Santiago Tour & Antarctica Ocean Nova Cruise
Whether through the glass-enclosed observation lounge aboard the Ocean Nova cruise vessel or up close thanks to the ship’s fleet of small and sturdy Zodiac boats, this 13-day Antarctic adventure is day after day of extraordinary views. Sail across polar waters and alongside the pristine snow-covered landscapes of Antarctica, home to diverse wildlife including whales, penguins and seals. Your modern and comfortable transportation and expert-led adventures will make this an unforgettable journey to the White Continent.
Starting from $18,690 per person
Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.
HOW IT WORKS
- Stay in comfort and luxury at leading hotels in both Santiago and Punta Arenas.
- Get to know Santiago’s main attractions, including the Plaza de Armas, the main cathedral and the Presidential Palace, on a guided half-day tour of the city.
- Visit two of central Chile’s most popular coastal cities: colourful Valparaiso and tranquil Viña del Mar.
- Expert guides ensure you are fully prepared by providing you with necessary and helpful information prior to embarking on the Ocean Nova
- Witness a range of Antarctic wildlife, such as whales, seals and various species of the iconic penguin
- Explore the polar landscape in small groups as we utilize the ship’s fleet of Zodiac boats, perfect for roaming
- Enjoy onboard amenities offered by the Ocean Nova, such as a library, gym, dining room and bar
After breakfast at your hotel you’ll enjoy a tour of Chile’s capital city, Santiago. You’ll visit the city’s historic center where you’ll find the Plaza de Armas, the main cathedral, and the Presidential Palace. Situated in a valley hugged by the snowcapped Andes mountains, take the chance to view the city from the top of Santa Lucia Hill. The afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure, shopping, eating and exploring to your heart’s content.
Today you’ll visit two of central Chile’s most popular coastal cities: Valparaiso and Viña del Mar. Valparaiso is a vibrant, colorful collection of hillside houses overlooking the bay. Here you’ll visit the one-time summer house and now museum of Pablo Neruda, one of Chile’s most prolific poets. Continue to the tranquil Viña del Mar, a popular beachside retreat for the Santiago elite.
We get one step closer to beginning our Antarctic adventure as we take a morning flight to Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost city. Upon arrival you’ll attend a briefing in preparation of the upcoming voyage, after which you can enjoy a welcome dinner shared with the other guests.
After a quick flight to King George Island, located in the South Shetland Islands, you’ll finally be able to breathe in the crisp and clear Arctic air. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellinghausen Station before embarking on your sea vessel by way of a Zodiac, a small yet sturdy boat unit.
Cruise through deep inlets set amongst towering icy cliffs as we follow the western coast of the Antarctic peninsula. Throughout the next few day the Ocean Nova vessel will take us for a smooth ride as we make daily stops and group excursions via the ship’s fleet of Zodiac boats. Walk ashore areas of the peninsula to get an up close look at native wildlife such as seabirds, penguins, whales and seals. You’ll also be able to take in incredible vistas from the comfort of the ship’s glass-enclosed lounge. Local weather conditions will ultimately determine the route taken, however opportunities for activities and exploration are always found.
Catch a morning flight to Chile’s capital where you will continue on according to your scheduled international departure.
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