Awe-Inspiring Antarctica

Awe-Inspiring Antarctica

Discover the thriving culture of Buenos Aires and ride the “Train at the End of the World” in Ushuaia. Travel the majestic Drake Passage, look for gentoo penguins in the South Shetland Islands and explore the wildlife of the Antarctic Peninsula. See the peaks of Cape Horn and sail between glaciers in the Beagle Channel.

Trip Itinerary:

January 2 Depart for Argentina

January 3 Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive in the passionate city of Buenos Aires. Stroll the streets of Recoleta to see Parisian-style homes and posh boutiques, and visit La Recoleta Cemetery, home to the gravesite of Eva Perón. Enjoy lunch on your own at a local restaurant, then transfer to the five-star Hotel NH Buenos Aires City. This evening, experience a traditional three-course Argentine dinner and tango show at Aljibe Tango. D

January 4 Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina

In the morning, set out on a half-day tour of Buenos Aires. Visit the Plaza de Mayo, a bustling city square and main foundational site of Buenos Aires, and walk through the
Metropolitan Cathedral. Tour Caminito, a street museum in La Boca, and explore San Telmo, the oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires. After lunch at Gourmet Porteno, fly to Ushuaia and transfer to five-star Las Hayas Ushuaia Resort. BL

January 5 Ushuaia, Argentina / Embarkation

After breakfast at your hotel, set out for a tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park, known for its dramatic scenery and diverse and populous wildlife. Take a ride on the Southern Fuegian Railway, otherwise known as the Train of the End of the World—the southernmost functioning railway on Earth. After lunch, embark Ocean Atlantic for your journey to Antarctica. Meet the onboard staff, expedition team, and lecturers during an onboard welcome reception. BLD

January 6 At Sea / Drake Passage Crossing

Cross the famed Drake Passage, a body of water that marks the intersection of the cold Antarctic with the warmer Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Anticipate landfall in the South Shetland Islands as Antarctic wildlife comes into view. Here, you may catch your first sight of seals, penguins, and whales. BLD

January 8 South Shetland Islands

Over the next two days, begin your exciting Antarctic expeditions. Explore the sub-Antarctic islands of the South Shetland chain. Look for elephant seals and take in snowy cliffs rising majestically from the sea on King George Island. Deception Island, the caldera of an extinct volcano, welcomes brave adventurers to take a polar plunge. On Half Moon Island, see nesting Wilson’s storm petrels and chinstrap penguins. BLD

January 9 South Shetland Islands

(Same as January 8, 2020)

January 10 Antarctic Peninsula

As the white shimmer of Antarctica looms on the horizon, wildlife sightings will multiply tenfold. Approach the Antarctic Peninsula and watch for leopard, fur, and Weddell seals on Cuverville Island. Explore as far south as possible with potential landfall and passage through the Gerlache Strait, Paradise Bay, and the Lemaire Channel—a photographer favorite. BLD

January 11 Antarctic Peninsula

(Same as January 11, 2020)

January 12 Depart Antarctica / At Sea

Set out from Antarctica as you return to Ushuaia. En route, cross back through the Drake Passage and cruise past Cape Horn. Spend your time at leisure or in onboard lectures led by expedition experts. BLD

January 13 Depart Antarctica / At Sea

(Same as January 12, 2020)

January 14 Ushuaia, Argentina / Disembarkation

Arrive in Ushuaia and disembark the Ocean Atlantic. Take your return flight back to Buenos Aires in the evening and fly home to the US, returning on January 15th. Alternatively, extend your adventure with the optional 2-night Iguazu Falls Post-Cruise Program. B


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