Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent (Buenos Aires)

Starting from Buenos Aires


Antarctic Peninsula
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Duration: 11 - 12 days
Starts: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ends: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Language: English Speaking Voyage

*Some programs may have an extra day in the Peninsula


Included


If this is your first visit, our classic Antarctic Explorer voyage gives you the best of the stunning Antarctic Peninsula in 11 days. Conquer the famed Drake Passage in your choice of four stabilized, polar-class vessels; explore majestic natural environments by zodiac and on foot; get up close and personal with penguins, whales and other wildlife; and enjoy talks on history, biology and glaciology by onboard polar experts. You can personalize your adventure with options that suit your interests, and cross the 7th Continent off the list—your way.

Starting in 2021, this itinerary allows you to the opportunity to experience our pioneering new vessel, Ultramarine. This purpose-built vessel is designed to extend the boundaries of polar exploration and offer an unmatched Antarctic experience, including a flightseeing tour you’ll never forget and a range of adventure options more extensive than any other ship in its class.

Itinerary

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Day 1 | Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina
You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently transfer to your group hotel (pre-expedition hotel night included in mandatory transfer package).

Day 2 | Fly to Ushuaia and Embark
After an early breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina.
Upon arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to a central downtown location to have some time on your own to explore this quaint port town before making your way to the pier.
After a late afternoon embarkation, you will sail along the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next land you see will be the Antarctic!

Days 3 and 4 | Crossing the Drake Passage
The unpredictable and exciting Drake Passage is an adventure unto itself. While being well taken care of by our expert onboard staff and leaders, you’ll have plenty of time to gaze out at the ocean, take pictures of seabirds swooping around the ship, and get to know your Expedition Team and fellow travellers.

Days 5 to 8 | South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Once the Drake Passage is left in our wake and the South Shetland Islands come into view, your Antarctic adventure truly begins. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travellers alike. On every visit to Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means your expedition will be unlike any other—a unique, personal experience.
Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. 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 southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.
The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you hike snowy pathways to vantage points offering panoramic views of your surroundings. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete isolation and silence, and the next you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into a brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.
Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes—such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles—become indelible memories.
Each day will be different, carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to inspire and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Days 9 and 10 | Crossing the Drake Passage
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides a final opportunity to enjoy the invigorating Southern Ocean air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, and celebrate the experiences you've shared exploring the remarkable world of Antarctica.

Day 11 | Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires
You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast. The mandatory transfer package includes a taste of Patagonia with a Tierra del Fuego National Park tour before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.

Itinerary

Day 1 | Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina
You may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of your itinerary. Upon arriving in this splendid city, known for its architecture and rich European heritage, you will independently transfer to your group hotel (pre-expedition hotel night included in mandatory transfer package).

Day 2 | Fly to Ushuaia and Embark
After an early breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina.
Upon arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to a central downtown location to have some time on your own to explore this quaint port town before making your way to the pier.
After a late afternoon embarkation, you will sail along the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next land you see will be the Antarctic!

Days 3 and 4 | Crossing the Drake Passage
The unpredictable and exciting Drake Passage is an adventure unto itself. While being well taken care of by our expert onboard staff and leaders, you’ll have plenty of time to gaze out at the ocean, take pictures of seabirds swooping around the ship, and get to know your Expedition Team and fellow travellers.

Days 5 to 8 | South Shetland Islands and Antarctic Peninsula
Once the Drake Passage is left in our wake and the South Shetland Islands come into view, your Antarctic adventure truly begins. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travellers alike. On every visit to Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means your expedition will be unlike any other—a unique, personal experience.
Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. 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 southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.
The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you hike snowy pathways to vantage points offering panoramic views of your surroundings. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete isolation and silence, and the next you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into a brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.
Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes—such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles—become indelible memories.
Each day will be different, carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to inspire and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Days 9 and 10 | Crossing the Drake Passage
The journey back across the Drake Passage provides a final opportunity to enjoy the invigorating Southern Ocean air. Spend time on the deck watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team, and celebrate the experiences you've shared exploring the remarkable world of Antarctica.

Day 11 | Disembark in Ushuaia and Fly to Buenos Aires
You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning and disembark after breakfast. The mandatory transfer package includes a taste of Patagonia with a Tierra del Fuego National Park tour before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires.


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INCLUSIONS

• Mandatory Transfer Package*
• Leadership throughout your voyage by our experienced Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
• All Zodiac transfers and cruising as per the daily program
• All shore landings as per the daily program
• Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
• All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)
• Select beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
• Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled
• A photographic journal documenting the expedition
• A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for landings and Zodiac cruising excursions
• An official company parka to keep
• Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
• All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
• All luggage handling aboard the ship
• Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person
• One 10- to 15-minute helicopter flightseeing excursion (weather and logistics permitting)


*MANDATORY PACKAGE INCLUDES:
• One night's pre-expedition hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires with breakfast (Note: The number of guests per room is the same as cabin occupancy on the ship. • Due to limited availability, travelers who reserve a suite on board are accommodated in standard rooms at the hotel. Triple rooms may not be available.)
• Group flight departing from Buenos Aires’ domestic airport (Aeroparque/AEP) to Ushuaia, and returning to Buenos Aires’ international airport (Ezeiza/EZE)
• Group transfer from hotel to airport in Buenos Aires
• Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship, and return (Note: Transfer on arrival in Buenos Aires from airport to hotel at the beginning of the journey is not included. Please make your way to the included hotel.)
• Combined airport transfer and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation in Ushuaia

Package Price: $995 USD

EXCLUSIONS

• International airfare
• Passport and applicable visa expenses
• Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned
• Meals unless otherwise specified
• Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical travel insurance—strongly recommended
• Excess-baggage fees on international flights and domestic flights
• Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac landing and cruising excursions, or any other gear not mentioned
• Laundry, bar, spa services and other personal charges, unless specified
• Phone and Internet charges (connectivity may vary by location)
• Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for expedition staff and shipboard crew
• Additional overnight accommodation
• Arrival and departure transfers, except where explicitly stated
• Adventure Options not listed in Included Activities


Dates & Rates


Ship: Ultramarine | Date: 18 Dec 2022 - 28 Dec 2022 (1320)
Solo Panorama
$21,890
Explorer Triple
$15,490
Explorer Suite
$20,290
$16,431
Balcony Suite
$22,390
$18,111
Deluxe Balcony Suite
$26,190
$19,891
Terrace Suite
$27,190
$20,641
Penthouse suite
$28,890
$21,916
Owner's Suite
$35,890
$27,166
Ultra Suite
$39,590
$29,941
Ship: Ultramarine | Date: 27 Dec 2022 - 07 Jan 2023 (1321)
Solo Panorama
$23,590
Explorer Triple
$17,090
Explorer Suite
$21,890
$19,800
Balcony Suite
$24,090
$21,780
Deluxe Balcony Suite
$28,390
$24,281
Terrace Suite
$29,390
$25,131
Penthouse suite
$31,490
$26,916
Owner's Suite
$38,490
$32,866
Ultra Suite
$42,790
$36,521
Ship: Ultramarine | Date: 17 Dec 2023 - 27 Dec 2023 (1322)
Solo Panorama
$27,490
$26,165
Explorer Triple
$16,990
$16,190
Explorer Suite
$19,990
$16,334
Balcony Suite
$21,499
$17,545
Deluxe Balcony Suite
$25,490
$20,775
Terrace Suite
$26,490
$21,582
Penthouse suite
$27,990
$22,794
Owner's Suite
$34,490
$28,042
Ultra Suite
$38,490
$31,272
Ship: Ultramarine | Date: 26 Dec 2023 - 05 Jan 2024 (1323)
Solo Panorama
$27,490
$26,165
Explorer Triple
$16,990
$16,190
Explorer Suite
$19,990
$16,334
Balcony Suite
$21,490
$17,545
Deluxe Balcony Suite
$25,490
$20,775
Terrace Suite
$26,490
$21,582
Penthouse suite
$27,990
$22,794
Owner's Suite
$34,490
$28,042
Ultra Suite
$38,490
$31,272
Ship: Ultramarine | Date: 04 Jan 2024 - 14 Jan 2024 (1324)
Solo Panorama
$26,490
$25,215
Explorer Triple
$16,490
$15,715
Explorer Suite
$19,490
$15,930
Balcony Suite
$20,990
$17,141
Deluxe Balcony Suite
$24,490
$19,967
Terrace Suite
$25,490
$20,775
Penthouse suite
$26,990
$21,986
Owner's Suite
$33,490
$27,235
Ultra Suite
$36,990
$30,061
Ship: Ultramarine | Date: 03 Feb 2024 - 13 Feb 2024 (1325)
Solo Panorama
$26,490
$25,215
Explorer Triple
$16,490
$15,715
Explorer Suite
$19,490
$15,930
Balcony Suite
$20,990
$17,141
Deluxe Balcony Suite
$24,490
$19,967
Terrace Suite
$25,490
$20,775
Penthouse suite
$26,990
$21,986
Owner's Suite
$33,490
$27,235
Ultra Suite
$36,990
$30,061
Ship: Ultramarine | Date: 12 Feb 2024 - 22 Feb 2024 (1326)
Solo Panorama
$26,490
$25,215
Explorer Triple
$16,490
$15,715
Explorer Suite
$19,490
$15,051
Balcony Suite
$20,990
$16,191
Deluxe Balcony Suite
$24,990
$18,851
Terrace Suite
$25,490
$19,611
Penthouse suite
$26,990
$20,751
Owner's Suite
$33,490
$25,691
Ultra Suite
$36,990
$28,351
Ship: Ultramarine | Date: 21 Feb 2024 - 02 Mar 2024 (1327)
Solo Panorama
$26,490
$25,215
Explorer Triple
$16,490
$15,715
Explorer Suite
$19,490
$15,051
Balcony Suite
$20,990
$16,191
Deluxe Balcony Suite
$24,490
$18,851
Terrace Suite
$25,490
$19,611
Penthouse suite
$26,990
$20,751
Owner's Suite
$33,490
$25,691
Ultra Suite
$36,990
$28,351

* The prices are per person in US Dollars, unless expressly specified in a different currency. In that case, payment will be in US dollars at the exchange rate of the day.
** All prices will be re-confirmed by email at the time of booking.
NOTE: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

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