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ANTARCTICA

ANTARCTIC ADVENTURE

Explore Magnificent Antarctica On This Amazing Adventure Tour
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Overview


The frozen wilderness of Antarctica is like nowhere else on Earth. On this adventure, you will venture down to one of the most unexplored places on the planet. Starting in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires, spend two nights discovering the vibrant and colourful heartbeat of the country. Next stop is Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, regarded as the most southerly city in the world and a jumping off point for Antarctic voyages. Aboard the G Expedition ship, cross the legendary Drakes Passage before the calm waters of the Antarctic peninsula flatten out before you. Now the sheer beauty of the icebound continent waits to be discovered. Navigate through ice flows and towering icebergs and experience close encounters with the local wildlife. Sit among hundreds of thousands of penguins in their colonies, spot albatrosses circling the ship and walk amongst giant elephant seals. The best time to visit this frozen wilderness is between November and early March. November is when the ice is at its most pristine after a long winter and the larger-the-life landscapes are said to be at their finest, whereas further into the season wildlife becomes more and more abundant as penguin chicks hatch and whales spotting is more common.

Here at Western & Oriental, we think going to Antarctica at any time is guaranteed to be one of the best adventures any traveller can make. 

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Itinerary


Day 1 - UK- Sao Paolo
Depart the UK with TAM via Sao Paolo to Buenos Aires. Direct flights are possible, please enquire for details.
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Day 2 - Sao Paolo – Buenos Aires
This morning, arrive into Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel, the Recoleta Grand. The Recoleta area’s rich culture and fine architecture is best experienced on foot. Wander through charming plazas, browse its numerous boutiques and take a break in its many quaint coffee shops as you join the city’s popular café culture. This evening, why not try a world famous Argentine steak and a glass of Malbec? 
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Day 3 - Buenos Aires
Today on a half-day private city tour, take in the highlights of this cosmopolitan capital. Visit the Plaza de Mayo, serenely flanked by the cathedral and the famous Casa Rosada (the seat of the government). Stop in San Telmo with its historic buildings, cobblestoned streets and antique flea markets. No day in Buenos Aires would be complete without a trip to La Boca, where Tango dancers and music fill the street. 
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Day 4 - Buenos Aires – Ushuaia
This morning, fly to Ushuaia, regarded as the world’s most southerly city and the capital of Tierra del Fuego. The small city is positioned on the northern shore of the Beagle Channel and named after Darwin’s ship that sailed here in 1832. Ushuaia is easily explored on foot, perhaps visit the “End of the World” museum or dine in one of its fine seafood restaurants. 
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Day 5 - Ushuaia – Drake Passage
Enjoy a free morning to explore the city further or visit the nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park. In the afternoon, you will disembark on the G Expedition. Evening sailing will be through the Beagle Channel. Start to spot wildlife such as cormorants, Magellanic penguin colonies and dolphins as you enjoy your first evening meal aboard ship. Accommodation: G Expedition  
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Day 6 - Drake Passage
The adventure starts with an 800-kilometre crossing of one of the most infamous passages of water, named in honour of the 16th-century English sea captain and privateer, Sir Francis Drake. During this time, daily lectures will be held from the expedition team, and keep an eye out for the first sightings of wildlife. The crossing time depends on sea conditions but the arrival to the South Shetlands awaits imminently. Accommodation: G Expedition
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Day 7 - Drake Passage – South Shetland Islands
Continuing across the Drake Passage, spot the many seabirds that are known to follow ships; dependent on weather conditions, get out on deck to catch a glimpse of the prions, petrels and albatrosses in tow. From the expedition team, learn about the wildlife that awaits you as you arrive to the Antarctic continent. Accommodation: G Expedition
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Day 8 - South Shetlands & Antarctic Peninsula
The South Shetlands and Antarctica Peninsula is home to some of the most unique wildlife viewing and inspiring scenery in the world. Each day two landings will be made (weather dependent) where you will encounter Gentoo, Adelie and Chinstrap penguin rookeries as well as Weddell, Crabeater, Elephant and Leopard seals to name a few. The ship’s captain will arrange a flexible itinerary based on ice conditions and weather. Accommodation: G Expedition
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Day 9 - South Shetlands & Antarctic Peninsula
Navigate through ice-packed channels of the peninsula, heading past scenic bays and amongst glistening icebergs. Stop at penguin rookeries, bird colonies, seal wallows and whale feeding areas. The ship’s team of on-board specialists will give daily talks about the peninsula’s history, the geography of the region and the incredible wildlife. Accommodation: G Expedition
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Day 10 - South Shetlands & Antarctic Peninsula
Disembarking each day means hopping aboard the inflatable speed boats known as Zodiacs. Excursions are usually on foot where you can get up close with the wildlife (who have yet to develop a fear of humans) or staying on the zodiacs as you cruise down iceberg alleys and spot wildlife from the raft. Accommodation: G Expedition
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Day 11 - South Shetlands & Antarctic Peninsula
Again, today venture out on a variety of excursions. One optional activity during your expedition is to partake in a polar plunge, so don’t forget your bathing suit. During the voyage, learn about the peninsula’s remarkable history. The team on board consists of marine biologists, historians and naturalists and are there to share their wealth of knowledge with fellow voyagers. Accommodation: G Expedition
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Day 12 - Drake Passage
Begin the journey back north to Ushuaia. Keep your eyes peeled for any last-minute wildlife sightings. Again, dependent on weather conditions, the two-day crossing can range from a mill-pond to rough conditions. Crossing the Drake Passage is always an adventure. Accommodation: G Expedition
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Day 13 - Drake Passage
Aboard ship, review the highlights of this Antarctic voyage with the specialists on board. Accommodation: G Expedition
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Day 14 - Ushuaia – Buenos Aires
Today you will disembark the G Expedition after breakfast and will be transferred to the airport. Fly to Buenos Aires for a final night. This evening, perhaps watch a tango show and enjoy a steak diner accompanied by a fine Malbec. Ask our Destination Experts to recommend their favourite spots.  
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Day 15 - Buenos Aires – London
This morning is at leisure to do any last-minute shopping or exploring of Buenos Aires. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK via Sao Paolo.
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