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2015 Antarctica Cruise and Patagonia

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21 November – 11 December 2015

Escorted by Jim Murphy

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This is a wonderful opportunity to experience this magical southern corner of the world early in the season when the region is clear and the snow pristine.
The frequent zodiac shore excursions will give you the opportunity to step ashore onto the Antarctica Peninsula in a sea and coastline of abundant marine life.
Seals, penguins, albatross, sea lions, gulls, skuas and possibly Orca whales await.
Did you know there are five types of Penguins in Antarctica, all with unique names –
Chinstrap: Adelie: Emperor: Gentos and Macaroni.
The tour begins in Patagonia – Southern Chile’s panorama of spectacular mountains, rushing rivers, waterfalls, lakes, forests and impressive glaciers.

If this is one destination you have on your list – join Jim now.

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Itinerary

November 2015
Saturday 21                      Auckland – Santiago
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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.

December
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                       UshuaiaBuenos 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
Optional Extension
Three nights Iguassu Falls and two nights in Rio de Janeiro. Please ask for details

Inclusions

  • Economy flights Auckland – Santiago return / Santiago – Puerto Montt / Bariloche – El Calafate / El Calafate – Ushuaia / Ushuaia – Buenos Aires – Santiago - Auckland

  • Seven nights’ accommodation pre-tour in 4 star hotels

  • One night post tour in Buenos Aires

  • Breakfast daily

  • Lunches and dinners as specified

  • Sightseeing at Puerto Varas, Bariloche, El Calafate, Ushuaia

  • Ten nights on board ‘Sea Explorer’ in cabin of your choice

  • Train to Tierra del Fuego National Park

  • All meals on board ‘Sea Explorer’

  • All excursions whilst on board ‘Sea Explorer’

  • Drinks at lunch and dinner

  • Helly Hansen polar jacket – to keep

  • Waterproof boots – on loan

  • Jim Murphy as escort – subject to 15 persons travelling

Cost

Cost Per Person * NZD
 

 

 

Twin share

Deck 2 - Porthole

$18,985

Deck 3 - Window

$20,445

Deck 4 - Superior

$21,050

Veranda Deck - veranda suite

$23,600

Business Class
Trans Pacific Upgrade


$4,413

Single supplement

$POA

Early Booking Discount
(if deposit paid by 30 April 2015)

$100

Previous Tour Client Discount

$100

 

*This is a cash or cheque price.  Credit cards will incur 2%fee.  Price is subject to currency fluctuations, airline surcharges and utilising the flights on the dates of the tour.


 

Sea Explorer

Sea Explorer deck plan-729‘Sea Explorer’ offers exceptionally spacious and well-designed outside-facing suites across five decks, beautifully appointed public areas and the highest standards of service and food. She is outfitted with the most current navigational and communications technology as well as with retractable fin stabilisers for smooth sailing.
‘Sea Explorer’ has an ice-strengthened hull for polar navigation and features a fleet of ten Zodiac inflatable craft for forays ashore.
On average the suites measure 23m2 with en-suite bathrooms, large wardrobes and excellent storage. Suites feature queen size beds or twins. Mini fridges, telephones, satellite televisions and CD/DVD players.


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Dining

The single dining room is located on Deck 2 and is both spacious and light. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style with a selection of hot and cold dishes, and fresh produce. Dinner is served to your table and comprises of four courses with a vegetarian option always available. Complimentary wine and beer is served with dinner and a 24-hour coffee and tea station provided.

Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance – compulsory

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Gratuities

  • Meals not specified

  • Airport, airline & fuel surcharges ($270)

Booking Conditions

  • A deposit of $2500 per person secures a place on the tour

  • Full payment is due no later than 21 august 2015

 

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From date of booking until 21 August  2015 – NZD1250 cancellation fee

  • After 21 August 2015  – no refund

Clothing for Zodiac Excursions
 

Closer to departure date, extensive information will be provided – a brief summary is
as follows

 

  •  Waterproof parka – this is included on the tour and is yours to keep

  •  The ship will lend you a pair of waterproof expedition boots for the duration of the cruise
     

  •  The Golden Rules are: Layers, layers, layers – base, mid outer
     

  •  Wear breathable fabric – not cottons
     

  • Waterproof – not water repellent
     

  • Protect your extremities
     

  • Remember the SPF
     

  • NB: “There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing – Ranulph FinnesExpedition Team

     

A team of 10 will be on board ‘Sea Explorer’. There will be an expedition leader along with the team whose mix of expertise will enhance the overall experience of the Antarctica. Their knowledge will cover ice and snow; photography; geology; zoology; marine biology and kayaking and more     
 

NB: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors or omissions contained within this website without recourse.

General Information

Documentation

  • Travel insurance is compulsory

  • A current passport is required – valid six months beyond return date of    travel

  • No visas are required for NZ passport holders. All other passport holders please ask

 

Health

  • A good standard of health is required, with the ability to walk on uneven surfaces, negotiate ship’s stairs to zodiacs and get in and out of zodiacs.
    (see Terms and Conditions)

     

Temperatures / weather
 

Bariloche

Max 18°C

Min 5°C

Ushuaia

Max 14°C

Min 4°C

     

Antarctic Peninsular - Costal areas are generally close to freezing from November to February
Daylight hours 17+

 

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