M/V Via Australis 4 Day/3 Night« All MV Via Australis cruise options
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Nov 11 '13
Jan 14 '14
Feb 7 '14
Mar 10 '14
Flights to/from Punta Arenas or Ushuaia are not included in the cruise fare. When combining these cruises with land tours they may have been included in your main tour. However, if not, each flight costs around US$205 (flight cost subject to change). Hotel transfers are also extra and we will happily arrange them for you.
Day 1 Ushuaia
Check in from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 409 San Martín St. Board cruise ship at 5:30 pm. After a welcome cocktail reception offered by the Captain and his crew the ship will depart for “the uttermost part of the earth”. Your Patagonia cruise takes you through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.
Day 2 Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
Sail through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where disembarking is scheduled (weather permitting). The mythical Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and it is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route for sailboats between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and it is known as the “End of the Earth”. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve in 2005.
In the afternoon, go ashore at historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlement. 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. Walk through a Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation to reach a panoramic viewpoint.
Day 3 Piloto and Nena Glacier
Your Patagonia cruise continues through Cockburn Channel to anchor in Chico Sound. Onboard Zodiac boats, explore Alakaluf Fjord and enjoy the view of Piloto and Nena Glaciers from the sea. The intense blue color of Piloto Glacier due to its compression and age draws attention. Learn about the formation of glaciers and their influence on the abrupt geography of the Fuegian-Patagonian channels.
Day 4 Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas
Early in the morning, go ashore on Magdalena Island (weather permitting). Located in the Strait of Magellan, it was an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers in the past. The island is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic Penguins which can be sighted during your walk to a lighthouse, which guides ships on their way through the strait. In September and April this excursion is replaced by a Zodiac boat ride at Marta Island to observe sea lions. After your visit, sail to Punta Arenas, disembarking at 11:30 a.m. for your continued adventures or return flights home.
Itinerary NotesPlease note:
Rates do not include port tax, migration fee and national park fee, approximately $30 per person.
Rates do include accommodation, sea transportation, all meals, open bar when on duty (without additional cost for wines, beverages, and liquors), shore excursions, and onboard entertainment.
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is $500, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure.
Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.
Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days prior to departure.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|59-50 days||30% trip cost|
|49-40 days||55% trip cost|
|39-30 days||80% trip cost|
|29-0 days||100% trip cost|
MV Via Australis
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 129
Built in 2005 as a sister ship to the M/V Mare Australis, the M/V Via Australis has 64 cabins with private facilities and panoramic windows for Patagonia cruising, and offers travelers a comfortable experience with 4 decks, 2 lounges, and a restaurant that serves exquisite regional and international cuisine. This expedition cruise ship also boasts a game room, small library, gift shop, a doctor on board - and, of course, magnificent panoramic views from the lounges, decks, and dining room.
7 cabins located on the first deck, each with two twin beds, large window, and private facilities.
29 cabins located on the second deck, with one double or two twin beds. All have a large window and private facilities.
18 cabins on the third deck, with one double or two twin beds. All have a large window and private facilities.
10 cabins on deck 4 with two twin beds or one double bed. All have a large window and private facilities.
Single rates apply for all cabins. Solo travelers are assigned A or AA cabins.