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19-night Epic Patagonia – Fjords, Peaks, & Forests Cruisetour

Santiago/Buenos Aires

10/08/2020

Ports: Air Travel, Santiago, Santiago, Air Travel, Cruise Starts (Embarkation), Puerto Montt, Ancud, Pumalín Park, At Sea, At Sea, Pio XI Glacier, White Narrows, At Sea, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine, Karukinka, Karukinka, Chilean Fjords, Beagle Channel, Cape Horn, Isla de Los Estados (Staten Island), Isla de Los Estados (Staten Island), Isla de Los Estados (Staten Island), Ushuaia, Cruise Ends (Debarkation), Air Travel, and Buenos Aires

Lindblad Expeditions

National Geographic Explorer
#1321388

19-night Epic Patagonia – Fjords, Peaks, & Forests Cruisetour The Signature Collection – Exclusive Amenities
  • $50 per Couple Shipboard Credit
  • Starting at
    $19,950.00
  • Per day
    $1050.00

Package Inclusions:

  • 19-nights accommodations
  • All meals aboard ship
  • And more

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Price is per person, double occupancy.

Costs Include: All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals , nonalcoholic beverages* aboard ship and meals on land as indicated, air transportation where indicated as included, shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits, transfers to and from group flights, use of taxes and service charges, and services of our expedition staff.
*Alcoholic beverages except super-premium brands and crew tips now included on Explorer and Orion.

All fares are quoted in US Dollars.

Information and pricing is subject to change without notice. While we do our very best to ensure that information and pricing appearing in this website is complete and accurate, we cannot be responsible for incomplete and inaccurate representations, which may or may not be under our control. In the event of a pricing error, misrepresentation or omission, we reserve the right to adjust the pricing or make any other corrections. Prices shown are in USD unless stated otherwise.
  • Departure Date
  • Days
  • From/To
  • Ship
  • Offer ID
  • 10/08/2020
  • 19
  • Santiago/Buenos Aires

  • National Geographic Explorer
  • 1321388
    • Destination
    • Arrival Day
    • Departure Day
    • Santiago
    • 10/09/2020
    • 10/09/2020
    • Depart on an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile. We check in to the Mandarin Oriental (or similar) centrally located in Santiago, and have the morning to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to our afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. We explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city. In the early evening, we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel. (Day 2: L),

    • Air Travel
    • 10/09/2020
    • 10/09/2020
    • Depart on an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile. We check in to the Mandarin Oriental (or similar) centrally located in Santiago, and have the morning to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to our afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. We explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city. In the early evening, we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel. (Day 2: L),

    • Puerto Montt
    • 10/10/2020
    • 10/10/2020
    • Today we fly from Santiago to Puerto Montt, Chile’s northern gateway to Patagonia. We’ll visit the town of Puerto Varas, beautifully set on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, and if weather permits have views of dramatic, snow-covered Osorno, a volcano that Charles Darwin saw erupt in 1835. We’ll have lunch, transfer to Puerto Montt, and embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D),

    • Air Travel
    • 10/10/2020
    • 10/10/2020
    • Today we fly from Santiago to Puerto Montt, Chile’s northern gateway to Patagonia. We’ll visit the town of Puerto Varas, beautifully set on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, and if weather permits have views of dramatic, snow-covered Osorno, a volcano that Charles Darwin saw erupt in 1835. We’ll have lunch, transfer to Puerto Montt, and embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D),

    • Cruise Starts (Embarkation)
    • 10/10/2020
    • 10/10/2020
    • Today we fly from Santiago to Puerto Montt, Chile’s northern gateway to Patagonia. We’ll visit the town of Puerto Varas, beautifully set on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, and if weather permits have views of dramatic, snow-covered Osorno, a volcano that Charles Darwin saw erupt in 1835. We’ll have lunch, transfer to Puerto Montt, and embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D),

    • Santiago
    • 10/10/2020
    • 10/10/2020
    • Today we fly from Santiago to Puerto Montt, Chile’s northern gateway to Patagonia. We’ll visit the town of Puerto Varas, beautifully set on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, and if weather permits have views of dramatic, snow-covered Osorno, a volcano that Charles Darwin saw erupt in 1835. We’ll have lunch, transfer to Puerto Montt, and embark National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D),

    • Ancud
    • 10/11/2020
    • 10/11/2020
    • We spend the day exploring Chiloé’s culture and natural history with a choice of excursions. One group will explore Chiloé’s cultural history, seeing its attractive palafitos, colorful fishermen’s houses precariously built on stilts along the water’s edge. Some palafitos are now restaurants serving fine Chilean food, and we’ll have lunch at one of them. The town of Castro has little shops and a large open-air market where the Chileans show their indigenous wares, such as alpaca sweaters and lapis jewelry. Visit some of the welcoming small communities that dot the countryside and learn about a unique way of life. One of the unique features of the island’s history and culture is its wooden churches, collectively designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The churches and many of the houses are covered in protective shells of wooden shingles in artistic designs. Alternatively, choose to visit Puñihuil Natural Monument and go out in a local boat to see the wildlife that inhabits the islets just offshore. Enterprising fishermen in the area started offering boat excursions to these exceptional places some years ago. Both Humboldt and Magellanic penguins live here, along with the handsome red-legged cormorant, American and blackish oystercatchers, Peruvian pelicans, Peruvian boobies, and a number of other species. We may also be fortunate enough to see marine otters. We’ll have a traditional Chiloé-style lunch called curanto: mussels, clams, potatoes, chicken, sausage, and a number of other ingredients, all cooked in a pit and covered with leaves. We then explore the historic and atmospheric town of Ancud, seeing the San Antonio Fortress, whose capture in 1826 marked the end of Spanish rule in the region; the central plaza, adorned with figures representing local mythology; the interesting market; and the foundation that helps preserve and restore the many churches of Chiloé, a number of which collectively are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We return to our ship in the late afternoon. (B,L,D),

    • Pumalín Park
    • 10/12/2020
    • 10/12/2020
    • Pumalín’s 750,000 acres in Chilean Patagonia are protected as one of the last areas where the unusual alerce forest remains. These huge trees are similar in dimension to California redwoods, with some specimens 2,000 years old. The Pumalín Project was established in 1995 by the late American conservationist Doug Tompkins, who wanted to preserve some of the remaining virgin forest in Chile. Have a choice of walks in the park with naturalists in the forest, visit a hidden waterfall, or, for the energetic, climb along a rushing stream and look for forest birds along the trail. In the afternoon, we head for the Golfo de Corcovado in search of marine wildlife, looking for Magellanic penguins, sooty shearwaters, dolphins, and with luck, whales. (B,L,D),

    • At Sea
    • 10/13/2020
    • 10/13/2020
    • Today offers a choice of two interesting excursions. You may decide to take a morning excursion to a nearby exceptionally beautiful privately owned park, Aiken del Sur. The park has well-maintained trails, set in evergreen forest with lovely waterfalls and lakes, including a 75-foot-high cascade. Bird possibilities include ringed kingfisher, woodpeckers, and a variety of forest birds. A Patagonian lamb barbecue (with vegetarian options) and entertainment by local musicians awaits at the end of the walk. Alternatively, take a full-day excursion to the Coyhaique National Reserve, driving up into a beautiful valley nestled in the Andes, with views of the snow-covered peaks. Entering the reserve, drive through evergreen forest full of giant rhubarb and ferns to the transition zone of deciduous Nothofagus forest. The starting point for our hike is Laguna Verde, “Green Lake”. Coyhaique National Reserve is home to three Chilean woodpecker species, passerines, diurnal and nocturnal predatory birds, and other animals such as pumas and foxes. In places, the forest is native and pristine, and in others we have the chance to appreciate the colonization process that is following fires of recent years. After our hike, we’ll have a picnic lunch and we’ll visit the city of Coyhaique, seeing its central plaza and the artisans’ stalls, with excellent handicrafts. We’ll then return to Chacabuco and National Geographic Explorer. (B,L,D),

    • At Sea
    • 10/14/2020
    • 10/14/2020
    • Pio XI Glacier
    • 10/15/2020
    • 10/15/2020
    • White Narrows
    • 10/16/2020
    • 10/16/2020
    • This huge region of incredible scenery provides days of adventure for us. A vast area of snowcapped mountains, gigantic glaciers, thousands of islands covered with forests and other vegetation, lakes, soaring granite walls, and waterfalls, the archipelago is untouched by humans except for a few fishing villages which perch at “the end of the world”. With a National Geographic photographer and a photo instructor by your side, you’ll have boundless photo options. One possibility is exploring Tortel, where a system of boardwalks connects the houses and publics spaces of this charming town of about 500 inhabitants. One of the many highlights is the Pio XI Glacier, the longest glacier in the southern hemisphere outside of Antarctica, running some 60 miles from the Patagonia icefield to the fjord where it noisily calves off gigantic ice masses, at a rate of one every several minutes. It is 2 miles wide and rises nearly 200 feet above sea level. We explore by Zodiac. These days offer us multiple opportunities to hike, and to use our Zodiacs, kayaks, and undersea technology to explore the beautiful protected waters. En route to Puerto Natales, we transit the breathtaking 200-foot-wide White Narrows, a dogleg between unforgiving rock bluffs. (B,L,D),

    • At Sea
    • 10/17/2020
    • 10/17/2020
    • Torres del Paine
    • 10/18/2020
    • 10/18/2020
    • From Puerto Natales, drive to monumental Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This is one of the signature parks of Chile and for that matter the world, with the jagged horns and the granite towers of the central massif constantly drawing the eye to their varying aspects as the light and clouds change. The mountains are surrounded by Andean steppe, forest, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls. You’ll discover one of the most spectacular and wildlife-rich areas in the Americas, and will see herds of guanacos (cousins of llamas). You’ll also look for rheas, gray foxes, Andean condors soaring overhead, and if you’re very lucky, a puma. Chileans themselves dream of visiting this magnificent park. You’ll have a choice of excursions: either take a challenging hike along a beautiful trail between two of the lakes, or else drive to some of the most scenic places in this great setting. (B,L,D),

    • Puerto Natales
    • 10/18/2020
    • 10/18/2020
    • From Puerto Natales, drive to monumental Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This is one of the signature parks of Chile and for that matter the world, with the jagged horns and the granite towers of the central massif constantly drawing the eye to their varying aspects as the light and clouds change. The mountains are surrounded by Andean steppe, forest, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls. You’ll discover one of the most spectacular and wildlife-rich areas in the Americas, and will see herds of guanacos (cousins of llamas). You’ll also look for rheas, gray foxes, Andean condors soaring overhead, and if you’re very lucky, a puma. Chileans themselves dream of visiting this magnificent park. You’ll have a choice of excursions: either take a challenging hike along a beautiful trail between two of the lakes, or else drive to some of the most scenic places in this great setting. (B,L,D),

    • Karukinka
    • 10/19/2020
    • 10/19/2020
    • Karukinka Natural Park: Tierra del Fuego is one of Patagonia’s crown jewels. We visit its newest and largest protected area: Karukinka Natural Park. Established in 2004 through a gift from Goldman Sachs, Karukinka is one of the largest donations ever made for conservation. We’re thrilled to have special permission from the Wildlife Conservation Society to visit this private reserve, which spans 1,160 square miles and harbors endangered culpeo fox, Andean condors, and many other kinds of wildlife. We may explore Jackson Bay, backed by a skyline of rugged mountains, and look for wildlife including black-browed albatross that nest on one of the nearby small islands. We may walk a trail to a lovely waterfall, and look for elephant seals resting on not only the beach but also high in the grass meadows and even in the small river draining the valley inland. Look for the Andean condors, massive Magellanic woodpeckers, black-necked swans, Austral parakeets, albatrosses, grebes, petrels, fulmars, shearwaters, and many other birds that inhabit this otherworldly realm. (B,L,D),

    • Karukinka
    • 10/20/2020
    • 10/20/2020
    • Chilean Fjords
    • 10/21/2020
    • 10/21/2020
    • Myriad fjords or senos indent the coast. We cruise deep into the senos, punctuated at the end by tidewater glaciers, to explore by Zodiac, kayak, and on foot. Transit the Beagle Channel and explore some of its many possibilities. (B,L,D),

    • Beagle Channel
    • 10/21/2020
    • 10/21/2020
    • Sail the Beagle Channel, named after HMS Beagle. The ship, commanded by Captain FitzRoy, surveyed the region between 1826 and 1830 and returned in 1833 with Charles Darwin on board. On seeing the area, Darwin wrote: “It is scarcely possible to imagine anything more beautiful than the beryl-like blue of these glaciers, and especially as contrasted with the dead white of the upper expanse of snow”. We’ll explore more stunning wilderness as we see the fjords and glaciers of the region by Zodiac, kayak, and on foot. A vast area of soaring, snow-capped mountains, gigantic glaciers, thousands of verdant islands, serene lakes, and waterfalls—the archipelago is scarcely touched by man. Take Zodiacs out to explore these protected waters and rugged shores, the blue and white of ice contrasting with greens of the forest highlighted by splashes of flowering plants. (B,L,D),

    • Cape Horn
    • 10/22/2020
    • 10/22/2020
    • Today we visit Cape Horn, near the southernmost tip of the South American continent, named in 1616 for the Dutch town of Hoorn. These waters are famously difficult to navigate, and over the centuries have been the graveyard of many ships—which before the opening of the Panama Canal had to round the cape to sail between the Pacific and Atlantic. During the Age of Sail, sailing ships often had to struggle with the winds and currents for days or even weeks. Of course, we’ll use our modern equipment and decades of experience to explore safely. Weather permitting, we’ll take our Zodiacs ashore and walk to the top of a hill for panoramic views and to see the memorial placed there in 1992, showing an albatross in silhouette. There’s also a lighthouse and small museum, and moving plaques commemorate those who explored Cape Horn and those sailors who lost their lives in these waters. (B,L,D),

    • Isla de Los Estados (Staten Island)
    • 10/23/2020
    • 10/23/2020
    • We have been given special permission to visit extraordinary Staten Island. National Geographic Explorer is one of the only expedition ships ever allowed here, and you will be among the few people ever to set foot here. It’s a place of superlatives, barely touched in recent decades and visited primarily by a few scientists and those who man the tiny naval observatory. The island was named by Dutch explorers in 1615. Its mountainous forested landscapes and rugged fjords are beautiful, and we’ll find a great deal of interest here. Our exact schedule will remain flexible to take the best advantage of conditions. We’ll look for southern rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, many other water birds, and fur seals and sea lions. With luck we may find marine otters on our landings ashore; and we’ll see the replica of the 1884 San Juan de Salvamento “lighthouse at the end of the world”, which inspired Jules Verne’s novel by the same name. Although Verne never came anywhere near Staten Island, the vivid depictions in his adventure story have inspired generations of readers. There will be chances to walk in the southern beech forests. And weather permitting, take a Zodiac cruise at remarkable Observatory Island, one of the largest and most diverse bird nesting areas in the entire region, with large numbers of southern sea lions and South American fur seals. These days are bound to stand out as a unique chance to explore a very remote place. To read Eric Guth’s account of our pioneering 2015 visit to Staten Island, see http://www.expeditions.com/si-first. (B,L,D),

    • Isla de Los Estados (Staten Island)
    • 10/24/2020
    • 10/24/2020
    • Isla de Los Estados (Staten Island)
    • 10/25/2020
    • 10/25/2020
    • Buenos Aires
    • 10/26/2020
    • 10/26/2020
    • Cruise Ends (Debarkation)
    • 10/26/2020
    • 10/26/2020
    • Air Travel
    • 10/26/2020
    • 10/26/2020
    • Ushuaia
    • 10/26/2020
    • 10/26/2020

National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer Specifications

  • Tonnage: 15,000
  • Year Built: 1982
  • Total Rooms: 81
  • Passenger Decks: 6
  • Number of Crew: 40
  • Total Capacity: 162
  • Passenger Capacity: 148

Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions

Description:

Since 1979, Lindblad Expeditions has provided an alternative way to explore the world. Although each expedition is different, there are some elements that are common to all of them: they are designed to take you to places of natural beauty and compelling history, avoiding crowded tourist stops to actively experience beauty, wilderness and the seldom-seen. While the destinations may be adventurous, guests enjoy comfortable accommodations, fine food and service. An enthusiastic staff of naturalists and historians, National Geographic photographers, and Lindblad-National Geographic certified photographers are on hand to share their knowledge and inspire you. Drawn from the top tiers of journalism, science, and world affairs, the speakers in our Global Perspectives program add an extra layer of insight  to the expertise our expedition team and National Geographic photographers provide. Available exclusively aboard National Geographic Explorer, our program enables guests’ to travel with fascinating people that they might have seen in the news, on television, or in a lecture hall – now easily available to them in person, in the intimate and conversational context of an expedition. You’ll experience the sheer joy of traveling to new, exciting places with a small group of like-minded people, in an informal atmosphere. Spontaneity and flexibility are hallmarks of Lindblad’s expedition style, so you’ll always experience the wonders of the unplanned events nature provides along the way, from breaching whales, to an inspection of the ship by a curious young polar bear.

Inspired by Jacques Cousteau, Sylvia Earle, Bob Ballard  and other National Geographic explorers, Lindblad ships travel with undersea specialists who dive to video and reveal the undersea – then displayed in the warmth of the ship’s lounge in vivid HD with interesting commentary by the specialist. The footage may be of marine life few scientists, or human eyes for that matter, have ever seen.

Lindblad Expeditions + National Geographic Alliance

Since 2004 the multifaceted Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic alliance has inspired travelers to participate in the world of natural and cultural history as engaged, active explorers who care about the planet and it has enabled them to interact with world-renowned scientists, naturalists and researchers and uncover stunning natural environments alongside skilled specialists utilizing state-of-the-art exploration tools.

Ships Description:

Lindblad’s fleet consists of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, able to safely venture where larger cruise ships cannot!

Special Programs:

Explore your world for yourself! Participate in citizen science and have meaningful, personal encounters with nature.

Fees Statement:
Prices are per person and include cabin fare, taxes, fees, excursions and all meals while onboard.  Airfare is available at an additional charge unless otherwise stated.

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