Antarctica

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Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Finish: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Overview

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. Your adventure begins with two nights in amazing Buenos Aires, Argentina, then it's all aboard Le Boréal, Le Soléal or Le Lyrial 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. .......read more
Highlights
  • Cruise aboard one of Tauck's sleek sister ships, Le Boréal, Le Soléal or Le Lyrial, accompanied by onboard naturalists who share their expert insights
  • Tauck provides you with a special, water-repellent hooded parka that you will receive aboard ship; this parka is yours to keep
  • All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides, naturalists and ship staff
  • 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
  • Shore Excursions to islands in the Antarctic Archipelago that are guided by expert naturalists, ornithologists, historians or oceanographers
  • Two nights in a premium hotel in Buenos Aires in the heart of the city

Itinerary

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tour begins: 2:00 PM, Hilton Buenos Aires. A transfer is included upon arrival at the Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport to 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 elite 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. Return to the hotel for this evening's welcome reception and dinner featuring live music, tango dancers and lessons.

Accommodation Name: Hilton Buenos Aires

Meals: Dinner

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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, 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.

Accommodation Name: Hilton Buenos Aires

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Let your imagination soar as you fly down to Ushuaia, the southernmost point of South America, for the start of Tauck's 10-night Antarctica cruise. On-board amenities include all outside staterooms, two restaurants and lounges with evening entertainment, a fitness center, and multiple observation areas.

Accommodation Name: L'Austral

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Accommodation Name: L'Austral

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Accommodation Name: L'Austral

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Accommodation Name: L'Austral

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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!

Accommodation Name: L'Austral

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Accommodation Name: L'Austral

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Accommodation Name: L'Austral

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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!

Accommodation Name: L'Austral

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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!

Accommodation Name: L'Austral

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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."

Accommodation Name: L'Austral

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.

Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

  • Cruise aboard one of Tauck's sleek sister ships, Le Boréal, Le Soléal or Le Lyrial, accompanied by onboard naturalists who share their expert insights
  • Tauck provides you with a special, water-repellent hooded parka that you will receive aboard ship; this parka is yours to keep
  • All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides, naturalists and ship staff
  • 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
  • Shore Excursions to islands in the Antarctic Archipelago that are guided by expert naturalists, ornithologists, historians or oceanographers
  • Two nights in a premium hotel in Buenos Aires in the heart of the city

Reviews

4* Journey to the bottom of the Earth
The overall trip was phenomenal. I'm told that our hotel in Buenos Aires was not "Tauck standard" but found the room satisfactory and the food average to poor. The tour guides were good. The LeSoleal crew was absolutely amazing. The dining room staff was the only weak link as it was always the same buffet for breakfast and lunch. Lying atop the hill at Neko Harbour and seeing the climb, the cove, and animals, and the ship, and listening to the quiet!
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Date: 27-Feb-2015

5* Trip to Antarctica
We spent the first three days in Buenos Aires and flew to Ushuaia to board L'Austral for in unforgettable cruise along the Drake Passage to the Antarctica peninsula. The tour directors were excellent and all the naturalists on board were outstanding with their daily lectures. We saw whales, Orcas and other sea mammals. Every place that we anchored had Zodiacs taking us on the ice and we had a wonderful opportunity to see the Gentu, Chinstrap penguin colonies in close proximity. The Antarctica landscape was unforgettable and the beauty of the place was mesmerizing.
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Date: 03-Apr-2018

5* Life-changing
It wasn't just a trip or a vacation, it was an expedition. I felt and saw, for the first time in many years of travel, the power of nature and the planet, it was overwhelming. The crew and the naturalists were enthusiastic, professional and competent. Everyone worked very hard to make the adventure successful and safe. The whales! We saw so many, and, even better, they saw us. And, well, the penguins and seals were pretty amazing, too.
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Date: 04-Feb-2016

5* Antarctica
Tauck tour leaders were fantastic. Our hotel in Buenos Aires was very comfortable. The Drake Passage crossing was a little rough, but manageable. We were lucky to have had great weather. The landings and zodiac tours were all memorable. Kudos to the expedition guides. Amazing scenery and wildlife. Humpbacks, orcas, penguins, seals. The first landing on the Antarctic Peninsula. We experienced wind, snow, clouds and sun.
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Date: 08-Jan-2015

5* Antarctica
Absolutely breathtaking. Going through Drake's passage was worth it. It made it feel like more of an adventure. The landscape truly takes your breath away. The ship was lovely and the daily adventures in the zodiacs were fabulous. I wouldn't take the patch for sea sickness--just get the shot from the ship's doctor. Coming upon the first icebergs after Drake's passage. They are enormous.
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Date: 09-Aug-2016

Dates

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

Touring with Tauck

Tauck has been a family run business since its first tour through New England in 1925. Spanning three generations and currently run by six family members, their 90 years of experience is clearly seen in more than 140 unique travel experiences.

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Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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