Argentina & Antarctica
7 DAYS IN SOUTH AMERICA FROM BUENOS AIRES TO THE END OF THE WORLD plus AN EXCLUSIVE 11-NIGHT BASECAMP CRUISE TO THE ANTARCTIC PENINSULA ON THE MV ORTELIUS
18 Days - 25 February TO 14 March 2018 - Maximum 20 Guests
BUENOS AIRES - PUERTO IGUAZU - USHUAIA - ANTARCTIC PENINSULA CRUISE
BUENOS AIRES - PUERTO IGUAZU - USHUAIA - ANTARCTIC PENINSULA CRUISE
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FEATURES AND INCLUSIONS
Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls - Ushuaia
- A special hand-crafted itinerary with sightseeing, scenic drives and excursions.Domestic airfares Buenos Aires/Puerto Iguazu, Puerto Iguazu/Ushuaia, Ushuaia/ Buenos Aires3 nights in Buenos Aires, 2 nights Puerto Iguazu, 1 night UshuaiaAccompanied throughout by professional English-speaking Tour Leaders.Escorted from Day 1 to Day 7 by EuroVista's experienced Tour Director, Paul LeighExpert commentary by local guides during city and location visits.7 Buffet breakfasts (B)4 Lunches including 'closed-door' restaurant lunch in Buenos Aires, an 'Asado' at an Estancia on the Pampas, an outdoor lunch in Tierra del Fuego National Park and a Farewell Lunch in a local restaurant in Ushuaia (L)1 Welcome dinner during a special evening VIP Tango Show in Buenos Aires (D)Accommodation in quality establishments selected for their comfort and locationAir-conditioned motor vehicles throughoutA 'No Tipping' policy which takes care of hotel porterage, hotel and restaurant service charges and taxes plus gratuities, including gratuities for local guides and the end-of tour gratuities traditionally given to Tour Managers and Drivers
Basecamp Antarctic Cruise
- 11-night voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula on the ice-strengthened vessel MV OrteliusA choice of 3 types of hotel-standard cabins with either portholes or windowsAll meals aboard ship (BLD) throughout the voyage, including snacks, coffee/tea.A host of included shore excursions and activities incorporating zodiacs, camping, kayaking, snowshoe-hiking, mountaineering & photo workshop. (These are normally offered at extra cost on regular cruises)Programme of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staffEscorted from Day 8 to Day 18 by EuroVista's experienced Tour Director, Paul LeighComplimentary use of rubber boots and snowshoesComprehensive pre-departure cruise materialAll miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the cruise programmeA 'No Tipping' policy which takes care of ALL gratuities for crew and staff on board the MV Ortelius
'BASECAMP' EXPEDITION CRUISE
THE CRUISE OPERATOR'S DESCRIPTION OF A 'BASECAMP' EXPEDITION CRUISE ABOARD MV ORTELIUS
Basecamp - Our Activity BaseThe ship becomes our base camp on selected dates. 'Basecamp' is by definition a temporary storing and starting place, from which an activity starts and where we offer 'activity modules' which go beyond our normal shore program. The vessel will stay for two or three days at specific locations to serve our active passengers as a comfortable hub to allow more time than usual for wide ranging activities such as mountaineers to climb mountain ranges (soft climbing), hikers to participate in long walks, photographers to explore photo opportunities, campers to enjoy life at shore base camps, kayakers and zodiac passengers to explore the shores where the ship cannot go. Passengers who do not wish to become physically active will enjoy our zodiac excursions and follow the normal shore program and land excursions (easy to moderate walks and hikes with focus on wildlife). We keep sea days as short as possible in order to spend as much time as possible ashore.
Zodiac Cruising & Shore ProgrammeThis is our core activity; guided shore excursions, walks and wildlife spotting and zodiac cruises are included in the fare and will be offered to all passengers during the voyages. Our voyages are primarily defined as explorations and we spend as much time ashore as possible. We can be flexible, taking advantage of wildlife opportunities. Our knowledgeable guides assist on outings, supplemented by lectures on board covering topics such as wildlife, history and true experiences. On Basecamp voyages participation is not obligatory.
We plan to offer 3-4 full days of kayak excursions parallel to all other activities. Basic kayak experience, appropriate outdoor clothing and a reasonable standard of physical fitness are essential. Special kayak gear will be provided i.e. single seat and double seat kayaks along with neoprene wet suits plus life vests. Kayakers will bring their own personal warm and protective clothes. An expedition kayak guide will supervise the activity and will be accompanied by a safety zodiac boat. Basecamp voyage: 1 kayak excursion free of charge. Every passenger will be able to take advantage of at least 1 outing. *Kayaking must be pre-booked prior to departure.
2. Photo workshop
We will offer photo workshops for beginners and advanced photographers under the supervision of a photo expert on board. The workshop group will be accompanied by the photo expert during activities ashore. The maximum group size per workshop is 20 per outing per guide. Participants can use their own photo equipment. During cruise days everyone will be able to listen into photo lectures. The workshop's intention is not to instruct on how to use specific camera models, but give an insight on achieving better photos. Photo workshops are free. *The photo workshop must be pre-booked prior to departure.
We plan to offer several possibilities ashore. There will be easy, moderate and more demanding walks on offer in the vicinity of the landing sites. We are aiming at two hikes per day, of 2 - 3 hours long during morning and / or afternoon landings. Hikers are urged to bring a proper pair of hiking boots and gaiters. Rubber boots suitable for hiking will be provided. Hikes will be guided by experienced expedition guides.
Snowshoes are easy to use and don't require any technical skills. They make it easier and safer to walk on snow-covered surfaces. They are available free of charge for everyone on board, fit all boot sizes and can be used in combination with the rubber boots.
*Snowshoeing/hiking must be pre-booked prior to departure.
This is a technical and more strenuous activity for mountaineers who wish to walk beyond the shore radius in order to reach higher grounds and viewpoints. Mountaineers walk in rope parties under the leadership of a certified mountain guide mostly across glaciated environment in Antarctica. Depending on the landing site, glacier walks can vary from half day to full day outings. In general we plan to offer 4-5 glacier excursions parallel to all other activities during a designated 'Basecamp' voyage. Mountaineering knowledge is preferable, but not required. Physical fitness is essential. The maximum number is limited to 6 mountaineers per rope party. Special glacier equipment will be provided: ropes and carabiners, harnesses, helmets, ice axes and crampons. Participants will need to bring their personal protective outdoor clothes, mountaineering boots (leather or plastic) suitable for using crampons. A qualified mountain guide and assistant will supervise and guide the activity for a maximum of 12 mountaineers at a time.
Basecamp voyage: 1 mountaineering excursion is free of charge. Every mountaineer will be able to take advantage of at least one outing but it can be more. Space is limited to 48-60 participants, first come first serve.
*Mountaineering must be pre-booked prior to departure.
5. Field Camping
We plan to offer 3-4 camp nights during a 'Basecamp' voyage. Everyone can participate, no previous experience is required. The maximum number is limited to 30 persons per night. The camping group will be taken ashore after dinner, and returns to the ship just before breakfast. On shore a camp will be made in a place where wildlife will not be disturbed. Special gear and field equipment will be provided: tents, wind and waterproof bivouac bags, mattresses and polar sleeping bags provide comfort during the night. Campers bring their personal warm and protective clothes. Expedition guides will conduct the activity ashore.
Basecamp voyage: 1 camp night free of charge. Antarctica: 30 campers per night, 3-4 nights total.
*Camp nights must be pre-booked prior to departure (maximum 1 night). There are no waitlists for any extra nights that might be offered.
CAN THIS TOUR BE FULLY ESCORTED FROM NZ?
Yes. It's possible for this tour to be 'fully escorted' from New Zealand. If this should interest you please contact Paul at EuroVista to discuss flight options. M: 021 936 855. E: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT YOUR CRUISE ITINERARY & ACTIVITIES
The cruise itineraries described above from Day 8 to Day 17 are for guidance only. Programmes may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and the opportunities to see wildlife. The Expedition Leader on board will determine the final itinerary. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.
Cruise activities of kayaking, camping, hiking, mountaineering and the photo workshop are normally provided as optional inclusions and as such are an extra cost over and above the expedition cruise price. Our 'Basecamp Cruise' as described in the itinerary, and as part of our touring holiday, actually includes these activities in the price of your holiday. However, they need to be pre-booked prior to departure so please ask us for details at the time of making your booking.
Due to the nature of this adventure holiday and all of the arrangements that need to be pre-booked, the following deposits, depending on the type of cabin chosen, will be required at the time of booking. For deposit details please see Terms and Conditions.
This tour is a 'one-off' unique tour organised by EuroVista for 2018 and in accordance with the EuroVista 'small-group' philosophy space is limited and availability is on a 'first come - first served' basis. If you'd like to join us please ensure you book early to guarantee that you'll be coming with us!