15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights

Including all flights, accommodation in Buenos Aires, 10 night expedition cruising the waters of Antarctica, delicious daily breakfast, port transfers, expert Expedition Team and more.

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  • 15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights
  • 15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights
  • 15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights
  • 15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights
  • 15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights
  • 15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights
  • 15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights
  • 15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights
  • 15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights
  • 15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights
  • 15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights
  • 15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights
  • 15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights
  • 15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights
  • 15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights
  • 15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights
  • 15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights
  • 15 day Adventure to Antarctica with Expedition cruise, Buenos Aires and flights
 

Highlights

 

Journey to one of the most rugged, magnificent and remote landscapes in the world on this 15 day Adventure to Antarctica.

Antarctica is truly a bucket list travel destination; there is nowhere else in the world like it. Argentina serves as your gateway to Antarctica on this tour and you disembark on this expedition cruise from Ushuaia, a city widely thought of as the southernmost in the world. The ship taking you on this incredible voyage is Hurtigruten’s MS Fridtjof Nansen, a newly-built vessel that combines state-of-the-art technology and design with all of the comforts needed for an unforgettable journey. Some of the facilities you have access to while on-board include the Nansen Science Center, a hub for learning and the HQ of the Expedition Team; plus a trio of excellent restaurants and a library, wellness centre, observation lounges, outdoor decks and even an infinity pool and hot tubs.

The course to Antarctica begins by crossing the Drake Passage, the stretch of water between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands. These sailing days can be spent making the most of the MS Fridtjof Nansen’s facilities, although travellers will definitely want to make time to attend any of the naturalist-delivered lectures, presentations or film screenings scheduled – all offer great insight into the landscape and history of Antarctica. It is then time to step foot on Antarctica and to do so you’ll jump into a Zodiac small boat for a thrilling excursion to shore. (Please note that landings and shore excursions are weather permitting). The expedition will attempt to make several shore landings throughout the time you’re in the area. And as well as marvelling at the frozen wilderness, you also have opportunity to see abandoned whaling stations and exploration bases, plus some of the wildlife that Antarctica is most famous for. Tip: keep your eye out for whales if you’re on the observation deck on any at-sea days – sightings are common! Some of the locations you may visit include Deception Island, Half Moon Island, Yankee Harbour and Paradise Harbour, among others.

Return to the mainland and spend time in Buenos Aires before flying home. The graceful capital of Argentina is brimming with heritage facades, culturally-important sights and lively entertainment and dining scenes. You will get to know Buenos Aires’ top landmarks on a guided city tour and you can expect to see landmarks such as Casa Rosada, Plaza de Mayo, 9 de Julio Avenue, La Recoleta and the cemetery where Eva Peron is laid to rest.

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff  Buenos Aires

Board a flight bound for Buenos Aires in Argentina. Please make your own way to the hotel for check in upon landing and clearing airport customs and immigration. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Please note that some flights may depart 1 day earlier.

Day 2: Buenos Aires – Ushuaia (B, D) cruise-icon

This morning, a transfer that takes you to the airport in order to catch an internal flight to Ushuaia, a city considered the southernmost in the world. A por transfer will be waiting to collect you from the Ushuaia airport and take you to the port to board the expedition ship MS Fridtjof Nansen. Get to know the other travellers in your group over a welcome dinner served aboard.

Day 3: Ushuaia – Drake Passage (B, L, D) cruise-icon

The state-of-the-art MS Fridtjof Nansen sets out for the infamous Drake Passage. This part of the voyage is an excellent opportunity to learn more about polar exploration, attend a lecture given by one of the expert naturalists on-board, or sit down to a film screening. Familiarise yourself with the Explorer Lounge, as this will be a key gathering point for the expedition and is where the group will meet for talks, briefs and story-telling. And be sure to check out other world-class facilities on-board, including the Nansen Science Center, host of restaurants, gym and wellness centre, and outdoor decks with infinity pool and hot tubs.

Day 4: Drake Passage (B, L, D) cruise-icon

MS Fridtjof Nansen continues to navigate the waters of the Drake Passage today. As the expedition ship carries on southwards, a number of lectures and presentations will be given on-board to offer you insight into the history and wildlife of the Antarctic. There is also a briefing about what to expect and current tourist guidelines for visiting Antarctica.

Day 5: Antarctica (B, L, D) cruise-icon

This is it! You first set foot ashore Antarctica today, landing via Zodiac. Take a moment to soak in extraordinary scenery, look out for penguins and fur seals, and truly appreciate your surroundings. As you sail these waters, head up to one of the observation decks and spot one-of-a-kind wildlife, old whaling stations and other remnants of the area’s early exploration. The next few days will see the group attempt to make several landings on this frozen landscape, and you can expect to potentially check off visits to Deception Island, Half Moon Island and the Gentoo penguin colony at Yankee Harbour. There may also be opportunity to go to Neko Harbour, Paradise Harbour and Wilhelmina Bay. The latter is nicknamed ‘Whale-mina Bay’ thanks to the humpback whales that grace its waters during December.

Please note that weather conditions will dictate the expedition’s programme and schedule.

Days 6 – 9: Antarctica (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Experience another three incredible days cruising around Antarctic waters and making shore excursions where possible. Take advantage of the on-board Expedition Team to gain further insight into this unforgiving environment.

Days 10 – 11: Drake Passage (B, L, D) cruise-icon

Your time exploring Antarctica comes to an end and the MS Fridtjof Nansen begins its return journey towards the mainland. Sneak in any last-minute time in the Explorer Lounge, recapping on your experiences and wildlife sightings with other passengers, or relaxing on deck soaking in as much of the landscape as you can.

Day 12: Ushuaia – airplane-takeoff Buenos Aires (B) 

Say goodbye to the crew of the MS Fridtjof Nansen and disembark your Hurtigruten ship. A transfer takes you to the airport for a flight back to Buenos Aires. You will be met and transferred to your hotel upon arrival.

Day 13: Buenos Aires (B)

Swap the glaciers of Antarctica for the boulevards of Buenos Aires as you explore the Argentine capital with a city tour. Head into the heart of the city to see Plaza de Mayo and its historic surrounds, such as Casa Rosada, among others. Wander along 9 de Julio Avenue, one of the widest avenues in the world, and Corrientes Avenue, the city’s main entertainment strip lined with theatres, restaurants and bars. Try your luck catching a street tango performance on Florida Street, walk through residential neighbourhood La Recoleta, and finally visit the cemetery where Eva Peron is buried.

Day 14: Buenos Aires – airplane-takeoff  Australia (B)

Enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel before taking a transfer to the airport for your Australia-bound flight.

Day 15: Australia

Arrive back in Australia today.

Please note that some flights may arrive one day later.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international flights with a full-service airline, including 23 kilograms checked luggage
  • Return flights from Buenos Aires, plus return internal flights to Ushuaia
  • All port transfers
  • 10 night expedition cruise on-board state-of-the-art MS Fridtjof Nansen in an Oceanview Cabin
  • 3 nights’ twin share accommodation in Buenos Aires
  • Delicious daily breakfast, plus all meals while aboard the expedition cruise
  • Programme including small-boat landings and activities both aboard and ashore and lectures by noted naturalists
  • English-speaking Expedition team to accompany landings and activities
  • Water and wind-resistant jacket
  • All taxes, port charges and national park fees
  • Exclusive offer! Book now and get $100 spending money for your trip when you open an HSBC Everyday Global Account and activate your new Visa Debit Card*. Visit our Promotions page for more detail

Highlights:

  • Voyage into Antarctic waters aboard the brand-new MS Fridtjof Nansen, a state-of-the-art Hurtigruten expedition ship that comes equipped with a library, gym and wellness centre, outdoor decks, observation lounge, restaurants, and more
  • Cross the infamous Drake Passage and spend time with the expert Expedition Team learning about the environment and history of Antarctica with on-board lectures, presentations and activities
  • Make Zodiac shore landings and step foot on Antarctica to explore, marvel at the frozen landscape and look out for incredible local wildlife
  • Sail into the harbour of Deception Island, a volcanic isle in the South Shetlands, and take plenty of photos of the Gentoo penguin colony at Yankee Harbour
  • Return to the mainland and disembark in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and catch a flight to Buenos Aires
  • Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Argentine capital on a city tour that takes in Casa Rosada, Recoleta Cemetery, Plaza de Mayo and Florida Street
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $2,000 per person is due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Final payment is non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable.
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment

Documentation: Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and within 2-3 weeks of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping and Gratuities
  • Visas, Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned or “optional” or “own account” in the itinerary

Single Supplement

Polar Outside Cabin – $10,999 per person in addition to the twin share price
XT Arctic Superior Cabin – $12,999 per person in addition to the twin share price
ME Expedition Suite –  $14,999 per person in addition to the twin share price 

You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here.

As a single traveller, enjoy the comforts of your private cruise cabin and indulge in the spacious amenities of your own hotel rooms. Travelling by yourself will ensure your trip is not only memorable but truly exclusive!   

Tour Only: To purchase this tour without the return international flights, click here. By selecting this option, all airport transfers (if applicable) will be forfeited. Please refer to the live calendar to view and select Tour Only start date. Please note, that internal flights to Ushuaia will be included with the Tour Only option.

Ship Size: 500 people max

Accommodation: The accommodation listed below may be subject to change but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed. Rooms offered are based on a lead in room type and any bedding configuration preferences are on a request basis only.

Buenos Aires: Waldorf Hotel or similar
Ship: MS Fridtjof Nansen

Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds

Please note, bedding configuration is on request basis only and cannot be guaranteed. 

Triple Share: Not available 

Ship: MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom-built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe. MS Fridtjof Nansen’s three restaurants will host a variety of dining options, with menus drawn from our rich Norwegian and Nordic tradition, as well as international cuisine and local inspiration.

After a day of exploring new destinations, guests can relax and rejuvenate in the elegant Explorer Lounge, a large gym and Wellness centre, or enjoy the scenery and sunsets on the massive in- and outdoor Observation Decks with the aft infinity pool and hot tubs as one of the highlights.

Each expedition voyage is accompanied by a hand-picked team of specialists and modern-day explorers. Highly experienced, passionate and knowledgeable, the Expedition Team will be your guides and guardians on your voyage of exploration, instructing you on safety, sustainability and science.

Ship facilities:

  • Expedition Team
  • Two-storey panorama lounge
  • Bars
  • WiFi
  • Bistro
  • Library
  • Restaurant
  • Separate à la carte restaurant
  • Playroom
  • Shop
  • Hot tub
  • Fitness room and sauna
  • Amfi theatre for educational lectures and conference facilities
  • Lift
  • Car deck

PR Polar Outside Cabin – larger cabins on middle decks. Most 20 square meters, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofabed, TV. Please note: This cabin is automatically made with a double bed. To order twin beds, please notify us at time of booking. 

XT Arctic Cabin – High deck cabins with balcony. Spacious cabins, different sizes, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofabed, TV, kettle, tea and coffee. 

ME Expedition Suite – Suites with private balcony, different sizes, top-high decks, flexible sleeping arrangements, some with sofabed, TV, minibar, bathrobe, kettle, tea and coffee, espresso maker. 

Bedding configuration: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds.

Please note, bedding configuration is on request basis only and cannot be guaranteed. 

Medical and Personal Information Form: Hurtigruten require all passengers to complete an additional personal information form along with a medical questionnaire which includes confirmation of fitness to travel from your doctor. Both forms will be emailed to you closer to your travel date.
Hurtigruten require these forms completed and returned prior to travel and for each passenger to carry a copy on their person. Guests without the completed questionnaire will be refused embarkation.

Please note the medical assessment can only be completed within 6 weeks of the cruise departure date.

Fitness level required: Coaches and Zodiac’s are not equipped with wheelchair access, therefore tours are unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users and those who are less mobile. 

Tipping: Tipping is always a matter of personal discretion. For your convenience, please use the summary below as a guideline for recommended gratuity amounts. Gratuities may be paid in local currency or US dollar equivalent where accepted. Please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and some may approach you for additional “compensation.” There is no need to be intimidated by the request, nor should you feel pressured to pay more than recommended. 

Our past guests have left gratuities based on their overall service of USD $13-15 per day, with between USD $3-5 per day being allocated towards the expedition team. Both of these are entirely at your discretion. Gratuities can be added to your on-board account at the end of the voyage or paid in cash on board. 

Itinerary: Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, a traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences. 

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

$100 spending money offer valid for any Webjet Exclusives tour or resort booking made at www.exclusives.webjet.com.au. Eligible bookings will receive a unique account application link from Webjet Exclusives via email within 72 hours of making a booking. Any HSBC Everyday Global Account applications not made via this link or if the booking is cancelled, the offer will not be fulfilled/paid. One (1) offer will be paid per booking. The offer is a 100 AUD deposit into the newly opened HSBC Everyday Global Accounts and the activated Visa Debit card. The offer may take up to 6 weeks to be fulfilled/paid. Webjet Exclusives reserves the right to withdraw this promotion at any time. The email address entered at the time of booking will be used as the primary contact. Webjet Exclusives’ standard booking terms and conditions apply. For more information go to www.hsbc.com.au/accounts/offers/everyday-global/webjet/

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

17 November
27 November
7 December

2021:

16 January 

Surcharges will apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Availability on departure dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button

Tour Only option – Navigate to the Fine Print tab and proceed to “click here” for Tour Only option to view live availability.  Note, Tour Only option commences on Day 1 of the flight-inclusive itinerary.

Bookings not accepted when within 120 days of departure

 

Flight Information

 

Airline Information: 

  • Return economy flights from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane with LATAM Airlines and their codeshare partners (Qantas, Air New Zealand or similar) 
  • Adelaide – A $300 interstate surcharge per person apply
  • Perth – A $500 interstate surcharge per person apply
  • You can purchase your interstate surcharge after you click “Book Now” or by clicking here.
  • Including maximum 20kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline)
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times

Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline
  • Some return flights may arrive 1 day later on day 17 of the itinerary
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided

Flight Options:

Date/Itinerary Variations:

  • Flights will be ticketed as per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form
  • If we can accommodate your request at no additional cost flight tickets will be issued as per the request on the booking form and acknowledgement will be sent via email
  • If your flight variation incurs additional airfare and taxes a request for payment will be sent via email. If payment is not received by the date and time advised Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book flights as per the dates of the tour
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Cabin/Class Upgrades (where applicable):

  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase
  • The quote will be sent via email only. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will result in the quote expiring, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the economy airfare included in your package
  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person for this service, plus any additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Tour Only:

  • Tour only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the fine print tab of the deal for specifics
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport
  • All tour only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Exclusives

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international flights with a full-service airline, including 23 kilograms checked luggage
  • Return flights from Buenos Aires, plus return internal flights to Ushuaia
  • All port transfers
  • 10 night expedition cruise on-board state-of-the-art MS Fridtjof Nansen in an Oceanview Cabin
  • 3 nights’ twin share accommodation in Buenos Aires
  • Delicious daily breakfast, plus all meals while aboard the expedition cruise
  • Programme including small-boat landings and activities both aboard and ashore and lectures by noted naturalists
  • English-speaking Expedition team to accompany landings and activities
  • Water and wind-resistant jacket
  • All taxes, port charges and national park fees
  • Exclusive offer! Book now and get $100 spending money for your trip when you open an HSBC Everyday Global Account*, visit our Promotions page for more detail

 

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