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The Grand Adventures I & II: Argentina and Chile
with Lake Argentina, Paine National Park & Chilean Lakes
Special Feature: Strait of Magellan Cruise

M/V Stella Australis - Ushuaia to Punta Arenas
Grand Adventure I - 21 Days with 3 Nights M/V Stella Australis Cruise
Departures Every Thursday - September-April
from $4095*
*Note: Rates for cruises are NOT included in the quoted tour rates. The cruise rates are additional, based on the category and season.
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Itinerary - 21 Days:
• 2 Nights Santiago, Chile
• 2 Nights Chilean Lakes Region–Breathtaking scenery & quaint fishing villages
• 2 Nights Bariloche–One of the most scenic spots in the world
• 3 Nights Buenos Aires–Sophisticated and chic
• 3 Nights Lake Argentina–Windswept forests and glaciers
• 3 Nights Stella Australis–Cruise the Southern tip of South America Ushuaia to Punta Arenas
• 3 Nights Paine National Park–Magnificent "Towers of Paine"

M/V Via Australis
- Ushuaia to Punta Arenas
Grand Adventure I - 22 Days with 4 Nights M/V Via Australis Cruise

Departures Every Tuesday - September-April
from $4095*
*Note: Rates for cruises are NOT included in the quoted tour rates. The cruise rates are additional, based on the category and season.
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Itinerary - 22 Days:
• 2 Nights Santiago, Chile
• 2 Nights Chilean Lakes Region–Breathtaking scenery & quaint fishing villages
• 2 Nights Bariloche–One of the most scenic spots in the world
• 3 Nights Buenos Aires–Sophisticated and chic
• 3 Nights Lake Argentina–Windswept forests and glaciers
• 4 Nights
Via Australis–Cruise the Southern tip of South America Ushuaia to Punta Arenas
• 3 Nights Paine National Park–Magnificent "Towers of Paine"

M/V Via Australis or M/V Stella Australis - Ushuaia to Punta Arenas
Grand Adventure II - 20 Days with 5 Nights M/V Via Ausralis or M/V Stella Australis Cruise
Departures Every Tuesday or Thursday - September-April

from $2830*
*Note: Rates for cruises are NOT included in the quoted tour rates. The cruise rates are additional, based on the category and season.
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Itinerary - 20 Days:
• 3 Nights Buenos Aires–Sophisticated and chic
• 2 Nights Bariloche–One of the most scenic spots in the world
• 2 Nights Chilean Lakes Region–Breathtaking scenery & quaint fishing villages
• 3 Nights Paine National Park–Magnificent "Towers of Paine"
• 5 Nights
Via Australis or Stella Australis–Cruise the Southern tip of South America
• 3 Nights Lake Argentina–Windswept forests and glaciers

The Grand Adventure I - 21 Days
with 3-Night Cruise Ushuaia to Punta Arenas aboard the
M/V Stella Australis
Departures Every Thursday - September-April
Itinerary I - 21 Days
Hotel Peulla, Perez Rosales National Park, All Saints Lake, ChileDay 1, Thu: Depart Home City
Day 2, Fri: Arrive Santiago Morning flight arrival in Santiago and transfer to your selected hotel. You will have the morning to rest and refresh before an afternoon city tour via private car. Enjoy visits to Santa Lucia Hill and San Cristobal Hill before stopping at Bellavista, Santiago's Bohemian district, replete with art galleries, restaurants and theaters.
Day 3, Sat: Leisure Day in Santiago (B)
Day 4, Sun: Santiago to Puerto Montt (Puerto Varas) Fly south to the gateway to Chile's Lake District, Puerto Montt, on the Relancavi Estuary. Puerto Montt Fishing BoatsThere you will be met for a tour of the quaint fishing village of Angelmo with its open-air crafts market. Continue on to her sister city, Puerto Varas, on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, and overnight in your choice of hotel. (B)
Day 5, Mon: Two-Day Lakes Crossing (available all year) Begin this overland journey through pine forests, past tranquil farms, and over broad lakes to Argentina. Bus past Lake Llanquihue to Petrohue and board a boat View of Chilean Lakes from Cathedral Mountaincrossing Lake Todos Los Santos to Peulla for overnight. (B, D) Click here for the Lakes Crossing map (opens in new window)
Day 6, Tue: Arrive Bariloche Continue through the Lake District with a bus ride over the Continental Divide into Argentina, cross Lake Frias by boat, and continue on to Puerto Blest by bus. Cruise on Lake Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Panuelo, and proceed overland to downtown Bariloche and your hotel. (B)

Take in the breathtaking views of the Chilean Lakes from Cathedral Mountain

Day 7, Wed: Bariloche Tour In town, see the main square and the important government buildings. Then, skirt the lake to Cathedral Mountain for an overview of all the surrounding lakes, hills and mountains that make Bariloche one of the most scenic spots in the world! (B)
Day 8, Thu: Bariloche to Buenos Aires Fly from Bariloche to Buenos Aires, and transfer to your selected hotel. Remainder of the evening at leisure. (B)
Colorful buildings in Buenos Aires "La Boca" DistrictDay 9, Fri: Buenos Aires City Tour Your private vehicle and guide will drive down 9th of July Avenue, the widest street in the world, past the Colon Opera House to the Plaza de Mayo. Facing the plaza are both the pink Presidential Palace and the National Cathedral, which houses the tomb of the liberator, San Martin. Next, visit the old port district, "La Boca," with its pastel houses and shops. You will have time to browse through the shops for souvenirs. (B)
Day 10, Sat: Tango Show A day completely free to explore on your own. Sip traditional tea at a local teashop, or visit one of the estancias in the distant suburbs. This evening, enjoy a motorcoach tour with a typical Argentine beef dinner followed by a Tango performance. (B, D)The Tango is one of Argentina's favorite national pastimes.
Day 11, Sun: Buenos Aires to Lake Argentina Transfer to the Municipal Airport in Buenos Aires for a flight to El Calafate in Argentina. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your selected hotel. (B)
Day 12, Mon: Perito Moreno Glacier Tour
Today you will take an exciting, scenic tour of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Depart early in the morning via motorcoach for the Magellan Peninsula, and continue to the cliff overlooking the glacier. You will have several hours to explore this great natural wonder from many different perspectives. This is the only glacier in the world that is still growing, and it encompasses an area larger than cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. The deepBlue iceberg from Perito Moreno Glacier is over 30,000 years old! blue color of the ice is attributed to its age, over 30,000 years. If you are lucky, you will witness one of the calvings, in which 30-foot pieces of ice break off the glacier and crash into the lake. What a show! (B, L)
Day 13, Tue: Upsala & Onelli Glaciers Cruise Early in the morning depart for a boat trip to the confluence of the northern and southern branches of Lake Argentina.Sea lions on the shores of the Beagle Channel Its big basin has been formed by the glacial erosion of over 15,000 years, and it is filled with the thawing of seven glaciers. Enjoy splendid views of blue icebergs, virgin forests and mountains guarded by the condor, known as the "Senor de los Andes." At midday, have lunch by Onelli Bay, then on the way back, admire Spegazzini Glacier and Peineta Peak. (B, L)
Day 14, Wed: Lake Argentina/Tierra del Fuego/Australis Cruise Morning transfer to the airport. There, you will board a flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost commercial airport in the world, on the island of Tierra del Fuego where the Andes meet the Beagle Channel. Transfer directly to the pier to commence your exciting four-day adventure on board the M/V Stella Australis cruise around the southern tip of South America to Punta Arenas, Chile. (B, D)
Note: Click here for packages to extend your stay at Ushuaia on Tierra del Fuego.

Sailing on the M/V Stella Australis (Wed-Sat)
Ship Information - Deck Plans & Photo Gallery
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXNote: Rates for cruises are NOT included in the quoted tour rates. The cruise rates are additional, based on the category and season (see pages 5 & 7 of the respective PDF for 2014-2015 & 2015-2016 cruise rates).

Discover the beauty of the Strait of Magellan on an Australis CruiseDay 15, Thu: Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay Special navigation into the Beagle and Murray Channels into the open sea to circle Cape Horn, with an opportunity to visit the southernmost point in South America, weather permitting. Here you will get a panoramic view of the famous and mythical Cape Horn, the place where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans merge and the last promontory of South America. (B, L, D)
Day 16, Fri: Bay of Günter Plushow Glacier Sail the main branch of the Beagle Channel. Disembark at the Bay of the Günter Plushow Glacier and hike near the glacier. After this unforgettable experience, you will continue navigating through O'Brien and Ballenero Channels, Bahía Desolada, Paso Aguirre and Cockburn Channel. (B, L, D)Penguins and the San Isidro Lighthouse
Day 17, Sat: Arrive in Punta Arenas and Transfer to Paine National Park Early in the morning you will disembark on Magdalena Island, home of a colony of over 120,000 penguins in different stages of breeding. You will then take a walk to San Isidro Lighthouse, which used to guide the explorer sailors crossing the Strait of Magellan. Afterwards sail into Punta Arenas, Stunningly rugged Towers of PaineThe drive is about six hours via paved and then a well-graded road. You will spend four nights in the park at your choice of all-inclusive property: Hosteria Las Torres, Hosteria Rio Serrano, Tierra Patagonia or Explora en Patagonia. Note: Paine National Park packages are NOT included in the quotes. Click here for rates at the lodges. (B, D)
Days 18 & 19, Sun & Mon: In Paine National Park All excursions are included in your hotel package. (B, L, D daily)
Day 20, Tue: Paine National Park/Punta Arenas/Santiago
Early morning transfer to Punta Arenas Airport for your flight to Santiago and your connecting flight home. (B)
Day 21, Wed: Arrive Home City



The Grand Adventure I - 22 Days


with 4-Night Cruise Ushuaia to Punta Arenas

aboard the


M/V Via Australis


Departures Every T
uesday - September-April

• 2 Nights Santiago, Chile
• 2 Nights Chilean Lakes Region–Breathtaking scenery & quaint fishing villages
• 2 Nights Bariloche–One of the most scenic spots in the world
• 3 Nights Buenos Aires–Sophisticated and chic
• 3 Nights Lake Argentina–Windswept forests and glaciers
• 4 Nights Via Australis–Cruise the Southern tip of South America Ushuaia to Punta Arenas
• 3 Nights Paine National Park–Magnificent "Towers of Paine"
*Note: Rates for cruises are not included in tour prices

The Grand South American Adventure: Argentina and Chile with Lake Argentina, Paine National Park & Chilean Lakes, with Special Feature, Strait of Magellan Cruise
Itinerary I - 22 Days

Day 1, Tue: Depart Home City
Day 2, Wed: Arrive Santiago Morning flight arrival in Santiago and transfer to your selected hotel. You will have the morning to rest and refresh before an afternoon city tour via private car. Enjoy visits to Santa Lucia Hill and San Cristobal Hill before stopping at Bellavista, Santiago's Bohemian district, replete with art galleries, restaurants and theaters.
Day 3, Thu: Leisure Day in Santiago (B)
Puerto Montt Fishing BoatsDay 4, Fri: Santiago to Puerto Montt (Puerto Varas) Fly south to the gateway to Chile's Lake District, Puerto Montt, on the Relancavi Estuary. There you will be met for a tour of the quaint fishing village of Angelmo with its open-air crafts market. Continue on to her sister city, Puerto Varas, on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, and overnight in your choice of hotel. (B)
Day 5, Sat: Two-Day Lakes Crossing (available all year) Begin this overland journey through pine forests, past tranquil farms, and over broad lakes to Argentina. Bus past Lake Llanquihue to Petrohue and board a boat crossing Lake Todos Los Santos to Peulla for overnight. (B, D) Click here for the Lakes Crossing map (opens in new window)Hotel Peulla, Perez Rosales National Park, All Saints Lake, Chile
Day 6, Sun: Arrive Bariloche Continue through the Lake District with a bus ride over the Continental Divide into Argentina, cross Lake Frias by boat, and continue on to Puerto Blest by bus. Cruise on Lake Nahuel Huapi to Puerto Panuelo, and proceed overland to downtown Bariloche and your hotel. (B)
Day 7, Mon: Bariloche Tour In town, see the main square and the important government buildings. Then, skirt the lake to Cathedral Mountain for an overview of all the surrounding lakes, hills and mountains that make Bariloche one of the most scenic spots in the world! (B)
Day 8, Tue: Bariloche to Buenos Aires Fly from Bariloche to Buenos Aires, and transfer to your selected hotel. Remainder of the evening at leisure. (B)
Colorful buildings in Buenos Aires "La Boca" DistrictDay 9, Wed: Buenos Aires City Tour Your private vehicle and guide will drive down 9th of July Avenue, the widest street in the world, past the Colon Opera House to the Plaza de Mayo. Facing the plaza are both the pink Presidential Palace and the National Cathedral, which houses the tomb of the liberator, San Martin. Next, visit the old port district, "La Boca," with its pastel houses and shops. You will have time to browse through the shops for souvenirs. (B)
The Tango is one of Argentina's favorite national pastimes.Day 10, Thu: Tango Show A day completely free to explore on your own. Sip traditional tea at a local teashop, or visit one of the estancias in the distant suburbs. This evening, enjoy a motorcoach tour with a typical Argentine beef dinner followed by a Tango performance. (B, D)
Day 11, Fri: Buenos Aires to Lake Argentina Transfer to the Municipal Airport in Buenos Aires for a flight to El Calafate in Argentina. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your selected hotel. (B)
Day 12, Sat: Perito Moreno Glacier Tour
Today you will take an exciting, scenic tour of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Depart early in the morning via motorcoach for the Magellan Peninsula, and continue to the cliff overlooking the glacier. You will have several hours to explore this great natural wonder from many different perspectives. This is the only glacier in the world that is still growing, and it encompasses an area larger than cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. The deep blue color of the ice is attributed to its age, over 30,000 years. If you are lucky, you will witness one of the calvings, in which 30-foot pieces of ice break off the glacier and crash into the lake. What a show! (B, L)
Blue iceberg from Perito Moreno Glacier is over 30,000 years old!Day 13, Sun: Upsala & Onelli Glaciers Cruise Early in the morning depart for a boat trip to the confluence of the northern and southern branches of Lake Argentina. Its big basin has been formed by the glacial erosion of over 15,000 years, and it is filled with the thawing of seven glaciers. Enjoy splendid views of blue icebergs, virgin forests and mountains guarded by the condor, known as the "Senor de los Andes." At midday, have lunch by Onelli Bay, then on the way back, admire Spegazzini Glacier and Peineta Peak. (B, L)
Day 14, Mon: Lake Argentina/Tierra del Fuego/Australis Cruise Morning transfer to the airport. There, you will board a flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost commercial airport in the world, on the island of Tierra del Fuego where the Andes meet the Beagle Channel. Transfer directly to the pier to commence your exciting four-day adventure on board the M/V Stella Australis or five-day adventure on board the M/V Via Australis cruise around the southern tip of South America to Punta Arenas, Chile. (B, D)

Sailing on the M/V Via Australis (Mon-Fri)
Ship Information - Deck Plans
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXNote: Rates for cruises are NOT included in the quoted tour rates. The cruise rates are additional, based on the category and season (see pages 5 & 7 of the respective PDF for 2014-2015 & 2015-2016 cruise rates).

Discover the beauty of the Strait of Magellan on an Australis CruiseDay 15, Tue: Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay Special navigation into the Beagle and Murray Channels into the open sea to circle Cape Horn, with an opportunity to visit the southernmost point in South America, weather permitting. Here you will get a panoramic view of the famous and mythical Cape Horn, the place where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans merge and the last promontory of South America. (B, L, D)
Penguins and the San Isidro LighthouseDay 16, Wed: Bay of Günter Plushow Glacier Sail the main branch of the Beagle Channel. Disembark at the Bay of the Günter Plushow Glacier and hike near the glacier. After this unforgettable experience, you will continue navigating through O'Brien and Ballenero Channels, Bahía Desolada, Paso Aguirre and Cockburn Channel. (B, L, D)
Day 17, Thu: Piloto and Nena Glaciers - De Agostini Sound and Águila Glacier In the morning you sail through the Cockburn Channel to anchor in Chico Sound. Riding in the Zodiac boats you will explore Alakaluf Fjord and observe the Piloto and Nena Glaciers from the sea. The intense blue color of the Piloto Glacier, due to its compression and age, draws attention. You will learn about the formation of glaciers and their influence on the geography of the Fuegian-Patagonian channels. In the afternoon you enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, in the heart of the Darwin Mountain Range. In this area you will see glaciers flowing down the mountainside all the way to the sea. In the afternoon you will board the Zodiac boats and head to the Águila Glacier where you will have an easy walk to the base of the glacier. You will learn about Patagonia's cold rainforest and the forces that molded the area's landscape. (B, L, D)
Stunningly rugged Towers of PaineDay 18, Fri: Arrive in Punta Arenas and Transfer to Paine National Park Early in the morning you will disembark on Magdalena Island, home of a colony of over 120,000 penguins in different stages of breeding. You will then take a walk to San Isidro Lighthouse, which used to guide the explorer sailors crossing the Strait of Magellan. Afterwards sail into Punta Arenas, arriving at 11:00 AM. One adventure ends and another begins. You will be picked up at the pier and transferred to your hotel of choice in Paine National Park. The drive is about six hours via paved and then a well-graded road. You will spend four nights in the park at your choice of all-inclusive property: Hosteria Las Torres, Hosteria Rio Serrano, Tierra Patagonia or Explora en Patagonia. Note: Paine National Park packages are NOT included in the quotes. Click here for rates at the lodges. (B, D)
Days 19 & 20, Sat & Sun: In Paine National Park All excursions are included in your hotel package. (B, L, D daily)
Day 21, Tue: Paine National Park/Punta Arenas/Santiago Early morning transfer to Punta Arenas Airport for your flight to Santiago and your connecting flight home. (B)
Day 22 Mon: Arrive Home City


 

The Grand Adventure II - 20 Days

M/V Stella Australis 5-Night Cruise Punta Arenas to Ushuaia
Itinerary: Departures Every Tuesday - September-April

M/V Via Australis
5-Night Cruise Punta Arenas to Ushuaia
Itinerary: Departures Every Thursday  - September-April

Note: The ships follow the same itinerary but on different days of the week.

• 3 Nights Buenos Aires–Sophisticated and chic
• 2 Nights Bariloche–One of the most scenic spots in the world
• 2 Nights Chilean Lakes Region–Breathtaking scenery & quaint fishing villages
• 3 Nights Paine National Park–Magnificent "Towers of Paine"
• 5 Nights Via Australis or Stella Australis–Cruise the Southern tip of South America
• 3 Nights Lake Argentina–Windswept forests and glaciers

*Note: Rates for cruises are not included in tour prices

Itinerary - 20 Days

Day 1, Tue or Thu: Depart Home City
Day 2, Wed or Fri: Arrive in Buenos Aires Afternoon private Buenos Aires City Tour (B)
Lake Llanquihue, ChileDay 3, Thu or Sat: Leisure Day in Buenos Aires (B)
Day 4, Fri or Sun: In Buenos Aires - Evening Tango Show
A day completely free to explore on your own. Sip traditional tea at a local teashop, or visit one of the estancias in the distant suburbs. This evening, enjoy a motorcoach tour with a typical Argentine beef dinner followed by a Tango performance. (B, D)
Day 5, Sat or Mon: Buenos Aires to Bariloche (B)
Day 6, Sun or Tue: In Bariloche - Scenic Tour
In town, see the main square and the important government buildings. Then, skirt the lake to Cathedral Mountain for an overview of all the surrounding lakes, hills and mountains that make Bariloche one of the most scenic spots in the world! (B)
Approaching Peulla Mountain Lodge on the shores of Lake Todos Los Santos.Day 7 & 8, Mon & Tue or Wed & Thu: Two-Day Lake Crossing to Puerto Montt Begin this overland journey through pine forests, past tranquil farms, and over broad lakes to Argentina. Bus past Lake Llanquihue to Petrohue and board a boat crossing Lake Todos Los Santos to Peulla mountain lodge for overnight. (B, L, D)

Click here for the Lakes Crossing map (opens in new window)

Day 9, Wed or Fri: Puerto Montt/Punta Arenas/Paine Park (B, D)
Days 10 & 11, Thur & Fri or Sat & Sun: In Paine Park (B, L, D Daily)
Day 12, Sat or Mon: Paine Park to Punta Arenas/Embark Australis Cruise.

Note:
Click here for packages to extend your stay at Ushuaia on Tierra del Fuego.

Sailing on the M/V Stella Australis (Sat-Wed)
Ship Information - Deck Plans & Photo Gallery
or
Sailing on the M/V Via Australis (Mon-Fri)

Ship Information - Deck Plans

XXXXXXXXNote: Rates for cruises are NOT included in the quoted tour rates. The cruise rates are additional, based on the category and season (see pages 5 & 7 of the respective PDF for 2014-2015 & 2015-2016 cruise rates).

Discover the beauty of the Strait of Magellan on an Australis CruiseDay 13, Sun or Tue: Ainsworth Bay/Marinelli Glacier/Tucker Islet With the first light of dawn, navigate Almirantazgo Fjord. Disembark in Ainsworth Bay near Marinelli Glacier for a walk to see the beaver dams, and the Magellan forests, as well as a close-up view of a colony of sea lions. In the afternoon, visit a small colony of Magellan penguins at Tucker Islet, where dolphins may likely join you. (B, L, D)
Day 14, Mon or Wed: Garibaldi and Pia Glaciers Sightseeing of Garibaldi Glacier and the impressive snow-covered mountains of the Darwin Range. Disembark at the coast of the Garibaldi Inlet to take an adventurous excursion where you will appreciate the wild vegetation and forests on the slopes of the mountains. Disembark at the Pia Glacier and hike to an observation point. (B, L, D)
Perito Moreno GlacierDay 15, Tue or Thu: Cape Horn and Puerto Williams Navigation through the Beagle and Murray Channels to disembark at the Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn) National Park. Weather permitting, you will get a panoramic view of the famous and mythical Cape Horn, the place where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans merge and the last promontory of South America. Disembark at Puerto Williams, the southernmost town in the world. (B, L, D)
Day 16, Wed or Fri: Arrival Ushuaia/Fly to El Calafate Arrive Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your flight to El Calafate. (B)
Day 17, Thu or Sat: Full-Day Perito Moreno Glacier Tour (B, L)
Day 18, Fri or Sun: Full-Day Upsala and Onelli Glaciers Cruise (B, L)
Day 19, Sat or Mon: El Calafate/Buenos Aires/Connections Home
(B)
Day 20, Sun or Tue: Arrive Home City

Rates Include: All airfares within South America are included in the rates & are subject to change without notice. Airfares from/to North America are not included. Call 800-326-5025 for airfares from major US cities.

Hotel Category
Bariloche Town Center, Argentina Tour Rates Per Person
(Minimum of 2 passengers to operate)
Itinerary #1
21 or 22 Days
Itinerary #2
20 Days
Dbl
Dbl
Tourist Class
2015-2016
3715
3145
First Class
2015-2016
4060
3540
Deluxe Class
2015-2016
4595
3999
Deluxe Plus Class
2015-2016
5850
4995
Bariloche Town Center
 
NOTE: Cruises on board the M/V Stella Australis or M/V Via Australis from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas or v/v are NOT INCLUDED in the quoted tour rates above. The cruise rates are additional, based on the category & season. See Cruise Rates and Ship Specifications at the bottom of this page. Click here for M/V Stella Australis Deck Plans or M/V Via Australis Deck Plans.
NOTE: Rates do not include the stay in Towers of Paine National Park. See Patagonia: Towers of Paine for hotel selections, details and rates on the all-inclusive properties in Paine National Park.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
Itinerary #1
:
The airfares Santiago to Puerto Montt, Bariloche to Buenos Aires to El Calafate to Ushuaia, and Punta Arenas to Santiago are NOT included in the rates. Rates may vary from $1150 to $1500 per person, depending on availability of space.
Itinerary #2: The airfares Buenos Aires to Bariloche, Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas, Ushuaia to El Calafate to Buenos Aires are NOT included in the rates. Rates may vary from $975 to $1140 per person, depending on availability of space.  Any airfares quoted are subject to change without notice, and cannot be guaranteed unless tickets have been issued. Airfares from/to North America are NOT included.

Hotels in Category
City
Tourist Class
First Class
Deluxe Class*
Deluxe Plus Class
Santiago
Puerto Varas
Los Cumbres
(Deluxe room)
Peulla
Bariloche
Llao Llao
(Lake view)
Buenos Aires
Sofitel (Dlx rm)
or Mio (Suite)
Lake Argentina
Paine National Park NOTE: Rates do not include the stay in Towers of Paine National Park. See Patagonia: Towers of Paine for hotel selections, details and rates on the all-inclusive properties in Paine National Park.


Cruises - M/V Stella Australis & M/V Via Australis

M/V Stella Australis
Cruise Rates & Dates - Technical Specifications - Deck Plans & Photo Gallery
Adventure cruise specialist Cruceros Australis newest ship is the 210-passenger M/V Stella Australis, launched in December 2010. The M/V Stella Australis has one hundred 177-square-foot cabins, all featuring picture windows, independent climate controls, bathrooms and satellite phones.M/V Stella Australis The ship's three lounges — the Sky Lounge, the Darwin Lounge and the Yamana Lounge — are all equipped with audio-visual equipment for educational presentations throughout the voyage. There is also a reception area, a dining room and an exercise room. The five-deck M/V Stella Australis was purposely built for cruises to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. An observation lounge overlooks the bow, has a bar, small library and video and audio equipment for lectures, with a second lounge higher up on the ship. The M/V Stella Australis also features a game room with tables for cards and a collection of board games, a small shop and a first-aid room. There is no better ship to cruise Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn in comfort, safety and style than the M/V Stella Australis.

M/V Via Australis
Cruise Rates & Dates - Technical Specifications - Deck Plans
TM/V Via Australishe M/V Via Australis has been specifically constructed and equipped with the latest navigation and safety technology for expedition cruising off the southern tip of South America. The ship is 233 feet long and 42 feet wide, accommodating 132 passengers in 64 spacious cabins. All of the attractively decorated cabins are 15 sq. meters (approx. 161.5 sq. feet) with picture windows, private bathrooms and either two lower beds or one double bed, heating, closet and safe-deposit box. The M/V Via Australis features a spacious open top deck for admiring the spectacular southern scenery, and a gift shop, game room, infirmary and small library. With a crew of 40 plus lecturers and guides, passengers enjoy maximum attention, excellent cuisine and fine Chilean wines.

M/V Stella Australis & M/V Via Australis
Cruise Rates, Departure Dates, Itinerary Outlines & Maps
September 2015-April 2016*

Click here to print or download Departure Dates and Rates. Opens in new window and requires Adobe Reader.Click here to Print/Download PDF (1455K - opens in new window & requires Adobe Reader)
*Note: Ships are in dry dock mid-April to mid-September

Note: Cruises Ushuaia/Punta Arenas or v/v are NOT included in the quoted tour rates. The cruise rates are additional, based on the category and season.


Technical Specifications
Vessel Name
M/V Via Australis
M/V Stella Australis
Required Clothing for Expeditions on the M/V Stella Australis and M/V Via AustralisClothing: We want your stay on our cruise ships to be comfortable. We recommend sports clothing for both women and men. Summer nights and sometimes during the day the Patagonian climate is cold. We recommend sweaters, jackets, pants and rain garments during the excursions. For exploring and walking, gloves and a pair of firm shoes or boots are suitable.
Category Expedition Cruise Expedition Cruise
Gross Tonnage 2750 (TRG) 4500 (TRG)
Length 71.83 meters (235 feet) 89.0 meters (292 feet)
Draft 3.30 meters 3.30 meters (10.83 feet)
Breadth 13.4 meters (44 feet) 14.6 meters (48 feet)
Decks 5 5
Shipyard ASENAV (Chile) ASENAV (Chile)
Construction Year 2005 2010
Engines
2 Cummins diesel main engines at 850 hp each
2 Cummins diesel main engines at 1400 hp each
Electricity Cabins are equipped with 220 volt plugs. Bathrooms have plugs for both 220 volts and 110 volts. Cabins are equipped with 220 volt plugs. Bathrooms have plugs for both 220 volts and 110 volts.
Lifeboats 2 SOLAS lifeboats, 14 life rafts for 25 passengers each and 2 life rafts for 12 passengers each. Exact details not available yet, but similar to Via Australis.
Safety The M/V Stella Australis and M/V Via Australis were built according to SOLAS 2001 and MARPOL 73/78 updated standards for Worldwide oceanic navigation and finished in December 2010 and December 2005 respectively. Both vessels have a classification certificate issued by ABS (American Bureau of Shipping), with the notation of “Passenger Vessel.”

According to ISM (International Safety Management Code), imposed by IMO (International Maritime Organization), the ships have a SMC (Safety Management Certificate), which guarantees the operation under international safety standards as well as the protection of the environment.

The ships also have complete navigation systems (echo sounder, radar, GPS and the modern communication system integrating it to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, GMDSS), emergency generator, fire stations, smoke detectors in every cabin, corridor and lounge and a sprinkler fire suppression system installed in all areas of the ship. The machine room is also equipped with a CO2 fire extinguisher bank for increased fire prevention.
Protection of the Environment The protection and preservation of nature is a permanent preoccupation of Cruceros Australis. For such purpose, we use specialized processes to prevent damaging the beautiful spots of the region, such as the separation of oil waste and other contaminating fluids, which are later deposited at port; compacting and deposit of garbage at port, and a sewage and solid waste treatment plant.