Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, the South Shetland Islands, the Antarctic Peninsula, amazing wildlife, immense icebergs, penguin colonies, leopard seals, glaciers, and lecture programs.
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Explore the rugged, remote South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, home to some of the continent’s most dramatic landscapes and impressive wildlife. See huge penguin rookeries rubbing shoulders with seal colonies, while Orcas and whales ply the waters offshore. This trip is identical to our Antarctica Classic (XVCASX) expedition with the added inclusion of flights, transfers, tours and extra days in Buenos Aires.
Day 1 Arrive Buenos Aires Arrive in Buenos Aires at any time.
Day 2 Ushuaia (B) Fly south from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. (Your flight is included with the package). Free afternoon in the world’s southernmost city.
Day 3-5 Ushuaia / Tierra del Fuego National Park / the Drake Passage (3B,2L,3D) Take a morning tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park before boarding the expedition ship in the afternoon. Enjoy the sunset over the Beagle Channel as you head towards Cape Horn. Head across the 400 mile Drake Passage. The M/S Expedition is at home in this part of the Southern Ocean. Attend daily lectures from your expedition team, and keep an eye out for the first sightings of icebergs, whales, and albatross following in the ship's wake.
Day 6-9 The Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands (4B,4L,4D) Set foot on the Antarctic continent and experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing and inspiring scenery in the world. Attempt two shore landings per day (weather conditions permitting), and encounter Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries, Weddell, Crabeater and Leopard seals, and Orca, Humpback and Minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. The Peninsula also has a remarkable human history. Learn about some of the most important and dramatic expeditions to this remote corner of the world.
Day 10-11 The Drake Passage (2B,2L,2D) Begin the journey north back to Ushuaia. Enjoy delectable meals and reflect on our memorable adventure during our final two days at sea. Review the highlights of our Antarctic experience with our lecturers and staff. Keep your eyes open on the observation deck for some final whale sightings.
Day 12 Ushuaia / Buenos Aires (B) Disembark after breakfast and transfer by bus to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. (Flight is included in the package).
Day 13 Buenos Aires (B,D) Today is free to explore Buenos Aires, known as the Paris of the Americas. Wander the plazas and museums or sit at a local cafe and reminisce about your Antarctic experience. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner and traditional Tango show.
Day 14 Depart Buenos Aires
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