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Overview

This is the classic itinerary which delivers everything you want: the huge tabular icebergs, hillsides covered with gentoo, Adelie or chinstrap penguins, whales and abundant marine life, a passage through the famed Lemaire Channel between towering blue bergs, and more. On this Antarctica cruise, the sights, sounds and emotions will stay in your mind forever!

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Day 1

Fly to Buenos Aires
On arrival in Buenos Aires you will be received by one of our representatives, who will take you to the chosen hotel and will help you with the check-in procedures. Today, you will depart on a guided tour to the most important places in Capital Federal. The Half day City Tour includes the National Congress, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Government House and the Plaza de Mayo area. You will be at the heart of the Tango activity where this sensuous dance is performed on the streets for the passers- by so as to make them enjoy the traditional neighborhood of San Telmo. Then, you will visit the colorful suburb called La Boca which was adopted by the first Italian immigrants as their home, years ago. Today, it is the residence of important artists.
The trip continues to Palermo, which is a residential area with parks and elegant buildings. Finally, you will visit the sophisticated Recoleta, one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in which among other attractions, you can take a look around the famous cemetery, some fine restaurants and cafes.
In the evening, you will be taken to assist to a Tango Show at the selected restaurant. The Tango is the music of Buenos Aires par excellence. Despite its humble origins, in the 20’s tango left the brothels and the underworld districts to reach the high-class ballrooms, but to do so it had to travel to Paris to return triumphant. In the end, the Tango has become a complete cultural expression, a plot of myths, values and traditions. A good way to feel its spirit is by visiting one of the restaurants that offers tango shows. Love, passion, madness, glamour: you will appreciate a show of international standing in which history becomes legend. Dinner and show are included. Overnight in Buenos Aires
3 Star: Del las Americas Hotel - Standard Room
4 Star: Icaro Suites Hotel - Suite Classic Room
5 Star: Loi Suites Hotel - Studio Junior Room

Day 2

Buenos Aires-Ushuaia (B)
At the scheduled time you will be taken to the airport to take your flight.
On arrival in Ushuaia you will be received by one of our representatives, who will take you to the chosen hotel and will help you with the check-in procedures. Overnight in Ushuaia.
3 Star: Altos de Ushuaia Hotel - Standard Room
4 Star: Alto Andino Hotel - Suite Room
5 Star: Los Cauquenes Hotel - Standard Channel View Room

Day 3

Ushuaia (B)
In the afternoon, we embark in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world located in the shadow of the Andes and right at the Beagle Channel shore. We’ll sail through this scenic waterway during the evening.

Day 4-5

At Sea
During these two days we sail across the Drake Passage. When we cross the Antarctic Convergence, we arrive in the circum-Antarctic up welling zone. In this area we may see Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black- browed Albatrosses, Light- mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels. Near the South Shetland Islands, we glimpse at the first icebergs.

Day 6-9


We will sail directly to “High Antarctica”, passing the Melchior islands and the Schollaert Channel between Brabant and Anvers Island. On Cuverville Island, a small precipitous island, nestled between the mountains of the Antarctic Peninsula and Danco Island, we will find a large colony of Gentoo Penguins and breeding pairs of Brown Skuas. If we land on Danco Island we can observe Chinstrap Penguins and possibly Weddell and Crabeater Seals. In Neko Harbour we will have the opportunity to set foot on the Antarctic Continent in a magnificent landscape of huge glacier and enjoy the landscape during zodiac cruises.
When sailing to Paradise Bay, with its myriad icebergs and deep cut fjords, we will have the opportunity for zodiac cruising between the icebergs in the inner parts of the fjords. In this area we have good chances to see Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. After sailing through the Neumayer Channel, we hope to get permission to visit the British research station and post office Port Lockroy on Goudier Island. Close to Port Lockroy we may also offer a landing on Jougla Point with Gentoo Penguins and Imperial Shags.
We sail through the spectacular Lemaire Channel to Pleneau and Petermann Island where we can find Adelie Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags. In this area there are good chances to encounter Humpback Whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales. A visit to one of the scientific stations in Antarctica will give you an insight about the life of modern Antarcticans working on the White Continent. Further south we may visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky Station, where we will receive a warm welcome from the station crew. Sailing north through Neumayer Channel we arrive at the Melchior Islands with a very beautiful landscape with icebergs, where we may encounter Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals and whales.

Day 10-11


In the Drake Passage we have again a chance of seeing many seabirds and taking advantage of the knowledge of our lecture team.

Day 12

Ushuaia
We arrive in the morning in Ushuaia and disembark.


B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner



 

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