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Expedition Antarctica: Glaciers, History, and Wildlife on the White Continent - 2020

Buenos Aires • 10-night expedition cruise to Antarctica • Ushuaia
  • SET SAIL ON THE MS NANSEN, A HYBRID-POWERED EXPEDITION VESSEL WITH LUXURY AMENITIES AND ONBOARD EXPEDITION TEAM
  • SURROUND YOURSELF WITH GENTOO, CHINSTRAP, AND ADELIE PENGUIN SPECIES ON THE WHITE CONTINENT
  • SET OFF ON DAILY WILDLIFE EXPEDITIONS AND SHORE EXCURSIONS FILLED WITH POLAR ANIMALS AND PANORAMAS
  • CROSS THE BEAGLE CHANNEL, AN EXPEDITIONARY RITE OF PASSAGE AS YOU CLOSE IN ON ANTARCTICA
  • WITNESS THE REMOTE BEAUTY OF POLAR LANDSCAPES AND SCENIC HARBORS AS YOU MAKE LANDFALL ON THE 7TH CONTINENT
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Travelers long enthralled by Antarctica’s splendor, look no further. This 14-day expedition from Buenos Aires will deliver you to the doorstep of the wondrous White Continent, where an expansive five days of Antarctic exploration will offer daily opportunities to come face-to-face with polar wildlife, icy panoramas, international research bases, and gossamer glaciers on an exhilarating series of expeditions that few will ever experience. Each day in Antarctica offers a new location to explore, and you’ll set out on Zodiac boats alongside a knowledgeable Hurtigruten Expedition Leader who will ensure total immersion in the history, wilderness, and remote landscapes of this icy outpost where nature reigns supreme. In addition to mucking around Antarctica’s frozen shores, hobnobbing with adorable penguins that are just as curious about you, and trekking across grand glacial landscapes where icebergs lazily drift by and the horizon looks limitless, you may also embark on additional excursions including kayaking, snowshoe hikes, and even camping on the Antarctic tundra in a truly once-in-a-lifetime endeavor (if conditions allow!). Bring your camera and GoPro for sightings of this continent's 46 bird and 23 mammal species, including whales, penguins, seals, and albatrosses, which signal good expeditionary luck. Sultry Buenos Aires bookends this adventure, and you’ll revel in two full days discovering this lively city’s European architecture, cuisine, and culture.

You’ll make your expeditionary home aboard the m/s Fridtjof Nansen, the latest high-tech addition to the Hurtigruten fleet. This revolutionary hybrid expedition vessel merges state-of-the-art features with undeniable luxury, including sleek Scandinavian design with natural materials, outside cabins, hot tubs, and infinity pools. You’ll savor fresh, international cuisine inside three onboard restaurants and foster a deeper understanding of your Antarctic ports of call with visually-stimulating lectures and other activities inside the Nansen Science Center, staffed by handpicked experts in subjects ranging from biology, oceanography, photography, and more. Begin your adventure with an optional pre-trip extension to discover the beauty and breathtaking power of Iguassu Falls — the perfect segue into this unforgettable Antarctic quest.

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DAY 1:

Fly to Argentina

Your Antarctic adventures begin today when you board an overnight flight to Buenos Aires.

DAY 2:

Buenos Aires arrival

Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, take some time to rest and familiarize yourself with your surroundings before joining your Expedition Leader for a Welcome Briefing and Dinner at the hotel this evening.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Touring romantic, European-tinged Buenos Aires

After breakfast at the hotel, set off on an exploration of Buenos Aires, the romantic and whimsical home of the tango. Some highlights include the Plaza de Mayo, the city’s historic main square; the caminito, or “little path” — a street museum and alley in the La Boca neighborhood; and the fashionable Recoleta neighborhood, full of stately manors and sprawling green spaces. Here, you’ll also discover the renowned La Recoleta Cemetery, where Eva Perón and other luminaries are interred. Enjoy an evening at leisure, with dinner on your own. In a country known for its meat, perhaps you’ll dine in one of Buenos Aires’ many churrasquerías.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Fly to Ushuaia and embark the m/s Fridtjof Nansen

Board a charter flight to Ushuaia after breakfast this morning. Our destination is the world’s southernmost city and, after we arrive, we’ll take a walk around this unique place to soak in the local character before embarking the m/s Fridtjof Nansen. Tonight, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Cocktail prior to our first dinner on board.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAYS 5-6:

Cruising the Drake Passage toward Antarctica

We’ll begin our journey south, beginning with two days cruising through the fabled Drake Passage. This legendary 600-mile-wide bottleneck was discovered — and named for — Sir Francis Drake, and has both enchanted and enraged explorers and sailors throughout the centuries. Known as the world’s most unforgettable sea crossing, the Drake sometimes brings lashing waves and an exhilarating rollercoaster experience (depending on the weather and ice, of course)!

Take this time to relax aboard the luxurious m/s Nansen. Step inside the high-tech Nansen Science Center and enjoy an illuminating lecture program offered by the enthusiastic and knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team, a handpicked staff of biologists, photographers, historians, and other experts. Their visually-stimulating talks on everything from historical explorers to marine biology, wildlife to climate change, will give you a well-rounded understanding of Antarctica — where we’ll soon be!

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 7:

Cross Antarctica off your bucket list when you step foot on the fabled White Continent

Prepare for true wonderment today as you step ashore the White Continent and begin the first in a series of shore and wildlife expeditions. Almost everything in Antarctica is dictated by weather, wind, and ice, so landing sites will be determined daily, and may shift with the elements. Our Expedition Team will aid our discoveries every step of the way, contextualizing our understanding of this stark landscape, its history and wildlife, and suggesting expeditions.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAYS 8-11:

Spend four days exploring Antarctica’s inimitable wildlife and nature

Unforgettable Moment: Antarctic weather is very local, so conditions in one destination may not be the same as another. So, where conditions allow, we’ll venture ashore on naturalist-led expeditions by versatile Zodiac boats to explore a bevy of landing sites. These destinations may include:

Cuverville Island: This rocky island is almost fully covered in a permanent ice cap and is home to more than 6,000 delightful gentoo penguins, floating icebergs, and scenery galore.

Half Moon Island: A refuge for chinstrap penguins and a variety of seals, the island also features great glacier views of nearby Livingstone Island.

Neko Harbor: A glacial haven for minke and humpback whales, as well as gentoo penguins, skuas, and kelp gulls, Neko also boasts terrific views from atop the glacier.

Deception Island: This former whaling outpost is now home to several research bases — as well as an active caldera. (In fact, Antarctica’s ice covers as many as 91 other volcanoes!)

Petermann Island: A breeding colony for more than 3,000 gentoo penguins, Petermann is a small, rugged island with rocky beaches and a permanent ice cap that covers more than half of the land.

Wilhelmina Bay: Colloquially known as “Whale-mina Bay,” Wilhelmina is the place for onshore humpback whale watching, thanks to the plankton-rich waters here. Explorers have seen up to 300 whales here at once, so keep your cameras at the ready!

Remember, daily life in Antarctica is determined by the elements, and we’ll adjust our landings as our adventure progresses.

Included Meals:

4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners

DAYS 12-13:

Recrossing the Drake Passage

Day 12 will be a bittersweet one, as we trek back north toward Ushuaia during another two-day Drake Passage crossing. Relax and enjoy the onboard cuisine, seek out the Nansen’s luxurious amenities — including the gym, wellness center, hot tubs, and pools — and take in some more enlightening lectures in preparation for your return trip through Buenos Aires.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 14:

Disembark in Ushuaia for a flight to Buenos Aires

After a final breakfast on board, we’ll disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for a short flight to Buenos Aires. After checking into your hotel, enjoy an evening at leisure with dinner included at the hotel — or, enjoy a night of culture on the town with an optional fiery tango dinner show. When in Buenos Aires, after all!

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
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 15:

Discover “the sport of kings” before flying home

After breakfast, join an optional polo excursion to a local estancia (ranch), where we’ll learn about the sport’s history and popularity in Argentina, savor lunch, and even 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.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
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 and 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.

    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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