This is a cruise journey for wildlife lovers, particularly those with a passion for penguins. The wildlife paradise of South Georgia starts things off with four penguin species including hundreds of thousands of king penguins, then the Antarctic Peninsula offers up Adelie, gentoo and chinstrap penguins. Whales, seals and various seabirds are also on the list of animals you'll spot on this voyage. You’ll also experience a great diversity of environments and landscapes, creating a special extended Antarctic experience.
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A private airport transfer with a professional driver and English-speaking guide is included (between Ushuaia hotel and airport or vice versa).
Tucked into an idyllic hillside above Ushuaia, Las Hayas Resort Hotel is only a 15 minute walk to the downtown area. The 93 guest rooms are large, and decorated with a flurry of colour. Enjoy a spectacular view from your room. The hotel has 2 restaurants, with Le Martial in high demand for its succulent meat cuts and fresh seafood. Take a walk into the city or check out the area's mountains, the Beagle Channel, and the forests.
This tour shows us diverse panoramic view points through which we can get an idea of the building industry and demographic growth of this unique city. It lasts around an hour during which the guide will give us a brief explanation of Ushuaia’s background, its urban development and the changes occurred throughout times. The final stop of the tour is in front of the "Maritime Museum of Ushuaia" located in the building of the former Prison of Ushuaia (or Re-offenders Prison of Tierra del Fuego). The prison, was closed down in 1947, later declared a National Historic Monument by the National Congress in April 1997. Nowadays, the Argentine Navy and the Maritime Museum of Ushuaia are recovering its facilities for visitors. You can find a variety of features including naval models collections, the history of the discovery of Antarctica and several other aspects such as southern fauna, gold seekers, first settlers, life in the prison and, most important of all – the expeditions and research under development.
Welcome aboard! This is a day for introductions and getting acquainted with your ship. Meet your fellow shipmates, be introduced to your Expedition Team and snap a few photographs of Ushuaia as you head to sea.
You'll receive a group transfer to the port for embarkation of your expedition vessel.
Sail aboard the remarkably comfortable Sea Spirit and experience the polar regions in grand style with spacious suites. Carrying a maximum of 112 passengers this outstanding vessel, approved for polar waters, is equipped with rubber inflatable boats - called Zodiacs- for shore transfers and cruising. Kayaking and camping options are available on select departures. All suites have facilities en suite and exterior views. Deluxe Suites, Premium Suites and the Owner's Suite have private balconies for viewing the breathtaking landscapes of the Arctic, Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands (Malvinas). Cruise with all the comfort of home - king-size beds (twin beds for those who prefer them), an open bar, balconies and a hot tub.
Your Expedition Team will treat you to a number of fun and informative lectures during your time at sea. Get further aquainted with your fellow expeditioners, as excitement builds on board.
Reaching the Antarctic Convergence is your first taste of what makes polar travel special. Here, the cold Antarctic waters meet and mix with the warmer waters of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans, creating the abundance of marine life that attracts whales and other species to this part of the world.
Once ruled by sealers and whalers, things have changed greatly on South Georgia. You’ll be happy to see that the once exploited and nearly vanquished seal and whale populations are now thriving.
Penguins abound here as well, with four different species to be on the lookout for. Some are a bit elusive, but the king penguins are impossible to miss, as their rookeries here number into the hundreds of thousands!
Often referred to as the Galapagos of the Poles, South Georgia contains an exceptional quantity of wildlife. Each landing you make on South Georgia will open your eyes to a new wonder of wildlife, including the odd elephant seal.
One significant and historic site that will be of interest is the grave of the great explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton. You can visit his grave at the settlement of Grytviken, which is also home to an old whaling station, museum and a small gift shop, church and scientific research station.
Say goodbye to the king penguins and elephant seals, as your next destination is Antarctica! Today is a day spent relaxingly at sea.
In between presentations on the wildlife, history and geology of Antarctica, you can spend time chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar. If conditions allow, your expedition may attempt landfall on the South Orkney Islands, which are officially in Antarctica.
Arriving in Antarctica is often a surprisingly emotional moment. Who knows how you’ll react, but the general reaction is a sense of reverence and awe. No other place on earth is like Antarctica, which is a land of extremes.
Complete silence in the middle of the day is something we’re unaccustomed to in our busy lives, so Antarctica puts many people into a contemplative mood. But not for too long, as a calving glacier may break the silence or a penguin comes waddling by to inspect your footwear.
Trekking up a glacier, visiting a research station or going on a Zodiac cruise amongst massive icebergs will become daily activities. It won’t take you long to tell the difference between Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals either, which are all found in this part of Antarctica.
Curious whales, such as Minkes, are often attracted to Zodiacs as well, giving you a chance to get close to these majestic animals. Every journey is full of surprises, even for the experienced Expedition Team, which means your journey will be unlike any before, or after it. This is untamed, unscripted nature at its best!
Wave goodbye to the penguins as the ship turns northward towards home. Crossing the Drake Passage is considered your unofficial rite of passage, completing your Antarctic adventure.
Enjoy some final moments mingling with your fellow travelers or listening to the expedition recaps from your Expedition Team. Tomorrow you will arrive back to Argentina.
Arriving back in Ushuaia this morning, you'll bid farwell to your expedition team and disembark from your ship.
Join your shared transfer to the airport with your fellow cruisemates.
Partake in a half day group tour with your own vehicle, driver and expert local guide to explore the Tierra del Fuego National Park, situated 11 km from Ushuaia. The park was established in 1960 with the intention of protecting the southernmost portion of the sub Antarctic forest and is made up of 63000 hectares. Unlike many other parks, it combines the ocean, forests and mountains. The biological richness of the Tierra del Fuego Island with its beautiful scenery is simply stunning. You can find animals such as red foxes, cauquenes, ducks, Patagonian wood peckers and more than 90 species of birds that are part of the Fuegian fauna, as well as beavers and rabbits, which were introduced to the island by colonizers. The forest is formed by lengas, guindos, ñires and valleys of peat and lichens. Ensenada Bay, Lake Roca and Lapataia Bay (the end of the Pan-American Highway that connects Alaska and Tierra del Fuego) give color to this unique place where we can still find reminders of the ancestral inhabitants: the yámanas. At the end of the tour you will be brought back to your hotel.
At world’s end, a dream begins, as unique as the nature that surrounds it. Fueguino Hotel Patagónico has privileged views of Martial Glaciar and mountain range, Beagle Channel, cruise ship dock and Ushuaia center. This new, modern hotel in located in Ushuaia's city center. The hotel has 53 warmly appointed guest rooms, each with panoramic views, Italian wood furnishings, with elements in stainless steel. Guest beds in same wood, with leather head boards. Large closets and mirror doors.
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