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16 Day Antarctica Cruise with Buenos Aires 2018

16 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices DAY 1 - Depart for Argentina
Depart for Argentina.

DAY 2 - Arrive in Buenos Aires
Arrive in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. The city's beauty is apparent as you drive through this 19th century "Paris of South America" with its elegant architecture, wide tree-shaded boulevards, striking monuments and sprawling parks. The rest of the day is yours to get acquainted with this city that has a distinctly European flavor. Tonight, a briefing with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a festive Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate your arrival in Argentina. (Dinner)

DAY 3 - Buenos Aires City Tour
Discover the city's highlights this morning on a tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace); see the balcony where Eva and Juan Peron made their speeches. Then, to the colorful La Boca neighborhood, a working class barrio, and the old quarters of San Telmo and Caminito, a mix of colonial style homes, narrow lanes, artists' lofts and very trendy cafes. Drive to the Recoleta Cemetery, final resting place of many of the wealthiest and most important Argentine historical figures. The grounds here cover more than four city blocks, filled with tombs adorned by works of local and international sculptors, and more than 6,400 mausoleums including the tomb of Eva "Evita" Peron, always heaped with flowers and letters from adoring fans. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring some of Buenos Aires neighborhoods and a fabulous collection of shops before this afternoon's tango lesson with professional Argentine Tango Dancers. Tonight is at leisure, or, participate in the optional Argentine Dinner and Tango Show. (Breakfast)

Optional: Buenos Aires Dinner & Tango Show (PM).

DAY 4 - Flight to Ushuaia, Cruise Embarkation
Arrive in the quaint city of Ushuaia at the southern tip of South America; transfer to the port for embarkation on the MS Midnatsol. After a warm welcome by the Captain and crew, time to settle in and get acquainted with your new surroundings. Tonight’s Welcome Dinner celebrates the beginning of your extraordinary voyage of discovery to the Great White Continent. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 5 - Beagle Channel, Drake Passage
The journey begins as you navigate through the Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago. Sailing onward, reach the legendary Drake Passage, a body of water that marks the convergence of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, where the nutrients are pushed to the surface attracting a multitude of seabirds and whales. Spend time on deck observing the horizon and the variety of seabirds that float in the air currents of the ship's wake, such as the black-browed albatross, sooty shearwaters, and white-chinned petrels. On board, the ship’s expedition team provides enriching lectures on various topics ranging from history to wildlife that will enhance your experience and prepare you for the extraordinary days that lie ahead. At dinner, share today’s sightings with your travel companions. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6 - Cruising the Drake Passage
The ship continues through the 600-mile-wide Drake Passage,* an important trade route named after the 16th-century explorer Sir Francis Drake who sailed these rich ocean waters, prolific in marine life. The excitement builds today as Antarctic wildlife comes into view -- perhaps you’ll catch your first sights of seals and penguins! Join the on board naturalists for views from the observation deck of numerous species of sea birds, whales, dolphins, seals, albatross and more. Wildlife is plentiful here in this starkly beautiful area. Crossing the legendary Drake Passage is indeed an unforgettable experience! In the evening, perhaps wine tasting followed by a lovely dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

*The Drake Passage is known for its rough waters..

DAY 7 - South Shetland Islands
When land is spotted for the first time, you’ll know you have reached the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands. This impressive group of islands, lying to the north and roughly parallel to the Antarctic Peninsula, is a haven for wildlife. Here, observe vast penguin rookeries, Antarctic fur seals, and wallowing southern elephant seals. The exploration of these sub-Antarctic islands includes a hike (weather and conditions permitting) at crescent-shaped Half Moon Island, to a view point that is a popular place to look for whales in the bay facing towards the Bransfield Strait. At lunar-like Deception Island, sail into the natural harbor of this volcanic island and view the abandoned whaling station known as Hektor. Enjoy staggering panoramas of sheer cliffs rising from the sea and snow covered peaks - surely a highlight of the day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The itinerary and activities over the coming days are subject to weather and ice conditions with the route and shore landings communicated by regularly scheduled briefings..

DAY 8 - South Shetland Islands
The South Shetland chain of Islands, with its breathtaking mountainous views and looming glaciers, is completely ice covered. Today sail into Yankee Harbor, a base for early sealers because of its remarkable natural haven. The main attraction here is the Gentoo penguin terraced colony with its over 4,000 breeding pairs. Yankee Harbor offers spectacular views across the McFarlane Strait to Livingston Island and out into the Bransfield Strait, a common feeding spot for whales. On board, there are lectures, scientific experiments and astonishing views from the deck. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 9 - Antarctic Peninsula
Antarctica is truly unlike anything you have ever experienced - a pristine wilderness with towering mountains of ice as far as the eye can see. Be prepared for an incomparable discovery of Antarctica with your experienced expedition leaders. Today, a thrilling passage through the scenic Errera Channel and crunching icebergs, takes you to the islands of Danco and Cuverville, the latter being home to one of the largest known colonies of chinstrap penguins. The Errera Channel - a waterway between Rongé Island and the Arctowski Peninsula - is narrow and truly magnificent. Because of its shallow and narrow waters, you may be treated to a fantastic spectacle of icebergs wedged against each other creating a massive ice sculpture. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 10 - Antarctic Peninsula
The landscapes in Antarctica, the coldest, driest, highest and cleanest continent on Earth, have remained inspirational since the day man first set eyes upon this fifth largest continent. Go ashore at Neko Harbor, one of the few places where you can land on the mainland. The scenery is stunning. Surrounded by mountains and nestled in fjord-like Andvord Bay, that stretches far into the Antarctic Peninsula. Here, visit a Gentoo penguin colony, view elephant & leopard seals and hike to a viewpoint to soak in the stunning scenery. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 11 - Antarctic Peninsula
Awake in a magical glacial wonderland. As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on the horizon, the presence of wildlife multiples by tens of thousands with many different species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and marine mammals. Here, in the midst of the great white open, you’ll find nature at its most sublime. The landscapes here are untouched and awe-inspiring. Today’s route will focus on the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas. Paradise Harbor, given its descriptive name from the whalers of history, lies right across from Lemaire Island the well-known Waterboat Point, the former base of daring expeditions, that serves today as the base for the Chilean Antarctic station. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 12 - Antarctic Peninsula
On deck this morning, gaze at magnificent scenes of seabirds flying against cloudless blue skies and colorful marine wildlife that populates the crystal-clear waters as the ship navigates towards Wilhelmina Bay. It was discovered during the Belgian Expedition in 1887-1899 and named after the Queen of the Netherlands. The bay is also referred to as “Whale-mina Bay” due to the abundance of humpback whales in the area. Tonight, observe icebergs make dramatic transformations into vivid colorful paintings as the evening light changes. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 13 - Drake Passage, Cape Horn
Departing Antarctica, spend the next days at sea on the route back to the calm waters of the Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. On your way, sail again through the Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America. During your time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board. It’s the perfect time to share memories and photos with fellow travelers. Savor the last days, enjoying the crisp Antarctic air and spend time on deck scouting out seabirds, whales, and the elusive albatross. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 14 - Cape Horn, Beagle Channel
The excitement builds as you traverse Cape Horn that marks the northern boundary of the Drake Passage and symbol of your return to civilization. Throughout history, Cape Horn was an area of great strategic importance because of its location and its active trade routes. At dinner tonight, on this last night on board, time to say farewell and thank the friendly staff and crew. It’s time to reflect and rejoice in your once-in-a-lifetime experience. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 15 - Disembarkation in Ushuaia
Disembark this morning in Ushuaia, and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. On your last night in Argentina, share memories of your fabulous journey and bid goodbye to your Tour Manager and newfound friends at a Farewell Dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 16 - Depart Argentina
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)

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All This Included
  • All intra-flights: Buenos Aires-Ushuaia & Ushuaia-Buenos Aires
  • 14 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 37 meals: 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 13 dinners
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
Highlights
  • Tour of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, the sophisticated "Paris of South America"
  • Enjoy Tango lessons with professional Argentine Tango Dancers
  • Navigate through the calm waters of the Beagle Channel in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago
  • An exciting journey takes you along the Drake Passage where the Atlantic & Pacific converge
  • From the observation deck view various species of sea birds, whales, dolphins, seals, albatross
  • Reach the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands - a haven for prolific wildlife
  • Exciting explorations by zodiac with expedition leaders in the glacial wonderland of Antarctica
  • Watch as the evening light transforms icebergs into multicolor paintings in hues of blue and greens
  • Traverse Cape Horn, once of great strategic importance because of its location and trade routes
  • Onboard activities while at sea: enriching lectures, discussions and wildlife spotting
Accommodations
Buenos Aires: Panamericano Buenos Aires
Cruising: MS Midnatsol
Buenos Aires: Panamericano Buenos Aires
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Land only prices does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flights Buenos Aires-Ushuaia & Ushuaia-Buenos Aires.
  • Passport information must be submitted to Gate 1 Travel at least 60 days prior to departure.
  • The route and program may vary according to weather condition, season changes and safety issues.
  • This is an active trip. Our group covers a lot of ground each day, and we will spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. Most of our tours will require walking over uneven surfaces or up and down steep slopes. Excursions during the Cruise portion require clothing for cold weather. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. At final payment date, you will receive a medical form that must be completed by a physician and turned into reception upon embarkation.
  • 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.