Antarctica 2025

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Small Ship Cruise
This 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 – today, you are that Antarctic explorer.
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Overview

Trip type
Small Ship Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Moderate

Highlights

    • Floating castles of ice glisten in the warmth of the austral sun... glacial mountains rise from the sea
    • framed against a radiant sky... in an instant
    • a bright sun illuminates a floating regatta of ice formations... Explorers throughout the centuries have been captivated by the ice... Today
    • you are that Antarctic explorer.Few experiences can compare to the feeling you'll have as you head off on an expeditionary Antarctica cruise. Your adventure begins with two nights in amazing Buenos Aires
    • Argentina
    • then it's all aboard Le Boréal
    • Le Soléal or Le Lyrialfor a 10-night cruise. The locals
    • from penguins and seals to seabirds
    • welcome you ashore with friendly curiosity; learn about their life and icy habitats from onboard naturalists who educate and inspire. And at night
    • enjoy informal chats

What's this trip about?

    This 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 – today, you are that Antarctic explorer.

Details

Itinerary focusOperator does not provide
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start City Buenos Aires, Argentina
End CityBuenos Aires

Travel Themes

  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • South America
  • Argentina

Attractions

  • Buenos Aires
  • Ushuaia

Activities

  • Culture

Trip includes

    • Cruise aboard one of Tauck's sleek sister ships,Le Boréal orL'Austral, 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 All gratuitiesto Tauck Directors, local guides, naturalists and ship staff Your cruise may be a shared ship experience with non-Tauck guests onboard as well; all Tauck guests will be accompanied by one Tauck Director for approximately every 40 Tauck guests, and your itinerary will always be highlighted by exclusive, private Tauck shore excursions Shore Excursions to islands in the Antarctic Archipelago that are guided by expert naturalists, ornithologists, historians or oceanographers Two nights in a premium hotel in Buenos Aires in the heart of the city

Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1 Arrive Buenos Aires

Tour begins: 2:00 PM, Hilton Buenos Aires.
 

Day 2 City Sightseeing

Your discovery of Buenos Aires continues today with more city sightseeing featuring the central and southern area. Your sightseeing today includes Buenos Aires' Main Square, Plaza de Mayo with its neo-classical Cathedral, colonial t...

NOTE:
Depending on traffic conditions and the day of the week, the Main Square may be visited on day 1 of the tour instead of day 2.) The remainder of the day is free for you to explore on your own.

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : Hilton Buenos Aires

PORTOFCALL : Buenos Aires, Argentina

Day 3 Fly to Ushuaia / Embark Ship

Let your imagination soar as you fly down to Ushuaia, the southernmost point of South America, for the start of Tauck's 10-night Antarctica cruise. On-board amenities include all outside staterooms, two restaurants and lounges with ...

Day 4 Crossing the Drake Passage

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 Antarctic...

Day 5 Crossing the Drake Passage

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 la...

Day 6 Antarctic Exploration

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, you...

Day 7 Antarctic Exploration

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 trek...

Day 8 Antarctic Exploration

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...

Day 9 Antarctic Exploration

By your fourth day cruising the Antarctic Archipelago, you may have passed by Penguin Island, blessed with diverse wildlife such as chinstrap and Adélie penguins, southern giant petrels, Antarctic terns and skuas, and Hannah Point, ...

Day 10 Antarctic Exploration

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 fl...

Day 11 Drake Passage Crossing

Your 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. Your private ship log might include your thoughts about the array of icebergs an...

Day 12 Final day aboard ship

Savor your last day of your Antarctica cruise 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 th...

Day 13 Fly to Buenos Aires &/ Journey Home

Your Antarctica 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: 6:00 PM, Buenos Aires' (Ezeiza) Ministro Pistarini International Airport.
You should allow three hours for flight check-in.

MEALS : B

PORTOFCALL : Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Dates & Availability

Price From $13,990
Price per day$1,076
Last Updated: 4/15/2024
Departure Date
Finish Date
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Single Standard
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Availability
12 Jan 2025
25 Jan 2025
$14,490
$19,013
$23,890
22 Jan 2025
04 Feb 2025
$14,690
$19,213
$24,090
01 Feb 2025
14 Feb 2025
$14,690
$19,213
$24,090
07 Feb 2025
20 Feb 2025
$13,990
$18,513
$23,390

Check Current Availability, prices, specials with Tauck.

The total tour cost includes the tour price (regular or promotional) and the compulsory local payment. The promotional price is subject to change. Check directly with the operator for the latest price offer. The tour operator requires you to pay only the tour price to purchase your travel. The compulsory local payment will be paid when you join the trip. All prices are based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender. Single supplement only needs to be paid if the passenger does not want to share and requests their own room. Discounts can only be applied at the time of booking and cannot be added at a later date, regardless of any changes made to the original booking.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.

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It's easy to see the world's sights. To stand in long lines, push through the crowds, and generally have the same standard-issue vacation as everyone else. But that's not good enough for us, and it's not good enough for you. We believe that travel should be easy. It should be fun. It should be worth your time and the price you paid. It should re-energize and transform. And above all else, it should be beyond the ordinary. Because how you see the world matters.

In 1882, Herman Tauck arrived in New York City from Germany in search of the American dream. His determination and values were passed on to his son, Arthur Tauck, who would realize that dream. With ingenuity and an innovative spirit, Arthur started Tauck Motor Tours, a travel company that would give birth to a new industry. The first tour, through the back roads of New England, was created by this 27-year-old in 1925. It embodied the same successful formula used by Tauck today: do the right thing. Craft a life-enriching travel experience; provide it at a single all-inclusive price; ensure there is great value for money; and rely on recommendations of satisfied customers to build a following and grow the business.

Two elements that did change over the next 90+ years – and three generations of Taucks – were the scope of destinations served and the variety of modes of travel used. Today Tauck delivers life-enriching travel experiences to every corner of the globe, incorporating small cruise ships, premium riverboats, trains, helicopters and more. What started as a New England motor coach tour company has truly evolved into an extraordinary global travel company. The fourth generation of Taucks is now involved in the company. While remarkable in any business, this seamless continuity across generations speaks to shared vision and values.

Throughout its history, the concept of “family” at Tauck has gone far beyond those sharing the surname to include hundreds of valued employees, and hundreds of thousands of loyal guests. The story of Tauck is the story of a unique American family company celebrating a passion for travel – a story that will continue to inspire generations to come.

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Ship & cabin information
LE BOREAL, L'AUSTRAL
LE BOREAL Le Boreal, a sleek yacht launched in 2010, is small enough to provide a truly intimate cruise experience; she was named 'Best Newcomer of the Year in 2010' for elegance, personality, eco-friendly technologies and the highest quality standards, and heralded a new era of award-winning small ship cruising. Her size makes her ideally suited for visiting ports and islands along the coast of Iceland, in the Baltics, and throughout the Antarctica archipelago that bigger ships can’t reach. Le Boreal sports 6 decks that include Le Restaurant Gastronomique, the elegant main dining room serving French and international cuisine; the casual Le Grill Restaurant; three lounges offering evening entertainment, bars and access to the open decks; Le Théâtre hosting informative lectures and entertainment; a Fitness and Beauty Corner; a Medical Center; and multiple observation areas. Elevators serve all passenger decks. Staterooms (ranging in size from 200 to 210 sq. ft.) and suites (ranging in size from 301 to 398 sq. ft.) have ocean views; 95% have private balconies. Staterooms are decorated by French designers, offering individually controlled air conditioning, twin beds converting to a queen-size bed (or one queen-size bed), DVD / CD player, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, electronic safe and mini bar. L'AUSTRAL L'Austral, a sleek yacht launched in 2011, is small enough to provide a truly intimate cruise experience; her size makes her ideally suited for visiting ports that bigger ships can’t reach. L'Austral sports 6 decks that include Le Restaurant Gastronomique, the elegant main dining room serving French and international cuisine; the casual Le Grill Restaurant; three lounges offering evening entertainment, bars and access to the open decks; Le Théâtre hosting informative lectures and entertainment; a Fitness and Beauty Corner; a Medical Center; and multiple observation areas. Elevators serve all passenger decks. Staterooms (ranging in size from 200 to 210 sq. ft.) and suites (ranging in size from 301 to 398 sq. ft.) have ocean views; 95% have private balconies. Staterooms are decorated by French designers, offering individually controlled air conditioning, twin beds converting to a queen-size bed (or one queen-size bed), DVD / CD player, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, electronic safe and minibar.
Built: 2010 Length: 466 ft. Draft: 15.3 ft. Beam: 59 ft. Tonnage: 10,700 tons Cruising Speed: 14 knots Air Conditioned: Yes Elevator: Yes Number of Guests: 224 - 264 Crew Members: 140 Registry: France Crew Nationality: French / International Internet: Send / Receive / Surf Built: 2010 Length: 466 ft. Draft: 15.3 ft. Beam: 59 ft. Tonnage: 10,700 tons Cruising Speed: 14 knots Air Conditioned: Yes Elevator: Yes Number of Guests: 224 - 264 Crew Members: 140 Registry: France Crew Nationality: French / International Internet: Send / Receive / Surf
LE BOREAL L'AUSTRAL
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