Day 1 Board the vessel in Punta Arenas / Strait of Magellan
The Australis expedition cruise begins boarding at 6:00 p.m., with the Captain and crew giving a welcome cocktail reception on board. Immediately after, the ship will depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet. Our trip will take us through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, which includes the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.
Day 2 Ainsworth Bay & Brookes Glacier Bay
This morning you will reach Ainsworth Bay, within Alberto De Agostini National Park. Here you will be able to see the Marinelli Glacier descending from Darwin Mountain Range; and to appreciate how the land returns to life after glacial retreat. You will also take a walk to a beaver dam in the sub-polar Magellan Forest. You may also be able to spot the elusive Southern Elephant Seals. In the afternoon your ship will navigate through Almirantazgo Sound to Brookes Fjord, where you will find yourself surrounded by glaciers. You will go ashore in a Zodiac boat to take a walk to a nearby glacier and take in the area’s spectacular scenery.
Day 3 Águila Glacier / Condor Glacier
During the morning, in well-equipped Zodiac boats, you will travel to the Águila Glacier and embark upon an easy walk to its base. Here you can appreciate the beauty of Patagonia’s cold rainforest and its spectacular landscape. In the afternoon you will sail through Brecknock, Ocasión, Cockburn, and Magdalena Channels to enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, in the heart of the Darwin Mountain Range.
Day 4 Magdalena Island / Punta Arenas
In the early morning you will arrive to Magdalena Island, home of a large Magellanic Penguin colony. You will be able to observe these penguins during a walk up to the lighthouse which guides ships through the Strait of Magellan. The island’s penguins migrate in April; if you are unable to visit them we will make a trip to Marta Island to observe a sea lion colony. After your excursion you will sail to Punta Arenas, disembarking around 11:30 a.m.
Rates per person in US$ (4 days / 3 nights, Punta Arenas to Punta Arenas):
September 2015 – April 2016
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• October and 2nd half of March
• November, December, January, February and 1st half of March
• Select September and April cruises
• Christmas & New Year’s
Single rate in A, AA, AAA, AA Sup or AAA Sup will be 150% of the category rate. Single rate does not apply to Category B.