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Fly to Santiago de Chile, cruise to Antarctica and see the solar eclipse! (Nov 2021)

All-inclusive with return flights + time in the Falklands and South Georgia

On this amazing bucket list cruise you'll experience the Solar Eclipse in the South Orkney Islands, discover the unique beauty of Patagonia, Antarctica and the Falkland Islands and undertake exciting ice-cruising and landing activities. Book by 18 Dec 2020 for this amazing offer!

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DURATION
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21 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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About this holiday

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Your holiday at a glance

Sail in the wake of the great explorers to experience the Chilean fjords, majestic Antarctica and experience a total Solar Eclipse from the South Orkney Islands before heading to the Falkland Islands. Enjoy chances to see wildlife like penguins, whales and seals amidst icebergs and stunning natural beauty. Along the way, our Expedition Team leads exciting ice-cruising and landing activities to guarantee an unforgettable voyage.

Inclusions

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FLIGHTS:

  • Round-trip flights in economy class from selected cities in Australia or New Zealand to Santiago de Chile
  • Round-trip flights in economy class between Santiago de Chile and Punta Arenas

TRANSFERS:

  • Round-trip transfers from Santiago airport to the hotel in Santiago before and after the expedition cruise
  • Round-trip transfers from the hotel in Santiago to Punta Arenas airport before and after the expedition cruise
  • Round-trip transfers between Punta Arenas airport and the ship, including a short tour of the city and a lunchbox

HOTEL:

  • 2 overnights in Santiago de Chile before the expedition cruise, including breakfast
  • 1 overnight in Santiago de Chile after the expedition cruise, including breakfast

EXPEDITION CRUISE:

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À-la-carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

ONBOARD ACTIVITIES:

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

LANDING ACTIVITIES:

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Antarctica
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR PACKAGE:

  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the ship’s onboard wellness and spa area

NOTES:

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire is mandatory
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected

Accommodation

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Cruise Antarctica the Falklands & South Georgia on the MS Roald Amundsen

POLAR OUTSIDE:

The Polar Outside cabins are primarily on the middle decks with windows, most are spacious, have flexible sleeping arrangements and TV for excellent and high standard accommodation. Can accommodate two to four passengers.

Outside cabin on lower/middle deck

Larger cabins on middle decks. Most 20 square meters, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, TV.

ARCTIC SUPERIOR:

Arctic Superior class cabins are comfortable and roomy accommodation and most have balconies. Flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa beds, TV and other features make this one of our most popular categories. Our Arctic Superior concept includes a kettle, tea and coffee. Can accommodate two to four passengers.

Outside cabin with balcony

High deck cabins with balcony. Spacious cabins, different sizes, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee.

Outside cabin with balcony

Accessible cabin with balcony. High deck, broad balcony, double bed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee.

Outside cabin with balcony

High deck cabins with balcony. Spacious cabins, different sizes, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee. With limited view.

Outside cabin on lower/middle decks

Large cabins without balcony. Lower/middle decks, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa bed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee.

Outside cabin on lower/middle deck

Large accessible cabins without balcony. Lower/middle decks, flexible sleeping arrangements, TV, kettle, tea and coffee.

EXPEDITION SUITE:

These suites are large, well-appointed cabins with expansive windows and most have balconies. Some have a private outdoor hot tub. The suites feature flexible sleeping arrangements with comfortable sofas, sitting areas and TV. They can accommodate up to four passengers. Expedition suites are exclusively in upper and mid-deck locations. Our Expedition Suite concept includes a bathrobe, espresso maker, and more. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin.

XL Suite with balcony

Extra Large Corner Suite with private balcony. Ship’s most spacious cabins with large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements, sofa bed, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.

Corner Suite with balcony

Aft Corner Suite with private balcony and hot tub. Various sizes, large windows, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.

XL Suite

Extra Large Corner Suite without balcony. Aft corner suite with sofa bed, flexible sleeping arrangements, large windows, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.

Suite wIth balcony

Suites with private balcony, different sizes, top-high decks, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofa bed, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker.

Travel dates

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Please note prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change or be withdrawn at any time without notice.

21 Nov 2021 - ONE DEPARTURE ONLY!

  • Twin share - from $20,000 per person
  • Solo traveller - price available on request

Call our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to book this amazing adventure to Antarctica and to see the Solar Eclipse!

Itinerary

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Day 1: Depart Australia & Arrive in Santiago de Chile

After your flight from Australia or New Zealand, arrive in Santiago de Chile and be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

Day 2 - Santiago de Chile

Enjoy a day in Santiago de Chile exploring on your own. There is much to discover here, from Andean glaciers at the city borders and skyscrapers in the centre, to lovely colonial architecture, to the shores of the fast-flowing Mapacho River. Why not extend your expedition by adding an optional Pre-Programme adventure to the amazing Atacama Desert or Chilean Patagonia?

Day 3 - Santiago de Chile/Punta Arenas

Fly early in the morning to Punta Arenas, where the hybrid powered MS Roald Amundsen awaits, ready for your expedition cruise to Antarctica.

Days 4-5 - Crossing the Drake Passage

You'll sail through the scenic Beagle Channel and over the legendary Drake Passage. On board, the Expedition Team starts the lecture programme, giving you information about Antarctica’s fantastic animals, geology and history.

You will also learn what it takes to be an Antarctic Ambassador in our mandatory briefing and join the Citizen Science programme to learn more about the wildlife and ecosystems of Antarctica. The time at sea is also great time to enjoy all the amenities of our advanced hybrid powered expedition ship

Day 6-10 - Antarctica

With white horizons above oceans full of icebergs and whales, Antarctica never fails to inspire awe and wonder. Perhaps even more awe-inspiring will be your first encounter with the huge colonies of penguins.

The Expedition Team will lead ice-cruising and landings at every opportunity to come ashore and explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. From deck, there are great chances to spot whales. Of course, this is true wilderness, so nature is in charge, but our experienced captain will work with the elements to create the best possible itinerary for your adventure.

We will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula and aim to bring you to the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich wildlife on display in this pristine wilderness.

Wherever we explore, the sights and sounds and of Antarctica are sure to stay with you for a lifetime!

Day 11 - Cruising at Sea

Relax in the tranquillity of a day at sea, sharing experiences and exchanging stories with your fellow adventurers. Enjoy the amenities of the innovative expedition ship and look out for wildlife from our outside decks.

Day 12 -South Orkney Islands & The Solar Eclipse

The South Orkney Islands consist of four islands situated in the Scotia Sea about 600km north-east of the Antarctic Peninsula. We arrive here in the very early morning to experience the Solar Eclipse, weather permitting. The Expedition Team will be on deck to give out special-purpose solar filters, which will protect your eyes while you observe the extraordinary occurrence. If your cabin faces the right direction, you can enjoy the event through the window, without even having to change out of your pyjamas.

A professional astronomer will also be part of the Expedition Team for the full duration of the voyage, delivering a series of in-depth lectures and providing insights during the Solar Eclipse.

After observing the Solar Eclipse, you'll explore the South Orkney Islands themselves. 85% of the islands’ surface is made up of glaciers, which make it the perfect home for various species of penguins and seals. We will do our best to navigate a route through the area’s icebergs, sea ice, and frequent mist.

Days 13-14 - Cruising at Sea

After exploring this unforgettable continent, you'll set course for the Falkland Islands. The Expedition Team will brief you about the history and biology of the Islands, point out wildlife from our outer decks and scout for the Albatrosses that often guide our way. Using the state-of-the-art microscopes in the ship’s Science Center, you can analyse samples taken during the expedition cruise to see another kind of ‘wildlife’ at the cellular level.

Days 15-17 - The Falkland Islands (at the edge of Antarctica)

After the wilderness of Antarctica, enjoy the contrast provided by Stanley, with red phone boxes, red buses and old pubs. The capital is a good size for roaming the streets on foot, or you can join an excursion to explore the wilderness and wildlife in the surrounding area. We will be docked here throughout the day.

The Falklands are teeming with wonders of nature, with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons and stunning white sand beaches.

As you reach the westernmost outposts in the Falklands, you'll see remote farms that have been family-owned for generations. Penguins waddle along the beaches here, often coming close to you to take a look out of curiosity, and even posing for photos! We plan to go ashore to explore the area on hikes and to spot some of the many bird species that live here.

Optional excursions:

Stanley - Community Walk (Included)

  • Take this self-timed walk through the highlights of Stanley's Capital.

Stanley - Falklands Nature Trek

  • For the nature enthusiast, this trek is an exclusive opportunity to view Falkland Islands wildlife and flora.

Stanley - Bluff Cove Lagoon Tour

  • Enjoy a private wildlife haven on this exclusive tour to view King, Gentoo and Magellanic penguins as well as multitudes of sea birds, ending with tea in a café on the beach.

Stanley - Scenic Air Tour

  • See the Falkland Islands from another perspective. There is no better way to see these remote South Atlantic islands than by air.

Stanley - Port Stanley Highlights

  • If you want to see the highlights of Stanley in a short amount of time, then this is the ideal tour for you! Join this guided coach tour, taking you to interesting sites while you learn about the history of the Falkland Islands.

Day 18 - At sea - The Magellan Strait

As you complete the loop of the Magellan Strait, you will have a recap of everything you have experienced on this expedition cruise in the Science Center. Make sure you also spend some time on deck looking for wildlife.

Day 19 - Punta Arenas/Santiago de Chile

You will arrive back in Punta Arenas in the morning and fly back to Santiago de Chile. Upon arrival from your charter flight you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 20 - Depart Santiage de Chile

Enjoy a day at leisure in Santiago de Chile before being transferred to the airport for your flight back to Australia or New Zealand

Day 21 - Flying home

Day 22 - Arrive Australia

Please note itinerary is subject to change.

Questions

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Do I need to bring my passport?

Yes. Please ensure that your passport is valid for more than six months after you return to your home country. Remember to check if you require a visa.

What currency should I bring on the trip?

On the Expedition ships, the currency used is Euros.

Argentinian pesos are used in Argentina, Chilean pesos are used in Chile. US dollars may be exchanged into local currency at either banks or Money Exchange kiosks, at the open market exchange rate of the day. Some shops might accept US cash, though this is not a common practice. You can also withdraw cash from ATM's using your credit card and PIN code.

When visiting the Falkland Islands, local pounds (FIP) are used as well as pound sterling. When landing in Antarctica, some bases do accept USD cash only. In Port Lockroy, the following currencies are accepted: GBP, USD, Euro, and major credit cards (for purchases above 100 USD).

Can we pay with cash and credit card on board?

We accept Visa, American Express, Diners or MasterCard and regret that our system does not support Maestro Card.

How do the landings operate in Antarctica?

All landings are dependent on the weather and ice conditions. Unfortunately, with the unpredictable weather in these polar zones, we can make no guarantees that landings will occur each and every day of your voyage.

What if there is a medical emergency?

In case of a medical emergency in Antarctica, the only method of evacuation is by plane to the city of Punta Arenas, Chile, as there are no hospital facilities in Antarctica. This is very expensive and dependent on favourable weather conditions. Therefore, comprehensive travel/health insurance policy that also covers medical evacuation is obligatory.

Are your ships wheelchair accessible?

We are happy to welcome guests who are not fully mobile and all ships (except MS Lofoten) have at least one cabin equipped for travellers using a wheelchair.

Couldn't find an answer to your question? Ask us!

Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

Valid for departures between October 2021 to March 2023. ‘From’ price based on lead in cabin type for nominated departure. Book by 18 December, 2020. Departure Cities: SYD/MEL/BNE/AKL/CHC . Other departure cities available with a $300 per person supplement: ADL/PER/CNS/DRW/HBA/LST/WLG/CBR. Flight timings and routings only available approximately 10 to 11 months in advance. Standard Hurtigruten booking terms and conditions apply. Combinable with Ambassador, Covid-19 rebooking and back to back combination discounts. Transfers may be on a shared basis. International airfares based on economy class.

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire is mandatory
  • Please ensure you meet all visa entry requirements
  • No gratuities expected