On board MS HANSEATIC from Callao to Ushuaia

Expedition to Chilean fjords - so close to the Creation

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The majestic natural world at the ends of the earth invites you to walk, explore and marvel. Chile’s natural treasures thrill with imposing glaciers and bizarre volcanoes, calm fjords and tiny islands as well as diverse animal and plant life. Only a small expedition ship like the HANSEATIC and its Zodiacs will allow you to explore the land of 1,000 contrasts at close range.


from Callao to Ushuaia

Cruise dates:from 13.11.2017 to 04.12.2017 (21 days)
Your ship: MS HANSEATIC
Cruise number: HAN1721

18 days cruise only from € 8,541 per person
incl. travel packages to / from departure / arrival point from € 10,631 per person

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

Itinerary

Mon, 13.11.2017

Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Lima
Overnight stay with breakfast

Tue, 14.11.2017

City tour
Callao (Lima)/Peru, departure 18.00 hrs

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.

Wed, 15.11.2017

Paracas

Mysterious wonders
On this exciting expedition along the Pacific coast, you will experience new sides to South America every day. Look forward to the most spectacular natural landscapes in the world. Depending on local conditions, unforgettable excursions and Zodiac rides bring you within reach of the archaic kingdom of the Andean condor. Be impressed by the Peruvian town of Paracas, situated in one of the continent’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 terns, 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. Meanwhile, your subsequent days in Chile will be shaped by (living) animals.

Thu, 16.11.2017
- Fri, 17.11.2017

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 18.11.2017
- Sun, 19.11.2017

Chile’s island worlds (Isla Pan de Azucar, cruising off Isla Chanaral, Isla Damas)

The protected Isla Pan de Azucar is a miniature paradise. From the Zodiac, watch pelicans, sea lions and maybe even Humboldt penguins in their natural habitat. Keep an eye out for seals and other sea birds from the deck of the HANSEATIC as you cruise off Isla Chanaral. Find out more about their way of life on a Zodiac landing on the smaller Isla Damas (subject to official approval).

Mon, 20.11.2017

Valparaiso, arrival 16.00 hrs

The cultural capital of Valparaiso reflects the vibrant lives of Chile’s human inhabitants. From here, you can explore Santiago de Chile*, a melting pot of cultures. Alternatively, marvel at the centuries-old palm forests on a hike in La Campana National Park*. Charles Darwin once climbed to the peak of La Campana, over 1,800 m (5,905 ft) high, and became the first person to describe the native animal and plant life. Explore every facet of the Chilean lifestyle on a journey through Valparaiso and Vina del Mar*.

Tue, 21.11.2017

Valparaiso, departure 18.00 hrs

Wed, 22.11.2017

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 23.11.2017

Isla de Chiloe

Wonderful bays where sea lions can sometimes be found soaking up the sun on the beach: in addition to its natural beauty, Isla de Chiloe is also famous for the living mythology of its indigenous people, the Huilliche. Follow in their footsteps and discover relics from colonial times in Chiloe’s villages*. The tour to penguin watching on the island of Punihuil* takes you right into the home of flightless sea birds – the only place in the world where Humboldt and Magellanic penguins breed right next to each other.

Fri, 24.11.2017

Puerto Montt

The drama of nature
The snow-topped Osorno Volcano, not far from Puerto Montt, is an allegory for the magnificent impressions on this cruise. You can admire this during a scenic journey through Chile’s lake district* with its magical “emerald lake” and the Petrohue waterfalls. For a faster pace, go white-water rafting on the Petrohue River*, which will send you even deeper into this world of pristine forests and majestic mountains.

Sat, 25.11.2017

Relaxation at sea/cruising through Chile’s northern fjords

Sun, 26.11.2017
- Fri, 01.12.2017

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

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 eventful course through the Chilean fjords will also be determined by the power of creation. In the labyrinth of channels and islands, the HANSEATIC takes full advantage of its status as a small, manoeuvrable expedition ship. The ship will take plenty of time to explore them – for example, when cruising through the Conception, Inocentes and Sarmiento channels. You will then reach Puerto Natales, the region’s capital and your starting point for exploring Torres del Paine National Park*, where aquamarine mountain lakes, waterfalls and expansive forests shape the picturesque landscape. The three needle-like granite mountains tower around 3,000 m (9,842 ft) overhead. Enjoy equally breathtaking panoramas in the narrow straits of water – for example, the Kirke and Smyth channels. A pure expedition feeling will accompany you throughout and become even more intense in Punta Arenas. Marvel at the flora and fauna of southern Chile from a very special perspective on a hike through Magallanes National Reserve* or a kayak tour of the Strait of Magellan*. The HANSEATIC travels through the Strait of Magellan in the spirit of the first person to circumnavigate the globe. In the unforgettable Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego will fire up your imagination when the impressive Garibaldi Glacier rises up before you. The view of the mighty glacier ridge when cruising in the sound will stay with you for a long time, as will many other impressions on this special expedition.

Sat, 02.12.2017

Ushuaia/Argentina, arrival 6.00 hrs
Charter flight to Buenos Aires
Overnight stay with breakfast

Sun, 03.12.2017

City tour
Scheduled flight from Buenos Aires to Germany

Mon, 04.12.2017

Arrival in Germany

* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
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¹ Butler service included in categories 6 and 7

You will find more information, especially with regards to vaccination and visa requirements, in the General Information section.

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: MACHU PICCHU – IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE INCAS


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: IGUACU

Historian on the team of experts

Dr Hartmut Roder, long-standing departmental manager of Bremen’s Übersee-Museum, knows how to bring history to life. A scientist and author, he has gathered knowledge about foreign continents during numerous journeys on every ocean. His wealth of experience will take you to new shores on Chile’s coast.

Historian on the team of experts