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In the Heart of Chilean Fjords

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard L'Austral
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Start from the charming city of  Valparaiso, whose historic quarter is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it still bears the traces of its colonial past. Then head southward to the Chilean channels. The first port of call is the remote village of Tortel, suspended above the water, then make your way down a small passage to get close to the Jorge Montt Glacier. Discover several glaciers, for example the Brüggen and El Brujo, before the unforgettable experience of sailing along the Strait of Magellan and the Gabriel Channel. Pursue your journey through the fjords and glaciers of Patagonia in a unique atmosphere that delights photography enthusiasts. Admire the snow-covered peaks of the Cordillera Darwin before rounding Cape Horn, surrounded by the stunning scenery provided by Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Valparaiso, Chile | Embark
Days 2-4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Tortel | Jorge Montt Glacier
Day 6 : English Passage | Glacier Pie XI
Day 7 : Glacier El Brujo
Day 8 : Canal Gabriel | Ainsworth Bay
Day 9 : Garibaldi Glacier
Day 10 : Cape Horn | Puerto Williams | Ushuaia
Day 11 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Cape Horn and see its albatross sculpture created by a Chilean artist
  • Explore Tortel, a picturesque village listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Sail the Strait of Magellan, along the edge of Tierra del Fuego
  • Observe Magellanic penguins, seals, humpback whales, condors, & cormorants

Ship

L'Austral

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Road along coastline of Valparaiso View the seal and cormorant colonies as you sail across the Beagle Channel Los Glaciares in Patagonia Magellanic penguins Wander the peaceful moors of Patagonia

Day 1 Valparaiso, Chile | Embark

Located about 100 kilometers south of Santiago, the legendary Valparaiso is the second largest city in Chile. It is also a splendid city, full of history: two qualities justifying its nickname “gem of the Pacific” and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can stroll along the steep streets, on foot or by cable car, and explore the many admirable sites like the delicate Iglesia de la Matriz, Sotomayor Square, Bellavista Hill, or Sebastiana house where the author Pablo Neruda lived. At every turn, get a refreshing view of the sea.

Day 2-4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Your ship will chart a course towards the South of Chile, to archipelagos and torturous fjords where majestic glaciers seem to meet the ocean... This remote setting is remarkable for the splendour of its sea scattered with islands, and its slow and powerful glaciers that have been transforming and reshaping the landscapes over centuries. Your ship will glide over the calm waters of the fjords to edge closer to these towering walls of ice. The Jorge Montt, Brüggen and El Brujo glaciers particularly stand out. These living giants crack, rumble, and suddenly calve chunks of ice in iridescent colours. This is a real treat for photographers.

Day 5 Tortel | Jorge Montt Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A picturesque, colorful fishing village, Tortel boasts a splendid location in the heart of southern Patagonia, halfway between Puerto Montt and Cape Horn. From the little streets made up of small walkways, view the grand panorama of rounded mountains, dense forest, the clear waters of the Pacific. If you walk out onto one of the many wooden pontoons, you can admire the views as you stand suspended a few meters above the water. The village is scattered with sculptures made by local artists, an excellent introduction to this friendly community

Located in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the Jorge Montt Glacier is one of the main tidewater glaciers in the region. Aboard your Zodiac® dinghy, you will be able to admire the silent ballet of the numerous icebergs floating in the surrounding waters: a unique and magical spectacle interrupted only by the deafening sound of ice breaking off its base and crashing heavily into the water.

Day 6 English Passage | Glacier Pie XI

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Between green hills rising from the water and snow-capped peaks, the English Passage is one of the main Patagonian channels. Situated off the south-western coast of Chile, at the end of the Messier Channel, this narrow waterway with a width of just 180 metres offers a unique sailing experience due to its exceptional dimensions and its magnificent natural setting.

The Brüggen Glacier, a coastal glacier in southern Chile also known as Pio XI, is astonishing for its almost surreal dimensions. With a surface area exceeding 1,200 km2, it is the largest of the glaciers making up the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. This gigantic ice field is the third largest ice mass in the world. Straddling the southern Andes Mountains, its breathtaking natural setting inspires sheer wonder and awe.

Day 7 Glacier El Brujo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the heart of Bernardo O’Higgings National Park, the largest protected area in Chile, discover El Brujo Glacier. Located at the end of the Asia Fjord, this huge wall of ice sculpted by the wind is fascinating and impressive. This magical, natural and grandiose décor that changes as the light plays upon it will be an unforgettable sight.

Day 8 Canal Gabriel | Ainsworth Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
n southern Chile, discover the Gabriel Channel, at the junction of the Magellan Strait and the Magdalena Channel. Some sixty kilometres long, this waterway offers an exceptional sailing experience between Dawson Island and the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Nestling in the heart of a magnificent natural setting, it provides the opportunity to admire the rugged peaks of the Cordillera Darwin, named in honour of the explorer and naturalist Charles Darwin. In parts, this sea arm is only 350 metres wide or less, giving its rare visitors the unique chance to glimpse the most minute of details of the sumptuous icy landscapes that surround them.

In Ainsworth Bay, in Alberto de Agostini National Park, you will be able to admire one of the most impressive panoramas in Patagonia. Dominated by the Cordillera Darwin Icefield, and notably the Marinelli Glacier, whose walls of ice reach 40 metres in height, this particularly wild and remote place is one of the longest fjords in the region. The subpolar old-growth forests that run along the water are home to numerous natural wonders such as magnificent peat bogs, vertiginous waterfalls and small brooks. This place is also home to exceptional wildlife including elephant seals, Magellanic penguins and numerous bird species.

Day 9 Garibaldi Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise along the narrow arm of Garibaldi Fjord and marvel at its stunning landscapes: thick green vegetation adorns steep mountains, rivalling the beauty of surrounding ice and snow. Further on, Garibaldi Glacier unveils itself: a towering ice titan looming at the end of the fjord that shares its name. Don't be surprised if sea lions and numerous birds accompany you on your enchanting journey into the heart of one of Chile's most beautiful glaciers.   

Day 10 Cape Horn | Puerto Williams | Ushuaia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
It’s at the meeting point between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that you enter Chilean Patagonia where you head for the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and its famous Cape Horn. From the top of its impressive 425-meter-high cliff, South America’s southernmost tip has, for many centuries, seen merchant ships from the world over passing by. Because of its legendary storms and rough seas, getting round this cape has gone down in history as a challenge for all seafarers.

Located on Navarino Island a few kilometers from the Argentinian border, the city of Puerto Williams is, according to Chileans, the southernmost city in the world. It is first and foremost, a charming fishing port whose calm and isolation delights you. You can stroll around a few little streets and admire the dark silhouette of the Patagonian Andes, surmounted by eternally white peaks. The Martin Gusinde Museum of Anthropology gives an aperçu of the living conditions of the ancient indigenous people, the Yámanas, while the surrounding areas propose hiking paths across wild, unspoiled nature.

Day 11 Ushuaia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colorful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the Heritage Railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise in Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins. Say farewell to your fellow passengers and the crew and fly from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires (included in your cruise fare).

L'Austral

Per person starting at
$6,550
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8 cabins, 226 sq ft, located on Le Champollion Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area and private bath.
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28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Deluxe Suite
3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 6
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Owner's Suite
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Owners Suite
484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phone

Notes

Please note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
 Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
  • Flight Ushuaia / Buenos Aires in economy class, on European airlines
  • Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport
  • Transfer from the ship and other services before and after the cruise according to detailed programs available upon request 10 months prior departure
* Flights are being studied and are subject to change until the flight plan is confirmed and this up to 3 months prior to each cruise

Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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