(Santiago, Puerto Natales)
Experience Santiago & Chile before you set sail on a 3-night round-trip voyage of the scenic Southern Ice Field of Patagonia. Covering a distance of 380 miles, you'll voyage to the most important glaciers of the region: Amalia and El Brujo, the Glaciers that fall into the Calvo, Bernal and Herman Fjords. You'll visit some 15 glaciers, which you'll examine and contemplate in awe, including excursions to walk to their walls and moraines, with their incredible majesty and imposing size awakening your imagination. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife that frequents the fjords and ice floes, including dolphins, sea lions, foxes, pumas, royal cormorants and more.
Departs Tuesdays and Fridays from October-April.
Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.
Enjoy a private half day panoramic city tour with your own private vehicle, professional driver and English speaking Guide taking in the main avenues of the city’s civic center as well as the main sites of interest. Visit La Moneda Palace, the current seat of the government formerly the home of Chilean presidents until 1958. Then continue along the streets of the downtown area to the Main Square surrounded by the Cathedral Metropolitana of the XVIII century, the National Historical Museum, and the Central Post Office. Visit the Forestal Park passing in front of the Fine Arts Museum towards Bellavista, the bohemian quarter of Santiago. Continue to San Cristóbal Hill, a beautiful public park dominated by the monumental sculpture of Virgin Mary (36 meter high). From this site, enjoy a panoramic view of the city before continuing toward the modern residential neighborhoods of Pedro de Valdivia Norte, Las Condes, and Vitacura. At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at your hotel allowing you some time for some independent exploring or some relaxation time at your hotel. San Cristobal hill fee included.
Situated in the exclusive area of Las Condes, in Santiago, the Atton El Bosque is perfectly placed for those who want easy access to the city. Clean and well-maintained, the 240 rooms are decorated in neutral colors with modern effects. Each room includes air conditioning and heating systems, mini bar, and internet. Dine on authentic Chilean fare, and choose from a range of international dishes. Friendly service and hospitality are one of the highlights of this hotel. Visit the business center for internet use, and try out the gym and swimming pool for a bit of a workout.
Depart from Santiago towards Pirque, about a 50 minute ride from Santiago, where Concha y Toro, the largest vineyard in the country, is located.
Walk through the gardens in the park and see the estate house from the outside, the summer residence of the Concha y Toro family towards the end of the 19th Century. Learn about where Concha y Toro wines come from in our Grape Variety Garden, a place with 26 varieties of wine grapes. Visit the Old Pirque vineyard with panoramic views of the Maipo valley from the vineyard’s terraces.
A wine tasting is part of your visit to the cellars, including the centenarian Casillero del Diablo, the wine legend.
Return to your hotel in Santiago at the end of this excursion.
Fly direct from Santiago to Punta Arenas. The flight duration is approximately 3.5 hours. Please note: Direct flight is subject to availability at time of booking. Flight rates and availability are subject to change until booking
Upon your arrival into Punta Arenas airport, your private driver and English speaking guide will meet you for a transfer to your hotel in Puerto Natales. Approximate transfer time 4.5 hours.
Located in the attractive town of Puerto Natales (Chile), on the edge of the astonishing Ultima Esperanza fjord, the Costaustralis hotel stands out as a living example of the spontaneity of the Magellan architecture. Facing the fjord of Last Hope, Hotel Costaustralis stands out for its traditional building land marking the entrance of the city of Puerto Natales. Costaustralis Hotel boasts 110 comfortable rooms designed to provide total relaxation.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom and to explore the length of your ship. There will be a passenger reception at 4:00PM, and you'll set sail between 5:00PM-6:00PM.This evening you'll sail by coastal the communes of Angostura Kirke, Morla, Vicuña, Unión, and the Collingwood Strait and Sarmiento Channel. The ice and snow covered mountains of the Cordillera Sarmiento range are east of the Collingwood Strait, with majestic glaciers descending to the sea.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
The expedition ship M/V Skorpios III provides both comfortable and spacious cabins, private baths and some of the best in on board cuisine, not to mention personal service. Conceived under the “Super Class” concept, M/V Skorpios III it has 49 cabins with a capacity of up to 125 passengers, possesses the most advanced telecommunications technology and satellite navigation, as well as a modern water treatment plant. Its elegant and spacious acclimatized cabins, vested in fine native woods, include Master Suites, Junior Suites, Double Bed Suites, Double A, Double B and Single Suites. All equipped with low beds, luxurious private bathrooms, fridge-bar without cost, multifunctional communications system, two music, TV and Video channels, with stereo sound, magnetic keys, security box, all provide for the comfort that any guest would require.
To sail to the Southern Ice Field glaciers is an unforgettable experience for those travelers who enjoy exploring and visiting unique, far-off places. To watch the elongated silhouette of the Amalia Glacer falling from the Andes Mountains and coming down to embrace Mount Reclus is an incredible sigh, as are its blue ice towers that soar to a height of 295 feet and span a width of over 2 miles. Its extraordinarily varied ice floes contrast with the surrounding rocks that show the faint presence of incipient mosses. Your ship crosses this area slowly in order to give you a panoramic view of this marvelous glacier and its surroundings.
While you sail through the Patagonian channels and look at the marvelous natural beauties that surround you, you'll come to the El Brujo Glacier, an enormous ice block with a smooth rock surface on one side. You and your expedition mates will take to the boats in order to get a closer look at this glacier. Disembark on a rock known as "Garbo" rock, and walk along the glacier, looking at the way in which the ice crawls down, smoothing these rocks for millennia. The summits of this natural amphitheatre are always covered with snow and their slopes abound in trees and vegetation.
Visit the Montañas Fjord this morning, from where you find five glaciers: The Zamudio, Alsina, Paredes, Bernal and German Glaciers. You'll arrive at the Bernal Glacier in the morning and will walk to its base, crossing a lake of turquoise blue ice melt water. You can now see how the flora appears in the area and trees begin to grow. In the afternoon you'll go to the Herman Glacier, at the end of a small fjord surround by colorful vegetation and abundant fauna, and sail through its ice floes and look at its colorful blue front.
The strength of the Patagonian nature along the Kaweskar / Southern Ice Fields route can be seen through a majestic landscape marked by strong winds and heavy rain, which give birth to a flora that can resist the weather. The dark forests, mosses, lichens and shrubs provide a habitat for a fauna that abounds in condors, royal cormorants, black-necked swans, coscoroba swans, ostriches, and foxes, guanacos, pumas, huemuls, dolphins, sea wolves, among others, who share this incredibly beautiful and vast land, which is extremely fragile in terms of environmental balance.
This evening will feature a Farewell Party, Captain's Dinner and dance.
After breakfast this morning you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to the crew.
Enjoy a private transfer from Puerto Natales to the airport in Punta Arenas with professional driver and English speaking guide.
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and wanted to tell you we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing.
I can't tell you what was our favorite. The boys enjoyed exploring the mountains in El Chalten (they called it Mountain running) while Mohan and I relaxed in the beautiful hotel. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! We had great weather for each activity (I know there is a bit of luck involved with that one).
Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out.
I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Thank you again,
Laura, Mohan, Ryan, and Nathan
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
Happy New Year!
GREAT trip! The brochure you sent to us the week before we set off was marvelous -- the pages are marked and worn with us referring to it so often! We were very pleased with every aspect that you set up for us including the airport pick-up and drop off and the tour of Quito and environs on Friday. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. The transfer to the Eclipse team was super easy and the flight to Guayaquil and trip to the boat went off without a hitch.
We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took, but I promise to send a few to you in the next week or so. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands. Gave them a 10 on their feedback form and would recommend Eclipse very highly.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
Scott Parks ,
November 05, 2013
Sandy and I are back from Peru and had a wonderful time. Kensington seems to have the best contacts in each country and Peru was no exception. I wanted to take the time to give you some specific feedback on each segment of out trip.
The “Hotel B” in Lima is fantastic. It’s an old house that has been turned into a small Hotel. The people are great and the location in Barranco is just what we like.
The Inkaterra Amazonica is probably the best place place to stay in the Amazon region. The rooms give a real feel of the sounds of the rain forest.
The hotels in both Cusco and Aquas Calientes were perfect with great locations. We added an additional day in Aquas Calientes which gave us three days in Machu Picchu. For us, this was well worth it and gave us the time we wanted to see all aspects of Machu Picchu. Pictures did not do justice to the site, although we got some great pictures.
The trip to see the Nasca Lines was, also, worth the time. Our guide added some side trips including lunch at a local winery which we really enjoyed. The Hotel Paracas was an unexpectedly high quality resort and a great way to end our trip.
Thanks for your help we look forward to next year
June Murray ,
August 20, 2013
"Buenas Noches Brandi-
I filled out the survey but I wanted to send you a note to say thank you. Our trip was the stuff lifelong memories are made of and I mean every part of it. From our time spent in Quito, to the Safari Camp and Isla Isabela. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the staff at our accommodations and the expertise of all our guides (most especially Tanya Helmig at the Safari Camp). We hope to go back for an extended stay.
I have attached 2 photos for you of Bart and I. I think the joy is clearly evident- thank you for making it possible.
Barbara Mackey ,
July 22, 2013
"We just completed a family trip to Costa Rica, with three families traveling from different locations. All the coordination efforts were made easily and efficiently by our Kensington representative, Brandi Merchant, who was wonderful; an absolute delight to work with. All the accommodations were first class and the guides knowledgeable and very punctual. We will be using Kensington again!
Cindy Thoene ,
July 22, 2013
What an AMAZING trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously…the trip of a lifetime!
We returned late on Thursday and had out of town visitors through the weekend and we are just now unpacking and getting back to non-vacation reality.
I will share my feedback and get pictures sent to you soon.
Thanks for everything….truly a perfect trip!
July 24, 2013
Our trip was wonderful, we had a great time, wish we could have spent more time. In fact, I now know I would have spent more time in Cuzco and the Machu Picchu area.
Machu Picchu was fabulous.
Margot, our guide, and the driver, were absolutely wonderful, low key, very personable, very accommodating, really good. We didn't end up with enough time on the last morning in Cusco to finish the tour, but got a feel- of Sacsayhuman, Qengo, Koricancha. We saw Ollayantatambo, and went to Moray and Maras, and Wayra ranch which was also outstanding, on the next day, but did not do Pisac and the market. We got tired and ran out of time so cut a couple things. Louis the coordinator was good as well.
Would love to go back and learn more some time.
The coordinator in Lima was extremely nice too, and very helpful.
In fact, we loved the food, the people and everything. The Libertador Palacio , the Tambo del Inka and the Sanctuary were indeed outstanding hotels. LAN was all on time, great service.
Thank you again for all your help.
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