Australis Expedition Cruises

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Why we like it

  • Cruceros Australis offers three and four night itineraries, cruising the stunning southernmost fjords of Chile and Argentina, inaccessible by road or plane
  • The line operates two vessels - the 100-cabin Stella Australis and the 64-cabin Via Australis
  • Cruises are scheduled in Patagonian summer from September through April
  • Both vessels are well equipped, offering all outside, spacious cabins, excellent cuisine and ample communal and deck space
  • The vessel's Zodiac motor launches take guests closer to glaciers and Magellenic penguin colonies
  • Knowledgeable crew give lectures on the wildlife, history and geography

A&K Top Tip

Never miss a chance to get on to land and walk up to view points, some ascents may leave you panting but the views at the top will completely take your breath away.

Guest Testimonial

The Hotels you (Charlie Lockwood) selected were superb in Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, what a pleasure it has been to stay in the Belmond Hotels, everyone was so helpful, and the Four Seasons in Buenos Aires was equally superb

- TW, London

Both the Via Australis and the Stella Australis are very well appointed vessels, with a host of facilities. They are perfect way to experience the trip of a lifetime - whether a three-day cruise from Ushuaia, Argentina, to Punta Arenas, Chile, or a four-day cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia. Highlights include sailing through the Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan whilst also stopping at Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America.

Example Itinerary.

Day 1 - Punta Arenas

Afternoon embarkation and evening welcome cocktail reception before departing for 'the uttermost part of the earth', sailing through the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.

Day 2 - Ainsworth Bay and Tuckers Islets

At dawn, the cruise continues through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay and the Marinelli Glacier inside the Alberto De Agostini National Park. Walking tours take in a beaver dam in the sub polar Magellanic forest before the cruise sails on to Tuckers Islets and its Magellanic Penguins. In September and April this excursion is replaced by Brookes Bay and the glacier.

Day 3 - Pia Glacier and Glacier Alley

The ships navigate along the Beagle Channel to reach Pia Fjord and Pia Glacier. A short walk reaches a look-out point with a spectacular view of the entire glacier. After this unforgettable experience, the ships continue along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel through majestic 'Glacier Alley'.

Day 4 - Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay

The ships sail through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park - declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. In the afternoon, guests go ashore at historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region's largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here on January 23rd, 1833, during the voyage of the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. The day is capped by a walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coihues, Canelos, ferns and other native vegetation to reach a look-out point.

Day 5 - Ushuaia

Arrival at Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world followed by morning disembarkation.

Useful info

Best time to be there

A year round destination, Argentina's climate ranges from subtropical in the north to sub arctic in the south. The best times to visit are November to March. Spring and autumn (September to November and April to May) offer pleasant, mild temperatures.

Fly to

Buenos Aires - British Airways daily.

flying time

13.5 hours

time difference

GMT -3 hours


Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area

Best time to be there

As the climate varies hugely from north to south, different places are best at different times, although spring (September to December) is universally good. Atacama can be visited year-round, central Chile enjoys a Mediterranean climate with good weather throughout. Patagonia is best for hiking in Spring or Summer.

Fly to

LAN Chile daily via Madrid

flying time

16 hours

time difference

GMT -4 hours


Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area 

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