ANTARCTIC EXPLORER FROM BUENOS AIRES

Explore the South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula in comfort. A charter flight ushers you from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia prior to embarkation. Once on board, you’ll marvel at the marine life and myriad of seabirds swooping in close to show off just for you.
As you cross the Drake Passage and near the northernmost tip of the Seventh Continent, prepare to be dwarfed by massive, glistening icebergs and the looming peninsula, the most pristine region on the planet. Rediscover your adventurous spirit - scramble just a little higher up that peak, kayak through ice floes, or share a pebbly beach with curious penguins. A part of you will always stay here, but the experience will stay in your heart after you reluctantly go.
 
Expedition in Brief:
•Perfect for first time visitors to Antarctica;
•Witness and explore the highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula;
•Travel safely and comfortably aboard small, ice-strengthened expedition vessels;
•Learn about the environment and wildlife from onboard lecturers and specialists; and
•Witness the abundant wildlife - penguins, seals, whales and more!
•Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the tango capital of the world, and let us take care of the rest of the journey
 
Includes one pre-expedition hotel night in Buenos Aires.

Itinerary

Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina
You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of the itinerary. Upon your arrival, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel is included with the mandatory flight and hotel package). The Argentine capital is the ideal gateway for you to explore this beautiful country while preparing for your adventure ahead.
 
Day 2: Embarkation Day
Fly to Ushuaia, Argentina today and enjoy a city tour by bus.The Beagle Channel sets you on your way as the ship sails in the late afternoon. The channel opens up to the vastness of the Southern Ocean, where your next land sighting will be along the Antarctic Peninsula. Named after the famed ship in which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents many great photo opportunities to capture sea birds hovering overhead.
 
Day 3-4: Crossing the Drake Passage
Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You'll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while we'll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.
 
Day 5-8: South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
When the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You can begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time we visit Antarctica we witness something new or unexpected, meaning your expedition will be unlike any other - creating a unique, personal experience.
We will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore bays, channels and landing sites each day. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and Minke whales and search for a number of the southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.
The majesty of the Peninsula's mountains will enchant you as you scramble up snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360° views of your surroundings. One of these in particular, in Orne Harbor, gives the opportunity to visit a chinstrap penguin colony high up on a ridge. Here you'll have the choice between going for a mountain hike or spending time sitting quietly on a pebbled beach to enjoy the antics of curious penguins. If you're feeling extra adventurous, participating in the Polar Plunge swim is about as crazy as it gets!
Amidst the peaceful silence of Antarctica, noisy interruptions become indelible memories such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles or the boom and crack of a calving glacier in Neko Harbor. You can make a bit of noise yourself too by listening to the echo of voices bounce off a giant glacier.
Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team so as to entertain and educate you on this wonderful part of the world.
 
Day 9-10: Drake Passage to Ushuaia
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides you with some final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy a few final presentations by your Expedition Team or simply relax and reminisce about your experiences.
 
Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires.
After breakfast aboard the ship, it is time to part ways and say goodbye to your Expedition Team. After disembarkation, we should have a little time to explore Ushuaia before we transfer to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.
 
Please Note: The 10-day itinerary will have one day less exploring the Antarctic Peninsula.

This expedition includes:

  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast (as part of the mandatory flight and hotel package, which is at an additional cost. See exclusions below for pricing details).
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage.
  • All shore landings per the daily program.
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader.
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled.
  • Photographic journal documenting the expedition.
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings.
  • An official parka to keep.
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock.
  • Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader.
  • A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport.
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program.
  • All luggage handling aboard ship.
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $100,000 per person.

This expedition excludes:

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE THE MANDATORY HOTEL AND FLIGHT PACKAGE WHICH CONSISTS OF:
  • One night hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires, with breakfast
  • Group transfer from Buenos Aires hotel to airport for charter flight
  • Charter flight from Buenos Aires international airport to Ushuaia, and return (Note: Baggage allowance on charter flights is 44 lbs (20 kg) checked and 11 lbs (5 kg) carry-on.)
  • Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship
  • Combined airport transfer and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation
  • Flight/Hotel Package cost: USD$950 per person.
 
OTHER EXCLUSIONS:
  • International airfare.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before embarkation
  • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified.
  • Telecommunications charges.
  • The voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew.
  • Arrival transfer in Buenos Aires on Day 1
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DATES AND PRICES

1. 2017-2018

The prices display below are expressed in US dollars per person. If you would like more information or book the trip of a lifetime, please CONTACT US.

TRIP Embark Disembark Start date Finish date Prices from Vessel Adventure Options
Antarctic Explorer from Buenos Aires
(10 nights / 11 days)
Bs. As. Bs. As. 05-Nov.-17 15-Nov.-17 $7,437 Ocean Endeavour Kayaking, Photo Workshop, Camping, Mountaineering, Cross Country Skiing
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