Adventure in Patagonia

14 days / 13 nights
    Close departure
    Return domestic flight included
    Adventure in Patagonia
    Transfer + flight Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

    Cruise Latin America

    from 7 November 2018 to 20 November 2018
    14 days / 13 nights

    Departure Port : Valparaiso
    Arrival Port : Ushuaia

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : VU085 - S071118

    Discover Patagonia during a new 14-day expedition cruise aboard Le Soléal. PONANT is offering you the opportunity to explore the most beautiful scenery Chile and Argentina have to offer, including glaciers, fjords, and winding channels.  

    You will board your ship in Valparaiso, a beautiful city which bears many traces of its colonial past and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

    During the first part of your cruise in South America, you will call at Quemchi, after a sailing during which it is not unusual to encounter sea lions and porpoises. Quemchi is an authentic village located on the lush island of Chiloé.

    Your ship will then head to the Chilean fjords, before making your way to Tortel and its charming stilt houses interconnected by a labyrinth of wooden footbridges.

    Next, enter the magic of the Chilean fjords and channels for exceptional moments spent sailing amidst landscapes of unrivalled beauty. The narrow passages, channels and fjords will lead you right up close to stunning glaciers, including the Brüggen Glacier and El Brujo.

    Another highlight of your adventure in Patagonia will be visiting the sublime Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve not far from Puerto Natales.

    After rounding the mythical Cape Horn, you will reach Argentina and disembark in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city.

    Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

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    Highlights

    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
    • Quemchi, a very authentic village on the island of Chiloé.
    • Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine National Park, listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
    • Observing glaciers, channels and fjords, and navigating along narrow passages.
    • If weather conditions allow it, disembarking at Cape Horn and discovering its albatross sculpture created by the Chilean artist José Balcells Eyquem.
    • The stop in Tortel, a picturesque village with wooden pontoons and footbridges, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Sailing along the Beagle Channel (with its so-called “Glacier Avenue”), and the Strait of Magellan.
    • Depending on opportunities, observing Magellanic penguins, guanacos, caracaras, dolphins, humpback whales, fur seals, sea lions, alpacas, condors and cormorants.
    • Optional additional cost excursion: Torres del Paine, from Puerto Natales.
    • The stop in Puerto Williams, considerated as the southernmost village in the world.
    • Landscapes: fjords dominated by the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, iridescent glaciers, and mountain lakes with crystal-clear water.

     

    Transfer + flight Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

    Return domestic flight included

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Superior Stateroom
      AU$18,300
      AU$10,020
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Stateroom
      AU$19,760
      AU$10,750
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 4
      AU$22,160
      AU$11,950
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5
      AU$23,260
      AU$12,500
      Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      AU$24,420
      AU$13,080
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite
      AU$34,220
      AU$17,980
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
      AU$46,600
      AU$24,170
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6 Suite
      AU$48,940
      AU$25,340
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      AU$56,300
      AU$29,020
      Available
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    Prestige Deck 5

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Owner's Suite

    • Area : 45 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Situated on Deck 6
    • Decorated by French designers
    • Breathtaking panoramic sea view
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed
    • or twin beds Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   

    LE SOLEAL

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    LE SOLEAL

    Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites)make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market. 

    Interior Design

    With her fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.

    Port of call & excursions

    7 November 2018 – At sea

    Valparaiso

    Embarkation 07/11/2018 from 12H30 to 13H30 . Departure 07/11/2018 at 15H00 .

    Located about 100 kilometres south of Santiago, the legendary Valparaiso is the second largest city in Chile. It is also a splendid city, full of history: two qualities justifying its nickname “gem of the Pacific” and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can stroll along the steep streets, on foot or by cable car, and explore the many admirable sites like the delicate Iglesia de la Matriz, Sotomayor square, Bellavista hill, or Sebastiana house where the author Pablo Neruda lived. At every turning, you’ll get a refreshing view of the sea.

    8 November 2018 – At sea

    8 November 2018 – At sea

    Arrival 08/11/2018. Departure 08/11/2018.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    9 November 2018 – Quemchi, Chiloe Island

    9 November 2018 – Quemchi, Chiloe Island

    Arrival 09/11/2018 midday. Departure 09/11/2018 late afternoon.

    In southern Chile, in the Lake District, discover the small fishing port of Quemchi on the east coast of Chiloé Island. With its authentic charm, its pretty wooden houses, its narrow streets lined with small shops, and its fish market, this faraway village is sure to win you over. Be sure to visit the museum dedicated to Francisco Coloane, the famous Chilean author and adventurer born on this southern land. Not far from there, the small island called Isla Aucar, accessible via a wooden footbridge, will be a chance to observe a wide variety of birds and discover a magnificent botanical garden, home to many of the region’s endemic plants.

    10 November 2018 – At sea

    10 November 2018 – At sea

    Arrival 10/11/2018. Departure 10/11/2018.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    11 November 2018 – Tortel

    11 November 2018 – Tortel

    Arrival 11/11/2018. Departure 11/11/2018.

    A picturesque, colourful fishing village, Tortel boasts a splendid location in the heart of southern Patagonia, halfway between Puerto Montt and Cape Horn. From the little streets made up of small walkways, you’ll love the grand panorama of rounded mountains, dense forest, the clear waters of the Pacific. If you walk out onto one the many wooden pontoons, you can admire the views as you stand suspended a few metres above the water. The village is scattered with sculptures made by local artists, an excellent introduction to this friendly community

    12 November 2018 – Pie XI Glacier

    12 November 2018 – Pie XI Glacier

    Arrival 12/11/2018. Departure 12/11/2018.

    The Brüggen Glacier, a coastal glacier in southern Chile also known as Pio XI, is astonishing for its almost surreal dimensions. With a surface area exceeding 1,200 km2, it is the largest of the glaciers making up the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. This gigantic ice field is the third largest ice mass in the world. Straddling the southern Andes Mountains, its breathtaking natural setting inspires sheer wonder and awe.

    13 November 2018 – El Brujo Glacier

    13 November 2018 – El Brujo Glacier

    Arrival 13/11/2018. Departure 13/11/2018.

    At the heart of Bernardo O’Higgings National Park, the largest protected area in Chile, discover El Brujo Glacier. Located at the end of the Asia Fjord, this huge wall of ice sculpted by the wind is fascinating and impressive. This magical, natural and grandiose décor that changes as the light plays upon it will be an unforgettable sight.

    14 November 2018 – Estero las Montanas

    14 November 2018 – Estero las Montanas

    Arrival 14/11/2018. Departure 14/11/2018.

    Also called Fjord of the Mountains or Channel of the Mountains, the Estero Las Montañas fjord offers enchanting landscapes. Situated in large part in the Alacalufes National Reserve, this former glacial valley now flooded with water seems to stretch on for ever inland. Surrounded by tall mountains with lush slopes and edged with numerous glaciers tinged in various shades of blue, it will be a highlight of your cruise.

    14 November 2018 – Puerto Natales

    14 November 2018 – Puerto Natales

    Arrival 14/11/2018 evening. Departure 14/11/2018.

    Located in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, capital of the Última Esperanza province, the village of Puerto Natales will win you over with its brightly coloured houses nestling in the shade of the Andes. A walk along the coastal Pedro-Montt avenue, gives splendid views of the Almirante Montt gulf, a stretch of crystalline water that links Puerto Natales to the Pacific. The Museo Historico documents urban and rural life and the indigenous history of the environment. Puerto Natales is also the closest town to the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park, a 181,000-hectare reserve protected by UNESCO.

    15 November 2018 – Puerto Natales

    15 November 2018 – Puerto Natales

    Arrival 15/11/2018. Departure 15/11/2018.

    Located in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, capital of the Última Esperanza province, the village of Puerto Natales will win you over with its brightly coloured houses nestling in the shade of the Andes. A walk along the coastal Pedro-Montt avenue, gives splendid views of the Almirante Montt gulf, a stretch of crystalline water that links Puerto Natales to the Pacific. The Museo Historico documents urban and rural life and the indigenous history of the environment. Puerto Natales is also the closest town to the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park, a 181,000-hectare reserve protected by UNESCO.

    16 November 2018 – Puerto Natales

    16 November 2018 – Puerto Natales

    Arrival 16/11/2018. Departure 16/11/2018.

    Located in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, capital of the Última Esperanza province, the village of Puerto Natales will win you over with its brightly coloured houses nestling in the shade of the Andes. A walk along the coastal Pedro-Montt avenue, gives splendid views of the Almirante Montt gulf, a stretch of crystalline water that links Puerto Natales to the Pacific. The Museo Historico documents urban and rural life and the indigenous history of the environment. Puerto Natales is also the closest town to the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park, a 181,000-hectare reserve protected by UNESCO.

    17 November 2018 – Agostini Glacier

    17 November 2018 – Agostini Glacier

    Arrival 17/11/2018. Departure 17/11/2018.

    In the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the Agostini Glacier sits at the back of the eponymous fjord, framed by the Cordillera Darwin. Named after the Italian missionary and explorer Alberto Maria De Agostini, this imposing blue-tinged glacier offers a stunning view over the fjord.

    18 November 2018▸19 November 2018 – Sailing around Cape Horn and in the Beagle Channel

    18 November 2018▸19 November 2018 – Sailing around Cape Horn and in the Beagle Channel

    Arrival 18/11/2018. Departure 19/11/2018.

    Itメs at the meeting point between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans that you enter Chilean Patagonia where you head for the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and its famous Cape Horn. From the top of its impressive 425-metre-high cliff, South Americaメs southernmost tip has, for many centuries, seen merchant ships from the world over passing by. Because of its legendary storms and rough seas, getting around the Cape has gone down in history as a challenge for all seafarers. Prepare yourself for a memorable experience, whatever the weather conditions!

    19 November 2018 – Puerto Williams

    19 November 2018 – Puerto Williams

    Arrival 19/11/2018 early morning. Departure 19/11/2018 evening.

    Located on Navarino Island a few kilometres from the Argentinian border, the city of Puerto Williams is, according to Chileans, the southernmost city in the world. It is first and foremost, a charming fishing port whose calm and isolation will delight you. You can stroll around a few little streets and admire the dark silhouette of the Patagonian Andes, surmounted by eternally white peaks. The Martin Gusinde museum of anthropology gives an aperçu of the living conditions of the ancient indigenous people, the Yámanas, while the surrounding areas propose hiking paths across wild, unspoiled nature.

    20 November 2018▸19 November 2018 – Ushuaia

    Ushuaia

    Disembarkation 20/11/2018 at 07H00 .

    Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

    Formalities

    • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

    • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    • Chile: Entry/Exit requirements for Australian and Mexican citizens entering/exiting Chile must have a valid passport and pay a RECIPROCITY TAX that will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days upon payment. Currently, the fee is only charged at the Santiago International Airport. Payment can be made in U.S. currency or by credit card. At time of print, the fees were as follow (subject to change without notice): Australia: US$117 - Mexico: US$23

    • Argentina: should you require a visa to travel to Argentina, we recommend you apply for a double-entry visa as a technical stop in Chile might be scheduled.

    Theme

    POLAR EXPEDITION

    POLAR EXPEDITION

    Discover the unique concept of PONANT polar expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

    A luxury expedition voyage

    Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the ice floes of the Arctic and the Antarctic, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

    PONANT, polar specialists

    With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is a real polar specialist. PONANT will take you to the most remote regions in total safety: our Captains and crew are professionals, specially trained to sail in icy waters. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

    Professional expedition teams, varied activities

    After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the polar regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac dinghies and hikes on land so as to get as close as possible to nature and wild fauna. In the Arctic and in Alaska, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to understand the life of these peoples of the Far North, and to share it for a few hours. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

    Transfer + flight Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

    Disembarkation day               Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

    Disembarkation and transfer to Ushuaia airport.

    Flight Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

    (Flight number and schedule to be reconfirmed 30 days approximately prior to departure).

     

    Your program includes:

    • Flight Ushuaia/Buenos Aires in economy class
    • Transfer pier/airport
    • English speaking local assistance

     

    Your program does not include:

    • Gratuities for driver and local guide
    • Personal expenses, and other services not mentioned in the program

    Important information

    Expeditions programs include activities such as Zodiac® outings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Certain zodiac® outings will not allow for landings just cruising. Landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

    Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. The raw beauty and untouched wilderness offer an unusual chance to experience a place where there is little evidence of human presence. Inevitably, there are some consequences that come with such remoteness: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is highly expensive. Without the necessary medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid from with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe a full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully and be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive.

    Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of expedition itineraries, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain and Expedition Leader, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. Their decision will be subject to that of local authorities and/or the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in polar and /or isolated zones.

    Dressing tips:

    • Water-resistant parka offered on board (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the stamp “Parka gift” appears
    • Half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles, which will allow you to land in 20 cm of cold water, keeping your feet dry for walks and visits on steep paths. You can also bring water-resistant hiking boots. A boots rental will be offered onboard (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the stamp “Boots offered” appears

     

    • Comfortable pants: classic Winter pants, warm cotton tracksuit
    • Water-resistant windbreaker over pants - COMPULSORY
    • Winter pants with water-resistant over pants is the ideal combination: water-resistance and comfort suitability of pants are essential
    • Pullover, sweat-shirt or fleece jacket
    • Thermal sweater
    • Fleece muffler and fleece cap or thermal beanie covering ears (avoid scarfs which do not stand still)
    • Water-resistant and supple gloves
    • Polarized sunglasses with high UV filter
    • Walking sticks (highly recommended)

    Feel free to visit the PONANT online shop which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations at the following address: https://boutique.ponant.com

    Benefits of the PONANT shop:

    • expert advice to gear up
    • a selection of technical equipment and accessories approved by our naturalists
    • Duty Free prices
    • delivery directly on board

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      06/11/2018 – From Santiago to Valparaiso (1 night)

      660.00 AU$ **

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    2. After your cruise

      20/11/2018 – IGUAZU FALLS (4 NIGHTS)

      2650.00 AU$ **

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    Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
    Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.

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