Cruising to The End of The Earth- Patagonia


Cruising to The End of The Earth- Patagonia


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One of the principal reasons that many people visit Chile is to head south to The Patagonian region. To visit the End of the World and experience the gigantic glaciers and fascinating wildlife of Patagonia, is a once in a lifetime experience for many. This 6 day cruise will take you on both The Chilean and The Argentinian side of Patagonia for the complete Patagonian experience. We will visit Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego and everywhere in between on this unique and incredible cruise of Patagonia on the luxurious Australis cruise ship.

Special features of our Cruising to the End of the Earth – Patagonia Tour: 

Type of Tourism: Adventure, Mountains and Nature, Geographical, Glaciers.

Places to Visit: Santiago, Punta Arenas, Tierra del Fuego, Glacier Alley, Cape Horn, Ushuaia

Duration:  6 Days and 5 Nights. 

Type of Service: group tour. 

Accommodation: The cruise ship offers the best accommodation in this rugged part of the world and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable, with your every need catered for! 


Today is arrival day at the Santiago airport. Our driver will collect you and take you to your hotel. We will spend the afternoon exploring the Lastarria area of Santiago. A historical neighbourhood, now more famous for its art, culture, museums and festivals.

    Today we will head back to the airport for a morning flight to Punta Arenas. Here we will be met by our guide and taken to the Australis cruise ship office. We will head to the Arturo Prat Port in Punta Arenas to board the cruise ship at 6 PM. After a welcome toast and introduction from the boat captain and crew, the ship will depart for one of the most remote corners of the planet. Through the night, we will cross the Magellan Straight to enter a labyrinth of channels that define the extreme South of Patagonia. The twinkling lights ...

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      By sunrise, we will be sailing up The Seno Almirantazgo, a spectacular offshoot of the Magellan Strait that stretches nearly halfway across Tierra del Fuego. The snowcapped peaks of Karukinka Natural Park is found on the north side, while the south shore is defined by deep fjords and the bays of The Alberto de Agostini National Park. We will go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, home to many bird species and a colony of southern elephant seals. You can choose between two guided excursions: - one is along the edge of a stream and beaver habitat...

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        Overnight, we will sail around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel and Cockburn Channel. After rounding the Brecknock Peninsula, we will enter the Beagle Channel once more. By morning we are entering The Pia Fjord and we will set out on a tour of the Pia Glacier. This magnificent glacier will come into sight very quickly, extending from the mountain peaks down to the sea. We can also choose a more difficult walk up the lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier. No one knows for cert...

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          During the morning, we will head across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we will go ashore onto the windswept island that harbours the legendary Cape Horn. Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition, Cape Horn is a sheer 425-metre (1,394-foot) high rocky outcrop overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and was often referred to as the "End of ...

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            Today, we sail into Argentinian waters and dock in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city.  This marks the end of this incredible Patagonian tour to the end of the world. We will take you to the airport for your ongoing flight to your next exciting destination!

              WHAT'S INCLUDED

              • All accommodation
              • Sea transportation 
              • All meals 
              • Open bar during the excursion (without additional cost for wines, beverages, and liquors),
              • Shore excursions
              • On-board entertainment

              WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

              • Optional tours and transportation are not included in the cruise rate
              • Port tax
              • Migration fee
              • National park fee. ($75 USD or $85 USD depending on the route)
              • Waterproof clothing and waterproof trekking shoes or hiking boots.
              • NOTE: While we try and operate our cruise itineraries and shore excursions as described in this brochure,  we  reserve the  right to  alter,  change,  or omit  any  part of  this  itinerary or excursion without prior notice due to health and safety concerns for our passengers, proper preservation of the environment, or any other circumstance, fortuitous event or force majeure that requires it. Likewise, while birds and animals are abundant in the region, we cannot guarantee specific sightings due to the unpredictability of nature.

              Trip Preparation & FAQS

              We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. An full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.

              We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when traveling to the destination. In any case, a negative Coronavirus Molecular Test (PCR) is needed to enter the country.

              We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.

              As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.

              We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.

              Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone.

              VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.

              Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

              Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.

              Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.

              Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.

              We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.

              We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.

              We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.

              The official currency of Chile is the Chilean peso (CLP). In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.

              Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.

              As a sustainable travel company, we are in constant search of how we can improve the sustainability of our operations, that is why we carry out the following activities to generate a fair and sustainable development in our areas of operation:  We have permanent training programs for our Guides and drivers. Promote all types of training from the government among our staff and always contract guides and trabsports who are born and raised in their cities. We also promote those hotels whom are more committed to the environment and who’s strategy is based in sustainability.

              Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.

              Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature. 

              The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.

              This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests. 

              For any emergency, we appreciate contacting the following number: +569 9345 3447

              At VA Expeditions we believe that every action we take should generate a positive impact on the communities and the environment of our entire production chain, which is why we carry out various activities focused on this objective. A few example of our sustainable projects: Programs with Observation of Pumas in Torres del Paine, Collaboration with Ecocamp (with dozens of sustainability awards), We work with Hotels (Example: Explora) that actively participate in preserving Patagonia Park (Tompkins), Visits to the Hummingbird Sanctuary that tries to preserve the Arica hummingbird in danger of extinction, Whale Watching in the Humboldt Pinguinos Reserve and in Patagonia, visits to organic vineyards. 

              All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number: +569 9345 3447. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: 

              This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.

              This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. We recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.

              The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.

              Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

              Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your  hotel.

              For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.

              In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.

              In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.

              It depends on each itinerary, please contact your sales representative to give you the specific altitude information of your itinerary.

              We suggest that you bring a refillable water bottle or purchase bottled water if necessary. At various points on your trip there will be places where you can buy water.

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