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CRUISES AUSTRALIS

Punta Arenas - Ushuaia (4 nights)
M/N Mare Australis and M/N Via Australis

Itinerary

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Departures and Rates Period
September 2010 - April 2011

Day 1 - Punta Arenas

Check in at Magallanes 990, Punta Arenas, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Cruise ship boarding at 6:00 p.m. The Captain and crew give a welcome cocktail reception on board. Immediately afterward, the ship departs for “the uttermost part of the earth”.  Our excursion will take 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.  We have just embarked on a Great Adventure!

Day 2 - Ainsworth Bay – Tucker Islet

At dawn, we continue navigating through Almirantazgo Sound until finally arriving near Marinelli Glacier in Ainsworth Bay, where we enjoy a walk to discover a beaver dam in the midst of a marvelous Magellanic forest. On the beach we observe a colony of elephant seals. Later we visit Tucker Islet, where we view colonies of Magellanic Penguins and Cormorants from the Zodiac boats. The islet’s penguins migrate in April; as a replacement we visit Brookes Bay, for a short walk to see a glacier.

Day 3 - Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley

e navigate through the main part of Beagle Channel to reach Pia Bay, where we disembark near Pia Glacier. We take a short hike to a lookout point with a spectacular view of the entire glacier tongue, stretching from high in the mountains all the way to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, we sail again along the northwest arm of Beagle Channel through majestic “Glacier Alley”: Spain, Romanche, Germany, Italy, France and Holland glaciers.

Day 4 - Cape Horn – Wulaia Bay

We sail through Beagle and Murray channels to reach and disembark in Cape Horn National Park (weather permitting). Cape Horn, on Hornos Island, is a sheer, 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. This mythical place is known as the “End of the Earth”; a visit is a singular privilege. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. In the afternoon, we go ashore in historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest aboriginal settlements. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coigües, Canelos, ferns and other native vegetation to reach a lookout point.

Day 5 - Ushuaia

Arrival to Ushuaia, Argentina’s most important city on Tierra de Fuego, and the southernmost city in the world.  We disembark at 8:00 a.m., enabling you to get an early start on visiting the city and national parks, and on continuing your trip through Patagonia.

NOTE:The excursions/day trips described in the itineraries below/above can normally be, and are frequently, carried out. Without prejudice to the aforesaid, Transportes Marítimos Terra Australis S.A. y Transportes Marítimos Via Australis S.A. reserve the right to reschedule shorten or alter all or part of itineraries and/or excursions without previous notice, in order to safeguard the well being and safety of passengers, preserve the environment or due to the extraordinary circumstances, acts of god or force majeure. In view of the same reasons, the hours of departure or arrival of the vessels may be subject to change.

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Rates per person in USD

*Beginning APRIL 2010, the Argentine authorities have determined the charge of US$10.- as Exit Fee to passengers who embark in Ushuaia.

*Beginning SEPTEMBER 2010, the Chilean National Forestry Corporation (CONAF), which administrates national parks, has established the charge of US$5.- to all passengers who embark Cruceros Australis.

The total fee per person is as follows:

-Punta Arenas to Ushuaia route: US$25, Port Tax and National Parks Fee

-Ushuaia to Punta Arenas route: US$25, Port Tax, Exit Fee and National Parks Fee

These values may vary depending on the amount determined by the port authorities.

These values are not included in the cruise rate and must be paid along with the final payment.

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