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Antarctic Explorer 12-night Expedition Cruise from Ushuaia – Includes Free Air

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with Viking Cruises. Start your journey in Buenos Aires, then fly to Ushuaia, where you'll experience the ultimate expedition to the Antarctic peninsula. Stay in a luxurious Deluxe Nordic Balcony stateroom and witness the breathtaking beauty of Antarctica like never before. You'll see stunning glaciers, icebergs, and a variety of marine life, including penguins, whales, and seals. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the untouched continent and create unforgettable memories.
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Antarctic Explorer 12-night Expedition Cruise from Ushuaia – Includes Free Air

DEPARTURE DATE: February 20, 2024
Countries Visited: Argentina
Departure Port:Buenos Aires, Argentina

OVERVIEW

Discover the “Last Continent”

This ultimate adventure takes you to the Antarctic peninsula, where you will witness towering glaciers, snow-covered landscapes, immense icebergs and once-in-a-lifetime wildlife viewing. In the footsteps of explorers such as Amundsen, Shackleton and Scott, you will be one of the few to discover the world’s last truly wild frontier. Each day brings new surprises and the opportunity to change plans to maximize wildlife sightings and adapt to ever-changing weather.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
February 20, 2024from $20,995 CAD - Nordic Penthouse stateroomPer Person
February 28, 2024from $20,995 CAD - Nordic Penthouse stateroomPer Person

What's Included

  • FREE airfare from Calgary ( please ask for other cities)
  • 1 night accommodation in Buenos Aires
  • Internal flight to Ushuaia
  • 11 night expedition cruise round trip from Ushuaia in Nordic Penthouse stateroom
  • One complimentary landing or shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Complimentary access to The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center.
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Kayaks, Zodiacs & Special Operations Boats — A Viking Expedition Kit with a variety of equipment to explore at no extra charge
  • Keepsake Viking expedition jacket (on polar itineraries)
  • All Viking excursion gear needed for any relevant excursions
  • Taxes and port charges

Features of your stateroom:

  • Stateroom size: 215 sq ft (includes Nordic balcony)
  • Ocean-view stateroom with private Nordic Balcony: floor-to-ceiling distortion-free glass at your ship’s edge, for optimal cozy viewing. Or lower the top panoramic glass for a sheltered, al fresco lookout.
  • 11 AM Embarkation
  • 2 PM stateroom access
  • Expedition activity reservations 47 days prior to departure
  • 1 priority reservation at each alternative restaurant 60 days prior to departure
  • Priority spa treatment bookings 60 days prior to departure
  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed (optional twin-bed configuration) with luxury linens & pillows
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • 55" OLED flat-screen TV featuring MSNBC, FOX News, National Geographic and more
  • 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Plush robes & slippers
  • Direct-dial satellite phone & cell service
  • Security safe
  • Individual climate control
  • Purified water refilled daily
  • Mini-bar with soft drinks, water & snacks (replenished once daily)
  • Binoculars
  • Traditional Norwegian Marius-weave blanket
  • Personal coffee machine with premium coffee & tea selections
  • Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping
  • 24-hour room service
  • Floor-to-ceiling drying closet
  • Spacious drawers & closet with wooden hangers
  • Under-bed suitcase storage space
  • Keepsake Viking expedition jacket (on polar itineraries)
  • All Viking excursion gear needed for any relevant excursions

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Tue Feb 20Buenos Aires, Argentina
2Wed Feb 21Ushuaia, Argentina
3Thu Feb 22Sail Drake Passage
4Fri Feb 23Explore Antarctica
5Sat Feb 24Explore Antarctica
6Sun Feb 25Explore Antarctica
7Mon Feb 26Explore Antarctica
8Tue Feb 27Explore Antarctica
9Wed Feb 28Explore Antarctica
10Thu Feb 29Explore Antarctica
11Fri Mar 1Sail Drake Passage
12Sat Mar 2Scenic Sailing: Cape Horn
13Sun Mar 3Ushuaia, Argentina

Day 1 – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive and check in to your hotel. Buenos Aires, Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital, is an eclectic combination of Latin and European influences. The tree-lined streets and postcolonial architecture draw on the city’s Spanish, French and Italian heritage, while the many cafés and bodegas and vibrant nightlife are decidedly Argentine. Its barrios, or neighborhoods, exude an intimate atmosphere that belies the city’s size. Full of bohemian flair, historic San Telmo’s cobblestone streets and Belle Époque–style buildings reverberate with the mesmerizing melodies of the tango.

Day 2 – Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world. Its splendid setting, tucked between the Beagle Channel and the southernmost slopes of the Andes, lends it an outpost atmosphere, as do the Antarctic explorers readying for the expeditions that depart from here. Ushuaia is the capital of and gateway to the celebrated Tierra del Fuego, the “Land of Fire,” named by Spaniards upon seeing the constant flames burned by the indigenous Yámana to keep warm. This largely unspoiled region comprises the large island of Tierra del Fuego and countless Chilean and Argentine islands.

Day 3 – Sail Drake Passage

Named for 16th-century English privateer Sir Francis Drake, the frigid waters of the Drake Passage stretch for some 600 miles between Cape Horn and Livingston Island in the South Shetland archipelago. As you sail, take advantage of the array of delicious cuisine offered on board. You may visit Mamsen’s, our casual gourmet deli, any time from early morning to late at night for a taste of traditional Norwegian fare. Or, dine at Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant for authentic fare with options ranging from Milanese risotto to Tuscan-inspired classics.

Days 4 – 10 – Explore Antarctica

At once ethereal and majestic, Antarctica has inspired explorers and adventurers for centuries. In this icy wilderness, marvel at icebergs glimmering in serene bays and mountains cloaked in white rising from the mainland basalt cliffs. These stunning landscapes evoke both utter tranquility as fur seals lounge on a floating sheet of ice, and breathtaking drama as glaciers thunderously calve into the sea. In these cold and nutrient-rich waters, humpback, fin and giant blue whales have been known to greet expedition ships that venture into their habitat.

Day 11 – Sail Drake Passage

The Drake Passage has a notorious reputation for being the roughest seas on Earth. Traversing it required braving massive waves, hurricane-force winds and icy conditions that tested the mettle of both sailor and ship. Meet fellow guests and listen to the soothing sounds of classical music in The Living Room, an ideal setting for relaxation. Enjoy a cup of coffee or sip on a refreshing cocktail.

Day 12 – Scenic Sailing: Cape Horn

Rising above the point where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans converge, Cape Horn, named for the Dutch city of Hoorn in The Netherlands, is part of the Hermite Islands archipelago. This remote, stark and treeless place is often considered the continent’s southernmost point. Soaring from Hornos Island is an enormous prehistoric-looking massif of Jurassic volcanic rock. Atop, stands its historic lighthouse near the water’s edge. A beacon of assurance and safety for countless sailors since 1991, it is the world’s southernmost traditional-style lighthouse.

Day 13 – Ushuaia, Argentina

The “city at the end of the world” is one of the planet’s most breathtaking destinations; Andean peaks, pristine lakes and boreal forests create a dramatic backdrop, surrounding this captivating coastal town. Although Ushuaia lies more than 600 miles north of Antarctica, the city’s port is still the closest to the “Last Continent” and the starting point for its exploration. The majesty of Antarctica’s landscape attracts visitors seeking adventure, with its packed ice plains, rugged mountains and abundance of wildlife, such as whales, seals and various species of penguin. Disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your charter flight. Bid farewell to your fellow travelers and journey home.

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