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In The Heart Of The Chilean Fjords: Talcahuano to Ushuaia

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard L'Austral
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Board the L'Austral for 11-day Chilean Fjords Cruise from Talcahuano to Ushuaia. After embarking in Talcahuano, discover Quemchi, an authentic village located on the lush island of Chiloé. Next, the Chilean fjords and channels for exceptional moments spent sailing amidst landscapes of unrivaled beauty. Your next call is the remote village of Tortel suspended above the water and its typical wooden footbridges which take the place of streets. Enjoy an unforgettable experience of sailing along the Strait of Magellan and get close to stunning glaciers, including Pie XI Glacier, El Brujo, Agostini and Garibaldi glaciers. 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 : Flight from Santiago del Chile | Talcahuano | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Quemchi, Chiloé Island
Day 4 : Sail the Pulluche Canal
Day 5 : Tortel
Day 6 : English Passage | Pie XI Glacier
Day 7 : El Brujo Glacier
Day 8 : Agostini Glacier
Day 9 : Garibaldi Glacier | Pia Fjord
Day 10 : Cape Horn
Day 11 : Ushuaia | Disembark | Flight to Buenos Aires

Highlights

  • Observe glaciers, channels and fjords, and navigating along narrow passages
  • Discover albatross sculpture created by José Balcells Eyquem at Cape Horn
  • Visit a picturesque village with wooden pontoons and footbridges in Tortel
  • Sail along the Strait of Magellan (on the edge of Tierra del Fuego)

Ship

L'Austral

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Ushuaia by night Sea lion pup found during a wildlife tour of Chile Paso Garibaldi with Lakes background at Ushuaia, Argentina Magellanic penguins Sea lions in Beagle Channel

Day 1 Flight from Santiago del Chile | Talcahuano | Embark

Board on the L'Austral at the port of Talcahuano and start your adventure.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 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 3 Quemchi, Chiloé Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In southern Chile, in the Lake District, discover the small fishing port of Quemchi on the east coast of Chiloé Island. With its authentic charm, its pretty wooden houses, its narrow streets lined with small shops, and its fish market, this faraway village is sure to win you over. Be sure to visit the museum dedicated to Francisco Coloane, the famous Chilean author and adventurer born on this southern land. Not far from there, the small island called Isla Aucar, accessible via a wooden footbridge will be a chance to observe a wide variety of birds and discover a magnificent botanical garden, home to many of the region’s endemic plants.

Day 4 Sail the Pulluche Canal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, spend the day sailing the Pulluche Canal.

Day 5 Tortel

  • 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, you’ll love 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.

Day 6 English Passage | Pie XI Glacier

  • 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 meters 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 El Brujo Glacier

  • 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 Agostini Glacier

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the Agostini Glacier sits at the back of the eponymous fjord, framed by the Cordillera Darwin. Named after the Italian missionary and explorer Alberto Maria De Agostini, this imposing blue-tinged glacier offers a stunning view over the fjord.

Day 9 Garibaldi Glacier | Pia Fjord

  • 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 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.

Today, explore also the Pia Fjord.

Day 10 Cape Horn

  • 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.

Day 11 Ushuaia | Disembark | Flight to Buenos Aires

  • 1 Breakfast
Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible​.

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

L'Austral

Per person starting at
$6,060
Superior Stateroom
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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.
Deluxe Stateroom
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Deluxe Stateroom
28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Prestige Stateroom
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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.
Prestige Suite
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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 onboard the ship
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to the onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except for 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:
  • Flights Santiago/Concepción and Ushuaia/Buenos Aires 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
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)
  • Dives when authorized by local authorities and feasible with ship equipment and Zodiacs®. Rates: €70 per standard dive; €80 per dive when local equipment or staff must be used, €80 for a “discover scuba dive” course, on some cruises a dive package might be on offer. In order to participate to diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1-year-old and their up to date dive book.
Please note:
  • The local currency in Chile is the Chilean Peso and is the Argentinian Peso in Argentina. You will be able to make most of your purchases in USD (in small denominations) or by credit card, accepted in most hotels, shopping centres and boutiques. You will also be able to retrieve Pesos from the ATM’s.
  • Summer season in Buenos Aires and Santiago del Chile: temperatures may be very hot, but often between 68 °F (20 °C) and 95 °F (35 °C).
  • Summer season in Ushuaia: temperatures vary between 41 °F (5 °C) and 65 °F (15 °C)
  • We recommend you wear warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
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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