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Antarctica

Resort:Antarctica
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Destination: Antarctica, Argentina, Latin America
Price From: £6784.00

Overview

Discover the magic and wonder of the White Continent aboard the stylish and comfortable MS Fram. Jump off from Ushuaia, Argentina and explore vistas of blue white glaciers and busy penguin rookeries. See breaching whales crashing and scenes of pure ice walls. Cruise through the Lemaire Channel, where steep, sheer cliffs rise above the narrow iceberg-filled passage. Zip by PolarCirkel boats into small bays and harbors for personal and in-depth exploration. Make your way to Whalers Bay on Deception Island with its warm springs and black volcanic sand. Spend 3 nights in Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America.

Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Begin your adventure with an overnight flight to Buenos Aires.

Day 2: Buenos Aires, Argentina – Tour Begins

Arrive this morning in Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America and home of the tango. Enjoy a Porteos tour, viewing the Teatro Colon opera house; Avenida 9 de Julio honoring Argentinean independence; the Recoleta Cemetery, where Evita rests in her tomb; the Presidential Palace, the Casa Rosada; and the San Telmo barrio lined with cobblestone streets. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3: Buenos Aires

Today is at leisure to experience this lively city. Browse the boutiques of Calle Florida or visit one of the many renowned art museums. Or perhaps youll choose to cross the Argentine Pampas to experience the culture of Argentinas gauchos at a typical estancia and enjoy a hearty asado lunch a typical Argentine barbecue.

Day 4: Buenos Aires – Ushuaia

This morning you fly to Ushuaia, the worlds southernmost city, situated on the Patagonian peninsula overlooking the historic Beagle Channel. Explore the Land of Fire at Tierra del Fuego National Park. Walk the shores of Roca Lake and see evidence of the settlements of the now-extinct Ymana indigenous people, and visit Lapataia Bay where the Panamerican Highway ends.

Day 5: Ushuaia – Embark Ship

The morning is yours to enjoy free time in this famous port town before boarding the state-of-the-art MS Fram expedition vessel.

Day 6: The Drake Passage

Cruise south through the fabled Drake Passage, named for the legendary Sir Francis Drake. Warmer waters of the north meet the colder, denser waters of the south here in the Antarctic Convergence, making the area rich in marine life. Spot whales and sea birds as you begin this voyage of exploration. Experts provide presentations on history, biology and geology throughout your adventure.

Day 7: The Drake Passage – Antarctica

Arrive in Antarctica the last great wilderness stretching across ice-covered desert and mountains for over five million square miles. The ethereal beauty and immense scale of the continent is like nowhere else on the planet. Follow in the footsteps of the great explorersthe privilege of witnessing this fragile, remote environment is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Day 8: Antarctica

The next seven days are filled with discovery! Weather conditions determine each sailings final itinerary. Regardless, adventure awaits. First, cruise through the astounding, glacier-lined Lemaire Channel Kodak Gap and enter the majestic Neumayer Channel with its imposing cliffs. Humpback, Killer and Minke whales and icebergs are common sights. PolarCirkel (rugged excursion) boats take you to incredible locations along the Antarctic Peninsula, which could include:
Half Moon Island, a small island in the South Shetland chain boasting mountainous views and a nesting place for Chinstrap penguins, Kelp gulls and Antarctic tern.

Day 9: Antarctica

Continue your visits by PolarCirkel boats to locations which could include:
Whalers Bay, Deception Island, featuring an active volcanic caldera. Zodiac into Whalers Bay where ruins from a 20th-century whaling station rest ashore. The black volcanic sand and waters upon the beach are warmed by geothermal vents.

Day 10: Antarctica

Continue your visits by PolarCirkel boats to locations which could include:
Neko Harbor, part of the Antarctic mainland nestled in the fjord-like Andvord Bay, where penguins plus Elephant and Weddel seals are often spotted.
Antarctic Sound & Brown Bluff. Hear the tale of the 1903 Swedish polar expedition which met its fate here at “Iceberg Alley.” At Brown Bluff you may have the chance to stroll the beach with the cute Adlie penguins.

Day 11: Antarctica

Continue your visits by PolarCirkel boats to locations which could include:
Port Lockroy, a harbor on Goudier Island and former British base, hosting cormorants and surrounded by glaciers and ice shelves. Here you can mail home a postcard with a rare Antarctic stamp!
Wilhelmina Bay, where mountains and high glaciers create dramatic scenery. View the 1915 wreck of the Norwegian ship, Guvernren.

Day 12: Antarctica

Continue your visits by PolarCirkel boats to locations which could include:
Yankee Harbor, on the South Shetland Islands, was once the base of operations for early sealers. Today it still provides a natural safe haven for sailors and explorers like you who come to see the large colony of Gentoo penguins.

Day 13: Antarctica

Continue your visits by PolarCirkel boats to locations which could include:
Cuverville Island, sitting on the scenic Errera Channel, offers up excitement before you even make landfall. Embark upon a thrilling passage through the channel amid dramatic icebergs. Once on shore you will be surrounded by throngs of nesting penguins.
Almirante Brown Research Station in Paradise Harbor, where Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins nest.

Day 14: Antarctica

Continue your visits by PolarCirkel boats to locations which could include:
Petermann Islands location on the picturesque Penola Strait makes it a great place to spot icebergs and whales. Marvel at spectacular views across the channel to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 15: Antarctica – The Drake Passage

Leave Antarctica, crossing the southern waters of the Drake Passage. Participate in engaging lectures on Antarcticas wonders.

Day 16: The Drake Passage

Spend another day crossing Drake Passage. Enjoy many interesting discussions that reflect on the unforgettable images and experiences of this amazing continent.

Day 17: The Drake Passage – Ushuaia, Argentina – Disembark Ship – Buenos Aires

Disembark the ship in Ushuaia, transfer to the airport and return to Buenos Aires. This evening, celebrate the end of your journey as you enjoy a dinner featuring Argentine favorites and a tango performance! Admire the passion and artistry of the show, meet the dancers and even try some steps of your own.

Day 18: Buenos Aires – Tour Ends

Board your overnight flight to return home.