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Luxury Antarctica expedition cruise

15 days from £8,074pp

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First class cruise to Antarctica by Silversea


Private Journey


Day 1

Arrive in Santiago, Chile, and transfer to Valparaiso on the Pacific coast.

You will be met at the airport by our representative for a private transfer to the port Valparaiso, a couple of hours' drive away on the Pacific coast. Valparaiso was a commercially important port until the Panama Canal opened. The vibrant city has long retained a certain tumbledown charm and plenty of character, making it one of Chile's most interesting and photogenic cities: however nowadays it is having a bit of a renaissance, its peeling façades receiving a colourful facelift. Steps, winding lanes and a series of funicular railways connect the upper and lower city

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Day 2

Walking tour of Valparaiso.

Today you’ll be escorted on a walking tour of the city. Start off down close to the busy quay where you'll taste the salt in the wind blowing over the many containers, fishing and leisure craft. The strategically located port was of pivotal importance to international trade in the  19th Century and many imposing, Victorian-style public buildings glower over dark, cramped streets.

Climb away from the bustle in a funicular elevator, just one of 15 ascensores which lead up the steep hills to meandering little residential streets above the city. While up there enjoying the views, you'll continue to Cerro Concepcíon, one of the city's loveliest neighbourhoods with colourful corrugated iron buildings with pitched roofs. After walking along a couple of the pleasant, peaceful streets continue by trolley bus to Plaza Aduana. Take the Artilleria elevator, which enjoys outstanding views over the city, back down to Paseo 21 de Mayo with its numerous arts and handicraft shops. 

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Day 3

Transfer to Santiago.

Return to Santiago. The capital is set in a broad valley between snow-capped ranges of the Andes and a smaller coastal range. It is a huge metropolis, a mix of the old and the contemporary, with quarters of tree-lined avenues and affluent tranquillity and others full of commercial bustle.The historic core of Santiago, centred on the Plaza de Armas and embracing the Presidential Palace, museums and other buildings of cultural significance is easily accessible from your hotel and you can safely explore independently.

If you prefer we can book you a guided city tour, or we can arrange for you to take the cable car to the top of San Cristobal hill for a panoramic view of Santiago and its Andean backdrop. The museum and former residence of Chilean poet laureate Pablo Neruda is also quite close by, in Bellavista.

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Day 4

Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina, and embark Silver Cloud.
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Your Antarctic adventure is about to begin! Travel back to Santiago airport for your exclusive charter flight to the island of Tierra Del Fuego in Argentina, landing in Ushuaia, the most southerly port in the world which crouches at the foot of a hand of ice-clad peaks on the shores of the Beagle Channel.

Embark the Silver Cloud, ready for an evening departure. This first class, ice-strengthened vessel is even more impressive for its 2017 refit, and, with many on board amenities designed for your leisure – including top class cuisine - constitute a more than comfortable home for you during your voyage to the wilderness of Antarctica. 

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Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Days 5-6

Sail through the Drake Passage en route to Antarctica.
albatross antarctica

During your two days at sea sailing south, you can attend wildlife, geography and history discussions hosted by Silversea's expert naturalists and guest lecturers, preparing you for the exciting adventures that lie ahead. Silver Cloud will bring you safely across these southern waters.  

The Antarctic Convergence is a natural boundary within the Drake Passage where cold polar water and warmer equatorial water come together. When these two currents meet, nutrients are pushed to the surface, often attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Spend some time on deck watching the horizon and the variety of seabirds that glide in the air currents of the ship’s wake, such as black-browed Albatrosses,Cape petrels, white-chinned petrels and sooty shearwaters. 

While sailing in Antarctica’s waters, a flexible itinerary will allow the ship to take advantage of favourable sea and weather conditions. In the true spirit of expedition cruising, each day the Expedition Leader and Captain will determine the best course depending on weather, ice conditions and wildlife you may encounter. 

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albatross antarctica

Days 7-11

Explore the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands.

Following your two days at sea with wheeling sea birds and maybe dolphins and whales for company you will reach the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. The Peninsula is the most accessible area of the continent and hosts some of the most interesting scenery and wildlife, as well as many of the continent’s scientific bases. Exactly where the ship lands will vary from one expedition to the next and according to the polar conditions as the ship edges its way southwards through the slush and abstract patterns formed by the fractured sea ice.

Here, the silence is so complete that interruptions become indelible memories: noisy penguins squabbling over prized pebbles on Cuverville Island, the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Paradise Harbour, for example. The soaring peaks and stark rocks of Lemaire Channel are just the excuse you need to grab your camera gear for a shooting session from the deck, if the channel is free of ice. Wildlife you may encounter includes gentoo, chinstrap and Adélie penguins, petrel, shag, elephant and fur seal, and perhaps whales.

Either on the way down or on the way back from the Peninsula you will also visit the South Shetlands Islands, a rugged, heavily-glaciated chain of four island groups and dozens of islets tracing the Peninsula, providing a sheltered sea passage defined by towers of black rock. The highlight here is at Deception Island, the centre of which is a volcanic caldera that last erupted in 1969. Names evoke the experiences and imagination of the early explorers – Deception and Desolation Islands, the Watchtower, and Elephant Island, where Shackleton’s expedition was stranded for 135 days.

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Days 12-13

Return to Ushuaia via the Drake Passage.
whales antarctica

Travel north back through Drake Passage. Very occasionally the crossing is gentle, but the odds are against it. Force 5/6 winds are considered normal conditions. Whales and dolphins can often be seen as well as an abundance of marine birds such as petrels, albatrosses and penguins. Take this opportunity to attend additional presentations offered by the Expedition Team lecturers and to edit the many photos you will no doubt have taken as you travel back towards Ushuaia.

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whales antarctica

Day 14

Dock at Ushuaia and disembark. Fly to Santiago.
Lighthouse in Ushuaia

Arrive back in Ushuaia early in the morning and disembark after breakfast. Transfer back to the airport for your charter flight to Santiago. On arrival you will be escorted to your hotel in the capital. one of the first class Sheraton properties in the city. 

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Lighthouse in Ushuaia

Day 15

Transfer to the airport for your international flight.

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