In the heart of Chilean Fjords

11 days / 10 nights
    Return domestic flight included
    In the heart of Chilean Fjords
    Transfer + flight Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

    Cruise Latin America

    from 5 November 2019 to 15 November 2019
    11 days / 10 nights

    Departure Port : Valparaiso
    Arrival Port : Ushuaia

    Ship : L'AUSTRAL

    • Ref : VU095 - A051119

    Winding channels, snow-covered mountains, majestic glaciers and narrow passages: welcome to the magic of the Chilean fjords. PONANT is inviting you aboard L’Austral for an 11-day expedition cruise to the heart of South America’s extraordinary landscapes.  

    This cruise will set sail from the charming city of Valparaiso, whose historic quarter is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it still bears the traces of its colonial past. You will then head southward to the Chilean channels.  

    The first port of call on your trip will be the remote village of Tortel, suspended above the water, and its typical wooden footbridges which take the place of streets. Not far from there, your ship will make its way down a small passage to get close to the Jorge Montt Glacier.

    You will also discover several glaciers (for example the Brüggen and El Brujo) before the unforgettable experience of sailing along the Strait of Magellan and the Gabriel Channel. Pursue your journey through the fjords and glaciers of Patagonia in a unique atmosphere that will delight photography enthusiasts.

    You will also take the Beagle Channel, south of the Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. Admire the snow-covered peaks of the Cordillera Darwin before rounding Cape Horn, surrounded by the stunning scenery provided by Tierra del Fuego National Park.

    Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

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    Highlights

    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
    • Observing glaciers, channels and fjords, and navigating along narrow passages.
    • If weather conditions allow it, disembarking at Cape Horn and discovering its albatross sculpture created by the Chilean artist José Balcells Eyquem.
    • The stop in Tortel, a picturesque village with wooden pontoons and footbridges, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Sailing along the Strait of Magellan (on the edge of Tierra del Fuego), the Gabriel Channel and the Beagle Channel (with its so-called “Glacier Avenue”).
    • Depending on opportunities, observing Magellanic penguins, caracaras, dolphins, humpback whales, fur seals, sea lions, condors and cormorants.
    • Landscapes: fjords dominated by the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, iridescent glaciers, and mountain lakes with crystal-clear water.

    Transfer + flight Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

    Return domestic flight included

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Superior Stateroom
      AU$15,390
      AU$8,470
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Stateroom
      AU$11,320
      AU$9,070
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 4
      AU$12,620
      AU$10,070
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5
      AU$13,210
      AU$10,520
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      AU$13,860
      AU$11,020
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite
      AU$19,160
      AU$15,100
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
      AU$25,870
      AU$20,260
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6 Suite
      AU$27,130
      AU$21,230
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      AU$47,030
      AU$24,290
      Not Available
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    L'AUSTRAL

    In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.
     
    A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
     
    You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

    Port of call & excursions

    5 November 2019 – At sea

    Valparaiso

    Embarkation 05/11/2019 from 17H00 to 18H00 . Departure 05/11/2019 at 20H00 .

    Located about 100 kilometres south of Santiago, the legendary Valparaiso is the second largest city in Chile. It is also a splendid city, full of history: two qualities justifying its nickname “gem of the Pacific” and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can stroll along the steep streets, on foot or by cable car, and explore the many admirable sites like the delicate Iglesia de la Matriz, Sotomayor square, Bellavista hill, or Sebastiana house where the author Pablo Neruda lived. At every turning, you’ll get a refreshing view of the sea.

    6 November 2019▸7 November 2019 – At sea

    6 November 2019▸7 November 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 06/11/2019 . Departure 07/11/2019 .

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    8 November 2019 – Sailing in Chilean Fjords

    8 November 2019 – Sailing in Chilean Fjords

    Arrival 08/11/2019 . Departure 08/11/2019 .

    9 November 2019 – Tortel

    9 November 2019 – Tortel

    Arrival 09/11/2019 . Departure 09/11/2019 .

    A picturesque, colourful fishing village, Tortel boasts a splendid location in the heart of southern Patagonia, halfway between Puerto Montt and Cape Horn. From the little streets made up of small walkways, you’ll love the grand panorama of rounded mountains, dense forest, the clear waters of the Pacific. If you walk out onto one the many wooden pontoons, you can admire the views as you stand suspended a few metres above the water. The village is scattered with sculptures made by local artists, an excellent introduction to this friendly community

    9 November 2019 – Jorge Montt Glacier

    9 November 2019 – Jorge Montt Glacier

    Arrival 09/11/2019 . Departure 09/11/2019 .

    10 November 2019 – English Passage

    10 November 2019 – English Passage

    Arrival 10/11/2019 . Departure 10/11/2019 .

    10 November 2019 – Glacier Pie XI

    10 November 2019 – Glacier Pie XI

    Arrival 10/11/2019 . Departure 10/11/2019 .

    11 November 2019 – Glacier El Brujo

    11 November 2019 – Glacier El Brujo

    Arrival 11/11/2019 . Departure 11/11/2019 .

    12 November 2019 – Canal Gabriel South (Sailing)

    12 November 2019 – Canal Gabriel South (Sailing)

    Arrival 12/11/2019 . Departure 12/11/2019 .

    12 November 2019 – Ainsworth Bay

    12 November 2019 – Ainsworth Bay

    Arrival 12/11/2019 . Departure 12/11/2019 .

    13 November 2019 – Garibaldi Glacier

    13 November 2019 – Garibaldi Glacier

    Arrival 13/11/2019 . Departure 13/11/2019 .

    Cruise along the narrow arm of Garibaldi Fjord and marvel at its stunning landscapes: thick green vegetation adorns steep mountains, rivalling the beauty of surrounding ice and snow. Further on, Garibaldi Glacier unveils itself: a towering ice titan looming at the end of the fjord that shares its name. Don't be surprised if sea lions and numerous birds accompany you on your enchanting journey into the heart of one of Chile's most beautiful glaciers.   

    14 November 2019 – Navigation Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel

    14 November 2019 – Navigation Cape Horn and the Beagle Channel

    Arrival 14/11/2019 . Departure 14/11/2019 .

    Itメs at the meeting point between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans that you enter Chilean Patagonia where you head for the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and its famous Cape Horn. From the top of its impressive 425-metre-high cliff, South Americaメs southernmost tip has, for many centuries, seen merchant ships from the world over passing by. Because of its legendary storms and rough seas, getting around the Cape has gone down in history as a challenge for all seafarers. Prepare yourself for a memorable experience, whatever the weather conditions!

    14 November 2019 – Ushuaia

    14 November 2019 – Ushuaia

    Arrival 14/11/2019 at 23H30 . Departure 14/11/2019 .

    Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

    15 November 2019▸14 November 2019 – Ushuaia

    Ushuaia

    Disembarkation 15/11/2019 at 07H00 .

    Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia lies in a bay opening into the Beagle Channel at the country's southernmost tip. Its colourful houses are framed against towering mountains, snow-capped in winter and summer alike. Downtown, the End of the World Museum showcases Tierra del Fuego's natural and indigenous history. A ride on the heritage railway is an exciting excursion into the Tierra del Fuego National Park, while a cruise on Ushuaia Bay is the perfect way to spot sea lions and Magellanic penguins.

    Formalities

    • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

    • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    • Argentina: should you require a visa to travel to Argentina, we recommend you apply for a double-entry visa as a technical stop in Chile might be scheduled.

    • Chile: Entry/Exit requirements for Australian and Mexican citizens entering/exiting Chile must have a valid passport and pay a RECIPROCITY TAX that will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days upon payment. Currently, the fee is only charged at the Santiago International Airport. Payment can be made in U.S. currency or by credit card. At time of print, the fees were as follow (subject to change without notice): Australia: US$117 - Mexico: US$23

    Transfer + flight Ushuaia / Buenos Aires

    For your serenity, PONANT selects a flight and organizes the transfers between the port and the airport. This package is included in your cruise fare.

     

    Disembarkation Day – Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

    Disembarkation.

    Meet and great at the port (English-speaking assistance).

    Transfer to the airport for check-in of the flight Ushuaia/Buenos Aires selected by PONANT.

    Approximate flight duration: 3 hours, 30 min.

     

    Your programme includes:

    • Flight Ushuaia/Buenos Aires in economy class
    • Transfer pier/airport
    • English speaking local assistance

     

    Your programme does not include:

    • Tips for the local guide.
    • Personal expenses.
    • Other services not mentioned in the programme.

     

    To know your PONANT flight schedule, please contact your travel agent; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents. Passengers must check in at least two hours before flight departure time.

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