9 days Argentina + 11 days Antarctic Peninsula ExpeditionAboard: MV Plancius
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.
- 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
So much to experience
Our popularitinerary Suggestions
All our itinerary holidays are fully customisable
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
A view from Above
Plancius was built as a Dutch oceanographic research vessel and refurbished as a passenger ship in 2009. It has ice strengthened bow and stern and is ideal for polar sailing. There is a mixture of suites and cabins, all with window or porthole. Some have private facilities and some shared. There are twin, triple and quadruple cabins suitable for sharing. Public areas are a spacious observation lounge and bar, library, lecture theatre and dining room along with plenty of outside deck space and an open-bridge policy. Rubber boots are supplied for all passengers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!Dave Martin
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.Dr Lorna Mairs
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.Mr J Borg, Malta
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