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This Patagonia cruise follows the fjords at the southern edge of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and highlights the stunning, natural beauty of this corner of Patagonia and takes in some of the important historical sites of the region. This four-day journey includes visits to wildlife-rich Ainsworth Bay, the massive Pia Glacier and Glacier Alley, as well as mystical Wulaia Bay and the legendary Cape Horn.

Highlights

  • If conditions allow you will land on Cape Horn, visit the lighthouse and monument.
  • Visit Wulai Bay, a remote location which Charles Darwin and Robert Fitzroy visited on the voyage of the beagle and encountered the Yaghan people of Tierra del Fuego
  • Explore the Aguila, Pia, Condor and Augustini glaciers and the picturesque fjords and sub-Antarctic forest of the region

Quick Itinerary

Day 1 - Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 2 - Ainsworth Bay - Tuckers Islets
Day 3 - Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley
Day 4 - Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
Day 5 – Ushuaia

Day 1 - Punta Arenas, Chile

Board the vessel at 6 PM. After a welcoming toast and introduction to the captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the planet's remotest corners. During the night you will cross the Strait of Magellan and enter the labyrinth of channels that define the southern extremities of Patagonia. The sparkling lights of Punta Arenas will gradually fade over the horizon, and you will enter the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.

Day 2 - Ainsworth Bay - Tuckers Islets

By dawn, you will be sailing up Admiralty Sound, a spectacular offshoot of the Strait of Magellan that stretches nearly halfway across Tierra del Fuego. The snowcapped peaks of Karukinka Natural Park extend along the north side of the sound, while the south shore is defined by the deep fjords and bays of Alberto de Agostini National Park. You will go ashore in Zodiacs at Ainsworth Bay, which is renowned for its bird life and a colony of southern elephant seals which can sometimes from the boats. 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 behind, you will sail west along the sound to the Tucker Islets. After lunch, you will board the Zodiacs again for a close-up view of the Magellanic 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 are at sea, this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a glacier at nearby stunning Brookes Bay.

Day 3 - Pia 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 tour of 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.

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 4 - 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 wooded 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 travellers – an ancient mariner tradition revived by Australis.

Day 5 – Ushuaia

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

Ventus Australis

Rating
3
Standard
Comfort
Capacity
210

Ventus Australis is Latin for "Southern Wind" and reflects the distinctive weather of Tierra del Fuego. A factor that has long determined the region's socio-cultural development and that so impressed the early mariners who endeavoured to explore Patagonia's southernmost waterways. 

Stella Australis

Rating
3
Standard
Comfort
Capacity
210

The Stella Australis, meaning Southern Star, is an awe-inspiring expedition cruise ship. The ship was built in 2010 and has 100 cabins and can hold up to 210 passengers. The Stella Australis offers tourists a relaxed and luxurious voyage, sailing through the breath-taking scenery of Southern Patagonia.

Ventus Australis from 19th October 2019 to 23rd October 2019

Cabin AAAS: £2,899.00
Cabin AAS: unavailable
Cabin AAA: £2,299.00
Cabin AA: £2,199.00
Cabin A: unavailable
Cabin B: unavailable

Ventus Australis from 20th November 2019 to 24th November 2019

Cabin AAAS: £3,499.00
Cabin AAS: £3,299.00
Cabin AAA: £2,799.00
Cabin AA: £2,699.00
Cabin A: unavailable
Cabin B: unavailable

Ventus Australis from 22nd December 2019 to 26th December 2019

Cabin AAAS: £3,499.00
Cabin AAS: £3,299.00
Cabin AAA: £2,799.00
Cabin AA: £2,699.00
Cabin A: £2,599.00
Cabin B: unavailable

Ventus Australis from 15th January 2020 to 19th January 2020

Cabin AAAS: £3,499.00
Cabin AAS: £3,299.00
Cabin AAA: £2,799.00
Cabin AA: £2,699.00
Cabin A: £2,599.00
Cabin B: unavailable

Ventus Australis from 16th February 2020 to 20th February 2020

Cabin AAAS: £3,499.00
Cabin AAS: £3,299.00
Cabin AAA: £2,799.00
Cabin AA: £2,699.00
Cabin A: £2,599.00
Cabin B: unavailable

Ventus Australis from 27th March 2020 to 31st March 2020

Cabin AAAS: £2,899.00
Cabin AAS: £2,699.00
Cabin AAA: £2,299.00
Cabin AA: £2,199.00
Cabin A: £2,099.00
Cabin B: unavailable

Stella Australis from 21st September 2019 to 25th September 2019

Cabin AAAS: £2,299.00
Cabin AAS: £2,199.00
Cabin AAA: £1,799.00
Cabin AA: £1,699.00
Cabin A: unavailable
Cabin B: unavailable

Stella Australis from 23rd October 2019 to 27th October 2019

Cabin AAAS: £2,899.00
Cabin AAS: £2,699.00
Cabin AAA: £2,299.00
Cabin AA: £2,199.00
Cabin A: unavailable
Cabin B: unavailable

Stella Australis from 24th November 2019 to 28th November 2019

Cabin AAAS: £3,499.00
Cabin AAS: £3,299.00
Cabin AAA: £2,799.00
Cabin AA: £2,699.00
Cabin A: £2,599.00
Cabin B: unavailable

Stella Australis from 26th December 2019 to 30th December 2019

Cabin AAAS: unavailable
Cabin AAS: £3,299.00
Cabin AAA: £2,799.00
Cabin AA: £2,699.00
Cabin A: £2,599.00
Cabin B: unavailable

Stella Australis from 11th January 2020 to 15th January 2020

Cabin AAAS: £3,499.00
Cabin AAS: £3,299.00
Cabin AAA: £2,799.00
Cabin AA: £2,699.00
Cabin A: £2,599.00
Cabin B: unavailable

Stella Australis from 12th February 2020 to 16th February 2020

Cabin AAAS: £3,499.00
Cabin AAS: £3,299.00
Cabin AAA: £2,799.00
Cabin AA: £2,699.00
Cabin A: £2,599.00
Cabin B: unavailable

Stella Australis from 17th March 2020 to 21st March 2020

Cabin AAAS: unavailable
Cabin AAS: £2,599.00
Cabin AAA: unavailable
Cabin AA: £1,999.00
Cabin A: unavailable
Cabin B: unavailable

Stella Australis from 31st March 2020 to 3rd April 2020

Cabin AAAS: £2,899.00
Cabin AAS: £2,699.00
Cabin AAA: £2,299.00
Cabin AA: £2,199.00
Cabin A: £2,099.00
Cabin B: unavailable


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