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Ventus Australis: Fjords of Tierra del Fuego Extension

5 Days FROM USD 4,020

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Overview

BOOK AND SAVE: Up to 25% off select cabins on 2022/23 season departures if paid in full by 30 June 2022* 

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 ***

*Offers aboard Ventus Australis apply to 2022/23 season departures only and are subject to availability. Book selected cabins and save up to 25% off the regular retail price. Cabins are limited. Subject to availability and currency fluctuations. Full payment is required by 30 June 2022. Further conditions apply, contact us for more information.

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. 

Optional Activities :

Trip Code: PCTVFTF

Travel Style: Small Ship Cruise

Location: Chile, Patagonia, Argentina

Ship: VENTUS AUSTRALIS

Flights: Ask us about booking your internal flights with your flights to/from South America to save money by creating an 'airpass'. Contact us for more info.

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. 

CRUISE ITINERARY

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.

Punta Arenas

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.

Ainsworth Bay - Tuckers Islets

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.

Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley

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.

Wulaia Bay - Cape Horn

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

Ushuaia
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Pricing per person & date

Ventus Australis: Fjords of Tierra del Fuego Extension from USD 3,015
Departing Ending Duration
25 Sep 2022 29 Sep 2022 5
03 Oct 2022 07 Oct 2022 5
11 Oct 2022 15 Oct 2022 5
19 Oct 2022 23 Oct 2022 5
27 Oct 2022 31 Oct 2022 5
04 Nov 2022 08 Nov 2022 5
12 Nov 2022 16 Nov 2022 5
20 Nov 2022 24 Nov 2022 5
28 Oct 2022 01 Nov 2022 5
06 Dec 2022 10 Dec 2022 5
14 Dec 2022 18 Dec 2022 5
22 Dec 2022 26 Dec 2022 5
30 Dec 2022 03 Jan 2023 5
07 Jan 2023 11 Jan 2023 5
15 Jan 2023 19 Jan 2023 5
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

Important Information

  • 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. 

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE

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