Antarctica Cruise aboard the World Explorer - terra argentina

Antarctica Cruise aboard the World Explorer

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Live a waking dream with this 7th continent expedition cruise. After a short visit of Buenos Aires, to discover tango and the warmth of the Argentinians, set south to Ushuaia and embark on the World Explorer for an expedition to Antarctica!

 

Observe the vibrant wildlife: penguins, seals and whales abound in this pristine environment. Enjoy onboard conferences given by experts and scientists, and get close to glaciers, icebergs and all the southern wonders aboard your Zodiac.

Length of stay: 14 days

Kind: Southern Cruises

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Countries visited: Argentina

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Day 1 : International Aiport Ezeiza

Meet your driver at Ezeiza International Airport – transfer to Buenos Aires in a private vehicle.

Transfer with an English-speaking guide.

Visit Buenos Aires (half day, private tour)

Today, discover the political and historical centre of the capital. Start with the 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest in the world, dominated by the Obelisk, a symbol of Buenos Aires. You will pass the Colon Theatre, one of the jewels of the Argentine architecture, before arriving on the Capital main square, Plaza de Mayo.

Your visit then takes you to San Telmo: this historical neighbourhood is a dynamic mix of tourists and locals: picturesque alleyways, old typical cafés, antique shops… This lively barrio is animated day and night – a famous flea market takes place every sunday around Dorrego square.

End your visit with the picturesque neighborhood of La Boca, with its small alley of El Caminito : painters, tango dancers and singers meet between the ancient colourful wooden houses.

Return to your hotel after the visit

An English speaking guide will acompany you during the city tour.

Night at the Casa Calma Hotel en Superior room (STD).

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Day 2 : Buenos Aires - Ushuaia

Transfer from your hotel to Buenos Aires Domestic Airport in a private vehicle.

Domestic flight Buenos Aires* – Ushuaia.

*National o international airport depending on time schedule and availability.

You will begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small but bustling port town at the tip of South America. This Argentine town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy handcrafted chocolate at a café in town.

A representative of the company will be available to answer any questions you may have at your hotel during the optional meeting of the day before departure, around 18h.

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Day 3 : Canal de Beagle

Boarding will take place in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America.

Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you see land, you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

You will travel aboard the World Explorer

New to Antarctica, World Explorer is the epitome of polar class ships: it offers suites with first class balconies and allows you to discover all the wonders of Antarctica with a level of service worthy of the most prestigious hotels.

World Explorer also includes many indoor and outdoor spaces that will allow you to observe the incredible wildlife that inhabits Antarctica or simply to contemplate the many landscapes that deflate before your eyes. You can enjoy the panorama from the spacious observation deck, sit comfortably in the panoramic lounge, read and relax in the cozy library or chat with a drink in the Explorer lounge. The conferences take place in a dedicated auditorium. Fitness and wellness facilities include an outdoor running track, a small gym and spa, as well as a heated outdoor pool. Thanks to its new environment-friendly hybrid technology but also to its new generation Rolls-Royce engines and generators, the ship can boast low energy consumption and low CO2 emissions.

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE VESSEL

Staff and crew: 125

Passengers: 172

Lifeboats: 2, fully enclosed

Ice certification: 1B

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Day 4 : Drake Passage

Prepare yourself for potentially rough water, but hope for a smooth sailing as the Drake is unpredictable and always changing. You’ll spend these first days getting to know your shipmates, while we’ll provide safety briefings and insights into what excitement lies ahead.

Your days at sea are filled with presentations led by your Expedition Team who will prepare you for the wildlife, glaciology and history that will greet you upon your arrival. In between presentations, spend time on deck looking for wildlife or chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar.

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Day 5 : Drake Passage

Your days at sea are filled with presentations led by your Expedition Team who will prepare you for the wildlife, glaciology and history that will greet you upon your arrival. In between presentations, spend time on deck looking for wildlife or chatting with your shipmates over a drink at the bar.

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Day 6 : South Shetland Islands - Antarctica Peninsula

The most common reaction upon reaching the White Continent is a sense of reverence and awe. The experience is beyond words, since few places are as untouched and enduring as Antarctica. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every time you visit Antarctica, you witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience.

Activities included

Outings in Zodiac

Zodiacs are essential for polar expeditions, they transport passengers safely to distant shores and small islets, where ships cannot penetrate. Getting in and out of these boats is very simple.

Excursions

Accompanied by an experienced guide, you explore the landscapes and shores on foot to better appreciate them.

Conferences

The daily conferences that are organized with our experts on board, in particular with guides, scientists and special guests, allow passengers to rub shoulders with historians, botanists, ornithologists, biologists, geologists and much more.

Polar diving

This rite of passage, which takes place only once during the expedition, consists of diving into the frozen waters of the ocean safely under the watchful eye of our team and all the cameras on board !

Photography

Documenting your trip to bring wonderful memories home is both rewarding and constructive. In addition, it is almost impossible to take a bad picture of the polar regions.

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Day 7 : South Shetland Islands - Antarctica Peninsula

Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. Your Expedition Team will take care of you at each landing, whether you are hiking the Antarctic landscape, visiting a research station or consorting with chinstrap, Adélie and gentoo penguins, all of which can be found here. Keep an eye out for Weddell, fur, crabeater and leopard seals as well as curious whales, such as humpbacks, fins, or perhaps orcas while on a Zodiac cruise. Each excursion will present a new collection of creatures to delight you and keep your camera busy.

Optional paid activities

Camping (from November to January)

Treat yourself to a night of camping in Antarctica! It’s one of the most beautiful ways to experience Antarctica in an intimate way, by taking experience one step further. Camping is available on almost all early season Antarctic trips. A meeting on board on the safety conditions for this activity helps you prepare well and spend a splendid night under the stars. Dress warmly and eat a large meal before embarking on an adventure as meals on earth are not allowed. All materials and instructions are provided.

No tent needed. Camping is a very popular activity and places are limited depending on the ship, book in advance!

Stand-up Paddle

Combining surfing and kayaking or canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding will allow you to approach Antarctica in a unique and very personal way. Activity carried out in small groups when the weather allows it, in calm bays and harbors, accompanied by a zodiac. You can book this activity in advance in two consecutive priority groups. Once these two outings have been successfully completed, you can re-register for this activity on board on a first-come, first-served basis for any new organized outing.

Sea kayak

Imagine gliding across the surface of the bay amidst glaciers and icebergs. Our sea kayaking adventures are a great way to be one with the elements. Kayakers will go out multiple times during the expedition and kayak outings will take the place of zodiac outings. The number of opportunities to kayak will depend on the weather. Besides, this activity will only take place in case of mild conditions.

Prior experience in this sport is required to be comfortable on the water. Furthermore, you must be able to desalinate to participate.

Beginners who wish to kayak can consider participating in the paddle excursion described above.

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Day 8 : South Shetland Islands - Antarctica Peninsula

Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to inspire and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

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Day 9 : South Shetland Islands - Antarctica Peninsula

Every day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to inspire and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

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Day 10 : Drake Passage

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air.

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Day 11 : Drake Passage - Ushuaia Harbor

Spend time on the deck, watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team and celebrate the experiences shared exploring Antarctica.

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Day 12 : Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, which allows for you to continue your adventure onward or catch your flights home.

Domestic flight Ushuaia – Buenos Aires*.

*National o international airport depending on time schedule and availability.

Transfer from Buenos Aires domestic airport to your hotel in a private vehicle.

Night at the Palo Santo Hotel in Premium room (STD).

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Day 13 : City Tour Buenos Aires - Dinner Experience

Visit Buenos Aires (half day, private tour)

Guided tour of the Recoleta neighbourhood, characterized by many colonial houses, currently inhabited by powerful Argentine families. Enter the luxurious Pacifico Shopping Center with its typical 1889 French architecture with vaulted ceilings. This stunning place is a locals’ favourite.

Visit the Recoleta Cemetery, where many celebrities, writers and politicians rest. The most famous and revered even today is the tomb of Evita Peron, the legendary wife of President Peron.

Continue your visit in the Palermo neighbourhood, with leafy streets, small eateries and little shops, and take a stroll in the Tres de Febrero park inaugurated in 1875, the largest green area of the city.

Return to your hotel.

An English speaking guide will acompany you during the city tour.

Tonight, you are invited to discover the Argentinian cuisine in a closed-doors restaurant.

You will spend the next 2h enjoying dinner and cooking the traditional empanadas, learning how to order steak your way in Spanish, and preparing your own “mate” drink, the national beverage that goes hand in hand with any gathering and conversation.

Dinner guided in english and spanish.

Night at the Palo Santo Hotel in Premium room (STD).

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Day 14 : Buenos Aires

Transfer from the hotel to Ezeiza International Airport in a private vehicle.

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