Santiago & Ushuaia Cruise

Santiago - Punta Arena - D'Agostini Fjord - Puerto Williams - Ushuaia

Description:
ITINERARY
Day 1. Santiago

Arrival in Santiago de Chile, reception and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2. Santiago

After breakfast, a half day city tour of Santiago including a visit to the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino. This museum offers a thorough overview of 4500 years of pre-Columbian civilization throughout Central and South America. At the Main Square (Plaza de Armas) view the Cathedral, Post Office and National Museum. Continue along the main avenue called "Alameda" to admire the San Francisco Church, the National Library. You shall also see the Mercado Central and is Santiago’s most colourful market and home to many great seafood restaurants. A visit to Cerro Santa Lucia, where Santiago was founded in 1541.  After lunch, a visit to the Undurraga vineyard, one of the largest exporters of fine wines in Chile. The tour will end with some wine tasting before returning to Santiago.

Day 3. Santiago - Punta Arenas

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Punta Arenas, located on the very tip of the continent. Reception and transfer to the town for a typical lunch before transfer to your hotel for one night's accommodation and dinner.
MARE AUSTRALIS CRUISE (All meals included with an open bar)

Day 4. (Saturday). Punta Arenas

Transfer to the port in Punta Arenas for the boarding of the "Mare Australis" expedition cruise ship. Accommodation in a comfortable cabin. The crew, headed by the Captain, will welcome you aboard with cocktails. The ship will depart towards the city of Ushuaia, through the mythical Strait of Magellan and sailing through the Patagonian Channels and around Tierra del Fuego.

Day 5. (Sunday): Ainsworth Bay - Tucker Islet

With the first light of dawn, navigation will continue through the Almirantazgo Fjord. We will disembark in Ainsworth Bay near the Marinelli Glacier, where we will take a walk to see an elephant seal colony and appreciate the Magellan Forests. Located in Ainsworth Bay, in the midst of the Darwin Range, one can see the enormous ice wall more than 40 metres high. During the afternoon, we will approach Tucker Islet and the Australis Cruises Expedition Group will give us a brief talk about the ecosystem and geography. An excursion on board zodiac boats to admire a small colony of Magellan Penguins. We will also see other bird species such as Skuas and Cormorants. The presence of dolphins and sea lions are also likely.

Day 6. (Monday): D'Agostini Fjord

In the morning, a number of blue-tinted floating icebergs announce that we are sailing through the D'Agostini Fjord, a sea route which passes several glaciers. In a memorable awakening, and surrounded by a breathtaking landscape, we can watch the dance of light at dawn in front of the Serrano Glacier, where we will clearly see the central moraine. The myrtleberry, chaura (wild berry), ñirre (nothofagus pumilio, known as Antarctic beech), and wild strawberry together with other native species, thrive in these surroundings. We will disembark in Condor Bay, close to the Condor Glacier. Here we will enjoy a short walk through the native forest and an excursion by boats. After boarding again, the ship will sail through the Magdalena and Cockburn channels towards the Beagle Channel.

Day 7. (Tuesday): Garibaldi Inlet - Puerto Williams

In the morning, a number of blue-tinted floating icebergs announce that we are sailing through the D'Agostini Fjord, a sea route which passes several glaciers. In a memorable awakening, and surrounded by a breathtaking landscape, we can watch the dance of light at dawn in front of the Serrano Glacier, where we will clearly see the central moraine. The myrtleberry, chaura (wild berry), ñirre (nothofagus pumilio, known as Antarctic beech), and wild strawberry together with other native species, thrive in these surroundings. We will disembark in Condor Bay, close to the Condor Glacier. Here we will enjoy a short walk through the native forest and an excursion by boats. After boarding again, the ship will sail through the Magdalena and Cockburn channels towards the Beagle Channel.

Day 8. (Wednesday): Puerto Williams - Ushuaia

The last day of the cruise with an early arrival in Ushuaia, located on the border of the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Martial Mountains. The port of Ushuaia, originally a penal colony, is now the capital of the Argentinean province of Tierra del Fuego. A brief orientation of the city including the Obelisk in 12th October Square, is where the Argentine flag was raised for the first time on 12th October 1884 by the expedition commanded by Commodore Augusto Lasserre. We will visit the  Saint Christopher tug, which arrived to Ushuaia in 1953 to cooperate in the re-floating of the ship Monte Cervantes, owned by the company Hamburgo Sudamericana. On 22nd January 1930, when this touristic vapor ran aground in the middle of Les Eclaireurs islets with approximately 1500 persons on board, the ship Saint Christopher arrived to Ushuaia to re-float it and ended by sinking spectacularly. Simoncini, the company that owned the St. Christopher, decided to leave the ship in Ushuaia. You will then transfer to your hotel.

Day 9. Ushuaia

After breakfast, excursion to the Tierra del Fuego National Park on the 'end of the world' train travelling through the National Park itself. This sub-Antarctic forest covers the entire region and is located up to 600m above sea level. A visit to Lake Escondido with mountains at the foot of Paso Garibaldi offers a unique view in an environment of supreme beauty. There you start your descent and after 40 km. You arrive at the head of Lake Fagnano, an imposing lake of international fishing fame. Return to your hotel.

Day 10. Ushuaia

A boat trip through the Beagle Channel including a visit to Sea Lion Island and the southernmost Argentinian lighthouse. Return to your hotel.

Day 11. Ushuaia - Santiago

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flight to Santiago and your connecting flight home.

INCLUDED

  • Accommodation at first class and deluxe hotels with private bathroom, including breakfast.
  • Cabins aboard the Skorpios as indicated with all meals and open bar.
  • All transfers, tours and excursions as per itinerary in private.
  • All meals as per itinerary.
  • Flight tickets: Santiago – Punta Arenas , Ushuaia - Santiago.
  • First class train tickets: End of the World train.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Meals not specified on the itinerary.
  • US$31.00 tax for all international air departures
  • Personal expenses such as telephone bills, laundry expenses, beverages, etc.
  • Insurance against theft, loss, illness and/or accident, cancellation and curtailment, etc.
  • Tips, baggage porterage and other extras not specified.

For current availability contact us at info@amazingchile.com and we will send you the relevant trip dossier along with a 90 day fixed quote, terms and conditions.

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