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.
- 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 Ushuaia, (both key gateways for expeditions to Antarctica), these voyages can easily be combined with a trip to the white continent, to create an unforgettable journey of a lifetime.
Prices & Dates *
Airfares start from around £850 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.
|Departure||Duration||Itinerary||Vessel||Twin Price (pp)|
|30 Sep 2018||5 days||Ushuaia to Punta Arenas||Ventus Australis||£1,098|
|08, 16, 24 Oct 2018||5 days||Ushuaia to Punta Arenas||Ventus Australis||£1,362|
|20, 28 Oct 2018||5 days||Ushuaia to Punta Arenas||Stella Australis||£1,362|
|01, 09, 17, 25 Nov 2018||5 days||Ushuaia to Punta Arenas||Ventus Australis||£1,725|
|05, 13, 21, 29 Nov 2018||5 days||Ushuaia to Punta Arenas||Stella Australis||£1,725|
|03, 11, 19, 27 Dec 2018||5 days||Ushuaia to Punta Arenas||Ventus Australis||£1,725|
|07, 15, 23, 31 Dec 2018||5 days||Ushuaia to Punta Arenas||Stella Australis||£1,725|
|04, 12, 20, 28 Jan 2019||5 days||Ushuaia to Punta Arenas||Ventus Australis||£1,725|
|08, 16, 24 Jan 2019: 08, 16, 24||5 days||Ushuaia to Punta Arenas||Stella Australis||£1,725|
|01, 09, 17, 25 Feb 2019||5 days||Ushuaia to Punta Arenas||Stella Australis||£1,725|
|05, 13, 21 Feb 2019||5 days||Ushuaia to Punta Arenas||Ventus Australis||£1,725|
|01, 09 Mar 2019||5 days||Ushuaia to Punta Arenas||Ventus Australis||£1,725|
|05, 13 Mar 2019||5 days||Ushuaia to Punta Arenas||Stella Australis||£1,725|
|17, 25 Mar 2019||5 days||Ushuaia to Punta Arenas||Ventus Australis||£1,362|
|21, 29 Mar 2019||5 days||Ushuaia to Punta Arenas||Stella Australis||£1,362|
|02 Apr 2019||5 days||Ushuaia to Punta Arenas||Ventus Australis||£1,725|
- Accommodation in cabins with private bathroom
- All meals on board and selected drinks
- Excursions, shore landings and Zodiac transfers as per itinerary
- Experienced Expedition Leader
- Formal and informal presentations by expedition team and guests speakers
- All miscellaneous service taxes, park fees and port charges
- 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
- No surcharge guarantee
Itinerary & Vessels
Itinerary & Vessels
Punta Arenas - Ushuaia
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arrive in the Argentinean port of Ushuaia in the morning and disembark in the world's southernmost city.
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!
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