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Brazil, Argentina, Chile and cruises in Tierra del Fuego and Antarctic Peninsula

33 Night Itinerary from  £17,438

Explorer Tour

An epic, once-in-a-lifetime journey from Rio to Iguassu, Buenos Aires and Andean mountain landscapes to Patagonia and Cape Horn, A wonderful prelude to the breathtaking Antarctica wildernesses of towering glaciers, wildlife and incredible icescapes

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Explore the contrasting lifestyle in cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires
  • Observe awe-inspiring Iguassu Falls from the Brazilian and Argentine sides
  • Enjoy guided walking trails, horse riding and picnics in splendid alpine scenery
  • Traverse the Andes from Argentina to Chile crossing three lakes
  • Discover the beauty and wildness of Torres del Paine National Park
  • M/V Australis 4-night expedition cruise to Cape Horn and Tierra del Fuego
  • Sail to the Antarctic Peninsula on the M/V Sea Spirit,
  • Explore the icy landscapes, with sheltered bays, huge glaciers and icebergs
  • Encounter penguins, sea birds, seals and whales

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

Rio de Janeiro Sugar Loaf aerial

Rio de Janeiro - 4 Nights

Day 1 - Depart the UK on overnight flight to Rio de Janeiro

Day 2 - Guided tour of Rio

Day 3 - At leisure in Rio

Day 4 - At leisure in Rio

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Friday, 17 September 2021

Fly to Rio

Depart the UK on a daytime flight to Rio, arriving later the same day. On arrival, you will be met by our guide and transferred to your chosen hotel for a 4-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. You guide will also give you a short orientation of your local area.


Saturday, 18 September 2021

Full day guided tour of Rio

This morning, your guide will meet you after breakfast and take you on an in depth tour of this most exhilarating city.


Sunday, 19 September 2021

At leisure in Rio

Today you are free to enjoy Rio at your own pace. Perhaps head for Ipanema beach or a coffee in cosmopolitan Leblon. Our guide can also arrange optional excursions, depending on your interests.


Monday, 20 September 2021

At leisure in Rio

Your final day in Rio to enjoy as you please.

Hotel Arpoador

Rio de Janeiro - Tourist Hotel

Arpoador is a modern hotel with a relaxed, informal style symbolised by the casual designer uniforms worn by the staff. Ideally located between Ipanema and Copacabana, one side faces a busy street with large trees and the other side faces a charming pedestrian waterfront promenade along Ipanema beach and the sea. The hotel's restaurant room has a very pleasant veranda outside, with 10 tables, where you can sit, enjoy the food, the fresh air, sea breeze and ocean view; and literally step straight onto the promenade and onto the beach. Beware that the sea here is the open ocean with strong waves and currents. The restaurant serves breakfast and an excellent simple and creative menu of modern vegetarian dishes.

The rooms are modern, comfortable, functional and decorated in the contemporary minimalist style, with the standard rooms only 18 square meters; but with so much to do in Rio de Janeiro and nearby, you are unlikely to spend much time in the room.

Right at the top of the building, there is a small pool, bar, sitting area and magnificent view of the whole of Ipanema and Leblon with the city and the tall granite peak of Morro dos Dois Irmaos in the background. Within walking distance you have numerous bars, restaurants, cafes, shops and the famous beachfront walks along Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon beaches. This area is the perfect location for all the best attractions that Rio de Janeiro has to offer.

Accommodation includes room and breakfast.

 

 

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Arena Copacabana

Rio de Janeiro - First Hotel

The Arena Copacabana is in a wonderful location overlooking Copacabana Beach.

The decoration is light and modern, with 135 comfortable and spacious rooms, fully equipped with WiFi, air-conditioning and sound proof windows.

The top floor terrace, pool and sauna have a panoramic view of the beach and the ground floor restaurant serves international cuisine.

1776 Arena Copacabana

Copacabana Palace

Rio de Janeiro - Deluxe Hotel

This grand, European-style hotel is a listed building with 226 rooms, a large swimming pool, fitness centre and sauna, rooftop tennis court, shops, business centre, piano bar and three of Rio's finest elegant restaurants.

All the rooms are large and spacious, decorated in a classic elegant style, fully air-conditioned with cable TV, electronic safe deposit box, voice mail, 24-hour room service, mini bar and complimentary WiFi. The separate Tower Annexe building is set back from the street and overlooking the pool, where all the rooms are suites with balconies.

1764 Copacabana Palace
Foz do Iguazu

Iguassu Falls - 2 Nights

Day 5 - Fly to the Iguassu Falls

Day 6 - The Iguazu Falls from the Argentine side

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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Fly to the Iguassu Falls

Transfer to the airport for a domestic flight to Foz do Iguassu, where you will be met by our guide and transferred to your chosen hotel for a 1-night stay. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the awe-inspiring Iguassu Falls from the Brazilian side.


Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Iguazu Falls from the Argentine side

This morning, our transport will take you across the border and into Argentina, where you check-into your chosen hotel for a 1-night stay. The Argentine side of the falls is very different to the Brazilian side, most notably the chance to walk along scenic walkways to observe the dramatic and invigorating Devil's Throat. 

La Cantera

Iguazu Falls - Tourist Lodge

Located in the forest outside of the town of Puerto Iguazu, and 15 minutes from the falls, La Cantera Jungle Lodge has rooms distrubited in a series of bungalows connected by raised walkways. The rooms are spacious  and well appointed, with a balcony looking out into the forest as well as private facilities and air conditioning. The hotel has a restaurant and a swimming pool with a terrace area for relaxing.

1972 La Cantera

Gran Melia Iguazu

Iguazu Falls - First Hotel

Set within the Iguazu National Park the Gran Melia Iguazu Hotel is a three-story hotel with spectaculars views of the magnificent Iguazu Falls. It is the only hotel with rooms that look directly over the Falls.

The superb public facilities include an infinity pool with views of the Iguazu Falls, the Yasi Spa and health club, 4 bars (the rooftop bar is a great place to enjoy a drink and the fantastic views) and the Merkado Restaurant serving international and Argentine specialities. 

The hotel has 177 guest rooms split by deluxe, red level and suite categories. All rooms are air-conditioned and extremely well-appointed with private bathroom, king size beds, safe, mini bar, TV and luxury in room amenities. 

From the hotel, you can easily walk to the nearby trails to observe the Falls, ideal for those who want to beat the tourist crowds and have more flexibility. The hotel also offers tango lessons, yoga classes and photographic tours.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

1964 Sheraton Iguazu

Hotel das Cataratas

Iguassu Falls - Luxury Hotel

The iconic Hotel das Cataratas is the only hotel located overlooking the Iguassu Falls within the National Park. Restored to its original 1950s charm, the hotel’s hacienda-style exterior is matched by its warm, inviting interior design. The Hotel das Cataratas is a very special place to stay.

Public areas include a large swimming pool, the Ipe Grill, Itaipa Restarurant, Bar Taroba, shops, fitness centre, tennis courts and a beautiful spa.

The elegantly furnished rooms are either junior suites (35m2) or Cataratas suites (65m2). All are air-conditioned, with private bathroom, living room, minibar, TV and luxury toiletries.

The hotel has extensive and beautiful gardens, from where you can walk directly to the falls at your leisure. There are several activities available including helicopter rides over the falls, guided walks in the early morning, during the day or at night and birdwatching tours. For the more adventurous, white water rafting is great fun.

The rates are on a room and breakfast basis.

 

Enjoy dinner overlooking for Falls
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Buenos Aires - 3 Nights

Day 7 - Fly to Buenos Aires

Day 8 - Guided tour of Buenos Aires

Day 9 - At leisure in Buenos Aires

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Thursday, 23 September 2021

Fly to Buenos Aires

Transfer to the airport and fly to Buenos Aires. Our guide will transfer you to your chosen hotel for a 3-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure.  


Friday, 24 September 2021

Buenos Aires

This morning enjoy a guided tour of Buenos Aires, named the “Paris of South America” for its turn of the century French architecture. We visit La Boca, with its brightly coloured houses, the cathedral, the Recoleta area and the Presidential Palace, with its famous balcony where successive leaders have made appearances. Optional dinner and tango show in the evening. 


Saturday, 25 September 2021

At leisure in Buenos Aires

Today you are free to explore Buenos Aires on your own, or choose from a number of optional tours and excursions: tango classes; traditional bars and cafes of San Telmo; Colon Theatre; Evita & Peronism tour; art in Buenos Aires; Argentine Dinner experience; Buenos Aires' Jewish heritage; hidden Buenos Aires; underground tunnels of Buenos Aires; the life and times of Diego Maradona; estancias of the Pampa; Delta del Tigre day trip; day trip across the Rio Plata to Uruguay.

Loi Suites Recoleta

Buenos Aires - First Hotel

The Loi Suites Hotel is located in the Recoleta area of Buenos Aires, close to the best shops and the trendy cafes overlooking the park. The hotel has 112 fully equipped rooms and suites combining style comfort and technology, and all decorated with tasteful beiges and creams creating a relaxing home away from home. There is a restaurant, bar, indoor heated swimming pool and health club.

1943 Loi Suites Recoleta

Alvear Palace Hotel

Buenos Aires - Deluxe Hotel

In 1932 a classic was born in Buenos AIres, the Alvear Palace Hotel, a genuine palace right in the heart of the city. Constructed of materials imported from France, the hotel became one of the most characteristic buildings in town, strictly keeping the Louis XVI style.

Situated in the elegant quarter of Recoleta, close to the Park, lined with excellent restaurants and street cafes. Rooms are spacious and service and decor are first class

Recently the hotel has been completely refurbished, sticking to the original glory.

 

1939 Alvear Palace Hotel
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Argentine Lake District - 4 Nights

Day 10 - Fly to Bariloche

Day 11 - Scenic lakes and forest walks

Day 12 - At leisure 

Day 13 - Enchanted valleys and mountain villages

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Sunday, 26 September 2021

Fly to Bariloche

Fly to Bariloche, in Argentina’s Lake District, where we stay for three nights. This friendly alpine town is surrounded by beautiful mountain countryside, with excellent hotels and country lodges. The scenery ranges from lush, snow-covered mountain peaks and beautiful lakes, to the dry Pampa in the lowlands. It is a hub for outdoor activities, horse riding and walking the numerous trails; a wonderful place for picnics on the shore of picturesque lakes. Gabriela, our local guide, has a detailed knowledge of the area and will escort you on all the treks and excursions.


Monday, 27 September 2021

Scenic lakes and forest walks

Discover the nature and scenery of this most beautiful region in the company of our local guide, Gabriella.


Tuesday, 28 September 2021

At leisure

At leisure at your hotel, or take additional local optional excursions.


Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Enchanted valleys and mountain villages

Today, Gabriella will take you on another full day of adventure, with light trekking to the most beautiful countryside, stopping at local villages with sweeping views of panoramic valleys. You will feel invigorated and inspired.

Sol Arrayan

Bariloche & Lake District - First Hotel

Located in the heart of Argentine Patagonia, Sol Arrayán is less than a mile away from Villa La Angostura's city center, in the Province of Neuquén, Argentina. The resort overlooks the Nahuel Huapi lake, with 42 rooms leaning on a hillside, affording all its guests an incomparable view, with the snowed mountain peaks reflected on the lake. It is surrounded by hundred-year-old trees - the highlights being myrtle (arrayán) specimens, which are unique to the region. The grounds lead to an exclusive beach on the lake shore. All 42 hotel rooms overlook the lake and are equipped with TV,Telephone, WI-FI Internet, Safe. The resort offers a restaurant and spa services as well. Accommodation includes room and breakfast.

1951 Sol Arrayan

Nahuel-Huapi

Bariloche & Lake District - First Hotel

Located in the heart of Bariloche city, 200 metres away from the Francisco Moreno Museum of Patagonia and the Bariloche Atomic Centre. The lake is a 7 minute walk from the hotel.

All rooms are supplied with: private bathroom, telephone, automatic wake up call service, central heating, colour cable TV and minibar. The hotel has the Del Lago Restaurant, lounge and cosy cafe/bar.

The hotel is one of the older hotels in Bariloche, built in the 1930's.

 

1949 Nahuel Huapi
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Crossing the Andes - 1 Night

Day 14 - Crossing the Andes

 

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Thursday, 30 September 2021

Crossing the Andes

Up early today as our transport takes you high into the Andes for a memorable journey, including three lake crossings, into Chile. Our journey concludes at Puerto Varas, where you check into your chosen hotel for a 1-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis.

Happy days in the wilderness

Torres del Paine - 3 Nights

Day 15 - Fly to Punta Arenas and transfer to Torres del Paine

Day 16 - Torres del Paine

Day 17 - Torres del Paine

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Friday, 01 October 2021

Fly to Punta Arenas and onto Torres del Paine

Travel to Puerto Montt airport and take a domestic flight to Punta Arenas. On arrival, our transport will take you to your chosen lodge in the magnificent Torres del Paine National Park for 3-nights on a full board basis. Excursions are optional and either pre-bookable or bookable locally at your lodge. 


Saturday, 02 October 2021

Explore Torres del Paine

Enjoy a day trekking in Torres del Paine National Park in the company of expert local guides.


Sunday, 03 October 2021

Explore Torres del Paine

Your final day in one of the world's most scenic national parks.

Hotel Las Torres

Patagonia and Torres del Paine - First Lodge

The Hotel las Torres was once an Estancia that has now been developed for tourism with comfortable, purpose built accommodation with private facilities and heating; restaurant, bar and social area. The Hostel is ideally located for those wishing to trek along the Ascension River and up to the 'Towers', the rocky peaks with towering above a lake. Visits to Lago Grey on the other side of the park are possible with private transport and excursions arranged at the hotel.

The rooms of the hotel provide a cozy atmosphere, being the perfect setting to relax and enjoy after a long days excursion. Central heating, box spring beds, telephones and private bathrooms in a rustic yet elegant decoration provide the ideal ambience in our superior rooms for resting and preparing the next days activities.

Several services are available in the relaxing environment of your room, with a simple call you have the possibility of enjoying massages, food, wine and drinks.

Hostería Las Torres offers single, double twin, matrimonial and triple rooms in categories standard and superior.

Large variety of excursions

With over 25 excursions to choose from every day, passengers will have the opportunity to decide the next day's trip with the assessment of their guide. Many of the outings are very different to what is ordinarily offered in the park. Interesting Archeological areas visited on 4x4, private paths that climb to the base of mountain glaciers and the more subtle yet profound walk in the Lenga forests provide an in-depth view of the powerful nature in Patagonia.

2019 Hosteria Las Torres

Explora Patagonia

Patagonia and Torres del Paine - Deluxe Hotel

Explora Lodge cuisine offers authentic flavors based on the best-quality ingredients, many of which are produced locally. The food is healthy and well-balanced, ideal for people going trekking, horseback riding or on other explorations. All menus include some of the best local dishes, such as Magellanic lamb, southern king crab and delicious fish and vegetables.

Torres del Paine can be visited all year round. Each season has its own beauty, colours and aromas; each reveals new and different aspects of this wonderful place.

2022 Explora Patagonia
Touching an iceberg

Australis Patagonia Expedition Cruise - 4 Nights

Day 18 - Embark your Australis expedition cruise  

Day 19 - Ainsworth Bay & Tuckers Islets

Day 20 - Pia Glacier & Glacier Alley

Day 21 - Wulaia Bay & Cape Horn

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Monday, 04 October 2021

Embark your Australis expedition ship

Travel to Punta Arenas and embark either the Stella or Ventus Australis expedition ship for a 4-night cruise including full board (all meals) and guided excursions.

After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the remotest corners of planet Earth. During the night we cross the Strait of Magellan and enter the labyrinth of channels that define the southern extreme of Patagonian. The twinkling lights of Punta Arenas gradually fade into the distance as we enter the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.


Tuesday, 05 October 2021

Ainsworth Bay & Tuckers Islets

By dawn the ship is sailing up Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo), a spectacular offshoot of the Strait of Magellan that stretches nearly halfway across Tierra del Fuego. The snowcapped peaks of Karukinka Natural Park stretch along the north side of the sound, while the south shore is defined by the deep fjords and broad bays of Alberto de Agostini National Park. We go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, which harbors copious bird life and a colony of southern elephant seals which can sometimes be spotted from the Zodiacs. Two guided excursions are available: one is along the edge of a stream, peat bog and beaver habitat to a waterfall-and-moss-covered rock face tucked deep inside a pristine sub-polar forest; the other is a more strenuous hike along the crest of a glacial moraine. Both afford views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains.

Leaving Ainsworth Bay behind, we sail west along the sound to the Tucker Islets. After lunch, we board the Zodiacs again for a close-up view of the Magellan penguins that inhabit the tiny islands. More than 4,000 penguins use Tucker as a place to nest, give birth and nurture their chicks. Many other bird species also frequent the area including king cormorants, oystercatchers, Chilean skuas, kelp geese, dolphin gulls, eagles and even the occasional Andean condor. In September and April -- when the penguins live elsewhere -- this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a glacier at nearby stunning Brookes Bay.


Wednesday, 06 October 2021

Pia Glacier & Glacier Alley

Overnight we sail around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel and Cockburn Channel. After rounding the remote Brecknock Peninsula, Stella Australis tacks eastward and enters the Beagle Channel again. By morning we are entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. After disembarking we take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier. No one knows for certain how the hulking mass of snow and ice got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was named for Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king.

Back onboard the ship, we continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley. Living up to its name, the passage features a number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet on the north shore. Most of them named after European countries -- Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain and France.


Thursday, 07 October 2021

Wulaia Bay & Cape Horn

During the early morning we navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and drop anchor at historic Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Originally the site of one of the region's largest Yámana aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain FitzRoy in the 1830s during their voyages on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station -- which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area -- passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooden mountain behind the bay. On all of these you will be strolling through an enchanted Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic fauna to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay. Before leaving Wulaia Bay, drop something into the wooden mail barrel inside the museum - letters or postcards meant to be hand delivered by future travelers - an ancient mariner tradition revived by Australis.In the afternoon we cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition -- and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland -- Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the "End of the Earth." The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. The Chilean navy maintains a permanent lighthouse on the island, staffed by a lightkeeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument.

 

Ventus Australis

Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego - First Cruise Vessel

The Ventus Australis is a brand new and state-of-the-art vessel, purpose built to cruise the fjords and channels of Tierra del Fuego in luxury and comfort. Up to 210 passengers sleep in a wide range of cabins, all with panoramic windows from which to observe and admire the changing Southern Patagonian scenery. 

The cruise are organized and managed by the Australis Expedition Group and consist of walks through trails in the native Chilean forest and visits to magnificent sculpted glaciers, with talks on the wildlife and plantlife of the area. A delicious whisky with the millenary ice, or a cup of hot chocolate will be served at the end of the excursions.

The four night cruises travel between Ushuaia in Argentine Tierra del Fuego and Punta Arenas on the Chilean side, allowing you to combine an Australis Tierra del Fuego cruise with some hiking in Torres del Paine, the pristine lakes and forests of the Lake District and the cosmopolitan cities of Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile.

See below for cabin details, itineraries and holiday ideas.

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Close encounters

Antarctica Peninsula Expedition Cruise - 10 Nights

Day 22 - Fly to Ushuaia

Day 23 - Ushuaia & Embarkation on M/V Sea Spirit

Day 24 - Crossing Drake Passage

Day 25 - Crossing Drake Passage

Day 26 - South Shetland Island & Antarctic Peninsula

Day 27 - South Shetland Island & Antarctic Peninsula

Day 28 - South Shetland Island & Antarctic Peninsula

Day 29 - South Shetland Island & Antarctic Peninsula

Day 30 - Back through Drake Passage

Day 31 - Back through Drake Passage

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Friday, 08 October 2021

Ushuaia

Disembark the Australis ship after breakfast and transfer to your hotel in Ushuaia. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore the world's most southerly city.


Saturday, 09 October 2021

Ushuaia & Embarkation

Morning at leisure to explore Ushuaia. Afternoon transfer to the port and embark the luxury M/V Sea Spirit for your 9 night expedition cruise on a full board basis. We set sail south along the Beagle Channel.


Sunday, 10 October 2021

Crossing Drake Passage

We sail past Tierra del Fuego Islands to cross Drake Passage. Albatrosses are common here and the ship’s fins help with stability in the event of rough seas. Enjoy briefings and lectures as expert naturalist guides prepare you for your visit to Antarctica.


Monday, 11 October 2021

Crossing Drake Passage

We continue sailing southbound. Enjoy further lectures and briefings from the expert guides in preparation for our arrival in the White Continent.


Tuesday, 12 October 2021

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

We explore the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. The captain will take advantage of weather conditions and long daylight hours to exploit every opportunity to observe wildlife, view amazing scenery and take excursions ashore by zodiac. Waters rich in krill are home to a wide variety of whale, penguin and seal species.

The South Shetland Islands are the northernmost islands in Antarctica and will likely be our first sighting of land. This wild and beautiful island chain contains numerous landing sites with abundant wildlife and historical significance. Among them is Deception Island, where the flooded caldera of an active volcano harbours an abandoned whaling station.

 

 


Wednesday, 13 October 2021

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Continued exploration of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

We stop at an Antarctic research station and sail to the vast Gerlache Strait, with sheltered bays, accessible wildlife and stunning scenery. Pass the famous Lemaire Channel with calm waters, mountains and icebergs of every size and discover Paradise Bay. Everyday there are memorable excursions, sumptuous meals and incredible scenery. 

The Antarctic Peninsula region contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and some of Antarctica’s best wildlife viewing opportunities. Protected bays and narrow channels are surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in permanent snow and immense glaciers. Icebergs of every size and description complete an image of incomparable beauty. Waters rich with krill are home to a variety of whale and seal species. The whole area is alive with penguins foraging at sea and forming large nesting colonies at special places on land. The area is also home to Antarctic research stations of various nationalities. Some stations have a gift shop and post office.



Thursday, 14 October 2021

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

At the southern end of Gerlache Strait is the famous Lemaire Channel, also known as “Kodak Gap” because of the photogenic way the mountainous sides of the narrow channel are reflected in calm waters strewn with icebergs.

Our days in Antarctica are filled with memorable excursions, sumptuous meals, presentations by our experts, and enough incredible scenery and wildlife to fill your camera and overwhelm your emotions.


Friday, 15 October 2021

South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula

Our final day exploring in this most remote and breathtaking environment. You will feel invigorated and excited, with every day bringing new explorations and adventures in the company of the Sea Spirits expert naturalist guides.


Saturday, 16 October 2021

Back across Drake Passage

Enjoy the facilities of the Sea Spirit and entertaining lectures as you sail back across Drake Passage. 


Sunday, 17 October 2021

Back across Drake Passage

Continue at sea towards Ushuaia. Enjoy a memorable farewell dinner at the end of our Antarctic adventure.

Sea Spirit

Antarctica Cruises - First Expedition Ship

View the M/V Sea Spirit amazing Antarctica video

The 114 passenger M/V Sea Spirit is our favourite Antarctica expedition vessels for size and value allbeit, slightly old fashioned in decoration. It has a comfortable and welcoming feel, with spacious cabins, lounge areas and superior manoeuvrability. Guests are infused with an adventurous spirit by the enthusiastic crew and highly experienced guides, who lead excursions in the boats and shore landings on the Antarctic Peninsula, Falkland Islands and South Georgia.

The M/V Sea Spirit offers the unique opportunity to take a sea kayak on the water (i.e. no engine noise) and in addition, to sleep one night shore, (weather permitting) on the snow, with the ship anchored nearby. Check the video of these experiences by clicking the link at the top of this page.

There are a number of different suites to choose from, all with a minimum of 20 square metres, with en-suite facilities and either two porthole windows, a large picture window or, in the case of Deluxe and Premium suites, private balconies.

There are large communal areas, including an outdoor bistro, the Club Lounge and a library. A presentation lounge features state-of-the-art technology to facilitate informative discussions, lectures and social gatherings to prepare you for the upcoming excursions and reflect upon the unforgettable experiences enjoyed.

Download the Sea Spirit E-Brochure

Sea Spirit sailing in the White Continent
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Buenos Aires - 2 Nights

Day 32 - Fly to Buenos Aires

Day 33 - Buenos Aires 

Day 34 - Overnight flight to UK

Day 35 - Arrive in the UK

 

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Monday, 18 October 2021

Fly to Buenos Aires

After breakfast disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires, where we stay for two nights.


Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Buenos Aires

Your final day in Argentina. A chance to explore at your leisure. Discover the artistic, bohemian district of Palermo with cafes, galleries and shops or perhaps take the ferry across the river to the old colonial settlement of Colonia in Uruguay.


Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Overnight return flight to UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.


Thursday, 21 October 2021

Arrive in the UK

Price Guidelines

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Travel Dates December November, February
Room Arrangement First First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £17,438 £20,243

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • 34 Days / 33 Nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Internal flights
  • All transport as described
  • Accommodation as shown on the itinerary
  • Ten night Sea Spirit Antarctica Expedition Cruise, all meals & excursions
  • Poseidon parka Jacket and rubber boots for shore landings
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails; tea/coffee station throughout the cruise
  • All port fees on the cruise
  • Excursions listed, all with expert, English-speaking guides

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