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Antarctica & Patagonia

Antarctica cruise

The frequent zodiac shore excursions will give you the opportnity 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’

Your travel itinerary

Friday 10 November

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 November

Buenos Aires – Santiago - Puerto Montt

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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 November

Puerto Varas

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A walking tour highlights the flower-lined streets and German architecture.

Monday 13 November

Puerto Varas – Bariloche (Argentina)

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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 November

Bariloche

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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 November

Bariloche – El Calafate

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A morning flight to El Calafate and on arrival transfer to our hotel. Afternoon free to explore along the lake or rest.

Thursday 16 November

El Calafate (Perito Moreno Glacier)

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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 November

El Calafate – Ushuaia

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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 November

Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego National Park)

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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 November

Drake Passage

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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.

Monday 20 November

At Sea

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Tuesday 21 November

Antarctica

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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.

Wednesday 22 November

Antarctica

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Thursday 23 November

Antarctica

Friday 24 November

Antarctica

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Saturday 25 November

Antarctica

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Sunday 26 November

Drake Passage – Ushuaia

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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 November

Ushuaia – Buenos Aires

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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 November

Buenos Aires - Auckland

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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

Auckland

Arrive Auckland

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

 

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

Cost

Cost Per Person* Twin share NZD

 

Twin

Single

Porthole Suite $20,885 POA
Window Suite $22,760 POA
     
Premium Economy Upgrade  $1,843
Business Class Upgrade $7,141
   
Auckland - Buenos Aires - Auckland (Air New Zealand only)   
 
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.

Exclusions

  • Travel Insurance – compulsory
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Meals not specified
  • Airport, airline & fuel surcharges (NZ$270)

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.

General Information

Temperatures / Weather

 

Max

Min

Bariloche

18˚c

05˚c

Ushuaia

14˚c

04˚c

 NB: “There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing” – Ranulph Finnes

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

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


Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change

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