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Antarctic Peninsula, Patagonia, and South Georgia

Antarctica Cruise

Summary : Combine the grandeur of the Chilean Fjords, Andean peaks and abundant wildlife with scenic cruising and landings in the most unspoiled region on Earth. And visit South Georgia, where abundant green vegetation will greet you as you arrive by sea. The seas here are rich in nutrients and food, supporting huge populations of penguins, seals and birds. Whales, too, are returning after their long decline due to over-hunting. Share the adventure with a team of expedition scientists, naturalists, and even digital photo coaches to help you capture the sights. From numerous possible landing sites, your experienced expedition team will select those that will provide you with the best experience available, based on real-time reports of wildlife, weather and ice conditions. There is nothing like it anywhere else.

Activities : Birding, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography

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Itinerary
Day 1
Valparaiso, Chile

Your journey starts in picturesque Valparaiso, one of the first Chilean cities founded by the Spanish. The city is an historic port and university town, famous for its labyrinth hills, which are covered in quaint, colorful old houses and accessible only by a steep climb or by the city's unique system of funicular railways. Take time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site city on your own before boarding your ship at 5 pm today.

Day 2
At Sea

Spend the day at sea, sailing along the Chilean coastline. Enjoy the many amenities the ship has to offer, including a casino, grand salon, observation bar, and swimming pool.

Day 3
Reloncavi Sound / Puerto Montt, Chile

The lake country of southern Chile seems to be altogether another world from the deserts of the north. The Lake District is graced with spectacular scenery, including the magnificent snowcapped volcanic cone, Mt. Osorno. Puerto Montt serves as the principal port for this region and as a gateway for cruises southward into Chile's fjords.

Day 4
Castro, Isla Chiloe, Chile / Gulf of Corcovado

The towns here are largely built of abundant local wood, and many houses are elaborately shingled in intricate designs. Even the cathedral is a beautiful, vaulted structure crafted of local hardwoods. The forest and the sea are the source of livelihood and much more in this rustic outpost.

Day 5
Chilean Fjords

Discover spectacular peaks, fjords and islands of the Chilean coast. Home to dolphins, whales, seals, and Magellanic penguins, behold this majestic wonderland. See islands thick with vegetation, and discover hidden lakes and waterfalls.

Day 6
El Brujo Glacier / Scenic Cruising Canal Sarmiento

Bundle up in your parka and grab your camera, today you will cruise past El Brujo Glacier, an incredible opportunity for photographers to capture the ethereal beauty of the Sarmiento Channel.

Day 7
Strait of Magellan / Punta Arenas, Chile

Red roofs and smoking chimneys decorate the gently sloping hillsides of Punta Arenas, the bustling center of one of the world's largest sheep farming areas. This pleasant community welcomes you with attractive parks and delightful Victorian architecture.

Day 8
Beagle Channel / Ushuaia, Argentina

The southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia is the capital of Argentine Tierra del Fuego and an important naval base boasting a strategic as well as a picturesque location on the shores of Ushuaia Bay and the Beagle Channel. This rustic coastal town is set among waterfalls, glaciers, snow-clad mountains and beech forests, and the nutrient-rich local waters abound with marine life. Though the houses here are painted warm, pastel colors, the weather is chilly year-round and winter sports such as downhill and cross-country skiing and skating are popular. Ushuaia's principal industries are raising sheep, logging, fishing and trapping. It became a boomtown with 30,000 residents in the late 1980's when the government sought to increase Argentina's presence near Antarctica by giving tax breaks to citizens who settled here.

Day 9 – 10
At Sea

Spend the day at sea, sailing across the Drake Passage to Antarctica, an incredible opportunity for birdwatchers to spot royal albatrosses, storm petrels, and prions.

Day 11 – 16
Antarctic Experience

From the numerous possible landing sites, your experienced expedition team will select those that will provide you with the best experiences available, based on real-time reports of wildlife, weather and ice conditions. Look forward to spending time at one landing site per day, maximizing your opportunity for exploration. Enjoy included Zodiac rides, hikes, or optional, pre-bookable kayaking sessions.

Day 17 – 18
At Sea

Spend the day at sea today, as you make your way to South Georgia.

Day 19 – 20
South Georgia

Arrive today at the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, an extraordinary landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula. Enjoy unforgettable views of untamed wildlife in a vast, dramatic, and spectacular setting. The sub-antarctic climate and nutrient-rich seas provide South Georgia with a population of seabirds and mammals unmatched anywhere else. On the island’s Salisbury Plain, a colony of nearly a quarter million King Penguins makes an unforgettable vision of unspoiled nature. Elephant seals breed here and bask in the town and dominate the beaches. Albatrosses, petrels, shags, skuas and other species of penguins and seabirds are densely populated as well. Whales have returned to the surrounding waters in force. Exact landing sites will be determined by sea and ice conditions and local wildlife populations during your visit. But you will be privileged to experience one of the least-visited places on earth, and a veritable Lost Eden filled with the untouched abundance of nature.

Look forward to spending time at one landing site per day, maximizing your opportunity for exploration. Enjoy included Zodiac rides, hikes, or optional, pre-bookable kayaking sessions.

Day 21 – 23
At Sea

Luxuriate in the many amenities of your ship as you make your way to Montevideo, Uruguay.

Day 24
Montevideo, Uruguay

Tucked in between Brazil and Argentina, the republic of Uruguay has nevertheless maintained its own identity and traditions. As South America's second smallest country, it has been called a city surrounded by a big ranch. Montevideo has also been referred to as "The Switzerland of South America," for its same secretive bank system guaranteed by law. Uruguay is principally middle class and boasts the most highly educated citizens on the continent.

Day 25
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Your journey will come to an end today in the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Characterized by broad boulevards with huge shade trees, beautiful residential districts, plazas containing monuments and fountains, it is a truly great walking city. Make time to explore on your own after disembarkation this morning at 7 am.

Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to ice and weather conditions, and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Shore Excursions: Excursions include hiking, kayaking, photography, and Zodiac cruising. Most excursions have limited availability. For this reason, pre-booking is recommended. Additional excursions may be booked once onboard the ship. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.

Antarctica and South Georgia Programs: During your time in Antarctica and South Georgia, daily Zodiac tours and hikes are included in the cost of the cruise. Kayaking in Antarctica is an optional pre-bookable activity available at an additional cost. Please see below.

Kayaking:

Join your qualified kayak guide for a leisurely paddle, exploring hidden sandy bays and rugged unspoiled shorelines. All sea kayaks are doubles. There are 8 double kayaks aboard the ship, 16 passengers per excursion. Two Zodiacs and a kayaking guide will follow the kayaks at all times for safety and to lend assistance as required. Kayaking excursions are approximately three hours in length, including two hours on the water and additional preparation and instruction time. Kayaking is highly weather-dependent, and your onboard expedition team will make every effort to offer this activity as often as safe weather permits. Dry suit, Pogie gloves, booties, and a dry bag are provided. No previous kayaking experience is required. Pre-booking is highly recommended – space is strictly limited. Please inquire with ExpeditionTrips to book this optional activity in advance.

Included:

Cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; complimentary Zodiac tours and hiking excursions at each landing site in Antarctica (weather permitting); complimentary WiF/ Internet for cabin categories OW-GR; digital photography workshops; parka; backpack; special guest speakers; in-suite bar and refrigerator stocked with your preferences; complimentary fine wines at lunch and dinner; open bars throughout the ship; gratuities (neither required nor expected); onboard meals at all dining venues; onboard entertainment; fine wines and spirits (bar expenses for select vintage wine and spirits are additional). Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; passport and visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable; airport taxes; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned; telephone and internet charges; medical services; spa charges; beverages other than those mentioned; laundry services, hair salon; personal expenses, onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions; cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s); gratuities for local shore excursions; fuel surcharge may apply. Optional shore excursions – please inquire with ExpeditionTrips for booking information.

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