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    TOUR CH-21 Mare Australis & Via Australis Cruises
 

The Australis Cruise Ships, Estella Australis and Via Australis, provide the experience of travel to the most famous places in Southern Patagonia, including the Magellan Strait, Tierra del Fuego Island, the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn. The cruises include approaches and visits to many glaciers along the coast and combine nature and history.

You can start the cruise in Punta Arenas (5 days’ cruise) ending in Ushuaia or from travel from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas (4 days). At the end of the latter cruise you visit Magdalena Island which is the home of more than 50,000 Magellan Penguins from November to March.

Both vessels offer spacious cabins with large windows, divided into 4 categories. The cruises include outdoor excursions and lectures in the evening. The gastronomy is varied and of a very high standard along with complimentary drinks throughout the cruise.

PUNTA ARENAS - USHUAIA

M/V ESTELLA AUSTRALIS (4-night cruise departs on Saturday)

M/V VIA AUSTRALIS (4-night cruise, departure day varies)

RATES (Sep 2012 – Apr 2013)

B Cabin - from £ 811 (promotional fare) to £ 1,283 (high season fare)
A Cabin - from £1,165 (promotional fare) to £ 1,766 (high season fare)
AAA Cabin - from £1,281 (promotional fare) to £ 1,939 (high season fare)
Special rates apply for Christmas and New Year
Prices include: full board and complementary bar, accommodation and excursions

Day 1: Punta Arenas
Check-in at the office at 990 Magallanes St. between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Board the cruise ship at 6:00 pm. After a welcome cocktail reception offered by the Captain the ship will depart for “the uttermost part of the earth”.

Day 2: Ainsworth Bay, Tuckers Islets
At dawn, you will be navigating to Ainsworth Bay with views towards Marinelli Glacier descending the Darwin Mountain Range. Walk to see a beaver dam in the stunning sub-polar Magellan Forest with the chance of spotting Southern Elephant Seals on the beaches. Sail on to Tuckers Islets. After lunch, board zodiac boats to have a close look at a colony of Magellan Penguins and Cormorants. (September and April this is replaced by a walk to the glacier at Brookes Bay).

Day 3: Pia Glacier, Glacier Alley
Navigating the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel, reach Pia Fjord, where a short hike to a panoramic viewpoint is scheduled to appreciate the spectacular Pia Glacier stretching from the mountain tops down to the sea. Continue through majestic “Glacier Alley”.

Day 4: Cape Horn, Wulaia Bay
Sail through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where disembarkation is scheduled, weather permitting. Enigmatic Cape Horn was discovered in 1616, a sheer 425-metre (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. It became an important navigation point for vessels between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and is known as the “End of the Earth”. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve in 2005.

Afternoon shore excursion at historical Wulaia Bay, original site of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlement, where Darwin landed in 1833.

The area is renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will walk through a Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation to reach a panoramic viewpoint.

Day 5: Ushuaia
Arrival in Ushuaia, Argentina’s most important city in Tierra del Fuego, and the southernmost city in the world. Disembarking is scheduled at 8:00 am.
USHUAIA – PUNTA ARENAS

M/V ESTELLA AUSTRALIS (3-night cruise departs on Wednesday)

RATES (Sep 2012 – Apr 2013)

B Cabin - from £609 (promotional fare) to £ 962 (high season fare)
A Cabin - from £874 (promotional fare) to 1,325 (high season fare)
AAA Cabin - from £960 (promotional fare) to £1,455 (high season fare)
Special rates apply for Christmas and New Year. Prices include: full board and complementary bar, accommodation and excursions

Day 1: Ushuaia
Check-in at St Martin Street office between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Board the cruise ship at 5:30 pm. After a welcome cocktail reception offered by the Captain the ship will depart for “the uttermost part of the earth”.

Day 2: Cape Horn, Wulaia Bay
Sail through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where disembarking is scheduled (weather permitting). Enigmatic Cape Horn was discovered in 1616, a sheer 425-metre (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. It became an important navigation point for vessels between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and is known as the “End of the Earth”. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve in 2005.

Afternoon shore excursion at historical Wulaia Bay, original site of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlement, where Darwin landed in 1833. The area is renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will walk through a Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation to reach a panoramic viewpoint.

Day 3: De Agostini Sound, Águila Glacier
Sail through Brecknock, Ocasión, Cockburn, and Magdalena Channels to enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound in the heart of Darwin Mountain Range. Here glaciers descend all the way down to the sea.

Afternoon trip by zodiac boats to Águila Glacier for an easy walk all the way the glacier base and to experience the beauty of Patagonia’s cold rainforest and the natural landscape.

Day 4: Magdalena Island, Punta Arenas
Early morning (weather permitting) go ashore on Magdalena Island, in the middle of the Strait of Magellan. Once a supply point for navigators and explorers, it is inhabited by a huge colony of Magellan Penguins seen on a walk to the lighthouse - September and April this excursion is replaced by a zodiac boat trip to Marta Island to observe South American Sea Lions. Disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled at 11:30 am.
 

M/V VIA AUSTRALIS (4-night cruise departs on Saturday)

RATES (Sep 2012 – Apr 2013)

B Cabin - from £ 811 (promotional fare) to £ 1,283 (high season fare)
A Cabin - from £1,165 (promotional fare) to £ 1,766 (high season fare)
AAA Cabin - from £1,281 (promotional fare) to £ 1,939 (high season fare)
Special rates apply for Christmas and New Year Prices include: full board and complementary bar, accommodation and excursions

Day 1: Ushuaia
Check-in between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm at the San Martín St. Embarkation at 5:30 pm. After a welcome cocktail reception offered by the Captain the ship will depart for “the uttermost part of the earth”.
Day 2: Cape Horn, Wulaia Bay
Sail through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where disembarking is scheduled (weather permitting). Enigmatic Cape Horn was discovered in 1616, a sheer 425-metre (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. It became an important navigation point for vessels between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and is known as the “End of the Earth”. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve in 2005.

Afternoon shore excursion at historical Wulaia Bay, original site of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlement, where Darwin landed in 1833. The area is renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will walk through a Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation to reach a panoramic viewpoint.
Day 3: Pia Glacier, Garibaldi Glacier
Navigate the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel to Pia Fjord, where a short hike to a panoramic viewpoint is scheduled to appreciate the spectacular Pia Glacier stretching from the mountain tops down to the sea. Afternoon optional disembarkation at Garibaldi Fjord to then take a forest hike to a glacial waterfall with spectacular views. For those who stay on board, the beautiful blue Garibaldi Glacier can be observed form the upper decks.
Day 4: Piloto and Nena Glaciers, De Agostini Sound, Águila Glacier
Sail through Cockburn Channel to Chico Sound for a zodiac boat excursion to explore Alakaluf Fjord and to enjoy views and explanations of intensely blue Piloto Glacier and Nena Glacier. Afternoon at spectacular De Agostini Sound in the heart of Darwin Mountain Range. Here glaciers descend all the way down to the sea. On by zodiac boat to Águila Glacier for an easy walk all the way the glacier base and to experience the beauty of Patagonia’s cold rainforest and the natural landscape.
Day 5: Magdalena Island – Punta Arenas
Early morning (weather permitting) go ashore on Magdalena Island, in the middle of the Strait of Magellan. Once a supply point for navigators and explorers, it is inhabited by a huge colony of Magellan Penguins seen on a walk to the lighthouse - September and April this excursion is replaced by a zodiac boat trip to Marta Island to observe South American Sea Lions. Disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled at 11:30 am.
 

NOTE: The excursions as described can normally be carried out. However, Transportes Marítimos Terra Australis S.A., Transportes Marítimos Via Australis S.A., and Transportes Marítimos Geo Australis S.A. reserve the right to reschedule, shorten, or alter all or part of the itineraries and/or excursions without notice, if deemed necessary to safeguard the well-being and safety of passengers, preserve the environment, or in the event of any extraordinary circumstances, acts of God or force majeure. Similarly, vessel departure and arrival times may be subject to change.


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