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Fjords of Tierra del Fuego | Ventus Australis

Save 15% on all cabins on Except Cat B for selected 2023/24 season departures.
Available until 28 Feb 2023 unless sold out prior.

5 Days
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WAS From AUD 4,635   Now From AUD 3,940

STYLE: Small Ship Cruise

Trip Code: PCTVFTF

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

SHIP: VENTUS AUSTRALIS

DestinationDestination

Chile, Patagonia, Argentina

DestinationDeparture Date

23/01/2023, 31/01/2023, 08/02/2023, 16/02/2023, 24/02/2023, 04/03/2023, 12/03/2023, 20/03/2023, 28/03/2023, 05/04/2023, 25/09/2023, 03/10/2023, 11/10/2023, 19/10/2023, 27/10/2023, 04/11/2023, 12/11/2023, 20/11/2023, 28/11/2023, 06/12/2023, 14/12/2023, 22/12/2023, 30/12/2023, 07/01/2024, 15/01/2024, 23/01/2024, 31/01/2024, 08/02/2024, 16/02/2024, 24/02/2024, 03/03/2024, 11/03/2024, 19/03/2024, 27/03/2024, 04/04/2024

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OVERVIEW

This one-of-a-kind cruise allows you to discover a frozen world and marvelous wildlife while enjoying the luxury of the Ventus Australis.

Set sail from the Chilean city of Punta Arenas to the first stop, Ainsworth Bay. Here you will explore the Alberto De Agostini National Park and see the Marinelli Glacier dropping. Spot the majestic Southern Elephant Seals and end the day by being encircled by a state of charming Magellan Penguins. The climbs on the next days will direct you to the most spectacular views of the area. Strand at the shores of the memorable Strait of Magellan and continue this extraordinary journey of revelation through the fjords and channels of Tierra del Fuego. Discover Cape Horn and the historic Wulaia Bay, among other attractions along the route. 

*** Please note, this itinerary also operates in reverse, from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas ***

On this all-encompassing cruise, you will be provided with travel logistics for your travel party for the duration of your journey, plus expert guides for all the major sightseeing as per itinerary. Your all-inclusive cruise-in will take place in the upmarket comfort of the Ventus Australis. 

 

 

*15% discount on the 2023/24 season selected departures valid for new bookings until 28 Feb 2023.  Excludes Cabin Category B.
*Not combinable with any other promotion. Offers apply to new bookings only. Cabins are subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Further conditions apply, please contact us for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: Pricing is subject to change and availability at the time of booking. Contact us for more information.

ITINERARY

Punta Arenas

Check in and luggage drop off is at the Cruceros Australis office, between 13:00hrs and 17:00hrs (1pm-5pm) at 1389 Costanera del Estrecho Ave (at Prat Port) on Punta Arena's waterfront. Boarding commences at 18:00hrs (6pm) with departure scheduled at 20:00hrs (8pm). All passengers must be on board the vessel at least one hour before departure. Please note your luggage will be taken to your cabin.

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. During the night we cross the Strait of Magellan and enter the labyrinth of channels that define the southern extreme of Patagonian. The twinkling lights of Punta Arenas gradually fade into the distance as we enter the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.

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.

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.

Wulaia Bay - Cape Horn

During the morning we will be sailing 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, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint.In the afternoon we will go 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-meter (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.

Ushuaia

We sail into Argentine waters and dock in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city.
Scheduled arrival between 8:30-9:30am.

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WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • Experience the wonders of the Patagonian fjords, a visual spectacle where dramatic landscapes and beautiful vistas reign superior. 

  • Ending in Ushuaia is a perfect launching pad for undertaking the incredible journey to the Frozen White continent, Antarctica. Allowing you to experience the amazing offerings of two of the worlds most unique and indescribably beautiful continents

  • This itinerary is perfectly combined with other land based tours in South America, allowing you the opportunity to blend incredible landscapes with indescribable cultural encounters. 

  • Sailing through the Patagonian fjords is a perfect way to combine luxury  and elegance with the dramatic beauty and indescribable landscapes of the region. 

VENTUS AUSTRALIS

VENTUS AUSTRALIS

The Ventus Australis is a awe-inspiring cruise ship, launched in January 2018. Tailor-made for exploring the remote southern tip of South America, all aspects of the 210 passenger ship including size, length, draft and engine power are designed to give Ventus Australis the extreme maneuverability necessary to navigate narrow fjords and channels where no other cruise ship can venture.  Ventus Australis will feature the latest regulations regarding safety at sea and protecting the marine environment, as all of Australis Patagonia fleet does.  With 110 spacious cabins featuring cozy beds, full bathrooms and panoramic views of the Patagonian nature unfolding outside.  The pampering continues in the dining room with buffet breakfasts and lunches and four-course dinners that blend continental and Chilean cuisine.  The galley also caters to special dietary requests.  The all-inclusive bar features a wide selection of liquors, excellent Chilean wines and local craft beers, as well our the trademark Calafate Sour.  Passengers have access to a library with extensive literature on Patagonian flora, fauna and history, as well as board games and other onboard entertainment activities.  Shore excursions are carried out in zodiac boats that can easily navigate remote bays and shallow water.  During the journey, English speaking guides and guest lectures deliver presentations and slide shows on various aspects of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.  Please note this vessel does not have elevators nor WiFi or internet.  Currency accepted onboard is US dollars, Euros, Chilean Pesos and Argentinean pesos.  Credit Cards accept onboard are Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners. 

Ice Class: Length:
Breadth: Max
Draft: Cruising
Speed: 6.8 / 5.7 knots
Electricity: 220 volts and 110 volts Passenger
Capacity:
210

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Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

Standard

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Superior

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Deluxe

Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.

Pricing per person & date

Fjords of Tierra del Fuego | Ventus Australis from AUD 3,939
Departing Ending Duration
23 Jan 2023 27 Jan 2023 5
31 Jan 2023 04 Feb 2023 5
08 Feb 2023 12 Feb 2023 5
16 Feb 2023 20 Feb 2023 5
24 Feb 2023 28 Feb 2023 5
04 Mar 2023 08 Mar 2023 5
12 Mar 2023 16 Mar 2023 5
20 Mar 2023 24 Mar 2023 5
28 Mar 2023 01 Apr 2023 5
05 Apr 2023 09 Apr 2023 5
25 Sep 2023 29 Sep 2023 5
03 Oct 2023 07 Oct 2023 5
11 Oct 2023 15 Oct 2023 5
19 Oct 2023 23 Oct 2023 5
27 Oct 2023 31 Oct 2023 5
04 Nov 2023 08 Nov 2023 5
12 Nov 2023 16 Nov 2023 5
20 Nov 2023 24 Nov 2023 5
28 Nov 2023 02 Dec 2023 5
06 Dec 2023 10 Dec 2023 5
14 Dec 2023 18 Dec 2023 5
22 Dec 2023 26 Dec 2023 5
30 Dec 2023 03 Jan 2024 5
07 Jan 2024 11 Jan 2024 5
15 Jan 2024 19 Jan 2024 5
23 Jan 2024 27 Jan 2024 5
31 Jan 2024 04 Feb 2024 5
08 Feb 2024 12 Feb 2024 5
16 Feb 2024 20 Feb 2024 5
24 Feb 2024 28 Feb 2024 5
03 Mar 2024 07 Mar 2024 5
11 Mar 2024 15 Mar 2024 5
19 Mar 2024 23 Mar 2024 5
27 Mar 2024 31 Mar 2024 5
04 Apr 2024 08 Apr 2024 5

Important Info

  • Cabin accommodation on board Ventus Australis
    All meals whilst on board
    All scheduled landings and excursions
    Open bar (when bartender on duty)
    All on board entertainment

    Exclusions

    Airfares to/from embarkation and disembarkation city
    Visa fees (if applicable)
    Port taxes
    Any additional activities not mentioned in itinerary
    Gratuities for staff/crew
    Transfers to/from pier
     

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details. 

  • *Transfers to/from the port in both cities are not included and can be booked with your Destination Specialist 

  • Departure date, season and availability.