Antarctica! The name alone conjures up images of boundless ice, towering icebergs, comedic penguins, epic snowstorms, great sailing ships held tightly by ice and the hardy explorers striving to survive wrapped in thick, heavy parkas. All of this is, or once was, true. Today, vessels have changed and the level of safety on a journey to ‘The Great White Continent’ has increased immensely. Antarctica is the truest of wild places, the majesty of its pristine natural landscapes is second to no other location on earth.
The animals that thrive in the rigors of the Antarctic climate are present in such great numbers and concentrations that they must be seen to be believed. This untouched oasis harkens back to a time when the world was untouched by humanity, pure in its natural innocence. Antarctica has been a source of natural inspiration for as long as humans have been aware of its existence — and it may produce in you one of the most exceptional emotional sensations it is possible to experience on our great planet.
Known as the “Paris of the Americas”, you will understand why once you tour this most elegant of cities and South America’s largest metropolis. Our 3 night stay includes city sightseeing, a day out to a ranch to enjoy lunch with the “gaucho’s” (Argentinean cowboys) and a wonderful evening’s dinner and entertainment at a Tango show.
Seabourn’s ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship Seabourn Venture, paying tribute to the remote destinations visited by the brand’s highly successful expedition and Ventures by Seabourn excursion programs and the fascinating places yet to be explored in the future.
Friday 13 January Home – Buenos Aires (D)
Today we fly to Buenos Aires, crossing the International Dateline en route arriving early evening of the same day. We are met and transferred to our hotel for a 3-night stay.
Saturday 14 January Buenos Aires (B/D)
The heart of the city now, as in the colonial days, is the Plaza de Mayo with the historic Cabildo, the Town Hall where the movement for independence from Spain was first planned; the pink “Casa Rosada” (Presidential Palace); the Municipalidad (City Hall); and the Cathedral where San Martin, the father of Argentina’s struggle for independence, is buried. This morning’s sightseeing tour includes the Cathedral at the site of the first church built in Buenos Aires, Columbus Square, Boca Square, plus many more places of interest in this, the “Paris of the Americas”. Afternoon at leisure.
This evening, we are transferred to a typical Argentine steakhouse for dinner, followed by a Tango performance at one of the better nightclubs in Buenos Aires.
Sunday 15 January Buenos Aires (B/L)
Today, we travel to the outskirts of Buenos Aires for our “Gaucho” excursion. It allows us the opportunity to admire the traditional dances and enjoy the songs and the food of the Argentinean Gaucho (cowboy). The venue is a beautiful country residence at an old ranch located on the fringe of the city.
Monday 16 January Buenos Aires (B,D) Commence 10 Night Antarctica Expedition Cruise
This morning we join our charter flight to Ushuaia to board our luxury cruise ship “Seabourn Venture”, our home for the next 10 nights as we explore “The Great White Continent”.
Tuesday 17 – Wednesday 18 January At Sea (B,L,D)
These first two days at sea give us the opportunity to relax into the wonderful world of cruising and a chance to really enjoy the wonderful facilities and activities available on board.
Thursday 19 – Monday 23 January Antarctic Experience
The routing and activities are dependent on weather and ice conditions.
We will enjoy complimentary Zodiac landings each day ( subject to weather), take part in digital photography workshops, frequent wildlife sightings and numerous Enrichment programs with special guest speakers.
A new and exciting offering will be two custom-built submarines carried onboard, providing an unforgettable view of the world beneath the ocean’s surface. The ship will also carry a complement of double sea kayaks as well as 24 Zodiacs that can accommodate all onboard guests at once, which will allow for a truly immersive experience.
Tuesday 24 – Wednesday 25 January At Sea (B,L,D)
We retrace our route and return via the Drake Passage to Ushuaia. Our final evening at sea will also be our last time to enjoy dinner together and reminisce about our amazing life changing experience.
Thursday 26 January Ushuaia – Home (B)
Sadly, we disembark this morning and join our flight back to Buenos Aires where we connect with our flight home.
Saturday 28 January Home
Arrival home is early this morning.