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Exploring the Andes & two Expedition Cruises in Patagonia

13 Night Itinerary from  £6,984

O’Higgins Tour

Discover Santiago, Valparaiso and the surrounding Andean counteryside, followed by fjords, glaciers, nature, islands, wildlife, villages and the scenery of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, Cape Horn 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 3-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, 08 August 2022

Fly to Santiago do Chile

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


Tuesday, 09 August 2022

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, 10 August 2022

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, 11 August 2022

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, 12 August 2022

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 - 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

Lastarria

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 - 3 Nights

Day 6 - Fly to Patagonia and transfer to Skorpios III

Day 7 - Amalia, El Brujo Glaciers, and Calvo Fjord

Day 8 - Montanas Fjord and White Angostura

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Saturday, 13 August 2022

Fly to Patagonia and transfer to Skorpios III

Fly to Punta Arenas, transfer to Puerto Natales and embark Skorpios III cruise ship, for a 3 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 through Angostura Kirke, Moria, Vicuna, Union, Colingwood and Sarmiento Channels. The captain will host a welcome cocktail and dinner tonight. 

 


Sunday, 14 August 2022

Amalia and El Brujo Glaciers and Calvo Fjord

Arrive at Amalia Glacier. The ship sails as close to the glacier as possible. We take a walk on the beach to a stunning viewpoint. Continue to El Brujo Glacier, where, weather permitting, you can disembark and get a closer view of the glacier on dry land. In the afternoon we sail to Calvo Fjord, where we take an excursion on the ‘Captain Constantino’ icebreaker, navigating through the ice. We visit Captain Constantino and Alipio Glaciers.


Monday, 15 August 2022

Montanas Fjord and White Angostura

This morning we visit Montanas Fjord, where you can see four glaciers melting into the sea. At Alsina Glacier, we explore the small bay on the ship’s zodiacs. At Bernal Glacier, we take a walk in a native forest and cross a glacial water lagoon. Here, you can touch and feel the ice. Continue on Montanas Fjord, observing Herman and Zamudio Glaciers from the observation deck.  We arrive at White Angostura, where we explore in the ship’s zodiacs. Enjoy the Captain’s dinner and farewell party tonight.

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.

12092 The Skorpios III
Puerto Montt

Puerto Montt - 1 Night

Day 9 - Transfer to Puerto Montt

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Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Transfer to Puerto Montt

Transfer to Puerto Arenas Airport and fly to Puerto Montt. On arrival, transfer to the port and embark Skorpios II for an overnight stay on Puerto Montt. Dinner is included tonight with wine and an open bar.

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.

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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, 17 August 2022

Lake District, set sail, and Chiloe Island

This mooring, explore the Chilean Lake District, and the Vicente Perez Rosales National Park. Observe the magnificent Osorno Volcano, lamas, dear, the famous Torrent duck and the Petrohue River and Waterfalls. Continue to Todos Los Santos Lake which we explore by boat. We then travel to the foothills of the Osorno Volcano for a trek with our knowledgeable guide. 

Returning to the Skorpios II, the ship sets sails at lunchtime. 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, 18 August 2022

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, 19 August 2022

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, 20 August 2022

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, 21 August 2022

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.

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Santiago

Santiago - 0 Nights

Day 15 - Fly to Santiago and back to the UK

Day 16 - Arrive in the UK

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Monday, 22 August 2022

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, 23 August 2022

Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK in the morning.

Price Guidelines

Season High Season
Travel Dates November to March
Room Arrangement First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £6,984
Single Traveller - Own Room £11,466

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
  • 3-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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