Patagonia & Chilean Fjords

14 days / 13 nights
    Outbound domestic flight included
    Patagonia & Chilean Fjords
    Flight Buenos Aires / Ushuaia + visit or time at leisure + transfer

    Cruise Latin America

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

    Departure Port : Ushuaia
    Arrival Port : Valparaiso

    Ship : LE BOREAL

    • Ref : UV055 - B070318

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    PONANT invites you to enjoy an unforgettable experience along the Pacific coast of South America, which offers contrasting landscapes and still-unspoiled lands.

    In Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, you will board the Le Boréal for a 14-day cruise from Patagonia to Chile.

    After rounding the famous Cape Horn and sailing along the Beagle Channel, you will cross the Strait of Magellan, which separates Tierra del Fuego from South America.

    Your cruise begins with 5 days and 4 nights of luxury expedition in the Chilean fjords, those torturous fjords where majestic glaciers seem to meet the ocean. 

    From Puerto Natales, you will be able to discover the Torres del Paine National Park. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

    You will also cruise to Tortel, located at the mouth of the Baker River, one of the most beautiful in Chile. This faraway village boasts unmatched architecture: stilt houses, wooden walkways, endless stairways…

    After cruising along the 40th parallel south, the Le Boréal will call at Puerto Montt. You will be captivated by the incomparable beauty of the landscapes in this capital of the Lake District.

    At the end of your cruise you will land in the legendary port of Valparaiso. This will be your chance to discover this ‘paradise valley’ whose historic centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

     

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      LE BOREAL

      Like her sisterships, Le Boréal 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
      Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

      Port of call & excursions

      7 March 2018 – Navigation Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel

      Ushuaia

      Embarkation 07/03/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 07/03/2018 at 21H00 .

      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.

      8 March 2018 – Navigation Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel

      8 March 2018 – Navigation Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel

      Arrival 08/03/2018 . Departure 08/03/2018 .

      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!

      9 March 2018 – Sailing along Strait of Magellan

      9 March 2018 – Sailing along Strait of Magellan

      Arrival 09/03/2018 . Departure 09/03/2018 .

      This mythical strait situated in the south of Chile and separating South America from Tierra del Fuego, awakens our imagination, stirring up a longing for adventure. For the first time, follow in the footsteps of the famous Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, known for having organised the first circumnavigation of the globe in the 16th century. Aboard your ship, cruise along the 600 km separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Pacific and, before arriving in Ushuaia, discover the sea route which was long nicknamed “Strait of All Saints” because Magellan’s ships first entered it on All Saints’ Day. A fascinating adventure.

      10 March 2018 – Sailing in Chilean Fjords

      10 March 2018 – Sailing in Chilean Fjords

      Arrival 10/03/2018 . Departure 10/03/2018 .

      11 March 2018 – Puerto Natales

      11 March 2018 – Puerto Natales

      Arrival 11/03/2018 at 06H00 . Departure 11/03/2018 at 20H00 .

      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.

      12 March 2018▸13 March 2018 – Sailing in Chilean Fjords

      12 March 2018▸13 March 2018 – Sailing in Chilean Fjords

      Arrival 12/03/2018 . Departure 13/03/2018 .

      14 March 2018 – Tortel

      14 March 2018 – Tortel

      Arrival 14/03/2018 at 08H00 . Departure 14/03/2018 at 13H30 .

      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

      15 March 2018 – At sea

      15 March 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 15/03/2018 . Departure 15/03/2018 .

      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.

      16 March 2018 – Puerto Montt

      16 March 2018 – Puerto Montt

      Arrival 16/03/2018 at 07H30 . Departure 16/03/2018 at 19H00 .

      A picturesque stopover in southern Chile, the colourful city of Puerto Montt is the capital of the Lakes District.ᅠ Here, youメll discover reminders of its colonial past at the Plaza de Armas and neoclassical cathedral. The Manuel Montt lookout offers stunning views of the bayメs sapphire beauty. Close to the town, the peaceful banks of Lake Llanquihue are conducive for a relaxing walk and the quaint, traditional villages of Puerto Varas and Frutillar are well worth a visit.

      17 March 2018 – Castro Chiloe

      17 March 2018 – Castro Chiloe

      Arrival 17/03/2018 at 07H00 . Departure 17/03/2018 at 12H00 .

      At the heart of the Lake District, your ship will slip through the calm waters of an archipelago of 40 islands. Chiloe is a lush green island, home to 16 wooden churches that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Remarkable for their architecture, they are inspired by naval construction techniques. You can also admire the Palafitos, brightlycoloured wooden houses in stilts which seem to float on the water at high tide. Indeed, before reaching Castro, it is likely that you will have witnessed a truly authentic aquatic ballet, where seals and porpoises swim noseto- nose with our ship.

      18 March 2018 – At sea

      18 March 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 18/03/2018 . Departure 18/03/2018 .

      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.

      19 March 2018 – Valparaiso

      19 March 2018 – Valparaiso

      Arrival 19/03/2018 at 14H00 . Departure 19/03/2018 .

      20 March 2018▸19 March 2018 – Valparaiso

      Valparaiso

      Disembarkation 20/03/2018 at 00H00 .

      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.

      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.

      Flight Buenos Aires / Ushuaia + visit or time at leisure + transfer

      For your serenity, PONANT selects a flight for your trip and provides transfers and visits. This package is included in your cruise fare.

       

      Embarkation Day – Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

      Flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia selected by PONANT.

      Approximate flight duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

      Meet and greet at Ushuaia airport.

       

      Depending on your choice made when booking your cruise (options not combinable):

      Depart the airport for your transfer to the Arakur Hotel, one of the newest hotels built in Ushuaia. It overlooks the town and its bay.

      In the Yamanas’ language, “Ushuaia” means “the bay which looks towards the east”, this native tribe was established here long before the arrival of the “white” people. At the tip of the Beagle Channel, which connects the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean, Ushuaia is a unique place in this world and is proud to be the southernmost city. Rising on an island, it seems to float between two oceans. The snow-capped mountains draw the border with Chile in the background. Here you truly feel at the end of the world…

      After lunch at the Arakur Hotel you will have some time at leisure and/or will be invited to join a walk through the Natural Reserve of the Cerro Alarken. Arakur is a unique starting point for discovering a preserved area which covers 100 hectares; this is a sheltered place for flora and fauna species typical to the Tierra del Fuego area (please note that the observation of the fauna is not guaranteed). The unique location of the Arakur close to the Mount Alarken makes it as well the perfect setting to enjoy lovely panoramas over the bay.

      The walk is selected in order to suit most guests’ walking ability.

      OR

      At the moment of booking your cruise, guests willing to visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park will be able to sign up for a group optional excursion, with extra cost. If you decide to do so, please note that immediately upon arrival in Ushuaia airport, you will leave towards the Park where you will have lunch before starting the tour.

      Created in 1960, the park covers 155 acres, it is located south west of the Tierra del Fuego Province on the Beagle Canal. One of his entries stands slightly over 6 miles from Ushuaia.

      Mountainous landscapes, lagoons, bogs, and rivers draw a picturesque scenery reinforced by the southern position of the park itself. The Darwin Mountains, which represent the southern part of the Andes Mountains are mainly responsible for such landscape. The Park is only partly accessible to the public and this tour will provide you with the opportunity to discover the local flora and sub-Antarctic landscapes; should you get lucky you may encounter beavers’ dams, birds, wild orchids… This is a true paradise for Nature Lovers! Lunch will be served in a restaurant within the Park.

      At the end of your visit, you will return to Ushuaia and the port, for embarkation on your vessel.

      Please note that the Tierra del Fuego excursion is subject to a minimum of participants: if this number is not reached, our operator will not be able to guarantee the departure – In this case, you will be given the option to join the Arakur programme.

      OR

      Departure from the airport and transfer to the pier - embarkation on board your cruise ship.

      You will have access to the Grand Salon meanwhile your cabin will be ready from 5.00 pm.

      Lunch on board.

      In the afternoon: time at leisure in Ushuaia.

       

      – Cruise on board your cruise ship –

       

      Your programme includes:

      • Transfers, flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia in economy class
      • Lunch at Arakur Hotel
      • Beverages during lunch (bottled water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + 1 coffee) on embarkation day
      • The walk through the Cerro Alarken Reserve starting from the Arakur Hotel and leaded by English speaking guide (except if you select one of the 2 other options)
      • English-speaking local guide.

       

      For your optional Tierra del Fuego National Park excursion, your programme includes:

      Please note if you choose this excursion, it is not combinable with Arakur Hotel programme and therefore replaces it.

      • The excursion by local bus and the entrance fees to the National Park
      • The lunch with the beverage package including: 1 mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + tea or coffee
      • Transfer and visit as mentioned in the programme
      • The services of a local English speaking guide

      Your programme does not include:

      • Gratuities for driver and local guide
      • Personal expenses, and other services not mentioned in the programme
      • The optional excursion to the Tierra del Fuego National Park which has to be booked at the moment you book your cruise

      Please note:

      • The local currency is the Argentinian Peso. You will be able to make most of your purchases in USD (in small denominations) or by credit card, accepted in most hotels, shopping centres and boutiques. You will also be able to retrieve Pesos from the ATM’s.
      • Summer season: temperatures vary between 41°F and 65°F
      • We recommend you wear warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes either for the visit to the Reserve or if you book the optional excursion to the National Park.

       

      To know your PONANT flight schedule, please contact your travel advisor; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents. Check in must be done at least two hours before departure time.

      Important information

      There are 4 expedition days in the Chilean Fjords during this cruise

      Chilean Fjords program: During this cruise, Zodiac® outings may be organized to bring you closer to the hidden wonders of these spectacular fjords and glaciers.

      Conferences will be given by the lecturer and naturalist present on board.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        Iguazu Falls (4 days/4 nights)
        03/03/2018

        2750.00 AU$
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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        OVERNIGHT IN BUENOS AIRES (1 DAY/1 NIGHT)
        06/03/2018

        675.00 AU$
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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      2. Your packages

        Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Iguazu Falls 4N (Pre) + From Valparaiso to Santiago 1N (Post)
        02/03/2018

        Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Overnight in Buenos Aires 1N (Pre) + Atacama Desert 3N (Post)
        05/03/2018

      3. After your cruise

        From Valparaiso to Santiago (2 days/1 night)
        20/03/2018

        660.00 AU$
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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        Atacama Desert ( 4 days/3 nights)
        20/03/2018

        3230.01 AU$
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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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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