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Tour highlights

  • Travel in luxury on board but still enjoy expedition style landings.

  • On board specialists.

  • High proportion of staff to passengers.

  • Antarctic wildlife and scenery.

Price includes

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodations

Itinerary idea in detail

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  • Arrive in Buenos Aires. Have the afternoon to explore Argentina's diverse capital.

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  • Fly to the world's most southerly city of Ushuaia.

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  • Free time to explore the city before you board the ship and set sail along the Beagle channel. Luxury ships in Antarctica give you a five star experience on board but still offer the landings you would expect on an expedition. On board you will find dedicated hotel staff in addition to the expedition team who are there to make your stay on board as comfortable as possible. Ships often have full spa facilities as well.

  • Crossing the Drake Passage.

  • Come to the end of the Drake Passage and start to spot the first icebergs as you approach the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

  • Shore landings and excursions on the Antarctic Peninsula and nearby islands such as Peterman, Livingston and Deception. There will generally be two excursions per day.

  • Today your vessel may visit Deception Island, a horseshoe-shaped volcanic caldera that is part of the South Shetland Islands. After squeezing through Neptune's Bellows, a narrow gap in the rocks, you might go ashore to explore an abandoned research station. There's also the novelty of bathing in Antarctic water in Pendulum Cove's hot springs.

  • Make sure you're out on deck today, as your vessel may sail through the Lemaire Channel. Named after a Belgian explorer to the Congo, this strait slicing between Booth Island and the Peninsula is bordered by towering cliffs of ice and glaciers. It's often choked with huge icebergs. If it's a still, sunny day, you'll get an added bonus - crystalline reflections of the cliffs and icebergs in the millpond-like waters.

  • Today, if weather conditions allow, you might make a shore landing to explore a working research station (most likely a British or Argentine-owned station). You'll meet the people who work here, ranging from engineers to chefs, and get a sense of what it's like to live and work in such a remote place and often in harsh, extreme conditions. It's also a great way of learning about the politics of Antarctica and its global governance under the Antarctic Treaty System.

  • If a shore landing is possible, today might see you walking and sitting among a penguin colony. Species include chinstraps and gentoos, and you'll be surprised at the cacophony they make. It's also possible to view some colonies from on board your vessel.

  • Start the crossing back over the Drake Passage.

  • At sea, crossing Drake Passage.

  • Early morning arrival back in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for a flight to Buenos Aires, where you will spend the night.

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  • Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

When to go

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July is one of the best times to visit
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Ushuaia & Tierra del Fuego
 
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