|Day 1||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Transfer to the hotel|
|Day 2||Fly to Ushuaia||Flight to Ushuaia for embarkation|
|Day 3-4||Drake Passage||Crossing the Antarctic rite of passage|
|Day 5-7||Antarctic Peninsula||Visit South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula|
|Day 8-9||Antarctic Circle||Cross the famed Antarctic Circle|
|Day 10-11||Western Peninsula||Travel northbound along the Peninsula|
|Day 12-13||Drake Passage||Crossing the Antarctic rite of passage|
|Day 14||Disembark and Fly to Buenos Aires||Disembarkation in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires|
Your adventure begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a charming, sophisticated city with a strong European influence and culture. With its blend of Spanish, French and Italian architectural styles, its great variety of nightspots, and its cultural life, it is often referred to as the ‘South American Paris’. Upon arrival make your way to your hotel. If you arrive early, there are many museums, restaurants and shops to keep you busy for days.
In the morning transfer to your group charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina where you will board the ship for your trip of a lifetime. Upon arrival, you will have some time to explore 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, which transects the Tierra Del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart- the next time you see land, you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!
The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. You’ll have plenty of time to gaze out at the sea- spotting and snapping shots of seabirds swooping around the ship- as well as chat with your Expedition Team and fellow travelers.
Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in your wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time the crew visit’s Antarctica they witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other- creating a unique, personal experience.
Each day you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback whales, and search for a number of southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.
The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you hike snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360-degree views of your surroundings. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete desolation and silence, and the next moment you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.
Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to inspire and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula do not reach this far south 66°33’S. With weather conditions permitting- you will cross this famed line with a well-earned glass of champagne in your hands!
Make a toast and take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world visited by very few people. This is the raw Antarctica, home of the midnight sun, penguins and some of the most awe-inspiring ice formations you’ll see anywhere on the continent.
By now, your knowledge of Adélie, chinstrap and gentoo penguins will be matched by your ability to differentiate between a leopard, fur and Weddell seal. Terms like bergy bits and pancake ice will be part of your vocabulary, yet there are still many tales to be told and things to learn. As you head north, Zodiac excursions will fill your days, and your Expedition Team will continue to offer presentations whilst looking out for species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded you on your journey south.
As you recross the Drake and Antarctica fades away, you will be left with a collection of memories to last a life time. Excited conversations with your new found friends will make the crossing fly by, regardless of weather and sea conditions. Your Expedition Team will round up its series of presentations as well, perhaps with a slideshow of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve witnessed over the course of your voyage. Be sure to take some time to reflect on everything you’ve experienced so far.
After you’ve enjoyed your final breakfast on board, it will be time to farewell your new found friends and disembark in Buenos Aires. You will get a little taste of Patagonia by touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for your return group charter to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.