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Complete Southern Patagonia tour with Expedition Cruise to Cape Horn, Fjords and Glaciers

An wonderful 11-night tour including Ushuaia, the 4-night expedition cruise to explore, glaciers fjords and the Cape Horn, Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Torrse del Paine, El Calafate and Perito Moren Glacier!
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Complete Southern Patagonia tour with Expedition Cruise to Cape Horn, Fjords and Glaciers

Overview

A wonderful and very complete 11-night tour to visit the best of the Southern Patagonia!

Are you looking for a very complete tour to visit the most amazing destinations in southern Patagonia? We have the best option for you!

Our Ushuaia, Australis Cruise Expedition to Cape Horn, Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine and El Calafate tour is an amazing option to explore and discover the best of this remote areas in Patagonia. Enjoy Ushuaia, with Tierra del Fuego National Park and the amazing Train of the End of the World, continue with a  unique five-day, four-night expedition cruise from Ushuaia (Argentina) to Punta Arenas (Chile) and enjoy the wild beauty of Patagonia, southern fjords and glaciers and the remote Cape Horn. Continue to Punta Arenas in Chile, to visit Puerto Natales and the iconic Torres del Paine National  Park to finalize crossing the andes to reach El Calafate and visit the unique Perito Moreno Glacier.

The tour can run in reverse, visiting El Calafate and then Ushuaia, or even El Calafate and cross to visit Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine, and in that case we will offer the expedition cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia (in reverse). Check with us!

itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive to Ushuaia

Arrive to Ushuaia airport and transfer to your hotel. Ushuaia is the southermost city in the world.

Ushuaia, often referred to as the “End of the World,” is the southernmost city in the world and is located on the island of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina. Nestled between the jagged peaks of the Andes Mountains and the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia boasts stunning natural beauty and a unique blend of rugged landscapes and vibrant culture.

Despite its remote location, Ushuaia has grown into a bustling hub for adventure tourism, attracting travelers from around the globe seeking to explore the pristine wilderness of Patagonia and Antarctica. The city serves as a gateway to Tierra del Fuego National Park, a sprawling reserve renowned for its diverse ecosystems, picturesque hiking trails, and panoramic vistas.

In addition to its natural attractions, Ushuaia offers visitors a wealth of cultural experiences. Explore the city’s charming streets lined with colorful houses and artisan shops, sample delicious seafood cuisine at local restaurants, and learn about the region’s rich maritime history at the Museo Marítimo y del Presidio (Maritime and Prison Museum).

For those with a spirit of adventure, Ushuaia is also a launching point for expeditions to Antarctica, with cruises departing regularly during the summer months. Whether you’re trekking through rugged mountain terrain, cruising through icy fjords, or simply taking in the breathtaking scenery, Ushuaia promises an unforgettable journey to the southernmost reaches of the world.

DAY 2

Excursion to Tierra del Fuego NP + Train of the End of the World

After breakfast, be ready for your activity. We will start a captivating excursion from Ushuaia to Tierra del Fuego National Park, a journey filled with breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and memorable experiences. The adventure begins with a scenic drive from Ushuaia to the entrance of the park, where the rugged beauty of Patagonia unfolds before your eyes.

Upon arrival, board the iconic End of the World Train, also known as the Tren del Fin del Mundo, which offers a unique and immersive way to explore the park’s pristine wilderness. As you journey through the stunning landscapes of Tierra del Fuego, listen to the rhythmic chug of the locomotive and soak in panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, dense forests, and shimmering lakes.

Along the way, knowledgeable guides provide fascinating insights into the history of the railway and the indigenous Yámana people who once inhabited this remote region. Learn about the park’s diverse flora and fauna, including native species such as the Andean fox and the Magellanic woodpecker.

After the train ride, disembark at the station and continue your exploration of Tierra del Fuego National Park on foot. Follow well-marked hiking trails that wind through ancient forests, past cascading waterfalls, and along the shores of pristine lakes. Marvel at the breathtaking scenery and keep an eye out for native wildlife that inhabits this untouched wilderness.

Take time to pause and reflect at scenic viewpoints overlooking the Beagle Channel, where the majestic landscapes of Patagonia meet the vast expanse of the Southern Ocean. Capture unforgettable moments against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks and dramatic fjords, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of one of the world’s southernmost national parks.

At the end of the day, return to Ushuaia with memories of an unforgettable journey to Tierra del Fuego, where the untamed beauty of Patagonia awaits at every turn.

Australis Cruise Expedition from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas

DAY 3

Check in Australis Cruise and departure

After breakfast, transfer to the Australis Cruise office, for check in procedure. Between 10:00 PM and 5:00 PM we will check-in  to embark at 6:00 PM.

After boarding, we will make a welcome toast and introduce the Captain and his crew.

The ship will sail to the far south immediately after. Through the mythical Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan, we will travel through Patagonia and the channels of Tierra del Fuego.

Australis Expedition Cruise to visit Cape Horn in Patagonia

DAY 4

Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay

Today, we will sail through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay, arriving at Cape Horn National Park, where we will disembark, if weather conditions permit, to experience the magic of walking through one of the southernmost points of the world, surrounded by charm and legends.

In the afternoon, we will disembark at Wulaia Bay, a historic site of one of the largest settlements of the native Yagans canoeists. We will reach a viewpoint, walking through the Magellanic forest in. which lengas, coigües, canelos, and ferns grow, among other species.

Australis Expedition Cruise to visit Cape Horn in Patagonia

DAY 5

Pia Glacier and Porter Glacier

In the morning, we will sail along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel to enter and disembark in the Pia Fjord. We will make a trip to the viewpoint from where you will see the homonymous glacier, whose main peak extends from the top of the mountain range to the sea. During the afternoon, in our Zodiac boats, we will navigate between high rocky walls until reaching the Porter Glacier.

Australis Expedition Cruise to visit Cape Horn in Patagonia

DAY 6

Agostini Sound, Aguila Glacier, Condor Glacier

In the morning, we will navigate the Cockburn Channel to enter the Agostini Sound, where you can appreciate the glaciers that descend from the center of the Darwin Mountain Range, some of them reaching the sea. During the morning, we will disembark in Zodiac boats for a walk around a lagoon formed by the melting of the Aguila Glacier. In the afternoon, we will navigate in Zodiac boats to approach the Condor Glacier. We will learn about the formation of glaciers and their influence on the abrupt geography of the Fuegian channels.

Rates and Departures for Australis Cruise expedition from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas

DAY 7

Magdalena Island and Punta Arenas

We will disembark at Magdalena Island first thing in the morning if weather conditions are suitable. On the island, we will be able to see a huge colony of Magellanic penguins. This excursion is replaced by a landing on Marta Island in September and April, where South American sea lions can be sighted from Zodiac boats.

Then, we will arrive in Punta Arenas, disembarking at approximately 12:30 hrs.

We include a city tour to visit Punta Arenas, a historical city in the Magellan Strait, full or rich culture and great histories. After the tour, we will tranfser you to the bus station to take public bus to Puerto Natales, the gate to visit Torres del Paine. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Free time and overnight.

Trekking O in Torres del Paine

DAY 8

Visiting Torres del Paine National Park

After breakfast, be ready to explore one of the most iconic places in Patagonia.

Enjoy an unforgettable excursion from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park, with a captivating stop at the Milodón Cave along the way. The journey begins with a scenic drive through the rugged Patagonian landscape, offering glimpses of breathtaking vistas and diverse wildlife.

Upon reaching the Milodón Cave, delve into its intriguing history and geological wonders. Explore the cavernous interiors where remnants of prehistoric creatures, including the giant sloth Milodón, were discovered. Marvel at the impressive rock formations and learn about the significance of this natural landmark.

Afterward, continue the journey to Torres del Paine National Park, renowned for its stunning granite peaks, pristine lakes, and sprawling glaciers. Spend the day immersing yourself in the park’s unparalleled beauty, hiking along well-marked trails, and soaking in the awe-inspiring scenery.

Whether admiring the iconic towers of Torres del Paine, trekking alongside shimmering lakes, or encountering native wildlife such as guanacos and condors, this excursion promises an unforgettable adventure in one of Chile’s most breathtaking natural wonders.

DAY 9

Transfer to airport

After breakfst, free time until transfer to bus station to take public bus to El Calafate. Arrival to the small village, gate to visit the amazing Perito Moreno Glacier and other glaciers in the national park. Free time and overnight. If you want, add any of the optional activities available!

DAY 10

Visiting the amazing Perito Moreno Glacier

After breakfast, you will start a wonderful excursion from El Calafate to the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier, a natural wonder that captivates visitors with its towering ice walls and dynamic displays of glacial activity. The journey begins with a scenic drive through the rugged landscapes of Argentine Patagonia, offering glimpses of expansive valleys, crystal-clear lakes, and snow-capped peaks.

Upon arrival at Los Glaciares National Park, home to the Perito Moreno Glacier, prepare to be awestruck by the sheer magnitude and beauty of this icy behemoth. Follow well-maintained walkways and observation decks that provide stunning panoramic views of the glacier from various vantage points.

Marvel at the electric blue hues of the glacier’s ice, which contrast against the surrounding rugged terrain, and listen to the thunderous sound of ice calving as massive chunks break off and crash into the icy waters below. Witness the spectacle of nature in action as you watch towering ice walls rise and fall, creating a dynamic and ever-changing landscape.

For those seeking a closer encounter with the glacier, optional boat tours offer the opportunity to sail along the icy waters of Lake Argentino and admire the glacier from a unique perspective. Feel the cool mist on your face as you navigate through floating icebergs and get up close to the towering walls of ice.

Throughout the excursion, knowledgeable guides provide fascinating insights into the formation and behavior of glaciers, as well as the unique ecosystems that thrive in this extreme environment. Learn about the importance of conservation efforts to protect this UNESCO World Heritage Site for future generations to enjoy.

As the day comes to a close, bid farewell to the Perito Moreno Glacier, leaving with memories of an unforgettable adventure and a newfound appreciation for the raw power and beauty of nature.

Check optional activities available

DAY 11

Choice of activitites

After breakfast, free day to choose from a wide variety of activitites avaiable, from boat navigations, to visits to typical estancias, or even a day trip to El Chaltén. Check the list below

DAY 12

Good bye Patagonia!

After breakfast, check out and free time until your transfer to airport

What is Included

  • Transfers in/out in each destination
  • 2 nights of accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia
  • 4-night australis cruise from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas
  • All inclusive service
  • All meals and explorations
  • Activites as detailed in the itinerary
  • 2 nts of accommodation with breakfast in Puerto Natales
  • 3 nts of accommodation with breakfast in El Calafate
  • internal flights
  • Tips

Faq

Breakfast, lunches and dinners. All meals are included.
Open bar when the bartender is on duty.
Daily shore excursions, as scheduled by the Company.
Whiskey and hot chocolate during excursions.
Activities inside the ship

Yes, but please note, disembarkation at Cape Horn National Park depends on the weather conditions. For reference, our historical percentage of possible landings is 75%.

Port fees are an additional cost to the fare and are paid together with the total value of the ticket.

Thev port fees for the 2023-2024 season, they are as follows:

• Punta Arenas to Ushuaia route: US $105.
• Ushuaia to Punta Arenas route: US $105.
• Punta Arenas to Ushuaia to Punta Arenas route: US $120.
• Ushuaia to Punta Arenas to Ushuaia route: US $120.

For the 2024-2025 season, they are as follows:

-Punta Arenas – Ushuaia segment: US $120 per passenger.
-Ushuaia – Punta Arenas segment: US $120 per passenger.
-Punta Arenas – Ushuaia – Punta Arenas segment: US $135 per passenger.
-Ushuaia – Punta Arenas – Ushuaia segment: US $135 per passenger.

These values may be modified without prior notice and may vary depending on the amount determined by the corresponding authorities of each country.

RECIPROCITY FEE

To enter Chile and Argentina there is a reciprocity tax that is charged to citizens of certain nationalities. This amount varies according to nationality and in recent years many countries have eliminated it, so it is advisable to confirm in the country of origin if there is a reciprocity fee in force to consider.

Smoking is only allowed on the outside decks of the ship, since, according to Chilean law No. 20,105, smoking is prohibited in any enclosed space inside the cruise ship.

During the voyage, we provide relevant information that complements the travel experience. Including, for example:
Geography and navigation route.
Flora.
Birds in Patagonia.
Beagle Channel.
Strait of Magellan.
Glaciology.
Marine Mammals.
Aborigines of Patagonia.
Penguins.
Terra Incognita.
Cape Horn

Well, penguins are migratory birds and are usually found in the region between the months of October to March. So, depending the date of your cruise, you can see penguins or not.

Each passenger is free to decide how much to tip. Those who wish to reimburse the service onboard must deliver the gratuity at the ship’s reception desk on the last day of the voyage. We suggest US $25 per person, per day, which will be distributed equally among all the crew that has made the trip an unforgettable experience.

In the cruise months, the temperature fluctuates between 5 and 15 degrees Celsius (equivalent to 41 and 59 degrees Fahrenheit). It is important to note that weather conditions are very unpredictable and could change constantly during the day

The Company has civil liability insurance to respond to losses or damages that passengers and/or their property may experience onboard the ship. This liability is governed by the conditions of the passenger contract and the relevant rules of Book Three of the Chilean Commercial Code. If the passenger wishes to have additional coverage for health risks, death, travel assistance, or other events or contingencies that he/she and/or his/her luggage may experience during the trip, he/she must purchase travel assistance insurance at the insurance company of his/her choice.

The cabins are equipped with plugs for 220 volts. The bathrooms have 220 and 110 volt outlets.

Voluntary gratuities (suggested US $25 per passenger, per night) and personal expenses in the onboard store, such as souvenirs, sportswear or other items, may be paid with Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Diners, US dollars, Euros or Chilean pesos.

Yes, each cabin has a safe deposit box to store items.

According to the provisions of the National Forestry Corporation of Chile (CONAF), the use of drones or any type of RPAS technology is prohibited in the Protected Wildlife Areas of the Magallanes Region. The Company prohibits the use on board of drones or any type of RPAS technology.

Yes, we can add El Chaltén area to your program after your visit to El Calafate

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