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Cruising Antarctica Crossing the Circle Sea Adventurer: Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 11,495

Follow in the footsteps of Shackleton and Scott by venturing to the world’s southernmost continent. Sail from Argentina across the Drake Passage, cruise south of the Antarctic Circle and set foot on Antarctica, spotting penguins and seals while braving the world’s most imposing climate.


This 14-day cruise takes you across the tempestuous waters of the Southern Ocean to the Antarctica Peninsula.

Your adventure begins in Buenos Aires, the vibrant capital of Argentina. Buenos Aires is where Europe meets Latin America. The city boasts gorgeous colonial architecture, from the balconied presidential palace of Casa Rosada where Eva Peron famously addressed the nation in the early fifties, to the Teatro Colon, the massive opera house built in 1908. From Buenos Aires fly to Ushuaia, a resort town at Tierra del Fuego, the “End of the World” and southernmost tip of the continent. Ushuaia is a bustling port town that caters to adventurers. Enjoy a pint at the world’s southernmost microbrewery before boarding the Sea Adventurer for your journey to the South Pole.

The Sea Adventurer is a robust vessel capable of carrying 117 passengers. The ship is made for withstanding the cold water and hard ice of the Southern Ocean, but it’s also equipped for your comfort as you cross the icy sea. It has a lounge, bar, dining room with windows gazing out onto the ocean and comfortable cabins that’ll serve as your home onboard.

Aboard the Sea Adventurer cross the Drake Passage, named after the explorer Sir Francis Drake. This 800-kilometre passage between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands is the safest route to Antarctica. Not that the passage is completely free of rough weather: ice and stormy seas are a guarantee of Antarctica. But the conditions are much preferable to other routes and allow you to spot humpback whales on deck or keep an eye out for high-soaring albatrosses.

While this southern continent was completely unvisited just 100 years ago, it’s now accessible to intrepid adventurers and Globetrotters. Graham Land on the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula is the continent’s main point of access. As you dip south of the Antarctic Circle, you’ll join an elite group of world travelers.

Breathe in the chill air and witness the majesty of the icebergs and waterways of this great continent. Brave the frigid waters of Orne Harbour and kayak alongside migrating whales. Take a zodiac out to see calving glaciers. Visit Port Lockroy, where a former research station has been converted into a museum. On Petermann Island, examine Gentoo chicks at the island’s breeding colony. In no time you’ll become an expert at identifying the Antarctic wildlife. You’ll tell an Adelie from a Gentoo penguin or a leopard from a Weddell seal as easily as you’d tell a dog from a cat.

This trip to Antarctica offers a rare glimpse of the most remote and extreme environment on the planet. It’s an adventure like no other.


 

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 11,495

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Day 1

Arrive Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina you may arrive in Buenos Aires at any time during Day 1 of the itinerary. Upon your arrival in Buenos Aires, you will independently transfer to the group hotel (pre-night hotel included).

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

725 Continental Hotel Buenos Aires

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    725 Continental Hotel Buenos Aires



    Offering top of the line designer decor and a rooftop swimming pool, this luxurious hotel has a sauna room and gym facilities just 100 metres from Florida Street. 725 Continental Hotel Buenos Aires is centrally located 200 metres from Plaza de Mayo square and 400 ...

    Offering top of the line designer decor and a rooftop swimming pool, this luxurious hotel has a sauna room and gym facilities just 100 metres from Florida Street. 725 Continental Hotel Buenos Aires is centrally located 200 metres from Plaza de Mayo square and 400 metres from the Obelisk. Free internet access is provided.

    At 725 Continental Hotel Buenos Aires guests can enjoy 5-star facilities. They can exercise in the fully equipped gym. Air-conditioned rooms are decorated with white leather chairs, dark wood furnishings and parquet floors. Some of them have flat-screen TVs and accents of contemporary design. Bathrooms include marble fittings and some of them feature baths. The hotel is 800 metres from world famous Colon Opera House. The tour desk is ready to offer advice on local points of interest. A buffet breakfast with croissants and treats is offered daily at the bar. Centrino restaurant renews its menu every 15 days with specialties of local and international cuisine.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service
    • Medical Services
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Sauna
    • Swimming Pool - Outdoor

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Day 2

Embarkation Day

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport and board your private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, you'll take a short city tour of this quaint port town before heading to the pier.

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel. This historic channel transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of excitement as you depart - the next time you see land you'll be in the world's most southern continent!

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration13 Nights
Accommodation

Sea Adventurer

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    Sea Adventurer



    Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Sea Adventurer was built in Yugoslavia in 1976, refurbished in 1999 and had further upgrades in 2002. You will be impressed by this ice-strengthened ship, which carries up to 117 passengers ...

    Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, Sea Adventurer was built in Yugoslavia in 1976, refurbished in 1999 and had further upgrades in 2002. You will be impressed by this ice-strengthened ship, which carries up to 117 passengers and features a spacious forward lounge and bar, window-lined dining room and promenades.

    Facilities

    • Activities Desk
    • Bar
    • Dining Room
    • Exercise Room
    • Internet Access
    • Library
    • Lounge

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Day 3

Crossing the Drake Passage

Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You will have plenty of time to stare out at the sea, get to know your fellow shipmates and chat with your Expedition Team.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Crossing the Drake Passage

Time over these two days will be spent preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures from your Expedition Team. You will learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.

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Day 5

Exploring the Peninsula

With the Drake Passage left in your wake, make a final approach to Antarctica. Get your cameras ready, as the continent's coastline will make its first appearance, signaling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctica. You will see plenty of icebergs floating by as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes.

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Day 6

Exploring the Peninsula

As exciting as it can be from onboard the ship, your true exploration occurs when you disembark and set foot on the great continent. There are several potential landing sites that can be visited, including Neko Harbor, Petermann Island and Pleneau Island. While weather dictates which specific landing sites can be visited, each one presents a new collection of wildlife and natural attractions.

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Day 7

Exploring the Peninsula

Your day will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the beauty of Antarctica. Watching penguins waddling on the beach and listening to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers will become your daily entertainment, while kayaking with whales and camping in Antarctica are a couple of optional activities available on selected voyages.

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Day 8

The Antarctic Circle

Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach this far south. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well earned glass of champagne!

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Day 9

The Antarctic Circle

Make a toast to the first explorers who ventured this far south, you can take pride in knowing you have made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people.

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Day 10

Northbound Along the Peninsula

By now, your knowledge of Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins will be matched by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, or Weddell seal.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Northbound Along the Peninsula

As you head back towards the Drake, Zodiac excursions will continue to fill your days, while the Expedition Team will help fill in any blanks that remain in your newly acquired knowledge of the Antarctic.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Drake Passage to Ushuaia

Re-crossing the Drake, Antarctica fades away and you will be left with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound friends will make the time passing the Drake Passage fly by, independent of weather and sea conditions.

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Day 13

Drake Passage to Ushuaia

Your Expedition Team will round up their series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of some of the great landing sites and wildlife you have visited over the course of your voyage.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 14

Depart Ushuaia

Today you will say goodbye to your Expedition Team and your fellow travelers. You will disembark in the morning after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return charter flight to Buenos Aires.

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DEPARTURES:

2017 - 2018 Season:

Ocean Diamond  Departing Ushuaia – ending Ushuaia 14 day itinerary:
Mar 2 2018

Ocean Endeavour Departing Buenos Aires end Buenos Aires 14 day itinerary:
Feb 27 2018

Sea Adventurer Departing Ushuaia ends Ushuaia 14 day itinerary:
Jan 14; Feb 16 2018  

USHUAIA DEPARTURES INCLUDE:

  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia
  • All meals on board
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • An official Expeditions parka
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Group transfers in Ushuaia from airport to local hotel
  • Group transfer from designated location in Ushuaia to ship on embarkation day
  • Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to local airport
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers 

BUENOS AIRES DEPARTURES INCLUDE:

  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Buenos Aires
  • Buenos Aires transfers
  • One night pre-expedition hotel accommodation with breakfast in Ushuaia
  • All meals on board
  • All shore landings as per the daily program
  • An official Expeditions parka
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Group transfers in Ushuaia from airport to local hotel
  • Group transfer from designated location in Ushuaia to ship on embarkation day
  • Group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from ship to local airport
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Airfare unless otherwise specified in itinerary
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel before
  • Baggage, cancellation and medical travel insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Telecommunication charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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