Antarctica

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This cruise takes you to the mystical Antarctic archipelago and the continent of Antarctica, with two nights in Buenos Aires. Explorers throughout the centuries have been mesmerized and captivated by the ice – today, you are that Antarctic explorer.

Floating castles of ice glisten in the warmth of the austral sun... glacial mountains rise from the sea, framed against a radiant sky... in an instant, a bright sun illuminates a floating regatta of ice formations... Explorers throughout the centuries have been captivated by the ice... Today, you are that Antarctic explorer. Few experiences can compare to the feeling you'll have as you head off on an expeditionary Antarctica cruise and immerse in the Earth Journeys experience, featuring custom-made BBC Earth on-tour film vignettes. Your adventure begins with two nights in amazing Buenos Aires, Argentina, then it's all aboard Le BoréalLe Soléal or L'Austral for a 10-night cruise. The locals, from penguins and seals to seabirds, welcome you ashore with friendly curiosity; learn about their life and icy habitats from onboard naturalists who educate and inspire. And at night, enjoy informal chats, onboard lectures, documentary films and warm camaraderie with fellow explorers, captain and crew.

Highlights
Floating castles of ice glisten in the warmth of the austral sun... glacial mountains rise from the sea, framed against a radiant sky... in an instant, a bright sun illuminates a floating regatta of ice formations... Explorers throughout the centuries have been captivated by the ice... Today, you are that Antarctic explorer. Few experiences can compare to the feeling you'll have as you head off on an expeditionary Antarctica cruise and immerse in the Earth Journeys experience, featuring custom-made BBC Earth on-tour film vignettes. Your adventure begins with two nights in amazing Buenos Aires, Argentina, then it's all aboard Le BoréalLe Soléal or L'Austral for a 10-night cruise. The locals, from penguins and seals to seabirds, welcome you ashore with friendly curiosity; learn about their life and icy habitats from onboard naturalists who educate and inspire. And at night, enjoy informal chats, onboard lectures, documentary films and warm camaraderie with fellow explorers, captain and crew.
Destinations
  • Buenos Aires
  • Argentina
Tour Types
  • Luxury
Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires

Tour begins: 2:00 PM, Alvear Art Hotel or the Hilton Buenos Aires. A transfer is included upon arrival at the Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport to the Alvear Art Hotel or the Hilton Buenos Aires. Your exploration of Buenos Aires begins this afternoon with a tour of the northern portion of the city. First, take the magnificent 9 de Julio Avenue and head north to the elegant neighborhoods of Palermo and Recoleta, with their wonderful parks and gardens, monuments and magnificent mansions. Then you’ll visit the Recoleta Cemetery; established in 1822 as the first public cemetery in Buenos Aires, it became the final resting place for many of the city's élite in the 1870s. Walk around the majestic necropolis, which features over 47,000 ornate mausoleums, vaults, tombs and funeral monuments. Trace back the history of the country through the important figures interred here, from Remedios Escalada de San Martín to Eva Perón, whose mausoleum attracts pilgrims and visitors from all over the world. Join us tonight for this evening's welcome reception and dinner featuring live music, tango dancers and lessons.

Location: Alvear Art Hotel

Day 2: More Buenos Aires Sightseeing

Your discovery of Buenos Aires continues today with more city sightseeing featuring the central and southern area. Your sightseeing today includes Buenos Aires’ Main Square, and Plaza de Mayo with its neo-classical Cathedral, colonial town-hall and the Presidential Palace, the “Casa Rosada”. Then it’s on to the old neighborhood of San Telmo with its narrow, cobbled-stone streets; and La Boca, home to multicolored tin houses and Buenos Aires’ soccer stadium. Finally, experience the modernization of the city as you travel along Puerto Madero, and see its docks and large buildings presenting the latest architectural trends. (NOTE: Depending on traffic conditions and the day of the week, the Main Square may be visited on day 1 of the tour instead of day 2.) The remainder of the day is free for you to explore on your own.

Location: Alvear Art Hotel

Day 3: Fly to Ushuaia / Embark Ship

Let your imagination soar as you fly down to Ushuaia, the southernmost point of South America, for the start of Tauck's Antarctica cruise. An afternoon visit to Tierra del Fuego National Park provides a closer look at the landscapes of this frontier town including lush forests, waterfalls, glaciers and mountains – and promises to whet your appetite for the expedition to follow. Your luxury yacht is docked here, and your 10-night Antarctica cruise begins. On-board amenities include all outside staterooms, two restaurants and lounges with evening entertainment, a fitness center, and multiple observation areas.

Location: L'Austral

Day 4: Cruising the infamous Drake Passage

Find your sea legs on a two-day crossing of the Drake Passage, named after 16th-century explorer Sir Francis Drake who sailed these waters back in the late 1500s. While there is no land in sight during this part of your Antarctica cruise, you will have an opportunity to spot whales, dolphins and petrels from the observation decks of your yacht. You can attend on-board lectures from your naturalist team whose specialties include oceanography, ornithology and more. You may also take the time to visit the spa or the gym, curl up with a book from the ship's library or visit the bridge to chart your ship's progress.

Location: L'Austral

Day 5: Getting closer to Antarctica

One more day to go until you spot your first sight of the Antarctic Peninsula islands. Once part of a large Equatorial land mass, these islands broke off on their own more than 180 million years ago and are now home to glacial landscapes and wildlife that are awe-inspiring in every way. If you haven't yet watched one of the ship's collection of documentaries, today might be a good day to do so.

Location: L'Austral

Day 6: Feel terra firma, Antarctic-style, under your feet

Wake up to a glacial wonderland. For the next four days, you'll be able to join an expedition team leader for a Zodiac excursion to any one of a number of Antarctic islands. Due to changing weather and shifting glacial patterns, your day-to-day itinerary will vary; each new day aboard this Antarctica cruise brings something different. Be on the lookout for seals on ice floes along the shore. Look up to spot seabirds flying against a cloudless blue sky. Look down in the waters where marine animals may be seen. At night, share stories during the daily cocktail hour and enjoy the camaraderie with fellow explorers.

Location: L'Austral

Day 7: Explore the world of the penguin

If conditions permit, take a shore excursion to a polar village populated by fascinating and very amusing penguins. Walk softly among them on the beaches where their rookeries are found. See them waddle and wave as they make treks into the sea and back with food for themselves and their families. Your naturalist guide will share expert insights with you about these locals!

Location: L'Austral

Day 8: The main attractions are made of ice... cruising the Archipelago

Dramatic icebergs, masterfully carved in all manner of shapes and sizes by the elements, don technicolor coats of blues, greens and snow whites and are the main event here in Antarctica. Get a closer look as you cruise among them and watch their transformation with the changing light of day. The sun never completely sets at this time of year so you can stroll on the deck late into the night and still enjoy an amazing glacial show.

Location: L'Austral

Day 9: Seabirds of different feathers

By your fourth day cruising the Antarctic Archipelago, you may have passed by Penguin Island, blessed with diverse wildlife such as chinstrap and Adélie penguins, southern giant petrels, Antarctic terns and skuas, and Hannah Point, one of the best places to see gentoo and macaroni penguins, blue-eyed shags, and Wilson's storm petrels, with the occasional fur seal or elephant seal among them. Don't worry if their names sound confusing; you will soon become a pro at identifying them with some help from your on-board ornithologists.

Location: L'Austral

Day 10: Whales and seals of Antarctica

The wildlife experts on your ship are eager to point out the region's fur seals and elephant seals who share the frigid waters with penguins and humpback whales. You may find a fur seal or two languidly sunning or sleeping on ice floes, their faces endearing with natural smiles, in large part because there are few native predators like polar bears here. Southern elephant seals, so named for their massive sizes and trunk-like noses of the males, prefer to hang out in beach parties; look for them on rocky island shores. As your captain skillfully navigates your yacht around Lemaire Channel, you'll have a good chance to see humpback whales, always a breathtaking sight. The evening colors are spectacular too!

Location: L'Austral

Day 11: Back through the Drake Passage

Your ship begins its voyage back through the Drake Passage today, making it the perfect time to record the experiences you had during the past week. Your private ship log might include your thoughts about the array of icebergs and the Swedish expeditioners' hut you saw in Hope Bay, or the old whaling station you encountered near Neptune's Bellows and that dip you were tempted to make in the hot geothermal springs there. You may have had an opportunity to meet the researchers and scientists of King George Island or explore the history of Elephant Island, linked to Ernest Shackleton and his men. Your stories will make great reading back home!

Location: L'Austral

Day 12: Enjoy your last day aboard ship as your cruise concludes

Savor your last day of your Antarctica cruise as you cross the Drake Passage again. Activities include on-board lectures that enrich your new-found knowledge; spa treatments that keep you relaxed and refreshed; work-out equipment that invigorates; and card games or chess tournaments with shipmates. Your last evening aboard ship is a perfect time to toast your expedition, and celebrate what for many travelers is their "seventh continent."

Location: L'Austral

Day 13: Cruise ends in Ushuaia – fly to Buenos Aires & home

Your Antarctica cruise ends when you disembark ship today in Ushuaia for your flight back to Buenos Aires. A transfer to Buenos Aires' (Ezeiza) Ministro Pistarini International Airport is included. Tour ends: 5:30 PM, Buenos Aires' (Ezeiza) Ministro Pistarini International Airport. You should allow three hours for flight check-in.

  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts plus other select BBC Earth touches
  • All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides, naturalists and ship staff
  • Cruise aboard one of Tauck's sleek sister ships, Le Boréal, Le Soléal or L'Austral, accompanied by onboard naturalists who share their expert insights
  • Your cruise may be a shared ship experience with non-Tauck guests onboard as well; all Tauck guests will be accompanied by one Tauck Director for approximately every 40 Tauck guests, and your itinerary will always be highlighted by exclusive, private Tauck shore excursions
  • Tauck provides you with a special, water-repellent hooded parka that you will receive aboard ship; this parka is yours to keep

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

Dates Price Single Availability
06-Dec-2020 for 12 Nights L'AUSTRAL Visit Website

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Meals:12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 11 dinners.
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