20 Day Antarctica Cruise with Santiago & Falkland Islands (MS Amundsen)

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$10849

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$11819*

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Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

Cat. XT/XTD/XY
Sheraton Santiago Hotel Providencia, Santiago
MS Amundsen
Cat. MF/ME/MC
Sheraton Santiago Hotel Providencia, Santiago
MS Amundsen
Cat. MA/MB
Sheraton Santiago Hotel Providencia, Santiago
MS Amundsen

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To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 1-215-572-7676.

Not Included:
Optional tours, and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Santiago-Punta Arenas & Punta Arenas-Santiago.

Passport information must be submitted to Gate 1 Travel at least 60 days prior to departure.

The route and program may vary according to weather condition, season changes and safety issues.

Please note that optional shore excursions can only be purchased locally.

While sailing with Hurtigruten, passengers are subject to the cruise line's Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: Hurtigruten Passage Contract.


Accommodation Details:
Triples are not available.

Please note that specific cabins cannot be requested. Your cabin number will be assigned upon embarkation.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an very active trip. Our group covers a lot of ground each day, and we will spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. Some of our tours will require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. Excursions during the cruise portion require clothing for cold weather. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. All passengers must be able to walk on uneven or slippery surfaces and to climb on and off the small boats used for landings. The Antarctica cruise route, sightseeing, and itinerary inclusions are subject to favorable weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns. Weather and conditions in the Antarctic region are often unpredictable and the ship Captain will make adjustments according to passenger comfort and safety. At final payment date, a medical questionnaire will be sent that must be completed by a physician and turned into reception upon embarkation. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

Accommodation Details




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Flight Details




Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Miami-Santiago, Santiago-Miami
    Some departures may be offered from a nearby airport. Check flight itinerary options when booking. Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Santiago-Punta Arenas & Punta Arenas-Santiago
  • 18 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 49 meals: 18 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 16 dinners
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

This itinerary requires a high level of physical fitness. All passengers must be able to walk on uneven or slippery surfaces and to climb on and off the small boats used for landings. An expedition cruise is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking, have heart conditions or require frequent medical care.

Special Features

  • Navigate through the calm waters of the Beagle Channel in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago
  • An exciting journey takes you along the Drake Passage where the Atlantic & Pacific converge
  • Traverse Cape Horn, once of great strategic importance because of its location and trade routes
  • From the observation deck, you might view various species of sea birds, whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and the elusive albatross
  • Reach the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands - a haven for prolific wildlife
  • Learn about Sir Ernest Shackleton, the explorer who led the heroic Endurance expedition
  • Exciting explorations by zodiac with expedition leaders in the glacial wonderland of Antarctica
  • Watch as the evening light transforms icebergs into multicolor paintings in hues of blue and greens
  • Explore the wonders of nature in the Falkland Islands, home to five species of penguins and abundant birdlife
  • Onboard activities while at sea: enriching lectures, discussions and wildlife spotting

Cruise Amenities

  • Welcome dinner reception
  • Wine and beer included during lunch and dinner
  • Panoramic lounge & bar
  • WiFi
  • Sauna, hot tub and indoor gym
  • Complimentary wind and water resistant expedition jacket
  • Complimentary walking poles and boots for all escorted landings
  • Observation deck
  • Non-smoking ship interior

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is an very active trip. Our group covers a lot of ground each day, and we will spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. Some of our tours will require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. Excursions during the cruise portion require clothing for cold weather. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. All passengers must be able to walk on uneven or slippery surfaces and to climb on and off the small boats used for landings. The Antarctica cruise route, sightseeing, and itinerary inclusions are subject to favorable weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns. Weather and conditions in the Antarctic region are often unpredictable and the ship Captain will make adjustments according to passenger comfort and safety. At final payment date, a medical questionnaire will be sent that must be completed by a physician and turned into reception upon embarkation. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.


All sightseeing and itinerary inclusions are subject to favorable weather conditions and safety issues. Weather and conditions in the Antarctic region are often unpredictable and the Captain of the ship will make adjustments according to passenger comfort and safety

DAY 1 - Depart for Chile
Depart for Chile

DAY 2 - Arrive in Santiago
Welcome to Chile! Morning arrival in the energetic capital city of Santiago; transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM, followed by a light dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 3:30 PM
Overnight: Santiago
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3 - Flight to Punta Arenas, Cruise Embarkation
Fly to Punta Arenas, at the edge of the Strait of Magellan. Arrive and transfer to the port for embarkation. After a warm welcome by the Captain and crew, time to settle in and get acquainted with your new surroundings. Tonight's dinner celebrates the beginning of your voyage of discovery to the Great White Continent
Overnight: Antarctica Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 - Beagle Channel
Navigate through the Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago. Spend time on deck observing varieties of seabirds, such as the black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters, and white-chinned petrels. On board, the ship's expedition team provides enriching lectures on various topics ranging from history to wildlife that will enhance your experience. At dinner, share today's sightings with your travel companions
Overnight: Antarctica Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 - Cape Horn to Drake Passage
Chance to go ashore on Cape Horn, conditions permitting, to explore this area of land at the end of the world - the southernmost point of Chile and South America. This region is of great significance because of its strategic location. Journey southward to reach Drake Passage* where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet. Here, the warm waters from the north meet cold waters from the south, resulting in an ocean rich in nutrients that supports the prolific marine life. In the evening after dinner, watch documentaries, and join the lectures
*The Drake Passage is known for its rough waters
Overnight: Antarctica Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 - Crossing the Drake Passage
The ship continues through the 600-mile-wide Drake Passage, * an important trade route named after the 16th-century explorer Sir Francis Drake who sailed these rich ocean waters. On board, there'll be lectures on various topics ranging from history to wildlife in preparation for your visit to Antarctica. Approaching Antarctica, you'll be informed about current guidelines for visiting this vulnerable environment. From the deck, view numerous species of seabirds, whales, dolphins, seals, albatross and more. Wildlife is plentiful here in this starkly beautiful area
*The Drake Passage is known for its rough waters
Overnight: Antarctica Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 - South Shetland Islands
When land is spotted for the first time, you'll know you have reached the South Shetland Islands. This group of islands, lying to the north and roughly parallel to the Antarctic Peninsula, is a haven for wildlife. Here, observe vast penguin rookeries, Antarctic fur seals, and wallowing southern elephant seals. The exploration of these sub-Antarctic islands includes a hike (weather and conditions permitting) at crescent-shaped Half Moon Island, to a viewpoint that is a popular place to look for whales in the bay facing towards the Bransfield Strait. Enjoy staggering panoramas of sheer cliffs rising from the sea and snow-covered peaks
Overnight: Antarctica Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 - South Shetland Islands
The South Shetland chain of Islands, with its breathtaking mountainous views and looming glaciers, is completely ice covered. At lunar-like Deception Island, sail into the natural harbor of this volcanic island and view the abandoned whaling station known as Hektor. On board, there are lectures, scientific experiments and panoramic views from the deck
Overnight: Antarctica Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 - Antarctic Peninsula
Awake in a magical glacial wonderland. Go ashore at Neko Harbor, one of the few places where you can land on the mainland. Surrounded by mountains and nestled in fjord-like Andvord Bay, that stretches far into the Antarctic Peninsula. Alternatively, dependent on weather conditions, you may visit the Almirante Brown Research Station in Paradise Harbor, a nesting place for both Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins
Overnight: Antarctica Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 - Antarctic Peninsula
Today's route will focus on the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, and whale feeding areas. Enjoy Pleneau Island with its beautiful iceberg scenery, located west of Booth Island at the southern end of the Lemaire Channel. Here, watch for Southern elephant seals, Gentoo Penguins, Kelp Gulls and South Polar Skuas
Overnight: Antarctica Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 - Antarctic Peninsula
Antarctica is truly unlike anything you have ever experienced - a pristine wilderness with towering mountains of ice as far as the eye can see. Today, a thrilling passage through the scenic Errera Channel takes you to the islands of Danco and Cuverville, the latter being home to one of the largest known colonies of chinstrap penguins. Because of the Errera Channel's shallow and narrow waters, you may be treated to a spectacle of icebergs wedged against each other creating a massive ice sculpture
Overnight: Antarctica Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 - Antarctic Peninsula
Today, visit Arctowski Peninsula, lying between Andvord Bay and Wilhelmina Bay. Indulge in the surreal beauty of the continent as the ship journeys far beyond where most Antarctic cruises venture, to areas permanently locked in ice and inaccessible in the winter. Expeditions when opportunities arise on this segment will include ice cruising and will reveal the wonders of Antarctica up-close
Overnight: Antarctica Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 - Antarctic Peninsula
Explore Elephant Island, named after the elephant seals that make their home there (as well as for its elephant-like shape). The island is located 150 miles off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, in the outer reaches of the South Shetland Islands
Overnight: Antarctica Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14 - Antarctic Peninsula
After spending remarkable days in Antarctica, gather together to share your impressions and recap everything you have experienced thus far. Perhaps spend time on deck looking for wildlife and join lectures to learn more about your next destination, the Falkland Islands
Overnight: Antarctica Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15 - Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
Today, arrive in the Falkland Islands, home to more than 70 animal and bird species including king penguins and albatross. Discover Port Stanley, capital of the Falklands. After the Antarctic peninsula, it's almost surreal to arrive in a town that looks like an old-style English seaside town with red phone boxes, red buses, and pubs. Several excursions will also be offered to explore the wilderness and the wildlife. As you reach the westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands, you will see remote farms that have been owned by families for over several generations
Overnight: Antarctica Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16 - New Island, Carcass Island in the Falklands
There are several potential landing sites in the Falklands including New Island, with its impressive colony of albatross. Bird lovers will enjoy going ashore on Carcass Island, a paradise abundant with ducks, geese, penguins, albatross, caracaras, and wrens. You may opt to hike to Leopard Cove, a fantastic sandy beach where you can meet Magellanic and Gentoos penguins. Many different options lie ahead, conditions permitting
Overnight: Antarctica Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 17 - The Falkland Islands - East and West
The archipelago consists of two main islands - East Falkland and West Falkland, which you'll explore during daily zodiac excursions and landings. The Falklands, teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature, is a totally unpolluted environment with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open space and beautiful white sand beaches
Overnight: Antarctica Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18 - Strait of Magellan
Departing the Falklands, sail through the Strait of Magellan towards Punta Arenas. During the final day at sea, you will continue your lecture series and discuss your experiences of the Falkland Islands. On this last night on board, it's time to wish a fond farewell to the caring staff and crew
Overnight: Antarctica Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 19 - Disembarkation in Punta Arenas, Flight to Santiago
Disembark this morning in Punta Arenas, and transfer to the airport for your flight to Santiago. Arrive and spend the balance of the day at leisure
Overnight: Santiago
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 20 - Depart Chile
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

The Antarctica cruise route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns

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14 Day Antarctica Cruise with Buenos Aires, December 2018
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We just got back from Antarctica with Paola as our guide. I wish you could clone her. We could not believe how attentive she was to all our needs. She went way, way above what we would have expected, including personally calling us every morning to make sure we were awake on the ship, and even helping us get into our gear. We called her our mother, because she never missed an opportunity to take care of us. Please let her know how much she meant to us and how special we thought she was! And that went for all nine of us!

Deborah C. Cohasset, MA
16 Day Antarctica Cruise with Buenos Aires, November 2018
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This trip was incredible...can’t put into words how amazing Antarctica is. I feel fortunate that I was able to spend a few days in Ushuaia and enjoy Tierra Del Fuego before the expedition. Sylvia is fabulous! She is incredibly organized, really kind, and fun. She was able to connect with all in the group..The MS Midnatsol is a beautiful ship that handled the Drake really well. They organize the groups so that things are constantly moving and all have plenty to keep busy with. I never felt as though I didn’t have enough time on land and was not rushed. They go with the flow and are able to come up with many contingency plans depending on the weather, seas, and overall conditions ... Sylvia was able to arrange an additional tour to Tierra Del Fuego park following disembarkation as our flight was very late to depart for Buenos Aires, she always went above and beyond. I highly recommend any Gate 1 trip as they have all been really great.

Michelle L. West Warwick, RI