What To Expect
After a welcoming cocktail reception on board hosted by the Captain and his crew, the Via Australis will depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet. Our voyage will take us through the Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, which includes the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.
In the morning, we will enter Garibaldi Fjord where we will disembark for a hike through the forest up to a glacial waterfall to enjoy the spectacular views. For those who choose to stay onboard, our Captain will point the bow towards the beautiful blue Garibaldi Glacier so that they can enjoy the panoramic view from the upper decks.In the afternoon we will navigate along the Northwest arm of the Beagle Channel to reach Pia Fjord, where we disembark. We will then take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular Pia Glacier, which 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.
We will be sailing through Murray Channel and 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.In the afternoon, we will go ashore at historic 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, coigues, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint.
Acknowledged as the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia was founded in 1884 and was one of the original points of encounter between the Yamana and Anglican cultures. Its name derives from the Yamana word for "penetrating bay" and it's surrounded by the last high peaks of the Andes. Today, it is one of the largest cities on Tierra del Fuego Island, with around 65,000 inhabitants. Disembarkation is scheduled at 08:30. The perfect opportunity to enjoy the city and its spectacular scenery.
3 nights accommodation on board
All meals and open bar when on duty (without additional cost for wines, beverages, and liquors) - Shore excursions
3 lectures on Cape Horn, Patagonia flora and Tierra del Fuego sailors on board
Transfers to/from Ushuaia Port
Port tax, migration fee, and national park fee: USD40. The cost may be modified by the port authorities of each country.
A, AA and AAA cabins and single cabins are also available, please contact us
Lectures on board are given in English and Spanish
Shore excursions are guided in English and Spanish and can also be guided in Italian, German and French according to number of participants speaking these languages (minimum of 10 persons) and guides availability
Required clothing: hiking clothes and boots, warm clothes, sunglasses, etc.
Children policy: Infants between 0 and 3 yeard old travel for free sharing the bed with their parents. Children between 4 and 12 years old have a 50% discount sharing a double cabin with 1 adult.
*No penalty for cancellations made up to 120 days before departure
*300 USD penalty for cancellations made from 119 and 60 days before departure
*25% of sales value penalty for cancellations made from 59 and 50 days before departure
*50% of sales value penalty for cancellations made from 49 and 40 days before departure
*75% of sales value penalty for cancellations made from 39 and 30 days before departure
*100% of sales value penalty for cancellations made from 29 and 0 days before departure
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