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End of the World: Round-trip Ushuaia

Example 4 Day Cruise aboard MV Via Australis
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Embark on an amazing 4-day journey to the “uttermost end of the earth.” On this Ushuaia – Ushuaia route, enjoy the splendor and beauty of unique natural scenery and wildlife. Travel on one of the industry's most comfortable ships, the MV Via Australis, which was designed to make your trip as pleasant and remarkable as possible through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel. This expedition cruise gives you the chance to experience authentic adventure travel. Take a journey to Cape Horn and view the same incredible beauty that Charles Darwin enjoyed centuries ago or capture footage of marine life during your journey. The possibilities are endless. Experience wildlife and nature like you never have before with a Patagonia cruise.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Ushuaia
Day 2 : Garibaldi Glacier | Pia Glacier | Glacier Alley
Day 3 : Cape Horn | Wulaia Bay
Day 4 : Disembark in Ushuaia

Highlights

  • Unveil the breathtaking beauty of glaciers, fjords & snowy Andean peaks
  • Hike through pristine Magellanic forests with spectacular viewpoints
  • Visit iconic Cape Horn & historic Wulaia Bay where Charles Darwin lingered

Ship

MV Via Australis

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Enjoying a nice hike. Zodiac tours to see glaciers. Penguins on Magdalena Island. Travelers looking out on the bay. Various types of birds in South America.

Day 1 Embark in Ushuaia

Check in from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at 409 San Martín St. Board the MV Via Australis at 5:30 PM. After a welcome cocktail reception offered by the Captain and his crew, the ship departs for one of the most remote corners of planet Earth. During the night traverse the Beagle Channel and cross from Argentina into Chilean territorial waters. The lights of Ushuaia disappear as you sail into Alberto de Agostini National Park along the south coast of Tierra del Fuego.

Day 2 Garibaldi Glacier | Pia Glacier | Glacier Alley

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the early morning cruise up a long fjord and drop anchor near Garibaldi Glacier, one of only three glaciers in Patagonia gaining mass rather than staying the same or slowly shrinking. Taking the Zodiacs ashore, hike through virgin Magellanic forest to a glacial waterfall, a towering wall of ferns and moss, and spectacular viewpoints looking down on the glacier and fjord. The walk is demanding - very steep, negligible trail, rough footing - and not for everyone. For those who choose to stay onboard, your captain points the bow towards the beautiful sky-blue glacier so that everyone can enjoy a panoramic view from the upper decks.

Backtracking along the Beagle Channel, board the Zodiacs again for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. No one knows for certain how the hulking mass of snow and ice got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was named for Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king. After disembarking take a short or long hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. Back onboard, continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley. Living up to its name, the passage features a number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet on the north shore. Most of them are named after European countries - Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain, and France.

Day 3 Cape Horn | Wulaia Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the night navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and by dawn cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition, and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland, Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the "End of the Earth." The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. The Chilean navy maintains a permanent lighthouse on the island, staffed by a lightkeeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument.

Sailing back across Nassau Bay, anchor at fabled Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yámana aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain FitzRoy in the 1830s during their voyages on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station, which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area, passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooden mountain behind the bay. On all of these you can stroll through an enchanted Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic fauna to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay.

Day 4 Disembark in Ushuaia

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning, arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina's most important city in Tierra del Fuego, and the southernmost city in the world. Disembark after breakfast for your continued adventures or return flights home.

MV Via Australis

Per person starting at
$1,486
Via Australis' Twin Bed Cabin.
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B
7 cabins located on the first deck, each with two twin beds, large window, and private facilities.
Via Australis' Twin Bed Cabin.
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A
29 cabins located on the second deck, with one double or two twin beds. All have a large window and private facilities.
Via Australis' Double Bed Cabin.
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AA
18 cabins on the third deck, with one double or two twin beds. All have a large window and private facilities.
Via Australis' Double Bed Cabin.
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AAA
10 cabins on deck 4 with two twin beds or one double bed. All have a large window and private facilities.
Via Australis' Twin Bed Cabin
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Single
Single rates apply for all cabins. Solo travelers are assigned A, AA, or AAA cabins at 150% of published rates.

Notes

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.

NOTE: The excursions described in the itineraries can normally be carried out. Notwithstanding the above, Transportes Marítimos Terra Australis S.A., Transportes Marítimos Via Australis S.A., and Transportes Marítimos Geo Australis S.A reserve the right to reschedule, shorten, or alter all or part of the itineraries and/or excursions without prior notice, in order to safeguard the well-being and safety of passengers, preserve the environment, or due to any extraordinary circumstances, acts of God, or force majeure. For the same reasons, the hours of departure or arrival of the vessels may be subject to change.

There is no guarantee of wildlife sighting because the precise location of these animals cannot be confirmed.

Cruise fare includes:
- Accommodation
- Sea transportation
- All meals
- Open bar when on duty (without additional cost for wines, beverages, and liquors)
- Shore excursions
- Onboard entertainment

Cruise fare does not include:
- Port taxes
- Visa or reciprocity fees
- National Park fees

Included

  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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