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Antarctica & Falklands Expedition Cruise

17 Days

$18785 Per Person

Single Supplement on Application

19th November 2024

Expedition cruise from Ushuaia to Antarctica and the Falkland Islands, beginning and ending in Buenos Aires Spend five days exploring the frozen beauty of Antarctica. Get close to icebergs and spot wildlife like whales and penguins. You will have the chance to go hiking, kayaking, ice-cruising, and even camping on the Antarctic ice Land on scenic beaches and follow grassland trails to see the wildlife of the Falkland Islands up close. You will also visit the charming capital, Stanley. The frozen continent Sail iceberg-filled waters as we journey from Ushuaia to Antarctica and the Falkland Islands. Spot penguins, seals and whales along the way.

As always, nature is in charge. We’ll monitor conditions to give you the best adventure possible, including kayaking, ice-cruising, hiking and more. The remote Falkland Islands Explore the rolling green hills and white sands of the picturesque Falklands archipelago. A warm welcome awaits you in the capital Stanley. You’ll also visit the albatross, penguin and seal colonies that thrive on these remote shores.

What’s included:

Hotel

  • Two Nights in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise, including breakfast.

Flights

  • Flights in economy class between Melbourne, Buenos Aires and Ushuaia.

Transfers

  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport in in Buenos Aires before the expedition cruise.
  • Transfers between the Ushuaia airport and the ship, including a brief tour of the town.
  • Cardwell’s Transfers to and from Melbourne Airport, from your local town*. Subject to approval.

Expedition cruise

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurants Aune and Fredheim.
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests.
  • Complimentary tea and coffee.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board†.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle.
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organises and accompany activities on board and ashore.
  • Range of included activities.

Onboard activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team.
  • Full use of our Science Center, small library and advanced biological and geological equipment.
  • Citizen Science programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer.
  • Use of ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and running track.
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities expected

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Itinerary

Day 1-2 -Tuesday 19th Wednesday 20th November 2024

A two-night stay in Buenos Aires is the ideal way to start your Antarctic adventure. Home to a proud and diverse community of porteños, or ‘people of the port’, this city is a sensuous fusion of faded European splendour and Latin American panache. There are plenty of places to explore, including many parrillas serving authentic Argentine steak. Or maybe you’d like to practise your dance moves in the famous hometown of the tango. You may like to take this time to sit back and relax or go exploring. One of our agents would be more then happy to discuss any day trip options you may like to do.

Day 3 - Thursday 21st November 2024

Your adventure begins with an early morning flight to Ushuaia, where you'll meet your hybrid-powered expedition ship, specially designed for sustainable cruising in polar waters. This bustling port is the capital of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego Province. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Martial Glacier, Ushuaia vies for the title of the world’s southernmost city. After a briefing from your Expedition Team, you’ll have time to settle into your cabin and explore the comforts and amenities on board.

Day 4-5 - Friday 22nd Saturday 23rd November 2024

On the two-day crossing through the Drake Passage, the Expedition Team will equip you with all you need to make the most of your polar expedition cruise. Visit the onboard Science Center and find out what lies ahead. Listen to experts talk passionately about Antarctica’s history, the science beneath the ice, and the impact of climate change and plastic pollution. You'll learn how to make your visit as safe and as low-impact as possible, and about the Citizen Science projects you can join. There's plenty of time to relax, so unwind in the spa and wellness area, enjoy some delicious cuisine and meet fellow travellers in the Explorer Lounge & Bar.

Day 6-10 - 24th, 25th 26th ,27th 28th November 2024

Nothing quite prepares you for it. Surrounded by looming glaciers, and icebergs the size of floating cathedrals, Antarctica will fill you with wonder. Perhaps the most surprising part of Antarctica is the silence. It's a stillness that's broken every so often by the locals – the wildlife. In the Antarctic summer, that might be penguins tending to their chicks; cormorants, sheathbills and petrels wheeling through the skies; or even orcas or humpback whales feeding on the krill-rich waters. Antarctica is simply a place where nature is king and the rest of us are mere observers. You’ll spend an exciting five days busily exploring several of the possible landing sites. Wherever we go and whatever we do, each day will offer something different and thrilling.  You'll join the Expedition Team on landings and ice cruises. You can take part in activities such as kayaking, snowshoeing and hiking, and may even get the chance to go camping overnight. Back on board, the Expedition Team will continue their lectures, helping you grow in your insights of the frozen continent.

Day 11-12 - Friday 29th Saturday 30th November 2024

As you savour your Antarctic experiences, prepare for more adventures ahead as we cruise towards the Falkland Islands. Your Expedition Team will brief you about the history and biology of the islands. In the Science Center, you can look through the microscope at the tiny krill and phytoplankton that sustains so much of the region's wildlife. Get tips from our professional photographer to improve your images or join workshops on wildlife painting and nautical knots. You can also book a spa treatment, visit the gym, and enjoy the locally sourced, regionally inspired dishes in our restaurants.

Day 13-15 - Sunday 1st Monday 2nd Tuesday 3rd December 2024

The Falkland archipelago is filled with seamless horizons and white sands teeming with birdlife. Only the occasional farm dots the landscape. You’ll find grassy hills and wildflowers, in contrast to the vast whiteness of Antarctica. You'll also enjoy a community walk of Stanley, taking in the Jubilee Villas gardens, Christ Church Cathedral and the Historic Dockyard Museum. Our landings, hikes and excursions are, as always, guided by the conditions. We hope to visit albatross and penguin colonies, which are often found sharing space with seals, and getting as close as we can without disturbing them.

Day 16 - Wednesday 4th December 2024

Your expedition cruise, taking in the wonders of Antarctica and the wildlife of the Falkland Islands nears its end. As we sail the final leg to Ushuaia, enjoy your final day at sea. Join the Expedition Team in the Science Center to examine special interests in more depth. Learn more about photography, or simply relax on deck, mulling over the highlights of a memorable adventure. End the day in the Explorer Lounge & Bar with the new friends you’ve made on your trip, sharing experiences over a relaxing drink.

Day 17 - Thursday 5th December 2024

Your expedition cruise ends in Ushuaia, the main city in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina’s southernmost province. From here, you’ll take a flight back to Buenos Aires, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your adventure. Why not join our popular, optional post-Programme before heading home.

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Tour Terms and Conditions:

Hurtigruten Group is who this tour is with. By booking on you confirm that your have read and understood Hurtigruten Group Terms and Conditions. Which can be found in the link https://www.hurtigruten.com/en-au/expeditions/terms/ if you do not have access to the link, please contact Cardwell’s for a paper copy.

FLIGHT: The flight from Australia to Argentina is included. The flight will be subject to its own terms and conditions. Which will be made available at time of enquiry or when they are released. To confirm your flight, we will require additional $2,500 along with your tour deposit. The flight to and from Ushuaia is included as well but is apart of the Hurtigruten Product and will be subject to their terms and conditions.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: We can arrange for passengers to take out travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances which may arise (including cancellation fees, medical & curtailment expenses, loss of luggage, early departure from tour due to death or illness etc.) Ask our friendly staff at Cardwell’s Coach Travel or your Travel Agent for details at time of booking.

FORCE MAJEURE: If by any means of any event of force majeure (which shall include terrorism, pandemic or any cause or event outside our control) we shall be delayed in or prevented from performing our obligations, then such delay or non-performance shall not be deemed a breach or entitle a damages claim. Our obligations shall be suspended whilst such event of force majeure continues.

ELIGIBILITY: No passenger will be permitted to embark or continue on the tour while their mental or physical condition is, in the opinion of CARDWELLS’ COACH TRAVEL, such as to render them incapable of caring for themselves, or they become objectionable to other passengers. However, any person/s who cannot travel independently or needs special assistance must be accompanied by a companion. The passenger will also be subject to approval from Hurtigruten Group.

PASSENGER PICKUP & RETURN SERVICE: For the convenience of all our passengers CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL provide Free Passenger Pickup & Return Service from all major Towns in North, North-East, Central Victoria & Southern NSW. (For Example: Albury, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Benalla, Seymour, Bendigo, Finley, Kerang, Echuca, Deniliquin, Yarrawonga, Corowa, and towns within these areas). For Passenger’s who live outside these areas Cardwell’s provide Overnight accommodation in Numurkah and ‘Free lock up car storage’ at our Numurkah depot.

FARES & ITINERARIES: CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL costs published & outlined in the brochure are frozen, errors or printing mistakes are subject to correction. However, policy changes or price changes by rail/air/sea operators or changes in Government duties or taxes are outside the control of CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL. Air fares and other discount travel arrangements may be subject to availability of seats/berths, as determined by transport companies. No increases apply once full fare is paid. The Tour duration includes the day of departure and the day of return. Fares shown make no allowance for extra accommodation or transfers necessitated by en-route stop-overs caused by rail/air/boat schedules, strikes or other reasons. Your Travel Agent will forward deposits and other payments to us on your behalf. Receipt of deposits and also subsequent payments by the travel agent does not constitute receipts of those monies by us. There is no liability on our part in respect of any monies paid to your Travel Agent unless and until we notify you (by way of Booking Confirmation Advice or Payment Receipt Advice) that monies have been received by us. CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL reserves the right to cancel any ticket or booking or to refuse to carry any passenger where payment has not been received by CARDWELL’S COACH TRAVEL and has the right to accept wait listed passengers in place of those failing to finalise within the prescribed time.

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