Antarctic Expeditions - 07 Mar 2020 -16 Days

Antarctica, the southernmost continent and site of the South Pole is a ice-covered landmass.

07 Mar 2020 -16 Days

Tour Itinerary

ANTARCTIC EXPEDITIONS

WITH ARGENTINA & BRAZIL

15 Nights and 16 Days

 

Countries Visited

Argentina, Antarctica, Brazil

 

Cities Visited and Hotels Used

09 nights on board Ocean Endeavour Antarctic Peninsula Ocean Endeavour
02 nights in Buenos Aires Argentina Sheraton Buenos Aires or similar 5 Star
02 night in Iguassu Argentina Viale Cataratas Hotel or similar 4 Star
02 night in Rio De Janeiro Brazil Royal Rio Palace Hotel or Similar 4 Star
Day use of hotel in Sao Paulo Brazil Day use Hotel in Sao Paulo 4 Star

 

About the ship – Ocean Endeavour

The newly renovated Ocean Endeavor enjoys the distinction of being one of the only health- and wellness-focused adventure vessels in the Polar Regions, with the Quark Spa featuring a full treatment menu. Yoga classes, a gym, a heated saltwater pool, two saunas and a juice bar only add to the wellness factor, as does the new restaurant, which boasts a healthy, contemporary approach to cuisine. You will also find more adventure options than on any other Quark Expeditions® ship, including two exclusive options: mountaineering and cross-country skiing.

 

ATTRACTIONS WITH ENTRANCE FEE INCLUDED

Tango Show with Dinner in Buenos Aires – Argentina

Boca Juniors Stadium and Museum – Argentina

Devil’s Throat train at Iguassu Falls – Argentina

Iguacu National Park – Brazil

Christ the redeemer by Cog-wheel train to Corcovado Mountain – Brazil

Cable car to the top of the Sugar Loaf – Brazil

 

CITY TOURS

Full day city tour of Buenos Aires – Argentina

Short tour of Ushuaia – Argentina

Half Day City tour of Rio De Janerio – Brazil

Half day shopping tour in Sao Paulo – Brazil

 

DAY-WISE ITINERARY:

 

Day 1 | 7th March 2020

Buenos Aires

Arrival to Buenos Aires.  Transfer to the hotel

Overnight at select hotel

Meals: Box Dinner

 

DAY 2 | 8th March 2020

FLY TO USHUAIA AND EMBARKATION

After breakfast at the hotel, the group will transfer to the airport and board our private charter flight to Ushuaia, Argentina. Upon arrival, you will have a little time to explore this quaint port town before heading to the pier.

Embarkation will occur in the late afternoon, after which your vessel will sail down the historic Beagle Channel, which transects the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in the extreme south of South America. Expect an air of anticipation as you depart—the next time you see land, you’ll be in the world’s most southern continent!

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

DAYS 3 & 4 | 9th & 10th March 2020

CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. You’ll have plenty of time to gaze out at the sea—spotting and snapping shots of seabirds swooping around the ship—as well as chat with your Expedition Team and fellow travelers.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

DAYS 5 – 8 | 11th, 12th, 13th & 14th March 2020

SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS & ANTARCTIC PENINSULA

Once the Antarctic Convergence is left in our wake, you will truly begin your Antarctic adventure. It is perhaps the first sight of land itself that is embraced as the true beginning of any Antarctic expedition. You will begin to appreciate why this region has long captivated the attention of explorers and travelers alike. Every visit to Antarctica, we witness something new or unexpected, which means that your expedition will be unlike any other—creating a unique, personal experience.

Each day, you will take Zodiac excursions from the ship to explore local bays, channels and landing sites. With wildlife always at the forefront of our minds, you will visit penguin rookeries, scout for humpback and minke whales, and search for several southern seal species, including the cunning leopard seal.

The majesty of the Antarctic Peninsula’s mountains will enchant as you hike snowy pathways to vantage points offering you 360-degree views of your surroundings. You will discover that Antarctica is a land of extremes. At one moment you’ll be overcome with a feeling of complete desolation and silence, and and the next you’ll be inspired by nature as a calving glacier crashes into brilliant blue sea or a penguin waddles by to inspect your footwear.

Amid the serene silence of Antarctica, noisy interludes become indelible memories, such as penguins squabbling over prized pebbles.

Each day will be different, having been carefully crafted by your Expedition Team to inspire and educate you about this wonderful part of the world.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

DAYS 9 & 10 | 15th & 16th March 2020

CROSSING THE DRAKE PASSAGE

The journey back across the Drake Passage provides final opportunities to enjoy the crisp Antarctic air. Spend time on the deck, watching for seabirds and scouting for whales, enjoy presentations by your Expedition Team and celebrate the experiences shared exploring Antarctica.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

DAY 11 | 17th March 2020

DISEMBARKATION IN USHUAIA & FLY TO BUENOS AIRES

You will arrive in Ushuaia in the morning, after breakfast. After disembarking you will get a little taste of Patagonia by touring Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the airport for the return group charter flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, proceed on a three-hour city tour. This sightseeing will allow you to discover the magic of this cosmopolitan city, capital of Argentina. The magnificence of the Northern Quarters, Palermo and the beauty of its parks and buildings, Recoleta with its French style architecture, bars and cafes; the imposing Colon Theater, one of the five most important opera houses in the world; Plaza de Mayo (May Square) surrounded by the Government's House (The Pink House), The Old Cabildo (Town Hall) and the Metropolitan Cathedral; San Telmo, residence of the aristocracy until the turn of the XIX century. The colors of La Boca, picturesque quarter of Italian immigrants; and the fashion area of Port Madero with its many bars & restaurants. Lunch at Restaurant. Evening Tango Show performed by the best dancers and singers after enjoying a delicious Indian meal. This is the perfect way to live Buenos Aires, the city of tango

Round Trip Transfers (Hotel – Restaurant / Show – Hotel)

Overnight stay at the Hotel

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

DAY 12 | 18th March 2020

IGUASSU FALLS

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out from the hotel. Transfer to airport to board a flight to Iguassu, departing from Buenos Aires. Arrive into Iguassu Falls. Transfer from airport to hotel in Iguassu Falls. Check-in to the Hotel. Vegetarian Dinner at hotel’s Main Restaurant.

Overnight stay at the Hotel

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

DAY 13 | 19th March 2020

IGUASSU FALLS

Breakfast at the Hotel. Full Day Argentinean & Brazilian Falls Tour. Buffet Lunch at Porto Canoas Restaurant During the Tour – Drinks Not Included. From the visitation center a train leaves every 30 minutes with a stopover for the access to the upper and lower circuits and the Devil’s Throat. All the runways can be walked or only those that are found most convenient. Dinner at Indian Lounge. Round Trip Transfers Included.

Overnight stay at the Hotel

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

Day 14 | 20th March 2020

Iguassu Falls / Rio de Janeiro

Buffet breakfast

Check out from the hotel. Transfer to Iguassu airport to board a flight to Rio de Janeiro, departing from Iguassu

Arrive Rio de Janeiro. Transfer from airport to hotel in Copacabana. Check-in to the hotel. Lunch at Taj Mahal Rio Restaurant. Half Day Sugar Loaf Tour (Tickets Included) We will drive to "Praia Vermelha" (Red beach), to take the two-stage cable car up to the top of the Sugar Loaf (270m). The Sugar Loaf stands at the entrance to Rio's harbor and Guanabara Bay. The unique design of the Italian made cable car holds 75 passengers and the first stage takes 3 minutes and the second 6. The first stage is Morro da Urca with 170m, an amphitheatre, bar and helicopter point. The second stage goes to the top of the Sugar Loaf itself. The Portuguese first entering the bay of Rio in 1500 saw the mountain and called it thus for its resemblance to the loaves of sugar widely used at that time. From the top of the 2 mountains it opens a unique panorama, embracing a view of 360◦. Dinner at Taj Mahal Rio Restaurant

Overnight stay at the Hotel

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

Day 15 | 21st March 2020

 Rio de Janeiro

Breakfast at the hotel

Full Day Corcovado tour with lunch at Taj Mahal Rio Restaurant. Drive to Rio´s elegant residential area of yesteryear´s – the 19th century, its residences, quaint villas and the Naïf Art Museum. The top of Corcovado mountain is reached by a Swiss-made cog-wheel train taking 20 minutes to reach the top. The Christ the Redeemer statue stands 15 meters from its base and proudly closes the summit at 710 meters. The view at the top of Corcovado is one of Rio´s famous postcards, easily recognized around the world. The ever-changing scenario, the lake, the forest, the beaches are Rio´s landmarks. Continuing our tour, the mountains of the backdrop of the bay, the city and the statue of Christ the Redeemer and the crescent of Copacabana beach. Dinner at Taj Mahal Rio Restaurant

Overnight stay at the Hotel

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

Day 16 | 22nd March 2020

 Rio de Janeiro / São Paulo / Depart to India

Breakfast at the hotel. Check out from the hotel. Transfer to Rio de Janerio airport to board a flight to São Paulo, departing from Rio de Janerio. Arrive São Paulo. Transfer from airport to Hotel. Half Day City and shopping tour with lunch. Visiting two of Sao Paulo’s major shopping centres with hundreds of stores displaying the most varied kinds of goods and large food plazas featuring fast food shops and sophisticated restaurants. Dinner at Samosa Restaurant

After dinner transfer to São Paulo Airport. Day use of hotel including dinner. Transfer to São Paulo airport to board a flight to India

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

TOUR COST PER PERSON ON TWIN SHARING BASED ON CRUISE CABIN CATEGORIES

 

 

CABIN CATEGORY CABIN FEATURES AND FACILITIES TOUR COST / ADULT ON TWIN SHARING
UPPER DECKS Approximately 140 sq. ft.

Features a window and private bathroom.

Rs. 12,44,900
TWIN PORTHOLE SUITES Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft.

Features two beds, a separate living area with a pull-out sofa bed, two porthole windows and one private bathroom.

Rs. 12,74,900
SUPERIORS Approximately 205 sq. ft.

Features a large window and a private bathroom.

Rs. 13,09,900
TOP DECK DOUBLE Approximately 155 sq. ft.

Features two large windows, one double bed and a private bathroom.

Rs. 13,49,900
TWIN WINDOW SUITES Approximately 190 to 200 sq. ft

Features two beds, a separate living area with a pull-out sofa bed, two windows and one private bathroom.

Rs. 13,94,900
JUNIOR SUITE Approximately 320 sq. ft.

Features a window, one double bed, a pull-out sofa bed and private bathroom.

Rs. 14,34,900

 

EARLY BIRD REDUCTIONS

Booking Period Reduction Amount
Before 15th Feb 2019 Rs. 100,000
16th Feb – 15th March 2019 Rs. 75,000
15th March – 31st March 2019 Rs. 60,000

 

 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

 

PRE-TOUR

One-time Visa charges for multiple entry Argentina visa and Brazil Visa

One time return economy class airfare to Mumbai for Argentinian Visa interview

 

FLIGHTS

International Airfare on economy class on Qatar Airways or any other suitable airline from Bangalore

Domestic economy class tickets: Buenos Aires-Iguassu, Iguassu-Rio De Janeiro, Rio De Janeiro-Sao Paulo

 

ON BOARD CRUISE

Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader, including shore landings and other activities

All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program

Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping

All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board throughout your voyage (Please inform us of any dietary requirements as far in advance as possible. Unfortunately, the ships’ galleys cannot prepare kosher meals.)

Beer and wine during dinner; and coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock

All shore landings per the daily program

Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and guest speakers as scheduled

A photographic journal documenting the expedition

A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings

An official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep

Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin

Comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and an informative Antarctic Reader

All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program

All luggage handling aboard ship

Emergency Evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD $500,000 per person

One pre-night’s hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires with breakfast

Group transfer from hotel to airport in Buenos Aires

Group flight departing from Buenos Aires’ domestic airport (Aeroparque/AEP) to Ushuaia, and returning to Buenos Aires’ international airport (Ezeiza/EZE)

Group transfer from Ushuaia airport to the ship, and return (Note: Transfer on arrival in Buenos Aires from airport to hotel at the beginning of the journey is not included. Please make your way to the included hotel.)

Combined airport transfer and express bus tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park after disembarkation in Ushuaia

 

GROUND TOUR

All transfers and sightseeing on private basis as per itinerary

All entrance tickets as per the itinerary

American Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner as per itinerary

Services of Tour manager from Bangalore and local guides

2 x 500 ml water per person per day in Iguassu, Rio De Janeiro and Sao Paulo

Compulsory Tips

Applicable GST

 

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Booking Advance Rs. 100,000
On or before 31st March 2019 Rs. 100,000
On or before 30th June 2019 Rs. 200,000
On or before 30th Sept 2019 Rs. 200,000
On or before 31st Dec 2019 Total Balance

Visa Requirements

ARGENTINA

  • Passport: Original passport with the minimum validity of six months and minimum two blank pages for visa stamp
  • Argentina Visa Application form
  • Photo Specification: Two recent passport size coloured photographs
  • Original Covering-Letter stating his name, designation, passport number
  • Financials:
    a) An original Bank Statement for last six months with seal and sign
    b) I.T.R for last 3 years.
    c) Credit Card copy/Foreign Exchange endorsement/Traveler’s Cheque.
  • Proof of Occupation:
    a) If Self Employed: Property Deed in the Applicant’s name.
    b) If Employed: NOC from Employer.
    c) If Student: Leave Sanction Letter
  • Personal interview at embassy

NOTE: Please Contact Us for further details

Terms & Conditions

You must produce PAN card for the payment of above Rs. 49,900/-in cash 

Maximum cash that can be accepted towards this tour is Rs. 1,99,000/- only.