14 Days – Antartica Cruise featuring Ushuaia & Tierra Del Fuego

  • Destination: Antarctica, Argentina, South America

This adventure cruises offer the ultimate introduction to the White Continent. Departing from and finishing in the port of Ushuaia, Argentina, they include many of the wildlife and scenic highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. They are designed to include as much wildlife viewing as possible but also incorporate visits to […]

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This adventure cruises offer the ultimate introduction to the White Continent. Departing from and finishing in the port of Ushuaia, Argentina, they include many of the wildlife and scenic highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. They are designed to include as much wildlife viewing as possible but also incorporate visits to scientific bases and allow plenty of time to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of icy waterways, glaciers, icebergs and rugged mountains.

The itinerary shown here is for the 12-day voyage. Although it is impossible to guarantee precisely what we will see, because sightings and encounters invitably vary from trip to trip, we are confident that no-one will be disappointed. Few people have ever set foot on Antarctica but those fortunate few treausre precious memories of a unique unforgettable experience

 

Detailed Itinerary

 

Available Only From Summer Season.  Most make advanced booking approx. 5 months before scheduled departure.  Contact 7M Tours South America for additional information.

 

Day 01

Arrival in Buenos Aires – Transfer flight to Ushuaia

Arrival in Buenos Aires. Check in at hotel. Overnight. (D)

Day 02

Buenos Aires – City Tour – Flight Transfer to Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego

After breakfast, check-out of hotel. Enjoy a morning guided city tour to the most important places in Buenos Aires. The tour includes the National Congress, the Metropolitan Cathedral, 9 de Julio Avenue, Government House and the area of Plaza de Mayo. Transfer to the airport to board flight to Ushuaia, down south at Tierra Del Fuego. Upon arrival, transfer to the Hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is free to explore this “frontier town” at leisure. Overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 03

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego

A chance to wander around Ushuaia, nestled between the spectacular snow-capped mountains of the Andes and the Beagle Channel, or to explore the surroundings wilderness areas. Embarkation begins later in the afternoon and after we have settled into our cabins, the ship sets sail along the scenic Beagle Channel, heading east towards the Drake Passage. Overnight. (B, L, D)

Days 04-06

Drake Passage & South Shetland Islands

Our jorneys across the famous Drake Passage, named after the 16th-century english navigator Sir Francis Drake, is an experience in itself. Our ship is accompanied most of the way bt albatrosses, including the magnificent wandering Albatross, along with an impressive variety of other seabirds. We have a good chance of spotting whales and dolphins and many different species have been encountered in these rich waters over the years. We also cross the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar waters sink beneath the warmer waters of the more temparate zones. When land is sighted for the first time in two days (ussually late afternoon on day 4) we know we have reached the South Shetlands Islands. This impressive group of islands, lying to the north and roughly parallel to the Antarctic Peninsula, is a haven for wildliife. We visit vast penguin rookeries, land on beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and ovserve wallowing southern elephant seals. We also hope to visit one of the many research bases in the archipelago and look for Antarctica´s only two flowering plants which thrive here during the short southern summer. A highlight of our visit to the South Shetlands will be sailing through a narroy passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Islands. Overnight. (B, L, D)

Days 07-10

Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula is the most readily accesible part of the Wite Continent and has some of the best wildlife and scenery. We have plenty of time to experience the special magic of this awe-inspiring wilderness of snow, ice, waterwas, and mountains and can expect to see a wide variety of Antarctic wildlife. Enormous rookeries of Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adélie Penguins, Blue-eyed Shags, Kelp Gulls, Cape Petrels, Snowy Sheathbills and Antarctic TTerns are just some of the many birds found here. We are also likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals, while orcas, humpback whales and Minke whales are often encountered at close range. The peninsulaalso has a remarkable history and during the voyage, we will learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world. Keeping a lookout from the Bridge or the deck of the ship, as wwe thread our way along the continent, we will certainly feel the same sense of excitement as many of those early explorers. Sailing around the northern tip of the Antarctic Penminsula we hope to navigate the Antarctic Sound of “Iceberg Alley” as it is often called, where huge tabular icebergs drift north from the Antarctic continent. If we are lucky, and weather and ice conditions permits , we plan to land on Paulet Island to see its vast Adélie Penguin rookery. We also plan to visit aptly-named Paradise Harbor, or nearby NEki Harbor, where glaciers fill the calm waters with a ming-boggling vista of icebergs; this is where we hpoa to set foot on the Antarctic Continent itself. During the voyage we hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterwatys in the world (if they are not choed with pack ice and icebergs), two in partucular the Neumayer and Lemaire Channels, are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers that are so impressive they are a highlight of the trip for many people. On some voyages we sail south of the Lemaire Channel to Petermann Island where Adélie and Gentoo Penguins, skuas and Blue-eyed shags nest close to the landing site. Overnight. (B, L, D)

Days 11-12

Drake Passage – Return to Ushuaia, Argentina

Today we leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. In between bird watching and whale watching, and enjoing some final lectures by our expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review our adventures before returning to Ushuaia. Overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 13

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego

We disembark after breakfast and transfer by bus to the Antarctic Unit office located at the entrance of the pier. Transfer to the airport to board flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 14

Departure from Buenos Aires

Breakfast in the hotel. Check out of hotel. Transfer to the airport to board flight back home or to Next Destination. (B)

Package Inclusions

– Hotel Accommodations – 13 nights
– Daily Breakfast as per the itinerary
– Daily Lunch & Dinner as per the itinerary
– Cost Involved Sightseeing per itinerary
– Cost of English speaking Tour Guides
– 24 / 7 7M Tours Manager
– Daily Breakfast
– Daily Lunch & Dinner mentioned in itinerary

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Exclusions (Not Included in Package)

– International & Domestic Airfare
– Transfer Flight Airfare
– Any applicable VUSA Air Tickets
– Cost Of any applicable country Visa
– Drinks and other personal costs separate from what is included in the meals.
– Meals and food separate from the ones above described.
– Basic Medical Insurance {Traveler(s) will need to have their own medical insurance}
– Porterage
– Baggage Handling
– Airline Baggage Charges
– Any Items, Tours, Transfers or Event Tickets not mentioned in package
– Any Incidental Charges at the hotel
– Personal Expense(s) of any kind – e.g. Laundry, Shopping Drinks, etc.
– Tips & Taxes

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