20 Day Antarctica Cruise with Buenos Aires
20 days with
Gate 1 Travel
All sightseeing and itinerary inclusions are subject to favorable weather conditions and safety issues. Weather and conditions in the Antarctic region are often unpredictable and the ship Captain will make adjustments according to passenger comfort and safety
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-lined boulevards, striking monuments and sprawling parks. The rest of the day is yours to get acquainted with this city that has a distinct European flavor. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting at approximately at 6 PM with your Tour Manager, followed by a festive dinner with your fellow travelers. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary, if possible. (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 fabulous collection of shops before this evening'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 Fridtjof Nansen. 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, 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 - Crossing the Drake Passage & South Shetland Islands
As you sail through the end of the Drake passage, you may spot land for the first time. You will know you have reached the spectacular wilderness of the South Shetland Islands. Since it is summer, the frozen continent is a fertile breeding ground for millions of penguins, whales, and seals. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
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.
DAY 8 - South Shetland Islands
The Shetland Islands welcome you to Antarctica. 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. 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 9 - 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 10 - Antarctic Peninsula
Arrive in the amazing "White Continent" of Antarctica, stretching across ice-covered desert and mountains for over five million square miles. Antarctica is truly unlike anything you have ever experienced. On the approach to the Antarctic Convergence, the air slowly becomes crisper and colder. Antarctic penguins begin to appear in the water and the first icebergs drift by. Be prepared for an incomparable discovery of Antarctica with your experienced expedition leaders. In the upcoming days, adventures with your expedition leaders await you in this pristine wilderness with towering mountains of ice as far as the eye can see. At dinner, a toast to your discovery of Antarctica. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 11 - Antarctic Peninsula
Every day you awaken in a magical glacial wonderland. Look up to spot countless seabirds flying against cloudless blue skies and down into the crystal-clear waters to spot a vast array of colorful marine wildlife. Here, in the midst of the great white open, you’ll find nature at its most sublime. The landscapes here have remained as awe-inspiring and untouched as the day man first set eyes upon them in this coldest, driest, highest and cleanest continent on Earth. These memories and visions will last forever! (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 12 - Antarctic Peninsula
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 13 - Antarctic Peninsula
Go ashore at Neko Harbor, surrounded by mountains and nestled in fjord-like Andvord Bay. Here, visit a huge Gentoo penguin colony, view elephant seals and hike to a viewpoint to soak in the breathtaking scenery. Alternatively, dependent on weather conditions, you may visit the Almirante Brown Research Station in Paradise Harbor, a nesting place for both Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 14 - Antarctic Peninsula
Every expedition is dependent on the ability to be flexible and make changes needed depending on weather conditions. Great conditions also mean that you can spend hours ashore, hiking mountains, or traverse glaciers. Land at Brown Bluff where the birdlife and nature are astonishing. Strict environmental guidelines are always followed leaving nothing in this pristine environment but footprints in the snow and taking nothing away. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 15 - 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 16 - 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 17 - “Heading Back to Civilization”
Departing Antarctica, spend the next days at sea on the route back to the calm waters of the Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. 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 18 - Cape Horn & Drake Passage
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. 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 19 - Disembarkation in Ushuaia, Flight to Buenos Aires
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 20 - Depart Argentina
Your vacation ends after breakfast. (Breakfast)
The Antarctica cruise route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns
All This Included
All intra-flights: Buenos Aires-Ushuaia & Ushuaia-Buenos Aires
18 nights First Class accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
Hotel & cruise porterage
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
49 meals: 18 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 17 dinners
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Services of English-speaking local guides
Entrance fees per itinerary
Welcome dinner reception
Coffee & tea with all meals
Panoramic lounge & bar
Spa & Fitness center
Non-smoking ship interior
This itinerary requires a high level of physical fitness. All passengers must be able to walk on uneven or slippery surfaces and to climb on and off the small boats used for landings. An expedition cruise is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking, have heart conditions or require frequent medical care.
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 green
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
Buenos Aires: Panamericano Buenos Aires
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen
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 conditions, season changes and safety issues. While sailing with Hurtigruten, passengers are subject to the cruise line’s Terms & Conditions.
Triples are not available. Please note that specific cabins cannot be requested. Your cabin number will be assigned upon embarkation.
This is an very active trip. Our group covers a lot of ground each day, and we will spend 4-5 hours on our feet during tours. Some 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. All passengers must be able to walk on uneven or slippery surfaces and to climb on and off the small boats used for landings. The Antarctica cruise route, sightseeing, and itinerary inclusions are subject to favorable weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns. Weather and conditions in the Antarctic region are often unpredictable and the ship Captain will make adjustments according to passenger comfort and safety. At final payment date, a medical questionnaire will be sent that must be completed by a physician and turned into reception upon embarkation. This is a Classic program.
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.