Retrace sea lanes navigated by storied explorers Shackleton, Amundsen, and Scott on a once-in-a-lifetime journey that includes 2 nights in vibrant Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a 9-night, 5-star cruise to “The White Continent.” Be among the fortunate few to set foot on this pristine wilderness. Enjoy guided excursions led by an expedition team of naturalists aboard sturdy Zodiac crafts amid floating ice sculptures, intricate ecosystems, and abundant wildlife—including humpback whales, leopard seals, and Adélie penguins.
Complimentary alcoholic & nonalcoholic beverages are included throughout the cruise!
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Reserve early & SAVE up to $4,440 per cabin! Single Supplement waived for Feb. 13-26, 2024 departure!
- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
Jan 17, 2024 - Jan 30, 2024
Feb 13, 2024 - Feb 26, 2024
Iguazú Falls Pre-Program Option
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iguazú Falls, among the world’s most spectacular natural wonders, is situated in one of South America’s last remaining virgin rainforests. Spanning nearly two miles along the Argentinian border of Brazil, with more than 275 waterfalls cascading from heights of 270 feet, Iguazú Falls is three times as wide and nearly twice as high as Niagara Falls. Visit Parque das Aves jungle reserve—a nature lover’s paradise and home to more than 350 species of birds, 66 varieties of mammals, and an outstanding array of reptiles, fish, butterflies, and flora. This exclusive, three‑night Pre‑Program Option features one night in the 5-star InterContinental Buenos Aires Hotel and two nights in the 5‑star Meliá Iguazú Falls.
Buenos Aires/Iguazú round-trip airfare is included in your pre‑program package price.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $1,975
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $2,635
Further details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.
Airport transfers and luggage handling abroad are only included if air arrangements are booked through Gohagan & Company. If travelers make their own air arrangements, transfers and luggage handling are not included; transfers can be organized through Gohagan & Company and purchased by the traveler.
Felicity Aston MBE
Felicity Aston is both the only woman in the world to have skied across Antarctica alone and the first person in the world to have traversed the continent purely by muscle power, which gave her a place in the Guinness World Records. Her polar career began two decades ago when she traveled to Antarctica as a meteorologist with the British Antarctic Survey. By age 23, she was monitoring climate change at the Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula. Her Kaspersky Lab Commonwealth Antarctic Expedition was the first to ‘Tweet to the Pole’ and material from her “Pole of Cold expedition” has been developed into a traveling art exhibition.
A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 per person will apply for all cancellations received more than 7 days after booking and before other fees take effect at 120 days:
120 days $300 per person admin fee after 7-day grace period from booking
120 – 91 days 25% of full invoice fare
90 – 61 days 50% of full invoice fare
60 – 31 days 75% of full invoice fare
30 – 0 days 100% of full invoice fare
Separate airfare Terms & Conditions apply
Depart the U.S.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
*Arrive in Buenos Aires. Check into the hotel and enjoy a day at leisure, with lunch and dinner on your own. (r)
The capital city of Buenos Aires is a tapestry of diverse barrios. Enjoy a half-day walking tour to see the colorful La Boca district, Monserrat’s public buildings, historical Plaza de Mayo, Palermo’s lavish parks, Puerto Madero’s riverfront community, and the charming old quarter of San Telmo. Visit the city’s historical Recoleta Cemetery, famous for its ornate vaults, sculptures, and as the final resting place of the legendary Eva Perón—the former First Lady of Argentina. (b)
Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Embark L’AUSTRAL or LE BORÉAL
Fly to Ushuaia and embark the ship. This afternoon, cruise Beagle Channel, named for the ship that carried Charles Darwin on his South American voyages. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening. (b,r,d)
day 5 & 6
Cruising the Drake Passage
Cross the Drake Passage and, upon reaching the Antarctic Convergence, watch for breaching humpback whales and seabirds feeding on plankton and krill. Your expedition team will prepare you for your first landing in Antarctica. During the evening, enjoy the lingering golden light of the austral summer. (b,l,d)
Port Lockroy/ Jougla Point
Visit Port Lockroy, built as a British intelligence port during World War II, then converted into a whaling station and scientific base. Observe the daily activities of past researchers at the living museum known as “Base A” and mail a postcard with an Antarctica postmark from the official British Post Office. Jougla Point on Wiencke Island offers a rare opportunity to view the skeletal remains of an adult blue whale and view populous colonies of gentoo penguins and kelp gulls that inhabit the region.
Petermann Island/ Lemaire Channel
Call at Petermann Island, where French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot wintered in 1909. Watch for the island’s famous rookeries of Adélie and gentoo penguins and blue-eye shags. Flanked by towering glacial cliffs between the Antarctic Peninsula and Booth Island, cruise through the Lamaire Channel, where seven miles of mountains and interweaving patterns of floes brim with wildlife. (b,l,d)
Neko Harbor/ Paradise Harbor
Listen for the low rumbling of Rudolf Glacier as it calves slabs of ice into Neko Harbor for a continental landing. Surrounded by soaring glaciers and snow-covered mountains, this spectacular harbor is one of the most dramatic sights on your expedition. In Paradise Harbor, crystal cliffs of ice descend from sky-bent mountains into the iceberg-laden waters along the Antarctic Peninsula’s western coast. Named by 19th-century whalers who sought shelter in its coves, it is an ideal sanctuary for marine wildlife including humpback whales, crabeater seals, and Cape petrels.
Deception Island, South Shetland Islands/Half Moon Island
Deception Island is the top of a larger volcano that is mostly submerged. Port Foster is a breached caldera that formed when the center of the volcano collapsed. The crescent-shaped Half Moon Island is known for its volcanic rock formations and tranquil lagoons. It houses Cámara Station, a base monitored by Argentine biologists studying regional wildlife. Here, observe the island’s colony of chinstrap penguins. Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception.
Cruising the Wendell Sea
Cruise below the 60th parallel south to the outer shores of the Antarctic Peninsula, Earth’s last frontier. Witness the towering mountains of ice and volcanic rock that create precipitous coastlines and islands. An array of marine wildlife flourishes, including millions of penguins, countless seabirds, and thousands of seals and whales. An otherworldly topography of volcanoes and glaciers, populated with historic outposts, captures the nuance of Earth’s most inaccessible continent. (b,l,d)
Cruising the Antarctic Convergence/ Beagle Channel/Ushuaia,Argentina
Cross the Antarctic Convergence and the Drake Passage. The crossing is completed with the rounding of Cape Horn; the graveyard of hundreds of ships that once battled the westerly winds. Here, the ship will go East then turn north toward Beagle Channel back to Ushuaia.
Ushuaia/Disembark ship/Fly to Buenos Aires/Depart for home city
Disembark in Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires to depart for your home city.
Arrive in home city.
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