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ArgentinaExpedition to Antarctica

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Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. Onboard the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations and enjoy...

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. Onboard the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests.

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Trip highlights
  • Seaside
    Seaside
  • Nature escape
    Nature escape
  • City
    City
  • Nature observation
    Nature observation
  • Local cuisine
    Local cuisine

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Day 1: Buenos Aires

First, set in Buenos Aires. Hotel Grand Brizo offers accommodation with a fitness centre, private parking, a bar and a terrace. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. The property is non-smoking and is situated less than 1 km from Tortoni Cafe.

At the hotel, all rooms include a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. All guest rooms at Hotel Grand Brizo feature air conditioning and a wardrobe.

A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near Hotel Grand Brizo include The Obelisk of Buenos Aires, Colon Theater and Centro Cultural Kirchner. 

Visited:
Buenos Aires
Accommodation
Grand Brizo (Buenos Aires)

Day 2: Buenos Aires

Today, go on a unique tour and visits the most important spots in the spectacular city of Buenos Aires. At the first stop you will discover the history of “May Square”, the site of the most important historical events and where their protagonists made history since its foundation where you can see its surroundings, the most emblematic buildings, and learn all about them.


Then enjoy May Avenue and wonder in awe at the oldest residential neighborhood in Buenos Aires: San Telmo. Walk along its cobble-stoned streets and discover its antiques shops and picturesque buildings. Live and feel the original Tango in the neighborhood of La Boca: walk along “Caminito Street” and enjoy the dancers and souvenir shops.

See the mythical Boca Juniors soccer stadium. Contemplate the modernization of the city whilst traveling along “Madero Port” and its exclusive docks, full of excellent restaurants and large office buildings. Pass through the Retiro neighborhood and move on to see Palermo and its most exclusive residential area before finally arriving at Recoleta. Once there, discover the final resting place of Eva Peron, “Evita” and wander through Recoleta Cemetery where her remains are to be found.

Visited:
Buenos Aires
Accommodation
Grand Brizo (Buenos Aires)

Day 3: Buenos Aires - El Calafate

Offering an indoor swimming pool, a sauna room and spa facilities, Design Suites Calafate has chic décor only 3 km from downtown Calafate. Spa treatments can be booked and there are gym facilities on site. Wi-Fi is free.

Rooms at Design Calafate are equipped with large windows allowing plenty of light and feature flat-screen cable TV. Some suites feature spa baths and scenic views of the lake. An on-site á la carte restaurant and a bar provide meals and drinks from the morning until late at night.

Guests can admire the low vegetation, hills and lake of Nimes Peninsula and the hotel offers a shuttle to downtown on a regular basis. Guests can also browse for souvenirs at the on-site gift shop.

Accommodation
Grand Brizo (Buenos Aires)

Day 4: El Calafate

Depart in the morning from El Calafate, after 80 km you reach the western end of the Peninsula de Magallanes from where the walk along the walkways begins. Here you can spend the time you want to this amazing place, with various stops at panoramic points within the National Park.

The walkways are 3 km long. They are located at different levels and allow you to contemplate the glacier from different perspectives and balconies. Depending on the physical conditions, you can reach the lower balconies and near the glacier or stay on the first balconies easily accessible for anyone.

Visited:
El Calafate
Accommodation
Design Suites Calafate Hotel (El Calafate)

Day 5: El Calafate

You get up to El Chaltén at about 10:45, after touring the village we will reach our Base of Operations, from there passengers can visit the village or take free walks along the self-guided trails that depart from El Chaltén and lead to the main viewpoints: Laguna Capri, Mirador del Fitz Roy, Mirador del Cerro Torre, Mirador de los Cóndores and Salto del Chorrillo, for which we will advise you on the different options depending on your fitness and give you maps of the enabled trails.

For lunch, we will give you a box lunch. At around 17 hrs. passengers must return to the meeting point, for the return to El Calafate with an eventual stop through the port of Bahía Túnel, on Lake Viedma, to pick up other passengers.

Visited:
El Calafate
Accommodation
Design Suites Calafate Hotel (El Calafate)

Day 6: El Calafate - Puerto Natales

Located in Puerto Natales, 2.1 km from Puerto Natales Bus Station, Casa de la Patagonia provides accommodations with free WiFi and free private parking. The property is around a 5-minute walk from Puerto Natales Main Square, 458 m from Maria Auxiliadora Church and 24.1 km from Cueva del Milodon. The guesthouse has family rooms. Buffet and American breakfast options are available each morning at the accommodation.

Visited:
El CalafatePuerto Natales
Accommodation
Casa Patagonia (Puerto Natales)

Day 7: Puerto Natales

The departure from your hotel in Puerto Natales will be in the morning to make the first stop at Milodon Cave which is located 24 kilometers north of Puerto Natales. This natural monument is composed by three caverns and a rocky conglomerate called "Silla del Diablo". Later on, we will continue our excursion to Torres del Paine National Park. Once here we can see the beautiful landscape that surrounds us from Grey Lake view point.

A couple of kilometers later, we will go over Serrano bridge to continue to Grey lake sector. In this area, we can walk along the shore of Grey lake. If the conditions are good, we can keep walking until Grey view point.

When we go back to the parking lot, we will continue our excursion until a restaurant to rest and have lunch (Lunch is not included in our service).

Once we are ready, we will begin the second part of our visit in Torres del Paine National Park, heading to Salto Grande sector. We will visit Nordenskjold lake view point and we will continue enjoying the spectacular views of this sinuous route which will approach us to Amarga Lagoon area. Before that, we will visit Paine waterfall which is a beautiful place where we can see the turquoise waters that come from Paine river. After enjoying this pleasant show, we will return to Puerto Natales, but before we will stop at Sarmiento lake view point to take the last picture of Torres del Paine National Park.

Visited:
Puerto Natales
Accommodation
Casa Patagonia (Puerto Natales)

Day 8: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas

The elegant Cabo de Hornos Hotel is located in the historical town of Punta Arenas. Recently renovated, it features vanguard interiors, stylish rooms, free Wi-Fi and a fine dining restaurant.The comfortable rooms at the Hotel Cabo de Hornos are decorated with rich local woods and luxurious carpeting. They feature private bathrooms, a separate bathtub, and a TV.

Guests can enjoy regional delicacies at the hotel´s a la carte restaurant, or a glass of local wine in front of the fireplace. A breakfast buffet is served daily. Overlooking the straits of Magellan, the Hotel Cabo de Hornos is just 18.3 kilometres from Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport.

Visited:
Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas
Accommodation
Hotel Cabo de Hornos (Punta Arenas)

Day 9: Punta Arenas - Antarctica

Your Antarctic adventure begins with a two-hour flight from Punta Arenas to King George Island, in the South Shetland Islands. As you exit the airplane, the clear Antarctic air fills your lungs for the first time. Explore the area surrounding Chile’s Frei Station and Russia’s Bellingshausen station, before boarding a Zodiac to embark your expedition vessel.

Magellan Explorer is a new and modern expedition vessel custom build for our Antarctic air-cruises. She was built in Chile to the latest Polar Code specifications. For our air-cruises, Magellan Explorer has capacity for 73 passengers accommodated in seven categories of accommodation, including dedicated single cabins. All cabins except Porthole cabins feature private balconies. All double cabins except two have two twin beds that can be configured as one king-size bed. All other cabins have two twin beds that can be configured as one queen-size bed.

All cabins feature a wardrobe, individually controlled heating system, a sitting area, and a private bathroom with shower. The ship features a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a spacious and stylish dining room, a well-stocked bar, a library, a meeting room, a gym, a sauna, and a medical clinic. The forward-facing observation deck leads to the bow of the ship, which is accessible to guests to offer proximity to marine wildlife. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

Visited:
Punta Arenas, Antarctica
Accommodation
Cabo de Hornos (Punta Arenas)

Days 10 to 13: Antarctica

Cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice-filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. Each day, disembark by Zodiac and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides. On board the ship, attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations and enjoy spectacular views from the lounge while sharing your daily adventures with fellow guests. 

No journey is the same as flexibility is the key to success in Antarctica. The Expedition Team sets the voyage route to take advantage of the ever-changing opportunities provided by Nature, crafting a unique and extraordinary experience each time. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition, you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. Your voyage may include visits to sites such as Paulet Island, Hope Bay, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Paradise Bay, Deception Island, the Lemaire Channel, or many other magnificent places.

Visited:
Antarctica

Day 14: Antarctica - Punta Arenas

Return to King George Island and bid farewell to Antarctica before boarding the flight back to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for the night.

Visited:
Antarctica, Punta Arenas
Accommodation
Hotel Cabo de Hornos (Punta Arenas)

Day 15: Punta Arenas 

After breakfast, transfer to the Punta Arenas airport for your onward flight.

Visited:
Punta Arenas

Buenos AiresEl CalafatePuerto NatalesPunta ArenasAntarctica

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