Discover the 'end of the earth' on a three or four night cruise through the channels and sounds of Argentinian and Chilean Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, the 'land of fire'. Witness the glaciers, mountain peaks and wildlife of this remote land, where the next stop south is Antarctica.

M/V Stella Australis – Discover Patagonia – Ushuaia to Punta Arenas – 3 nights
Ushuaia, Cape Horn, Wulaia Bay, De Agostini Sound, Águila Glacier Magdalena Island, Punta Arenas

M/V Stella Australis & M/V Ventus Australis – Fjords of Tierra del Fuego – Punta Arenas to Ushuaia – 4 nights
Punta Arenas, Ainsworth Bay, Tuckers Islets, Pia Glacier, cruising Glacier Alley, Cape Horn, Wulaia Bay, Ushuaia

M/V Ventus Australis – Patagonia Explorer - Ushuaia to Punta Arenas

Ushuaia, Cape Horn, Wulaia Bay, Pía Glacier, Garibaldi Glacier, Agostini Sound, Águila Glacier, Cóndor Glacier, Magdalena Island, Punta Arenas

STAY & CRUISE
 
HIGHLIGHTS

Discover Patagonia

Day 1: Ushuaia On arrival in Ushuaia check in for your three night cruise. This evening you will board the M/V Stella Australis before enjoying a cocktail reception hosted by the ship's Captain. The cruise will begin as the ship makes its way through the Beagle Channel. Witness the incredible scenery as you wind your way past the shores of Tierra del Fuego and into the Murray Channel.

Day 2: Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay This morning – weather permitting – you will disembark at Cape Horn National Park, a UNESCO World Bisphere Reserve. This rocky headland is the southern most headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and acted as an important navigational aid for clipper vessels as they conveyed their goods from port to port. To this day the cape is considered one of the world's most challenging yachting routes due to the strong currents and winds, towering waves and wayward icebergs. Following lunch discover the history of the Yamana Aborigines at Wulaia Bay. Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and Robert Fitzroy, who landed here in 1833, during the same voyage that would later visit the Galapagos. On shore witness the beautiful scenery and walk through an endemic Magellan forest to a viewpoint which affords panoramic views.

Day 3: Agostini Sound & Águila Glacier Today the Stella Australis will make its way through the Brecknock, Ocasión, Cockburn, and Magdalena Channels before entering the spectacular Agostini Sound. Surrounded by the peaks of the Darwin mountain range you will witness a number of glaciers that are seemingly slipping down the mountain slopes to the sea. A Zodiac boat which will transport you towards the Águila Glacier and you will step ashore in the shadow of its creeping form. An easy walk will take you to the glacier's base and from here you can discover how ice shapes the breathtaking Southern Patagonian landscapes.

Day 4: Magdalena Island & Punta Arenas Early this morning disembark on Magdalena Island (weather permitting). Located in the Strait of Magellan this seemingly nondescript island is home to a vast colony of Magellan Penguins which you can observe on a walk up to the island's lighthouse. During the months of September and April this will be replaced by a Zodiac boat trip to the nearby Marta Island to where you can spot South American Sea Lions.

Fjords of Tierra del Fuego

Day 1: Punta Arenas Upon arrival in Punta Arenas check in for your four night cruise on board the M/V Stella Australis or the M/V Ventus Australis. After boarding enjoy a cocktail reception hosted by the ship's Captain and crew as the ship sails along the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. D.

Day 2: Ainsworth Bay & Tucker Islets As the sun rises the ship will sail through the picturesque Admiralty Sound towards Ainsworth Bay which sits within the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of Alberto De Agostini National Park. View the sweeping Marinelli Glacier as you walk through a Magellanic sub-polar forest to see a beaver dam or take part in a more strenuous hike along glacial moraine. During lunch the ship will sail to the Tucker Islets. Later, disembark into a Zodiac boat for a chance to spot Magellan penguins and cormorants in close proximity. In September and April this will be replaced by a walk to a glacier at Brookes Bay.

Day 3: Pia Glacier & Glacier Alley Today the ship will make its way through the Beagle Channel towards Pia Fjord and Pia Glacier, a vast sea of ice that winds its way down to the water's edge. After disembarking a short hike will be taken to a viewpoint where you can enjoy wonderful views of the ice. Back on board observe the scenery as the ship continues along the Beagle Channel, through the appropriately-named Glacier Alley. See tidewater glaciers of the Darwin Ice Sheet flowing down the slopes of the Darwin Mountains as the ship sails onwards towards the Murray Channel.

Day 4: Wulaia Bay & Cape Horn This morning the ship will pass through the Murray Channel en route to Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the largest Yámana aboriginal settlements. The bay was visited by Charles Darwin and Captain Fitzroy during the 1830s and today it is home to a informative museum which is is housed in the old radio station. From here guests can choose from a selection of three hikes which take you into the mountains behind the bay. Once you're back on board, the ship will sail across Nassau Bay towards Hornos Island at the very southern tip of South America. Weather permitting you'll disembark and explore this wind-swept island.

Day 5: Ushuaia Upon arrival in Ushuaia, the southern-most city in the world, disembark at approximately 8am.

Patagonia Explorer

Day 1: Ushuaia On arrival in Ushuaia check in for your three night cruise. This evening you will board the M/V Ventus Australis before enjoying a cocktail reception hosted by the ship's Captain. The cruise will begin as the ship makes its way through the Beagle Channel. Witness the incredible scenery as you wind your way past the shores of Tierra del Fuego and into the Murray Channel.

Day 2: Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay This morning – weather permitting – you will disembark at Cape Horn National Park, a UNESCO World Bisphere Reserve. This rocky headland is the southern most headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and acted as an important navigational aid for clipper vessels as they conveyed their goods from port to port. To this day the cape is considered one of the world's most challenging yachting routes due to the strong currents and winds, towering waves and wayward icebergs. Following lunch discover the history of the Yamana Aborigines at Wulaia Bay. Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and Robert Fitzroy, who landed here in 1833, during the same voyage that would later visit the Galapagos. On shore witness the beautiful scenery and walk through an endemic Magellan forest to a viewpoint which affords panoramic views.

Day 3: Pia Glacier & Garibaldi Glacier After departing from Wulaia Bay, the ship continues along the Beagle Channel, through the appropriately-named Glacier Alley. See tidewater glaciers of the Darwin Ice Sheet flowing down the slopes of the Darwin Mountains as the ship sails onwards towards the Murray Channel. The first port of call will be the Pia Fjord and Pia Glacier, a vast sea of ice that winds its way down to the water's edge. After disembarking a short hike will be taken to a viewpoint where you can enjoy wonderful views of the ice.

Continue west through the Beagle Channel and disembark at the Garibaldi Glacier, one of the few glaciers in Patagonia that is advancing rather than retreating. You'll walk through Magellanic forest, past a waterfall and through ferns to an incredible vantage point. This is a very demanding trail with steep sections and unstable trails so is only suitable for active and healthy guests. For those who decide to stay on board, the ship's bow will be pointed towards the wall of ice.

Day 4: Agostini Sound & Águila Glacier Today the Stella Australis will make its way through the Brecknock, Ocasión, Cockburn, and Magdalena Channels before entering the spectacular Agostini Sound. Surrounded by the peaks of the Darwin mountain range you will witness a number of glaciers that are seemingly slipping down the mountain slopes to the sea. A Zodiac boat which will transport you towards the Águila Glacier and you will step ashore in the shadow of its creeping form. An easy walk will take you to the glacier's base and from here you can discover how ice shapes the breathtaking Southern Patagonian landscapes. In the afternoon get back on the Zodiac and head out to the Condor Glacier. The glacier is appropriately named as Andean condors are often spotted here.

Day 5: Magdalena Island & Punta Arenas Early this morning disembark on Magdalena Island (weather permitting). Located in the Strait of Magellan this seemingly nondescript island is home to a vast colony of Magellan Penguins which you can observe on a walk up to the island's lighthouse. During the months of September and April this will be replaced by a Zodiac boat trip to the nearby Marta Island to where you can spot South American Sea Lions.

CRUISE INFORMATION

Is this for you?

The Stella Australis is a modern, purpose built ship consisting of 100 cabins. The ship features a dining room, a number of lounges and a fitness centre. The ship's expedition team and crew team will organise on-board activities including talks on the region's flora, fauna, history and geography as well as glaciology and ethnography.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Cruise dates

3 or 4 nights; departs on select dates between October and March, please call for details