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.
Frequent zodiac shore excursions give you the opportunity to step ashore onto the Antarctica Peninsula.
Seals, penguins, albatross, sea lions, gulls, skuas and possibly Orca whales await.
Enjoy two nights in Buenos Aires before flying to El Calafate in the heart of Patagonia, with a full day excursion to the 60m high Perito Moreno Glacier, surrounded by mountains, rushing rivers, waterfalls and lakes.
Ushuaia, the world’s southern-most city is where we board ‘Sea Spirit’ for our voyage to Antarctica.
“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’
Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand to arrive on the same day. Transfer to a centrally-located hotel where a welcome dinner is included.
Our city tour highlights the best of Argentina’s capital including the glamorous neighbourhoods of Recoleta and its famous cemetery, May Square, the Pink House, Metropolitan Cathedral and the Puerto Madero area. Also included are the first settlements of the city, former residences of aristocracy and the colourful La Boca area.
Remainder of day free before a dinner and Tango show which includes 32 artists, two tango orchestras, a folk music group, singers and dancers.
Transfer to the airport for flight to Calafate located near the Southern Patagonian Icefield. On arrival, transfer to the hotel located on the shores of Argentino Lake. Remainder of day free.
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 El Calafate to the National Park with trees, lush vegetation and mountains.
Soak up the ambience with lunch in the national park before returning to El Calafate.
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 ‘M/V Sea Spirit’.
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.
Enjoy a morning tour of the world’s most southern city surrounded by mountains and the Beagle Channel. The Museo del Presidio is a must-see along with the old prison.
Mid-afternoon transfer to ‘Sea Spirit.’ 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.
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.
Later cross the boundary between the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.
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 by Zodiac 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.
Ease gently into Paradise Bay with its glacial mountains and towering icebergs and the famous Lemaire Channel with its mountainous narrow channel and reflections.
Opportunities to step ashore are numerous – be guided by experts in their fields and experience the wilderness of Antarctica.
“I am really here?”
We continue our presentation series and wildlife spotting as we sail back across Drake Passage to Ushuaia with time to reflect on the beautiful Antarctica and its fragile future. Farewell Dinner on-board.
Morning disembarkation of ‘Sea Spirit’ and depart on flight to Buenos Aires. Arrive late afternoon and transfer to your hotel.
Today enjoy a relaxing morning before a farewell luncheon in the country side at an Argentinian Ranch. Returning to Buenos Aires late afternoon.
Today enjoy a free day. Late check out from the hotel before your Air New Zealand flight back to Auckland.
Cross the International dateline
Optional Extension available – three nights Iguassu Falls & one extra night at Buenos Aires.
“Glittering white, shining blue, raven black – in the light of the sun, the land looks like a fairy-tale” – Roald Amundsen (Antarctic explorer)
Economy flights Auckland - Buenos Aires / Buenos Aires – El Calafate / El Calafate – Ushuaia / Ushuaia – Buenos Aires / Buenos Aires - Auckland
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Twin Share||Single Supplement|
|Main Deck Suite||
|Business Class Upgrade||+$2,453|
|Premium Economy Class Upgrade Auckland - Buenos Aires (Air NZ Only)||+$6,505|
|Early booking discount (book before 20 November 2018)||$1,500 per person|
|Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount||
*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.
Temperatures / Weather
Buenos Aries 25˚c 17˚c
El Calafate 16 ˚c 6 ˚c
Ushuaia 14˚c 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.
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
Walking tours are an important part of the itinerary and a good standard of health is required with the ability to walk on uneven surfaces and negotiate stairs
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* Itinerary subject to change