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Exclusive departures | 22nd January 2019 & 3rd January 2020

  • 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
  • Step ashore on the world’s least visited continent
  • Wonder at the diversity and abundance of wildlife in the icy wilderness
  • All shore excursions on the MV Ocean Atlantic’s fleet of Zodiac dinghies
  • A programme of fascinating lectures by the on-board team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable expedition guides
  • Photography advice from our specialist tour manager
  • A polar expedition parka
  • Return direct flights from the UK to Buenos Aires
  • Return domestic flights to Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego
  • A nine-night cruise on the ice strengthened four-star MV Ocean Atlantic, including all meals
  • Stay in four-star hotels in Ushuaia and Buenos Aires
  • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager throughout
 
At a Glance
9 nights on the MV Ocean Atlantic
2 nights in 4-star hotels
Return flights & transfers
Full board cruise, bed and breakfast hotels
Checked Luggage
On-board activities, lectures & talks
Expert tour manager/wildlife photographer
Daily shore excursions on Zodiac dinghies
Polar expedition parka
 

Overview

Get up close to incredible numbers of penguins, seals and whales, stunning mountain scenery and gigantic icebergs on a trip of a lifetime to the Great White Continent.

Aboard our strong, ice-class expedition vessel, the four-star MV Ocean Atlantic, we’ll get as close as possible to the dramatic coastline, full of rocky mountain peaks and immense glaciers breaking off into iceberg-filled bays and fjords. 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. 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.

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-milelong 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. On no other journey can you experience so much pristine nature and varied wildlife in so few days. When the Ocean Atlantic 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 103 cabins aboard the Ocean Atlantic, 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.

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 and one nights’ stay at a four-star hotel in Buenos Aires, both with breakfast, nine nights’ cruise on the MV Ocean Atlantic, with daily breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, all shore excursions by Zodiac dinghies, lectures by the onboard expedition team, port charges, all transfers, porterage of one item of luggage per person and 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$13.50 per person daily for cruise staff gratuities, all drinks onboard, including speciality coffees, wifi/phone charges & laundry.

Meet Your 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."

Visa and Health Information

Visa: UK and Irish passport holders do not currently require a visa to enter Argentina; however, your passport should have at least six months’ validity after your return date.

Health: 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.

Also, the top three decks on the ship are not served by lifts. For these reasons, this holiday is not suitable for clients of impaired mobility.

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.

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