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 toward the city of Ushuaia, through the mythical Strait of Magellan, sailing through the Patagonian Channels and around Tierra del Fuego.
Day 2 Ainsworth Bay & Tuckers Islet
At dawn, you will continue navigating through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay, inside the Alberto De Agostini National Park. From a distance you may see the Marinelli Glacier which descends from the Darwin Mountain Range and you will learn how life begins after the retreat of the ice. You will also take a walk to discover a beaver dam in the marvelous sub polar Magellanic forest. On the beach, you may see elephant seals, although not guaranteed due to their precise location being unpredictable. Later you sail to Tuckers Islet and after lunch you board the Zodiac boats to view Magellanic Penguins (which only live in the Southern Hemisphere) and Cormorants.
Day 3 Pia Glacier & Glacier Alley
Today you will navigate along the main part of the Beagle Channel to reach Pia Fjord, and you disembark near the Pia Glacier. You will take a short hike to a look-out point with a spectacular view of the entire glacier tongue, stretching from high in the mountains all the way to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, you will continue sailing along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel through the majestic “Glacier Alley.”
Day 4 Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay
Today you sail through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where you will disembark (weather permitting). The mythical Cape Horn was discovered in 1616, and it is a sheer, 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and it is known as the “End of the Earth”. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. In the afternoon, you will go ashore at the historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here on January 23rd, 1833, during the voyage of the HMS Beagle. This area is renowned for the beauty of its vegetation and geography. You will walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coihues, Canelos, ferns, and other native vegetation to reach a look-out point.
Day 5 Ushuaia
This morning you will arrive at Ushuaia, the most important city in Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city of its size in the world. Passengers disembark at 8:00 a.m., allowing you to get an early start on visiting the city and national parks, and on continuing your trip through Patagonia.
Rates per person in US$ (5 days / 4 nights, Punta Arenas to Ushuaia):
September 2015 – April 2016; September 2016 – April 2017
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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.