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’
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
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.
A walking tour highlights the flower-lined streets and German architecture.
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.
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.
A morning flight to El Calafate and on arrival transfer to our hotel. Afternoon free to explore along the lake or rest.
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.
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’).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Morning disembarkation of ‘Hebridean Sky’ and transfer for a flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to your hotel before an evening dinner and Tango show.
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
Optional Extension available – three nights Iguassu Falls & one extra night at Buenos Aires.
Cost Per Person* Twin share NZD
|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.
Cancellations and Refunds
Temperatures / Weather
• 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
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
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* Itinerary subject to change