What's on: AM Travel: Antarctica
Set foot on the Great White Continent for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, accompanied by an expert from the Australian Museum.
- Event Type:
- Special event
- 2 March 2018 to 17 March 2018
- 15 days / 14 nights Member $12,641 | Non Member $14,046
Spend time in the ‘Paris of the South’, Buenos Aires, before embarking on your expedition, crossing the Drake Passage to explore the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.
- Guided by an AM expert in biodiversity
- Dinner and tango show in Buenos Aires
- Nine nights on an Antarctic expedition cruise
- Cross the mythical Drake Passage
- Set foot on the Great White Continent
- Enjoy lectures from expert expedition staff on the ship
Paul Flemons has been with the Australian Museum for 18 years with an extensive background in spatial distribution of biodiversity. Paul heads up the Australian Museums Centre for Citizen Science and developed the ground breaking DigiVol program. Paul is also involved with developing and implementing a 5-year program of AM-led expeditions.
DAY 1 BUENOS AIRES
On your arrival into Buenos Aires, you will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Buenos Aires is an exotic city of contrasts. The ‘Paris of the Americas’ combines the glamour and elegance of its European roots with an undeniable Latin American essence.
DAY 2 BUENOS AIRES
Discover this unique city with its mix of colonial architecture and European influences on a morning sightseeing tour. Visit the Plaza de Mayo and the colourful La Boca Quarter. This evening, you’ll be caught up in the passion and romance of a tango show followed by dinner. (B)(D)
DAY 3 BUENOS AIRES – USHUAIA
This morning you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Ushuaia, situated in the province of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina’s most southerly region. There will be a briefing in Ushuaia this evening to prepare you for the adventure of a lifetime. (B)
DAY 4 USHUAIA
In the evening embark on the M/S Expedition and commence sailing through the Drake Passage. (B)(D)
DAYS 5-6 DRAKE PASSAGE – SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS
Antarctica is a continent of superlatives that will leave you both breathless and speechless. The adventure begins with an 800km crossing of the passage named in honour of the 16th century English sea captain and Privateer Sir Francis Drake. You’ll enjoy daily lectures from the expedition team that will teach you about the extraordinary human and natural history of Antarctica, all the while keeping an eye out for the first sightings of icebergs, whales and albatross following in the Expedition’s wake. As the Expedition crosses the passage there will be time to become acquainted with the ship. (B)(L)(D)
DAYS 7-10 SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS – ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
This is what you’ve been waiting for - a chance to set foot on the Great White Continent - one of the world’s last frontiers. Over the next four days, the Expedition will navigate southwards making stops in the South Shetland Islands before cruising through the Bransfield Strait to the Antarctic Peninsula. Experience some of the most unique wildlife viewing and inspiring scenery in the world as you cruise around the Antarctic continent, hopefully setting foot on land! The crew will attempt two shore landings per day (weather permitting) so you have the chance to encounter Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adélie penguin rookeries, Weddell, crab eater and leopard seals, and orca, humpback and minke whales in the cold Antarctic waters. (B)(L)(D)
DAYS 11-12 DRAKE PASSAGE – USHUAIA
Commence your journey back to Ushuaia, leaving Antarctica behind and heading north across the Drake Passage. In between bird watching, whale watching and enjoying some final lectures by the expedition staff, this is a chance to relax and review the adventures of the past week. (B)(L)(D)
DAY 13 USHUAIA – BUENOS AIRES
Disembark the ship and transfer to Ushuaia Airport for the flight back to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
DAY 14 BUENOS AIRES
Spend a full day on an Argentine estancia to experience traditional gaucho culture. On arrival enjoy traditional empanadas and Argentine wine. Throughout the day, watch a folkloric show with music and tempt the tastebuds with a delicious Argentine-style barbecue lunch. Typical gauchos will showcase their horse riding skills and you’ll even have the chance to ride a horse or hop on a typical “sulki”. (B)(L)
DAY 15 BUENOS AIRES
Your Antarctic adventure ends today with a transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)
Nine nights cruise and five nights hotel accommodation, meals as indicated, sightseeing, activities and entrance fees as specified in itinerary, services of a local English speaking guide, transportation as specified, return flights from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, local taxes and surcharges and an Adventure World travel wallet and backpack (one per room).
BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES
Australian Museum Groups are operated by Adventure World.
P: 1300 369 751
*TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Price is per person twin share based on 02 Mar 18 departure. Price is correct as at 12 Sep 16 and is subject to change. Price includes the 10% discount for Australian Museum members. All care has been taken to promote correct pricing at time of printing, but is dependent on availability and will be confirmed at time of reservation. The trip requires a minimum number of passengers to operate. Strict deposit and final payment details apply. For more information please contact Adventure World Groups. Package can change without notification due to fluctuations in charges and currency. Credit card surcharges apply. International airfares are not included unless otherwise stated. For full terms and conditions visit adventureworld.com/terms-and-conditions