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Antarctica (BBC Earth Journey)

13 days with Tauck   Rating: Deluxe

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Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Your Antarctica cruise actually begins on land in Buenos Aires
A transfer is included upon arrival at the Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport to Caesar Park Buenos Aires. Join us for a sightseeing tour that visits La Recoleta Cemetery, and Evita Perón’s grave, before returning to the hotel for our welcome reception and dinner featuring live music, tango dancers and lessons. (D)

Day 2 Spend the day exploring Buenos Aires
Your exploration of Buenos Aires continues today. City sightseeing includes Avenue 9 de Julio, renowned as the world’s widest avenue, Plaza de Mayo, site of Argentina’s most important historical events, the Cathedral and Palermo’s garden-graced parks – here you will find Japanese and botanical gardens, a planetarium, museums, monuments and a zoo. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore on your own. Must-see sights include the city’s charming neighborhoods, from San Telmo to La Boca, where history plays out along streets lined with antique shops, decades-old restaurants and tango halls. (B,L)

Day 3 Fly to the tip of South America and embark on your Antarctica cruise
Let your imagination soar as you fly down to Ushuaia, the southernmost point of South America, for the start of Tauck's Antarctica cruise. An afternoon visit to Tierra del Fuego National Park provides a closer look at the landscapes of this frontier town including lush forests, waterfalls, glaciers and mountains – and promises to whet your appetite for the expedition to follow. Your luxury yacht is docked here, and your 10-night Antarctica cruise begins. On-board amenities include all outside staterooms, two restaurants and lounges with evening entertainment, a fitness center, and multiple observation areas. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Cruising the infamous Drake Passage
Find your sea legs on a two-day crossing of the Drake Passage, named after 16th-century explorer Sir Francis Drake who sailed these waters back in the late 1500s. While there is no land in sight during this part of your Antarctica cruise, you will have an opportunity to spot whales, dolphins and petrels from the observation decks of your yacht. You can attend on-board lectures from your naturalist team whose specialties include oceanography, ornithology and more. You may also take the time to visit the spa or the gym, curl up with a book from the ship's library or visit the bridge to chart your ship's progress. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Getting closer to Antarctica
One more day to go until you spot your first sight of the Antarctic Peninsula islands. Once part of a large Equatorial land mass, these islands broke off on their own more than 180 million years ago and are now home to glacial landscapes and wildlife that are awe-inspiring in every way. If you haven't yet watched one of the ship's collection of documentaries, today might be a good day to do so. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Feel terra firma, Antarctic Archipelago-style, under your feet
Wake up to a glacial wonderland. For the next four days, you'll be able to join an expedition team leader for a Zodiac excursion to any one of a number of Antarctic islands. Due to changing weather and shifting glacial patterns, your day-to-day itinerary will vary; each new day aboard this Antarctica cruise brings something different. Be on the lookout for seals on ice floes along the shore. Look up to spot seabirds flying against a cloudless blue sky. Look down in the waters where marine animals may be seen. At night, share stories during our daily cocktail hour, compliments of Tauck. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Explore the world of the penguin
If conditions permit, take a shore excursion to a polar village populated by fascinating and very amusing penguins. Walk softly among them on the beaches where their rookeries are found. See them waddle and wave as they make treks into the sea and back with food for themselves and their families. Your naturalist guide will share expert insights with you about these locals! (B,L,D)

Day 8 The main attractions are made of ice... cruising the Archipelago
Dramatic icebergs, masterfully carved in all manner of shapes and sizes by the elements, don technicolor coats of blues, greens and snow whites and are the main event here in Antarctica. Get a closer look as you cruise among them and watch their transformation with the changing light of day. The sun never completely sets at this time of year so you can stroll on the deck late into the night and still enjoy an amazing glacial show. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Seabirds of different feathers
By your fourth day cruising the Antarctic Archipelago, you may have passed by Penguin Island, blessed with diverse wildlife such as chinstrap and Adélie penguins, southern giant petrels, Antarctic terns and skuas, and Hannah Point, one of the best places to see gentoo and macaroni penguins, blue-eyed shags, and Wilson's storm petrels, with the occasional fur seal or elephant seal among them. Don't worry if their names sound confusing; you will soon become a pro at identifying them with some help from your on-board ornithologists. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Whales and seals of Antarctica
The wildlife experts on your ship are eager to point out the region's fur seals and elephant seals who share the frigid waters with penguins and humpback whales. You may find a fur seal or two languidly sunning or sleeping on ice floes, their faces endearing with natural smiles, in large part because there are few native predators like polar bears here. Southern elephant seals, so named for their massive sizes and trunk-like noses of the males, prefer to hang out in beach parties; look for them on rocky island shores. As your captain skillfully navigates your yacht around Lemaire Channel, you'll have a good chance to see humpback whales, always a breathtaking sight. The evening colors are spectacular too! (B,L,D)

Day 11 Back through the Drake Passage
Your ship begins its voyage back through the Drake Passage today, making it the perfect time to record the experiences you had during the past week. Your private ship log might include your thoughts about the array of icebergs and the Swedish expeditioners' hut you saw in Hope Bay, or the old whaling station you encountered near Neptune's Bellows and that dip you were tempted to make in the hot geothermal springs there. You may have had an opportunity to meet the researchers and scientists of King George Island or explore the history of Elephant Island, linked to Ernest Shackleton and his men. Your stories will make great reading back home! (B,L,D)

Day 12 Enjoy your last day aboard ship as your Antarctica cruise ends
Savor your last day of your Antarctica cruise as you cross the Drake Passage again. Activities include on-board lectures that enrich your new-found knowledge; spa treatments that keep you relaxed and refreshed; work-out equipment that invigorates; and card games or chess tournaments with shipmates. Your last evening aboard ship is a perfect time to toast your expedition, and celebrate what for many travelers is their "seventh continent." (B,L,D)

Day 13 Your Antarctica cruise ends in Ushuaia – fly to Buenos Aires
Your Antarctica cruise ends when you disembark ship today in Ushuaia for your flight back to Buenos Aires. A transfer to Buenos Aires' (Ezeiza) Ministro Pistarini International Airport is included. Tour ends: 5:30 PM at Buenos Aires' (Ezeiza) Ministro Pistarini International Airport. You should allow three hours for flight check-in. (B)
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The “Great White Continent” with Tauck and BBC Earth… Floating castles of ice glisten in the warmth of the austral sun... glacial mountains rise from the sea, framed against a radiant sky... in an instant, a bright sun illuminates a floating regatta of ice formations... Explorers throughout the centuries have been mesmerized and captivated by the ice... Today, you are that Antarctic explorer. A specialist wildlife filming kit might include thermal imaging cameras to reveal how animals conserve heat... and specialized microphones to bring normally unheard voices of nature to your ears... Few experiences can compare to the feeling you'll have as you head off on an expeditionary Antarctica cruise to a magnificent glacial continent that defies description. Your adventure begins with two nights in Buenos Aires, where you'll become acclimated to the local time – and culture – with Tauck. Then it's all aboard one of Tauck's newest ships, Le Soléalfor a 10-night cruise to an arctic wonderland where the locals, from penguins and seals to myriad seabirds, welcome you ashore with friendly curiosity. Learn about their life and icy habitats from onboard naturalists who educate and inspire on our Antarctica cruise. And at night, enjoy informal chats, onboard lectures, documentary films and warm camaraderie with fellow explorers, the captain and crew. 
  • Access to a specialist wildlife filming kit, such as thermal imaging cameras and specialized microphones
  • Exclusive on-tour films produced by BBC Earth deepen your Antarctica experience
  • All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides, naturalists and ship staff
  • Cruise aboard one of Tauck's newest small ships, Le Soléal, accompanied by onboard naturalists who share their expert insights
  • Tauck provides you with a special, water-repellent hooded parka that you will receive aboard ship; this parka is yours to keep
  • Shore Excursions to islands in the Antarctic Archipelago that are guided by expert naturalists, ornithologists, historians or oceanographers
  • Two nights in Buenos Aires at the Caesar Park Buenos Aires, located in the heart of the city in the exclusive La Recoleta area
  • Guided city sightseeing in Buenos Aires includes a tango dance performance and demonstration
  • Aboard ship – bar & restaurant beverages throughout the day, including house wine & spirits
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 34 meals (12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners) including a welcome dinner with entertainment in Buenos Aires
  • Service charges, applicable fuel surcharges, taxes and porterage
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Buenos Aires: Hotel Caesar Park
Cruising: cabin aboard Le Boreal or Le Soleal
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  • Land / Cruise Price includes shore excursions, cruise fare, port charges, applicable fuel surcharges, bar & restaurant beverages throughout the day aboard ship including house wine & spirits, entertainment and gratuities to Tauck Director and ship staff. Departures will be hosted by one Tauck Director for every 40 Tauck guests.
  • In compliance with the Antarctic Treaty, a physician-signed medical release form is required prior to departure
  • Intratour air starting at $625  per person is not included in the prices show above.
  • This itinerary features two types of landings in the Antarctic Archipelago. Dry Landings occur when guests step from a Zodiac-style raft on to rocks or a dock. Wet Landings occur when the raft edges on to land and guests step into knee-deep water to wade ashore in shallow water.
  • Please ask your Vacations to Go travel counselor for more information.
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