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Final Frontiers: Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands Expedition - 2022

Buenos Aires • 20-night expedition cruise with Ushuaia, Drake Passage, 5 days in Antarctica, Grytviken, South Georgia, Port Stanley, West Falkland • Buenos Aires
  • CRUISE ON THE OCEAN EXPLORER, AN AGILE AND STATE-OF-THE-ART EXPEDITION VESSEL THAT CAN NAVIGATE TO PLACES LARGER SHIPS CAN’T
  • REVEL IN FIVE FULL DAYS OF ANTARCTIC EXPLORATION, INCLUDING DAILY ZODIAC EXPEDITIONS TO VARIOUS LANDING SITES
  • GREET PENGUINS AT ALMOST EVERY ANTARCTIC LANDING SITE — THESE CUTIES ARE JUST AS CURIOUS ABOUT HUMANS AS WE ARE OF THEM!
  • YOU’LL BE AWESTRUCK BY THE SIZE, SHAPES, AND HUES OF ANTARCTICA’S MAMMOTH ICEBERGS
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Travelers long enthralled by Antarctica’s splendor, look no further. This elating expedition will deliver you to the doorstep of the wondrous White Continent, where an expansive five days of exploration will offer daily opportunities to come face-to-face with polar wildlife, icy panoramas, and gossamer glaciers. Come aboard the Ocean Explorer for an exhilarating series of expeditions that few will ever get to experience.

Each day in Antarctica offers a new location to explore. You’ll set out on Zodiac boats alongside a knowledgeable Expedition Leader who will ensure total immersion in the history, wilderness, and remote landscapes of this icy outpost where nature reigns supreme. Sultry Buenos Aires bookends this adventure and you'll revel in discovering this lively city’s European architecture, cuisine, and culture — including the legendary tango.

Make your expeditionary home aboard the 5-star Ocean Explorer, Vantage’s first-ever small ship expedition vessel. Equipped with the latest satellite and navigation capabilities, as well as revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW® technology for smoother polar sailing, this ship offers the best of the best. While at sea, relish gourmet cuisine and deluxe amenities, such as taking a dip in the hot tub, getting in a workout at the fitness center, or pampering yourself at the salon. Read up on your destinations in the library, stargaze on the observation deck, or simply relax with a cocktail as one of a kind landscapes drift by. Experts in biology, oceanography, photography, and more will hold visually stimulating lectures, helping you foster a deeper understanding of your Antarctic ports of call.

Make the most of your southern trip by joining the optional pre- and post-extensions to Iguassu Falls and Chilean Wine Country. This is sure to be one unforgettable journey!

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DAY 1:

Depart home and fly overnight to Buenos Aires

Your expedition begins! Today you’ll fly overnight from the U.S. to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Buenos Aires

Welcome to Argentina! If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, upon arrival a Vantage representative will meet you and arrange transfer to your centrally located hotel. Settle in and enjoy a brief orientation walk in the historic center near your hotel. This evening, please join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

No visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without a little taste of the tango, so we have arranged for a pair of professional tango dancers to give a demonstration of Argentina’s most passionate dance. The tango is considered so intrinsic to the national character of Argentina and Uruguay, that UNESCO has designated it as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.

Included Excursions:

  • Afternoon orientation walk of Buenos Aires
  • Professional tango dancers presentation

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Discover the best of Buenos Aires

On today’s city tour you’ll discover why Buenos Aires is considered one of the most sophisticated cities in the world. Wide boulevards reminiscent of Paris . . . opulent neobaroque, neoclassical and art nouveau architecture . . . and elegant shops and sidewalk cafés filled with fashionable patrons. You’ll see the Plaza de Mayo, the central square that is flanked by the neoclassical Catedral Metropolitana, the church home of Pope Francis; the Cabildo, which housed the town council during the colonial era; and the Casa Rosada or “Pink” House, the presidential mansion. If it seems familiar, that’s because in the 1950s, Eva Perón (“Evita”) would address the adoring crowds from its oft-photographed balcony. You’ll also see the colorful La Boca, the old Genoese neighborhood with its vividly painted houses. Passing Caminito, the famous tango street, you’ll see some of the famous milongas or tango salons, and perhaps some dancers on the street going through their paces.

The balance of your day is free. Your Vantage City Host will be happy to assist with tips, directions, and making reservations. 

Included Excursion:

  • Half-day city tour of Buenos Aires

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 4:

Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia and embark the Ocean Explorer

After breakfast, you’ll board a charter flight to Ushuaia where you’ll embark the Ocean Explorer. You’ll attend an informative port talk late this afternoon; then, gather with your fellow travelers for your first dinner onboard as the Ocean Explorer sets off tonight.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAYS 5-6:

Cruising the Drake Passage

This legendary body of water connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, stretching for about 600 miles from the tip of South America to Antarctica. Though it is the most direct route between the continents, it can also have some of the planet’s most turbulent seas. You never know whether your crossing will be a “Drake Shake” (rough journey), or a “Drake Lake” (calm sailing). Either way, it is quite literally a “rite of passage” for all Antarctic explorers and your onboard expedition team will keep your spirits up with some fun and fascinating activities, plus whale watching and birdwatching from the deck.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAYS 7-11:

Spend five unforgettable days in Antarctica, the “White Continent”

Prepare to witness the most unspoiled, sublime terrain on Earth — and to cross another continent off your bucket list. Antarctica is the coldest, windiest and driest continent, containing 90 percent of all of the ice on Earth. Nonetheless, it is classified as a desert because so little moisture falls from the sky. Believe it or not, the Sahara desert gets twice as much rain each year!

You will be exploring here during the austral summer, the most temperate time of year. But because conditions vary from place to place, our captain will adjust our landings as the adventure progresses. You’ll set foot on the South Shetlands as well as the Antarctic Peninsula, venturing ashore every day for naturalist-led expeditions via our versatile Zodiac boats. Wherever our explorations lead us, you can look forward to encountering penguin refuges, floating icebergs, paradisiacal bays and quiet, wildlife-rich sounds, international research bases, and even an active caldera!

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

Included Features:

  • Daily Antarctic expeditions, weather depending
  • Daily cruising around Antarctica, weather depending

Scenic Sailing:
  • 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. Have a camera ready at all times!

Included Meals:

5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners

DAYS 12-13:

Cruising the South Atlantic

Enjoy two relaxing days on board your 5-star expedition ship as you head to South Georgia. Each day, your expedition team will be conducting different presentations on topics relevant to your destinations — history, geology, astronomy, ornithology, marine biology, and more.

You’ll also want to join the expedition team on deck for birdwatching, perhaps spotting fulmar, petrel, or even a wandering albatross, with its eleven-foot wingspan. Keep your eyes peeled for marine life — these waters frequently host southern right whales.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAYS 14-16:

Exploring South Georgia Island

You’ll have three days to explore the unique history and natural splendor of South Georgia, whose biodiversity is so rich it is known as the “Serengeti of the Southern Ocean.” Although South Georgia is within the Antarctic ecosystem, it is outside the limit of sea ice. As a result, tens of thousands of breeding penguins, seals, and seabirds may be seen here.

During your stay, your expedition team will lead various excursions by Zodiac landing craft and on foot, taking you to observe fascinating wildlife and to admire the unspoiled scenery of hanging glaciers, cliffs, and scenic lagoons. South Georgia is home to over half of the world's enormous southern elephant seals, the largest of all seals. Keep an eye out for newly birthed southern elephant seal pups alongside their mothers, plus a huge colony of king penguins and wandering albatrosses in their nesting grounds. 

You will also visit the South Georgia Museum, a whaling museum that also details the island’s maritime and natural history, as well as the 1982 Falklands War. Also featured are the Norwegian seaman’s church, former whaling stations, and the grave of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in Grytviken. Weather permitting, you might hike over part of the trail that Shackleton followed on his brave journey across rugged mountains to find help for his men.

Included Excursions:

  • Daily expeditions in South Georgia
  • Visit to the South Georgia Museum

Included Meals:

3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

DAYS 17-18:

Two days at sea to enjoy the Ocean Explorer

On the way to the Falkland Islands, you’ll spend two more days at sea cruising through the South Atlantic to your destination. Take advantage of your ship’s amenities to refresh and restore yourself, perhaps visiting the sauna or enjoying a soothing massage in the spa. Looking for photo tips? Check the schedule (posted on your onboard interactive system) for the next photography workshop.

Included Meals:

2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

DAY 19:

East Falkland Island, a bit of Britain in the Southern Hemisphere

Today you’ll arrive on East Falkland and visit the capital, Port Stanley. With a population of about 2,100, Port Stanley is home to nearly two thirds of the Falklands’ residents. It will be the focus of today’s discovery.

Given the quaint pubs, red phone booths, and fish and chips shops, you’d think you are in rural England, except for the occasional Argentinean shop or Spanish word. One Spanish word you’ll hear often is “camp,” derived from the Spanish campo meaning countryside. Here, the Falklanders say "camp" to refer to all the land outside Stanley. Your city tour showcases some of this tiny city’s main attractions, including the Victory Green, where a mizzen mast from the SS Great Britain is displayed; the Government House; the Town Hall, which also serves as a post office, court of law, and dance hall; and the Christ Church Cathedral, the southernmost Anglican church in the world. Nearby, there is a decorative arch made of whale bones.

Included Excursion:

  • City tour of Port Stanley

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 20:

Unspoiled beauty on West Falkland Island

Where we make landfall today is entirely based on local conditions. As your ship approaches West Falkland Island, you may pass the pristine sandy beaches or sheer cliffs that are home to some of the island’s 63 avian species, such as Cobb’s wren, Falkland skua, king cormorants, ground tyrant, pipit, thrush, and more. More than a million penguins call the Falklands home, often nesting in the green tussock grass burrows.

During your visit, you might join an excursion to see penguins. Your expedition leader will help you try to spot the five main types: waddling gentoo penguins, with their orange beaks; king penguins, the largest breed which can stand 39 inches tall; black-and-white banded Magellanic; macaronis, with their orange head feathers; and rockhoppers, with their bushy heads.

Included Excursion:

  • Tour of West Falkand

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAYS 21-23:

Recross the Drake Passage

As we trek north toward Buenos Aires, spend three days recrossing through the Drake Passage. Take this time to enjoy your ship, perhaps taking in a movie, joining a fitness class, dancing in the lounge, or simply curling up with a book from the library. On the way, your expedition team will offer more fascinating workshops and presentations about the region’s geology, glaciology, biodiversity, and history.

Included Meals:

3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

DAY 24:

Disembark the Ocean Explorer in Buenos Aires and learn about polo and tango

This morning, the Ocean Explorer arrives in Buenos Aires. After breakfast, you’ll ride into the countryside to visit an estancia (ranch) where riders are trained to compete in professional polo matches. The elite sport of polo was introduced to Argentina in 1875, and today, the country is the world’s polo capital. After touring the estancia, you’ll learn all about the sport’s history and the breeding of polo ponies, and enjoy a demonstration by some dashing professional players. After savoring an authentic Argentinean lunch, you’ll head back to Buenos Aires. Tonight, reminisce with your fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner.

Included Feature:

  • Full-day polo estancia excursion with included lunch

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 25:

Return home

After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Or, if you’ve selected our optional post-trip extension to Santiago and the Chilean Wine Country, you’ll stay on for two more nights.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Post-Trip Extension

The Chilean Wine Country

FROM: $1299 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $433 PER DAY

Please note: Ocean-cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew.

Important: Daily life in Antarctica is determined by the elements, and we’ll adjust our landings as our adventure progresses. Day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert.

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