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Antarctica Cruise & Weddell Sea

with Buenos Aires extension
  • Duration: 16 or 18 days
  • Group size: 15-30
Set sail to the end of the world.

Start your adventure on the sophisticated streets and squares of Buenos Aires, the South American capital of food and fashion. Then, in Ushuaia, board a ship bound for the lands known as one of Earth’s final frontiers. You’ll witness towering, glittering glaciers, icebergs in a thousand shades of blue, and teeming colonies of penguins and seals that call these rocky shores home.

Your tour package includes
  • 3 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 nights aboard M/V USHUAIA cruise ship
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 9 lunches
  • 12 dinners, select meals with beer or wine
Included highlights
  • Buenos Aires
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • crossing the Drake Passage
  • South Shetland Islands
  • penguin rookeries
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Buenos Aires today.

Buenos Aires1 night
Day 2: Arrival in Buenos Aires
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Argentina! Touch down in Buenos Aires, where you’ll meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Ushuaia1 night
Day 3: Flight to Ushuaia
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Ushuaia and get acquainted with the city on a walking tour led by your Tour Director. Then, spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure.

Cruise10 nights
Day 4: Tierra del Fuego National Park & cruise embarkation
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through coastal landscapes and glacial valleys on an excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park.

• Visit Bahia Ensenada and view evidence of the 6,500-year-old native settlements

• Take in views of Roca Lake and Lapataia Bay

Board a cruise ship bound for the Antarctic this afternoon. Then, sit down for an included dinner aboard the ship.

Day 5: Day at sea
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day crossing the legendary Drake Passage and enjoy an included lunch aboard the ship.

Later, sit down for an included dinner.

Day 6: Day at sea
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend another day crossing the legendary Drake Passage and enjoy an included lunch aboard the ship.

Later, sit down for an included dinner.

Day 7: Weddell Sea
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start your five-day exploration of the Weddell Sea, the rocky South Shetland Islands, and the northernmost tip of the Antarctic continent. You'll also enjoy an included lunch aboard the ship.

Later, sit down for an included dinner.

Please note: The contents of your Antarctica itinerary are weather-dependent.

Day 8: Weddell Sea
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Encounter Adélie and Emperor penguins on Devil Island and Paulet Island in Hope Bay. You'll also enjoy an included lunch aboard the ship.

Later, sit down for an included dinner.

Please note: Your Antarctica itinerary is weather-dependent.

Day 9: Weddell Sea
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise along the Weddell Sea off to the east coast of the Antarctica Peninsula.

• Spy the calving icebergs from the Arsen, Ronne, and Filchner ice shelves

• View the Erebus & Terror Gulf filled with resting icebergs

• Enjoy an included lunch aboard the ship

Later, sit down for an included dinner.

Please note: Your Antarctica itinerary is weather-dependent.

Day 10: Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise along the Antarctic coast in the Gerlache Strait and gaze in awe at the towering sea cliffs lining the Lemaire and Neumayer Channels. You'll also enjoy an included lunch aboard the ship. Depending on your ship’s itinerary, you may:

• Discover the gentoo penguin rookery and the towering icebergs of Cuverville Island

• Venture into the placid waters of Paradise Bay, where the sea serves as a mirror for the surrounding mountains

Later, sit down for an included dinner.

Please note: The contents of your Antarctica itinerary are weather-dependent.

Day 11: Antarctic Peninsula & the South Shetland Islands
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy your final day of cruising in Antarctica.

• Sail into the flooded caldera of Deception Island and the crescent shaped island of Half Moon, home to Chinstrap Penguins

• Visit Elephant Island, site of Shackleton's famous rescue story (visit is dependent on your ship’s itinerary)

• Enjoy an included lunch aboard the ship

Later, sit down for an included dinner.

Please note: The contents of your Antarctica itinerary are weather-dependent.

Day 12: Day at sea
Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch, Dinner

Begin the first of two days of uninterrupted cruising back to South America.

• Join the ship’s lecturers and naturalists on deck for whale- and bird-watching

• Enjoy an included lunch aboard the ship

Later, sit down for an included dinner.

Day 13: Day at sea
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend another day cruising to the South American mainland and enjoy an included lunch aboard the ship.

Later, sit down for an included dinner.

Buenos Aires1 night
Day 14: Cruise disembarkation & flight to Buenos Aires
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After disembarking your cruise ship, board a flight to Buenos Aires. There, you’ll celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner, including a special tango performance.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 15: Sightseeing tour of Buenos Aires & departure
Included meal: Breakfast

Before heading home, take in the highlights of Buenos Aires on a guided sightseeing tour.

• Drive through the aristocratic Retiro and Recoleta neighborhoods to visit the grave of Eva Perón, the former First Lady of Argentina

• Make your way past the National Museum of Fine Arts and the beautiful parks and gardens of Palermo

• Drive along 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest street in the world

• Explore Plaza de Mayo, site of the May Revolution in 1810, and enter the neoclassical Metropolitan Cathedral

• Enjoy free time in the La Boca neighborhood, where the influence of Italian settlers can still be felt today

This afternoon, relax in a dayroom before transferring to the airport to board your overnight flight home, or extend your stay to explore Buenos Aires.

Arrive Home
Day 16: Arrive home

Arrive home after your overnight flight.

Extension to Buenos Aires

Recover from your weeks in the frigid Antarctic with some extra time in sizzling Buenos Aires. Delve deeper into the city’s eclectic architecture, flavorful cuisine and sensual music and dance, or venture out of the city on our optional excursion.

Buenos Aires2 nights
Day 15: Free day in Buenos Aires
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Buenos Aires at your leisure. Please note: Some of the contents of your itinerary today will overlap with the main tour.

Day 16: Free day in Buenos Aires
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in the city or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Estancia Visit: Argentine Barbecue & Gaucho Show
Excursion (additional cost)
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 17: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Flight Home
Day 18: Arrive home

Arrive home after your overnight flight.

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1 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights from your departure city, and based on two travelers per hotel room. Tour prices include on-tour flights where applicable.
Jan 25–Feb 9, 2020
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$11,699
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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

NH 9 de Julio

This contemporary hotel is located in downtown Buenos Aires. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and bar, and a rooftop terrace and pool. Nearby, yo...

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The USHUAIA

An ice-strengthened polar vessel, the M/V USHUAIA was originally built as a research boat for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administratio...

Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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About the cruise ship
  • An ice-strengthened polar vessel, the M/V USHUAIA was originallybuilt as a research boat for the National Oceanographic andAtmospheric Administration (NOAA). She’s been re-imagined as apassenger ship, with comfortable cabins and inviting public spaces forevery guest. Download a detailed summary of the ship’s amenities and available cabins [PDF].
Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter Argentina and Antarctica, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens to enter any of the countries visited on this tour. At this time, Argentina has suspended the reciprocity fee for both U.S. and Canadian travelers. Please check with VisaCentral or the State Department website for the latest rule changes.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
  • If you are traveling before October 1, 2019, you will be required to have and show proof of a travel coverage plan that protects you in the event of Trip Cancellation & Mandatory Evacuation amounting to $50,000.
  • If you are traveling on or after October 1, 2019, you will be required to have and show proof of a travel coverage plan that protects you in the event of Trip Cancellation & Mandatory Evacuation amounting to $100,000.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across uneven terrain, including snow and ice, with some hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of small boats.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Buenos Aires. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • Round-trip flights between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, a nine-night Antarctic cruise and additional boat rides are also included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • A sturdy pair of rubber-soled boots is absolutely essential for shore landings and will be available for you on the M/V USHUAIA. Please note that the boots on board have been used by previous passengers. If you prefer to bring your own, we strongly recommend pull-on, unlined, knee-high, waterproof boots with nonskid soles. You may be stepping in water up to ten inches deep during shore excursions. Leather or cloth boots are not acceptable.
  • Dress in layers and avoid cotton whenever possible, as it is an ineffective insulator.
  • A rain jacket, a water-repellant hooded parka, insulated waterproof trousers, a hat, a scarf, and gloves or mittens are necessary for shore excursions. Most of these items are available to rent in Ushuaia.
  • The dress code on the ship is casual, but rubber-soled boots are required on the deck.
  • We also recommend bringing plastic bags, sunscreen, sunglasses, a backpack, and binoculars. You may want to bring a swimsuit in case there is an opportunity to swim in a thermal bath.
  • While in Buenos Aires, it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs or shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Argentina or Antarctica.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Please be sure to take proper care with sun exposure, as the sun can be especially strong in some of the areas you are visiting.
  • Your voyage to Antarctica will bring you through Drake’s Passage, a stretch of ocean known to cause seasickness in even the most experienced sailors. Consult your healthcare provider before your departure to discuss possible treatments. Many travelers prefer transdermal patches (only available in the U.S. and by prescription).
  • There will be a doctor on board the ship to provide both emergency and routine health care for an additional cost.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • In Argentina, perhaps the most common dish is the asado, a series of salt-rubbed meats, ribs, and chorizo sausages cooked over a fire pit on metal grills and crosses. For dessert, try dulce de leche, a sweet honey-and-milk paste, in pastries.
  • The dining options aboard the Antarctic cruise include a breakfast buffet, a buffet or a la carte lunch service, afternoon tea, and three-course dinners. Meal times vary depending on shore excursions. Coffee and tea is offered throughout the day.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Argentina operates on 220 volts and uses a Type I plug with three large, flat pins.
  • Electricity on board the MV USHUAIA is 110 volts / 60 hertz, though there are some outlets in public areas with 220-240 volts. Cabins are fitted with multi-type sockets suitable for several international plugs. However, we recommend bringing necessary converters and adapters with you as only a limited number can be borrowed on board.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour have air conditioning. The ship is fully climate controlled and each cabin is equipped with individual temperature controls.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. These amenities cannot be guaranteed in your hotels, but hairdryers are provided on board the cruise ship.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • A telephone and a computer for sending email are available on board the ship for a fee.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Argentina and the part of Antarctica visited on this tour are three hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and two hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 2pm on tour.
Currency
  • You will use the Argentine peso in Argentina and U.S. dollars or the euro on board the cruise ship.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
  • For services rendered aboard the ship, you will be provided with a personal account. Your purchases will be kept on record and totaled at the end of your voyage.
  • Your account must be settled prior to disembarkation, preferably in cash (U.S. dollars or euros). If you must pay by credit card, please advise the manager at the beginning of the voyage. The ship accepts MasterCard and American Express for charges over $100USD. Visa is not accepted.
  • It is recommended that you bring $300USD-$400USD (in small bills) for spending money. Please consider bar extras, gratuities, and communication (phone calls and internet use) when budgeting.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
  • The customary gratuity to the ship’s service personnel is made as a blanket contribution at the end of the voyage and is divided among the crew. You will receive detailed guidelines on board, but $15USD per person per day is the common recommendation.
Shore excursions
  • The crew aboard the M/V USHUAIA are highly experienced in Antarctic expedition and share a great love of nature. You'll travel with knowledgeable expedition leaders and lecturers who are dedicated to environmentalprotection. The ship carries her own fleet of Zodiacs, or inflatable landing crafts, which are provided for shore excursions and wildlife viewing. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
Choose your dates to start a quote
1 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights from your departure city, and based on two travelers per hotel room. Tour prices include on-tour flights where applicable.
Jan 25–Feb 9, 2020
Extension available
Call to book
$11,699