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2017 Antarctica and Patagonia Tour

Antarctica Panarama 081-386
10 - 29 November 2017

Escorted Cruise Tour to Antarctica and Patagonia

Lady share available
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Save $1,250 per person on a window suite cabin if booked before 05 May 2017
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.
The tour begins in Patagonia with a boat/coach crossing of the spectacular Andes Mountains, rushing rivers, waterfalls, lakes, forests and its impressive glaciers.
“If this is one destination you have on your list – this is the ideal time. It was high on my bucket list and the advice to me was go at this time of the year, I went and agree.”
                                               ‘Jim Murphy, Director and previous tour escort’

Itinerary

November 2017
Friday 10                                 Auckland – Buenos Aires
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Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand to arrive on the same day. Transfer to an airport hotel where a welcome dinner to meet fellow travellers is included

Saturday 11                            Buenos Aires – Santiago - Puerto Montt B D
Return to the airport for a morning flight to Puerto Montt. On arrival transfer to the nearby town of Puerto Varas on the shores of Lake Llanquihue.
Sunday 12                                 Puerto Varas B
A walking tour highlights the flower-lined streets and German architecture.

Monday 13                                         Puerto Varas – Bariloche (Argentina) B D
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 14                                         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 15                                   Bariloche – El Calafate B D
A morning flight to El Calafate and on arrival transfer to our hotel. Afternoon free to explore along the lake or rest.

Thursday 16                                       El Calafate (Perito Moreno Glacier) B L D
A full day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier. 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 17                                             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 ‘Hebridean Sky’ (formerly ‘Sea Explorer’). 
     

Saturday 18                                        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 ‘Hebridean Sky’.’ The Captain’s welcome dinner is tonight. After dinner, relax and take in the mountainous scenery on our evening sail down the Beagle Channel past Magellanic Penguin, Rock Cormorant, and Sea Lion colonies.

Sunday 19 / Monday 20                    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 21 – Saturday 25                 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, Emperor, Macaroni 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 Antarctica.

Sunday 26 – Monday 27                   Drake Passage – Ushuaia B L D
We 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. Farewell Dinner on-board.

Tuesday 28                                         UshuaiaBuenos Aires B D
Morning disembarkation of ‘Hebridean Sky’ and transfer for a flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to your hotel before an evening dinner and Tango show.
Wednesday 29                                   Buenos Aires - Auckland B
Today enjoy a half day city sights tour before an afternoon free for last minute shopping. Late check out from the hotel before your Air New Zealand flight back to Auckland.
Cross the International date line

Friday  01 December                          Arrive Auckland

Optional Extension available – three nights Iguassu Falls & one extra night at Buenos Aires.

Hebridean Sky

 ‘Hebridean Sky’ (formerly ‘Sea Explorer)
In the spring 2016 our ship, ‘Hebridean Sky’ underwent a ten million dollar refit, transforming her into the safest and most comfortable ship in her class. Formerly known as the ‘Sea Explorer’, she has always been known for her effortless elegance, impeccable service and atmosphere of charm and camaraderie.  ‘Hebridean Sky’ continues that tradition, while adding a host of new amenities as well as state-of-the-art stabilisation, fuel efficiency and upgraded communications systems. 
All suites and public spaces have been completely redecorated.  
’Hebridean Sky’ 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.
Hebridean Sky’ 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.
Dining
The single dining room located on Deck 2, 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.

Inclusions

  • Economy flights  Auckland – Buenos Aires - Santiago – Puerto Montt - Bariloche – Ushuaia – Buenos Aires / Auckland
  • Seven nights’ accommodation  pre-tour
  • Breakfast daily
  • Lunches and dinners as specified
  • Sightseeing at Puerto Varas, Bariloche, El Calafate, Ushuaia, Buenos Aires
  • Ten nights on board ‘Hebridean Sky’ in cabin of your choice
  • Train to Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • All meals on board ‘Hebridean Sky’
  • All excursions whilst on board ship
  • Drinks at dinner on board
  • Expedition polar jacket – to keep
  • Waterproof boots – on loan
  • Port fees
  • Pukekohe Travel escort – subject to 15 persons travelling
Exclusions
  • Travel Insurance – compulsory
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Meals not specified
  • Airport, airline & fuel surcharges (NZ$270)

Cost

Cost Per Person *twin share NZD

    Twin 
Porthole Suite   $20,885
Window Suite Was $22,760 NOW $20,760*
*Sales until 31 December 2016 subject to availability  
Upgrades
Premium Economy Auckland - Buenos Aires (Air New Zealand only)

$1,843
Business Class (Air New Zealand only) $7,141

 
Previous International Tour Client Discount   $100
*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee.  
*Price is subject to currency fluctuations, airline surcharges and utilising the flights on the tour.

 

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $2500 per person secures a place on the tour
  • Full payment is due no later than 15 august 2017

Cancellations and Refunds
  • From date of booking until 15 August  2017 – NZ$1250 cancellation fee
  • After 15 August 2017  – no refund
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)

General Information

Temperatures / Weather
Bariloche   Max 18˚c        Min 05˚c             Ushuaia Max 14˚c      Min 04˚c
Antarctic Peninsula – Coastal areas are generally close to freezing in December – February
Daylight Hours 17+

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 Finnes
Expedition Team

A team of 10 will be on board ‘Hebridean Sky.’ 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

Iguassu Falls extension

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30 November – 03 December 2017

November
Thursday 30                                       Buenos Aires – Iguazu  B
Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Iguazu. Arrive late afternoon and transfer to your hotel for a three night stay.
 
December
Friday 01    Iguazu   B
Today we explore the Iguazu National Park from the Argentinean side with a local guide. Taking advantage of various viewing points throughout the day you will see Iguazu Falls in its full splendour including the famous Garganta del Diablo ( Devils Throat).
 
 
Saturday 02   Iguazu   B
Another special day as we drive through Iguassu National Park towards the falls on the Brazilian side. Enjoy the walking path above the falls for magnificent close-up views. Iguassu is a great place for wildlife including Coatimundis (raccoon-like with a banded tail), large Tegu lizards, a variety of birds including the yellow-billed toucan and a variety of butterflies. Return to hotel.
 
 
Sunday 03                                          Iguazu – Buenos Aires – Auckland       B
A late morning flight to Buenos Aires to join a late evening Air New Zealand flight back to Auckland
  
Please ask if you wish to continue your stay in Argentina or South America
 
Inclusions
  • All transfers
  • Local English speaking guides
  • Three nights accommodation in Iguazu
  • National Park fees
  • Return economy airfares Buenos Aires – Iguazu
  • Meals as specified
 
Exclusions
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities to Hotel staff and guides
  • Travel Insurance – please ask us for a quote

Cost per person
Twin share                         $1,586
Single Supplement             +$495
 *This is  cash or cheque price.  Credit cards incur a 2% fee.
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline surcharges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment.

Booking Conditions
  • A deposit of $200 per person will secure a place on the tour
  • Full payment is due no later than 15 August 2017
 
Cancellations & Refunds
  • From the date of booking to 15 August 2017 – loss of deposit
  • After 15 August 2017 - no refund
  
Documentation
  • A current NZ  passport is required, valid for six months beyond the date of travel
  • All other passports please ask
 
 
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