Antarctica

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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.

Highlights
  • All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides, naturalists and ship staff
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
Destinations
  • Buenos Aires
  • Argentina
  • South America
Tour Types
  • Cruise
  • Luxury

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

<strong><strong><strong>Tour begins: 2:00 PM, Hilton Buenos Aires.</strong>&nbsp;</strong></strong>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&rsquo;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 Mart&iacute;n to Eva Per&oacute;n, 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&rsquo; Main Square, Plaza de Mayo with its neo-classical Cathedral, colonial town-hall and the Presidential Palace, the &ldquo;Casa Rosada." Then it&rsquo;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&rsquo; 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. (<strong>NOTE:</strong> 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 Ad&eacute;lie 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.&nbsp;Activities&nbsp;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&nbsp;shipmates.&nbsp;Your last&nbsp;evening aboard ship&nbsp;is a perfect time&nbsp;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. <strong>Tour ends: 5:30 PM, Buenos Aires' (Ezeiza) Ministro Pistarini International Airport. </strong>You should allow three hours for flight check-in.

Meals: Breakfast

  • 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
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* 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

4* Antarctica--The Last Continent
In true Tauck fashion this trip was well organized from start to finish. We enjoyed touring Buenos Aires & Tierra del Fuego Park in Ushuaia. The Tauck guides, enthusiasm of our Captain in finding whales and sea life, the shore expeditions, & lectures were insightful. We enjoyed good weather and a comfortable cruise--a truly memorable trip. The zodiac expeditions were truly spectacular, especially Specter Island and its majestic cliffs, cave, glaciers and strangely shaped icebergs. We enjoyed walking among the penguins, seeing sea lions & elephant seals and various birds. The majestic pristine splendor & beauty of remarkable Antarctica will be a lasting memory for us.
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Date: 06-Feb-2017

5* Antarctica
This trip is difficult to describe. Antarctica is like a different planet. Just go and experience the greatest journey of your life. There were so many, but negotiating the Drake Passage with 25-30 foot swells was something to remember.
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Date: 04-Feb-2017

4* Antarctica
Tour leaders were great, all details, and there were many, were well handled. Personally, I could have skipped Buenos Aires, gone straight to Ushuaia, spent a day and got on the boat. Loved Antarctica experience. Would have liked more time in the snow and among the icebergs. Enjoyed up close and personal with the animals, especially the penguins. They were all memorable. Especially loved riding the Zodiacs among the icebergs and the sail up iceberg alley. Breathtaking.
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Date: 20-Feb-2017

5* Mystic Antarctica
How many people have asked us "Why Antarctica " I am beginning to understand! Is it towering mountains with snowy glaciers running from the top to the sea. The amazing ice bergs that are never the same. Some larger than our ship, all with unique colors and shapes. Some small bergy bits that often hold seals and penguins! It is that and so much more But above all are the penguins. They capture us for hours with their antics. They walk awkwardly yet can cross rocks and snow to reach their nests sometimes hundreds of meters high on a bluff. There they hold off preying birds and hatch their eggs. Yet they frolic in the water and can jet propel them selves from the water to shore Truly mystic
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Date: 11-Sep-2017

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

5* Beautiful Antarctica in Summer- Jan. 2015
We had wonderful weather for over 3/4 of our trip with sunny blue skies and temperatures in the 30's. We had awesome, informative, naturalists, a great team insuring our safety getting on and off the Zodiacs, and great food and drink aboard the Le Soleal with wonderful service. There we so many memorable moments - 1.Seeing up close 3 different types of the Penguins nesting in their natural habit with their chicks. 2. Seeing 3 different kinds of whales up close. 3.Seeing 4 different types of Seals up close. 4. Seeing the different birds of Antarctica., a 4.Seeing the absolutely beautiful scenery and blue ice burgs.
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Date: 24-Feb-2015

5* Journey to our 7th Continent
I couldn't image any travel company being any better than Tauck is at taking travelers to Antarctica. The Ponant ship was beautiful, the food was delicious, the excursions were fun and the attention to detail was superb. The trip was active, but we liked the flexibility of the length of time we could be out on the Zodiac boat excursions. Seeing the whales create bubbles to super-oxygenate the water, so they could feed on the krill.
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Date: 30-Jul-2018

5* One of our most memorable trips
This ranks among on best and favorite trips (Tauck Tanzania/Kenya and Japas the other two. The tour directors, ship's crew and naturalists were outstanding. As with the past, Tauck's attention to details, planning and attention to our welfare made the trip outstanding and memorable. Our first trip and landing on the zodiacs.
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Date: 20-Jan-2016

5* Mere words can't describe it
We struggle to find the adjectives to describe the experience of Antarctica. It is so vast, so inhospitable and so spectacularly beautiful it must be experienced. It is a superb trip on so many levels: great guides, excellent accommodation, efficiently organized and an exceptional learning experience. Unforgettable in so many ways. Every penguin moment was wonderful. How can these little black and white birds make one laugh out loud as they waddle towards you, arms outstretched. Even after several thousand they were still wonderful.
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Date: 25-Jan-2016

5* Antarctica 2016
We had a fantastic time in Antarctica this December with Tauck. Our guides in addition to the crew of the Ponant ship did a wonderful job organizing every element of the trip. The naturalists on the ship were informative and educational. I highly encourage everyone to go to Antarctica once in their lives. The most memorable moment was seeing all of the the wildlife - seals, whales and thousands of penguins were incredible to see in their natural habitat.
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Date: 20-Dec-2016

4* Bottom of the World!!
No place like this on earth! Should be on everyone's "Bucket List". As always-- well organized and planned. Zodiac tours be it by sea, land or ice!
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Date: 26-Dec-2017

4* Antarctica
Fantastic trip, GREAT travel group, accommodations hotel/ship and knowledgeable tour guides. Look forward to traveling again and again with Tauck and hope to meet you on one of those upcoming trips! The amazing sights of Antarctica's wild life and glaciers. The many sights of Buenos Aires also.
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Date: 11-Apr-2016

5* Antarctica the beautiful
A truly amazing journey that is so unworldly it's hard to put into words! Everything was Tauck standard-excellent! The land tours were fun and educational and were led by exceptional local guides who also helped navigate the airport "experience". Le Boreal is an outstanding ship manned by an exceptional crew. Recommend a pre and post day stay. The grandeur of the environment, the wildlife and the ever changing weather makes this journey like no other. Cruising thru the icebergs on zodiacs was SPECTACULAR.
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Date: 31-Jan-2018

5* Best. Trip. Ever.
I don't think any trip I take will ever top this one. The sheer magnitude of what I saw is almost impossible to put into words. The silence, the untouched and unspoiled landscapes... everything was magic. We had a smooth sailing and near perfect weather. The Tauck and Ponant crews went out of their way to make sure all our needs were met. When the Captain pulled the ship into the sea ice and lowered the gang plank so we could disembark and walk on the the ice sheet was something I will never forget. The crew set up champagne and at 8PM, in full light, we enjoyed an unforgettable experience on the ice with the local residents (penguins, that is).
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Date: 22-Dec-2016

1* Getting Home From Antartica
The trip went along wonderfully until the last day when there was an airline strike. Our tour directors were of no help in getting us a new flight home. We were told it was our travel agent who had to rebook our flights. When one was told we were having trouble reaching our travel agent, he told us "we had a problem"!
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Date: 26-Dec-2017

4* Antarctica--Another World
We enjoyed the trip very much. The facilities on the ship were first class and the guides were excellent. Antarctica is almost indescribable. It's so alien that it almost seems like visiting there is a visit to another planet. Everything is starkly black and white, including almost all the animals. We highly recommend the adventure. There were so many memorable moments that it is difficult to isolate just one. Perhaps my favorite was negotiating the ice flows in a zodiac for a landing amidst hundreds of porpoising penguins.
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Date: 26-Jan-2016

5* Antarctica is a trip you do not want to miss!
My trip was January 2017 and it was fabulous in every way. Visit that included five days of 2-times a day excursions, beautiful ship, knowledgeable naturalists who were part of excursions, interesting sessions on board to learn more about Antarctica and animals we were observing. Truly a must-do expedition! Seeing one of the places on earth that is not spoiled and observing the animals (penguins, seals, whales and many bird species).
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Date: 20-Jan-2017

4* Adventure versus vacation
Antarctica is hard to describe .....spectacular scenery beyond expectations! The scale is massive and hard to imagine without visiting. A truly spiritual experience to see this. Unlike anything else. The "expedition" leaders were excellent with great depth of knowledge of the area and the wildlife. Small cruise ship was excellent. Riding the zodiac boats among the enormous icebergs and the dramatic colors of the ice.
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Date: 20-Feb-2017

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* Antartica---A Gem of a Trip
Again, we were not disappointed. Tauck always does it right and we can truthfully say "You got it right, again". Every detail was taken care of, even to the taxi transfers. The ship Le Soreal was wonderful, the guides were very attentive to our every need and concern and the excursions were more than we could have asked. The Penquins and Whales - the Captain went out of his way to make sure we got every experience with the wildlife that was possible!!!
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Date: 30-Jan-2017

4* Antartica
It was an awesome trip seeing the humpback whales in the vast and remote area of Antartica as compared to seeing them in the warm climate of Maui breeching and frolicking-same with all the different penguins that we have seen at Boulders in South Africa and Phillips Island in Australia and all the seals that we have seen in the Bay Area and Chile. Seeing the leopard seal.
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Date: 26-Dec-2017

5* ANTARCTICA January 2016
Our trip to Antarctica was a trip of a lifetime and truly an expedition. The icy landscape and scenery throughout the trip was both mesmerizing, captivating and out of this world. Every aspect of the trip was expertly handled by Tauck and our awesome tour directors. The weather was perfect and the Drake passage was not as bad as expected. The penguins, Orcas and the whales were fascinating to watch as were the landscape. The Zodiac rides and excursions were exhilarating. The naturalists accompanying us were outstanding. We consider ourselves fortunate to have had this opportunity to see this magnificent continent in all its glory. It is truly a heaven on earth! Truly awesome!!!
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Date: 15-Feb-2016

4* antarctica
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Date: 04-Feb-2016

5* My last continent
It really was wonderful. So pristine and beautiful. Some of my friends wondered if I would not be somewhat bored by the sameness of the landscape but they could not have been more wrong. Each area was so different. It was with a bang that I finish my continent tours. Paradise Bay. Even with everyone in the Zodiac and the motor running, I could still feel alone and calm all bundled up. Absolutely lovely.
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Date: 25-Jan-2016

5* ANTARCTICA
This is a wonderful and unique trip. The couple of days in BA allow time to catch your breath before sailing. The ship is extremely comfortable and staff more than accommodating. But the main event is Antarctica - and it is amazing. Days are full, scenery is breathtaking, landings are varied and more penguins than you can imagine. Not just one moment but here are a few: Landing on an ice flow. The sheer number of penguins on Paulet Island. The evening when humpbacks & orcas were all around the ship feeding. The Zodiac cruise in Paradise Bay. So many moments!
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Date: 24-Feb-2015

5* Antarctica January 2015
When you combine traveling to the most beautiful and surreal place on the planet with a fantastic tour company, a beautiful modern ship, great food, wonderful guides and naturalists, and some of the nicest fellow travelers I have ever met, there is nothing else to improve on. Landing on an ice flow was an added bonus and the icing on the cake !!
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Date: 24-Feb-2015

5* Antarctica
Wow, the ice capped mountains, glaciers/icebergs, and wildlife (penguins, whales, seals and sea birds) are all special for this continent. The Naturalists aboard the L'Austral were the best! Tabular Icebergs at 3 am in the Antarctica Sound
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Date: 25-Jan-2016

5* Antarctica
This was a fabulous trip! The scenery was stunning, the animal life amazing, and I learned so much through the talks and excursions with the naturalists. The Tauck guides, ship, and crew were outstanding, meals were excellent, and there was excellent attention to safety issues at all times. It's hard to pick any one memorable moment, for there were so many. But I will always remember the evening that the boat was surrounded by some 15 humpback whale, making their bubble nets and feeding on crill right beside us! Thanks to the captain for just stopping and letting us watch!
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Date: 24-Feb-2015

5* Antarctic Adventure
I have told my friends that Antarctica is a place that is indescribable. Unless you have been there, all the pictures in the world cannot capture the untamed beauty of the landscape, the icebergs and the wildlife. The Tauck team and the Ponant team made the experience easy and informative. The ship and especially the food were incredible. Go now. Cruising in our zodiac literally surrounded by humpback whales. What an incredible experience.
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Date: 04-Feb-2016

5* What an amazing experience
Everything about this trip was 5 star from the moment we landed in Buenos Aires. The Tauck tour leaders were lovely, organised and efficient, everything ran like clockwork. The boat, the Soleal, was beautifully clean, the staff were brilliant and the Expedition Team were amazing. Antarctica was stunning and we were blessed with lovely weather. Opening the curtains of our cabin on our first morning in Antarctica at Winter Island to an absolutely beautiful scene - perfectly calm water, sun rising and glowing pink on icebergs, glaciers and mountains.
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Date: 20-Feb-2017

3* Very slippery boots for Antarctica
The boots provided for onshore travel were heavy rubber with no traction on the soles. Even though we had walking poles, it was very dangerous walking on icy, hilly trails, especially when there was no path around guests who had stopped on the narrow paths to take pictures. One guest fell, and seriously injured her hand.
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Date: 13-Jun-2016

4* Antarctica
A fantastic trip, we will never forget. The crew on the L Austral were terrific, always there when you need them. Our tour Directors kept us busy the entire trip, informing us on all activities making sure we did not miss out on anything. Lectures, zodiac cruise BBC Presentation
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Date: 16-Feb-2016

4* Antarctica
It was one of the most memorable trips- expeditions we did. This is our first trip with Tauck and thoroughly injoyed it. Staff was courteous friendly and very helpful during entire trip. Their knowledge about the Antarctica helped us to get more from this trip. In future we will look forward to join Tauck for more adventures !!! Smita n Bharat Bha Champagne on iceberg and 6 meters ocean waves while crossing Drake passage
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Date: 03-Mar-2015

5* Living Our Dream in Antarctica
Our tour directors were total professionals and a pleasure to be with. Their planning down to the last detail and the information fed to us meant we didn't have to worry about a single thing. You guys were absolutely magnificent. You enabled us to enjoy our life long dream to visit Antarctica and this will be the first of many trips, we use Tauck Firstly, the privilege we felt when we placed our feet on the continent of Antarctica. Second, would be when we sailed into Antarctica waters and saw the majesty of the unspoilt land around us. It was truly humbling and the words have not been invented yet to adequately describe how you feel when you enter this most beautiful part of our world.
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Date: 24-Feb-2015

5* Best vacation ever!!!
Antarctica is amazing and there are no words to describe the beauty. The trip was made even better by the wonderful ship we sailed on, Le Boreal. The Naturalists were knowledgeable, the staff was friendly, everything was very clean and the accommodations were luxurious. Our Tauck guides worked hard too. Go on this trip-- you won't regret it!! We loved walking on the sea ice and being right among the penguins and the seals. However, taking a zodiac cruise amongst the ice was absolutely incredible!! Also, waking up to whales swimming all around the ship was awesome too! We sailed around Cape Horn too! Guess we can't choose just one most memorable moment because they were all memorable!
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Date: 08-Jan-2018

5* Buenos Aires and Antarctica
In every way the trip was perfect. Antarctica exceeded my expectations in terms of the beauty of the sights. The success of the trip is directly attributable to the dedication and hard work of our Tauck Directors (Stacy, Bill, and ??). Doing the landings in Antarctica
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Date: 24-Feb-2015

5* Awesome Antarctica
This has been my most memorable trip. I saw some of the most spectacular landscapes, pristine waters, beautiful icebergs, and the cutest penguins. The whole trip was unbelievably organized and we got around so effortlessly. Kudos to everyone involved from the waiters to the zodiac drivers who made this an unforgettable trip. Standing amongst the thousands of penguins and watching them waddle around was just too cute. I could have stayed there for hours. Also the B15Y iceberg was absolutely awesome!
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Date: 22-Jan-2016

4* White as they approach!
Our December visit to Antarctica left us spellbound! The ruggedness of the Peninsula landscape was unexpected and the sheer beauty of the environment and the wildlife was magnificent! The ship was majestic and proud and our Captain was very skillful enabling us to squeeze through parts unknown and less travelled. Crew, naturalists and guides - A+ Seeing the penguins ... white as they come toward and black as they leave!
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Date: 16-Apr-2018

5* January 30, 2017 Antarctica
Our trip was otherworldly. Antarctica is unlike any other place on the earth. The weather was mild with temperatures in the low 30's. The terrain was a mix of snow/ice, rocks and volcanic ash. Even the ice packs were different. The wildlife was a variety of penguins, seals , birds and whales. All of which were not frightened by we humans. Our last landing. Arriving in a colony of chin strap penguins and a waddle of elephant seals with arctic birds circling.
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Date: 18-Feb-2017

4* Beautiful but . . .
Antarctica is an amazing place in its starkness, remoteness and beauty. In many ways it reminded me of what it must be like to be on the moon because you are so far removed from your natural environment. Being locked on my balcony for forty minutes crossing the Drake Passage. I was traveling alone, went onto the balcony, the ship hit a swell, the door slammed shut and locked. I survived but there were moments when I wondered if I would. The experience replays itself often in my dreams. Be careful if you go out there!
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Date: 03-Apr-2018

5* Just back from Jan.16th Antarctica Expedetion
This was a trip of a lifetime. Tauck took care of every detail and our leaders were awesome. The scenery was not to believed. No one could even imagine it. The naturalist on the ship were awesome! We learned so much. I have unbelievable pictures. Be sure and put your patches on early,as I did not, to prevent sea sickness. The most memorable moment was seeing the penguins at Port Lockroy. What a site! Weather was miserable that day, but being among those penguins made it all worth while.
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Date: 08-Feb-2016

5* Antartica
I took this trip in the December 2017 time frame. It was a great trip. Starting with the couple days spent in Buenos Aires sight seeing. Then the very very early departure to Ushuaia. The ship Le Boreal was great. The excursions, lectures and meals were all terrific Stepping on Antarctica, stopping and making an excursion onto an ice shelf, and of course all the penguins
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Date: 13-Mar-2018

5* Fantastic Journey!
From beginning to end, this was truly a "fantastic journey!" The scenery and the fauna and flora were well worth the travel time it took to get down to Antarctica and back. The discussions on the Forums helped us to decide on renting boots and bringing walking sticks. They were both very helpful and saved weight. The ship was outstanding. The penguins on shore and on the ice, and the whales and the orcas were fascinating to observe. And the scenery was beautiful.
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Date: 01-Apr-2015

5* antarctica
trip of a life time. Walking on the ice
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Date: 22-Jan-2017

5* Antarctica
Fabulous trip in every way. We had an outstanding and concerned group leader who added immensely to our experience. Too many moments and wondrous sights to label one only but walking with the penguins was at the top of the list; ditto champagne on sea ice at nine am on my birthday (December 11th) will be a wonderful life time memory.
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Date: 05-Jan-2018

5* antarctica
IT WAS A TRIP OF A LIFETIME... FABULOUS!!!I FELT I WAS ON ANOTHER PLANET AS THE SCENERY WAS UNIQUE....HIGH SNOW COVERED MOUNTAINS, GIANT ICEBERGS, SHEETS IF SEA ICE,SEALS, ORCAS AND THOUSANDS OF PENGUINS...HARD TO BEAT... THE SHIP LA SOLEAL WAS VERY COMFORTABLE WITH EXCELLENT FOOD AND A FANTASTIC CREW INCLUDING THE CAPTAIN..GUIDES EXCELLENT..... CRUISING THROUGH GIANT ICEBERGS IN THE ZODIAC...
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Date: 24-Feb-2015

5* Best trip ever!!
Antarctic was all we imagined & more. Pictures can't capture the breathtaking beauty & true feelings when closely reacting with wildlife. Standing on the seventh continent gives you a feeling of accomplishment attained by few. The Tauck guides provided a first class experience. They were always available making sure our trip was perfect! Standing on an Ice Flow in the Weddell Sea was so special that you could sense the feeling of adventure of the explorers who preceded us.
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Date: 24-Feb-2015

5* January 31, 2017 Antarctica
We had a fantastic trip to Antarctica. It is beyond our expectations. Tauck did a wonderful job taking care of everything and made the trip worry free. At Antarctica, we were lucky to have good weather most of the time. Each of the landings and zodiac cruises is different and showed us various views of the land, the icebergs, wildlife, and etc. Hard to say what is the most memorable moment. Everything is so exciting and memorable.
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Date: 20-Feb-2017

4* Tauck Antarctica / BBC Earth
Amazing trip - well organised; wonderful Tour Directors; great ship & crew, & naturalist staff; spectacular location. Disappointment - Expected more from BBC Earth element; other than three short BBC Earth films (not available to clients afterwards) and availability of some equipment, no real connection to BBC Earth or BBC Earth staff. Difficult to identify just a single experience/moment: "Champagne on ice" took on a whole new meaning when taking a cocktail on an ice floe in the Weddell Sea! Experiencing moments of quiet and contemplation in one of, if not the harshest and most desolate environments on Earth.
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Date: 24-Feb-2015

5* Trip of a lifetime
The most fantastic experience ever. You are transported to another world. I cannot begin to say how wonderful this trip was. Don’t hesitate. Go. The whales, the ice, the scenery.
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Date: 26-Jan-2018

5* Far exceeded our expectations
Everything about this trip was "top-notch" from beginning to end. It was well-organized and executed by all involved. The tours and tour directors were professional, helpful, informative, attentive, and pleasant. The ship staff was outstanding and the Naturalists on board were amazing. It was such an amazing adventure. So glad we did it. Getting up close to the thousands of Penguins, Seals, birds and whales.
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Date: 24-Feb-2015

5* Dream vacation
Always knew I will visit Antarctica somehow. My dream came thru and it turned out to be more than I expected. Tauck packaged it so there were a lot to experience - all the zodiac rides and excursions were so memorable and exciting. I took all the opportunities to explore; summited slippery steep hills in deep snow and saw whales within 10 feet. Hiking steep snow covered hills to reach the top to see the beautiful scenery. Listen to penguins, see them walk and swim and mothers feeding their babies. See the vast natural land scape so different from any other continents - I am so privileged to have given this chance to see the land so few get to see. Loved it!
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Date: 05-Feb-2016

5* Antarctica , Januaury 2016
Words cannot describe our recent expedition to Antarctica and Tauck surpassed our expectations. Kudos to our tour directors for being there for us throughout this trip. Our shore excursions were very well organized and the Naturalists on board L'Austral did an excellent job. As for the White Continent, all I can say is " Wow"! Cannot thank Mother Nature for providing us with us Paradise on Earth --- from the Glaciers to the floating Icebergs, Penguins, seals , Orcas and Humpback whales.We consider ourselves very fortunate that we were able to undertake this trip and Thank You Tauck for making this expedition a memorable one !
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Date: 15-Feb-2016

5* Antarctica
Wonderful trip. Made all landings and zodiac cruises and was presently surprised by the good weather. Animals, places and icebergs, ice fields and floats only seen in this part of the world. The size of the icebergs.
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Date: 18-Feb-2017

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