In 2015, Australis, the expedition company famous for its cruises in Chilean and Argentine Patagonia will celebrate its 25th anniversary by offering new cruise routes.
These once-in-a-lifetime journeys in Tierra del Fuego, through the Straits of Magellan, the Beagle Channel, and to Cape Horn are offered on the 136-passenger MN Via Australis and the 210-passenger MN Stella Australis. The small cruise ship experience is low-key and the cruises are led by expert multi-lingual guides who introduce you to stunning geography, amazing wildlife and cultural history. You can read about my trip with them at Patagonia Cruises to the End of the World.
Recently, Australis has added to their itineraries to include several exciting new options. In addition to the 4-night trip between Punta Arenas, Chile and Ushuaia, Argentina that I took, there are also 3-night and 4-night trips from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas offering some different sea and land excursions. There are also two 3-night and a 7-night round-trip options: Punta Arenas/Ushuaia/Punta Arenas and Ushuaia/Punta Arenas/Ushuaia.
Additionally, three special trips include the 3 or 4-night “Charles Darwin Route” trip which focus on Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle. Travelers are accompanied by expert speakers who will address the group on topics such as “Darwin Before the Voyage of the Beagle” and “Darwin and Evolution.”
The 4-night “Whale Watching” expedition from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia will make stops at Carlos III Island for Humpback Whale Watching; and the 5 or 6-night “Gauchos, Penguins and Glaciers” journey from Punta Arenas to Magdelena Island will visit King Penguin Park in Porvenir, stop for a gaucho experience in Ushuaia, and stop at several glaciers. All are exciting alternatives to the trip that I took.
If you want to celebrate Christmas and the New Year in a big way this year, Australis is offering a “Kids Sail Free” promotion. Throughout December, 2015, one child 17 or younger travels free of charge per paying adult. Book your three or four-night cruise between July 1 and October 31, 2015 to share this remarkable experience.
For detailed itineraries, dates for the special December cruises, rates and other information, and for suggestions on additional travel in Chile and Argentina, visit Borello Travel & Tours or Australis.
This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.