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Adventure to Antarctica 2018

17 days with Collette Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
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 Eva “Evita” Perón 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 you 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, 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 MS Midnatsol expedition vessel. (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 eight 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. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Antarctica
Continue your visits by PolarCirkel boats to locations which could include: • 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 - 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 15 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 16 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 17 Buenos Aires - Tour Ends
Your tour ends today. (B)
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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 Midnatsol 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. Return to Buenos Aires for a farewell dinner including a magical Tango show you’ll never forget.
  • 39 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)
Highlights
  • 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.
Accommodations
Buenos Aires: The Brick Hotel 
Ushuaia: Alto Andino Hotel 
Ushuaia: MS Midnatsol 
Buenos Aires: The Brick Hotel 
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 )
Notes
  • 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.
Terms and Conditions
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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.