Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- Board your ship and set sail for the Magellan Straits
- Lay anchor in Ainsworth Bay for views of Marinelli Glacier; zodiac excursion to Magellan penguin colony
- Navigate the Beagle Channel and Glacier Alley; hike to viewpoint of Pia Glacier
- Step ashore and learn about Wulaia Bay's history; land on Cape Horn
- Morning arrival at Ushuaia
Day 1: Punta Arenas
Check in at 1385 O'Higgins Street (Arturo Prat Port) between 13:00 and 17:00. 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. Our trip will take us 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 - Tuckers Islets*
At dawn, we will navigate our 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. We will also 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. But do bear in mind the fact that sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the colony's unpredictable movements.
Later, we will be sailing to Tuckers Islets, and after lunch, we will board well-equipped Zodiac boats to get close 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 - Glacier Alley
We will navigate along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel before disembarking at Pia Fjord. From there, we'll take a short hike to a panoramic viewpoint from where we can enjoy spectacular views of the awe-inspiring Pia Glacier whose main tongue extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. After this memorable experience, we will continue our voyage along the Beagle Channel through the majestic Glacier Alley.
Day 4: Wulaia Bay - Cape Horn
During the morning we will sail south through Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, we 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 we will navigate through Murray Channel, going ashore at historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region's largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed there in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will take an enchanted walk through the Magellan Forest of lengas, coigues, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint.
Day 5: Ushuaia
Disembark in Ushuaia between 08:30 and 09:30.
Wildlife, Glaciers & Cape Horn
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 $1800
*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.
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 ($60 USD per person)
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- Any extra/optional excursions
- Transfers to/from cruise
- Travel insurance
- Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
- International and domestic/in country flights