Antarctic cruise and hiking in Chile

“This month-long expedition visits some of the Earth's most extreme frontiers: the barren the wilderness of Patagonia and the vast continent of Antarctica.”

Highlights

El Tatio Geysers | Bike ride across salt flats | Hot springs | Trekking along Inca Paths | Torres del Paine "W" hike | Patagonia | Tierra del Fuego | Ushuaia | Beagle Channel | Drake Passage | Wiencke Island | Antarctic photography class | Lemaire Channel | Penguin and whale sightings | Research station visit | Zodiac trips | Buenos Aires | Optional: kayaking, mountaineering in Antarctic mountains

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Camera batteries have a shorter lifespan in cold climates - be sure to carry spares.
Trip type:
Small group tour and expedition cruise.
Activity level:
Moderate-active. Trekking up to 5hrs, cycle up to 3hrs (flat).
Accomm:
13 nights in hotels, 4 in refugios, 11 on board the ship.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Included:
Accommodation., some meals, tour leader, listed activities.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 16 lunches, 16 dinners.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We are passionate about the places we visit. To help preserve the integrity of these destinations we:
• Keep groups small to minimise environmental impact.
• Are rigorous in following 'take it in, take it out' guidelines when visiting the national parks.

We promote only responsible travel to Antarctica. In our opinion, well-regulated small ship travel is the only sustainable means of tourism. We are strongly of the opinion that flying to Antarctica is not acceptable as it will quickly lead to unsustainable increases in visitor numbers. Nor do large ships not belong in such a sensitive environment. The small ship crossing of the Drake Passage maintains the White Continent for those dedicated enough to make the crossing.

We are a member of IAATO (the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators). As members of IAATO we are committed to procedures and guidelines that ensure appropriate, safe and environmentally sound travel to the Antarctic. Antarctic Dream is also a full member of IAATO, and like us are totally committed to promoting only responsible small group travel to the Antarctic.

Small groups in Antarctica minimise impact on wildlife. Traveling on a ship of less than 100 passengers is the ideal way to visit the continent, not least because international regulations do not permit more than 100 people ashore at any one time. You must wear boots that we provide on shore at all times. These are cleaned and disinfected by staff before and after all shore visits to ensure that no ‘alien matter’ is transferred onto the shore.


Taking or harmful interference with Antarctic wildlife is prohibited except in accordance with a permit issued by a national authority.
• Do not use aircraft, vessels, small boats, or other means of transport in ways that disturb wildlife, either at sea or on land.
• Do not feed, touch, or handle birds or seals, or approach or photograph them in ways that cause them to alter their behavior. Special care is needed when animals are breeding or molting.
• Do not damage plants, for example by walking, driving, or landing on extensive moss beds or lichen-covered scree slopes.
• Keep noise to the minimum to avoid frightening wildlife.
• Do not bring non-native plants or animals into the Antarctic such as live poultry, pet dogs and cats or house plants.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Our passion for the places we visit extends to the people who live there. To help support them, we:
• Work directly with local businesses and organisations to directly benefit local economies. We use small, locally owned hotels and restaurants. We know the owners except in the large cities.
• Work with local guides so that our vacations are more interesting for clients and more beneficial locally.

Plancius is also a member of IAATO. Expert guides and leaders know how best to minimise the impact of any landings and have the most experience of locally working in these extreme and remote conditions.

Climate

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Reviewed on 03 Apr 2019 by

One of the best vacations I've had. Well organised, variety of scenery and activities, lots of local information provided, opportunity for peace and reflection as well. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2015 by

The entire trip was magical and I loved almost every moment. The landings were supplemented with presentations that helped me to put my experiences into the perspective of wider Antarctica issues. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Nov 2014 by

Respect where you are and its beauty. Read full review

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