Cruising the Straits: Chile to Argentina from March 1-5, 2008 with Will and Joan Weber Extension

Cruise the straits, fjords, and channels that make up part of Chile's and Argentina's southernmost tips. From Punta Arenas, Chile, you will travel by ship for 4 days through the Strait of Magellan, the Beagle Channel, and assorted fjords to the city of Ushuaia in Argentina. The highlight of this cruise is most definitely the spectacular scenery - majestic glaciers, breathtaking waterways, and other natural wonders are sure to captivate you.

Trip Itinerary

ANTICIPATED ITINERARY, ACTUAL ROUTE MAY VARY

Day 1  §  Punta Arenas
Upon arrival, you will be transferred to check-in for your cruise. Check in from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Magallanes 990, Punta Arenas. Between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. embark on the M/N Mare Australis. The Captain and crew will give a welcome cocktail reception on board. Immediately afterward, the ship will set sail for the ”uttermost part of the earth.” Through the mythical Strait of Magellan, you will travel to Southern Patagonia, including Tierra de Fuego. This is the beginning of a great adventure! (B,L,D)

Day 2  §  Ainsworth Bay - Tucker Islet
During the dawn’s early light, your ship will continue navigating through Almirantazgo Inlet, until arriving near Marinelli Glacier in Ainsworth Bay, where you will enjoy a walk to discover a beaver dam in the midst of a marvelous Magellanic forest. On the beach you will observe a colony of elephant seals. Continuing the voyage, you will visit Tucker Islet, where you will sight colonies of Magellanic penguins and cormorants from the zodiac boats. (B,L,D)

Day 3  §  Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley
Today you will navigate the main part of the Beagle Channel to enter Pia Fjord and disembark near the glacier of the same name. Here, you will take an excursion to a look-out point that is ideal for viewing the mountain range where the glacier originates, and its flow all the way to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, you will sail again along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel through majestic “Glacier Alley,” including Spain, Romanche, Germany, Italy, France, and Holland Glaciers. (B,L,D)

Day 4  §  Cape Horn and Puerto Williams
Today, you will sail through the Beagle and Murray Channels to disembark in Cape Horn National Park. Cape Horn, a sheer, almost 425-meter-high promontory, where the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean merge, was discovered in 1616 by the Dutch commercial expedition organized by Isaac Le Maire. The Cape owes its name to the Port of Hoorn, the expedition’s departure point. In the afternoon, you will disembark in Port Williams, the southernmost town in the world, where you can take optional excursions, such as the visit to Martin Gusinde Museum. (B,L,D)

Day 5  §  Ushuaia/Onward
Today, you will arrive in Ushuaia, the most important Argentine city in Tierra de Fuego, and the southernmost city in the world. Disembark at 8:00 a.m., On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy an afternoon city trek in the city of Ushuaia. The trail will allow you to enjoy amazing vistas that show the history of the city’s development through the years: the Presidium, the Naval base, the industrial area, and the newly built neighborhoods. All of these vistas have the magnificent Beagle Channel and the island beyond as a backdrop, and the transition between the city and nature is very smooth. Later, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your onward flight. (B)

Duration 5 days
Group Size 10-16
Lodging 3 stars
Grade I
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