Antarctic Expeditions - 24 Feb 2020 -14 Days

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

Tour Itinerary

Emblematic Antarctica

in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions

13 Nights and 14 Days

 

COUNTRIES VISITED

Argentina and Antarctic Peninsula

 

CITIES VISITED AND HOTELS USED

03 nights in Buenos Aires Argentina Sheraton Buenos Aires or similar 5 Star
10 nights on board Antarctic Cruise Le Boreal Antarctic Peninsula

 

About the ship – Le Boreal

Like her sisterships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert onboard.
  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection…
  • Hiking opportunity.
  • Sailing on the Weddell Sea and amid the free-floating pack ice, discovering one of the most famous places of polar exploration.
  • Visiting research stations and former whaling stations.
  • Landscapes: a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floes, imposing glaciers and tall, snow-covered mountains.
  • Wildlife: humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adelia penguins, chinstrap penguins, leopard seals, crabeater seals, Weddell seals and numerous sea birds.
  • Educational discovery in the respect of environment.

 

ATTRACTIONS WITH ENTRANCE FEE INCLUDED

Tango Show in Buenos Aires – Argentina

Boca Juniors Stadium and Museum – Argentina

 

CITY TOURS

Full day city tour of Buenos Aires – Argentina

 

Domestic Flights within Argentina Included in the tour cost

26th Feb 2020 Buenos Aires (EZE) – Ushuaia (USH)
7th March 2020 Ushuaia (USH) – Buenos Aires (EZE)

 

Departure Day – 24th Feb 2020

00:20 hrs   Report to Bangalore International Airport

04:20 hrs   Depart by Emirates Airways EK 569 to Dubai

06:50 hrs   Arrival at Dubai International Airport

08:05 hrs   Depart by EK 247 to Buenos Aires

20:40 hrs   Arrive into Buenos Aires

 

DAY-WISE ITINERARY:

 

Day 01 – 24th Feb 2020

Buenos Aires

Arrival to Buenos Aires.  Transfer to the hotel

Dinner at Hotel

Overnight at selected hotel

Meal Plan: Boxed Dinner

 

Day 02 – 25th Feb 2020

Buenos Aires

Breakfast at the hotel

After breakfast, you will visit the most important sites of the city during the 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. Enjoy the famous Tango show performed by the best dancers and singers. Enjoy Lunch and Dinner at Indian restaurant.

Overnight at hotel

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

Day 03 – 26th Feb 2020

Buenos Aires – Ushuaia / Embarkation

Early check out Transfer out airport

Flights to Ushuaia as provided by the Cruise liner. Arrive into Ushuaia. Upon arrival enjoy a lunch at the beautiful Arakur Resorts in Ushuaia and later embark the ship. Embarkation from 16H00 to 17H00. Departure at 18H00.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

Day 04 and Day 05 – 27th and 28th Feb 2020

Crossing the Drake Passage

Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

Days 6 to 10 — 29th Feb to 4th March 2020

Exploring Antarctic Peninsula

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula.  Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

Days 11 & 12 — 5th March and 6th March 2020

Crossing the Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to Antarctica. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbors a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

Day 13 — 7th March 2020

Ushuaia Disembarkation, fly to Buenos Aires

Morning disembarkation. Board flight to Buenos Aires and arrive late afternoon. Check in to hotel upon arrival. Enjoy lunch and free time for shopping in Beunos Aires. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay at Buenos Aires.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

 

Day 14 – 8th March 2020

Check out and proceed to India

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy the day at leisure till check out time at 18:00 Hrs. Check out at 18:00 Hrs and proceed to Indian dinner. Later board EK248 to Dubai departing at 22:20 and arriving into Dubai at 23:55 on 9th March 2020. Connect to EK564 to Bangalore departing at 03:40 Hrs on 10th March and arrive into Bangalore at 08:50 Hrs on 10th March 2020.

 

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

PRESTIGE DECK 3 PRESTIGE DECK 4 PRESTIGE DECK 5
 

Rs. 9,59,900

Rs. 9,79,900 Rs. 9,99,900
Area: 18 m²

Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Private balcony

Individually controlled air-conditioning

King-size bed or twin beds

Shower

Minibar

Flat screen

Satellite TV

Desk with stationery

I-pod™ players

Video on demand

Safe

Hairdryer

Bath robes

Satellite direct line telephone

110/220 volts outlet

French bath products

24hr room service

Area: 18 m²

Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Private balcony

Individually controlled air-conditioning

King-size bed or twin beds

Shower

Minibar

Flat screen

Satellite TV

Desk with stationery

I-pod™ players

Video on demand

Safe

Hairdryer

Bath robes

Satellite direct line telephone

110/220 volts outlet

French bath products

24hr room service

Area: 18 m²

Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

Private balcony

Individually controlled air-conditioning

King-size bed or twin beds

Shower

Minibar

Flat screen

Satellite TV

Desk with stationery

I-pod™ players

Video on demand

Safe

Hairdryer

Bath robes

Satellite direct line telephone

110/220 volts outlet

French bath products

24hr room service

TOUR INCLUSIONS

International and Domestic Airfare on Economy class on Emirates Airways or similar

One-time Visa charges for multiple entry Argentina visa

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

5 Star hotel accommodations in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia by cruise company on double sharing basis

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 the coach in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia while on land

Compulsory Tips

Applicable GST

 

Important Conditions Before You Book

Extreme weather condition will prevail throughout the cruising period

Waterproof pants must be purchased by the guests separately

At least two warm caps, winter gloves or mittens also must be purchased separately

A warm clothing (like sweaters / thermals) to wear under the jacket

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.