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5 days program

Fjords of Tierra del Fuego

Explore the route from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia and enjoy the natural and impressive beauty of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Live a great adventure at the End of the World, aboard a surprisingly comfortable ship, accompanied by a crew and expert guides who, in addition to security, will ensure your trip is extraordinary and unforgettable. On board this Patagonian cruise, you will experience nature and wildlife, as you have never done before. Come and experience firsthand the wildlife with penguins, seabirds and sea lions. Contemplate the warm hues of the Patagonian sunsets, observe the beautiful snow-capped mountains, sail from Punta Arenas to Cape Horn and much more
Day 01 – Punta Arenas

Check in at 1398 Costanera del Estrecho Ave. (Arturo Prat Port) in Punta Arenas between 13:00 and 17:00 (1-5 PM). Board the vessel at 6 PM. After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the remotest corners of planet Earth. During the night we cross the Strait of Magellan and enter the labyrinth of channels that define the southern extreme of Patagonian. The twinkling lights of Punta Arenas gradually fade into the distance as we enter the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.

Day 02 – Ainsworth Bay – Tuckers Islets

By dawn the ship is sailing up Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo), a spectacular offshoot of the Strait of Magellan that stretches nearly halfway across Tierra del Fuego. The snowcapped peaks of Karukinka Natural Park stretch along the north side of the sound, while the south shore is defined by the deep fjords and broad bays of Alberto de Agostini National Park. We go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, which harbors copious bird life and a colony of southern elephant seals which can sometimes be spotted from the Zodiacs. Two guided excursions are available: one is along the edge of a stream, peat bog and beaver habitat to a waterfall-and-moss-covered rock face tucked deep inside a pristine sub-polar forest; the other is a more strenuous hike along the crest of a glacial moraine. Both afford views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains. Leaving our Ainsworth Bay tour behind, we sail west along the sound to the Tucker Islets. After lunch, we board the Zodiacs again for a close-up view of the Magellan penguins that inhabit the tiny islands. More than 4,000 penguins use Tucker as a place to nest, give birth and nurture their chicks. Many other bird species also frequent the area including king cormorants, oystercatchers, Chilean skuas, kelp geese, dolphin gulls, eagles and even the occasional Andean condor. In September and April — when the penguins live elsewhere — this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a glacier at nearby stunning Brookes Bay.

Day 03 – Pía Glacier – Glacier Alley

Overnight we sail around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel and Cockburn Channel. After rounding the remote Brecknock Peninsula, the Australis cruise tacks eastward and enters the Beagle Channel again. By morning we are entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a Pia Glacier tour. After disembarking we take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier. No one knows for certain how the hulking mass of snow and ice got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was named for Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king. Back onboard the ship, we continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley. Living up to its name, the passage features a number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet on the north shore. Most of them named after European countries — Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain and France.

Day 04 – Cape Horn – Wulaia bay

During the morning we cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition — and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland — Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the “End of the Earth.” The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. The Chilean navy maintains a permanent lighthouse on the island, staffed by a lightkeeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument. In the afternoon we navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and drop anchor at historic Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yámana aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain FitzRoy in the 1830s during their voyages on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station — which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area — passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooden mountain behind the bay. On all of these you will be strolling through an enchanted Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic fauna to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay. Before leaving Wulaia Bay, drop something into the wooden mail barrel inside the museum – letters or postcards meant to be hand delivered by future travelers – an ancient mariner tradition revived by Australis.

Day 05 – Ushuaia

The following morning we sail into Argentine waters and dock in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city.

 Arrival at 08:30 a.m. and 9:30 am according to date of departure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Departure dates
2019 February 01-05-09-13-17-21-25
2019 March 01-05-09-13-17-21-25-29
2019 September 21-29
2019 October 07-11-15-19-23-27-31
2019 November 04-08-12-16-20-24-28
2019 December 02-06-10-14-18-22-26-30
2020 January 03-07-11-15-19-23-27-31
2020 February 04-08-12-16-20-24-28
2020 March 03-07-11-15-19-23-27-31
2020 April 04

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(Prices valid until April 2020)

B Cabin
September 2019
  • Price per person: USD 1565
October 2019
  • Price per person: USD 1960
November 2019
  • Price per person: USD 2478
December 2019
  • Price per person: USD 2478
January 2020
  • Price per person: USD 2478
February 2020
  • Price per person: USD 2478
March 2020
  • Price per person: USD 2478 (Days 03-07-11)
  • Price per person: USD 1960 (Days 15-19-23-27-31)
April 2020
  • Price per person: USD 1565
A Cabin
September 2019
  • Price per person: USD 2122
October 2019
  • Price per person: USD 2620
November 2019
  • Price per person: USD 3177
December 2019
  • Price per person: USD 3177
January 2020
  • Price per person: USD 3177
February 2020
  • Price per person: USD 3177
March 2020
  • Price per person: USD 3177 (Days 03-07-11)
  • Price per person: USD 2620 (Days 15-19-23-27-31)
April 2020
  • Price per person: USD 2122
AA Cabin
September 2019
  • Price per person: USD 2228
October 2019
  • Price per person: USD 2731
November 2019
  • Price per person: USD 3337
December 2019
  • Price per person: USD 3337
January 2020
  • Price per person: USD 3337
February 2020
  • Price per person: USD 3337
March 2020
  • Price per person: USD 3337 (Days 03-07-11)
  • Prices per Person: USD 2731 (Days 15-19-23-27-31)
April 2020
  • Price per person: USD 2731
AAA Cabin
September  2019
  • Price per person: USD 2289
October 2019
  • Price per person: USD 2814
November 2019
  • Price per person: USD 3456
December 2019
  • Price per person: USD 3456
January 2020
  • Price per person: USD 3456
February 2020
  • Price per person: USD 3456
March 2020
  • Price per person: USD 3456 (Days 03-07-11)
  • Price per person: USD 3531 (Days 15-19-23-27-31)
April 2020
  • Price per person: USD 2289
AAA Superior Cabin
September 2019
  • Price per person: USD 2850
October 2019
  • Price per person: USD 3531
November 2019
  • Price per person: USD 4274
December 2019
  • Price per person: USD 4274
January 2020
  • Price per person: USD 4274
February 2020
  • Price per person: USD 4274
March 2020
  • Price per person: USD 4274 (Days 03-07-11)
  • Price per person: USD 3531 (Days 15-19-23-27-31)
April 2020
  • Price per person: USD 2850
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5 days program

Patagonian Explorer

Explore Patagonia on an adventurous five-day, four-night journeys between Ushuaia (Argentina) to Punta Arenas (Chile) through some of planet’s most remote places and incredible scenery. Discover the wild beauty of Patagonia on an Australis cruise that showcases the region’s pristine landscapes, rich wildlife and fascinating human history aboard an expedition ship that brings an extraordinary level of comfort and service to the uttermost edge of the world. Leaving the twinkling lights of Ushuaia behind, the vessel calls on fabled spots like Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay before cruising down the Beagle Channel. Continuing through the maze of islands, we’ll visit a number of glaciers, frozen giants that guard the southern flank of the Fuegian Archipelago, before entering the legendary Strait of Magellan. Last stop is the Isla Magdalena and its boisterous Patagonia penguin colony before docking at Punta Arenas.
Day 01 – Ushuaia

Check in at 409 San Martín Ave. in downtown Ushuaia between 10:00 and 17:00 (10 AM-5 PM) on the day of your cruise departure. Board the Australis Cruise at 18:00 (6 PM). After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the most remote corners of planet Earth. During the night we traverse the Beagle Channel and cross from Argentina into Chilean territorial waters. The lights of Ushuaia disappear as we turn into the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands.

 

Day 02 – Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay

Around the break of dawn, the Australis cruise crosses Nassau Bay and enters the remote archipelago that comprises Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition — and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland — Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the “End of the Earth.” The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. The Chilean navy maintains a permanent lighthouse on the island, staffed by a lightkeeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument (currently awaiting repair after being damaged by fierce winds). Sailing back across Nassau Bay, we anchor at fabled Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yámana aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain FitzRoy in the 1830s during their voyages on HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station — which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area — passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooded mountain behind the bay. On all of these you stroll through an enchanted Magellanic forest of lengas, coigües, canelos and ferns to reach panoramic viewpoints overlooking the bay.

Day 03 – Pía Glacier – Garibaldi Glacier

Overnight we continue our Patagonia glacier tour around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel and Cockburn Channel. After rounding the remote Brecknock Peninsula, the Australis cruise tacks eastward and enters the Beagle Channel again. By morning we are entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier.After disembarking we take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier. No one knows for certain how the hulking mass of snow and ice got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was named for Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king. Making our way further west along the Beagle Channel, we enter another long fjord and drop anchor near Garibaldi Glacier for another shore excursion. Garibaldi is one of only three glaciers in Patagonia gaining mass rather than staying the same or slowly shrinking. This time we hike through virgin Magellanic forest to a glacial waterfall, a towering wall of ferns and moss, and spectacular viewpoints looking down on the glacier and fjord. The walk is demanding — very steep, negligible trail, rough footing — and not for everyone. For those who choose to stay onboard, our captain will point the bow towards the beautiful sky blue Garibaldi Glacier so everyone can enjoy the panoramic view from the upper decks.

Day 04 – Agostini Sound – Águila Glacier – Cóndor Glacier

Early in the morning, we will sail through the Cockburn Channel and enter Agostini Sound.  From there it is possible to see the glaciers that descend from the middle of the Darwin Mountain Range — some of them reaching the water. This morning, we will disembark and go for an easy walk around a lagoon, which was formed by the melting of the Águila Glacier.  We will reach a spot right in front of that glacier with stunning views.  In the afternoon, we will approach the Condor Glacier via Zodiac — and hopefully see some of the abundant Andean Condors in the area.

Day 05 – Magdalena Island – Punta Arenas

After an overnight cruise through Magdalena Channel and back into the Strait of Magellan, we anchor off Magdalena Island, which lies about halfway between Tierra del Fuego and the Chilean mainland. Crowned by a distinctive lighthouse, the island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic penguins. At the break of dawn, weather permitting, we go ashore and hike a path that leads through thousands of penguins to a small museum lodged inside the vintage 1902 lighthouse. Many other bird species are also found on the island. In September and April — when the penguins dwell elsewhere — this excursion is replaced by a ride aboard Zodiacs to Marta Island to observe South American sea lions. After a short cruise south along the strait, disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for around 11:30 AM.

*Camera extension poles are prohibited on Magdalena Island.

 

 

 

 

Departure dates
2019 February 01-05-09-13-17-21-25
2019 March 01-05-09-13-17-21-25-29
2019 September 25
2019 October 03-11-15-19-23-27-31
2019 November 04-08-12-16-20-24-28
2019 December 02-06-10-14-18-22-26-30
2020 January 03-07-11-15-19-23-27-31
2020 February 04-08-12-16-20-24-28
2020 March 03-07-11-15-19-23-27-31
2020 April 04-08

Check availability of dates
(Prices valid until April 2020)

B Cabin
September 2019
  • Price per person: USD 1565
October 2019
  • Price per person: USD 1960
November 2019
  • Price per person: USD 2478
December 2019
  • Price per person: USD 2478
January 2020
  • Price per person: USD 2478
February 2020
  • Price per person: USD 2478
March 2020
  • Price per person: USD 2478 (Days 03-07-11)
  • Price per person: USD 1960 (Days 15-19-23-27-31)
April 2020
  • Price per person: USD 1565
A Cabin
September 2019
  • Price per person: USD 2122
October 2019
  • Price per person: USD 2620
November 2019
  • Price per person: USD 3177
December 2019
  • Price per person: USD 3177
January 2020
  • Price per person: USD 3177
February 2020
  • Price per person: USD 3177
March 2020
  • Price per person: USD 3177 (Days 03-07-11)
  • Price per person: USD 2620 (Days 15-19-23-27-31)
April 2020
  • Price per person: USD 2122
AA Cabin
September 2019
  • Price per person: USD 2228
October 2019
  • Price per person: USD 2731
November 2019
  • Price per person: USD 3337
December 2019
  • Price per person: USD 3337
January 2020
  • Price per person: USD 3337
February 2020
  • Price per person: USD 3337
March 2020
  • Price per person: USD 3337 (Days 03-07-11)
  • Price per person: USD 2731 (Days 15-19-23-27-31)
April 2020
  • Price per person: USD 2731
AAA Cabin
September 2019
  • Price per person: USD 2289
October 2019
  • Price per person: USD 2814
November 2019
  • Price per person: USD 3456
December 2019
  • Price per person: USD 3456
January 2020
  • Price per person: USD 3456
February 2020
  • Price per person: USD 3456
March 2020
  • Price per person: USD 3456 (Days 03-07-11)
  • Price per person: USD 3531 (Days 15-19-23-27-31)
April 2020
  • Price per person: USD 2289
AAA Superior Cabin
September 2019
  • Price per person: USD 2850
October 2019
  • Price per person: USD 3531
November 2019
  • Price per person: USD 4274
December 2019
  • Price per person: USD 4274
January 2020
  • Price per person: USD 4274
February 2020
  • Price per person: USD 4274
March 2020
  • Price per person: USD 4274 (Days 03-07-11)
  • Price per person: USD 3531 (Days 15-19-23-27-31)
April 2020
  • Price per person: USD 2850
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