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Argentina & Antarctic Explorer

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Argentina & Antarctic Explorer
DATES

18 Nov 2019 - 03 Dec 2019


RATES
from NZD$14900 per person
Single rate from NZD$21000

- Rates shown are NZD$
- Hover over rates for other currencies. 
- Rates shown are for Twin Share Cabin on board the Ocean Nova, and Twin Share in hotels.
*RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE UNTIL PAID IN FULL AS ARE BASED ON THE USD$

- Rates are based on a min of 10 Guests. If numbers fall under 10, the journey will be offered at a re-calculated rate.
- Prices shown are per guest in Twin Cabins or Single Cabin
- SINGLE CABINS Sold Out. 
- Triple Cabins are available, but limited - please enquire


- A 'Willing to Share' is possible on this journey - please enquire.
- Option for 'Cruise Only' is also available. Please enquire.

- International Flights are not included. PLEASE ASK US FOR A RATE.


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Argentina & Antarctic Explorer

ARGENTINA & ANTARCTIC EXPLORER

 

Antarctica, known as the Great White Continent, is the world’s last great wilderness area & is often considered the ultimate travel destination. It is the coldest and driest continent on Earth; the planet’s most remote continent with unspoilt, awe-inspiring scenery, and incredible wildlife encounters. This is travel to the end of the earth…

Departing from Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world, we embark our ship and sail through the fabled Drake Passage, where the Atlantic and Pacific meet the Great Southern Ocean to create the Antarctic Convergence. While cruising the Peninsula, we sail along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs. We will explore the amazing pristine wilderness of snow, ice and mountains, and an incredibly wide variety of wildlife. Apart from penguins and seabirds you are likely to see Weddell, crabeater and leopard seals along with Minke, killer (orca) and humpback whales at close range. 

We then spend 4 fabulous nights in Buenos Aires, Argentina's most cosmopolitan city. We visit elegant Recoleta, home to upscale shops and La Recoleta Cemetery, with the ornate graves of Eva Perón (a famous former First Lady) and other Argentine luminaries. San Telmo, the oldest barrio in the city, has cobblestone streets and fabulous bars and cafes. La Boca, offers colourful Caminito alley and people everywhere dancing the tango; and Palermo’s leafy streets are lined with hip boutiques. We watch a Tango Show & spend a day at an Estancia outside of the city, and enjoy a true Argentinean papilla BBQ. 

This is an ultimate Bucket List journey!

Tour Overview
Duration
16 Days - NOVEMBER 2019
Start Point
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Finish Point
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tour Style
Escorted Tour
Accommodation
Ocean Nova Expedition Ship, Boutique Hotels
Meals
All meals included on board, Breakfast in Hotels
Transport
Expedition Ship
Max Group Size
Min 10, Max 12 Guests (Boat carries 68 Guests)
Tour Inclusions
  • Fully Hosted ex Buenos Aires from arrival on Day 1 by Jemma Wilson, Owner of Mai Journeys
  • 10 day / 9 night Antarctic Expedition aboard the Ocean Nova
  • Roundtrip Economy flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • x 1 night (arrival) Buenos Aires hotel stay at the Hotel Maderoincluding breakfast & Welcome Cocktail
  • x 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay at the Cilene del Faro Suites & Spa, Ushuaia including breakfast
  • x 4 nights in the Palo Santo Hotel Palermo, Buenos Aires including breakfast
  • Comprehensive pre-expedition information material
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on board the cruise throughout your voyage.
  • House wines included during lunch & dinner on board the Ocean Nova
  • Daily shore excursions and Zodiac cruises (based on local conditions)
  • Lectures, presentations and briefings by expedition staff and Antarctic specialists
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program.
  • Briefings and recaps pre-and post-excursions given by expedition staff
  • Coffee, tea and snacks available around the clock on board.
  • Loan of waterproof boots for every passenger for wet landings
  • Post-expedition information file including a gallery of images from the trip
  • Luggage transfer for embarkation in Ushuaia from the hotel to the ship. (We will walk) 
  • A group transfer upon disembarkation in Ushuaia from the ship to the local airport.
  • Other meals (Lunch & Dinner) where stated on the itinerary.
  • Buenos Aires City Tours
  • Dinner & Tango Show, Buenos Aires
  • Wine Tasting & pairing, Buenos Aires
  • Recoleta & Palermo tour
  • Guacho & Estancia day
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers
Tour Highlights
  • Sailing along the famous Beagle Channel
  • Your first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains 
  • Penguin encounters 
  • Beaches ruled by Antarctic fur seals & Southern elephant seals
  • Explore the pristine wilderness of snow, ice, mountains and waterways
  • The chance to see Minke, killer (orca) & humpback whales at close range.
  • The lecturers and naturalists on board
  • The ship’s small size allows access to Antarctica’s hidden gems
  • All travellers able to step ashore quickly and at once
  • Optional kayaking and snowshoeing available
  • Fabulous Buenos Aires
  • Tango Show with Dinner and Wine Tasting
  • Experiencing the life of a Guacho for the day

 

OPTIONS FOR BOOKING:
- You can opt for a Single Cabin on board the Ocean Nova and a Single Room in all hotels. **Single Cabins on board the Ocean Nova now SOLD OUT
- You can opt for a Twin Cabin on board the Ocean Nova and Twin Rooms in all hotels. 
- You can opt for a Twin Cabin on board the Ocean Nova and a Single Room in all hotels.  
- You can opt for a Triple Cabin on board the Ocean Nova and Triple Rooms in all hotels. 
- You can opt for a Cruise Only sector.
- You can opt for a 'Willing to Share' throughout.

- ALL options are based on availability.
- If you have booked a 'Willing to Share' option, it is subject to the availability of another person seeking to share under the same conditions. If this does not occur the single supplement will applied.
- If you have booked a 'Willing to Share' option and have a confirmed room mate, should they cancel all attempts will be made to find another person to share with you. However, if this does not occur the single supplement will be applied.
We will of course discuss all options with you so you can make an informed choice. 

- Should you wish to pay in instalments we are able to accommodate your requirements for this.

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1 - 18 November 2019 - Arrive Buenos Aires
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Welcome to Argentina..
On arrival at the International airport, we will be met and transferred to our hotel. 

Buenos Aires, capital of the Republic of Argentina and the country's largest city, is undeniably one of Latin America's hottest destinations. Located on the shores of the Rio de la Plata, the city's combination of European architecture and the passion of its people ? the porteños (people of the port) ? work together to create a colourful and dynamic modern city. 

We spend the night close to the airport as we depart early in the morning for Ushuaia.

After check in, rest and relax - have a 'Jet Lag Revival Treatment' in the Spa, take a swim in the indoor heated pool, have a jacuzzi & sauna; and then we meet in the bar for a cocktail before retiring after a long flight. (Meal own account this evening..)

Overnight Hotel Madero (Welcome Cocktail)

Day 2 - 19 November 2019 - To Ushuaia
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After breakfast, our representative will pick us up from the hotel and transfer us to the airport for our flight to Ushuaia. (Flight times TBC)

On arrival at Ushuaia airport, we will be met by and transferred to our hotel. 

Ushuaia, the world's most southern city, is located in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego, on the shores of the Beagle Channel with the spectacular snow- peaked Martial Mountains spanning the horizon. It's a great place to visit before setting off to other areas of Patagonia or starting a cruise to Antarctica. 

We spend the night at Cilene del Faro Suites. This hotel offers accommodation with a magnificent view of either of the Andes Mountain Range or the Beagle Channel itself. 

After check in and a relax, we can take a wander around town - the hotel is only a few meters away from San Martin Street, the main commercial way with shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. Across the street from the hotel is the Presidium and Maritime Museum. A two minute walk will take you to the End of the World Museum.

This evening, those that wish to, can try out one of the 6 specialties Ushuaia is famous for: the local King Crab, Black Haze from the South Atlantic, Rio Grande Trout, Beagle Octopus, Mussels and Patagonian Lamb.

Those that wish to have a quiet night, can eat at the hotel and enjoy the spa, sauna and indoor pool services of the hotel. 

Overnight Cilene del Faro Suites & Spa. (B)

Day 3 - 20 November 2019 - Embarkation Day - Ocean Nova
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The Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice- strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. 

Today, we are transferred to the port. 

We board the Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore your surroundings before setting sail to Antarctica. This will be our first evening on the boat, our home for the next 9 nights.

Overnight Ocean Nova. (B, D)

Days 4 & 5 - 21 & 22 November 2019 - Ocean Nova
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We sail towards Antarctica across the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.

As we sail en-route to South Shetland Islands, we attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds such as the albatross and petrels as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.

After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and first sight of Antarctic land. 

Overnight Ocean Nova. (B,L, D)

Days 6 to 9 - 23 to 26 November 2019 - Ocean Nova
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We cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales.

Each day, we disembark by Zodiac boat and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides.

From the ship, we enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing our daily adventures with fellow guests. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. 

Possible Landing sites:
CUVERVILLE ISLAND - A gentoo penguin rookery is situated on the north end of the island on a rocky beach. Depending on the time of season you arrive, you may see them building nests or attending to their chicks. Giant petrels and kelp gulls breed on the island. 

DAMOY POINT - If we are lucky enough to mail a postcard in Antarctica, you'll likely pass through Damoy Point, the northern entrance to the harbor on which Port Lockroy is located. 

DANCO ISLAND - This small island, one mile (1.6 km) in length, is easy to explore and home to gentoo penguins. We can visit the marker of a former British Antarctic Survey hut and watch for a variety of seabirds such as snowy sheathbills, kelp gulls and blue-eyed shags. 

ENTERPRISE ISLAND - Located in Wilhelmina Bay, the island was used by whalers. A Zodiac cruise around the island passes a wrecked whaling ship. 

LEMAIRE CHANNEL - This strait runs between Booth Island and the Antarctic Peninsula; you'll see that this is one of the most scenic locations on the western coast, especially during sunrise and sunset. The 6.8 mile-long (11 km) Channel may become impassable when ice fills the narrow passageway, so we'll hope for clear waters. 

MELCHIOR ISLANDS - A group of low islands in Dallmann Bay, on which we may see male fur seals haul-out at the end of the breeding season to recuperate from their battles for supremacy. 

NEKO HARBOUR - Little evidence remains that this bay was once used by the floating whale factory ship Neko. We might see some whale vertebrae used by resident gentoo penguins as shelter from the wind. There is an unmanned refuge hut here, erected by Argentina. Climb past the hut and up a steep slope for spectacular views of the glacier-rimmed harbor. 

PETERMANN ISLAND - Here, near the Lemaire Channel, you can stand ashore and see the southernmost breeding colony of gentoo penguins. The dome of the island rises 650 feet (200 meters) above the sea, offering a challenging hike for panoramic views. Adélie penguins, shags and south polar skuas also inhabit the island. 

PORT LOCKROY - A ‘fun' destination of sorts, we always strive to journey to Port Lockroy if weather permits. The harbor is on the west side of Wiencke Island. A secret base was built on the harbor during the Second World War as part of Operation Tabarin. It is now designated as a historic site, where Port Lockroy is a museum and post office. Proceeds from your purchases here support the preservation of historic sites from the Heroic Age of Exploration. 

WATERBOAT POINT - Of historic interest, we may venture to this unique point, which at low tide is connected to the Antarctic mainland. Zodiacs are used to explore the area when the tide is in. Two scientists studying penguin behavior lived in a water boat on the Point from 1921-22. The remains of their camp have been designated an Antarctic historic site. 

Overnight Ocean Nova. (B,L, D)

Days 10 & 11 - 27 & 28 November 2019 - Ocean Nova
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Relax and take the time to watch wildlife from the bridge or outside decks while enjoying lectures given by the Antarctic experts.

We sailing along the Beagle Channel to Port Williams, before continuing to our final destination, Ushuaia. 

Overnight Ocean Nova. (B,L, D)

Day 12 - 29 November 2019 - Ocean Nova, Disembarkation - Buenos Aires
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Today we disembark the Ocean Nova & say farewell to our Antarctic team.

Upon disembarkation, we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Buenos Aires.

On arrival at the airport, we are met and transferred to our fabulous hotel, Palo Santo Hotel Palermo, where we spend the next four nights while discovering Buenos Aires & surrounds. 

After check in, rest and relax, we can meet in the bar for a cocktail. This evening is free at leisure, but those that wish, can eat in the fabulous hotel restaurant. 

Overnight Palo Santo Hotel. (B)

Day 13 - 30 November 2019 - Buenos Aires
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Centro, La Boca & San Telmo half day tour: This morning's tour will introduce you to the magic of the Argentine capital. The heart of the city is the Plaza de Mayo. This sprawling square has been the site of many important moments in Argentina’s history from the revolution in 1810 to the famous speeches by Eva Perón 100 years later. We visit many architectural highlights of Buenos Aires including the Palace of Justice, the Argentine National Congress building, the 'Cabildo (old town hall) and the presidential palace 'Casa Rosada' (pink house). 

We may have time to stop for a coffee in Gran Cafe Tortoni - supposedly the oldest cafe in Buenos Aires, opened in 1858 by a French immigrant called Touan.  

Next we visit ‘La Boca', the most picturesque of all neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires. This extravagant zone is completely different to the old and to the modern Buenos Aires and romantic stories tell us that tango was born in this working class area. This historically working-class Italian neighbourhood is perhaps the city’s most photogenic area. Its brilliantly coloured houses came about as a result of the residents’ inventiveness and thrift; people in the area would paint their houses with leftover paint cans from the nearby port, resulting in an eye-popping spectrum. We wander its famous street “Caminito” where you will have the chance to view the spectacle of impromptu tango dancing, street performers and have the chance to buy some local handicrafts. 

We then visit 'San Telmo', the oldest barrio (neighbourhood) of Buenos Aires which is famous for its historic architecture, tango parlours and antique shops. Historically the area’s most diverse, it is home to the city’s industrial labourers from all over the world. A yellow fever outbreak in 1871 decimated the area, and it wasn’t until the 1960s that it began to rebuild, with artists moving in and lending it the charming bohemian vibe that’s there today. The neighbourhood is a maze of cobblestone alleyways and former tenement houses converted into smoky cafés and antique shops. We take our time and wander through the streets learning about the history of the area and seeing its sights including its impressive old churches and its abundance of colourful street art. 

We will stop at Bar el Federal in San Telmo for sandwiches and a few lazy drinks.  

On our way back to our hotel we pass through the newly restored Puerto Madero area where we can stop for a glass of wine by the waterfront. This recently revitalised neighbourhood used to be the city’s industrial hub. Today, the former warehouses have been converted into trendy restaurants, boutiques, and hotels. 

This evening is free at leisure.

Overnight Palo Santo Hotel. (B, L - drinks not included)

Day 14 - 01 December 2019 - Buenos Aires
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This morning we will further discover what makes Buenos Aires great as we explore its better known and sophisticated districts; Palermo and Recoleta.

The architecture in Recoleta is strikingly French; many of the buildings were in fact modelled after the famous châteaux in the Loire Valley. There are open green spaces mixed in with elegant boutique shopping, cafés, embassies and impressive architecture. We visit such landmarks as the Pilar Church and Evita Monument before taking a short walk through the Recoleta cemetery where Evita's tomb can be found. We will visit Teatro Colon (the Opera House) and time permitting, we will pop into El Ateneo Grand Splendid, one of the world’s most famous bookshops.

We continue on to Palermo - which is Buenos Aires' largest neighbourhood - and also its trendiest. Palermo Chico is the Embassy Row of Buenos Aires, filled with stately mansions housing embassies and diplomats’ homes, but the real heart of Palermo is in Soho. Shopping and dining don't get much better in Buenos Aires than here. We will walk the streets full of beautiful parks, hip boutique hotels, chic restaurants and bars, and high fashion stores.

Throughout the morning our guide will give us an insight into local life and excellent local cuisine. We will stop for coffee and lunch en-route (own expense)

We return to the hotel. 

Wine Tasting, Dinner & Tango Show La Ventana: Tango expresses the heart and spirit of Argentina and no visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without it. This evening we will be picked up from our hotel and taken to La Ventana where we will experience the intimacy of this dance in equally intimate surrounds while we indulge in Argentinean wine & cuisine. La Ventana is located in the heart of San Telmo, in a historic 'conventill' (tenement house) that was bought back to life and is now a classic in porteno culture. There are up to 35 performers; singers, dancers, musicians, two Tango orchestras and a Folklore group. We first have an hour's Wine Tasting (accompanied by a pairing) with a Sommelier. La Ventana has its own brands of wine such as Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. We will taste a champagne, three different reds and a white. (could change..). At the end of the show we will be taken back to our hotel. 

Overnight Palo Santo Hotel. (B, D)

Day 15 - 02 December 2019 - Buenos Aires
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Today we leave the city behind and visit the traditional gaucho town of San Antonio de Areco, 123km from Buenos Aires.

The first stop will be at the workshop of a famous silversmith to see behind the scenes of this precious metal.

From here we will continue to a private estancia to savor a typical Argentine barbecue of premium beef and relax among soothing views of the endless plains and enjoy the nature, history, and tradition of the countryside. 

After lunch, you can go horseback riding, ride in a local ‘sulky’ (horse driven chariot) and watch a demonstration of gaucho horsemanship. Please note this is not a ‘tourist show’, but a day away from the city to experience the ambience of estancia life. 

We return to the hotel in the evening, which is at leisure.

Overnight Palo Santo Hotel. (B, L)

Day 16 - 03 December 2019 - Departure Day
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Today we depart. 

We will be transferred to the International Airport for our journeys home, or further into South America.

About this tour

The M/V Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel carrying just 68 passengers (78 in the Arctic). She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in the polar regions. She delivers clean, crisp Scandinavian styling, Ocean Nova features comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated twin and triple cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, there is a spacious dining room, a bar, a library and an infirmary. In the dining room you are treated to delicious meals, and in the panorama lounge you can enjoy a drink with a breathtaking view of the surrounding polar landscape. This is where our on-board specialists entertain and conduct lectures on flora, fauna and history. Passengers are welcome on the bridge around the clock and there is always something to see or search for from the spacious observation decks. There is a friendly and informal atmosphere on board. Travelling on this small expedition ship offers an entirely different experience and perspective than you can get on a larger and more conventional cruise ship. The ship has Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

Triple Cabin: 
Area size: 14m²
Two lower beds and one upper bed
Private bathroom with shower
One window
Desk and chair
Heater under desk
220V European electrical outlets 

Twin Cabin: 
Area size: 10m²
Two lower beds 
Private bathroom with shower
One window 
Desk and chair 
Heater under desk
220V European electrical outlets

Single Cabin: 
Area size: 8m²
One lower single bed 
Private bathroom with shower
One window
Desk and chair
Heater under desk
220V European electrical outlets

The Palo Santo Hotel, Buenos Aires - Palo Santo Hotel is a modern design hotel, featuring a unique vertical garden with over eight hundred plants covering the walls and balconies. One of the first urban green hotels in Latin America, the hotel was built to LEED standards, and all operations were designed to minimise environmental impact. Palo Santo Hotel is perfectly located in the fashionable, creative district of Palermo, famous for its gastronomy, nightlife, parks and art galleries. Guests will experience the best of contemporary Argentinean Design within the hotel. There is a rooftop Terrace with sundeck and hot tub (Subject to weather conditions) and in-room massages and treatments. 

Practicalities

Climate:  These expeditions from South America to Antarctica are scheduled during the Austral Summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Generally in the Antarctic, temperatures during the day are between 20º and 40º F. Although it can be very sunny, expect rain, snow, fog and a high wind chill factor.

Currency on board:  The currency aboard is the US$Dollar and the Euro is also accepted along with the following credit cards: MasterCard and American Express. For credit card payments minimum charge is US$100.

Language on board:  As part of your voyage experience, you will find many languages are spoken aboard the ship. English and Spanish are the languages used and spoken by all officers and crew (although some crew members may only speak Spanish). Lectures are given in English and Spanish.

Rubber Boots:  A supply of rubber boots or Wellingtons, are available on board and includes a wide variety of sizes. It is recommended that you bring your own only if you require a special size. Please note that the boots on board have been used by previous passengers.

All Zodiac, Land & Sea Tours & Activities:  Along with on-board lectures, the expedition team leads Zodiac, snorkelling, diving, hiking and other small-group excursions so that you can immerse yourself in the culture, landscape and habitat of a region with the help of experts who can illuminate all you see.

Optional Activities: 
Kayaking and showshoeing are available as optional activities. 
There will be 12 spots available per day, but will depend on how many spots are booked by guests once they board the ship. 

The facts

Not Included:

  • International flights - please ask us for a quote
  • Tour Extensions - please enquire
  • Visas

The Itinerary:  The itineraries published are for reference only and are subject to change due to weather and ice conditions, or due to any other reason beyond our control, at the Master’s and Expedition Leader’s discretion without prior notice. Passengers have no right to any refund, any other consideration or claim whatsoever in the event of inevitable itinerary changes.

Reservations and Payments:  A deposit of 40% of the cruise fare is required per person to confirm reservations with final payment due 90 days prior to departure.

Travel advice / FCO

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At the time of writing the FCO does not advise against travel to any of the places visited on this tour. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns. Furthermore, you should be aware that any travel warnings or advisories may affect the validity of your travel insurance. Therefore, at the time of booking your tour it is essential you check any restrictions on cover with your insurance provider.

DATES

18 Nov 2019 - 03 Dec 2019


RATES
from NZD$14900 per person
Single rate from NZD$21000

- Rates shown are NZD$
- Hover over rates for other currencies. 
- Rates shown are for Twin Share Cabin on board the Ocean Nova, and Twin Share in hotels.
*RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE UNTIL PAID IN FULL AS ARE BASED ON THE USD$

- Rates are based on a min of 10 Guests. If numbers fall under 10, the journey will be offered at a re-calculated rate.
- Prices shown are per guest in Twin Cabins or Single Cabin
- SINGLE CABINS Sold Out. 
- Triple Cabins are available, but limited - please enquire


- A 'Willing to Share' is possible on this journey - please enquire.
- Option for 'Cruise Only' is also available. Please enquire.

- International Flights are not included. PLEASE ASK US FOR A RATE.


Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - 18 November 2019 - Arrive Buenos Aires

Welcome to Argentina..
On arrival at the International airport, we will be met and transferred to our hotel. 

Buenos Aires, capital of the Republic of Argentina and the country's largest city, is undeniably one of Latin America's hottest destinations. Located on the shores of the Rio de la Plata, the city's combination of European architecture and the passion of its people ? the porteños (people of the port) ? work together to create a colourful and dynamic modern city. 

We spend the night close to the airport as we depart early in the morning for Ushuaia.

After check in, rest and relax - have a 'Jet Lag Revival Treatment' in the Spa, take a swim in the indoor heated pool, have a jacuzzi & sauna; and then we meet in the bar for a cocktail before retiring after a long flight. (Meal own account this evening..)

Overnight Hotel Madero (Welcome Cocktail)

Day 2 - 19 November 2019 - To Ushuaia

After breakfast, our representative will pick us up from the hotel and transfer us to the airport for our flight to Ushuaia. (Flight times TBC)

On arrival at Ushuaia airport, we will be met by and transferred to our hotel. 

Ushuaia, the world's most southern city, is located in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego, on the shores of the Beagle Channel with the spectacular snow- peaked Martial Mountains spanning the horizon. It's a great place to visit before setting off to other areas of Patagonia or starting a cruise to Antarctica. 

We spend the night at Cilene del Faro Suites. This hotel offers accommodation with a magnificent view of either of the Andes Mountain Range or the Beagle Channel itself. 

After check in and a relax, we can take a wander around town - the hotel is only a few meters away from San Martin Street, the main commercial way with shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. Across the street from the hotel is the Presidium and Maritime Museum. A two minute walk will take you to the End of the World Museum.

This evening, those that wish to, can try out one of the 6 specialties Ushuaia is famous for: the local King Crab, Black Haze from the South Atlantic, Rio Grande Trout, Beagle Octopus, Mussels and Patagonian Lamb.

Those that wish to have a quiet night, can eat at the hotel and enjoy the spa, sauna and indoor pool services of the hotel. 

Overnight Cilene del Faro Suites & Spa. (B)

Day 3 - 20 November 2019 - Embarkation Day - Ocean Nova

The Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel. She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice- strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in Antarctica. 

Today, we are transferred to the port. 

We board the Ocean Nova and sail along the Beagle Channel towards Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world. Explore your surroundings before setting sail to Antarctica. This will be our first evening on the boat, our home for the next 9 nights.

Overnight Ocean Nova. (B, D)

Days 4 & 5 - 21 & 22 November 2019 - Ocean Nova

We sail towards Antarctica across the famous passage named in honour of Sir Francis Drake, the great 16th century British explorer.

As we sail en-route to South Shetland Islands, we attend an engaging program of lectures and presentations. In the company of expert guides, watch for wildlife from the glass-enclosed lounge or from the outside decks. You may spot magnificent sea birds such as the albatross and petrels as well as different species of whales on their way south to Antarctica.

After crossing the Antarctic Convergence, the environment changes noticeably. Keep your camera ready, as this is the time to watch for the first icebergs and first sight of Antarctic land. 

Overnight Ocean Nova. (B,L, D)

Days 6 to 9 - 23 to 26 November 2019 - Ocean Nova

We cruise between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sailing along ice filled fjords and among spectacular icebergs, while enjoying the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales.

Each day, we disembark by Zodiac boat and explore the landscape together with expert polar guides.

From the ship, we enjoy spectacular vistas from the glass-enclosed lounge while sharing our daily adventures with fellow guests. While the exact itinerary changes with each expedition you will explore several spots that offer the best possible overview of the varied Antarctic environment. 

Possible Landing sites:
CUVERVILLE ISLAND - A gentoo penguin rookery is situated on the north end of the island on a rocky beach. Depending on the time of season you arrive, you may see them building nests or attending to their chicks. Giant petrels and kelp gulls breed on the island. 

DAMOY POINT - If we are lucky enough to mail a postcard in Antarctica, you'll likely pass through Damoy Point, the northern entrance to the harbor on which Port Lockroy is located. 

DANCO ISLAND - This small island, one mile (1.6 km) in length, is easy to explore and home to gentoo penguins. We can visit the marker of a former British Antarctic Survey hut and watch for a variety of seabirds such as snowy sheathbills, kelp gulls and blue-eyed shags. 

ENTERPRISE ISLAND - Located in Wilhelmina Bay, the island was used by whalers. A Zodiac cruise around the island passes a wrecked whaling ship. 

LEMAIRE CHANNEL - This strait runs between Booth Island and the Antarctic Peninsula; you'll see that this is one of the most scenic locations on the western coast, especially during sunrise and sunset. The 6.8 mile-long (11 km) Channel may become impassable when ice fills the narrow passageway, so we'll hope for clear waters. 

MELCHIOR ISLANDS - A group of low islands in Dallmann Bay, on which we may see male fur seals haul-out at the end of the breeding season to recuperate from their battles for supremacy. 

NEKO HARBOUR - Little evidence remains that this bay was once used by the floating whale factory ship Neko. We might see some whale vertebrae used by resident gentoo penguins as shelter from the wind. There is an unmanned refuge hut here, erected by Argentina. Climb past the hut and up a steep slope for spectacular views of the glacier-rimmed harbor. 

PETERMANN ISLAND - Here, near the Lemaire Channel, you can stand ashore and see the southernmost breeding colony of gentoo penguins. The dome of the island rises 650 feet (200 meters) above the sea, offering a challenging hike for panoramic views. Adélie penguins, shags and south polar skuas also inhabit the island. 

PORT LOCKROY - A ‘fun' destination of sorts, we always strive to journey to Port Lockroy if weather permits. The harbor is on the west side of Wiencke Island. A secret base was built on the harbor during the Second World War as part of Operation Tabarin. It is now designated as a historic site, where Port Lockroy is a museum and post office. Proceeds from your purchases here support the preservation of historic sites from the Heroic Age of Exploration. 

WATERBOAT POINT - Of historic interest, we may venture to this unique point, which at low tide is connected to the Antarctic mainland. Zodiacs are used to explore the area when the tide is in. Two scientists studying penguin behavior lived in a water boat on the Point from 1921-22. The remains of their camp have been designated an Antarctic historic site. 

Overnight Ocean Nova. (B,L, D)

Days 10 & 11 - 27 & 28 November 2019 - Ocean Nova

Relax and take the time to watch wildlife from the bridge or outside decks while enjoying lectures given by the Antarctic experts.

We sailing along the Beagle Channel to Port Williams, before continuing to our final destination, Ushuaia. 

Overnight Ocean Nova. (B,L, D)

Day 12 - 29 November 2019 - Ocean Nova, Disembarkation - Buenos Aires

Today we disembark the Ocean Nova & say farewell to our Antarctic team.

Upon disembarkation, we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Buenos Aires.

On arrival at the airport, we are met and transferred to our fabulous hotel, Palo Santo Hotel Palermo, where we spend the next four nights while discovering Buenos Aires & surrounds. 

After check in, rest and relax, we can meet in the bar for a cocktail. This evening is free at leisure, but those that wish, can eat in the fabulous hotel restaurant. 

Overnight Palo Santo Hotel. (B)

Day 13 - 30 November 2019 - Buenos Aires

Centro, La Boca & San Telmo half day tour: This morning's tour will introduce you to the magic of the Argentine capital. The heart of the city is the Plaza de Mayo. This sprawling square has been the site of many important moments in Argentina’s history from the revolution in 1810 to the famous speeches by Eva Perón 100 years later. We visit many architectural highlights of Buenos Aires including the Palace of Justice, the Argentine National Congress building, the 'Cabildo (old town hall) and the presidential palace 'Casa Rosada' (pink house). 

We may have time to stop for a coffee in Gran Cafe Tortoni - supposedly the oldest cafe in Buenos Aires, opened in 1858 by a French immigrant called Touan.  

Next we visit ‘La Boca', the most picturesque of all neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires. This extravagant zone is completely different to the old and to the modern Buenos Aires and romantic stories tell us that tango was born in this working class area. This historically working-class Italian neighbourhood is perhaps the city’s most photogenic area. Its brilliantly coloured houses came about as a result of the residents’ inventiveness and thrift; people in the area would paint their houses with leftover paint cans from the nearby port, resulting in an eye-popping spectrum. We wander its famous street “Caminito” where you will have the chance to view the spectacle of impromptu tango dancing, street performers and have the chance to buy some local handicrafts. 

We then visit 'San Telmo', the oldest barrio (neighbourhood) of Buenos Aires which is famous for its historic architecture, tango parlours and antique shops. Historically the area’s most diverse, it is home to the city’s industrial labourers from all over the world. A yellow fever outbreak in 1871 decimated the area, and it wasn’t until the 1960s that it began to rebuild, with artists moving in and lending it the charming bohemian vibe that’s there today. The neighbourhood is a maze of cobblestone alleyways and former tenement houses converted into smoky cafés and antique shops. We take our time and wander through the streets learning about the history of the area and seeing its sights including its impressive old churches and its abundance of colourful street art. 

We will stop at Bar el Federal in San Telmo for sandwiches and a few lazy drinks.  

On our way back to our hotel we pass through the newly restored Puerto Madero area where we can stop for a glass of wine by the waterfront. This recently revitalised neighbourhood used to be the city’s industrial hub. Today, the former warehouses have been converted into trendy restaurants, boutiques, and hotels. 

This evening is free at leisure.

Overnight Palo Santo Hotel. (B, L - drinks not included)

Day 14 - 01 December 2019 - Buenos Aires

This morning we will further discover what makes Buenos Aires great as we explore its better known and sophisticated districts; Palermo and Recoleta.

The architecture in Recoleta is strikingly French; many of the buildings were in fact modelled after the famous châteaux in the Loire Valley. There are open green spaces mixed in with elegant boutique shopping, cafés, embassies and impressive architecture. We visit such landmarks as the Pilar Church and Evita Monument before taking a short walk through the Recoleta cemetery where Evita's tomb can be found. We will visit Teatro Colon (the Opera House) and time permitting, we will pop into El Ateneo Grand Splendid, one of the world’s most famous bookshops.

We continue on to Palermo - which is Buenos Aires' largest neighbourhood - and also its trendiest. Palermo Chico is the Embassy Row of Buenos Aires, filled with stately mansions housing embassies and diplomats’ homes, but the real heart of Palermo is in Soho. Shopping and dining don't get much better in Buenos Aires than here. We will walk the streets full of beautiful parks, hip boutique hotels, chic restaurants and bars, and high fashion stores.

Throughout the morning our guide will give us an insight into local life and excellent local cuisine. We will stop for coffee and lunch en-route (own expense)

We return to the hotel. 

Wine Tasting, Dinner & Tango Show La Ventana: Tango expresses the heart and spirit of Argentina and no visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without it. This evening we will be picked up from our hotel and taken to La Ventana where we will experience the intimacy of this dance in equally intimate surrounds while we indulge in Argentinean wine & cuisine. La Ventana is located in the heart of San Telmo, in a historic 'conventill' (tenement house) that was bought back to life and is now a classic in porteno culture. There are up to 35 performers; singers, dancers, musicians, two Tango orchestras and a Folklore group. We first have an hour's Wine Tasting (accompanied by a pairing) with a Sommelier. La Ventana has its own brands of wine such as Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. We will taste a champagne, three different reds and a white. (could change..). At the end of the show we will be taken back to our hotel. 

Overnight Palo Santo Hotel. (B, D)

Day 15 - 02 December 2019 - Buenos Aires

Today we leave the city behind and visit the traditional gaucho town of San Antonio de Areco, 123km from Buenos Aires.

The first stop will be at the workshop of a famous silversmith to see behind the scenes of this precious metal.

From here we will continue to a private estancia to savor a typical Argentine barbecue of premium beef and relax among soothing views of the endless plains and enjoy the nature, history, and tradition of the countryside. 

After lunch, you can go horseback riding, ride in a local ‘sulky’ (horse driven chariot) and watch a demonstration of gaucho horsemanship. Please note this is not a ‘tourist show’, but a day away from the city to experience the ambience of estancia life. 

We return to the hotel in the evening, which is at leisure.

Overnight Palo Santo Hotel. (B, L)

Day 16 - 03 December 2019 - Departure Day

Today we depart. 

We will be transferred to the International Airport for our journeys home, or further into South America.

About this tour

The M/V Ocean Nova is a modern and comfortable vessel carrying just 68 passengers (78 in the Arctic). She was built in Denmark in 1992 to sail the ice-choked waters of Greenland, and her ice-strengthened hull is ideally suited for expedition travel in the polar regions. She delivers clean, crisp Scandinavian styling, Ocean Nova features comfortable outside cabins, all with private facilities, including dedicated twin and triple cabins. In addition to a glass-enclosed observation lounge and presentation room, there is a spacious dining room, a bar, a library and an infirmary. In the dining room you are treated to delicious meals, and in the panorama lounge you can enjoy a drink with a breathtaking view of the surrounding polar landscape. This is where our on-board specialists entertain and conduct lectures on flora, fauna and history. Passengers are welcome on the bridge around the clock and there is always something to see or search for from the spacious observation decks. There is a friendly and informal atmosphere on board. Travelling on this small expedition ship offers an entirely different experience and perspective than you can get on a larger and more conventional cruise ship. The ship has Zodiac boats that are well suited for disembarking and wildlife watching.

Triple Cabin: 
Area size: 14m²
Two lower beds and one upper bed
Private bathroom with shower
One window
Desk and chair
Heater under desk
220V European electrical outlets 

Twin Cabin: 
Area size: 10m²
Two lower beds 
Private bathroom with shower
One window 
Desk and chair 
Heater under desk
220V European electrical outlets

Single Cabin: 
Area size: 8m²
One lower single bed 
Private bathroom with shower
One window
Desk and chair
Heater under desk
220V European electrical outlets

The Palo Santo Hotel, Buenos Aires - Palo Santo Hotel is a modern design hotel, featuring a unique vertical garden with over eight hundred plants covering the walls and balconies. One of the first urban green hotels in Latin America, the hotel was built to LEED standards, and all operations were designed to minimise environmental impact. Palo Santo Hotel is perfectly located in the fashionable, creative district of Palermo, famous for its gastronomy, nightlife, parks and art galleries. Guests will experience the best of contemporary Argentinean Design within the hotel. There is a rooftop Terrace with sundeck and hot tub (Subject to weather conditions) and in-room massages and treatments. 

Practicalities

Climate:  These expeditions from South America to Antarctica are scheduled during the Austral Summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Generally in the Antarctic, temperatures during the day are between 20º and 40º F. Although it can be very sunny, expect rain, snow, fog and a high wind chill factor.

Currency on board:  The currency aboard is the US$Dollar and the Euro is also accepted along with the following credit cards: MasterCard and American Express. For credit card payments minimum charge is US$100.

Language on board:  As part of your voyage experience, you will find many languages are spoken aboard the ship. English and Spanish are the languages used and spoken by all officers and crew (although some crew members may only speak Spanish). Lectures are given in English and Spanish.

Rubber Boots:  A supply of rubber boots or Wellingtons, are available on board and includes a wide variety of sizes. It is recommended that you bring your own only if you require a special size. Please note that the boots on board have been used by previous passengers.

All Zodiac, Land & Sea Tours & Activities:  Along with on-board lectures, the expedition team leads Zodiac, snorkelling, diving, hiking and other small-group excursions so that you can immerse yourself in the culture, landscape and habitat of a region with the help of experts who can illuminate all you see.

Optional Activities: 
Kayaking and showshoeing are available as optional activities. 
There will be 12 spots available per day, but will depend on how many spots are booked by guests once they board the ship. 

The facts

Not Included:

  • International flights - please ask us for a quote
  • Tour Extensions - please enquire
  • Visas

The Itinerary:  The itineraries published are for reference only and are subject to change due to weather and ice conditions, or due to any other reason beyond our control, at the Master’s and Expedition Leader’s discretion without prior notice. Passengers have no right to any refund, any other consideration or claim whatsoever in the event of inevitable itinerary changes.

Reservations and Payments:  A deposit of 40% of the cruise fare is required per person to confirm reservations with final payment due 90 days prior to departure.

Travel advice / FCO

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At the time of writing the FCO does not advise against travel to any of the places visited on this tour. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns. Furthermore, you should be aware that any travel warnings or advisories may affect the validity of your travel insurance. Therefore, at the time of booking your tour it is essential you check any restrictions on cover with your insurance provider.