(Buenos Aires, Ushuaia)
Explore Buenos Aires and Tierra del Fuego National Park with your private guide before you embark on a unique voyage to Antarctica with a team of naturalists who are highly passionate about this region. Set sail in a cruise vessel well-equipped for this icy frontier, with all of the comforts of a luxurious cruiseliner. Outings in Zodiacs will provide close-up encounters of extraordinary wildlife, against a backdrop of majestic glaciers and tabular icebergs. Such incredible sights, not even a photograph will begin to illustrate- but don't forget your camera!
Available Cruise Departure Dates:
2012: Dec 11
2013: Jan 29, Feb 8, Feb 18
Enjoy a private airport (International) transfer with professional driver and English speaking Guide.
Architectonically speaking, Buenos Aires is one of the most fascinating cities in Latin America. Meet your private guide and transportation at your hotel for an exciting and educational half-day journey, allowing you to get a glimpse of the city’s rich history through its buildings. You’ll begin at Plaza de Mayo, where you’ll observe the most conspicuous of Buenos Aires’ Colonial buildings: the Cabildo, primitive town hall. Admire the neoclassical Metropolitan Cathedral, and the Presidential Palace, known as the Pink House, with its peculiar asymmetrical façade. Finally, we trace the tracks of Monumentalism, a school so dear to Fascism, visible in the Ministry of Economics building. Next you’ll walk across Avenida de Mayo to see the monumental Barolo Palace and Congress. You will then head for Puerto Madero, a cutting-edge urban renovation project initiated in 1991, where you will focus on an area known as ‘Little Manhattan’, which concentrates a handful of state-of-the-art, intelligent buildings created by the greatest Argentine architects, such as César Pelli and Mario Roberto Álvarez. Pass by the great Colon Theater on your way to Plaza San Martin, location of South America’s first skyscraper. Continue to Recoleta, featuring the great Recoleta Cemetery, and a Colonial church built in 1732. Return to port.
Hotel Madero is placed in the wistful and scenic Puerto Madero area, and is a beautiful hotel to stay in while getting to know the fiery city of Buenos Aires. The 197 rooms offer a vast space in which one can relax and unwind, with great views. The culinary skills of the French chef at Madero's Red Resto & Lounge, are showcased via French specialties fused with international. Spend time at the bars, sipping on cocktails, or drop by the pool for a refreshing swim.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Buenos Aires with a professional driver and English speaking Guide.
Fly from Buenos Aires domestic airport to Ushuaia. Note flights are subject to changes based on availability. The flight duration is approximately 3.5 hour.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer with vehicle, English speaking guide and driver.
Partake in a half day private tour with your own vehicle, driver and 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.
Located at one of the most exotic places in the world, at the shore of Beagle Channel and with a beautiful view of the snow-covered peaks of the magnificent Andes Mountain Range, Los Cauquenes matches his rustic architecture in lenga wood and stone, with an impressive natural surrounding to offer a unique experience in high standard hotels. Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa has direct access to the beaches on Beagle Channel, allowing the guests to be in contact with incredibly transparent waters and the blue deepness of the South Atlantic.
Enjoy a private cruise pier transfer with vehicle, English speaking guide and driver.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom and explore the length of the ship. You'll set sail in the early evening to begin your voyage to Antarctica.
The superb L'Austral mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to a core philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being. A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. Precious materials in smoothing neutral tones are brought to life with splashes of cheerful reds. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
Today is a full day spent at sea. To reach the mythical "White Continent" you will cross the notorious Drake Passage named after the famous explorer, Sir Frances Drake, who sailed in these waters way back in 1578. You will then traverse the Polar Front which marks the area where waters from the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans meet.
You'll continue sailing onward toward Antarctica today, mentally preparing yourself for the incredible experience ahead, as you arrive in Neko Bay tomorrow for your first views of the majestic White Continent.
The magic continues when you arrive in Neko Bay: mountains, snow, ice and nature in the wild combine to create a unique landscape in a muffled atmosphere, broken only by the haunting cries of Cape petrels and cormorants. Even further south in the heart of this glacial universe the high cliffs of Booth Island and Cape Renard mark the entrance to the Lemaire Channel, a paradise renowned throughout the world for its spectacular beauty.
Sail between Pleneau Island and Port Lockroy, with exciting Zodiac excursions and wildlife encounters along the way.
The gentoo penguins of Cuverville Island will dazzle while you explore this dark, rocky island. Also, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for whales in the Gerlache Strait.
At Deception Island you will marvel at one of the largest colonies of Chinstrap penguins on the planet.
Your call at Brown Bluff on the Antarctic continent brings you to the foot of an imposing cliff where you will find a colony of 20,000 Adelie penguin couples. You'll also cruise the Weddell Sea today, one of the multiple areas you can spot a Weddell seal.
Today you'll begin the journey back toward Argentina, leaving Antarctica behind. Your route will take you through the Drake Passage yet again. Keep your eyes open for whales, or the omnipresent seabirds that will accompany you along the way.
As your continue north toward Ushuaia, look back at all of the amazing things you've experienced on your expedition. A true once-in-a-lifetime voyage.
Back in Ushuaia, disembarkation will begin after breakfast. Bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates as you step foot back on Argentinian soil.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Argentina for the most up to date visa information.
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