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14 Day Highlights Of Antarctica Exploration Cruise

14 Day Highlights Of Antarctica Exploration Cruise

This tour is fully escorted by a dedicated tour leader or local guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace

For the true explorer, expedition small-ship cruising is the best way to get off the beaten track.This experience is not just about the ship’s creature comforts but very much the destination, its nature and wildlife. Daily shore excursions by Zodiac inflatable boats allow you to step onshore and explore. A world-class, expert expedition team will help you discover each exciting destination. Onboard you’ll enjoy informative and educational lectures. These trips will be a mix of fully guided or self-guided depending on your chosen package. There’s a land touring component with shared sightseeing and transfers.

Cruise Style
Expedition

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days
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What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Sofitel Recoleta Hotel Buenos Aires or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Welcome to Argentina! On arrival at Buenos Aires airport, make your own way to your hotel located in the heart of the city. 

The rest of today is at leisure to discover `Paris of South America´ on your own. 

Arrival airport transfers are included as part of your package. You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Please note: if you are arriving early and have made your own arrangements prior to your tour commencing, airport transfers will not be included. However, if you are purchasing pre-nights accommodation as part of your Inspiring Vacations package, airport transfers will still be provided to the starting hotel.

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

This morning you will be transferred to the airport to take an early flight to Ushuaia. On arrival you will be collected and transferred to board your deluxe eco-friendly expedition ship, the  MS Fridtjof Nansen. 

Ushuaia, a lively harbour town, serves as the capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego Province. Nestled against the stunning Martial Glacier, Ushuaia competes for the distinction of being the world's southernmost city.

Following an informative session led by your Expedition Team, settle into your cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship. 

Tonight, we kick off our journey with a welcome dinner.

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the infamous Drake Passage, and trust us – it will take your breath away!  During the two-day journey across the Drake Passage, the Expedition Team will provide you with all the necessary resources to maximise your polar expedition experience.

Explore the onboard Science Center to gain insights into what lies ahead. Engage with passionate experts who will discuss Antarctica's history, the scientific discoveries beneath the ice, and the consequences of climate change and plastic pollution. You'll receive guidance on how to ensure your visit is both safe and environmentally responsible, and you'll also learn about the Citizen Science initiatives you can participate in.

You'll have ample opportunities to unwind, so take advantage of the spa and wellness facilities, savour delectable cuisine, and socialise with fellow travellers at the Explorer Lounge & Bar.

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is another day at sea as your ship makes its way to the Antarctic Peninsula. Relax and enjoy your ship’s facilities, or join one of the lectures conducted throughout the day.

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Welcome to one of the most remote areas on Earth! 

There have been spectacular photo opportunities so far, but Antarctica is in an entirely different category. Go ashore by Zodiac boat to explore the breathtaking Antarctic scenery and get close to penguins and seals. You will feel like a real explorer from the moment you set foot on the endless expanse of snow and ice and from the deck there will be ample opportunities to see whales. 

Over the next six days we’ll be making various landings in different locations throughout the peninsula. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, and visit old whaling stations and its relics. Trust us when we say that every second of this journey has something new to offer. You'll join the Expedition Team on landings and ice-cruises, and may even get a chance to go kayaking among the icebergs. 

Whales begin to arrive in greater numbers by December and January. This is also when the first penguin chicks hatch and seeing the clumsy clumps of feathers run around is always a charming sight. February and March offer peak whale-watching opportunities, when large amounts of krill lure them to the area.

One of the highlights of the South Shetlands is Deception Island. When we sail into the natural harbour of this volcanic island, you will see an abandoned whaling station known as Hektor and a derelict British base. 

Over the course of the next few days we’ll also visit Wilhelmina Bay, Paradise Harbor and other remote locations. Join gatherings where the various members of the expedition team recount the day’s activities, make presentations, and discuss the next day’s plan. These gatherings are great opportunities to share experiences and mingle with your fellow explorers.

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another day in Antarctic waters learning about the natural flora and fauna, joining Zodiac landings and various activities (weather depending).

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another day in Antarctic waters learning about the natural flora and fauna, joining Zodiac landings and joining various activities (weather depending).

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another day in Antarctic waters learning about the natural flora and fauna, joining Zodiac landings and joining various activities (weather depending).

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another day in Antarctic waters learning about the natural flora and fauna, joining Zodiac landings and joining various activities (weather depending).

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After five incredible days, we set course back to civilization. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences with fellow explorers, or just relaxing on deck. The next couple of days will be a chance to reflect on your adventure to the seventh continent.

Hotel
MS Fridtjof Nansen or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is another day at sea as your ship makes its way back to South America. Relax and enjoy your ship's facilities, or join one of the lectures conducted throughout the day.

Hotel
Kenton Palace Buenos Aires or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Sadly, every adventure must come to an end. It is time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends when we reach Ushuaia. We will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. On arrival at the airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel
Kenton Palace Buenos Aires or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today is at leisure to explore this incredible city on your own. Home to a proud and diverse community of porteños, or ‘people of the port’, this city is a sensuous fusion of faded European splendour and Latin American panache.  There are plenty of places to explore, including many parrillas serving authentic Argentine steak. 

Alternatively you may wish to join one of the optional tours available today.

Optional Tour - Tango Show And Dinner

Tonight, enjoy a special Tango-show and dinner at one of the city’s premier theatres - “La Ventana”. You will be transferred from your hotel to the heart of San Telmo to La Ventana Barrio de Tango where you will step into a fully restored venue showcasing the historic representation of the Buenos Aires culture through the ages. With over 30 artists on stage you will experience two tango orchestras, a collection of folk music, dancers and singers all while feasting on international and local Argentinian dishes and a large selection of Argentine wine. Following the show, you will be transferred back to your hotel for the evening.

Includes: Transfers to/from our hotel and dinner. 

Starting time: 19:30 Hrs.

Ending time: 23:30 Hrs.

Optional Tour - Full Day Fiesta Gaucha

A unique visit to the cradle of Argentinian tradition. Live an unforgettable experience at a classic estancia that still keeps its Argentinian creole architectural style intact. You will be transferred from your hotel to the countryside for a full day on a traditional Argentinian ranch where you will get an understanding of local folklore and tradition. You will travel in time, enjoying creole exhibitions, customs, abilities and skills followed by an Argentinian BBQ lunch.

Includes: Transfers from your hotel to the Estancia and BBQ lunch.

Starting time: 09:00 Hrs.

Ending time: 18:00 Hrs.

Meals
Breakfast

Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast.

At the appropriate time please make your own way to the airport.

We hope you’ve been inspired.

Departure transfers are included as part of your package. You will be collected from your hotel at the appropriate time and transferred to the airport to meet your flight.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Inclusions

  • 10-night cruise of the Drake Passage and Antaricia aboard the premium scandi-design Hurtigruten Expeditions MS Fridtjof Nansen or MS Roald Amundsen, a purpose built hybrid expedition vessel lead by a highly experienced and knowledgeable Expedition Team
  • Incredible sightseeing including expedition lead landings in custom built expedition equipment, including expedition boats for safe landings in remote areas
  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team, full use of the ship Science Center and access to the Citizen Science programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant jacket to keep, and loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities
  • Free WiFi onboard for all guests
  • 3 nights accommodation in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires
  • Airport transfers included on the first and last day of your tour
  • Daily breakfast, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
  • Included beer, wine, soft drink and mineral water with meals and complimentary tea and coffee  while on your expedition cruise
  • Included guiding and lectures by world-class expedition team
  • Return flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

  • Buenos Aires - Explore the fascinating city on your own with optional tours available 
  • Ushuaia - Travel to the city nicknamed the 'End of the World'
  • Drake Passage - Cross the famous body of water on your journey towards Antarctica
  • Antarctica - Experience awe-inspiring glaciers, ice-filled bays and a host of wildlife
  • Antarctic Peninsula - Set foot on the Antarctic Peninsula and meet penguins and seals up-close
  • South Shetland Islands - Land on these remote islands and visit whaling stations and scientific facilities

  • Polar Outside Window Cabin (RR): INCLUDED. The Polar Outside cabins are primarily on the lower/middle decks with windows and are approx 20 square metres.  All cabins feature a sofa bed, TV, kettle with tea and coffee and private ensuite bathrooms.
    Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.
  • Arctic Superior Cabin (TT); Upgrade price from $1,221  per person, twin share (Single $1,772). These large cabins range in size from 24 - 27 m2 without a balcony and are located on the lower/middle decks. All cabins feature a sofa bed, TV, kettle with tea and coffee and private ensuite bathrooms.
    Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.   
  • Arctic Superior Balcony Cabin (XT): Upgrade price from $2,888 per person, twin share (Single $4,188) These high deck cabins range in size from 15 - 19 m2. All cabins feature a private balcony with unobstructed views, sofa bed, TV, kettle with tea and coffee and private ensuite bathrooms.
    Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking.  
  • Expedition Balcony Suite (ME): price from $5,664 per person twin share (Single $7,375). Located on the top-high decks, all suites feature a private balcony and vary from 20 - 28m2. Expedition Suites include bathrobes, espresso maker, and more. An exciting welcome gift awaits all suite guests in their cabin. À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests.

Please note, Hurtigruten will assign your cabin number closer to departure. In the event you are travelling with another party, note that cabins may not be allocated together. If you prefer to select your own cabin number additional fees will apply.

For detailed information on your ship, click HERE for MS Fridtjof Nansen and HERE for MS Roald Amundsen

Compulsory Cruise Forms

  • Personal Questionnaire - This form must be received by Hurtigruten at least 8 weeks prior to your voyage departure.
  • Medical Certificate - All guests must submit a Medical Screening Form for certain remote destinations, including Antarctica. The submitted forms are reviewed by our medical partner, Vikand. The Medical Screening Form consists of two sections. Both sections A (completed by you, the guest) and B (completed by a doctor) need to be submitted. Once you have submitted section A online, a confirmation email is sent to you with instructions regarding how to complete section B. 

    All forms need to be received for review between 8 weeks before your departure - there may be requirements to resubmit if required information is missing. Being allowed to embark does not constitute any medical advice from us as to the advisability or safety of you participating in an expedition cruise or any activities related to an expedition cruise. You must solely rely on the advice of your personal physician as to the advisability or safety of participating in an expedition cruise.

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $3,874.00 per person within 7 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $3,099.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

Please note that if you have selected a cabin upgrade or are booking a single cabin, your first installment will differ from your initial invoice.  At the time of confirmation we will adjust your invoice accordingly to ensure we collect the correct amount in order to secure your booking with our supplier.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

Some of our packages will include airport transfers in either one or both directions when arriving or departing from your destination. To know if transfers are included please view the ‘inclusions’ section of your selected package. If airport transfers are stated, transfers will be included as advised.

If transfers are not included, we also offer the option to book your airport transfers using our online portal. Access to this portal is available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed. Transfers are readily available and do not need to be booked until your final hotel list has been confirmed. Once you have made a transfer booking, please refer to your confirmation email for all transfer details including a local contact number for the transfer company.

If you book pre and/or post-tour accommodation on your own arrangement, and the tour includes transfers, note that these will be forfeited. The transfers are only provided in line with the tour dates and pre and/or post-tour accommodation purchased through Inspiring Vacations when available.

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and an overview of the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorize each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times, you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorized as a “3”.

Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast-paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach, and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometers per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you feel that your guide and driver have done an impeccable job, you can choose to give a gratuity, but this is entirely your decision.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $5,830.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for this tour to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Group Size
Ship capacity maximum 500 passengers

Children
Children must be 6 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

You can enhance your holiday by arriving or departing before or after the tour. On this tour you can choose from the following options:

Post Tour Accommodation

  • $207.00 per room, per night for double and twin share
  • $207.00 per room, per night for solo travellers

Please select the number of extra nights required in the 'Additional Nights Accommodation' field when making your purchase. The additional cost for these arrangements will be added to your final payment invoice and are subject to availability.

To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):

  • Tango Show And Dinner (Day 13) - $258 per person
  • Full Day Fiesta Gaucha (Day 13) - $318 per person

Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.

Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.

  • International airfares
  • Airport Transfer
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Optional Activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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