25 day Antarctica Expedition Cruise with Highlights of South America tour

25 day Antarctica Expedition Cruise with Highlights of South America Tour including return international flights, accommodation, 11 night expedition cruise, breakfast daily, in-depth sightseeing and more.

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  • 25 day Antarctica Expedition Cruise with Highlights of South America Tour
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  • 25 day Antarctica Expedition Cruise with Highlights of South America Tour
  • 25 day Antarctica Expedition Cruise with Highlights of South America Tour
  • 25 day Antarctica Expedition Cruise with Highlights of South America Tour
  • 25 day Antarctica Expedition Cruise with Highlights of South America Tour
  • 25 day Antarctica Expedition Cruise with Highlights of South America Tour
  • 25 day Antarctica Expedition Cruise with Highlights of South America Tour
  • 25 day Antarctica Expedition Cruise with Highlights of South America Tour
  • 25 day Antarctica Expedition Cruise with Highlights of South America Tour
  • 25 day Antarctica Expedition Cruise with Highlights of South America Tour
  • 25 day Antarctica Expedition Cruise with Highlights of South America Tour
  • 25 day Antarctica Expedition Cruise with Highlights of South America Tour
  • 25 day Antarctica Expedition Cruise with Highlights of South America Tour
 

Highlights

 

Embark on the trip of a lifetime with a 25 day Antarctica Expedition cruise with Highlights of South America tour.

Begin your trip exploring the festive city of Rio de Janeiro and being in awe as you stare up at the 125 foot tall statue of Christ the Redeemer. Watch the power of the cascading Iguassu and Iguazu Falls and explore the national treasures of the Iguazu National Park. Arrive in the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires, where you will be taken on a guided tour of this beautiful city.

Fly to the Patagonian city of Ushuaia and board the incredible MS Midnatsol ready for your expedition cruise. Cross the infamous Drake Passage before arriving in the white wilderness that is Antarctica. Spot whales, seals and penguins as you cruise through the icy waters of this magical place.

Visit the likes of Deception Island, Half Moon Island and Paradise Harbour, whilst you explore this breath-taking continent. As you commence you journey home, reflect on the incredible memories and friends you’ve made that will stay with you forever.

Your package includes return international flights, accommodation, breakfast daily, professional English speaking tour guides, in-depth sightseeing and more

 See Inclusions for more.

 

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff –Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Today, depart Australia for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. 

Please note – hotel check-in time is generally not before 4pm

Some flights may depart 1 day prior 

Day 2: Rio de Janeiro (B,D) 

Today is a free day of leisure to explore Rio de Janeiro at your own pace. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the exciting adventure that awaits you in South America, followed by a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers at a typical Brazilian ‘Churrascaria’. 

Day 3: Rio de Janeiro (B)

Begin the day with an ascent by a scenic cog railway to the summit of Corcovado Hill. Here, at 2,400 feet above the city stands the 125 foot tall statue of Christ the Redeemer. The Christ statue that embraces the entire city is one of the seven “New Wonders of the World”. See the 360-degree sweeping view of the city and understand why Rio is known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Afterwards, continue along Rio’s famous beaches, including Copacabana and Ipanema before returning to your hotel. 

Day 4: Rio de Janeiro (B) 

Enjoy a day of leisure. Why not watch the volleyball and soccer matches on the beach, shop for local crafts, or linger at a waterfront café to just “people-watch”. 

Optional Tour (at own expense, refer fine print): join the not-to-be-missed glass cable car ride that takes you to the top of iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain, symbol of the city, where you’ll see the stunning panorama of the beaches, Corcovado Mountain, downtown Rio and Guanabara Bay.

Optional Tour (at own expense, refer fine print): Carnival and Samba Experience – visit one of the top Samba schools in the city and learn what made the Samba & Carnival icons of Brazilian national identity. 

Day 5: Rio de Janeiro  – airplane-takeoff – Iguassu, Brazilian Falls (B,D) 

Depart Rio this morning on a flight to Iguassu Falls. Upon arrival, walk along the winding pathways on the Brazilian side of the majestic and awe-inspiring Falls, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Iguassu consists of over 275 separate cataracts across a span of two and one-half miles, wider than Victoria Falls and higher than Niagara Falls and more dramatic than both. Stand in awe at the unforgettable panoramic views before crossing the border to Iguazu, the Argentinean side of the Falls. After a day filled with unforgettable memories, return to the hotel and enjoy a typical Argentine dinner.

Day 6: Iguazu, the Argentinean Falls (B)

After breakfast, your adventure continues this morning on the Argentinean side of the Falls. A rail car takes you to the top of the Falls on the Upper Circuit,* and you will walk to the Lower Circuit where the power of nature surrounds you. Continue along the catwalks to Devil’s Gorge – stand in amazement as you gaze at spectacular “Devil’s Throat” the most magnificent of all of the cataracts. View, photograph and feel the spray of the thundering waters, one of nature’s most impressive achievements and a unique experience for your senses. Spend the rest of the day exploring the natural treasures of Iguazu National Park, designated a World Heritage Site for its rare and endangered flora and fauna.

* Please note – in order to access the falls, you are required to walk over uneven surfaces, followed by a series of narrow boardwalk paths. The paths feature many sets of stairs and can be slippery due to the mist. 

Day 7:  Iguazu – airplane-takeoff – Buenos Aires (B)

This afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires. Its beauty is apparent with its elegant architecture, wide tree-shaded boulevards, striking monuments and sprawling parks. Spend the rest of the day at leisure to get acquainted with the “Paris of South America” and its distinct European flavour. Enjoy the evening at leisure. Why not treat yourself to an Argentine beef dinner at one of the city’s many superb steak restaurants.

Day 8: Buenos Aires – Full Day City Tour (B) 

Discover the cities highlights this morning on a tour that includes the Plaza de Mayo, Metropolitan Cathedral and Casa Rosada (government palace); see the balcony where Eva and Juan Peron made their speeches. Then, to the colourful La Boca neighbourhood, a working class barrio, and the old quarters of San Telmo and Caminito, a mix of colonial style homes, narrow lanes, artists’ lofts and very trendy cafes. Drive to the Recoleta Cemetery, final resting place of many of the wealthiest and most important Argentine historical figures. The grounds here cover more than four city blocks, filled with tombs adorned by works of local and international sculptors, and more than 6,400 mausoleums including the tomb of Eva “Evita” Peron, always heaped with flowers and letters from adoring fans. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring some of Buenos Aires neighbourhoods and fabulous collection of shops before this afternoon’s tango lesson with professional Argentine Tango dancers. 

Day 9: Buenos Aires (B,D) 

Today enjoy a full day of leisure to revisit some of your favourite places in the city. This evening, enjoy a “Farewell to Argentina” dinner with your group at a delightful local restaurant. 

Optional Tour (at own expense, refer fine print): Gaucho Party at the Santa Susana Ranch. Get ready for a rustic experience at a typical Argentine ranch (estancia), dedicated to agriculture and the breeding of cattle and horses. After a tour of the grounds, enjoy a typical barbecue lunch, followed by a folklore show with live music and dancing. 

Day 10: Buenos Aires (B) 

Today enjoy another full day of leisure before your Antarctica Expedition begins

Day 11: Buenos Aires (B)

Today you will need to move hotels to commence the Hurtigruten Antarctica Expedition portion of your trip. Please make your own way to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. 

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

Today, meet your fellow travellers as you are transferred from your hotel to the airport to board your flight to the Patagonian city of Ushuaia. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your expedition ship the MS Midnatsol. After time to relax, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner tonight on-board.

Day 13: Ushuaia – Drake Passage (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Prepare yourself for Antarctica as we cross the infamous Drake Passage! MS Midnatsol is designed especially to bring polar exploration to all ages and learning levels. As we cruise south, we start our “Young Explorers Antarctica” classes. There will also be several lectures on the environment around us; films about Antarctica and the Explorer room will be buzzing with activity. This will be the heart of the expedition community, where we gather for talks, recaps and spontaneous events, mingle and share stories.

Day 14: Drake Passage (B,L,D) cruise-icon

We continue our journey south today. Whilst we cross the sea towards Antarctica, a number of presentations will be given on board about various aspects of the history and wildlife of the Antarctic. You will also be given a thorough introduction to the current guidelines for visiting this vulnerable environment.

Day 15: Antarctica (B,L,D) cruise-icon

This is it! Come ashore by zodiac to explore the impressive Antarctic scenery, penguins and fur seals. From deck there are lots of chances of seeing whales as well. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and relics. You are now in one of the most remote areas of the world, but trust us: you will not be bored for one single second! Weather, wind and ice conditions dictate our programme and schedule. Safety is always the first priority and the captain will decide the final sailing schedule during the voyage. While in Antarctica, we will attempt to land on several sites. You will feel like a real explorer from the moment you set foot on the endless expanse of snow and ice. From the deck there will be ample opportunities to sight whales. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife and glaciers, old whaling stations and relics. Trust us when we say that every second of this journey has something new to offer. One of the highlights of the South Shetlands is Deception Island. When we sail into the natural harbour of this volcanic island, you will see an abandoned whaling station known as Hektor and a derelict British base. We are certain you will enjoy a visit to Half Moon Island, a staggeringly photogenic island blessed with some of the most beautiful Antarctic scenery imaginable, or Yankee Harbour, with its large colony of Gentoo penguins, estimated to be 4,000 breeding pairs. We may also explore Neko Harbour, beautifully located in the inner part of Andvord Bay; Paradise Harbour which got its descriptive name from the whalers during the last century; and Wilhelmina Bay or “Whale-mina Bay” as it is called due to its spectacular scenery and humpback whales in December.

Day 16 – Day 20: Antarctica (B,L,D)  cruise-icon

Explore Antarctica with the expedition team, through the Antarctic waters. 

Day 21: Drake Passage (B,L,D) cruise-icon

After exploring this exhilarating continent, we set course back to civilisation. Spend the day at sea recapping your experiences, having fun in the Explorer room or just relaxing on deck.

Day 22: Drake Passage (B,L,D) cruise-icon

We continue our journey north today as we cross the sea towards South America.

Day 23: Ushuaia – Punta Arenas – airplane-takeoff – Buenos Aires (B)

Sadly, every adventure must come to an end. It is time to say goodbye to the crew and all your new friends when we reach Ushuaia. We transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. On arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. 

Day 24: Buenos Aires – airplane-takeoff– Australia (B)

Today after breakfast at the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your homeward flight.

Day 25: Australia

Arrive home today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return international airfares departing with a full service airline including 23kgs checked baggage
  • 23 nights accommodation 
  • All internal airfares 
  • All port transfers
  • 11 night Expedition Small Ship cruise to Antarctica on board the ice-strengthened MS Midnatsol
    • Spend 5 unforgettable days in Antarctic waters exploring the natural diversity of Antarctica
  • Breakfast daily, plus 3 dinners
  • All meals on board your cruise
  • Landings with small boats and activities on-board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that accompany landings and activities
  • Lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All taxes, port charges and national park fees


Highlights:

  • This is a once in a lifetime experience! Travel to one of the world’s last frontiers, Antarctica
  • Experience the rush of boarding zodiacs to explore where ships can’t go allowing you to set foot where very few have ever been
  • Spend an incredible 5 days in Antarctica participating in a wide range of zodiac landings to set foot on Antarctica, kayaking and wildlife spotting
  • Learn from the experts with informative lectures about the natural wonders of the Antarctic wildlife and geology
  • Witness a myriad of wildlife from whales, birds, sea lions to the spectacular penguins
  • Enjoy the new and old world charm of Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires
  • Ascend to the summit of Corcovado Mountain to see the spectacular views of Rio
  • Stand in awe at majestic and awe-inspiring Iguassu Falls
  • At Recoleta Cemetery, see the final resting place of Eva “Evita” Peron
  • Tango lesson with professional Argentine tango dancers
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Once booked and confirmed, no cancellations permitted
  • Must book at least 120 days prior to departure. 
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $2,500 per person are 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
  • 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.

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

Single Supplement

25 day Polar Inside Cabin $8,999 per person in addition to the twin share price
25 day Polar Outside Cabin (limited view) $9,499 per person in addition to the twin share price
25 day Polar Outside Cabin $9,999 per person in addition to the twin share price
25 day Arctic Superior Cabin $10,499 per person in addition to the twin share price 

You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here 

Triple Share: Not available

Ship Size: 500 people max

Accommodation: 

Rio de Janeiro: Windsor Leme or similar 
Iguassu: Amerian Portal del Iguazu or similar  
Buenos Aires: Panamericano Buenos Aires and 725 Continental Hotel or similar 
Ship: MS Midnatsol

Optional Tours: 

Half Day Carnival & Samba Experience $82 per person
Half Day Sugar Loaf Mountain $68 per person
Buenos Aires Dinner & Tango Show $109 per person
Full Day Traditional Gaucho Party $164 per person

You can purchase your optional tours by clicking here

Optional Tours must be purchased within 7 days of  your initial booking. Please email customerexperience@webjetexclusives.com.au to ensure your booking is correctly updated. Failure to do so may result in you not being accepted on this optional tour and your purchase will be refunded.

Note that while Optional Tours provide an excellent opportunity to further explore this wonderful country, it will also reduce the leisure time described in the itinerary.

Optional Tours requested within 70 days of travel cannot be accepted.

Land Only: Not available

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.

 

Travel Dates

 

2019:

31 October 2019
11 November 2019

Bookings not accepted when within 120 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

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

 

Flight Information

 

Airline:

  • Return economy airfares from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane with LATAM Airlines, Qantas, Air New Zealand or similar
  • Adelaide – A $300 Interstate surcharges applies per person.
  • Perth – A $500 Interstate surcharges applies per person.
  • You can purchase your interstate surcharge after you click “Buy Now” or by clicking here 
  • Including minimum 23kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • The airfare remains non-refundable at all times.

Flights:

  • 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. These changes are beyond our control and will be confirmed upon booking.
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable. Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing.
  • Please Note, flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure. If your travel dates are within 30 days of purchase you will be provided with your itinerary within 7 days. 

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your fight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference.
  • Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after final payment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

Option 3: Choose an alternative airline

  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to travel with a premium airline for your tour.
  • Please specify your preferred airline in the Special Request field of your booking form.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after final payment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to confirm your flights as per the tour itinerary.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your airline preference, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

 

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares
  • All internal airfares 
  • All port transfers
  • 11 night expedition cruise to Antarctica on board the MS Midnatsol
  • 23 nights twin share accommodation 
  • Breakfast daily, plus 3 dinners
  • All meals on board your cruise
  • Landings with small boats and activities on-board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition team that accompany landings and activities
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