On board MS HANSEATIC from Punta Arenas to Guayaquil

Expedition Chilean Fjords - Drama of nature

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Welcome to the land of 1,000 contrasts: Chile. Interplay of labyrinthine fjord scenery, lush green forests, diverse fauna, snow-covered volcanic cones and relics of ancient civilisations. On this fascinating expedition, discover a route shaped by outstanding experiences.

from Punta Arenas to Guayaquil

Cruise dates:from 26.02.2017 to 22.03.2017 (24 days)
Cruise number: HAN1704

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.


Sun, 26.02.2017

Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Santiago de Chile

Mon, 27.02.2017

Overnight stay with breakfast

Tue, 28.02.2017

Flight to Punta Arenas/Chile, departure 18.00 hrs

Wed, 01.03.2017
- Mon, 06.03.2017

Chile’s fjords (journey through the Strait of Magellan, Puerto Natales, cruise through the Chilean fjord scenery, cruise past the Pio XI Glacier, Caleta Tortel , Puerto Chacabuco (Aisen) Chile )

Untouched and elemental
The Chilean Fjords are one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. The narrow waterways allow the HANSEATIC to take full advantage of its status as an expedition ship – for example, when it follows the route of the first person to circumnavigate the globe through the Strait of Magellan to Puerto Natales. A magnificent world opens up: Torres del Paine National Park*, shaped by aquamarine-blue lakes, thundering rivers, sprawling forests and bizarre rock towers – the torres – rising steeply to 3,000 m. With luck, you will see rheas, flamingos, Magellan geese and more than 100 other species of bird. Off the beaten track, a horse ride through the pampas of Patagonia* will provide a very special natural experience. The HANSEATIC will take plenty of time to explore the labyrinth of canals with breathtaking panoramas. One highlight of your Patagonian impressions will be the Pio XI Glacier, one of the largest in the southern hemisphere. Enjoy impressive views of the blue-white foot of the glacier, which is several kilometres wide. The journey is also the destination on an expedition route that few other ships can take: the picturesque interior route to Caleta Tortel is new for the HANSEATIC and will take you to the city of bridges – connected by walkways made of cypress wood that are 7.5 km high. Seemingly endless fjords with towering cliffs surround Puerto Chacabuco. Go ashore to discover untouched forests and crystal-clear lakes on a visit to Aiken del Sur Park* or from the air on a flight to the San Rafael Glacier lagoon*.

Tue, 07.03.2017


The island of Chiloe is famous for the living mythology of its indigenous people, the Huilliche. The wooden churches in the city of Castro have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as have the typical houses on stilts, which you can view on an island tour*.

Wed, 08.03.2017

Puerto Montt

Snow-topped Osorno Volcano, not far from Puerto Montt, is truly outstanding. You can admire this during a scenic journey through Chile’s lake district* to Vicente Perez Rosales National Park with its magical “emerald lake” and the Petrohue waterfalls. A thrilling white-water-rafting trip on Petrohue River* will send you even deeper into this world of pristine forests and majestic mountains.

Thu, 09.03.2017


Home to diving petrels, albatrosses, skuas and many other species, Niebla is a heaven on earth for ornithologists. The hike in Oncol National Park* will show you the riches of the forests with canelo and olivillo trees – crowned by views of the ocean and the Andes. German immigrants have left their mark in Valdivia and the surrounding area* – both in the street names and in the coastal city’s European feel.

Fri, 10.03.2017

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 11.03.2017


Mysterious relics in a magical landscape
Valparaiso, Chile’s cultural capital, is spread across 40 hills. Take a city tour and enjoy impressions of the bay of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar*, where sea lions often join the sunbathers and swimmers. From here, you can also explore Santiago de Chile*, a melting pot of cultures.

Sun, 12.03.2017

Isla Damas , cruising off Isla Chanaral

Explore the home of Humboldt penguins, cormorants and turkey vultures following the Zodiac landing on the small Isla Damas (subject to official approval). Your wildlife sightings will continue on a Zodiac ride off Isla Chanaral, where you can keep a lookout for seabirds and seals.

Mon, 13.03.2017
- Wed, 15.03.2017

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 16.03.2017

Paracas (Pisco)/Peru

In Paracas, Peru, one of South America’s largest marine nature reserves, there will be a particularly fascinating feeling in the air on a boat trip to the Islas Ballestas* – quite literally, in the form of gannets and Inca terms, which share the islands with seals. A bird’s-eye view will show you the full magic of geometric figures and monumental animal images on the desert floor: explore the mystery on a flight over the Nazca Lines*. There are various theories as to the origins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is over 2,000 years old.

Fri, 17.03.2017

Callao (Lima)

From Callao, you will discover the secrets of ancient cultures in Peru’s capital on a visit to Huaca Huallamarca and Huaca Pucllana*. Churches and squares tell of the golden age of Spain’s colonial history on a city tour of Lima*.

Sat, 18.03.2017


The propeller of the HANSEATIC seems to turn back time and revivie the Chimu civilisation as you near Salaverry. Explore the Huaca el Dragon temple and Chan Chan*, built around 1300 and possibly the continent’s largest archaeological site. Even older relics can be found in the Moche Valley and the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon*, constructed using millions of adobe bricks and decorated with detailed friezes.

Sun, 19.03.2017

Islas Lobos de Afuera

Cultural treasures compete with natural riches on a Zodiac landing on the small Islas Lobos de Afuera. The “island of sea lions” will provide a great conclusion to your spectacular expedition.

Mon, 20.03.2017

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 21.03.2017

Guayaquil/Ecuador, arrival 7.00 hrs
City tour
Scheduled flight from Guayaquil to Frankfurt

Wed, 22.03.2017

Arrival in Frankfurt

* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

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