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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 falls, saying “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 Buenos Aires
Our adventures in the Southern Hemisphere begin with an overnight flight to Buenos Aires.
Arrive 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.
Panoramic tour of Buenos Aires
Argentina’s capital is a heady mix of European inspiration and an undeniably Argentinean spirit. 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.
Fly to “the End of the World” and embark the m/s Midnatsol
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.
We’ll then transfer to the pier and embark our expedition vessel: the m/s Midnatsol. 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.
Cruise the Drake Passage toward Antarctica
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.
It wasn’t until 40 years later that this treacherous stretch of sea was 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.
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 cameras 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.
Every day in Antarctica includes a sailing component, and you’ll be able to see more of the continent’s landscape, as well as penguins or seals lounging on ice floes; mountains, glaciers, and other unique scenery; and icebergs in varying shapes and colors. Always have a camera ready!
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. 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 a spirit of adventure, you will enjoy the most rewarding of journeys.
Return 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.
Disembark in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires
We arrive in Ushuaia and disembark the m/s Midnatsol after breakfast, then transfer to the airport for our charter flight to Buenos Aires, where we enjoy one final night. After checking into your hotel, enjoy a night of culture savoring Argentinean churrasco and a fiery tango dinner show. When in Buenos Aires, after all!
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.
Discover “the sport of kings” before flying home
After breakfast, join a polo excursion to a local estancia (ranch), where we’ll learn about the sport’s history, savor lunch, and watch a polo demonstration before continuing to the airport.
If you choose to enjoy your final day at leisure, you’ll transfer to the airport this evening and board an overnight flight home.
After arriving in the U.S., 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.