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Discover Patagonia: Stella Australis

The end of the world is waiting! This Ushuaia to Punta Arenas route shows you all the amazing beauty that the Patagonian region offers. During the trip enjoy the splendour and beauty of natural landscapes while experiencing a unique stay onboard a cruise designed with your comfort in mind. Embark on exciting expeditions through the astounding Patagonian wilderness for an exhilarating adventure. Explore million-year-old glaciers, Cape Horn, and more for a remarkable journey that you will never forget.
  • Mythical Cape Horn and Tierra del Fuego
  • Spectacular Aguila Glacier
  • Sail the Straits of Magellan and Beagle Channel
  • Walks in beautiful National Parks and sub-polar Magellanic forest
  • Unique journey from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas on a luxurious expedition vessel

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Day 1: Ushuaia Check in at the Australis travel center at 409 San Martín Street in downtown Ushuaia between 10:00 and 16:00 (10 AM-4 PM) on the day of your cruise departure. Board the M/V Stella Australis at 17:30 (5:30 PM). After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the captain and his 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 2: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay Around the break of dawn, Stella Australis 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 3: Agostini Sound - Águila Glacier After nightfall we reenter the Beagle Channel and sail westward along the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego into a watery wonderland protected within the confines of Alberto de Agostini National Park. Rounding the Brecknock Peninsula as the western extreme of Tierra del Fuego, Stella Australis is briefly exposed to the open Pacific. We then navigate a zigzag route through the Cockburn Channel, Magdalena Channel and Keats Fjord to reach scenic De Agostini Sound. Named after an Italian Salesian priest who worked among the region's indigenous people during the first half of the 20th century, De Agostini Sound is flanked by numerous glaciers and sheer saw-toothed peaks reminiscent of Torres del Paine. Our shore excursion this morning is Águila ("Eagle") Glacier, which hovers above a placid glacial lagoon surrounded by primeval forest. After a Zodiac landing on the beach, passengers hike around the edge of the lagoon to a spot near the base of the frozen facade. Condors can sometimes be seen winging high above, but there is always abundant bird life around the lagoon. This landing provides the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Patagonia’s sub-Antarctic rainforest and to see how the power of nature has molded the spectacular landscape. Day 4: 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 NOTE: The excursions described in the itineraries can normally be carried out. Notwithstanding the above, Transportes Marítimos Terra Australis S.A., Transportes Marítimos Via Australis S.A., and Transportes Marítimos Geo Australis S.A reserve the right to reschedule, shorten, or alter all or part of the itineraries and/or excursions without previous notice, in order to safeguard the well-being and safety of passengers, preserve the environment, or due to any extraordinary circumstances, acts of god or force majeure. For the same reasons, the hours of departure or arrival of the vessels may be subject to change.

Expedition Vessel: M/V Via Australis

Built in 2005, The Via Australis can hold up to 136 passengers in 64 comfortable cabins. With a deck, entertainment, and beautiful cabins, the Via Australis allows each tourist to have the best Chile travel experience possible. Kick back and relax on your journey to an exciting and unforgettable adventure. You will not find another Patagonia cruise that will provide you with the exceptional customer service, entertainment, and sophisticated dining services that Australis offers. Australis’ Patagonia cruises offer guests an exciting Chilean cultural experience. During your Chile travel enjoy world class gourmet cuisine, engaging activities, and remarkable Patagonia tours. Waking up to an incredible view every morning. Traveling on Via Australis gives you the most majestic views of snowcapped mountains, clear blue waters, and amazing sunsets.

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Date Selected: 22nd Nov 2017


Adult (1) US$1895
Sub total US$1895

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Deposits - Reservations require a deposit of US$300 at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 60 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments - Balances are due 60 days prior to departure. Cancellations - All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 60 days or more prior to departure, are refunded less the deposit. Cancellations received between 59 days and 50 days prior to departure, are refunded less 25% of the sales price. Cancellations received between 49 days and 40 days prior to departure, are refunded less 50% of the sales price. Cancellations received between 39 days and 30 days prior to departure, are refunded less 75% of the sales price. If cancellation occurs less than 29 days up to and including the day of departure: 100 % of the total price. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Rates - The shipping company reserves the right to modify the cruise rates and departure dates published, without prior notice. Children Policy - Infants between 0 and 3 years old have a 100% discount, sharing the bed with their parents. Children between 4 and 12 years old have a 50% discount, sharing a cabin with an adult. Single rate will be 150% of the category rate. Single rate does not apply to Category B. Booking Terms - Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Cruceros Australis and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking. Required clothing: Trekking or hiking boots are required for all passengers.

Included

  • Ship accommodation
  • sea transportation
  • all meals
  • open bar when on duty (without additional cost for wines, beverages, and liquors)
  • shore excursions
  • on board entertainment.

Excluded

  • Port tax, migration fee, national park fee. The cost per person is the following: US$50 - this may be modified by the port authorities of each country.
  • Optional tours and transportation are not included in the cruise rate.