2015 Antarctica Cruise and Patagonia
Saturday 21 Auckland – Santiago D
Depart Auckland on LAN Airline to arrive in Santiago (Chile) the same day. Transfer to an airport hotel where a welcome dinner to meet fellow travellers is included.
Sunday 22 Santiago – Puerto Montt B D
Return to the airport for a morning LAN flight to Peurto Montt. On arrive transfer to the nearby town of Peurto Varas on the shores of Lake Llanquihue. A walking tour this afternoon highlights the flower-lined streets and German architecture.
Monday 23 Puerto Montt – Bariloche (Argentina) B L
Our day of coach and boat across the Andes via lakes, dense temperate rainforests, waterfalls, rushing rivers and mountains is spectacular, crossing into Argentina at the top of the mountain pass. Arrive in the city of Bariloche early evening for a two-night stay.
Tuesday 24 Bariloche B
Today’s half-day tour travels out of the town to experience stunning scenery. Take the chairlift for unforgettable views of the mountains, then skirt the shores of Nuhuel Lake and onto the Llao Llao Peninsula and Puerto Panuelo. The afternoon is free to explore and shop.
Wednesday 25 Bariloche – El Calafate B D
A morning flight to El Calafate and on arrival transfer to hotel. Afternoon free to explore along the lake or rest.
Thursday 26 El Calafate (Perito Moreno Glacier) B L D
A full day to experience standing metres from the 60 – 80m high glacier listening to icebergs calving and seeing the deep-blue colours of the ice. The journey to the glacier travels from the harsh environment of El Calafate to the National Park with trees, lush vegetation and mountains.
Friday 27 El Calafate – Ushuaia B D
Fly to Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city in the world for an overnight stay. An evening briefing at the hotel by one of the team from ‘Sea Explorer.’
Saturday 28 Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego National Park) B D
After breakfast ride on the Southern Fuegian Railway (known as ‘The End of the World Train’ to visit the magnificent Tierra del Fuego National Park.
See lakes, lagoons and rivers at picturesque Ensenada Bay and its beautiful islands and take in the breathtaking Patagonian scenery.
Return by coach with time in Ushuaia to explore the Argentinian leather market. Mid-afternoon transfer to ‘Sea Explorer.’ The Captain’s welcome dinner is tonight. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on our early evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.
Sunday 29 / Monday 30 Drake Passage - B L D
Wildlife-spotting opportunities abound as we sail south. See Albatross, Prions, and Petrels that frequently follow the ship. Our Expedition Team will be out on deck as well, looking for the whales and dolphins that may also be seen in the area. Later our experts will begin the on-board presentation series covering many relevant topics.
The length of our crossing will depend on the sea conditions.
Tuesday 01 – Saturday 05 Antarctica B L D
The Expedition Leader and Captain will create a flexible itinerary based on weather, ice, and opportunity.
This unique, white wilderness of white ice, calm-dark seas, rock and sky will astound. Daylight overshadows night in an array of extraordinary colours glowing in every shade of deep blues and aquamarine – an amalgam of greens and blues.
The route will stress the most scenic bays and channels of the Peninsula with stops at penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas as well as sites of historic and scientific interest.
Take time to cruise into picturesque harbours and bays and wildlife-filled Channel and active scientific and historic bases. See Adelie, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins and Weddell, Crab eater and Elephant seals which are often found resting along with predatory Leopard seals and the aggressive Antarctic Fur Seal.
This will be five days of “Am I really here?”
Opportunities to step ashore are numerous – be guided by experts in their fields and experience the wilderness of Antactica.
Sunday 06 – Monday 07 Drake Passage – Ushuaia B L D
We will continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting as we sail back to Ushuaia and reflect on beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. We arrive at Ushuaia in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Tuesday 08 Ushuaia – Buenos Aires B
Morning disembarkation of ‘Sea Explorer’ and transfer for a flight to Buenos Aires and an overnight stay. A Farewell Dinner is included tonight.
Wednesday 09 Buenos Aires – Santiago B
Day at leisure to shop or take a city tour before an evening flight to Santiago to connect with the LAN flight to Auckland.
Optional Extension available – three nights Iguassu Falls & two nights Rio de Janeiro.
Friday 11 Arrive Auckland early morning
Three nights Iguassu Falls and two nights in Rio de Janeiro. Please ask for details