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Los Glaciares in Patagonia

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 - bearing traces of its colonial past -  is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then head southward to the Chilean channels. The first port of call is the remote village of Tortel, suspended above the water and connected by footbridges. Then make your way down a fjord to get close to the Jorge Montt Glacier. Get up close to several glaciers before enjoying the unforgettable experience of sailing along the Strait of Magellan and the Gabriel Channel. Continue your journey through the fjords and glaciers of Patagonia in a unique atmosphere that will delight 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 2-3 : At Sea
Day 4 : Sailing the Chilean Channels
Day 5 : Tortel | Jorge Montt Glacier
Day 6 : English Passage | Glacier Pie XI
Day 7 : Glacier El Brujo
Day 8 : Sailing the Gabrial Canal | Ainsworth Bay
Day 9 : Garibaldi Glacier
Day 10 : Cape Horn | Beagle Channel | Ushuaia
Day 11 : Ushuaia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Cape Horn to round the southernmost point of South America
  • Explore Tortel, a picturesque UNESCO-certified village
  • 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

Los Glaciares in Patagonia Road along coastline of Valparaiso View the seal and cormorant colonies as you sail across the Beagle Channel Magellanic penguins The port town of Ushuaia Wander the peaceful moors of Patagonia Wildlife on Beagle Channel, Tierra del Fuego Ushuaia by night

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, justifying its nickname “gem of the Pacific” and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can stroll along the steep streets, wander 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 2-3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the onboard photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 4 Sailing the Chilean Channels

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your ship will chart a course towards the South of Chile, to archipelagos and fjords where majestic glaciers seem to meet the ocean. This remote setting is remarkable for the splendor 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 will particularly stand out. These living giants crack, rumble, and calve enormous chunks of ice in iridescent colors. 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, and the clear waters of the Pacific. Walk out onto one of the many wooden pontoons to admire the views as you stand suspended a few meters above the water. The village is scattered with sculptures made by local artists, making 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
Winding 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 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’Higgins 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 natural wonder will be an unforgettable sight.

Day 8 Sailing the Gabrial Canal | Ainsworth Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In southern Chile, explore the Gabriel Channel, at the junction of the Magellan Strait and the Magdalena Channel. Some sixty kilometers long, this waterway offers an exceptional sailing experience between Dawson Island and the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. Nestled in the heart of a magnificent natural setting, it provides the opportunity to admire the rugged peaks of the Cordillera Darwin, named in honor of the explorer and naturalist Charles Darwin. In some sections, this sea arm is less than 350 meters wide, giving its visitors the unique chance to glimpse the most minute of details of the rugged, 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 meters 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, tumbling waterfalls, and small brooks. This place is also home to exceptional wildlife including elephant seals, Magellanic penguins and numerous species of sea birds.

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, rivaling the beauty of surrounding ice and snow. Further on, Garibaldi Glacier unveils itself: a towering icy 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 | Beagle Channel | 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 all over the world passing by. Because of its legendary storms and rough seas, getting around this cape has gone down in history as a challenge for all seafarers.

Today reach the southernmost city of Ushuaia.

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).

After breakfast on the ship, disembark at port of Ushuaia.

L'Austral

Per person starting at
$6,550
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Superior Stateroom
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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Deluxe Stateroom
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.
Deluxe Suite
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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.
Prestige Suite
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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

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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.

**Transfer + flight Ushuaia / Buenos Aires included

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands… list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • Room service 24h (special selection)
  • Highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team on all cruises identified by “Expedition” logo
  • 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
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental (except for guarantee deposit)
  • Complimentary polar parka for you to keep (no children sizes available)
  • 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, and Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
  • Flight Paris/Kangerlussuaq/Paris in economy class
  • Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport
  • Transfers to and/or 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
*Tourist infrastructures are very limited in Kangerlussuaq. Flexibility and understanding of the following will be appreciated:​
  • Due to limited local transportation resources, waiting might be generated.
  • Due to local transportation conditions, comfort is basic and carry on could be limited on board the buses used for the passengers transfer to the airport (if too large the carry on could be transferred with the main luggage). The use of a backpack is suggested.
  • Due to limited human resource, please note that drivers act as guides.
  • For passengers in transit in Paris, it is recommended to stay one night in Paris before and after your connecting flight.
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
  • Optional pre and post cruise programs, overlands, and excursions
  • Visa expenses (which may include additional administrative charges imposed by the authorities of a country) and/or immigration reciprocity taxes, if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure; please ask for more information
  • 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)
These voyages include activities such as Zodiac® landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac® outings, moderate walks, to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Considering the nature of the programs, a reasonable level of mobility is required to enjoy these expeditions.

Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.
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