Day 17 - Today join your return flight to Santiago for your final night
Today join your return flight to Santiago for your final night of the tour in Chile's cosmopolitan capital city.
Day 15 and 16 - At leisure in Pucon on the shores of Lake Villarrica
At leisure in Pucon. A chance to explore and enjoy the town or perhaps take a boat trip or other local excursion. For the energetic there is a wonderful volcano to hike up!
Day 14 - Eclipse Day
Today we journey to our
eclipse site at Malleo (North of Junin de los Andes) in Argentina. After the eclipse we cross border into Chile and the next three nights accommodation will be in the town of Pucon on the shores of Lake Villarrica with its stunning volcano views.
Day 13 - At leisure in Bariloche with optional excursions available
The lakeside town of Bariloche has a distinctly German flavour, with architecture reminiscent of the Alps and many examples of a long-established German culture. Excursions on the lake are a highlight here.
Day 12 - Fly north to Bariloche in the stunning Andean Lakes region
Fly from Ushuaia to Bariloche in the Argentine Andes. The lakeside town of Bariloche has a distinctly German flavour, with architecture reminiscent of the Alps and many examples of a long established German culture. Two night hotel accommodation are provided here.
Day 3 and 4 - Crossing the Drake Passage
Named after the renowned explorer, Sir Francis Drake, who sailed these waters in 1578, the Drake Passage also marks the Antarctic Convergence, a biological barrier where cold polar water sinks beneath the warmer northern waters. The USHUAIA's open bridge policy allows you to join our officers on the bridge and learn about navigation, watch for whales, and enjoy the view. A full program of lectures will be offered during the voyage.
Day 2 - Fly to Ushuaia in the far south of Argentina to join your cruise boat
Embark on your expedition ship MV Ushuaia in the afternoon. Meet your expedition and lecture staff and sail along the famous Beagle Channel and the scenic Mackinlay Pass.
Details of the ship and what to expect can be seen here.
Please note: The Antarctic cruise itinerary is a guide only. The exact route and program will vary to take best advantage of local weather, ice conditions and opportunities to view wildlife. Changes will be made by the Captain and/or Expedition Leader to facilitate the best results from the prevailing conditions.
Day 1 (1st December 2020) - Buenos Aires, Argentina's vibrant capital city and home of the Tango
Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay
WHATS INCLUDED IN MY TOUR?
Tour Price £7,895 / $10,995 per person
The price is for the tour from arrival on Day 1 to your departure on Day 18
Bed and breakfast accommodation is provided in hotels throughout the tour and all transfers, transportation and local excursions as outlined in the itinerary are included. Other meals are not included (apart from on the cruise).
Accommodation is provided in twin or double bed hotel rooms with a private bathroom. We are usually able to arrange shared accommodation with a person of the same gender - this is known as 'twin share' accommodation.
A limited number of rooms for sole occupancy are available at a single room supplement of £6,510 / $9,115 (this includes a single cabin on the MV Ushuaia cruise)
MV Ushuaia Cabin Upgrades - the tour price is based on a standard two berth cabin with shared facilities on the lowest deck. Upgrades to superior cabins or suites are available at an additional cost of £650 to £1,735 per person. Deck plan and upgrade prices can be seen
by clicking on this link
Flight packages from London and the US will be offered by our flight partner about 11 months in advance of the tour departure (when all fares and schedules are available) or you can arrange your own International flights if you prefer.
Current return air fares from London are between about £800 and £1,000 and from the US about $800 to $1,200
Airport transfers and assistance are included on tour arrival and departure days if you take advantage of the International flight package offered by our flight partner. If you choose to arrange your own International flights then the meet point is the hotel on Day 1 and the tour ends at the hotel on the final day.
You will find further details about what to expect on the
Project Patagonia FAQ page here
EXTENSIONS FOR THIS TOUR
There are no group extensions that slot onto this tour.
Please email our office on
firstname.lastname@example.org with any alternative bespoke arrangements required.
Day 18 (18th December 2020) - Join your return flight or perhaps extend your stay (see below for pre and post tour extensions that fit onto this tour)
Today is the last day of the tour. Join your return flight unless you have chosen to
extend your stay.
Day 5 to 8 - Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands
A haven for wildlife there are vast penguin rookeries and beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals and Southern elephant seals. Sailing through the narrow passage into the flooded caldera of Deception Island is truly amazing. We hope to navigate some of the most beautiful waterways (depending on the ice conditions): the Gerlache Strait, the Neumayer Channel, and the Lemaire Channel, the latter are narrow passages between towering rock faces and spectacular glaciers. We plan to make at least two landings per day and attempt a landing on the continent proper. After negotiating the iceberg-strewn waters of the Antarctic Sound, we hope to visit the bustling Adélie Penguin (over 100,000 pairs breed here) and Blue-eyed Cormorant colonies on Paulet Island. Further exploration may take you to the Melchior Island group, Cuverville Island, Portal Point, Neko Harbour, Pléneau Island and if ice conditions permit, to Petermann Island.
Day 9 and 10 - Leave Antarctica and head north
We leave Antarctica and head north across the Drake Passage. Join your lecturers and naturalists on deck as we search for seabirds and whales and enjoy some final onboard lectures.
Day 11 - Arrive in Ushuaia, disembark and overnight in Ushuaia
We arrive at the port of Ushuaia in the early morning and disembark the USHUAIA after breakfast.