Antarctica: Penguins, Icebergs & Polar Exploration - 2019

Buenos Aires • Antarctica • Ushuaia
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Join us on a fascinating small group journey that explores a completely different kind of exotic destination. This timeless Antarctic polar exploration begins in Buenos Aires, the city of tango and the ideal spot to whet your appetite for adventure. You’ll fly next to the world's southernmost city, Ushuaia, to embark your small ship — a remarkable hybrid vessel sure to transform your experiences at sea. Then, just on the other side of historic Drake Passage, a white wonderland of unspoiled nature awaits: the White Continent. 

This classic polar adventure will feel fresh to even the most seasoned of travelers the moment you step on the brand-new hybrid ms Fridtjof Nansen. This state-of-the-art vessel is designed to bring you to the most spectacular destinations in a way that is not only beneficial to the environment, but also delivers luxury in an unimaginable way. Imagine relaxing in a hot tub on the top deck as you sail silently along the shimmering ice banks of Antarctica, the thrill of these otherworldly vistas uninterrupted by the normal sounds of machinery . . . Cruising aboard this unique ship will be an experience truly unlike any other. Combine Hurtigruten's state-of-the-art hybrid vessel with our unbeatable value and collection of included features, and you've got the ultimate exploration of the Southern Hemisphere.

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DAY 1:

Fly overnight to Buenos Aires

Our adventures in the Southern Hemisphere begin with an overnight flight to Buenos Aires.

DAY 2:

Arrival in Argentina

Upon arrival on Day 2, we have the remainder of the day to explore independently. We'll reconvene after for a Welcome Briefing and Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

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DAY 3:

Panoramic tour of vivacious Buenos Aires

Argentina’s capital is a heady mix of European inspiration and an undeniably Argentinean spirit. Unforgettable Moment: Today we set out on a panoramic city tour that takes us past the grand buildings along broad Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world; the San Telmo district, the city’s oldest barrio, lined with beautiful colonial buildings; and the European-flavored La Boca district, full of colorful homes. We also visit the fashionable Recoleta district, dotted with boutiques in historic beautiful buildings. After lunch on your own, the afternoon is at leisure.

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DAY 4:

Fly to “the End of the World” and embark the ms Fridtjof Nansen

We fly to Ushuaia this morning, the world’s southernmost city otherwise known as the “city at the end of the world.” It’s been a naval base, a missionary hub, and a penal colony, but today it is an epicenter of adventure travel in one of the world’s most fascinating regions. There will be time to wander here and have lunch independently.

Then, we transfer to the pier and embark our brand new, state-of-the-art hybrid vessel: the ms Fridtjof Nansen. Attend a safety briefing and be welcomed on board by the ship's captain, officers, and staff. Afterward, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and our first dinner on board.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAYS 5-6:

Cruising the Drake Passage toward Antarctica

Unforgettable Moment: For the next two days, our Antarctica cruise sails south via the Drake Passage, the ocean waterway that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans between the southern tip of South America and the Antarctic Peninsula. The passage is named for Sir Francis Drake, an English sailor who discovered the link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Yet it wasn’t until 40 years later that this treacherous stretch of sea was actually crossed by a Dutch navigator named Willem Schouten. The Drake Passage is steeped in history and filled with legendary stories, as we discover during a series of onboard lectures that you can attend during our crossing. Our presentation also prepares you to make the most out of the unique experience of exploring Antarctica.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 7:

Step foot on the last great wilderness on Earth: Antarctica

The last great wilderness left on Earth with no permanent human inhabitants, the continent is dedicated to scientific research and peaceful cooperation. Simple words cannot convey the feeling of being here, with its crisp air, towering icebergs, and endless white mountain ranges. We spend the next several days cruising channels and passageways surrounded by the Antarctic Peninsula's rugged, glacier-covered islands and craggy land masses.

Antarctica is also home to millions of penguins, as well as an astonishing array of other unique species. We’ll keep our camera ready as our maneuverable small ship wends its way amidst a pristine white wonderland. As we cruise, we enjoy a rewarding balance of onboard lectures that enlighten the mind and onshore excursions that thrill and invigorate. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAYS 8-12:

Spend the next 5 days exploring otherworldly Antarctica

The next few days are spent taking in Antarctica’s white-blue icebergs; towering walls of ice; snowy mountain ranges; and amazing land and sea life. This is a stark landscape of heady, breathtaking terrain and a travel experience unlike any other.

Ice, wind and weather dictate life in Antarctica, just as they dictate our route and our landings. As such, we determine our landings as our adventure progresses. Unforgettable Moment: Where conditions allow, we go ashore on naturalist-led expeditions by versatile landing crafts to explore such sites as Cuverville Island, Half Moon Island, Neko Harbor, and Deception Island to better experience the otherworldly wildlife and landscapes found here. One thing is certain: no matter which of these magnificent spots we explore, your team of onboard naturalists will help you view the nature and beauty of Antarctica as never before. With an open mind and spirit of adventure, you will enjoy the most rewarding of journeys.

Included Meals:

5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners

DAYS 13-14:

Heading back north through the Drake Passage

After an unforgettable week of exploration, we leave the White Continent in our wake with a lifetime's worth of memories and encounters with nature. Heading northward toward South America, our route again goes through the Drake Passage, bound for Ushuaia. Additional onboard lectures by regional experts wrap up our adventure and provide additional insight into the natural and astonishing world we're bidding adieu.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 15:

Disembark in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires

We arrive in Ushuaia and disembark the ms Fridtjof Nansen after breakfast, then transfer to the airport for our charter flight to Buenos Aires, where we enjoy one final night at leisure. Spend the evening making discoveries on your own, or join an optional tango show that includes dinner.

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Optional Tour: Tango Argentina Evening

Tango Argentina Evening

  • Approximate Cost: $119 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 5 hours
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • When: Evening — Includes Dinner & Show

Argentina is the birthplace of tango, and a visit to Buenos Aires without seeing an authentic tango show would be unforgivable. The rich sounds and warm atmosphere will charm you as you enjoy an included meal and one of the most popular tango shows in Buenos Aires.

The tango and dinner show takes place in one of the most traditional clubs of Buenos Aires: El Viejo Almacen (“the old general good store”). In contrast to other more touristy tango-houses, here you’ll see the tango being danced in its purest form. International tango and ballroom tango generally steer towards a more showy and overstated style, going for the effect and not the form. The style of tango you’ll see here is how porteños (“port people”) dance the tango — the way the Argentine experts are dancing it today. 

DAY 16:

A final day at leisure in Buenos Aires before your flight home

After breakfast, you can choose to join an optional polo excursion at an estancia (ranch), where we’ll learn about the sport’s rich history during and watch an exhibition before continuing to the airport. If you choose to enjoy your final day at leisure, you will transfer to the airport this evening and board an overnight flight to the U.S.

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Optional Tour: Polo Experience

Polo Experience

  • Approximate Cost: $199 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 6 hours
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • When: Afternoon tour
During your time in a country well known for its champion athletes and rich sports culture, it’s only fitting that you enjoy an illumination introduction to one of Argentina’s most beloved sports: polo. We’ll delve into the sport’s rich history and traditions as we head to a renowned polo estancia (ranch). We’ll learn about the specifics of the sport and horses, as well as witness some impressive horsemanship during a private exhibition — the best way to be introduced to the game. We’ll also enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch and a sampling of traditional mate tea at the ranch before continuing to the airport.

Please note: On the Patagonia & Antarctica: From Urban Adventures to Polar Wilderness adventure, this optional tour is only available for passengers on the base tour. Passengers taking the post-trip extension to Iguassu Falls will not be able to book this tour.

DAY 17:

Arrive home

After arriving in the U.S. and clearing U.S. Immigration and Customs, connect to a flight to your home airport.

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Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.

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