PATAGONIA EXPLORER M/V STELLA AUSTRALIS & M/V VENTUS AUSTRALIS USHUAIA – PUNTA ARENAS Five Days / Four Nights

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PATAGONIA EXPLORER
M/V STELLA AUSTRALIS & M/V VENTUS AUSTRALIS
USHUAIA – PUNTA ARENAS

HIGHLIGHTS

A snapshot of the sites to be visited and the highlights of each cruise program

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY:

Detailed daily itinerary on activities and visits and applicable cruise rates

CRUISE DATES:

A complete listing of the cruise dates indicating the different applicable seasons for each cruise

PRE-CRUISE TOURS:

A sample of tours offered in Argentina in connection with the cruise departures from Ushuaia

PATAGONIA EXPLORER
M/V STELLA AUSTRALIS & M/V VENTUS AUSTRALIS
USHUAIA – PUNTA ARENAS

Five Days / Four Nights

HIGHLIGHTS

Explore Patagonia on an adventurous five-day, four-night journeys between Ushuaia (Argentina) to Punta Arenas (Chile) through some of planet’s most remote places and incredible scenery. Discover the wild beauty of Patagonia 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 Patagonia penguin colony before docking at Punta Arenas.

PROGRAM ROUTE MAP
 
M/V STELLA & M/V VENTUS AUSTRALIS
USHUAIA / PUNTA ARENAS
Five Days / Four Nights
DAY 1: Ushuaia
DAY 2: Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay
DAY 3: Pia Glacier And Garibaldi Glacier
DAY 4: Agostini Sound – Águila Glacier – Cóndor Glacier
DAY 5: Magdalena Island & Punta Arenas

2019 & 2020 GROSS RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

CABIN CATEGORY PROMO RATE LOW SEASON HIGH SEASON
B $ 1,565 $ 1,960 $ 2478
A $ 2,122 $ 2,620 $ 3,177
AA $ 2,228 $ 2,731 $ 3,337
AAA $ 2,289 $ 2,814 $ 3,456
AA SUPERIOR $ 2,680 $ 3,333 $ 4,067
AAA SUPERIOR $ 2,850 $ 3,531 $ 4,274

NOTE: The excursions described in the itineraries can usually be carried out without any problems. Nevertheless, the ship owner holds the right to alter, change or skip certain portions of the itinerary without prior notice, whether motivated by the passengers’ well-being and safety, by the appropriate protection of the environment, or in case of any extraordinary event, unforeseeable circumstance or force majeure. For this reason, departures or arrival may be subject to change. Furthermore, sighting of birds and other species cannot be guaranteed as their exact location is variable by nature.

PATAGONIA EXPLORER
M/V STELLA AUSTRALIS & M/V VENTUS AUSTRALIS
USHUAIA – PUNTA ARENAS

Five Days / Four Nights

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: USHUAIA

Check in at the Australis travel center at 409 San Martín Ave. in downtown Ushuaia between 10:00 and 17:00
(10 AM-5 PM) on the day of your cruise departure. Board at 18:00 (6:00PM). 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 Argentine into Chilean territorial waters. The lights of Ushuaia disappear as we turn into the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands.

DAY 2: CAPE HORN & WULAIA BAY

By early morning, the ship is cruising across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes 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.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 the 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 wooden mountain behind the bay. On all of these you will be strolling through an enchanted Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic fauna to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay. Before leaving Wulaia Bay, drop something into the wooden mail barrel inside the museum – letters or postcards meant to be hand delivered by future travelers – an ancient mariner tradition revived by Australis.

DAY 3: PIA GLACIER AND GARIBALDI GLACIER

Casting off from Wulaia Bay, we retrace our route to the Beagle Channel and sail westward along the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego into a section of Alberto de Agostini National Park called Glacier Alley or Avenue of the Glaciers. Flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet are a number of impressive tidewater glaciers, most of them named after European countries — Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain and France. In amongst this frozen league of nations we enter the narrow Pia Fjord and board the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. No one knows for certain how the hulking glacier got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was named for princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king. After disembarking we take a hort 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.
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.

DAY 4: 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.

DAY 5: MAGDALENA ISLAND & PUNTA ARENAS

After an overnight cruise that takes us 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 sail south along the strait, disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for around 11:30 AM.
*Camera extension poles are prohibited on Magdalena Island

2019 & 2020 GROSS RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

CABIN CATEGORY PROMO RATE LOW SEASON HIGH SEASON
B $ 1,565 $ 1,960 $ 2478
A $ 2,122 $ 2,620 $ 3,177
AA $ 2,228 $ 2,731 $ 3,337
AAA $ 2,289 $ 2,814 $ 3,456
AA SUPERIOR $ 2,680 $ 3,333 $ 4,067
AAA SUPERIOR $ 2,850 $ 3,531 $ 4,274

NOTE: The excursions described in the itineraries can usually be carried out without any problems. Nevertheless, the ship owner holds the right to alter, change or skip certain portions of the itinerary without prior notice, whether motivated by the passengers’ well-being and safety, by the appropriate protection of the environment, or in case of any extraordinary event, unforeseeable circumstance or force majeure. For this reason, departures or arrival may be subject to change. Furthermore, sighting of birds and other species cannot be guaranteed as their exact location is variable by nature.

USHUAIA – PUNTA ARENAS ROUTE
M/V STELLA AUSTRALIS & M/V VENTUS AUSTRALIS
 
PATAGONIA EXPLORER
M/V STELLA AUSTRALIS
FOUR NIGHT PROGRAM
 
PROMOTIONAL DEPARTURES
September 25 2019 & April 4, 2020
 
LOW SEASON DEPARTURES
October 3, 11, 19, 27, 2019 – March 19 & 27, 2020
 
HIGH SEASON DEPARTURES
November 4, 12, 20, 28, 2019
December 6, 14, 22, 30, 2019
January 7, 15, 23, 31, 2020
February 8, 16, 24, 2020
March 3, 11, 2020
M/V STELLA 2019 & 2020 RATES
 
PATAGONIA EXPLORER
M/V VENTUS AUSTRALIS
FOUR NIGHT PROGRAM
 
PROMOTIONAL DEPARTURES
April 8, 2020
 
LOW SEASON DEPARTURES
October 15, 23, 31, 2019 – March 15, 23, 31, 2020
 
HIGH SEASON DEPARTURES
November 8, 16, 24, 2019
December 2, 10, 18, 25, 2019
January 3, 11, 19, 27, 2020
February 4, 12, 20, 28, 2020
March 7, 2020
M/V VENTUS 2019 & 2020 RATES
SEASONS PROMO LOW HIGH SEASONS PROMO LOW HIGH
FROM:(*) $ 1,565 $ 1,960 $ 2,478 FROM:(*) $ 1,565 $ 1,960 $ 2,478

(*) Rates based on Cabin Category “B”. For complete listing of rates please visit our detailed itinerary

2019 & 2020 GROSS RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

CABIN CATEGORY PROMO RATE LOW SEASON HIGH SEASON
B $ 1,565 $ 1,960 $ 2478
A $ 2,122 $ 2,620 $ 3,177
AA $ 2,228 $ 2,731 $ 3,337
AAA $ 2,289 $ 2,814 $ 3,456
AA SUPERIOR $ 2,680 $ 3,333 $ 4,067
AAA SUPERIOR $ 2,850 $ 3,531 $ 4,274

NOTE: The excursions described in the itineraries can usually be carried out without any problems. Nevertheless, the ship owner holds the right to alter, change or skip certain portions of the itinerary without prior notice, whether motivated by the passengers’ well-being and safety, by the appropriate protection of the environment, or in case of any extraordinary event, unforeseeable circumstance or force majeure. For this reason, departures or arrival may be subject to change. Furthermore, sighting of birds and other species cannot be guaranteed as their exact location is variable by nature.

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Plantation, Florida  
13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

Toll Free USA & Canada:
(800) 666 8687
Local Number: 
(305) 436 0933 
Fax:     
(305 436 0843

Send us a Message

ENQUIRE NOW

We will be happy to answer your questions or comments.

G T TOURS OFFICES:

Plantation, Florida  
13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

Toll Free USA & Canada:
(800) 666 8687
Local Number: 
(305) 436 0933 
Fax:     
(305 436 0843