Trip Type : Large Ship Cruise
Antarctic Peninsula Buenos Aires Antarctica Trip
High Adventure Adventure & Adrenaline Antarctica package
Antarctica tour

Antarctica

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
18 days
From: $ 9,509 $ 528 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Whalers Bay on Deception Island with its warm springs and black volcanic sand.
  • Discover multitudes of curious Antarctic wildlife including seals, whales, albatross and penguins.
  • Cruise into small harbors and islands in PolarCirkel excursion boats for in-depth discoveries and personal adventures.
  • Journey into beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park, the “Land of Fire.”

Short Description

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.”

This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Trip Type Large Ship Cruise
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Buenos Aires
End City Buenos Aires
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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 Porteños 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.
Dinner High 85° Low 64° 3" Hotel Panamericano

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 you’ll choose to cross the Argentine Pampas to experience the culture of Argentina’s gauchos at a typical estancia and enjoy a hearty asado lunch – a typical Argentine barbecue.
Breakfast High 85° Low 64° 3" Hotel Panamericano

Day 4
Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
This morning you fly to Ushuaia, the world’s 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 Yámana indigenous people, and visit Lapataia Bay where the Panamerican Highway ends.
Breakfast & Dinner High 57° Low 41° 1" Alto Andino Hotel

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.
Breakfast & Dinner High 76° Low 59° 2" Hurtigruten

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.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner High 76° Low 59° 2" Hurtigruten

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 explorers…the privilege of witnessing this fragile, remote environment is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner High 76° Low 59° 2" Hurtigruten

Day 8
Antarctica
The next seven days are filled with discovery! Weather conditions determine each sailing’s 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.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner High 76° Low 59° 2" Hurtigruten

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.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner High 76° Low 59° 2" Hurtigruten

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 Adélie penguins.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner High 76° Low 59° 2" Hurtigruten

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, Guvernøren.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner High 76° Low 59° 2" Hurtigruten

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.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner High 76° Low 59° 2" Hurtigruten

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.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner High 76° Low 59° 2" Hurtigruten

Day 14
Antarctica
Continue your visits by PolarCirkel boats to locations which could include: • Petermann Island’s 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.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner High 76° Low 59° 2" Hurtigruten

Day 15
Antarctica - The Drake Passage
Leave Antarctica, crossing the southern waters of the Drake Passage. Participate in engaging lectures on Antarctica’s wonders.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner High 76° Low 59° 2" Hurtigruten

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.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner High 76° Low 59° 2" Hurtigruten

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.
Breakfast & Dinner High 85° Low 64° 3" Hotel Panamericano

Day 18
Buenos Aires - Tour Ends
Board your overnight flight to return home.
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Only ground transport

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Hotel Panamericano BUENOS AIRES Hurtigruten FT LAUDERDALE Alto Andino Hotel

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Meals Included:

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