South America & the Chilean Fjords – Viking Oceans Cruise

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South America & the Chilean Fjords – Viking Oceans Cruise

Journey to the end of the world

Soak in the eclectic mix of Latin and European influences in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires, the birthplace of the tango. Visit Port Stanley, home to more than one million penguins, and explore the scenic surroundings of Ushuaia, the city at the “End of the World.” Sail through the Strait of Magellan, passing rugged mountain peaks and blue-tinted icebergs, and experience the vibrant atmosphere of Chile’s seafaring capital, Santiago.

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Expired on Wednesday July 31st, 2024

Expired on Wednesday July 31st, 2024

Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Buenos Aires, Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital, is an eclectic combination of Latin and European influences. The tree-lined streets and postcolonial architecture draw on the city’s Spanish, French and Italian heritage, while the many cafés and bodegas and vibrant nightlife are decidedly Argentine. Its barrios, or neighborhoods, exude an intimate atmosphere that belies the city’s size. Full of bohemian flair, historic San Telmo’s cobblestone streets and Belle Époque–style buildings reverberate with the mesmerizing melodies of the tango.

Buenos Aires boasts one of the liveliest cultural scenes in the world. The stately Kirchner Cultural Center, the largest of its kind in Latin America, and the internationally renowned Colón Theater host some of the world’s most highly recognized symphony orchestras. The National Museum of Fine Arts houses an impressive collection of works by European impressionists, while the Museum of Latin American Art focuses on 20th- and 21st-century Latino artists. Buenos Aires is also home to hundreds of bookstores and libraries, affording it the nickname “City of Books.”

Shore Excursion

HIGHLIGHTS OF BUENOS AIRES (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

COLORFUL TENEMENTS AND PRESIDENTIAL PALACES
Experience the diverse communities of Buenos Aires during a scenic tour and learn about the city’s early settlers. Around the Plaza de Mayo, see the city’s major public buildings such as the Cabildo, Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral and the rose-colored presidential palace. Stop to visit the El Zanjón de Granados, a museum housed in a 200-year-old mansion above a set of tunnels that date back to Buenos Aires’ early settlements. Discovered at the end of the 20th century, it took 17 years to restore the structure that can be seen today. Cap your tour with a stop in La Boca, the capital’s most colorful neighborhood. When immigrants began to pour into Argentina, many of the older houses became conventillos, tenements that housed European families. Today, La Boca’s vibrant cityscape is marked by the brightly painted houses and corrugated iron roofs of El Caminito.

TANGO SHOW & DINNER (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

ENJOY AN EVENING OF VIBRANT MUSIC AND DANCE
Experience the passion and elegance of the tango with an evening dinner and show. During the late 19th century, Argentina experienced a wave of European immigration second only to the United States. The children of those immigrants would become the first generation of porteños, or “port dwellers,” and the tango songs that grew out of the working-class districts of Buenos Aires expressed the apprehensions, anxieties and longings of their new urban life. Tango mixes African rhythms and European music to create an expressive dance where partners maintain harmony and connection with each other and the music. During the evening, you will have an opportunity to admire all the qualities of tango in its different expressions—singers and dancers as well as a tango orchestra—while enjoying dinner. After the performance, you will be transported back to your ship

Montevideo enjoys a scenic setting on the Plata River. The Portuguese were the first to settle here, seeking a strategic advantage near open ocean. But Spain, already having established Buenos Aires nearby, expelled them in 1724. This was the beginning of the golden era of Montevideo’s Ciudad Vieja, or Old City: Within its walls, some of the most impressive colonial-era buildings were built, from the parliamentary Legislative Council building to the stunning Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral. The wall has long since disappeared, but the character of old Montevideo remains.

Shore Excursion

DISCOVER MONTEVIDEO & CARNIVAL MUSEUM (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

SIGHTS AND TRADITIONS OF URUGUAYAN CAPITAL
Admire Montevideo’s landmarks, parks and gardens, then enjoy a visit to the Carnival Museum and murga performance. Take a panoramic drive to Independence Square. See the monument dedicated to national hero José Gervasio Artigas, the Government House and the Solís Theater, before continuing along Avenida 18 de Julio to the Legislative Palace, an impressive building made of Uruguayan marble. Equally impressive is the Batlle y Ordóñez Park, where you will find the La Carreta Monument, the Constituents’ Obelisk and the Centenario Stadium, where soccer’s first FIFA World Cup took place in 1930. Return to the Ciudad Vieja for a visit to the Carnival Museum, an institution that showcases artifacts and preserves the traditions of this beloved festival. Admire the exhibits and enjoy a lively performance of murga, a popular form of musical theater, accompanied by a snack and refreshment.

Sail the Atlantic Ocean, divided in half, north to south, by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Longer than the Rockies, the Himalayas and the Andes combined, this underwater mountain range is the longest on Earth. Enjoy the amenities of your ship as you sail. Perhaps take a breath of fresh air on a brisk walk around the Promenade or begin your day with a workout in the well-equipped Fitness Center.

Puerto Madryn is Argentina’s second-largest fishing port. In the mid-19th century, the Argentine government encouraged European emigration to remote Patagonian territories. But the heritage of the original immigrants lives on in the region’s distinctive windmills and chapels. Several towns have retained their Welsh names; Puerto Madryn was named for the estate of Sir Love Jones-Parry, one of the colony’s founders. Today, the city is the gateway to the scenic Peninsula Valdés, an important nature reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Shore Excursion

HIGHLIGHTS OF PUERTO MADRYN & WELSH TEA AT GAIMAN (Included)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

THE WELSH HERITAGE OF PATAGONIA
Discover why a group of Welsh settlers arrived in Patagonia during the 19th century and meet their descendants. Explore the settlers’ charming village, where homeland traditions are still cherished. In 1865, a group of settlers led by Viscount Madryn sailed to South America in search of a better life. Upon arrival, they founded Puerto Madryn and nearby Trelew and Gaiman. Visit Puerto Madryn, a center for fishing and tourism, then continue to Gaiman. Known for its red-brick cottages, this village is still home to many Welsh-heritage families who are dedicated to preserving their culture and language. Your guide will describe the settlement’s history, then take you for a British afternoon tea with homemade scones and cakes—a tradition enjoyed here by Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1995. Return to your ship in Puerto Madryn, or you may choose to explore more of the city at your leisure.

Sail legendary waters, where medieval Europeans believed “there be dragons” beyond the ocean’s horizon. Renew your body, mind and spirit in our Scandinavian-inspired Spa, a Nordic sanctuary of holistic wellness, today while at sea. Whether you unwind in the Sauna, refresh in the Snow Grotto or take a dip in the Thermal Pool, you will feel recharged and revitalized.

The Falkland Islands are a British Overseas Territory comprising almost 800 small islands. Visitors to the main island of East Falkland, from curious travelers to expedition ship crews en route to Antarctica, experience British warmth in Port Stanley’s pubs and at the charming Victorian stone church. Remarkably, there are about 200 sheep for every person in this starkly beautiful archipelago, yet the Falklands are also known for their biological diversity. Five penguin species call the islands home, from the king penguins to the gentoo, and the Magellanic on farther shores.

Shore Excursion

SCENIC GYPSY COVE (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

VISIT PORT STANLEY’S MOST ACCESSIBLE NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE
Explore the rugged natural beauty and local wildlife of the Falklands during a visit to Gypsy Cove. Board your motor coach and meet your guide, who will present you with a brief overview of life in the Falklands during the short drive to this scenic spot: a walking trail overlooking a wind-sheltered stretch of white-sand beach and Port Stanley’s most accessible National Nature Reserve. Upon arrival, your guide will direct you to the start of the path. Follow at your own pace, enjoying sweeping views of your surroundings. Keep watch for Magellanic penguins and other species of birds such as upland geese and rock cormorants. Stop at three viewing platforms along the way, where knowledgeable guides will explain the local flora and fauna as well as offer personal insight into island life. At the end of your walk, board your coach for the return journey to your ship.

The nutrient-rich waters of the Atlantic Ocean are home to more than half of the world’s fisheries, annually providing millions of tons of fish and other marine species for human consumption and industrial purposes. As you sail today, relax in the Explorers’ Lounge, inspired by epic journeys of discovery. Marvel at the views through the two-story panoramic windows as you share a cocktail with friends, or settle down to read a book.

Rising above the point where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, Cape Horn, named for the Dutch city of Hoorn in The Netherlands, is part of the Hermite Islands archipelago. This remote, stark and treeless place is often considered the continent’s southernmost point. Soaring from Hornos Island is an enormous prehistoric-looking massif of Jurassic volcanic rock. Atop, stands its historic lighthouse near the water’s edge. A beacon of assurance and safety for countless sailors since 1991, it is the world’s southernmost traditional-style lighthouse.

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Its splendid setting, tucked between the Beagle Channel and the southernmost slopes of the Andes, lends it an outpost atmosphere, as do the Antarctic explorers readying for the expeditions that depart from here. Ushuaia is the capital of and gateway to the celebrated Tierra del Fuego, the “Land of Fire,” named by Spaniards upon seeing the constant flames burned by the indigenous Yámana to keep warm. This largely unspoiled region comprises the large island of Tierra del Fuego and countless Chilean and Argentine islands.

Shore Excursion

SNAPSHOTS OF USHUAIA (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

PANORAMIC SIGHTS OF USHUAIA
Discover the intriguing history and scenic views of Ushuaia, the “City at the End of the World.” Embark your coach for a tour of the downtown area and see the city’s iconic landmarks including the Government House—with its distinctive peaked roof—the End of the World Museum. At the Plaza Islas Malvinas, visit the bronze mural that stands as a memorial to Argentinian soldiers who died in the Falklands War and see the Old Cemetery. Drive through La Mission neighborhood and head to the Old Prison of Ushuaia, which occupies remnants of the old presidio. The city’s remoteness made it an ideal location for a prison, and the first inmates arrived in 1896. Designed to hold 380 prisoners, its cramped cells housed 800 by the time of its closing in 1947—many of them repeat offenders or political prisoners. Enjoy a guided tour of the museum before returning to the ship.

Punta Arenas was founded as a penal colony by Chile in 1848. Nestled amid spectacular mountain vistas on the eastern shores of the Brunswick Peninsula, it played host to mariners crossing the continent by ship. Europeans followed, searching for newly discovered gold and establishing vast swaths of sheep farms locally and throughout the surrounding region. Over time, Punta Arenas became one of Chile’s most important ports as, before the opening of the Panama Canal, it laid on the northernmost transcontinental shipping route.

Shore Excursion

PUNTA ARENAS BY FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES

THE FRONTIER CITY OF SOUTHERN CHILE
Discover the frontier spirit of Punta Arenas, the largest city in southern Patagonia. Meet your guide and walk to the Ancud monument, dedicated to the schooner that carried the first settlers here in 1843. Stop at the historic pier to see a large colony of cormorants and observe their interesting behavior. Head toward the city center along the pleasant Colón Avenue, where you will find several neoclassical mansions including the Municipal Theater, the Braun Menéndez Museum and the Sara Braun Palace—each a reminder of the wool boom that brought business and immigrants here at the turn of the 20th century. Arrive at Plaza de Armas to see the monument to Ferdinand Magellan, the explorer who first sailed these waters, and explore the handicraft market. Climb to the Cerro de la Cruz observation deck for panoramic views of the city before returning to your ship.

The Amalia Glacier, part of Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, is a marvel of nature. This massive glacier skirts the northern rise of the Reclus volcano located behind it, slowly eroding the hulking mound’s slopes. Amalia’s ice floe journeyed here millennia ago from the heights of the Andes—a fractional segment of one of the world’s largest continuous ice fields, the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. In the vicinity, Andean condors and cormorants soar above, and marine otters reside in the waters below.

A pristine paradise of soaring peaks, countless lush islands teeming with wildlife and a tapestry of glaciers and rivers spilling into shimmering waters, the fjords of Chile are heralded as one of the most rugged and untamed places on earth. The crystal waters are a breathtaking sight as they journey through vast ice fields, towering mountainsides and serene fishing villages that hug tranquil shores against backdrops of dramatic forested hills.

Puerto Montt is considered the capital of the nation’s Northern Patagonia province. The city was founded in 1853 after government-sponsored immigration brought Germans here to populate and develop the remote region. By 1912, a train linked Puerto Montt to Santiago, opening up trade and transport with larger cities. Beyond this cultural center, Chile’s second-largest lake, Llanquihue Lake, is watched over by the snowcapped volcanoes Osorno and Calbuco. On the lake’s shores, villages boast endless delights, magnificent gardens and charming architecture from Old Europe.

Shore Excursion

PUERTO VARAS (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

LAKESIDE CITY OF SOUTHERN CHILE
Travel through a stunning lakeside city and discover the Germanic traditions of southern Chile. Leaving Puerto Montt, you will head toward Puerto Varas, situated 12 miles away. This “City of Roses” overlooks Llanquihue Lake, Chile’s second-largest, where the perpetually snowcapped Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes are perfectly reflected in the clear waters. The coastal road leads to Puerto Varas’s main square with its manicured gardens and historic monument. Your guide will point out the city’s main features. You will see the German heritage in the traditional wood architecture of its buildings, including the red-roofed Sacred Heart of Jesus Church—an iconic part of the skyline. Enjoy free time to explore the city at your leisure. You can walk along the rose-lined coastal promenade, or enjoy a refreshment at a café before boarding your coach and returning to your ship.

Sail Mar Pacífico, meaning “peaceful sea,” dubbed by Ferdinand Magellan when he crossed these waters almost 500 years ago. As you sail today, savor a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from a variety of international flavors at the World Café, enjoy al fresco dining on the Aquavit Terrace, or regional specialties in The Restaurant.

Chile’s modern capital of Santiago is one of the largest cities in the Americas. Its impressive neoclassical, neo-Gothic, art deco and other architecture spans several centuries. Santiago’s gateway, Valparaíso, is often compared to San Francisco for its many cerros, or hills. The city prospered as a major port until the opening of the Panama Canal rendered it unnecessary. Quaint Victorian-era architecture recalling its 19th-century affluence and steeply sloped barrios are linked by ascensores, or funiculars, and winding byways. From Los Cerros, the views are spectacular.

Shore Excursion

VALPARAÍSO & MUSEUMS (Incuded)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

CITY VISTAS AND CULTURAL INSTITUTES
Discover the city of two halves, Valparaíso, and enjoy a short sojourn in Viña del Mar to visit the Fonck Museum. Valparaíso’s upper area, Los Cerros, is a maze of residences nestled among 42 hills, from historic villas to small dwellings. Marvel at the views from the top, overlooking the city and bay below. Gaze out over the port and its cluster of colorful houses, then visit the Baburizza Palace, admiring its important collection of artworks by European and Chilean artists. Descend to the foot of the hill for a stroll around Plaza Sotomayor and view the naval headquarters building and the solemn Monument to the Heroes of Iquique. Continue by motor coach to the resort city of Viña del Mar and visit the Fonck Museum, a former mansion featuring archaeological artifacts and historic items from the Chilean mainland and Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

ART STUDIOS OF VALPARAÍSO (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

TOUR ARTISTS’ HAVENS THROUGHOUT THE CITY
Meet some of the artists that maintain Valparaíso’s historic role as an artistic and cultural haven. Located on a string of steep hills overlooking a beautiful bay, Valparaíso has long been a magnet for poets, painters, philosophers and other creative personalities. You will have the opportunity to meet three artists that keep this tradition alive, engaging in conversation as you visit their studios. Each stands out due to its location and structure, reflecting each artist’s individual style. Get a sense of the artists’ vision of the city and discover their connection with the porteño lifestyle. Learn about the techniques and processes that inspire their work, from concept to the creation of a beautiful masterpiece. Conclude your visit with a stop for refreshments and appetizers at a local restaurant with magnificent views over the bay before returning to your ship.

Valparaíso is the gateway to Santiago, Chile’s scenically set capital boasting a rich repository of historic architecture. Fashioned in 1910 after the Petit Palais of Paris, the impressive Palace of Fine Arts houses Santiago’s celebrated National Museum of Fine Arts. Palacio de la Moneda, a neoclassical gem, was built as a mint during Chile’s early days. Meanwhile, the city’s theater, Teatro Municipal, with its graceful arcades and Corinthian columns, hosts Chile’s ballet, opera and symphony, which enthrall concertgoers as much as their home’s elegant facade does. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

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2024 DIRECTION FARE OFFER FARE
PER PERSON PER PERSON

Nov-08

Buenos Aires to Santiago (Valparaiso) FROM FROM
AU$11,895 AU$12,895
Nov-25 Santiago (Valparaiso) to Buenos Aires FROM FROM
AU$10,695 AU$11,695
Dec-12 Buenos Aires to Santiago (Valparaiso) FROM FROM
AU$9,995 AU$10,995
Dec-29 Santiago (Valparaiso) to Buenos Aires FROM FROM
AU$10,995 AU$11,995
2025 DIRECTION FARE OFFER FARE
PER PERSON PER PERSON

Jan-15

Buenos Aires to Santiago (Valparaiso) FROM FROM
AU$12,695 AU$13,695
Feb-01 Santiago (Valparaiso) to Buenos Aires FROM FROM
AU$11,995 AU$12,995
Feb-18 Buenos Aires to Santiago (Valparaiso) FROM FROM
AU$11,995 AU$12,995
Mar-07 Santiago (Valparaiso) to Buenos Aires FROM FROM
AU$11,995 AU$12,995
Nov-29 Buenos Aires to Santiago (Valparaiso) FROM FROM
AU$9,795 AU$10,795
Dec-16 Santiago (Valparaiso) to Buenos Aires FROM FROM
AU$9,795 AU$10,795
2026 DIRECTION FARE OFFER FARE
PER PERSON PER PERSON

Jan-02

Buenos Aires to Santiago (Valparaiso) FROM FROM
AU$10,995 AU$11,995
Jan-19 Santiago (Valparaiso) to Buenos Aires FROM FROM
AU$10,995 AU$11,995
Feb-05 Buenos Aires to Santiago (Valparaiso) FROM FROM
AU$10,995 AU$11,995
Feb-22 Santiago (Valparaiso) to Buenos Aires FROM FROM
AU$10,995 AU$11,995

 

*All prices are in Australian dollars, per-person, based on double occupancy and reflect our current offers. Strikeout prices reflect brochure pricing.

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BOOKING DISCOUNT
*All fares and offers are for new bookings made between 31 May – 31 July 2024. Deposit is due within 3 days to confirm a booking. Must pay in full 120 days prior to departure. Prices include port charges and shipboard gratuities. Viking Cruises reserves the right to correct or revise pricing or dates throughout the season. Conditions apply. Price listed above are subject to seasonality and availability, and may change without prior notice.

AIR
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GENERAL RESTRICTIONS
Cruise fares listed are cruise only in Australian dollars, per person, based on double occupancy. Cruise fares listed are valid for Australian and New Zealand residents only. Cruise ship fuel surcharge may apply. All fares and offers are for new bookings only as of 31 May 2024, are subject to availability, may not be combinable with other offers except Past Guest Travel Credit and Referral Rewards Credit, are capacity-controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. Early Booking Discount fares are based upon published full brochure fares; cruise fares do not include pre-paid charges, optional facilities and service fees, and personal charges, as defined in the terms and conditions of the Passenger Ticket Contract which may be viewed elsewhere on this website. Full brochure fares may not have resulted in actual sales in all stateroom categories and may not have been in effect during the last 90 days. Promotional fares may remain in effect after the expiration date. Viking reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change any and all fares, fees and surcharges at any time. For up-to-date prices, please call Viking or your travel agent. The cruise ship fuel surcharge is additional revenue to Viking Cruises, as are any additional charges relating to currency fluctuation other than for deposited cruise fares and full fares, which fluctuations are beyond our control. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Complete terms and conditions may be found in the Passenger Ticket Contract.

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MORE FEATURES, SERVICES AND EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas  & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Complimentary access to The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center.
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Onboard gratuities

 

YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES:

  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linen
  • 42″ flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Direct-dial satellite phone & cell service
  • Security safe
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Ample USB ports

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