Chilean Fjords & Patagonia

14 days / 13 nights
    Chilean Fjords & Patagonia

    Cruise Latin America

    from 1 November 2017 to 14 November 2017
    14 days / 13 nights

    Departure Port : Valparaiso
    Arrival Port : Ushuaia

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : S011117

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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.

    From the legendary port of Valparaiso, you will set sail aboard the Le Soléal for a 14-day cruise linking Chile to Argentina.

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

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

    From Puerto Natales, you will be able to discover the Torres del Paine National Park. Listed as a UNESCOWorld Heritage site, this park is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The beauty of the unspoiled environment is rivalled only by the intense colours of the sky.

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

    After sailing across the Strait of Magellan and rounding the famous Cape Horn, you will reach Ushuaia. This small city at the end of the world nestles between mountains and fertile plains where abundant wildlife has taken up residence.

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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 2017 – At sea

      Valparaiso

      Embarkation 01/11/2017 from 15H00 to 16H00 . Departure 01/11/2017 at 17H00 .

      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.

      2 November 2017 – At sea

      2 November 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 02/11/2017. Departure 02/11/2017.

      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.

      3 November 2017 – Castro

      3 November 2017 – Castro

      Arrival 03/11/2017 early afternoon. Departure 03/11/2017 evening.

      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.

      4 November 2017 – Puerto Montt

      4 November 2017 – Puerto Montt

      Arrival 04/11/2017 early morning. Departure 04/11/2017 evening.

      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.

      5 November 2017 – At sea

      5 November 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 05/11/2017. Departure 05/11/2017.

      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.

      6 November 2017 – Tortel

      6 November 2017 – Tortel

      Arrival 06/11/2017 early morning. Departure 06/11/2017 midday.

      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

      7 November 2017▸9 November 2017 – Sailing in Chilean Fjords

      7 November 2017▸9 November 2017 – Sailing in Chilean Fjords

      Arrival 07/11/2017. Departure 09/11/2017.

      10 November 2017 – Puerto Natales

      10 November 2017 – Puerto Natales

      Arrival 10/11/2017 early morning. Departure 10/11/2017 evening.

      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.

      11 November 2017 – Sailing in Chilean Fjords

      11 November 2017 – Sailing in Chilean Fjords

      Arrival 11/11/2017. Departure 11/11/2017.

      11 November 2017 – Sailing along Strait of Magellan

      11 November 2017 – Sailing along Strait of Magellan

      Arrival 11/11/2017. Departure 11/11/2017.

      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.

      12 November 2017 – Sailing up Beagle Strait

      12 November 2017 – Sailing up Beagle Strait

      Arrival 12/11/2017. Departure 12/11/2017.

      Together with Cape Horn and the Strait of Magellan, Beagle Channel is one of the few shipping routes connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Measuring approximately 240 km long, it marks the border between Chile and Argentina and owes its name to the HMS Beagle, a British ship which carried out hydrographic missions in South America in the 19th century. As you cruise along Beagle Channel, be sure to take in the beauty of the surrounding landscapes, set against a backdrop of sumptuous snow-capped Andean peaks. Darwin travelled this same route during one of his trips around the world.

      13 November 2017 – Navigation Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel

      13 November 2017 – Navigation Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel

      Arrival 13/11/2017. Departure 13/11/2017.

      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!

      14 November 2017▸13 November 2017 – Ushuaia

      Ushuaia

      Disembarkation 14/11/2017 at 07H00 .

      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.

      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.

      • 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.

      Important information

      There are 5 days and 4 nights of luxury expedition in the Chilean Fjords during this cruise

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

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        31/10/2017 – From Santiago to Valparaiso (2 days/1 night)

        610.00 $ **

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        29/10/2017 – The Atacama Desert (4 days/3 nights)

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      2. After your cruise

        14/11/2017 – Iguazu Falls (5 days/4 nights)

        2515.00 $ **

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      3. Your packages

        28/10/2017 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Atacama Desert 3N (Pre) + Iguazu Falls 4N (Post)

        30/10/2017 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + From Santiago to Valparaiso 1N (Pre)

      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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