12 Nights - 12 - Days Incredible Antarctica

12 Nights - 12 - Days Incredible Antarctica

from $9609 pp

Hosted Group Gay Men & Women

Departs from Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 22, 2023 returning January 02, 2024

Hurtigruten - Fridtjof Nansen

Departing from Buenos Aires, visiting Ushuaia, Drake Passage, Antarctica, Drake Passage and debarking in Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

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Sailing Overview

This classic Antarctica expedition cruise is perfect way to experience spectacular wildlife and natural beauty. Enjoy five full days in Antarctica with landings and ice-boat cruising, as well as chances to kayak, hike and much more. Join us aboard our advanced hybrid powered expedition ship for an unforgettable adventure.

See the best Antarctica has to offer on an advanced expedition cruise, experience massive glaciers, icebergs, polar landscape and rich wildlife, mix of landings and ice-cruising as well as optional adventures, and Science Center with fascinating lectures and activities on board.

Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the most remote and pristine waters of the world. As with all expeditions, nature prevails. Weather, and ice and sea condition, sets the final framework for all Hurtigruten’s operations. Safety and unparalleled guest experiences are always our top priorities. All our planned itineraries are continuously evaluated for adaptions, whether this is due to constraints the elements unexpectedly present – or exciting possibilities nature and wildlife offer. That is why we call it an expedition.

Day 1 Buenos Aires

Cultural and Cool
This adventure starts with an overnight stay in Buenos Aires, the bustling capital of Argentina. Spend the evening at your leisure and discover `Paris of South America´ for yourself on a warm spring or summer day. Overnight at the Emperador Hotel.

Tierra del Fuego
Fly early in the morning to Ushuaia, where MS Fridtjof Nansen awaits. Once on board, we kick off our journey with a welcome dinner.

Day 3-4 Drake Passage

Crossing the Drake Passage
Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the famed Drake Passage. During the voyage south, the Expedition Team starts the lecture program, giving you information about Antarctica’s fascinating history and environmental science. You’ll also learn how to make your visit as safe and as sustainable as possible and you’ll join Citizen Science programs to help collect data for current scientific research. This is also a good opportunity to enjoy all the amenities of your advanced hybrid powered expedition ship.

Days 5-10 Antarctica Peninsula

Antarctica never fails to inspire awe and wonder, with white horizons above oceans full of icebergs and whales. Perhaps even more awe-inspiring will be your first encounter with the huge colonies of penguins.
The Expedition Team will lead ice-cruising and landings at every opportunity to come ashore and explore the impressive Antarctic scenery. From deck, there are great chances to spot whales. Of course, this is true wilderness, so nature is in charge, but our experienced captain will work with the elements to create the best possible itinerary for your adventure.
We will attempt landings at several sites in the South Shetlands and on the Antarctic Peninsula and aim to bring you to the incredible diversity of landscapes and rich wildlife on display in this pristine wilderness. Wherever we explore, the sights and sounds and of Antarctica are sure to stay with you for a lifetime!

Day 10-11 Drake Passage

Heading back to civilization
After exploring this exhilarating continent, we set course back to civilization. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Science Center or just relaxing on deck, spotting the many sea birds which follow our ship. The snow-clad mountains surrounding Ushuaia reflecting in the channel on a clear, crisp morning.

Day 12 Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

The End of the Adventure
Our expedition cruise ends as we reach Ushuaia, and we transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. For more adventure, you can extend your stay in Buenos Aires or join an optional Post-Program to the magnificent Iguazu waterfalls.

What's Included in Your Expedition

• Overnight in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast
• Flights in economy class between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia roundtrip
• Transfer from the hotel in Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires airport before the expedition cruise
• Transfers between Ushuaia airport and the ship, including a brief tour of the town
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
• Complimentary tea and coffee
• Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
• Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
• English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and accompany activities on board and ashore
• Range of included excursions
• Onboard Activities
• Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
• Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
• Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research
• Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
• Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sauna with floor-to-ceiling window, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
• Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
• Landing Activities
• Escorted landings with small expedition boats while in Antarctica
• Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
• Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
• Expedition photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not Included In Your Expedition

• International flights to/from Buenos Aires and airport to hotel transfer
• Travel protection
• Luggage handling
• Optional shore excursions with our local partners
• Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
• Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Special Notes

• All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
• Excursions and activities are subject to change
• Medical questionnaire is mandatory
• Please ensure you meet all passport requirements
• No gratuities expected

Cancellation charges days prior to departure:

More than 181 Free of charge
180 - 90 50%
89 – 61 75%
Less than 60 100%

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