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Buenos Aires and Voyage to Antarctica – The Great White Continent

Experience more with so much included

  • Step ashore on the world’s least visited continent and follow in the wake of great pioneering explorers such as Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen
  • Experience the incredible sights of calving glaciers, vast ice sheets and iceberg-filled bays amongst the mountainous terrain of the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands
  • Wonder at the diversity and abundance of wildlife in the icy wilderness
  • All shore excursions on the MV Ocean Albatros’s fleet of Zodiac dinghies
  • Return domestic flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego
  • Cross the mighty Drake Passage, cruise down the famous Gerlache Strait and round mythical Cape Horn – the southernmost point in South America
  • Get up close and personal with incredible numbers of penguins and visit historic research stations and fascinating lookouts along the way
  • Visit the beautiful Andean-Patagonian forest scenery and lakes of the Tierra del Fuego National Park, the southernmost National Park in Argentina
  • Spend a day at a traditional Estancia in the Pampas outside Buenos Aires and enjoy some Gaucho activities along with a delicious BBQ lunch
  • A programme of fascinating lectures by the on-board team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable expedition guides
  • A nine-night cruise on board the new MV Ocean Albatros with its state-of-the-art amenities, including a speciality dining meal in the panoramic restaurant
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At a Glance
Departing in December 2023
9 nights on the new MV Ocean Albatros
4 nights in 4-star hotels with breakfast
Return flights & transfers
Full board during the cruise
Daily shore excursions on Zodiac dinghies
On-board activities, lectures & talks
Expert tour manager/wildlife photographer
Checked Luggage
Polar expedition parka
 

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Overview

Get up close to incredible numbers of penguins, seals and whales, and experience stunning mountain and coastal scenery, gigantic icebergs, glaciers and pristine icy bays and fjords on a trip of a lifetime to the Great White Continent.

Aboard our ice-class expedition vessel, the brand new MV Ocean Albatros with capacity for just 194 guests, we travel at the peak of the Antarctic summer, when temperatures edge up above freezing and the days are long; it is the perfect time to enjoy the vast, almost other-worldly landscapes and outstanding wildlife of this extraordinary region. Our shore landings and cruises in sturdy Zodiac dinghies are a highlight and an integral part of the itinerary, enabling all our expedition guests to set foot several times on the Antarctic continent, as well as the many fascinating subantarctic islands.

Embarking in Ushuaia in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego, we cross the mighty Drake Passage en-route for the South Shetland Islands and the 1,300-mile long Antarctic Peninsula. Here, we’ll follow in the wake of the great pioneering explorers such as Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen, sailing deep into the ice-filled channels, inlets and bays of Antarctica. We’ll make Zodiac landings at vast penguin rookeries, historic research stations and fascinating lookouts along the way. Continuing southward, we’ll pass the famous Gerlache Strait, where 3,000-foot ice cliffs rise straight out of the still water. When the Ocean Albatros returns to Ushuaia, we pass close to the mythical Cape Horn – the southernmost point in South America and a celebrated maritime landmark.

Any voyage to Antarctica is one of life’s great adventures, but with a maximum capacity of just 94 cabins aboard the Ocean Albatros, this cruise offers the perfect balance of extraordinary polar experiences and a comfortable first-class vessel. All shore landings, excursions, lectures and meals on board, plus your flights and pre- and post-cruise stays in Ushuaia and Buenos Aires are included, leaving you free to enjoy a magnificent expedition experience and some time in Buenos Aires, one of South America's most vibrant capitals.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room/cabin and includes:

  • Return scheduled flights to Buenos Aires
  • Return domestic flights to Ushuaia
  • One nights’ stay at a four-star hotel in Ushuaia with breakfast
  • Three nights’ stay at a four-star hotel in Buenos Aires with breakfast
  • Nine nights’ cruise on the MV Ocean Albatros, with daily breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner including one dinner at a speciality restaurant on board
  • All shore excursions by Zodiac dinghies
  • Lectures by the onboard expedition team
  • Sightseeing tour in Buenos Aires, full day ranch visit and morning visit to Tierra del Fuego National Park from Ushuaia
  • Port charges
  • All transfers
  • Porterage of one item of luggage per person
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

Cruise itinerary is subject to change depending on weather conditions. Onboard currency is the US dollar.

Not Included: US$14 per person daily for cruise staff gratuities, all drinks onboard, including speciality coffees, wifi/phone charges & laundry.

Classic Tours Information

Along with your experienced and knowledgeable tour manager and local experts, you’ll discover so much on our award-winning Classic tours, offering the best value for money way for you to explore the world.

Our tour managers have been rated as the best in the business for their knowledge and experience and will go above and beyond to ensure every aspect of your holiday runs smoothly – so all you need to worry about is your packing.

Meet Your Tour Manager, George Bareham

Tour manager George Bareham
 

Raised in Yorkshire, George’s photography and tour leading career began in South America 30 years ago.

George says: "I’ve always loved the natural world and other cultures and it’s my absolute passion to photograph them. I’m proud to say I’ve won a few awards for my work! I have led many photography tours and there’s nothing I love more than getting out into the wilds with my camera in hand."

Useful Information

Visa Information

UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Argentina or Antarctica however must have a valid passport. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/argentina/entry-requirements

We are unable to accept responsibility if you are unable to travel because you have not complied with any passport/entry/immigration requirements.

Health Information

Please consult your GP regarding any inoculations required at least a month before departure.

Whilst the travelling schedule should not pose problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we should point out that shore excursions are always over uneven, sometimes snow-covered ground and involve sitting on the side of an inflatable Zodiac dinghy.

Please note the expedition leader reserves the right to deny participation in shore excursions to anyone deemed to pose a risk to themselves or others.

As you will be travelling in remote areas without easy access to medical facilities, we recommend that you do not join this cruise if you have any life-threatening conditions or require regular medical treatment or supervision.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

  • Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport to 725 Continental Hotel, Buenos Aires – approx. 45 mins

  • 725 Intercontinental Hotel to Buenos Aires Jorge Newbury Domestic Airport – approx. 20 mins

Ships Available

MV Ocean Albatros
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