Santiago - Puerto Montt - San Rafael Glacier
Arrival in Santiago de Chile, reception and transfer to your hotel.Day 2. Santiago
After breakfast, a half day city tour of Santiago including a visit to the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. This museum offers a thorough overview of 4500 years of pre-Columbian civilization throughout Central and South America. At the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) you shall appreciate the beautiful Cathedral, Post Office and National Museum. Continue along the main avenue called "Alameda" to admire the San Francisco Church and the National Library. You shall also see the Mercado Central which is one of Santiago’s most colourful markets.
A visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, where Santiago was founded in 1541. After lunch, a visit to the Undurraga vineyard, one of the largest exporters of fine wines in Chile. The tour will end with some wine tasting before returning to Santiago.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Puerto Montt. Transfer to the harbour terminal for the boarding of the Skorpios II vessel. Departure from the Skorpios Terminal, we will sail through the Llanquihue archipelago, Gulf of Ancud, Chiloé archipelago, and cross the Gulf of Corcovado. We will go through spectacular channels and archipelagos and visit isolated and picturesque fishing villages and settlements, such as Puerto Aguirre and Queilen, the city of Castro, Quitralco fjord with its thermal baths and the San Rafael National Park, which was declared a world biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1978. On board the M/V Skorpios II, you will find a friendly, personalized service, always with the exceptional hospitality provided by the Kochifas family. You will have an enjoyable gastronomic experience, alternating between international cuisine with the best culinary traditions of southern Chile, where the most outstanding are Chilean Kingcrab, giant mussels (Mitilus), mussels, oysters, sea urchins, barnacles, salmon, croaker, sea pike and kingclip. There shall be red and white meats and the juicy and delicious Curanto, which will always be accompanied by the best Chilean wines and exclusive alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in the traditional open Bar.Day 4. (Sunday)
Navigation through the channels Moraleda and Ferronave before arriving at Puerto Aguirre. Departure and set sail though the channels of Ferronave, Pilcomayo, Costa Channel, before casting anchor at Punta Leopardos, some twenty miles from the San Rafael Glacier.Day 5. (Monday)
Today we will cut through the San Rafael bay, Témpanos channel and Lagoon, dropping anchor two kilometers from the Glacier. Excursions in motorboats between the multicolored glaciers, weather permitting. In the afternoon, the vessel will move closer to the Glacier. In the evening, departure to Quitralco Fjord.Day 6. (Tuesday)
Arrival at Quitralco Fjord, where you will be able to enjoy the indoor and outdoor thermal pools, along with excursions in motorboats in the fjords. In the evening, departure to Chiloé through the channels of Moraleda and Pérez Norte.Day 7. (Wednesday)
Today we will sail through the Leucayec channel, the Chonos archipelago, and across the Corcovado Gulf before arriving to Queilen. We will then sail through the Yalchannel, the Castro estuary before finally arriving to the capital of Chiloe Island.Day 8. (Thursday)
In Castro, we will visit thehandicrafts market, the Museum and the Church. An optional excursion to Chonchi. Departure at midday down the Castro estuary, Lemuy channel, Dalcahue, Quicaví and Calbuco. Gala Dinner before arrival back to Puerto Montt.Day 9. (Friday)
Arrival to the Skorpios Terminal in time for breakfast and transfer to the airport for the return flight to Santiago and your connecting flight home.
- Accommodation at first class and deluxe hotels with private bathroom, including breakfast.
- Cabins aboard the Skorpios as indicated with all meals and open bar.
- All transfers, tours and excursions as per itinerary in private.
- All meals as per itinerary.
- Flight tickets: Santiago – Puerto Montt - Santiago.
- Meals not specified on the itinerary.
- US$31.00 tax for all international air departures.
- All domestic flights require a US$5.00 charge (airport tax).
- Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc.
- Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident, cancellation and curtailment, etc.
- Tips, baggage porterage and other extras not specified.
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