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Activity level: Level 2 Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility.
Destination: Patagonia to Antarctica Expedition
Duration: 21 days, 20 nights
Pickup location: Buenos Aires Airport, [EZE]

Overview

February 28, 2019

Patagonia to Antarctica Expedition

Your Club Member Adventure begins on:

Day 1 - February 28, 2019

This expedition takes you to the most intriguing spots in Antarctica and along the South American coast. Enjoy spending time ashore, kayaking, hiking and on close encounters with penguins, birds and seals in Antarctica. Discover Cape Horn, the Chilean fjords, the rich wildlife of Patagonia and visit one of the most scenic national parks in the world.

Itinerary

Itinerary summary:
  • Day 1 – Welcome to Argentina…
  • Day 2 – Buenos Aires to Ushuaia & Embark
  • Day 3 – At sea – Drake Passage
  • Day 4 – 9 - Antarctica
  • Day 10 & 11 – At sea, Drake Passage & Cape Horn
  • Day 12 – Chilean Fjords
  • Day 13 & 14 - Torres del Paine National Park
  • Day 15 – Puerto Eden
  • Day 16 – At Sea – Waters of Patagonia
  • Day 17 - Castro
  • Day 18 & 19 – At sea, sailing north
  • Day 20 – Disembark & transfer to Santiago
  • Day 21 – Farewell to Santiago & home..
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Day 1 – Welcome to Argentina…

When you arrive at the airport you will be met in the arrivals lounge and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy an overnight hotel stay in Buenos Aires, and discover its enchanting combination of European flair and Latin American charm. 

Included Meals: None
Accommodation: Emperador Hotel Buenos Aires

Day 2 –Buenos Aires to Ushuaia & Embark

This morning, following breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. Once in Ushuaia you will embark MS Fram, who will be ready to take you south and beyond.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: MS Fram

Day 3 – At sea – Drake Passage

The infamous Drake Passage is where two oceans meet. As you cross what is known as either the Drake Lake or the Drake Shake, (depending on conditions), fascinating presentations will be given about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic. You will also become acquainted with the measures taken to protect this vulnerable environment.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: MS Fram

Day 4 – 9 Antarctica

This unending, white wilderness of a continent is full of overwhelming experiences on an impressive scale. Weather, wind and ice conditions will, of course, have a great influence on the programme and schedule. The experienced expedition team will select possible landing sites to provide you with the best experiences available. With long hours of daylight it is easy to make the most of your days. While in Antarctica, the crew will attempt to land on sites both on the South Shetland Islands and on the Antarctic Peninsula. Flexibility allows you to take advantage of the unexpected and wildlife will be at the forefront of your mind. Weather dependant, you will be taken on shore for close up exploration. You might call at the Gentoo penguin rookeries on Cuverville Island and Neko Harbour. The ship hopes to sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel so you are able to take on the challenging hike on Petermann Island where you will be rewarded with panoramic views. Another fun destination if weather permits is Port Lockroy, an old British base with a museum. Sailing through the Antarctic Sound offers spectacular views of tabular icebergs and glacial landscapes, and the distinctive rock formation of Brown Bluff. Sturdy PolarCirkel boats enable you to go ashore almost anywhere, exploring bays and channels. The expedition team will explain what you see and also ensure that we do as little as possible to disturb the local wildlife. Enjoy experiencing Antarctica with all your senses; kayaking in untouched waters with icebergs floating by, guided hiking up snowy pathways to spectacular viewing points, listening to the sounds of glaciers calving or penguins squabbling, spending the night on deck or in a tent on this remote and untouched continent. For the most daring, perhaps you may take the polar plunge swim! Every day is different, carefully crafted by the expedition team to educate you and to create lasting memories.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: MS Fram

Day 10 & 11 - At sea, Drake Passage & Cape Horn

After magnificent days exploring Antarctica, the ship will head north to make its way back to the South American continent. As you reach the southernmost tip of South America, you will land on Cape Horn if the conditions allow it. Going ashore can be very difficult because of the sometimes-extreme weather in this area. This is the southernmost point of Chile and lies almost 56 degrees south, marking the boundary between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the northern end of the Drake Passage. The region is of great significance on account of its location, history, discoveries and trade routes. If you are able to anchor off Cape Horn, you will be able to go ashore to explore this deserted, romantic piece of land at the end of the world.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: MS Fram

Day 12 – Chilean Fjords

The Chilean fjords. deep channels and mountains plunging into the icy water, always leave a profound impression on visitors. This wild and remote area seems almost untouched by humans. The ice has scoured its way between the mountains, creating isolated islands and hidden bays that form the unique fjord landscape of Chile. Snow-capped mountains and steep valleys make a striking contrast to a lush coastline that is rich in wildlife. You may be lucky enough to spot sea lions, Andean condors and several bird species that can only be found here.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: MS Fram

Day 13 & 14 - Torres del Paine National Park

Puerto Natales is the gateway to the world-renowned Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most attractive nature sanctuaries in the world. Its main feature is the “towers” themselves; impressive rock formations, called “Torres del Paine” (Towers of Paine). The formations are made up of the Torre Central (9,186 feet high), Torre Sur (9,350 feet) and Torre Norte (7,375 feet). The park features azure lakes, trails that meander through emerald forests, roaring rivers, (which you'll cross on rickety bridges) and one big, radiant blue glacier. Torres del Paine hosts stunning variety, from the vast open steppes to rugged mountain terrain topped by looming peaks. This diversity of environments here has led to the flourish of a wide variety of a fauna and flora. Spot for llamas, pumas, Chilla foxes and skunks in addition to more than 100 species of birds like the Andean Condor and Black-Chested Buzzard Eagle. You are bound to enjoy hiking in these amazing surroundings.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: MS Fram

Day 15 – Puerto Eden

After an unforgettable cruise through Patagonian waters, the unique village of Puerto Edén will enchant you. It is a tiny settlement in Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, situated at the end of a deep fjord and surrounded by mountains. Its' population of 250 includes the 15 remaining members of the Kawéskar people. There are no roads in Puerto Edén, only wooden walkways and electricity is only available for a few hours each day. Puerto Edén is a great place to experience the traditional indigenous culture of Patagonian tribes. Villagers sell fish, mussels and shellfish products, which are taken to market on a weekly transport boat. For souvenirs, buy traditional Kawéskar crafts such as wicker baskets and boats made from sea lion skins and tree bark. Enjoy a stroll among the laneways and perhaps you will spot one of the many Magellan hummingbirds found here when you join the expedition team for hiking or kayaking.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: MS Fram

Day 16 – At Sea – Waters of Patagonia

The expedition continues north through the fabled waters of Patagonia. As you sail through iconic Andean seascapes, you will have plenty of time to gaze out on the magnificent natural expanse. There might also be trivia contests covering questions about explorer history and Antarctic wildlife and the crew often hold an auction to raise money for specific causes. These on-board auctions have contributed to the most ambitious habitat restoration project on Earth; South Georgia ad the protection of the Albatross and also to the maintenance of research stations in Antarctica. With the help of guests, the crew can continue to raise funds and awareness of opportunities and challenges in the areas you visit.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: MS Fram

Day 17 – Castro

Located on Isla Grande de Chiloé, Castro is set among windswept hills and green vegetation. The city is known for its colourful “palafitos”, wooden houses mounted on stilts along the water's edge. Come ashore and enjoy the local Chilote character and curious energy, mixed with a dash of modern development. The Iglesia San Francisco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Feria Campesina Yumbel is a bustling fruit and vegetable market and there are also household goods and fish stalls. In the shop Feria Artesanal Lillo, located just south of the port, you can buy excellent hand-knit woolen goods and handicrafts. Most of the restaurants and cafes in Castro are concentrated along the Calle Blanco, running from the southern end of the plaza down to the waterfront. Close to the town is Chiloé National Park, a largely unexplored wilderness hosting rare flora and fauna. The park features wide deserted beaches and long stretches of rugged coastline, and is home to dozens of seabird species, penguins and sea lions.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: MS Fram

Day 18 & 19 - At sea ,sailing north

As the ship makes it's way along the Pacific coast to Valparaiso, you will have time to reflect on everything you have experienced on this expedition. Make sure you spend some time on deck looking for wildlife.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Accommodation: MS Fram

Day 20 – Disembark & transfer to Santiago

Sadly, every expedition must come to an end. This expedition ends in the colorful and poetic city of Valparaíso. You will be transferred from the dock to Santiago to your hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sheraton Santiago

Day 21 – Farewell to Santiago & home...

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flights home which you have arranged.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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What's included

  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel on Day 1 and from the hotel to the airport on the Day 21.
  • Economy flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia on Day 2.
  • Transfers as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Water and wind resistant jacket.
  • Hot beverages are provided on board the vessel.
  • Tour Director from The Big Journey Company as well as the local tour guide (subject to minimum group size being reached.)

What's not included

  • Any other drinks.
  • Gratuities to drivers, guides or rangers etc.
  • Visas, travel and medical insurance.
  • Any personal items and anything not mentioned under included in price above.
  • Any meals not mentioned in itinerary.
  • Any optional activities offered.
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Important information

  • Diamond Resort International® THE CLUB® Members are able to redeem up to 10,000 points per booking for all Member Adventures at the following rates:10 cents per point for Platinum members, 9 cents per point for Gold members, 8 cents per point for Silver members, and 7 cents per point for Valued members. We will deduct the value of the points from your outstanding holiday balance after confirming the point allocation with Diamond Resorts International®.
  • Price excludes international flights to Buenos Aires airport,  [EZE] on Day 1 and from Santiago Airport, Chili [SCL] on Day 21.
  • Price includes economy flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia on Day 2.
  • Completion of the medical questionnaire is mandatory.
  • Please remember that this is an expedition where the elements rule. All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions. All itineraries are subject to change to ensure the safety of passengers, crew and ship. Weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our final schedule when on board the ship. Safety is of paramount importance and the captain will decide the final sailing itinerary during the voyage.
  • Please let The Big Journey Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour.
  • Check in is after 2-3pm and check out is before 10am unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
  • Cancellation 90 – 0 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable.
  • Further terms and conditions apply and will be provided upon request or at the time of booking. The Big Journey Company reserves the right to withdraw any offer prior to accepting a reservation request. This does not affect your statutory rights. This offer is subject to availability and space is limited.

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