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13 Day Antarctica

Tauck Small Ship Cruise starting in Buenos Aires and finishing in Buenos Aires

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 13 Day Antarctica. Our Antarctica cruise takes you to the mystical Antarctic archipelago and the continent of Antarctica, with two nights in Buenos Aires. Explorers throughout the centuries have been mesmerized and captivated by the ice - and today, you are that Antarctic...read more


Operator: Tauck
Type: Small Ship Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 13 Days
From: Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires
Tour Code: XR
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Argentina, Antarctica
Our Price From:
$ 13,740
Per Person ($AU)

Day By Day


Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tour begins: 2:00 PM, Hilton Buenos Aires. A transfer is included upon arrival at the Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport to the Hilton Buenos Aires. Join us for a sightseeing tour that visits La Recoleta Cemetery, and Evita Perón's grave, before returning to the hotel for our welcome reception and dinner featuring live music, tango dancers and lessons. Stay Two Nights: Hilton Buenos Aires (D)

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Your exploration of Buenos Aires continues today. City sightseeing includes Avenue 9 de Julio, renowned as the world's widest avenue, Plaza de Mayo, site of Argentina's most important historical events, the Cathedral and Palermo's garden-graced parks - here you will find Japanese and botanical gardens, a planetarium, museums, monuments and a zoo. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore on your own. Must-see sights include the city's charming neighborhoods, from San Telmo to La Boca, where history plays out along streets lined with antique shops, decades-old restaurants and tango halls. (B/L)

Ushuaia, Argentina

Fly south along the coast of Argentina to the southernmost city in the world. Ushuaia, a frontier town located on the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago and the Beagle Channel, is also the only Argentine city that sits on the other side of the Andes. Get an overview of life at the end of the world on an afternoon sightseeing excursion that takes you up and down the hilltop streets that preside over this waterfront town and visit Tierra del Fuego National Park. Embark on your 10-night cruise to the Antarctic; the captain and crew host an onboard briefing before dinner this evening. Stay 10 Nights: Aboard Le Boréal or Le Soléal (B/L/D)

Drake Passage, Antarctica

Find your sea legs on a two-day crossing of the Drake Passage, named after 16th-century explorer Sir Francis Drake who sailed these waters back in the late 1500s. While there is no land in sight during this part of your Antarctica cruise, you will have an opportunity to spot whales, dolphins and petrels from the observation decks of your yacht. You can attend on-board lectures from your naturalist team whose specialties include oceanography, ornithology and more. You may also take the time to visit the spa or the gym, curl up with a book from the ship's library or visit the bridge to chart your ship's progress. (B/L/D)

Drake Passage, Antarctica

One more day to go until you spot your first sight of the Antarctic Peninsula islands. Once part of a large Equatorial land mass, these islands broke off on their own more than 180 million years ago and are now home to glacial landscapes and wildlife that are awe-inspiring in every way. If you haven't yet watched one of the ship's collection of documentaries, today might be a good day to do so. (B/L/D)

Antarctic Archipelago

Wake up to a glacial wonderland. For the next four days, you'll be able to join an expedition team leader for a Zodiac excursion to any one of a number of Antarctic islands. Due to changing weather and shifting glacial patterns, your day-to-day itinerary will vary; each new day aboard cruising the Antarctic brings something different. Be on the lookout for seals on ice floes along the shore. Look up to spot seabirds flying against a cloudless blue sky. Look down in the waters where marine animals may be seen. At night, share stories during the daily cocktail hour and enjoy the camaraderie with fellow explorers. (B/L/D)

Antarctic Archipelago

If conditions permit, take a shore excursion to a polar village populated by fascinating and very amusing penguins. Walk softly among them on the beaches where their rookeries are found. See them waddle and wave as they make treks into the sea and back with food for themselves and their families. Your naturalist guide will share expert insights with you about these locals! (B/L/D)

Antarctic Archipelago

Dramatic icebergs, masterfully carved in all manner of shapes and sizes by the elements, don technicolor coats of blues, greens and snow whites and are the main event here in Antarctica. Get a closer look as you cruise among them and watch their transformation with the changing light of day. The sun never completely sets at this time of year so you can stroll on the deck late into the night and still enjoy an amazing glacial show. (B/L/D)

Antarctic Archipelago

By your fourth day cruising the Antarctic Archipelago, you may have passed by Penguin Island, blessed with diverse wildlife that includes chinstrap and Adélie penguins, southern giant petrels, Antarctic terns and skuas, and Hannah Point, one of the best places to see gentoo and macaroni penguins, blue-eyed shags, and Wilson's storm petrels, with the occasional fur seal or elephant seal among them. Don't worry if their names sound confusing; you will soon become a pro at identifying them with some help from your on-board ornithologists. (B/L/D)

Antarctic Archipelago

The wildlife experts on your ship are eager to point out the region's fur seals and elephant seals who share the frigid waters with penguins and humpback whales. You may find a fur seal or two languidly sunning or sleeping on ice floes, their faces endearing with natural smiles, in large part because there are few native predators like polar bears here. Southern elephant seals, so named for their massive sizes and trunk-like noses of the males, prefer to hang out in beach parties; look for them on rocky island shores. As your captain skillfully navigates your yacht around Lemaire Channel, you'll have a good chance to see humpback whales, always a breathtaking sight. The evening colors are spectacular too! (B/L/D)

Drake Passage, Antarctica

Your yacht begins its voyage back through the Drake Passage today, making it the perfect time to record the experiences you had during the past week. Your private ship log might include your thoughts about the array of icebergs and the Swedish expeditioners' hut you saw in Hope Bay, or the old whaling station you encountered near Neptune's Bellows and that dip you were tempted to make in the hot geothermal springs there. You may have had an opportunity to meet the researchers and scientists of King George Island or explore the history of Elephant Island, linked to Ernest Shackleton and his men. Your stories will make great reading back home! (B/L/D)

Drake Passage, Antarctica

Savor your last day of your cruise to Antarctica as you cross the Drake Passage again. Activities include on-board lectures that enrich your new-found knowledge; spa treatments that keep you relaxed and refreshed; work-out equipment that invigorates; and card games or chess tournaments with shipmates. Your last evening aboard ship is a perfect time to toast your expedition, and celebrate what for many travelers is their "seventh continent." (B/L/D)

Depart Buenos Aires, Argentina

Your cruise ends when you disembark ship today in Ushuaia for your flight back to Buenos Aires. A transfer to Buenos Aires' (Ezeiza) Ministro Pistarini International Airport is included. Tour ends: 5:30 PM at Buenos Aires' (Ezeiza) Ministro Pistarini International Airport. You should allow three hours for flight check-in. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Travelling Well Includes...

  • Cruise aboard one of Tauck's sleek sister ships, Le Boréal or Le Soléal, accompanied by onboard naturalists who share their expert insights
  • Tauck provides you with a special, water-repellent hooded parka that you will receive aboard ship; this parka is yours to keep
  • Shore Excursions to islands in the Antarctic Archipelago that are guided by expert naturalists, ornithologists, historians or oceanographers
  • Two nights in Buenos Aires at the Hilton Buenos Aires, located in the Puerto Madeira section of the city
  • Guided city sightseeing in Buenos Aires includes a tango dance performance and demonstration
  • On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts
  • Field equipment may include FLIR® thermal imaging cameras and shotgun microphones

Tauck Inclusions

  • Your tour is conducted by a professional, fully trained Tauck Director who remains with the group throughout the tour.
  • Complimentary internet service and WIFI are available for your use while travelling on board the cruise ship.
  • Air conditioned cruise ship for your comfort.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges.
  • All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides, naturalists and ship staff.

Tauck Dining

  • Complimentary soft drinks, coffee and tea service are available throughout the day. Alcoholic beverages from a limited menu are included when lounges on board are open.
  • 34 meals (12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners)
  • Welcome dinner with entertainment in Buenos Aires

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.


Operator Details

Tauck Reviews: (1)
Tours on Sale: 146
Tour Accommodation: Premium
Tour Average Age: 60+ years
Types: Land Journeys, River Cruises & Small Ship Cruises
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Asia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, South & Central America, UK & Ireland, USA
Dec 2017 - Dec 2017

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  Deck Plans: Le Boreal
  Cabin Upgrades (pp):
Deck 3 (Superior Cabin)  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Deck 3 (Deluxe Cabin) $ 800
Deck 4 (Prestige Cabin) $ 1,590
Deck 5 (Prestige Cabin) $ 2,000
Deck 6 (Prestige Cabin) $ 2,390
Deck 6 (Deluxe Suite) $ 4,380
Deck 5 (Prestige Suite) $ 6,330
Deck 6 (Prestige Suite) $ 7,130

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