Cruise the Drake Passage to Antarctic and fly back to Chile

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  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

Itinerary highlights

  • Delve into the distinctive culture of Buenos Aires
  • Visit to beautiful Laguna Esmeralda in Ushuaia
  • Head out on Zodiac excursions and venture onto land in Antarctica
  • Watch and photograph seabirds like majestic albatrosses and giant petrels

What's included

  • Completely private tours in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Luxury Antarctica cruise
  • Full support from your Travel Concierge before, during and after your trip
  • Meet and greet airport service
Use this itinerary to inspire your bespoke journey

At a glance

Embarking on a journey of discovery to Antarctica with Jacada Travel, means that you have a fair amount of freedom to choose how you’d like to travel. If time is a concern, but you don’t want to completely miss out on the cruise aspect of this kind of trip, this kind of itinerary is a great option. Our team of travel designers is ready to help you craft the most memorable experience.

Spend a couple of days in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia experiencing the culture and seeing some of the most popular sights before boarding your luxury vessel and cruising down through the Drake Passage to the Antarctic Peninsula. Along the way there will plenty of opportunity to spot the incredible wildlife that call this part of the world home, as well as spectacular scenery. Daily Zodiac excursions and landings will have you exploring the rugged coastlines and trekking across the ice and snow to see colonies of seabirds and important sites. Your cruise will wrap up at King George’s Island where you’ll board a flight back to Punta Arenas. The next day, you’ll head to Chile’s wine region just outside of Santiago where you can bring your adventure to a fitting close with two nights exploring the area and reflecting on the memories you’ve made.

 

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-3

Buenos Aires

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Buenos Aires

Accommodation in Buenos Aires

Four balconies city tour Four balconies city tour

This exclusive tour serves as the perfect introduction to four of the city's most distinctive districts, offering a fascinating insight into its history, contrasts and culture. Your expert guide will draw on his extensive knowledge as you experience the highlights of Buenos Aires, including political centres, artist meccas and barrios rich in European architecture. You'll become acquainted with the foundation site of the capital at Plaza de Mayo, undisputedly Buenos Aires' political heart.

Next, you'll delve into one of the oldest districts, Parque Lezama and La Boca in the south, where artists ateliers and brightly coloured houses jostle for space; before moving on to Plaza San Martin and Retiro. Here, you'll notice the transformation of Buenos Aires architecture from the rambling style of the south of the city to the European-influenced residential quarters of the 19th century. Finally, you'll come face to face with the sophisticated neighbourhood of Recoleta, whose buildings and avenues were inspired by the French; it's also home to the world-famous Recoleta Cemetery and Evita Peron's Mausoleum, and you'll get to make a stop here on this tour.

Fogon Asado Experience Fogon Asado Experience

Discover the Asado tradition, served with a twist. Fogón is a closed-door dining experience in Palermo that explores new ways of serving Argentine Asado classics. While seated at the bar you'll see, feel and experience different grill cooking techniques, up close and personal.

Every Argentine's Asado is unique but always includes the best cuts of meat available and fire roasted seasonal vegetables. The tasting menu includes new grill techniques with tried and true Argentine recipes. The menu includes welcome cocktail, water and coffee. Wine pairing is optional during pre-booking. Wine and beer a la carte are available in the restaurant.

This is an evening experience which can accommodate up to 25 guests.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Transfer to the airport

Transfer

Flight to Ushuaia

Transfer

Private transfer from Ushuaia airport to your hotel

Days 3-4

Ushuaia

Accommodation in Ushuaia

Trekking Laguna Esmeralda Trekking Laguna Esmeralda

Enjoy an active afternoon of stunning views and natural beauty.

Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the afternoon and transfer you to the Tierra Mayo Valley. The drive takes around 1 hour. Once at the valley you’ll begin your hike to Emerald Lagoon, through the ever-changing colours of this beautiful landscape. The trek itself is easy to moderate level with the main focus on enjoying the scenery and wildlife. It’s worth mentioning that although the hike is not strenuous the terrain can be loose and weather dependent.

After sunset, you’ll return through the forest and stop at a cosy, peaceful cabin for an evening meal, shared with others. Enjoy the delicious food and a glass of red wine or a soft drink. After dinner you will be driven back to the city, arriving at your hotel at around 10pm.

Please be sure to have the following kit: waterproof walking shoes or boots, waterproof jacket, warm clothing and an extra pair of socks.

Days 4-11

Cruising Antarctica

Cruise ship in Antarctica

8-Day Antarctica Cruise 8-Day Antarctica Cruise

If you're a little short on time, this is the perfect way to explore Antarctica. Sail through the Drake Passage, enjoy your time discovering this starkly beautiful part of the work onboard your luxury cruise ship, and then fly back to Chile. Your time in Antarctica will be full of Zodiac excursions to explore the rugged coastlines. Keep an eye out for curious whales too.

Drake Passage Drake Passage

As you commence the Drake Passage crossing, your expedition team will prepare you for your first landing with important wildlife guidelines and biosecurity procedures and start the lecture programme to help you learn more about Antarctica’s history, wildlife and environment.

Your wildlife experiences begin as you enjoy watching and photographing the many seabirds, including majestic albatrosses and giant petrels following the vessel. On sea days, you can enjoy the facilities on board the vessel including the gym, sauna and Jacuzzis or relax in one of the observation lounges.

Nearing the South Shetland Islands and the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula the excitement is palpable as you spot your first icebergs. Below the Antarctic Convergence you'll find yourself surrounded by the surreal presence of floating ice sculptures. Time and weather permitting, you may attempt your first landing in Antarctica by late afternoon.

Antarctic Peninsula Antarctic Peninsula

Once you arrive, the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands are yours to explore, and you will have a host of choices available to you. Because you're so far south, you will experience approximately 18-24 hours of daylight and the days can be as busy as you wish.

Your experienced expedition team, who have made countless journeys to this area, will use their expertise to design your voyage from day to day, choosing the best options based on the prevailing weather, ice conditions and wildlife opportunities. Landings or Zodiac excursions are usually made twice a day. Zodiacs will also transport you from the ship to land, where you can visit penguin rookeries, discover historic huts and explore some of our favourite spots along the peninsula.

King George Island King George Island

As you approach Frei Base on King George Island, it is time to say farewell to Antarctica and your amazing adventure before boarding your flight (approximately one hour and forty-five minutes) to Punta Arenas, Chile. There is time for reflection and discussion about what you have seen and experienced.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Flight to Punta Arenas

Transfer

Transfer to your hotel in Punta Arenas

Days 11-12

Punta Arenas

Accommodation in Punta Arenas

Overnight in Punta Arenas Overnight in Punta Arenas

Spend the night in one of the southernmost cities in the world, Punta Arenas. The small city, with a population of around 130,000, is most commonly used as a stopover for those en route to the Torres del Paine National Park or for one of the cruises through the Straits of Magellan. The city is very important to the region, being one of the largest ports in this isolated area.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Transfer to the airport

Transfer

Flight to Santiago

Transfer

Transfer to the Wine Region

Days 12-14

Santiago's Wine Region

Accommodation in Santiago's Wine Region

Three days exploring the Wine Region Three days exploring the Wine Region

South of Santiago lies Chile's rich central valleys and numerous vineyards. Your choice of daily activities and excursions will depend on the hotel or lodge chosen, but just speak to our Latin America travel designers about selecting the best one for you. To give you an idea; there's horse riding, wine tastings, vineyard tours, fine dining, hiking and much more.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer from your hotel to Santiago airport

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