Bucket-list Patagonia and Antarctica
Fly down to Punta Arenas and you are right in the heart of Patagonia, making your way to the Torres del Paine National Park for a four-night stay at Explora, the only property within the National Park. Enjoy over 40 of its explorations on offer – various hikes at a style, pace and length of your choice, bike ride, horse-ride, head out on 4×4 jeeps perhaps venturing about the surrounds, bird watching or searching for puma. At the end of each day, return to the lodge and admire the views of the peaks right from the property itself, appreciate fine food, local wine and perhaps the spa.
Venture further South to Ushuaia for a one-night stay at Cabo de Hornos, all in preparation for your unforgettable five-night journey to Antarctica. Fly over Cape Horn and the mythical waters of the Drake Passage, boarding your exploration vessel to cruise around sites such as Port Lockroy, Petermann Island and Paradise Bay, visit Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellinghausen station. Navigate mountainous glaciers, volcanic islands, roaming icebergs, all the while looking out for humpback whales, penguin, seal and a vast range of birds including albatross, petrel and skua.
Wrap up your adventure with a final night in Santiago, once more at The Singular, and now as you are more familiar with the surroundings, explore at your leisure for your final afternoon and evening in the city.
You will love
- Unbelievable landscapes
- Bucket list experiences
- High quality accommodation
- Flying across the Drake passage
14 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS
DAY 1 | SANTIAGO
Arrive to Santiago and transfer to your accommodation. Allow for some time to freshen up before heading out again for an afternoon private city tour.
DAY 2 | TORRES DEL PAINE
After breakfast transfer to the airport and fly to Punta Arenas. A 5 hour road transfer among beautiful landscapes has you reach the lodge late this afternoon.
DAY 3 | TORRES DEL PAINE
Enjoy any of the 40 explorations on offer at Explora either on foot, horseback or by van. These include walks to crystal clear lakes and forests, hikes to viewpoints and horseback rides through the Park’s pampas (grasslands) and along its rivers.
DAY 4 | TORRES DEL PAINE
More of the explorations are on offer for today such as walking some of the popular W circuit that trails around the Paine Massif. Explorations to the Torres base, the Grey Glacier and the Valle Frances (French Valley) follow part of this circuit.
DAY 5 | TORRES DEL PAINE
Further enjoy the activities on offer – either half or full day experiences. Perhaps have lunch in the middle of nature, or live the Patagonian experience on horseback riding through the Park along with the gauchos.
DAY 6 | PUNTA ARENAS
After breakfast road transfer back to Punta Arenas and check into your accommodation this afternoon, arriving before 2pm. You are welcomed by Antarctica 21 staff and this afternoon attend a mandatory briefing providing important information about your voyage and reviews the essential guidelines for Antarctic visitors. Later, gather for a welcome dinner and meet your fellow adventurers while enjoying a typical regional menu.
DAY 7 | ANTARCTICA
Fly to King George Island in the South Shetland Islands and board your vessel. As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.
DAYS 8-11 | ANTARCTICA
No journey is the same and flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The expedition team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment and your voyage many include visits to sites including: Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay and Deception Island. Optional activities at an extra cost include sea kayaking in a small group under the leadership of an experienced kayak master and hiking and snow shoeing across the Antarctic landscape.
DAY 12 | PUNTA ARENAS
Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night.
DAY 13 | SANTIAGO
After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your flight to Santiago. Upon arrival, transfer to your accommodation and the afternoon and evening are at leisure to explore and to perhaps dine in surrounding Lastarria.
DAY 14 | INFLIGHT
After breakfast, check out of your accommodation and inflight home, or end of arrangements.
WHERE YOU’LL STAY
A selection of the finest accommodation
The Singular Lastarria – Santiago
Blending seamlessly into the bohemian neighbourhood of Lastarria, The Singular Santiago combines the style of early 20th century buildings with neoclassical French architectural influences. The result is a striking new addition to the Santiago cityscape. This trendy retreat embraces artistic heritage while adding cutting-edge modernity. Read More
Explora Patagonia – Torres del Paine
Explora Patagonia is located at the centre of the Torres del Paine National Park, the heart of Patagonia, on the shores of Lake Pehoe. Enjoy the most majestic of views right from the lodge itself, and enjoy over 35 half and full day explorations which there are to choose from. Disconnect and unwind in remote Patagonia at Explora. Read More
Antarctica 21 Fly Cruise
Skip the infamous Drake Passage by flying straight over it, then cruise aboard a specialist vessel, exploring the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most remote continent on Earth in the company of naturalists, historians and scientists. Read more
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