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Antarctica featuring the Antarctic Circle

20 days with Collette Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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 during your welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

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 take the optional Tigre y Delta trip and pass by historic mansions and former residences of Buenos Aires’ aristocracy; then a cruise takes us among a network of homes built on stilts. (B)

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. (B,D)

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. On this special Antarctic Circle expedition, venture far into areas that are permanently iced down and unnavigable in the winter. Only during some short austral summer weeks are these waters welcoming to expedition vessels. You will plow deep south into the Antarctic Circle on one of only two annual departures to witness what winter-locked Antarctic landscapes look like! (B,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Antarctica
The next nine 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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

Day 15 Antarctica
Continue your visits by PolarCirkel boats to locations which could include: • Detaille Island, where you will find the former Station W which was in operation from February 21st, 1956 until March 31st, 1959. The personnel here conducted surveying, geology and meteorology work. The base was evacuated when the sea ice and weather made relief by ship impossible. The surveyors then closed the station and transferred to Horseshoe Island (Station Y). (B,L,D)

Day 16 Antarctica
Continue your visits by PolarCirkel boats to locations which could include: • Horseshoe Island, which occupies most of the entrance of Square Bay, resting on the west coast of Grahman Land. It was discovered and named descriptively in 1936-37. Horseshoe Island (Station Y) is an important example of a relatively unaltered and completely equipped British scientific research station of the 1950s. It was established in March 1955 by the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey as Station Y and closed in August 1960. Extensive survey trips, often covering hundreds of miles and lasting several months, were undertaken from the station using dog sleds. Inside, the station contains almost all of its original contents, fixtures and fittings. (B,L,D)

Day 17 Antarctica - The Drake Passage
Leave Antarctica, crossing the southern waters of the Drake Passage. Participate in engaging lectures on Antarctica’s wonders. (B,L,D)

Day 18 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. (B,L,D)

Day 19 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. (B,D)

Day 20 Buenos Aires - Tour Ends
Board your overnight flight to return home. (B)
All This Included
Discover the magic and wonder of Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, and the “White Continent” – Antarctica. Enjoy the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires, before overnighting in Ushuaia. Begin your Antarctic cruise aboard the stylish and comfortable MS Fram by crossing the Drake Passage. Explore vistas of blue white glaciers and busy penguin rookeries. See breaching whales crashing and scenes of pure ice walls. Cruise through the Errera Channel where steep, sheer cliffs rise above the narrow iceberg-filled passage. Zip by PolarCirkel boat into small bays and harbors for personal and in-depth exploration. Make your way to Wilhelmina Bay, with its dramatic high glaciers, and view the wreck of a Norwegian ship. Venture deep into the Antarctic Circle. Return to Buenos Aires for a farewell dinner including a magical Tango show you’ll never forget.
  • 48 meals
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
  • 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.
  • Walk the shores of Roca Lake, once home to the extinct Yámana people.
Buenos Aires: The Brick Hotel (days 2 - 3)
Ushuaia: Alto Andino Hotel (day 4)
Ushuaia: MS Fram (days 5 - 18)
Buenos Aires: The Brick Hotel (day 19)
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre Tour Extension:
  • Iguazu Falls Extension (Land Only)
Pre Night Hotel:
  • Brick Hotel Buenos Aires
Post Tour Extension:
  • Easter Island Extension (Land Only)
Post Night Hotel:
  • Brick Hotel Buenos Aires
  • To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.