Check-in at Magallanes 990, Punta Arenas, between 1pm and 5pm for a cruise departure at 6pm.
Day 1: Punta Arenas
Check in at Magallanes, Punta Arenas, between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Board the Stella Australis at 6:00 pm. After settling into your cabin, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception on board. Later this evening the ship departs for one of the most remote areas on the planet. Your voyage will take you through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel as you explore Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, considered to be one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world.
Day 2: Ainsworth Bay - Tuckers Islets
At dawn continue navigating through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay, inside the Alberto De Agostini National Park. From a distance you may catch a glimpse of the Marinelli Glacier which descends from the Darwin Mountain Range. You will also have the opportunity to take a walk to discover a beaver dam in the sub polar Magellanic forest. On the beach, you may spot some elephant seals, if you are fortunate. Later, sail to Tuckers Islets, and, after lunch, take the Zodiac boats to view Magellanic Penguins, which only reside in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as Cormorants. In September and April this excursion is replaced by Brookes Bay where you land for a short walk to approach a glacier.
Day 3: Pia Glacier
Navigate along the main part of the Beagle Channel to reach Pia Fjord, where you may disembark near Pia Glacier. Take a short hike to a look-out point from where there will be a spectacular view of the entire glacier, stretching from high in the mountains, winding its way down until it reaches the sea. After this unforgettable experience, you continue sailing along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel through the impressive and aptly named “Glacier Alley”.
Day 4: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
Sail through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where you will disembark, weather permitting. Here you will see the mythical Cape Horn, which was discovered in 1616, and its sheer, 425 metre high rocky promontory. The area, which was recently declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, was, historically, a critical navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, being literally referred to as the “End of the Earth”. In the afternoon, you may go ashore at the historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements and the place where Charles Darwin landed back in 1833. This area is also renowned for the incredible beauty of its vegetation and geography. Take a walk through the Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coihues, Canelos, ferns, and other native vegetation, where you will reach a dramatic look-out point.
Day 5: Ushuaia
Arrive at the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, early this morning and disembark the ship. This marks the end of your expedition cruise.
Disembark in Ushuaia at 8am.
- 4 Night's accommodation on board the Stella Australis.
- Full board (from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day).
- Free bar.
- Daily excursions as detailed in the itinerary.
- Whiskey and hot chocolate during excursions.
- All onboard activities and presentations.
- International transportation.
- Transfers to and from the ship.
- Visas (where required).
- Personal insurance.
- Personal expenses.