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Antarctic Grandeur: An Expedition from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires - 2024

Buenos Aires • 12-night expedition cruise with roundtrip included flight to and from Ushuaia, Drake Passage, 7 days in Antarctica, Ushuaia • Buenos Aires
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    TAKE IN BEAUTIFUL VISTAS AS YOU CRUISE INTO USHUAIA, THE WORLD'S SOUTHERNMOST CITY
  • Buenos Aires Citscape Buenos Aires • expedition cruise with Ushuaia, Drake Passage, the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia with Grytviken, Port Stanley & the Falkland Islands • Buenos Aires
    FAMED FOR ITS ARCHITECTURE, CUISINE, AND THE PASSIONATE TANGO, BUENOS AIRES IS ARGUABLY SOUTH AMERICA’S MOST COSMOPOLITAN CITY
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    YOU’LL ENJOY A PRIVATE TANGO PERFORMANCE DURING YOUR WELCOME DINNER IN BUENOS AIRES
  • Easter Island Extension | Buenos Aires • expedition cruise with Ushuaia, Drake Passage, the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia with Grytviken, Port Stanley & the Falkland Islands • Buenos Aires
    TREAT YOURSELF TO A POLYNESIAN ISLAND EXPERIENCE IN THE “NAVEL OF THE WORLD” ON A PRE-TRIP EXTENSION TO EASTER ISLAND
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    CRUISE ON THE OCEAN EXPLORER, AN AGILE AND STATE-OF-THE-ART EXPEDITION VESSEL THAT CAN NAVIGATE TO PLACES LARGER SHIPS CAN’T
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What to Expect

Activity Level

Takes into consideration the physical requirements for each of the trips, walking, hiking, climbing in and out of safari vehicles etc.
           Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Pacing

Takes into consideration the length of bus rides, flights, number of destinations in the number of days
           Moderate

Pacing is sometimes robust, and may include several long days with early hotel departures, active sightseeing and evening activities. Opportunities for daytime rest and rejuvenation may be limited on most days. May include significant motor coach time, two or more on-tour flights, and/or occasional travel via non-traditional means such as safari vehicles, Zodiac ship tenders, rickshaws/pedi-cabs, etc.

PACING:

This trip is easy paced, but has a moderate rating due to the nature of your activities.

  • Your 17-day expedition cruisetour includes 12 nights onboard the 5-star m/s Ocean Explorer; plus Moderate Deluxe hotel stays for 3 nights total (2 in the beginning of your trip and one at the end) in Buenos Aires. (The 17 days includes the day you depart from home and your overnight flight, plus the day you depart for home.)
  • Over the course of 17 days you'll see Buenos Aires and Ushuaia in Argentina, and make landfall approximately eleven (or more) times in Antarctica, based on local conditions. Sightseeing and expeditions are usually offered in 2-3 hour increments, with time to relax every day.
  • There are 4 days at sea when you have ample time to relax and enjoy the amenities on board your luxury expedition vessel. Attend workshops and lectures presented by your expedition team; and weather and sea conditions permitting, do onboard whale- and birdwatching.
  • We often cruise overnight but some scenic sailing will be conducted during daylight hours.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

You should be in good health to fully enjoy this tour.

  • This journey does not require walking for great distances, but you will be on your feet for two to three hours at a time.
  • Some more challenging hikes will also be offered.
  • Much of your exploration takes place in remote, icy and natural settings where you should be sure-footed.
  • You should be able to climb in and out of landing boats, and sometimes wade through shallow water. (Waterproof boots are available onboard and free of charge.)
  • City sightseeing takes place in air-conditioned coaches with guides.
  • You will have the opportunity to explore in Zodiac boats, hike, and kayak.
  • This cruisetour is not suitable for those who have difficulty walking or require wheelchairs or other mobility aids. Please refer to Vantage's wheelchair and handicapped traveler policy.

Be advised that the m/s Ocean Explorer does not have an elevator. Please let our Reservations Specialist know when reserving if you require the use of an elevator so that they can work with you to select an alternative tour.

TERRAIN & TRANSPORTATION:

  • Your ship is your main means of transportation between destinations.
  • In cities, land transportation is conducted on board deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoaches.
  • You will make frequent use of our Zodiac landing craft to access remote Antarctic shores. Boarding these craft from the Ocean Explorer takes place from a stable, water-level platform with handrails. Your expedition team leaders will assist with your embarkation and disembarkation.
  • Getting out of the Zodiacs on shore may require walking through shallow water; complimentary, waterproof boots are available for loan on board ship. Your expedition team will assist you getting out of the boat and onto the shore.
  • The itinerary also includes round-trip charter flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia in Tierra Del Fuego.

CLIMATE:

Because it lies in the Southern Hemisphere, seasons in Antarctica are the opposite of seasons in the north. Summer runs from October to February and winter covers the remainder of the year. Antarctic summers average just above freezing, with the more mountainous East Antarctica colder than its western counterpart. Please refer to the climate chart for more details.

  • You will receive a complimentary thermal expedition jacket as our gift. Otherwise, there will be some temperature variations between Buenos Aires and Antarctica so pack accordingly and plan on dressing in layers. Bring several pairs of long pants, sweaters, jackets, and warm hats and gloves for those brisk days at sea and island exploration; and some lighter outfits for Buenos Aires.
  • During your days at sea it can occasionally be windy and rough, and there is a chance of rain.
  • Cold temperatures notwithstanding, the sun is glaring so sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats are musts.

Please note: Ocean cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew.

Important: Day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert.

Please note: Ocean-cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew. This itinerary is representative of the discoveries planned for the Antarctic region. Flexibility is a hallmark of our explorations, and your day-by-day cruise itinerary may change based on the weather and local conditions; as well as opportunities to take full advantage of rare wildlife sightings. Our captain and crew will ascertain the ideal locations for actual shore landings.

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