Upon arrival into El Calafate transfer to El Chaltén. Meet your Tour Director and drive deep into Argentina's Patagonia and reach your luxurious retreat, located amidst a private natural reserve with views to the Electric Valley and the Marconi Glacier, the perfect base for a four night Special Stay. Settle into your tastefully appointed room, with sweeping views and enjoy a range of included excursions each day, complimentary beverages and delicious meals featuring Patagonian specialties. Please book your flight to arrive into El Calafate prior to 11:00 AM. (D)
Your exciting adventure into one of the most spectacular national parks in the world begins. The explorations at El Chaltén are as varied as the surroundings. The area's geography offers towering mountains and different landscapes open for exploration through treks, ice hikes, and even rock climbing, depending on your preferences.
Freechoice: Over the next three days, there are several small group activities for you to choose from and enjoy at your own pace. Each evening, relax in the lounge and take in the magnificent views. Join your Tour Director on your final evening for a farewell dinner (B/L/D)
Continue to explore one of the most spectacular national parks in the world. There are several small group activities for you to choose from and enjoy at your own pace. (B/L/D)
This afternoon, travel to El Calafate for your relaxing three night stay. (B/L/D)
Established in 1937 as a national park, the World Heritage-listed Los Glaciares National Park is sure to be a highlight. Cruise close to the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier, then walk along the boardwalk for views across the top of the impressive 250 square kilometre glacier before enjoying a hike directly on the ice^. Join your Tour Director for a delicious welcome dinner this evening.
Sunset Drinks Toast your day in this natural wonderland framed by the spectacular backdrop of Perito Moreno Glacier. (B/L/D)
Discover the traditional way of life on an estancia (ranch) in the Argentine countryside, surrounded by glaciers, snow peaks and lakes of great natural beauty. (B/L/D)
Savour the last views of the reserve before your onward journey to Antarctica. Welcome to Ushuaia, known as the southernmost city in the world, where the crew will warmly greet you as you board Scenic Eclipse. Settle into your handsomely appointed suite and acquaint yourself with the luxurious facilities of your Discovery Yacht.
Toast the start of your voyage at the welcome cocktail reception hosted by the Captain who will introduce your expert Discovery Leaders and their team. Set sail and cruise through the Beagle Channel and admire the dramatic views of the Andean mountains of Tierra del Fuego from the comfort of your private verandah. (B/D)
Relax and enjoy the amazing facilities of your floating resort as you cruise towards the Antarctic Peninsula. An entertaining presentation by the Discovery Team in the state-of-the-art theatre will build up the excitement for what's to come or choose to relax in your suite and watch the live streaming on your TV. (B/L/D)
As you reach the calmer waters of the Antarctic Peninsula, be greeted by the snow-capped mountains of the South Shetland Islands. Populated with large rookeries of gentoo and chinstrap penguins, this is the site where Ernest Shackleton and his crew survived the harsh winter of 1916.
Discovery: Explore Elephant Island with our Discovery Team on Zodiacs, kayaks or stand-up paddleboards. (B/L/D)
The Weddell Sea is as mesmerising as it is extreme. Wind your way through dense ice floes and magnificent tabular icebergs, enjoying the eerie stillness and grandeur. Stand on your balcony, listening for the haunting cry of the Weddell seal welcoming you to their kingdom. Known as one of the toughest mammals on the planet, they live further south than any other mammal year round.
Watch out for other wildlife such as crabeater seals, Adélie penguins, numerous species of whales, and the chance of seeing an Emperor Penguin with an optional helicopter excursion to Snow Hill Island^ to witness these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. This expedition has been meticulously planned to search and observe the breeding colony of Weddell Sea Emperor Penguins. Over the next five days, the experienced team on board Scenic Eclipse will navigate through the ice, showing you this unique and inspiring region.
Discovery: Partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak and stand-up paddle board around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below. ^Subject to weather and operational conditions. Sightings cannot be guaranteed. (B/L/D)
Welcome to Antarctica! Seeing the 7th continent for the first time is unlike anything you would have experienced before. Feel the fresh, crisp air on your face and hear the snow crunch under your boot when you first set foot on land. Each new encounter will fill you will awe. Witness wildlife in their natural habitat, with no fear of humans.
Antarctica is truly land of peace. Your expert Captain and crew will navigate some of the most beautiful waterways, which may include traversing the stunning 11-kilometre-long Lemaire Channel where steep cliffs hem in the iceberg-filled passage just 700 metres wide at its narrowest point. There may be the chance to visit a working scientific base and discuss life in these harsh conditions with the staff.
Enjoy the chance to visit areas alive with wildlife such as penguins, seals, and whales. You can also explore the remnants of a derelict whaling station and a vacant British base or climb to the rim of a volcanic crater Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, a host of choices are open and dependent on the ice and weather conditions. Your experienced Discovery Team Leaders, who have made countless journeys to Antarctica, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, making the most of 18–20 hours of daylight.
Discovery: Partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak and stand-up paddle board around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below. (B/L/D)
Delight your palate with the extensive range of dining options on board, or have a butler serve you your meal in-suite. Farewell your adventure in the icy lands and sail heading north to the continent of South America. Share memories of your experiences with new-found friends. (B/L/D)
Relax with a day at sea. (B/L/D)
Your cruise ends this morning as you farewell the crew. Disembark after breakfast to fly to Buenos Aires, taking away memories of a truly unforgettable experience. Please book your flight to depart out of Buenos Aires after 08:00 PM. The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.
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