No travellers visit Antarctica during the winter when the temperature plummets and the polar ice becomes hard to traverse. Most vessels sail from November to March.
Hear all about one of our client’s recent trips to Antarctica, Falkland Islands and South Georgia, where she discovered some of the most remote, magical and stunningly beautiful places in the world.
Antarctica is well-known for being the coldest, driest and windiest location on earth, making it a continent of extremes and pretty inhospitable to life. But despite this, this ice-crowned wilderness is home to a variety of species of wildlife that have adapted to this harsh environment and are surviving despite the odds. Wildlife peaks in the austral summer months, when seals, whales, penguins and a large diversity of other seabirds migrate to the continent to breed and feed on the virtually unlimited supply of krill, crustaceans and fish. Here’s our lowdown on the continent’s unique wildlife...
For our Latin America specialist Grant, visiting Antarctica was a real trip of a lifetime. Here, he explains why the ‘White Continent’ is so worth a visit and shares some of his favourite photos from his voyage of discovery…
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Best of Argentina and Antarctica
Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Antarctic Peninsula, Patagonia, Mendoza
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Set sail for a once in a lifetime trip to Antarctica, exploring a pristine expanse of land, sea and ice. Encounter penguins, seals and whales before returning to explore the sheer natural beauty of Argentina’s Patagonia region and the Mendoza winelands.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
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This itinerary perfectly captures the best of the Antarctic region with a 10-night cruise through the white continent. With regular land and sea excursions and frequent encounters with fascinating wildlife, every day of this trip offers a brand new adventure.
Days 1 - 3 : Buenos Aires, Argentina
Stay at Four Seasons Buenos Aires for 2 nights
Begin your trip in Buenos Aires, a vibrant city that blends European style architecture with the sights, sounds and flavours unique to Latin America! With your guide take a tour of the city before experiencing Argentine culture at its best at an evening Tango Show.
Enjoy a two-night stay at the luxurious Four Seasons hotel, located in the upmarket Recoleta neighbourhood of the city. The stylish mansion house comes fully equipped with a swimming pool, health centre and spa, perfect for relaxing after a long flight.
Day 3 - 4 : Ushuaia, Argentina
Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park and discover the rugged mountains, rivers, lakes and forests that define this southerly corner of Argentina. A highlight of the park is a ride on the ‘End of the World’ train, following the course of railway that once served the prison of Ushuaia. On the train you will have a prime opportunity to soak up the natural beauty of the park, complete with dense forests and an array of colourful flora.
Days 4 - 14 : Antarctic Peninsula
Stay at MS Hebridean Sky for 10 nights
The next 10 nights will take you to one of the most breath-taking destinations on earth as you embark on your Antarctic expedition cruise. You will sail through the famous Beagle Channel and head South across the Drake Passage where Albatross and Cape Petrels regularly follow at the boat’s stern. The days at sea can be spent attending lectures to prepare you for what is to come, or on the observation deck spotting whales that frequent these waters.
As you enter the protected waters of the South Shetland Islands, you will enjoy your first encounter with the penguin rookeries and continue on to the Antarctic Peninsula. Your expedition may include visits to the British historic site at Port Lockroy, Danko Island, Paradise Bay and the Lemaire Channel. There are generally two excursions per day (weather conditions permitting) allowing you to explore this pristine environment and discover the wildlife . On the excursions you will be accompanied by the expedition team who will help to widen your knowledge on the flora, fauna and history of the region.
Days 14 - 17 : El Calafate, Argentina
Stay at Eolo for 3 nights
After returning back to Argentina, you will fly to El Calafate, home to the famous ‘Los Glaciares’ National Park. Relax in style at one of Argentina’s most luxurious wilderness lodges. This property offers stylish comfort, excellent service and spectacular views across the Patagonian plains. There is a wealth of outdoor activities to choose from including mountain biking, horse riding, sailing, bird-watching and excursions to the famous Perito Moreno glacier.
Want to continue your travels to Chile or Brazil instead? Ask us about what else can be added to this epic adventure! Click here to enquire or call us on 020 3141 2840 to design this holiday around your timings.
Days 17 - 20 : El Chalten, Argentina
Stay at Aguas Arriba Lodge for 3 nights
You will now be transferred to El Chalten in the heart of the Fitzroy mountain range, a hiking mecca with world-class trails. You will be staying for 3 nights at the Aguas Arriba Lodge. Nestled on the shores of Lake Desierto and surrounded by acres of forest, the lodge can only be accessed via boat or via a 3 hour hike and is the perfect base to explore the region hiking through small valleys and up to glaciers and waterfalls. There is everything from short 2hr walks to long uphill hikes, the choice is yours.
Days 20 - 23 : Mendoza, Argentina
Stay at Cavas Wine Lodge for 3 nights
Before your trip comes to a close you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Mendoza, the heart of Argentina's wine country. Situated in the foothills of the Andes, Mendoza is a lively town sprinkled with leafy avenues, colourful cafes and bustling plazas. End your trip in style with a 3 night stay at Cavas Wine Lodge, one the finest wine lodges in Latin America and a real Imagine favourite. Enjoy authentic Argentinian cuisine, gaze at the snow-capped peaks from your room, or get active and enjoy a number of outdoor adventures that include rafting, hiking and horse-riding to name a few! The perfect end to an unforgettable holiday.
And every holiday we design is different too. Call us on 020 3141 2840 to talk through your ideas and let’s see what we come up with. It’s what we do best.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8942
From $15222 per person
All accommodation and breakfasts
Transfers with baggage assistance
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.