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21 Day Antarctica Cruise with Buenos Aires, Falkland Islands & Montevideo 2020

21 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices 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 with your Tour Manager at approximately at 6 PM, followed by 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 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, Dinner)

DAY 5 - Strait of Magellan, Patagonia, Beagle Channel
Your adventure starts at the Strait of Magellan, named for the Portuguese seafarer who discovered this southern passage. You navigate these waters that separate mainland South America and Tierra del Fuego, continuing through Patagonia, one of the world’s most remote and undisturbed places – the scenery will leave you breathless! The expedition team members on board point out the region's wildlife, including seals who share the frigid waters with penguins and humpback whales. The extensive onboard program is staffed by experts always prepared to answer your questions and enhance your understanding of this amazing region. Sailing through the region of Magallanes, with its beautiful forests, islands, fjords, and icefields, you reach the Beagle Channel. Conditions permitting, stop in Puerto Williams on the tiny island of Navarino, the very first settlement in the Strait of Magellan. Interesting lectures and a delectable dinner cap the day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 6 - Cape Horn to Drake Passage
Plan to go ashore on Cape Horn, conditions permitting, to explore this deserted and yet romantic piece of land at the end of the world - the southernmost point of Chile and South America. This region is of great significance because of its strategic location. Journey southward to reach the infamous Drake Passage* where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet. Once an important trade route, this 600-mile-wide band of water is named after Sir Francis Drake, the 16th-century explorer who sailed these waters. Here, the warm waters from the north meet cold waters from the south, resulting in an ocean rich in nutrients that supports the prolific marine. In the evening after dinner, watch documentaries, join the lectures and enjoy informal chats with fellow travelers and the crew. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
*The Drake Passage is known for its rough waters.

DAY 7 - Crossing the Drake Passage
Crossing the legendary Drake Passage is indeed an unforgettable experience! As you cruise, there’ll be several enriching lectures on various topics ranging from history to wildlife in preparation for your visit to Antarctica. Approaching Antarctica, you’ll be informed about current guidelines for visiting this vulnerable environment. It is also important to note that the Antarctic Treaty System regulates international relations with respect to Antarctica, Earth's only continent without a native human population. From the deck, view numerous species of seabirds, whales, dolphins, seals, albatross and more. Wildlife is plentiful here in this starkly beautiful area. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 8 - 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 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 - At Sea
Continue sailing towards the Falkland Islands. Opportunity to join various lectures by the expedition team. Spend time on deck looking out for wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 13 - The Falkland Islands - East and West
Today, arrive in the Falkland Islands, home to more than 70 animal and bird species including king penguins and albatross. The archipelago consists of two main islands - East Falkland and West Falkland, which you’ll explore during daily zodiac excursions and landings. The Falklands, teeming with wonders of wildlife and nature, is a totally unpolluted environment with fantastically clear blue skies, seamless horizons, vast open space and stunning white sand beaches. You can anticipate a great discovery of this truly special part of the world. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 14 - Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
You reach Port Stanley, capital of the Falklands. After the Antarctic peninsula, it’s almost surreal to arrive in a town that looks like an old-style English seaside town with red phone boxes, red buses, and pubs. Here, you can roam the city streets and walk through town. Several excursions will also be offered onboard to explore the wilderness and the wildlife. As you reach the westernmost settled outposts in the Falklands, you will see remote farms that have been owned by families for over seven generations. Sheep graze alongside immense colonies of albatross and rockhopper penguins, while geese forage at the water’s edge. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 15 - New Island, Carcass Island in the Falklands
There are several potential landing sites in the Falklands including New Island, with its impressive colony of albatross. Bird lovers will enjoy going ashore on Carcass Island - a paradise abundant with ducks, geese, penguins, albatross, caracaras, and wrens. You may opt to hike to Leopard Cove - a fantastic sandy beach where you can meet Magellanic and Gentoos penguins. Many different options lie ahead, conditions permitting. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 16 - At Sea
Continue your journey north towards Uruguay following the coast of Argentina. Participate in several lectures conducted by the expedition team covering history, marine biology, wildlife and climate change. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 17 - At Sea
Spend your day at sea sharing experiences, and exchanging stories, photos, and videos with your fellow travelers. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 18 - At Sea
Continue sailing along the coast of Argentina. Relax on deck and keep an eye out for wildlife. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 19 - Welcome to Uruguay
Disembark this morning in Montevideo, the vibrant capital of Uruguay. Enjoy a city tour including the Solis Theater and Independence Square. View the Government House and the Congress Building with its unique marble ornamented structure, works of art and lavish interiors. Stop at la Plaza de la Armada for breathtaking views of the city and coastline. Check-in to your hotel and spend your evening at leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 20 - Full Day Montevideo
Enjoy the day at leisure strolling through Montevideo’s beautiful streets or join an optional tour to the Varela Zarranz Winery to learn the process of wine making in Uruguay and sample the wine selection prepared for you. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Optional: Half Day Varela Zarranz Winery.

DAY 21 - Depart Uruguay
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (Breakfast)

The Antarctica cruise route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns

Map
All This Included
  • Intra-flight: Buenos Aires-Ushuaia
  • 19 nights First Class accommodations
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 51 meals: 19 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 18 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 green
  • Traverse Cape Horn, once of great strategic importance because of its location and trade routes
  • Visit Falkland Islands, home to more than 70 animal and bird species including king penguins and albatross
  • Tour Montevideo, the vibrant capital of Uruguay
  • Onboard activities while at sea: enriching lectures, discussions and wildlife spotting

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Accommodations
Buenos Aires: Panamericano Buenos Aires
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen
Montevideo: Hilton Garden Inn Montevideo

Notes
  • Land only prices does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Buenos Aires-Ushuaia. 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 active trip. Our group covers a lot of ground each day, and we will spend four to five 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. 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, 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
For Gate 1 Travel terms and conditions, please click here.

* 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.