Trip Itinerary - Patagonia: Gateway to Antarctica

Buenos Aires

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Day 1 - Upon arrival into bustling Buenos Aires, you will be met by a local guide who will transfer you to your hotel and then take you out into the city to see the main sites.

Day 2 - Spend the day exploring this incredible, diverse and captivating city. See the Pink Palace where Evita spoke to her masses, visit art galleries, the stunning Opera House or simply relax and sip Malbec at one of the many street side cafes as you watch the world go by.

Hotel: Hotel Boutique Legado Mitico, both nights


Ushuaia

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Day 3 - Transfer to the airport and take a domestic flight down to Ushuaia - the southern-most city in the world. Spend the afternoon exploring this quirky cities with its many museums and busy passenger port. A visit to Ushuaia is not complete without sampling its delicious offerings of king crab - on offer in one of the many local restaurants.

Day 4 - Take a day hike into the Tierra del Fuego National Park with an expert bird guide. You will trek to viewpoints of the stunning mountains and along the shores of the Beagle Channel - you will even have the opportunity to send a postcard from the world's southernmost post office.

Hotel: Hotel Campanilla, both nights


Antarctica

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Day 5 - Embark your Antarctic cruise in the afternoon and meet your expedition and lecture staff. After you have settled into your cabins we sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.

Day 6-7 - Today we sail across the infamous Drake Passage - As we sail across the passage, our lecturers will be out with you on deck to help in the identification of an amazing variety of seabirds, including many albatrosses, which follow in our wake. The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains indicate that we have reached the South Shetland Islands, a group of twenty islands and islets first sighted in February 1819.

Day 8-12 - These days will be spent exploring the incredible wildlife of the South Shetland Islands home to vast penguin rookeries, beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and southern elephant seals that make every day spent in this amazing island group unforgettable. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing. The Antarctic Peninsula’s remarkable history will provide you with a type of excitement often only associated with the early explorers. You will have plenty of time to explore its amazing scenery, a pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways, and an incredible wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds you are very likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals as well as Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range.

Day 13-14 - We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join our lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final lectures. Take the chance to relax and reflect on the fascinating adventures of the past days on the way back to Ushuaia.

Vessel: MV Ushuaia, all 10 nights


Tierra del Fuego

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Day 15 - On your arrival back into Ushuaia, you will be transferred to your hotel set high up in the mountains with unrivalled views of the surrounding channels and jagged peaks. This hotel is an ideal location to relax and unwind after your adventure on the high seas.

Day 16-17 - Hike straight from your hotel deep into the wild mountains of Tierra del Fuego. Choose from a number of different trails that take you to view points to gain incredible views down onto the Beagle Channel and surrounding peaks. Alternatively enjoy the spa facilities that the hotel has on offer whilst soaking in the stunning views.

Day 18 - Today you will take a domestic flight to Buenos Aires where, depending on onward flight schedules you will either spend the night or transfer airports to take your international flight home.

Hotel: Arakur, Ushuaia, nights 16-17

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