Patagonia Delight & Antarctica December Special
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Tour Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires and the beautiful Argentine Patagonia before embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime cruise to Antarctica. NOTE: You may also combine this "Patagonia Delight" land itinerary and choose a longer Antarctica voyage.
ADDITION RATE INFORMATION
2 to 3 travelers: SPECIAL Land Tour Price $2,160 per person double occupancy + Cost of ANTARCTICA CRUISE that may vary. Example: Classic Antarctica 10days/9 nights December 13th,2018: $7,340 p/person Standard Twin Cabin AND March 26th,2019 departure: $5,840 p/person Standard Twin Cabin. Other departures and cabin categories have different rates.
Cruise departures are from November through March.
Day 1:Buenos Aires, Argentina
Welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon you will enjoy a private tour visiting four distinct neighborhoods and plazas of Buenos Aires to learn about the city and its people, commonly called “porteños”. Lodging.
Day 2:Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day at leisure. In the evening you will enjoy a traditional tango show and dinner at Esquina Homero Manzi /Transfers included. Lodging. (B,D)
Day 3:El Chalten, Patagonia, Argentina
Flight to El Calafate. Reception at the airport and Private transfer to El Chalten (car with driver/ about 3 hours drive), arrival and lodging Lodging. (B)
Day 4:Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina
Breakfast. Today you will enjoy a full-day private trekking excursion to Laguna de Los Tres, including Piedras Blancas Glacier and base camp Fitz Roy. It is about four hours one way (7 miles each way). Moderate. Level difference: 700 mts or 2,100 feet. Maximum height is 3,400 feet above sea level. You will enjoy unique views! You may also reach Laguna Capri and return (if you prefer a shorter hike) and will still have a great experience and marvelous panoramic views. Picnic lunch during the excursion. Lodging in El Chalten. (B,L).
NOTE: This is a private excursion with mountain guide so you may adapt it to your preferences.
Breakfast. Full day visit to Lago del Desierto. During this excursion you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the Fitz Roy after a hike to the Huemul Glacier Viewpoint (45 min/1 hour, 600ft altitude gain). Or, if you prefer not to hike, you may take a boat down the lake. You will have lunch included. Lodging in El Chalten. (B,L)
Day 5:El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina
Morning at leisure to enjoy hiking on your own. In the afternoon, private transfer from El Chalten to El Calafate and your hotel. Lodging. (B)
Day 6:Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina
After breakfast, you will depart to visit Los Glaciares National Park. This park of 600.000 hectares (2,300 square miles) has 13 glaciers that flow into the Argentino and Viedma lakes. Perito Moreno Glacier, is one of the few glaciers in the world that is still progressing. It is only 500 ft above sea level, which makes it very accessible, allowing one to stand in front of a mountain of ice that measures 60 m (180 ft) by 5 km (2.5 miles). The constant fall of huge towers of ice from its walls and into the lake is an unforgettable spectacle.
Picnic lunch at the park. In the evening, return to your hotel in El Calafate. (B,L)
Day 7:Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Morning at leisure to visit EL Calafate on your own or relax. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport to take your flight to Ushuaia. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy this charming town on the shores of the Beagle Channel. Lodging. (B)
Day 8:Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina
Today you will enjoy a private excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Created in 1960, this National Park protects 63.000 hectares of the southernmost portion of the Sub Antarctic Forest, from the high Andean steppe and peat bogs, down to the maritime coast of the Beagle Channel. You will be able to see two remarkably different ecosystems: the sea-shore and the sub-Antarctic forest, which occur together only in a few places on earth and are unique in Argentina. You will walk along footpaths beside the sea-shore and cross the forest, an important reserve of native flora and wildlife.
The excursion starts in the center of Ushuaia with a drive to the National Park. After a walking tour along the shore, you'll make a stop for a snack and then continue through the forest. You'll visit Ensenada Bay and have lunch at a spot with a great view. Finally, you'll reach Lapataia Bay where the South American roads end. Park fees and picnic lunch included. (B,L)
Day 9: Antarctica CruiseBeagle Channel, Argentina
Private transfer to the port to embark on a cruise to Antarctica. Embark the "USHUAIA" in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins you'll sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass. (B,D)
Day 10 & 11: Antarctica CruiseSouth Shetland Islands, Antarctica
Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds.
As we sail across the passage, Antarpply Expeditions’ lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The USHUAIA’s open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well.
The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of 20 islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig Williams. With favorable conditions in the Drake Passage, our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals. (B,L,D)
Day 12-15: Exploring South Shetland Islands And The Antarctic PeninsulaAntarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing. King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, features colonies of nesting Adélie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels, and is home to scientific bases of many different countries. Macaroni, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins as well as elephant seals await you at Livingston Island.
The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds, you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range.
We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least two landings per day. Possible landing sites may include:
Paradise Bay is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world and we attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins.
Further exploration may take you to Melchior Island, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and, if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins. (B,L,D)
Day 16 & 17: At Sea Crossing The Drake Passage, NorthboundDrake Passage, Antarctica
You'll leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join the lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales, and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia. (B,L,D)
Day 18: Arrival At UshuaiaUshuaia, Argentina
You'll arrive at Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the "USHUAIA" after breakfast. Group transfer to the airport to take your flight back to Buenos Aires and onward....
Note: Mentioned LAND ITINERARY SALE Price applies to mentioned December 2018 and March 2019 Departures. Standard twin Cabin Category. Total Tour Price with other cabin categories will have different sale prices.
SAMPLE CRUISE RATES 2018-19 aboard The “USHUAIA”: All rates are PER PERSON: (This is a partial list. Please ask for other departures)
Voyage: A171018 - CLASSIC SOUTH GEORGIA / Falkland Islands (Malvinas), South Georgia, Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands - (19 nights/20 days) Triple 8,910 / Std Twin 9,560 /Std Plus Twin 12,180 / Premier Twin 14,480 / Premier Sgl 17,390 / Sup Twin 15,310/ Suite Twin 16,090
Voyages: A170319, A260319 - CLASSIC ANTARCTICA / Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands - (9 nights/10 days) 5,460 5,840 7,430 8,840 10,590(PremierSingle) 9,360 9,840
Voyages: A131218, A280119, A160219 - CLASSIC ANTARCTICA Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands - (9 nights/10 days) 6,870 7,340 8,890 10,610 12,740(PremierSingle) 11,210 11,780
Voyage: A060219 - WEDDELL SEA QUEST Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands & Weddell Sea (10 nights/11 days) 7,630 8,160 9,880 11,790 14,140(PremierSingle) 12,460 13,090
Voyage: A250219- POLAR CIRCLE QUEST Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands & Polar (11 nights/12 days) 7,150 7,640 9,570 11,390 13,660(PremierSingle) 12,060 12,670
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