Grand Chile & Antarctica Luxury Explorer

Duration 16 days
Ideal time to visit November–March
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A truly extraordinary trip and grand tour to some the most stirring scenery of South America and Antarctica. This adventure through Chile and the Antarctic has been designed with relaxation and luxury in mind, the pinnacle being a cruise from King George Island at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula through the White Continent. Under a sun that never sets, sail past towering icebergs and through pristine fjords, getting up close to penguins and whales as you explore the waters.

Trip highlights

  • Sample renowned Chilean wines in the Wine Region
  • Explore the charming towns of the Chilean Lake District
  • Tour the Frei Chilean Base and the Bellingshausen Russian Base areas
  • Visit some of the most magnificent spots on the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Cross the Lemaire Channel and latitude 65° South
  • Hike, bike, kayak or horseback ride in Torres del Paine

Bespoke trips with Jacada

We design one-of-a-kind journeys incorporating luxury in all its forms. Our bespoke trips include:

  • Luxury accommodation throughout including state of the art Antarctic exploration vessel
  • Exceptional guides throughout and experienced Antarctica crew while cruising
  • Private transfers
  • Meticulously selected experiences
  • Expertise and support from your Jacada Concierge
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  • Days 1–3 Chilean Wine Region
  • Days 3–6 Chilean Lake District
  • Days 6–7 Punta Arenas Punta Arenas
  • Days 7–12 Antarctica
  • Days 12–15 Torres del Paine
  • Days 15–16 Santiago
Grand Chile & Antarctica Luxury Explorer
Price guide
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  • Days 1–3 Chilean Wine Region
  • Days 3–6 Chilean Lake District
  • Days 6–7 Punta Arenas Punta Arenas
  • Days 7–12 Antarctica
  • Days 12–15 Torres del Paine
  • Days 15–16 Santiago

Itinerary in detail

Every Jacada trip is tailored to your personal preferences and interests. Below you’ll find a sample itinerary to inspire your own custom-designed journey.

Days 1–3

Relax in the Wine Region

South of Santiago lies Chile’s rich central valleys, subdivided into the Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule Valleys, and home to numerous outstanding vineyards in Chile’s Wine Region. Spend two nights in this dry and pleasant climate horse riding and hiking, and enjoying wine tasting, exclusive vineyard tours and fine dining.

Days 3–6

Indulge in Chile's Lake District

Stay among the forests, rivers and snow-capped volcanoes of Chile’s Lake District and spend your days exploring charming lakeside towns, epic 4×4 drives and scenic picnic spots. The Lake District is an area famed for its range of adventure activities and you can kayak, hike, fish or go white water rafting, but the luxury lodges make this area of Chile a great place to relax too; dine on local gourmet seafood, try regional wines from the Central Valley, and indulge in spa treatments.

 

Days 6–7

Overnight in the port of Punta Arenas

Spend the night in one of the southernmost cities in the world, Punta Arenas. The small city, with a population of around 130,000, is most commonly used as a stopover for those en route to the Torres del Paine National Park or for one of the cruises through the Straits of Magellan. The city is very important to the region, being one of the largest ports in this isolated area.

Days 7–12

A fly and sail cruise in Antarctica

This fly and cruise adventure allows you to see the astounding scenery of Antarctica without having to navigate the Drake Crossing, giving you more time to spend exploring, spotting wildlife and marvelling at the memorable scenery. Your exclusive cruise southwards will sail along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs, crossing the Lemaire Channel and latitude 65° South – excursions in Zodiac boats, daily landings and lectures add to the thrilling experience.

Your adventure in the white continent includes visits to Livingston Island, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Cuverville and Deception Islands, among others.

Your luxury cruise

King George Island

The flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island takes a little less than two hours. Upon arrival, you’ll enjoy an exclusive tour around the area where Frei Chilean Base and the Bellingshausen Russian Base are located, gathering at the beach on Fildes Bay for boarding your expedition vessel by Zodiac boats.

South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula spotting sea birds, penguins, seals and whales along the way.

 

Back to King George Island

On you last day you’ll return to King George Island where you’ll disembark, in Zodiac boats, at the Frei Chilean Base, and head to the aerodrome to take the flight back to Punta Arenas.

 

Days 12–15

Three nights to explore Torres del Paine

The national park of Torres del Paine and its surroundings are one of the most spectacular places in the world. Rising from sea level to a height of almost 3000 metres, the granite peaks that make up the ‘Torres’ would be a truly breath-taking sight on their own. However, when they’re joined with turquoise glacial lagoons, icebergs, snow-capped mountains, endless fjords, forest and rushing rivers all overseen by condors, pumas and vicunas, it becomes something truly special and.

Your Jacada concierge will be on hand to design a programme of activities featuring a whole host of different and diverse ways to explore and encounter Torres del Paine.

 

Days 15–16

A night of culture in Santiago

Enjoy a night in the Chilean capital of Santiago, at the foot of the Andes. Over the past decade, Santiago has undergone something of a revival in the arts and culture, with new, interesting art galleries and restaurants opening making it a destination in its own right. Your personal concierge will recommended restaurants and attractions to make sure you make the most of your time here.