Experience the majestic glaciers and unique wildlife of southern Patagonia on this all-inclusive four-night cruise through the fjords of Tierra del Fuego
Explore the natural and geographic wonders of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago on this luxury small-ship expedition cruise aboard Ventus Australis. Your adventure commences in the southern Chilean port city of Punta Arenas, passing massive blue glaciers, dramatic waterfalls and subpolar forests before reaching the renowned Beagle Channel and Cape Horn. With a range of guided shore excursions on the ship's fleet of Zodiacs, discover breathtaking outlooks, secluded islands and beaches, hidden waterfalls and the region's unique marine and bird life including elephant and leopard seals, Andean condors, cormorants and penguins.
Australis cruises operate between Punta Arenas and Ushuaia sailing in either direction; please enquire for departure dates and embarkation port for your preferred dates
Unique marine and bird life
Shore excursions and guided hikes
All-inclusive luxury small ship expedition cruise
- Four nights' accommodation aboard Ventus Australis, or sister ship StellaAustralis
- All onboard meals
- Open bar including wines, drinks and spirits at set times
- Guided shore excursions led by expert guides
- Available onboard activities
Please note cruise pricing varies per departure date and cabin type, and all pricing excludes a boarding fee (estimated to be USD$105-120 pp, direction dependant)
The cruise commences in Punta Arenas, southern Chile and concludes in Ushuaia, Argentina, or travels in the reverse direction. Walk into Luxury will be happy to arrange accommodation, transfers and extension options into Patagonia pre and post cruise.
Boarding commences in the afternoon at the Muelle Arturo Prat in Punta Arenas, in time for embarkation at 6 pm. Once onboard, enjoy a welcome toast introducing the Captain and the crew. Meet new friends over a delicious dinner with wine and rest peacefully in your private ensuite cabin as the ship heads south to begin the journey through Patagonia and the fjords of Tierra del Fuego.
Note:Please enquire for itinerary details for Australis cruises travelling in the opposite direction from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas
Beginning in the vicinity of the Marinelli Glacier in Ainsworth Bay, learn how life resurfaces after the ice has melted with a guided hike through the wonderful sub-Antarctic Magellanic forest.
Later, visit a secluded location in the windswept Tuckers Islets, where you will observe colonies of Magellanic penguins and cormorants from the comfort of your Zodiac. Please note, in September and April, the Tucker Islets excursion is replaced by a hike near a glacier in Brookes Bay.
Included: B - L - D
Today's journey follows the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel to enter and disembark in the Pia Fjord. Experience the majesty of its namesake, the impressive Pia Glacier, whose main peak extends from the top of the mountain range to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, the journey continues under the imposing gaze of “Glacier Alley”.
Included: B - L - D
Cape Horn, one of the southernmost points of the world, is surrounded by charm and legends. A striking seven-metre monument marks its history as an important yet perilous shipping route since its discovery in 1616. Cape Horn National Park was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005, comprising marine areas, islands, fjords, channels, forests and moorland.
In the afternoon, disembark at Wulaia Bay, which was once one of the largest settlements of the original canoeing inhabitants of the region, the Yaman. A guided hike takes you through the pristine Magellanic forest in which many endemic species grow, passing spectacular viewpoints so you can appreciate the nature and geography of this special place.
Back on board enjoy a celebratory dinner to mark your final evening.
Included: B - L - D
Welcome to the Port of Ushuaia, Argentina, the most important Argentine city in Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world. Disembarking in the morning after an early breakfast, it's time to bid the crew and your new friends farewell.
Available late September to April, with regular departures in season
Some excursions are subject to weather and safety considerations and may be changed at the crew's discretion