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Explore the southern tip of Patagonia on a 5-day and 4-night journey between Ushuaia, Argentina and Punta Arenas, Chile. On this incredible voyage you will explore some of the planet’s most remote places and achingly beautiful scenery. You will learn about the history, culture wildlife of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.

Prior to the discovery of Antarctica by Captain Cook Cape Horn as the Southernmost of the great capes was widely regarded as the end of the world. Pre-1914 it would have taken more than a month at sea to reach Cape Horn from London causing it to feature heavily in maritime culture as it is the meeting point of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In its 400 years as a major nautical route the Cape would claim thousands of lives and hundreds of ships.

Fortunately, the technology, navigation techniques and comfort aboard modern ships have come a long way in the centuries since Charles Darwin, Robert Fitzroy, Francis Drake and Fernand Magellan first came to explore these isolated waters.

Booking with Polar Routes mean you can talk to one of our specialists who have visited this remote and wild region.

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 – Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 2 – Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay

Day 3 - Pía Glacier and Garibaldi Glacier

Day 4 - Agostini Sound, Aguila Glacier and Condor Glacier

Day 5 – Magdalena Island, Punta Arenas, Chile

Secure your space today by calling one of our Travel Specialists on 0203 196 1000


Secure your space today by calling one of our Travel Specialists on 0203 196 1000

Day 1 - Ushuaia, Argentina

You will have the morning to explore Tierra del Fuego, we recommend visiting the national park. If you are on the early voyages of the season in September, you may be able to take advantage of the last days of the ski season in Cerro Castor, the Southernmost resort in the world. Later in the season you will be able to visit the penguins here. In the afternoon you will check in at the Australis office in Ushuaia, boarding the ship in the afternoon before departing in the evening.

Day 2- Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay

Get up a bit earlier in the morning and you will be able to enjoy the early risers’ refreshments and watch the sunrise over Cape Horn. The expedition team will decide if it is safe to make a landing, if so, they will unload the Zodiacs and prepare for the morning’s excursion. Put on your life jacket, waterproofs and wait for your turn to land on the great cape.

You will enjoy your first ride in a zodiac being deposited at the foot of a cliff before climbing the staircase and look around the lighthouse and visit the monument overlooking the vast cape. After enjoying the excursion, you will return to the ship for breakfast.

The ship will raise anchor and sail for Wulaia bay, this is the site of a barrel post office and the location where Charles Darwin and Robert Fitzroy met Tierra del Fuego’s Yaghan people. Choose one of the three excursions each with increasing orders of difficulty depending on your preference. 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 Pía Glacier – Garibaldi Glacier

Overnight the ship will sail towards 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 you will enter Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. After disembarking you will 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.

The ship will make its way further west along the Beagle Channel, where it will enter another long fjord and drop anchor near Garibaldi Glacier for another shore excursion. Garibaldi is one of only three glaciers in Patagonia gaining mass rather than staying the same or slowly shrinking. This time you will hike through virgin Magellanic forest to a glacial waterfall, a towering wall of ferns and moss, and spectacular viewpoints looking down on the glacier and fjord. The walk is demanding -- very steep, negligible trail, rough footing -- and not for everyone. For those who choose to stay onboard, our captain will point the bow towards the beautiful sky-blue Garibaldi Glacier so everyone can enjoy the panoramic view from the upper decks.

Day 4 Agostini Sound – Águila Glacier – Cóndor Glacier

Early in the morning, we will sail through the Cockburn Channel and enter Agostini Sound.  From there it is possible to see the glaciers that descend from the middle of the Darwin Mountain Range -- some of them reaching the water. This morning, we will disembark and go for an easy walk around a lagoon, which was formed by the melting of the Águila Glacier.  We will reach a spot right in front of that glacier with stunning views.  In the afternoon, we will approach the Condor Glacier via Zodiac -- and hopefully see some of the abundant Andean Condors in the area.

Day 5 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.

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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 29th September 2019 to 3rd October 2019

Cabin AAAS: £2,299.00
Cabin AAS: £2,199.00
Cabin AAA: £1,899.00
Cabin AA: £1,799.00
Cabin A: £1,699.00
Cabin B: unavailable

Ventus Australis from 7th October 2019 to 11th October 2019

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

Ventus Australis from 15th October 2019 to 19th October 2019

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

Ventus 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: £2,099.00
Cabin B: unavailable

Ventus Australis from 31st October 2019 to 3rd November 2019

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

Ventus Australis from 16th November 2019 to 20th 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

Ventus Australis from 18th December 2019 to 22nd 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 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

Ventus 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

Ventus Australis from 8th February 2020 to 12th 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 15th March 2020 to 19th March 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 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

Ventus Australis from 15th March 2020 to 19th March 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 21st September 2019 to 25th September 2019

Cabin AAAS: £2,299.00
Cabin AAS: £2,199.00
Cabin AAA: £1,899.00
Cabin AA: £1,799.00
Cabin A: unavailable
Cabin B: unavailable

Stella Australis from 23rd October 2020 to 27th October 2020

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 22nd December 2020 to 26th December 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 23rd January 2020 to 27th January 2020

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

Stella Australis from 20th February 2020 to 24th February 2020

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 23rd March 2020 to 27th 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



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  • Our prices are amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.

  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know the destinations, ships and operators inside out

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  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From former Russian research vessels to larger and luxurious ships - there is an expedition cruise to suit you. 
  • Our Travel Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your requirements.
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  • Our expert team of Travel Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • All of our Travel Specialists have first-hand experience of expedition cruising to the polar regions.
VALUE
  • Our prices are the amongst the best in the business, with full package protection as standard.
  • Our holidays are protected by ATOL and ABTOT, for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the Marine Conservation Society, booking with us helps support the protection of our oceans.

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