Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- A totally unique experience aboard the Australis Cruise, exploring the remote, generally inaccessible, Cape Horn and the southern fjords
- Sail the Magellan Straits, Beagle Channel and Glacier Alley, anchor up and choose your preferred hikes
- Reach the Tucker Islets and see the Magellan penguin colony
- Step ashore and learn about Wulaia Bay's history, visiting the iconic lighthouse and the indigenous museum
- Witness the region be brought to life through the expedition leaders' knowledge of the geology, glaciology, flora, fauna, culture, and history
Day 1: Punta Arenas
Check in at 1385 O'Higgins Street (Arturo Prat Port) between 13:00 and 17:00, ready to board the M/V Stella Australis cruise ship at 18:00. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the Captain and his crew, the ship will depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet.
The journey will take you through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, which includes the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.
Day 2: Ainsworth Bay to Tuckers Islets*
At dawn, the ship will navigate its way through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay which is sited within Alberto De Agostini National Park. It's the perfect spot from which to see the Marinelli Glacier descending from Darwin Mountain Range in the distance, and to appreciate how the land returns to life after glacial retreat.
You'll take a walk to a beaver dam in the stunning sub-polar Magellan Forest. Whether on the beach or the island there's a good chance of sighting southern elephant seals, although do bear in mind the fact that sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the colony's unpredictable movements.
Later, you'll sail to Tuckers Islets and, following lunch, board Zodiac boats to get closer to a colony of Magellan penguins (indigenous to the Southern Hemisphere) and cormorants.
* In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a nearby glacier at Brookes Bay.
Day 3: Pia Glacier to Glacier Alley
The day will begin navigating along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel before disembarking at Pia Fjord. You are able to choose one of two hikes from here. The first is a shorter hike to a panoramic viewpoint from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the awe-inspiring Pia Glacier whose main tongue extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. The second is a longer, more challenging ascent of a lateral moraine of the Pia Glacier.
Relishing in the sights, you will then continue the voyage along the Beagle Channel through the majestic Glacier Alley. A number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice sheet can be observed; most of them named after European countries –including Holland, Spain and Italy.
Day 4: Wulaia Bay to Cape Horn
During the morning you will sail south through Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, you shall go ashore. The legendary Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425-metre (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic, and is referred to as the "End of the Earth". The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.
In the afternoon the ship will continue further, heading through Murray Channel which will bring you to a landing on the shore at historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region's largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. You'll walk through the enchanted Magellan Forest of lengas, coigues, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint.
Day 5: Ushuaia
Sail into Argentine waters and arrive in Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world. Disembark the cruise between 08:30 and 09:30 for onward travel.
Departures on 20-February-2020 and 2-December-2020 operate a special photography program. There will be an expert photographer onboard running photography workshops and sharing techniques as you explore the pristine landscapes, both onboard and during landings. Please note, these will only be available to those signed up to the programme, not to all guests on board, so please do request this at the point of booking.
What our customers think
The cruise was fantastic. Every minute was an highlight! We saw tons of wildlife, dolphins, whales, seals, pinguins, and many birds. The guides were super, very interesting information, multi languages, and very friendly.
Anne Marie Mot United States Of America February 2019
Our cruise was really lovely. We learned a lot from the onboard lectures- about glaciology and also the history of the Yamana people. We enjoyed the zodiac excursions, we usually took the “easy” option because it came with more educational time.
Mindy De Hooge United States Of America December 2018
Our highlight was the cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia - landing on Cape Horn was amazing!
Jacky Wu United States Of America February 2019
I was blown away at the thoughtfullness that went into the experience and the level of service and consideration towards the guest. I greatly appreciated the historic/informative talks and movies, and the onship library was a treat.
Stephani Dalbesio United States Of America December 2018
It was a great trip – I loved seeing the marine mammals and wildlife.
Amy Rosen United States Of America March 2019
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Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices quoted are in $ USD per person based on 2 people sharing.
Availability changes all the time, please contact us for up to date details, and any cabins recently made available.
Please note: Limited Availability, book soon to avoid disappointment!
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $2162
*Cape Horn Landing is subject to weather conditions.
*In September & April, due to penguin migration, the Isla Magdalena Penguin Colony trip will be replaced by a Zodiac boat trip to the Sea Lion colony at Marta Island. The excursion to Tuckers Islets is replaced by a trekking expedition near a glacier in Brookes Bay.
*Departures on 20-February-2020 and 2-December-2020 operate a special photography program. Please note, these will only be available to those signed up to the programme, so please do request this at the point of booking.
Please contact us for further details of the different cabin types. In short:
- There are a limited number of 'B' cabins on the lowest deck which tend to get booked up a long time in advance
- 'AAA' cabins are on a higher deck than 'AA' and 'A' cabins
- Superior cabins ('S') are approx 25% larger.
Single Supplement And Child Policy
Single supplement & Solo travellers - the cruise operator does not have a willing to share policy. If you are a solo travellers or would like a single cabin, there is a 50% surcharge.
Baby policy - 0 to 3 year olds travel for free if sharing a bed with parents. Please ask for availability of a complementary travel cots. Please note, they will still be charged the port tax.
Child policy - 3 to 12 year olds receive a 50% discount when sharing a cabin with an adult.
Extra beds - it is possible to turn certain cabins into triple cabins; for availability and rates please contact us.
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
- Drinks: all drinks during bar opening hours (alcoholic and nonalcoholic)
- Accommodation: Cabin as requested (4 nights)
- Excursions: 5 (as detailed in itinerary)
- On board: activities & lectures
- Port tax ($65 USD per person)
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- Any extra/optional excursions
- National Park entrance fee
- Transfers to/from cruise
- Travel insurance
- Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
- International and domestic/in country flights