Via Australis Patagonia Expedition Cruise

   
 

Via Australis Patagonia Expedition Cruise

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UPDATED

9 months ago

DURATION

5 Days

SEASON

October-April

RATES

USD 1,440.00 per person

EXPIRES

Mar 15, 2016
Via Australis Patagonia Expedition Cruise
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The end of the world is waiting, and the Via Australis Patagonia Expedition Cruise takes you there. This route between Ushuaia and Punta Arenas route shows you all the amazing beauty that the Patagonian region offers. During the trip, enjoy the splendor and beauty of natural landscapes while experiencing a unique stay onboard a luxury cruise designed with your comfort in mind. Embark on exciting expeditions through the astounding Patagonian wilderness for an exhilarating adventure. Book your trip with us to explore million-year glaciers, Cape Horn and more for a remarkable journey that you will never forget.

The Via Australis Patagonia Expedition Cruise runs northbound from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas and southbound from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia, each with a varied route so you can combine the routes into a 9-day expedition.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $1440 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Ushuaia
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Check in at San Martín 245, Ushuaia, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cruise ship boarding from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Captain and crew give a welcome cocktail reception on board. Immediately afterwards, the ship departs for “the uttermost part of the earth.” Our excursion will take us through the Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan to explore one of the most captivating wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego. Embark on a Great Adventure!

ACCOMMODATIONS: Via Australis

MEALS: dinner

Day 2: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
Cape Horn National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Sail through the Beagle and Murray channels to reach Cape Horn National Park, where we will disembark (weather permitting). Cape Horn, is a sheer, 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory, and in the past it was the only entrance to the Pacific Ocean. This place is known as the “End of the Earth”, and it’s the last territory before Antarctica. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. In the afternoon, go ashore in 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 also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. Walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coihues, Canelos, ferns, and other native vegetation to reach a look-out point.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Via Australis

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Pia Glacier & Garibaldi Glacier
Pia Glacier, Patagonia, Chile

Navigate along the main part of the Beagle Channel to reach Pia Fjord, where we disembark near Pia Glacier. 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, continue sailing along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel through majestic Glacier Alley.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Via Australis

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Piloto, Nena Glaciers & Aguila Glacier
Patagonia, Chile

In the morning sail through Cockburn Channel to anchor in Chico Sound. Our adventure begins in the Zodiac boats to explore Alakaluf Fiord, to see beautiful waterfalls and observe the Piloto and Nena Glaciers from the sea. The intense blue color of Piloto Glacier due to its compression and age draws attention. Learn about the formation of glaciers and their influence on the abrupt geography of the Fuegian-Patagonian channels.

In the afternoon enter Agostini Sound, a spectacularly beautiful area located in the heart of the Darwin Mountain Range in Tierra del Fuego. Here we can view glaciers descending from the mountains, some of which reach the sea. Head to Águila Glacier and disembark to take an easy walk along a beach bordering a lagoon surrounded by mountains until reaching a spot in front of the glacier. Get to know Patagonia’s cold rainforest and the movements that molded the region’s geography.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Via Australis

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas, Patagonia, Chile

Early in the morning, go ashore on Magdalena Island (weather permitting). Located in the Strait of Magellan, it was an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers in the past. The island is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic Penguins which can be sighted during our walk to a lighthouse, which guides ships on their way through the strait. In September and April this excursion is replaced by a Zodiac boat ride at Isla Marta to observe sea lions. After our visit, sail to Punta Arenas, disembarking at 11:30 a.m.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation, sea transportation, all meals, open bar when on duty (without additional costs for wines, beverages and liquors), shore excursions and on-board entertainment.

NOTES

Alternative Itinerary: In addition to the 5-day northbound route listed above, there is a southbound itinerary that sails from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia.

Day 1 - Punta Arenas

Day 2 - Ainsworth Bay & Tuckers Islet

Day 3 - Pia Glacier & Glacier Alley

Day 4 - Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay

Day 5 - Ushuaia

Itinerary Notes: Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.


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