VIP Antarctica Cruise

From Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Luxury Antarctica
  • Wildlife and Nature
  • Luxury
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Tour Description

Experience the magic of the wildest, most isolated continent on the planet, travelling alongside two special guests - history-making polar expeditioner Professor Mike Stroud OBE and former NZ Prime Minister Rt Hon Sir John Key.

Best known for his record-breaking expeditions with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Professor Mike Stroud OBE is a true modern-day explorer, with incredible tales to tell from his adventures in some of the most inhospitable and remote places on the planet.

With a driving passion for being at the leading edge of business, Rt Hon Sir John Key carved out a successful career in investment banking, before returning to NZ and leading the country from 2008 to 2016. Sir John joins this VIP Antarctica Cruise for his third trip to the great white continent.

Join our two special guests for this exclusive VIP cruise, venturing to the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands aboard brand-new luxury vessel, the Ocean Albatros. Explore the other-worldly landscape of towering icebergs, curious penguins, and unmatched serenity that simply cannot be exaggerated.

On no other journey can you experience so much pristine nature and varied wildlife in so few days!

 

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Travel with Dr Mike Stroud, a true modern-day explorer best known for his record-breaking expeditions with Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Travel with Rt Hon Sir John Key, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, successful businessman and avid Antarctica enthusiast.

Experience the magic of the wildest, most isolated continent on the planet, on a brand new luxury expedition vessel.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Buenos Aires

The birthplace of the tango is, like the dance itself, captivating, seductive and bustling with energy. Atmospheric old neighbourhoods are filled with romantic restaurants and Buenos Aires' European heritage is evident in its architecture, boulevards and parks. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2
Buenos Aires

Explore Buenos Aires to discover the unique perspective of the city’s culture, history, inhabitants and secrets. In the evening we will enjoy an intimate and passionate tango show.

Day 3
Buenos Aires Ushuaia

Welcome to Ushuaia, Argentina - the world’s southernmost town. Explore the quaint city, or take a visit to the Tierra Del Fuego National Park, home to stunning glaciers, waterfalls, mountains and an impressive range of flora and fauna.

Day 4
Ushuaia Cruise Embarkation

After a morning spent exploring Ushuaia, we board our ship and navigate through the calms of Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago. The ship will be buzzing with excited explorers as we start our epic Antarctica journey

Day 5-6
On route to Antarctica

Sailing onward, we cross the famed Drake Passage - a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In the Drake, the excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. Weather permitting, we will catch our first sight of seals and penguins! The area is also well-known for its abundance of birds. During this time, you can enjoy the ships excellent facilities such as wellness/sauna, restaurant, bar and a library and enjoy great lectures along the way, hosted by our special guests and expedition leaders, ranging from exploration history to biology, geology, ice and wildlife.

Day 7-8
South Shetland Islands

Over the next two days, we will begin the exciting Antarctic experience our ancestors could only dream of. We will explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain and be marvelled by the captivating landscapes we will encounter along the way. Weather permitting, our projected landfalls include: King George Island; Deception Island, an extinct volcano with waters warm enough for a polar swim; and Half Moon Island with nesting Wilson's storm petrels and chinstrap penguins.

Day 9-10
Antarctic Peninsula

As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on our horizon, the presence of wildlife multiplies by tens of thousands with many species of lively penguins, inquisitive seals, nesting birds and the spray of marine mammals. Wildlife abounds along the Antarctic Peninsula: leopard, fur and Weddell seals of Cuverville Island; humpback whales of Gerlache Strait; Paradise Bay; the dramatic Lemaire Channel's orcas and much more.

Day 11-12
At Sea

We depart Antarctica and spend two days at sea on our way back to the calms of Beagle Channel and Ushuaia, Argentina. En-route, we will cross Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn, a legendary maritime landmark and the southern tip of South America.
During our time at sea, a variety of activities will be arranged on board which will provide the perfect opportunity to socialize with fellow travellers equally passionate for discovering the world. You will also have time to relax, enjoy lectures and the ship’s facilities, designed to provide a comfortable, relaxing journey.

Day 13
Disembarkation in Ushuaia

This morning, we arrive back in Ushuaia full of wonder and amazement of our Epic Antarctica VIP journey

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 2 nights’ accommodation at the Sofitel in Buenos Aires including breakfast daily
  • Included Copy 20 1 night accommodation at the Wyndham Hotel in Ushuaia including breakfast
  • Included Copy 20 10 day / 9 night Antarctica cruise onboard the Ocean Albatros
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Full board on ship; breakfast-lunch-dinner, from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on last day
  • Included Copy 20 Coffee and tea during the voyage
  • Included Copy 20 Captain's Welcome & Farewell Cocktail Receptions (sparkling wine; non-alcoholic beverages)
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Tour escort ex Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Included Copy 20 Buenos Aires city tour, evening dinner and tango show
  • Included Copy 20 Transfers in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 20 Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 20 English speaking expedition team during voyage
  • Included Copy 20 Information briefings and lectures by expedition team in English
  • Included Copy 20 Shore landings and Zodiac cruises
  • Included Copy 20 Boots in all assorted sizes, suitable for shore landings
  • Included Copy 20 Parka to keep
  • Included Copy 20 Special VIP package in all Premium, A and B cabins.
  • Included Copy 20 Photographic trip-log shared after the voyage via an online link
  • Included Copy 20 Flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
  • Included Copy 7 International Airfares,travel insurance, personal expenses such as laundry, gratuities
  • Included Copy 31 Kayaking, camping, snowshoeing, drinks packages (additional charges)
Transportation
Ocean Albatros

193 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Buenos Aires city tour
  • Included Buenos Aires evening dinner and tango show
  • Included Wildlife viewing and shore landings
  • Included Zodiak expeditions
  • Included Explore South Shetland Islands
  • Included Explore Antarctic Peninsula
  • Included Optional kayaking
  • Included Optional snowshoeing
  • Included Optional photography workshops
  • Included Optional camping in Antarctica
  • Included Relax in the spa, pool, sauna, jacuzzi or workout in the wellness centre
  • Included Presentations by our special guests and the opportunity to mingle with them throughout the cruise.
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Duration

13 days

Price from

$9,540 USD

Per person, sharing

Based on triple cabin

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