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Patagonian Explorer | Ventus Australis

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5 Days
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WAS From USD 3,200   Now From USD 2,720

STYLE: Small Ship Cruise

Trip Code: CLTSVPE

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

SHIP: VENTUS AUSTRALIS

DestinationDestination

Argentina, Patagonia, Chile

DestinationDeparture Date

19/01/2023, 27/01/2023, 04/02/2023, 12/02/2023, 20/02/2023, 28/02/2023, 08/03/2023, 16/03/2023, 24/03/2023, 01/04/2023, 09/04/2023, 29/09/2023, 07/10/2023, 15/10/2023, 31/10/2023, 08/11/2023, 16/11/2023, 24/11/2023, 02/12/2023, 10/12/2023, 18/12/2023, 26/12/2023, 03/01/2024, 11/01/2023, 19/01/2024, 27/01/2024, 04/02/2024, 12/02/2024, 20/02/2024, 28/02/2024, 07/03/2024, 15/03/2024, 23/03/2024, 31/03/2024, 08/04/2024

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OVERVIEW

This extraordinary 5-day cruise cruise will guide you to world’s most beautiful and exclusive places while indulging in luxury onboard of the Ventus Australis.

Embark on an adventurous journey between Ushuaia (Argentina) to Punta Arenas (Chile) aboard the Ventus Australis, through some of planet’s most remote places and incredible scenery. Discover the wild beauty of Patagonia on a voyage that showcases the region’s pristine landscapes, rich wildlife and fascinating human history aboard an expedition ship that brings an extraordinary level of comfort and service to the uttermost edge of the world. Leaving the twinkling lights of Ushuaia behind, the vessel calls on fabled spots like Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay before cruising down the Beagle Channel. Continuing through the maze of islands, we’ll visit a number of glaciers, frozen giants that guard the southern flank of the Fuegian Archipelago, before entering the legendary Strait of Magellan. Last stop is the Isla Magdalena and its boisterous penguin colony before docking at Punta Arenas.

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

*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.

 

In 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 on in the upmarket comfort of the Ventus Australis. 

 

ITINERARY

Ushuaia

Check in and luggage drop off is at the Cruceros Australis office, between 10:00hrs and 17:00hrs (10am-5pm) at 409 San Martin Street, in downtown Ushuaia. 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 toast and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the most remote corners of planet Earth. During the night we traverse the Beagle Channel and cross from Argentina into Chilean territorial waters. The lights of Ushuaia disappear as we turn into the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands.

Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay

Around the break of dawn, Stella Australis crosses Nassau Bay and enters the remote archipelago that comprises Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition -- and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland -- Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the "End of the Earth." The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. The Chilean navy maintains a permanent lighthouse on the island, staffed by a lightkeeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument (currently awaiting repair after being damaged by fierce winds).

Sailing back across Nassau Bay, we anchor at fabled Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yámana aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain FitzRoy in the 1830s during their voyages on HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station -- which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area -- passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooded mountain behind the bay. On all of these you stroll through an enchanted Magellanic forest of lengas, coigües, canelos and ferns to reach panoramic viewpoints overlooking the bay.

Pía Glacier – Garibaldi Glacier

Overnight we sail around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel and Cockburn Channel. After rounding the remote Brecknock Peninsula, Ventus Australis tacks eastward and enters the Beagle Channel again. By morning we are entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier.After disembarking we take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier.

No one knows for certain how the hulking mass of snow and ice got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was named for Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king.

Making our way further west along the Beagle Channel, we enter another long fjord and drop anchor near Garibaldi Glacier for another shore excursion. Garibaldi is one of only three glaciers in Patagonia gaining mass rather than staying the same or slowly shrinking. This time we hike through virgin Magellanic forest to a glacial waterfall, a towering wall of ferns and moss, and spectacular viewpoints looking down on the glacier and fjord. The walk is demanding -- very steep, negligible trail, rough footing -- and not for everyone. For those who choose to stay onboard, our captain will point the bow towards the beautiful sky blue Garibaldi Glacier so everyone can enjoy the panoramic view from the upper decks.

Agostini Sound – Águila Glacier – Cóndor Glacier

Early in the morning, we will sail through the Cockburn Channel and enter Agostini Sound. From there it is possible to see the glaciers that descend from the middle of the Darwin Mountain Range -- some of them reaching the water. This morning, we will disembark and go for an easy walk around a lagoon, which was formed by the melting of the Águila Glacier. We will reach a spot right in front of that glacier with stunning views. In the afternoon, we will approach the Condor Glacier via Zodiac -- and hopefully see some of the abundant Andean Condors in the area.

Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas

After an overnight cruise through Magdalena Channel and back into the Strait of Magellan, we anchor off Magdalena Island, which lies about halfway between Tierra del Fuego and the Chilean mainland. Crowned by a distinctive lighthouse, the island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic penguins. At the break of dawn, weather permitting, we go ashore and hike a path that leads through thousands of penguins to a small museum lodged inside the vintage 1902 lighthouse. Many other bird species are also found on the island. In September and April -- when the penguins dwell elsewhere -- this excursion is replaced by a ride aboard Zodiacs to Marta Island to observe South American sea lions. After a short cruise south along the strait, disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for around 11:30 AM.

*Camera extension poles are prohibited on Magdalena Island

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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. 

  • Starting 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. 

  • Each night you will stay in superior accommodation ensuring your journey is comfortable

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

Patagonian Explorer | Ventus Australis from USD 2,720
Departing Ending Duration
19 Jan 2023 23 Jan 2023 5
27 Jan 2023 31 Jan 2023 5
04 Feb 2023 08 Feb 2023 5
12 Feb 2023 16 Feb 2023 5
20 Feb 2023 24 Feb 2023 5
28 Feb 2023 04 Mar 2023 5
08 Mar 2023 12 Mar 2023 5
16 Mar 2023 20 Mar 2023 5
24 Mar 2023 28 Mar 2023 5
01 Apr 2023 05 Apr 2023 5
09 Apr 2023 13 Apr 2023 5
29 Sep 2023 03 Oct 2023 5
07 Oct 2023 11 Oct 2023 5
15 Oct 2023 19 Oct 2023 5
31 Oct 2023 04 Nov 2023 5
08 Nov 2023 12 Nov 2023 5
16 Nov 2023 20 Nov 2023 5
24 Nov 2023 28 Nov 2023 5
02 Dec 2023 06 Dec 2023 5
10 Dec 2023 14 Dec 2023 5
18 Dec 2023 22 Dec 2023 5
26 Dec 2023 30 Dec 2023 5
03 Jan 2024 07 Jan 2024 5
11 Jan 2023 15 Jan 2023 5
19 Jan 2024 23 Jan 2024 5
27 Jan 2024 31 Jan 2024 5
04 Feb 2024 08 Feb 2024 5
12 Feb 2024 16 Feb 2024 5
20 Feb 2024 24 Feb 2024 5
28 Feb 2024 03 Mar 2024 5
07 Mar 2024 11 Mar 2024 5
15 Mar 2024 19 Mar 2024 5
23 Mar 2024 27 Mar 2024 5
31 Mar 2024 04 Apr 2024 5
08 Apr 2024 12 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.