M & R Tours Multi – Country Itineraries Antarctica, Chile & Argentina

ANTARCTICA + CHILE + ARGENTINA

Antarctica is the Mysterious White Continent, and also a “holiday of a lifetime” in the truest sense of these words. To revel in the awe-inspiring beauty and overwhelming power of nature in one of her most remote and fascinating strongholds. You’ll cruise across seas of glass, passing castles of ice, giant, glittering prisms riding an ink-blue sea. Here Nature’s palate creates a canvas of breathtaking color and light. The nearly total absence of a human presence in Antarctica has fostered one of its greatest attractions: wildlife.
This tour is a loop, starting in the beautiful city of Buenos Aires and visiting the southern region of this amazing continent. Experience mystical glaciers, sparkling lakes, rich wildlife and breath-taking scenery as both the Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia are explored.
Then the spectacular Iguassu Falls will cap off this amazing journey before a return to your home.

DAY 01: BUENOS AIRES
Arrival to Buenos Aires International Airport
Transfer from Airport to Hotel
Overnight in Buenos Aires
DAY 02: BUENOS AIRES/USHUAIA
Transfer to Buenos Aires Domestic Airport
Arrival Ushuaia and transfer to Hotel
Overnight in Buenos Aires
DAY 03: USHUAIA
Transfer to Port to board Antarctic Cruise where you will be greeted by the Expedition Leader and staff and shown to your cabin.
DAYS 04 & 05: DRAKE PASSAGE
Wandering albatrosses, storm petrels and other seabirds will escort the vessel as you sail south across this famous passage named after Sir Francis Drake.
DAY 06: KING GEORGE ISLAND
King George Island will give us an early taste of what the Antarctic really is. Here there will be great chances of finding marine elephants. In the afternoon disembark at Aitcho Island which is in between Greenwich and Robert Islands and is part of the South Shetlands. We should be able to see Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins as well as Weddell Sea seals and sea elephants before continuing with the crossing of the Bransfield and Gerlache Straits to enter Andvord Bay where we find Neko Bay.
DAY 07: ANTARCTIC PENINSULA & NEKO BAY
Besides the magnificent scenery of mountains, snow and ice, in Antarctica you can expect to see a wide variety of the native wildlife, including thousands of nests of Gentoo, Chinstrap, and Adelie penguins. The program includes your first landing on the White Continent (Neko Bay) and another on Port Lockroy (Gaudier Island).
DAY 08: PLENEAU – PETERMANN ISLAND
We sail south through the narrow Lemaire Channel whose high, sheer cliffs suggest that no passage could be found. Once through the channel, known as one of the most beautiful places in the world, and provided climate and ice conditions are good enough, we will be able to visit Petermann Island which is the most southern land point of our expedition. Here we will disembark and will be able to see the most southern colony of Gentoo penguins which nest near our landing spot. On this island we will also be able to see a colony of beautiful Adelei penguins, skuas and blue-eyed shags. At Pleneau we should have the opportunity to take our zodiacs and visit impressive ice formations.
DAY 09: PARADISE BAY – CUVERVILLE ISLAND
At this point of our program we will begin our return voyage. During the morning and, stressing again that “if weather permits”, we will disembark or use our zodiacs in Paradise Bay. This is one of the most striking places of the whole Antarctic Peninsula. Here glaciers tumble into the sea; icebergs break off and are later carved into wonderful shapes by the wind and the sea.
In the evening we will visit Cuverville Island. Beside its dramatic scenery it is home to one of the largest colony of Gentoo penguins and skuas. This rocky island is on the north side of the Errera Channel, between Ronge Island and the Arctowski Peninsula. It has been noted that reproduction of Papua penguins, giant petrels, Wilson petrels, skuas, and shags take place on Cuverville Island.  Most visitors find the viewing of such abundant wildlife is every bit as rewarding as the magnificent Antarctic scenery, and you will be enchanted by these waterways. Navigating and exploring these channels is certainly one of the highlights of a visit to the Peninsula. Unfortunately on some trips they may be choked with icebergs and pack ice.
DAY 10: DECEPTION ISLAND – WHALER’S BAY – PENDULUM COVE
We continue sailing to Deception Island which is at the northwest side of the Peninsula. Deception Island is the largest active volcano in the area and one of the main sources of seismic and volcanic activity in the Antarctic. Sailing through the narrow passage into its huge flooded crater is a thrilling experience. Do not forget to bring your bathing suite as swimming in this water is a unique experience.
During the morning we will try to disembark in Whaler’s Bay and Pendulum Cove. In the afternoon and depending on weather conditions we will disembark at Hannah Point (Livingstone Island). This is one of the best places in the Antarctic to see fauna and we should see Chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, giant petrels, Wilson petrels, skuas and blue-eyed shags. With luck we should also see sea elephants.
DAYS 11 & 12: DRAKE PASSAGE
Today, we will leave the Antarctic and head north back across the Drake Passage.
DAY 13: USHUAIA, ARGENTINA/ PUNTA ARENAS, CHILE 
After and early breakfast we will land at 9:00 am and bid farewell to our guests. Thus ends an incredible and unique expedition.
Transfer from Ushuaia Port to Punta Arenas Hotel on private vehicle
Overnight in Punta Arenas
DAY 14: PUNTA ARENAS/PUERTO NATALES
Transfer from Punta Arenas Hotel to Puerto Natales Hotel visiting Otway Penguin Colony on Route.
Overnight in Puerto Natales
DAY 15: PUERTO NATALES/PAINE
Full Day excursion to Torres del Paine National Park with box lunch one soft drink.
Visiting Milodon Cave on route.
Overnight in Paine
DAY 16: PAINE/EL CALAFATE
Transfer from Paine Hotel to El Calafate Hotel
Overnight in El Calafate
DAY 17: EL CALAFATE
Full Day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier with Nautical Safari Included
Overnight in El Calafate
DAY 18: EL CALAFATE/BUENOS AIRES
Transfer to El Calafate Airport to board flight to Buenos Aires Arrival at Buenos Aires and transfer to Hotel
Overnight in Buenos Aires
DAY 19: BUENOS AIRES/IGUASSU
Transfer to Buenos Aires Domestic Airport to board flight to Iguassu
Arrival at Iguassu and transfer to Hotel followed by
Full Day excursion to Argentinean Falls
Overnight in Iguassu
DAY 20: IGUASSU/BUENOS AIRES
Half Day Excursion Brazilian falls
Transfer to airport in the afternoon for flight to Buenos Aires Arrival at Buenos Aires Domestic Airport and transfer to Hotel.
Overnight in Buenos Aires
DAY 21: BUENOS AIRES
City Tour Buenos Aires
Today you will be able to acknowledge the elapsing of time in space discovering Outstanding Buenos Aires on City Tour.
01 hour free Tango Class
Dinner & Tango Show at Tango Porteño
Overnight in Buenos Aires
DAY 22: BUENOS AIRES
Transfer to Buenos Aires International Airport
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