Buenos Aires Tour & Antarctica Plancius Cruise
Over two weeks long and with a route that includes frigid and at times rough waters, you can be sure that your Antarctic expedition will be led by a vessel with a sturdy design and modern style. Originally built for deep sea fishing, everyday explorers aboard the Plancius can enjoy a spacious observation lounge offering a full panorama view of natural glacial sculptures and iconic wildlife such as the humpback whale and various species of the iconic penguin. Should you wish to forgo elegance for bravery, even if just for an afternoon, plenty of opportunities will be had for excursions on shore the Antarctic Peninsula, kayaking and even diving into the polar waters.
Starting from $17,390 per person
Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.
HOW IT WORKS
- Admiring the distinctive knobbly head of a Humpback whale is not so uncommon, nor is spotting the small Minke whale, when you sail near the Pleneau Island in the Antarctic.
- A full day to explore Buenos Aires at your own pace and according to your interests. Immerse yourself in one of South America’s shining metropolitan capitals!
- The size and ample public spaces aboard the Plancius make it ideal for families and groups. Find a view of your own as you peer out from the observation lounge.
- Take the adventure up a notch with opportunities to polar dive into the frigid depths of the Antarctic as well as to kayak near glaciers and marine life.
- Witness the adorable waddle of various penguin species, including the Gentoo, Chinstrap, Adelie.
- The schedule varies according to the weather, but once aboard the Plancius vessel you’ll disembark daily to explore the polar landscape with expert guides.
After breakfast, you'll head out on a Buenos Aires city tour during which you'll explore the districts of San Telmo, La Boca, Recoleta, Puerto Madero, the city center, and the main plaza. The tour will end in the Recoleta Cemetery where you can stay and explore on your own or continue back to the hotel.
Whether it’s spent shopping for antiques in San Telmo, exploring the city’s fantastic art galleries or taking a stroll along the delightful greenery of the Costanera Sur, today is yours to decide how you wish to experience Buenos Aires. The main districts in the Argentine capital are pedestrian friendly and the city's subways are efficient and easy to use. In the evening, you will be taken to one of Buenos Aires' best tango houses for an authentic Porteño evening of dinner, music, and dancing. Choose either a small, intimate show or a large, Broadway-style production.
Get that much closer to “the end of the world” when you take a morning flight to Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world. Once you land in this mystical resort town, an SA representative will greet you and take you to your hotel via private transportation. Relax in your comfortable accommodation as tomorrow the cruise begins!
Today you’ll board your cruise vessel, Plancius. Though it has since been completely rebuilt, this spacious ship was originally constructed in 1976 with the true spirit of explorers in mind and that strong character remains today. We’ll begin our Antarctic adventure by navigating the moody waters of Drake Passage, home to numerous and varied species of seabirds, and cross the Antarctic Convergence.
Icebergs are no longer a blurry formation in the distance as today we officially enter the Antarctic. While the exact itinerary can vary due to weather and ice conditions, you can be assured that wildlife abounds in just about every direction of the Antarctic. A possible landing at Hannah Point provides the opportunity to see penguins, including the Gentoo and Chinstrap varieties, while Deception Island, a subducted crater, offers up plenty of surprises such as natural hot springs. We’ll continue moving further south, visiting the penguin-friendly Cuverville Island, Paradise Bay and its myriad icebergs, the spectacular whale watching at Pleneau Island, and numerous other possible stops and sightings. Heading north again, the pristine environment surrounding the Melchior Islands provides a standout opportunity for diving and kayaking.
Last call for spotting seabirds and other marine wildlife! We’ll spend these two days catching up on any lost opportunities for birdwatching and photo opps as we sail back through the Drake Passage. The Antarctic Convergence is a meetup of frigid polar water with warmer equatorial water, resulting in a natural border of ecosystems and providing a rich source of food for local marine life.
Today you’ll migrate north as you catch a flight from Ushuaia back to Buenos Aires. After nearly two weeks at sea you’ll have plenty of adventure-filled memories to reflect on as you begin your homeward bound journey.
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