Pre-Programme Chilean Patagonia
Available all year
Visit Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage biosphere
Watch out for Magellan Ostriches and Andean Condors as you cross the steppe
Enjoy a motorboat cruise to get close to the ancient glaciers in Ultima Esperanza Fjord
Day 1: Travel to Puerto Natales
Your visit to Chile’s Patagonia begins in Santiago. We’ll transfer you from your hotel to the airport for your flight to Punta Arenas. From there we’ll cross the magnificent steppe to Puerto Natales. Look out for Magellan Ostriches – with luck you might even see condors spiralling in the sky. Your Puerto Natales hotel offers incredible views of the Patagonian fjords. Explore and enjoy your surroundings at your leisure, before enjoying dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: Touring Torres del Paine National Park
You have an early start today for a full-day excursion in Torres del Paine National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage biosphere is one of the best places to visit in Chilean Patagonia, with incredible wildlife and mountain scenery. We’ll tour the length of the park by van, stopping at lookout points, and enjoying short hikes to fully experience the Patagonia up close. Enjoy lunch and snacks on the way, then dinner back at your hotel.
Day 3: Exploring Ultima Esperanza Fjord
Today, you’ll experience a thrilling motorboat cruise from Puerto Natales to Ultima Esperanza Fjord, with a typical Patagonian lunch along the way. You’ll visit the 1,000-year-old Balmaceda Glacier, home to cormorants and sea lions. We’ll also walk to the foot of the Serrano Glacier, surrounded by snow-capped peaks and walls of ice. After, we'll return to Puerto Natales. The rest of the day is your own, with dinner at the hotel.
Day 4: From Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas
After breakfast at the hotel, we'll drive back to Punta Arenas, giving you a second chance to enjoy the steppe landscape and wildlife. Your Pre-Programme adventure ends as we arrive at the pier in the afternoon to join your ship for your expedition cruise.
Please note that we may visit sites in a different order.
Hotel to airport transfer in Santiago de Chile.
Economy class flight from Santiago de Chile to Punta Arenas (including current taxes and charges).
Transfer with English-speaking driver from Punta Arenas airport to Puerto Natales and pier in Punta Arenas.
3 nights at a hotel in Puerto Natales with full board, including house beverages with meals.
Use of spa, heated swimming pool and hot tubs.
Two full-day excursions with English-speaking guides.
The overnight in Santiago before the start of this tour is part of your Antarctica expedition cruise.
Drinks outside the included meals, gratuities.
Remarks and requirements
This tour is available as Pre-Programme in combination with voyages starting in Punta Arenas.
Includes walking on uneven terrain. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility.
The excursions included in this tour are operated by the hotel and might not be exclusive to Hurtigruten Expedition guests. Excursions are subject to weather conditions.
Minimum number of participants: 4.
If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip until 6 weeks before departure.
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