Antarctic Peninsula Adventure (with Antarctic Circle Crossing)


National Seniors Group Tour Including Buenos Aires + Ushuaia

Members from: $19,699 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $21,110 P.P Twin Share

  • Type

    Escorted Touring

  • Destination

    Worldwide

  • Supplier

    National Seniors Travel

  • Booking Code

    NSTANT

  • Departs

    6 March 2019

  • Company

    National Seniors Travel


Includes


  • Escorted by National Seniors Travel + local guide

  • Return Economy Airfares

  • All Breakfast, 2 Dinners, 2 lunches on land tour, All breakfasts. One Ocean Expedition Cruise: lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea

  • Transfers included

  • Half Day Guided City Tour of Buenos Aires

  • Full Day at Estancia Santa Fiesta Gaucha

  • Full Day Tour of Colonia with Lunch

  • Internal Flights

  • Accommodation Included

  • 10 nights aboard Antarctic Peninsula with Antarctic Circle Crossing on One Ocean

  • Cross the Antarctic Circle and witness the spectacular change of seasons

  • In-depth exploration of the Gerlache coastline and Antarctic Peninsula visting historic sites and science stations

  • Observe penguins, seabirds, seals and whales and learn about the environment, wildlife and ecology from polar experts

  • Zodiac excursions

  • Onshore hiking options

  • Wildlife observation

  • Photographer in Residence

  • Whale watching

  • Educational presentations

  • Active Cruising & Wellness

  • Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping. Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes

  • Cruise

    Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine bioligists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers


About this trip


CROSS THE ANTARCTIC CIRCLE AT THIS FASCINATING TIME OF THE SEASON 

March is a period of great transition in Antarctica as the short summer comes to an end. The arrival of Autumn brings prolonged hours of soft twilight and a distinct night time. The sunrises and sunsets in March provide a staggering palette of oranges, pinks and purples, setting the snowy mountains of the Antarctic continent ablaze with colour. With darkness, comes light - and in March, we have a very real chance of encountering the mythical Aurora Australis. These eerie lights dance across the night sky adding another layer of colour to our experience. We also witness the fascinating phenomenon of watching the sea ice freeze literally before our eyes, forming frazil and pancake patterns on the surface. Penguin chicks are fully grown and ready to take to the water and other forms of marine life, including seals and whales are on the move.

Our aim is to make landfall at Detaille Island, below the Antarctic Circle, where we venture on shore to explore an old science base from 1950s. We then navigate north into the Gerlache region and plan on visiting a working research station, more historic sites, and enjoy a zodiac cruise through the spectacular ‘iceberg graveyard’ at Pleneau Island. We transit the Lemaire Channel and work our way into Paradise Harbour, while Cuverville and Danco Island, located in the Erera Channel are other possibilities for shore landings. A final highlight is a visit to the enchanting South Shetland Islands. Returning to South America we have one final thrill - rounding the legendary maritime landmark of Cape Horn.

Expedition Highlights

› Cross the Antarctic Circle and witness the spectacular change of seasons› In-depth exploration of the Gerlache coastline and Antarctic Peninsula visting historic sites and science stations› Observe penguins, seabirds, seals and whales and learn about the environment, wildlife and ecology from polar experts

YOUR EXPEDITION INCLUDES:

Comprehensive pre-voyage information package including details to help you prepare for your trip Shipboard accommodation in your selected cabin category with daily housekeeping. Cabins feature outside views with windows or portholes All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board throughout your voyage with daily afternoon tea 24-hour tea, coffee, hot chocolate in bar/lounge plus in-cabin tea and coffee making facilities Experienced Expedition Leader and professional expedition team of marine bioligists, naturalists, historians, adventure guides and photographers  Daily off-ship excursions by zodiac boat breaking into small groups for shore landings Guided hikes and walks on shore of various durations for guests of all abilities Visits to wildlife colonies, historic sites, places of outstanding natural beauty and community visits Educational presentations and talks by polar experts in their fi eld (ie. marine biologists, naturalists, historians etc). Onboard or on shore   Resident photography guide available to assist all guests plus access to computers in the multimedia lab for image downloads, fi le back up and management An emergency trained Physician onboard every voyage Dedicated hospitality team including Hotel Manager, four chefs, professional bar staff and Adventure Concierge staff  Onboard sauna, plunge pool, Jacuzzi and fi tness centre including massage options (charge applies for massage and treatments)  Sea Kayaking programme available (additional charge of US$795pp) – must be reserved at the time of booking your voyage and you must have some prior paddling experience  Access to well stocked library full of polar reference books  End of voyage video, photos and take home USB Port fees and all permits to access visited areas

THE RIGHT SHIP = THE BEST EXPERIENCE

RCGS Resolute offers exceptional onboard facilities and provides an ideal platform for exploring Antarctica. She features the highest ice classifi cation of any passenger vessel in the world. Outstanding observation areas both inside and from the outer decks allow you to be completely absorbed by the coastal landscapes along the way. Our priority is to craft specially designed itineraries that provide you with maximum time in the pristine locations we visit. The vessel has capacity of just 146 guests and we are able to achieve our daily goals by breaking into smaller special interest groups. There are hiking options onshore, visiting penguin rookeries and wildlife colonies, historic sites and science bases. Cruising in the zodiacs photographing the icebergs, or observing marine life is a highlight for many. For the more adventurous, sea kayaking is another memorable Antarctic experience. To learn more about this exceptional vessel, request a copy of the Ship Fact Sheet containing detailed specifi cations and additional information about cabins and other facilities.


Itinerary


  1. Day 1

    6 March 19 Arrive Buenos Aires

    Welcome to Buenos Aires, You are met and transferred to your hotel.
    Enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.
    Recoleta Grand Hotel

  2. Day 2

    7 March 19 Buenos Aires

    After breakfast enjoy a half day city tour of Buenos Aires. Discover this unique city with its mix of colonial architecture and European influences on an excursion that portrays the many faces of Buenos Aires.
    This evening, enjoy The Argentine Experience. The Argentine Experience is designed to give you an introduction to the best of Argentine cuisine and culture. This is not a cooking class, but a fun and unique experience. The team of guides is on hand to take you through every step of this culinary journey. Choose your gourmet fillings and create your own empanada, learning the traditional ‘replunge’ technique. Alongside your creations, enjoy grilled provoleta cheese with sliced chorizo and homemade chimichurri. Enjoy what many claim to be the very best steak in Argentina, cooked to order. There will be wines from boutique wineries in Mendoza, paired to complement your meal. For dessert make your own alfajores, Argentina’s national sweet. Finally, learn about the history and etiquette of drinking mate, Argentina’s national pastime, and prepare it from scratch.

  3. Day 3

    8 March 19 Buenos Aires

    After breakfast, visit the Argentine countryside to enjoy a day at Estancia Santa Susana. Typical empanadas and Argentine Wine will be served when you arrive and for lunch enjoy a delicious Argentine-style barbeque. A folkloric show with music and dance will take place. Typical Gauchos will show their horse riding skills.

  4. Day 4

    9 March 19 Buenos Aires

    Day at Leisure

  5. Day 5

    10 March 19 Buenos Aires - Ushuaia

    After Breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ushuaia.
    On arrival in Ushuaia, you are met and transferred to your hotel.

  6. Day 6

    11 March 19 Ushuaia

    After Breakfast, you are transferred to the Port to board your cruise.

  7. Day 7

    Expedition Cruise

    DAY 1 / USHUAIA (ARGENTINA) (MONDAY, 11 MARCH, 2019)
    Our journey to Antarctica commences this afternoon in Ushuaia, in southern Argentina. We gather at our central meeting point, transfer to the pier and embark our expedition ship. After settling into our cabins and exploring the ship, we meet our expedition team and fellow passengers. Excitement is in the air as we enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner and cast off, bound for Antarctica and the adventure of a lifetime.

  8. Day 8

    Expedition Cruise

    DAYS 2-3 / AT SEA – TOWARDS THE ANTARCTIC CIRCLE
    We chart a southerly course and can reach our goal of the Antarctic Circle due to the capabilities of our expedition vessel - RCGS Resolute. Her superior speed ensures a swift crossing of the Drake Passage on our way south of the circle. This stretch of water is rich in its bio-diversity and showcases an abundance of wildlife. We will be joined by hundreds of seabirds including the celebrated wandering albatross. Giant petrels and smaller Cape petrels are also constant companions as we make our way south. Photographing these magnificent birds takes patience and skill and our photography expert will be on hand to show you the best techniques. Later, perhaps join the ship’s Captain on the bridge and learn about the operations of our modern research vessel. Throughout the journey our onboard experts educate us with a series of presentations about the environment, the wildlife and history. The presence of icebergs announces our arrival into Antarctic waters.

  9. Day 9

    Expedition Cruise

    DAY 4 / MATHA STRAIT AND THE ANTARCTIC CIRCLE
    We awaken today, and the magnificent snowy peaks of continental Antarctica are laid out before us. We plan to navigate via Matha Strait and will attempt a shore landing at Detaille Island, below the Antarctic Circle. An abandoned British science station - ‘Base W’ was established in the 1950s and is in a remarkable state of preservation. For the history buffs this is a fascinating place providing a glimpse into the harsh life of early Antarctic visitors. We toast our success on crossing the Antarctic Circle turning our gaze northwards, viewing the spectacular chain of glacier-covered peaks stretching as far as the eye can see. This coastline begs further exploration.

  10. Day 10

    Expedition Cruise

    DAYS 5-7 / ANTARCTIC PENINSULA EXPLORATION AND SOUTHERN GERLACHE COASTLINE
    Overnight we have navigated north towards the low-lying Yalour Island group. We hope to visit a working scientific base to learn of the important climate-related research happening here. A hike over the snowy saddle of nearby Winter Island allows us to stretch our legs and explore the old British Antarctic Survey hut. Petermann Island is home to a sizable Adelie penguin rookery. Adelies - the smallest of the Antarctic penguins nest here and share the location with Gentoo penguins and Imperial cormorants. The view to the north of Mount Shackleton and Mount Scott is impressive. These towering granite sentinels mark the southern entrance to the Lemaire Channel. Nearby Pleneau Island offers more opportunities for shore landings. Just offshore, in the shallow waters of the Penola Strait, massive icebergs run aground. Constant wind and wave action sculpt these gargantuan chunks of ice into fantastic shapes, revealing more shades of blue than you could ever imagine. For many, a zodiac cruise here will be a highlight of the voyage.
    We aim to transit the Lemaire Channel on our way north towards Paradise Harbour. This may be the first opportunity to step foot on the continent of Antarctica itself. Nearby Neko Harbour offers another continental landing. Both locations offer great hiking opportunities up to panoramic view points. For the sea kayakers, the paddling opportunities here are endless. Expect to be in full sensory overload by this time of the voyage. Orne Harbour is another beautiful location we hope to visit and the hike up to a rocky knoll provides stunning views and great access to a chinstrap penguin rookery. At Cuverville Island, there is a large Gentoo penguin colony which we observe at close quarters. Leopard seals are often sighted cruising the shallows along the landing site. For the kayakers, a full circumnavigation of the island is a possibility. We navigate into Willhelmina Bay – a known location for large numbers of humpback whales which we view in close proximity from the ship or when out zodiac cruising.
    After several busy days of exploration along the Peninsula, we head north across the Bransfield Strait, bound for the South Shetland Islands. This is an important whale migration corridor and we expect sightings of humpbacks, or the resident pod of Orca that inhabit this stretch of water.

  11. Day 11

    Expedition Cruise

    DAY 8 / SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
    By morning we arrive in the South Shetland Islands. The adventure is not over and if the weather conditions allow, we sail the ship into the flooded volcanic caldera at Deception Island. This is a very dramatic place and history is all around us as we explore the old whaling station, with the rusted old boilers and dilapidated wooden huts. At the far end of the beach is an old aircraft hangar. This is where Australian, Sir Hubert Wilkins made the very first flight in Antarctica in 1928. There is also an outstanding hike, high up onto the rim of the crater.
    After leaving Deception Island, we cruise along the coast of Livingston Island which in a sunny day is a memorable experience. There are several other landing sites in the South Shetlands including Half Moon Island, or the broad pebbly beach at Yankee Harbour, where we sometimes encounter Weddell seals sunning themselves. This is another great spot for a hike or a zodiac cruise. Hannah Point, with its elephant seal colony and nesting Antarctic petrels is another possibility. In the evening, we navigate north through the McFarlane Strait and into the Drake Passage.

  12. Day 12

    Expedition Cruise

    DAYS 9-10 / DRAKE PASSAGE – RETURN TO SOUTH AMERICA
    As we make our way back to South America, the educational presentations continue and we enjoy an entertaining and memorable voyage recap by our Expedition Leader. Join our photography experts in the multimedia room and download and back up your precious images. If weather conditions allow, we hope to make a rounding of Cape Horn. This fabled stretch of water is home to legendary tales of exploration and early navigation. It’s a fitting place to reflect on a wonderful expedition. Approaching the entrance to the Beagle Channel in early evening light, we enjoy a special dinner attended by the Captain of the ship.

  13. Day 13

    Expedition Cruise

    DAY 11 / ARRIVE USHUAIA (ARGENTINA) – VOYAGE CONCLUDES – (THURDAY, 21 MARCH, 2019)
    In the early morning, we arrive into Ushuaia, Argentina. It is time to say farewell to your crew and fellow travellers. Guests will be transported to their hotels or to the airport for return flights home. It will be possible to connect to flights through to Buenos Aires or other destinations in South America. Otherwise enjoy a night in town or venture further afield to explore the highlights of Patagonia.

  14. Day 14

    21 March 19 Ushuaia – Buenos Aires

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires.
    On arrival in Buenos Aires, you are met and transferred to your Hotel.
    Recoleta Grand Hotel Buenos Aires

  15. Day 15

    22 March 19 Buenos Aires

    Late check out from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.


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