Classic Antarctica Tour Package
Duration : 14 Nights / 15 Days
Expedition cruise to the Antarctic Peninsula & South Shetland Islands aboard the USHUAIA
Day 1 Depart from Miami to Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 02 Buenos Aires
Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to hotel Novotel. In the afternoon enjoy tour of Buenos Aires also known as the Paris of South America built in the 19th century era of plenty of the wealthy Gauchos (cowboys) land barons in Argentina; this city rivals the architecture and sophistication of Paris. Visit the most famous architectural monuments and the world’s widest boulevard. Pass by the colonial Italian Boca District, the cathedral and the tomb of General Jose De San Martin.
Day 03 Depart from Ushuaia
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.
Day 04 & 05 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.
Day 06 - 10 Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.
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.
Day 11 & 12 At Sea crossing the Drake Passage, northbound
We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our 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.
Day 13 Arrival in Ushuaia
We arrive at the port of Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the cruise ship after breakfast. Transfer to airport for flight to Buenos Aires. Arrive Buenos Aires and transfer to hotel Novotel.
Day 14 Buenos Aires Miami
Transfer to airport for flight to Miami.
Day 15 Arrive in Miami
Arrive in Miami with happy memories of the white continent - Antarctica
PLEASE NOTE :
The above itinerary is a guide only. Our exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather and ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions. A daily program sheet will be issued on board. Flexibility is the key to success.