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Cruising the icy waters in a zodiac

Classic Antarctica (from Buenos Aires)

12 Day Sample Cruise aboard Le Boreal
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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 2 : Ushuaia / Embark
Days 3-4 : Cruising the Drake Passage
Days 5-9 : Antarctica
Days 10-11 : Drake Passage
Day 12 : Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

Ship

Le Boreal

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Cruising the icy waters in a zodiac An iceburg curves with the horizon Penguins walk on their snow trails A group of penguins enjoys the sunshine A group of penguins on an iceburg

Day 1 Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive this morning to Argentina’s capital and transfer to your hotel, where immediate check-in has been arranged. Enjoy some time to relax before this afternoon’s city tour. As complex as it is energetic and seductive, this port city has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries, bringing many porteños (as locals are known) into its boundaries. Although it is reminiscent of a European city, the spirit of Buenos Aires is evident in its diverse and distinctly local neighborhoods. Meet your fellow adventurers this evening for a welcome cocktail reception.

Day 2 Ushuaia / Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Upon arrival, enjoy sightseeing (time permitting) and a traditional Patagonian barbecue lunch. Later, arrive at your ship and settle in for your first night on board. The passenger friendly, stylish ‘Le Boreal’ features all-balcony staterooms and suites. Wander the decks, relax in the lounge and mingle with fellow travelers in anticipation of your voyage.

Day 3-4 Cruising the Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The southward journey toward Antarctica is an exciting one. Fast-flowing southern ocean currents squeezing between land masses give the Drake Passage, the small strip of sea between the tip of South America and Antarctica, some of the world's roughest waters. An important trade route in the 19th and early 20th centuries, its stormy waters and icy conditions often made the journey around Cape Horn a difficult one, though the stabilizer-equipped 'Le Boreal' handles it easily. The krill-rich waters are a particular favorite with marine mammals and seabirds. Join 'Le Boreals' naturalists on the deck to look for various species of whale and abundant seabirds. Later this evening, chat with experts about the wildlife spotted today and discuss the next day’s itinerary.

Day 5-9 Antarctica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As the Antarctic Peninsula and its offshore islands appear on the horizon, a sense of excitement and expectation begins to build. Shore excursions are carefully planned by the captain and expedition leader to take full advantage of each day's possibilities. On most days, two landings are scheduled. Head out in swift and versatile Zodiacs, guided by expert drivers and accompanied by lecturers, to a number of penguin-filled islands in the South Shetlands, which may include Half Moon, Penguin and Deception. Other possible island visits just off the continental coastline may include Cuverville, Paulet or Goudier. Weather permitting, the ship calls on the Antarctic Peninsula. 'Le Boreal' also plans to sail through stunning Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel, referred to as "Kodak Alley," with other possibilities for exploration, including a scientific research station and the remains of turn-of-the-century whaling and sealing stations. Return to your cruiser for cocktails and dinner. Afterward, recap the day’s discoveries with your naturalist guides.

Day 10-11 Drake Passage

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The ship's return through the Drake Passage is an interlude for recap and reflection, with time to compare notes with your lecturers on the wildlife, history and geology of the White Continent. While cruising through this historic passage, named in honor of Sir Francis Drake's voyage in the 16th century, you may be able to spot whale and seabirds such as albatross and skua.

Day 12 Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

  • 1 Breakfast
'Le Boreal’ docks at Ushuaia this morning, where after breakfast, bid farewell to staff and crew and disembark. Transfer to the airport to board your flight home via Buenos Aires.

Le Boreal

Buenos Aires - Hotels

Per person starting at
$14,995
Category 1, 2, and 3 Cabins.
Classic Balcony Stateroom- Cat 1
$14,995
243 Total Square feet, outside stateroom with private facilities and balcony. Double bed or two single beds, mini bar, safe, wi-fi, flat screen TV, telephone.
Category 1, 2, and 3 Cabins.
Deluxe Balcony Stateroom- Cat 2
$15,995
243 Total Square feet, outside stateroom with private facilities and balcony. Double bed or two single beds, mini bar, safe, wi-fi, flat screen TV, telephone.
Category 1, 2, and 3 Cabins.
Premier Balcony Stateroom- Cat 3
$16,995
243 Total Square feet, outside stateroom with private facilities and balcony. Double bed or two single beds, mini bar, safe, wi-fi, flat screen TV, telephone.
Category 4 Cabin.
Superior Balcony Stateroom- Cat 4
$17,995
243 Total Square feet, outside stateroom with private facilities and balcony. Double bed or two single beds, mini bar, safe, wi-fi, flat screen TV, telephone.
Category 5 Cabin.
Premier Two Room Suite- Cat 5
$21,995
354 Total Square feet, outside suite with private facilities and balcony. Double bed or two single beds, mini bar, safe, wi-fi, flat screen TV, telephone.
Category 6 Cabin.
Prestige Balcony Suite - Cat 6
$22,995
486 Total Square feet, outside two room suite with private facilities and balcony. Private sleeping quarters with double bed or two single beds, mini bar, safe, wi-fi, flat screen TV, telephone.
Category 7 Cabin.
Prestige Two-Room Balcony Suite- Cat 7
$23,995
486 Total Square feet, outside two room suite with private facilities and balcony. Private sleeping quarters with double bed or two single beds, mini bar, safe, wi-fi, flat screen TV, telephone.
Owners Balcony Suite.
Owners Balcony Suite
$29,995
Outside suite with private facilities and balcony. Private sleeping quarters with double bed or two single beds, mini bar, safe, wi-fi, flat screen TV, telephone.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy.
- Cabins are available for single occupancy at 1.5 times the double occupancy rate. The supplement for a suite is 2 times the shared rate.

Included in cruise fare:
- Cabin accommodations as chosen on board ‘Le Boreal’
- other accommodations as noted in the itinerary
- full board meal service on board ‘Le Boreal,’ including open bar (excepting premium wines,
premium liquors and champagnes)
- 24-hour room service on board
- arrival and departure grouped transfers (regardless of day of arrival and departure)
- fully guided sightseeing as noted in the itinerary (including park and entrance fees)
- bottled water supplied during sightseeing
- select beverages with group meals on land
- on board services of the expedition team including cruise director, expedition leader, naturalists and lecturers
- expedition parka and backpack on board
- baggage handling of two pieces per person for international flight (other restrictions may apply for internal flights
- hotel taxes and gratuities
- all gratuities for shipboard crew and staff

Not included in cruise fare:
- Passenger Travel Protection Plan
- international and internal airfares, unless otherwise noted
- costs associated with obtaining passports or entry visas
- airport departure taxes
- Ushuaia Customs & Migration Tax
- Argentine and Chilean (if applicable) Reciprocity Fee
- excess baggage charges;
- meals and beverages other than specified in the itinerary
- sightseeing not included in the program itinerary
- hotel room service
- personal expenses such as laundry, communication charges and optional activities

Included

  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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