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Prior to your Antarctica polar exploration, why not cross another incredible natural wonder off your bucket list? Travel to spectacular Iguassu Falls National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of 275 thundering falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina. Second in size only to Victoria Falls, this series of cataracts once prompted Eleanor Roosevelt to take pity on her country’s most famous cascades, announcing “Poor Niagara!” as she gazed upon mighty Iguassu. The falls are all impressive, but the most spectacular is the Devil’s Throat, the 2,300-foot-long spectacle that separates Argentina and Brazil.
Fly overnight to Argentina
Dive below the equator today with an overnight flight to Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires arrival
Upon arrival on Day 2, take the remainder of the day to explore Buenos Aires independently. We’ll reconvene this evening for a Welcome Briefing and Welcome Dinner at the hotel.
Inside Buenos Aires barrios
Experience a heady mix of European influence and brilliant Latin American flair on a panoramic tour of some of Buenos Aires’ most interesting barrios (neighborhoods). Unforgettable Moment: Explore the grand buildings along Avenida 9 de Julio, the world’s widest avenue, which extends all the way to the Chilean border. You’ll also venture into the San Telmo district, the city’s oldest barrio lined with colonial homes and cobbled roads, as well as the European-flavored La Boca district, home to La Bombonera football (soccer) stadium and the Caminito, an enclave of Crayola-fied households. And no visit to Buenos Aires is complete without a journey inside fashionable Recoleta, dotted with boutiques, leafy streets, and opulent mansions. After lunch on your own, enjoy an afternoon at leisure.
Fly to the “end of the world” and embark the ms Midnatsol
This morning we’ll board a flight to the “city at the end of the world,” otherwise known as Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city. Ringed by the Martial Mountain and situated on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, Ushuaia is a bustling port town and adventure hub for hiking, skiing, and sailing, as we’ll soon discover. Enjoy free time to wander and seek lunch independently before transferring to the pier and embarking the ms Midnatsol. We’ll attend a safety briefing and meet the ship’s captain, officers, and staff before enjoying a Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and our first dinner onboard.
Mark a travel milestone crossing the Drake Passage
Unforgettable Moment: Over the next two days you’ll get a prelude to our adventure on the Drake Passage, the sometimes peaceful, sometimes treacherous waterway connecting the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans. Named after Sir Francis Drake, this is a stretch steeped in history and legend, and a true travel milestone as we make our way toward Antarctica. A series of onboard lectures will keep us occupied during our crossing, preparing us to make the most out of our imminent polar explorations.
Step foot on Earth’s last great wilderness
Speechless. This is how most travelers feel when they first make landfall on the vast white wilderness of Antarctica, feeling the crisp air and the staggering isolation of this region. And while this continent houses no permanent human inhabitants, we’ll soon see that Antarctica is instead home to millions of adorable and curious penguins, as well as an astonishing array of other unique species.
The Antarctica of today is totally dedicated to scientific research, and we’ll spend the next few days exploring its glacier-covered isles, craggy landing sites, and rugged channels while adding our own explorations to this rich heritage of discovery. We’ll keep our camera ready as our maneuverable expedition vessel wends its way through this pristine white wonderland. As we cruise, more onboard lectures will guide our thrilling onshore excursions.
Scenic Sailing: Every day in Antarctica includes a sailing component, and you’ll be able to see more of the continent’s unique landscape, as well as penguins or seals lounging on ice floes; mountains, glaciers, and other unique scenery; icebergs and ice floes with varying shapes and colors. Have a camera ready at all times!
Spend the next 5 days exploring otherworldly Antarctica
We’ll spend the next five days soaking up Antarctica’s gossamer blue icebergs, snowy mountain ranges, and vast wildlife. Ice, wind, and weather dictate life in Antarctica, just as they dictate our route and our landings, so we’ll determine our landings accordingly as our adventure progresses. Unforgettable Moment: Where conditions allow, we’ll venture ashore on naturalist-led wildlife expeditions in versatile landing crafts to explore sites including Cuverville Island, Half Moon Island, Neko Harbor, and Deception Island. Each landing site will be different, yet holds the same sense of wonder and dumbfounding beauty — Antarctica truly is an unforgettable experience and a terrain like no other. Your team of onboard naturalists will accompany each landing to guide your explorations and answer any questions about animals, glaciers, geology, and more.
Retracing our steps on the Drake Passage
After an unforgettable week of exploration, we’ll 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 farewell.
Disembark in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires
We’lll arrive in Ushuaia and disembark the ms Midnatsol after breakfast, boarding a charter flight to Buenos Aires to cap off our adventure. Spend the evening at leisure in the city, perhaps exploring the Plaza de Mayo and enjoying dinner in one of the city’s world famous churrasquerías, or join our optional tour for a fabulous, fiery tango show and included dinner.
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 in ballroom tango generally steers 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.
A final day at leisure in Buenos Aires before flying home
Make the most of your final day in Buenos Aires with an optional polo excursion at an estancia (ranch), where we’ll learn about the sport’s rich history and watch a thrilling demonstration before continuing to the airport. Alternately, enjoy a final day at leisure and transfer to the airport this evening for your overnight flight back to the U.S.
After arriving in the U.S. and clearing U.S. Immigration and Customs, connect to a flight to your home airport.
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.