Australis

Location: Chilean Patagonia | Chile

Price guide: £££££ £350-£500 per person per night

Embark on a journey to the ends of the Earth with this expedition cruise through the fjords in southern Patagonia. Walk in the footsteps of legendary explorers like Charles Darwin and Sir Francis Drake, and discover the beguiling history, geography and wildlife of this extraordinary land, reaching corners only accessible by sea. The Australis cruise boats incorporate fantastic tours and excursions around this fascinating, virtually untouched corner of the world.
Perfect forIntrepid explorers and wildlife enthusiasts in search of a totally unique adventure.
In the knowA perfect option for cruising in Patagonia, taking in landmarks such as Cape Horn and Tierra del Fuego Island.

Recommended for...

  • Cruise
  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Setting & Views
  • Wildlife & Nature

Hotel Overview

Sense of Place

Cruise around the stunning landscapes of southern Patagonia, and take your pick from a range of itineraries which visit destinations including Cape Horn, Wulaia Bay, Magdalena Island, Ainsworth Bay and Tierra del Fuego Island. Itineraries range from 3 to 8 nights, either one-way or round trips from Ushaia or Punta Arenas, navigating through the Beagle Channel and the Strait of Magellan, passing by glaciers and wildlife from condors to penguins. 

Rooms onboard Australis

The Australis boats are tailor-made for exploring the southern tip of South America and navigating the narrow fjords and channels. Stella Australis and Ventus Australis both have 100 stylish, comfortable cabins, accommodating up to 210 passengers, with ensuite bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows offering fantastic views of the dramatic Patagonian scenery.

Food & Drink

Feast on exquisite Chilean cuisine onboard, with daily buffet breakfasts and lunches followed by four-course dinners featuring both Chilean and international dishes, such as steak and Austral hake, to refuel between adventurous excursions, then at the end of the day chill out in the lounge over a glass of Chilean wine, a craft beer or the signature Calafate Sour cocktail. 

Facilities

There is a library with books on Patagonia's wildlife and history, as well as board games. There's also a viewing deck for spotting wildlife such as whales, dolphins, penguins and elephant and leopard seals out in the ice-blue ocean, and condors soaring in the vast skies above.

Activities onboard Australis

You’ll be out exploring the wild Patagonian fjords and glaciers every day on your cruise, with the breathtaking backdrop of mountains, ice and emerald-green forests at every turn. Whether it’s a walking trail across the rugged terrain, visits to penguin colonies, trekking through otherworldly forests or whale-watching from the zodiac boat. All excursions are included in your cruise – and there’s so much to discover. What’s more, experts give enlightening presentations onboard on the local wildlife, history and geography to enrich your Patagonian experience.

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Hotel location

The Australis cruise boats saill around southern Patagonia in Chile.

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