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Patagonian Fjords Adventure Cruise

from £907 3-4 nights | Sep - Apr Exc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Sep - Apr

Overview

This short, but action packed expedition cruise through the fjords, straits and channels of Patagonia, lets you explore one of the most remote corners of the globe, coming face to face with extraordinary nature and wildlife that cannot be accessed by any other means.

Highlights

  • Delight in the comical antics of thousands of magellanic penguins.
  • Watch in silence as mighty glaciers calve in front of your eyes
  • Look out for marine wildlife, including whales and elephant seals.
  • Join the small and exclusive club of people to have set foot on Cape Horn
  • Hike in barely believable surroundings with experienced, knowledgeable guides.

Discover stunning scenery like towering snow-capped mountains, pristine sub-Antarctic forests, mighty marauding glaciers, brooding blue bays and deep meandering fjords. And if they don’t take your breath away, the wildlife which makes these far-flung lands their home - including elephant seals, magellanic penguins and king cormorants – certainly will.

Those who are lucky with the weather and sea swell, will also have the opportunity to land at Cape Horn, a seldom visited jut of land, located at the very end of the habitable world.

With options to embark and disembark in either Punta Arenas, or Ushuia, (both key gateways for expeditions to the Antarctic), these voyages can easily be combined with a trip to the white continent, to create an unforgetable journey of a lifetime.

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Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: embark in Punta Arenas
Embark the ship in the early evening and enjoy a welcome toast before setting sail for one of the remotest corners of planet Earth. During the night you will cross the Strait of Magellan and enter the labyrinth of channels that define the southern extremes of Patagonia. The twinkling lights of Punta Arenas gradually fade into the distance as you enter the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.
Day 2: Ainsworth Bay & Tuckers Islets
By dawn the ship will be sailing up Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo), a spectacular offshoot of the Strait of Magellan that stretches nearly halfway across Tierra del Fuego. The snow-capped peaks of Karukinka Natural Park sprawl along the north side of the sound, while the south shore is defined by the deep fjords and broad bays of Alberto de Agostini National Park.

Go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, which harbours copious bird life along with a colony of southern elephant seals which can sometimes be spotted from the Zodiacs. Two guided excursions are possible here: 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 breath-taking views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains.

Leaving Ainsworth Bay behind, sail west along the sound to the Tucker Islets. 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 live elsewhere - this excursion will be replaced by a short walk to a glacier at nearby Brookes Bay.
Day 3: Pia Glacier & Glacier Alley
Overnight the ship will round the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the narrow Gabrial, Magdalena and Cockburn channels, before tacking eastwards and entering the Beagle Channel. By morning the vessel should be repositioned in Pia Fjord from where passengers will disembark for a hike to a panoramic viewpoint over Pia Glacier - which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea.

No one knows for certain how the hulking mass of snow and ice got its name, but one theory suggests it was named for Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the then Italian king.

Later, 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 northern shore.
Day 4: Wulaia Bay & Cape Horn
During the morning, navigate the 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 Yamana aboriginal settlements, the bay was visited by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain FitzRoy in the 1830’s during their famed voyages aboard the HMS Beagle.

This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a museum visit in an old radio station, passengers have a choice of three hikes (of differing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooded mountain behind the bay. On all three options you will be strolling through an enchanted forest of lengas, coigues, canelos, ferns, and other endemic fauna to reach a viewpoint overlooking the bay.

In the afternoon, cruise across Nassau Bay into another remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, go ashore on the windswept island that is home to the 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-metre high rocky headland overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, 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 light-keeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument.
Day 5: disembark in Ushuaia
Arrive in the Argentinean port of Ushuaia in the morning and disembark in the world's southernmost city.
Notes

Please note that all voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings will be dependent on weather, sea and ice conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential in these remote regions!

Itinerary Variations

2017/18 Season

Stella Australis - 4 day - (Ushuaia - Punta Arenas)

Day 1 Embarkation in Ushuaia
Day 2 Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay
Day 3 Agostini Sound and Aguila Glacier
Day 4 Magdalena Island* and disembarkation in Punta Arenas
*In September & April this is replaced by Martha Island
 
2018/19 Season

Stella & Ventus Australis - 5 day - (Ushuaia - Punta Arenas)

Day 1 Embarkation in Ushuaia
Day 2 Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay
Day 3 Pia Glacier and Garibaldi Glacier
Day 4 Condor Glacier and Aguila Glacier
Day 5 Magdalena Island* and disembarkation in Punta Arenas
*In April this is replaced by Martha Island

Accommodation Options

Stella Australis - Patagonia

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  • Type: Expedition Ship

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Prices & Dates

2017/18 season

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of single and superior cabins.

Stella Australis - Punta Arenas to Ushuaia - (5 days / 4 nights):

Departure MonthDatePrices from
September 2017 30 £1,091
October 2017 07, 14, 21, 28 £1,354
November 2017 04, 11, 18, 25 £1,861
December 2017 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 £1,861
January 2018 06, 13, 20, 27 £1,861
February 2018 03, 10, 17, 24 £1,861
March 2018 (high season) 03, 10 £1,861
March 2018 (low season) 17, 24, 31 £1,354


Stella Australis - Ushuaia to Punta Arenas - (4
days / 3 nights):

Departure MonthDatePrices from
October 2017                  04, 11, 18, 25    £1,124
November 2017 01, 08, 15, 22, 29 £1,542
December 2017 06, 13, 20, 27 £1,542
January 2018 03, 10, 17, 24, 31 £1,542
February 2018 07, 14, 21, 28 £1,542
March 2018 (high season) 07, 14 £1,542
March 2018 (low season) 21, 28 £1,124
April 2018 04 £907

The Punta Arenas to Ushuaia and Ushuaia to Punta Arenas legs can be combined to create an 8 day / 7 night return itinerary. Ask our travel specialists for full details and prices.

Please see itinerary page for voyage route variations.

Price includes
Shipboard accommodation ● All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage ● Selected beverages - including some soft and alcoholic drinks - while on board ● Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities ● All shore landings per the daily program ● All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program ● Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled ● All miscellaneous service taxes, park fees and port charges throughout the program.
 
Price excludes
All airfares ● Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/meals/land arrangements (if required) - please contact our team should you require assistance ● Additional airport or airline security charges ● Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) ● Government arrival and departure taxes ● Excess baggage charges ● Alcoholic and soft drinks not in selected inclusions, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature ● The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members ● Cancellation, baggage and travel insurance is strongly recommended (please see the travel insurance that Discover the World offers) ● Jackets and rubber boots are not provided. Passengers must provide their own appropriate outdoor clothing.                  

We would be pleased to quote for the best available airfares and comprehensive travel insurance to suit your specific holiday requirements.

2018/19 Prices and Dates

2018/19 season

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin - please contact us for details of single and superior cabins.

Stella Australis - Punta Arenas to Ushuaia - (5 days / 4 nights):

Departure MonthDatePrices from
October 2018 16, 24 £1,362
November 2018 01, 09, 17, 25 £1,725
December 2018 03, 11, 19, 27 £1,725
January 2019 04, 12, 20, 28 £1,725
February 2019 05, 13, 21 £1,725
March 2019 (high season) 01, 09 £1,725
March 2019 (low season) 17, 25 £1,362


Stella Australis - Ushuaia to Punta Arenas - (5
days / 4 nights):

Departure MonthDatePrices from
October 2018 20, 28 £1,362
November 2018 05, 13, 21, 29 £1,725
December 2018 07, 15, 23, 31 £1,725
January 2019 08, 16, 24 £1,725
February 2019 01, 09, 17, 25 £1,725
March 2019 (high season) 05, 13 £1,725
March 2019 (low season) 21, 29 £1,362


In 2018 the Stella Australis will be joined by her new sister ship, the Ventus Australis. This purpose built addition to the fleet will be the same size and specification as her sister and will contain all the latest maritime technology.


Ventus Australis - Punta Arenas to Ushuaia - (
5 days / 4 nights):

Departure MonthDatePrices from
September 2018 26 £1,098
October 2018 04, 12, 20, 28 £1,362
November 2018 05, 13, 21, 29 £1,725
December 2018 07, 15, 23, 31 £1,725
January 2019 08, 16, 24 £1,725
February 2019 01, 09, 17, 25 £1,725
March 2019 (high season) 05, 13 £1,725
March 2019 (low season) 21, 29 £1,362


Ventus Australis - Ushuaia to Punta Arenas - (5
days / 4 nights):

Departure MonthDatePrices from
September 2018 30 £1,098
October 2018          08, 16, 24 £1,362
November 2018 01, 09, 17, 25 £1,725
December 2018 03, 11, 19, 27 £1,725
January 2019 04, 12, 20, 28 £1,725
February 2019 05, 13, 21 £1,725
March 2019 (high season) 01, 09 £1,725
March 2019 (low season) 17, 25 £1,362
April 2019 02 £1,098

The Punta Arenas to Ushuaia and Ushuaia to Punta Arenas legs can be combined to create an 8 day / 7 night return itinerary. Ask our travel specialists for full details and prices.

Please see itinerary page for voyage route variations.

Price includes
Shipboard accommodation ● All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage ● Selected beverages - including some soft and alcoholic drinks - while on board ● Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities ● All shore landings per the daily program ● All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program ● Formal and informal presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled ● All miscellaneous service taxes, park fees and port charges throughout the program.
 
Price excludes
All airfares ● Any additional pre or post voyage accommodation/meals/land arrangements (if required) - please contact our team should you require assistance ● Additional airport or airline security charges ● Passport and visa expenses (we will be pleased to advise you on any necessary documentation, however this is passengers' own responsibility) ● Government arrival and departure taxes ● Excess baggage charges ● Alcoholic and soft drinks not in selected inclusions, telecommunication charges, laundry costs and other charges of a personal nature ● The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for Hospitality Team members, ship’s crew and Expedition Team members ● Cancellation, baggage and travel insurance is strongly recommended (please see the travel insurance that Discover the World offers) ● Jackets and rubber boots are not provided. Passengers must provide their own appropriate outdoor clothing.                  

We would be pleased to quote for the best available airfares and comprehensive travel insurance to suit your specific holiday requirements.

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