Day 1: Ushuaia

Arrive in Ushuaia and check in at the Australis travel center. Explore the town a bit before boarding the M/V Via Australis in the early evening. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the captain and his crew, the ship sets sail for one of the most remote corners of planet Earth. During the night, traverse the Beagle Channel and cross from Argentina into Chilean territorial waters. The lights of Ushuaia disappear as you turn into the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands.

Day 2: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay

By early morning, Stella Australis is cruising across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Australis is the only expedition cruise ship with permission from Chilean authorities to navigate the Murray Channel to Cape Horn, and because of its concession, also the only ship allowed to land passengers at Wulaia Bay.

Weather and sea conditions permitting, you will head 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 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 light keeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument.

Sailing back across Nassau Bay, the ship will anchor at fabled 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 HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored small museum in the old radio station, passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooden mountain behind the bay. Each hike ventires through an enchanted Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic fauna to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay.

Day 3: Agostini Sound - Águila Glacier

After nightfall, the Australis will reenter the Beagle Channel and sail westward along the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego into a watery wonderland protected within the confines of Alberto de Agostini National Park. During the night, the ship heads briefly to the open Pacific before returning closer to shore to navigate a zigzag route through the Cockburn Channel, Magdalena Channel and Keats Fjord to reach the scenic De Agostini Sound.

Named after an Italian Salesian priest who worked among the region's indigenous people during the first half of the 20th century, De Agostini Sound is flanked by numerous glaciers and sheer saw-toothed peaks reminiscent of Torres del Paine. Your shore excursion this morning is Águila ("Eagle") Glacier, which hovers above a placid glacial lagoon surrounded by primeval forest. After a Zodiac landing on the beach, hike around the edge of the lagoon to a spot near the base of the frozen facade. Condors can sometimes be seen winging high above, but there is always abundant bird life around the lagoon. This landing provides the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Patagonia’s sub-Antarctic rainforest and to see how the power of nature has molded the spectacular landscape.

Day 4: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas

After an overnight cruise through Magdalena Channel and back into the Strait of Magellan the ship will 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, take the Zodiacs 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, disembark the Australis in Punta Arenas and explore some more of the city before continuing your Argentina adventure or heading home.

Rates - 2016 / 2017
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement

Sep. 28; Oct. 5,12,19,26; Nov. 2,9,16,23,30; Dec. 7,14,21,28

Jan. 4,11,18,25; Feb. 1,8,15,22; Mar. 1,8,15,22,29; May 5

from $1,486 depending on cabin from $743 depending on cabin
Rate does not include port tax, migration fee, and national park fee.The cost per person is the following: - Ushuaia - Punta Arenas route: US$50.- (dollars) The cost may be modified by the port authorities of each country.
Rates - 2017 / 2018
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement

Oct. 4,11,18,25; Nov. 1,8,15,22,29; Dec. 6,13,20,27

Jan. 1,10,17,24,31; Feb. 7,14,21,28; Mar. 7,14,21,28; Apr. 4

from $1,486 depending on cabin from $743 depending on cabin
Rate does not include port tax, migration fee, and national park fee.The cost per person is the following: - Ushuaia - Punta Arenas route: US$50.- (dollars) The cost may be modified by the port authorities of each country.
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