Program begins on Tuesday!
- Day 1: Santiago, Chile
Reception at Santiago airport and transfer to the hotel.Overnight.
- Day 2 Santiago, Chile
Panoramic City tour.
Santiago is a city that surprises with its contrasts. Surrounded by the majesty of Los Andes range , you will be able to admire The Presidential Palace of La Moneda, The Metropolitan Cathedral and the distinguished equestrian club. Travel around the main avenue Alameda Bernardo O'Higgins, walk through the pedestrian streets that take you to the Plaza de Armas surrounded by historic buildings, the Santa Lucia hill and the Forestal park with Mapocho river at his side, is a really an adventure.
Later, you will be able to discover different suburbs of the capital: Bellavista neighbourhood with its bohemian and night life, the modern commercial district of Providencia and the residential neighbourhoods of Las Condes and Vitacura.
Return to the hotel. Accommodation.
- Day 3: Santiago, Chile - Punta Arenas - Torres del Paine
On time to be advised transfer to Santiago airport to board flight to Punta Arenas.
Reception at the airport and transfer to Hotel Rio Serrano in Torres del Paine.
- Days 3, 4 y 5: Torres del Paine
Stay at Hotel Rio Serrano with full board and daily excursions to choice (see menu)
- Day 6: Torres del Paine- El Calafate (Argentina)
Breakfast Transfer to Cerro Castillo border to meet with Argentine operator which will lead you to you hotel in El Calafate.
- Day 7: El Calafate - Glaciar Perito Moreno
From the beginning, the journey offers very pleasant surprises. Leaving El Calafate, we can see at the right the Lake Argentino with its Redonda Bay where you can appreciate an important variety of bird fauna, from which the black neck swan, the flamingo, the vapor duck, the coot and the cauquen stand out.
The eye-catching yellow color of the countryside is due to its "coiron" pasture, and among them the white and short "coiron" stands out. During the first 40km we travel through the Patagonian Steppe , then enter the National Park to observe the tree area vegetation that is mostly made of the "notofagus" family (ñires, guindos and lengas), seldom cinnamon trees, and flowers of different colors, among which the “notro” stands out because of its intense red color that corresponds to the Patagonian Andean Forest.
We arrive at the "curva de los suspiros" (sigh curve), named this way because it is the first panoramic viewpoint of the Perito Moreno Glacier. There is a short stop to take pictures and we move forward to Bajo las Sombras Port.
Back to the Port, we go to the footbridges where we have a service area for visitors and a system of balconies and footbridges that allow you to enjoy walks along different paths and to have really amazing views of the Glacier.
After some free time for walking and lunch (which is optional), we begin our way back to El Calafate.
- Day 7: San Carlos de Bariloche
Morning at leisure.
- Day 8: El Calafate-Ushuaia
Breakfast Transfer to airport for flight to Ushuaia. Reception at airport and transfer to hotel.Accommodation.
- Day 9: Ushuaia - Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego y Tren del Fin del Mundo
Leaving Ushuaia city Southwest, we will travel through national route number 3, towards Tierra del Fuego's National Park.Along the eleven kilometers that separate the entrance of the Park and the city of Ushuaia, we will make a stop near the Centro Hípico (Riding Club), where we will enjoy some excellent panoramic views of the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia`s Peninsula and Bridges`, Willie's and Les Eclauriers' Islands. After crossing River Pipo's bridge, next to Ushuaia's Golf Club, we will arrive at the End of the World Station.
We continue our drive for 2 more kilometers and enter the National Park, an area reserved to protect the Subantartic Forest and its native flora and fauna. The last part of the excursion leads us to Lapataia Bay. Along the way we will cross Cormorants Islands, get to see other peats and also visit a beaver dam.
Once in Lapataia Bay, besides the marine coast, rich in mollusks and mussels, we will find traces of the ancient native settlers that used to live in the region. We will have some time to walk through the footbridge, from which we will be able to take photographs and enjoy the feeling of being at the end of the world. From this spot, the end of National Route number 3, we will begin our journey back to the city of Ushuaia.
Afternoon transfer to check-in at the Cruise office, subsequent transfer to pier to board Australis Cruise after a welcome cocktail reception offered by the Captain and his crew the ship will depart for “the uttermost part of the earth”.
Our trip takes us 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 10 : Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
We sail through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where we disembark (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, we go ashore at historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region's largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here in 1833, during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography.
We will walk through a Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation to reach a panoramic viewpoint.
- Day 11: De Agostini Sound and Águila Glacier
Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer to airport on time to board your next flight.(B)
- Day 12: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas
Early in the morning (and weather permitting) we will go ashore on Magdalena Island, located in the middle of the Strait of Magellan. The island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellan Penguins that we will be able to see during our walk to the lighthouse. In September and April this excursion is replaced by a ride on Zodiac boat to Marta Island to observe South American Sea Lions. Finally, disembarking at Punta Arenas is scheduled at 11:30 am. Reception and transfer to the city, visit it, including its museums and time for lunch (not included). Later transfer to airport for flight to Santiago *. Reception and transfer to hotel. Accommodation.
- Day 13: Santiago
Breakfast at hotel.
Transfer to airport on time to board your next flight.(B)
***End of our services***
Flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago should be out around 17:00 hrs from Punta Arenas
NOTE: The excursions described in the itineraries can normally be carried out. Not withstanding 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 previous 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.
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