|Adventurer Jean-Baptiste Charcot described Antarctica’s allure as “powerful and tenacious,” and the fortunate few who have visited have returned home changed by an experience so elemental that it touches their very core. Each day of our voyage presents a new discovery, whether we’re cruising through ice-packed channels, investigating the nesting habits of Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie penguins or admiring minkes, humpbacks and orcas as they cavort in the sparkling waters. Corinthian II’s and Clelia II’s size and technical attributes allow for in-depth exploration, while their fleet of Zodiac landing craft will bring you into intimate contact with incredible Antarctica. - 11 nights/12 days
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to the Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires Hotel for the night. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or to explore Buenos Aires on your own. Enjoy a welcome cocktail reception with fellow travellers this evening.
Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | embark
Fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, a small Patagonian city set on the Beagle Channel and surrounded by the Darwin Cordillera, glaciers and forests of southern beech. Upon arrival, transfer to Corinthian II or Clelia II. As the ship navigates the Beagle Channel, enjoy a spectacular vista of glaciers and green, misted mountains. (B, L, D)
Days 3 & 4
Attend lectures by naturalists and study leaders as the ship sails through the Drake Passage and crosses the Antarctic Convergence, where the cold waters of the Southern Ocean override the warmer waters to the north. Albatross and Cape Petrels are among the birds that accompany the ship on its passage. (B, L, D)
Days 5 - 9
Enjoy five days exploring the pristine wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula, a narrow finger of land that separates the ice-choked waters of the Weddell and Bellingshausen Seas, and surrounding islands. As Corinthian II or Clelia II sail through scenic waterways, witness a breathtaking panorama of icebergs, blue glaciers and jagged, snow-capped mountains. Aboard the ship’s fleet of zodiacs, cruise among ice floes, explore penguin rookeries and visit with scientists at research stations. Although the itinerary varies according to local ice and wind conditions, we plan to land at such places as Petermann Island, where humpback and minke whales are often sighted offshore; Paradise Bay, the habitat of Gentoo penguins and leopard and Weddell seals; and Deception Island, known for its volcanically-heated hot springs. Voyages through the magnificent Lemaire, Errera, Neumeyer and other protected channels are also planned. (B, L, D)
Days 10 & 11
Watch for whales and seabirds and enjoy onboard lectures and the ship’s amenities as Corinthian II or Clelia II make the 600-mile return trip to Ushuaia. (B, L, D)
Ushuaia | disembark |
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Disembark in Ushuaia and transfer to the airport for the flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires.
All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions and in order to take advantage of opportunities to see wildlife.
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