Expedition to Antarctica
“Spectacular pristine scenery and up-close wildlife.”
We start our journey with two nights in a deluxe hotel in Buenos Aires, including a cultural tour of this vibrant capital. Next, we board the exclusively chartered M.S. L’AUSTRAL for a cruise to Antarctica, Earth’s last frontier. We will experience the White Continent in its unspoiled state—fantastically shaped icebergs, turquoise glaciers, bustling penguin rookeries and breaching whales—during the austral summer…and much more. We will be accompanied by the ship’s expert expedition team of naturalists, who will join us on excursions and present a series of enriching lectures on this region’s untouched wilderness. An exclusive three-night Iguazú Falls Post-Program Option is available.
Activity Level: Very Active
Price From: $8,995
Includes cruise only; per person, based on double occupancy.
Itinerary and price are tentative and subject to change.
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Day 1: Depart from U.S for Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2: Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Today we will arrive in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires and check into the deluxe Marriott Plaza Hotel, adjacent to the chic boutique-lined Calle Florida. This evening we will attend a Welcome Reception.
Day 3: Buenos Aires
Today’s city tour highlights Buenos Aires’ diverse barrios (neighborhoods), including the colorful La Boca District, Monserrat’s historic Plaza de Mayo and grand public buildings, Palermo’s lavish parks, Puerto Madero’s riverfront community, and the charming old quarter of San Telmo. We will visit the historic Recoleta Cemetery, famous for its ornate vaults and sculptures and as the final resting place of the legendary Evita Perón, the former First Lady of Argentina.
Day 4: Buenos Aires/ Ushuaia
We will fly to remote Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, the capital of Tierra del Fuego, and the gateway to Antarctica, where we will embark m.s. L’Austral. This afternoon, we will cruise through the Beagle Channel, named for the ship that carried Charles Darwin on his South American voyages. This evening we will meet for the Captain’s Welcome Reception.
Day 5: Cruising the Drake Passage
We will cross the legendary Drake Passage. Upon reaching the Antarctic Convergence, we will watch for breaching whales feeding on plankton and krill brought to the surface by the merging of the cold Antarctic currents and the South Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The expedition team of naturalists will present insightful lectures to prepare us for our first landing in Antarctica.
Day 6 – Day 11: Cruising Antarctica
One of the smallest South Shetland Islands, Half Moon Island, is a crescent-shaped isle known for its craggy volcanic rock formations and tranquil lagoons. It is also the site of Camara Station, a base staffed by Argentine biologists monitoring regional wildlife.
Deception Island is the rim of a massive dormant volcano crater that encircles a lake known as Port Foster. The ship enters Port Foster through dramatic Neptune’s Bellows, aharbor ringed by snowcapped peaks and sheer cliffs. At Baily Head, we can observe the amazing colony of tens of thousands of chinstrap penguins. Then we will walk along the black sand beaches of Telefon Bay to nearby craters, which offer fascinating insight into the volcanic activity that shaped the region.
In Paradise Bay, awesome cliffs of ice descend from the surrounding mountains into the floating iceberg-laden waters along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Paradise Bay is an ideal sanctuary for marine wildlife including humpback whales, crabeater seals and Cape petrels. The harbor is surrounded by soaring glaciers and snow-covered mountains and is one of the most dramatic and spectacular sights in Antarctica. Here, we make our first “continental landing” in Antarctica.
Next we will cruise through breathtaking, glacier-lined Neumayer Channel to Port Lockroy. Port Lockroy is nestled among glistening mountain peaks as high as 6,000 feet, and the surrounding grounds are populated by blue-eyed shags and gentoo penguins. Learn about the the lives of past explorers at the British Antarctic Survey Museum and mail a postcard stamped with an Antarctica postmark from the official British Post Office.
Entering the Weddell Sea we will spot the enormous tabular icebergs that have calved from the Larsen Ice Shelf, and see Brown Bluff’s 2,450-foot-high, reddish-brown cliffs jutting into the Antarctic Sound. In this region, we will see the area’s flourishing colony of friendly Adélie penguins, who may approach us for an up-close look.
Day 12: Cruising the Drake Passage/ Cape Horn
Today is a day to relax onboard, as the ship turns north and crosses the Drake Passage. We can attend informative discussions with the ship’s naturalists and watch for endangered albatross and different species of petrels as we cruise across the Antarctic Convergence and past Cape Horn, the southernmost point of South America. Tonight we will meet for the Captain’s Farewell Reception.
Day 13: Ushuaia/ Buenos Aires
Today we will disembark and fly to Buenos Aires. Then continue on to the Iguazú Falls Post-Program Option with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, or depart for the U.S.
Day 14: Arrive in the U.S.
*Price and Itinerary are tentative and subject to change