9 days Argentina + 11 days Antarctic Peninsula Expedition
The best of all worlds – a spectacular Argentinean tour taking in vibrant Buenos Aires, the amazing Iguazu Falls, the wildlife-rich Valdes Peninsula and Ushuaia, followed by a classic Antarctic Peninsula adventure. Actual itineraries will vary according to conditions, but there will be zodiac excursions and landings, amazing birds, whales and other wildlife and magnificent icebergs and scenery.
Please note: prices are based on two persons sharing twin accommodation and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations and other factors.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
- Vibrant Buenos Aires and amazing Iguazu Falls
- Wildlife-rich Valdes Peninsula
- Spectacular icebergs and Antarctic scenery
- Amazing birdlife & penguins galore
- Whales, seals and orca
- Kayaking and camping
- Hotels and meals in Argentina as indicated on itinerary
- Local tours and excursions as indicated on itinerary
- National park fees at Iguazu (Argentina and Brazil)
- Argentine domestic flights & taxes (not including flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires on return)
- Transfers between airports and hotels as indicated
- Full board accommodation on board ship
- Use of rubber boots and snowshoes for shore excursions
- Zodiac excursions and landings with experienced guides
- Programme of lectures by experts
- All port and service charges
- Transfer from ship to airport in Ushuaia
ITINERARY19 Nights 20 Days
- Days 1-2 | Buenos Aires
- Days 3-4 | Iguazu Falls
- Days 5-7 | Puerto Madryn & Valdes Peninsula
- Days 8-10 | Ushuaia
- Days 11-12 | At sea – Drake Passage
- Days 13-17 | South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
- Days 18-19 | At Sea – Drake Passage
- Day 20 | Disembark, Transfer to Ushuaia Airport for flight to Buenos Aries and your independent return flight home.
Arrive and transfer from airport to your city centre hotel. Take a three-hour walking tour with private guide of the historic and elegant Recoleta area of the city, including a visit to the famous cemetery, resting place of Eva Peron. Two nights at LOI Suites, Recoleta Area. Bed & breakfast, Junior Studio Room.
The Colourful Boca District
Breakfast (included), followed by half day sightseeing tour, including the colourful Boca district. Eat tonight at a typical tango show and restaurant (included).
Breakfast (included), then transfer to the domestic airport for flight to Iguazu Falls. Arrive and transfer to hotel. One of the most impressive series of falls, Iguazu straddle the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay and are best viewed from more than one side. You will have the opportunity to see them from above and below. Two Nights at The Sheraton Spa Resort, Iguazu Falls, bed & breakfast basis, Jungle view room.
4WD Truck Ride
Breakfast included. Walk to the main viewpoint over the Falls, then board and open 4WD truck for a ride through the rainforest to embark on a boat for a trip to the bottom of the falls themselves. Catwalks take you back to the hotel. Afternoon excursion to the Brazilian side for a different perspective.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights via Buenos Aires to Trelew. Transfer to Puerto Madryn, Three Nights at Territorio Hotel, Puerto Madryn, bed & breakfast Standard Room.
Spend time exploring the Valdes Peninsula and Puerto Madryn area. Full day tour of the Peninsula included. Opportunity to take a boat trip out to the bay of Puerto Piramides where, depending on the time of year, southern right whales come to feed from July/August to December. Penguins nest between September and March and orca are around during the same period; they are particularly active in April. Birds, dolphins, sea lions and elephant seals can be seen all year round.
Full day tour to see the large Magellenic penguin colony at Punta Tombo and the old Welsh settlement of Gaiman where you can sample a typical Welsh afternoon tea.
After breakfast, transfer to Trelew for flight to Ushuaia. Arrive in Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego and transfer to hotel.
Two Nights at Albatross Hotel Ushuaia, Bed & breakfast Standard Room.
Lapataia National Park
After breakfast, picked up for a full day tour the Lapataia National Park, followed by a catamaran cruise along the Beagle Channel spotting seals and sealions plus seabirds such as petrels and shags. Try succulent Fuegan lamb cooked on an open grill for dinner.
Depart and set sail down the Beagle Channel
After breakfast, explore Ushuaia before boarding your MV Ortelius Antarctic expedition ship in the afternoon. Depart and set sail down the Beagle Channel looking for sea birds following the ship. A full brief and important safety lifeboat drill expertly given by the crew.
At sea – Drake Passage
Cross the Drake Passage and the Antarctic Convergence. Spend time on deck watching wandering, grey-headed, black-browed and light-mantled sooty albatrosses along with various petrels and fulmars.
South Shetland Islands & Antarctic Peninsula
The programme within the South Shetlands and the Peninsula area is flexible and depends ice, sea and weather conditions. Plan to visit Cuverville Island, Neko Harbour, Port Lockroy, Paradise Bay and sail the spectacular Lemaire Channel. Lots of penguin, skua and shag colonies and many other birds plus several species of seals and whales. Also different national scientific research stations.
At Sea – Drake Passage
On our way north we are again followed by albatrosses, petrels and other seabirds whilst crossing the Drake Passage.
Disembark after breakfast. Farewell to MV Ortelius. Morning transfer to Ushuaia Airport for flight to Buenos Aries and your independent return flight home
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Gran Melia Iguazu Resort & Spa
Being the only hotel to occupy a privileged location right inside the Iguazú National Park this expansive resort features an impressive Seda Pool & Spa, a tennis court and beautiful bedrooms.
Located on the Argentinean side of the Iguazu falls this elegant hotel is superbly situated to enjoy the true wonder of one of the world's most spectacular natural creations.
Spend a thrilling day at the falls and return to the hotel for some delicious international cuisine, a dip in the beautiful swimming pool and a great night's sleep in one of the hotel's 168 stylishly decorated bedrooms. Then awaken refreshed in the morning to the sound of the falls crashing in the distance as you step out on to your private balcony and take it all in.
At the Gran Melia Iguazu Resort & Spa without doubt the main attraction is of course the beautiful falls which extend over 2,700 meters and have over 260 waterfalls reaching up to 70 metres high. As well as the falls, however, there are a number of other sightseeing opportunities you will not want to miss. The city itself is filled with history and culture and adventure activities include horseback riding in the forest, flora and fauna sightseeing, Zodiac boat rides along the river, visits to Guaraní settlements and bird watching tours.
Each of the 168 bedrooms at Gran Melia Iguazu Resort & Spa have been recently updated and feature large en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and private balconies. There are also 8 luxurious suites which offer superb views of the falls.
Something you definitely should not miss on a trip here is dinner in the on-site Garganta del Diablo restaurant where the views are just as spectacular as the meals! Finish it off with a cocktail and an Argentinean pastry in the welcoming Lobby bar overlooking the falls.
Albatross Hotel Ushuaia
Located less than 300 metres from Ushuaia Harbour this stylish hotel is situated perfectly for exploring the world's southernmost city.
Located in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego archipelago Ushuaia is the starting point for many Antarctica cruises but is also a fantastic resort in its own right.
Whether you are visiting the Albatross Hotel as a stopover on your adventures or wanting to explore Ushuaia itself you will be delighted to find all you will need at this simple but elegant hotel. Pamper yourself in the spa, enjoy a delicious meal in the restaurant or relax in your stylish bedroom after a day of exploring the mountains of Tierra Del Fuego or the city's museums.
Albatross Hotel is within walking distance of 25 de Mayo Square, Ushuaia Port, Yamana Museum and the Maritime museum and the friendly and welcoming staff at the hotel will be more than happy to help you plan excursions and visits to the city's most popular attractions.
The hotel itself features 78 comfortable and stylishly decorated bedrooms which all have en-suite bathrooms, internet connectivity, minibars, cable TV and classic furnishings.
There is also an indulgent spa, a gymnasium, a lovely restaurant serving a wide range of international dishes and a welcoming bar and lounge area.
LOI Suites Recoleta Hotel, Buenos Aires
Located in the heart of the exclusive Recoleta district, a charming neighbourhood filled with magnificent mansions and historic buildings, this stylish and elegant hotel provides a peaceful suburb stay yet offers easy access to the bustling Buenos Aires city centre.
Overlooking the waters of Rio de la Plata and situated a short distance from shops, restaurants and cultural attractions the hotel is a perfect base from which to explore the exciting Argentinean capital.
Lavish guest rooms, a large indoor swimming pool and a fantastic restaurant with stylish cocktail bar ensure that guests will have all they need and more as they return from a day of exploring this fascinating area.
At LOI Suites Recoleta there are a number of different room options available but guests can be guaranteed that whichever option they choose they will find a luxurious and elegantly decorated room in which to relax after a long day of sightseeing.
All rooms have beautiful en-suite bathrooms, views over the hotel's delightful courtyard, free WiFi, sumptuous queen-size beds and mini-bars.
This upmarket hotel also boasts a large indoor swimming pool area with a café, fitness centre, jacuzzi, and sauna facilities and a wonderful restaurant where guests can enjoy delicious gourmet cuisine before finishing off the evening with a cocktail in the sophisticated bar and lounge area.
LOI Suites Recoleta's friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to offer advice on the best places to visit and the must-see sights in this wonderful city.
Hotel Territorio, Puerto Madryn
This lovely hotel in Punta Cuevas in the wildlife rich Puerto Madryn area offers modern accommodation, fantastic service and tremendous views of the mysterious Patagonian Sea.
Located just over 1 mile from Puerto Madryn's city centre this excellent coastal hotel provides a tranquil stop for travellers exploring this wonderful area. Featuring modern design, comfortable furnishings and a bright airy space that makes the most of the sea views you will find everything you need here including well-equipped bedrooms, comfortable lounges and an indulgent spa.
As you traverse along the coast looking for penguins, orcas and seals you can return to the comfort of your beautifully decorated and spacious bedroom for a great night's sleep in preparation for your next day of adventure.
Hotel Territorio, or as the locals call it "Casa Atlantico", provides luxurious accommodation in a range of bedrooms and suites which all feature large comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and mini-bars. Larger suites also have their own living area and the majority of rooms have stunning sea views that bring a calm and tranquil feel to any stay here.
As well as a beautiful lounge, breakfast room and bar where you can enjoy a glass of wine from the hotel's large collection of Argentinean wines as you look out over the sea, the hotel also features a spa where guests can indulge in a range of treatments and make use of the sauna and jacuzzi. There is also a fitness suite and a well-stocked library.
What Our Customers
Superlatives abound – a truly amazing experience...awesome. Thanks to all for making it such a memorable experience.
We had the time of our lives on board ship...if anybody wants to go to Antarctica, we will certainly advise to go with you.
Huge congratulations to you and all the team for the perfect organisation throughout the trip. From the early planning to the last transfer, everything went without a hitch.
Now that I am back from my odyssey voyage, I thought I would let you know that after all that planning it really did exceed my expectations – we managed landings everywhere even on Tristan da Cuhna and had great bird sightings. The guides all knew what they were talking about too and made sure I got some great photos – still sorting them all out! Thanks for everything and see you at Birdfair!
I came to Wildfoot because a friend had booked with you when you were Antarctica Bound and they were right. Everything went perfectly, even when our flight was cancelled, you made sure we still made it to the ship with time to spare. L’Austral is a beautiful ship with first class service and food and the guides looked after us well. Very happy to recommend Wildfoot and L’Austral...
The adventure really was a 'trip of a lifetime' and we are so glad we tagged an extra day in Buenos Aires at either end and that we went Premium Economy, it made all the difference. The ship Sea Explorer was exactly as Simon had described and was very comfortable. South Georgia was the highlight but we were surprised how much wildlife there was to see on the Falklands and we might well book one of your nature trips to the Falklands in the future.
I want to thank you for all you did to make my recent Falklands trip run so smoothly and comfortably. Thank you for all your help over the diet too.
• I wanted to send you a quick thank you email. We had a fantastic trip, the boat, staff, scenery, itinerary, and pretty much everything else was incredible! Thank you so much for arranging the cabin upgrade, we were delighted to have our own room! We had a really brilliant time, and wanted to say thanks so much for being so helpful throughout, we're lucky to have found you.
We had a very special experience organized by you in Feb, especially the wedding in Antarctica and our stay in Patagonia. Thank you.
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Overall I think that it was an excellent trip that was well worth the price paid and I would have no hesitation recommending your company to others.
I'm sure you get plenty of compliments, but I just want to follow up telling you what a great time we had on the MS Expedition Antarctica Classic cruise. We were very pleased with all of the staff, on the ground and on the ship. Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. We greatly appreciated their experience and expertise. Their very careful attention to all of the environmental rules and precautions should also be lauded. Thank you for all of your service and attention. If we're planning on one of the other regions that you serve, we'll definitely be in touch!!
We would like to thank you with all our heart for our fabulous trip. It was amazing. Everything was perfect. I recommend Antarctica and South America to everybody. Doing business with you was also a great experience. You are the best travel agent I ever met. I hope to have the chance to do business with you again in the future.
We've just got back from out trip to Patagonia and the Antarctic and want to say a big thank you to all of you at Wildfoot but specifically you, Tina and Sara, for organising our trip and sorting out all my queries before we went. You've all been thoroughly professional - and friendly with it. I always get concerned that hotels won't have received the booking, the air e-tickets won't be recognised or luggage ends up somewhere other that where we are, but I didn't need to worry as everything was well planned in advance and the various elements, air travel, two cruises, hotels etc, fitted seamlessly. You can take this as a 10 out of 10 satisfaction rating and recommendation for your company. You will certainly be my 'go to' provider if we ever do anything similar in the future. Thanks once again for our trip of a lifetime.
I just wanted to say an enormous thank you for your help with my trip. It was the best two weeks of my life! MS Expedition was amazing – their itinerary, their crew, their spirit. It was truly exceptional.One of the best things was how they arranged the rooms, I just had the best roommates and that really made a big difference to the trip. We got to see some fast ice and got out to walk on it – literally walking on the frozen sea. Amazing! I am saving for my next trip and I would not dream of going with anyone but you guys again. Good work! A dream very much come true.
I hope you’re well. I wanted to drop you a line to say we are back from Antarctica and had a wonderful time with Ponant. The trip exceeded our expectations in every respect, and I haven’t yet found enough superlatives to describe it to friends! Antarctica was breathtaking (as you know), and we loved pretty-much everything about Ponant. It was the perfect fit for us and I’m very grateful to you for taking the time to help with the booking. Having read the nightmares that Silversea have been having with the Silver Cloud, we felt lucky to be onboard Le Lyrial. Of course the only downside of a trip like this is we want to go back - best start saving now! Thanks again for all of your help and support with the booking process. Ponant was exactly as you described it. We have our eye on a couple of other cruises with them so I might be in touch soon.
Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks to you and all your staff for making this an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. Truly a mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken.
We had the most fantastic time! Everything exceeded our expectations - the ship, the expedition team, the scenery and the most amazing wildlife experiences - 15 humpback whales around the ship one sunset was particularly stunning. Thank you so much to you and your colleagues for your expert advice (the cabin choice was just perfect, especially for the bumpy days!) and guidance and helping made this experience so great. My lifetime's ambition was to visit Antarctica and you all helped make that possible. I should also say that the arrangements in Buenos Aires worked really well too. I think we all have ideas about the next trip - Svalbard or the NorthWest Passage - but maybe in a couple of years, although we do each have $1500 in vouchers from Quark! I am not on Facebook myself but will try to put a review on either of the links below. I've received the new brochure already.
A great big thanks to all at Wildfoot Travel for making my Antarcti Expediton an epic adventure of immense proportions. Everything went smoothly, pickups, hotels and most of all the expedition itself. A truly mind blowing experience unlike any I have ever taken. Looking forward to the next trip with you.
Just came back from a trip aboard the Ortelius to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica. Thank you Wildfoot for organising it so well. We had the trip of a lifetime and everything ran very smoothly and stress free so many, many thanks
I travelled to the Antarctica Circle with Wildfoot. It was a memorable trip. The MS Expedition was definately the right choice. The ship is very nice, very comfortable, very clean, the crew is fantastic, the meals were very good, the expedition staff very kind and extremely knowledgeable and professional. All activities were very well and timely organized in a safety manner. Besides that, despite haveing had a rough sea on the Drake on way in, we were quite lucky with the weather (we got some cloudy days but also snow, bright sunshine and beautiful sunsets,) making every landing a wonderful happening. All in all, it was less than perfect.
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