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Antarctica, the southernmost continent and site of the South Pole, is a virtually uninhabited, ice-covered landmass. Most cruises to the continent visit the Antarctic Peninsula, which stretches toward South America. It’s known for the Lemaire Channel and Paradise Harbor, striking, iceberg-flanked passageways, and Port Lockroy, a former British research station turned museum. The peninsula’s isolated terrain also shelters rich wildlife, including many penguins
Day 1 – Buenos Aires | Meals: -
Arrival at the airport.You will be met and transferred to the hotel. Accommodation for 1 night at selected hotel, breakfast and local taxes are included. City tour of Buenos Aires With this tour you will understand why it's known the beautiful city of Buenos Aires as the "Paris of South America". The tour begins with a tour of 9 de Julio Avenue, one of the widest avenues in the world, where you can find the symbol of the city: the Obelisk. You will stop at Plaza de Mayo, where you will visit the Casa Rosada, name by which it is popularly known the presidential palace, and the magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral, with its incredible neoclassical facade, mausoleum of national hero, General San Martin. You will also visit squares as San Martin, Alvear and Plaza del Congreso. Important avenues like Corrientes, Av. De Mayo, among others. Important areas of the city like La Boca, San Telmo, Palermo, Recoleta and the most modern: Puerto Madero.
Day 2 – Buenos Aires / Ushuaia | Meals: Breakfast
Free time in the morning. Private transfer from hotel to domestic Airport. Arrival at Ushuaia. Shared transfer from Airport to downtown hotel. Accommodation for 1 night at selected hotel, breakfast and local service are included. Welcome Dinner at the hotel.
Day 3 – Depart from Ushuaia| Meals: Breakfast
In the morning Discover Tierra del Fuego National Park. As we head outside of town towards The Tierra del Fuego National Park, located only 11 km away from the city, we will almost instantly begin to experience and take in lakes, lagoons and rivers. You will learn that an interesting characteristic of these particular bodies of water is they all exit towards Beagle Channel. Along the drive out of the city we will see the slope of the Susana Mount, and get to see the old prison, where now the Southern Fuegian Railway is located. After visiting the prison, we will continue through the valley to the Ensenada Bay, where we will be able to take in the Redonda and Estorbo Islands juxtaposing the snow-white Mountains of the Sampaio Chain in the neighboring country Chile. As we return to the national route 3 the Fuegian Forest and its flora will begin to open up to beautiful views and landscapes. We will get to see Roca Lake and take a long walk by the lake coast and by the Lapataia River where we'll be able to see the Cóndor Hill. As we trek to the other end of the park we will observe the Green Lagoon and the Black Lagoon and large growing peat bog. At the end of the tour we'll get to see the large colony of beaver dams. Starting in the afternoon, you embark from this small resort town on Tierra del Fuego – nicknamed “The End of the World” – and sail the scenic, mountain-fringed Beagle Channel for the rest of the evening.
Day 4-5 – Crossing the Drake Passage | Meals: Full board
Over the next two days on the Drake Passage, you catch a taste of life from the perspective of the polar explorers who first braved these regions: cool salt breezes, rolling waves, maybe even a fin whale blasting up a column of sea spray. After passing the Antarctic Convergence – Antarctica’s natural boundary, formed when north-flowing cold waters collide with warmer subantarctic seas – you are in the circum-Antarctic upwelling zone. Not only does the marine life change, the avian life changes too: A variety of albatrosses and petrels show up, along with Cape pigeons and southern fulmars. Then, near the South Shetlands Islands, the first icebergs flash into sight.
Day 6-11 – Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands | Meals: Full board
Gray stone peaks sketched with snow, towers of broken blue-white ice, and dramatically different wildlife below and above. You first pass the snow-capped Melchior Islands and Schollaert Channel, sailing between Brabant and Anvers Islands. Sites you may be able to visit include: Cuverville Island – Stabbing up between Rongé Island and the Antarctic Peninsula, Cuverville houses a colony of several thousand gentoo penguins as well as pairs of breeding brown skuas. Danco Island – Activities here may focus on the gentoo penguins nesting on the island, in addition to the Weddell and crabeater seals that may be found nearby. Neko Harbour – An epic landscape of mammoth glaciers and endless wind-carved snow. You have the chance to set foot on the Continent here, and also to go for a Zodiac cruise with view of the ice-crusted alpine peaks. Paradise Bay – You may be able to walk on the Continent again at this location, or to take a Zodiac cruise in the sprawling, ice-flecked waters. Here you have a good chance of seeing humpback and minke whales. Port Lockroy – After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, you may visit the former British research station – now a museum and post office – of Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. You might also be able to partake in activities around Jougla Point, meeting gentoo penguins and blue-eyed shags. There are great opportunities for kayaking and camping here. When conditions are right, you can even snowshoe around the shore. Booth, Pléneau & Petermann Islands – If the ice allows it, you may sail through the Lemaire Channel in search of Adélie penguins and blue-eyed shags. There’s also a good chance you’ll encounter humpback and minke whales as well as leopard seals. You may also visit Booth Island’s Port Charcot. Wilhelmina Bay & Guvernøren – This is a great place to spot humpback whales, and you also may embark on a Zodiac cruise – and scuba dive, if you’re certified – around the ghostly wreck of Guvernøren, a whaling vessel that caught fire here in 1915. Around the Melchior Islands, amid a frozen landscape peopled with icebergs, you may encounter even more whales, leopard seals, and crabeater seals. You depart at noon, depending on conditions on the Drake Passage.
Day 12-13 – At Sea crossing the Drake Passage, northbound | Meals: Full board
Your return voyage is far from lonely. While crossing the Drake, you’re again greeted by the vast array of seabirds remembered from the passage south. But they seem a little more familiar to you now, and you to them.
Day 14 – Arrival in Ushuaia | Meals: Breakfast
Every adventure, no matter how grand, must eventually come to an end. We arrive at the port of Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark after breakfast. Transfer to the Airport. Flight to Buenos Aires Arrival at Buenos Aires, transfer to the hotel. Accommodation for 1 night at selected hotel, breakfast and local service are included.
Day 15 – Buenos Aires | Meals: Breakfast
Private transfer from your hotel to International Airport.