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Signature Antarctica: Highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula

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You don’t have to venture deep into this huge continent – larger than Europe – to have a rewarding experience of what Antarctica has to offer. One of the most frequent and popular itineraries is this journey which crosses the Drake Passage to visit the most accessible region of the continent around the Antarctic Peninsula, a slim finger of land and offshore islands reaching out from the main continental mass towards southern Argentina. You will observe prolific wildlife, extraordinary ice-carved landscapes and  evidence of the human impact – derelict whaling stations, and research outposts.

You’ll view the highlights from your ship, zodiac or on shore excursions; but, on some departures and only if conditions permit, you may also be able to opt to venture onto the ice and ski, paddle round the bergs in a kayak, or even indulge in a spot of mountaineering.

This expedition reveals the snow-drenched mountains and icebergs of these more accessible fringes of the White Continent. The cliffs and bays are brought to life by the chattering and wheeling of birdlife, sea-lions and penguins. You pass through the oft stormy Drake Passage and the Antarctic Convergence, where the upwelling of nutrients as warm water meets cold attracts wildlife in astonishing abundance.

The specific itinerary shown below, departure dates and costs are based on the Ocean Endeavour. Other ships operating the same route on different dates and with different prices include Ocean Diamond, Silver ExplorerUshuaia, Sea Adventurer.  Click on the Departure Schedule tab above for more information.

Holiday itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Buenos Aires. Transfer to your hotel in downtown Buenos Aires.

Day 2

Guided city tour.

Day 3

At leisure in Buenos Aires.

Day 4

Fly south to Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), overnight in hotel. Embark your cruise ship.

Days 5-6

Cross the Drake Passage.

Days 7-11

Visit the South Shetland Islands, on to and explore the Antarctic Peninsula.

Days 12-13

Cross the Drake Passage. Disembark in Ushuaia; fly to Buenos Aires.

Day 14

Transfer to airport for international flight.

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Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires
Along with Rio, this is a city worth crossing the Atlantic for in its own right. Dynamic, stylish and nostalgic, it’s the continent’s most European city, but does not lack South American verve. Its contrasting neighbourhoods reveal colonial plazas, shady avenues, quirky antique fairs, street art, world famous theatres and football stadiums and spruced-up metropolitan port districts. Studded with extensive parks, cutting-edge boutique hotels, designer boutiques and a myriad of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, it’s a restless place, challenging to find your way around but well worth the effort. It’s the beating heart of Argentina, the hub for visits throughout the country.
When's the best time to visit Buenos Aires?

Buenos Aires is at its hottest Jan-Mar (very humid with tropical showers, occasionally over 40C during the day). It can be cold and cloudy Jul-Aug, so weather conditions are best for a visit in spring and autumn. Dec-Feb and Jul are local holiday times: Porteños head for the beach.

What's the official language in Buenos Aires?

Spanish.

How do I get local currency in Buenos Aires?

Argentine Peso.

Notes can be withdrawn from the many ATMs using a UK credit or debit card. Limits may be lower than your UK bank allows. Please note that in 2016 many of the ATMs were not functioning properly; we are recommending that for the moment you take a good supply of US dollars cash. There are many banks and money exchanges (casas de cambio) where you can exchange US dollars cash; rates for euros and sterling frequently poor. 

What's the time difference between Buenos Aires and the UK?

GMT -3 hours. Sometimes daylight saving is observed in the summer, but this is announced ad hoc on a year-on-year basis.

What places combine well with Buenos Aires?

Beach time in Mar del Plata (392 km by road, 5hrs); Colonia or Montevideo in Uruguay across the River Plate: travel by ferry, bus or plane; a stay on a working estancia in the pampa south and west of the city; Iguazú Falls (2hrs approx by air).

How long is the flight to Buenos Aires from the UK?

Average flight time is 14hrs 20mins on a direct flight from London. There are also flights requiring a change of plane in Europe or the USA.

What are the festivals and cultural and sports events in Buenos Aires?

Tango Festival: Aug. The world's – top tango festival, nine days  of concerts, shows, free classes, exhibitions, open-air milongas (Avenida Corrientes is closed for a massive display) and other tango-related festivities.

Opera season: Mar-Dec. Take in a concert or opera at the refurbished Teatro Colón which attracts internationally esteemed artists. 

Argentine Polo Open: Mid Nov-mid Dec. Polo is a passion for many Argentines. This is the year’s main attraction, taking place in Palermo’s 16,000 seater stadium.

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Antarctic Peninsula
Antarctica
The Peninsula is the most accessible area of the continent itself, and hosts some of the most interesting scenery and wildlife, as well as many of the continent’s scientific bases. Ships edge southwards through the slush and abstract patterns formed by the fractured sea ice. A few cruises departing mostly in January and February attempt to reach the Antarctic Circle, at 66°33’S.

The Antarctic Circle is the northernmost latitude in the Southern Hemisphere at which the sun can remain continuously above or below the horizon for 24 hours. Every place south of the Antarctic Circle experiences at least one whole day each year during which the sun does not set, and at least one whole day during which the sun does not rise.

Chinstrap, gentoo and Adélie penguins abound. Breeding birds include skuas, Antarctic terns, giant petrels, snowy sheathbills, Antarctic shags, kelp gulls, Wilson’s storm, Antarctic and snow petrels.

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