Argentina, the Falklands & the Chilean Fjords

23-Days | Valparaíso • Puerto Montt • Castro • Chilean Fjords • Puerto Natales • Punta Arenas • Ushuaia • Falkland Islands • Montevideo

Fares From £5,695

Single Supplement 20%

Argentina, the Falklands & the Chilean Fjords – Cruise Summary

Join us on a nautical adventure the seafarers of old would hardly dare dream possible, as we cruise from the fjord landscapes of western Patagonia to the Falkland Islands, Argentina and Uruguay. This is small-ship cruising at its very best.

Enjoy a funicular ride in the colourful hillside city of Valparaíso and visit the house of Nobel Prize winning poet Pablo Neruda. Be transported to Chile’s second largest lake or its most active volcano, before arriving on the tiny island of Chiloé, renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage churches and biodiverse National Park.

Spend the day cruising Chile’s breathtaking glacier and fjord landscapes, including the Baker and Messier channels and the Angostura Inglesa, coming close to the gigantic Pío XI Glacier. Then marvel at the granite peaks of Torres del Paine National Park near Puerto Natales, a magical place full of majestic wild animals including llamas, pumas and condors.

Cruise Chile’s spectacular fjords once again to the Strait of Magellan, home of the Museo Nao Victoria, an open-air museum featuring replicas of ships dating from the Age of Discovery, including the first vessel to successfully circumnavigate the world. Enjoy a spectacular steam engine ride on the Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino, known as the ‘Train of the End of the World,’ in the southernmost national park on Earth, Tierra del Fuego.

Cruise Beagle Channel near the legendary Cape Horn, before arriving in the Falkland Islands for the chance to spot penguins and seals amidst the austere beauty of George Island, the ‘Gateway to the Antarctic.’ Admire the red telephone and post-boxes of Port Stanley and visit Volunteer Point for another opportunity to see penguins in their natural environment.

In Argentina, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Valdés Peninsula, where whales and orcas may be spotted alongside penguins, sea lions and elephant seals. Then relax in the nation’s best-known seaside resort, Mar del Plata, before disembarking in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, where you may tour the city or visit the Bouza winery, for an insight into local winemaking tradition.

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CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The stunning fjord landscapes of western Patagonia

  • Wild scenery and fauna across a range of natural landscapes

  • Passage of Beagle Channel, passing close to Cape-Horn

  • Chance to spot king, gentoo and Magellanic penguins in the Falkland Islands

  • The quintessential South American beach resort of Mar del Plata

Day-by-Day Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Valparaíso, Chile

Colourful buildings, steep hills and fantastic views make up the charm of this important port city.

Embarkation 15:00 – 17:00

 
 

 

 
 
 
 

Day 2 – Valparaíso, Chile

Departure time: 13:00
 
Colourful buildings, steep hills and fantastic views make up the charm of this important port city.
 

 

 

 

 
 

Day 3 – At Sea

Enjoy everything Vasco da Gama has to offer.

 
 

Day 4 – Puerto Montt, Chile

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00 
Archaeologists suspect one of the oldest settlements on the American continent in the beautiful bay of Puerto Montt. No wonder there is a special atmosphere here! Puerto Varas, the city of roses, combines impressive nature with Chilean-German history.
 

 

 

 
 

Day 5 – Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile – Tender Port

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00 
UNESCO has declared the churches of Chiloé a World Heritage Site. Find out why when you visit! In the Chiloé National Park you can once again experience Chile’s biodiversity up close.

 

 

 
 

Day 6 – Messier Channel/English Narrows

We allow ourselves plenty of time to explore Chile’s fabulous glacier and fjord landscape.

 

 

 

Day 7 – Messier Channel/English Narrows

We allow ourselves plenty of time to explore Chile’s fabulous glacier and fjord landscape.

 
 
 
 
 

Day 8 – Pio Xi Glacier

We allow ourselves plenty of time to explore Chile’s fabulous glacier and fjord landscape.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 9 – Puerto Natales, Chile

Docking time: 14:00 Departure time: 22:00
You can experience natural highlights of flora, fauna and rock in the Torres del Paine National Park, including a spectacular granite rock formation. The Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers as well as the impressive Gray Glacier with its three-part glacier tongue are not far from the city. You can visit these too.

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 10 – Torres del Paine / Balmaceda National Park

Recreation at sea.

Passage of the Chilean fjords.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 11 – Punta Arenas, Chile

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00
In Punta Arenas you will experience the extreme south of Chile. Although the city is at the end of the world, its location in the immediate vicinity of the Strait of Magellan, one of the most important waterways for shipping, means that you can experience lively culture in the port city. People from all over the world live here!

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 12 – Aguila & Condor Glaciers

Recreation at sea.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 13 – Ushuaia, Argentina

Berthing time: 15:00
“Tierra del Fuego”, which means “land of fire” in English, is the name of the archipelago at the southern tip of South America. Ferdinand Magellan called it that when he discovered many fires from the ship at night in 1520, but saw no settlements during the day. Today Ushuaia is the southernmost national park in the world with an impressive sub-polar animal world.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 14 – Ushuaia, Argentina

Departure time: 13:00
“Tierra del Fuego”, which means “land of fire” in English, is the name of the archipelago at the southern tip of South America. Ferdinand Magellan called it that when he discovered many fires from the ship at night in 1520, but saw no settlements during the day. Today Ushuaia is the southernmost national park in the world with an impressive sub-polar animal world.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 15 – At Sea

Enjoy Vasco da Gama, and her features and facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 16 – George Island, Falkland Islands – Tender Port

Berthing time: 07:00 Departure time: 18:00
On George Island, commonly known as the “Gateway to Antarctica,” you’ll experience the stark beauty of the polar region alongside penguins and fur seals.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 17 –Port Stanley, Falkland Islands – Tender Port

Berthing time: 07:00 Departure time: 18:00 
More than 700 islands on more than 12,000 square meters – that is what is commonly referred to as the Falkland Islands. These numbers are impressive, but even more impressive is the unusual wildlife. The white sandy beach of Volunteer Point gives a glimpse of this, as it is home to more than 1,000 adult king penguins and the nesting site for hundreds of chicks. Gentoo penguins and Magellanic penguins are also at home here. In Port Stanley it becomes very British when you stroll past red telephone booths or enjoy afternoon tea in a café.

 

 

 
 
 

Day 18 – At Sea

A chance to enjoy everything that Vasco da Gama has to offer.

 

 
 
 

Day 19 – Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Docking time: 12:00 Departure time: 22:00
Behind Puerto Madryn lies the hilly landscape of the Patagonian Meseta with its steppe-like bush landscape. The Peninsula Valdés, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers protection and habitat for sea lions, elephant seals and many other wild animals. The Punta Tombo Wildlife Sanctuary is the world’s largest breeding ground for Magellanic penguins. But adventurous expedition lovers are also in the right place here: you can explore the underwater world while snorkelling with sea lions or paddle along the coast in a kayak.

 

 
 
 

Day 20 – At Sea

A chance to enjoy everything that Vasco da Gama has to offer.

 
 
 

Day 21 – Mar del Plata, Argentina 

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 18:00
Swim in the Silver Sea? You can do this in Argentina’s largest and most famous seaside resort. The water of the Argentine seaside resort looks as if it were shining. You can get to know the flora, fauna and culture of the region in the zoo, museum or cultural centre.
 
 
 

Day 22 – Montevideo, Uruguay

Berthing time: 10:00
The fact that Uruguay is also referred to as the “Switzerland of South America” has less to do with its geography and more to do with its density of millionaires. Stroll through the old town, admire the monuments and mausoleums in the Plaza Independencia, buy fruit and vegetables in the Mercado Agricola or buy fresh seafood in the Mercado del Puerto – Montevideo makes it easy to feel good.
 
 
 

Day 23 – Montevideo, Uruguay

Disembarkation until 09:00
 

Shore excursions are available at a supplement and can be pre-booked, approximately 30 days prior to departure, or booked onboard.

Fares From £5,695

Single Supplement 20%

 

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin and are correct at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change. Cruise only options and single supplements are available on request. Tailor-made transfers can be booked at a supplement. Please call our Reservations Team for up to date pricing and availability.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

    • Return economy flights from London
    • All meals on board
    • Gratuities
    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee machine
    • Refillable premium drinks bottle
    • Nightly onboard entertainment
    • Guest speaker programme
    • Baggage handling and port fees
    • Full ATOL financial protection
    • Transfers abroad

    Additional Charges

    • Drinks package
    • Wi-Fi
    • Shore excursions
    • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
    • Regional flight supplements

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01223 568907

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