FRI

Buenos Aires

4

MORNING
AFTERNOON

After arriving into Buenos Aires you will be met by Amaco staff and our local operators and transferred to our group hotel. Following check-in at the hotel you are free to relax in your room or begin enjoying the area surrounding the hotel.

NIGHT

Enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening where you will have the opportunity to meet other participants and their partners as well as your Amaco hosts.

Overnight: Four Seasons Buenos Aires
Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

SAT

Buenos Aires to Ushuaia

5

MORNING

You will transfer to the airport this morning for the domestic flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia – the southernmost tip of South America. Located on a small archipelago, this small town has been nicknamed the “End of the World”.

AFTERNOON

Enjoy an afternoon tour to the Tierra del Fuego National Park where you will see beautiful waterfalls, glaciers and mountains. Board Le Soléal late afternoon.

NIGHT

Dinner on board.

Overnight: Le Soléal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

SUN

Drake Passage

6

MORNING

The most direct cruise route from Ushuaia to Antarctica is across Drake Passage. This stretch of sea is dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike yet at the same time there is something quite exhilarating about experiencing the rolling swell that is so common in these parts.

AFTERNOON

Conference Session 1 & 2 will take place today as we cruise the open seas.

NIGHT

Dinner on board.

Overnight: Le Soléal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MON

Drake Passage

7

MORNING

Our journey across Drake Passage continues today. Conference Session 3 & 4 will take place as we cruise towards Antarctica. You can expect the waters to become calm as soon as we reach the sub-Antarctic islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.

AFTERNOON

Drake Passage is home to a very diverse marine fauna so keep an eye out for this. Also – don’t forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around our ship.

NIGHT

Dinner on board.

Overnight: Le Soléal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

TUE

Neko Harbour & Paradise Bay

8

MORNING

A little corner of paradise in the shadow of a glacier, Neko Harbour is without a doubt one of the most beautiful sites on the Antarctic Peninsula. Mountains, ice and wildlife combine to form a truly unique landscape. Animals are as abundant as they are exotic. Among others, you’ll encounter seabirds (gulls, Cape petrels, cormorants) and marine mammals (seals, orcas and other whale species).

AFTERNOON

Following the zodiac excursion we’ll re-position to Paradise Bay with its spectacular landscapes composed of towering glacial peaks plunging down into the icy waters of the Antarctic.  With some luck, you’ll witness an unforgettable underwater dance between passing humpback whales. During the afternoon excursion, head off to discover the old Argentine base Almirante Brown, which is only occupied for a few weeks each year.

NIGHT

Dinner on board.

Overnight: Le Soléal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

WED

Pleneau Island & Port Charcot

9

MORNING

Wake the next morning at Pleneau Island, a refuge for gentoo penguins, elephant seals and fur seals. A ‘fleet’ of imposing ice formations sit like anchored ships along its shores. Like works of art, these unusually-sculpted icebergs range in colour from white to blue and every shade in between.

AFTERNOON

Its then onto Port Charcot, located in Salpêtrière Bay. A guided walk through the snow will have you at the remains of a stone cabin where early explorers conducted studies on magnetism. From the nearby summit you can enjoy unobstructed views of the vast field of icebergs scattered over the bay like white tombstones – an eerie, mystical site like no other.

NIGHT

Dinner on board.

Overnight: Le Soléal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THU

Port Lockroy

10

MORNING

Our stop today is at Port Lockroy which served over the years as a stopover for whaling ships, a British military base and later a research station. The port is currently one of the most visited sites in the Antarctic thanks mainly to its tiny museum which allows visitors to experience the base as it was in the 1950s.

AFTERNOON

Make sure to purchase a souvenir from the gift shop and while in port don’t miss your chance to send your loved ones a post card from the southernmost post office in the world!

NIGHT

Dinner on board.

Overnight: Le Soléal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

FRI

Deception Island

11

MORNING

Situated just above the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, our next stop – Deception Island – is easily recognisable thanks to its distinctive horseshoe shape. The crater of this former volcano caved in 10,000 years ago and the resulting caldera was flooded, creating a natural harbour.

AFTERNOON

Deception Island still bears traces of its past as a long time hub of the whaling industry with abandoned sheds lining the black sand of its volcanic beaches. The area is home to the Antarctic Peninsula’s largest colony of chinstrap penguins, as well as numerous elephant seals and fur seals.

NIGHT

Dinner on board.

Overnight: Le Soléal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SAT

Weddell Sea

12

MORNING

Your journey today will have you winding your way through a veritable labyrinth of majestic table icebergs that form the Weddell Sea. Sweeping ice platforms sculpt a landscape unlike any other, populated by fur seals, penguins, wandering albatross and other imposing seabirds.

AFTERNOON

The king of this realm is without doubt the Weddell Seal. You’ll recognise him by his dark grey coat and spotted belly and a haunting cry that pierces the surrounding silence.

NIGHT

Dinner on board.

Overnight: Le Soléal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SUN

Drake Passage

13

MORNING

The ship begins its voyage back through the Drake Passage today, making it the perfect time to record the experiences you had during the past week.

AFTERNOON

Conference Session 5 & 6 will take place today but you’ll still have plenty time to make use of the facilities on board Le Soléal including the spa, massage cabins or fitness centre. You can also expect presentations from the on board naturalists.

NIGHT

Dinner on board.

Overnight: Le Soléal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MON

Drake Passage

14

MORNING

Savour the last day of your Antarctica cruise as you finish crossing the Drake Passage. With a full day at sea, we’ve included Conference Session 7 & 8 in the program today.

AFTERNOON

The last afternoon aboard ship is a perfect time to toast your expedition and celebrate what for many travelers has been a once in a lifetime experience.

NIGHT

Dinner on board.

Overnight: Le Soléal
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

TUE

Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

15

MORNING

Your Antarctica cruise ends when you disembark the ship this morning in Ushuaia. We’ll transfer to the airport for the domestic flight back to Buenos Aires .

AFTERNOON

After arriving in the domestic airport in Buenos Aires, we’ll have you transferred to Buenos Aires’ Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Ezeiza). Tour ends at around 5:30pm but you should allow three hours for flight check-in.

Included meals: Breakfast

NIGHT