Our unique voyage to Patagonia and the Chilean fjords begins in Santiago on a land and sea itinerary that takes you in the path of legendary explorers
Captain Robert FitzRoy and Charles Darwin — through the awe-inspiring Strait of Magellan, the historically significant Beagle Channel, the crystalline
Glacier Alley and Wulaia Bay. Along the way, uncover the wonders of Santiago, the extraordinary diversity of Patagonia and Cape Horn, the “edge of the world.”
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
Oct 25, 2024 - Nov 5, 2024
Explore the wonders of the Patagonian fjords aboard the exclusively chartered, first-class Ventus Australis, specially designed to access the most remote corners of the Straits of Magellan, where larger vessels cannot navigate. Each of the ship’s 100 cabins features one double bed or two twin beds, individual climate control, a private bathroom with shower and exterior windows to soak up the glorious landscapes. Enjoy complimentary nonpremium alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise. All meals aboard the ship are included.
Pre-Program Option – Easter Island
October 21 to 26, 2024 (Tour Begins: October 22)
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Easter Island and behold its unique archaeological treasures. Visit the island’s most important and celebrated landmarks, including the basalt quarry from which the moai were carved, the white sand beach and the village central to the Birdman culture — predominant until the arrival of Christian missionaries. This tour features roundtrip flights between Santiago and Easter Island and all accommodations, including one night at the Hyatt Centric Las Condes Hotel and three nights at the Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $4,495
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $5,845
Post-Program Option – Buenos Aires and Iguazú Falls
November 4 to 9, 2024 (Tour Ends: November 8)
Extend your journey with a tour of Argentina’s capital city of Buenos Aires and the rainforest of Iguazú Falls. In elegant Buenos Aires, see the colorful La Boca district and the neighborhoods of San Telmo, Puerto Madero and Palermo. Visit Recoleta Cemetery, the final resting place of Eva Perón. Fly to Iguazú Falls and explore both the Argentine and Brazilian falls. Enjoy visiting the Parque das Aves, home to more than 200 species. This tour features a flight to Iguazú Falls and all accommodations, including two nights at the Meliá Recoleta Plaza and two nights at the Gran Meliá Iguazú.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $1,995
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $2,595
Airport transfers and luggage handling abroad are only included if air arrangements are booked through Gohagan & Company. If travelers make their own air arrangements, transfers and luggage handling are not included; transfers can be organized through Gohagan & Company and purchased by the traveler.
A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 per person will apply for all cancellations received more than 7 days after booking and before other fees take effect at 120 days:
120 days $300 per person admin fee after 7-day grace period from booking
120 – 91 days 25% of full invoice fare
90 – 61 days 50% of full invoice fare
60 – 31 days 75% of full invoice fare
30 – 0 days 100% of full invoice fare
Separate airfare Terms & Conditions apply
Depart home city
Depart your home city for Santiago, Chile.
Arrive in Santiago. Transfer and check in to the Hyatt Centric Las Condes Hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day and lunch at leisure. Later tonight, gather for a convivial Welcome Reception.
Venture out to explore vibrant Santiago, nestled in the foothills of the snowcapped Andes. Tour the highlights of the city’s indigenous and European‑influenced architecture and culture, including the outstanding collections in the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. En route to a 140-year‑old Santa Rita vineyard, marvel at views of the scenic Maipo Valley. A local expert will guide your vineyard tour and wine tasting.
After breakfast, fly to Puerto Natales, which once served as a major transit point for the sheep and coal industries of 20th-century Patagonia. Following lunch, check in to the Costaustralis Puerto Natales Hotel, spend time at leisure and gather for dinner this evening.
Ultima Esperanza Fjord/ Bernardo O’Higgins National Park/ Puerto Natales
Watch as rugged landscapes and vast, rolling countryside unfold before you. Cruise on the Ultima Esperanza Fjord to witness the imposing Balmaceda Glacier. Next, join your guide for a beautiful walk through the unspoiled Bernardo O’Higgins National Park to see the magnificent Serrano Glacier. Savor at a Patagonian ranch before returning to Puerto Natales.
Torres del Paine/ Milodón Cave/Grey Lake
Torres del Paine is South America’s most celebrated national park and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Observe its pristine landscape, brimming with spectacular glaciers, lakes and mountain ranges. Search for the region’s iconic wildlife — ostrich‑like rheas, pumas and guanacos. In nearby Milodón Cave, 1890s German pioneer Herman Eberhard discovered the prehistoric remains of a 13‑foot giant sloth. Enjoy a hike along the gentle shores of Grey Lake, admiring the inspiring granitic towers and Grey Glacier. Relax over lunch in the park and survey its spectacular mountaintop views, including the three‑peaked Cordillera del Paine.
Puerto Natales/ Punta Arenas
After checking out of the hotel, indulge in a traditional lunch and watch a sheep herding demonstration at a Patagonian ranch. Continue to Punta Arenas, the gateway to Patagonia and embark the Ventus Australis. Gather for a Captain’s Welcome Reception, followed by dinner.
Ainsworth Bay/ Tucker Islets
Arrive in Ainsworth Bay. This coastal inlet in the seldom‑visited Alberto de Agostini National Park is fed by the retreating tidewater Marinelli Glacier. Board a Zodiac for a shore landing and choose between two excursions to explore the subantarctic Magellanic forest. During a Zodiac excursion in neighboring Admiralty Sound, observe the Tucker Islets’ unusual birds — rock cormorants, dolphin gulls, Magellanic penguins and chimango caracaras.
Beagle Channel/Pia Glacier/ Glacier Alley
Enjoy an unforgettable cruise through the historic Beagle Channel, named for Darwin’s ship, which explored these waters in the mid‑19th century. Make a Zodiac landing and choose between two excursions that lead you to a magnificent vantage point to watch for the tidewater Pia Glacier to calve into the fjord. A highlight of today is a mesmerizing cruise through the sublime wonderland of Glacier Alley, where swaths of blue ice flow from the towering gray mountains of the Cordillera Darwin.
Cape Horn/Wulaia Bay
Majestic Cape Horn, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, embodies nature’s power and demands reverence. Aboard a Zodiac craft, go ashore for an opportunity to stand at the “edge of the world” overlooking the legendary Drake Passage (weather permitting). Walk across the low‑lying, fragile tundra vegetation for unmatched panoramic views. This afternoon, anchor in the historic Wulaia Bay, a site described by Charles Darwin and illustrated by Fitz Roy during his voyages on the Beagle. Choose between three excursions to discover the area and soak up amazing views of the bay. Gather for a Farewell Reception tonight.
Ushuaia/Buenos Aires, Argentina/ Depart for home city
After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires to depart for your home city. Arrive home the next day.
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