Adventure in Patagonia

14 days / 13 nights
    Expedition
    Adventure in Patagonia

    Cruise Latin America, Antarctica

    from 1 November 2019 to 14 November 2019
    14 days / 13 nights

    Departure Port : Ushuaia
    Arrival Port : Ushuaia

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : S011119

    Discover Patagonia during a new 14-day expedition cruise aboard Le SoléalPONANT 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 set sail from the fascinating city of Ushuaia, which the Argentinians call El fin del mundo (the end of the world).

    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.

    In the magic of the Chilean fjords and channels, you will experience exceptional moments of sailing amidst landscapes of unrivalled beauty. The narrow passages, channels and fjords will lead you right up close to stunning glaciers, including the Pie XI 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 Punta Arenas.

    You will also sail the famous Strait of Magellan, around the mythical Cape Horn, and the Beagle Channel, south of the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, before disembarking in Ushuaia.

    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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    • Free boot rental Free boot rental
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    Highlights

    • New: explore the magic of nature with a sea kayak adventure. Led by experienced, State-Certified kayak guides, you will skim the water’s surface amid the ice.  Full professional equipment is provided, including tamdem kayak, carbon paddle, full-body drysuit, lifejacket, AIS beacon. For more information and to book your kayak tours, please contact your cruise advisor.
    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
    • 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.
    • Optional additional cost excursion: Torres del Paine National Park, listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, from Punta Arenas.
    • Sailing along the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel (with its so-called “Glacier Avenue”).
    • Depending on opportunities, observing Magellanic penguins, guanacos, caracaras, dolphins, humpback whales, fur seals, sea lions, alpacas, condors and cormorants.
    • 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.

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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

      1 November 2019 – At sea

      Ushuaia

      Embarkation 01/11/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 01/11/2019 at 20H00 .

      Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…

      2 November 2019▸3 November 2019 – At sea

      2 November 2019▸3 November 2019 – At sea

      Arrival 02/11/2019. Departure 03/11/2019.

      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 observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      4 November 2019 – Sailing in the Chilean Channels

      4 November 2019 – Sailing in the Chilean Channels

      Arrival 04/11/2019. Departure 04/11/2019.

      Your ship will chart a course towards the South of Chile, to archipelagos and torturous fjords where majestic glaciers seem to meet the ocean... This remote setting is remarkable for the splendour of its sea scattered with islands, and its slow and powerful glaciers that have been transforming and reshaping the landscapes over centuries. Your ship will glide over the calm waters of the fjords to edge closer to these towering walls of ice. These living giants crack, rumble, and suddenly calve chunks of ice in iridescent colours. This is a real treat for photographers.

      4 November 2019 – Tortel

      4 November 2019 – Tortel

      Arrival 04/11/2019. Departure 04/11/2019.

      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

      4 November 2019 – English Passage

      4 November 2019 – English Passage

      Arrival 04/11/2019. Departure 04/11/2019.

      Between green hills rising from the water and snow-capped peaks, the English Passage is one of the main Patagonian channels. Situated off the south-western coast of Chile, at the end of the Messier Channel, this narrow waterway with a width of just 180 metres offers a unique sailing experience due to its exceptional dimensions and its magnificent natural setting.

      5 November 2019 – Pie XI Glacier

      5 November 2019 – Pie XI Glacier

      Arrival 05/11/2019. Departure 05/11/2019.

      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.

      6 November 2019 – El Brujo Glacier

      6 November 2019 – El Brujo Glacier

      Arrival 06/11/2019. Departure 06/11/2019.

      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.

      6 November 2019 – Skua Glacier

      6 November 2019 – Skua Glacier

      Arrival 06/11/2019. Departure 06/11/2019.

      In the heart of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, where the National Parks of Bernardo O’Higgins, Torres del Paine and Las Glaciares meet, discover the Skua Glacier, also known as the Amalia Glacier. Nested on the Andes, this three-kilometre-wide tidewater glacier will offer you sumptuous landscapes in infinite shades of blue: a magical show during which the impressive cracking of the ice can be heard at times.

      7 November 2019 – Punta Arenas

      7 November 2019 – Punta Arenas

      Arrival 07/11/2019. Departure 07/11/2019.

      Capital of the Magallanes Region and of the Chilean Antarctic, this handsome port city will charm you with its history and traditions. Once inhabited by several indigenous tribes, Punta Arenas has maintained an architectural style that remains true to its heritage. You'll discover the city's countless treasures, starting with the statue of Magellan at the centre of the Plaza Armas, as well as the iconic Palacio Sara Braun. The city's public cemetery, adorned with beautiful gardens, is another must-see during your stopover in this austral capital. Conclude your visit by a stop at the Mirador Cerro la Cruz, a lookout point offering a spectacular panorama of the city's colourful houses.

      8 November 2019 – Punta Arenas

      8 November 2019 – Punta Arenas

      Arrival 08/11/2019. Departure 08/11/2019.

      Capital of the Magallanes Region and of the Chilean Antarctic, this handsome port city will charm you with its history and traditions. Once inhabited by several indigenous tribes, Punta Arenas has maintained an architectural style that remains true to its heritage. You'll discover the city's countless treasures, starting with the statue of Magellan at the centre of the Plaza Armas, as well as the iconic Palacio Sara Braun. The city's public cemetery, adorned with beautiful gardens, is another must-see during your stopover in this austral capital. Conclude your visit by a stop at the Mirador Cerro la Cruz, a lookout point offering a spectacular panorama of the city's colourful houses.

      9 November 2019 – Punta Arenas

      9 November 2019 – Punta Arenas

      Arrival 09/11/2019. Departure 09/11/2019.

      Capital of the Magallanes Region and of the Chilean Antarctic, this handsome port city will charm you with its history and traditions. Once inhabited by several indigenous tribes, Punta Arenas has maintained an architectural style that remains true to its heritage. You'll discover the city's countless treasures, starting with the statue of Magellan at the centre of the Plaza Armas, as well as the iconic Palacio Sara Braun. The city's public cemetery, adorned with beautiful gardens, is another must-see during your stopover in this austral capital. Conclude your visit by a stop at the Mirador Cerro la Cruz, a lookout point offering a spectacular panorama of the city's colourful houses.

      10 November 2019 – Ainsworth Bay

      10 November 2019 – Ainsworth Bay

      Arrival 10/11/2019. Departure 10/11/2019.

      In Ainsworth Bay, in Alberto de Agostini National Park, you will be able to admire one of the most impressive panoramas in Patagonia. Dominated by the Cordillera Darwin Icefield, and notably the Marinelli Glacier, whose walls of ice reach 40 metres in height, this particularly wild and remote place is one of the longest fjords in the region. The subpolar old-growth forests that run along the water are home to numerous natural wonders such as magnificent peat bogs, vertiginous waterfalls and small brooks. This place is also home to exceptional wildlife including elephant seals, Magellanic penguins and numerous bird species.

      11 November 2019 – Garibaldi Glacier

      11 November 2019 – Garibaldi Glacier

      Arrival 11/11/2019. Departure 11/11/2019.

      Cruise along the narrow arm of Garibaldi Fjord and marvel at its stunning landscapes: thick green vegetation adorns steep mountains, rivalling the beauty of surrounding ice and snow. Further on, Garibaldi Glacier unveils itself: a towering ice titan looming at the end of the fjord that shares its name. Don't be surprised if sea lions and numerous birds accompany you on your enchanting journey into the heart of one of Chile's most beautiful glaciers.   

      12 November 2019 – Sailing around Cape Horn

      12 November 2019 – Sailing around Cape Horn

      Arrival 12/11/2019. Departure 12/11/2019.

      It’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’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 round this cape has gone down in history as a challenge for all seafarers.

      13 November 2019 – Puerto Williams

      13 November 2019 – Puerto Williams

      Arrival 13/11/2019. Departure 13/11/2019.

      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.

      14 November 2019▸13 November 2019 – Ushuaia

      Ushuaia

      Disembarkation 14/11/2019 at 07H00 .

      Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…

      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.

      • 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.

      • Chile: Australian citizens entering/exiting Chile must 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.

      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…

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Jean-Louis Debré

      After many years as an examining magistrate in Paris, Jean-Louis went into politics. He was an MP, Mayor, Minister of the Interior, President of the National Assembly and President of the Constitutional Council. Today he devotes his time to writing history books and his own experiences on the Fifth Republic. He is also author of several detective novels. 

      Language spoken: French

       

       

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Important information

      Expedition programmes include activities such as Zodiac® outings and landings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes, all accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides.

      Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.

      Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience in remote areas: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is extremely expensive. Without adequate medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe to full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully, be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive, especially if you are insured by your credit card. PONANT offers an insurance contract with extensive guarantees, please contact us for more information.

      Clothing tips:

      • A PONANT polar water-resistant parka is offered on board for all departures with the logo “Free Parka” (no children sizes, in case of consecutive cruises, only one complimentary parka).
      • Half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles, which will allow you to go ashore in 20 cm of cold water, keeping your feet dry for walks and visits on steep paths. Boot rental will be offered onboard (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the logo “Free Boot Rental” appears
      • Winter pants/Track suit
      • Waterproof over-trousers – MANDATORY
      • Polar sweater or sweatshirt
      • Wool or thermolactyl technical underwear
      • A warm hat, woollen or fleece ear muffs, polar or woollen neck warmer (avoid scarves that do not stay in place)- MANDATORY
      • Gloves
      • Thick warm socks

      Accessories:

      • Small waterproof backpack (to protect your camera from water).
      • Binoculars (strongly recommended for wildlife viewing).
      • Highly protective sunglasses.
      • Walking poles (highly recommended).

      Do not hesitate to visit the online PONANT store which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations, at the following address: https://boutique.ponant.com

      Benefits of the PONANT store:

      • Advice on equipment from our experts to help you prepare for your polar expedition
      • A wide range of technical equipment for polar expeditions, approved by our experts
      • Two delivery options: delivery to your home or directly to your cabin on board the ship
      • Duty Free shopping for cabin delivered items

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        31/10/2019 – VISIT OF SANTIAGO

        350.00 $ **

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      2. During your cruise

        09/11/2019 – Magdalena Island penguin colony

        160.00 $ **

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        08/11/2019 – Torres del Paine National Park

        520.00 $ **

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        08/11/2019 – Torres del Paine National Park (1 night)

        1080.00 $ **

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        05/11/2019 – EXPLORATION OPTION (THREE 90-MINUTE SESSION)

        1190.00 $ **

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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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