Buenos AiresArrive this morning in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, set on the Rio de la Plata, and check in to your fine hotel. In the afternoon, have a guided overview of the city, seeing its Beaux Arts palaces, grand boulevards, and the famous balcony forever associated with Eva Peron. Return to your hotel for a relaxing dinner.
Buenos Aires/Ushuaia, Argentina/Embark ShipThe morning's LAN charter flight offers some rare views of Patagonia before landing in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Have lunch during a catamaran cruise of the scenic Beagle Channel before embarking your expedition ship and setting sail.
At SeaAwake this morning well into your journey across the Drake Passage. Lying between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula, the Drake holds a unique place in maritime lore. Sometimes misty and gray, other times calm and clear, crossing the legendary Drake Passage is unforgettable - a milestone in any adventurer's personal travel history.
AntarcticaWith nearly 24 hours of daylight at this time of year, make the most of your six days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and its surrounding islands. Out there, your ship will freely roam. The expedition team is a veteran one, and their expert knowledge of Antarctica's waters enables you to take advantage of the unexpected. Be out daily - experiencing Antarctica with all your senses as you walk, cruise in Zodiacs, and paddle kayaks through berg fields, hearing the Antarctic seltzer (gases escaping from dissolving icebergs) around us, the cries of the penguins, and the huge, nurturing silence of this perfectly pristine place. You may sail through the incomparable Lemaire Channel, known as Iceberg Alley, where a hush falls over onlookers as bergs of beauty and scale drift by. Learn to identify penguins, paddle kayaks through berg fields and land with Zodiacs on the "White Continent."
At SeaAs you sail back to Ushuaia, an albatross or two may join the avian escort of seabirds that cross our bow. There is plenty of time to enjoy a wellness treatment, log some time in the gym, or catch up on the book you haven’t had a minute to read.
Ushuaia/Disembark/Buenos AiresAfter breakfast, disembark in Ushuaia with some time to explore before proceeding to the airport for your LAN Chile charter flight to Buenos Aires (not included in cruise fare), and connecting flights home.