streets and typical Patagonian rainforest.

Continue to Islote Barrientos, where we disembark to smaller boats approaching the rock formations to visit one of the largest bird colonies in Chile, including Kelp Gulls, Rock shags, Red-legged shags and Imperial shags. The birds are accompanied by South American fur seals. Back on board, we continue south towards the San Rafael glacier. 

Friday, 31 May 2024

San Raphael Glacier

Early morning crossing the San Rafael Lagoon where we anchor. Small boat excursions take you up close among multi coloured icebergs (weather permitting) 

A truly inspiring day.

Saturday, 01 June 2024

Quitralco Fjord

Today the ship mores in Quitralco Fjord Here, spend the day bathing in hot springs, trekking in an Patagonia coastal rainforest and exploring the fjord by small boat.

Return to the ship and set sail northbound back towards Chiloe Island and the Lake District.

Sunday, 02 June 2024

Whales, Penguins, and Dalcahue

As we navigating through the channel of Leucayec, crossing the Gulf of Corcovado, you may be lucky to observe humpbacks or blue whales. We arrive at Islote Conejos and visit the island inhabited by Magellan Penguins and birds. Continue through glorious scenery to Dalcahue (on Chiloe Island), with its authentic handicraft market, church, and lovely promenade. This evening, on board ship, enjoy a farewell party, and captains dinner.

The Skorpios II

Northern Ice Field Skorpios II Cruise - First Expedition Ship

Cruise through Northern Patagonia’s fjords and beautifully sculpted icebergs to the mighty San Rafael Glacier and feel the excitement as we explore by small boat. Discover the remote forests and fishing villages, spot wildlife and relax in exclusive hot springs.

Set within the Laguna San Rafael National Park, in the Northern Ice Field of Patagonia, is a lagoon with a spectacular massive glacier. The large Skorpios II cruise vessel provides a panoramic view of San Rafael, before you disembark onto smaller boats to get truly up close and personal with the giant wall of ice and immense electric-blue icebergs.

Cruises to the glacier depart from Puerto Montt and also visit the charming fishing village Puerto Aguirre and the beautiful Quitralco Fjord, surrounded by mountains and lush vegetation and with its own natural thermal hot springs.

Fully refurbished in 2012, the M/V Skorpios II is custom built to sail Patagonia’s remote and wild coastline. The ship has two comfortable lounges, a dining room and large observation deck with sun loungers. The 53 air-conditioned double cabins have twin, double or king-size beds, flat screen TV, safe and private bathroom. The Skorpios II has an open bar included in the price, offering Chilean wines, beer and spirits.

Skorpios II

Santiago - 0 Nights

Day 15 - Fly to Santiago and back to the UK

Day 16 - Arrive in the UK

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Monday, 03 June 2024

Fly back to the UK

Transfer to Puerto Montt airport for your flight back to the UK, via Santiago de Chile.

Alternatively, take a full day excursions across the Andean Lake Region to Argentina. Journey by bus and boat across three lakes, surrounded by lush maintain landscapes. Arrive in Bariloche for a few days in the Argentinean Lake Region for walks, treks, picnics, islands and beautiful scenery in the mountains surrounding the Seven Lakes Road, Villa La Angostura, Traful and San Martin de los Andes. Then fly to cosmopolitan Buenos Aires for a few days before flying home or staying on longer. Please call us for details, a bespoke itinerary and a quotation.

Tuesday, 04 June 2024

Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates November to March November to March
Room Arrangement First First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £7,507 £7,507
Single Traveller - Own Room £12,325 £12,325

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

What's Included

  • 16 Days / 13 Nights
  • International flights (2 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • 4-night Skorpios III S Patagonia Cruise, with full board, open bar and all excursions
  • 5-night Skorpios II N Patagonia Cruise, with full board, open bar and all excursions
  • Breakfast every day and meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transport throughout the itinerary
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides
  • Prices are per person
  • Prices for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Easter on request

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