This tour is meant for nature lovers at its best. It starts with a quick glance of Buenos Aires and then it continues with an adventure that will overwhelm your five senses.
You will be able to know the shocking Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate, sail around Lago Argentino and then get to other less known but equally beautiful glaciers.
The peak of this tour is the cruise through Antarctica or, as it is widely known, the “White Continent”. This tour is made on board of an ice breaker ship which will take us to the region’s most beautiful landscapes in an adventure you will never forget.
Day 1 - International flight
International flight. Night on board.
Day 2 - Buenos Aires
Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Day at leisure.
Day 3 - Buenos Aires
Breakfast. In the morning city tour in Buenos Aires. This tour gives you the emotion of a multiple Buenos Aires. We will visit the most characteristic places of the “Paris of America”. The Obelisk, Colon Theatre, RecoletaCemetery, May square (surrounded by the cathedral, the Cabildo, and the pink house where the president works) are some of the highlights that we will include in the tour. We will also visit La Boca neighborhood which was seat of immigrants – mainly Italians – and now home of some artists; San Telmo, traditional neighborhood where Tango performances can be seen in many bars and restaurants; the elegant Recoleta, and the most modern: Puerto Madero. At night Tango show with dinner at one of the traditional tango houses of Buenos Aires.
Day 4 - Buenos Aires
Breakfast. In the morning, suggested tour to Gaucho Party (Pampa Tour): In this tour we will find the gaucho’s county side life and the peaceful and kind town where he lives. That is why the argentinean Pampa is part of our tradition. The asado (barbecue), gaucho’s activities and abilities, dances, and folk games are some of the options to enjoy. Pampa is like this, gauchos, fields, traditions, crafts, a tour to learn and enjoy. This fullday tour includes lunch.
Day 5 - Buenos Aires - El Calafate
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for flight to Calafate (FTE). Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Day 6 - El Calafate
Breakfast. In the morning transfer to Perito Moreno Glacier. The Perito Moreno Glacier is a must-see in Argentina. Together with twelve other glaciers it is part of one of the largest sliding masses of ice and snow in Los Glaciares National Park. This glacier, having a front wall of 5 Km long, is 60 m high above Lake Argentino and it is in the middle of its way forward. At any time during the year, chunks of ice can constantly be seen collapse and shatter into multiple floes. It can be reached from El Calafate, 80 Km away. The Perito Moreno Glacier can be watched from footbridges right in front of it, or from trip boats that come close to its walls. Going inside the glacier is an unforgettable experience, as well as taking walks on it and into the moraine, exploring caverns, drains and ice caves.
Day 7 - El Calafate
Breakfast. Day fee, suggested full day Navigation All Glaciers. We will navigate through Argentino Lake towards the north area of the national Park where we will find Upsala Glacier, Spegazinni Glacier and Onelli’s Glacier.
Day 8 - El Calafate - Ushuaia
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for flight to Ushuaia (USH). Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Day 9 - Ushuaia
Embark 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 10 and 11- 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, our staff will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds.
Day 12 to 16 - 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 AdÃ©lie 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. You will have plenty to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife while. Apart from penguins and seabirds you also look closely crabeater seals, Weddell and leopard, as well as humpback whales, minke and killer whales. We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways depending on ice conditions: the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least two landings per day. The landing sites may also include: Paradise Bay, literally named the best place in the world and we attempt to make a landing on the continent. 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. Nordenskjold’s 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 to visit the southernmost colony of Gentoo penguins.
Day 17 and 18 - 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 19 - Ushuaia
We arrive at Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the USHUAIA after breakfast.
Day 20 - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival and transfer to the hotel.
Day 21 - International flight
Breakfast. Transfer to Ezeiza International Airport.