Emblematic Antarctica

From Buenos Aires / Ushuaia to Ushuaia / Buenos Aires
  • All Antarctic Cruises
  • Antarctic Peninsula
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Wildlife and Nature
  • Luxury
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Tour Description

On your Emblematic Antarctic Cruise, you will discover the polar desert with its grandiose landscapes. Admire the mountains, narrow channels, dramatic bays and spectacular icebergs while taking in some of the magical highlights of the White Continent.

Penguins are the veritable emblem of this ice-bound region, living in colonies of many thousands of members. Sailing on the drifting ice floe or waddling over an icy beach, you will be able to watch these unusual animals going about their daily life. Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, are some of the varieties you will be able to observe on the Antarctic Peninsula. Fin whales, humpback whales, Weddell seals, leopard seals and seabirds: This expanse of polar iridescence is home to many other species that you will encounter during your various excursions, as we cruise by zodiac around the icebergs and bays, and land to walk and explore on the South Shetland Islands, and the continent itself.

We will take the time to visit research stations and former whaling stations, and onboard there will be plenty of lectures and info sessions...and of course more great scenery from the observation decks! Between the snow-covered mountains, the ice and the wildlife, you will be captivated by the magic of this unique destination. Onboard you will enjoy the comforts of your well appointed suite, fine dining, chic style and outstanding service.

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The White Continent offers outstanding wildlife opportunities - expect to see thousands of penguins, plus whales, seals, and other bird life

Be in awe by the pristine environment and dramatic landscapes - and your chance to set foot in Antarctica!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Buenos Aires

Arrive Buenos Aires at any time. Today is free for you to explore Buenos Aires at leisure. We recommend arriving at least 1 or 2 days in advance to allow time to explore this wonderful city. This afternoon there will be a pre-departure meeting held at your hotel confirming details for your departure tomorrow.

Dinner is included tonight at your hotel

Overnight in Buenos Aires. Hotel is to be advised

NOTE: Selected departures are 8-10 night packages, therefore itinerary may vary. Please note the itinerary is a guide and can vary depending on weather conditions.

Day 2
Fly to Ushuaia and Board your Ship

This morning you will have a group transfer to the airport in time for your early morning flight to Ushuaia. Options add on a tour of Tierra Del Fuego National Park (additional charges), or you can enjoy the morning exploring Ushuaia. This afternoon, you will board your ship and set sail for Antarctica

Breakfast and Dinner is included today

Day 3-4
Sailing through the Drake Passage towards Antarctica

Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

All meals included

Day 5-9
Antarctica

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

All meals included

Day 10-11
Return to Ushuaia via the Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to connect Antarctica to South America. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Day 12
Disembarkation Ushuaia - Fly to Buenos Aires

Arrival back into Ushuaia this morning, and transfer to the airport for your departing flight to Buenos Aires. Services end upon arrival into Buenos Aires Airport.

Breakfast is included

We recommend you stay at least 1 night in Buenos Aires post-cruise, as we are unable to confirm the flight times until closer to travel.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 8 or 9 nights on board - Le Boreal, Le Lyrial, Le Soleal or L'Austral
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
  • Included Copy 20 1 night pre cruise hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals while on board the cruise
  • Included Copy 20 Open bar & room service 24 hours (conditions apply)
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Return flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, economy class
  • Included Copy 20 Return airport transfers in Ushuaia
  • Included Copy 20 Outings and shore visits in Zodiacs with a team of experienced naturalist guides
  • Included Copy 20 Parka to keep & boots to loan while on the cruise
  • Included Copy 31 Selected dates includes National Geographic Crew (Please ask for details)
  • Included Copy 20 Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides
  • Included Copy 7 International flights, Travel Insurance, Gratuities / Tips are not included
  • Included Copy 7 Personal expenses, such as laundry, onboard communication (telephone calls, email service)
  • Included Copy 31 Options to hike and kayak in Antarctica
Transportation
Le Boréal | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

264 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers

Le Soléal | Antarctic Cruise Ship

264 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers

L'Austral | Arctic & Antarctic Cruise Ship

264 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers

Le Lyrial

260 (200 in Antarctica) Passengers

Activities

  • Included Explorations via Zodiacs to get close to glaciers, icebergs and wildlife
  • Included Shore landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Included Hiking opportunity - get outstanding views and photos!
  • Included Visits to research stations and former whaling stations
  • Included Lectures and information sessions hosted by naturalist-guides
  • Included Selected dates includes National Geographic Crew (Please ask for details)
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Duration

11 days

Price from

$8,799 USD

Per person, sharing

Based On Lowest Cabin

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