Exploration by expedition cruise ship pairs perfectly with a Luxury Tailor Made Journey. Just chose your preferred departure dates and routings, and your Tailor Made Travel Consultant can round out your journey with the perfect pre- and post-tour extensions.
Arrive Punta Arenas, Chile
Arrive in Punta Arenas, and later, board your luxury adventure cruise ship, ‘Stella Australis.’ After a welcome toast and introduction of captain and crew, depart for one of the most remote corners of the planet. During the night, cross the Strait of Magellan, where you enter the labyrinth of channels that define the southern extreme of Patagonia. Observe the twinkling lights of Punta Arenas gradually fade into the distance as your ship approaches the Whiteside Canal, sandwiched between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.
Ainsworth Bay & Tucker Islets | Incredible Wildlife Encounters
Go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, a stunning coastal inlet bursting with wildlife, including a colony of Southern elephant seals that can occasionally be spotted from the Zodiacs (inflatable rubber boats). Choose from two guided excursions, both promising magnificent views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains. Venture along the edge of a stream, peat bog and beaver habitat to a rock face wreathed by moss and even a waterfall, and tucked deep within a pristine subpolar forest. Alternately, trek along the crest of a glacial moraine for a greater challenge. Later, sail west along the sound to the Tucker Islets. After lunch, board the Zodiacs for spectacular close-up views of the Magellanic penguins that inhabit these islands.
Pia Fjord | Mighty Glaciers
Overnight, sail around the western end of Tierra del Fuego through the narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel and Cockburn Channel, and enter the Beagle Channel once more. In the morning, arrive in Pia Fjord and board a Zodiac for a fascinating tour of Pia Glacier. After disembarking, enjoy a short hike, where you are rewarded with a panoramic view of the glacier. The spectacular glacier extends from the mountaintops down to the sea; or for the more intrepid traveller, to a longer, more difficult hike up a lateral moraine belonging to the old Pia Glacier. No one knows for certain how the hulking mass got its feminine moniker, but according to one theory, it was named for queen consort Dona Maria Pia of Savoy, daughter of the first king of Italy. Return to ‘Stella Australis’ and continue east through Glacier Alley, an impressive “avenue” of tidewater glaciers flowing 150 miles along the Beagle Channel.
Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay | Journey to the “End of the Earth”
Cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago, home to legendary Cape Horn National Park. Go ashore on the windswept island to see the cape for yourself (weather and sea conditions permitting). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition, Cape Horn is a sheer 1,394-foot high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years, it was the only navigation route between the Atlantic and Pacific, and was often referred to as the “End of the Earth.” In the afternoon, navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands, and drop anchor at mesmerizing Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Visit the museum in the old radio station and choose from three hiking excursions that ascend the heavily woody mountain tucked behind the bay. Before departing, drop a letter or postcard into the wooden mail barrel inside the museum.
Depart Ushuaia, Argentina
This morning, sail into Argentine waters and dock in the bustling resort town of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, where you depart.