Antarctica: The Last Untouched Continent12 days & 11 nights,
Buenos Aires, Ushuaia & Antarctica
Experience the planet’s last unspoiled wilderness from the comfor t and safety of the most sophisticated expedition cruising vessel ever constructed. Your journey will take you across the Drake Passage to the magnificent landscapes of the Antarctic Peninsula and its abundant summer wildlife of seals, penguins, and whales. Before your cruise journey begins, explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.
Day 1Arrive Buenos Aires
Upon arrival in vibrant Buenos Aires, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and transferred to your hotel.Legado Mitico - 2 Nights
Day 2Buenos Aires
Discover the highlights of the “Paris of South America,” including the swank Recoleta neighborhood, the cobblestone streets of San Telmo and the multicolored houses of La Boca. At night, delve into the history of the tango during a dinner and performance of Argentina’s national dance.Legado Mitico (B, D)
Day 3To Ushuaia / Embark M/S Fram
This morning, fly to the southernmost city in the world. Upon arrival, visit Ushuaia National Park followed by lunch. This evening, board your ship and sail through the Beagle Channel as you set a course for Antarctica.M/S Fram - 9 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 4 - 5The Drake Passage
Sail through the fabled Drake Passage, where the Atlantic and Pacificmeet the Great Southern Ocean to create the Antarctic Convergence. As you cruise through this remote region, why not attend some of the on-board lectures to learn more about the wonders of Antarctica? And don’t forget to spend some time on deck or in the glass-walled observatory to watch the migratory birds, and the towering swells.M/S Fram (B, L, D)
Day 6 - 9Antarctica
As you explore Antarctica, walk in the footsteps of the great explorers and marvel at one of the last untouched places on earth.
Here are some of the spots you may explore:
Deception Island, South Shetland IslandsM/S Fram (B, L, D)
The harbor inside this volcanic island includes Whalers Bay, where you can visit an abandoned whaling station and a derelict British base.
Half Moon Island, South Shetland Islands
Half Moon’s cliffs are home to a large colony of chinstrap penguins as well as Antarctic terns, kelp gulls, snowy sheathbills and Wilson’s storm petrels.
Yankee Harbor, South Shetland Islands
Yankee Harbor boasts a Gentoo penguin colony and a nesting area for predatory skuas.
Cuverville Island boasts the largest known colony of Gentoo penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula. The narrow Errera Channel offers a spectacular passage as icebergs become trapped and grounded on its shallow bottom.
A favored feeding ground for shy Minke whales, the harbor is perfectly situated to appreciate the grandeur of Andvord Bay and Antarctic scenery.
Paradise Harbor offers a rare opportunity for a mainland landing, as well as Argentinean and Chilean naval bases, penguin colonies, and some of the finest vistas the Antarctic Peninsula has to offer.
This sevenmile-wide channel is one of the most beautiful passages in Antarctica, at once sublime and imposing, inviting and inhospitable.
Set in the picturesque Penola Channel, Petermann Island is a great spot for iceberg and whale spotting, and boasts spectacular views of the icy surroundings.
Port Lockroy offers a fascinating peek into life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s. The nesting Gentoo penguins surrounding the main building have become accustomed to human visitors.
Marvel at the dramatic scenery including mountains, high glaciers and massive icebergs around Wilhelmina Bay.
Dubbed ‘Iceberg Alley’, the sound is a startling assortment of floating ice, and is also home to an estimated half million Adélie penguins as well as Gentoo penguins, leopard seals and killer whales.
Adelie penguins, Gentoo penguins, kelp gulls, and Cape petrels can be found breeding at the foot of this volcanic cliff.
Day 10 - 11The Drake Passage
Sail north to return through the Drake Passage. During your voyage back to Argentina, attend lectures, search for wildlife and share stories of your time in the far south.M/S Fram (B, L, D)
Day 12Disembark in Ushuaia / To Buenos Aires
Upon return to Tierra del Fuego, disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires.(B)