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Journey to Antarctica

12 Nights Tour Name from £11,499 per Person Including Flights

  • Included:
  • Flights & taxes
  • Accommodation
  • Transfers
  • Checked baggage
  • ATOL protection
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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Overview

There’s no place on earth that can be remotely compared to the immense beauty of Antarctica’s pure white landscapes and sheer magnificence of its challenging elemental forces. Starting and ending with a night in Buenos Aires, you’ll have some time to soak up the vibrant atmosphere, beautiful architecture and famous sights of Argentina’s capital before flying over Patagonia to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, where your 10-night adventure cruise will begin.

Aboard the National Geographic Expedition Ship, you’ll find a variety of modern equipment made for exploring the region, including stand-up paddleboards, sea kayaks, snorkelling gear and wetsuits. Each ship is equipped with the latest innovations in exploration technology, including bow cameras, remotely-operated vehicles, undersea cameras and video-microscopes, your eyes and ears beneath the ocean waves. A team of experts accompany every trip, including naturalists, undersea specialists, scientists and researchers, who will bring each destination to life with their deep insight and knowledge.

Simply breath-taking in every way, the surreal remoteness of the ‘white continent’ allows for a completely flexible schedule throughout the cruise, embracing the chance to take advantage of the unexpected with nearly 24 hours of daylight; one day, you may step ashore to see a colony of Gentoo Penguins, another, you could be kayaking along a cliff-side rookery, speed-boating amongst towering icebergs or hiking to a summit for spectacular views and photography opportunities. You will also find a National Geographic Photographer aboard the ship, who will be happy to share expert tips and tricks, and assist you with your own photography, whilst the on-board undersea specialist may present videos from their daily dives, sharing rare photos taken from up to 1,000 feet below the ocean surface.

All ships feature comfortable, spacious cabins, a beautiful lounge and a library, whilst a full range of wellness facilities ensure the perfect touch of relaxation after an active day. A team of expert chefs will create a selection of delectable dishes for breakfast lunch and dinner, which will reflect the local cuisine of the regions you visit, made using fresh, local and sustainable ingredients.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and European grandeur in the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital
  • Spend some time in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, before boarding the National Geographic Explorer
  • Cross the magnificent Drake Passage, which marks the convergence of the Atlantic, Pacific and Southern Oceans
  • Spend six entire days exploring the breath-taking scenery of Antarctica; blue-white glaciers, busy penguin rookeries, breaching wales and pure ice walls are just a few of the sights that await
  • Join a National Geographic photographer for tips during your close encounters with Gentoo Penguins
  • Feel the glacial ice crunch as the ship makes its way through a pack of ice with its specially-designed hull

Details

Day 1

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires, well-known as the birthplace of tango and the ‘Paris of South America’. This afternoon, enjoy a panoramic city tour around the beaux-arts palaces, grand boulevards and the famous balcony which is forever associated with Eva Peron. In the early evening, gather for an informal reception at the hotel.

Lunch included.

Overnight: Alvear Art Hotel Buenos Aires

Day 2

Fly to Ushuaia – Embark Cruise Ship

This morning, you’ll fly over Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery, you’ll enjoy lunch with a view while cruising along the Beagle Channel. Later, you’ll board the National Geographic Explorer expedition cruise ship. In the ships spacious lounge, you will watch an informative presentation and enjoy a recap of the day’s activities.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Day 3

Drake Passage

Today you will cruise through the fabled Drake Passage, set between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula. Here, the warmer waters of the north meet the colder denser waters of the south, making the area rich in marine life.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Day 4

Antarctica

The next six days will be spent discovering Antarctica, the last great wilderness which stretches across ice-covered desert and mountains for 5 million square miles. The ethereal beauty and immense beauty of the continent is like nowhere else on the entire planet.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Day 5

Antarctica

The voyage keeps a flexible schedule, with activities contingent on weather conditions to take advantage of the unexpected with nearly 24 hours of daylight.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Day 6

Antarctica

Optional Activities: Take a Zodiac foray amongst towering icebergs, walk along the shoreline amid a huge penguin colony, hike to a summit for breath-taking views, or kayak along a cliff-side rookery in search of blue-eyed shags.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Day 7

Antarctica

Today you could have the thrill of watching the ship crunch through the packed ice, or step ashore to witness thousands of Gentoo penguins.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Day 8

Antarctica

Learn from the experts how to identify various penguin species, and get photo tips from a National Geographic photographer while watching those same penguins.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Day 9

Antarctica

Onboard, the undersea specialist may present a video from today’s dive, with rare photos taken from up to 1,000 feet below the surface.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Day 10

Day at Sea

Leave Antarctica and sail back to Ushuaia, crossing the southern waters of Drake Passage. The ship’s wildlife spotters will keep an eye out for marine life, albatross and seabirds that cross the ship’s bow.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Day 11

Day at Sea

You may wish to take advantage of the ship’s facilities today, whether it’s with a wellness treatment, spending time in the fully-equipped gym, catching up with books in the library, or joining your fellow travellers to watch the views pass by and discuss your magnificent adventure.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Day 12

Ushuaia – Disembark Ship – Fly to Buenos Aires

After breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with time at leisure for independent exploration before proceeding to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires.

Breakfast included.

Overnight: Alvear Art Hotel Buenos Aires

Day 13

Buenos Aires – End of Tour

Your tour draws to an end today; after checking out of the hotel, head to the airport in time for your departing flight home.

  • 12 nights of hotel or cruise ship accommodation
  • All tours, excursions and transportation as per itinerary
  • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 10 dinners
  • International flights

What’s Not Included

  • Domestic flights
  • Room upgrades and personal expenses
  • Meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional tours, excursions and transport costs

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