Patagonia Delight & Antarctica Holidays Special

Duration: 18 days/17 nights (8 nights land tour + 9 nights cruise)
Date:  DECEMBER 14TH, 2017 (Other promotional departure January 13st, 2018)
Price: 2 to 3 travelers: LAND TOUR $1,972* Per person double occupancy + Cost of ANTARCTICA CRUISE “Ushuaia” (from $6,990 p/person in Standard Twin Cabin)

NOTE: Land Tour and Antarctica cruise must be booked together to get this special discounted price.

NOTE: Airline tickets are not included in the tour cost

ITINERARY

DECEMBER 14: BUENOS AIRES:   Welcome at the airport and transfer to your hotel.  In the afternoon you will enjoy a private tour visiting four distinct neighborhoods and plazas of Buenos Aires to learn about the city and its people, commonly called “porteños”. Hotel Intersur Recoleta or similar for two nights.

DECEMBER 15: BUENOS AIRES:   Day at leisure.  In the evening you will enjoy a traditional tango show and dinner at Esquina Homero Manzi /Transfers included. Lodging. (B,D)

DECEMBER 16:  LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK. EL CHALTEN/ FITZ ROY:    Flight to El Calafate. Reception at the airport and Private transfer to El Chalten (car with driver/ about 3 hours drive), arrival and lodging Lodging at Hotel Poincenot  or similar for two nights. (B)

DECEMBER 17: LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK. EL CHALTEN/ FITZ ROY:    Breakfast. Today you will enjoy a full day private trekking excursion to Laguna de Los Tres including Piedras Blancas Glacier and base camp Fitz Roy. It is about 4
hours one way(7 miles each way). Moderate. Level difference: 700 mts or 2,100
feet. Maximum height is 3,400 feet above sea level. You will enjoy unique views!. You may also reach Laguna Capri and return if you prefer a short hike and will still have a great experience and marvelous panoramic views. Picnic lunch during the excursion. Lodging in El Chalten. (B,L). NOTE: This is a private excursion with mountain guide so you may adapt it to your preferences.

ANOTHER OPTION Breakfast. Full day visit to Lago del Desierto. During this excursion you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the Fitz Roy after a hike to the Huemul Glacier  Viewpoint (45 min/1 hour, 600ft altitude gain) Or if you prefer not to hike you may take a boat down the lake. You will have lunch included. Lodging in El Chalten. (B,L)

DECEMBER 18: LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK. EL CHALTEN – EL CALAFATE:    Morning at leisure to enjoy hiking on your own.   In the afternoon, private transfer to El Calafate and your hotel.  Lodging for two nights at Hotel Esplendor Calafate , or Hotel Mirador del Lago. (B)

DECEMBER 19: LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK:   After breakfast you will depart to visit Los Glaciares National Park.  This park of 600.000 hectares (2,300 square miles) has thirteen glaciers that flow into the Argentino and Viedma lakes.  Perito Moreno Glacier, is one of the few glaciers in the world that is still progressing.  It is only 500 ft above sea level, which makes it very accessible, allowing one to stand in front of a mountain of ice that measures 60 m (180 ft) by 5 km (2.5 miles).  The constant fall of huge towers of ice from its walls and into the lake is an unforgettable spectacle.  Picnic lunch at the park.  In the evening, return to your hotel in El Calafate.  (B,L)

DECEMBER 20: EL CALAFATE – USHUAIA/TIERRA DEL FUEGO:   Morning at leisure to visit EL Calafate on your own or relax.  In the afternoon, transfer to the airport to take your flight to Ushuaia.  Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy this charming town on the shores of the Beagle Channel.  Lodging at Hotel Tolkeyen, or Hotel Altos de Ushuaia or similar for two nights. (B)

DECEMBER 21: USHUAIA/ TIERRA DEL FUEGO: Today you will enjoy a private excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Created in 1960, this National Park protects 63.000 hectares of the southernmost portion of the Sub Antarctic Forest, from the high Andean steppe and peat bogs, down to the maritime coast of the Beagle Channel.  You will be able to see two remarkably different ecosystems: the sea-shore and the sub-Antarctic forest which occur together only in a few places on earth and are unique in Argentina. You will walk along footpaths beside the sea-shore and cross the forest, an important reserve of native flora and wildlife. The excursion starts in the center of Ushuaia with a drive to the National Park. After a walking tour along the shore, you’ll make a stop for a snack and then continue through the forest. You’ll visit Ensenada Bay and have lunch at a spot with a great view. Finally, you’ll reach Lapataia Bay where the South American roads end. Park fees and picnic lunch included.  (B,L)

DECEMBER 22: USHUAIA/TIERRA DEL FUEGO :   Private transfer to the port to embark on a cruise to Antarctica.  Embark the USHUAIA in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins we sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.

DECEMBER 23 & 24 Day 2 & 3: Crossing the Drake Passage: Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. This creates a great upwelling of nutrients, which sustains the biodiversity of this region. The Drake Passage also marks the northern limit of many Antarctic seabirds. As we sail across the passage, Antarpply Expeditions’ lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The USHUAIA’s open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered as well.

The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819 by Capt. William Smith of the brig Williams. With favorable conditions in the Drake Passage our lecturers and naturalists will accompany you ashore as you experience your first encounter with the penguins and seals on Day 3.

 

DECEMBER 25 to 28: Day 4 to 7: Exploring South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula: The South Shetland Islands are a haven for wildlife. Vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing. King George Island, the largest of the South Shetland Islands, features colonies of nesting Adélie and Chinstrap Penguins, Kelp Gulls, Blue-eyed Cormorants, Antarctic Terns and Southern Giant Petrels and is home to scientific bases of many different countries. Macaroni, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins as well as elephant seals await you at Livingston Island.

The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range. We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least two landings per day. Possible landing sites may include:

Paradise Bay is perhaps the most aptly named place in the world and we attempt a landing on the continent proper.  After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of  the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. The Nordenskjöld expedition built a stone survival hut here in 1903. Today its ruins have been taken over by nesting penguins.

Further exploration may take you to Melchior Island, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island for a visit to the southernmost colony of Gentoo Penguins.

 

DECEMBER 29 & 30: Day 8 & 9: At Sea crossing the Drake Passage, northbound: You will leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join the lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.

 

DECEMBER 31 Day 10: Arrival at Ushuaia: We arrive at Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the USHUAIA after breakfast. Private transfer to the airport to take your flight to Buenos Aires and …. (B)

 

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

-Lodging for 8 nights (mentioned or similar hotels, Inns / estancia) + 9 nights aboard the cruise “Ushuaia”

– All private transfers from and to airports.
-Bilingual local guides for all excursions, most transfers, and local assistance.
– During the trekking expeditions in Fitz Roy area: Bilingual expert mountain guides.
– Private excursions with bilingual guides as described in the itinerary

– Excursions during Antarctica cruise are shared with other passengers.
– Meals as mentioned in itinerary: All breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L) during land tour + all meals during the cruise

– Park entrance fees.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:
– International airline tickets
-Domestic flights are NOT included in the tour price.
  COST for the flights Buenos Aires/ El Calafate/ Ushuaia/ Buenos Aires will be about $600.  Price may vary.

– Personal expenses, tips, drinks, other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary description.