Day 1 Board the vessel in Ushuaia / Strait of Magellan
The Australis expedition cruise begins boarding between 5:00 p.m. and 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 Punta Arenas, along the Beagle Channel and Strait of Magellan, sailing through the Patagonian Channels and around Tierra del Fuego.
Day 2 Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay
After sailing through the Murray Channel and Nassaue Bay we disembark at the Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn) National Park, weather permitting. We will visit Hornos Island to get a panoramic view of the famous and mythical Cape Horn, the place where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans merge and the last promontory of South America.
Day 3 Pia Glacier & Garibaldi Glacier
In the morning we navigate along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel to enter Pia Fiord where we disembark near Pia Glacier for a short walk. In the afternoon we enter Garibaldi fiord on the southern coast of Tierra del Fuego, where you will have the choice of a hike through the forest or views of the Garibaldi Glacier from on deck.
Day 4 Piloto and Nena Glaciers / Agostini Sound / Águila Glacier
In the morning we sail through Cockburn Channel to anchor in Chico Sound and explore Alakaluf Fiord in Zodiac boats, observing the Piloto and Nena Glaciers. In the afternoon we enter Agostini Sound, where we can view glaciers descending from the mountains, some of which reach the sea. We will head to Águila Glacier where we will disembark to take an easy walk along a beach to a spot in front of the glacier.
Day 5 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 in which case if you are unable to visit them we will make a trip to Marta Island to observe a sea lion colony. Later, we will sail to Punta Arenas, disembarking at 11:30 a.m.
Rates per person in US$ (5 days / 4 nights, Ushuaia 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.