(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.
Christina Adams ,
April 21, 2014
"I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams"
Thomas Peyla ,
April 21, 2014
"I rated the quality of the accommodations an 8, but that is only because I chose to have more budget type accommodations. I was very happy with the hotels. The tours and guides were outstanding."
Susan Pope ,
April 21, 2014
"The arrangements all worked out very well, especially the drivers picking us up from airports and hotels. The hotels, although all in different categories, were mostly excellent. Eliza's Manor in Christchurch was especially good. My other favorites were the Novatel in Queenstown, the Grace in Sydney, and the Regent of Rotorua. My least favorite was the Quadrant in Auckland which was not located in a very convenient area. Provided breakfasts and boxed lunches were excellent too. We were unable to take three of the side trips....separate email coming. One suggestion would be that two very long days back to back should be avoided if possible, and travelers' ages taken into account. The trip to Milford Sound was an extremely long day and the Routeburn Trail hike was scheduled for the next day when it could have been on the following day which was free. We were happy to see so many different areas of New Zealand and experience everything from glow worm caves to fjords to a Maori hangi and geothermals."
Vivian Jennings ,
April 21, 2014
"Very pleased with organization. Not having to worry about connections or arrangements is wonderful. Great selection with hotels, Coral 1 and Napo Wildlife. Kensington puts all the details together to ensure a wonderful trip. Highly recommend the Galapagos and Amazon. "
Daniel More ,
April 21, 2014
"All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip."
Marlin Barad ,
April 21, 2014
"Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad"
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
"We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and 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 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! 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.
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
"GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that Brandi set up for us including the tour of Quito and environs. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands.
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.
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