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Travelmarvel

Pure Antarctica

Buenos Aires Return

Trip Code: ISTANT12
12 Days
28 Meals
2 Countries
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Trip Inclusions

  • 9 Nights on board the premium MV Ocean Atlantic Expedition Cruise
  • 2 Nights in Premium Accommodation in Buenos Aires
  • Enjoy the first of many Zodiac and shore excursions for an in-depth exploration of the South Shetland Islands
  • Explore a historic whaling station on Deception Island and perhaps take a polar swim in its geothermal waters
  • Engage in many up-close wildlife encounters in Antarctica
  • Visit a research station site on the Antarctic Peninsula
  • Services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and Expert Expedition Team
  • 28 meals - 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 9 dinners

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Prices include tipping, transfers and all internal flights (including airport taxes, which are subject to change), as per itinerary
  • Prices are based on flying from Australia to South America with LATAM Airlines
  • Surcharges on internal air will apply if not flying internationally with LATAM Airlines booked by Travelmarvel
  • Antarctica cruise itinerary subject to local conditions
  • Travel insurance is mandatory on Antarctica cruise
  • Prices are for cruise/land and flights specified only
South America Map ISTANT12 2021
Buenos Aires Return

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

Arrive into Buenos Aires, where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend time settling in before a welcome briefing at the hotel with your fellow guests, to prepare for your adventure ahead.

Stay: Buenos Aires, Alvear Art Hotel or similar

Board your flight for the southern town of Ushuaia, known as the gateway to Antarctica. Here, your expedition ship, the MV Ocean Atlantic, will be ready to embark. This evening, set sail across the Drake Passage towards the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica.

Stay: Nine Nights, MV Ocean Atlantic

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

As you make your way southwards today is spent at sea. Excitement builds as Antarctic wildlife begins to come into view. Keep a look out for birds including albatross and petrels, and perhaps enjoy your first sightings of penguins, seals and whales. Below deck, enjoy chef-prepared dining in the onboard restaurant as you settle into life on the open water.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

With a further day at sea, continue wildlife spotting on deck, warming up with complimentary hot drinks, or, perhaps join an onboard lecture. These range from the history of the polar explorers to photography workshops, as well as a discovery of the region’s polar wildlife, biology and geology.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy the first of many excursions today, as you explore around the South Shetland Islands by Zodiac and on foot.


Enjoy your first Insider Experience on a Zodiac excursion this morning. Your captain expertly navigates the region’s rugged coastal terrain to provide trouble-free landings. With exceptional access to remote locations aboard skilfully guided Zodiacs, you can enjoy the wealth of captivating scenery and wildlife encounters available.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Zodiac with people in front of iceberg and blue sky

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Weather permitting, explore islands like Deception Island, where whalers and explorers once landed. Now a base for scientific research, today you’ll explore this remarkable volcanic island, where the water is warm enough for a polar swim – if you’re feeling brave!


On today’s Insider Experience explore islands such as Deception Island. You may also head for Half Moon Island, a natural haven for nesting Wilson’s storm petrels and chinstrap penguins.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

The planned route for the next two days includes Cuverville Island where leopard, Antarctic fur and Weddell seals may be seen. You’ll also pass via the towering ice cliffs of Gerlache Strait and the Lemaire Channel, where you can watch for humpback whales and orcas – all exceptional highlights of this vast polar region. Along the way, keep an eye out for penguin species including the chinstrap, the Adélie and the cheeky gentoo.


The next two days are all about up-close encounters with Antarctic wildlife.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Seal lying on back on iceberg with blue sky

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit a historic British research station to learn about the life of research scientists and the work they undertake here.


Zero in on Antarctica’s wildlife and head for shore for another Insider Experience.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

It’s time to depart Antarctic waters for the return crossing via the Drake Passage and back to South America. Perhaps enjoy the ship’s amenities including, the gym, sauna and wellness area.

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Today, enjoy the maritime honour of cruising past Cape Horn, by claiming a spot on the observation deck. A great place to continue watching for wildlife. Alternatively, relax in the ship’s lounge, reflecting on your Antarctic adventure.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning disembark in Ushuaia after breakfast and board your flight back to Buenos Aires.

Stay: Buenos Aires, Alvear Art Hotel

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  • Breakfast

Be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

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