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Antarctica Cruise Expedition

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  • $8999
    Air+Tax Included
  • 17
    Days
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ANTARCTIC PENINSULA, USHUAIA, CAPE HORN AND DRAKE PASSAGE

On this epic adventure, you begin by exploring the historic city of Buenos Aires before boarding a ship for your 11-night Antarctic expedition. Surrounded by gorgeous mountains, you’ll sail out of the Beagle Channel into Drake Passage, spotting wildlife along the way. Stopping throughout the South Shetland Islands next, you can start to explore the Antarctic landscape, take in incredible views of glaciers, and find animals such as seals, penguins, seabirds, and more. As you continue on, the ship will navigate through the many beautiful bays of the Antarctic Peninsula, offering rare landings to discover even more of this dramatic landscape. Finally, pass the famous Cape Horn en route back to Argentina for your last night of this one-in-a-lifetime journey.

*November 2020 onward, the tour will be 16 days long and will feature a brand new, state-of-the-art cruise ship, the MS Fridtjof Nansen! Earlier departures are 17-day tours featuring the ice-class 1X ship, MS Midnatsol.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • International flight
  • 2 nights in Buenos Aires
  • 10/11-night Antarctica Cruise*
  • 1 night in Buenos Aires

Tour
Highlights

  • Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Navigate the Beagle Channel
  • Cross the Drake Passage
  • Traverse Cape Horn
  • South Shetland Islands
  • Explorations by Zodiac (small boat)
  • Get Close to penguins & seals
  • Hear the roar of the glaciers

Activity Level: Explorer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip international airfare from Miami
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-South America flights, ground transportation and transfers
  • 3 nights in a deluxe hotel in Buenos Aires
  • Once-in-a-lifetime Antarctic expedition
  • Buenos Aires City Tour
  • Ushuaia Orientation Tour
  • 37 Meals: 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 13 dinners
  • English-speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Experienced Cruise Expedition Team

Tour Itinerary

Note that weather conditions may affect the cruise itinerary. The itinerary below is subject to change without prior notice and serves only as a guide of possible sightseeing. During your cruise you can expect regular briefings with updates regarding the route and shore landings.

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart USA

Your unforgettable journey to Antarctica begins as you depart Miami today.

Arrive in Buenos Aires

Today, arrive in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. This cosmopolitan city has a strong European influence which is reflected in its refined cuisine, luxurious boutiques, and in the elegance of its inhabitants. You’ll be met by your tour director at the airport and escorted to your deluxe hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner where you’ll have the opportunity to savor some delicious Argentinean beef. Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta | Dinner

Buenos Aires

After breakfast enjoy a city tour of Buenos Aires! Begin at the famous 9 de Julio Avenue, known as the widest avenue of the world. Pass by the beautiful Colon Theater, the cultural pride of Buenos Aires. Next, visit Plaza de Mayo, the main square, which is surrounded by the Casa Rosada (Government House), the Cabildo (first City Hall), and the Metropolitan Cathedral. Inside the Cathedral, you’ll find that the walls and ceilings are decorated with beautiful frescoes, while the floor features Venetian-style mosaics. Continue to San Telmo, a historical neighborhood and the eldest…

Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

Today, transfer to the airport for your flight to charming Ushuaia located at the southern tip of Argentina. Upon arrival in Ushuaia you will be met and transferred to the MS Midnatsol cruise ship for your Antarctic Cruise. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner aboard the ship. MS Midnatsol |Breakfast|Dinner|

*Note: The MS Midnatsol will take you as close as possible to Antarctica’s wildlife and untouched wilderness. Weather conditions may affect the cruise itinerary. The itinerary below is subject to change without prior notice and serves only…

Antarctic Cruise: Drake Passage

Today you’ll travel through the Beagle Channel, a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago, located on the southern tip of South America. You’ll enter Drake Passage, named for the privateer Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in the 16th century. This body of water is where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet and divides the sub-polar conditions of South America from the polar climate and conditions of Antarctica. Here, you’ll have an opportunity to see whales and numerous seabirds like the black-browed albatross and white-chinned petrels. Today you’ll also…

Antarctic Cruise: Drake Passage

Continue through the Drake Passage today and watch for your first glimpses of Antarctica’s penguins and seals. From the observation deck, learn about the rich diversity of Antarctica from its whales, dolphins, seals, and seabirds. |Breakfast|Lunch|Dinner|

*Note: The Drake Passage is known for rough waters.

Antarctic Cruise: South Shetland Islands

See the spectacular South Shetland Islands which consist of eleven major islands and some minor ones with a total land area of 1,424 square miles. Despite the harsh climate, the South Shetland Islands serve as a wildlife haven for seabirds, seals, and penguins, and support vegetation like algae, mosses and lichens. Weather permitting, enjoy a hike at one of the minor islands, Half Moon Island, a stunning crescent-shaped island with serrated cliffs. Identified as an Important Bird Area, this island is home to a breeding colony for south polar skuas. Here you may also see kelp gulls,…

Antarctic Cruise: South Shetland Islands

Visit Yankee Harbour, an inner harbor on Greenwich Island. Early sealers used Yankee Harbour as a base of operations and evidence of their time here remains today. Today, you’ll find a large Gentoo penguin colony with approximately 4000 breeding pairs! |Breakfast|Lunch|Dinner|

Your ship will take you as close as possible to Antarctica’s wildlife and untouched wilderness. The cruise itinerary that follows highlights the landings we hope to make. During your cruise you can expect wet landings with typically 60 – 90 minutes on shore (subject to change based on weather).

Antarctic Cruise: Antarctic Peninsula

Travel through the spectacular Errera Channel, navigating between the icebergs to Cuverville Island where you’ll see colonies of chinstrap penguins. Breakfast|Lunch|Dinner.

Your ship will take you as close as possible to Antarctica’s wildlife and untouched wilderness. The cruise itinerary that follows highlights the landings we hope to make. During your cruise you can expect wet landings with typically 60 – 90 minutes on shore (subject to change based on weather).

Antarctic Cruise: Antarctic Peninsula

Visit Neko Harbour in Andvord Bay, one of the few places where you can land on the Antarctic mainland. This harbor is surrounded by glacier walls and mountains, and is home to a colony of Gentoo penguins. |Breakfast|Lunch|Dinner|

Your ship will take you as close as possible to Antarctica’s wildlife and untouched wilderness. The cruise itinerary that follows highlights the landings we hope to make. During your cruise you can expect wet landings with typically 60 – 90 minutes on shore (subject to change based on weather).

Antarctic Cruise: Antarctic Peninsula

Visit the aptly named Paradise Bay. Here you’ll have another rare opportunity to land on the Antarctic mainland for breathtaking views of the Antarctic. You’ll also find the Argentinean Almirante Brown Antarctic base, and the Chilean Gonzalez Videla Antarctic base. |Breakfast|Lunch|Dinner|

The MS Midnatsol will take you as close as possible to Antarctica’s wildlife and untouched wilderness. The cruise itinerary that follows highlights the landings we hope to make. During your cruise you can expect wet landings with typically 60 – 90 minutes on…

Antarctic Cruise: Antarctic Peninsula

Today, travel through the pristine waters of Wilhelmina Bay, named for the Queen of the Netherlands. This area is known for its scenic beauty and large population of Humpback Whales, earning the nickname “Whale-mina Bay.” |Breakfast|Lunch|Dinner|

Your ship will take you as close as possible to Antarctica’s wildlife and untouched wilderness. The cruise itinerary highlights the landings we hope to make. During your cruise you can expect wet landings with typically 60 – 90 minutes on shore (subject to change based on weather).

Antarctic Cruise: Returning

Today, begin the return route back to Ushuaia, sailing through the Drake Passage. Enjoy some of your last glimpses of Antarctica’s beauty, and consider joining the activities available on board. |Breakfast|Lunch|Dinner| 

Antarctic Cruise: Returning

Continue sailing through the Drake Passage, passing Cape Horn, Tierra del Fuego archipelago’s southernmost headland. Cape Horn was named by Dutchman Willem Schouten after the city in the Netherlands, and served as a major landmark for ships sailing around the world. Consider taking part in the activities on board the ship, and this evening enjoy a farewell dinner. |Breakfast|Lunch|Dinner|

Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

After you disembark, transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer to the hotel. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner. Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel |Breakfast|Dinner|

Depart Buenos Aires

Today is at your leisure to explore Buenos Aires independently. You might consider a half-day Tigre tour. Later today, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA. Breakfast.

Arrive in USA

Arrival back to the USA. Welcome home!

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Rates are based on double occupancy.
2019 Departures: Single room supplement is $3295.
Feb – Mar 2020 Departures: Single room supplement is $3395.
Nov – Dec 2020 Departures: Single room supplement is $3569.

MS MIDNATSOL CABIN UPGRADES:

Polar Inside Cabin (I): Included Cabin
Polar Outside Cabin (J): +$200 double occupancy / $350 single occupancy
Polar Outside Cabin (N & O): +$550 double occupancy / $950 single occupancy
Arctic Superior Cabin (P, U, & QJ): +$950 double occupancy / $1650 single occupancy
Note: Cabin layouts vary within each category. Specific cabin placement is at the ship’s discretion and cannot be arranged in advance.

MS FRIDTJOF NANSEN CABIN UPGRADES:

Polar Outside Cabin (TY, RR): Included Cabin
Arctic Superior Cabin (XT, XTD, XY): +$1649 double occupancy / $5,948 single occupancy
Expedition Suite (MA, MB, MC, MD, ME, MF): +$2889 double occupancy / $13188 single occupancy
Note: Cabin layouts vary within each category. Specific cabin placement is at the ship’s discretion and cannot be arranged in advance.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $1000 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 120 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

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Buenos Aires: Tango Show with Dinner

  • Day 3
  • From approx. $125 Per Person

Enjoy a lovely dinner with an exciting tango show at one of the most classic tango clubs in Buenos Aires. The Argentine Tango is a very different from the Tango seen in American ballroom dancing. Developed in Buenos Aires, there are several styles of Argentine Tango.

Tigre Delta Morning Excursion

  • Day 16
  • From approx. $86 Per Person

The Tigre Delta, located on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, with its rivers, streams and numerous green islands is one of the most attractive areas for visitors. The continuous sediment of the Parana River, which gives the river and estuary their particular brownish-red color, forms the Delta Islands. After arrival, enjoy a delightful one-hour ride on a comfortable boat along the water passageways. En route to the Delta, you will cross the Northern suburbs of the city, where you’ll see some of the most exclusive mansions facing the river. (A minimum of 8 participants…

Reviews

Kenneth

Going to Antarctica was the best trip I have ever taken. Smartours arranged a perfect tour. There is not a single thing that went wrong. Everything about it was excellent ! I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. Great job Smartours !!! - Ken Jackson

Anonymous

Everything went very well on my trip to Antarctica. The ship was and crew were exceptional. Transportation was well arranged. The best was our guide, Nickolas Patti. He did a wonderful job! He was helpful, informative and kind. He took great care of us and made us feel safe and secure. Our group was small and friendly. We had no problems at all. The trip was well organized and I recommend Nickolas highly as a tour guide. We have taken over 10 trips with Smartours and he was the BEST.

Maria

Our trip to Antarctia was wonderful. So glad we went! Our tour guide was always on hand. The landings we made and the Midnastol were perfect. Ship captain kept us safe even during the stormy Drake Crossing. Food was much better than we expected. On the downside we had an awful room even though we paid $2000 extra. Beds need to be replaced. Also Latam Airline had a crazy policy of assigning random seats to couples so that my husband and I were far apart for our overnight trip from Miami to Buenos Aires. (Yes we got strangers to switch with us).
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