This season, Australis launches its new expedition ship and a brand-new itinerary covering Cape Horn and some of the most remote parts of the Patagonian fjords in South America
Cape Horn is the most southerly point of land in the world and sits at the southern tip of South America. It’s where the Andes Mountains, which run the length of South America, are at their biggest and most dramatic, before they fall away into the ocean. It makes for a breathtaking mix of snowcapped mountains, hanging glaciers, dramatic coastline and unique flora and fauna. Australis has been operating expedition cruises to the region for over 25 years, offering travellers from across the world a unique perspective on this landscape from the comfortable surroundings of a luxury expedition ship.
This season Australis is taking the experience one step further with the launch of their new state-of-the-art ship, Ventus Australis. Tailor-made for exploring the remote southern tip of South America, all aspects of the 210-passenger ship are designed to give Ventus Australis the extreme maneuverability required to navigate narrow fjords and channels, where no other cruise ships can access. On board, guests will find a smart, light décor, with all the comforts and amenities of a good hotel. Features will include a restaurant serving up delicious, locally-inspired cuisine, a panoramic bar with large windows to watch the ever-changing landscape, and the Sky Lounge, where guests can enjoy a series of lectures from the onboard team of expedition staff.
To go with the new ship, there will be a brand-new itinerary for 2018. The five-day, four-night Patagonian Explorer cruise journeys between Ushuaia (Argentina) and Punta Arenas (Chile) through some of the planet’s most remote places and incredible scenery. The ship begins by calling at fabled spots such as Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay, before cruising down the famous Beagle Channel. Later, there are visits to a number of stunning glaciers that guard the southern flank of the Fuegian archipelago, before exploring the legendary Strait of Magellan. Finally, the cruise stops by the boisterous Patagonia penguin colony on Isla Magdalena: a chance to see penguins in their natural habitat, without having to journey all the way to Antarctica.
Cruises by Australis provide the perfect experience for those who love expedition, or are regular cruisers looking for something different. Comfort and cuisine on board are second-to-none and the price includes all food, most drinks, the insight from the expert expedition team and all of the landings along the way.
To get your clients there, Australis has partnered with Latin Routes, a leading UK tour operator who specialise in truly individual holidays to South America. They have created a unique holiday to perfectly complement the cruise, called Exploring the End of the World. This 15-night holiday starts in the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, before heading to Ushuaia for a couple of nights ahead of joining the cruise. After the cruise, clients can enjoy three nights close to the Chilean national park of Torres del Paine followed by two final nights in the cosmopolitan capital, Santiago. Prices start from £5,285 per person including an exclusive 10 per cent discount on the cruise, flights, three-star to four-star accommodation, seven nights full-board, transfers and internal flights. All of their holidays can be tailor-made to your client’s preferences; for more information visit latinroutes.co.uk/patagonia or call one of the friendly Travel Specialists on 020 8546 6222.
Latin Routes was set up from scratch by directors Martin Johnson and Jessica Bain, and has grown to offer a wide range of tailor-made holidays to the whole of South America. Their team of passionate Travel Specialists offer expert advice and unique insight based on first-hand experience. Agents can take advantage of dedicated on-the-road support including free training, marketing support and regular agent events to help enhance their knowledge of this wonderful continent. They also offer competitive commissions on the whole booking and complete price parity.
Visit their dedicated online training course, in conjunction with OTT, before September 22, 2017, and as well as learning more about South America, you will also have the chance to win a space on one of their two fam trips to Brazil and Argentina in 2017.