On board MS BREMEN from Ushuaia to Callao

Expedition to Chilean fjords - In the land of a thousand contrasts

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The reflections of majestic mountains and volcanoes in the vast network of fjords and aquamarine lakes. Diverse flora and fauna are counterbalanced by a richly varied culture. On this expedition to Chile, you will experience variety on an unexpected scale.


from Ushuaia to Callao

Cruise dates:from 29.02.2016 to 21.03.2016 (21 days)
Your ship: MS BREMEN
Cruise number: BRE1604

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

Mon, 29.02.2016

Scheduled flight Germany – Buenos Aires

Tue, 01.03.2016

City tour, overnight stay with breakfast

Wed, 02.03.2016

Charter flight to Ushuaia/Argentina, departure 19.00 hrs

Thu, 03.03.2016
- Tue, 08.03.2016

Chile’s southern fjords (sailing through the Beagle Channel, passing the Garibaldi Glacier, sailing through the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, intensive cruising in the Chilean fjords, passing the Pio XI Glacier)

Natural wonders at the ends of the earth
Thundering waterfalls flow into tranquil mountain lakes, mighty glaciers rise up into the blue sky and the Andean condor flies majestically over its kingdom: the Chilean Fjords are one of the most spectacular natural landscapes in the world. It is as though the small, manoeuvrable BREMEN was made for navigating through the labyrinth of channels and islands. Depending on local conditions, you can enjoy a number of Zodiac trips, allowing you to experience the beauty of Chile up-close. As soon as you enter the Beagle Channel, you will enjoy fantastic views of the blue, shimmering tongue of ice that is the Garibaldi Glacier. Seabirds and seals dart to and fro near the mighty glacier’s edge. Follow the route taken by the first person to circumnavigate the globe through the famous Strait of Magellan to Punta Arenas. From there, a hike through Magellanes National Reserve* will take you into a world of diverse flora. The fauna, on the other hand, is the focus of a trip to the penguins on the Isla Magdalena*. Here you will get a fascinating insight into the habitat of the thousands of Magellanic penguins on the island. Those who like to discover nature in a more active way will be in their element on a kayak tour of the Strait of Magellan*. Afterwards, the BREMEN will demonstrate its advantages as an expedition ship to the full as it passes through the narrow straits of the Smyth, Union and Kirke channels, before you reach a masterpiece of creation from Puerto Natales: the Torres del Paine National Park*. The granite peaks of the famous Torres rise up above glittering waterfalls, extensive forests and shimmering, aquamarine mountain lakes. You might see condors, guanacos and flamingos here. Alternatively, you can venture between the steep mountain sides into the most beautiful valley in the region on a trek in French Valley*. Over the next few days, the BREMEN will take plenty of time to explore the breathtaking panoramas of the Chilean Fjords. Passing through the Valdes, Sarmiento and Inocentes channels, the ship will approach one of the highlights of your impressions of Patagonia: 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.

Wed, 09.03.2016

Relaxation at sea/sailing through the northern fjords

Thu, 10.03.2016

Chaiten

Another testament to the power of nature is Chaiten, an evocative premier destination for the BREMEN. The small town at the foot of the volcano of the same name was buried under silt and ash when the volcano erupted in 2008. It is fascinating to see how life is slowing returning to the ghost town. Gain some insights into the geological activity in the area on a trek at the foot of the volcano* or into a diverse ecosystem on a hike through the Valdivian rainforest*.

Fri, 11.03.2016

Puerto Montt

Snow-topped Osorno Volcano, not far from Puerto Montt, is truly outstanding in every sense. Admire views of the volcano on a trip through Chile’s landscape of lakes* or an a bootstour on the Todos-los-Santos Lake* .

Sat, 12.03.2016

Chiloe

Majestic nature – proud cities
The island of Chiloe is famous for the living mythology of its indigenous people, the Huilliche. Yet you are sure to find the magic of life even more fascinating when you go penguin watching on the island of Punihuil*. This is the only place in the world where Humboldt and Magellanic penguins breed alongside one another.

Sun, 13.03.2016

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 14.03.2016

Valparaiso

Huddled together, colourful houses appear to cling to the hillsides of Chile’s cultural capital city, Valparaiso From here, you can discover Santiago de Chile*, a melting pot of cultures, or explore Chile’s literary roots in the footsteps of Pablo Nerudas*.

Tue, 15.03.2016

Isla Damas , cruising off Isla Chanaral

Experience some real-life chapters in the lives of Humboldt penguins, cormorants and turkey vultures following the Zodiac landings on the small Isla Damas (subject to official approval). Your wildlife sightings will continue as your cruise off Isla Chanaral, where you can keep a lookout for seabirds and seals.

Wed, 16.03.2016

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 17.03.2016

Iquique

A stroll through the historic centre of Iquique provides a fascinating contrast – or you can explore the historic treasures around Iquique*, with pre-Colombian geoglyphs on the mountainsides of Pintados.

Fri, 18.03.2016

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 19.03.2016

Paracas (Pisco)/Peru

The mysticism of the pre-Columbian geoglyphs will be outclassed when you get to Paracas (Pisco) and take a flight over the mysterious Nazca lines*, which are more than 2,000 years old. There are several theories about the origins of the geometric figures and monumental pictures of animals. Some living impressions from the animal kingdom will complete the picture, as sea lions, gannets and Inca terns provide you with an unforgettable end to your cruise in the wildlife paradise of Islas Ballestas*.

Sun, 20.03.2016

Callao (Lima), arrival 7.00 hrs
City tour
Scheduled flight Lima – Frankfurt

Callao is Peru’s biggest harbour and close to the capital, Lima. Despite chaotic traffic conditions, a constant grey mist that the locals call “garua”, and the rapidly growing shanty towns – formerly known as “barriadas” and today called “pueblos jovenes” – numerous historic sights dating from the colonial era and impressive collections of Peruvian art offer visitors a wealth of interesting impressions.

Mon, 21.03.2016

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.

Following programmes we offer in German:

PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: IGUACU


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: MACHU PICCHU – IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE INCAS

A geology specialist in the team of experts

Dr Franz Gingele started going on mountaineering expeditions all over the world to explore the fascinating geology of our planet when he was still studying geology, glaciology and climatology. An expert in marine biology at the University of Canberra, Australia, he will fill you with inspiration for Chile’s mountains and volcanoes.