Antarctica & Argentinean Patagonia - cruise & land journey

23 Days
Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires
From (GBP)
£ 17,975
Dates & Pricing

2023 Buenos Aires > Buenos Aires

Peek into untold wonders

Spectacularly located at the foothills of Mount Fitz Roy in Argentinean Patagonia, El Chaltén has been used as a base by explorers of the mountains and landscapes that have turned this area into a favourite destination among nature lovers.
View countless wildlife, such as condors and huemules, the Andean fox, and even the elusive puma. Surround yourself with native forests, follow the trails and amazing natural lagoons, watch the glaciers in wonder and experience the Southern Patagonian Ice field, the world’s third largest freshwater reserve after Antarctica and Greenland. Amidst the Argentinean Patagonia, this natural rock, mountain, and ice amphitheater offers countless territories to be explored. Quite simply, Antarctica defies the imagination. Pristine and strikingly beautiful, this awe-inspiring region of untouched icescapes, mountains rising from the sea, and incredible, diverse wildlife will literally take your breath away. Wake up to spectacular scenery and ice-filled channels and spend your days marvelling at the many wonders along the Antarctic Peninsula. Set out exploring and immerse yourself in the grand spectacle. The constantly changing weather, scenery and colours provide opportunities for professional and amateur photographers alike.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
DST1
Duration:
23 days
Departure City:
Buenos Aires
Return City:
Buenos Aires

23 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - UK > Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Fly overnight from the UK to Buenos Aires. Regional airports available on request.

  2. Day 2 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Welcome to colourful Buenos Aires for an overnight stay.

  3. Day 3 - Buenos Aires > El Calafate, Argentina > El Chaltén

    Fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate on arrival drive deep into Argentina’s Patagonia and reach your luxurious retreat in El Chaltén, located amidst a private natural reserve with views of the Electric Valley and the Marconi Glacier, the perfect base for a four night Special Stay. Settle into your tastefully appointed room, with sweeping views and enjoy a range of included excursions each day, complimentary beverages and delicious meals featuring Patagonian specialities.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - El Chaltén

    Your exciting adventure into one of the most spectacular national parks in the world begins. The explorations at El Chaltén are as varied as the surroundings. The area’s geography offers towering mountains and different landscapes open for exploration through treks, ice hikes, and even rock climbing, depending on your preferences.

    Freechoice

    Over the next three days, there are several small group activities for you to choose from and enjoy at your own pace.

    Each evening, relax in the lounge and take in the magnificent views. Join your Tour Director on your final evening for a farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - El Chaltén

    Continue to explore one of the most spectacular national parks in the world. There are several small group activities for you to choose from and enjoy at your own pace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - El Chaltén

    Continue to explore one of the most spectacular national parks in the world. There are several small group activities for you to choose from and enjoy at your own pace.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - El Chaltén > El Calafate

    This afternoon, travel to El Calafate for your relaxing three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - El Calafate

    Established in 1937 as a national park, the World Heritage-listed Los Glaciares National Park is sure to be a highlight. Cruise close to the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier, then walk along the boardwalk for views across the top of the impressive 250 square kilometre glacier before enjoying a hike directly on the ice. Join your Tour Director for a delicious welcome dinner this evening.

    Sundowners

    Toast your day in this natural wonderland framed by the spectacular backdrop of Perito Moreno Glacier.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - El Calafate

    Discover the traditional way of life on an estancia (ranch) in the Argentine countryside, surrounded by glaciers, snow peaks and lakes of great natural beauty.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  10. Day 10 - El Calafate, Argentina > Ushuaia

    After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight to Ushuaia where you will be greeted by the crew of Scenic Eclipse.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - At sea

    Relax and enjoy the amazing facilities of your floating resort as you cruise towards the Antarctic Peninsula. An entertaining presentation by the Discovery Team in the state-of-the-art theatre will build up the excitement for what’s to come or relax in your suite and watch the live streaming on your TV. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - At sea

    Your palate will be delighted as you explore the extensive range of dining options on board, or a butler serves you your meal in-suite. The first sightings of icebergs and snow-capped mountains signal that you have reached the Antarctic Peninsula. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Welcome to Antarctica! Seeing the 7th continent for the first time is unlike anything you would have experienced before. Feel the fresh, crisp air on your face and hear the snow crunch under your boot when you first step foot on land. Each new encounter will fill you will awe. Witness wildlife in their natural habitat, with no fear of humans. Antarctica is truly land of peace.  

    Your expert Captain and crew will navigate some of the most beautiful waterways which may include traversing the stunning 11-kilometre-long Lemaire Channel where steep cliffs hem in the iceberg-filled passage just 700 metres wide at its narrowest point. There may be the chance to visit a working scientific base and discuss life in these harsh conditions with the staff. Enjoy the chance to visit areas alive with wildlife such as penguins, seals, and whales. You can also explore the remnants of a derelict whaling station and a vacant British base or climb to the rim of a volcanic crater. If conditions are favourable, there may be the opportunity to cross the Antarctic Circle at latitude 66°33’ South.  

    Due to the extraordinary nature of the region, a host of choices are open and dependent on the ice and weather conditions. Your experienced Discovery Team Leaders, who have made countless journeys to Antarctica, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, making the most of 18–20 hours of daylight. 

    Discovery

    Partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak and stand-up paddle board around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula with your experienced team.

    Discovery

    Partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak and stand-up paddle board around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula with your experienced team.

    Discovery

    Partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak and stand-up paddle board around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula with your experienced team.

    Discovery

    Partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak and stand-up paddle board around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula with your experienced team.

    Discovery

    Partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak and stand-up paddle board around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Antarctic Peninsula

    Continue exploring the Antarctic Peninsula with your experienced team.

    Discovery

    Partake in daily Scenic Discovery excursions. Cruise on the Zodiacs around ice formations, step onto islands to view vast penguin rookeries and seals. Kayak and stand-up paddle board around icebergs and hear the ice cracking and whales feeding below. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - At Sea

    Farewell your adventure in the icy lands and set sail heading north to the continent of South America. Share memories of your experiences with new-found friends. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - At Sea

    A day at sea.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Ushuaia > Buenos Aires

    Your cruise ends this morning as you farewell the crew. Disembark after breakfast to fly to Buenos Aires for your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  22. Day 22 - Buenos Aires > UK

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  23. Day 23 - Arrive UK

    Welcome home.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the tour will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

Tour inclusions

Your luxury escorted journey includes
  • The intimacy of small group land journeys with up to 20 guests
  • Your choice of Scenic Freechoice activities
  • Scenic Sundowners event
  • Memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • Fully escorted land journey led by an expert handpicked Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Porterage throughout, plus return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

Truly all-inclusive cruise features
  • Only 200 guests on board for a truly intimate experience
  • Spacious all verandah Suites
  • Butler service for every guest
  • Up to ten on board dining experiences, from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary beverages all day, every day
  • 20 member Specialist Polar Discovery Team
  • Scenic Discovery excursions
  • Engaging lecture and education program on board
  • Complimentary expedition parka, water bottle and use of special polar boots
  • Internal flights and taxes
  • All tipping and gratuities

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